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A Guide to Understanding Hot Tub Pricing

 

 

How Much Does a Bullfrog Spa Cost?Everybody almost instinctively knows roughly how much cars cost, or TVs, or standard home appliances. However, hot tubs are not a consumer item that most people think about until they are ready to buy.

 

You decide you want a hot tub so you start to research it online. You can find all kinds of information on features, build quality, and other benefits. Then you start to look for hot tub prices and run into a bit of a brick wall, especially where quality hot tub brands are concerned.

 

The truth of the matter is that hot tubs are most often a highly customized product. Additionally, they cost a lot to ship to different locales. And hot tub markets vary regionally. For these reasons and some others prices for nearly all high quality hot tubs are set at the local dealer level. This means that price, even for the same spa model, can vary somewhat by location and, in order to avoid cross-market confusion, quality hot tub prices are not generally posted online.

 

However, in this article I want to help you navigate the hot tub pricing process by giving you information on what you can generally expect to pay for your hot tub, based on factors like type, quality and size, along with what you can expect to pay over the lifetime of the spa in energy and maintenance.

 

 

Browse by topic. Click the links below to jump to each topic.

 

 

Getting a price on a custom spa High-end hot tub prices
Getting local pricing and specials High-end hot tub prices
Hot tub costs over time Mid-tier hot tub prices
Energy costs of a hot tub Low-end hot tub prices
How to assess total value

 
 

Get a Price on a Custom Bullfrog Spa You Design

 

Before we get too deep into our explanation it may be helpful to know how you can get a price on a Bullfrog Spa in a specific model. To do this, simply utilize our SpaDesign software to configure your specific spa model with the colors, JetPaks, features, and options you choose. Enter your information to save your design. Your configuration and information is automatically beamed to your local Authorized Bullfrog Spas dealer who can assess your design and provide a no-obligation price quote on your spa.





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Get a Local Price in Your Area

 

The very best place to get specific hot tub pricing, including current specials, is by making a visit to your local Authorized Bullfrog Spas Dealer. These businesses offer the best support, service, and prices on hot tubs and spas in your area. Your local dealer also offers local knowledge of water chemistry, building codes, and climate that will help you get set up correctly.





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How much is a Hot Tub?

 

This is a common question for many of the reasons explained in the introduction above. Research in the USA and Canada hot tub markets shows that until consumers begin more detailed hot tub pricing research they are likely to assume that hot tubs cost about $5,000 USD.

 

Well, this price is not far off. In fact, some hot tubs actually do cost around $5,000 But this price must be qualified. In reality, most quality portable spas cost more than this, only a few hot tubs cost less. I’ll try to break this down and offer some clarity on prices you can expect to pay for a hot tub.
 
 

Important Factors to Consider in Hot Tub Pricing

 

It would be easy to simply say that you get what you pay for in hot tubs. While this is obviously true of many if not most consumer goods, there are unfortunately a few companies out there that prey on the general lack of understanding of what makes a true quality hot tub.

 

Keep in mind that the vast majority of dedicated spa retailers out there are honest and hard working and carry great products, they wouldn’t stay in business otherwise. There are only a few of these companies to watch out for and you can usually pick them out by their tactics. Watch out for things like high pressure in-home presentations, traveling “spa shows” that really only feature spas sold by one company and other fly by night tactics. What’s most important when looking at an investment like a quality portable spa is understanding how to evaluate quality makes and quality retailers, then looking at pricing in terms of the total value you are getting for your dollar.

 

There are many additional factors that affect pricing. Features and options, add-on accessories and sometimes even colors and finishes can all affect pricing.

 

 

Prices on Hot Tubs

LUXURY TIER – $13,000 to $18,000

 

Modern hot tub and home

These are the absolute best hot tubs in terms of build quality, features, and options. Luxury hot tubs can be priced from $13,000 to $18,000 or more in the United States and Canada. It is expected in this tier that your spa will be highly engineered, built in hi-tech domestic factories, using the latest in quality materials. These hot tubs should also offer a range of custom options that allow you to personalize your spa to your needs and preferences.

 

Pay close attention to the sophistication of design, awards, advancements in engineering, location of manufacturing facilities, engineering technologies,  and materials used throughout the spa structure.

 

HIGH TIER – $9,000 to $12,000

 

Sunset view from the hot tubMost high-end hot tubs built by the top manufacturers offer quality acrylic shells and well-built frames and cabinets. This category will cost around $9,000 – $12,000 in the USA and Canada. To assess whether a spa merits this range consider things like how well the hot tub is engineered, what materials it uses, what jet technology is used, where it is made, and the overall reputation of the company. Using these factors you can determine which hot tubs will give you the best value in this price range.

 

Pay close attention to the reputation of the manufacturer, location of manufacturing, and materials used throughout the spa structure.

 

MID TIER – $5,000 to $8,000

 

Round Hot TubThe same quality hot tub manufacturers mentioned above usually offer a mid-price, high-quality spa line that will cost $5,000 – $8,000. These spas usually have fewer features and less complete hydrotherapy, but still offer good reliability and comfort.

 

As you shop, you will also find other companies selling lesser quality spas in this price range. Many big box retailers will pass off a poor quality spa as “premium” in this price range. Even some spa companies that have been around for a while try to sell lesser quality spas in this range.

 

Pay attention to these things to determine quality in this range: established brand, established dealer sales channel (not online or big box), consumer feedback, domestic manufacturing (made in USA or Canada).

 

LOW-END TIER – $2,000 TO $4,000

 

Cheap hot tubs will cost you around $2,000 – $4,000. There are really only a few manufacturers making a reasonable entry-level spa in this range. Try to determine the better brands, however, if this is the price range where you’re looking, it is wise to beware.

 

Many spas in this price range are made using methods that produce a product with a limited usable life. Many of these spas are built to be inflatable, are roto-molded like your kayak or folding pic-nic table, or are built with poor materials and workmanship from knock-off overseas companies. These hot tubs can be ok if you’re looking for a very short-term or no-frills experience. One more consideration also creeps in at this price level – cost to operate. Most of these “low cost” hot tubs are so poorly insulated you will end up paying far more in the long run to operate them. Your energy bills will let you know it. This leads us to the last thing you’ll want to factor into your decision – cost over time.

 

If you insist on a hot tub in this range, you’ll want to pay attention to these things to determine quality in this low-end range: type of materials, ongoing energy costs, and reputation of manufacturer.
 
 

Something to Consider, Hot Tub Costs Over Time

 

EnduraFrame hot tub structureWhen you’re making your decision on which hot tub to buy you should, of course, start with initial quality. You also need to consider how much your hot tub will cost to operate over time. This decision has 2 basic components.

 

  • The expected life of your hot tub or durability
  • The cost of operation associated with your hot tub

 

These factors, combined with your initial purchase price will give you the lifetime cost of ownership for your spa.  Look for 2 things to minimize your lifetime cost of ownership – quality construction and energy efficiency.

 

 

Energy Cost of a Hot Tub

 

Efficiency Graphic

Energy Use Comparison of Comparable 7′ Hot Tub Models

Using the example above, in reality, the quality spa actually costs less overall over time. It lasts longer and eliminates the need to reinstall a new spa every few years. And, in addition to longevity, a quality spa will also use far less energy and require less maintenance.

 

High quality spas are usually full foam insulated except for the area where pumps and heaters are located. This helps to isolate the hot water in the spa from the cold and keep warmth within. Full foam insulated spas require much less energy to keep them ready to use.

 

One way to find energy efficient hot tubs is to look at the data compiled by the California Energy Commission, which keeps hot tub energy use statistics. Pay attention to the spa brands that consistently show at the top of these lists.
 
 

You Will Love a Quality Hot Tub for Years to Come

 

Hot tubs are extremely nice to own for many reasons. So it makes sense that you will want to own yours for as long as possible. When you decide to go with a top quality spa, engineered and built to last, you will have always-ready hydrotherapy, relaxation, and fun right in your own backyard. No other product offers as many health and lifestyle benefits.

 

So, consider the quality and value first when making your decision on which hot tub is best for you. Your purchase price may be a little higher, but you will be rewarded with better features, better hydrotherapy, and a lower cost of ownership over time.
 
 

How to Assess Total Value

 

Keep in mind that these are outdoor hot tubs. They are exposed to the environment every day, all day. A well-built hot tub will last you much longer than a poor quality spa, often a decade or more. This means your initial purchase price will be spread over more years of use. Then also factor in energy costs over time. Deduct this from the purchase price. Lastly, add the somewhat intangible factor of user experience. This will be measured by your enjoyment, minus the possible frustrations of ownership.

 

Example: A quality spa that costs you $10,000 initially and lasts 10 years costs you the same per year as a poor quality spa that costs you $3,000 and only lasts for a little over 3 years. Actually, the quality spa costs you much less when energy use is factored in. As explained above, cheap hot tubs almost always use more energy. The scales tip even further in the direction of the quality spa when an absolutely incredible worry-free user experience is weighed against one wrought with frustration and down time.

 

In the end, quality simply pays for itself.

 

 

 

Looking for a Hot Tub Price?

Design Your Hot Tub with SpaDesign and Get a Local Price Quote!

 

Get a specific price on a Bullfrog Spa model in your area by starting with our SpaDesign software. Build your spa just the way you like it. When you submit this design you will be provided with the contact information for your local spa expert. With a SpaDesign in hand you can discuss specific pricing on the specific model you are looking at in the configuration that best suits your lifestyle.





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AUTHOR - Jake Ricks

Jake Ricks is the Online Marketing Manager and chief content writer and editor for the Bullfrog Spas blog. Jake has been published in a variety of publications with topics that include the pool and spa industry, outdoors, and content marketing. Jake's passion is fly fishing and living life outside. He guides, competes in fly fishing events, designs fly patterns and is a regular contributor to outdoor blogs and periodicals.

17 Comments
  • Bryony Evans | Apr 23, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    There are many myths in purchasing a hot tub for the first time, and it is great to see that Bullfrog Spas is working to dispel them through proper education. In a young industry, Bullfrog Spas has the ability to lead many changes with its innovative brand. Thanks for writing this great article.

  • mike Brown | Mar 30, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    it dances around a lot but where are the prices?

    • Jake Ricks | Mar 31, 2015 at 8:54 am

      Mike,
      Thanks for the comment.
      Yes, you’ll notice only price ranges are given in this article. Unfortunately, that’s about as accurate as we can get speaking to so general an audience since prices are set at the local dealer level and vary by market due to shipping and other market-specific variables.
      The best way to get specific pricing on specific models with a certain feature package is to use SpaDesign (http://spadesign.bullfrogspas.com). Design your specific model with the colors, JetPaks and options you want and it will give you the dealer info where you can request a local quote on your specific spa.
      Jake

  • lavon vincent | May 14, 2015 at 11:06 am

    I am interested about financing a spa/hot tub.

    • Jake Ricks | May 15, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      Great! In most areas it is possible to finance your hot tub purchase. This is generally done with your local spa dealership. Visit http://bullfrogspas.com/stores to locate your nearest Authorized Bullfrog Spas Dealer and ask about financing options.

  • Dr Robert Fewkes | Oct 11, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    I see all this STUFF about quality, features, future costs, etc. , but I am just trying to find out How much a 6 person Bullfrog would cost . . .+,-. I have had tubs, and I’m looking for a new one. I appreciate the features. . . but what are the prices?

  • Jim McMan | Jan 20, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    I have a 2015 A8 with all the bells ozone, wifi, blue tooth sound system it cost around $16,000. My electric bill went up about $15 to $20 dollars a month.
    Bull frog spa is the best you will find. I can move the seats around when needed. I have owned other brands but after a couple of years it’s the same spa. With Bullfrog just move the seats or purchase new jets for around $400 a seat. So no need to purchase a new one.

  • Will a Hot Tub Increase the Value of Your Home? | Canadian Home Leisure | Mar 15, 2016 at 8:25 am

    […] debate the correlation between hot tubs and property values. This troubles some homeowners because the cost of a mid-range spa falls between $5,000 and $8,000. Thankfully, unlike swimming pools, spas can appreciate the value […]

  • tom | May 31, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    I bought a new house and a bullfrog spa came with it. I want to find out the cost of it since I might sell it to someone soon. I will not be able to use it as much as I thought I would. Any used pricing out there. sort of a true-spa site like true-car is for cars. surfing the web it appears usually none are sold it seems except for new
    . just bought then run into the dirt then trashed it seems.

    • Bullfrog Spas | Jun 1, 2016 at 11:45 am

      Unfortunately we’re not aware of anything like a “blue book” or “tru-car” for used spas. We can say that we see a reasonable used market in many locations that, depending on the age of the spa, varies between 50 and 75% of new pricing. Additionally, because of the wood-free composite construction and ability to upgrade JetPaks, Bullfrog Spas tend to hold value much better than most other spas.

  • Rick | Jul 24, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    I just bought an A7L today with built in Bluetooth stereo, wifi, digital display, lights and exterior speakers and I am stoked… Thanks guys, I look forward to enjoying it.

    • Bullfrog Spas | Jul 25, 2016 at 9:48 am

      Awesome! You will love it.

  • Allen Smith | Oct 5, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Price? Price? Price? Price?

  • Allen Smith | Oct 5, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    What is the Price?
    What is the Price?
    What is the Price?
    What is the Price?

    • Bullfrog Spas | Oct 6, 2016 at 5:10 pm

      Allen, we appreciate your interest. Please go to http://spadesign.bullfrogspas.com and spec out the model and options you want. This will get sent to your local dealer and you will get their contact info. You can go to them to get a specific local price on the spa you’re interested in.

  • Steve Gillies | Oct 24, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Like the rest, I would like a price. I have filled in the ‘Design my Spa’ 2 times and not heard back.
    Guess you guys don’t need the business, this doesn’t bode very well on your team and the ‘authorized’ resellers.

    • Bullfrog Spas | Oct 24, 2016 at 11:24 am

      Steve,
      We’re extremely sorry that you haven’t received a response from your local authorized dealer. Thank you for making us aware of this situation. We are contacting them immediately. Please contact us by email at info@bullfrogspas.com if you do not hear back in a reasonable time frame and we will do everything possible to help you get the information you’re seeking.
      Bullfrog Spas Support

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