When considering a hot tub, quality is key. Many people regret not investing in a high-quality tub and instead opt for cheaper options that require more maintenance and repairs. In this article, we will discuss important factors to consider when looking for a hot tub and explain why a Sundance® Spa is a cost-effective option in the long run. With a variety of price points available, Sundance® Spas offer a wide range of high-quality options for every budget.
Consider the Value Per Dollar Cost
While both the upfront and continuing cost of a hot tub may seem daunting, the picture changes considerably if you look at what you’re getting in return.
The Average Cost of a Car
As of September 2022, the average price of a compact car is $26,485. A mid-size is $35,100, and the prices only go up from there. Those figures don’t include the costs of gas, maintenance, repairs, inspections, registration, and the occasional parking ticket.
The Cost of a Sundance® Spa
In the lower range, you can get a hot tub for somewhere between $4,000 and $8,000, while higher-end models cost closer to $25,000. While this doesn’t consider ongoing costs, it’s likely that the price of putting gas in your new car, plus one significant repair job, can eclipse those costs alone.
Then there’s the lifespan. Depending on how much you use your new car, you can get anywhere from six to 12 years out of it on average. By contrast, a properly maintained Sundance® Spa can last over 25 years. In fact, we have spas sitting outside our showroom from 1986, when we first partnered with Sundance®. That is even more impressive when you factor in all of the harsh New England winters.
Value Per Dollar Comparison
On the high end, purchasing a $25,000 Sundance® Spa will cost you just $83 or less per month to own that hot tub over its life span. To purchase a car with an equivalent price tag, it will cost you $174 – $347 per month over its life span.
That means even the most “expensive” Sundance® Spa provides 2x – 4x more value than the average compact car. And that number only goes up when you compare the more moderately priced tubs.
Comparing Sundance® Spas to Other Hot Tub Brands
You’ve seen how investing in a Sundance® Spa compares to buying a new car, but what about the other hot tub brands on the market?
The average cost of a Hot Spring® spa is about $6,000 on the lower end and up to $25,000 for high-end models, with an average lifespan between five and 20 years. That’s more expense and less longevity than a Sundance®.
The average cost of a basic Bullfrog® spa is around $8,000, with luxury models going for closer to $22,000. The average lifespan, meanwhile, is somewhere between 15 and 25 years. A higher entry price than a Sundance® Spa but a similar lifespan.
The average cost of a Caldera® spa is $7,000 on the low end and $20,000 on the high end. As far as lifespan, you’re looking at around 15 years and possibly more with outstanding maintenance. That means it’s more costly at the entry level with a shorter average lifespan.
The cost of a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub ranges from $10,000 – $26,000. Custom options can increase prices. As far as lifespan, you’re looking at around 15 years and possibly more with outstanding maintenance. That means it’s more costly at the entry level with a shorter average lifespan.
The cost of an Artesian® Spa ranges from $4,000 – $14,000. Custom options can increase those prices. As far as lifespan, you’re looking at around 15 years and possibly more with outstanding maintenance. That means it’s more costly at the entry level with a shorter average lifespan.
What Makes a Sundance® Spa Worth the Investment?
Sundance® Spas compare favorably to other brands, but that’s not to say those companies don’t produce great hot tubs with relatively similar costs and lifespans. So what qualities make Sundance® the brand to choose?
Here are just a few of their standout qualities.
Great Monitoring Features
Making the most of your investment requires careful maintenance, and Sundance® can make that job much easier for you with energy efficiency controls, a reminder system for routine maintenance, and more.
Easy Water Care
Water care isn’t just an expense to consider — it’s a complex chore that requires time and effort. With Sundance® Spas, you can save on all these costs thanks to the company’s MicroClean® Ultra Filtration and CLEARRAY ACTIVE OXYGEN® systems.
The longer your hot tub lasts, the better your return on investment will be. Sundance® designs their tubs for durability with their UV-resistant SunStrong® Skirt, proprietary Rigid Bond™ shell, and synthetic base, which resists the wear and tear brought on by the elements.
Picking the Right Spa
With a little research, you can find the spa of your dreams. With a Sundance® spa, you can enjoy a lasting investment for years to come. And if you have any additional questions or would like to test out a Sundance® Spa yourself, stop by our showroom!