How Much To Install A Hot Tub or Swim Spa?

What are all the costs involved in installing a hot tub? How should I budget for a hot tub? What are the hidden costs? Many people ask these questions when considering a hot tub for their home. Below is a breakdown of the overall costs you might expect for installing a hot tub or swim spa, including pouring a concrete pad, having an electrician install 220v 50amp service, delivery, cover, and the hot tub itself:

  1. Hot Tub: The cost of the hot tub itself can range from around $3,000 to $20,000 or more, depending on the type, brand, model, and features. Swim spas can range between $15,000 to $50,000.
  2. Concrete Pad: If you need to pour a concrete pad for your hot tub to sit on, this can cost anywhere from $500 to $2,000 or more, depending on the size of the pad and the local labor costs. There are many other foundation options for a hot tub to rest on including, patios, decks, crushed rock, and portable spa pads that are included in our buyer’s guide pages under “preparation for a hot tub”.
  3. Electrical: A 220v, 50amp service is typically required to power a hot tub. The cost for an electrician to install this can vary depending on your location and the complexity of the job, but it can range from $500 to $1,500 or more.
  4. Delivery: The cost for delivery of the hot tub can vary depending on the distance from the hot tub dealer, manufacturer, or distributor, as well as any obstacles or challenges that may need to be overcome to get the hot tub to its final location. In most cases backyard delivery is included by a hot tub dealer or retailer when you purchase the hot tub, however, exceptions do apply especially if you need a crane or are outside of a typical delivery radius. Delivery costs can range from $100 to $1,000 or more.
  5. Cover: A hot tub cover is important for maintaining the water temperature and protecting the hot tub from debris. Most dealers included a standard hot tub cover with purchase of a hot tub or swim spa but there are exceptions if you decide to upgrade the cover to a thicker cover or a more durable cover which we talk about in our “most important considerations” section of our buyer’s guide pages. The cost of a cover can range from $400 to $2000 or more, depending on the size and type of cover you choose.

Overall, you might expect to pay anywhere from $8,000 total on up to $25,000 or more to install a hot tub, depending on the specific details of your project. It’s important to get quotes from multiple hot tub installation professionals to get an accurate estimate of the total cost for your project.

For more information visit our hot tub buyer’s guide pages. Also, click on the pink boxes and complete our free local quote form to get competitive prices from local dealers in your area. Or click our “Spa Buyer’s Consult” link above to get one on one expert advice on the best swim spas available in your area.

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