In addition to the ground mat, valve wrench and pressure gauge, the Lay-Z-Spa also comes with one filter cartridge, a chemical floater, a patch kit and an instructional DVD that covers set-up and maintenance. The warranty is less generous than other models. It covers the heater pump for one year, but only covers the inflatable tub for 90 days and the accompanying hoses and fittings for a mere 30 days.
It is worth noting that in the past inflatable spas tended to be built for just small groups of people. Nowadays though, you can get them in just about any size. This makes them the perfect solution for those who want to use a spa on occasion but simply do not have the space to commit to having a permanent one installed. Don’t worry, these inflatable hot tubs are just as good.
Another important aspect that you have to take into consideration is the hot tub’s seating capacity. What we recommend you go with are tubs that can accommodate 6 people at once, like the Coleman SaluSpa or the Intex 28409E PureSpa Plus Bubble Spa. But if you know that you won’t have that many guests over and that you do not actually need a large seating capacity, it is perfectly fine to go with a model like the Canadian Spa Company CSCHTRG29 Rio Grande as well, a tub that has a seating capacity of 4 persons. All in all, just make sure that you think well about this aspect before you go shopping to not regret your decision later.
Maybe it’s most annoying feature is that it seems to shut off automatically after 72 hours. So you have to reset it every few days. But other than that, it’s fine. It offers the very basic service of an inflatable hot tub, and you get the soothing bubbles as a bonus. The comparatively fast heating system is also a treat, especially with a tub this cheap. It’s one of the best inflatable hot tub models you can get at this price range.
As you have already concluded on your own after researching with the help of our article, it does not matter whether you use an inflatable or a traditional hot tub as they could be equally resilient to frequent use. However, this only applies when talking about quality models like the SaluSpa Hawaii HydroJet Pro which is made with polyester laminated PVC, a puncture resistant material that ensures years of use without any issues being encountered in the meanwhile. Able to fit a maximum of 6 people in it at once, it is the go-to option for those who throw parties in their backyards often. Our personal favorite, the Canadian Spa CSCHTRG29 Rio Grande, is better suited for a more intimate setting as it can fit a maximum of 4 people. Furthermore, it is made with polyester laminated PVC and synthetic leather, a construction that ensures comfort as well as increased durability. On the other hand, if a more budget-friendly option is what you are aiming for, then the Coleman SaluSpa is your ideal pick as it not only comes at a great, cheap price, and can host up to 6 people at once, but it features 120 bubble air jets that make the hot tub experience even more fun.
One of the best things about a portable hot tub is the fact that you don’t have to have any tools to get set up. Locate the space you want to set up in and lay down your ground mat. Open up the hot tub on top of the ground mat and using the inflation hose attached to the hot tub pump unit with the gauge attached inflate your tub until the gauge reads 1.2 then it’s filled to the right level. Don’t forget to inflate the inside of the cover, as you’ll need it when you set the heater going.
One of the common gripes about these spa’s is the fact that when you use the bubble massage system you can’t use the heater at the same time. The bubbles have a 30 minute auto shut off and in that time the temperature can drop a few degrees. The bubbles going through the water can make it feel a bit cooler too. To be fair this is an issue with most portable hot tubs with bubble jets. It’s easy to switch the heater back on as soon as the bubbles are finished but the temperature only rises a few degrees an hour.
They don’t usually use real water jets, but instead use fans to “blow” the air around (also because of the 120 volt outlet), which causes them to cool down much faster than a regular hot tub. This cooling effect is only made worse by the fact that the materials they are made from lose heat much faster than the materials used on a regular hot tub. All in all, you aren’t likely to get more than 15 minutes to a half an hour of good heat out of an inflatable hot tub.