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What are the main differences between in ground spas and above ground spas?

There are many different kinds of spa, ranging in size from the cozy to the enormous. But, fundamentally, spas can be divided into two categories:

  1. Portable, above ground, and factory made
  2. Non-portable, in ground, and custom built

The two kinds of spa are very different in terms of their practicability, reliability, usefulness, and cost. If you pick the wrong spa for your home, you’ll quickly find yourself in hot water—and not in the way you’d like!

To help you navigate this turbulent topic, we’ve put together the following guide comparing and contrasting in ground spas and above ground spas.

At Oasis Spas, we produce an enormous variety of spas. Check out our range online, or find a store near you to peruse our spas in person.

In ground vs. above ground spas: which is more affordable?

in ground spas at homeAn above ground spa usually costs less than an in ground spa. To begin with, there are the construction and installation costs:

  • With an above ground spa, there will be a set fee for purchase. This is very unlikely to change, since the installation of the spa is so straightforward.
  • With an in ground spa, you’re at the mercy of your contractor. Construction costs have been known to blow out even on the most straightforward jobs. Additionally, you might face setbacks if there are any hidden hazards lurking underground at your property.

Then, there are the running costs to think of. Although the power bill will be different depending on how, and how often, you use the spa, an above ground spa will be cheaper to run with all other things being equal.

Which type of spa is more reliable?

in ground spasBecause of the customised nature of an in ground spa, it will only be as reliable as the person who made it. Repairs to underground pipes can be tricky, and finding a technician with the right expertise might be difficult.

An above ground spa, however, manufactured and designed by an established company, can be depended upon. You can expect:

  • A guaranteed warranty
  • Parts from a factory that are easy to replace
  • Straightforward above-ground repairs if anything does go wrong

Which spa looks better?

It’s hard to say which kind of spa looks better. As they say, there’s no accounting for taste!

Certainly, there’s more room for customisation with an in ground spa. An in ground spa is usually an original creation, specifically tailored to your needs and desires. There are an infinite number of potential variations in terms of:

  • Size
  • Depth
  • The number of jets
  • Construction materials
  • Lighting

And so on. If it works, and your dream is realised, you could have a beautiful water feature as well as a great spa. Alternately, if things go wrong, you could be left with an expensive, malfunctioning eyesore.

On the other hand, an above ground unit is usually a set model, engineered by a design team, and made in a factory. You’re guaranteed a great looking spa, and there are still many different options for customisation. These include:

  • Size
  • Model
  • Shell colour
  • Cabinet colour
  • Location
  • Accessories

Which spa is easier to use?

An in ground spa is usually dug out next to a pool. This is a convenient location from if you want to go from swimming laps to relaxing in the tub, but not so convenient if you want to get up out of the spa and grab a cold drink from inside.

With an above ground spa, you can locate it just about anywhere on your property. If you like, you can have it installed right near your back door. That way, in the winter months, you won’t have to struggle through the cold outdoors to get to your toasty spa.

With an enormous range to choose from, the perfect Oasis Spa is just a click away.

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