If you’re in the market for a backyard spa, you may have already noticed the large array of models and price options. With high-end hot tubs costing $8,000 to $15,000+ more than entry-level hot tubs, you may be wondering, are high-end models worth the extra investment? Just what are the differences between high-end vs entry-level hot tubs? We’re glad you asked! Before you decide how much to budget for your new hot tub, let’s take a deeper look at what the extra spend gets you.
What’s Right for You? High-End vs Entry-Level Hot Tub Considerations
Entry-level hot tubs generally stick to basic features and designs, which helps to keep costs lower. On the other hand, high-end hot tubs provide more features, exceptional comfort, and high efficiency. Let’s compare some of the core differences.
Heating and operating a high-end spa adds very little to your monthly utility bill – just $10-$20 per month on average. But, creating a hot tub that runs that efficiently, even during our Connecticut winters, requires a higher level of manufacturing and materials. So it’s important to note that a high-end spa costs more up front, but you’ll recoup part of your investment in energy savings.
High-End Hot Tubs
You might think a jet is just a jet, but luxury spas have higher-quality jets that do more, to put it simply. First, you’ll find multiple arrangements of jets so that you can tailor your massage to exactly what you need on any given day.
Even more importantly, high-end hot tubs have jets with a range of jet actions. You can customize your hydromassage with pulsating jets, sweeping jets, directional jets, and more. When you’re checking out hot tubs in person, discuss your goals with your local spa dealer.
Whether you’re looking for a spa that you can lounge in while getting a full-body massage, or you need a tub that powerfully targets that pesky chronic back or shoulder pain, there’s a high-end spa that’ll feel like it was built just for you.
With an entry-level spa, you’ll still have an epic spot for relaxation and hydrotherapy right outside your door. However, your jet options will be more limited. Often, an entry-level hot tub will have many of the same single-action jets instead of a variety of jets that deliver different massage styles.
If you’re looking for an entry-level hot tub, you also have the option of going with a plug-and-play spa. Just as the name implies, this kind of hot tub plugs into a standard household 3-prong outlet. This is a great choice for renters, military families, and others who plan to move soon or want the simplicity of a spa that works with their existing electrical set up.
Comfort in Design
Another core difference comes from the hot tub’s overall comfort. A high-end hot tub provides more refined seating, even sculpted seats that allow you to sink in and relax easily. They may also feature a neck rest or an armrest for more comfort. Entry level models are still comfortable but have fewer extras, often eliminating anything more than just a corner to nestle into for the evening.
The Look and Beauty
When you’re investing in a spa and it will be one of the focal points of your backyard, aesthetics matter. One reason that we’re proud to carry Wellis Spas is that every model, from the least expensive plug-and-play model to the most luxurious PeakLine model is beautiful. But you will notice some stand out features on our highest-end models, including water features, a Smart Touch Control Panel, Bluetooth®, and more.
Entry-level models tend to be simplistic in their overall design. That’s not to say they are an eyesore, but there are often fewer colors and style options available.
Durability and Longevity
It’s critical to consider the overall quality of the hot tub construction. The very best models are built to last, and you can count on enjoying a daily spa soak for 15 years or more. Entry-level models tend to last for 5 to 7 years, depending on the model.
Explore the Exclusive Hot Tub Experiences We Offer
The best way to understand the difference between a high-end and entry-level hot tub is to experience it for yourself! Stop by our store in Brookfield (Opening June, 2022!) to compare our models and learn more about your options. Once you’ve narrowed it down to a couple of favorites, we’ll get you scheduled for a test soak so you can experience the jets, seating styles, and footbed and zero in on the perfect spa for you.