The best inflatable hot tubs are affordable, easy to maintain and convenient to use. An inflatable hot tub is a brilliant investment if you want to soak your worries away, but don’t want to commit to a permanent fixture. These tubs can be used throughout the year, indoors or outside, and they’re portable too, so you can even take them on vacation.
There’s a lot more to inflatable hot tubs than bubbles — more and more features are being introduced which make some models much more interesting. Some have additional bubble jets, while others have cup holders, head rests and even LED lights. Which should you choose though? We’ve pulled together a list of the best inflatable hot tubs you can buy. Here are the winners.
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What are the best inflatable hot tubs?
After extensive research, we've found the best inflatable hot tub to be the Coleman SaluSpa. With 114 bubble jets to produce extensive bubbles and a cushioned floor, this is a very comfortable tub to take a soak in. A useful Power Saving Timer means you can heat the water in advance and the multi-function pump inflates the tub as well as regulating the filtration system. The PVC construction makes it durable as well.
If you're looking for something a bit bigger, then the Intex 75 PureSpa is worth your consideration. It's available in a range of sizes and features up to 170 bubble jets. The contoured headrests make this a luxurious tub to relax in and the multi-colored LED lights are sure to dazzle at night.
Inflatable hot tubs regularly go out of stock, due to popular demand. So if there's one you've got your eye on, check back frequently. Some can also go on sale towards the end of summer, which is worth bearing in mind.
The best inflatable hot tubs you can buy today
After a long day of jogging, hiking, or rearranging furniture in your attic, there’s nothing quite like sinking into your own personal jacuzzi. Brought to you by a brand most may associate with camping equipment, the green-and-white Coleman SaluSpa is a great option for end-of-the-day, on-the-patio relaxation.
Setup is super simple: no tools required. Thanks to durable PVC materials and secure I-beam construction, this hot tub is built to last, and it won’t lose its shape over time. The water heats up all the way to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, and 114 bubble jets are there to soothe your aching muscles. The multi-function pump doesn’t just heat the water, either; it also inflates the SaluSpa, and regulates the water filtration system. Thanks to the Power Saving Timer, you can even control the temperature up to 72 hours in advance, so that blissful soak will be ready when you are.
If you have the space, this might be the best inflatable hot tub you can find at this price. (And it shows. Intex offers a variety of other hot tub options, but as of this writing, most online retailers were sold out across the board.) Capable of holding up to four people, this popular model features two contoured headrests and up to 170 high-powered bubble jets, which should melt away any stressors of the day.
The built-in Fiber-Tech construction is built to last, and the puncture-resistant exterior is made of three-ply laminated material. Setup/breakdown is a breeze, and the insulated cover is there to minimize heat loss in between steam sessions. There’s even a neat multi-colored LED light for added ambiance.
If you can find one in stock somewhere, this is one of the best inflatable hot tubs on the market today.
Intex's Greywood Deluxe Hot Tub comes in two sizes: The larger of the two can fit up to six people, has a 290-gallon capacity, and 170 water jets. The smaller, 4-person model has a 210-gallon capacity, and 140 jets.
What makes both models a lot of fun, though, is the color-changing LED light, which provides a certain style when hot tubbing at night. Both models also come with two foam headrests, and the exterior has a gray wood-style look (hence the name). They also have a wireless control panel, which lets you adjust the temperature, bubbles, and set a timer for when it should turn on and off. If you want a light show in your hot tub, this is the model for you.
It's not easy to travel to Scandinavia these days, but you can get a piece of the Nordic life with the Bestway Helsinki inflatable hot tub, whose exterior is designed to look like a rustic barrel-type hot tub. It also comes with ChemConnect chemical dispenser to keep your spa clean, 2 type VI filter cartridges, spa pump, hand inflating pump, repair kit, and an aluminum-lined cover to keep things warm.
The attached water pump is also used to inflate the Helsinki, which can accommodate up to seven people. Atop the pump are controls for temperature and water jets, as well as a timer which can be used to set the water temperature up to 72 hours in advance. However, with prices close to $1,000, the Helsinki costs as much as a flight to Finland.
Sometimes it's hip to be square. Coleman's Hawaii SaluSpa inflatable hot tub takes a different shape than other, circular hot tubs, but still has all the amenities you want: 114 bubble jets, a cushioned floor, and room for up to four people. It's available in blue and gray.
Digital controls on the top of the pump are easy to navigate, and let you adjust the temperature, bubbles, and set timers. The filter cartridges are a cinch to replace, and the whole package is compact enough to store in the garage. The kit comes with the pool, one pool liner, a pool cover, a pump a chemical floater, two filter cartridges, an air pad protector, a repair patch, and an AirJet system.
The Bestway Miami is nearly identical to the Coleman SaluSpa, but that’s not a bad thing. Holding up to 177 gallons of water (and four fully grown humans), the Miami model is one of the best inflatable hot tubs you can get today. It has 120 bubble jets, plenty for a tub this size, allowing for just the right amount of water pressure. However, there is only one massage setting, and the jets shut off automatically after a half hour of continued use.
Like other SaluSpa models, the water heats up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, and the temperature can be adjusted via the LED control panel. Reviewers consistently praise this glorified kiddy pool for its quality construction and overall durability; the puncture-resistant material and I-beam construction lets your friends, family, or lovers lean against the side comfortably.
The Coleman Saluspa Havana Hot Tub stands out for its remote control which allows you to remotely adjust the temperature and massage system. It can seat 2-4 people, so would suit a small family and features a power saving timer, allowing you to heat the water up to 72 hours in advance.
While it comes at a fairly premium price tag, this inflatable hot tub boasts a lot of features. The multi-function pump will inflate the tub as well as maintain the filtration system and there is a main control panel in case you lose the remote! True, there's not as many bubble jets as some of the other tubs have to offer, so this model would be ideal for those who don't want such an intense experience.
How to choose the best inflatable hot tub for you
First of all, consider what size of hot tub you need. You need to have enough space on your patio or decking to accommodate it. If you find you’re tight for space, you might have to opt for a smaller size. If you want the tub only for occasional use and for relaxing rather than socializing, then a smaller capacity will be best (2-4 person). However, if you want an inflatable hot tub to fit the whole family or for entertaining guests, then you will need a larger capacity (4-6 person). Make sure the size will suit your home and accommodate your needs above all.
Next, consider what it’s made of, especially if you plan to use the inflatable hot tub outside. As these tubs are designed to be portable, they should also be durable. The best inflatable hot tubs will be puncture-resistant and should handle tough surfaces with ease. Some are made up of PVC or layered vinyl, while others can come with reinforced walls. If you spot names like Tri-Tech, DuraTech, or Rhino-Tech in the product description, then that’s a good sign.
If you’re shopping for a premium model, some useful features to look out for include adjustable bubble jet settings, which lets you control the intensity of the bubbles, cupholders, headrests and carry handles, which help with moving it around. LED lights can be quite impressive to see as well, giving your inflatable hot tub more of a party atmosphere.
Do I need a fence around my hot tub?
The rules vary depending on which state you live in, but at the very least you will need a lockable barrier in place which meets the ASTM F 1346 requirements. To find out your specific regulations, you will need to contact your local government and, if relevant, your Homeowners Association.
It’s common for a fence to be required which should be a minimum of 4ft tall and not scalable. Under more strict regulations, some municipalities will demand a solid wall surrounding the tub. It shouldn’t have additional access points, such as windows, and again shouldn’t be climbable. At the very least, a lockable cover will be required. It should be able to take the weight of a person without collapsing.
These barriers can add to the cost of introducing a hot tub to your backyard. But, for safety reasons, they are essential and must be taken into consideration before you purchase.
How to reduce the cost of running an inflatable hot tub
- Position your tub in a protected area away from the elements. Ideally in a corner or against a wall. If it’s in a covered area, that’s great too. In doing this, it will need less energy to heat. You can even bring your tub indoors if you really want to save on the heating bill.
- Invest in an inflatable hot tub which comes with an insulation lid or purchase one separately. This will keep the heat locked in and acts as an extra safety measure.
- While you’re buying a lid, invest in a protector too. This sits underneath the hot tub and helps insulate it as well as protects it from damage.
- Buy a smaller tub. The more water it holds, the more energy it will take to heat it, so only buy for the capacity you need.
- Use your inflatable hot tub in the summer rather than the winter. When it’s colder outside, the hob tub will naturally use more energy to heat itself, so using it more often in the summer will reduce expenditure vs the winter.
- Clean your inflatable hot tub regularly. This will make it last longer and will reduce the need to buy chemicals to clean it. Not sure how? Here’s how to clean and maintain an inflatable hot tub.
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