Portable spas are the rage these days and it’s easy to understand why. They are cheaper, easier to install and maintain, and can be moved from one place to another. In fact, the presence of a portable spa can increase the value of your property and they’re even tax-deductible if you use them to treat arthritis and other body pains.
“Regular hot tubs are extremely difficult to move, but portable ones are an entirely different story. Some companies offer help to customers who want to transfer their portable hot tubs to new houses. Sometimes sellers want to leave their portable spas behind. If a new homeowner doesn’t like where the portable spa is positioned, he or she can simply move it elsewhere which is an effective selling point,” according to Shannon Beineke of SwimmingPools101.Com.
Most portable spas weigh no more than 50 pounds and all you need to take a hot dip is a power outlet. So unless you live in a cave or as long as your house has electricity and working outlets, you can use your spa anytime and almost anywhere. For the more adventurous outdoor types who like to travel in style with their portable spas, the good news is you can take them anywhere and place them in an accessible convenient location. And if you can’t find a power outlet, no sweat. Some newer models run on batteries. Be sure to bring a long hose and a water tank though in case you end up in the middle of the desert!
Portable spas come in three types, namely, hard side, fiberglass and inflatable or blow-up models. How do they differ? The inflatable type is like a balloon that can be set up in less than 20 minutes. Hard side spas have wood panels and vinyl lining that holds water. This is assembled and can be installed in minutes. For those who want a bigger bath tub inside their homes, the fiberglass model is the right choice. This can fit through most doors and is preferred by people who want an indoor hot tub. The cost of portable spas ranges from $500 to $5,000 depending on the model, durability, weight and how good they look. Most of them can hold about 250 gallons of water. The inflatable type is the least expensive. Anywhere from two to six people can fit in them. And these spas are very comfortable because they don’t have any hard surfaces or edges to get in the way. Like hard side spas, they are still spacious and comfortable.