As you start thinking about investing into a hot tub, one of the big questions that comes up is "how long will it really last?" There's no one answer here, and the outcome is really dependent on first, the hot tub you buy, and second, the way you take care of it.
Based on the results of independent studies carried out to determine energy usage, environmental impact, and the life of hot tubs and spas, the average life expectancy of a hot tub was found to be only 5 - 8 years in most cases. When the results only included a list of more reputable manufacturers, the rate went up to 10 to 15 years.
How Long Can Your Hot Tub Last?
The Importance of Quality in Construction So why so much disparity? It comes down to the quality in the construction of the hot tub you buy. If you buy an inexpensive, budget hot tub from a retailer without a strong brand reputation, you can most likely expect cheap construction and poor insulation. By cutting corners in production costs, manufacturers are able to offer these models at far lower price points. However, don’t be fooled by a low upfront cost. Not only will they offer you a much shorter lifespan, they will also be way more costly to operate and maintain due to the low-quality of the parts.
Think Long-Term When Investing Just think about it this way: if a hot tub potentially costs $5,000 and only lasts five years, that would be like spending $1,000 on that hot tub per year. If you purchase a hot tub that costs $7,500 and lasts twenty years, your usage cost would really be only $375. Even without factoring in the added operational costs of a cheaper construction, you're still getting far less bang for your buck when you choose a budget-model and bargain retailer.