That is like comparing a park bench to a recliner. I did get to chose the jet placement, we did 8 and they cover my back (2 spinal fusions) and knees just right. There's no real comparison between the spa seats and a built in spa. This pool fit the shape, price and warranty we were looking for! WE are very happy!!is the spa seating comfortable? It’s not as contoured as the stand-alone spas.