Published on June 8, 2020

Outdoor Or Indoor Hot Tub – Which One Should You Choose?

Hot tubs are an excellent investment for any household, providing a wide array of benefits for both your physical and mental health. However, if you are looking to purchase a hot tub, it can be a difficult decision deciding where you would like it placed. Although both indoor and outdoor hot tubs offer similar advantages and convenience, the location of your new spa can make a big difference when it comes to your household’s overall experience.

Hot tubs are an excellent investment for any household, providing a wide array of benefits for both your physical and mental health. However, if you are looking to purchase a hot tub, it can be a difficult decision deciding where you would like it placed. Although both indoor and outdoor hot tubs offer similar advantages and convenience, the location of your new spa can make a big difference when it comes to your household’s overall experience. 

How do you know whether an indoor and outdoor hot tub is right for you? There are many considerations to make before making your final choice. Here at Hydropool Surrey, we have put together the pros and cons of these two locations to help you make an informed decision on whether an outdoor spa or an indoor hot tub is best for your lifestyle. 

Pros of outdoor hot tubs

  • Easier delivery and installation

With an outdoor hot tub, these are relatively easy to install, even if the hot tub is a larger model. Whilst you still need to install a foundation and make the required outdoor electrical connections, installing an outdoor hot tub is a lot easier than installing one in your home. You just need to ensure the delivery route is clear of debris and that the spa can fit down the path.

  • Beautiful setting

When you have an outdoor hot tub in your garden you can easily experience the natural beauty the outside has to offer. You can enjoy the gorgeous landscaping and appreciate beautiful sunsets, starry nights, the changing seasons and much more. Spending time in nature also has a calming effect on the brain which, in turn, leads to an increased ability to concentrate.

  • Open ventilation

By having a hot tub outside, you do not have to worry about a ventilation system. Without this, the combination of heat and humidity can provide an ideal environment where undesirable bacteria and fungi can grow. Any excess humidity your hot tub creates will be blown away by the wind and have no negative effect on your deck or patio.

Cons of outdoor hot tubs

Luckily, there are not many downsides to owning an outdoor hot tub, but there are a few points to keep in mind before you decide.

  • Privacy 

One of the problems of having a hot tub in your garden is the lack of privacy. This does depend on the design of the garden, but unfortunately, you may not always be shielded from your local community of neighbours. To prevent this from occurring, you may have to install a new fence or enhance your landscaping with trees and shrubs. 

  • Exposure to the elements

If you have an outdoor hot tub, you’re obviously going to have to go outside to enjoy it – which can be slightly less convenient depending on the weather. Getting caught in a heavy downpour will mean you need to cut your hot tub time short. Luckily, many hot tub owners don’t worry about this, you just need to prepare for this possibility if you decide to have your hot tub outside. You may find that there is nothing more relaxing than sitting in a hot tub under the crisp air of recent snowfall – so being exposed isn’t a huge disadvantage at all. 

Pros of indoor hot tubs

  • Convenience

Having a hot tub indoors couldn’t be more convenient, and you can use it at any time, whatever weather, without moving very far at all. Installing a hot tub in your home will turn an unused room into a relaxation retreat, providing a sheltered space that allows you to take soaks every day of the year and at any time of the day.

  • Ultimate privacy

As we have already touched upon, if the only outside space available for you is a tiny garden surrounded by neighbours you may not want to install a hot tub outside. However, with an indoor hot tub, you can enjoy a relaxing spa experience that will be both personal and quiet within the comforts of your own home. Placing your hot tub inside your house will shield you from any prying eyes, providing you with a completely comfortable environment to soak away your stress. 

  • Protection from the elements

With an indoor hot tub, you never have to worry about the weather as it won’t affect you when you are completely shielded indoors. After being outside in the cold all day, an indoor hot tub is the best way to warm up. You can have complete peace of mind that your hot tub will remain completely unblemished by the elements. 

Cons of indoor hot tubs

  • Ventilation

In order to have an indoor hot tub, it is essential to install an efficient method of ventilation, whether it’s additional windows or a completely new ventilation system. This will prevent any damage to your walls, paint, plaster, or drywall. Of course, heated spa water evaporates and increases the humidity of the surrounding air. 

  • Installation

The process of installing an indoor hot tub can be incredibly difficult, which may require you to speak to a structural engineer – or the hot tub dealer – to ensure structural work is performed safely and successfully. For example, one of the issues you may face is that you’ll need a solid foundation for your hot tub. 

Summary 

Deciding whether to place your hot tub indoors or outdoors may just come down to personal preference. It does greatly depend on how you plan to use your new spa, but it might be worth speaking to a renowned hot tub supplier – such as Hydropool Surrey – who can help you decide which is right for your lifestyle and learn more about the different models available for you to purchase. As a premium hot tub and swim spa supplier, you can trust that you are in safe hands when you turn to our team. 

Written by Hector O'Farrill

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