Inground Spas vs Above Ground Hot Tubs: Which is Better?

When purchasing a Spa / Hot Tub there is a lot of factors you need to take into account. For example: How big of a hot tub do I want? Do I plan on moving anytime soon and want to take my hot tub with me? What kind of budget do I have? Do I want my hot tube to be connected to my pool? These are all valid questions that you will need to consider.

Lets break down the Pros and Cons of Inground Spas and Above Ground Hot Tubs

It’s good to take a look at all the pros and cons of each of these options. A lot of time customers will change their mind during this process as they realize the value of protecting their Spa / Hot Tub investment. It is always a good idea to talk to an expert to further educate yourself on the different options available, as well as get a quote that will fit your specific needs.

Inground Spas

An Inground Spa isa permanent fixture that is usually built with gunite, fiberglass or vinyl. It can be fully customized and is usually designed with an inground pool in mind. The equipment for the spa is usually stored on the side yard of the house or building.


  • Far more options for customization
  • Usually placed next to a pool
  • Has a longer lifespan when cared for
  • Holds a higher value over its life
  • Adds aesthetic and uniqueness to your backyard

  • Usually more expensive than a above ground hot tub
  • Higher maintenance
  • Does not have fold over cover
  • Typically must be preheated

Above Ground Hot Tubs

An above ground hot tub is a a prebuilt hot tub that can be placed in many different locations. It has all of its equipment built into the shell of the hot tub and can be moved if needed. Due to its portability it can be placed closer to a house than an inground spa.


  • Ergonomic seating to fit people of all sizes
  • Typically have around 50 jets
  • Requires less maintenance than an inground spa
  • Quicker to install
  • Typically has a lower monthly cost

  • Loses its value quicker than an inground Spa
  • Does not have the same aesthetics and beauty as an inground Spa
  • Limited to predetermined size and specs
  • Has a shorter lifespan than an inground spa