There’s no doubt that hot tubbing in the fall and winter seasons is most enjoyable.  Cooler weather, long days at work, and holiday gatherings all call for a long soak in the hot tub.  If you’re looking to invest in a hot tub this fall season, there are several options you can choose from – most commonly, the above-ground hot tub and inflatable hot tub.

But which one is the right choice for you?  Read what our experts have to say about above ground and inflatable tubs.

Above Ground Hot Tub – Pros & Cons

Above ground hot tubs are designed and built to last.  With built-in seats, loungers, and targeted massage jets, an above ground hot tub provides you the quality tubbing experience you’re looking for.  And if you are interested in advanced features, it’s easy to add unique jet styles, lights, and other spa-like features.  With an above ground hot tub, you’ll enjoy the experience year-round without being worried about its longevity.

Your new above ground hot tub will give you a luxurious hot tubbing experience – but at a cost.  It’s no surprise the upfront costs are higher for above ground hot tubs than inflatable hot tubs, ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 on average.  You’ll also want to set aside money for installation costs, as you’ll have to pay the hot tub labor cost.  At the end of the day, many homeowners enjoy the year-round, fixed hot tubbing experience paired with the lower heating bills.

Inflatable Hot Tub – Pros & Cons

If you’re looking for a much lower initial investment – or rent your current home – an inflatable hot tub is your best option.  Although routine chemical treatment and heating costs still apply, inflatable hot tubs typically cost less than $1,000 upfront.  There are also little or no installation costs since an inflatable hot tub can easily be inflated and deflated when needed.

On the flip side, you do miss out on several features as an inflatable hot tub owner.  There are no seats in an inflatable pool, so you and your guests should get comfortable with sitting on the pool floor.  Additionally, most inflatable hot tubs to do not have jets; and if they do, they are typically located on the bottom of the tub to provide a bubbly experience.  You also lose heat faster with an inflatable hot tub because of its poor insulation, so heating costs may be slightly more than your traditional above ground hot tub.

So…What Hot Tub is Right for You?

Ultimately, both the above ground and inflatable hot tubs are good options.  While above ground hot tubs are meant for the homeowner that is 100% invested in a fixed tub, an inflatable hot tub is better suited for renters and families with smaller budgets.


Still not sure what option is the right one for you?  Give your local Blockco Pools experts a call.  We carry a wide selection of hot tubs and can help you find one that meets your budget, style, and needs.