Hot Tub FAQ

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We get asked questions all the time about hot tubs. From technical questions like "how fast does it take to heat up," to product questions like "how long will it take for my hot tub to arrive," We've assembled this FAQ post to tackle as many as we can. We will continuously add to this post, so check back often! If you don't see the answer you are looking for, feel free to send us an email

How much does a hot tub weigh?

Our Hot tubs come in multiple shapes, sizes and, of course, weights. There are two different types of hot tubs available, Roto-Molded and Acrylic. Roto-Molded hot tubs are one, solid piece that's created using a mold, filed with polyethylene pellets, which are heated and rotated, forcing the material to evenly distribute to the sides of the mold. This process allows for a lighter and cheaper alternative to acrylic spas, however, they do not have the same glossy finish, instead they have a flat, plastic appearance to the inside of the hot tub. Acrylic hot tubs have been around for a longer period of time and weighs a bit more due to the amount of materials and layering. The process in which a acrylic hot tub is made, uses several layers of backing mold and fiberglass, which is then polished and vacuumed, giving the hot tub a glossy finish. Below are some listings on hot tub types and weight ranges that we carry. For more information on the differences between Roto-Molded and Acrylic, check out our Hot Tub Buying Guide. Here are some examples to consider:

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Roto-Molded Hot Tubs

Without Water
  • 450lbs-950lbs
With Water
  • 2,046lbs-3,085lbs

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Acrylic Hot Tubs

Without Water
  • 450lbs-950lbs
With Water
  • 2,046lbs-3,085lbs

How much does a hot tub cost?

The cost of hot tubs depends on the size and material of the hot tub. For instance, Roto-Molded hot tubs use a much faster process that does not include as much labor as Acrylic; therefore costing less. When shopping for hot tubs, you can expect prices from about $2499.00 to $5999.99. For more information to make the right choice for you, take a look at our Hot Tub Buying Guide. It breaks down different factors that need to be considered before making the plunge and buying a hot tub.

How much water does a hot tub hold?

Hot tubs will hold different amounts of water due to the size of the hot tub. Although seemingly unimportant at first, keep in mind hot tub owners will want to drain and refill their hot tub water every 3-4 months or so to keep clean, well balanced water. Here are some examples to consider:

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Roto-Molded Hot Tubs

  • 216-310 gal.

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Acrylic Hot Tubs

  • 220-440 gal.

How is a hot tub delivered?

Our hot tubs usually ship within 3 weeks from the date of purchase and are dropped off "curbside" at your place of residence. Roto-molded hot tubs are going to be much easier to transport as they are usually much lighter and can be easily moved with help from your friends or neighbors. Consider the shape of the hot tub as well. A round hot tub can easily be rolled in place with little help. Acrylic spas are heavier and will require more a bit more planning for installation depending on the model and location you have planned for the hot tub. For more information on how to prepare before your hot tub arrives, check out our "How to Prepare for Hot Tub Delivery" article.

Does a hot tub use chlorine just like a pool?

Hot tubs use chlorine or bromine to keep your water clean, clear and sanitized. Due to the characteristics of hot tubs, water balance and chemical levels change at a much faster rate. For instance, the aeration, level of heat and organic waste due to swimmers will cause your water levels to become unbalanced faster than a swimming pool. When comparing options, chlorine will be a bit cheaper than bromine, but many spa owners opt for the use of bromine because it's much more stable than chlorine. This keeps your water in balance for a longer period of time, reducing the maintenance needed to keep your water clean. For more information on hot tub care, take a look at our "Hot Tub Care" article.


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