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There are so many different spa models on the market, including wooden hot tubs, inflatable hot tubs, portable hot tubs, rotationally molded hot tubs, and other models. Finding the best spas at the best prices can be a challenge. As the nation's leading hot tub dealer, we understand the entire hot tub experience, from prices to services like installation and maintenance.

Why Home Spas Are So Popular


People buy spas for many reasons, though the most popular are:

Purpose

  • Relaxation
  • Fitness
  • Medical treatment or hydrotherapy

The primary purpose of purchasing a hot tub can help determine which type of hot tub model you need and what features you would prefer. Those who buy a spa for fitness purposes may need a stainless-steel model with built-in equipment. Others who need a hot tub for hydrotherapy might need better temperature controls and jet variety. So, the first step to deciding the best hot tub for you is to be clear on what features you want.

Location

Before shopping, decide exactly where you plan to install your new hot tub. Most hot tubs are placed near a porch, patio, or deck. Wherever you plan to install, make sure you measure the dimensions first. Use a rope or hose to outline the exact size of the hot tub you wish to purchase. Leave extra room for both hot tub steps and a cover lifter. Make sure the hot tub will not be too big to pass through a fence or other path on its way to the final placement destination.

Once you've found the perfect spot, ensure the location meets all adequate requirements. The hot tub will need to rest on a flat and level surface. Concrete patios and decks are fine, but avoid placing hot tubs on top of paving stones. These stones are known to shift and create problems with your hot tub frame. Additionally, in-ground stainless-steel hot tubs will need to be level before installation.

Complete the preparation process by having the correct wiring in place for an above-ground or in-ground stainless steel hot tub. You might also need to fill and empty the hot tub throughout the year. This will be simple to complete if you have easy access to a water source. Leave space for hot tub draining as well.

Size and Seating

Next, consider how many people you expect to use the hot tub at one time. That will help you decide the size. If you plan on inviting extra guests over regularly, make room for a larger hot tub with more than three seats. Small hot tubs could be the perfect option for your backyard if you plan on seating only two people at a time.

Reclined seats help you decompress and fully submerge your body into the spa water. Lounging seats have additional jets to provide a full body massage. The best hot tubs are designed to prevent you from floating out of your lounging seat.

Installation

Heavy 240 volt systems can heat water faster and stay hot longer but require special installations from an electrician and an extra disconnect panel for safety regulations. If you plan on moving your hot tub in the future, go for a plug-and-play configuration. These stress-free hot tubs connect via a standard home outlet.

Cost

It is important to consider the total cost of owning a hot tub or spa, including both the initial purchase and the maintenance. Ensure you know how efficient a heating system is and how well the hot tub can maintain a specific temperature. We also recommend looking for excellent water filtration for the best hot tub experience.

Models with solid foam installation might not come at a lower price, but many see the extra cost is worth it after long-term use. Energy-efficient heaters require less power and money spent getting the spa to reach the desired temperature. More filtration leads to lower prices overall on treatment chemicals and cleaning services.

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You will need a cover to fit your spa and likely steps to enter the spa, so factor that into the prices as well. These added accessories are not often considered in the hot tub price itself, so definitely make sure you include them in your purchasing budget.

Watson’s has everything you need for your spa, including the cover and chemicals. Those are also covered under our low price guarantee.

Enjoy Luxurious Features

Below are a few of the most sought-after features in Watson's luxury spas and hot tubs.

Jets

Jets that mix both water and air provide some of the best massage experiences. More is not always better here; just because a hot tub advertises a higher number of jet counts or massage pack does not necessarily mean it is the best spa experience. Adding too many jets can decrease water pressure; increasing motors is the only way to solve these expensive issues.

Pumps

Pumps provide jet flow. A spa with heavy horsepower or too many pumps can consume unnecessary amounts of energy. The best hot tubs have a decent horsepower to jet ratio, providing ideal jet strength and maximum relaxation.

Water Lighting

Watercolor lighting systems can make your hot tub experience a fun addition to a gathering. Backlit waterfalls can easily enhance your hot tub enjoyment experience.

Discover the Health Benefits of Hot Tubs

Soaking in a hot tub or spa can be exactly the type of therapy you need to relax and escape from a long day of work. Spending time in a hot tub is used for more than just relaxation. There are many significant health benefits for those with spas.

The health benefits of using a hot tub may vary for each person. Below are a few benefits from using a hot tub or spa from Watson's.

Spas Can Relieve Stress

The relaxation from hot tubs is known to reduce stress. With the calming and warm water, hot tubs can help ease body tensions that strain nearly anybody. The soothing jets can help relieve mental and emotional stress as well.

Spas Can Relax Your Muscles

The combination of hot water and soothing jets can help soothe muscles knotted across your body. Tight muscles can lead to pain or aching feelings, and hot tub relaxation can help unwind your body.

Spas Can Improve Sleep

An older study released on the effects of passive body heating found that relaxation from hot tub sessions can lead to easier sleeping for older adults with insomnia. Essentially, the study found that hot tubs promote a night of restful, deep sleep. This hydrotherapy improves sleep quality for those who struggle to rest.

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Spas Can Boost Cardiovascular System

A study on passive heat therapy found that hot tub use can raise your heart rate and lower blood pressure. Passive heat therapy can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, especially in those who have limited ability to exercise.

Spas Can Improve Insulin Sensitivity

According to research, regular hot tub use has the potential to improve impaired insulin sensitivity.

Spacs Can Burn Calories

A study completed in 2016 found that those who spend at least one hour in a hot tub burn the same number of calories as a 30-minute walk. Hot tubs may help regulate the metabolism of those who struggle to receive adequate daily exercise.

Spas Can Relieve Pain

Hot tub soaking may relieve pain from tense back muscles, tendons, and joints. Those with arthritis may find that the heat and massaging from hot tub jets ease stiffness and inflammation. Water helps support your body's weight, improving range of motion and easy movement.

Frequently Asked Questions


How Do I Clean A Hot Tub Filter?

If you’ve been wondering about how to get rid of hot tub bacteria, we can help. To keep your filter clean, it’s best to take your hot tub filter out once a week and give it a simple rinse with the hose. If you need to properly deep clean your hot tub, this process will be more involved and likely require a hot tub filter cleaning solution. Click here to learn more about how to best clean your hot tub.

How Do I Lower Alkalinity And Manage Ph In Spas?

At first hot tub chemistry may seem daunting, but it’s much easier than you might think- especially when you purchase hot tub chemicals from Watson’s. Whether you want to raise or lower the pH in hot tubs, it really comes down to getting a suitable chemical starter kit. Click here to learn more and find the right products and services for you hot tub.

Does Watson’s Have Portable Hot Spas for Sale?

Yes! Check out our online shop to browse our Plug N’ Play Spas. These spas are great if both portability and energy efficiency are a factor in your decision to purchase.

Can You Put Epsom Salt in a Hot Tub?

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You should never put Epsom salt in a hot tub. Epsom salts disrupt the pH balance and alkalinity of the hot tub and can cause significant, long-term damage to your spa.

How Much Does a Hot Tub Weigh?

On average, a regular two to three person hot tub’s weight ranges from roughly 500 pounds empty and 3,000 pounds filled with water. A larger six person hot tub’s weight ranges from around 1,000 pounds empty and up to 6,000 pounds when filled.

Can Pregnant Women Go In Spas?

Have you ever wondered if you can get in a hot tub while pregnant? Unfortunately, you shouldn’t, as medical professionals highly advise against it. Hot tubs increase your core body temperature and can quickly cause overheating that can endanger both the mother and baby. It’s best to stay away from the hot tub and opt instead for a bath to unwind.

Does Watson’s Have Hot Tub Covers For Sale?

Yes! Check out our collection of hot tub covers to find the perfect fit for your spa.

Does Watson’s Have Salt Water Spas For Sale?

Yes! Our Hot Spring Highlife and Limelight series hot tubs are equipped with a saltwater system. To check out all of our saltwater hot tubs from Hot Spring, click here.

How Much Does a Hot Tub Cost?

The price tag for spas can vary based on a variety of factors. There are so many different spa models on the market, including wooden hot tubs, inflatable hot tubs, portable hot tubs, rotationally molded hot tubs, and other models.It’s vital to understand that these models are all sold at different prices. On average, hot tubs range from anywhere between $3,000 to $16,000.

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How Do I Winterize a Hot Tub?

If you’ve been wondering about how to winterize your hot tub, we can help. Here's our streamlined article on preparing your hot tub for the winter.

What’s the Difference Between a Hot Tub and a Jacuzzi?

There’s really no difference between a hot tub and a jacuzzi, other than that a Jacuzzi is a name brand hot tub.

Are Spas Good For You?

Hot tubs have several health benefits. Hot tubs can relieve stress, relax your muscles, improve sleep, boost your cardiovascular system, improve insulin sensitivity, burn calories, and relieve pain. Swim spas are also an excellent way to both exercise and relax. Overall, hot tubs are a great investment for your personal health and wellness.

How Hot Should a Hot Tub Be?

The water temperature of a hot tub should range between 100º and 102º.

How Long Do Spas Last?

A hot tub can last anywhere from 5 years to 20 years, depending on the quality of the hot tub. Spas that are installed indoors often have longer lifespans since they are not exposed to the elements.

How Much Does it Cost to Run a Hot Tub?

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Most hot tub manufacturers advertise their tubs as costing roughly a dollar a day to run. Prices typically range from $25 to $40 monthly on average.

What Causes Foam in a Hot Tub?

Foam in a hot tub is often a telltale sign that the chemical balance of the hot tub is off, or that debris like leaves or grass are decomposing. However, it could also be due to excess shampoo or body wash brought in by a user as well. Regardless of the cause, if you find a layer of foam in your hot tub, it’s best to thoroughly clean it with hot tub chemicals.

FAQs

What month is the best time to buy a hot tub? ›

Therefore, beginning in September, you will find spa retailers are looking to start clearing out their excess inventory. Making this a great time to buy a hot tub. Typically it goes like this. Starting in September you will find spa retailers offering discounts on in-stock, warehouse inventory spas.

Can you negotiate price on hot tubs? ›

Getting a Deal

If you have found a few hot tub models that you are interested in, it doesn't hurt to ask your hot tub dealer if they can give you a better rate. There may be a bit of wiggle room or they may be able to include an add-on you would like at a discounted price.

Are hot tubs good for arthritis? ›

Hot tubs and spas can help you cope with the pain and stiffness caused by arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation recommends warm water therapy, and research confirms its benefits.

How much does a brand new 4 person hot tub cost? ›

A 4-person hot tub typically ranges from $2,500 to $8,000, while a six-person tub will cost considerably more ($3,000 to $12,000). Consider, too, that a bigger tub will require a larger pad and that delivery and installation are likely to be more expensive.

How much does a hot tub cost? ›

The average price of a hot tub can range from about $3,000 to $16,000 and more. While the initial cost can seem like sticker shock, it's important to zoom out and consider your long-term value and enjoyment in the tub that you select.

What time of year do hot tubs go on sale? ›

Ultimately, if you're looking for a great deal, the best time to buy a hot tub isn't actually during the summer months. Instead, you should buy it in winter or spring. The main reason for this is because the prices tend to drop dramatically because the weather is colder.

How can I get a discount on a hot tub? ›

If you're looking for a great deal on a hot tub, take advantage of these promotions from around September to January when they'll be most prevalent.
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Hot tubs are most often on sale around national holidays
  1. Memorial Day.
  2. July 4th (Independence Day)
  3. Labor Day.
  4. Thanksgiving.
  5. Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.
  6. New Year's Day.

What is the mark up on a hot tub? ›

What is the markup on hot tubs? Generally speaking, the profit margin on hot tubs is between 30% to 50%. That's because profit margins take the difference between the selling price and the cost and divide it by the selling price.

Are hot tubs cheaper in the fall? ›

Best times to buy a hot tub

As for hot tub supplies and chemicals, stock up at the end of summer. That's when pool supply stores start running their clearance sales, says McGrath. Fall and winter offer the best deals on hot tubs, but if you're buying supplies and chemicals for your hot tub, shop at the end of summer.

Why does my body ache after hot tub? ›

It's lactic acid that, more often than not, is responsible for the soreness that we experience after a workout. If the muscles don't get enough oxygen when they're being worked then lactic acid is created. This acid can be burned as energy but when it's not the result is muscle pain and soreness.

How long should a person be in a hot tub? ›

Ideally, you should aim to time your hot tub sessions to last between 15 and 30 minutes. Depending on the factors at play (i.e. water temperature), you might be able to extend your soak to 45 minutes. Keep in mind that you can always re-enter your hot tub later on!

How much electricity does a hot tub use? ›

Modern manufacturers advertise the cost to run their hot tubs at about one dollar per day, with $50 per month at the high end. The energy cost of a hot tub varies based mainly on the heater, which usually draws between 1,500 watts or 6,000 watts. The pump is another prime energy user at 1,500 watts.

What is the difference between a hot tub and a Jacuzzi? ›

The main difference between hot tubs and jacuzzis is that hot tubs refer to a large tub of hot water, used for relaxation and hydrotherapy. Jacuzzi is a trademarked brand of hot tubs.

Can you put a hot tub on a deck? ›

Yes, you can put a hot tub on a deck. Decks built ground level up to 2 feet off the ground can support up to 100 lbs per square foot; sufficient for most hot tubs. But decks 2 feet or higher will need added support. The added support posts should be no more than 30″ apart & ideally placed in poured concrete.

Do I need a concrete slab for a hot tub? ›

A hot tub requires a stable surface — whether it's a concrete slab, reinforced deck, or firmly compacted soil with crushed gravel. There's also the option to have the hot tub installed in the ground but that still requires a concrete vault.

How far away from the house should a hot tub be? ›

Proximity to the house. To reduce the risk of electrocution, place your tub at least 16 feet away from overhead power lines. To protect your home and outbuildings from potential flooding, keep it at least 5 feet from any structure.

How many years does an outdoor hot tub last? ›

A hot tub can last anywhere from 5-20 years or more. Cheaper hot tubs made with lower quality materials won't last long. If those hot tubs are not well maintained, they may not last more than 5 years.

Why are hot tubs so hard to find? ›

PANDEMIC. There were many hot tub manufacturing and shipping delays in 2020 due to extremely high consumer demand, factory shutdowns, materials, parts and labor shortages.

Are there salt water hot tubs? ›

If you'd rather spend your time in the water instead of cleaning it, salt water spas are right for you. And because they use fewer chemicals, salt water hot tubs are ideal for people who are sensitive to chemical cleaning products. It's time to be kind to you.

What is a Plug and Play hot tub? ›

A plug and play hot tub is a spa that runs on standard 120v power, so you can plug it into your outlet and start “playing” in your spa right away.

Who should not go into a hot tub? ›

People who are ages 50 and older, have weakened immune systems and/or identify as former smokers should consider not using a hot tub or even sitting near one, says the CDC.

Are salt water hot tubs more expensive? ›

Initial cost is higher: Saltwater hot tubs are more expensive than traditional hot tubs. A saltwater system as an addition to your existing hot tub requires a substantial investment that may range from $500 to $5,000.

Why are hot tubs so cheap? ›

Cheap hot tubs are less expensive because they have less (or no) insulation, less efficient pumps and heaters, thin covers, and cut other costs during manufacturing that will cost you more money over time.

How much does it cost a month to run a hot tub? ›

When you factor in the cost of the water, the electricity, the water treatment, and the other hot tub maintenance expenses, then you are looking at a cost of anywhere from $50 to $100 per month.

How much electricity does hot tub use in winter? ›

On average, during winter in cold climates, expect an increase of $20 to $30 per month on the electricity bill over what is already being paid during warmer months. However, for poorly insulated tubs, plug-and-play tubs, or inflatable hot tubs, the cost could be as high as an additional $50 per month.

How much does it cost to run a hot tub during the winter? ›

However, it's also wise to ask yourself, “How much does it cost to run a hot tub in the winter to keep the water warm?” On average, it's estimated that a 500 gallon spa costs about $1 per day to keep ready to use at all times. Fortunately, there are several ways to reduce in ground hot tub cost in winter conditions.

Why are hot tubs so hard to find? ›

PANDEMIC. There were many hot tub manufacturing and shipping delays in 2020 due to extremely high consumer demand, factory shutdowns, materials, parts and labor shortages.

Why are hot tubs out of stock? ›

With the pandemic came a shortage of many different supplies and resources that we would generally have access to. Through the last few years, not only has the production of parts slowed down, but the demand for at-home spas has risen.

Are hot tubs back in stock? ›

During the pandemic, hot tubs were hard to find as people purchased them to put in their backyards as part of the social-distancing restrictions and just to hang out. Now, they are back in stock -- for now -- and can be yours just in time for the spring and summer. Plus, hot tubs aren't just for summer anymore.

What is a Plug and Play hot tub? ›

A plug and play hot tub is a spa that runs on standard 120v power, so you can plug it into your outlet and start “playing” in your spa right away.

How long should a hot tub last? ›

A hot tub can last anywhere from 5-20 years or more. Cheaper hot tubs made with lower quality materials won't last long. If those hot tubs are not well maintained, they may not last more than 5 years. Quality hot tubs that receive excellent care can be enjoyed for as long as 20 or more years.

How much electricity does a hot tub use? ›

Modern manufacturers advertise the cost to run their hot tubs at about one dollar per day, with $50 per month at the high end. The energy cost of a hot tub varies based mainly on the heater, which usually draws between 1,500 watts or 6,000 watts. The pump is another prime energy user at 1,500 watts.

What is the difference between a hot tub spa and jacuzzi? ›

Same or not? The most important difference you should keep in mind is that a hot tub itself is a generic name while Jacuzzi is a brand of hot tubs and spa products. A hot tub is simply the name we would use to describe a tub filled with hot water for people to relax in.

How long does it take to get a hot tub after ordering? ›

Looking Ahead. A typical hot tub order takes 4-8 weeks for production from the time the order is placed; the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, however, has caused serious backlogs of six months or more, according to huttubinsider.com.

Are people still buying hot tubs? ›

Sales of hot tubs rocketed by 1,000% during the pandemic according to figures from eBay - and this doesn't look like it's slowing down anytime soon.

How long does it take to get a hot tub? ›

How Long Does It Take for a Hot Tub to Warm Up? A hot tub takes, on average, 4 hours to heat up once it has been refilled from a garden hose. But hose water can range from 60° – 75° F, and the average hot tub will heat water at 5 degrees per hour. So starting with very cold water will take longer.

Is buying a hot tub worth it? ›

For most people, a hot tub is worth the money if you use it regularly—and don't mind spending the time and energy it takes to maintain it. A hot tub can be a fabulous luxury. However, an unused hot tub is an expensive waste of energy, and a poorly maintained one can pose health risks.

Can you put a hot tub on a deck? ›

Yes, you can put a hot tub on a deck. Decks built ground level up to 2 feet off the ground can support up to 100 lbs per square foot; sufficient for most hot tubs. But decks 2 feet or higher will need added support. The added support posts should be no more than 30″ apart & ideally placed in poured concrete.

Can you return a hot tub to Costco? ›

Flexible Return Policy – The second significant advantage of purchasing from Costco is an extremely customer friendly return policy that in most cases allows you to return a hot tub within six months for a full refund.

Do I need a concrete slab for a hot tub? ›

A hot tub requires a stable surface — whether it's a concrete slab, reinforced deck, or firmly compacted soil with crushed gravel. There's also the option to have the hot tub installed in the ground but that still requires a concrete vault.

How far should a hot tub be from the house? ›

Proximity to the house. To reduce the risk of electrocution, place your tub at least 16 feet away from overhead power lines. To protect your home and outbuildings from potential flooding, keep it at least 5 feet from any structure.

Does a hot tub need to be plugged in all the time? ›

your hot tub is designed to be left switched on constantly and works best when it is left on all the time. Your hot tub is at it's most efficient if left to run 24/7.

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