So, you’ve bought your brand new house. Well done!
However, you might find yourself wanting to transfer your home hot tub from your old place to your new. This will be no easy task. But one of the questions that will already be nagging you when contemplating how you’re going to do it is: how much does my hot tub actually weigh?
Moving a hot tub might be the hardest thing anyone has to do by themselves. Like most heavy-duty furniture, it will require either the skills of a removal company or, if you’re looking to save yourself some cash, a few friends with a free afternoon and a spare pickup truck.
Remember one of the most important rules when moving a hot tub is to never do it alone! A hot tub can weigh anything from 500 to 1000 pounds, so lifting it on your own will not only be impossible, but it might cause you significant injury if you persist.
Even if you are deciding to move it with friends, knowing the weight of your hot tub will enable you to better calculate how many people you’ll need for the job, as well as what equipment you might have to hire to pull the job off with maximum safety and minimal stress.
Why Do You Need To Know The Weight Of Your Hot Tub?
Knowing the weight of your hot tub will not only help when moving it, but it will also help with installation.
If you are planning to mount your hot tub on supported decking, then you’ll need to know the weight both when full and when empty to see if your decking materials will be able to adequately support the weight of a hot tub at max capacity.
The Weight While Empty And The Weight While Full
When trying to calculate the full weight of your hot tub, it might be very easy to underestimate it, as most people might be inclined to just measure the weight of the body of the hot tub, both when empty and full, using that number as the final maximum weight.
However, you will also have to factor in the maximal weight of the number of individuals that will be entering your hot tub, which will change with every use, depending on how many people you’ll be entertaining.
You’ll have to factor in all possibilities with a hot tub, adding anything from 150- to even 250-pounds, depending on the weight of each guest. You might have to allow for adults hanging out on the edge of your hot tub too.
Calculate every scenario and leave nothing up to chance, make sure your decking can hold the heaviest weight of the most unlikely situation.
Working with averages, here are some of the weights you might be looking at for your hot tub:
Empty hot tub - 600 lbs - 800 lbs.
Hot tub full of water only - 2,500 lbs - 4,300 lbs.
Hot tubs with max capacity of people - 3,000 lbs to 6,000lbs.
What will be crucial in calculating the correct weight of your hot tub is its size and capacity.
What Is The Size And Capacity Of Your Hot Tub?
Before purchasing your hot tub you’ll need to know the size and capacity for various reasons - whether it will fit in your garden or indoor gazebo, whether the decking will be able to support it and how many people it can contain.
When it comes to transporting a hot tub from one location to another, knowing the size and weight of your empty hot tub will be important when it comes to deciding how much manpower you’ll need for the task at hand.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the rough estimates of hot tub weights based on their capacities:
2 or 3 person hot tubs
Empty weight - 600 lbs
Water weight - 2,575 lbs
People and water weight - 3,000 lbs
4 or 5 person hot tubs
Empty weight - 750 lbs
Water weight - 3,700 lbs
People and water weight - 4,420 lbs
6 or 8 person hot tubs
Empty weight - 800 lbs
Water weight - 4,300 lbs
People and water weight - 5,500 lbs
Inflatable hot tubs 2 or 3 people
Empty weight - 5 lbs
Water weight - 2,200 lbs
People and water weight - 2,700 lbs
Inflatable hot tubs 4 or 6 people
Empty weight - 5 lbs
Water weight - 2,700 lbs
People and water weight - 3,700 lbs
Hopefully, these industry averages will help you size up your hot tub before moving.
However, you will need to factor in exact measurements, as well as the materials that your hot tub is made out of, as this will also affect the final weight.
How To Safely Move A Hot Tub
When it comes to moving a hot tub, we would always recommend that you seek a professional removal company that has the necessary safety equipment as well as the insurance to cover themselves from injury.
However, if you don’t have the spare cash and insist on moving your hot tub yourself, there are many protocols and procedures that you have to abide by to avoid injury to yourself and other people.
Make sure you have the right equipment (see below for a list of the correct gear).
Rent a large truck that can accommodate the entire length and width of your hot tub.
Make sure there is a clear path from the tub to the truck.
Turn off the circuit breaker or power chord for your hot tub.
Drain the hot tub of water via the valve.
Using a wet-dry vacuum cleaner, remove the excess water from the bottom.
Pack up the heater, the pump and any other accessories for the hot tub.
Gather your team of friends, with their help, slide two pieces of 2 x 4 under each side of the hot tub in a crosshatch manner, so it is well balanced and secure.
Set the furniture dollies underneath the 2 x 4’s on each side.
Using the dollies, working as a team with your friends, wheel the hot tub up to your ramp and into your removal van. Wrap it in thick blankets to secure it inside the truck.