The pump and the hot tub are easy to connect together but you need it to be simple to use while you are in the tub. All the controls are press button, and they are set in a circular style display with a led display in the centre. From the top left there is an auto-lock button which activates in 5 minutes, to release press for 3 seconds. Next is the timer button so you can decide when you want the heater to come on and you can also set the temperature. You have a filter button to turn the filter on and off, a light shows when it is on, you have the option to display the heat in Celsius or Fahrenheit and then there is a heater button to start the heating function, the temperature can be adjusted with the arrow buttons but most people heat it to the maximum 104F. Finally you have the bubble massage button which when pressed automatically turns off the heater. All of these buttons can be accessed from when you are seated in the tub.

This Coleman inflatable hot tub as 120 bubble jets installed at the bottom. They are designed to suck in air from the outside and blow through the water. This means turning on the bubble jets can lower the water’s temperature. We advise to heat up the water several degrees higher than your preference before taking a dip to address this shortcoming.


The Bestway SaluSpa Miami Tub is the best option for a good, not soak in the middle of winter. The secret to this tub’s winter worthiness is a rapid water heater that brings the 177 gallons of water up to 104 F. The smaller two-to-four-person size of the tub also lets the heater work quickly when fighting against the outside cold air. An air pump is included for quick inflation.
Since this inflatable tub is smaller, but from the same powerhouse brand, that is Bestway Lay-Z-Spa, you know that you’re getting an incredible value with this product. It is going to have the same patented, 3-ply reinforced TriTech, that guarantees top of the line durability. The Miami is Bestway’s world’s first premium inflatable spa, and it still remains a top choice in the industry.

In-ground or custom styles are usually referred to as spas. They can be attached or adjacent to an in-ground swimming pool and are often placed near each other as a warm water and cold plunge-type of therapeutic experience. Others are stand-alone hot tubs, but set into the ground or custom built. Some are sturdy portable models (not inflatable) from top manufacturers that are installed to look like they are custom-built in-ground models that can be positioned upon a raised platform, sometimes under a pergola or a gazebo. Others actually are custom built and constructed of the same materials that pools are made of, like concrete, fiberglass, or gunite, along with stainless steel, tile, or copper.
One of the best things about a portable hot tub is the fact that you don’t have to have any tools to get set up. Locate the space you want to set up in and lay down your ground mat. Open up the hot tub on top of the ground mat and using the inflation hose attached to the hot tub pump unit with the gauge attached inflate your tub until the gauge reads 1.2 then it’s filled to the right level. Don’t forget to inflate the inside of the cover, as you’ll need it when you set the heater going.
You might be tempted to think that inflatable tubs are fragile, being easily prone to destruction. But this is not the case, high-end models having a quality construction that ensures they will last for a long time, and that they won’t be punctured easily and get deflated. Best of all, the quality materials used in the fabrication process provide comfort as well. After all, durability is not everything, being very important for them to offer a pleasant, relaxing experience when using them too. Most of the tubs on the market are made of polyester laminated PVC, a material that offers everything you need in terms of durability and comfort.
The best hot tub for you will depend on your requirements – for those looking for long term, energy efficient hot tub that’s built to last, that provides superior hydromassage and comfort – traditional hot tubs can’t be beaten. If you’d just like to try out a hot tub style experience in the short term then an inflatable hot tub might meet your needs.
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.
After reviewing several portable hot tubs, we decided the Lay-Z Spa Miami was the one we would purchase. We purchased the 2nd week in February and received within a week of ordering. Setup was simple and straight forward. We maintain the water quality every week by taking a sample to our local pool supply store. I wouldn't recommend this for children as the water temp max is 104 degrees. But for a good 20 minute soak, it does the job. (wife having chronic muscle spasms). If the hot tub lasts us a year, we will definitely purchase another one. Great price for the money spent. And a better deal then the hard shells. The pics and video were taken recently.
The inflatable hot tub can heat up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, and you can adjust settings via the attached LCD touchscreen. The tub includes a cover that can help maintain the water’s temperature and keep it free from unwanted debris. The inflatable hot tub is easy to set up and doesn’t take long to inflate. The Soho spa is made primarily of vinyl, with fabric, PVC and PU leather. It ships with a one-year warranty.
The spa features automatic start and stop timers that save you money and time while reducing energy consumption, and the spa is reinforced by the same durable TriTech material that makes all SaluSpa products so durable and resilient. The spa is outfitted with two filter cartridges that are easy to replace, keeping your water clean, pure and refreshing. In addition, 120 massaging jets make this the perfect romantic getaway you don’t have to leave town for.
What you must not forget to do every week is to remove the filter from the hot tub and clean it. Read the user manual that the tub comes with to see where the filter is located, and clean it by simply wiping away the debris that has gathered on it with a cloth or a paper towel while holding it under running tap water. If you notice that large debris has gathered in the tub, immediately check the filter to see if any of that debris is trapped in it to avoid any damage from being done to it.
Our number one choice is the Coleman Inflatable Tub. It's reasonably priced, fits four to six adults and offers better quality than the other two choices. However, you've been given the details- the good, the bad and the ugly- on each hot tub. It's up to you to determine which hot tub best suits your situation and lifestyle. Happy portable hot tub hunting, and we hope that you find the one that fits you the best.

You’ll notice right away that saltwater feels softer, almost like a mineral bath. The salt used is sodium chloride, which is essentially regular table salt. It’s also the same salt that is in the ocean, but only about a tenth of the amount. Get a 40 lb. bag of pool salt, add 2 lbs. per 100 gallons of spa water, and you’re ready to go! The salt is very cheap, about $7 per bag. The slightly salty spa water leaves your skin feeling refreshed, not irritated, like bathing in mineral spring water.
Also factor in the mechanical portion and that the parts inside serve a bigger role when in use, so are usually multi-mechanical beasts that have a lot of expensive internals. The more internal moving parts you have, the more expensive the product is, regardless of its origin. It should be noted that although most portable hot tubs end up in the medium to high price point, inflatable hot tubs are not that much cheaper than the bulk of portable hot tubs if you remove shipping costs.
The exterior is made from a specially coated fabric that is suited to withstand the outdoor elements. It is the classic Coleman-brand green. (This is usually their hallmark color for many of their products.) It also comes with a green fabric cover that is lined with aluminum material. The aluminum coating serves to keep the water warm while you’re waiting to jump in.
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.

This is the best $360 we've ever spent. We use it once or twice a day since we got it 2 months ago. So... it took about 15 hours to heat up to 104 degrees to start things off. To save money on electricity we turn it off after our last use for the day,,, around 5pm,, leaving only the water circulating on. Then when we get up 5/6am we turn the heater back on and it's ready to go at 104 degrees around 3pm that afternoon. Since I've never had a spa or pool before that I had to maintain chemical balances, that was a little confusing until we educated ourselves. There is an automatic run time clock on the unit but I've never taken the time to learn how to use it. Assembly,,, was easy but I wish I had a video to watch (I learned a lot ... full review
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