Owning a hot tub is one way Las Vegas locals can enjoy the luxury of the Strip without actually going there. Hot tubs also have therapeutic value for people with certain medical conditions and are a great way to spend time with family and friends. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best hot tubs in Las Vegas to find your perfect soak.
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There are many reasons to own a hot tub. Hot tubs help you relax on Las Vegas’s brisk winter nights and provide a space for socializing with friends and family. Hot tubs also increase the value of your home and are appealing for homes in newer areas of Las Vegas, such as Providence and Mountain’s Edge, where the backyards are often too small for full-sized pools.
Beyond the recreational and financial value, hot tubs also have a therapeutic benefit. The warm water environment relieves the pain of physical injuries or medical conditions such as arthritis. Older residents who are living independently in one of the valley’s many Sun City communities may find this appealing because it offers nonmedical, at-home relief.
If you think a hot tub could offer therapeutic benefits, consult with your doctor, medical insurance company and tax professional to determine how to proceed. Your insurance may help cover part of the cost of your hot tub, or you may be able to write off a portion of the price on your next tax return. Just be prepared to thoroughly document the medical need for a hot tub.
When shopping for a hot tub in Las Vegas, there are certain factors to consider. These include:
Price: Dealers generally have a wide selection of hot tubs to fit almost any budget. Prices for hot tubs in Las Vegas range from $3,000 to $18,000 or more. The cost depends on the features and seating capacity.
Material: Many entry-level hot tubs are made of rotomolded plastic, but it may be worth paying extra for a more energy-efficient acrylic tub. Las Vegas’s sunny weather may also make it worth investing in a UV-resistant material to prevent sun damage and fading.
Seating: How many seats your hot tub needs depends on its intended use. A hot tub that serves mainly as a recreational option at social events needs to seat more people than one used only for physical therapy. There are also different seat types available, including lounge seats that allow you to lie nearly horizontal while relaxing.
Jets: Many dealers allow you to customize the number and types of massage jets in your hot tub. Rotary jets are the most common and can be used for hydrotherapy, but other options include directional jets, which apply high pressure to specific points of your body, and pulsating massage jets that help ease muscle soreness.
Extra features: There are a variety of options that improve your hot tub experience. Foam insulation will make the hot tub more energy efficient and keep the water hot during the winter. You can also add exterior lighting or a stereo system to the tub if it’s used at social gatherings.
Accessories: Dealers also offer many accessories for hot tubs. Remote controls let you get the water perfect before using the tub, and steps can make it easier to get into the hot tub—an important feature for those using it for therapeutic purposes.
Many hot tub dealers in Las Vegas also provide installation. Unless you have experience, using a professional installer will protect your purchase and prevent damage to your hot tub. Dealers can also advise you on permitting requirements for hot tubs. Not all home hot tubs require a permit, but some do. In unincorporated parts of the county, the following rules apply:
Clark County spa permits
Portable, above-ground hot tubs with all heating and circulating equipment built into the spa
Any permanently installed hot tub with a water level greater than 18 inches in depth
Any hot tub that requires installing electric wiring
You can also discuss permitting issues with licensed contractors who will know all of the ins and outs of what agencies may need to be involved. For example, if your home is on a septic system—more common in rural areas like Blue Diamond—you will need approval from the Southern Nevada Health District.
ThermoSpas is a well-reviewed manufacturer that sells hot tubs directly to consumers. The company offers a 20-year structural warranty and sells energy-efficient models that can save you thousands of dollars over the lifespan of the hot tub. Customers in Las Vegas give ThermoSpas high marks for professional customer service and high-quality hot tubs.
Master Spas manufactures state-of-the-art hot tubs that use the latest technology to enhance your experience. The company has partnered with swimming legend Michael Phelps for a line of swim spas and also offers traditional hot tubs for therapeutic and recreational purposes. Las Vegas customers say they appreciate the many available options for the tubs.
Hot Tub Liquidators
Hot Tub Liquidators is a family-owned and -operated hot tub dealership based in Henderson. Hot Tub Liquidators boasts the largest spa showroom in the state and sells both new and pre-owned hot tubs. Reviewers in Las Vegas praise the customer service and say they appreciate the large selection of products.
Sunset Spas is an Arizona-based company with a sizeable presence in Nevada. They offer an array of hot tub options. Reviewers described pleasant buying experiences, reporting that the staff was knowledgeable about hot tubs and helped explain the different styles and options available.
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