How Much Does a Jacuzzi Tub Cost?
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Jacuzzi bathtubs are considered a luxury and not something found in the average home. The idea behind the Jacuzzi tub is to bring the great features of an outdoor hot tub inside. Due to the fact that a Jacuzzi bathtub is considered a luxury, it can be fairly expensive to install. Even the price of a Jacuzzi can vary greatly depending on the features it offers. Below is a detailed breakdown of what goes into your total Jacuzzi price.
If you feel the benefits outweigh the cost, which many do, get in touch with a few local bathroom remodeling professionals who can help you install a Jacuzzi.
Table of Contents
- Jacuzzi Prices & Cost Factors
- Advantages of Jacuzzi Bathtubs
- Disadvantages of Jacuzzi Bathtubs
- Jacuzzi Maintenance Costs
- How to Save on Jacuzzi Installation
- Jacuzzi Materials
- Bacteria Concerns
- Independent Heater
- How to Choose the Right Tub
- Jacuzzi Types & Brands
- DIY Jacuzzi Installation
- Find A Pro
Jacuzzi Prices & Cost Factors
- Minimum Average Cost: $1,600/Unit
- Maximum Average Cost: $13,000/Unit
The biggest factor to consider in terms of cost is the price of the Jacuzzi bathtub itself. There are some simple models that cost as little as $600. However, some models can cost upwards of $10,000. The pricing on Jacuzzi bathtubs changes rapidly depending on the features the tubs offer. The average price of Jacuzzi bathtubs are based on their size, whether the unit can still be used as a standup shower and the number of jets they include. However, there are also extra features that can raise the cost of the tub. This includes a self-cleaning option and an independent heater so your water heater does not take such a beating every time it tries to fill up the tub. The self-cleaning option helps keep the jets and the tubing that runs throughout the Jacuzzi bathtub clean.
Another cost to consider is the price of hiring someone to professionally install the Jacuzzi bathtub. Given that the skill level to install a Jacuzzi bathtub is fairly high, most homeowners hire a pro. The bathroom contractor needs to have knowledge about plumbing and this is especially true if the unit can still be used as a standup shower. The cost to hire a professional usually costs around $1,000 to $3,000 depending on the complexity of the tub.
Advantages of Jacuzzi Bathtubs
Choosing a Jacuzzi bathtub over a regular bathtub has its advantages and disadvantages. The biggest benefit of having a Jacuzzi bathtub is that homeowners get to enjoy the benefits of an outdoor hot tub indoors. You no longer have to worry about the privacy concerns that come with using an outdoor hot tub. On top of that, Jacuzzi tubs are seen as luxury items and often increase the overall value of the home. Last but not least, Jacuzzi bathtubs are great at relaxing sore muscles and relieving joint pain in the same way conventional hot tubs do. For many homeowners, this is reason enough to get a Jacuzzi bath installed as part of a major or minor bathroom remodel.
Disadvantages of Jacuzzi Bathtubs
Unfortunately, there are a number of cons that come with having even a small Jacuzzi bathtub installed. First of all, Jacuzzi bathtubs are extremely expensive, costing anywhere from $600 to over $15,000 depending on the features they offer. On top of that, the cost of having them installed is greater than a normal tub. This is because electrical wiring has to be installed and the overall size of the tub is generally bigger.
Jacuzzi tubs can also be extremely noisy when in use. Lastly, if the Jacuzzi tub does not have a self-cleaning feature, then it will require extra cleaning because even a little bit of water left in the tubing can lead to mold growth and spread of bacteria.
Jacuzzi Maintenance Costs
If your Jacuzzi bathtub comes with a built-in filtration and water purification system, maintaining your hot tub should be a breeze. In fact, just like any area of the home, occasional cleaning is all that’s needed.
Besides scrubbing down your Jacuzzi every so often, you must make sure all water is removed from the tub after each use. As you will read below, even a few drops of leftover water can lead to mold.
Additionally, you have to check the tubes as well. Running the Jacuzzi without water should send a shot of air through the tubes, ensuring no water is leftover.
Given the few items above, maintenance costs should not exceed $20/month, with most of that coming through your electric bill. However, if you purchase a cheaper model, your monthly electrical increase could rise to $50.
How to Save on Jacuzzi Installation
Despite all costs above, there are a few ways to save on your Jacuzzi installation. Of course, the biggest money-saver can come from the actual Jacuzzi you choose. As we said, prices range from as low as $600 to as high as $10,000. If you want to keep costs down, you may have to buy smaller Jacuzzis with fewer features like an adjustable jet flow or jet direction. Bear in mind, this price only includes the actual hot tub and no installation whatsoever. It also does not consider extra electrical or plumbing costs or removal of old Jacuzzi.
Another way to save money is to remove your old tub and install your new Jacuzzi yourself. As you will read below in “DIY Installation,” adding a Jacuzzi bathtub on your own is no easy task. If additional foundation, plumbing or electrical upgrades are needed, you’ll most likely have to contact a local pro.
Finally, if you do hire a pro, help them out however you can. Whether it’s carrying the new tub up the stairs, cleaning the bathroom in the middle of installation or just clearing the way, the less time he or she spends in your home, the cheaper your overall Jacuzzi price will be.
Beyond costs, there are a few Jacuzzi characteristics you should know before you hand over that credit card.
Fortunately, not many materials are needed to have a Jacuzzi bathtub installed in a home. Homeowners should keep in mind that some of these materials will be supplied by the contractor.
The basic materials needed are:
- Copper Tubing
- Anti-Scald Valve
- Electrical Wiring
- Copper Ground Wire
- Mortar Mix
- GFCI Outlet
One of the top concerns when dealing with a Jacuzzi bathtub is the growth of bacteria and mold within the jets and tubing. In fact, mold can form if even a small amount of water is left. Most homeowners are not able to check the tubing, which is located inside the tub, to see if it is dry.
Some Jacuzzi bathtubs have the ability to run even when there is no water in the tub. This forces air throughout the tubing, which dries the tubes out. This is one of the best ways to prevent mold and other forms of bacteria from growing in the tub. If the Jacuzzi bathtub has this feature, run it after each time you use the bathtub. This is even more important if you don’t plan on using the bathtub again for several days.
Other Jacuzzi bathtubs require water to be present in the tub when the jets are on. Thankfully, homeowners can buy different chemical cleaners to help keep their tubing clean. The more often the tub is run, the more often the cleaners have to be used. Homeowners can also hire professionals to clean the Jacuzzi bathtubs for them. These services are fairly inexpensive and take very little time. Best of all, it helps keep the Jacuzzi bathtub free of bacteria.
One of the most popular additional features that people add onto their Jacuzzi bathtubs is an independent heater. This is a feature that allows a Jacuzzi to keep the water in the tub warm. This is a very popular option for people who have small water heaters or wish to install an outdoor Jacuzzi. Instead of completely draining your household water heater to fill up the Jacuzzi tub, you can use cooler water and let the independent heating system kick in. Units with such heaters cost more and do use more electricity. However, homeowners usually end up saving money because their water heaters do not have to work overtime.
How to Choose the Right Tub
Will all information above, you can start researching the right hot tub for your home. First, you must determine the budget. Every remodeling project needs a budget. The projects that don’t have a budget almost always spend more the intended.
Next, you have to decide if you want an indoor or outdoor Jacuzzi. Outdoor Jacuzzis are more expensive and do not provide as much privacy as an indoor one. Nonetheless, outdoor units vastly improve the entertainment value of your backyard.
Next, you have find out if extra plumbing and electrical upgrades are needed. If so, your installation cost just took a big hit. Nevertheless, it’s a cost that must be considered before purchasing a new whirlpool Jacuzzi tub.
After, take some measurements and analyze the design of your bathroom. Does a Jacuzzi make sense where your current bathtub is located? If not, a redesign may be in order. While it’s certainly needed, all redesigns cost a pretty penny.
Then, make a list of the extra features you need and want. Remember, there is a fine line between what we need and what we want. While five jets would be nice, all five may not be needed if we only plan to use the Jacuzzi once a week.
Now you’re ready. Go out and find the best bang for your buck. Websites such as Lowe’s or Home Depot have a wide range of indoor Jacuzzis and whirlpools. There is a right Jacuzzi for every home and every budget.
Finally, if you plan on hiring a Jacuzzi pro, always get multiple quotes. It always helps to have a few options when it comes to any home remodeling contractor.
Jacuzzi Types & Brands
There are a few different Jacuzzi types and brands all interested homeowners should know. Jacuzzi types include:
- Jacuzzi Whirlpool Tub
- Air Bath Whirlpool
- Jacuzzi Water Heater Model
- Jacuzzi Steam Shower Tub
The Jacuzzi water heater model is the king of them all. If you want to get the most out of our Jacuzzi, the water heater model is right for you.
The major Jacuzzi brands or manufacturers are:
- Hot Spring
Installing A Jacuzzi
While installing a hot tub by yourself is difficult, it can be done, especially if you have a proper foundation and all electrical and plumbing are in place and ready to go.
First and foremost, make sure your foundation can hold the extra weight. The average hot tub weighs 700 Ibs. Add water and your body weight and we’re talking 1,000 Ibs. If you’re not sure about the weight, contact a bathroom pro and ask them to come out to assess the situation. They may charge you, but I assure you, it will be less than any damage that could follow if your floor can’t hold your new Jacuzzi.
When installing a new Jacuzzi, remember to allow for sufficient clearance. You need sufficient access to make final connections and install your service panel. The areas around the pump and tubes need clearance as well in case any repairs are needed down the line.
Overall, follow the manufacturer’s instructions exactly. Do not skip corners or you could end up with a bathroom flood.
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Whether it’s relaxing your muscles or increasing the value of your home, indoor Jacuzzis are terrific additions to any home. While the average Jacuzzi installation cost can exceed $5,000, most homeowners agree that the large upfront cost is well worth the investment.
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Last updated on May 15, 2017