Few things conjure up more relaxing images than relaxing in a hot tub. Plus, the list of health benefits you get from using a hot tub is long: From alleviating aches and pains to reducing stress and helping you sleep, there are more reasons to have one than not. But cost, space and maintenance are just some of the factors that have traditionally prevented people from owning a hot tub. Now, however, inflatable hot tubs are widely available, making it easier for anyone to enjoy the benefits of a soothing outdoor soak.
Our Top 3 Best Inflatable Hot Tubs
A carry bag makes the spa easy to store or transport to another location.View Deal
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Inflatable hot tubs have a number of advantages over the traditional fixed tubs that go beyond just a major cost savings. Because they inflate to shape they are entirely portable. As long as the location has access to a water source and grounded outlet, you can set up and operate the tub. This means that you can pack them up for the winter or move them to a covered patio or deck if you prefer. Besides being sturdy, these types of hot tubs are also easy to operate because all of the controls are pretty much self-contained.
A few things to remember with inflatable tubs: Small electric heaters mean that it takes some time for the water to heat to the proper temperature. In most cases, it’ll take 24 hours for the water in the tub to heat up. And, depending on how much you use the tub as well as its size, inflatables can be somewhat costly to heat. Moreover, most inflatable bubble jet tubs cannot run the heater and the bubbles at the same time. Lastly, unlike permanent fiberglass hot tubs, inflatable tubs do not have seats.
So you want to buy an inflatable hot tub? Here are the best inflatable hot tubs.
If size matters, the Intex 85-inch PureSpa Portable Bubble Massage Spa Set is the inflatable tub you want. With a seating capacity of 6 adults, it’s the largest inflatable hot tub you can buy. Online reviews say that with four adults, the six-person spa is most roomy and comfortable, especially with the padding that is built into the bottom.
Made using innovative Fiber-Tech Construction, the PureSpa is very durable because the material is made of thousands of high-strength polyester fibers. This puncture-resistant 3-ply laminated material gives it better stability and support than the more common vinyl inner-beam construction. In fact, the sides are so strong that it’s possible to sit on them without the side bending down. Speaking of the sides, the 28-inch height also makes it easy to get in and out of the spa.
Inside, the pureSpa has 140 high-powered bubble jets. Online reviews say the gentle massage is relaxing and pleasant, however it is not the forceful deep-tissue massage a fixed tub can offer. Reviewers note that if the filters are removed while the tub is in use as the instructions suggest, the air bubble flow is more vigorous. All the jets are activated through the control panel activates, and the heating system adjusts to fit your personal temperature preference, anywhere from 68 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The PureSpa — which also comes in a four-person size, also features a built-in hard water treatment system that not only makes the water softer, but helps prevent mineral build-up.
Like any spa, inflatable or not, the PureSpa requires some simple maintenance to keep the water clean and sanitary. Two filter cartridges help keep the spa’s water refreshing and sanitizer also helps maintain the water’s cleanliness. The spa comes with an insulated cover to minimize heat loss and a lock for added safety.
Pros: This tub is the largest you can buy and is easy to maintain. It comes with everything you need to get started including the first two filters, a thermal ground cloth, inflation hose, floating chlorine dispenser, and 3-way test strips. Owners love the bargain price, copious bubbles and ease of set up.
Cons: The tub is not recommended for use in freezing temperatures and numerous reviewers mention the higher electric bill associated with the use of any inflatable tub. The heater and the bubbles cannot be run at the same time.
A carry bag makes the spa easy to store or transport to another location.View Deal
This durable and super-portable inflatable tub is designed for up to four people and at 71″ x 26, is supremely relaxing and roomy for a couple. SaluSpa Miami is not the biggest size of inflatable spa available, however, that means it’s easy to fold up and toss into the car or camper for an outing. This is especially true in that no tools are required for its easy setup with the included spa pump for inflating it.
While many inflatable hot tubs require at least 24 hours to heat up, the SaluSpa Miami features a Rapid Heating System that warms up the water quickly and safely, two to three degrees per hour. A digital control panel lets you set the temperature as desired, up to 104 degrees F, without having to get out of the tub.
Made from, TriTech, a 3-ply reinforced material that consists of a polyester mesh core encased in two layers of laminated PVC, the SaluSpa is very strong and durable. The puncture-resistant, I-Beam construction lets users to sit on the sides without bending or buckling. The outer walls also coated with fabric.
Pros: This particular spa has lots of useful features such as a cushioned floor, foil coating in the pool cover for better heat and a power-saving system with automatic start/stop timer-controlled heating.
Cons: Those who don’t use the spa frequently don’t like the hibernation mode that shuts off the tub if no buttons have been pushed for 72 hours. Since it takes a long time to heat up, it can be a real bummer if you forget to keep it active.
Another large model from Intex is this six-person inflatable Pure Spa Inflatable Portable Heated Bubble Hot Tub that has a few extra bells and whistles you might not get with other models. This spa has 170 bubble jets around the walls of the tub that create a very refreshing massage. The roominess is great for a family or if you happen to entertain visitors.
The set-up and inflation of the Intex Pure Spa is simple and within 20 minutes, it’s ready to fill with water, which purchasers love. In addition to the pushbutton control for the jets and the heater, there’s a multi-colored LED light system to enhance the spa experience. It also boasts an internal Fiber-Tech construction that is made of horizontal panels of high-strength fibers adding to the sturdiness. Reviewers appreciate how comfortable the tub is and how relaxing the experience of the Pure Spa is, especially with the two cushioned headrests that come with it. Another benefit is the built-in hard water treatment system that helps prevent calcium build-up in the motor, blower, and filter system. This type of water system is better for your skin too.
Maintenance is easy with the Pure Spa and consists of changing the two filter cartridges and keeping up the chemicals in the floater. An insulated cover helps maintain the temperature and, along with the locking clips, is an essential safety feature
Pros: Buyers love the ease of set-up and simple operation. Features like the good bubble jets and added elements like the headrests and lights make this a very popular portable inflatable hot tub.
Cons: This tub cannot be left outdoors in temperatures under 39 degrees, which can limit its use on some regions of the country. Also, when filled with water and people this tub can weigh as much as a small car, so outdoor decks and sunroom floors may need to be reinforced before the tub is set up.
Durable and super easy to set up, the Coleman SaluSpa accommodates up to four people, and, as with most tubs this size, it is even more comfortable for two. This square model is about 70 inches square on the exterior and inflates very quickly. Amazon reviewers say that the volume of bubbles and the level of pressure are surprisingly good for such an affordable model. With its 114 air jets in this hot tub; every single one of them works collectively to provide you with a soothing massage and warm water.
The SaluSpa includes a rapid heating system that quickly warms the to a wonderfully soothing 104 degrees. The digital control panel lets you control the temperature while sitting in the spa.
Durability is a key feature of this tub, which has walls made from TriTech material reinforced with have sturdy I Beam construction. This type of wall lets people sit on the edge without bending it. The wall also has two handles built into the exterior to make it easy to carry. The tub also comes with a range of accessories such as a package of filter cartridges, an insulated cover and a chemical floater.
Pros: Internet reviewers praise the ease of set up, the insulation and the safety locks. It’s also one of the most highly rated inflatable tubs.
Cons: Some users say that the bubbling cools the water down rather quickly and that the gray color is less than exciting.
With a square shape that accommodates four to six people, the Bestway 54155E Hawaii Air Jet Inflatable Outdoor Spa is an affordable luxury you can enjoy in your own home. Soaking away the day in the easy-to-control spa is relaxing, thanks to its massage system with 114 air jets that combine heat and air bubbles.
Reviewers on Amazon love this inflatable hot tub for its speedy heating system that brings the water to an ideal 104 degrees. The Bestway spa has a touch-sensitive control pad that allows users to adjust the temperature and control the jets — it even has a power-saving timer system. Sturdy construction features internal I-beam design for the stability and support of the spa walls, which are made of a durable tri-tech material. The bottom of the tub is also cushioned for extra comfort.
Beyond the speedy set-up with the pump, the spa includes a number of features including an inflatable cover with safety lock clips that helps preserve the warmth of the water. There’s also a chemical floater to help keep the water clean and crystal clear. Buyers say the maintenance is simple, with just filter changes and keeping up the chemical floater.
Pros: The major difference between this inflatable spa and many others is the capacity to run the heat and the air jets at the same time.
Cons: Some reviewers experienced issues with the heater and frustrations with customer service.
Another easy route to pampering and relaxation is with the Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub. This is a larger spa that accommodates four to six people in its 77-inch diameter size. The bubble jets and heated water create a soothing spa experience and a digital control panel allows for easy adjustments. The controls include an automatic timer that controls the heater, which many reviewers on Amazon love. For extra comfort, this Coleman SaluSpa also includes a separate cushioned air pad floor that sits underneath the spa.
Like most other inflatable hot tubs, set-up is simple using the pump that is included and requires no additional tools. The tub is made from a very durable, puncture-resistant TriTech material this is actually a polyester mesh that is encased in two layers of PVC. Inside the inflated walls, the I-Beam construction provides strength, allowing you to sit on the edge without buckling or bending the side.
Pros: Amazon reviewers say this tub is comfortable, durable and a great value for the money.
Cons: Bubbles cool down the water quickly and heating costs can run as much as $100+ per month if used daily.
The ease and convenience of an inflatable hot tub and the look of a rustic, traditional tub — that’s what you get with the Bestway 54190E SaluSpa AirJet Helsinki 6-person model. The vibe is more of a secluded tub than other hot tubs because of the wood panel print on the outside, which reviewers really like. Inside, it features 83 air jets at the bottom of the spa that bubble up the heated water for a fun and relaxing spa experience. The manufacturer says that the 70.9-inch diameter tub’s stability comes from the drop stitch material that has thousands of interwoven fine threads.
The Helsinki has a digital control panel that is used to inflate the tub and heat the water as well as filter it. While many inflatable tubs are not designed to be used in cold temperatures, this one can be used in the winter as long as it is kept running. It has a freeze shield that automatically prevents the water from freezing and ramps up the water flow when it’s cold outside to keep mechanisms from being damaged.
Other benefits are the pool cover that includes an aluminum layer to help retain heat, locking clips for safety, a drain valve for faster emptying and built-in easy lift handles. A chemical dispenser, filter cartridge and repair kit are also included.
Pros: The rustic look and the fact it can be used outdoors in the winter make this tub very popular among reviewers.
Cons: Some buyers have noted that the electricity cost of running the tub, especially in cold climates, can be higher than expected.
Of course, for those who want a spa with a more modern look, this Modern-Depo M-spa 6-Person Tekapo Inflatable Hot Tub delivers that and more. The generously sized 73-inch square tub has 132 jets that will heat and bubble the stress away. More modern in appearance than most others with its geometric stitching and bias air chamber design, the Rhino Tech six-layer PVC material is a charcoal gray that is fitting for the style.
This particular inflatable hot tub can run the heater and the jets simultaneously, a feature that is popular with buyers. Instead of a stand-alone pump and heater, the Tekapo has a built-in heater that uses whisper quiet technology. It also features a filtration function that runs for four hours to maintain the water quality. The cover and ground mat that buckle together also contribute to better heat retention when the tub is not being used. This is especially helpful as the spa can be left out all year round even in the winter, as long as it is kept running to prevent the pipes and mechanisms from freezing.
Pros: The modern styling, built-in heater and ability to run it throughout the winter are big plusses for many buyers.
Cons: Some reviewers have had difficulties managing the inflatable cover.
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Overall, reviewers find inflatable hot tubs to be an affordable option compared to more expensive, permanent outdoor spas. Buyers love the relaxing luxury of these portable hot tubs, as well as the ease of maintaining and running them. Based on the comments across the spectrum of tubs available, buyers should consider their monthly heating costs as well as the purchase price of these portable tubs: In colder climates the monthly electrical costs are not trivial.