TOP 10 Best Inflatable Hot Tubs for 2016

A lot of you might be surprised – an inflatable hot tub, is that even a thing?

Well, you would be amazed how much blow up hot tubs improved over the years. That’s why they are quickly gaining popularity among people  searching for relaxation and fun.

We created a list of TOP 10 inflatable hot tubs and reviewed each to help you choose the right one!

Top 10 Inflatable Hot Tubs:

our top pick best inflatable hot tub
 Product name:SeatsWater
(gallons)
 
1SaluSpa Paris (Our TOP pick)4-6250 Check Price
2Intex PureSpa 4 person4210 Check Price
3SaluSpa Hawaii (Real HydroJets!)4-6210 Check Price
4Coleman SaluSpa4254 Check Price
5Intex PureSpa 6 person4-6290 Check Price
6SaluSpa Palm Springs4-6254 Check Price
7SaluSpa Miami4210 Check Price
8Mspa B-90 Alpine2-4184 Check Price
9Radiant Saunas Simplicity2-4150 Check Price
10Intex PureSpa Hot Tub/Pool Set (Special!)4N/A Check Price

1. SaluSpa Paris – Best Inflatable Hot Tub for 2016

SaluSpa Paris view on amazonIf you ever bought an inflatable pool, you must have heard about the “Bestway” brand. Bestway together with Intex are two biggest and most well-known brands when it comes to above ground pools or hot tubs.

No wonder their SaluSpa Paris (formerly known as Bestway Lay-Z-Spa Paris) made it to the top of our list. Affordable price, high-quality materials and advanced features. Let’s take a closer look.

SaluSpa Paris comes with a cushioned air mat floor. Setting your hot tub on an appropriate surface is crucial to avoid possible piercing of the hot tub.

Cushioned air pad will therefore protect the bottom of your spa from splinters and sharp stones which could damage the underbody of the blow-up spa. It will also improve insulation, so less heat will be lost through the bottom to the ground.

Check out this cool video of SaluSpa Paris in action! The atmosphere created by LED lighting is truly awesome!

(Info: LayZspa changed it’s name to SaluSpa)

Most of you are probably more interested in the AirJet massaging technology.
So how does it work?

SaluSpa Paris uses Bestway’s AirJets technology, which is just a nice way of saying that the hot tub has bubble jets :).

This one actually has 87 bubble jets. Bubble jets are commonly used in all inflatable hot tubs. Bestway introduced a new model called SaluSpa Hawaii, which also has real hydro-jets (together with AirJets) that shoot water instead of air. This comes at a cost of being much more expensive.

Bubble jets should be enough for most users, but if you want an outstanding massage, check out SaluSpa Hawaii. While air jets are not the same as water jets, you will be surprised how powerful and pleasing they are.

How do you control the temperature?

The hot tub comes with an integrated digital control panel on top of the heater unit. There you can control temperature, turn on air bubbles or turn off the heating. Unfortunately, the included remote control only controls the built-in LED lights.

LED light show

Unique feature of SaluSpa Paris is built in LED strip which illuminates the water from the bottom. It’s controlled via a remote control and is very beautiful in the dark.

While manufacturer claims capacity of 6 people, our experience is that 4 adults is enough to stay comfortable.

Pros

  • Affordable - great value for money
  • LED light with changing colors (looks AWESOME)
  • Cushioned air pad floor
  • Inflatable cover

Cons

  • Light might attract bugs (can be turned off)

2. Intex PureSpa 4-Person

View on amazon intex massage spaIntex is a famous brand when it comes to pools and hot tubs. That’s why this hot tub is so popular. This is the 77-inch Round “Massage Spa Set” version of the hot tub. There is also a more luxurious Deluxe versions available and it’s available in octagonal shape too.

Intex PureSpa features a built in hard water treatment to prevent limescale build-up.

If you wondered if it has a cover included, it has. Most of the manufacturers include insulated cover with the hot tub so it’s nothing special. But it’s not just for insulation. It provides additional safety and prevents children from falling into the hot tub.

With a water capacity of 210 gallons, it has enough room to sit 4 people.

Check out this video, it nicely illustrates some of the features (for example the special strengthened fiber construction)

What about massage? Well, Intex Pure Spa 4-person has 120 air jets for optimal relaxation.

This inflatable spa also has built-in grab handles for super easy transportation. Carry bag is included.

How do you control it?

Industry standard is a digital control panel on top of the heater. This hot tub is no exception. The panel is easy to read and very easy to use.

How do you pack it and store it?

Just drain the hot tub, let it dry, deflate put it in a carry bag, and put in a basement :). The whole process is easy and straightforward.

Pros

  • Affordable - great value for money
  • Hard water treatment
  • Design
  • Inflatable cover

Cons

  • Some people had problems with heaters giving up very soon

3. SaluSpa Hawaii – with real HydroJets!

saluspa hawaiiAnother great inflatable hot tub from Bestway. This one is a little more expensive than other hot tubs, why is that?

Well, it’s mostly due to it’s hydrojets technology. Yes, this hot tub does have real water jets together with common air jets.

Hydrojets are common in conventional built-in spas, but are not often seen in blow-up ones. They provide the ultimate massaging experience by thrusting water through the adjustable nozzles at high speed.

One of their advantages is that running water pump is much quieter than turning on air bubbles. Hydrojets also don’t cool the water as much as air jets.

So how many hydrojets does it have?
Eight adjustable hydrojets + air jets. Great, isn’t it? But it’s not just that. It also has a built-in saltwater and hard water system.

It’s capacity is 4-6 people, but our experience says 4 adults are enough.

While having HydroJets together with AirJets is great, it’s a pity that they cannot be run simultaneously.

If a picture is worth a thousand words… what about a video?

(Info: LayZspa changed it’s name to SaluSpa)

The water capacity is a very common 210 gallons. This is around 1700 pounds of weight for the water alone. Bear this in mind when thinking about the hot tub placement.

Pros

  • Real HydroJets
  • Hard water treatment
  • SaltWater sytem

Cons

  • HydroJets and AirJets cannot be run simultaneously

4. Coleman SaluSpa

Coleman SaluSpaIf green is your color of choice.. then this is the right one!

Well, this is normal  affordable inflatable hot tub without any super special features. What really differentiates it from the others, is it’s green colour.

The gross weight of the package is 86 Lb. This is industry standard value. Even inflatable hot tubs have to be sturdy enough, plus counting in the weight of the heater it really adds up.

This one has a cushioned air pad floor for better thermal insulation, protection against air leak, and improved comfort.

Maximum temperature is 104 F. This is actually the same for all our TOP 10 inflatable hot tubs.

Filling and draining the hot tub is very easy. Just use your garden hose. Depending on your water pressure, this might take around one hour.

When the heater with a pump are turned on, expect power consumption around 1.25 kW.

A short video of a hot tub running:

(Info: LayZspa changed it’s name to SaluSpa)

Pros

  • Affordable - great value for money
  • Design
  • Inflatable cover
  • Cushioned air pad
  • Great user reviews

Cons

  • If you don't love green, this one is not for you

5. Intex PureSpa 6-person

intex purespa 6 personThis one is a bigger model from Intex (This is the smaller one). With a claimed capacity of 6 people and water capacity of 290 gallons, it is the biggest one in our TOP 10 list.

Intex included an insulated cover to greatly minimise heat losses. Covering your hot tub after use can greatly lower your monthly bill! Furthermore Intex PureSpa has an built-in hard water treatment system which softens the water, reducing the limescale build-up.

There are some cool add ons available like inflatable headrest or special cup holder.

Most of the hot tubs has up to 120 air jets, this one has 140 of them! It’s easy comparing numbers, but we believe you won’t notice the difference between 120 and 140. But it won’t do no bad either.

Floating chemical dispenser is included together with two filter cartridges. Thermal ground cloth for basic thermal insulation is in the box too.

There are grab handles on the side of the spa to make transporting easier. Of course, the spa has to be empty. The 290 gallons of water will weight around 2400 pounds alone, without hot tub or people inside! So take that into account when thinking about the right place for your hot tub.

Check out this video:

Pros

  • Big water volume
  • 140 air jets
  • Hard water treatment system
  • Elevated digital control panel is easier to reach
  • Inflatable cover

Cons

  • Filter is located inside the hot tub

6. SaluSpa Palm Springs

saluspa palm springsThis is another great hot tub from Bestway. While it doesn’t have as many features as our TOP inflatable hot tub, it still has a lot to offer.

In terms of size, it is nearly the same as it’s sibling, and our top rated hot tub – SaluSpa Paris. Unlike Paris, SaluSpa Palm Springs doesn’t have that cool LED lighting. If that’s an issue for you, check out SaluSpa Paris.

On the bright side, it is more affordable than Paris.
Manufacturer claims a capacity of up to 6 people, but we suggest that you count 4 adults + 2 children at most.

This one too comes with a cushioned air pad floor for extra protection & insulation. If you want to further minimise heat losses and improve comfort, use additional mats/old carpets/etc… as a floor for the spa.

A short video of a hot tub running:

(Info: LayZspa changed it’s name to SaluSpa)

Pros

  • Affordable - great value for money
  • Inflatable cover
  • Cushioned air pad
  • 120 air jets

Cons

  • No extra features

7. SaluSpa Miami

SaluSpa miamiSaluSpa Miami is a common 4-person spa with no special extras.

It’s featuring 120 bubble jets, common value for inflatable hot tubs of this diameter.

Together with other hot tubs from Bestway, it uses their TriTech material, polyester core encased in two layers of laminated PVC.

Hot tub is delivered with an inflatable cover, which is a great way to lower thermal losses, and make the hot tub safe by covering the water.

SaluSpa Miami comes in a black color, which might not be relaxing for everybody. If you rather like green, check out this hot tub.

 

A short video of a Miami hot tub:

(Info: LayZspa changed it’s name to SaluSpa)

Pros

  • Affordable - great value for money
  • Inflatable cover
  • 120 air jets

Cons

  • No extra features

8. Mspa B-90 Alpine

Mspa B90 alpineWhat differentiates this inflatable spa from the others is the fact, that it’s square shaped. Square shape might be more suitable for a corner of a room. Also, if you stretch yourself from one corner to the other, you will have more space than in a round spa.

When it comes to volume, it is the second smallest hot tub in our TOP 10 list with a capacity of 184 Gallons of water. Massage is provided via 105 air bubble jets.

Mspa B-90 comes with a floor mat to be put underneath the hot tub. It’s important not to set up your hot tub directly on a surface that might damage it. Wood surface without a floor mat can pierce the hot tub if there are splinters.

The hot tub also comes with a cover to reduce heat losses.

We suggest this hot tub for maximum of 2 adults and 2 children.

Pros

  • Square shape might be advantage for some
  • 105 air jets

Cons

  • No extra features
  • A lot of people having troubles with pumps and heaters giving up

9. Radiant Saunas Simplicity

radiant saunas simplicityAverage looking inflatable hot tub for average price. This hot tub is nowhere as popular as our top rated ones. But we believe it can still provide worthwhile relaxation.

It has enough room to sit 4 people. The exterior layer is a brownish synthetic leather.

The digital control panel is located on the top of the water pump/heater unit. This unit is pretty small compared to competition, so controlling the digital control panel from inside the water might be a problem.

As all inflatable hot tubs, this one too is very easy to setup and use. It will self inflate using the air blower that later produces massaging bubbles.

Starter chemicals for shocking and treating the hot tub are not included! We also recommend to order a few spare filters.

Pros

  • 88 air jets

Cons

  • No extra features
  • Average price
  • Chemicals not included

10. Intex PureSpa Hot Tub/Pool Set

Intex PureSpa Bubble Hot Tub and Pool SetThis is nothing like you ever saw before!
We saved this one for the end, because it’s not just a classic inflatable hot tub, it’s actually a hybrid of hot tub and a pool! What is it good for?

Well, children often enjoy playing and having fun in a pool, while parents would rather soak in a hot water. Making physical activity in a hot water is not the best idea, especially for small children.

Now you can play games, like throwing a ball, together with your children. They will be gamboling in the pool, while you will enjoy hot and relaxing spa.

The hot tub part, which is smaller, seats up to 4 people. The pool part is bigger, and would definitely seat another six people. But we don’t think it’s meant for sitting.

This hybrid comes with a built in hard water treatment, to prevent clogging of the water pump and to make water more pleasant to the skin.

Insulated cover is a must, radically reducing heat losses, so intex included it in the package.

So this is how it looks in reality!

Intex PureSpa Bubble Hot Tub and Pool Set

Intex PureSpa Bubble Hot Tub and Pool Set

Pros

  • Unique
  • Great for families with children
  • Hard water treatment

Cons

  • Takes a lot of space
  • Average price
  • Chemicals not included

Ideal gift for your family

If you are looking for a gift that will make every family member smile, then inflatable or portable hot tub is the best candidate. Imagine family evenings with hot tub filled with water, a glass of champagne, sky full of stars. Or a cold autumn evening spent in a warm water talking with your friends or family. If you want to make everyone happy, hot tub is the choice for you!

What are the advantages of inflatable & portable hot tubs?

Everybody loves the pleasure of getting into a warm water. But built in spas are pretty costly and often impractical. It’s not easy to find enough space for a built in spa nowadays. This is when a portable spa comes in place. Not just you can take it to the parties or anywhere with you easily (Well, they weigh more than the inflatable ones) but you can also store them in literally no space in comparison to permanent hot tubs.

In my opinion, and the opinion of thousands of other people, there is no better feeling that spending the evening relaxing in a hot tub. In fact, there is nothing better than lazing about the whole day in a whirlpool (if only that was possible!).

As you may know, when it comes to hot tubs you have a number of different options available on the market. Perhaps the most popular is the idea of a portable one. On this page I want to take a little look at the advantages of them.

First and foremost the main advantage is actually in the name. They are portable! You can take them just about wherever you want (within reason of course!). You turn up at a party with a transportable hot tub in tow and everybody will love you.

Seriously. They are fun. A lot of fun. You do not have to carry around much equipment either. The vast majority of hot tubs nowadays are tiny. You just need to throw it in the back of your vehicle and you are ready to go!

The second advantage is that they are easy to store. One of the main reasons as to why people opt for movable spas is the fact that they really do not have enough space around their home to put a full-sized whirlpool (those things take up a lot of space!). They do want to enjoy the spoils of some beautifully hot water from time to time though.

This is where a portable hot tub comes into play. You can just inflate it and put it just about anywhere you want. When you are done you can deflate it and put it into storage. As I mentioned previously, the vast majority of portable tubs available on the market are rather small in size when it comes to storage. In the past they took up a lot of space. Nowadays even the best of hot tubs can fit into a small box.

Finally, portable hot tubs tend to be a great deal cheaper than purchasing a proper permanent unit. Obviously you do not have the thrill of being able to jump into the hot tub whenever you wish.

However, the cost savings are more than going to make up for the lack of being able to do this. In fact, the cost factor is probably one of the main reasons as to why people end up purchasing a portable one. They are just a fraction of the price, and you get something that functions in much the same way.

As you can see, there are a number of benefits to purchasing hot tubs which are portable. There are a number of them available on the market. It is important that you always choose the best one that you can afford. This way you can be sure that it is going to give you many years of happy life without faltering on you!

So here are the 5 main points:

Portability

A conventional hot tub is heavy and massive. Really, imagine yourself carrying that huge and heavy traditional hot tub – well, it’s impossible.  

This is one of primary advantages of inflatable hot tub over built-in spa. Conventional hot tubs are pretty much permanent and if you do need to move them, it would take several hours or even days to disassemble. And you would need a plumber and an electrician to help you out, which will cost you both time&money.

It takes much less than hour to deflate and pack it, once the hot tub is dry. Once you arrive at your destination, it takes just as short to inflate and set it up. However, don’t forget that you need a level ground, and that the heating can take as much as 40 hours.

Convenience

Setting up an inflatable spa is a piece of cake. Take a look at a step by step procedures in the manual. Some people won’t even need that.

The process is quite intuitive and fast – you can definitely do it yourself. No need for electrician, no need for plumber.

Price

One of the main advantages over traditional hot tubs is the price. They are considerably less expensive.

And by considerably, I mean they can be as inexpensive as one tenth of a price of a built-in one.  

Traditional spas have higher costs not just because of the buying price,  but also the additional setup fee that may come with them. You know, the electrician, plumber, all the work to build the foundation for the hot tub.

Durability

When comparing with traditional spas, you will find a lot of people pointing out that inflatable types are less durable than traditional ones.

It may seem that they are not ideal with children around. However, a quality inflatable spa is really durable. You cannot throw a knife at it, of course, but the multiple layer thick vinyl rubber is really stiff when fully inflated, and provides a real protection.

Just keep sharp objects away and you’ll be using that tub for a long time.

What if a leak happens? What if there’s a hole in the hot tub? Well, it’s easier than it may seem, patching a hole is very simple – take a look here to see how to find the hole if your hot tub leaks air. You only need a patch kit and you can do it yourself without any problem.

Compare that to repairing a cracked fiberglass of a traditional spa and the price tag of such repair.

Storability

An inflatable spa saves space in the house. Unlike a conventional one, you can set it up only when needed and pack it up after.

Do you love hot tubs only during summer and would love to pack it for a winter? No problem at all.

Even if you choose not to store it, it takes comparatively less space than traditional spas.

How to setup your hot tub?

Take a look at this video for Coleman Lay-Z-Spa so you can grasp the general concept.

Why should you buy a blow-up spa?

There is nothing more pleasurable than sinking into a beautifully warm hot tub after a long hard day. Sadly though, not all of us have the space, let alone the funds, to actually be able to do this regularly. Thankfully though, there is a solution. Let me introduce you to the idea of an inflatable spa.

It does exactly what it says on the tin. When you want to use it, you just pump it up, fill it up with water, and add your chemicals. Once you are done it is simply a case of emptying it out and deflating the tub. You can then leave it in storage until its next use. Most of you will fill it and use it for months! Others will take it out only on special occasions.

The obvious advantage of an inflatable spa is the fact that it will not take up too much space and can be moved away anytime. As you may know, permanent installations are going to take up more space in the end, they cannot be moved if you change your mind.

This is not good for those who have smaller homes. In fact, even larger homes may find that having a permanent spa is not the best idea when it comes to utilization of space.

Blow up hot tubs will take up next to none of your space whilst they are in storage. You will actually be surprised at just how small these things are when they are not packed with air.

When you do use it, they will obviously take up roughly the same amount of space as a permanent solution. However, you can obviously use that space whatever you want once it has been deflated again.

In addition to this, the fact that they are not permanent means that they can be easily transported. How nifty would it be to turn up to a party with an inflatable and portable hot tub in tow? Absolutely everybody will love you! But don’t forget that the heating will take some time.

Finally, inflatable hot tubs are a LOT cheaper than their permanent counterparts. When I say a lot cheaper, I mean a fraction of the cost. This means that they are suitable for those who do not have that much of a budget to play with, but still love to jump into a spa from time to time.

One of people’s main concerns when it comes to owning an inflatable tub is the fact that they do not think that portable spas are ‘up to the job’. Trust me when I say that inflatable hot tubs nowadays are better than they have ever been. The quality of the materials used means that you can place them on just about any flat surface and not having to worry about them ‘breaking’.

Inflatable hot tubs are the cheapest ones. They are lightweight and easy to set-up but can be easily pierced and damaged if not used properly and carefully. Avoid wearing clothing with sharp parts which can pierce the spa.

It is worth noting that in the past inflatable spas tended to be built for just small groups of people. Nowadays though, you can get them in just about any size. This makes them the perfect solution for those who want to use a hot tub on occasion but simply do not have the space to commit to having a permanent one installed. Don’t worry, these things are just as good.

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