Yard Prep


Getting a hot tub installed in the backyard is a much simpler process than you might imagine. Basically, you need to make sure that you have access to the backyard; a solid, level place to set the spa; and electricity, and a garden hose in close proximity. Read on for more details about each of these logistical requirements.


In most cases getting the hot tub into the backyard is fairly simple and straightforward. A delivery crew will bring the hot tub to your home and then place the hot tub on its side on a hot tub cart. Then they roll the cart into your backyard and to the spot you would like the hot tub placed.. This means that they need an access point into your backyard that is at least as wide as your hot tub is tall. In some cases, when there is no entryway into the backyard that is wide enough, your dealer can arrange for a crane delivery, where the hot tub is lifted over the house and then lowered into the backyard using a crane.

Solid Surface

A level concrete pad or a reinforced deck are the most common surfaces hot tubs are installed on. However, depending on the spa model you use, you may not need to pour concrete. A level pad built of stone pavers, a composite slab made of wood and gravel, or a modular spa pad made of heavy duty plastic may also be good options. Talk to your hot tub dealer about the specific foundation requirements for your spa model.


Hot tubs either require 110V or 220V of electricity. If you choose a 110V model— often referred to as “plug-and-play”—then you may be able to simply plug the spa into an electrical outlet in the backyard. If you choose a 220V model, then you will need to work with a certified electrician to ensure you have enough electricity to power the spa, and then the electrician will be required to run the appropriate wires from your electrical panel to the hot tub. Your dealer can help you understand the pros and cons of the two electrical configurations and can explain the specific electrical requirements for the model you choose.


Some people think that hot tubs require plumbing—but that is not the case! A hot tub, or portable spa, is a completely self-contained vessel designed to provide you with amazing hydrotherapy benefits. Once installed, you simply fill your spa with a garden hose. The water circulates through the plumbing and filtration system within the spa’s cabinet. Depending on how often you use your spa and the water care system you choose, you will need to drain the spa and refill it just a few times each year. Learn about how to extend water life to 12 months or longer with the ACE salt water system.

Your local hot tub dealer should have a lot of experience in delivering hot tubs and probably has navigated many complicated installations. This is one of the reasons we recommend purchasing a hot tub from a local dealer who can help you through the delivery and installation process.


If you are about to purchase a hot tub, you may be wondering if the spot you picked is just right. In addition to considering the logistical requirements, having a beautiful view may not be the most important factor. Here are a few things to consider when choosing the best spot for your hot tub or spa:

Close Proximity

Do you have a spot at the far end of your backyard with an idyllic view you think would be perfect for your hot tub? We are here to tell you to think again. How often you use your spa is directly related to how close your spa is to your back door. On a dark morning, or when it’s freezing outside, are you really going to trek across the yard to get in the hot tub every day? Position your spa in close proximity to your home – near the back door or a door coming out of your bedroom. You will want your hot tub to be just a few steps away. If you are worried about noise, then be sure to choose a model with a dedicated circulation pump that quietly circulates the water 24 hours a day, eliminating the need for loud filtration cycles.


No matter how much you like your neighbors, you may not be able to truly relax in your spa if you think they might be peeking at you through the windows. There are a variety of things you can do to create a little more privacy between you and the people next door. Talk to your dealer about cover lifter options that are designed to stand the cover upright when opened, creating an instant privacy wall. Many dealers offer privacy panels and outdoor rooms that you can position around your spa to create a more secluded-feeling outdoor space. Another option is to consider planting a wall of greenery – like shrubs or bamboo – which will not only create a visual barrier but can also help absorb sound.

Backyard Consultation

Still not quite sure where the best spot is for your new hot tub? Ask your dealer if they offer a backyard consultation service. Many dealers will come visit your home to assess installation requirements and help you select a spot that ensures you will have that Absolute Best Hot Tub


We are happy to be by your side for successful integration of your new fitness or exercise system into your backyard. They understand the importance of completing your installation accurately; which begins with ensuring that you have enough space, confirming that the ground is level and has proper footing, and there is reasonable access to your backyard. When properly prepared, you can be confident in the durability and hassle-free operation of your fitness or exercise system for years to come.

Some specific details to keep in mind:

  • Fitness and Exercise Systems require a concrete pad that is at least 6″ thick for proper footing
  • Footing must be level
  • Leave enough space around your Fitness or Exercise System for steps or decking, which can be purchased separately