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How long does a hot tub last?
How long does a hot tub last?
Written by Kimberly Giraldo
Updated over a week ago

Naturally when making a long-term financial investment such as a hot tub, one of your first questions might be “How long do hot tubs last?” You probably want to purchase a long-lasting hot tub to ensure you get the most out of your spa experience for many years. The good news is that some of the best hot tub models on the market are also typically the ones from premium companies like Jacuzzi® that are designed to last. Many factors determine how long a hot tub will last, which will be covered in this article.

Quality of materials and design

When considering the question, “How long does a hot tub last,” one of the most important determining factors is the quality of the materials and the design of the hot tub. A hot tub from a premium brand will be made from materials that are designed to stand the test of time. These materials will also be made to withstand the elements. This is important since many hot tubs are placed outside and exposed to various weather conditions all year round. A Jacuzzi® hot tub is not only built to provide you with the very best hydrotherapy experience, it is designed to perform for years with minimal care. Jacuzzi® spas are durable, reliable and designed with you in mind, from the materials choose to the performance you desire. All Jacuzzi® hot tubs undergo thorough quality checks to ensure they live up to their reputation for dependability and are backed by a solid warranty. This provides you with peace of mind that your hot tub is made to last.

Some of the material components that add to the longevity of a Jacuzzi® hot tub include our ProFusion™ Shell. This is an outer shell that is constructed of the highest quality acrylic that is stain- and scratch-resistant, a bonded vapor barrier, and a resin composite which are layered together for ultimate durability. These materials create an inseparable bond that stands up to both heat and cold. Long-lasting cabinetry options include synthetic wood that is UV-resistant to withstand extreme hot and cold weather.

In addition, Jacuzzi® spas feature a Propolymer base. This is a rugged protective barrier that insulates the spa from the foundation. The durable ABS-formed foundation protects the hot tub’s components from moisture and the elements while adding structural strength.

Climate and protection from the elements

Most often, a portable spa will be placed outside in nature, and while nature provides stunning ambiance for a soothing soak, it can also wreak havoc on a hot tub. Weather can impact the lifespan of a hot tub in many ways. For example, even leaves dropping into an uncovered hot tub can impact not only the balance of the water but can also clog the filters. This is why maintenance is also an important factor to consider when thinking about how long should a hot tub last. That topic will also be addressed in the next section of this article.

While it’s impossible to change the weather, it is possible to protect your hot tub from these elements in the name of preserving the life span of your hot tub. It’s best to begin with a hot tub made from materials designed to do just that.

A Jacuzzi® hot tub features ProFinish® and ProEndure™ Tool-Free Cabinetry. These components are fade-resistant, color fast and virtually maintenance free. They are also designed to withstand heat and cold to stay beautiful longer.

Furthermore, all Jacuzzi® hot tubs exceed the California Energy Commission standards for spa energy consumption. The insulation of every Jacuzzi® hot tub completely surrounds the shell and fills the cabinet, helping to lower operating costs, ensure quieter operation, and provide reliability while giving you peace of mind even in the coldest of climates.

Another aspect of a Jacuzzi® hot tub that helps preserve its lifespan is a high-quality cover. Jacuzzi® ProLast™ covers lock in your heat with durable UV-stable, woven polyester outer fabric and heat-locking EPS foam core. Jacuzzi® ProLast™ covers protect your spa for years by creating a vacuum seal with the sculpted shell. This helps retain heat and maintain water temperature longer for lower operating costs. A high-quality cover also helps keep dirt, debris and other foliage from getting into your spa.

Water care and filtration systems —

Proper use of advanced water care and filtration systems can help preserve the longevity of your hot tub as well. Jacuzzi® hot tubs offer high-quality water care and filtration systems, with varying standard features and optional upgraded systems based on the model you’re interested in. Regardless of the Jacuzzi® hot tub you choose, you can rest assured that you’ll receive a virtually hands-free approach to water care. All Jacuzzi® hot tubs feature combined ozone and UV-C technology. The Jacuzzi® CLEARRAY Active Oxygen® System is designed to work harder to clean* the water longer. In addition, Jacuzzi® hot tubs offer up to five stages of filtration, depending on the collection. The Jacuzzi® 5-Stage** filtration process ensures cleaner* water, which equates to fewer water changes and less effort for you.

Technology —

The assistance of technology can also help determine the lifespan of a hot tub. Jacuzzi® hot tubs are equipped with technology to not only make your soaking experience easy and almost hassle free, but also make hot tub management and maintenance easy. You can adjust key settings from your smart devices, maintain energy efficiency and temperatures, and even request servicing from your dealer directly through the Jacuzzi® SmartTub® System app.

Maintenance and care —

Hot tubs made by reputable brands are designed to be easy to use, nearly hassle free and almost maintenance free. However, your hot tub will still need some care and occasional service to ensure you get the most life out of your hot tub investment. It’s always advisable to choose a spa with a solid warranty in case any repairs are needed or issues arise. However, monthly maintenance and lifetime costs will be affected by the craftsmanship and quality of your hot tub. Routine care is an important aspect of hot tub ownership and will help extend the longevity of your hot tub. Following care and maintenance guidelines for your hot tub can help you maximize its lifespan.

Ultimately, there is not one specific number of years that any given hot tub will last. The lifespan of any hot tub will be determined by the factors mentioned above. When asking, “How long should a hot tub last?” the answer will depend on many variables.

However, with proper care and maintenance of a luxury spa from a premium brand such as Jacuzzi®, you and your loved ones can expect to enjoy the soothing benefits of your Jacuzzi® hot tub for 15 to 20 years. The longevity of this makes the value of your investment worth it when considering not only all the physical benefits that can be reaped during those years but also the fun memories of experiencing your hot tub with family and friends.

When you’re looking for a hot tub that will stand the test of time, you’ll want to consider the aforementioned factors. A visit to a reputable hot tub dealer or showroom is another smart step in your hot tub research and shopping process. Ask a professional hot tub dealer questions regarding lifespan and other aspects such as cost. You might also get their recommendations on the best hot tub to choose for longevity. This can help you make a purchase that will bring you endless relaxation and pleasure for years to come.

*Clean is defined as the removal of microscopic (down to 3 micron level, varies by model) debris from the water. The CLEARRAY Active Oxygen® System utilizes various technologies to achieve cleanliness. One of them is ozone, which aids in the grouping of smaller debris to form larger clusters that can be more easily captured in the filtration process.

**Stages of filtration may vary by collection.

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Medical disclaimer: This information is not intended to prescribe a particular diagnosis or course of action. We are not medical professionals. Please contact your GP or other medical professional for advice if you have any concerns about your current health or well-being.

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