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!
There is more to hot tubs than just a relaxing experience. The hotter temperatures combined with a gentle water flow can actually do your body some good, especially when it comes to tight and aching muscles. Inflatable tubs with massage jets offer the best of both worlds between inflatable and hard-side tubs: convenience and relaxation all rolled up into one.
When setup, this heated inflatable spa really looks like an proper hot tub. Its deep blue colour is splendid for what it is and what its used for. The pump is the same shade, and adds to the functional pool effect. White is just not practical for outside use, and many dark colours look gloomy or scruffy. This integrated pool and pump look classy wherever you put them.
Seats: Bear in mind that inflatable hot tubs, as well as most hot tubs in general, are not deep enough to require sitting spots. All inflatable models come with a air cushioned floor that is quite enough to make you comfortable and still insulate the tub. Optionally though, you can purchase seats, while they are not essential to use the tub, specially because it will lift you up and make the immersion less effective. For people who are short, as well as kids, though, the seats can enhance the comfort.
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.
Let’s say you order one right now. You wait a few days, and the portable hot tub is delivered to your doorstep. You won’t have to wait all that long to enjoy it—you can get it up and running in just a short while. It really is that easy to set up. That’s not exactly what happens when you put in an in-ground spa. You’re going to have to get it professionally installed, and then you will have to wait a few days to install a hot tub in-ground.
Since it makes use outside air, the temperature may affect that of the water. The colder it is outside, the more noticeable the decrease in the water’s temperature. In worse cases, it is not a sudden drop but more of a gradual process as the bubble jets continue to run. We have yet to see an inflatable spa with heated bubble jets. Once that becomes available, you’ll definitely find it here first.
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.
The cost of running an inflatable hot tub depends on a few major factors: electricity, water, filters, cleaning and chemicals. To a lesser degree, other factors will contribute to hot tub maintenance costs, like its size, where you set it up, how often you use it and how strict you are about cleaning it. Electricity costs vary by state, so running a hot tub may be less expensive in Louisiana residents than in Alaska or Hawaii.
Least expensive type. Inflatable hot tubs are less costly than other types. Some go for as little as $350, though the largest and most elaborate versions can cost nearly as much as some budget above-ground models, such as the Lifesmart Bermuda. Installation is also not much of a consideration, since an inflatable spa can be set up on almost any level surface. User reviews indicate that inflatable models tend to lose heat during use, which can limit their energy efficiency.
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:
Saving electricity and gas is something we all aim for. Not only does it keep our wallets thick, it also helps the environment stay healthy and clean. Softub spas require little energy. Softub plugs into a regular household outlet and once heated, only costs $14.00 or less per month to keep warm and ready for use. Compare that to a stationary spa, where the average electric bill can cost up to $70.00 per month!
When you buy an inflatable hot tub the usual option is for bubble jet massage only. This SaluSpa Hawaii HydroJet offers that too and it also offers 8 adjustable water jets so that you can have the water jet directed at a certain part of your body for a more direct water massage. If you work in a physical job or spend the day bent over a computer and you come home needing help to get the knots out of your muscles, relaxing in the Hawaii can ease your muscle aches and the jets can get to specific places.The water jets are easily selected from the control panel while you are in the tub. The water jets aren’t as noisy as the bubble jets and they don’t cause as much heat loss from the water as you get from using the bubbles.
If you do like to move it around regularly, which is the strongest advantage for inflatable hot tubs, you have to deal with draining, deflating, moving, inflating, and refilling your tub every time you want to move it. The deflating and inflating isn’t as big of a deal if you have an air compressor to hook up to it, or if your hot tub came with its own, but it still takes a while (and a good deal of water) to refill that hot tub every time, and longer yet to get the water hot.
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