There are a lot of differences between these two types of hot tubs that can cause confusion for those that are looking for a solid purchase. Since inflatable hot tubs have come a long way over the years, they are really starting to cover a lot of the features that portable hot tubs have already covered. This means that deciding between the two has become more difficult than ever since they have a lot of the same pros and cons. Neither one is necessarily better than the other, so it isn’t as easy as saying that portable hot tubs are better than inflatable hot tubs. Below is a short guide on how to differentiate between the two when deciding on a purchase so that you can narrow it down to what you really want.
One of the people’s main concerns when it comes to owning an inflatable spa is the fact that they do not think that they are ‘up to the job’. Trust me when I say that blow up hot tubs nowadays are better than they have ever been. The quality of the materials used means that you can place them on just about any flat surface and not have to worry about them ‘breaking’.
Usually costing around $4,000 to $9,000 depending on type and size and location to be installed. But going the inflatable spa way will run you around $500, with no setup costs. And if you will only be using it part of the year, you simply deflate it and store it away. There are no costs of maintaining it to keep it from looking like something that the creature from the black lagoon would like to hide out in. Oh, and did we mention, to heat it up and keep it heated will run around $8-$12 a month depending on your electricity prices per kWh.
Measuring 6 feet 4 inches across, the 28-inch deep Lay-Z-Spa holds up to 254 gallons of water. The tub is made of two layers of PVC reinforced with a layer of polyester mesh in between. The tub features vertical beam construction, which adds additional support with vertical vinyl panels inside the inflatable tub wall, and the hot tub will easily support you if you lean against the tub wall. The tub has a synthetic leather exterior in bright Coleman green. The whole package weighs 86 pounds when unfilled, and as portable inflatable hot tubs go, that’s not bad.
The model of Intex Pure Spa comes with a bubble jet which blows powerful air bubbles into the water. As you enjoy soaking, you can turn this on and get a full body massage. This in itself can help you relieve stress. But what if you have some lower back pains that you need to specifically target? Fortunately, with just a touch of a button, you can run the high-pressure massage jets to target these areas.
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.
In addition to the ground mat, valve wrench and pressure gauge, the Lay-Z-Spa also comes with one filter cartridge, a chemical floater, a patch kit and an instructional DVD that covers set-up and maintenance. The warranty is less generous than other models. It covers the heater pump for one year, but only covers the inflatable tub for 90 days and the accompanying hoses and fittings for a mere 30 days.

Accessories There is a large variety of accessories that help maintain them in a great shape or help enhance the experience for those who use them. These accessories are the carry bag, the cover, the filter cartridge, and the chemical floater. The cover ensures insulation when it is not in use for the heating process to go faster when it will be put to use once again. It also ensures increased safety for those who have children, making it impossible for the small ones to use it without adult supervision. The carry bag provides a convenient transportation method when deflated. The other accessories that we have mentioned, more precisely the filter cartridge and the chemical floater ensure that the water will remain clean and safe to sit in. Intex 28443E PureSpa Jet & Bubble Deluxe, Intex 28409E PureSpa Plus Bubble Spa
Water Filtration System Another important element that we have based our top on is the presence of a quality water filtration system. The reason why it is important is more than obvious as this is the system which ensures the water you sit in will be free of impurities and contaminants. SaluSpa Hawaii HydroJet Pro, Canadian Spa CSCHTRG29 Rio Grande, Intex 28443E PureSpa Jet & Bubble Deluxe, , Coleman SaluSpa
Regardless of who you are, or where you live, you don’t have to pay thousands of dollars in order to enjoy a spa – spas aren’t just for celebrities and millionaires! If you really want to have a hot tub to relax in, but don’t have the money to spend, that is fine, because the inflatable hot tub makes it possible! Seriously, don’t let the “inflatable” word turn you away – these products we just reviewed for you are cheap in price, but they are certainly not cheap products.
Moving on to the Bestway hot tub model. The most popular complaint for this particular model is that the tub keeps deflating and leaking air. Even worse, when some of these customers contacted Bestway's customer service department, they were instructed to cut out the numbers that are printed on the side of the tub and send it in to them. This upset many customers as it required more damage to the tub but not a guarantee of replacement.
Of all the inflatable hot tubs we did a review here, this is the only one that has the ability to run more than 1 function at the same time. This functionality is more than enough to convince some people to decide on buying this model, including us. Being able to run your heater while the bubble jets are running is an awesome experience. With bubble jets and the high-pressure massage jets turned on, everyone soaking can experience the massage they want all at the same time, whether light or targeted.
Similar to Bestway’s Lay-Z Inflatable Hot Tub, this version also benefits from fabric coated materials and a pool cover with an aluminum foal coating to keep water extra warm at all times. Not only that but it also features a Lay-Z Massage system, a rapid heating system, and an integrated water filtration feature to keep things nice and clean. Furthermore, the tub features a mosaic print pool liner with a cushioned floor and a convenient drain valve.
Maybe the best benefit of a saltwater hot tub is that you no longer need to store bromine or chlorine tablets. You should still shock the spa, so keep a granular oxidizer on hand, but you can use chlorine-free MPS if you prefer. Spa salt systems make their own chlorine, so it’s still a chlorinated spa. However, the chlorine is created naturally, without binders or additives. It’s pure chlorine.
Follow the instructions for inflation of the hot tub as you should not trespass the recommended PSI measure. For hot seasons this is quite important because the air will expand with heat, specially when the tub is set under the sun. Most pumps that are included with the hot tub include a gauge so you can check those measures. When you inflate too much the tub, pressure will start to damage the connections of the tub with jet heads, tubes and other orifices, and this will lead to leaks, so don’t overboard.
This product fit's the Coleman Lazy Spa very well. The cover does not fit over it very well so I suggest removing it before attaching the cover, otherwise it will just get knocked loose when you remove the cover, and you will have to put it back on. We set a small light on it and two 12oz adult beverages, and had no problems with it being unstable. I will probably purchase one more.
Regardless of who you are, or where you live, you don’t have to pay thousands of dollars in order to enjoy a spa – spas aren’t just for celebrities and millionaires! If you really want to have a hot tub to relax in, but don’t have the money to spend, that is fine, because the inflatable hot tub makes it possible! Seriously, don’t let the “inflatable” word turn you away – these products we just reviewed for you are cheap in price, but they are certainly not cheap products.
Keeping the products in order, we will start with the Coleman Inflatable Tub. Most times, when you think of the Coleman brand, it brings to mind the typical camping tools and outdoors gadgets. The exterior is the classic Coleman-brand green. (This is usually their hallmark color for many of their products.) The interior is colored in a pristine, clean white and equipped with a cushioned floor that feels refreshing and soothing to the feet. Several bubble jets line the interior and serve well for water massages and bubble stimulation.
Similar to Bestway’s Lay-Z Inflatable Hot Tub, this version also benefits from fabric coated materials and a pool cover with an aluminum foal coating to keep water extra warm at all times. Not only that but it also features a Lay-Z Massage system, a rapid heating system, and an integrated water filtration feature to keep things nice and clean. Furthermore, the tub features a mosaic print pool liner with a cushioned floor and a convenient drain valve.

This Coleman hot tub has a bright green outer layer with a white inner lining. It’s 77 inches in diameter and can seat 4-6 people although it is probably more comfortable with only 4. It can be set up in the garden or in the garage or basement wherever you want to place it as long as it’s a flat surface. All you need is the ability to plug it into an electrical outlet and be able to fill it with water and have a drain within reach when you have to empty it.
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.
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