If you want a hot tub that you can install permanently at your backyard, you need to invest in an inground hot tub. However, you should know that these tubs can be rather expensive. It’s not just the hot tub that makes them expensive—it’s the accessories and maintenance as well.

In this guide, we will take a look at all of the components that you need in order to use your hot tub. Everything from the prices to how much it costs to have it outside your house and keep it in proper working order.

How much does an inground hot tub cost?

The Tub Itself

The first thing that you need to pay for when installing an inground hot tub is the tub itself. The models range in price depending on how many people you would like to seat in, the amount of jets and such.

In general, most inground hot tubs cost between 3,000$ to 20,000$ depending on whether you want one with an acrylic shell or you prefer a custom-made model. The other thing that drives the cost up is the power source. Hot tubs can run off electricity, propane, or natural gas.

Cleaning Solution and Accessories

Cleaning solution and accessories help you keep the hot tub clean. These things prevent the buildup of bacteria, and keep the tub looking nice and clean over time. The usual range in price starts from as little as $10 all the way up to $20 or more.

In order to find the best hot tub cleaning solution and accessories, consider one or more of the following items:

  • Scum-Absorbing Sponges—In general, these cost between $8 and $10. Throw one of such sponges in the hot tub and let it float freely. It will work well on removing scummy things from the surface of the tub.
  • Cleaning Mitts—When cleaning your hot tub, you don’t want to touch the icky mess on the walls or other areas of the tub. Therefore, it is a good idea to wear one of these hot tub cleaning mitts. These cost about $10 to $12 depending on which sets you buy.
  •  Sanitizer—All hot tubs need to be sanitized to keep bacteria and germs from building up. Many sanitizers contain chlorine and bromine. Keeping your hot tub clean and germ-free is easy, as long as you are willing to spend $20-$30 for a sanitizer. Keep in mind that it eventually needs to be replaced.
  • Water Testing Strips—In order to test the PH levels and the overall quality of the water, you need to invest in water testing strips. These cost anywhere from $7 to $10. Get them in sets of 50 or more so you won’t have to spend money as frequently.

A small list of the cleaning products that we have selected for the best hot tub experience:

  • Oh Yuk Jetted Tub System Cleaner—One 16-ounce bottle ensures your hot tub stays perfectly clean. If there is biofilm or bacteria built up on the hot tub, this solution will cut through them without a problem. You can use this solution and see results within 5 to 15 minutes. Since it doesn’t have any harmful odors it won’t make you sick or dizzy.
  • Bug Solutions Ultra Mitt— You can use this cleaner to wipe scum off the walls of the hot tub. It works perfectly on all surfaces that are made of acrylic, fiberglass, vinyl or tile. You should know that this mitt is reusable.
  • Ecoone Eco-8039— This system is easy and extremely safe to use. The kit comes with a three-month supply of all non-toxic treatments. This is an environmentally-friendly cleaning option.

Aside from the cleaning accessories, there are other accessories you need to maximize the enjoyment of your spa experience. Depending on what you get, the price can range from $30 all the way up to $300 or even as much as $2,000.

Here are some of the best hot tub accessories to consider investing in:

  • AquaTray Spa Side Table—Not only is this tray available in a stylish gray color, it also has spots where you can put your food and drinks on. You can fit the tray over the edge of the spa so that you don’t have to strain reaching out to take what you need.
  • Lightahead Bluetooth Speaker— If you want to enhance your spa time with some music this is a perfect device for you. Easy to pair via a Bluetooth connection, it has a built-in rechargeable battery that keeps it running even after the 6 hour playback time.
  • Spa Cover— Some hot tubs come with a spa cover, which is good, because this means you won’t have to spend extra money on them. However, if your hot tub did not come with one, then you need to buy it separately. Covers should be considered mandatory for all hot tub owners as they keep dirt and debris out of the tub. They also help maintain the water temperature and prevent children or disabled from falling inside. Spa covers generally range in price from $30 to $150, depending on the size and type.
  • Hot Tub Stairs— Depending on the way your tub is designed, you probably need to get hot tub stairs so that you can get in and out of the tub. They can be expensive, ranging from $50 to $250 and more, but they are well worth the investment.

Now you know what goes into purchasing an inground hot tub. You have a better idea about the money you need to pay for the entire set. If you want the complete package, you need to save up at least $10,000 to $30,000, depending on the model. Ultimately, as long as you are happy with your purchase, the money should not matter.