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If you’re in the market for a new hot tub, then you’re probably wondering which one is right for you. There are many models available from different manufacturers, and while the features you choose to incorporate into the tub all depend on what needs you’re trying to meet, you will notice a price difference across the board. So how do you decide which hot tub to purchase? And is there a difference between value hot tubs and high-end hot tubs? The short answer is yes, there is a difference. But deciding which one to invest in depends on what you’re personally looking for. Let’s take a look at the different factors that can influence the price of a hot tub. 

Energy Efficiency 

By their very nature, hot tubs need to produce hot water. And that requires electricity. From reducing greenhouse gas emissions and lowering the cost of electricity bills, energy-efficient hot tubs are a preferred option amongst most people. 

The high-end variety provides more energy efficiency with denser foam insulation and a higher quality hinge seal, which accounts for the much higher upfront costs. Fortunately, in the long run, you’re likely to recoup the cost with the lowered electricity bills. 


All hot tubs produce hot water and have the right amount of jets for you to enjoy them. While a value hot tub might have jets with larger pumps that don’t have as much pressure, you can still find a value model with a great number of jets that gives an awesome massage. 

Just don’t expect much variety. Chances are value hot tubs will have one-directional sprays. This is as opposed to the more high-end ones that could have pulsating, oscillator, or even deep relief jets. The price point will reflect that difference. 


This is a huge contributing factor in the price difference between these products. Hot tubs are often made from either vinyl, plastic, or acrylic. Vinyl hot tubs are less expensive compared to the other materials. 

A value hot tub might come with some type of rotomolded plastic seal. Unlike the more expensive, glossy, acrylic seal commonly found in the more luxurious ones, this plastic seal often has a dull, matte finish that doesn’t offer the “WOW” factor of a high-end tub. 


High-end tubs are undoubtedly more comfortable than their more pocket-friendly counterparts. You can expect fancy seats that are ergonomically molded, have extra padding or feature a variety of extras such as footpads or armrests. Regardless, value hot tubs still have comfortable seats that ensure you have a great experience in them. 


Hot tub manufacturers certainly want you to have value for your money. A high-end hot tub is likely to come with the full package – glowing lights, sleek design, fountains, and even some tech features such as Bluetooth connection or remote control features. 

This would add to the price, but you can still very much bask in the comfort of a less beautified hot tub if you aren’t ready to make the jump up to a higher price point. 


You can expect a top-of-the-line hot tub to be made with higher-quality materials than less expensive ones. This makes them less likely to break down, thereby increasing their lifespan, and eventually saving you money on repairs and replacements. 

Your Houston Hot Tub Experts

Ultimately, it’s your choice. Go for whichever hot tub that best suits your pocket and taste. Proper maintenance on your part would ensure you enjoy whichever hot tub you choose for as long as possible. Give the hot tub experts at Spas Unlimited a call today to learn more about the different options we offer so we can help determine which one would be the best addition to your backyard. 

About Us

Spas Unlimited has provided Houston, Katy, Conroe and the surrounding areas with all of their hot tub needs since 1988. As a leading hot tub store in the area, Spas Unlimited carries hot tubs from a variety of manufacturers, including Caldera, Dynasty, Cal Spas, and many more, and has more than 30 hot tubs on display in their Houston showroom so homeowners can visualize and find the best hot tub or swim spa model that fits their needs and their space. The hot tub and swim spa experts at Spas Unlimited have the experience and knowledge to provide reliable hot tub service & repair, including hot tub move & removal, equipment repair, and drain & clean. In addition to the best hot tubs and swim spas, Spas Unlimited also carries a variety of hot tub water care products, hot tub covers, and outdoor furniture at their Houston hot tub store

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