A jacuzzi bath remodel averages $6,000 to $7,000. However, installation costs can add anywhere from $2,000 to over $20,000 to the total cost.
Whirlpool baths or hot tubs, better known as jacuzzis, are hydrotherapy bathtubs with headrests and ergonomic seats to ensure you’re comfortable while receiving messages from water jets. “Jacuzzi” is the name of a popular brand that’s become synonymous with bathtubs, so we’ll use these terms interchangeably.
Jacuzzi Bath Remodel Costs by Type
The jacuzzi bathtub will likely take most projects’ largest share of the total installation cost. Depending on the model and type, the jacuzzi bathtub could make up 25% to over 50% of the installation costs.
This is the generic name for bathtubs that feature water jets, Jacuzzi-branded or not. They generally cost $1,000 to $6,000.
Walk-In / Step-In Tubs
Walk-in tubs are bathtubs with a small door for helping people with mobility challenges enter and bathe. Walk-in tubs cost $2,000 to $12,000 before installation. Models with jets generally cost $2,000 to $10,000. Basic models without jets cost around $1,500 to $5,000. Besides installation costs, consider maintenance costs for walk-in tubs.
An air tub serves the same purpose as a whirlpool tub but uses jets of air rather than water. The result is equally relaxing but has more bubbles, and the massages are subtler. Some people prefer these over traditional whirlpool tubs. They cost a little under $1,000 to over $5,000.
Jacuzzi Bathtub Installation Cost Breakdown
Each type of jacuzzi bathtub has specific installation costs to consider.
Drop-in Jacuzzi Tub
The tub itself averages between $500 to $5,000 or more. Installation costs range from $500 to $1,500, depending on the complexity of the setup. Drop-in tubs are dropped into premade platforms or enclosures.
Alcove Jacuzzi Tub
The cost of the tub itself can reach up to $4,000. Installation can cost between $1,000 to $2,500 since these types of bathtubs require more extensive plumbing and electrical work.
Freestanding Jacuzzi Tub
The tub costs $1,000 to $10,000 or more, depending on the features. Installation is between $500 to $2,000 as they still need plumbing and electrical adjustments. However, since these tubs are standalone, installation costs are often cheaper.
Corner Jacuzzi Tub
The cost of the tub itself ranges between $700 to $5,000. Installation costs range from $1,000 to $3,000. The most popular jacuzzi tub because it’s designed to maximize bathroom space.
Undermount Jacuzzi Tub
The tub averages between $1,000 to $6,000. Installation can cost up to $3,500 due to the intricate design and setup beneath a countertop or a tile surround.
Additional Jacuzzi Bath Remodel Costs
Besides the tub itself, a jacuzzi bath remodel final cost will depend on the labor and installation costs.
If the bathroom is on an upper floor, this involves more labor and special installation equipment, increasing labor costs.
Materials (Plumbing, Electrical, Tiles)
The cost of the material ranges from $900 to over $3,000. But it could rise to over $7,000 for extensive remodels.
Removing a traditional bathtub for a jacuzzi requires additional plumbing and electrical wiring. Depending on your current water heater’s capacity, you may need to replace it to ensure your tub constantly circulates warm water.
Additionally, depending on the new tub’s size, you may want or need to remodel the tile layout at least partially.
Tub Size And Shape
Naturally, larger tub sizes that accommodate more than one person are more complex and potentially require more staff to install. All of this drives up the price. Also, unusually-shaped tubs you have to custom-order cost more, too.
Most installations cost $450 to $2,000. You could expect $600 to $1,000 for simple installs without major remodels. Complex installations could cost over $7,000. Consider that labor rates are generally higher in metropolitan areas than rural ones.
Floor Reinforcement And Framing
Reinforcing the framing will cost up to $800, and the new framing will cost $3,000 to $9,000.
Your contractor will likely need to reinforce the bathroom floor before installing the tub. Jacuzzi bathtubs are generally larger and heavier and accumulate water. Added to one or two people’s weights, it can be a lot for the current tub framing.
Depending on your needs and preferences, you may want to install additional equipment to make your bathtub safer or more comfortable:
- LED lighting
- Heated backrests
- Advanced water jets
- Built-in sound systems
- Ozone sanitizing systems
- In-line water heater
- Aromatherapy dispensers
- Handheld shower
- Grab bars
- Slip-resistant covers for the tub’s steps or bottom
- Slip-resistant seats
Some of these come with higher-end models, while the others you’ll have to ask your contractor for. Naturally, any extra features increase installation costs.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)FAQ
How Much Does A Jacuzzi Bath Setup Cost?
Depending on the model’s size, type (traditional whirlpool tub, walk-in tub, or air tub), shape, and additional features, a jacuzzi setup costs $1,000 to over $12,000. Higher-end models cost $17,000 and more.
What Is A Realistic Budget For A Bathroom Remodel?
Bathroom renovations cost $10,000 on average. The simplest, most budget-friendly remodels cost around $2,500. High-end remodels cost over $30,000.
What Is The Lifespan Of A Jacuzzi Bathtub?
A high-quality jacuzzi lasts over ten years. With high-end materials and proper maintenance, they could last over 50 years. The material is very important and determines the maximum possible useful life. Fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) lasts approximately ten years, enameled steel 15 years, acrylic 30 years, and cast iron 50 years.