Inflatable Hot Tub Running Costs

The cost of running an inflatable hot tub was one of our first fears before we jumped in and purchased our one and only hot tub

So how much does it cost to run an inflatable hot tub?

How much dinero?

We can only give you answers to that question based on our experience over the last five years of ownership, and yes, we’ve still got the original and it doesn’t look like it will need replacing for another five years or more.

Our hot tub is a 5-6 berth Lay-Z-Spa, as there are four of us – two adults and two now early to mid-teen kids who you may as well call adults as they are getting bigger than us right now.

We chose the larger version to allow us room to move if we were all in together, and we were many a time, but now the kids are getting bigger they have their friends over and we are simply pushed aside.

So we have to grab our moments together after work, while they are ‘chatting’ on Facebook and whatever of the latest sites they are on in the early evening, when we both can share the relaxing warmth as we chat about our day’s goings-on, actually talking, or simply lie there and soak up the calmness of the evening with a glass of pop.

And by pop, I mean a red wine for me and a beer for his lordship.

Mmmm. It’s nice to let your mind go dormant in the water’s heat as you relax.

But I’m getting off the subject here. You want to know about our inflatable hot tub running costs, more than likely before you jump in and purchase your first hot tub.


What can I say?




When we first bought our hot tub from Amazon, the kids were eight and nine years old. They had their friends over near enough every day after school, so I reckon the cost back then was around $1 a day for the electric and it was well used by them, maybe $10 a week extra in total on our budget if you add the chemicals in.

But they would leave the cover off the pool most nights, especially in the spring and fall so that was bound to add to the costs.

Mind you, we packed it away in the winter and couldn’t wait for it to be out in the spring.

Since they’ve grown up a bit, and been moaned at regularly about replacing the insulating cover, the cost has been reduced, so when you count inflation the costs are still about the same right now, even though they are using it a little less.

I can’t wait until we (hubby and I) can have full use of it ourselves, but that is perhaps wishful thinking on my part.


From this, you will understand that they are not that expensive to run and keep up to temperature.

It just means skipping a McDonald’s once a week and it’s covered with lots to spare, plus it’s healthier for your kids as well.

Mind you, it also depends on how big or small your hot tub will be and whether you want to use it into the winter.

We pack ours away for the winter, as where we are means it would freeze solid and that’s a bit pointless if you ask me. Not only that, but the damage that would result from ice ruining the waterways and the filter body is a definite reason for draining it out and storing it.

If you live in a warmer part of the States, then you should have no trouble with running a hot tub as your cost will be less.

One point here is that if you live in a ‘hot’ part in the summer, then you will need to be aware of the bacteria developing and whether the hot tub is getting a bit too warm for pregnant women.

The heat is generally set at a maximum of 104F and this is too hot for the preggers ladies. 

Why not check out our page relating to hot tub side effects – including pregnancy?

Apparently, 102F is the limit for the preggy ones amongst us, as beyond that the baby is affected, meaning deformities and possible chromosome faults occur, so must be avoided at all costs.

It is something to do with the core body temperature being raised, which means the baby being stressed through overheating.

Not only that, but we keep ours at that comfortable temperature all summer.

I think the limit of 104F is something to do with the material used, or maybe it is the safest temperature for the human body, should you fall asleep in there?  Maybe it’s a safe temperature which makes our hot tubs last, or it could even be the pump that restricts it. But 102F is just about right as far as we are concerned and although his Lordship doesn’t know it, that’s the max for good sperm production…

Still hoping………..


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