Back To Top


Share |

How Much Does a Hot Tub Cost To Run?

If you are thinking of purchasing a hot tub or if you have recently purchased one, you may be wondering what you can expect for ongoing running costs.

Sundance Spas is a leader in the hot tub industry, and recent advancements in hot tub technology means there have been great improvements in engineering and efficiency.

These improvements have led to a reduction in both the initial cost of purchasing a Sundance hot tub and the ongoing operating expenses that go along with owning a portable hot tub

In this blog, we will outline the costs involved in running a Hot Tub, and some of the design and engineering features of a Sundance Spa that maximize energy efficiency and reduce ongoing expenditure.

Monthly Electrical Cost

How much will your hydro bill go up after your hot tub is installed?  Your hot tub electricity cost will depend on a few different factors: unit price per kilowatt hour, the temperature you heat the hot tub to, how often the hot tub is used and how energy efficient it is.

Designed to perform dependably in even the harshest climates, a hot tub from Sundance Spas is enginereed to provide the maximum performance with as little additional electrical use as possible.

Sundance Spas are built with the patented Rigid Bond hot tub shell, a 3 part shell that is 8 times stronger than a standard hot tub acrylic.

Combine this with our excellent dual foam insulation system, efficient jet pumps, high quality filtration systems and ultra high-density foam filled hot tub covers and you have a hot tub that will provide superior performance, durability and energy efficiency.

Every Sundance hot tub is tested in a certified energy chamber that is calibrated and verified by a third party to make sure they meet or surpass CEC (California Energy Commission) standards.

These standards are the stricktest in the world for hot tubs, and compliance with them means you can enjoy lower monthly costs and feel great about using your energy efficient Sundance hot tub every day.

The expense (approx $50-$100 per month) of keeping a cheap, inefficient hot tub properly heated quickly offsets any perceived benefit gained by purchasing a less expensive spa.

The additional hydro cost as well as increased chemical usage and time spent on maintenance will soon outweigh the additional upfront cost of purchasing a higher quality hot tub from Sundance Spas.

The average cost of heating and running a Sundance Hot Tub is only $30 per month ($360 Per year).

Chemical Usage
With new technology such as the ClearRay UV-C Water Purification System and MicroClean Filtration, Sundance Hot Tub owners can enjoy clean, clear water with the minimum amount of chemical usage and time spent on maintenance.

The ClearRay System is included as standard on all Sundance Hot Tubs, and requires a bulb replacement once a year, as it gradually loses its ability to deal with waterborne pathogens. ClearRay UV-C light reduces chemical use by more than half!

The average cost of hot tub chemicals for a year is just $300-$400.

The Cost of a Replacement ClearRay Bulb is $109.95.

Filter Maintenance

Keeping a hot tub’s water clean is essential for minimal maintenance and operating costs. With today’s super-efficient filters, such as the MicroClean System, your Sundance hot tub water is filtered more effectively & efficiently than ever before!

Filter types vary from series to series, so here is a quick guideline to filter maintenance and replacement costs for all  Sundance Hot Tubs:

680 Series - 50 Sq Ft filter

This filter should be cleaned every couple of months, and replaced every 12-18 months. Replacement Filter Cost: $49.95.

780 Series - Dual Stage MicroClean System.

The large, pleated filter should be washed every couple of months and replaced every 18-24 months. Replacement  Cost: $89.95

MicroClean1 Disposable filter requires no cleaning, and should be replaced every 3-5 months. Replacement  Cost $29.95.

880 & 980 Series - Dual Stage MicroUltra System.

The large, outer filter should be washed every couple of months and replaced every 18-24 months. Replacement Cost $89.95.

The Inner Micro-Core Filter requires no cleaning, and should be replaced every 6-12 months. Replacement Cost $59.95.

The average cost for Sundance filter replacements ranges from  $50-$180 per year.

Water Replacement

Filling up your hot tub with water isn't a once-and-done thing, as the spa needs to be drained and cleaned every 3 to 4 months. The average water bill for a 6-7 person hot tub such as the Optima, Chelsee or McKinley would be $10-$13 per fill.

Avearge cost of water: $40-$52 per year.

Heat Loss Prevention

Human beings lose most of our heat through our heads—that’s why we wear hats in the winter. In a similar vein, if your hot tub isn't securely covered when not in use, they can lose a lot of heat. 

A high quality, durable, insulating cover is essential to keep heating costs to a minimum. 

To ensure you protect your investment wisely, it is worthwhile maintaining your hot tub cover with regular cleaning, and the use of a UV protectant such as "Restore", which is available at all 6 locations of The Sundance Spa Store (Burlington, Hamilton, Mississauga, Oakville, St. Catharines & Vaughan).

As you are considering the ongoing costs of hot tub ownership, you should factor in the cost of replacnig your hot tub cover as needed (usually 3-5 years depending on how well the water chemistry is maintained and how well protected the cover is from the effects of the weather). 

Replacement hot tub covers are available for all Sundance Spas, and vary in price depending on model. SunStrong Fabric Covers are also available now in addition to the classic vinyl covers. They are 25% lighter than a traditional cover, stain resistant and more resistant to fading, tearing and breaking.

Please contact your nearest store for pricing information if you require a replacement cover, we would love to hear from you!

The Sundance Spa Store is a provider of high quality Sundance Spas and Finnleo Saunas who service the GTA & Niagara Regions.

We deliver and service our products in cities such as Hamilton, Cambridge, Waterdown, Carlisle, Grimsby, Stoney Creek, Brantford, Binbrook, Caledonia, Smithville, Vineland, Pelham, Crystal Beach, Wainfleet, Port Colborne, Beamsville, Thorold, Brampton, North York, York, East York, Woodbridge, Etobicoke, Nobleton, Caledon, Georgetown, Toronto, Milton, Orangeville, Halton Hills, Welland, Markham, Richmond Hill, Niagara On The Lake, Fort Erie, Thornhill, Niagara Falls and many more!