Inflatable Hot Tub Buying Guide

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Last updated: 11/19/2017

When it comes to inflatable hot tubs, there's a lot of things you should care about when buying one.
Did you know that there are two totally different kinds of jets available? More on that later...

We did an extensive research to help you find the best inflatable hot tub. Don't worry about information not being up to date - we update our buying guide all the time! Here are our results...

TOP 9 Inflatable Hot Tubs:

ImageProduct nameSeatsPriceOur Rating
intex purespa 4 person hot tub1. Intex PureSpa 4 persontop star (Our TOP pick)4$4.8/5
coleman lay z spa2. Coleman Lay Z Spa4$4.7/5
saluspa paris3. SaluSpa Paris4-6$$4.5/5
saluspa hawaii4. SaluSpa Hawaii (Real HydroJets!)4-6$$$4.5/5
intex purespa 6 person hot tub
5. Intex PureSpa 6 person6$$$4.4/5
saluspa palm springs
6. SaluSpa Palm Springs4-6$$$4.2/5
saluspa miami7. SaluSpa Miami4$4.1/5
radiant simplicity8. Radiant Saunas Simplicity2-4$3.1/5
Intex PureSpa Bubble Hot Tub and Pool Set9. Intex PureSpa Hot Tub/Pool Set (Special!)4$$$4.7/5

How to find the best inflatable spa?

While our top 9 list is a great guide for you to begin with, everybody has different preferences.

Price

Inflatable hot tubs range from around 300 $ up to 1,000 $ - how much are you willing to spend? The higher price tag comes with more advanced features like water jets or LED underwater mood lights.

More affordable blow-up spas miss those premium features but are absolutely up to the job when it comes to relaxation.

Capacity & Volume

From small hot tubs for 2 people up to big inflatable hot tubs for 6 people.
Volume wise they range from around 150 gallons up to 300 gallons of water. The latter is more than 2,500 pounds of weight, so be careful about placement.

Advanced features

It's totally up to you if you opt-in for a cheaper alternative with fewer features, or a more expensive but also more luxurious one.
What are some advanced features inflatable spas have?

Hard water system

This feature prevents a buildup of limescale which is a major cause of blow up hot tub pump breakdowns. Luckily, this feature is found on most blowup spas.

LED mood lights

Unfortunately, this (AMAZING!) feature is only available on one inflatable spa currently available. It's SaluSpa Paris (Go check it out).

Saltwater system

Saltwater system eliminates the need for adding chlorine or shocking your spa and therefore saving a ton of time and struggle. What is even better is that the hot tub will not have that typical chlorine smell (you probably know it from older pools, while modern pools are using other ways of sanitation).

If you have problems breathing the air with the smell of chlorine, saltwater treating system would be more suitable for you.

Real water jets

While water jets are a common occurrence in "real" built-in hot tubs, they are rarely found in inflatable ones. Why is it so?

Well, it's mostly due to price. Water jets require powerful water pump and high-quality and reliable water piping. Actually, there's just one inflatable hot tub offering this awesome feature. It's SaluSpa Hawaii (Check it out).

What do other blow up spas have? you may ask...
All of them have so-called "Air Jets".

What are AirJets?

It's exactly the same as water jets, except they shoot out air bubbles instead of water. The feeling is different, but both are very pleasant.

While water jets can definitely give you a stronger and more direct massage, AirJets create that nice tinkling feeling and are really relaxing.

AirJet's are definitely cheaper to manufacture, but they do come at a price. The air blower for pumping the air (Which is by the way also responsible for automatic inflation of your hot tub) is pretty loud.

And if you are using the hot tub in cold weather, they also tend to cool the water rather quickly. But that's usually not a problem because you have plenty of soaking time by then, and the heater will make up for it when you are out of the water.

Super unique feature

Now, this is a feature that is really one of a kind. This is not just a feature, it's a whole different concept.
There's that one inflatable hot tub (check it out here), that's also joined with a ... pool for children.

Yep, one half is for your children with ordinary cool water (It's dangerous to do excessive physical activity in hot water) and other half is basically a hot tub for you to relax.

While this takes a lot of space, just like an ordinary pool, it's a perfect choice for a family with children. Children usually don't enjoy staying calm and relaxing. So this product really joins those two opposite worlds together.

Go make your choice

Now that you know the basics, go take a look at our TOP list, and find the best one for you!

1. Intex PureSpa

BrandIntex
Model28403E
Capacity4 people
Our Rating4.8

This is the best inflatable hot tub in our TOP list. It is both really affordable and really luxurious.

We reviewed the 77-inch Round “Massage Spa Set” version of the spa. There's also a bigger version available if you wish.

Intex 77in PureSpa

Why buy the Intex PureSpa?

Well, this is our winner. This is the best blowup spa for the money!

Intex PureSpa, blowup hot tub with a very nice design, comes with a built in hard water treatment to prevent limescale build-up – that can lead to clogging of the pump and filter cartridges.

Check out our in-depth review of this intex hot tub.

If you wonder if Intex inflatable whirlpool has a cover included – it does. Actually, most of the manufacturers include insulated cover with the hot tub. It’s really important because the temperature losses when not using one are huge (And therefore your electricity bill).

But it’s not just for insulation – it also serves a safety function and prevents children from falling into the spa, as well as preventing dust and leaves from falling into your spa.

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

What about the massage? Well, Intex spa has 120 air jets for optimal relaxation.

Intex PureSpa inflatable hot tub also has a built-in grab handles for super easy transportation. Carry bag is included too.

So the question remains, how do you control the temperature and the blower?

Industry standard is a digital control panel on top of the heater. This spa 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 it in the basement. That's the best thing about inflatable hot tub, the way it is easily stored away. The whole process is super easy and straightforward.

Pros

  • Affordable – great value for money
  • Hard water treatment
  • Design
  • Inflatable cover
  • Easy to replace filter cartridges

Cons

  • None

2. Coleman Lay Z Spa

BrandColeman
Model54131E
Capacity4 people
Our Rating4.7

Also known as a Coleman SaluSpa inflatable hot tub or Bestway Lay-Z-Spa

Lay-Z Spa is a 4 person hot tub manufactured by Bestway (and licensed by Coleman). They manufacture a range of products from outdoor camping stoves to blow up spas.

coleman lay z spa inflatable hot tub

So what’s so great about this Coleman's portable spa?

Let’s start with the water. The heater can heat it to the maximum temperature of 104F (trust me, it’s really hot). Actually, this maximum value is set by law to protect your health, so you won’t find hotter hot tub than this.

It also has a cushioned air pad floor for better thermal insulation, protection against air leaks, and improved comfort.

The gross weight of the package is 86 Lb. Does it seem heavy to you? Well, inflatable hot tubs are not the same as your blow-up baby toy, they have to be really sturdy to keep their shape at all times. Don’t forget this includes coleman hot tub together with a heater unit with an air blower and water pump.

Coleman lazy spa inflatable hot tub is made of TriTech material, which is basically a polyester mesh core encased in two layers of PVC. This makes it very durable.

Filling and draining is easy, just use your garden hose. Depending on your water flow rate, filling might take around one hour.

When the water heater with a pump is turned on, expect a power consumption around 1.25 kW. That might seem like a lot, but keep in mind that the heater only works when it needs to heat the water. Most of the time it only holds the temperature steady at much lower power consumption.

Pros

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

Cons

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

3. SaluSpa Paris

BrandBestway
Model54149E
Capacity4-6 people
Our Rating4.5

While not first in our list, still very impressive inflatable hot tub is a SaluSpa Paris made by Bestway. Bestway is a well known brand when it comes to pool products and spas.

It's usually not the most affordable one, but it has a really nice design with one of the most awesome features: LED mood underwater lights.

saluspa paris airjet

What does SaluSpa Paris bring to the table?

SaluSpa Paris inflatable hot tub (formerly known as Bestway Lay-Z-Spa Paris) is a very popular option. Affordable price, high-quality materials and advanced features. Let’s take a closer look.

SaluSpa Paris comes with a cushioned air mat floor. Setting up your hot tub on an appropriate surface is crucial to avoid possible piercing of the hot tub. Cushioned air mat floor will make it more pleasant to sit in the hot tub while also improving heat insulation.

More than that, air pad will protect the bottom of your spa from splinters and sharp stones which could damage the under-body of  your blow-up spa.

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

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 of inflatable hot tub called SaluSpa Hawaii, which has real hydro-jets (together with AirJets) that shoot water instead of air.

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 – amazing feature

Unique feature of this inflatable hot tub is a 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)
  • Design
  • Inflatable cover
  • Cushioned air pad floor

Cons

  • Light might attract bugs (can be turned off)

4. SaluSpa Hawaii – with real HydroJets!

BrandBestway
Model54139E
Capacity4-6 people
Our Rating4.5

Another great blowup hot tub from Bestway. This inflatable hot tub is a little more expensive than other spas, but it has a reason - It is an inflatable spa with jets - and it's the only one with real water jets in our list.

All the other inflatable spas have air jets, which are too very pleasant, but water jets have their own advantages.

SaluSpa Hawaii HydroJet Pro

What's so special about SaluSpa Hawaii inflatable jacuzzi?

Hydrojets are common in conventional built-in spas, but are not often seen in inflatable hot tubs. 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. Hydro-jets also don’t cool the water as much as air jets.

So how many water-jets does this hot tub have?

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

This inflatable hot tub has a capacity is 4-6 people, but our experience says 4 adults is enough if you want to stay comfortable.

The water capacity is typical 210 gallons. This is around 1700 pounds of weight for the water alone. Bear this in mind when thinking about where to place your hot tub.

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

Pros

  • Real HydroJets
  • Hard water treatment
  • SaltWater sytem
  • Design

Cons

  • HydroJets and AirJets cannot be run simultaneously

5. Intex PureSpa 6-person

BrandIntex
Model28407E
Capacity6 people
Our Rating4.4

This intex blowup jacuzzi is a bigger brother to this one. With a claimed capacity of 6 people and water capacity of 290 gallons, it is actually the biggest one in our list of best inflatable hot tubs.

Intex 85in PureSpa Portable Bubble Massage Spa Set

What are advantages of Intex 85in PureSpa?

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

There are some cool ad-dons for this blow up Jacuzzi available like inflatable headrest or special cup holder.

Typical inflatable spa has up to 120 air jetsthis one has 140 of them! It’s easy comparing numbers, but we believe you won’t notice the difference between 120 and 140.

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 sides of the spa to make transportation a breeze. Of course, the spa has to be empty. The 290 gallons of water will weight around 2400 pounds alone, without the weight of the inflatable hot tub or people inside! So take that into account when thinking about the right place for your blow-up spa.

Pros

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

Cons

  • Filter is located inside the hot tub (more difficult to change)

6. SaluSpa Palm Springs

BrandBestway
Model54130
Capacity4-6 people
Our Rating4.2

This is yet another great hot tub from Bestway. While it doesn’t have as many features as our best inflatable hot tub, it still has a lot to offer.

SaluSpa Palm Springs

Palm Springs is one of the bigger ones

Unlike SaluSpa Paris, SaluSpa Palm Springs portable jacuzzi doesn’t have that cool LED lighting. If that’s an issue for you, check out SaluSpa Paris.

Manufacturer claims a capacity of up to 6 people – it is possible, but it’s a tight fit.

This one comes with a cushioned air pad floor for extra protection & insulation. If you want to further minimize heat losses and improve comfort, use additional mats/old carpets/etc. under the inflatable hot tub.

Pros

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

Cons

  • No extra features

7. SaluSpa Miami

BrandBestway
Model54124
Capacity2-4 people
Our Rating4.1

SaluSpa Miami is a common 4 person inflatable hot tub with no extra features like LED lights. It’s featuring 120 bubble jets, common value for inflatable hot tubs of this diameter.

SaluSpa Miami AirJet Inflatable Hot Tub

What does SaluSpa Miami offer?

Together with other inflatable hot tubs from Bestway, it uses their TriTech material –polyester core encased in two layers of laminated PVC. This gives this hot tub an extra sturdiness and robustness.

This plug and play 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 inflatable hot tub.

Pros

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

Cons

  • No extra features

8. Radiant Saunas Simplicity

BrandRadiant Saunas
ModelBP5767
Capacity2-4 people
Our Rating3.1

Average looking inflatable spa for average price. This spa is nowhere as popular as our top rated ones. But we believe it can still provide worthwhile relaxation.

Radiant Saunas BP5760 Simplicity

Is radiant simplicity worth it?

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 with all blow up hot tubs, this one is very easy to setup and use too. 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.

Final verdict: We would choose other hot tub than this.

Pros

  • 88 air jets

Cons

  • No extra features
  • Average price

9. Intex PureSpa Hot Tub/Pool Set

BrandIntex
Model28491EP
Capacity4 people
Our Rating4.7

This 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?

Intex PureSpa Hot Tub/Pool Set

What kind of hybrid is this?

Well, children often enjoy playing and having fun in a pool, while parents would rather soak in a hot water and relax. 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 hot tub.

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 like in reality!

Intex PureSpa Bubble Hot Tub and Pool Set

Pros

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

Cons

  • Takes a lot of space

What is the best portable hot tub to buy?

A non-inflatable portable hot tub is usually more expensive than similar blow up hot tub, but it offers much more. Anatomically shaped seats with real water jets provide the same relaxation as a built in jacuzzi.

This is our TOP choice:

Smart for Life - 4 Person Portable Hot Tub

smart for life portable hot tub
  • 4 person hot tub
  • locking hard cover
  • 20 high powered jets
  • 1 hp pump
Lifesmart Rock Solid Simplicity free standing hot tub is an easy to setup portable hot tub for 4 people. It has real water jets (12 of them) – exactly as expensive built-in hot tubs. To make your day even better, it has a waterfall! 
When it comes to spa care, it is really easy to maintain.
What is it made of?
It’s made of eco thermo plastic. Durable material for all weather and all season use.
Is it hard to install?
Absolutely not! You set it up and plug it into your conventional 110V socket, fill it with water and you are good to go!
Does it have a cover?
Yes, it comes with an insulated cover with safety locks (you must install the locks yourselves)

Best inflatable hot tub for winter

Soaking in a hot water in the middle of the winter is an awesome experience! (You really should try it out!)

While most of the inflatable spas will work in a mild winter, our best inflatable hot tub for winter is the Coleman Lay Z Spa.

While you shouldn't use it under 40 degrees Fahrenheit according to Coleman (This may void your warranty), a lot of people have done so and without trouble. But you have to be careful.

The real risk is in case of a brief electricity blackout, the heater has to be started back manually. If the water in the heater freezes, it's definitely not repairable damage.

What are the advantages of blow up spas?

If you already read our inflatable hot tub reviews, take a look at this benefits which a blow up jacuzzi can bring. I suggest you check out these tips to make the most of your hot tub!

Everybody loves the pleasure of getting into a warm water. Spas have a long story in human history and they never lost their popularity. But built-in permanent spas are pretty costly and often impractical.

This is when an inflatable spa comes in place. You can store them in literally no space in comparison to permanent hot tubs.

Did you know that there are as small and practical spas available as this 2 person inflatable hot tub?

In my opinion, and the opinion of thousands of other people, there is no better feeling that spending the evening relaxing in a spa. 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 an portable inflatable hot tub.

Their main advantage is actually in the name. They are portable! You can take them just about wherever you want (within reason of course!).

woman in a spa

The second advantage is that they are easy to store. One of the main reasons why people choose movable spas is the fact that they really do not have enough space around their home to put a full-sized jacuzzi (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. In the past they took up a lot of space. Nowadays even the best of hot tubs can fit into a rather small box.

wooden spa

Why should I buy an inflatable 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.

water splash

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, letting it dry and deflating the hot tub . You can then leave it in storage until its next use. Most of us will fill it and use it for months! Others will take it out only on special occasions.

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

woman in water

This is not good for those who have smaller homes. In fact, even larger homes may find that having a permanent hot tub 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.

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 a portable hot tub in tow? Absolutely everybody will love you! But don’t forget that the heating will take some time. So it might be a good idea to come a day earlier :).

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. Take a look at these super cheap inflatable hot tubs here.

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 blow up 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’.

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 inflatable hot tubs are just as good.

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