So you want to buy a portable inflatable hot tub? Great idea! An inflatable portable hot tub gives you all that relaxing goodness a traditional hot tub does, minus the high costs and heavy maintenance.
This guide will help you find the best blow up hot tub to buy by listing the things you need to look out for, a bunch of inflatable Jacuzzi reviews to read through and what I feel is the best blow up Jacuzzi on the market right now.
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- Benefits of blow up Jacuzzis
- Blow-up jacuzzi comparison chart and reviews
- What is the best inflatable hot tub 2017?
- The best cheap inflatable hot tub
- The best 6-person inflatable hot tub
- The best 2-person inflatable hot tub
- The best blow up hot tub
- The best indoor inflatable hot tub
- Inflatable hot tub buying guide
- Tips for setting up and maintaining your inflatable hot tub
- 1. Read the manual
- 2. Make sure you have a flat surface to put it on
- 3. Read inflatable spa reviews
- 4. Connect your inflatable hot tub to a dedicated, safely located electric socket
- 5. Don’t use your inflatable spa in cold weather
- 6. Get the right chemicals
- 7. Change the water when needed
- 8. Clean the inflatable spa each time you drain it
- 9. How much electricity will my inflatable hot tub use?
- 10. Why you can’t find an inflatable hot tub with seats
- 11. Don’t over- or underinflate your tub
- 12. Clean the filter regularly
- Have fun!
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Benefits of blow up Jacuzzis
“But are inflatable hot tubs any good?” I hear you wonder. Well actually, they’ve come a long way from being simple rubber hot tubs. A blow up hot tub offers just about everything a regular Jacuzzi has to offer, plus some additional benefits.
1. They are (way) less pricey
Because of the different main materials used in blow-up Jacuzzi hot tubs and the features present, they come at a (much) lower price than traditional hard hot tubs. While the purchase and installation of a traditional hard hot tub can easily run into the thousands of dollars, you can easily find blow up hot tubs for sale at a fraction of that cost.
They’re also a good alternative for expensive spa visits. Let’s face it: it’s a whole lot more relaxing to sit in your own inflatable spa than in a spa with ten strangers, isn’t it? No watching the time, no keeping your legs folded double to make sure you don’t touch anyone else.
2. They are easy to assemble and store
When you buy an inflatable Jacuzzi, it usually comes with its own pump which allows you to inflate or deflate it in a matter of minutes. This means it’s not only quick and easy to install, but also easy to store away when you’re not using it. After all, a deflated blow-up Jacuzzi only takes up a fraction of the space it did when inflated.
You might want to put it in the garden house during the cold winter months or in the garage when you’re throwing a garden party and need space. This way, your inflatable spa tub is just as much a temporary hot tub ready to be pulled out when you feel like it.
3. They are portable
Thanks to their easy setup and the fact that they can be deflated, inflatable Jacuzzi hot tubs are also quite portable. You can take them to a garden party, on a camping trip or pack them up when you’re moving. Some even come with a carry bag.
Word of caution
The only downside to inflatable hot tubs is that they tend to take longer to heat. That’s not a problem once you’re aware of this, but you do need to be aware of it so that you don’t get disappointed when setting up your tub for the first time.
Blow-up jacuzzi comparison chart and reviews
So you’ve decided to buy an inflatable hot tub. Awesome! But which inflatable hot tub should you get? Have a look at this table with hot tub comparisons based on their most important distinguishing features such as how many people they can fit, their massage system and their price.
Underneath the table, you’ll find reviews on the top-rated inflatable hot tubs listed in the table as well as my personal recommendation for the best inflatable hot tub in general.
|Coleman Lay-Z-Spa||4-6||24 x 22 x 32"||yes||$||4.5|
|Bestway Coleman SaluSpa||4||35 x 19 x 24"||yes||$||4|
|Bestway SaluSpa Paris||4-6||77 x 77 x 26"||slightly||$$||3.5|
|Intex Pure Spa 28409E||6||34 x 24 x 21"||no||$$$||3|
|Bestway SaluSpa Palm Springs||4-6||77 x 77 x 28"||yes||$$||4|
|Bestway SaluSpa Siena||2||59 x 26 x 98"||$$$||4.8|
|Intex PureSpa 85"||6||85 x 85 x 28"||yes||$$||4.2|
|Bestway SaluSpa Miami||2-4||71 x 71 x 26"||yes||$||4.3|
What is the best inflatable hot tub 2017?COLEMAN LAY-Z-SPA INFLATABLE HOT TUB
I believe the Coleman Lay-Z-Spa Inflatable Hot Tub is the best blow-up hot tub around for several reasons:
- It’s not so big yet easily fits four people, making it perfect for just abou any garden, terrace or room.
- It’s easy to set up/deflate again and comes with handy handles, making it portable.
- It offers great value for a more than reasonable price.
As it easily fits up to 4 people, the Coleman Lay-Z-Spa is also the best 4-person inflatable hot tub. It’s effortless to install thanks to the instruction video on the Coleman website, inflating fast with the included spa pump. The digital control panel makes it easy to control both the temperature and the powerful but quiet bubble massage system.
Another great thing about this inflatable 4-person hot tub is that it has a cushioned air pad floor which doesn’t only ensure comfortable sitting but also provides insulation for minimizing heat loss. Additional insulation is provided by the bubble mat that comes with this Coleman hot tub.
When you need to cool off for a bit, go sit on the walls. This Coleman portable hot tub is constructed with sturdy TriTech material and I-Beam technology, making them strong enough to hold the weight of a grown-up man.
- fast setup
- 4 to 6-person capacity
- 32″ x 22″ x 24x and 254 when inflated
- 85.9 pounds
- digital control panel
- automatic start/stop timer-controlled heating system
- TriTech material
- cushioned air pad floor
- I-Beam construction technology for the walls
- pump included
- reliable heater
- sturdy walls
- holds the heat well with the cover on
- easy maintenance
- temperature drops gradually when using the jets
- filters need to be cleaned regularly
The best cheap inflatable hot tubBESTWAY SALUSPA MIAMI AIRJET INFLATABLE HOT TUB
If you’re looking for an affordable or even cheap inflatable spa, the SaluSpa Miami AirJet Inflatable Hot Tub – better known as the Bestway Lay-Z-Spa Miami – is the way to go. It comes with an inflatable cover to keep the hot tub clean when you’re not using it, a chemical floater and filter cartridge to keep the water fresh and an installation DVD. You won’t need the latter, though, because this Lay-Z-Spa inflatable hot tub is super easy to set up.
Its rapid-heating and water filtration systems ensure that you get to enjoy it in no time, both indoors and outdoors, with up to four people. At the same time, the automatic start/stop timer for the heating system will make sure you’re not wasting electricity.
And while it’s small, this Lay-Z-Spa hot tub sure is sturdy. Thanks to the advanced technology in its walls you can’t just sit in this tub, but also on it.
With all the features of a premium hot tub at an affordable price, the Lay-Z-Spa Miami is the best cheap blow-up hot tub for your buck.
- rapid-heating system
- water filtration system
- digital control panel
- automatic start/stop timer-controlled heating system
- 2 to 4-people seating capacity
- 71″ x 26″ and 177 gallon water capacity when inflated
- 53.9 pounds when empty
- heats up to 104°F
- 120 bubble jets
- chemical floater, filter cartride, inflatable cover, pump and installation DVD included
- TriTech material
- fast and easy setup
- powerful massaging jets
- comfortable bottom
- good value for the price
- seams need reparation after a few months
- rather small for four people, two is comfortable
- jet function doesn’t work when heater is on
The best 6-person inflatable hot tubINTEX 85 INCH PURESPA PORTABLE HOT TUB
This Intex inflatable hot tub is a 6-person inflatable spa that has a built-in water softener and comes with a whole lot of extras, such as two filter cartridges, a thermal ground, cloth and an insulated cover. The cover also has a lock, which adds to the safety of this tub.
Thanks to the sturdy yet soft Fiber-Tech material, this hot tub remains stable and keeps its shape no matter how you decide to hang or sit in or on it. Speaking of sitting: it has a padded bottom which makes it extra comfortable.
This Intex hot tub is an inflatable hot tub with jets that go all around the interior so that everyone can enjoy a relaxing massage, no matter where they’re sitting. And you can take that very literally because the grab handles and carry bag included with this Intex spa show it’s made to be taken with you to garden parties or on vacation.
- 6-person seating capacity
- built-in water softening system
- 85″ x 85″ x 28″ and 290 gallons water capacity when inflated
- 95.7 pounds
- comes with an insulated cover, a heating system, a pump, a filtration system, two filter cardridges, a thermal ground cloth, an inflated hose, a carry bag, a floating chlorine dispenser and 3-way test strips
- Fiber-Tech Construction material
- 140 high-powered bubble jets
- fast and easy setup
- low maintenance
- very sturdy
- maintains temperature easily with the cover on
- heater keeps running while jets are on
- Cools down after about 20 mins when using the bubble jets
The best 2-person inflatable hot tubBESTWAY SALUSPA SIENA AIRJET
This inflatable 2-person hot tub provides an experience like no other. Shaped like a long bath tub, it allows two people to fully stretch out. The design makes it easy to lay down and fully relax while the all-surrounding massage system does its work.
Thanks to the sturdy TriTech material out of which the walls of this 2-person inflatable spa are made, you don’t have to worry about them bending downward while you lay your head down and take a nap.
The Bestway SaluSpa Siena Airjet inflatable hot tub comes with an insulated inflatable top cover as well as a beverage table on which you can also place small items like that book you’ve been meaning to read forever.
While this Bestway spa isn’t exactly a small inflatable hot tub at 98.2 x 26 x 58.7 inches, its long but narrow design also makes this a great 1-person inflatable hot tub as well.
- TriTech material walls
- Automatic start/stop timer system for the heater
- comes with a (re)movable table, a pump, an insulated inflatable top cover, an installation and maintenance DVD, a filter cartridge, a pressure gauge and a chemical floater
- 98.2″ x 26″ x 58.7″ and 135 gallons water capacity when inflated
- 78.9 pounds
- heats up to 104°F
- 120 all-surrounding air jets
- two handles to get in and out of the hot tub safely
- fast and easy setup
- fits two large people easily
- smooth-working jets
- Heats rather slowly in a cold area
The best blow up hot tubINTEX 77 INCH PURESPA PORTABLE BUBBLE MASSAGE SPA SET
While all inflatable hot tubs are in essence portable, they’re not all equally portable. If you want to buy a portable inflatable spa because you plan on moving it around a lot, it’s important to look at things like weight, ease of installation, how fast it heats up and whether it comes with a carry bag.
This Intex portable blow-up hot tub combines space with an easy setup. While it has a 77″ diameter when inflated, it only measures about 3′ x 3′ x 2′ when deflated and stowed away in the carry bag that’s included. The control unit can be stored separately and measures around 2′ x 2′ x 1.5′. When inflated and empty, the tub can easily be moved thanks to its grab handles.
The Intex PureSpa 77 inch is also just a great inflatable hot tub to use, coming with a built-in water softener, an insulated cover and a bunch of other things.
- capacity of 4 people
- 77″ x 77″ x 28″ and a water capacity of 210 gallon when inflated
- built-in water softening system
- insulated cover
- Fiber-Tech material
- 120 surrounding high-powered bubble jets
- cover lock
- heats up to 104°F
- 2 filter cartridges, heating system, inflation hose, 3-way test strip, floating pool chlorine dispenser and thermal ground cloth included
- powerful jets
- easy to set up
- everything included except for the chemicals
- maintains heat well
- temperature decreases slowly when using the bubble jets
- no inflatable bottom
The best indoor inflatable hot tub
Often when people don’t want to depend on the weather to enjoy their hot tub, they go in search of an inflatable indoor hot tub. Well, I’ve got some good news: basically, all inflatable spas and hot tubs are good for indoors!
All these tubs really need is a flat surface to stand on and you’re good to go. Although there are a few things you should take into account when you plan to place your inflatable hot tub indoors.
1. There shall be water
This seems a bit evident but it’s good to take into account that when you get in and especially out of your inflatable hot tub, you’re bound to spill some water on the floor. It’s best to place the tub either on a flat stone/tile surface or on a waterproof floor cover so that your actual floor doesn’t get damaged by the water spills.
2. Ambiance is everything
It doesn’t take much to create a good ambiance with an outside hot tub. Nice weather or even just the sound of birds will do, but if you decide to put your blow-up spa in your basement, you might need some decorative elements to get the vibe right.
3. It’ll take up space
“Of course it’ll take up space,” you’re thinking, but indoors that more easily becomes an issue than outside, where you’re not confined by walls and a ceiling. You’ll want to be able to get in and out easily, possible change clothes in the same room and still have enough space for a table with some snacks.
4. It’ll get steamy
Because of the hot water, the air in the room can get humid and steamy. That’s not a great combination with, for example, walls covered in wallpaper. Make sure that wherever you place your inflatable spa bath, you ventilate the room well and frequently.
Inflatable hot tub buying guide
As you could see in the chart, there are quite a few different types of inflatable hot tubs for sale. To make sure you buy the best inflatable spa for you, take into consideration these questions:
1. How many people need to fit in?
The largest inflatable hot tub on the chart is for six people, while the smallest is a one-person inflatable hot tub. Think about how many people will most often make use of the inflatable spa pool and base your purchase on that. There’s no need to buy a large inflatable hot tub if you plan on using it mostly with your partner or on your own but if you plan on throwing a lot of inflatable tub parties or have kids, you might want to get one with some extra room.
While getting an inflatable spa hot tub is a more economical choice than buying a traditional hot tub, prices can still vary widely and so it’s important to set your budget before you start shopping. There are definitely some cheap inflatable hot tubs for sale and I’ll review the best one in the inflatable hot tub reviews section of this guide.
3. Where will you put it?
While a lot of people get a blow-up spa for the garden, there are also some who opt for an indoor blow-up tub. When you get one of those, it really doesn’t matter what the weather is like and you can enjoy your tub all-year-long.
Regardless of the location you choose, make sure there’s a flat underground to put the inflatable hot tub spa on. Another thing you should do is take measurements of the space you have to put the hot tub on so that you don’t end up buying once that once you’ve installed it, doesn’t leave any room to walk around anymore.
4. Do you plan on moving it around?
While essentially all blow-up Jacuzzis are portable, some are better suited for regular dismantling/setting up and carrying around. If you plan on simply installing your hot tub once, you don’t need to worry about this, but if you plan on moving it around a lot, it’s important to look for an inflatable portable spa that caters to those needs.
Tips for setting up and maintaining your inflatable hot tub
1. Read the manual
You have no idea how many people buy an inflatable spa and get frustrated setting it up because they haven’t read the manual or looked at the setup DVD beforehand. Save yourself the trouble and check what you need to do first. Every model comes with its own instructions and it’s not because you’ve set up a blow-up hot tub successfully once that the next one will go just as smoothly.
If the guidelines aren’t clear, look up a YouTube video. You can find installation videos for most brands and models online.
2. Make sure you have a flat surface to put it on
This is essential, so if your garden is rather bumpy, you’ll have to flatten the part where you want the tub to go. It’s also best to level the ground so that the water doesn’t spill on one side.
3. Read inflatable spa reviews
I’ve added a bunch of blow up hot tub reviews for the best models above. Make sure to read them while taking account the things that matter to you most to avoid buying a tub that’s great, but maybe not the best fit for you. Take into things such as size, ease of setup and even color.
4. Connect your inflatable hot tub to a dedicated, safely located electric socket
Inflatable hot tubs run on electricity, so you’ll need to make sure splashing water can’t reach the socket it’s plugged into.
5. Don’t use your inflatable spa in cold weather
Most will have this in the manual or on the box, but you shouldn’t use your inflatable hot tub when it’s 40°F or colder outside. Not only will the tub not heat properly, there’s also the risk of the pump freezing and other parts getting damaged as well.
When it gets cold, deflate your tub and store it somewhere inside until spring.
6. Get the right chemicals
Some blow-up hot tubs come with a lot of accessories, others don’t, but almost one of them come with the chemicals to keep the water clean. You’ll have to get those yourself.
7. Change the water when needed
To be on the safe side, you can change the water of your hot tub every month or whenever it starts to turn green, which is a sign that there are algae present, or smelly. If your tub water turns green, it’s important to first clean your hot tub properly before refilling it.
The best way to test whether the water of your blow-up hot tub needs changing is by using a water testing kit or a TSD strip. Sometimes they’ll be included with your hot tub and if not, you can find them in a spa store or order them online.
To ensure that round of water lasts as long as possible, it’s important to always water off your feet before getting in and to close the special inflatable hot tub cover when you’re not using it. That way, things like mud, grass, and leaves stay out. You might also want to get a little net to fish out the leaves that have fallen in while you were using the tub, or simply use your hands to get them out.
8. Clean the inflatable spa each time you drain it
The only time you can fully clean your inflatable hot tub is when it’s empty. It’s easiest to make it a habit to properly clean the tub whenever you replace its water and have to drain it anyway. You’ll kill two birds with one stone and won’t have to add an additional task reminder to your to-do list.
9. How much electricity will my inflatable hot tub use?
This depends on a few things, such as whether you have a two-person inflatable hot tub or a larger one, whether you keep it running all the time or frequently let it get cool down (a bit or entirely) and how often you use it. In general, people have reported that their inflatable Jacuzzis up their electricity bill with $30 to $100 per month when using them constantly.
10. Why you can’t find an inflatable hot tub with seats
Most, if not all, inflatable spas for sale come without seats. That’s not a bad thing, though. As they’re inflatable, they’re usually more comfortable to sit in than traditional hot tubs. That’s especially the case when they have an air padded bottom, which they often do.
Not having seats also allows you to sit anywhere in the tub with as many people that fit without having to limit yourself to where the seats are or having someone sit awkwardly by someone’s feet.
If you’d still like a bit of extra cushioning, or maybe you want to sit a bit higher, you can find plenty of different inflatable hot tub seats online. What’s fun is that you can also use them in a bathtub or take them on vacation to use them in the hotel’s pool. As they’re loose and moveable, you can put them wherever fits, no matter with how many people you’re using your inflatable tub.
11. Don’t over- or underinflate your tub
Most manuals will indicate how much air needs to go into your inflatable hot tub. If you don’t inflate it enough, the walls won’t be as sturdy and stable. If you inflate it too much, you’ll put too much pressure on the materials, risking damage.
12. Clean the filter regularly
It’s best to clean the filter cartridge at least every three months, though more frequently may be needed depending on how often you use your blow-up Jacuzzi and the quality of the water.
It’s important to never clean the filter cartridge while it’s still in the hot tub and the tub is running. The best way to go about it is to have a replacement filter at hand that you can put in the tub so that it can keep running while you clean the other filter.
Use a simple garden hose to spray off the filter, preferably with a head specifically designed to clean filter cartridges. Never use a high-pressure water beam as it could damage the filter.
As you saw, there are plenty of different types of inflatable hot tubs and I hope that this guide has helped you choose the best one for you. Now that the research part is over, you just need to get it, install it and enjoy it!