Which is Better? Portable Hot Tub or Indoor Jacuzzi?

Written by 
Peter Smith
peter smith
Peter is an inflatable hot tub enthusiast, reviewing and testing hot tubs since 2014.
Updated: 
June 8, 2020

Isn't it so nice to soak in a hot water tub after a long tiring day? Some of us like to have quick cold showers (And they have lots of health benefits), while others like to have long dips in hot tubs (They have their health benefits too). Whichever you prefer, taking a bath is not only a way to cleanse the body but also a good way to relax and relieve stress.

Soaking in the hot tub is most enjoyable during cold weather. So it is very convenient to have a jacuzzi at home. However, building a hot tub at home needs time, effort, and of course, money.

In the past few years, building an indoor jacuzzi has been the trend. But nowadays, there is another option, which is called the portable hot tub. It is a hot tub that can be transferred from one place to another and doesn't need fixed plumbing and electrical installation.

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Let us help you in deciding whether you would choose an indoor jacuzzi or a portable hot tub.

Indoors or outdoors?

First of all, you have to decide where you will be placing the hot tub. Would it be built indoors or outdoors? Would you like to have one hot tub indoors and one outdoors? Or would you have one portable hot tub that you can move indoors to outdoors, and vice versa?

Inside or outside the house?

Hot tubs can be placed inside and outside of the house. But you should have a special area or room wherein it would be installed. If you would put it outdoors, it is advisable to place it in the yard or patio.

Hot tubs also come in different shapes and sizes. It could be round, oval, or square (recommended if you will place it in a corner). The size and shape of the hot tub depend on your taste and the functionality that you need.

You can have it like a swimming pool that is in the ground but you can also have it above the ground or on a deck. If you choose a built-in hot tub, the heater and plumbing will also be built-in. Otherwise, a portable hot tub needs a portable heater and plumbing system.

Hot tubs that are dug into the ground or in-ground Jacuzzis can be customized in size and shape. In-ground hot tubs can be personalized to look like a natural pond or spring that can enhance the yard's landscape. It is recommended for those who would like to enhance their rest houses and make it look more relaxing and resort-like.

Seating and massage

The next things you need to consider are the seating and hydrotherapy features. Built-in hot tubs tend to have great jets and features. Portable hot tubs are just a little bit behind built-in in terms of comfort. But are definitely cheaper to maintain and buy.

The massager of an in-ground hot tub is normally a standard jet and calf jet. Usually, the volume and pressure of the jet are not adjustable. Moreover, lights and sounds are not included, so you need to buy it separately.

Hot tubs also offer several different designs and styles of seats. Some hot tubs have ergonomic seats that can fit the height and build of each person. It is useful in targeting specific areas of the body that needs to be massaged. Today, it can be made in both indoors and outdoors, both fixed and portable due to new high-quality laminate materials.

Special features

Moreover, some hot tubs include special features, such as stereo and light systems. These features can augment the relaxing effect of the hot water and massage jets. Those can be found in both indoor and outdoor hot tubs.

Before deciding whether you will have an indoor Jacuzzi or portable hot tub, try to consider the things mentioned here so that you will have a totally hassle-free and relaxing hot tub experience at home or anywhere you go.

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