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With average temperatures year-round between 26 and 82 degrees, Madison weather is perfect for hot tubs during any season. Madison.com has partnered with ConsumerAffairs to create this guide by comparing customer reviews, financing options, warranties and local availability of more than 20 businesses and choosing six favorites from the top hot tub companies in Madison.

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Features and accessories for hot tubs in Madison

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Hot tubs are not one-size-fits-all. Madison residents can select from a variety of features at different price points. New technologies and modern designs allow for many added features like speakers, saltwater systems, remote control technology and other accessories.

  • Seating capacity: Standard hot tubs have seating capacity for up to six adults. Smaller hot tubs with capacity for two or three adults are typically round or angled to fit into a corner. Larger tubs that accommodate four to eight people come in a variety of shapes and dimensions.
  • Saltwater sanitation systems: A saltwater hot tub uses salt water to sanitize the system. Salt water keeps the water “softer” on the skin and often contributes to a more relaxing hot tub experience. Although they are more expensive, saltwater hot tubs are easier to maintain and don’t have the stronger smell that tubs using chlorine solutions do.
  • Hot tub cover lifts: Hot tub covers keep the water clean and hot when it’s not in use, but they are heavy. Purchasing a hot tub cover — either hydraulic or with manual bar lifters — can simplify the process of removing the cover.
  • Hot tub steps: Hot tub steps make getting into and out of a hot tub much safer and easier, especially if they include handrails. Homeowners can also purchase hot tub steps with storage for added space and benefits.
  • Lights and speakers: When someone owns a hot tub, their house often becomes the go-to destination. Purchasing a model with lights and speakers can help make the night more enjoyable. Hot tub LED lights also make it safer to get into and out of the tub, as well.

Average hot tub prices in Madison

In Madison, new hot tub prices start between $1,500 and $8,000. Entry-level hot tubs in this price range include fairly basic technology and are usually designed with plastic or acrylic shells.

Higher-end hot tubs in Madison have more jets, insulation and added features like LED lighting and built-in Bluetooth speakers. Most companies offer financing options to help cover the upfront costs of purchasing a hot tub. If you already have a hot tub, you may be able to trade it in for an upgrade.

Installing a hot tub in Madison

Portable “plug-and-play” hot tubs are designed for easier setup than in-ground spas. Most hot tubs simply require an electrical outlet and close proximity to a water supply. Some hot tub companies offer installation or even include it in the price of the tub. Here are some tips for convenient hot tub installation in Madison:

  • Make sure you have a solid foundation for your hot tub, like a concrete slab.
  • Ensure your electric outlet will support your new tub.
  • Place your hot tub within reach of a water source, like a garden hose.
  • Avoid placing your tub beneath overhead power lines.
  • Don’t forget to pay permit fees and schedule an inspection with the City of Madison.

Madison hot tub FAQ

Do I need a permit for a hot tub in Madison?

Yes, you must submit your building plan and pay permit fees in order to install an outdoor hot tub in Madison. If you have any questions, contact the City of Madison's Development Services Center.

What chemicals do I need for a hot tub?

The most common chemicals needed for a hot tub are chlorine and bromine. Hot tub chemicals, sanitizers and shock treatments are crucial for maintaining healthy pH and cleanliness levels.

How often should you clean a hot tub?

Traditional chlorine hot tubs should be cleaned of debris about once a week and checked for chemical and pH levels. Every month you should clean the filters and wash the cover. And every four to six months, you should drain the tub and fill it with fresh water.

How much does a hot tub cost to maintain per month in Madison?

Madison residents typically spend between $20 and $40 per month to maintain a hot tub. Depending on your utility costs, your hot tub could be more expensive to run during the colder winter months.

How long do hot tubs last?

On average, a hot tub lasts about five to 10 years. However, a quality hot tub can last up to 20 years if properly maintained.

Can I put a hot tub in my house?

Yes, you can install a hot tub in your house, but it requires a lot more planning. Drainage and ventilation are two of the most important considerations when installing a hot tub indoors.

When do hot tubs go on sale in Madison?

Hot tubs go on sale in Madison around the holidays, like Memorial Day, Labor Day and after Thanksgiving.

Should I buy a hot tub online?

You can buy a hot tub online if you already know what you want. Many companies allow you to visit a store in person to try out a hot tub with a free test soak. This is a great way to confirm which tub you want.

Madison hot tub store and brand information

Marquis Spas

Marquis Spas manufactures hot tubs and swim spas. Hot tub prices start around $3,895 and include standard full-cabinet foam insulation. Financing options are available through local dealers in Madison and surrounding areas. Popular hot tub features on Marquis hot tubs include high-flow therapy jets, customizable lighting and waterfall options.

Marquis Spas

Cal Spas

Cal Spas hot tubs feature options like hydromassage therapy jets and a variety of seating arrangements. Hot tub prices start around $3,000. The company provides a lifetime warranty on select components. Cal Spas portable hot tubs are easy to install and come with standard shell or full-cabinet foam insulation. Financing is available through local Madison dealers.

Cal Spas

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 dealers in Madison and surrounding areas. All hot tubs come with standard water management systems and energy-efficient insulation. Master Spas models are protected with a warranty for the structure, shell surface, equipment and plumbing.

Master Spas

Patio Pleasures

Patio Pleasures offers a full line of modern hot tubs and swim spas, as well as a free site and water analysis before purchase. The company has more than 60 years of experience serving Wisconsin. Patio Pleasures is located at 634 Struck St., Madison, WI 53719.

Patio Pleasures

Bachmanns Pools, Spas and Saunas

Bachmanns sells and services swimming pools, new and used hot tubs and saunas from leading manufacturers. Customers can trade in their used hot tubs to get a discount on new models. The company provides free in-home consultations and complimentary test soaks. Bachmanns Pools, Spas and Saunas is located at 2225 S. Stoughton Road, Madison, WI 53716.

Bachmanns Pools, Spas and Saunas

Leisure Concepts

Leisure Concepts offers a full line of hot tubs and carries a massive inventory of parts. The company’s service department is available seven days per week. With upfront pricing on both repairs and spas, Leisure Concepts makes it easy to know what you’ll pay. Leisure Concepts is located at 2501 Perry St., Madison, WI 53713.

Leisure Concepts