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.
There is a safety function built in to this pump system which automatically goes into hibernation if no button is pressed in 72 hours. If you have the heater system setup on timer and you don’t actually use the hot tub and press a button for 3 days it will turn off meaning a long re-heat if you don’t notice. This is less of a problem if you use your hot tub daily, but if you are a weekend user this can be a pain if you forget to go out and press a button to let it know you’re still there.

This tub is made of six-layer laminated PVC material called Rhino-Tech. It has vertical interior vinyl panels to give it support and prevent sagging over time. It comes with a carrying case and only weighs 66 pounds, making it quite portable before you inflate it. The Alpine M-009LS’s combined pump and heater unit is built into the tub wall, unlike most inflatable hot tubs that have external heating systems. The digital control panel extends out from the side of the pool so it’s within easy reach. The heater raises the temperature up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, but it raises the temperature 2 to 3 degrees per hour, so you’ll have to start heating the day before use. As with other tubs, the integrated air blower doubles as an inflator and the power behind the 120 bubble jets. It comes with a pressure gauge to avoid over-inflation. It also comes with a protective ground mat that is just a little larger than the tub’s footprint, but it’s not cushioned as mats on other tubs are. This inflatable spa comes with two filter cartridges which attach to the inside of the tub. It also comes with a garden hose adapter for the drainage spout, making it easier to empty the tub. The Alpine M-009LS has a fitted top cover with a foil lining to retain heat. The cover is secured with locking straps, but instead of being integrated into the tub, as some tubs are designed, it latched to the ground mat.

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.


All inflatable spas include a locking top cover for safety reasons. Some, however, also use the cover to insulate the tub and speed up the heating process. Some models include inflatable covers that fit into the top of the tub like a stopper in a bottle, while others use insulating materials like foam or foil lining to keep the heat inside. Regardless of insulation style, you’ll want a cover that’s more than a fitted piece of fabric.
 The water must be treated with chlorine and clarifier. One increases the pH of the water and the other reduces it. It is the balance of alkalinity and acidity of the water. Sometimes the water is new and clean but it becomes cloudy because the pH is too high, so you have to balance it with the alkaline. Just like a pool, is very important to treat the water. Some customers look for tubs that have a chlorine filtering system. That is quite unlike. Hot tubs need the chlorine to be up and about circulating in the water, otherwise it becomes quickly a bacteria colony infested, not to mention the proliferation of algae. Hot tubs are not showers or common bathroom tubs, you will not replace the water after use so you really need the chlorine, for better or for worse.
The jets are the ones that provide the soothing and relaxing hydro massages. To experience a truly unforgettable massage, you have to look for a model that features a large number of jets. A great choice for you is a tub like the SaluSpa Hawaii HydroJet Pro that comes with no less than 120 air jets and 8 hydro jets. It will soothe any muscle or joint pain that you feel due to the impressive number of jets that it comes with, and it will relax you beyond belief when you receive the massage as well.
An inflatable hot tub is made of several layers of thick, strong and solid vinyl rubber. The rubber becomes inflexible when completely inflated; thus, providing genuine and reliable protection. The materials used in the manufacture of inflatable hot tubs are tough, sturdy and long-lasting. You can expect it to withstand rowdy water play, jabs, appalling weather, and the accumulation of debris.
I used my index lifespan for 4 months without any issues. The only time it stopped working was when I got an error message saying no water flow. I changed the filters out and never had a problem again. It did loose some air one night when the temp got to 37 days one night. I put some air in it the next day and it never lost air again. I love this spa! Its worth every penny. Now let’s see how the 2nd season goes. I’m setting it up May 1at. I will let you know how it does.
To empty is pretty easy, you fasten your stopper caps to the valves on the inside of the spa, this will stop the water from escaping. Now remove the pump by loosening the connectors and attach a cap to outlet A. (These caps come with hot tub) Fix the hose adapter to your garden hose and attach both to connector B, make sure that the other end of your hose is at the drain then remove the lower cap from the inside of the spa. Once it’s empty make sure you dry it properly before you pack it away.
The Intex PureSpa Portable Bubble is a more expensive option than the Coleman hot tub and not as highly rated by our testers. It does feature an insulated lid and lock. This ensures added safety and the heat loss is also reduced. A family of four can fit in the tub comfortably. The hot tub comes with various accessories including heating system, 2 filter cartridges, a three-way test strip, inflation hose, a thermal cloth for the ground and a carry bag. The Intex hot tub also has a capacity of 210 gallons of water.
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.

Although it is advertised as seating 4-6 people, the SaluSpa is scarcely any larger than the Goplus. Its standard capacity is 254 gallons, and I don’t see any way six adults could sit in the hot tub together and possibly enjoy themselves, although I suppose it might fit six if three of them were children. In addition, the control panel is situated outside the hot tub atop the pump, making it inconvenient to access while you’re soaking./
I bought the deluxe bubble / jet version and it's impressive. But the first week I had it I noticed the spa was losing air slowly and I had to top it off with air every day. I called intex support and they shipped me a replacement tub. It arrived in less than one week. The new one works great so far. I had a great support experience from Intex. Maybe they've made some improvements.
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
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.

Although you will have a water maintenance program going on you will still need to change your water on a regular basis and to do this you need to be able to empty the hot tub easily. When this hot tub is filled to the line with water it holds 177 gallons, so you won’t be able to move it when it’s full. You need to make sure your hose can reach a drain from where you are placing your hot tub.
One person can set up an inflatable hot tub, whereas as a construction crew of plumbers, electricians and possibly even a crane operator is needed for a hard hot tub. Also, a hard acrylic hot tub will weigh between 400-900 lbs. (181-408 kg.) so moving it around is not an option. On the other hand, an inflatable hot tub can be drained and rolled to another location.

Stress accumulates fast these days, all of us being affected by it. Instead of letting yourself get overwhelmed by the stress of your private life and work-related issues, relieve it in a fun and soothing way by soaking in it. The reason why it has impressive stress-relieving capabilities is that it helps stimulate the release of endorphins that give an overall sense of happiness and well-being, lifting your spirit and making all the worries go away.
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.

Usually costing around $4,000 to $9,000 depending on type and size and location to be installed. But going the inflatable spa way will run you around $500, with no setup costs. And if you will only be using it part of the year, you simply deflate it and store it away. There are no costs of maintaining it to keep it from looking like something that the creature from the black lagoon would like to hide out in. Oh, and did we mention, to heat it up and keep it heated will run around $8-$12 a month depending on your electricity prices per kWh.
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