If you are considering adding a new spa to your backyard oasis, then it’s important to understand the different types of spas. That way you can select the best spa to meet your style, price, space, and other needs. Before you start looking into spas in RI, consider these style tips from Hearthside Fireplace & Patio to find out which type of spa will best meet your needs.

Prefabricated Above Ground

Perhaps the most popular type of spa is an above-ground prefabricated hot tub. These hot tubs are usually made of molded acrylic backed by fiberglass or plastic with a wood or synthetic frame surrounding it. The price varies considerable depending on the materials and features. Generally, the price will range between $2,000 and $17,000. These spas must be installed on a level surface with nearby access to a 220-volt outlet. If plumbing, electricity, and a level surface are already present, than installation can be fairly inexpensive.


Inflatable hot tubs are made of vinyl. Inflatable tubs can easily be deflated and relocated to any level surface. These tubs can be easily filled with a hose and then plugged for heat. Best yet, inflatable tubs are the most inexpensive with prices starting around $500. The downside is that they aren’t very attractive, and they are damaged more easily.


Wooden hot tubs are usually built using woods like cedar, redwood, or teak. Wooden hot tubs are most often a simple circular design with bench seating. Assembly is typically required on the location. Wooden hot tubs are highly sought for their durability and style. They hold more water than other hot tubs and are typically quite heavy. For this reason, they should sit on solid concrete or a reinforced deck. Wooden hot tubs cost around $4,000- $9,000.


Inground hot tubs are one of the most popular types of spas, especially when accompanied by swimming pools. The cost is very high because these hot tubs require professional excavation and installation. Cost is typically around $15,000 to $20,000. Inground spas are usually made of concrete with a decorative tile overlay.