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.
One thing to note about the Bestway Miami is that, unlike other inflatable hot tubs in this list, the Miami has bubble jets around only three quarters of the inside cirumference. This means there is a section inside the hot tub where there are no direct bubbles. You still get water swirling around you. Just no direct contact with the bubble jets. On the upside, some customers say this is a good thing. Having a section with no direct bubbles caters for those that don't like bubbles, or can give you a break from them without getting out.
Savings – Here was a big one for us and our budget. An in-ground hot tub or spa can cost from $12,000 to over $20,000 by the time you are done with cranes, excavation, landscapers, masons, plumbers and construction crews, and we are not even talking about the maintenance costs. Acrylic or prefab hot tubs are more cost effective, but you still have the cost of installation. See How To Look After Your Inflatable Hot Tub.
The water must be treated with chlorine and clarifier. One increases the pH of the water and the other reduces it. It is the balance of alkalinity and acidity of the water. Sometimes the water is new and clean but it becomes cloudy because the pH is too high, so you have to balance it with the alkaline. Just like a pool, is very important to treat the water. Some customers look for tubs that have a chlorine filtering system. That is quite unlike. Hot tubs need the chlorine to be up and about circulating in the water, otherwise it becomes quickly a bacteria colony infested, not to mention the proliferation of algae. Hot tubs are not showers or common bathroom tubs, you will not replace the water after use so you really need the chlorine, for better or for worse.
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.
Aside from the standard water filtration, Hawaii Hydrojet comes with 2 water treatment system: Hard water and Saltwater. The built-in hard water treatment system helps keep the water from drying up your skin for soaking for some time. The saltwater treatment system, on the other hand, breaks down salt and turns it into natural and safe chemicals that help keep the water clean.
Additionally, the effects of hard water don’t stop there. Your skin and clothes also get their own share too. Fortunately, this model solves the problem by having a built-in hard water treatment system. It softens up the water, which you’ll immediately notice after soaking. Your skin wouldn’t feel as much dry and there wouldn’t be any itchy feeling too.
EDITOR’S CHOICE: For sheer luxury and class, the Lay-Z-Spa Monaco is the Rolls Royce of blow up Jacuzzi hot tubs. It has the benefits of a fixed hot tub, and you can move it to where you want in your garden. Made for entertaining, this best value inflatable hot tub holds six adults, and will manage eight if everyone likes getting cosy. It looks great, feels roomy and comes with loads of great hot tub accessories. Being very affordable, this is a premium hot tub.
This is best for the people who aren’t really all that impressed with the massage jets. That’s not all that strange because many Intex portable spa reviews consider the hot water in itself as the main therapeutic and relaxing feature of the tub. If you don’t care about the massage features, then that’s fine. After all, you can always think of that feature as another thing that can go wrong in the Intex inflatable hot tub.
Regardless, they do get the job done of relaxing you in a very luxurious way. Bubble Jets are installed at the bottom perimeter of the tub, to give you a soothing light massage. The water heater can raise the water’s temperature at a rate of 2 to 3 degrees per hour. There is also a built-in water filtration system to help maintain the water’s cleanliness.
It is a luxurious dream for many people to have a hydro massage hot tub at their own home, specially a wide social one, where you can invite your friends or family to gather around during the summer – or winter. The costs of a traditional hot tub like that can easily go over $2000, and is exactly where the dream is over for many traditional families that don’t have that budget to spend on such a triviality. For this reason, inflatable hot tubs have been on the rise, due to their affordability, and improving quality.
Outdoors: Obviously in the summer months outdoors is going to be great. If you are in a particularly hot region then, although it is tempting to leave the spa unprotected in the sun to keep water temperature up. Be cautious of too much hot a sun, as the tub can deform with exposure to excessive prolonged heat. Setting up or putting it inside a gazebo is a perfect solution to overcome this. See our guide to the best gazebos >>
There is a safety function built in to this pump system which automatically goes into hibernation if no button is pressed in 72 hours. If you have the heater system setup on timer and you don’t actually use the hot tub and press a button for 3 days it will turn off meaning a long re-heat if you don’t notice. This is less of a problem if you use your hot tub daily, but if you are a weekend user this can be a pain if you forget to go out and press a button to let it know you’re still there.
I bought the deluxe bubble / jet version and it's impressive. But the first week I had it I noticed the spa was losing air slowly and I had to top it off with air every day. I called intex support and they shipped me a replacement tub. It arrived in less than one week. The new one works great so far. I had a great support experience from Intex. Maybe they've made some improvements.