Hot Tub Electrical Requirements
There are two types of hot tub electrical power options: 110V/15Amp (plug-n-play) and 220V/50Amp (hard-wired).
Understanding the difference is crucial in making the right buying decision for your particular situation and will save you tons of time, money, and hassle.
Come with us as we explore the pros, cons, similarities, and differences between these two types, allowing you to purchase the best hot tub for your needs.
Disclaimer: If you do not feel qualified or confident when wiring your hot tub, we recommend hiring a licensed electrician. To contact top rated licensed electricians in your local area that can install your hot tub, fill out the form below. Select "Hot Tubs/Jacuzzi/Spa - Install" from the drop down. You will instantly be matched with several professionals to choose from.
110V vs. 220V Spas
110v hot tubs are known as "plug-n-play" models, while 220v are called "hard-wired".
More often than not, 220v spa models outperform 110v spa models thanks to the fact that they are wired to a GFCI protected circuit.
There aren't any hardware limitations, as all of the spa equipment can run simultaneously.
Plus, 220v spa models can heat your water much faster than 110v spa models, as the heaters are bigger.
While it is very common for traditional hard-wired spas to use 220v/50Amp circuits, there are many spa models out there that use 60-100 amps.
If a hot tub has a greater number of heaters or jets within the system, it may require higher amperage.
Swim spas, for example, typically require 60 amp circuits or more due to the fact that they are actually multiple units in a single shell.
See our 110 vs 220 hot tub page for further details.
Understanding What Your Hot Tub Requires
A hot tub owner must be certain that the electrical connections made by a licensed electrician or homeowner are in compliance with the National Electric Code (NEC). You must comply with a few sections of the NEC's electrical codes, which is often why we recommend that you hire a licensed electrician.
A licensed electrician will understand the various electrical codes and will be able to help you install your spa correctly and optimally.
220-240V Spa Installation
When it comes to installing a 220-240v spa, there are a few general installation rules you must follow.
However, it is crucial that you refer to your hot tub owner's manual to see if there is anything specific that the manufacturer requires for your particular make and model of spa.
110V Plug-N-Play Hot Tub Installation
110v plug-n-play hot tub models are unique in that they will work on a household circuit, which is anywhere from 15-20 amps.
The reason we did not mention them above is that they do not require any special form of wiring.
When wiring a hot tub that utilizes a 110v design, you will not need to hire an electrician.
Most 110v spa models come with built-in GFCI protected cords. The GFCI will be there for added safety.
However, it is important to note that they do require dedicated outlets, so it is important to make sure that you do not have any electrical items working off the same breaker. Any items running off the same circuit breaker could trip the breaker, which could be a potential hazard.
Finding the Right Hot Tub For Your Needs
When buying a hot tub, make sure that you know what kind of power it requires to run optimally, as it could change your entire spa experience.
You can always refer to the National Electrical Code for any in-depth electrical questions.