Slipping up to your neck in a tub of warm water can feel like discovering the fountain of youth, or at least a much-needed break. So it’s no wonder the idea of having your own hot tub is more enticing than ever.
However, traditional hot tubs can cost more than $ 10,000 to purchase and install. That’s a proud price, so we decided to buy inflatable hot tubs – because they seem to cost about a tenth the cost, with some starting at around $ 700. We’ve compiled the picks of the two most trusted and high-quality brands – Coleman and Intex – and scoured reviews to find shoppers’ favorites.
To get all the important details, we also spoke to a man known simply as “Swimming Pool Steve” who is a pool and spa builder with over 25 years in the business – along with a blog of the same name that has hot tubs and Pool advice. According to Steve, “For a test entry into hot tub ownership or just an inexpensive, no-frills approach to hot water therapy, an inflatable hot tub is definitely worth checking out.”
Levels: While they may look similar, inflatable hot tubs are not the same as children’s inflatable pools. Steve says: “Like any hot tub, these require a stable, flat concrete or paving stone base to sit on. It is important that the ground is level to support the large and dynamic weight of the water. ”
Size it up: Steve says that “choosing the right one for you is a matter of size.” He also shares that two- and four-person models seem to be the most popular. Why? The tubs can take a long time to fill and warm up, so this is a time when smaller is better.
Go for the jet preference: Sure, where to put it and what size you want are the first two things to consider, but Steve adds that you should also consider “the choice between the cheaper aerator jets and the more expensive water jets with a booster pump system”. According to our research, water jets are hard to find in inflatable hot tubs, but luckily the reviews of air jets are great. Just note that all the jets are loud when you run.
Take its temperature: One thing Steve says could be seen as a downside to purchasing an inflatable hot tub is its ability to reach and maintain an optimal temperature. “Inflatable hot tubs may take longer to warm up than more expensive systems,” advises Steve. “The heater is a minimum size, a compromise with plug-and-play spas, so in very cold temperatures the tub can likely have difficulty maintaining the maximum temperatures.”
Coleman SaluSpa Miami Air Jet (starting at $ 599, originally $ 649.99; amazon.com, or $ 624.99, originally $ 989.99; walmart.com)
Coleman SaluSpa Miami Air Jet
Although this spa claims to be intended for four people, its small size makes it spacious and comfortable for two people. With a maximum water depth of 1.67 feet and a capacity of 107 gallons, this may not seem like a true spa experience, but the 120 air jets will prove otherwise.
Intex PureSpa 6-person 290-gallon outdoor hot tub ($ 839.99; target.com and walmart.com or $ 847.99; amazon.com)
Intex PureSpa 6-person 290-gallon outdoor hot tub
This six person inflatable hot tub is furnished with an array of seats, drink holders, a drink tray, and headrests and has all the conveniences. Equipped with over 170 nozzles, the tub is ready for water in just 20 minutes and can be easily emptied for storage. There’s even a control panel that lets you control the nozzles with the push of a button.
Intex PureSpa Plus 6 Person Round Portable Inflatable Hot Tub ($ 824.99, originally $ 1,079.99; amazon.com and walmart.com)
Intex PureSpa 6-person 290-gallon outdoor hot tub
This 290-gallon giant has all the bells and whistles, including cozy capacity for six. From an LED color changing underwater light and insulating floor cloth to two included headrests and a hard water treatment system, there isn’t much that this inflatable hot tub set doesn’t include. But Steve admits that no matter which inflatable hot tub you choose, you can’t beat the fact that you “just set it up, fill it up, heat it up and enjoy it”.
Coleman SaluSpa four-person square portable outdoor inflatable hot tub (from $ 749.99; amazon.com or $ 799.99, originally $ 1,119.99; walmart.com)
Coleman SaluSpa 4 Person Square Portable Inflatable Outdoor Hot Tub
This highly rated inflatable tub from Coleman has a square shape that makes it easier to accommodate four guests without feeling cramped. At about 250 gallons and about 70 inches on each side, this is significantly larger than the aforementioned Coleman for two. As one reviewer writes, “It was easy and quick to set up. Not only was I surprised by the amount of bubbles and pressure, but I was absolutely delighted with my first use, and it only gets better with each use. ”
Intex PureSpa Greywood Deluxe 4-Person Portable Inflatable Hot Tub with Jet Spa ($ 549.99, originally $ 1,139.99; walmart.com)
Intex PureSpa Greywood Deluxe Portable inflatable hot tub for 4 people with a jet spa
If aesthetics is your thing, this large inflatable hot tub is available in a nice gray wood finish and has everything you need for easy setup: an insulated cover, filter, hard water system, LED lights, two headrests, and inflation hose even a bag to store everything.
Blufree bluetooth speaker with colored lights ($ 39.99; amazon.com)
Blufree bluetooth speaker with colored lights
Add a little atmosphere to your hot tub sessions with this waterproof floating bluetooth speaker and LED light show. Bluetooth connects to your phone and the speaker accepts voice commands so you can take and make calls without moving a muscle. Play with the seven lighting settings for extra fun.
Vickea Inflatable Pineapple Cup Holder ($ 14.99; amazon.com)
Vickea inflatable cup holder for pineapples
Do not get out of the tub for a drink; float it on this whimsical pineapple tray. It has three cup holders and a large center bowl for snacks, sunscreen, or anything else you might need.
Feebria Inflatable Floating Cup Holder ($ 14.99; amazon.com)
Feebria inflatable floating cup holder
OK, maybe the pineapple cup holder is a little too much for your taste. In this case, this drink float should be enough. It has four cup holders and two phone holders for everything you need.
XLD Store Novelty Hot Tub Sign ($ 13.95; amazon.com)
XLD Store Novelty Hot Tub Sign
This plastic sign that says “Life Is Better in the Hot Tub” is a light-hearted decor that says what everyone probably already knows but may not say out loud.
Eay Luxury Waterproof Playing Cards Deck ($ 7.99, originally $ 11.99; amazon.com)
Eay Luxury waterproof playing card deck
Relaxing quietly in the hot tub can be sublime … for a while. Stay a little longer by bringing a deck of these waterproof playing cards.
Spa Frog @Ease floating system for hot tubs ($ 87.90; amazon.com)
Spa Frog @Ease Floating System for hot tubs
This kit will keep the hot tub water crystal clear and the surfaces inside the hot tub free of slippery slime. Each floating cartridge flips over when it’s empty so you know when to replace it.
Sunlite Sports High-Density EVA Foam Dumbbell Set ($ 19.97; amazon.com)
Sunlite Sports high-density EVA foam dumbbell set
If you are looking to buy an inflatable hot tub for not only relaxing, but also exercising or hydrotherapy, these aquatherapy dumbbells will add resistance to your workout.
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