In-Ground Hot Tubs vs. Portable Hot Tubs

You’ve made the decision to purchase a hot tub. You know that you and your family will love it. But now you’re faced with a new dilemma — Are in-ground hot tubs or portable hot tubs right for you and your family? We know it’s a difficult decision to make, so before you make up your mind, you should first understand the benefits and drawbacks of both in-ground hot tubs and portable hot tubs. Different experts have different opinions on in-ground hot tubs and portable hot tubs; it’s always good to hear both sides of the story for more beneficial feedback.

In-ground hot tubs are permanent hot tubs embedded into the ground through construction. Since they are difficult to install — a process involving site evacuation, plumbing, electrical work and sometimes gas hookups—the prices are typically more expensive. In-ground hot tubs are typically a larger investment when compared to portable ones. But once the in-ground hot tubs are built, they will elevate the value of your property, which will benefit you in the future. An in-ground hot tub can be a great selling feature when you decide to sell your home.

Portable hot tubs are a modern innovation to in-ground hot tubs and are gaining popularity because of their cheap prices and easy installation procedures; however the additional prices used to repair them can quickly add up to be the same as or even more expensive than in-ground hot tubs.

The most important question to consider when deciding between in-ground hot tubs and portable hot tubs is how long do you plan to stay in your house? If you are only staying for a year or two, or if you’re renting, then in-ground hot tubs are right for you. However, if you plan on living in your home for the long term, then something long lasting like in-ground hot tubs will be much more valuable. Although in-ground hot tubs are stagnant, they are typically sturdier, often lasting as long as your house without additional adjustments. Portable hot tubs, on the other hand, can require more repairs on the power of the massaging water jets because they’re more fragile. In-ground hot tubs are durable and easy to clean, as they usually have a ceramic rim along the edge of the tubs.

Many other benefits come from the installation of in-ground hot tubs. We’re living in a fast paced society where most items are mass produced, so at least for our homes, we should be able to personalize. In-ground hot tubs offer just that. From the beginning to the end, you will be able to customize the style, size, colour, design… everything! Portable hot tubs don’t offer the same customization options. If you really want to go above and beyond, in-ground hot tubs also come with plenty of options such as coloured lighting, sound systems, or waterfall features.

Hopefully, with the comparison between in-ground hot tubs and portable hot tubs, you’re more clear on which one is more suitable for you. At Seaway Pools & Hot Tubs, we offer the installation and customization of in-ground hot tubs. Feel free to book an appointment with us to get more information on in-ground hot tubs and portable hot tubs. You can reach us at (905) 294-8030, or our toll free number 1-888-494-8030. You can also send us an email at

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