Hot tub with more expensive features than others
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What Makes Some Hot Tubs More Expensive Than Others?


As you shop around for spas you may notice that there is a vast difference in the price of different hot tubs? But why? What makes some hot tubs more expensive than others?

If you’re asking these questions, you aren’t alone. “Hot tub” is a broad category like “cars”. You can get a used car that runs well for less than $5,000. However, some people spend upwards of $100,000 on a car! There is also a wide range of price points in hot tubs, though not nearly as wide as the price of vehicles. Here’s what the differences in prices are and how to determine the right price point for you, your lifestyle, your home, and your budget.

Factors Affecting Hot Tub Prices

Roto-Molded Versus Acrylic

There are two basic types of hot tubs: roto-molded and acrylic. Roto-molded hot tubs are fast and inexpensive to make, meaning you can get a good hot tub that offers actual hydrotherapy benefits for a very attractive price. Acrylic is more expensive to make, but also last longer. They generally come with higher-quality features, such as more powerful jets, more standard lights and greater control over the soaking experience.

Plug-and-Play Versus Installed Spas

Apart from materials and construction, there are other factors that affect hot tub prices. For instance, some of the more affordable spas are “plug-and-play,” meaning they are not permanently installed in the home or backyard. These plug into an ordinary 120-volt outlet, and can be moved to another location or even another home. This makes plug-and-play spas popular with renters, military families, and others who move frequently. Conversely, midrange to high-end hot tubs are installed and wired-in, requiring a suitable pad or reinforced deck and 220-volt electrical wiring. These are more powerful, have more features, last longer, and also cost more due to exceptional, luxurious amenities. However, the more expensive spas also have better insulation, meaning the spa is cheaper to run over the long term, especially on those cold winter nights. Higher-priced hot tubs also come with better warranties, meaning you’re less liable for service and repairs as the spa ages.

Size and Features

Just like the example of cars we used above, hot tubs come in basic models or generously-equipped versions, with price tags to match. If all you want is a romantic hot tub for date nights — or perhaps a soothing massage after a long, hard day — a small, 2-seater basic spa is all you need. As you add size and features, the prices go up accordingly. Some spas seat 9 or more people and are perfect for those with larger families or those who often host guests. Many spas come with high-tech features, like the ability to control the spa with a smartphone app. Lighting, lounge seating, insulation quality, cover options, energy efficiency, special massage jets, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth sound systems offer the most incredible home hot tub experiences. A surprising set of standard and optional features is available on today’s hot tub models — with each additional upgrade reflected in the final price. Of all the hot tub brands out there, Artesian is one of the easiest to customize. If you have particular features you want or a certain price point you’re striving to hit, Artesian makes it easy to make your dreams become realities.

When shopping for a hot tub, make a list of what you truly want in terms of quality, size, and features, making your list according to your own personal priorities. Then factor in your budget. Let our expert customer care team at The Pool People assist you with any additional guidance you need. In no time, you’ll have the perfect hot tub in your own backyard paradise. Check out our amazing selection online or stop by one of our convenient locations to see all the choices we offer. With a hot tub from The Pool People, you’ll love every second of hot tub ownership.

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