Since we started reviewing inflatable hot tubs in 2015, we have spent more than 40 hours finding some of the best tubs on the market and then did in-depth research to discover stand-out features. We have contacted manufacturers with numerous questions to clarify issues and discover unique features. We also consulted with professionals and industry insiders to increase our expertise and get informed opinions about the best tubs out there.
The design of an inflatable hot tub is simple. It consists of an inflatable tub made of PVC or vinyl, as well as an external combination pump and heater unit that controls both water temperature and jets. Inflatable hot tubs can generally be set up in 15 or 20 minutes and filled from a garden hose. Most of them can heat water up to comfortably hot temperatures overnight. Even though the basics are the same across the models listed here, there are some key factors to consider in your buying decision.
Be sure to store it somewhere dry, out of direct sunlight, and away from pests. Some portable spas come with a carrying bag or case. These are great for helping you get your hot tub from Point A to Point B, but they’re not the best protection for long-term storage. If you intend to put your spa away for a while, it’s best to place it in a sealed container to maintain the integrity of the vinyl while it’s in storage.
A big thing to think about when shopping for a new hot tub is the costs of installation, primarily the electrical hook up. A 220v 50amp service that is required on some bigger hot tubs can range from $500-$2,000 depending on different variables. This is especially true in a lot of older homes that do not have a 200amp service and need to run an entirely new electrical service to make room for the hot tub. We see this every year with some of the older Massachusetts and New Hampshire homes.
At first, we were unsure of an inflatable hot tub. We were even concerned that it may look cheap or not hold up. I mean you get this vision of someone sitting on the edge and it popping, flooding your backyard during a relaxing time or a fun party. But after doing our research and now becoming owners, well, just let that vision fade away because that is not what these inflatable Lay-Z-Spa hot tubs are all about.