Just like regular hot tubs, inflatable models require some maintenance work to be done for them to be safe to use. The good news is that it does not take long to perform any of the maintenance tasks typical for inflatable hot tubs, and these tasks do not require you to put a lot of effort into them either. There is a total of 4 chores that you cannot skip on, chores that we will explain here.
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 >>
Maximum Heat Capability It shows what is the maximum temperature that the water can reach. When choosing the products, we made sure that they all feature a maximum heat capacity of around 104°F. This is the ideal temperature for the water to reach, being high enough for the experience of soaking in it to be as pleasant as possible without there being any repercussions. SaluSpa Hawaii HydroJet Pro, Intex 28443E PureSpa Jet & Bubble Deluxe, , Coleman SaluSpa
Be sure you have an adequate area to install the inflatable hot tub you are looking for before you hit the Buy button. Each model has its own guidelines when it comes to external and internal implementation, so if you are looking for a hot tub to enjoy the cold seasons on your own private thermal water be sure the model is resistant to thermal stress as some models really can’t endure temperature way too cold, like to freezing and snowy degrees. As we said before, the area on the ground where you will install the tub must be preferentially thermal insulating. Cold stone floors are not recommended, wood, lawn or even sand and preferential. For cold scenarios, the installation of the set is better over windbreakers like a fence or a wall.
Traditional spas are large and fitted in a single location. This takes up a lot of valuable space on your property, and is a permanent fixture wherever it is installed. In contrast, an inflatable hot tub can be blown up and utilized in different locations at different times. When not in use, it is easily deflated and placed into storage out of sight and out of the way. They are perfect for small terraces and gardens, and can even be used indoors during the cold months of winter. Inflatable hot tubs are also easily portable, so you can take your luxurious spa with you to enjoy anywhere.
The maintenance of inflatable hot tubs should be a breeze, right? Keep the filters in good condition by removing and rinsing them every few days or so, depending on how much it has been used. Another downside is the location filters. Some models place the filters inside the heater or pump for easy access, while others put it along the bottom inner portion of the tub. This makes cleaning and changing it a more demanding task.
The soft but non flimsiness of inflatable hot tubs may be a hit or miss depending on the consumer. But a lot of people who have sat in $6000+ hot tubs have actually preferred the softer feel of inflatable tubs to the concrete, plastic and other mashups of portable hot tubs. Inflatable hot tubs are soft but firm, and really provide a relaxing feel compared to portable hot tubs. This is of course based on individual tastes, so take that with a grain of salt. Inflatable hot tubs also inflate and deflate pretty quickly, so that is less time waiting around for it to reach max capacity so you can start filling it with water. But portable hot tubs don’t have this waiting period at all, and if you’re the type that is in a rush that extra time it takes to inflate can really make a difference.
An inflatable hot tub actually has superior insulation because air surrounds the water and most come with an inflatable thermal cover. We found most hard hot tubs do not come with a cover and will require an additional purchase in most cases. From experience, we know how those ‘additional purchases’ turn into putting off the purchase and never getting one.
The heater once turned on, heats up the water at a rate of 2 degrees per hour. You can set the temperature beforehand, leave it overnight or during the day while you’re at work, then come home and soak in your desired water temperature. As with other models, this Intex portable spa comes with an insulated cover to keep the water clean while not in use. The cover also helps to keep the heat in until the time you decide to soak.
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.
Easy to install, but a few quirks. An inflatable hot tub is the easiest kind to set up and install. When deflated, you can carry it anywhere, then simply inflate it, fill it up and plug it in. However, the water may take a while to come up to temperature (days, in fact, some reviewers say) and may lose heat rapidly during use. That's because inflatable tubs generally use air jets in place of hot-water jets, and the airflow cools the water. Some users also complain that the air blowers are noisy. Unlike other hot tubs, however, this type is truly portable. You can even take it with you on vacation, but the hassle of emptying and refilling the spa may be a consideration.
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.
The Design – The design of this product is something else that is worth mentioning – it has one of the coolest spa designs currently on the market. With a dimension of 70 x 66 x 29 inches, there is more than enough seating. Due to the deeper seating, the spa is more comfortable. The spa also comes with a high-quality cover and the air mixing valves make for a soothing massage.
The spa utilizes two different filter cartridges that are easy to replace, keeping maintenance light and simple, and the body is made out of a puncture-resistant three-ply material that is durable and supportive. The spa is a little more expensive than some other options, but its larger size and relaxing bubble massage makes it well worth the price.
Blow-up hot tubs do not usually come with built- in seating. So, when you say portable hot tubs, it does not automatically scream comfortability. Bucket seats aren’t always available, unlike a regular one. Sometimes, the closest you’ll get is a cushioned seat at the bottom of the tub. That's why you might want to check out our guide on blow up hot tubs that have seats.
Because it takes a long time to heat, it’s expected to consume more energy. However, that’s only one of the reasons why inflatable hot tubs might not be an energy- saver. It also depends on how often, and when you’re using it and whether you use a small one or one for 6 persons. When used outside, inflatable hot tubs are prone to loose heat faster compared to inside use. Weather conditions surrounding it is also a factor.
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.