Top 9 Inflatable Hot Tubs Analyzed [2017]

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Update 2017: The best inflatable hot tub in general is the Coleman Lay Z Spa. You will surely love both the hot water massage and the price!

We spent more than 50 hours researching and creating this TOP list of inflatable hot tubs. We found a lot that can go wrong when buying a blow up hot tub.

Did you know that there are two kinds of jets available? More on that later…

These are TOP 9 inflatable hot tubs:

ImageProduct nameSeatsPriceOur Rating
coleman lay z spa1. Coleman Lay Z Spa (Our TOP pick)4$4.8/5
intex purespa 4 person hot tub3. Intex PureSpa 4 person4$$4.7/5
saluspa paris2. SaluSpa Paris4-6$$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

1. Coleman Lay Z Spa Inflatable Hot Tub

This is the best inflatable hot tub in our TOP list. It is awesome both in terms of price (real bargain!) and comfort! Lay-Z Spa is a 4 person hot tub from a well known company – 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 Coleman Lay Z Spa inflatable hot tub?

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

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 inflatable baby toy, they have to be really sturdy to keep their shape at all times. Don’t forget this includes a heater unit with air blower and water pump.

Coleman portable 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 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

2. 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 77in PureSpa Portable Bubble Massage Spa Set

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 cartridges.

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 inflatable hot tub has 120 air jets for optimal relaxation.

Intex 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 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.

Pros

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

Cons

  • Some people had problems with heaters giving up soon

3. SaluSpa Paris

Our second, but still impressive inflatable jacuzzi 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 hot tub

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 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 called SaluSpa Hawaii, which also 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 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)

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.

Square shape, real hydrojets – check it out HERE

SaluSpa Hawaii HydroJet Pro

Hydrojets are common in conventional built-in hot tubs, but are not often seen in blow-up spas. 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 it 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.

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.

Pros

  • Real HydroJets
  • Hard water treatment
  • SaltWater sytem

Cons

  • HydroJets and AirJets cannot be run simultaneously

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.

Check this out if you want a great hot tub for 6 people (Click Here)

Intex 85in PureSpa Portable Bubble Massage Spa Set

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.

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 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:

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)
SaluSpa Palm Springs AirJet Inflatable 6-Person Hot Tub

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.

Nice design, for up to 6 people (Check it out here)

Unlike SaluSpa Paris, SaluSpa Palm Springs spa 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)

Pros

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

Cons

  • No extra features

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.

Click here to check price & user reviews

SaluSpa Miami AirJet Inflatable Hot Tub

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)

Pros

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

Cons

  • No extra features

8. Radiant Saunas Simplicity Inflatable Hot Tub

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.

If you really just want an average hot tub, check this one out

Radiant Saunas BP5760 Simplicity

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.

Pros

  • 88 air jets

Cons

  • No extra features
  • Average price
  • Chemicals not included

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?

You should really check this one out, especially if you have kids! (Click here)

Intex PureSpa Hot Tub/Pool Set

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
  • Great for families with children
  • Hard water treatment

Cons

  • Takes a lot of space

What is the best portable hot tub?

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 the best portable hot tub we found:

Smart for Life – 4 Person Hot Tub

portable hot tub
Lifesmart Rock Solid Simplicity 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 an waterfall! 
 
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)

Frequently asked questions:

How long does it take for a Coleman Lay-Z-Spa to heat up?

The Lay-Z-Spa uses a pump to circulate water and an electric heater to heat the water at a rate of 2-3°F per hour.

It can take up to 24 hours to heat to the maximum temperature of 104°F.

If you want to speedup the process, fill the hot tub with warm water (not boiling!).

How do you blow up a lazy spa?

The included blower for air bubbles doubles as an inflator to blow up the Lay-Z-Spa.

Here’s how you blow up a Lay-Z-Spa:

  1. Spread out the hot tub over the ground and make sure it’s the right side up.
  2. Connect the inflation hose to adapter A on the pump.
  3. Press the Massage button on the control panel to activate the pump.

Never blow up your spa with a compressor as it may overpressure the inflatable walls.

What is a soft tub?

The Softtub spa is an durable and lightweight inflatable hot tub made by Softtub company. Softtub spas are well known for their efficiency and good insulation. Water pump technology called WhisperTM makes it a really quiet spa.

How do you drain a Coleman Lay Z Spa?

  1. Extract the old filter from the hot tub.
  2. Insert the 2 stopper caps onto the hot tub’s inlet and outlet pipes to avoid water leak.
  3. Disconnect the pump from the spa.
  4. Screw the adapter cover onto adapter A of the spa.
  5. Join the hose adapter to your garden hose and attach the hose adapter to the B adapter.
  6. Put the other end of the hose to the area where you want your hot tub to drain to, remove the lower stopper cap from inside the spa to release the water.
  7. Once the water level is low, open the bottom drain valve on the floor of the hot tub to drain remaining water.
  8. Use hose you used to inflate the spa to blow dry the pump and the hot tub. Connect the hose to adapter A on the pump and press the massage button to turn on the blower.
  9. Make sure the pump has dried completely. Clean the inside of the pump using a towel. Tilt the pump to get rid of all the water in the pump.

How many gallons of water does a lazy spa hold?

Lay-Z-Spa holds around 254 gal. of water, which translates to around 2100 lbs of weight.

Do the Jets have to be on to heat a hot tub?

Air Jets don’t have to be on to heat the hot tub. Actually it’s the opposite. The jets are usually cooling the water much faster than the heater would be able to heat. That’s why some of the inflatable hot tubs can’t heat the water and run the jets at the same time.

How can I heat my hot tub faster?

  • Use a hot tub cover.

Using a cover will greatly reduce heat losses and thus make the heating process more efficient.

  • Prefill the hot tub with warm water.

The heater will have much less work to do to heat the water to desired temperature.

  • Place it in a sunny place.

The sun can help greatly with heating of the water or maintaining the temperature during the day.

How much does it cost to heat a hot tub?

If we need to heat the water in Lay-Z-Spa from 68°F to 104°F it will take around 18 hours running at 1200 watts. That’s 21.6 kWh. With a price of 10 cents per kilowatt hour the total cost to heat a hot tub is around 2.2 USD for initial heating.

The ongoing costs for maintaining temperature can be around 50 USD per month greatly depending on insulation, outside temperature and frequency of usage.

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. Spas have a long story in human history and they never lost their popularity. But built-in hot tubs 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 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!).

woman in a spa

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. 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 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. 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 rather small box.

wooden hot tub

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.

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 :).

water splash foam seaside

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’.

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 inflatable hot tubs are just as good.

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