There is more to hot tubs than just a relaxing experience. The hotter temperatures combined with a gentle water flow can actually do your body some good, especially when it comes to tight and aching muscles. Inflatable tubs with massage jets offer the best of both worlds between inflatable and hard-side tubs: convenience and relaxation all rolled up into one.
When using a hot tub you need to use chemicals to keep the water safe from microorganisms that can make you ill. You can use chlorine or bromine for this but with a salt water chlorinating system in your tub it uses salt that you add to the water and turns it into chlorine by passing it over an electrolytic cell. The benefits of this come in the feel of the water which feels softer on the skin and leaves you feeling refreshed, the cost of the salt which will probably be cheaper than the chemicals. You still have to check your water for the chlorine levels but you won’t need to keep chemicals around as the chlorine in the water is naturally produced and doesn’t smell quite bad. You just add salt to the water and switch on the chlorinator until the levels match the suggested numbers in the manual provided.
When it comes to inflatable spas, there are many positive and negative considerations that you must take in mind. Factors such as your particular tastes, specific situation, and how/when the hot tub will be used will help you make the perfect decision on which one to purchase. The following are the pros and cons of an inflatable spa to weigh in on during the buying procedure.
First and foremost, you have to look for a model that has a quality construction. The durable construction is going to ensure that it will be a lasting investment, meaning that you won’t have to replace it for a long time. What we recommend is a tub like our top choice, the SaluSpa Hawaii HydroJet Pro that features polyester laminated PVC for the construction of the tub. Also, to figure out whether you are looking at a top quality model or not, you should search for the I-Beam technology feature as well because it shows increased stability, safety, and durability.
This attractive hot tub option proves you do not need to spend an arm and a leg on a hot tub just to have a great time outdoors. Made of heavy-duty lining, the hot tub is designed for durability and frequent use. Massage jets create a gentle stream of current and bubbles to help your muscles relax while keeping the water at a consistent temperature. This tub can hold around four to six people.
While an inflatable hot tub might offer reasonable thermal protection there is one other aspect common to most that will affect water temperature. The air used to power the bubble jets comes from outside. So if the ambient air temperature outside is 50 degrees F, then you are pumping in 50-degree air and passing it through the water. This will cool the hot tub water down relatively quickly. How quickly depends on the outside temperature but a rough guide would be 20 - 30 minutes of bubbles before the temperature drops to the point where it requires heating.
Blow-up 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. That's why you might want to check out our guide on blow up hot tubs that have seats.
Like the name suggests, this is a 6-person portable hot tub that you can set up in less than 10 minutes if you follow the instructions to the letter. Among its many features, this tub has 88 massage air jets that will have you experiencing more or less the exact comfort you would experience in a standard indoor hot tub. Furthermore, due to its lightweight and portable nature, you can take this inflatable tub almost anywhere.
Another important aspect that you have to take into consideration is the hot tub’s seating capacity. What we recommend you go with are tubs that can accommodate 6 people at once, like the Coleman SaluSpa or the Intex 28409E PureSpa Plus Bubble Spa. But if you know that you won’t have that many guests over and that you do not actually need a large seating capacity, it is perfectly fine to go with a model like the Canadian Spa Company CSCHTRG29 Rio Grande as well, a tub that has a seating capacity of 4 persons. All in all, just make sure that you think well about this aspect before you go shopping to not regret your decision later.
Traditional spas are large and fitted in a single location. This takes up a lot of valuable space on your property, and is a permanent fixture wherever it is installed. In contrast, an inflatable hot tub can be blown up and utilized in different locations at different times. When not in use, it is easily deflated and placed into storage out of sight and out of the way. They are perfect for small terraces and gardens, and can even be used indoors during the cold months of winter. Inflatable hot tubs are also easily portable, so you can take your luxurious spa with you to enjoy anywhere.
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.
This plug and play inflatable spa has one of the easiest setups possible, demanding that you spend just a few minutes during the process. At the same time, it requires no plumbing whatsoever, mostly due to its ingenious thermal systems. Speaking of which, the tub has solid-state thermic controls which enable you to control the temperature of the water in great detail along with the tub’s many other features.
Just like regular hot tubs, inflatable models require some maintenance work to be done for them to be safe to use. The good news is that it does not take long to perform any of the maintenance tasks typical for inflatable hot tubs, and these tasks do not require you to put a lot of effort into them either. There is a total of 4 chores that you cannot skip on, chores that we will explain here.
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 and whether you use a small one or one for 6 persons. When used outside, inflatable hot tubs are prone to loose heat faster compared to inside use. Weather conditions surrounding it is also a factor.
One person can set up an inflatable hot tub, whereas as a construction crew of plumbers, electricians and possibly even a crane operator is needed for a hard hot tub. Also, a hard acrylic hot tub will weigh between 400-900 lbs. (181-408 kg.) so moving it around is not an option. On the other hand, an inflatable hot tub can be drained and rolled to another location.
Being that portability is one of the main pros when it comes to inflatable hot tubs, you will a so have to deal with draining the water, deflating the tub, moving it to the new location, inflating it again, refilling it and waiting for it to heat up every time you make a move. Of course with an air compressor inflating or deflating is not a big deal but it will still cost you time to refill and reheat.
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.
The downfall would be the amount of time it takes the heat the water, even with the rapid heating system. This is a downfall that almost all of the inflatable tubs are going to have. In 24 hours, the water will heat up to a maximum of 104 degrees. Some have reported that filling it with hot water to start off will raise the temperate in only six hours, but if you take this route, you’ll be spending more money on hot water.