In Kansas City, where the weather changes regularly and cool nights are common from September to April, having a hot tub can make your home a go-to relaxation destination. A good hot tub should be reliable and come from a reputable dealer. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best hot tubs in Kansas City so you can spend less time worrying and more time soaking.
A hot tub is a great way to relax after a long stressful day and it also provides health benefits. Some physical benefits of a hot tub include:
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Before purchasing and installing a hot tub, be sure to look at Kansas City regulations to make sure you’re meeting all safety requirements. Things you’ll need to consider include:
Location: Your hot tub must be installed away from area drainage so contamination from gutters or roofs will not wash into the hot tub. There must be a light at the installation location as well.
Material: Hot tubs must be constructed of concrete, stainless steel, fiberglass or other approved materials that meet the highest safety standards.
Permit: Homeowners must obtain a permit to open their residential hot tub if it is 24 inches or more in depth.
Electric: The hot tub must be located by at least one electrical plug, which may need to be inspected before the hot tub is installed. Depending on the hot tub’s electrical requirements, you may need to work with an electrician to make sure you have enough power for your spa.
Barrier: Depending on where you live in the city, your hot tub may need to have a barrier at least 4 feet tall surrounding it.
The average cost to purchase and install a hot tub can vary between $3,000 and $16,000, depending on the size, location (in- or above-ground) and the model. Cheaper options, which use soft material that may require more maintenance and repairs, can start as low as $500.
Vinyl and acrylics are most commonly used for hot tub shells. A vinyl liner will be more affordable, but is damaged more easily and might require more repairs. An acrylic liner can handle more heat and stress and is a better, though more expensive, option.
Other factors that affect a hot tub’s price are seating capacity and the number and type of jets used in the hot tub. Accessories, such as cup holders, bath pillows and lighting also add to the price. You’ll want to work directly with your dealer for pricing and options that best suit your need.
Another cost to consider is installation. Many above-ground hot tubs are portable and designed for plug-and-play installation, which can be simple if you’re prepared. If you’re getting an in-ground hot tub, you’ll work directly with your seller to set up professional installation.
If your doctor determines you have a medical need for a hot tub, you may be able to receive payment assistance from your health insurance carrier. In addition, using your hot tub for medical reasons may let you claim the purchase as a tax deduction. You also can write it off as a capital expense if it is an improvement to your home.
After installation, your hot tub will need regular care. Most hot tubs need to be drained and cleaned multiple times a year, depending on use. Most dealers can provide any required repairs or service. In Kansas City, that will typically cost between $100 to $200 an hour for labor, plus additional costs for parts.
Paying more upfront for a more reliable hot tub will often save you money in the long run. If you take care of your hot tub, it will serve you, your family and your friends for many years.
ThermoSpas’ trained technicians provide in-home consultations to determine the right location for your hot tub. The company delivers and installs your tub at no extra charge, but it does require a local, certified electrician for electrical hook up. Each shell comes with a 20-year structural warranty, and the plumbing is covered by a 10-year prorated warranty.
Master Spas is one of the largest portable spa and hot tub manufacturers in the country. Each hot tub comes with energy-efficient technology that’s designed to keep the water temperature hot and your utility bills low. Their tubs’ noise-reduction engineering reduces pump and motor vibration by 153 percent, making it even easier to relax.
Hot Springs Spas offers free, in-home consultations and in-store test soaks so you can be sure you’re picking the right hot tub for your home and budget. Reviewers in Kansas City state that Hot Spring Spas’ personalized customer service “goes above and beyond,” setting the company apart from its competition.
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The Water Hole offers an extensive collection of Artesian Spas products. For four years in a row, The Water Hole has been named Artesian Spas’ Territory Dealer of the Year—an award given for outstanding sales and service. Customers in Kansas City praise the family-owned company for caring about their needs and providing high-quality products.
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