In Tampa, outdoor entertaining is a year-round activity. The mild climate and laidback local lifestyle make hot tubs a perfect backyard accessory for Tampa homeowners. Upscale communities like FishHawk Ranch, Lutz and Wesley Chapel often have homes with hot tubs. ConsumerAffairs researched the best hot tubs in Tampa to help find the right one for you.
Florida ranks third in the U.S. for the number of homes with hot tubs, according to the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. It’s no wonder that hot tubs are so popular among Tampa’s residents – they’re great for recreation and relaxing with your family and friends. Hot tubs also have therapeutic benefits, helping people soak sore muscles, soothe arthritic joints and relieve stress.
Hot tubs are considered so helpful for certain conditions that it’s possible your insurance policy may cover the cost of your hot tub if your doctor deems one medically necessary to treat poor circulation, help manage pain or provide other benefits.
The City of Tampa does not require a permit for a hot tub if it’s a self-contained, portable unit that doesn’t require modifications to your current electrical or plumbing system. If the installation does require an electrician or plumber, or if it’s an in-ground spa, you can apply for a permit through the city’s Construction Services Division.
You likely won’t need any electrical or plumbing work. Most 120-volt hot tubs are considered plug-and-play with your home’s current outlets, but you’ll need to have a licensed electrician install a new outlet for a 240-volt hot tub. You can fill your hot tub with a garden hose, so no plumbing work is required. Most hot tubs come with a filtration system to clean the water, and you’ll only need to drain and refill your hot tub once or twice a year.
When you’re shopping for hot tubs in Tampa, there are a few important things to consider, including:
Price: Most mid-range hot tubs in Tampa cost between $5,000 and $8,000. You’ll pay more for additional hydrotherapy benefits and upgraded features.
Size: How many people will sit in your hot tub at once? Some hot tub models have perimeter seating, and others have seating at different depths. Most seat between three and seven people.
Material: High-end stainless steel hot tubs are durable but will cost more. Wood models are also available, but they need to be treated against insects, especially in Tampa. Acrylic shells are common because of their durability, and vinyl covers hold up best in the Tampa heat.
Jet power: Most hot tubs have an average of 20 massage jets, but if you want additional therapeutic benefits, choose a model with more jets. Some models come with up to 70 massaging jets.
Upgrades: You can select a hot tub with steps, lighting, shelves and cabinets. Some models come with wireless sound systems to enhance your outdoor entertainment.
Hot tub installation should not be a do-it-yourself project. Most hot tub dealers in Tampa have technicians to install your new purchase. A delivery team will ensure the outdoor surface is flat and then set up your hot tub and get it running.
Only licensed technicians should repair hot tubs, but you can choose to hire a company to maintain your hot tub or perform the maintenance yourself. If you maintain it yourself, be sure to get instructions from your hot tub dealer. The Center for Disease Control provides resources for the sanitary care and cleaning of hot tubs.
ThermoSpas allows buyers to design custom hot tubs. You can choose the model, color, accessories and jet speed. The company sells directly to consumers and offers a free site inspection before you buy. The hot tubs come with a 20-year structural warranty, and customers in Tampa said purchasing and installing their hot tub was a pleasant and effortless experience.
Master Spas is a national hot tub distributor with four local dealerships. The company has more than 30 years of experience and sells hot tubs and swim spas. Tampa reviewers say the company builds quality hot tubs and provides helpful service if a tub develops any problems.
Tampa Bay Spas and Hot Tubs
Tampa Bay Spas and Hot Tubs provides in-home consultations, offers free soaking experiences and has showrooms in North Tampa and Brandon. They sell new and used hot tubs, accessories and service plans. The company has financing options available, and Tampa customers say it provides excellent service and quality.
Recreational Pools, Spas, and More
Recreational Pools Spas and More is a local Tampa hot tub company that sells four different hot tub brands. The store also sells accessories and outdoor kitchens for those looking for a complete backyard lifestyle. Potential buyers can get an online quote, and factory-trained technicians handle all installation and maintenance.