Easy to install, but a few quirks. An inflatable hot tub is the easiest kind to set up and install. When deflated, you can carry it anywhere, then simply inflate it, fill it up and plug it in. However, the water may take a while to come up to temperature (days, in fact, some reviewers say) and may lose heat rapidly during use. That's because inflatable tubs generally use air jets in place of hot-water jets, and the airflow cools the water. Some users also complain that the air blowers are noisy. Unlike other hot tubs, however, this type is truly portable. You can even take it with you on vacation, but the hassle of emptying and refilling the spa may be a consideration.
Without belaboring the importance of maintaining proper water chemistry, be aware that using your spa without the correct sanitizer levels opens you and other bathers up to several health issues that vary in severity from rashes, such as hot tub folliculitis, to the potentially life-threatening Legionella bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease.
And this is the biggest misunderstanding between the two. There is a huge debate on the durability of inflatable hot tubs, but the fact of the matter is that they are now built with materials that make them as dependable as portable hot tubs. The reason inflatable hot tubs had to improve on their design is because they are moved twice as much as portable hot tubs.
When you think of a blow-up hot tub, what do you picture? Don’t picture a soft, flimsy pool toy – it’s nothing like that. If you get the opportunity to use one, you’re going to be surprised at how sturdy it is. These spas do have that “softer” feel to them and personally, we find this much better than sitting on hard plastic or concrete …it’s more relaxing.
Maintenance: Inflatable hot tubs are easier to manage as they are of ease spot. The filtering cartridges can be cleaned weekly and are quite accessible to reach. The 2-filter systems will require replacing the cartridges every 3 weeks or more, considering a daily usage and depending for how long you stay on the tub, while 6-cartridge systems can endure almost 2 months.
The inflatable spa offers a number of desirable features. An inflation hose makes it easy to inflate your hot tub when you set it up, and a built-in hard water treatment system filters out calcium and other minerals for a more smooth, relaxing soak. The experience is further enhanced by 130 massaging jets which can be activated via the handy, easy-access control panel at the side of the hot tub.
Looks like a kiddie pool. Inflatable hot tubs don't have the range of features found on molded above-ground spas. Most don't even include seats, so users must sit directly on the floor with little room for their feet. Some models have rigid sides that snap into place to give the tub more structure, but others just look like a giant, tub-shaped balloon. Owners choose inflatable hot tubs for their low price and convenience, not their looks.
The Bestway Miami is 71 inches in diameter, making it one of the smallest. Fitting 4 adults in this hot tub is a squeeze. You may have noticed by now that most inflatable spas in reality cannot comfortably cope with the number of people recommended by the manufacturer. They are never as big as they are made out to be! The Bestway Miami is no exception here, with our recommendation being 2 people comfortably and 3 max.
If you are looking for a modern, spectacular tub, then you have to expect to pay some extra cash. The SaluSpa Paris does fit this pattern, coming at a higher price than other hot tubs, but providing you with great features that make up for the investment. Undoubtedly, its biggest highlight is the LED light show which helps set a relaxing, fun mood.
Small hot tubs that accommodate two adults and are designed for a more intimate experience measure about 3 to 4 feet high by 5 feet across and hold approximately 500 gallons of water. Larger hot tubs measure around 4 to 5 feet high and 6 feet or more in diameter and are built to accommodate up to 8 adults or more. They hold about 850 gallons of water.