However, not everybody has the space, time or budget to have a permanent hot tub installed. This is where an inflatable portable hot tub comes in. We reviewed over 50 top products and our spa tub research showed one thing for certain. Whatever your circumstances, there should be a hot tub out there for you. Whether you're having a kids' birthday, you have a fitness regime to follow, or you just want to chill, an inflatable hot tub spa is the answer to your prayers. And then, after it's all over, you can take it down and put it away!
The inflatable hot tub can heat up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, and you can adjust settings via the attached LCD touchscreen. The tub includes a cover that can help maintain the water’s temperature and keep it free from unwanted debris. The inflatable hot tub is easy to set up and doesn’t take long to inflate. The Soho spa is made primarily of vinyl, with fabric, PVC and PU leather. It ships with a one-year warranty.
Once you have the water in you’re ready to heat it up. The digital control panel included with the Coleman Saluspa is easy to use with an automatic start/stop timer-controlled heating system. With a single press of the button to unlock the controls press the heat button to start the heating process press the arrow button to set the temperature required. Place the cover over the tub as that will keep the heat in.
You get a ground mat in the pack so that you have some insulation between the tub and the ground and it is also a bubble mat so you get a little extra padding when you’re sitting on the bottom of the tub. The hot tub has bubble jets around the base which gives you a soothing massage in water that you can heat up to 104F to give you an all round relaxing experience. Check out the pros and cons below.
Not everyone can afford to have a hard hot tub built inside their homes or in patios. Built-in best hot tubs can cost upwards $2,000. An inflatable hot tub is an affordable alternative while still experiencing the same features that a regular hot tub can do. Having your own inflatable hot tub also means you will spend lesser time at the local spa. Your money spent on hot tub baths is better spent on your own inflatable hot tub setup which you can use anytime.
The walls are made with six-layer reinforced PVC designed to resist tears and leaking, and the inside supports 108 relaxing air jets for soothing hydrotherapy and pain relief. The spa also features a built-in heater for more convenient design, and features an LED control panel close at hand that makes it easy to activate the jets or manage the temperature inside the spa.
This is the best $360 we've ever spent. We use it once or twice a day since we got it 2 months ago. So... it took about 15 hours to heat up to 104 degrees to start things off. To save money on electricity we turn it off after our last use for the day,,, around 5pm,, leaving only the water circulating on. Then when we get up 5/6am we turn the heater back on and it's ready to go at 104 degrees around 3pm that afternoon. Since I've never had a spa or pool before that I had to maintain chemical balances, that was a little confusing until we educated ourselves. There is an automatic run time clock on the unit but I've never taken the time to learn how to use it. Assembly,,, was easy but I wish I had a video to watch (I learned a lot ... full review
However, the prevailing downside of this unit is that it doesn’t have the pressurized jet massage that premium hot tubs offer. Instead, it releases bubbles on the side of the pool to create a semi-therapeutic water massage; which is not bad, but also not that great. On the positive note, it doesn’t consume as much electricity as the deluxe spa units.
And this is the biggest misunderstanding between the two. There is a huge debate on the durability of inflatable hot tubs, but the fact of the matter is that they are now built with materials that make them as dependable as portable hot tubs. The reason inflatable hot tubs had to improve on their design is because they are moved twice as much as portable hot tubs.
Of all the inflatable hot tubs we did a review here, this is the only one that has the ability to run more than 1 function at the same time. This functionality is more than enough to convince some people to decide on buying this model, including us. Being able to run your heater while the bubble jets are running is an awesome experience. With bubble jets and the high-pressure massage jets turned on, everyone soaking can experience the massage they want all at the same time, whether light or targeted.
A water test kit makes testing your water easy. If your inflatable hot tub does not come with such a kit, you can easily find it at any store that carries pool and spa supplies. Once you have tested the water, adjust it using the necessary chemicals. A good pH range for a portable hot tub is between 7.4 and 7.6. A pH that is too low may damage your hot tub’s vinyl and thus damage the tub.
Portable or not, an inflatable hot tub still represents a significant investment. Inexpensive models run around $300 or so, and high-end inflatable spas can cost $1000 or more. Before you get ready to spend that kind of money, you should have a pretty good idea of how often you intend on using it. Spending $900 to soak in a hot tub once a month is a poor investment.
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.
The PureSpa Hot Tub & Pool Set by Intex is an inflatable hot tub that doubles as an above ground pool. Water temperature ranges from 68 to 104 degrees and has built-in hard water treatment that is gentle and mild on the skin. The Intex PureSpa Hot tub pool set can comfortably accommodate four people since its Fiber-Tech Construction allows you to sit in its sturdy yet plush walls.
The main issue against saltwater hot tubs is that salt causes corrosion. At levels of 2,000-3,000 ppm, there should be no worry about damage to finishes and pool equipment. There is one material in particular that doesn’t like salt, that being Buna rubber, which some pump shaft seals are made of. Again, at normal levels, there should be no concern. But if your pump seal begins to leak, we do have pump shaft seal made for high salt or ozone conditions.
Once the set is fully inflated, you have to fill it in on your own, making use of a garden hose for example. When the tub is ready to use, you can adjust how much hot you want the water to be and for how long you want it to keep heating. The same goes for the jet heads functioning, all can be adjusted and timed by digital controlling. The main difference between the system of an inflatable and a traditional hot tub is the disposition of the motor/engine that filters, heats and blows water and air. On traditional tubs it will be placed built-in, while on the inflatable one it is a sided appliance.
The number one, most common complaint on this model is the poor customer service. In fact, most of the negative reviews stem from bad experiences with the Intex customer service department. Whether the company didn't have the part that was needed or could barely speak English, the negative reviewers didn't have many nice things to say about the customer service.
The second most common complaint was the failure of the pump operation. Unfortunately, for these negative reviewers, the pump stopped working after only a few uses. Once they survived the customer service experience, the were granted warranty clearance and given a new pump. However, it was an annoying experience for them to have to replace the pump so early into the process.
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.
The downfall we found would be the setup. It’s not like the inflatable spas that you can have set up within 15-20 minutes. While the manufacturer states this spa can be set up within 30 minutes or less, there are some reviewers that state otherwise. In fact, some people say it can take up to two hours because there is a lot to set-up – there’s a lot of pieces that you have to put together carefully. Personally, we feel this is understandable because it’s not an inflatable hot tub and once it’s put together, you can leave it up.