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The Hidden Costs of Hot Tubs


By Doug Gillespie

There are two hidden costs to buying a hot tub that most retailers won’t voluntarily discuss—installation and electrical hook-ups. It is vital that you understand these two expenses.


In general, you should budget between $500 and $1,500 for installation, depending on where you are going to place your hot tub and whether you will be using a concrete pad, deck or patio stones to support it. When deciding where to install the hot tub, consider the following questions:

  • Will the location provide you and your guests with enough privacy?
  • Does the location provide the proper support for the hot tub?
  • Will it be easy for the retailer to deliver the hot tub?
  • Can the hot tub be easily serviced if something goes wrong?
  • Is there a place nearby to put a hard cover when it is removed?
  • Will bathers have a pleasant view when sitting in this location?
  • Does the location make is easy to get in and out of the hot tub?
  • Is the hot tub close enough to an electrical source to ensure an easy hook up?

Electrical hook-up

On average, this second hidden expense will cost you roughly $1,200. However, this can vary quite drastically, especially if you require any upgrade to the electrical panel. Keep this in mind when figuring out your budget. To get a better idea of the overall amount, ask the salesperson about the hot tub’s electrical requirements and compare them to what your panel can provide.

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