When you are looking to purchase a hot tub for your home, the very first question you have to ask yourself is whether you want a portable hot tub or a permanent hot tub set in-ground. You might be surprised what is considered portable and what is considered permanent, so be sure you do your research first.
Indoor hot tubs are typically installed in a bathroom or an enclosed sun-room (or something comparable). Indoor spas are considered portable because although they are securely attached to plumbing and electrical house outlets, they can eventually be taken away. So while they may look like a permanent feature of the home, they are actually portable.
The most common outdoor hot tub is also portable, as it is usually placed on a deck or above ground in a yard. This type of hot tub is more visibly portable. However, outdoor hot tubs can also be permanent when they are set in-ground, often as part of a larger pool structure. Yes, eventually you can also take the in-ground hot tub away, but this would be much more of a project than one settled above ground.
When deciding on an outdoor above-ground hot tub, the alignment of plumbing and electrical ports to the house may be a factor. Some portable owners move the tub around the yard by season depending on the position of the sun. In this manner, an outdoor portable has a great deal of flexibility in how to use it, and may actually have a longer period time during the year in which you can comfortably enjoy it. Portable indoor hot tubs may be less mobile, but you could still feasibly transfer it to another room if you so chose. Permanent hot tubs tend to cost more than portable hot tubs due to the issue of placing it in the earth. There may also be added necessities, such as permits and fees. Always contact your local gas and electrical utilities, as well as the appropriate authorities, before digging.
Here at Spasandstuff.com, we carry some really great options for portable indoor and outdoor tubs, so feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about this type of tub. Happy soaking!