Outdoor Spas

For several years, in-ground spas were your only spa option. Over the past decade, however, the portable outdoor spa such as those produced by Sapphire outdoor spas have taken the lead and are now surpassing in-ground spas in terms of popularity and preference. Not sure which style of spa is right for you? We have created a quick “cheat sheet” to help you compare the two and to make the best decision for your needs and lifestyle.

Outdoor Spas

Portable Spas

PROS:

  • Hassle-free and quick to set up
  • A variety of jets offering pinpoint massage capabilities
  • Easily repaired
  • A number of different options

Often referred to as “self-contained spas,” the portable spa is easy to set up and can be done in a matter of minutes. It requires no extensive landscaping and they are often times more budget-friendly than an in-ground spa.

One concern that homeowners often have about portable outdoor spas is whether or not they will have the same quality and number of jets. Fortunately, these spas do come with the same if not even more, jet options. From spinning to whirling to sliding up and down and pulsating, spa lovers can choose a seemingly customised spa that will cater to their needs.

CONS:

  • “Cookie cutter” design
  • Customers cannot give their input as to how the spa should be designed
  • Historically requires more repairs
  • Not as attractive in appearance

When it comes to portable spas, buyer beware! While there several high quality portable spas to choose from, there are also those which will break down more quickly than an in-ground spa. Many manufacturers will outfit the spa with numerous jets, but not provide enough power to have them run at their fullest potential.

In-Ground Spas

PROS:

  • Able to be completely customised
  • Often able to provide better performance (this depends on the pump)
  • Equipment for in-ground spas has a higher performance rating
  • Equipment is out of sight and cannot be heard

The in-ground spas of today come in a variety of options, from prefabricated fibreglass spas to personalised poured concrete. There are nearly limitless options when it comes to the shape and size of the spa, and owners can have jets placed in the spa to precisely target any problem areas.

CONS:

  • Costs can be considerably higher (especially if a deck is being built)
  • Fixed in place (cannot be moved)
  • Must always be filled
  • Leaks are harder to pinpoint and most costly to fix

A lot of additional costs come with having an in-ground spa, such as keeping it properly filled, regularly maintaining the water, and having decking built around it. This type of spa generally requires frequent maintenance, which will either be time consuming for the spa owner (if he or she is doing the maintenance him or herself) or financially draining (if a homeowner chooses to use a pool maintenance company).

Your budget, needs, and how long you are planning to stay in your home are all top considerations when choosing between a portable and in-ground spa. An in-ground spa can be an incredibly attractive addition to the backyard or garden of a home, but for individuals who plan to move within the next five to ten years, the portable spa is a must-have. As a final note, be sure to do your homework if you do choose the portable spa route to ensure that you are investing in the highest quality spa possible.