Last updated: 12/11/2017
There are two kinds of people: Those who love inflatable hot spas, and those who don't know they exist.
Let's be honest. There are good inflatable hot tubs, and also, not so good ones. How does one know which one to choose? Well, check out our portable spa buying guide and reviews.
Did you know that there are two different kinds of jets available? More on that later...
We did an extensive research to help you find the best inflatable hot tub. Information here are always fresh - we update our buying guide all the time! Here are our results...
Best Inflatable Hot Tubs for Christmas 2017
|Image||Product name||Seats||Price||Our Rating|
|1. Intex PureSpa 4 person (Our TOP pick)||4||$||4.8/5|
|2. Coleman Lay Z Spa||4||$||4.7/5|
|3. SaluSpa Paris||4-6||$$||4.5/5|
|4. SaluSpa Hawaii (Real HydroJets!)||4-6||$$$||4.5/5|
|5. Intex PureSpa 6 person||6||$$$||4.4/5|
|6. SaluSpa Palm Springs||4-6||$$$||4.2/5|
|7. SaluSpa Miami||4||$||4.1/5|
|8. Radiant Saunas Simplicity||2-4||$||2.0/5|
|9. Intex PureSpa Hot Tub/Pool Set (Special!)||4||$$$||4.7/5|
Best Inflatable Hot Tubs for Christmas 2017
How to find the best inflatable spa?
- What is the best portable hot tub to buy?
- Best inflatable hot tub for winter
- What are the advantages of blow up jacuzzis?
- Why should I buy an inflatable spa?
- How to find the best inflatable spa?
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.
Inflatable spas range from around 300 $ up to 1,000 $. How much are you willing to spend?
The higher price tag often comes with more advanced features such as:
- Water jets (Like in this one)
- LED underwater mood lights (Like in this one)
- Salt water system
- Higher capacity
More affordable blow-up spas miss those premium features but are up to the job when it comes to providing relaxation.
Capacity & Volume
Would you rather choose a cheaper alternative with fewer features, or a 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).
Real water jets
What are AirJets?
Super unique feature
Go make your choice
1. Intex PureSpa
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.
- Seating capacity for 4 people
- Water capacity 210 gallons
- Max water temperature: 104°F
- Inflated outer diameter: 77"
- Inflated inner diameter: 57"
- Inflated height: 28"
- Model#: 28403E
- 120 Bubble jets
- Built-in hard water system
- Insulated ground cloth
- Insulated cover
- Grab handles for transporting
- Carry bag for storage
- Digital control panel
- Heater power: 1,300 Watts
- Heating time: 2°-3°F/hr
- Flow rate: 460 gal/hour
- Bubble air blower power: 1.1 hp
- Floating chlorine dispenser included
- Item weight: 87.2 pounds
Why buy the Intex PureSpa?
Well, this is our winner. This is the best inflatable spa for the money!
Intex PureSpa - a blowup hot tub with a very nice design. It comes with a built-in hard water treatment to prevent limescale build-up. The build-up of limescale can lead to clogging of the pump and filter cartridges.
If you wonder if Intex inflatable whirlpool has a cover included – it does, just like most of the inflatable hot tubs. It’s important for lowering the temperature losses. Having a jacuzzi without a cover is a terrible idea - the electricity bill would be much higher.
Intex PureSpa also has a built-in grab handles for super easy transportation. Intex also included a carry bag.
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 water, let it dry, deflate, put it in a carry bag, and put it in the basement. That's the best thing about blow-up spa, the way you can store it away. The whole process is super easy and straightforward.
One of the best things about this intex inflatable hot tub is that you will get a personalized experience each time you take a dip into the tub. This is because of the intelligent heating system which adjusts to fit your personal temperature preference. Unlike other spa sets that gets too hot or does not get warm enough, this tub will take out the hassle of going through countless adjustments in your settings to get the right temperature. Your personal spa should reduce stress, not add to it and this tub will guarantee you a stress free spa experience.
Apart from this, this spa made by the famous intex brand, features an insulated cover and lock to help minimize heat loss. That means, you also don’t have to worry about the water getting cold over time. You can stay and relax as much as you want, and it will maintain an even and ideal temperature for you. The cover also has a lock to provide added safety.
The water temperature reaches up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit and you can increase or decrease it as you please (104° is the legal max). To reach the maximum temperature, keep in mind that the outside temperature must be at least 50 degrees.
Hard Water Treatment System
The spa features a built-in hard water treatment system which means the water on the tub will be gentle on your skin as well as your clothes. It will also prevent damage on the spa system. Because of this hard water treatment, there will be no build up of hard water so that the water has better flow. It will also give your spa a longer life span because hard water could cause damage to it.
Creates Suspended Crystals
The spa system features an advanced technology that allows it to create suspended crystals. It generates an electromagnetic field that agitates calcium and other minerals in the water which then creates the crystals. These suspended crystals are kept in the cartridge of the filter so that the water in your spa will always be soft.
It includes an easy to use control panel which allows you to activate the 120 high powered bubble jets. This produces the bubbles on the interior of the spa giving you a relaxing and refreshing massage. This control panel will also let you adjust the temperature of the bubble sprays. It’s covered with a hassle-free high quality plastic so that it’s safe and protected.
This panel features a digital display with clear colored numbers and symbols so you can easily see the temperature and other settings that you want to adjust on the system. It has a user friendly interface so you don’t have to be an expert to configure your spa system.
Fiber Tech Construction
The material of the tub is a highly durable fiber tech construction and it can withstand heavy duty use. it also provides maximum comfort so you can sit and relax in the tub as long as you want. It has a 3-ply laminated, puncture resistant material so it doesn’t easily incur holes even if you use it outdoors.
The spa is easy to clean and maintain. It includes two filter cartridges that are easy to replace. You don’t have to call a professional to do the replacement for you.
The Intex PureSpa is portable so you can easily transport it from one place of the house to another. The exterior has integrated grab handles with comfortable grips so you can move it around even when inflated.
The set comes with a carry bag so you can put it away easily when not in use or bring the spa system with you when you travel.
Easy to Set Up
The spa system is considered a plug and play system. It’s fast and easy to install and you don’t need an expert to set it up for you. You will receive a package that includes several units so you are aware of the different parts that you need to install. It comes with a DVD that will provide you with clear and easy to follow instructions to properly set up your spa. No special equipment necessary that is not included.
The Intex PureSpa Portable Bubble Massage Spa is a complete set that comes with all the necessary accessories you will need to inflate, use, and maintain it.
The spa comes with a heat pump and this is what keeps the tub warm.
It also includes a floating pool chlorine dispenser. You can use this to kill algae or germs that could form in the water inside the tub. It is a drifting container so you can immediately dispense the right amount of chlorine into the water if you need to. You can use chlorine tablet computers which are included when you first purchase the set.
The cover for the tub is also inflatable. It is designed with durable belts and matching buckles to keep the spa safe and secure. It has a slightly bigger diameter than the tub and you have the option to keep it on or take it off by twisting it.
The Intex PureSpa Portable Bubble Massage Spa Set is a hassle-free personal spa system that will give you the relaxation that you want without all the stress of complicated installations and set up. It has a control panel that is easy to use. It produces warm soothing bubbles and optimal heating to provide you with a refreshing massage when you need it.
2. Coleman Lay Z Spa
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.
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, air filled 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 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.
Check out these 3 easy steps in our FAQ on how do you blow up a coleman lazy spa.
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.
3. SaluSpa Paris
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.
What does SaluSpa Paris bring to the table?
SaluSpa Paris (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 inflatable wall. Cushioned air mat floor will make it more pleasant to sit, 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 spa 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 spas. 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 air-filled whirlpool 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.
4. SaluSpa Hawaii – with real HydroJets!
Another great blowup hot tub from Bestway. This rectangular spa is a little more expensive than others, but it has a reason - It is an inflatable hot tub with water 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.
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.
It 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.
5. Intex PureSpa 6-person
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.
What are advantages of Intex 85in PureSpa?
Intex included an insulated cover to greatly minimize heat losses. Covering your blow-up 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 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.
6. SaluSpa Palm Springs
This is yet another great spa from Bestway. While it doesn’t have as many features as our best inflatable hot tub, it still has a lot to offer.
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 or anything suitable.
7. SaluSpa Miami
SaluSpa Miami is a common 4 person inflatable hot tub with no extra features like LED lights. It’s has 120 bubble jets, common value for air inflated spas of this diameter.
What does SaluSpa Miami offer?
Together with other soft inflatable hot tubs from Bestway, it uses their TriTech material –polyester core encased in two layers of laminated PVC. This gives this spa extra sturdiness and robustness.
This plug and play jacuzzi is delivered with an inflatable cover, which is a great way to lower thermal losses, and make it 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.
8. Radiant Saunas Simplicity
Let's put it this way: Don't buy this one!
Average looking inflatable spa for average price. While relaxing in it is just fine, you can find much better inflatable spas in our TOP list.
Anyway, what does it offer?
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 spas, 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 not choose this one.
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 spa, it’s actually a hybrid of a hot tub and a pool! What is it good for?
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 a 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 like in reality!
What is the best portable hot tub to buy?
A non-inflatable portable hot tub is usually more expensive than a similar blow up spa, 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
What is it made of?
Is it hard to install?
Does it have a cover?
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 jacuzzis?
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 spa!
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 jacuzzis.
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!).
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 blowup one 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.
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.
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 spa . 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 jacuzzi is the fact that it will not take up too much space and can be moved away anytime. As you may know, permanent spas 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 hot tub is not the best idea when it comes to utilization of space.
They 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.
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 spa 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.