Do you have to pay a lot of money for a good hot tub?


If you’re researching hot tubs and want to know the answer to a simple question: What do hot tubs cost? You might be frustrated. Most retailers don’t post pricing online. We want to help you understand what hot tubs cost by answering the question:

Do you have to pay a lot of money for a good hot tub?

Yes! And no. Okay that’s not a clear answer, but hear us out!

The Yes

We say yes you have to pay a lot for a good hot tub because you get what you pay for. There are companies that advertise a Hot Tub with “700 jets that seats 6 Adults for under $1500.” You could buy that hot tub online or in-store today and have it delivered soon thereafter. But in the hot tub industry, you DO get what you pay for. A few problems you could run into:

Getting Service and Parts

A cheap hot tub is generally made oversees- most likely in China- to save on manufacturing costs. There are new “Brands” that seem to come out every day with a new name, boasting lots of jets and features at a cheap price. These brands exist one day and are rolled into a different brand or made in a new factory under a new name the next week. We see it all the time. And this doesn’t just happen in the hot tub industry!

The problem with this is service & parts. If you need a repair (and with a spa that cheaply made, you most likely will) how will you know that the manufracture will be around so that you or a service repair person can get part?

The Dealer

Generally a dealer offering the cheapest hot tubs is a retailer based online, or if they are local to your home, they have carried multiple brands over the years they’ve been in business. If that’s the case, ask the Dealer why. The chances are it’s because the brands have gone out of business. And if you purchase from an online retailer, who do you go to when you have a problem? Even if they have a local service repairman, do you feel comfortable having someone come to you home from a company where you’ve never put a face to a name?

Cheap manufacturing and parts:

There is a difference between the feel of a cheap jet and a jet of better quality. Major brands have engineers on their design teams who understand ergonomics and how that relates to your body in hot water. But don’t take our word for it! Test it out for yourself. Try a test soak in a hot tub from a brand-name manufacturer and then try a cheaper hot tub. See if you notice the difference!


The last difference you’ll see is quality- a cheap hot tub may not last you for many years. We see Hot Spring and Caldera brand hot tubs that are 10-15 or even 20 years old all the time!

The No:

We say NO- you don’t have to spend a lot to get a great hot tub because it IS possible to get a great quality hot tub that is manufactured well with quality parts for a decent price. You will sacrifice some features and maybe a shorter warranty period, but you won’t have to give up brand name, manufacture reputation, quality & reliability. Here is what we mean:

If you spend over $10,000:  This will buy you the best hot tub available. You will be able to pick from the top features and options and have the best warranty available for hot tubs.

If you spend $5,000-$10,000:  You may have to give up some of the top-of-the line features and the warranty may be a year or two less, but many of the same options are available and you will not suffer with a lesser quality spa.

If you spend less than $5,000:  You will most likely just have a 1 or 2 year warranty and may not have features like lights throughout the hot tub and multiple water falls. Your jet configurations might be less unique than in the higher-end hot tubs.

But in all of the above scenarios you WILL have:

  • Support & service from a Local Dealer
  • The quality & reliability of a manufacture like Hot Spring, Caldera & Freeflow
  • A long lasting, enjoyable hot tub for years to come!

Do you have any thoughts to add? Let us know in the comments!


The benefits of a Hot Spring Spa

How often do you come home from a long day of work and just want to relax? But there are meals to make, kids to bathe, dishes to clean, bills to pay and more!  Before you know it it’s time for bed and that relaxation never happened.

Did you know that just a 20 minute soak in a hot tub can bring on a deeper sleep, calm your nerves and overtime signifcantly reduce your stress? Can you make time for 20 minutes in a hot tub? Leave those dishes for tomorrow! Instead relax your body in the warm water and soothing jets of a Hot Spring Spa.

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Hot Spring Portable Spas is the world’s leading hot tub brand. Our manufacturer (Watkins Manufacturing) is a part of Masco Corporation, which is a Fortune 500 Company whose quality products include Delta faucets, Kraft maid cabinets and Behr paints. Hot Spring Features two premium hot tub lines: The Highlife Series and The Limelight Series.

Hot Spring is certified to the California’s Energy Commission (CEC) which has the strictest requirements in the country. All of our hot tubs are CEC compliant to ensure the greatest energy efficiency and least environmental impact. Did you know that we recycle over 4.2 million pounds of material each year and the material that we use to wrap each spa is 100% recyclable? Pretty amazing!

Some of our amazing features are: The Moto massage jet; 100% No-By-pass Filtration; State of the art controls; light by design and the sensational jet’s.

The newest advantage of a Hot Spring Spa is the Ace Salt Water Sanitizing System. With the Ace salt water system your water will always be sparking clear while your body feels soft and silky. If you’ve had reactions to chlorine from other pools or spas- like dry skin, irritated eyes or hate that harsh chlorine odor smell, you’ll love how the near-odorless scent of a Salt Water Hot Tub and how your skin feels with ACE!

The design of our Hot Spring Spas is like no other hot tub out there. The lines, curves and colors are beautiful- you have to see it for yourself!

Come in and see us and bring your bathing suit! We offer FREE Test Soaks so you can see for yourself the great benefits of a Hot Spring Spa.

Happy Hot-tubbing!

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Hidden Hot Tub in a Man Cave

We came across this very creative DIYer who built a hot tub in a man cave!

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How to protect your Hot Tub from freezing

protect a hot tub from freezing

If you lose heat to your hot tub in the cold winter months, don’t panic! For a Fully-Foamed hot tub to start to freeze the temperature needs to be below 28 degrees F for at least 36 Hours straight. Even if it does get that cold if your hot tub & pumps are still operating, the water is circulating and will not freeze.

Freeze damage to a hot tub is a costly repair, so to protect your non-heating hot tub from freezing in the winter months, follow these easy instructions put together by George Thomas our service manage, who is one of the brightest in the hot tub industry:

Protect a Hot Tub from Freezing

  1. DO NOT DRAIN THE SPA! If it has been drained refill it.
  2. Periodically run the jet pumps to circulate the water. This will add heat generated by pump motors to your water. (If your jets do not operate go to step #3)
  3. Place submersible pump in center of foot well of your spa (See image below). Plug in the pump and allow to run in the spa without a hose. This will circulate water in spa and transfer heat generated by pump motor to water. NOTE: Pump should be plastic and NOT SMALLER than 1/4 Horse Power!protect a hot tub from freezing
  4. Place a small ceramic heater or a 100 watt incandescent light bulb in the equipment area of your hot tub, making sure that the heater or bulb DOES NOT TOUCH any components or plumbing. Re-install front panel to keep heat inside. NOTE: On SUNDANCE SPAS this is to be installed behind Front Right Side Equipment door Not Center Panel.
  6. If these instructions are followed the spa will be in NO DANGER of FREEZING!

If you’re in the Philadelphia area, contact our service department to schedule a service appointment for your non-heating hot tub!

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Hot Tub Health Benefits

Stress is all around us. A National Health Interview Survey showed that 75% of the general population experiences at least “some stress” every two weeks. It’s a proven fact that stress also affects the immune system, which protects us from many serious diseases. Some estimates show that medical community agrees that 80% of all disease is stress-related. We are overworked & overrun, and we don’t allow our bodies the chance to heal before we move on to the next thing.

When is the last time you let yourself relax? 

Have you ever told yourself “I don’t have time to relax?” or “If I relax now X,Y & Z won’t get done.” I do. All the time!

But what if you committed to just 15 minutes a day to allow yourself to be rejuvenated for the stressful tasks ahead? What if in that 15 minutes you could encourage circulation, release healing endorphins, give your joints stress & pain relief and even over time, reduce your blood sugar levels?

You know where I”m going with this– you can do all that! In just 15 minutes a day when you soak in your hot tub, you’ll allow your body to heal & relax so that you can have the energy for the next task.

Remember that your hot tub isn’t just an appliance in your backyard– it’s a very powerful means to a healthier lifestyle! Go ahead- love your hot tub for 15 minutes today! And let us know when you feel better!

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Don’t have a healing hot tub in your backyard, yet? We can help you out! Browse our Hot Tubs Online or contact one of our 3 Hot Tub Showrooms & one of our experts will help you find the perfect hot tub

*Before beginning any new health routine, make sure you consult your Doctor, especially if you have a preexisting medical condition!

Beautiful Hot Tub Installations

The best part about working at Spring Dance Hot Tubs (besides when the popcorn machine comes out during sales events) is that we get to help make our customer’s backyards BEAUTIFUL!

We all know how lush & serene the landscape is in the Delaware Valley (or how cool the view from a hot tub on a rooftop in Philly is!) but have you ever checked out how other people situate their hot tubs in other parts of the world!? Check out some of these cool Hot Spring Spa installations:

Beautiful installation of a Hot Spot TX from Aqualab in Los Cabos, Mexico!

Gorgeous Hot Spring Grandee with Stone Siding from Oasis Hot Tub & Sauna in Nashua, NH

A customer of Oregon Hot Tub took this beautiful photo from the comfort of her Hot Spring Sovereign

Another Spa Stone Grandee hot tub in a backyard that looks so inviting installed by Olympic Hot Tub

So inspiring! Which is your favorite? (I’ll take that glass of wine in the spa in Mexico, please!)

Hot Tub on a roofdeck in Philadelphia

We delivered a Caldera hot tub to a beautiful rooftop in Philadelphia, just off Rittenhouse Square!

The deck was 12 stories high & a crane easily got it up to the roof & into the custom spot cut out specifically for the hot tub:

Look at that gorgeous view the new Spring Dance Hot Tub’s customer will have from his Hot Tub!

Our President, Dan Sine, was hard at work & so was our General Manager, Jeff Bailey! (Or maybe they’re just showing off & posing for the camera!)

Don’t look down! Yikes!!!

Did you know it was possible to deliver a hot tub to a 12 story roof!? It is! (And this isn’t even our highest roof!) Learn more in our Hot Tub Buyer’s Guide
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