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6 Soothing Inflatable Hot Tubs Reviews — Soak and Relax in 2018

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Liven up your life with the best inflatable hot tub you can fit in your backyard. Find out which one is best for you and your budget in our reviews.

Last updateJuly 5, 2018
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6 Soothing Inflatable Hot Tubs Reviews — Soak and Relax in 2018

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Pros

Great value

Powerful, caressing bubbles

Cons

A bit tight for four adults (especially with legs out straight)

Cools down when jets are on

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Pros

Easy to move

Some users felt it heated water more quickly than expected

Cons

Heat turns off when the pump is on (mostly in older models–definitely inquire about this issue)

Some users felt it heated the water too slowly

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Pros

Great value

Sturdy yet comfortable construction

Cons

Cozy for just four adults

Pump broke for several users

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Pros

Great for stretching out in

Sturdy construction

Cons

Bubbles are a little loud during use

Some users found the manufacturer’s customer service to be poor

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4 / 5

It releases powerful, massaging bubbles but its bottom is unpadded and lacks seats.

3.5 / 5

This tub is durable but some users found the pump was not.

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Helen Mao
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A writer, standardized patient, and former high school teacher, Helen loves learning and telling others about ideas, news, and everyday items and their uses. Helen also enjoys reading, knitting, seeing movies and theater, acting, dancing, and spending time outdoors.

General shopping guide

best inflatable hot tubAfter a long day, you don’t need to leave home to enjoy a spa-like soak when you have the best inflatable hot tub in your own home. More convenient than driving to a health club and less expensive than installing a permanent hot tub, inflatable models are versatile, practical, and economical.

Sound like a good time? 

From the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans to the Japanese and Native Americans, for centuries people have made bathing a ritual–for cleansing, relaxing, easing sore muscles, and socializing with others.

Not many people have access to a natural hot spring or a public bathhouse, but you can have the best alternative: an inflatable hot tub. You can put it indoors or outdoors, pump up it when using, and deflate it when storing.

Considerations

The 30-Second Review

81RyFCoOSdL. SL1500  e1530127283445 300x193 - 6 Soothing Inflatable Hot Tubs  — Soak and Relax in 2018Do you want to relax in a hot tub without paying thousands of dollars? Don’t want to dedicate a permanent spot to put it? Try an inflatable hot tub instead. The term “inflatable” may make you wonder…

Are they worth it?

We think so and review features to look for when researching different models. Inflatable hot tubs come in different sizes, shapes, and more, so read on and learn how you can make the best decision for your needs.

Your Hunt For An Awesome Inflatable Hot Tub Starts Here

Think of an inflatable hot tub as a grown-up version of a kid’s inflatable pool, only much larger and with warmer (and clean) water. The inflatable hot tub is like a huge pool that comes with a pump and heater. Just connect the pump to the tub, blow it up, fill the tub with water, and wait for the water to heat up.

But not so fast:

Choosing an inflatable hot tub is not so simple. When exploring different models, you’ll want to consider various factors:

Size
How many people do you want to fit in the tub? Are you planning to use it by yourself, with a partner, or for hosting a party? Most inflatable hot tubs can fit two to four adults comfortably; some larger models accommodate six or up to eight adults.
Capacity
How many gallons of water does the tub hold? Inflatable hot tubs can contain between 200 and 300 gallons. A tub that can hold only 150 or fewer gallons may be cramped for two or more bathers. Keep in mind, though, that the greater the capacity, the larger (and heavier) the inflatable tubs are when deflated for storage and transport.
Portability
One advantage of an inflatable hot tub over a permanent model is its portability. You want to be able to move one in and out of storage and from one place to another (maybe outside to inside when the weather gets cold) easily. Of course the model’s size and capacity will affect its portability. Check the tub’s dimensions before choosing.
Shape
Most inflatable hot tubs are round. To accommodate more soakers, however, some hot tubs are square or even rectangular to provide more leg room if bathers sit as if they are in a rowboat.
Heater
Comfortable water temperatures in hot tubs usually range between 100°F and 104°F (37°C and 40°C). In hot weather, you may want the temperature lower, like 89°F (32°C) or cooler. In any case, the tub’s heater needs to raise the water’s temperature up to your comfort zone and maintain this temperature. Look for a model with an efficient heater that warms all of the water steadily to your desired temperature in a reasonable amount of time (12 to 24 hours is normal).
Pump
In addition to the heater, the pump works hard to keep bathers delighting in their dip in the hot tub. It inflates the tub, circulates the water, and powers the air jets. Usually, both the pump and the heater are usually enclosed in one container to keep the electrical components dry.
Air Jets
While Jacuzzis and permanent hot tubs have wet jets, most inflatable hot tubs use air jets, which shoot out bubbles instead of water. Although not as strong as water jets, air jets still feel pleasant, providing a tingling, lightly massaging sensation. Find out how many jets a model has and where they are located. One caveat: Typically, the air jets and the heater can’t run at the same time.
Control Panel
A simple digital control panel with a basic LED display should be on top of the pump/heater container within easy reach for bathers in the tub. Check to see if you’re able to touch the settings, like water temperature, the heater timer, and the air jets, without having to climb out of the tub.
Construction
Most inflatable hot tubs are constructed from layered vinyl PVC. What to look for, however, are walls reinforced with polyester, nylon, vinyl, or a blend of these materials. For sturdiness, some inflatable hot tub walls have a segmented design, reinforced with an interior, vertical I-beam structure. These strong walls can support bathers leaning against them or even sitting directly on the tub’s outer wall without bending or buckling.
Hard water system
This addition to a hot tub’s filtration system helps prevent or minimize calcium deposits or the buildup of minerals and scales in the tub. Not all inflatable hot tubs have a hard water system, which doesn’t replace the need for maintaining proper water chemistry.
Saltwater system
Does chlorine bother your skin and/or lungs? Then look for one of the few inflatable hot tub models that come with a saltwater system. This system treats and softens the water (not your skin–this is not saltwater therapy) naturally with salt, not chlorine.
Cover
While not glamorous, hot tub covers are extremely useful for many reasons. They keep debris out and heat in (and speeding up the heating process). More importantly, covers should have childproof locks for safety. Look for a hot tub that comes with a well-fitted cover that has insulation material to retain the water’s heat. Some covers are inflatable to fit the hot tub’s opening snugly. Other covers just lay on top of the hot tub.
Accessories
Inflatable hot tub models differ in what accessories are included for caring for, cleaning, and enjoying the tub. Some models come with basic filter cartridges, cleaning chemicals, necessary dispenser and test strips to monitor water pH levels. Other models may include built-in water softening, built-in or attachable seat cushions, and cup holders. Some manufacturers offer a ground mat to protect the bottom of the tub. Always see what goodies are included with the inflatable hot tub.

Now that you know what specific features to scrutinize when choosing which inflatable hot tub to purchase, let’s learn about individual models.

Hands On Reviews Of The Best Inflatable Hot Tub

Intex PureSpa Plus Bubble Massage Set

Intex PureSpa Plus Bubble Massage Set

Sit back and enjoy the Intex PureSpa Plus Bubble Massage Set. We found this model is quick and easy to set up. Several users praised its portability too. Made with puncture-resistant, three-ply laminated material and Fiber-Tech construction, the Intex PureSpa Plus Bubble Massage Set wins the confidence of many users because it is strong, yet supportive and comfortable.

Even better

In our research, we found users loved the bubbles emitted by the 140 high-powered air jets and were pleasantly surprised at the jets’ strength. The jets really do massage bathers, and many commented the jets were perfect for soothing sore backs.

The downside is that water loses heat when the jets are turned on.

Extra touches

Two items that help retain some heat, though, are the included insulated cover and the thermal ground cloth on which the Intex PureSpa Plus Bubble Massage Set sits.

The tub also has a built-in hard water treatment system that makes water softer and gentler on the skin.

Easy to clean, the Intex PureSpa Plus Bubble Massage Set comes with four replaceable filter cartridges, a chlorine dispenser, and a three-way test strip.

Many users we spoke with recommend purchasing a cup holder. With the two included headrests, you can lean back and truly relax.

To learn more about the Intex PureSpa Plus Bubble Massage Set, its construction, and how it works, watch this video. The spa comes with a 1-year warranty. You can download the user manual,

Features

  • Dimensions when inflated (approximate): 57” inner diameter; 77” outer diameter; 28” height
  • Water temperature range: 68°F-104°F
  • Water capacity: 210 gallons
  • Seating capacity: four people
  • Weight (empty): 100 pounds
  • Number of air jets: 140
  • Includes a carry bag for easy storage and transport
  • 1-year warranty. For warranty information, click here.


Pros

Great value

Powerful, caressing bubbles

Cons

A bit tight for four adults (especially with legs out straight)

Cools down when jets are on


Coleman SaluSpa 4 Person Portable Inflatable Outdoor Spa Hot Tub

Coleman SaluSpa 4 Person Portable Inflatable Outdoor Spa Hot Tub

Control the heat and pump without having to leave the comfort of the Coleman SaluSpa 4 Person Portable Inflatable Outdoor Spa Hot Tub. A digital soft-touch control panel located on top of the pump allows you to adjust the 60 air jets with your fingertips. We found the bubbles are quite powerful and provide a fine massage. One negative is that when the bubbles (or air jets blowing them) are on, the heat turns offs and the water temperature drops.

71IGbPCFjcL. SL1200  300x300 - Coleman SaluSpa 4 Person Portable Inflatable Outdoor Spa Hot TubWant some good news?

This problem seems to have been resolved with the latest model.

Made of durable 3-ply PVC with sturdy I-beam construction, the Coleman SaluSpa 4 Person Portable Inflatable Outdoor Spa Hot Tub’s walls are strong and stable. You can sit and lean up against them comfortably or even sit on top of them and feel secure.

And get this:

The Coleman SaluSpa 4 Person Portable Inflatable Outdoor Spa Hot Tub has two easy-lift handles that make moving the empty tub convenient. You can even take this portable tub with you on vacation!

Even though the Coleman SaluSpa 4 Person Portable Inflatable Outdoor Spa Hot Tub comes with two easy-to-replace filter cartridges and a chemical tablet floater, we recommend the Leisure Time Bright & Clear liquid for helping keep the water clean.

Users complained the tub included just the chemical tablet floater; they had to go out and purchase the chlorine or bromine and test strips themselves.According to the user manual (which you can download here), the warranty is as follows:

The limited warranty is valid as follows:

  • 360 days for the heater pump from the original date of purchase
  • 180 days for the pool liner from the original data of purchase
  • 30 days for hoses, fittings, and accessories included in the package from the original date of purchase

Features

  • Dimensions (uninflated): 29 x 21.5 x 24 inches
  • Seating capacity: four people
  • Weight (empty): 71.3 pounds
  • Number of air jets: 60
  • Includes chemical floater for cleaning and two filter cartridges
  • Comes with convenient inflatable cover
  • Warrany (see above)

Pros

Easy to move

Some users felt it heated water more quickly than expected

Cons

Heat turns off when the pump is on (mostly in older models–definitely inquire about this issue)

Some users felt it heated the water too slowly


Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub

Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub

In our research, we found that users praised the Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub’s sturdy construction. Made of puncture-resistant, tri-tech three-ply reinforced material, featuring a polyester mesh core encased in two layers of PVC, the tub is extremely tough, strong, and durable.

You won’t believe this…

911JImX9peL. SL1500  300x200 - Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot TubA 260-pound consumer we chatted with found he could sit on the tub’s sides without the structure bending or buckling. We credit this to the walls’ I-beam construction.

What a feeling!

But what users really like was Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub’s convenience. It has an easy-to-use digital control panel with an automatic start/stop timer-controlled heating system.

Consumers in our focus group were impressed by the tub’s powerful yet relaxing bubbles.

But they did have two complaints:

First, the water’s temperature dips when the air jets emit bubbles. We also found this to take away from the overall user experience somewhat, but there are options to help the inflatable hot tub retain some heat. (More on that in just a second.)

Secondly, the bubbles were loud for some. During our testing, we did notice they made a louder noise than some of the other models on this list, but it was easy to tune out. That being said, if you’re sensitive to sounds, this may not be the greatest inflatable hot tub for you.

The rigid walls are perfect for either leaning against or resting your neck on. Not to forget, it comes with an air-pad cushioned mat that sits underneath the spa.

What’s so great about that?

In addition to providing comfortable padding under the bathers’ bottoms, this mat helps with insulation and minimizes heat loss through the tub’s base.

If you want to hold your drinks for yourself and/or guests, we recommend this cup holder or this even this entertainment and cleaning accessory set, which includes a music player and Bluetooth, two drink holders, and one tray. The entertainment and cleaning accessory set also contains three filters, a scoop, brush, and scrubbing mitt.

For a user’s review of the Coleman SaluSpa (Lay-Z-Spa ) Inflatable Hot Tub, watch this video. According to the user manual (which you can download here), the warranty is as follows:

The limited warranty is valid as follows:

  • 360 days for the heater pump from the original date of purchase
  • 180 days for the pool liner from the original data of purchase
  • 30 days for hoses, fittings, and accessories included in the package from the original date of purchase

Features

  • Dimensions (inflated): 77” x 28” (1.96m x 71cm)
  • Water capacity (80%): 254 gallons (963 liters)
  • Seating capacity: four to six adults
  • Weight (filled): 2,701 pounds (1,225 kg)
  • Weight (empty): 85.9 pounds
  • Maximum temperature: 104°F (40°C)
  • Number of air jets: 127


Pros

Great value

Sturdy yet comfortable construction

Cons

Cozy for just four adults

Pump broke for several users


SaluSpa Siena AirJet Inflatable Hot Tub

SaluSpa Siena AirJet Inflatable Hot Tub

If you want to stretch out face to face with a companion or just by yourself, the unique, rowboat-style SaluSpa Siena AirJet Inflatable Hot Tub is just the right shape for you. Several tall users (6’ in height) loved that they found this model’s curvilinear design can accommodate them comfortably! We also learned that at each end of this tub sits a comfy, thick seat cushion. You can lay the included plastic shelf/table conveniently across the top in the middle for holding drinks and snacks.

81571rJCCbL. SL1000  300x300 - SaluSpa Siena AirJet Inflatable Hot TubThe nitty-gritty details…

The SaluSpa Siena AirJet Inflatable Hot Tub has 127 air jets that make up it's relaxing, surrounding AirJet system for emitting massaging bubbles users enjoy. The consumers we spoke with feel confident about the durable and comfortable inflated walls made of tri-tech material and I-beam construction.

They also like the soft control panel for the heat and air jets sits right at their fingertips, just off to the side. An automatic start-and-stop timer for the heater saves energy.

The SaluSpa Siena AirJet Inflatable Hot Tub also includes a liner, a cover, a chemical floater, a pressure gauge, two filter cartridges, an air pad protector, and a repair kit.

And if all that is not enough:

If you want to hold your drinks off to the side, try this cup holder or this entertainment and cleaning accessory set, which includes a music player and Bluetooth, two drink holders, and one tray.

The entertainment and cleaning accessory set also contains three filters, a scoop, brush, and scrubbing mitt.

For an informative introduction to the SaluSpa Siena AirJet Inflatable Hot Tub, watch this video. The hot tub comes with a 365-day limited warranty. You can download the user manual here.

Features

  • Dimensions (inflated): 2” long x 58.7” wide X 26” high
  • Water capacity: 134 gallons
  • Seating capacity: two adults
  • Weight (empty): 78.9 pounds
  • Maximum temperature: 104°F (40°C)
  • Number of air jets: 127


Pros

Great for stretching out in

Sturdy construction

Cons

Bubbles are a little loud during use

Some users found the manufacturer’s customer service to be poor


SaluSpa Palm Springs AirJet Inflatable 6-Person Hot Tub

SaluSpa Palm Springs AirJet Inflatable 6-Person Hot Tub

Sporting a premium leather look in a mellow earth tone, the SaluSpa Palm Springs AirJet Inflatable 6-Person Hot Tub blends into any indoor or outdoor setting. It looks great on the deck or lawn. The experts we recruited for these reviews were impressed by the tub’s powerful yet relaxing bubbles noting their therapeutic qualities.

As with most inflatable hot tub models, though, they note that the water’s temperature dips when the bubbles are on.

Now:

41fp4IwS9UL 300x200 - SaluSpa Palm Springs AirJet Inflatable 6-Person Hot TubWhile users appreciate the tub’s easy-to-operate digital control panel and the automatic start/stop timer-controlled heating system, several complained that after 72 hours, the system shuts off. They do not like having to restart the whole heating process again.

Despite the inconvenience, we think the automatic start/stop timer-controlled heating system is a good safety and energy-saving feature.

The SaluSpa Palm Springs AirJet Inflatable 6-Person Hot Tub also comes with a cover for retaining heat as well as a set-up and maintenance guide DVD.

Looking for some good, clean fun?

Although it also includes a filter cartridge and a chemical floater, we recommend Leisure Time Bright & Clear liquid for helping keep the water clean.

If you plan to invite more bathers to join you in the SaluSpa Palm Springs AirJet Inflatable 6-Person Hot Tub, you may want to purchase this entertainment and cleaning accessory set, which includes a music player and Bluetooth, two drink holders, and one tray. This entertainment and cleaning accessory set also contains three filters, a scoop, brush, and scrubbing mitt.

For an introduction to the SaluSpa (Lay-Z-Spa) Palm Springs AirJet Inflatable 6-Person Hot Tub, watch this video. The hot tub comes with a 90-day limited warranty. You can download the user guide here.

Features

  • Dimensions (inflated): 77” x 28” (1.96m x 71cm)
  • Water capacity (80%): 254 gallons
  • Seating capacity: four to six adults
  • Weight (filled): 2,701 pounds (1,225 kg)
  • Weight (empty): 76.45 pounds
  • Maximum temperature: 104°F (40°C)


Pros

Easy to set up

Powerful bubbles

Cons

Can’t run bubbles and heater at the same time

Bottom not inflated; no seats


SaluSpa Miami AirJet Inflatable Hot Tub

SaluSpa Miami AirJet Inflatable Hot Tub

The SaluSpa Miami Air Jet Inflatable Hot Tub is conveniently portable and can be set up easily indoors or outdoors. Made of tri-tech three-ply reinforced material featuring a polyester mesh core encased in two layers of PVC, the tub is extremely tough, strong, and durable.

We were shocked.

812GLtS9CLL. SL1500  300x156 - SaluSpa Miami AirJet Inflatable Hot TubOne user’s German Shepard jumped into the SaluSpa Miami Air Jet Inflatable Hot Tub several times without damaging or collapsing it!

Because of its I-beam construction, bathers report feeling secure in leaning against, sitting on, or grabbing the tub’s walls to climb in and out without bending or buckling it.

Although the manufacturer states the tub holds up to four adults, we discovered that the tub is comfortable for two adults but might be tight for three or more.

Nevertheless

Bubbles around emanate from the tub’s perimeter, which users love for back and arm massages. They also like that they can control the heat and pump via an LED digital control panel without having to exit the warm tub.

An automatic start/stop timer-controlled heating system helps save energy. The SaluSpa Miami Air Jet Inflatable Hot Tub has a rapid heating system that warms up the water quickly.

It also includes a cover to retain heat as well as a set-up and maintenance DVD.

Good clean fun

Even though this inflatable hot tub comes with filter cartridges (a twin pack to be precise) and a chemical floater, all of the experts we interviewed recommended using a product such as Leisure Time Bright & Clear liquid for helping keep the water clean.

If you want to share the SaluSpa Miami Air Jet Inflatable Hot Tub experience with friends, take a look at this entertainment and cleaning accessory set--it really livens up the party! The entertainment and cleaning accessory set also contains three filters, a scoop, brush, and scrubbing mitt.

For a user’s review of the SaluSpa (the Lay-Z-Spa) Miami Air Jet Inflatable Hot Tub, watch this video. This hot tub comes with a 365-day limited warranty. You can download the user manual here.

Features

  • Dimensions (inflated): 71” x 26”
  • Water capacity: 177gallons
  • Seating capacity: two to four adults
  • Weight (empty): 53.86 pounds
  • Maximum temperature: 104°F (40°C)
  • Number of air jets: 120


Pros

Durable

Comfortable, padded floor

Cons

Can’t run bubbles and heater at the same time

Needs better insulation for heat retention


Maintaining Your Inflatable Hot Tub

giphy downsized - 6 Soothing Inflatable Hot Tubs  — Soak and Relax in 2018One of the main considerations we used when picking our favorite inflatable hot tubs was their build quality and durability. While all the models were made well, there are some things you can do to further extend the life of your hot tub.

In fact, you can enjoy many years of soaking in your inflatable hot tub if you take care of it properly. Follow these maintenance tips:

  • Test your water’s pH and alkalinity regularly. Some models come with a water test kit, which makes testing water easy. If your hot tub doesn’t come with a water test kit, no worries. You can grab one here. After testing your water’s pH level, add necessary chemicals to adjust the pH level to between 7.4 and 7.6. A pH level that is too low might damage your hot tub’s vinyl.
  •  Sanitize the hot tub each time before you use it. When not using the hot tub, sanitize it weekly using a sanitizing solution.
  •  Check the filter (remove and rinse with clean water) at least once a week. With use over time, filters harden, become discolored, and can’t be cleaned well with fresh water–that’s when you know you’ll need to replace them.
  • Drain and replace the water regularly. Drain the tub at least once a month or so. Clean the interior with a mild detergent, water, and a damp sponge. Don’t use abrasive cleaners (like powder) or tools (like steel wool).Then rinse the tub thoroughly to eliminate soapy residue and prevent foaming the next time you refill it.
  • Check the tub for any leaks. If you find one, pat the damaged area dry and patch it (either with the kit that came with your tub or order some spares to keep on hand, here). Apply the patch according to its accompanying instructions.
  • Store the tub out of direct sunlight and away from pests when not in use. Make sure your inflatable hot tub is completely dry (to prevent mold and bacteria growth) and deflated. Some inflatable hot tubs come with a handy carrying case, which may not be best for long-term storage. Putting the tub in a sealed container helps maintain the vinyl’s integrity while in storage.

Drain and Refill Expert Tips

  1. Don’t ignore these signs you need to drain and refill your hot tub: uncontrollable and erratic water chemistry; cloudiness or murkiness despite balanced chemicals and a clean filter; and foaming.
  2. For responsible draining, drain the used and treated tub waterinto a sanitary sewer, never into a storm drain or natural body of water, like a creek. The Water Quality and Health Council advises, “Find out what type of sewers are nearby. A storm sewer will channel your [tub] water directly into a natural stream or other body of water with no treatment. Only sanitary sewers channel wastewater flow to treatment facilities.” For more draining tips, click here.
  3. When you refill the tub with fresh water, don’t forget to check the water’s pH level and sanitize it.

Which Sanitizer: Chlorine or Bromine?

giphy downsized - 6 Soothing Inflatable Hot Tubs  — Soak and Relax in 2018Hot tub owners are faced with so many different cleaning chemicals–it can be overwhelming! Veteran hot tub (and pool) owners debate over which sanitizer to use: chlorine or bromine. Both chemicals are effective at killing bacteria and germs lurking in your inflatable hot tub.

But what are the differences between them? What one works better?

Let’s break it down:

When most people think of pools, they think of chlorine. Indeed, chlorine is popular because it’s economical and fast acting. The downside is chlorine has a high pH value, necessitating that if you use it, you’ll need to check your tub’s water chemistry balance often. Furthermore, chlorine is notorious for having a powerful smell and can irritate lungs and sensitive skin.

On the other hand:

Bromine is extremely effective in killing bacteria and viruses (especially in warm-water environments like a hot tub) and over a longer period of time. Its low pH value makes chemical balance issues less likely. Even better, bromine lacks a strong chemical scent and is usually easier on the skin.

What’s the catch?

The downside is that bromine is a bit more expensive than and not as fast-acting as chlorine is. Your maintenance costs will increase if you choose to use bromine.

Whether you choose chlorine or bromine, you’re taking the first step to sanitizing your inflatable hot tub water before you step in for a soak.

Environment-Friendly Tips

giphy downsized - 6 Soothing Inflatable Hot Tubs  — Soak and Relax in 2018Eco-friendliness doesn’t usually come to mind when people think of hot tubs. Nonetheless, you can enjoy your inflatable hot tub and still be environmentally conscious by following these easy tips:

  • Fill up the tub with only the amount you need. Of course, you don’t want to overfill the tub and spill water all over your floor if the tub inside. Use a timer to remind you to shut off the water.
  • Heat the tub’s water only when you plan to use it. Of course, you need to fire up the heater 12 to 24 hours before you soak in order to give it enough time to warm up to a comfortable temperature. Use a timer to make sure you are not running the heater unnecessarily. If your tub’s heater doesn’t come with a timer, use an egg timer or your phone’s timer.
  • Choosing a dark-colored tub may help with better heat retention.
  • Keep the cover on while heating the tub to trap in heat. Your water will heat up more quickly and efficiently.
  • If available, use a programmable pump and heat controls to monitor your tub’s power and heat expenditure.
  • Never drain used and treated tub water into a storm drain or natural body of water, like a stream. Drain it into a sanitary sewer. Chemicals and contaminants in the water can kill plants and fish and enter the drinking water supply. For more draining tips, click here.
  • Check with your tub’s manufacturer for recommendations for ways to clean the tub and keep the water clean without harsh chemicals. Every manufacturer may have different suggestions.

Safety First!

giphy - 6 Soothing Inflatable Hot Tubs  — Soak and Relax in 2018We want you to be able to relax in your inflatable hot tub, but please keep in mind these safety tips:

  • Before entering the hot tub, check the water temperature with an accurate thermometer and test it to avoid accidental burns.
  • Don’t bathe in water over 104°F (40°C). 100°F (37°C) is considered safe for healthy adults. Use caution for young children.
  • According to the S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, soaking in water heated to 106°F (41.1°C) can raise human body temperature to the point of heat stroke, which can be fatal to healthy adults.
  • Pregnant women are advised not to bath in water above 100°F (37°C). Soaking in water hotter than 102°F (39°C) during the first three months of pregnancy can cause fetal damage.
  • People with heart disease, circulatory, diabetes, or blood pressure issues should consult their doctor before using hot tubs.
  • People taking medications that induce drowsiness, like tranquilizers, anti-histamines or anticoagulants, should not use hot tubs.
  • Excessive drinking can also cause drowsiness, which could lead to unconsciousness and drowning.
  • Supervise children around hot tubs.
  • Between uses, cover the hot tub to prevent accidental falls into the tub and possible subsequent drowning.

Health and the Hot Tub

giphy downsized - 6 Soothing Inflatable Hot Tubs  — Soak and Relax in 2018Now that we’ve gotten all of the safety warnings out of the way, let’s hear about how good hot tubs are for your health. For centuries, people have turned to soaking in hot water for natural, non-invasive, and non-toxic treatments.

How does hot water help?

Soaking in hot­–or even just warm at 92°F (33.3°C)–water works for different reasons.

First, water reduces the force of gravity, thus easing compression on joints and bones. In fact, water provides offers 360-degree support for sore areas, helping to decrease swelling and inflammation. Second, the water’s heat increases circulation, stimulating blood flow to stiff muscles and joints. In fact, your warmed up body gains a little more temporary flexibility, making hot tub time a good time for gentle stretching.

How about this:

According to the Arthritis Foundation, warm water can help fight the pain and stiffness of arthritis and fibromyalgia patients. “Various studies of patients with both conditions found that when they participated in warm water exercise programs two or three times a week, their pain decreased as much as 40 percent and their physical function increased.

And there’s more:

Soaking in a hot tub doesn’t mean you’re sitting around and doing nothing. You’re benefitting from passive heat.

Dr. Steve Faulkner of Loughborough University found that soaking in a hot tub lowers blood sugar levels for people with Type 2 Diabetes. An hour-long soak “reduces peak blood sugar levels by 10 percent and increases energy expenditure levels by 80 per cent burning 126 calories per hour.”

Soaking in a hot tub is a natural way to relieve stress and anxiety. It also helps improve sleep by relaxing you and raising your body temperature. After you climb out of the hot tub, your body works to lower your temperature, which makes you feel sleepy.

Finally, the hot water helps vascular dilation, which helps relieve tension and pain associated with some types of headaches.

Some Final Words Of Wisdom…

To reach a maximum benefit, soak for at least 20 minutes. Be sure to drink water before and after your bath to stay well hydrated inside. Don’t feel that you need to crank the temperature close to 104°F (40°C). You can still benefit from water temperatures between 92°F (33.3°C) and 102°F (39°C). Do whatever is most comfortable for you!

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Intex PureSpa Plus Bubble Massage Set

Conducting research was fun and now it is your turn to enjoy the results. We declare the Intex PureSpa Plus Bubble Massage Set the grand champion inflatable hot tub for most consumers.

The majority of owners of this hot tub felt this model was provided the best bang (or bubbles) for the buck. Powerful, yet massaging, bubbles won over bathers, who felt confident about the Intex PureSpa Plus Bubble Massage’s sturdy, yet strong and supportive construction.

Best for the money

Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub

In our research, we found that users praised the Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub’s sturdy construction. Made of puncture-resistant, tri-tech three-ply reinforced material, featuring a polyester mesh core encased in two layers of PVC, the tub is extremely tough, strong, and durable.

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Runner-up

FAQ
Faq

Frequently asked questions

Q:

With inflatable hot tubs, is bigger always better?

Bigger is better when you want to fit more people. However, larger tubs take up more room, take longer to fill up with water and heat, cost more to purchase and heat, and are simply heavier to transport and store. In any case, choose the model which best suits your needs.

Q:

Can I use an inflatable hot tub during the winter?

Indoor use is fine. Outdoor use is not–the heat and pump can’t and shouldn’t be run in temperatures less than 40ºF (4ºC).

Q:

Are inflatable hot tubs safe for children?

They’re safe for older children under parent supervision. However, they’re not safe for use with a baby.


The team
The team

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Helen Mao
Writer Helen Mao
Tiffany Mueller
Editorial Director Tiffany Mueller
Valeria Garcia
Graphic Editor Valeria Garcia
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