Consumers will also notice that the premium jets are not available in an inflatable hot tub, but are always available in portable hot tubs. Inflatable hot tubs can simulate the jets, but does not provide nearly the same massage quality as the real thing. The last thing to point out is the control panel, which will be a toss-up depending on who you go with. Most makers put the control panel in place so that you don’t have to leave the hot tub to use it. In an inflatable hot tub there are less functions to play with so it inspires the plug and play attitude. So if you’re looking for ease of use, then inflatable hot tubs wins in this department.
The tub is made to comfortably seat four to six adults, and a cushioned ground mat adds to the comfort. If you don't need such a spacious hot tub, consider the Intex PureSpa 77 Bubble 28403E. The ground cloth not only protects the hot tub from dirt and debris, it also puts an extra layer of cushioning between the people in the tub and the ground underneath.
However, two details must be taken into consideration here to purchase a good seat: the weight and the build of the seat. Some brands manufacture quite flawed inflatable seats. They have been proved inefficient as they will float back to the surface or will move all the time with the strength of the jet streams. You have to consider specially heavy pillow seats that are immersible.
Once you put in a built-in hot tub in its place, it stays there. That’s literally what “built in” means. So if you put it outdoors, you’re not really going to be able to enjoy it during the cold winter season when snow keeps falling. And if you out it indoors, it’s not as enjoyable during the warm summer months when it’s nice to take a dip at night while enjoying a nice summer breeze. With an inflatable hot tub, you can put it indoors during the winter and outdoors in the summer. Or you can just put it in storage when you’re not going to use it for a while.
Inflatables use a 120V electrical outlet. Unfortunately, this translates to a drastically reduced heating power when compared to the hard-side hot tubs. But this should not necessarily be viewed as an issue considering the fact that the water in them can reach quite high temperatures if you do not cheap out and invest in one of the better models on the market. For example, the top of the line SaluSpa Hawaii HydroJet Pro can even reach up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, a water temperature that should suffice regardless of your preference.
As well as a unique 8 sided design, the Intex Octagonal 4 Seater is made with patented material which is extremely capable, yet lightweight and comfortable to the touch. Its triple layer, laminated lining is supported by Fibre-Tech which fully supports your weight. A specifically designed inflatable for 4 people, the flat corners are ideal for resting your shoulders and arms.
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.
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.
Some manufacturers recommend the cleaning of the tubes system with an anti-clog solution. That requires you to fill in a little bit the tub with clean new water, pour the solution and turn on the jet system to make the water circulate in the whole system and let it take action for the recommended amount of time. This anti-clog cleanig must be performed with the new cartridges already set. Dump the water after the anti-clog cleaning and fill in with another portion of clean water, turn on the jets again to wash any remains of the solution.
Slow To Heat – These have electric heaters and not gas like the in ground or acrylic may have. The rule of thumb is to expect about one hour wait time for every 2 to 3 degree rise in temperature. So if you don’t plan to keep it on all week, start heating it up Saturday morning or Friday night for the weekend. But this is also a money saver since these spas need much less water and have awesome insulation you could keep it heated at all times for pennies more. Or be a diligent saver and only heat it up when you know you want to use it. Just give yourself some head-start time.