The inflatable spa offers a number of desirable features. An inflation hose makes it easy to inflate your hot tub when you set it up, and a built-in hard water treatment system filters out calcium and other minerals for a more smooth, relaxing soak. The experience is further enhanced by 130 massaging jets which can be activated via the handy, easy-access control panel at the side of the hot tub.
Without belaboring the importance of maintaining proper water chemistry, be aware that using your spa without the correct sanitizer levels opens you and other bathers up to several health issues that vary in severity from rashes, such as hot tub folliculitis, to the potentially life-threatening Legionella bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease.
It has enough room to sit 4 people according to the manufacturer. As with all other “4 person hot tubs”, get ready for some intimate time with your buddies. This is fine if you are close friends, but not so comfortable if you are not. The exterior layer is a brownish synthetic leather. It is a matter of personal preference, but we don’t like it at all.
This Coleman hot tub has a bright green outer layer with a white inner lining. It’s 77 inches in diameter and can seat 4-6 people although it is probably more comfortable with only 4. It can be set up in the garden or in the garage or basement wherever you want to place it as long as it’s a flat surface. All you need is the ability to plug it into an electrical outlet and be able to fill it with water and have a drain within reach when you have to empty it.
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.
I work part time as an IT security consultant. Luckily I can work from anywhere so I go back and forth between Colorado and Florida. I get my fix of skiing, hiking and camping in Colorado in the Dillion area, and when I am in Florida you can usually find me on the water either paddleboarding or kayaking. My recent passion is scuba diving, I got certified a few years ago and "get wet" as frequently as I can.
Hot tubbing can include more than just some good company and hot water. Accessories can turn the whole experience into a more comfortable, more entertaining party. Hard-shell hot tubs often come with a host of accessories, like cup holders, lighting, sound systems and more. With this top pick, you will have a few additions to include when you want more from your hot tubbing experience.
This means that you can sit on the edges and they will not change shape under your weight. Also, the floor is air pad-cushioned so you will enjoy a soft sitting surface no matter where you place it. Six adults can fit in this hot tub that can hold 260 gallons of water and measures 77 inches in diameter and 26 inches in height. It comes with a pump that inflates it in a few minutes and a control panel that allows you to set the water temperature to up to 104 degrees F.
It’s quite easy to set up despite its size, and the quality of the build is superb. One advantage of the size is that when the water grows cool enough, little kids can use it as a swimming pool the next day. A lot of grandparents have noted this in their Intex hot tub reviews. If you want to use it as a hot tub again, just turn the heater on for about 10 hours.
The pump and the hot tub are easy to connect together but you need it to be simple to use while you are in the tub. All the controls are press button, and they are set in a circular style display with a led display in the centre. From the top left there is an auto-lock button which activates in 5 minutes, to release press for 3 seconds. Next is the timer button so you can decide when you want the heater to come on and you can also set the temperature. You have a filter button to turn the filter on and off, a light shows when it is on, you have the option to display the heat in Celsius or Fahrenheit and then there is a heater button to start the heating function, the temperature can be adjusted with the arrow buttons but most people heat it to the maximum 104F. Finally you have the bubble massage button which when pressed automatically turns off the heater. All of these buttons can be accessed from when you are seated in the tub.
Unlike traditional spas, inflatable models do not experience many leaks or blockages of tubing. Due to the PVC material, sealing is much easier than with fibreglass and makes these issues less likely to take place. Inflatable tubs are also very simple to access for maintenance, so you will not need to cut or remove any parts of your home in order to get to the area that needs attention.
Adding enough salt to reach 2,000-3,000 ppm in your spa takes about 2 lbs. per 100 gallons of water. The mineral in the water raises the buffering capacity of the water to resist changes in pH, alkalinity and calcium hardness levels. The addition of salt increases the total dissolved solids of the water, making the water less aggressive and more resistant to water balance fluctuations.
Also factor in the mechanical portion and that the parts inside serve a bigger role when in use, so are usually multi-mechanical beasts that have a lot of expensive internals. The more internal moving parts you have, the more expensive the product is, regardless of its origin. It should be noted that although most portable hot tubs end up in the medium to high price point, inflatable hot tubs are not that much cheaper than the bulk of portable hot tubs if you remove shipping costs.
Most portable hot tubs don’t come with seats included, they are available as accessories but it is an added cost. This spa is 26 inches deep as isn’t filled to the top, for most adults this might not be a problem unless you are not very tall where the height of the water may be a little uncomfortable. You can buy seats for in the spa to raise your height and they are good for kids too.
Portable spas used outside tend to lose heat quicker than those inside, while you would also use less power if you used it every day. The initial heating up of the water takes some time and pushed up your heating cost, whereas the more often you use it, the more the water temperature stays the same as you would only be increasing heat when the water cools down.
It can accommodate a maximum of 4 people at once. It has a water capacity of 217 gallons, and the rapid heating system is able to raise the temperature of the water by 2-3°F per hour. The maximum heat capability that it features is of 103°F. It comes with 88 air jets that deliver a soothing massage. To ensure that the water in it will be of a great quality and safe to sit in, it features a useful water filtration system.
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.