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How to Choose Where You’ll Put a Hot Tub

Your hot tub should be your place of relaxation and enjoyment. Having just the right placement adds to its tranquility. You should be able to come home at the end of a long day and be able to soak with the jets on and release all of the day’s anxiety and discomfort. If you have no idea how to choose where you’ll put a hot tub, we have you covered. Here’s a basic outline of the details to consider.


When deciding where you want to put your hot tub, there are several things you should think about.

  1. Making sure it’s on a strong foundation
  2. Outside or inside and the pros and cons of each
  3. How accessible your hot tub will be for use and maintenance
  4. Will your location be private and do you feel comfortable using it


Addressing each of these points will help you to know better where you should be placing your hot tub. Mainly, you want to make sure that your hot tub looks good where it’s at, is comfortable to access for use and servicing, and has the level of privacy you want.

Consider these points with your hot tub:


Moving Your Hot Tub

Unless you are using an inflatable or portable hot tub, its location is fairly permanent. That means you need to find the best spot for it before you move it in and have it placed. You want something that is aesthetically pleasing and looks like it fits with its surroundings. As well, you don’t want it to be in a hard to get to spot that would cause you to never use it.

Hot tubs are not light. They are easier to move when they don’t have any water in them, but once completely filled, depending on their size, they can weigh over 5,900 pounds! At that point, moving your hot tub is almost out of the question. Moving it would require professional equipment and help, which can be expensive. So, make sure to take a good look at your house or yard first and find that spot that best fits your hot tub and your needs.


Outdoors vs Indoors

Depending on your available space, you may decide that having your hot tub indoors is a better option for you. Then again, maybe you don’t have the room for it inside, and outside is your only option. Whatever you decide to do, there is no wrong way to do it.

Before you decide where you are going to put it, make sure you know how big your new hot tub is. This will make the decision for where it ends up much easier. You may find that your hot tub is smaller than you thought and that it would easily fit in the house. That said, this might make it easier for you to place your hot tub in your outside space too. Whatever your location plan, here are the pros and cons of each.



When installing your hot tub inside, you get the luxury and convenience of never having to leave the house to relax. Also, you never have to worry about any damage from natural elements like rain, hail, or even snow. One of the biggest reasons people have their spas installed in their homes is because of the added privacy.

Even though having a hot tub inside is nice, you should be aware that it is often more challenging to install a hot tub inside. Since most doorways aren’t big enough to bring the hot tub in, they often have to be assembled or installed inside. Along with that, you have to think about the extra plumbing and drainage that you need. Whatever you decide, there is no denying that an indoor hot tub is both handy and luxurious.



  • Privacy
  • Convenience
  • Protection from the elements



  • Installation challenges
  • Extra plumbing and drainage needed
  • Protection against humidity and water damage necessary


There are reasons why most people choose to have their hot tubs installed outside. The two biggest factors are easier installation and open ventilation. Since you’re putting the hot tub outside, when it’s being delivered, you just have to have the truck drop it off out back. You also don’t have to worry about any water or humidity damage to your home.

While it is easier to have a hot tub outside, you may need extra structures or equipment to give you that privacy you want. You will also have to make sure that your hot tub is in a place that won’t be too affected by the elements and isn’t too far to be inconvenient. Sometimes people install their tubs on the other side of their property and that leads to their spas rarely being used. Whatever you decide, there is no wrong place to install your hot tub. Whatever works best for you is the perfect spot.



  • Easier installation
  • Open ventilation
  • Beautiful & natural View


  • Less privacy
  • Subject to elemental damage
  • Can be less convenient


Easy Access

Often the most forgotten aspect to consider is hot tub access. Sometimes people install their hot tubs with no plan of how to access the tub when there is something wrong. To plan for the possibility of future repairs, make sure your hot tub is easily accessible so that the necessary fixes can be done easily.

As well, don’t forget that your hot tub needs to be easy to get into as well. The relaxation of being in the tub versus the struggle to get in the tub has to be worth it. If your hot tub is installed where it’s too difficult to use, then you might as well not have bought a hot tub to begin with.


Hot Tubs From Spa Expo

If you are looking for the perfect hot tub for your home, consider letting us help you. At Spa Expo, we’ve been proudly serving Austin for over 40 years. We will make sure you get exactly what you need. No matter the size you are looking for, or where you want it placed, we have a perfect option for you. To get started, give us a call at (512) 894-8530 today!

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