The new year 2018 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.
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Coming from the Coleman line of hot tubs, the Coleman SaluSpa is a worthy bubble massage alternative to the Lay-Z Spa, if it ever goes out of stock.
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Coleman Lay-Z Spa
The Coleman Lay-Z Spa is worth every single dime. It’s one of the items we have reviewed that I highly recommend, especially for first time buyers of outdoor spa.
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Intex 77in. PureSpa
While this hefty Intex portable bubble massage spa set is priced a bit higher than some of its competitors, it’s worth every dime if you’re a large, spa-loving, family.
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Coleman is a renowned brand in the outdoor utility industry and known particularly for producing quality tents and coolers. However, they are also involved in manufacturing other products such as portable spa units. One of their best sellers is the Coleman Lay-Z Spa Inflatable Tub.
This tub offers great value for money in the under $500 outdoor hot tub category. It can seat up to six people at a time and let them pamper themselves surrounded by relaxing bubble jets. One of its best selling points is its ability to retain its water temperature for a longer period of time.
Its heating unit warms the water at two degrees Fahrenheit per hour and can reach up to 104°F. This means it takes about a day before the unit reaches its hottest temperature.
The Lay-Z Spa inflatable hot tub also comes with the right amount of bubble jets that provides a mild massage. Its engine also does not produce any noise and runs as quiet as a whisper.
The unit is easy to setup and inflates easily via its own pump. Thus, installing the unit to your own backyard requires no tools. When fully inflated, the hot tub has a diameter of 77-inches, which is enough to give all bathers a great seating position with extra legroom.
The package also contains a DVD instructional material which provides a step-by-step guide on how to properly install the unit. This is quite useful for the first time buyers as it speeds up the installation process significantly.
Comfort is also another one of its best selling features. It’s designed with a layer of air pad cushioned flooring underneath the spa which gives additional relief to the user. This feature also minimizes heat loss and helps insulate the inflatable spa to keep its current temperature.
Every operation about the massage spa can be managed via a digital control panel. It also comes with a start-stop timer which automatically turns on or off when the unit reached the temperature you previously set.
As such, you don’t need to constantly monitor if the water is warm enough or not. These are just some of the features that help it made our list of the best inflatable hot tub for this year.
The Coleman Lay-Z Spa is also quite durable and is built to last. It’s made of three-ply reinforced polyester mesh and PVC layers that don’t crumple easily.
Moreover, it’s structurally tough because of its i-beam construction that prevents bending or buckling. Because of this it can carry a load of up 2,701 lbs when completely filled with water and bathers.
Additionally, this portable spa weighs less than most of its competitors. As such, you can move it around while grabbing on its secure handles. Also, you can also install it indoors as it only needs a structure that supports 67 lbs per square foot.
An inexpensive inflatable spa is perhaps one of the best recreational investments you can have today. The Intex Pure Spa Bubble Massage is one of the best tub that can help you make the habit of washing away your aches and pains through a warm bath.
This four-seater inflatable spa can give you a massage spa that is comparable to the more expensive spa massage systems around. It has a hard water treatment system that softens the water to ensure a great bubble bath. Thus, helping you unwind and relieve stress while softening your skin.
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 tub’s ambiance.
You can manage every operation involving the hot tub via its easy-to-reach control panel. Everything from the water temperature to switching on or off its other functions is just a button away.
One of the best qualities of this outdoor inflatable 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 heating unit can maintain the temperature you set even if you use its bubble function or left it covered.
This Intex Pure Spa Inflatable Hot Tub 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 unit to reach its maximum temperature which is great especially when the weather is cold. However, the manufacturer doesn’t recommend it for outdoor use during the winter months.
Its heat retention feature is great not only because it keeps that soothing water warm, but also because it helps decrease electric consumption. It’s a feature that many cost-conscious household owners would surely love.
Aside from having many features geared for the user’s comfort, you can’t also dismiss the inflatable hot tub’s ergonomic design. Every part of the Intex Pure Spa is simply there to offer both comfort and functionality.
When fully inflated the hot tub has a diameter of 77-inches (note: there's a 85-in option) 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 hot tubs. As such you can place it even in your patio or a patch of grass in your backyard.
Moreover, this portable massage spa is also built from durable materials, particularly high-strength polyester fibers which do not stretch over time. As such, you can expect it to be firm and not easily deflate when left unused.
Maintaining the quality of the inflatable hot tub’s water is also a cinch thanks to its own chlorine dispenser.
A few test strips are also included in the package, so you can right away check the water quality after you have fully installed the tub. It also uses cheap and replaceable filter cartridges that can help you save a lot of money.
Lastly, the Intex Pure Spa is easy to setup 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 feats are good enough for it to land on our list of the top inflatable hot tub for this year.
When it comes to innovation, SaluSpa seems to be ahead of the curve of its competition. They offer some of the most technologically advanced massage spa units in 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 best inflatable hot tub list.
Among their latest offering is the SaluSpa Palm Springs, a circular inflatable hot tub that can seat up to six people.
This unit 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.
The Palm Springs Inflatable Hot Tub also has a slightly larger diameter and height than most of its rivals in the segment.
As such, it can hold more water which is great if you are the type who wants to submerge yourself deeper in the inflatable hot tub. Despite its load capacity, you can rest assure that it’s still comfortable and structurally sound thanks to its very rigid i-beam construction.
Furthermore, this massage spa also has a very interactive digital control 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 a soothing massage to relieve your body’s aches and pains.
Maintenance is also not an issue for this incredible tub as it has its own chemical floater and a replaceable filter cartridge.
The unit also comes equipped with an insulated cover to help retain the inflatable hot tub’s temperature longer. This said feature also prevents your toddlers from unwittingly dipping themselves in the hot tub unsupervised.
You will also appreciate that they included a DVD guide, 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 water.
Coleman has a wide range of inflatable hot tub products that covers much of the market’s demands. The smaller version of the Coleman Lay-Z Spa is the miniature Coleman SaluSpa, a portable massage spa that can seat up to four people.
With a 71-inches diameter when fully inflated, this inflatable hot tub is much smaller than its rivals in the under $500 inflatable spa category.
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.
If size is not an issue for you, it’s easy to fall in love with this tub. The tub’s flooring is padded which gives it superior comfort.
The walls of the hot 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 inflatable hot tubs can provide.
The Coleman SaluSpa also has an interactive control panel that oversees much of its operation.
Its 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. The only downside is that it uses a timer mechanism, which you have to constantly adjust every time you use it.
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 portable because of the fact that it’s slightly lighter than a full hot tub.
One of the most affordable massage spas 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.
When fully inflated, the hot tub has a diameter of 71-inches, has a height of 26-inches and can hold 177 gallons of water. It’s easy to set up whether outdoors or indoors and doesn’t take an hour for it to completely fill it with air. Loading it up water also takes just a few minutes.
The 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.
Adding to its sturdiness are the tubs walls which have an I-bean structure which allows it to be durable and puncture resistant. With these features, you can sit on the tub’s sides without worrying that it will bend or buckle under your weight.
Setting it up is also just 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 unit is that it doesn’t have the pressurized jet massage that premium hot tubs 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 spa units.
You get to have the hot tub experience at a fraction of a cost. At under $500, this tub is a great purchase for those who are getting their first outdoor inflatable spas.
With its digital control panel is located within your reach, you can easily regulate the temperature without having to get out of the 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 spa 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.
The tub has Rapid Heating System that will allow your water temperature to increase rapidly. This feature makes the tub ready, not just quickly, but also safely. The SaluSpa Miami can be heated up to a temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit. If you desire to preserve the temperature of the water inside the inflatable hot tub 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.
It’s the priciest and only 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.
Far from the circular and square shaped massage spas in the market, this tub 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.
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. It’s perfect for couples who want an intimate bath together or for those who want to dip in warm waters alone.
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.
Moreover, the walls of the 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.
Adding to the 4-person capacity is the Goplus Portable Inflatable Hot Tub. With its features and superb quality, this inflatable hot tub is a sure hit.
This tub features a user- friendly control panel, located along the corner of the tub, which is easy to operate. Once the Goplus System is activated, the 130 high- powered soothing bubble jets will be stimulated along with the relaxing heated water.
In addition, maintenance won’t be a problem because its filter cartridge can be easily replaced allowing clean water all the time. For a retained soft water in the spa suspended crystals are kept in the filter cartridge.
This tub is designed for your convenience and ease of transport. When you’re done using the Inflatable Hot Tub, it can be easily put away by folding it and grabbing the handles.
With its built- in Hard Water Treatment System, the heated water produced becomes gentle in the skin, clothes, and basically, everything that the treated 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.
The exterior walls of the inflatable 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.
Among the remarkable inflatable hot tubs is this one from Lifesmart. This inflatable hot tub will definitely not disappoint because of its specifications and total relaxation it gives you in return.
The LifeSmart Simplicity Plug and Play Hot Tub 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 spa experience with its 12-volt light with interchangeable mood lens caps.
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 it up, and plug it in.
Sit back and relax with its deep bucket seating design that’s barrier- free. It 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 water in the tub.
What makes this 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.
Among its rivals, only LifeSmart uses Eco Smart Technology which is a very good energy management system. Each LifeSmart Simplicity spa has this feature. This makes the tub consume less energy, without affecting its performance.
An inflatable hot tub 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 perfect inflatable hot tub for you or your family requires several considerations. Aside from your budget, here are other important aspects of the outdoor inflatable spa which you should know before putting it down on your potential purchase:
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 item.
However, if you live in a smaller abode like an apartment and still want to have one you need to take note of its dimension.
As such, envision first where you want the hot tub installed. Measure the available space and take note of it. When you are searching for a compatible hot tub unit it should fit on that space when the later is fully inflated. If not, you may need to search for something smaller.
Some hot 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 hot tub can’t heat itself fast enough to negate the colder elements. In which case, it depicts the purpose of being a “hot” tub.
If you live in regions that have extremely cold weather, you may want to check out first at what temperature the hot tub function can properly. Many of the inflatable hot tubs can perform at around 40 degrees Fahrenheit, while others need the weather to be slightly higher.
Check also if the tub includes other items other than the inflatable unit. Some manufacturers include test strips, filter cartridges, carry bags, etc. in their package.
Many of these items are good to keep you get started in your hot tub experience. Test strips, for example, can tell you if the water quality is at par with the standards.
Also, they can also cost a few extra dollars. If you are a smart buyer, you can also factor in if the tub is giving you enough value for what you are paying based on these inclusions.
More than relaxation and pamper time for yourself, inflatable hot tubs possess lots of benefits and purposes. It does not just affect your wellness, but also your home too.
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 costs thousands of dollars. The best inflatable and portable hot tub can be cheap, but should not fall short in its quality and features. In addition, having an inflatable hot tub 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?
One of the major perks of having your own portable hot tub is its mobility and easy installation. Unlike the regular ones, having an inflatable 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 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.
An inflatable 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?
If you’ve been experiencing back pains lately, spending a few minutes in an inflatable hot tub 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, resulting to a rejuvenated and refreshed body!
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.
Inflatable hot tubs do not usually come with built- in seating. So, when you say portable hot tubs, it does not automatically scream comfortability. Bucket seats aren’t always available, unlike a regular one. Sometimes, the closest you’ll get is a cushioned seat at the bottom of the tub.
Inflatable hot tubs take quite some time to heat up. 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.
Because it takes a long time to heat, it’s expected to consume more energy. However, that’s only one of the reasons why inflatable hot tubs might not be an energy- saver. It also depends on how often, and when you’re using it. When used outside, inflatable hot tubs are prone to loose heat faster compared to inside use. Weather conditions surrounding it is also a factor.
The maintenance of inflatable hot tubs 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 heater or pump 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.
Inflatable hot tubs need a little bit of TLC, too. Treating your portable hot tub just like any ordinary appliance is very important. You want to lengthen its spa life so keep track of these helpful tips.
Inflatable hot tubs differ from one model to another. It is best to read the installment instructions first for a smooth assembly of the equipment. Sometimes, what makes the best inflatable hot tub outstanding is how you construct it. If it comes with 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.
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.
As much as you want to warm up on a cold weather, inflatable hot tubs are not built for environments with cold temperatures because this causes the hot 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.
Start your best inflatable hot tub 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 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.
Upgrade your home-based spa experience by purchasing some hot tub 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 inflatable hot tub set, so you might want to splurge a little more. Because nothing screams “best inflatable hot tub” quite like the one with your personal touch on it.
To know more about inflatable hot tubs, here are some questions to serve as your guide.
The basic installation process are as follows:
In a flat surface, unbox the inflatable hot tub items. Connect the tub to the pump/ heater mechanism, plug it to a socket, and inflate.
Once inflated, fill it with water.
Test the tub’s water by doing a shock dose treatment for a day.
Each model 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 hot tub water is a better option than replacing it every day.
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 is present and it is not safe anymore.
This instance is unavoidable, so patch up the hole using the repair kit that comes with it.
Avoid using it under temperatures of 4ºC or 40ºF and less. This may greatly damage the tub’s pump and heater. If it is placed outside during cold weather, relocate it inside your home.
Most portable hot tubs’ prices range from $300 to $1000. Refurbished tubs are cheaper than that, while high-end ones cost more than $1400. Regular hot tubs will cost you as much as $20,000.
Older children can safely be in it under adult supervision. Inflatable hot tubs are a no-go for babies, however.
That’s about it about our review of the best inflatable hot tub for the year 2018. We wish you have a great time reading our review and hope you had a great time finding your next massage spa units.