In-Ground vs. Inflatable Hot Tubs – Choosing the right one

If you are considering investing in a hot tub, picking the right one could be difficult. The first thing to do is to decide whether you want an in-ground unit or a portable/inflatable hot tub. No doubt both offer great health benefits, but picking the right one will depend on available space, budget, and usage. The first step in the process is to understand the differences between the two.

Difference between in-ground and inflatable hot tubs

In-ground tubs offer a lot of flexibility as far as features are concerned. They can be part of the design for an in-ground pool or standalone units. Installation companies can work with the existing landscape. The equipment needed to power the hot tub can be installed a distance away so that noise is reduced.

Portable tubs can be set up for use anywhere. There are especially designed for customers who don’t have a yard or much space but want the benefits of a tub. Portable tubs can be installed on a deck or in the corner of a yard. The best portable spa can be deflated and taken along for use in a new location.

Distinctions between in-ground and portable tubs

  • Jets: Portable tubs offer the same hot tub jacuzzi features as an in-ground tub. With a multitude of jets and configurations, users can enjoy a great massage. The jets can be adjusted to meet individual needs. The jets and massage feature in an in-ground pool are just as efficient.
  • Seating: Seating in a portable tub can be adjusted based on need and it is just as ergonomic as an in-ground tub. Seating in an in-ground tub is already built in and not flexible. It can be a challenge to get a massage with the jets based on where a person sits.
  • Energy efficiency: The technology used to make portable tubs has changed considerably. User friendly and energy efficient models are now easily available on the market. Portable tubs are easy to clean and maintain. In-ground tubs have to be heated before they can be used, requiring some planning.

Questions to consider before investing in a hot tub

After considering the above points, the next step is to decide which one you want. Here are some other factors to think about:

  • Where will you put the tub?
  • Do you want one which is ready for use or can you wait for it to heat up?
  • What kind of jets and massage would you like to have?
  • Would you like to have features like lighting, cup holders and entertainment options included?
  • Are you willing to do your own maintenance or do you need a pool company to take care of it for you?
  • How much are you willing to pay for a hot tub?

Keep in mind that inflatable/portable tubs are cheaper than an in-ground hot tub. Measure out the available space before you go to a dealership to pick out a hot tub. There are many beautiful models available on the market that it can be hard to choose. Choose well so that you can get the most out of your investment.