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Hot tubs are a great source of relaxation and entertainment. Plus, Baltimore residents can enjoy their hot tubs year-round. The Baltimore Sun has partnered with ConsumerAffairs to create this guide by comparing customer reviews and local availability of more than 20 businesses and choosing seven favorites from the top hot tubs in Baltimore.

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What to look for when buying a hot tub in Baltimore

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When buying a hot tub, you should consider the features and accessories you want most as well as environmental factors. Look for quality full-foam insulation if you want to heat your tub economically when temperatures dip below 20 degrees in Baltimore. Here are some popular accessories and features to consider:

  • Lights and speakers: Your hot tub can come equipped with hot tub LED lights that change colors for a relaxing ambiance. It can also include a sound system, usually using a wireless Bluetooth connection.
  • Hot tub cover lifts: Lifts make it easier to cover and uncover your hot tub. Hydraulic lifters are more expensive because they require no effort. Bar lifters allow you to fold the cover in half, then fold it off the hot tub.
  • Hot tub steps: Steps make it easier to get in and out of your hot tub. Handrails are also important for safety if you feel unsteady walking up steps. For ultimate convenience, look for hot tub steps with storage.
  • Saltwater sanitation systems: Saltwater sanitation systems simplify regular maintenance. However, saltwater hot tubs tend to cost more than traditional systems.

Average hot tub prices in Baltimore

In Baltimore, the upfront cost for a new hot tub ranges between $2,000 to $18,000. Hot tub prices vary quite a bit depending on the size and the features that you want. Installation may not be included in the price of your new tub. Hot tub installation in Baltimore usually costs $500 or less.

Most hot tub dealers in Baltimore offer promotions and special financing offers so buyers can pay for a hot tub monthly. When you reach out to a hot tub company, ask about these offers and how you can qualify.

Installing a hot tub in Baltimore

You should decide on a location to put your hot tub before it arrives. Here are some things to keep in mind when installing your new tub:

  • Make sure you have a solid foundation, like a concrete slab.
  • Avoid putting your tub beneath overhead power lines.
  • Place your tub near an outside water source, like a garden hose.
  • Allow access to your hot tub’s control panel.

Many hot tubs require 110 volts and can be used with a standard outlet. Larger tubs usually require 220 volts and plumbing modifications. Baltimore County and City of Baltimore residents also need a permit to ensure proper safety regulations for pools and hot tubs are met, including fencing and barriers.

Baltimore hot tub FAQ

Do you need a permit for a hot tub in Baltimore?

Yes, Baltimore residents often need a permit or permits to install a hot tub. If you work with a local hot tub dealer in Baltimore, it should help you obtain the proper permit(s) from the city or county. If you’re installing a hot tub yourself, you will also need the proper permit(s).

How often should you clean a hot tub?

You should sanitize your hot tub weekly to avoid scum buildup and debris accumulation. A few times a year, you should completely drain the tub for a deep clean.

How much does a hot tub cost to maintain?

Including the cost of filters, bulbs, chemicals and increased electricity, maintenance costs fall between $500 and $1,000 each year. Some dealers also provide maintenance if you'd rather not do it yourself — just remember to factor in the cost of labor.

How long do hot tubs last?

On average, a hot tub can last 15 to 20 years. However, the life span of your hot tub largely depends on the quality of the brand and the maintenance effort you put into it.

Can a hot tub be used with cool water?

Yes, some hot tubs come with a cool water mode. If yours doesn’t, you can add cool water to your hot tub. At the height of summer in Baltimore, a cool tub can help keep you comfortable.

When do hot tubs go on sale in Baltimore?

Hot tubs usually go on sale in Baltimore around holidays, especially Memorial Day and Labor Day. Showrooms are also more likely to be getting rid of models in the fall and winter to prepare for the next season.

Can you negotiate hot tub prices?

Generally, reputable dealers will already have set prices, though you can still ask. They may have factored a slight price drop or free supplies into the advertised cost.

Should I buy a hot tub online?

It’s best not to buy until you’ve had an in-person meeting to go over your preferences, costs, installation and warranty. Avoid pressure to include or add items you don’t need. Start by doing your research and making inquiries online.

Baltimore hot tub company information

Master Spas

Master Spas specializes in portable hot tubs and swim spas. Hot tub prices start around $4,000, and financing is available through local Baltimore dealers. Hot tubs include water management systems and energy-efficient insulation. Master Spas provides a limited warranty on all hot tub models.

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ThermoSpas manufacturers a variety of hot tub and spa models with customizable colors, seating, jets and accessories. Hot tub prices start around $4,000, and financing is available online. The company provides a 20-year limited warranty with all models.

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Marquis Spas

Marquis Spas is a national manufacturer of hot tubs and swim spas. Hot tub prices start around $3,895, and financing options are available through local dealers in the Baltimore area. Hot tub features include standard full-cabinet foam insulation and customizable lighting, audio and waterfall options.

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Regina Pools & Spas

Regina Pools & Spas is a family-owned business. It offers hot tub maintenance and hot tub trade-ins. It’s also one of the few Baltimore companies to offer a hot tub cooling system. Regina Pools & Spas is located at 2066 York Road, Timonium, MD 21093.

Regina Pools & Spas

Van Dorn Pools and Spas

Van Dorn Pools and Spas carries Jacuzzi and Nordic hot tubs. It also offers hot tub accessories, including maintenance products, and servicing. Van Dorn provides financing through GreenSky, and the website has a resources section where customers can find manuals and warranties. Van Dorn Pools and Spas is located at 12100 Belair Road, Kingsville, MD 21087 and 107 Main St., Reisterstown, MD 21136.

Van Dorn Pools and Spas

Sweetwater Pool & Spa Center

Sweetwater is locally owned and operated. The company is a member of the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance. It offers three levels of spas: the Lifestyle, Premium and Luxury series. Sweetwater also sells everything you need for maintenance. Sweetwater Pool & Spa is located at 6619 Baltimore National Pike, Catonsville, MD 21228.

Sweetwater Pool & Spa Center

Buddy’s Pool & Spas

Buddy’s Pool & Spa carries both Caldera Spas and Freeflow Spas hot tubs. Along with hot tubs, Buddy’s offers a full line of supplies and accessories. It provides hot tub maintenance services for hire, too. Buddy’s Pool & Spa is located at 10715 York Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030.

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