The Best Inflatable Hot Tub Reviews – Ultimate Buying Guide 2019

The year 2019 has brought with it not just new beginnings, but tons of new hot tubs as well!

In this article, we are reviewing some of the best inflatable hot tubs to come out this year.


Top 3 Products to Buy in 2019

1. Intex 77in PureSpa Portable Bubble Massage Spa Set

An inexpensive inflatable hot tub is perhaps one of the best recreational investments you can have today. The inflatable Intex PureSpa Bubble Massage is one of the most awesome inflatable hot tubs that can help you make the habit of washing away your aches and pains through a warm bath.

Tons of Techy Features

This four-seater Intex can give you a massage that is comparable to the more expensive systems around. This superb inflatable hot tub has a hard water treatment system that softens the water to ensure the best bubble bath experience. Thus, helping you unwind and relieve stress while softening your skin.

inflatable hot tub control panel features

You can also set the mood of your bath by changing the color of the inflatable hot tub’s water through its built-in LED lights. Whether you like a sultry mood or a party atmosphere, you can change the inflatable hot tub’s ambiance.

Unique Inflatable Hot Tub Control Panel

You can manage every operation involving the spa via its easy-to-reach control panel. Everything from the inflatable hot tub's water temperature to switching on or off its other functions is just a button away.

Intex PureSpa hot tub control panel
This one comes with an intuitive panel.

One of the best qualities of this inflatable outdoor spa is its ability to retain heat for a long period of time. It has a decent temperature range of 68 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Its water heating unit can maintain the temperature you set even if you use its bubble function or left it covered. This means the water will always have the best temperature for your needs.

SaluSpa Warms Water Fast

The inflatable Intex PureSpa also warms up the water at a rate of 2 to 3 degrees Fahrenheit per hour. That’s a degree faster than most of its competitors.

As such, it only takes less than a day for the Intex "PureSpa" to reach its maximum temperature which is great especially when the weather is cold and you want to take a hot bath. However, the manufacturer doesn’t recommend it for outdoor use during the winter months.

The Intex PureSpa's heat retention feature and water flow are great not only because it keeps that soothing water hot, but also because it helps decrease electric consumption. It’s a feature that many cost-conscious household owners would surely love.

Read More: Intex PureSpa Hot Tub Reviews

Ergonomic Design

Aside from having many features geared for the user’s comfort, you can’t also dismiss the inflatable portable hot tub’s ergonomic design. Every part of the Intex PureSpa is simply there to offer both comfort and functionality.

hot tub built with tough materials
Enjoy maximum relaxation with the SaluSpa's ergonomic design.

When fully inflated the Intex PureSpa has a diameter of 77-inches which gives its bathers a good seating position and enough legroom. The beauty of this feature is that it doesn’t consume much space compared to larger inflatable and non-portable Intex inflatable hot tubs. As such you can place it even in your patio or a patch of grass in your backyard.

Made of High-Quality Materials

Moreover, this inflatable jacuzzi hot tub is also built from durable materials, particularly high-strength polyester fibers which do not stretch over time and assure protection. As such, you can expect it to be firm and not easily deflate when left unused on a hot summer day.

durable inflatable spa materials
The PureSpa is made of layers of durable materials

Maintaining the quality of the Intex PureSpa's water is also a cinch thanks to its own chlorine dispenser.

Protip: If you notice chlorine smell, add more chlorine (yes, you read that right)!

A few test strips are also included in the hot tub package, so you can right away check the water quality after you have fully installed the hot tub. It also uses cheap and replaceable filter cartridges that can help you save a lot of money.

Lastly, the inflatable Intex PureSpa is easy to set up and has an efficient inflation hose that helps the pump fully inflate the unit in as little as less than an hour. Additionally, the built-in pump also allows fast drainage of water at almost the same rate which is quite useful when you want to tuck it away fast.

These features are good enough for it to land on our list of the top inflatable spa hot tub models from Intex for this year.

  • Offers great value for your money
  • Easy to set up and deflate with little to no tools needed
  • Has color changing LED lights for night baths
  • Doesn’t require much space
  • Bubble jets are slightly underpowered
  • Panel takes some time to get used to

2. SaluSpa Palm Springs AirJet 6-Person

When it comes to innovation, SaluSpa seems to be ahead of the curve of its competition. They offer some of the most technologically advanced inflatable units on the market.

Every hot tub they have always had the latest technology available and are nothing short of revolutionary. To say the least, they have occupied at least half of our inflatable hot spa guide.

Lots of Premium Features

Among their latest offering is the SaluSpa Palm Springs, a circular inflatable hot tub that can seat up to six people.

This spa also screams out premium because of its leather texture and mellow color palette; not to mention its numerous extra features. It can also be easily setup outdoors, or even indoors, without the need for any tools.

This Inflatable Hot Tub Holds More Water

The Palm Springs hot tub also has a slightly larger diameter and height than most of its rivals in the segment.

Woman filling up the SaluSpa inflatable hot tub with water
The SaluSpa holds 242gal of water.

As such, it can hold more warm water which is great if you are the type who wants to submerge yourself deeper in the portable hot tub. Despite its load capacity, you can rest assured that it’s still comfortable and structurally sound thanks to its very rigid i-beam construction.

Furthermore, this inflatable hot tub also has a very interactive digital panel that lets you set your desired temperature (up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit), as well as its other features. It also has a strategically placed air jets that can give you the best soothing and hot massage of your life to relieve your body’s aches and pains.

Easy to Setup And Maintain

Maintenance is also not an issue for this incredible tub as it has its own chemical floater and a replaceable filter cartridge.

SaluSpa blow-up spa is easy to setup
The SaluSpa is easy to set up and maintain.

This model also comes equipped with an insulated cover to help retain the ideal temperature longer. This said feature also prevents your toddlers from unwittingly dipping themselves in the hot tub unsupervised.

Comes with Additional Items

You will also appreciate that they included a DVD guide with the hot tub set, aside from the usual user manual. This instructional material can help you install the unit correctly and up to speed. There are also tons of info including hot tub maintenance and maintaining the chemical balance in the warm water.

  • Intuitive and easy to manage panel
  • Has more height and holds more water than its rivals
  • Spectacular heat retention (always hot)
  • Luxurious aesthetic design and tons of added features
  • Slightly more expensive than its competitors
  • Heater design is exposed to the elements
  • Pump can be noisy at times

3. Coleman SaluSpa Portable Inflatable Outdoor Spa

Coleman has a wide range of inflatable spas that covers much of the market’s demands. The smaller version of the Coleman Lay Z Spa is the miniature Coleman SaluSpa, an inflatable hot tub that can best seat up to four people.

Highly Efficient Inflatable Hot Tub Design

With a 71-inches diameter when fully inflated, this hot tub is much smaller than its rivals in the under $500 category.

Small design of the SaluSpa hot tub
Its small design is perfect for, well, small spaces too.

This in itself can be a boon and a bane. Smaller means you can fit it even in tight places in your property such as a shack. However, that also means less legroom for the bathers.

Padded Floors for Comfort

If size is not an issue for you, it’s easy to fall in love with this inflatable hot tub. The tub’s flooring is padded which gives it the best comfort you can imagine.

padded floors for comfort
Padded floors for comfort.

The walls of the tub are also very firm and provide incredible support to your back when you are lying on your back. It also has 60 air jets that can give you a decent spa massage experience. However, this is fewer and slightly underpowered than what larger spas can provide.

All-Access Control Panel

The Coleman SaluSpa hot tub also has an interactive panel that oversees much of its operation.

coleman saluspa control panel
All-access panel.

Its water heating unit can warm the water at a rate of 3 degrees Fahrenheit so it will take about less than a day for it to reach its maximum temperature of 104 degrees (which is as hot as it can get). The only downside is that it uses a timer mechanism, which you have to constantly adjust every time you use it.

Very Light and Transportable Inflatable Hot Tub

Furthermore, this inflatable hot tub has two rigid handles which can help you move or relocate this empty unit with ease. Thus, it’s more mobile because of the fact that it’s slightly lighter than a full hot tub.

  • Can be assembled quickly and with few to no tools needed
  • Does not produce any noise when it's operational
  • Very mobile and can be moved by one person
  • Heats water quicker and retains heat longer
  • Subpar bubble massage performance
  • Consumes more electricity
  • Not recommended to be used at below 40 degrees Fahrenheit weather

4. SaluSpa Miami AirJet Inflatable Hot Tub

One of the most affordable hot tubs on this list is the SaluSpa Miami Airjet. For an under $400 outdoor inflatable hot tub, this product offers a lot of bang for your buck because of its numerous features. It does everything right from its casual no-frills design to its overall functionality.

Tub Inflates Fast

When fully inflated, the hot tub has a diameter of 71-inches, has a height of 26-inches and can hold 177 gallons of warm water.

The best hot tub inflates fast
The SaluSpa Miami is small so it inflates fast.

It’s easy to set up whether outdoors or indoors and doesn’t take an hour for the hot tub to completely fill it with air. Loading it up with water also takes just a few minutes.

Puncture Resistant Design

This inflatable tub is also very rigid thanks to its polyester mesh core and laminated PVC layers. These materials are very durable and do not wrinkle easily.

Puncture resistant inflatable spa walls
The inside is made of tough, puncture-resistant design.

Adding to its sturdiness are the inflatable hot tub's walls which have an I-bean structure which allows it to be durable and puncture resistant (the floor is durable too). With these features, you can sit on the tub’s sides without worrying that it will bend or buckle under your weight.

Straightforward Installation

Setting it up is a breeze and doesn’t require any additional tools or the help of professional installers.

You can find everything you need on how to install it through the included DVD which provides a lot of information about maintenance and how to put up the unit.

However, the prevailing downside of this inflatable tub is that it doesn’t have the pressurized hot jet massage that premium jacuzzis offer. Instead, it releases bubbles on the side of the pool to create a semi-therapeutic water massage; which is not bad, but also not that great.

On the positive note, it doesn’t consume as much electricity as the deluxe units.

Very Affordable Hot Tub

You get to have the hot tub experience at a fraction of a cost. At under $400, this tub is a great purchase for those who are getting their first, if not even the top choice in that situation.

Can Be Controlled Within Your Reach

With its digital control panel is located within your reach, you can easily regulate the temperature without having to get out of the inflatable hot tub.  It can automatically be started and timed to a certain duration for it to automatically stop. It’s a pretty convenient feature so your sore muscles will be pampered without interference.

Plus, supplies include a filtration system and chemical floater that will guarantee you a safe and clean experience. Correct usage of these inclusions can be found in the instructional DVD. Everything you need to set up this inflatable hot tub is found in its package.

Features a Rapid Heating System

This unit has Rapid Heating System that will allow your water temperature to increase rapidly. This feature makes the it ready not just quickly, but also safely. It can be heated up to a temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit, which is best for relaxing.

If you desire to preserve the temperature of the water inside the spa for an adequate amount of time, this tub comes with a cover to maintain optimal water temperature. This Rapid Heating System is pretty convenient for when you want to feel extra relaxed.

  • Can fit in almost area of your property
  • Has tons of usable features for its price point
  • Easy to set up and maintain water quality
  • Does not consume a lot of electricity
  • Underpowered bubble massage jets
  • Doesn’t have a generous legroom
  • Cover deteriorates when exposed to the sun

5. SaluSpa Siena AirJet Inflatable Hot Tub

It’s the priciest and only hot tub on the list that is above $500. However, you definitely have no reason to conclude that the SaluSpa Siena Airjet is a rip-off.

In fact, we think that it’s one of the best-valued hot tubs in the market.

Jacuzzi-like Hot Tub Features

Far from the circular and square shaped hot tub models in the market, this one has a unique boat-like shape. It also only seats two people instead of the usual four to six.

Why, you ask? It’s to give way to two of the things it excels at: comfort and luxury.

Abundant Space

It’s got that audacious 98-inches by 58-inches area which is more than plenty to keep your whole body submerge plus that of another person.

Two people relaxing in an inflatable hot tub
The Siena AirJet offers a unique sitting position.

It’s perfect for couples who want an intimate bath together or for those who want to dip in hot waters alone.

Best Performing Salu Massage System

The unit also boasts a Salu Massage System with 120 all-surrounding Air Jets that creates plenty of bubbles to massage your muscles as you unwind in its warm waters (up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit).

It’s by far the strongest pressurized water we had and needless to say the most enjoyable. The tub also includes a beverage table which is incredible if you don’t want to stay in the hot tub for a long time.

Very Comfortable Hot Tub

Moreover, the walls of the hot tub are much thicker and sturdier than many of its rivals. It also has cushioned flooring which makes it very comfortable to sit on. The heater also is very quiet and is efficient in maintaining your preferred temperature.

Overall, it’s definitely a must buy for couples who enjoy bathing in the hot tub together.

  • Incredible bubble massage experience
  • Very comfortable to seat with a roomy legroom
  • Silent heater that is efficient in keeping the tub’s temperature
  • Has an added beverage table
  • More expensive than any item in this list
  • Only fits up to two people
  • Consumes quite a lot of electricity

6. GoPlus 4 Person Portable Inflatable Hot Tub

Adding to the 4-person capacity is the inflatable GoPlus Outdoor. With its features and superb quality, this hot tub is a sure hit.

Convenient Features and Easy Maintenance

This tub features a user-friendly panel, located along the corner of the tub, which is easy to operate even when it's hot outside.

Once the Goplus System is activated, the 130 high-powered soothing bubble jets will be stimulated along with the relaxing hot water.

Goplus outdoor inflatable hot tub
Enjoy a relaxing and comfortable hot tub experience.

In addition, maintenance won’t be a problem because its filter cartridge can be easily replaced allowing clean and permanent hot water all the time. For a retained soft water in the inflatable spa, suspended crystals are kept in the filter cartridge.

Grab and Go Design

This tub is designed for your convenience and ease of transport. When you’re done using it, it can be easily put away by folding it and grabbing the handles.

Built-In Hard Water Treatment System

With its built-in Hard Water Treatment System, the heated water produced becomes gentle in the skin, clothes, and basically, everything that the treated hot water touches.

This avoids the build-up of hard water, which can lead to a poor tub life. Through this system, your personal temperature preference will be met.

Quality Tub Material and Durability

The exterior walls of the inflatable hot tub are made of fabric-coated material and insulated ground cloth. It also comes with an insulated cover that is responsible for better heating and safety. These keep the tub’s high thermal retention.

  • Offers great value for your money
  • Grab handles for comfort and ease of transport
  • Easy to assemble and maintain
  • Built-in hard water treatment system
  • Takes a long time to reach the desired temperature
  • Has a relatively small space
  • Energy inefficient

7. Lifesmart Rock Solid Simplicity Plug and Play 4 Person Hot Tub Spa

Among the remarkable inflatable spas is this one from Lifesmart. This one will definitely not disappoint because of its specifications and total relaxation it gives you in return.

Outstanding Features for its Price

The LifeSmart Simplicity Plug and Play Spa is worth every penny because of the great features that come along with it.

It comes with Balboa topside controls, adjustable graphite jets, and a filter. Improve your inflatable hot tub experience with its 12-volt light with interchangeable mood lens caps.

LifeSmart plug & play system for inflatable hot tubs
The Lifesmart Simplicity Plug and Play comes with Balboa topside controls.

It’s called “Plug and Play” for a reason. That said, you are bound to have the time of your life without hassle because you can simply fill up the spa, and plug it in.

Maximum Comfort with Inflatable Hot Tub Seat Design

Sit back and relax with its deep bucket seating design that’s barrier-free. The spa is designed so as to fit 4 people.

This also features top-side air valves which give you the opportunity to control the combination of air and hot water in the tub.

Firm and Sturdy Tub Structure

What makes this permanent hot tub exceptional is that it is constructed using high-quality material, so its durability is not a concern.

This hot tub might not be as handy as its competitors but it has a highly indestructible structure featuring its Sandstone Rock Solid shell.

Uses EcoSmart Inflatable Hot Tub Technology

Among its rivals, only LifeSmart uses EcoSmart Technology which is a very good energy management system.

Each LifeSmart Simplicity hot tub has this feature. This makes the hot tub consume less energy, without affecting its performance.

  • Features EcoSmart Technology that saves energy
  • Temperature stays constant for a decent duration
  • Sturdy inflatable structure
  • Temperature heats up quickly
  • Relatively expensive
  • Needs manpower to move or carry around
  • Does not have enough legroom for the advertised user capacity

Top 6 Person Inflatable Hot Tubs

In this section, we have included the most popular choices for inflatable tubs for every first-time buyer looking for a tub that fits 6 persons.

Under each product, all the important details are listed as well and this is to help you decide if a certain product will fit your needs and wants.

Intex PureSpa 6 Person Bubble Hot Tub

The Intex Pure Spa 6-Person 28409e is one of the models that come in a sleek and appealing design.

In fact, many first-time buyers choose to buy this because of its overall appearance and style.

Also, this 6 person inflatable hot tub is very easy to set up and assemble. It would only take you 15 to 20 minutes to inflate and deflate the whole spa. Moreover, it is very compact and mobile. Along with its carry bag, you can bring this anywhere with you and your family.

It features 170 bubble jets which are quite effective in providing a soak massage. Also, it is made durable since the materials used in this are subjected to Fiber-Tech technology. Plus, it is also puncture-resistant.

For a low price that falls below $500, The Intex Pure Spa 6-Person 28409e is a quality product.

  • Durable
  • Appealing design
  • Easy to inflate & deflate
  • Does not come with the maintenance accessories
  • Takes time to heat the water
  • Limited customer service

Intex 6 Person Ultimate Package

If you are looking for a much more inexpensive inflatable counterpart of the CostWay Bubble Massage Spa 6 Person Relaxing Outdoor set, then this Intex PureSpa hot tub might be the best low cost 6-person unit for you!

For a price that falls under $600, you could already enjoy and relax with this very roomy tub. But while it is not very cheap in comparison to most entry-level models, its quality and durability speak for its value.

In addition, it comes with 140 bubble-jets that are installed in the surrounding walls of the spa. Accordingly, this positioning does not largely affect the heated water.

  • The bubble jets are very effective
  • The heated water retains even when the jets are turned on
  • Durable
  • Limited stock
  • Perfect for indoor use only

SaluSpa Paris AirJet with LED-Light

This Paris AirJet 6 person hot tub from SaluSpa is quite unique and not because of its shape or form. Apparently, the SaluSpa Paris AirJet features a standard set of LED lights that can provide you with a show performance when in use.

Although other users are not really a fan of this feature, others find this very useful for small parties and get-together occasions.

Aside from this feature, this hot tub is very easy to set-up and install. It would only take you 15 to 30 minutes to finish the whole standard process. Also, this is very ideal for young adults and teens who just want to relax after experiencing a hellish week at school.

You can purchase this inflatable set for a price that falls below $450 and it comes with free shipping too!

  • It comes with a set of LED lights
  • Shipping costs are free
  • Easy to use and set up
  • Poor customer service
  • Not very durable

Bestway Hawaii Air Jet Inflatable Outdoor Spa

The Bestway Hawaii Air Jet Inflatable Outdoor Spa is one of the newest hot tub models of Bestway that fits 4 to 6 persons. And apparently, many are actually loving this hot tub since it is very functional, durable, inflatable and sturdy.

In addition, the system features an electrical and power-saving technology which is very efficient.

In fact, a lot of Bestway Inflatable Hot Tub users highly recommends this hot tub over its predecessors.

However, the main drawback of this hot tub is that it does not have a drain tube. And this makes it quite tricky on how to drain the hot tub after using it.

  • Excellent quality
  • Features power-saving technology
  • Sturdy and durable
  • It has no drain tube
  • The heater and pump are quite slow

Consider Size and Dimension for 6 Persons

If you are looking for an inflatable hot tub that can accommodate 6 persons, then one of the first things you must consider is the size and dimension. Keep in mind that any 4-person tub would normally have a dimension of 71 x 71 x 28 inches.

Hence, if you are buying for 6 persons, the dimension rating must be larger or higher than this. Also, you need to regard the inner dimension rating too.

This means you will need to subtract the inner measurements from the outer dimensions to get the total area of the space that you can use in the spa.

The water capacity is somewhat related to the size and dimension factors. This is because the larger the water capacity is, it only means that the larger the area that you can use inside.

Most 2 to 4 person inflatable hot tubs would normally have a total water capacity of 250 to 270 gallons. Hence, you must look for a volume that is higher than this.

Small Inflatable Hot Tubs for 2 Persons

Are you planning to buy an inflatable hot tub but wondering if it will fit in your house?

Apparently, this is one of the things that most interested buyers worry about. It is only fitting since most products today are quite big and roomy. But you would be happy to know there are still portable sets that are perfect for small spaces.

And if you are looking for a small one, this section may help you in your search!

MSPA Lite Alpine Relaxation Hydrotherapy Hot Spa

The MSPA Lite Alpine Square Relaxation and Hydrotherapy Outdoor Spa is a very mobile and a rather small inflatable tub for two persons.

The overall dimension of this tub is rated at 68 x 68 x 27 inches which makes it very perfect for people who reside in a limited and small space.

As for the functionality, this MSPA model features 106 air jets that offer effective massage system options for the users.

Also, you can experience real relaxation due to its whisper quiet operation.

  • Ideal for small spaces
  • Perfect addition to massage therapies
  • Durable
  • Difficult to assemble
  • Poor instruction manual


This small blow-up tub from ALEKO is perfect for 1 to 2 persons. But it is much more ideal for fitting 1 person only.

The quality is not the best but still pretty decent as it already features a drink tray, 600W bubbler, and 900W hot tub heater unit.

Also, it takes only approximately 3 hours to heat the water. You could easily and quickly enjoy your relaxing hot water bath.

  • Perfect for small spaces
  • Good for 1 to 2 persons
  • Easy to heat water
  • Not very durable
  • Poor warranty terms

Inflatable Bathtub for Two People

This mini inflatable bathtub is quite simple and nothing like the other hot tubs listed in this guide.

Apparently, the only function that it provides is that it can contain hot water but it cannot retain or produce heat.

You can just fill it up using a garden hose and refresh yourself when it's hot outside.

Not the best option, but it's cheap.

This inflatable tub can actually accommodate 1 to 2 persons but this is much more perfect for seating 1 person only. Also, it is very mobile and compact. In fact, you can fold this inflatable when not in use.

  • Excellent for small spaces
  • Inexpensive
  • Comfortable and easy to use
  • No heater unit feature
  • Designed mainly for kids

Dimension, Size & Features of Small Models

If you are looking for a small spa, then the first things to consider are the size and dimension of the inflatable hot tub. Depending on the size of your property, you must carefully check whether the chosen model can fit in your house.

Usually, the most applicable inflatable tub dimension rating for small spaces would range from 65 x 28 inches up to 75 x 28 inches.

The features and functions are also important factors that you must consider before you buy a hot tub. Although some provide the smartest features, it will still depend on your personal preferences.

And regardless of whatever function or feature that you would like in your best product, just make sure that you consider each aspect. Surely, you do not want to encounter a few bumps and inconveniences as you use the tub.

Cheap Inflatable Hot Tubs for a Tight Budget

Let’s face it. They are not really cheap. Whatever brand or type you choose, the best one would still cost you hundreds of dollars. But even so, there are still some that you can consider inexpensive in comparison to other inflatable hot tub deals.

So if you are looking for an inexpensive unit and you want to make the most of your budget, then this section of our guide is the best one for you!

Everyone has their own struggles in looking for the best fit for them and some are lucky enough to find them. During the entire process, they learn a lot about these portable units that they should have otherwise known beforehand. We decided to make things easier for you and give you a heads up!

Top 3 Bargain Deals

In this section, we have included the 3 best cost-effective and still very functional models. Along with the brands and types, we also looked into the important details and reviews about them.

Because we already reviewed each of these models above, we're just going to link to them. If you click on any, you'll be taken to the review.

  1. GoPlus Outdoor Spa
  2. SaluSpa Miami
  3. Intex PureSpa

Considerations When Buying a Cheap Inflatable Hot Tub

If you are looking for the cheapest deals, then the number one factor that you must consider is your budget and the price of the inflatable product you pick after reading out recommendations.

Sorry to pop your bubble but as mentioned, most models are not really cheap, especially not if you want the best. In fact, you need to shell out a few hundred to thousand dollars just to have your very own inflatable and portable tub.

So when a certain hot tub package is said to be inexpensive and affordable, that means the price is rated below $500. Keep in mind that high-end types of blow-up hot tubs normally have prices that range from $600 to $1500.

Accordingly, you have to be practical as well if you want to get the cheapest hot tub deals, as they might not always offer the best quality. And to be practical here means that you need to consider the package inclusions and shipping costs.

Some sets and deals would have a complete set of accessories and tools already. Also, there are special packages that would include free shipping costs too. And you may want to check these out if you want to utilize your budget smartly.

How to Choose the Ultimate Inflatable Hot Tub for You?

A spa can change your life a lot. Owning one gives you the chance to pamper yourself and bathe in therapeutic waters right in your own residence.

It’s also a great way for the family or friends to enjoy a break or relaxation together. Not to mention the health benefits it has on one’s body.

Choosing the best inflatable and portable spa for you or your family requires several considerations.

Aside from your budget, there are other important aspects of the outdoor spa which you should know before putting it down on your potential hot tub purchase:

Choosing the Right Size

The first thing you should ask yourself is do you have enough space in your residence for the inflatable tub?

It’s great if you have a huge backyard or an empty room in the house as you can easily install this nice item. If you don't have much space, consider a 2 person inflatable hot tub.

Whole family and friends having fun in an inflatable hot tub

However, if you live in a smaller abode like an apartment and still want to have one you need to take note of the dimension.

As such, envision first where you want it installed (where would it fit best?). Measure the available space and take note of it.

When you are searching for a compatible unit it should fit on that space when the later is fully inflated. If not, you may need to search for something smaller.

Temperature Restrictions

Some tubs have several temperature restrictions. This means the manufacturer doesn’t want you to use it under extremely cold weather conditions.

The reason being the inflatable spa can’t heat itself fast enough to negate the colder elements. In which case, it depicts the purpose of being a nice and “hot” tub.

control panel
A panel is great, but you need to watch out for cold weather too.

If you live in regions that have extremely cold weather, you may want to check out first at what temperature the spa can function properly.

Many of the inflatable spas can perform at around 40 degrees Fahrenheit, while others need the weather to be slightly higher.

Additional Inclusions

Check also if the hot tub includes other items other than the main unit before you buy an inflatable hot tub. Some manufacturers include test strips, filter cartridges, carry bags, etc. in their package to help you keep the water clean.

Many of these items are good to keep you get started in your spa experience. Test strips, for example, can tell you if the water quality is at par with the standards and whether you need water filtration.

Also, they can also cost a few extra dollars. If you are a smart buyer, you can also factor in if the spa is giving you enough value for what you are paying based on these inclusions.


One of the primary things that you need to consider is if the inflatable hot tub includes seats.

Apparently, this is a very common mistake that most first-time buyers do when buying their chosen inflatable spa seat hot tub. They tend to take the seat as a literal built-in seat included in the hot tub. Keep in mind that a blow-up hot tub with built-in seats is very hard to come by, even when you pick the best.

In fact, most brands and companies today would take seats for an inflatable tub as a separate purchase. Most of the time, the seat cushions are not literally built-in seats. They are simply the cushioned bottom where users could sit and make themselves comfortable.

So, be very careful in using these terms as it may confuse you in making your purchase.

Hydro Jets vs Air Jets

Another important factor you need to consider when choosing your unit is the system that it uses. Today, there are only two types: hydro jets and air jets.

Keep in mind that these jets are the responsible ones for the relaxing sensation that you will get to experience in your inflatable tub.

When you are choosing air jets (which apparently is the most common type), you will get to experience a much simpler relaxing sensation. It provides enough bubbles and massaging methods for the users. Also, they are very inexpensive.

On the other hand, if you want a personalized and customized type of bubble massage, then the hydro jets are the way to go. But, they are quite expensive since it comes with a lot of additional features to support the customization and personalization of your hot tub experience.

Benefits Of Using An Inflatable Hot Tub

More than relaxation and pamper time for yourself, inflatable spas possess lots of benefits and purposes. It does not just affect your wellness, but also your home too.

  • Does Not Break the Bank: Economically speaking, not everyone gets to experience having a hard hot tub or Jacuzzi inside their homes. Opting for an inflatable hot tub is a far more affordable option compared to regular hot tubs which cost thousands of dollars. The spa to buy can be cheap, but should not fall short in its quality and features. In addition, having an expansive one of your own makes you want to go to your local spa lesser. Who would want to go outside when you can achieve total relaxation in the comfort of your own home?
  • Mobile, and Simple Installation: One of the major perks of having your own motile hot tub is its mobility and easy installation. Unlike the regular ones, having a portable spa does not consume a permanent space because you can easily wrap it up and set aside. You can have it stored out in your backyard on a sunny day, or pack it up and take it inside for storage during winter. And how can we forget taking this fun little amusement on vacations and weekend getaways? I mean, inflatable hot tubs can really be your best friend, so you should find and buy an inflatable one.
  • Can Be a Medium of Entertainment: An expandable hot tub can make the whole family, depending on its capacity, come together. What’s more relaxing than seeing your family enjoy the hot bubbles, too? It can also be shared with friends, of course. A good old bottle of wine and great company, what else could go wrong?
  • Relieves Stress and Back Pain: If you’ve been experiencing back pains lately, spending a few minutes in hot water can solve that problem. The soothing power lies in the hot water and jet bubbles which help massage and ease your back muscles. These release pressure on your joints and muscles [R], resulting in a rejuvenated and refreshed body!

Disadvantages Of Using An Inflatable Hot Tub

On the flipside, inflatable hot tubs also have some disadvantages you can’t avoid. Even the best portable hot tub can have its downsides, too.

  • Don’t Accompany Seats: Most sets do not usually come with built-in seating when you buy them. So, when you say portable hot tubs, it does not automatically scream comfortability. Bucket seats for people aren’t always available, unlike a regular one. Sometimes, the closest you’ll get is a cushioned seat at the bottom of it. They often don't come with a cup holder either.
  • Might Take Time to Heat Up: A hot tub might take quite some time to heat up depending on the water heater. This means you have to wait for hours just to reach your preferred temperature because it usually takes about an hour for a 2 to 3°F temperature increase if the one you bought has a decent water heater. Make sure to never exceed temperatures of 104°F.
  • Will Cost You More Energy: Because at hot tub takes a long time to heat, it’s expected to consume more energy. However, that’s only one of the reasons why inflatable spas might not be an energy-saver. It also depends on how often, and when you’re using it and whether you use a small one or one for 6 persons. When used outside, they are prone to lose heat faster compared to inside use. Weather conditions surrounding it is also a factor.
  • Filter Concerns, Filter Concerns ... The maintenance of a tub should be a breeze, right? Keep the filters in good condition by removing and rinsing them every few days or so, depending on how much it has been used. Another downside is the location filters. Some models place the filters inside the air pump and heater for easy access, while others put it along the bottom inner portion of the tub. This makes cleaning and changing it a more demanding task.

Tips for Inflatable Hot Tub Use

Inflatable hot tubs need a little bit of TLC, too. Treating your spa just like any ordinary appliance is very important. You want to lengthen its life, so keep track of these helpful tips.

  • The installation manual and videos are your best friend: Models differ from one to another. It is best to read the installment instructions first for a smooth assembly of the equipment. Sometimes, what makes the best model outstanding is how YOU construct it. If it comes with an installation DVD, you might also need to watch it. A lot of YouTube videos related to this matter are posted online, too. But, if all else fails, you can always turn to their customer service.
  • Ensure a safe socket: It is important to secure a socket that is situated enough to get you a safe spa experience. It should be far enough that splashes won’t get to the socket. We don’t want short circuits happening in your homes, especially while you’re in the tub. Opting to get an extension wire isn’t advisable.
  • Avoid using it if the temperature outside reaches below 4ºC or 40ºF: As much as you want to warm up on cold weather, most models are not built for environments with cold temperatures because this causes the tub’s pump mechanism to freeze which could eventually damage it. When not in use, make sure to deflate and keep it away, or transfer it to a place where it’s safe to store as it is.
  • Install the inflatable hot tub on a flat surface: Start your top inflatable jacuzzi experience by finding a flat surface to set it up. This way, it holds its weight and the people inside it uniformly. A lot of inflatable hot tubs come with insulation liner so you can put it underneath the tub before pumping air into it, so you might want to check for it first.
  • Play with its accessories: Upgrade your home-based spa experience by purchasing some accessories. Customize it with fun add-ons like glass holders, headrests, benches, extra filter cartridges, and a lot more. These accessories are not included in a basic blow up hot tub set, so you might want to splurge a little more. Because nothing screams “best inflatable spa” quite like the one with your personal touch on it. Adding a salt water system creates a completely new and more healthy experience as well!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

To know more about portable inflatable hot tubs, here are some questions to serve as your guide.

How do I set up my inflatable jacuzzi?

The basic installation process is as follows:

  1. In a flat surface, unbox the items. Connect the tub to the pump/heater mechanism, plug it to a socket, and inflate.
  2. Once inflated, fill it with water.
  3. Test the inflatable hot tub’s water by doing a shock dose treatment for a day.

What chemicals can I use for my water and how?

Each hot tub is different. Some retailers include the water treatment starter kit, so reading the manual about this information is the best thing to do. Knowing how to use the chemical dosage for your tub's water is a better option than replacing it every day.

When should you change the water?

If possible, you should change it every month. Greenish and murky water is also a clear sign it needs to be changed. This means algae are present and your inflatable hot tub is not safe anymore. If you don't change and properly maintain your water, nasty bacteria such as legionella can flourish in your hot tub.

What if my hot tub has a hole?

This instance is unavoidable even with the best, so patch up the hole using the repair kit that comes with it.

Can inflatable hot tubs be used in the winter?

Yes, you can use them in ambient air temperatures that are below freezing if its pump is powerful enough. Testing has proven that you can use the best models in winter if you insulate the pump to keep water in it from freezing. If the water in your pump freezes the pump and pipes aren't strong enough, it might cause damage to these parts.

How long do they last?

If you have a high-quality inflatable hot tub that you take good care of, it can last as long as 10-20 years or more. Its lifetime mainly depends on the product quality and how well you take care of it. If you maintain it well and pick the best one, it will last more than a decade.

Are children safe to use inflatable spas?

Older children can safely be in it under adult supervision. Blow-up hot tubs are a no-go for babies, however. Make sure to read these safety tips if there are children in your household or direct neighborhood.

Can you put an inflatable spa indoors?

Yes, you can put it indoor and you even should put it inside your house if temperatures in your climate zone get below freezing in winter. However, you have to handle it carefully to avoid water damage and also make sure the room is well-ventilated.

How much electricity do they use?

This depends on several factors, such as how much you pay per kilowatt hour, air temperature and how warm you want the water to be. Most recent inflatable models would cost around $23 per month if used daily.

How much is an inflatable hot tub?

A hot tub costs between $300 and $600 including shipping. How much exactly, of course, depends on the model you choose.

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