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My neighbor asks whether anyone here has installed an outdoor hot tub and if so, what information can you share with him?

Asked by gailcalled (54575points) July 12th, 2012

He wants prices and degree of contentment or discontent with the whole experience. Can you help?

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Coloma's avatar

I love my hot tub, have had it for 7 years now. Initial costs included pouring a patio slab and installing a GFI circuit in my garage. Total cost including the tub which is a California fun spa, around 5k. It is a 4–6 person spa but you can get smaller or larger depending on your needs. If you already have a patio or deck you will not need to pour a slab. Beware of placing them on decks though, they will cause sagging eventually due to the weight unless your deck is extremely strong.

They are low maintenance, and double as a nice little cool pool in the summer.
Even when keeping it hot in the winter 24/7 I have never had an electric bill over $80.00
Mine is getting older now, still works great and you can paint/ re-stain them as you desire.
Mine was originally redwood but it is now stained a very pretty deep teal green that blends with my house and landscaping.

I couldn’t be happier with mine!

kitchi1's avatar

I have an outdoor Jacuzzi. But it’s on the porch.
I don’t knnow what to tell you about it though…Sorry…

bkcunningham's avatar

Find a reputable dealer and schedule a time to go into the shop after business hours to sit (in water) in a few you are interested in to see how the seating and jets feel.

Ron_C's avatar

I helped my son-in-law install a used tub that he bought at a yard sale. We installed it on his back deck. I ran a 220 Volt electrical line and junction box with a GFI designed for hot tubs (I didn’t know that before a trip to Lowes).

Other than drilling a hole through concrete wall and burying a plastic conduit, there was not much physical work.

I didn’t pay for the material but doubt that we spent more than $250.

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