When it comes to inflatable spas, there are many positive and negative considerations that you must take in mind. Factors such as your particular tastes, specific situation, and how/when the hot tub will be used will help you make the perfect decision on which one to purchase. The following are the pros and cons of an inflatable spa to weigh in on during the buying procedure.
Although this tub fits the same capacity (4-6 Person) as the other 4 tubs on our list, the Palm Springs has a larger water capacity. This means that you, your friends, your neighbor, or whoever you invite, will be able sink in luxuriously into this tub. This tub also has other great features. It comes with an easy to operate digital control panel, spa pump, and Bestway’s patented ultra-durable material. This tub can be used indoors, or outdoors, depending on your set up.
The amount of time it takes to heat up will all depend on the product you buy, however, they all have electric heaters (not gas). So, the amount of time it takes the portable spa to heat up in comparison to the amount of time it takes the traditional spas to heat up will be longer. After about one hour, the water temperature will increase by 2 or 3 degrees. If you plan on setting the tub up and using it for a long period of time, then this isn’t going to be a downfall. However, if you just want to use it during the weekends, you need to schedule the set-up one day in advance so that the water will be fully heated.
As in the case of the combination pool table and ping-pong table, those who get both truly get neither. If you want to play both pool and ping-pong, the best solution is to get both tables. Whichever game you feel like playing at the moment, you’ll be able to play to the fullest. Likewise, when you have an in-ground pool and a portable hot tub, you’ll be able to use both to perfection. High-end portable hot tubs are an improvement over combination hot tubs in the following ways:
Inflating your tub is easy, but you need to ensure that you do not end up over inflating it. Do not go overboard when doing it for the first time. Keep in mind that the factors like the direct sunlight and heat will increase the pressure. Therefore, you should not inflate it to the maximum – you can always add more air when you know it can handle more.
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.
These hot tubs are a definite must-have for those who are looking for a versatile method of relaxing and entertaining themselves whenever they have some free time. By going with a bigger capacity model, you can enjoy it with guests too, getting to relax in the soothing water of the tub together. But how much do you actually know about these entertaining products? To learn everything you need about them, check the rest of this section.
People who have back problems report a decrease in back pain after a few minutes soak in their own inflatable hot tubs. The water in the hot tub and the jet bubbles produced helps massage and relax your back muscles. Your whole body will also feel more rejuvenated after each soak. The perfect time to go for a hot tub soak is after a hard day’s work.
When you think of a blow-up hot tub, what do you picture? Don’t picture a soft, flimsy pool toy – it’s nothing like that. If you get the opportunity to use one, you’re going to be surprised at how sturdy it is. These spas do have that “softer” feel to them and personally, we find this much better than sitting on hard plastic or concrete …it’s more relaxing.
To ensure that the water inside the tub will be kept clean even when you are not using it, it comes with a leather cover and it features safety lock clips that you can use to insulate it. Additionally, setting it up is a hassle-free operation which does not require the use of tools, meaning that in a matter of minutes you will be able to start soaking in the tub and relax.
One of the most important factors when purchasing a hot tub is the warranty. Most tubs are built to be portable and comfortable, not necessarily to be durable. Therefore, most manufacturers cover the pump and the heater with a 1-year warranty and the tub pool with a 30-to 90-day warranty. As such, if you are looking to make this kind of an investment, make sure you choose one that offers a longer warranty period. However, with proper care and maintenance, it should last for months even years.
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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.
The 28409E PureSpa Plus Bubble Spa is perfect for use both indoors and outdoors. It features the I-Beam technology, and the tub is made of 3-ply laminated PVC. It boasts a generous 6 person seating capacity. The 290-gallon water capacity and the 460 gallons per hour flow rate show that this is a high-end tub that delivers nothing but quality to those who use it.
An inflatable hot tub, to state the obvious, is filled with air and air is actually a very very good insulator. Think about double glazed windows. What makes them effective is a layer of air. We have already noted earlier that inflatable hot tubs have thick sidewalls, up to 10 inches thick. This actually provides great thermal protection from heat loss on the sides. Couple this fact with some insulation underneath the hot tub and a decent cover and you have a hot tub that is reasonably well protected from heat loss. Not as good as more expensive models but not to shabby either and one that can certainly be managed.
One of the problems of this bath tub is the material that is used to manufacture it. As mentioned above, inflatable hot tubs are flexible and easy to carry but it is these same properties that make it vulnerable to various elements. Sharp edged objects lying around the house as well as elements in nature such as thorns and stones pose the risk of damaging the hot tub. Once the hot tub is perforated, there is almost no way of restoring it to its previous glory. Additionally, these bath tubs can only be utilized to a certain extent after which the wear and tear makes it necessary to look for a replacement. The disadvantage of owing an inflatable bath tub is that you have to take utmost care in protecting it from natural elements and climatic factors that might damage it.
In a worst case scenario the part that blows up the inflatable hot tub can malfunction, meaning that you’re left with a deflated piece of strong plastic. Portable hot tubs provide a great sense of security in that their main parts are the control panel and the heating element, which are all built into the tub itself. With inflatable hot tubs having a separate heater/blower, it takes something as simple as a person forgetting to pack it or that piece short circuiting to ruin everyone’s fun.
While an inflatable hot tub might offer reasonable thermal protection there is one other aspect common to most that will affect water temperature. The air used to power the bubble jets comes from outside. So if the ambient air temperature outside is 50 degrees F, then you are pumping in 50-degree air and passing it through the water. This will cool the hot tub water down relatively quickly. How quickly depends on the outside temperature but a rough guide would be 20 - 30 minutes of bubbles before the temperature drops to the point where it requires heating.
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.
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.