How To Create a Budget for Your Outdoor Hot Tub Installation


So you want to get an outdoor hot tub? Congratulations! With all of the tools and options available today, getting your perfect hot tub has never been easier. And why wouldn’t you want to own a hot tub?

There are many benefits of using a hot tub including stress relief, muscle relaxation, improved sleep, and even extra calorie burning!

When used regularly, you’ll absolutely be glad you made the investment and will probably wonder why you didn’t buy a hot tub sooner.

But how can you create a budget for your outdoor hot tub installation? Read on to find out more.

Questions to Ask

Before you start shopping for an outdoor hot tub or creating a budget, you should ask yourself the most important questions, including:

  • How much does the hot tub cost?
  • What are the costs of hot tub supplies?
  • What is the cost of an outdoor hot tub installation?
  • What are the long-term maintenance and operation costs of a hot tub?

You’ll be pleased to find out that the only major cost associated with owning a hot tub is the cost of the hot tub itself. But here are a few additional considerations to be aware of.

How Much Does a Hot Tub Cost?

You can use the cost calculator on our website to find out the base cost of your hot tub! We take into consideration various factors including the number of people, height, any additional hot tub features, and the preferred look/design of the hot tub.

Hot tubs can range in cost from $2,999-$4,999 for basic models to over $20,000 for top-of-the-line models.

  • Introductory Hot Tubs: $2,000 – $5,000
  • Standard Hot Tubs: $5,000 – $10,000
  • Premium Hot Tubs: $10,000 – $15,000
  • Luxury Hot Tubs: $15,000 – $20,000+

There are also financing options, so this doesn’t have to be a lump sum investment and you can start enjoying your outdoor hot tub even sooner than anticipated.

How Much Do Hot Tub Supplies Cost?

You’ll want to consider how often you’re using the hot tub to determine how much you should invest in cleaning supplies. The supplies include test strips, water treatment, filters, and cleaning supplies for the tub itself (every 3-4 months).

For those who use their hot tub between 3-4 times per week and only buy the required chemicals, you can typically look at an expense of $20-$30 per month on hot tub chemicals. If you want to buy additional water accessories including softeners, essential oils, or clarifiers, this cost can increase.

How Much Does an Outdoor Hot Tub Installation Cost?

The costs associated with installing an outdoor hot tub generally depend on the installation itself. If you plan to place your hot tub on an existing deck or patio area with the proper foundation to support the weight evenly, your installation costs will be quite low.

On the other hand, if you’re planning for a built-in look, to install on a raised platform or to build a wooden or stone surround, you could be looking at several hundred or thousand dollars.

To find out how much your specific installation will cost, work with the backyard leisure specialists at your local hot tub store or a landscape design company.

How Much Does Spa Maintenance and Operation Cost?

There is a lot less to long-term maintenance of a hot tub than many people would have you believe. Modern technology creates a hassle-free approach to hot tub maintenance, especially with innovations such as the CLEARRAY Active Oxygen™ System and SmartTub™ System.

  • Change the water every 3-4 months
  • Change the filters every 6-18 months
  • Test the water weekly
  • Clean the ring that forms around the hot tub
  • Change the CLEARRAY® UV-C bulb yearly

And if you don’t want to do this yourself or remember the schedule, you can hire a maintenance company to do the work.

Spa service solutions are generally affordable, ranging from $30-$200+ per month, and can take much of the hard work associated with spa maintenance out of the picture.

Spend more time relaxing in your hot tub, while the experts handle the rest.

In Summary: Budgeting for Your Outdoor Hot Tub

Today, owning a hot tub doesn’t come with a lot of the “hidden costs” that hot tubs of the past were known for.

And while the upfront or initial cost may seem like a lot between the tub itself and the installation, if you purchase a high-quality hot tub it only costs about $1 a day to operate year-round!

Visit Legacy Hot Tubs for Your Outdoor Hot Tub Today

Did you find the information in this article helpful? Find more information on buying and maintaining your hot tub on our website here.

Legacy Hot Tubs are here to help you navigate purchasing your first hot tub every step of the way and can provide recommendations that will last you 10-15 years into the future!

When you’re ready to take the plunge, take our handy quiz to find out which hot tub we recommend for your intended use. Working with your budget to help find the perfect hot tub for your purposes!

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