Choosing the right model hot tub is about more than the capacity. It's important to plan ahead and select the right installation. Where you put it can greatly influence your enjoyment, how convenient maintenance is and whether or not you can easily remove it if needed.

For a new hot tub or spa, the biggest decision is whether you want to go inside or outside. An inside spa is more convenient, but it creates a moisture issue in a lot of environments. You'll need a dehumidifier for interior installation. Another option is the sheltered outdoor install. A carport, screened in porch or a patio under an overhang can provide privacy and protection without compromising on the view or the practical issues. Always find out where the utility lines are and what type of soil you have before you make to many plans about digging. For an existing patio or deck, pay attention to plumbing and electrical conveniences.

Using an above-ground installation or creating an access area, such as an area accessible underneath the deck, makes it easier to change hot tub filters, swap out spa replacement parts and check on the spa panels. A lot of the newer models can be recessed. While it can be easier to get in and out, it's also harder to maintain.

Some spas are referred to as portable spas in their title. The truth is, all spas can be portable; it really depends on the installation and location as to just how portable they are. If you plan on selling your home in the near future, a spa can be a valuable selling point. As long as it's within zoning requirements for placement, it's considered an asset. If the potential homebuyers don't want a hot tub for some reason, you can always take it with you if it's above-ground. If it's built into a deep recess in the yard, it will be harder to work with if you want to take it along to your new home.