A growing trend in the UK, hot tubs are popping up in more back gardens than ever. They’re a great alternative to a pool if you don’t have the space, or if you simply want somewhere to sit and relax or exercise in any weather. The choice people face once they decide they want the luxury of a hot tub, however, is whether they want a permanent tub or an inflatable one.
Sturdy Rock-Solid Shell – We cannot look past the sturdy rock-solid shell, it definitely makes the product worth it. The sturdiness of the shell is what is really catching people’s eyes. Plus, along with this, there’s a 5-year warranty. The shell is nearly indestructible and has been designed to withstand any harsh climate condition. With this one right here, you don’t have to think twice about putting it outside.
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 plug and play inflatable spa has one of the easiest setups possible, demanding that you spend just a few minutes during the process. At the same time, it requires no plumbing whatsoever, mostly due to its ingenious thermal systems. Speaking of which, the tub has solid-state thermic controls which enable you to control the temperature of the water in great detail along with the tub’s many other features.
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 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.
Try to imagine how big that actually is. Get a tape measure out and use it to gauge the size. A better idea is to mark the inner diameter out on the ground. Use a rope or a garden hose to physically map out the size. When you have your circle on the ground, sit in it. Ideally get some others to do the same. You should be able to get a good idea of how many people you personally would feel comfortable with.
Cleaning the filter cartridges must happen weekly if you are using the tub on a daily basis. You can use hot water and dish soap to remove deposits and bleach to sanitize it properly. Rinse and wash it very well before placing it back. Some people will let it sit on a solution with bleach and water for a full clean up. Check every time whether the color of the cartridge is getting cloudy or not after the cleaning. When it it tainted beyond repair is time to replace for a new one. Manufacturers recommend the replacement every two weeks but once again, you are the final judge. Consider also the quality of the water to judge the replacement. When the filters must be replaced, the water also must be replaced.
There are a lot of differences between these two types of hot tubs that can cause confusion for those that are looking for a solid purchase. Since inflatable hot tubs have come a long way over the years, they are really starting to cover a lot of the features that portable hot tubs have already covered. This means that deciding between the two has become more difficult than ever since they have a lot of the same pros and cons. Neither one is necessarily better than the other, so it isn’t as easy as saying that portable hot tubs are better than inflatable hot tubs. Below is a short guide on how to differentiate between the two when deciding on a purchase so that you can narrow it down to what you really want.
So like we touched on already, the main safety feature is a cover. This cover provides more than just a source of keeping the heat in and the dirt out, but it is for safety. With an inflatable hot tub, most will come with an inflatable locking top. The top will be sturdy and will be strong enough to stand on when properly in place and locked, although we don’t recommend dancing on top of it.
It costs less than $400, but you do get a lot of value for your money according to many Intex spa hot tub reviews. The setup and the heating won’t take too much time, with the inflating procedure taking only about 5 minutes or so. The bubbles are terrific if you want to sit back and relax. It’s well made and the tub walls are tough enough to support the weight of the users. It can handle about 600 pounds of people, which today means a regular couple and two little kids. If you do have any warranty issues, the customer support is outstanding.
This is a big hot tub that measures 6 feet 4 inches across and 28 inches deep. It holds up to 265 gallons of water and is big enough to hold four to six adults at a time. The exterior is made of a bright green synthetic leather. It comes with a fitted top cover made of the same durable material and a foil lining that helps retain heat. Its vertical beam construction and vertical vinyl panels inside the tub offer plenty of support, so the tub shouldn’t lose its shape over time. A cushioned ground cover adds to the comfort of what is already a very relaxing tub. The ground cloth, of course, also protects the tub from debris on the ground underneath. The combination pump and heater come with digital controls and heat the tub up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. With a heating rate of 2 degrees per hour, the water will need to heat overnight to reach its maximum temperature. You’ll have to think ahead to start heating the water a day before you want to use it. The pump’s air blower performs two functions: providing air to the tub’s 120 bubble jets and inflating the tub during setup. An included pressure gauge helps you avoid overinflating, and an included tightening wrench is specially designed to tighten the valve setting to prevent leaking over time.
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.
The LED lightning system is interchangeable, so it can either switch randomly from color to color or you can set only one hue permanently. There are 7 different colors for the LED panel that is installed in the interior walls of the tub. The tub pool itself has translucid walls that allow the lights to illuminate the whole tub.The jets of Paris are bubbles only and they follow a pattern that is also implemented in the next models of the series: the jets here are quite small air streams, 120 total, blowing high-pressure air for a quite bubbly experience. While it doesn’t work like the massage jets, it still offers high pressure jets that can be soothing.
If you want to make full use of your hot tub experience, make sure to purchase hot tub accessories like glass holders, headrests, inflatable benches, extra filter cartridges, pool/tub sponges, and spa seats. These accessories are not included in a basic inflatable hot tub setup. Spare parts and accessories can also be purchased from After Sales suppliers or from your hot tub’s manufacturer.
Before you get into the tub, shower and remove any body lotions, deodorants, perfume, make up and of course, get into the tub with your body properly hygienized and clean. Most of the contaminants of the water are solutions that come from your skin, from natural oil to all these toiletries that must be removed.If the model you are not purchasing doesn’t include a cover, buy one to keep the tub properly closed and avoid the contamination with external debris and insects. Cover the tub everytime after use.
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.
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.
Bathing is that sacrosanct activity that has historically been known to be much more than just cleaning oneself. The hygiene part aside, most people have confirmed that bathing is that time of the day when the mind feels relaxed and you get a lot of thinking done. Solutions to important problems and strategies to enhance your activities are most likely to present themselves to you at such relaxed junctures. So when you engage in such an important activity, it is important to use the right methods. Here are a list of pros and cons of bathing in inflatable hot tubs.
The biggest issue with the Hawaii Air Jet is the same that besets all SaluSpa products – the obnoxious placement of the control panel. The massaging jets are great, but the last thing I want to do is half to get out of the spa to turn them on, and I inevitably forget to turn them on before I get in. This is a small complaint, of course, and doesn’t diminish the value or the durability of this hot tub.
As expected, they come with a wide variety of health benefits as well. The most important health benefit of all is definitely the fact that using this type of tub helps improve blood circulation. The hydro massage that it offers and the hot water in which you will soak is going to cause the body temperature to rise. In return, your blood vessels will dilate and blood circulation will go a lot smoother. The people who benefit the most from this advantage are those who suffer from arthritis, providing them with better movement and less pain in the joints.
The Lay Z Spa Hawaii Hydrojet is one of Bestway’s top-selling inflatable hot tubs, which is one of the more well-reputed names in the industry. For those who prioritize comfort and low maintenance, this hydrojet model is a solid option. Some of its best features include adjustable hydrojets, integrated filtration system for water and fast heating process, and its ability to accommodate 6 people comfortably. An installation maintenance guide is provided that really helps that the setup will get done quickly and without too much hassle.
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.
Maintenance: Inflatable hot tubs are easier to manage as they are of ease spot. The filtering cartridges can be cleaned weekly and are quite accessible to reach. The 2-filter systems will require replacing the cartridges every 3 weeks or more, considering a daily usage and depending for how long you stay on the tub, while 6-cartridge systems can endure almost 2 months.
For the last 40 years or so, the Intex family of companies has made spas, pools, airbeds, and other types of furniture and accessories. Their first inflatable item was a beach ball, and they made their first above-ground swimming pool in 1997. Intex spa tub products can be found in more than 100 countries all over the world. The Intex spa reviews are generally positive.
Our only concern was that we found no inflatable hot tubs with built-in seats. Now, there is a good reason for this, mainly because you don’t need them. It is very comfortable to sit in, but a little strange at first if you are used to having seats in your hot tubs or spa. The others reason being an inflating issue. If seats were part of the tub, they might be a weak spot and susceptible to stress tears. Also, less water is needed, which is more cost effective in maintenance costs.
So in conclusion, we decided that even though we had some reservations when we first started looking at inflatable spas, we are glad we now own one. They have come along way, and they have features that we were looking for like economy and ease of maintenance. We feel that the pros outweigh the cons and an inflatable hot tub fits just right with our lifestyle and needs.