5-Person Hot Tub Buyer’s Guide

When planning to buy a hot tub, you’ll need to be sure you’re choosing a size that’s right for your space and lifestyle. The most common hot tub size, and the one most buyers are first drawn to, is a 5-person hot tub. A 5-person hot tub is a medium-sized hot tub that can seat around four to five people comfortably.

But since medium-sized hot tubs are most homeowners’ go-to choice, there are hundreds if not thousands of options available. So, how do you pick the perfect five-person hot tub for you? Wellis has your guide to choosing the best hot tub for you. 

Picture of a couple sitting in a 5-person hot tub.

How To Choose the Right Hot Tub Size for You 

Of course, a 5-person hot tub isn’t the only size on the market. Individual-sized spas, as well as small, large, and even extra-large spas are all up for grabs in any online store or showroom. 

To determine which size is right for you, consider the space where you will be putting the hot tub. You’ll need enough room for the spa itself, as well as around one to three feet on all sides for installation, maintenance, and for you to get in and out of the tub comfortably. 

For instance, say you have a space in your yard that’s around 10 feet wide and 11 feet long. You won’t want to choose a spa that fits these dimensions exactly, as that won’t leave any room to get in or out of the tub, or for any cleaning or maintenance you may need to perform.

You’ll also need to consider how many people will be using the spa at any given time. Will it just be you and your household, or will you want room for any and all guests? Taking all of these things into account will help you determine exactly what size of hot tub is the perfect fit. 

Check the space above the hot tub as well. You don’t want any wires or low-hanging tree branches to get in the way when you’re trying to relax. 

Small Hot Tubs (2- to 3- Person Hot Tubs) 

If you have limited space and only need room in your hot tub for two people, a small hot tub is a space- and cost-effective option. These range in size from around five feet to seven feet long, and five to seven feet wide. They are usually between three and four feet tall, and fit perfectly in tight spaces like on patios and decks.  

Medium Hot Tubs (4- to 5- Person Hot Tubs)

The most popular size, a five-person hot tub is perfect for most average-sized backyards. They are typically between 6’6” to 7' 9” long, 6 '4’ to 7’9” long wide, and 33” to 38.5” tall. If you’re planning on doing a good bit of entertaining, or you have kids, this is usually a good pick. 

Large Hot Tubs (6- to 7- Person Hot Tubs)

A large hot tub can comfortably seat 6 or 7 people, which makes them a great choice for those who are looking to use their space for entertaining. These usually measure 7' to 9' long, 7' to 9'2" wide, and 33' to 38½" tall. 

Extra-Large Hot Tubs (For 8 Or More People)

For those who are especially ambitious, an extra-large hot tub is the way to go. This option fits 8 people (or more), and can measure up to 11’ long and 11’ wide. 

The best way to determine the right size for your yard is by measuring the space you have to use, and going from there.

Benefits of a 5-Person Hot Tub

With all those options on the market, you might be wondering just how you’ll narrow it down. When it comes to a 5-person hot tub, there are quite a few pros to weigh:

  • Intimate seating 
  • Space for lounging 
  • Takes up less space in a yard
  • Budget-friendly 
  • Requires less water to fill
  • Requires fewer chemicals to maintain

These models are especially perfect for couples and small families, or even for those living alone who entertain often. 

Dimensions of a 5-Person Hot Tub

The exact dimensions of a 5-person hot tub vary, though on average their measurements are:

  • Between 6'6" and 7'9" long
  • Between 6'4" and 7'9" wide
  • Between 33" and 38½" tall

Wellis offers several medium-sized, four- to five-person hot tubs, many of which are bestsellers. No matter which 5-person hot tub you pick from Wellis, you’ll get a whole lot packed into that medium-sized package. 

Layout Options for a 5-Person Hot Tub 

Most five-person hot tubs will be either square, rectangular, or circular, and will fit into the average dimensions of a medium-sized hot tub that we discussed earlier. 

A rectangular or square tub is most commonly laid out with two seats facing each other on all sides, while a circular tub will often have bench seating. 

If the hot tub comes with one or more loungers, the layout will have to be a bit different to accommodate these.

Keep in mind that medium-sized tubs with loungers will often also be larger than those without, to accommodate the size of the lounge seat itself. 

5-Person Plug-and-Play Hot Tubs

Many homeowners prefer easy installation and set up, in which case, a plug-and-play tub is the best bet.

What Is a Plug-and-Play Hot Tub?

“Plug-and-play” refers to a hot tub that is delivered ready to be set up simply by plugging it into a GFCI outlet and switching the controls on. That means there isn’t any need for an elaborate or expensive installation, hard labor, or wiring. Just plug it in and it's ready to play. 

Most plug-and-play model spas are small, with a capacity of two to three people, but it is possible to find a 5-person hot tub with this installation option. These will be 110V model spas, and some medium-sized hot tubs can be custom ordered with this configuration. 

The only drawback to these plug-and-play spas is their lack of power when compared to other spas. You may notice less massaging jet power when using them, though some users don’t find the difference big enough to offset the convenience of this option when it’s their top priority. 

5-Person Hot Tub Prices

The price of a 5-person spa varies from brand to brand, and based on the other features the spa includes. 

On average, you can expect to pay between $5,000 and $12,000. A luxury 5-person hot tub can cost as much as $15,000 depending on the add-ons you choose. 

To stay within your budget, make a list of the features that are most important to you, and which you might be able to live without. This should make it easier to understand just where you’re willing to compromise to keep the cost down. 

But that’s not the only cost associated with getting a hot tub. There is also the cost of delivery, installation, and maintenance. 

5-Person Hot Tub Delivery

Again, this varies based on your location, the hot tub dealer you are working with, and the method you choose for delivery. On average though, hot tub delivery costs between $200 and $1,000.

In some cases, such as if the hot tub needs to be lifted and delivered by crane, that cost could be over $1,000—you should always discuss the delivery process and your layout with your hot tub dealer before you take the plunge.

5-Person Hot Tub Installation

5-person hot tub installation costs also vary depending on where and how you install it. An in-ground or in-deck installation can cost a few thousand dollars, as they often involve excavation or building/altering a deck around the spa. 

An above-ground installation is typically less expensive, though it may be costlier if you need to have a professional in to level the ground or install a concrete or asphalt slab. 

To save on installation, try to pick a spot in your yard close to the required outlet or breaker if possible. Otherwise, you will have to install one, which can cost anywhere from $300 to $1,000.

5-Person Hot Tub Maintenance 

No matter the size of the hot tub, regular maintenance is required to keep it running smoothly for as long as possible. The amount of time and money required for that maintenance, though, varies from tub to tub. 

The maintenance schedule of your hot tub is determined by: 

  1. Quality: The materials and construction of a hot tub determine its longevity, and its ability to meet quality and safety standards. Often, hot tubs manufactured mindfully and sustainably will require less extensive maintenance, and come equipped with systems that make that maintenance easier. 
  1. Filtration system: Efficient filtration systems often take less time and money to maintain than others. A quality filtration system also cleans the water more quickly and thoroughly, which keeps buildup and grime off of the tub itself so you don’t have to clean it as often. 
  2. Insulation. Maintenance and running costs go down when a hot tub is well-insulated. When the materials and design do their part to preserve heat in a tub, the heater can do less work to keep the water at the designated temperature. This lowers energy bills and helps extend the life of the heater. 
  3. Warranty: Regardless of how well-made or expensive your hot tub is, some parts may falter during the course of its life. A decent warranty will often cover the cost of replacement parts in addition to regular services during the coverage period, saving you money and time.  
  4. Cleaning chemicals: Nearly all water features will require regular treatments with chemicals to keep pH levels balanced and keep the water safe and clean. The most commonly used chemicals are chlorine and bromine, though many manufacturers sell their own treatments specially made for their products. A smaller spa may actually be a benefit when it comes time to purchase those treatments, as you’ll need to buy more for larger tubs which can quickly rack up the cost.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is an average five-person hot tub?

The price of a hot tub varies based on factors like additional features, quality of materials, and the area you live. One of the most influential factors, though, is size. A five-person hot tub can cost anywhere from $6,000 to $12,000. The average cost is closer to $8,000. 

How much does it cost to run a five-person hot tub?

The amount of energy a hot tub uses depends on the heater it utilizes, the materials used in insulation, the amount you use your tub, and, of course, the size of the tub. A larger hot tub will cost more to operate than a smaller one. 
On average, a five-person hot tub will cost between $20 and $50 per month.

How big is a 5-person hot tub?

A five-person hot tub is usually between 6’6” to 7' 9” long, 6’4’ to 7’9” long wide, and 33” to 38.5” tall. Even the largest five-person hot tub will fit in an average-sized backyard with plenty of room leftover. 

Is a 5-person hot tub too small?

Whether or not a hot tub is “too small” will depend on how many people will be using it, and how much space you have to use. 
For those who live alone, with one other person, or with a small family, will probably be very happy with a five-person hot tub. These typically provide plenty of space for relaxation, though they may not be great for entertaining if you often have large groups over hoping to hang out in the hot tub. 

What’s the best size for a hot tub?

The best size for a hot tub depends on the size of the space it will be in, and the amount of people who will use it. The most popular size is a five-person hot tub, because they allow enough room for relaxation and can fit in most spaces. 

Is a larger hot tub more expensive?

Yes, typically the larger the hot tub, the more expensive it will be. On average, a two to three-person hot tub will cost between $5,000 and $7,000; a four to 5-person hot tub will cost between $6,000 and $12,000; a six to seven-person hot tub will cost between $7,000 and $15,000, and an eight to ten person hot tub will cost between $12,000 and $20,000+. 

Is an inflatable hot tub worth it? 

A popular alternative to a traditional hot tub is an inflatable hot tub, which is often constructed from latex or vinyl and inflated using a spa pump. That spa pump then also provides the jet power. 
While these are a more budget-friendly option, usually costing between $500 to $2,000, they do come with some drawbacks. They do not last nearly as long as a regular hot tub, and they only offer one type of standard-chair seating—so no room for loungers. Plus, their inflatable walls mean they aren’t strong enough to support your entire weight while relaxing, making them more difficult to recline in. 

Contact Us For Your Wellis Hot Tub Today

Whether it’s a 5-person hot tub or a 12-person swim spa, Wellis has been setting the standard in Europe for decades. Now, the leader in luxury hot tubs is expanding to the US market, bringing unparalleled manufacturing standards and state-of-the-art hot tubs across the pond. 

Our hot tubs are made with our unique Poli-Max™ polyurethane liners and insulated covers, to keep heat in efficiently and reduce your monthly running costs. With features like chromotherapy LED lighting, UV-Sanitization systems, hydrotherapy jets, and built-in sound systems, Wellis hot tubs don’t believe in compromise. 

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