Have you been wondering whether you should invest in a portable hot tub with water jets? We’ve been looking at the SaluSpa Hawaii HydroJet which offers water jets as well as bubble jets so you can get the best of both worlds. We thought we would give you an overview of this hot tub and give you a list of pros and cons so that you can decide whether it might be the best portable hot tub for you. Read our full product review here.
Have you ever set in a pre-fabricated hot tub? If so, you’re probably familiar with the built-in bucket seats. Unfortunately, with the inflatable tubs, you’re not going to have built-in seats. However, as we mentioned, the entire tub offers soft cushioning, so in all actuality, while built-in bucket seats would have been nice, it’s really not needed.
So like we touched on already, the main safety feature is a cover. This cover provides more than just a source of keeping the heat in and the dirt out, but it is for safety. With an inflatable hot tub, most will come with an inflatable locking top. The top will be sturdy and will be strong enough to stand on when properly in place and locked, although we don’t recommend dancing on top of it.
Cover: if you spot a model that includes the cover, it is a plus, however don’t take the cover of an average model as an advantage just because it has a cover. They are quite important to keep your tub not only hotter for longer but also to protect the water from getting contaminated with sitting dust and any other contaminants from the air, from leaves to insects that may be really looking for water. Most brands that don’t include the cover sell it separately.
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.
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.
The SaluSpa features a water filtration system to remove minerals and other impurities, keeping the water calm and soothing for you. In addition, a chemical floater helps to prevent the buildup of harmful bacteria. The spa also features an inflatable cover that quickly keeps your spa secure, trapping in heat while keeping out leaves and other annoying particles. With a maximum temperature of 104° F, this is a spa you’ll want to come back to again and again.
All inflatable spas include a locking top cover for safety reasons. Some, however, also use the cover to insulate the tub and speed up the heating process. Some models include inflatable covers that fit into the top of the tub like a stopper in a bottle, while others use insulating materials like foam or foil lining to keep the heat inside. Regardless of insulation style, you’ll want a cover that’s more than a fitted piece of fabric.
The tub has Rapid Heating System that will allow your water temperature to increase rapidly. This feature makes the tub ready, not just quickly, but also safely. The SaluSpa Miami can be heated up to a temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit. If you desire to preserve the temperature of the water inside the inflatable hot tub for an adequate amount of time, this tub comes with a cover to maintain optimal water temperature. This Rapid Heating System is pretty convenient for when you want to feel extra relaxed.
The price is a marvel, and it’s very democratic. What it really means is that the inflatable hot tub experience is really no long exclusive for the well-off. How long will it take you to save $400 for a tub? Probably not all that long, right. And it doesn’t add much to your electricity bill, with some people saying it will add about $80 to you monthly electricity expenses. That’s for keeping it ready every day!
Location. In a combination pool and spa, the placement of the spa is inflexible, as it must be located in the immediate vicinity of the swimming pool. That’s not always going to be the best spot for it. In fact, to encourage ease of use, spa owners often prefer to place their hot tubs very close to the back door. This way, even on cold winter days, their warm hot tub is just steps away.
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The heater once turned on, heats up the water at a rate of 2 degrees per hour. You can set the temperature beforehand, leave it overnight or during the day while you’re at work, then come home and soak in your desired water temperature. As with other models, this Intex portable spa comes with an insulated cover to keep the water clean while not in use. The cover also helps to keep the heat in until the time you decide to soak.
Thanks to its low-profile design, this particular tub can be set up in just a matter of minutes. This being said, you will be surprised to find out that it can accommodate up to four adults at the same time despite its apparently lightweight construction. As far as features go, this inflatable hot tub comes with a Lay-Z massage system, both rapid-heating and water-filtration systems, and an easy to operate digital control panel to top it off. Overall, it is perhaps one of the most cost-effective inflatable hot tubs money can buy.
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.
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.
If owning a personal hot tub is a dream that has been out of reach due to cost or inconvenience, an inflatable spa could be the solution. A lower price point coupled with higher energy efficiency gives you the same luxurious experience at a substantial discount. Inflatable tubs are easy to maintain and transport, giving you countless options for utilizing your spa. Blow up models also have much more diversity in their shapes and sizes, which gives you more options to suit your specific tastes. Overall, inflatable hot tubs offer relaxation as well as flexibility, and could be the perfect product to fit your needs.
The design and structure of the tub is just as important as the materials used to make it. Many manufacturers use a segmented inflatable design, reinforced with a vertical I-beam structure inside. These internal vinyl panels make for a sturdier tub, one that can support users leaning against it or even sitting directly on the outer wall of the spa. Premium portable hot tubs add another level of stability and protection with interlocking panels that surround the inflatable tub. Made of waterproof composite materials, these panels provide a rigid wall that protects and insulates the hot tub.
For those of you enjoy soaking on the regular, however, a portable spa can be a great way to enjoy your creature comforts even if your living situation doesn’t allow for you to own a traditional hot tub. A hot tub can be a great way to relax and enjoy time with friends or loved ones, and if you’re going to put it to good use, it can be a great way to spend your evenings.
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.