The Differences Between In-Ground and Above-Ground Hot Tubs

The Differences Between In-Ground and Above-Ground Hot Tubs

May 6, 2021

The feeling of relaxation you get from dipping into a hot tub after a long day of work can’t be beat! You can have that feeling anytime you want when you install a new hot tub on your property.

If you’re considering investing in hot tub installation, your two primary categories are going to be above-ground and in-ground hot tubs in New Haven County, CT. What are the pros and cons of each, and which is the best option for your needs? Let’s take a look.

In-ground hot tubs

In-ground hot tubs are a great option for people who already have in-ground swimming pools, as they’ll blend in well with the pool and the other equipment you have. They’re highly customizable—you can find them in all different sizes and configurations, and can even create your own unique design to complement your pool or other features on your property.

With an in-ground hot tub, you’ll have access to built-in benches, lights and spa jets, so you don’t have to worry about purchasing add-ons. However, it’s worth noting that the seating options are a bit limited in comparison to above-ground hot tubs.

In addition, if energy efficiency is your thing, in-ground might not be your best option. In-ground hot tubs tend to use much more energy to run than above-ground hot tubs, in part because they take quite a bit longer to heat up. Depending on the size of your hot tub, this could add quite a bit of money to your utility bills.

Above-ground hot tubs

Above-ground hot tubs are significantly cheaper to install than in-ground hot tub, and because of their greater energy efficiency, they also cost less to operate. If you’re interested in a hot tub option that will help you limit your carbon footprint, this can be the best way to go.

Seating options are much more versatile and available for above-ground hot tubs. Plus, if you ever wish to move where the hot tub is situated on your property, you can easily relocate it. You can even sell it to another person and get it off your property entirely!

There are, however, some drawbacks to above-ground hot tubs. They aren’t quite as easy to blend into the landscaping around your property, so they do tend to stick out. You can try to conceal them with plants and other décor, but you won’t be able to get around the fact that they stick up above the ground.

The sizes and shapes of above-ground hot tubs are not nearly as numerous as the options you have available to you with in-ground hot tubs.

Finally, above-ground hot tubs are not as accessible as in-ground ones. It can be difficult for children, elderly people and people with mobility issues to get into the tub without some significant assistance or special equipment.

Need more information to help you in your hot tub purchase? For more information or to schedule hot tub repair in New Haven County, CT, get in touch with A-1 Pools & Spas today.

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