We have been reviewing inflatable hot tubs since 2015. In that time we have spent more than 40 hours researching them to find the best portable hot tubs on the market. The best hot tub we found was the Coleman Lay-Z-Spa 54131E. The Coleman hot tub is attractive and built for durability with a synthetic leather exterior, polyester-mesh-enforced PVC walls and vertical beams to prevent it from buckling and bending after repeated use. It has 120 bubble jets and can heat to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, and it can fit up to six adults.
We live in a multipurpose, multitasking world. Cell phones are now computers, capable of performing thousands of tasks. Printers come with fax machines, copiers, and scanners built in. Trains equipped with wireless internet allow commuters to work on their way to and from the office. Couches fold out into beds; pool tables convert into ping-pong tables. It’s no surprise that in such a world, in-ground pools are often built with in-ground hot tubs attached.
If you want to make full use of your hot tub experience, make sure to purchase hot tub accessories like glass holders, headrests, inflatable benches, extra filter cartridges, pool/tub sponges, and spa seats. These accessories are not included in a basic inflatable hot tub setup. Spare parts and accessories can also be purchased from After Sales suppliers or from your hot tub’s manufacturer.
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.
If you do not buy a quality hot tub, you will end up regretting it as the material won’t resist intense use and it will get punctured easily. This lack of durability is a major flaw as it shows that it is not a dependable investment, not lasting as long as you would like it to last. Of course, even if you spend your money on the best one, it will still be outshined by a hard side tub when it comes to the durability of the construction.
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.
Our only concern was that we found no inflatable hot tubs with built-in seats. Now, there is a good reason for this, mainly because you don’t need them. It is very comfortable to sit in, but a little strange at first if you are used to having seats in your hot tubs or spa. The others reason being an inflating issue. If seats were part of the tub, they might be a weak spot and susceptible to stress tears. Also, less water is needed, which is more cost effective in maintenance costs.
A water test kit makes testing your water easy. If your inflatable hot tub does not come with such a kit, you can easily find it at any store that carries pool and spa supplies. Once you have tested the water, adjust it using the necessary chemicals. A good pH range for a portable hot tub is between 7.4 and 7.6. A pH that is too low may damage your hot tub’s vinyl and thus damage the tub.
This tub is made of six-layer laminated PVC material called Rhino-Tech. It has vertical interior vinyl panels to give it support and prevent sagging over time. It comes with a carrying case and only weighs 66 pounds, making it quite portable before you inflate it. The Alpine M-009LS’s combined pump and heater unit is built into the tub wall, unlike most inflatable hot tubs that have external heating systems. The digital control panel extends out from the side of the pool so it’s within easy reach. The heater raises the temperature up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, but it raises the temperature 2 to 3 degrees per hour, so you’ll have to start heating the day before use. As with other tubs, the integrated air blower doubles as an inflator and the power behind the 120 bubble jets. It comes with a pressure gauge to avoid over-inflation. It also comes with a protective ground mat that is just a little larger than the tub’s footprint, but it’s not cushioned as mats on other tubs are. This inflatable spa comes with two filter cartridges which attach to the inside of the tub. It also comes with a garden hose adapter for the drainage spout, making it easier to empty the tub. The Alpine M-009LS has a fitted top cover with a foil lining to retain heat. The cover is secured with locking straps, but instead of being integrated into the tub, as some tubs are designed, it latched to the ground mat.
Most of the inflatable hot tubs have air jets. They are cheaper to manufacture and provide affordable but amazing massage. How come they are so cheap? Well, they reuse the same blower that inflates your spa when setting it up for pushing the air through a hose into a ring on the floor with holes in it. While this doesn’t sound very sophisticated, the massage and tinkling feeling on your skin is actually very pleasant.
You see, the construction on these tubs is amazing. You can actually sit on the side, actually several adults can sit on the side, and it holds up just fine. They are made of a reinforced material, it is not your typical blow-up pool material, these tubs can do it all now. They even come with an inflatable locking cover that not only keeps the heat in and the dirt out but adds a terrific safety feature. So let’s list the pros for you that we have enjoyed.