Last Updated on October 9, 2020 by Terry Ohara
Having a hot tub in the comfort of your home is a dream come true, and nothing can replace the comfort levels of that. However, they can get a bit expensive and out of our price range, but they are worth it since inflatable hot tubs deliver the same amount of comfort for the fraction of the price and without the difficult setup process.
I can’t think of a person I know who doesn’t enjoy hot water, invigorating hydrotherapy and much more. These particular types of tubs are uniquely designed which deliver remarkable comfort and relaxation for more than 4 people, unlike soaking bathtubs. Moreover, we’ve tried to list the top 5 best inflatable hot tubs on the market for this year. We did this list based on durability, versatility, features, comfortability, price, and on countless user reviews. We’ll try to explain briefly every detail, while if you find their prices to be expensive, you can check out our article on the Best Bathtubs, for standard tubs with similar features but for a cheaper price.
What’s the best part of these tubs is that they can be easily deflated and put away when you’re not around or using it, while on the other hand, it can be inflated within 15 to 20 minutes with the included electric pump. Compared to regular tubs, inflated hot tubs are more versatile because they are not permanent, while you can also carry them along with you on your vacations or to a friends house.
Specifically, inflatable hot tubs are made from PVC or Vinyl material which is known to be quite flexible, while they also deliver great comfort for the user. There is also a heating element and pump included which are provided as separate modules in the package, as for the temperature, you can set it through the control panel.
For inflatable hot tubs, there are plenty of different products available, while manufacturers use fancy names to attract customers, such as Jacuzzi or Spa. Based on these different terms, there are three main inflatable hot tub types:
- Basic Inflatable Hot Tub
- Inflatable hot tub with Air-Jets
- Inflatable hot tub with Water-Jets
These hot tubs also don’t have the same features as the standard tubs, so let’s mention some of these features so that you know what you’re paying for. There is the hard water system which is important because it ensures the longevity of the inflatable hot tub, the saltwater system, the LED Mood Lights, the Solar Cover, the Jets. These are common features that almost any inflatable hot tub has.
The Top 5 Best Inflatable Hot Tubs
5. GoPlus Portable Inflatable Hot Tub
GoPlus Portable allows you to feel the adventure of being in a luxury inflatable hot tub. This is one of the most affordable yet powerful inflatable hot tubs that we’ve reviewed, having advanced water heating function, you can forget about all your stress and just have a great time with your partner, children or close friends during an outdoor event.
Design-wise, the entire body of this hot tub is made of high-grade PVC material which ensures maximum comfort without sacrificing durability. Not to forget, the high-grade PVC material is also water-resistant, so here is another feature which rounds the overall aesthetics of this unit. The tub comes in two different sizes from which you can choose from, the 4-person version, and the 6-person version which is able to accommodate a whole family.
The GoPlus Portable is known for its bubble massage function which makes the waterfall gently on your body, which is something I liked as well. The rapid heating system ensures that you have a great time in the tub while the water gets heated up instantly.
What I like most about this unit is that it is pretty easy to inflate and deflate, which is also why it is considered highly portable. In addition, the filter of the tub can be easily removed, and easy to replace and clean, which results in better water quality. This is something that definitely extends the life of the product, while the insulated cover and locks with minimize heat loss and prevent rain from entering. As you can see, the manufacturer has made sure to deliver you everything you would ever need, and even more.
However, there’s one thing that the manufacturer could’ve done better. There’s only one color version of GoPlus that is produced, and that is the Navy Blue. I’d like to see more colors because in my case, I don’t find the Navy Blue attractive enough, while I think it makes the tub look more casual and standard, or more like an inflatable pool.
Although, this is just my personal opinion which doesn’t have to affect your thoughts about this product because the performance and features are something to adore, which is also why we recommend this inflatable hot tub to everyone. Definitely deserves its spot in this best inflatable hot tubs roundup.
4. SaluSpa Palm Springs AirJet
SaluSpa PalmSprings Airjet is a large inflatable hot tub which is able to accommodate up to 6-people, while this unit has a remarkable design with innovative features, offering some of the most technologically advanced inflatable units on the market.
Each of the hot tubs they’ve produced has the latest technology available, which is why they have also occupied the market, having sold more inflatable hot tubs than most of the competitors all together.
Even in design, this inflatable hot tub shines with style, which strikes as a premium unit due to the leather texture and mellow color palette along with the set of the extra features included.
Setting up this unit is as easy as it gets, which is also versatile enough despite its size. You can install it outdoors, or even indoors, without the need for any tools. Since we mentioned the size quite some times, as such, this unit can hold a large amount of warm water, while if you’re the type who wants a full-body immersion, and you enjoy submerging yourself deeper in water, the SaluSpa covers all of that.
In addition, the interactive digital panel will allow you to set your desired temperature, as well as toggle between different other features. Hence, the jets are also strategically placed which can provide you with the best soothing experience and hot massage that you’ve ever encountered.
Straight out of the package, this model also comes with an equipped insulated cover which helps to retain the ideal temperature longer, while this is also great because it will prevent your toddlers from unwittingly dipping themselves in the hot tub unsupervised.
Furthermore, there are also a number of additional items included, such as a DVD which provides you with a step-by-step guide about everything there is to know and do with the hot tub, aside from the usual user manual. This will help you install the unit correctly and also speed up the process, without letting the user to get confused in any case.
However, there is one thing I didn’t like about this hot tub, the pump can be noisy at times, which is something that can affect your mood. Although considering all the features and the good that this inflatable hot tub delivers, I think that you can choose to ignore this time-to-time noise.
Overall, if you’re looking for an innovative inflatable hot-tub that comes with the latest technology and features, then the SaluSpa Palm Springs could be your ideal choice.
3. Bestway SaluSpa Hawaii AirJet
The Bestway Hawaii is an easy and affordable inflatable tub to bring to your family, friends, and house. It delivers an enjoyable experience, mostly the same that you have come to expect from hard material tubs, at a fraction of the cost. It is the companies one of the newest among the line of inflatable hot tubs, which can fit from 4 to 6 people, even though it isn’t a specific number, people are actually loving this inflatable tub because it is extremely functional, durable, yet it also doesn’t sacrifice performance because of the affordable price.
From the design perspective, this inflatable hot tub features a navy-blue body which combines with the color of the water, while it gives you a more satisfying and comfortable experience in the piece of your own mind. On top of that, there are 2 grip handles at the side which allows the unit for easy relocation or movement, which also make this inflatable tub portable enough to keep it indoors, outdoors, and a friends house.
Getting more into details, the Bestway Hawaii’s system features an electrical and power-saving technology which is quite efficient. From all of these alone, many households, users, and customers who have had Bestway Inflatable tubs before recommend this Hawaii model over its predecessors, and over other competitors at this price range.
However, there is something that I don’t particularly like about this tub. Unlike its competitors, these one doesn’t have a drain tube, which can come in handy in many situations, and I think the manufacturer could have done a better job here. You are probably asking yourself if it doesn’t have a drain tube, how can I drain the hot tub after using it. Well, that’s the tricky part because you’ll have to deflate it and pressing one side of the walls of the tub to let the water out.
Furthermore, it has a touch-sensitive control module which lets you customize the temperature, control the spa jets, and set a timer. Operating it is very user-friendly, simple and easy, so you won’t have to worry about that.
Overall, the Bestway SaluSpa Hawaii is great for people who are looking for affordable inflatable hot tubs. Nonetheless, this unit offers so much more than just affordability.
2. Coleman SaluSpa Four-Person
The Coleman Inflatable Miami Spa is a 4-person unit which is completely portable so you can take it with you on your vacations or just to set it in the comfort of your own home. It is a 71-inch hot tub which is way smaller than most of the rivals in this price range, but it definitely pays the debt in performance.
However, being smaller than most doesn’t really count as a disadvantage, but it is also a good way to fit it in tight places in your home.
In terms of the design, this inflatable hot tub has a unique construction which comes in two different colors, the one that we are currently reviewing the black model, and the green which is the perfect colors for outdoors. However, despite their color differences, they both perform equally and share the same features. We chose the black version because it gives a modern and elegant look to any home, and it also looks more premium.
To continue, the Coleman inflatable hot tub is known for its remarkable comfort that it delivers. Starting with the flooring which is padded, the firm walls of the tub which provide incredible support to your back, this hot tub really deserves your attention.
To get more into the specifics, the Coleman 71″ has 60 air jets which deliver you a significant and decent spa massage experience, while you can also find an interactive control panel that supervises much of its operation. However, my only remark regarding this control panel is that it uses a timer mechanism, which means that you have to adjust it constantly every time you see it.
Nonetheless, the water heating unit warms the water at a rate of 3 degrees Fahrenheit which means that it will take the tub less than a day in order to reach the maximum temperature of 104 degrees.
When it comes to the tubs versatility, as we said, this unit has a relatively small size, and that’s not the only thing, it is also lightweight. There are two rigid handles included which can help you relocate or move this empty unit with ease, while it is more mobile because of the fact that it’s lighter than a full tub.
There’s also something you should know, which some people take it as a disadvantage. This unit is not recommended to be used at below 40 degrees Fahrenheit weather, and it also consumes a lot of electricity, so if you decide to purchase this unit, these are two important things that you should know.
1. Intex 77″ PureSpa
Intex PureSpa Bubble Massage comes in two different sizes from which you can choose from, the 77-inch model which can accommodate 4 people, and the 85-inch model which can accommodate up to 6 people.
Design-wise, this particular model boasts a cappuccino color which looks modern, yet eye-catching, while the unique design and form give a great look to the overall aesthetics. Construction-wise, this inflatable hot tub is made with puncture-resistant, three-ply laminated material and fiberglass-composite construction, which basically makes the unit strong, durable, and comfortable.
For the heating process, it will take approximately 24 to 48 hours to warm up the 210-gallon capacity of the smaller model, while it is 290 for the larger one. As soon as the water reached the desired temperature, the heater will maintain that specific temperature, while the heater will shut off automatically after 3 days. Many of this hot tub’s features are automatic, for instance, after running for 30 minutes continuously, the bubbles will turn off automatically, however they can be turned on again manually. Nonetheless, this automatic feature also helps to save energy, although, as with most inflatable tubs, the heater and air jets can’t work both at the same time.
To get more into the details, there is an easy-to-use control panel on this inflatable hot tub which activates the 120 high-powered bubble jets surrounding the interior of the spa resulting in a refreshing massage. In addition, the built-in hard water system will make the water be gentler on the skin for a more soothing experience, while the Fiber-Tech Construction and the puncture-resistant three-ply laminated material will provide the ultimate comfort, support, and durability.
Moreover, the Intex PureSpa Bubble Massage Spa also as easy maintenance which has two easy-to-replace filter cartridges for delivering a long-lasting comfort and enjoyment for up to four people. Meanwhile, the insulated cover and lock minimizes heat loss and delivers a convenient safety feature.
The Intex 77in PureSpa Bubble Massage is our editor’s top pick, not only because of the features and the performance, but also its unique design and affordable price. Definitely one of the best inflatable hot tubs out there.
What to consider when buying an inflatable hot tub
As you may already know, inflatable hot tubs normally come in square and circular shapes. They also have a difference in size, while the circular-shaped inflatable hot tubs are generally smaller in size, the square-shaped ones have greater dimensions and they can accommodate more than 6 people.
You also have to consider the voltage of the tub, which you can see in the product details on Amazon, or other online stores before purchase.
Specifically, the 110v is plugged into any electrical outlet of your house, which doesn’t require any electrical work. On the other hand, the 240v need special arrangements for the extra power that it requires. However, you can benefit from a 240v because the heating will be faster, thus, you won’t have to wait for a longer time to immerse yourself in the hot tub.
As we mentioned, you also have to consider what size you want your tub, because there are different prices, sizes, and capacities. There are tubs specifically for 2-3 people, for 4-5 people, 6-7 people, 8+ people, the last which are the most expensive but they let you spread your whole body out during a hot tub session.
Other than that, you should also know that every inflatable hot tub comes with a control panel, and why are we mentioning this is that the position is important. You must search for an inflatable hot tub that has a reachable control panel while you are inside the tub because it could be unlikely for you to get out of the tub to access various settings and features. Meanwhile, the control panel should also include different settings and options for temperature, water jets, timer, heater, etc, etc..
To sum up, it is also important for the tub to include ground cloth. Despite the shape or size the tub has, a groundsheet is essential to be set on the surface because it is where you’ll set up your hot tub. It is an extra protective layer which prevents debris and other potentially damaging situations.
Everything that was mentioned in this guide was something that you should consider before purchasing an inflatable hot tub. Make sure you also focus on what features you’re after, and what can accommodate and relax you the most.
Can inflatable hot tubs be used in the winter?
Well, with the right placement it is possible to use an inflatable hot tub in cold weather, or winter.
There are portable hot tub pumps which are strong enough to sustain maximum temperature in ambient air temperatures that are below freezing.
However, it is important to note that inflatable spas are rated for 40 degrees Fahrenheit air temperatures, which is because their mechanical hardware isn’t insulated and the plastic plumbing is likely to crack if water was allowed to freeze and expand inside the pumps.
Although, with a few additional modifications, you can manage to safely use your inflatable hot tub during winter.
Can you put an inflatable hot tub indoors?
Most of the inflatable hot tubs are extremely portable, which can be easily moved around and relocated in different areas in the garden, while if you have enough free space in your home, you can also set it up indoors.
However, there are a few things you should know before setting up your inflatable hot tub indoors.
Whenever you go in and out of the tub, water will drip off you, which isn’t an issue outside but indoor you may end up making everything around you wet.
As we mentioned above, the hot tub can heat up to 40-degrees, while when the heating process is working, steam will occur, which will make your room become very wet, or damp whatever you want to call it. The guideline is that you will have to be well ventilated and ensure your windows and doors are opened.
Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)
Q: Can you put an inflatable hot tub on grass?
A: Yes you can put an inflatable hot tub on grass, but it is not recommended. You could try to put a groundsheet on the surface, or an air mat before setting up the tub, which will serve for both, heat insulation and puncture protection.
Q: Can you leave the hot tub on overnight?
A: Whichever hot-tub you purchase, from whatever brand, it is a rule to follow manufacturer recommendations to leave the pump on for a minimum of eight hours per day.
Q: Are hot tubs expensive to maintain?
A: Things get confusing because it all depends on the voltage of the model. However, during our research, we read a couple of customer reviews were they stated that the typical cost per day of running a hot tub is 1$, while there were also customers who stated that the cost can get up to 50$ per month, although, this has not been our experience with hot tubs. If you don’t want to spend any money, we’d recommend you take a look at some acrylic bathtubs or whirlpool tubs.
Choosing the right inflatable hot tub is a difficult task, we reading details and checking out reviews from people, blogs, manufacturer websites it is mandatory.
However, it is also important to know that most people who own the product and write reviews are just telling their part of the story, so they just evaluate things from their perspective.
Therefore, you should combine these reviews from different people with your own research, while you should also check out different unboxing videos on youtube so you know precisely what’s included with the package that you’re purchasing.
We hope this article was helpful enough for you to come to a decision, and if you have any questions regarding this topic, make sure you contact us and we’ll try to get back to you as soon as we can.