Though it’s far less of an undertaking than installing a pool, preparing for a backyard hot tub still deserves serious consideration. After deciding to welcome a hot tub into your world, one of the first decisions you’ll be confronted with is whether to go with a built-in or portable hot tub. Each style has its own appeal and advantages. Here is a quick summary of the benefits of each:


Portable hot tubs are designed to fit well in a variety of settings, from your patio or yard to an indoor space. They can also be sunk into ground, built into a deck, or remain above ground. And, when it comes to equipment, it’s built directly into the portable spa and doesn’t need a separate location in your yard.

In-ground hot tubs are very versatile because you can choose the shape and size. They can be added as a dramatic landscape effect, or as a hidden retreat that seamlessly blends in with your yard. Just keep in mind you’ll need an extra spot for equipment.

Advanced Hydrotherapy

Portable hot tubs often offer highly-specialized and specifically-placed jets, ergonomic seating options to accommodate individuals of various heights, and lounge seating options. Overall, it’s easier to target specific body parts for hydrotherapy with portable hot tubs.

In-ground hot tubs use basic, standard jets that are typically single sized. You can choose the placement of the jets, but the types of massage produced by the jets aren’t as varied as with portable spas.

Ease of Maintenance

Advancements in portable hot tub filtration make it easy to maintain and care for water. Covers are also frequently included for purchasers of portable hot tubs, helping to keep the water cleaner longer, as well as maintain the water temperature when not in use. The acrylic shells of portable hot tubs are more comfortable (gentler on skin and swimsuits) than the materials used for in-ground spas and easier to clean. Portable spas also have a quick-drain feature and overall come equipped with long warranties.

In-ground hot tubs require the same amount of maintenance as portables in regard to balancing the water chemicals, but can be more difficult to clean. One perk is that if your in-ground hot tub is connected to an in-ground pool, you do not have to drain it. This could potentially reduce maintenance (although you are adding the maintenance of a pool!).

We hope this article has helped explain the differences of in-ground and portable hot tubs, so you can easily decide which type is best for your family. If you’d like to check out your options for portable hot tubs in person, click here to find the Jacuzzi dealership near you.