People love soaking in a hot water and an inflatable hot tub is an ideal place to do it. While traditional hot tubs are pricey, blow-up hot tubs are both affordable, and luxurious.
During our research, we found plenty of awesome inflatable and portable hot tubs, but our top pick is Coleman Lay-Z Spa. But, there are other candidates just as good as our favorite and then it’s a question of personal preferences.
That’s why we created this TOP 9 list with reviews to help you choose the best inflatable hot tub for you!
|1. Coleman Lay-Z Spa (Our TOP pick)||4||254|
|2. SaluSpa Paris||4-6||250|
|3. Intex PureSpa 4 person||4||210|
|4. SaluSpa Hawaii (Real HydroJets!)||4-6||210|
|5. Intex PureSpa 6 person||6||290|
|6. SaluSpa Palm Springs||4-6||254|
|7. SaluSpa Miami||4||210|
|8. Radiant Saunas Simplicity||2-4||150|
|9. Intex PureSpa Hot Tub/Pool Set (Special!)||4||N/A|
So what does Coleman Lay-Z Spa offer?
Let’s start with water. The heater can heat it to the maximum temperature of 104F. This maximum value is actually set by law to protect your health, so you won’t find a hot tub that supports higher temperature.
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 inflatable baby toy, they have to be really sturdy to keep their shape at all times.
Coleman Lay Z Spa is made of TriTech material, which is basically a polyester mesh core encased in two layers of PVC. This makes it very sturdy and durable.
Filling and draining is very easy, just use your garden hose. Depending on your water flow rate, filling might take around one hour.
When the heater with a pump is turned on, expect power consumption around 1.25 kW, but keep in mind, that the heater does the most of it’s job at the beginning and later it just holds the temperature using much less electricity.
2. SaluSpa Paris
Our second, but still impressive inflatable jacuzzi is a SaluSpa Paris made by Bestway – which is, again, a very 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 white design with one awesome feature: LED mood lights.
If you ever bought an above ground pool, you must have heard about the “Bestway” brand. Bestway and Intex are two biggest and most well-known brands when it comes to inflatable products like blow up hot tub.
No wonder their SaluSpa Paris inflatable hot tub (formerly known as Bestway Lay-Z-Spa Paris) is such a 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 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 under-body 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!
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 – amazing feature
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.
3. Intex PureSpa 4-Person
Intex is a very famous brand when it comes to inflatables. And this is one of their most popular blow up hot tubs. We reviewed the 77-inch Round “Massage Spa Set” version of the hot tub, but there is also a more luxurious Deluxe version available and it’s available in octagonal shape too. So choose what you prefer the most.
Intex PureSpa, portable 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.
If you wonder if it 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 leaks 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 hot tub, 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 massage? Well, Intex Pure Spa 4-person has 120 air jets for optimal relaxation.
This inflatable spa 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 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 it in the basement. The whole process is easy and straightforward.
4. SaluSpa Hawaii – with real HydroJets!
Another great inflatable hot tub from Bestway. This one is a little more expensive than other spas, but it has a reason – It is a blow up spa with jets – and it’s the only one with real water jets in our list. All the other inflatable hot tubs have air jets, which are too very pleasant, but water jets have their own advantages.
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 is enough if you want to stay comfortable.
While having HydroJets together with AirJets is great, it’s a pity that they cannot be run simultaneously.
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 inflatable hot tub.
5. Intex PureSpa 6-person
This intex inflatable 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 included an insulated cover to greatly minimize heat losses. Covering your 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.
Most of the hot tubs have 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.
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 hot tub has to be empty. The 290 gallons of water will weight around 2400 pounds alone, without the weight of the hot tub or people inside! So take that into account when thinking about the right place for your hot tub.
Check out this video:
6. SaluSpa Palm Springs
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.
Unlike SaluSpa Paris, SaluSpa Palm Springs inflatable hot tub 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 hot tub.
A short video of a hot tub running:
(Info: LayZspa changed it’s name to SaluSpa)
7. SaluSpa Miami
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.
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.
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 the Miami hot tub:
(Info: LayZspa changed it’s name to SaluSpa)
8. Radiant Saunas Simplicity
Average looking blow up 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 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.
9. Intex PureSpa Hot Tub/Pool Set
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?
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!
What is a portable hot tub?
This is the best portable hot tub we found:
Lifesmart Rock Solid Simplicity
What are the advantages of inflatable hot tub?
If you already read our inflatable hot tub reviews, take a look at this benefits which inflatable hot tub can bring. Actually I suggest you check out this tips to make most of your hot tub!
Everybody loves the pleasure of getting into a warm water. But built-in hot tubs are pretty costly and often impractical.
This is when an inflatable hot tub 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 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 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!).
You turn up at a party with a transportable hot tub in tow and everybody will love you.
Seriously. Inflatable hot tubs 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 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. 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, inflatable hot tubs tend to be a great deal cheaper than purchasing a proper permanent ones. 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!
Why should I buy an inflatable hot tub?
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, 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.
This is not good for those who have smaller homes. In fact, even larger homes may find that having a permanent Jacuzzi 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 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.