Is a Portable Hot Tub for Me?
Today's hot tubs and spas are much different than those cedar barrels of the past. In this section of the website we will attempt to define for you:
what a portable spa is
compare it to other spa types
determine how it can fit your lifestyle
Whether it's in-ground, free standing and portable, or creatively built into your landscape each person and each home can benefit from a hot tub in some way.
First: What exactly is a hot tub or spa?
There are countless companies offering countless types of hot tubs or spas and calling them different things as well. To a consumer just looking for the best relaxation option, it can all seem a little overwhelming and confusing.
The first thing to understand is that the terms spa and hot tub are generally used interchangeably. They basically mean the same thing and can each have different modifiers like "portable," in-ground," "custom," etc. used to further define them.
Next, it is important to understand that there are essenttially two major types of spas: in-ground or custom spas and portable spas.
Next: Do I want a portable hot tub or custom spa?
This question depends on your therapy needs and aesthetic preferences. To help make your decision easier, we’ve put together the following brief outline of spa types designed to take some of the guesswork out of buying the most appropriate hot tub model for you.
Portable Spas and Hot Tubs
This group of spas is fairly broad and potentially confusing due to the large differences in sizes and actual portability of the units.
Portable hot tubs or portable spas includes a range of spas anywhere from small inflatable units that can be packed up and put away when not in use, to large 8 to 10 person hot tubs that are made of acrylic, foam, and heavy wood that seem anything but portable.
In simple terms though, a portable hot tub is defined as a spa unit that is self contained, meaning everything needed to operate the spa is contained within the spa itself.
In general, portable hot tubs are significantly less expensive than equally sized in ground models and they are relatively quick to install. These benefits have made the portable units extremely popular for home owners looking for great hydrotherapy without a huge construction project.
Another advantage of portable spas in that they are usually molded into highly ergonomic shapes with well-define and comfortable seats. Many premium portable spas, especially Bullfrog Spas, offer an assortment of massaging jets, placed in strategic positions within the spa, that help to sooth and relax the entire body.
Custom In-Ground Spas
The second type of spas are called in-ground spas or custom spas. As the name infers, in ground spas are set into the ground, with the top of the spa being at ground level. These spas can be built from a variety of materials including:
- stainless steel
A custom in-ground spa can be a very attractive addition to a backyard and can be customized to become part of your backyard landscape. In ground spas also have the added benefit of being extremely quiet as all of the mechanical equipment needed to run the hot tub can be installed away from the bathing area.
The downside of a custom in-ground spa is that they are usually expensive and time consuming to install. They are made of hard permanent materials and surfaces so they can also become outdated and difficult to modify. However, if you have the time and money available to have an in ground model installed, you will likely be pleased with the aesthetics and durability.
The Choice in Spas is Up to You
Whether you choose an in ground hot tub model or a portable hot tub, you will have a relaxation destination that will add value and beauty to your home and backyard. More so, purchasing a hot tub can greatly enhance your personal wellness without requiring you to leave the comfort of your own backyard.