Sundance Spas doesn’t have the entry-level hot tub options of some of the other best hot tubs (opens in new tab) we reviewed, but we think it offers durable models which seat a good amount of people. There’s also the advantage of app compatibility, although this comes with an additional subscription. Not all of the companies we reviewed offered such a variety in terms of shapes, which means if you’re looking to fit a hot tub in a specific area of your home, Sundance Spas could be a good choice for you.
For further hydrotherapy products, also take a look at our roundups of the best swim spas for fitness, and the best inflatable hot tubs on a budget.
Sundance Spas Hot Tubs: Models and choice
Sundance Spas has five distinct hot tub lines. Within these, there are 20 different hot tub models to choose from. The Sundance Splash Series is the most budget-friendly line; all three hot tubs fall into the entry-level price range. They’re designed to provide affordable hydrotherapy and the ‘Plug n’ Play’ design should also be quick to install and easy to operate, thanks to the digital controls.
According to the website, the 680 Series contains some of Sundance Spas’ customers’ favorite features. Ranging from mid-level to premium in price, the six hot tubs in the range can easily fit between three to seven adults depending on the model. They also take hydrotherapy up a notch with adjustable massage jets.
The 780 Series is extra-sturdy and equipped with a wider range of jet types. It consists of five tubs, which all fall in the mid-level, premium, or luxury price range. In comparison, all seven models in the 880 Series are luxury models. They have features such as adjustable seat heights, Patented Fluidix Jets, and a Glass i-Touch Control panel.
The final series, the 980 Series, has just two models. They both fall in the luxury price range. With this collection, you can expect the same premium features, along with premium cabinetry and lounge decks with integrated cold storage sections.
Sundance Spas Hot Tubs: Features
- Fluidix Jets are durable and controllable
- SmartTub app enabled
Sundance Spas use patented Fluidix Jets, which do not have moving parts and therefore will be less likely to break down over time. The jets are controllable to personalize your massage and are each designed to mimic a certain type of massage like a Shiatsu or deep tissue massage. The Silent Air Injector jets allow you to add fragrances for aromatherapy without compromising the water quality.
Sundance Spas combine water filtration with UV-C light to keep your spa water clean. The CLEARRAY PRO3TECT Automatic Oxidizer is available as a factory-installed or aftermarket upgrade for some models, which works with the standard CLEARRAY filter and UV water management system.
Overall, Sundance Spas Hot Tubs aren’t as customizable as Bullfrog Spas Hot Tubs (opens in new tab), but other factory upgrade options include a Bluewave stereo system and an extra layer of insulation made of recycled blue jean material for colder-weather climates.
All Sundance Spas are compatible with the SmartTub app, which is available for both iOS and Android devices. It is also Amazon Alexa enabled, which is a nice touch. The SmartTub app allows you to monitor and control your spa remotely. It also lets you schedule repairs or maintenance with a local dealer in the app.
Unfortunately, this smart connectivity comes at a price, as app usage requires a yearly subscription - this seems very mean-spirited, considering the price of the tubs themselves.
Sundance Spas Hot Tubs: Pricing and value
- Range of prices, with more premium than entry-level options
- Exact pricing requires a quote
Rather than providing an exact price point for each of its hot tubs, the Sundance Spas website sorts hot tub models into three different pricing categories. These are entry-level ($4,000 to $7,999), mid-level ($8,000 to $11,999), premium ($12,000 to $15,999), and luxury (over $16,000).
The prices listed are the MSRP, so for more up-to-date and accurate pricing, you need to request a quote from your local dealer. Therefore, you may find that there’s a difference in the price depending upon location and deal packages.
Then, there are running costs to factor in. According to the Sundance Spas website, electrical costs should fall between a reasonable $10 and $20 per month for most of their models.
The main giveaway that Sundance Spas specialize in luxury hot tubs is that there are 11 luxury hot tubs listed on their website for over $16,000. This is almost four times the number of hot tubs in their entry-level range. For those looking for a middle ground, there are also seven mid-level hot tubs and seven premium hot tubs.
Should you buy a Sundance Spas Hot Tub?
Sundance Spas has channeled most of its efforts into producing a wide range of luxury hot tubs, and we reckon that it has been very successful. Smart technology and patented jets make their luxury models some of the most innovative out there. The main downside is that the app requires an additional yearly subscription charge, beginning in the second year.
While the Sundance Spas website says that it aims to cater to all lifestyles, we disagree slightly however. Those searching for their first budget-friendly hot tub are faced with very few options. However, anyone who has luxury on their mind or who has a desire for a specific size or design will find Sundance Spas a good place to make their dream home hot tub a reality.