Plug-and-play hot tubs have been around for quite some time. While they are not a new thing, the difference may not be commonly known. Here are the major differences between a plug-and-play hot tub and a stand-alone hot tub.
Upfront Costs of a Plug-and-Play Hot Tub Versus a 220v Hot Tub
A 220v hot tub may require a larger upfront cost. An electrician will need to place special wiring for your hot tub if you do not already have it. With a plug-and-play hot tub, you plug the spa straight into a 110v outlet, and that’s all. Simply plug in and enjoy!
Long Term Costs of a Plug-and-Play Hot Tub Versus a Stand-Alone 220v Hot Tub
Plug-and-play hot tubs are initially less expensive. Using a 110v outlet requires the plug-and-play hot tub to have a smaller heat pump, so it does not trip the breaker regularly or blow the outlet. These smaller pumps are not as efficient as the bigger pumps, which will require them to run longer and therefore use more energy regularly to heat and maintain the hot tub temperature when it is in use. Stand-alone hot tubs are hardwired into a 220v power source. They can handle more voltage/amps and can power larger, more efficient pumps. It will not take as much time to heat the tub or work as hard to maintain temperature. This will lower the energy and maintenance costs.
Mobility of the Hot Tubs
Another difference between plug-and-play hot tubs and 220v stand-alone hot tubs is the ability to easily move them. Plug-and-play hot tubs are typically smaller and therefore much easier to move. (However, you can get them as large as 6+ seats, like the Nordic® Warrior XL or the Freeflow® Spas Monterey Premier.) You also only have to plug in a plug-and-play hot tub to have it up and running again. If you want to rearrange the backyard or even plan to move homes soon, a plug-and-play hot tub will make a better option for these needs. 220v stand-alone hot tubs will require rewiring in their new location, making it cost more to move.
Power of a Plug-and-Play Hot Tub Versus a 220v Stand-Alone Hot Tub
Plug-and-play hot tubs, since they are plugged into a standard outlet, do not have as much power as 220v stand-alone hot tubs. They also usually have fewer jets and different features that can be run. 220v stand-alone hot tubs, with more power at their disposal, can do a lot more at one time and can handle a wide array of features for you to use. If you have specific therapeutic needs, a stand-alone hot tub may better suit you.
Are you ready to bring home the best hot tub for your family? Stop in one of IHT’s four convenient locations to see for yourself how wonderful a plug-and-play or stand-alone hot tub can be. If you have further questions when making your decision about which type of hot tub would be best for your needs, reach out to us and we can discuss the different options and features to help you make your perfect choice.