Intex doesn’t really offer the massage jet and the saltwater system for this model. This one’s main selling point is its size, as supposedly it can fit 6 people. As noted in several Intex inflatable hot tub reviews, that means it can fit 4 adults comfortably. However, you may want to back up the heater with a tankless water heater especially when you use it outdoors.
Beach Umbrella: If you are setting your hot tub in the open during the summer, a beach umbrella, or sunbrella, can be really a cool add to the set as you will not have to worry about a harsher sun during the midday and, specially, because is not recommended to get into the tub using sunblock. Many beach umbrellas can be set besides the tub and enhance your comfort and ensure your protection against the noxious UVA rays.
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.
Some manufacturers recommend the cleaning of the tubes system with an anti-clog solution. That requires you to fill in a little bit the tub with clean new water, pour the solution and turn on the jet system to make the water circulate in the whole system and let it take action for the recommended amount of time. This anti-clog cleanig must be performed with the new cartridges already set. Dump the water after the anti-clog cleaning and fill in with another portion of clean water, turn on the jets again to wash any remains of the solution.
One thing to note about the Bestway Miami is that, unlike other inflatable hot tubs in this list, the Miami has bubble jets around only three quarters of the inside cirumference. This means there is a section inside the hot tub where there are no direct bubbles. You still get water swirling around you. Just no direct contact with the bubble jets. On the upside, some customers say this is a good thing. Having a section with no direct bubbles caters for those that don't like bubbles, or can give you a break from them without getting out.
Considering all the hard work that goes into putting up a regular hot tub, an inflatable one is easy to own and maintain. You inflate it and add water, and you have a great soak spot. You don’t even need more than one person for the job; you can set up your hot tub on your own in the comfort of your home without a struggle. On the other hand, there is no avoiding the use of hot tub experts when you want to install a regular hot tub unless you are an expert yourself.
Be sure to store it somewhere dry, out of direct sunlight, and away from pests. Some portable spas come with a carrying bag or case. These are great for helping you get your hot tub from Point A to Point B, but they’re not the best protection for long-term storage. If you intend to put your spa away for a while, it’s best to place it in a sealed container to maintain the integrity of the vinyl while it’s in storage.
On the other hand, inflatable tubs are easier to set up and handle than regular hot tubs. For starters, they are portable, and you can put them up anywhere you like. You can have it on your balcony, in your sitting room in front of the TV, and even go out and have it somewhere outside. The name inflatable suggests you can carry it to a location of your choice, blow it up and voilà you have a hot tub anywhere you like. It gives you freedom of setup which you don’t get from a regular hot tub as you cannot move the later from one place to another.
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.
It can fit a maximum of 6 people at once, which is more than enough room for small gatherings between friends. It can heat up to a maximum of 104 degrees Fahrenheit, and there is an automatic start and stop timer which ensures the spa session won’t exceed the duration you desire and select. Its 242-gallon capacity shows just how spacious this tub is, while the 77-inch by 28-inch size makes it easy for you to find a place for it in the backyard or garden.
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.