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Inflatable hot tubs are a great way to spend more time with your family and friends and are perfect for spending more time outdoors. Imagine slipping into their warm, bubbling waters to watch a meteor shower or to relax and watch the sunrise before a busy day!
Incorporating a hot tub into your daily routine is an excellent way to reduce stress and improve your general well-being.
So without further ado, join us as we find out which are the best inflatable hot tubs to buy in 2020.
- Best Inflatable Hot Tub
Why do we recommend this hot tub?
Well, for around $400, the Intex PureSpa Portable Bubble Massage Spa comes with features you’d only usually see on more expensive hot tubs.
Whilst most portable hot tubs come with dials and buttons, this hot tub has a digital control panel which is extremely easy to use. It has 120 high powered bubble jets which surround the interior of the tub and is made of a high quality material which resists punctures.
It also has:
- A built-in hard water treatment system which makes the water gentler on your skin and prevents internal components from being damaged from limescale build up.
- An insulated ground cloth which enhances heat retention to help lower running costs.
- An insulated cover for improved heating and safety.
- A floating chemical dispenser and a replaceable filter cartridge for simple spa maintenance.
- Enough space for 4 people.
Durable and comfortable, the Bestway Miami is easy to maintain and setup and is one of the cheapest on the market!
With enough space for 6 people, this hot tub is great for families with children or for inviting a few friends over.
Best Inflatable Hot Tubs
If our top pick isn’t for you there are many other great inflatable hot tubs to choose from. We have selected our top 3 of the very best inflatable hot tubs that are currently available and listed them below.
1st - Intex 77in PureSpa
The Intex 77in PureSpa is our top pick because it represents the best value for money, is easy to set up and dismantle, and is the only hot tub on our list to offer a built in hard water treatment system.
Hard Water Treatment System
If you live in a hard water area the PureSpa’s internal hard water treatment system is a real must have. Not only will it make the water feel gentler on your skin it can extend the life of your hot tub. Left untreated, limescale can damage internal components and increase energy bills!
The build quality on the Intex PureSpa is the best of all hot tubs on our list. If treated with care this hot tub should provide many years service. It is built with a durable three-ply laminated material which is puncture resistant and sturdy enough to sit on without the edge collapsing and water spilling out.
For us, one of the main selling points is the best-in-class digital control panel, which flips up and can be easily accessed whilst sitting inside the tub. Its color display is a joy to use and allows easy access to all of the spa features such as activating the 120 air jets and setting the water temperature.
In the Box
The Intex PureSpa comes with everything you need inside the box. Two replacement filter cartridges and a floating chlorine dispenser ensure the water is kept clean. An insulated cover and thermal ground cloth are supplied to keep the water nice and warm when not in use, and a carry bag is included so that the hot tub can be stored away safely and compactly.
In our opinion, the Intex 77in PureSpa represents the best value for money. It is a high quality inflatable hot tub with great features at a good price point.
2nd - Bestway Miami
If you’re looking for a hot tub which provides you with warm bubbling water and you’re on a budget the Bestway Miami is a really good choice. Although it’s smaller than our top pick (the Intex 77in PureSpa) it still provides you with powerful air jets and has the same water temperature range (68-104°F). Ideal for 2 adults or a family with small children at almost $200 less you get a lot for your money.
Weighing in at 54 pounds the Bestway Miami is the lightest hot tub on our list and is extremely portable thanks to the integrated lift handles. When not in use it deflates compactly for optimal storage and can be packed away into its case for easy transportation. So if you’re looking for a hot tub you can just pack up and take with you camping, around friends houses etc the Bestway Miami is a great choice.
Made from a puncture resistant material, which includes a polyester mesh core surrounded by two layers of laminated PVC, the Bestway Miami build quality is good. Some user reviews suggest the lifespan may not be as long as that of a more premium inflatable hot tub but if taken care of should last for several seasons.
The Bestway Miami has a standard set of controls to set the water temperature and activate the air jets. These are placed on top of the air pump and heating mechanism. You’ll find them easy to use but you may need to lean out slightly from the hot tub to reach them.
In the Box
The Bestway Miami comes with everything you need to get you started. Two replacement filter cartridges, a floating chlorine dispenser, and a reinforced cover are provided to help keep the water clean and warm.
The Bestway Miami is a no thrills hot tub which is very portable, easy to maintain and setup (it comes with a DVD guide!) and is one of the cheapest on the market. If you’re looking for an inflatable hot tub on a budget buy this.
3rd - Coleman SaluSpa
The Coleman SaluSpa is actually manufactured by Bestway and shares a lot of features with our number 2 choice – the Bestway Miami. However, unlike the Miami, the Coleman SaluSpa is larger and can easily accommodate 6 adults.
Lots of Space
If you’re looking for an inflatable hot tub which doesn’t break the budget and is big enough to accommodate a group of people, the Coleman SaluSpa is a good choice.
Similar to the Bestway Miami, the SaluSpa is made with a durable PVC material. It differs in its I-beam construction which offers superior strength and stability. Basically, it’s rigid enough that you can sit on the edge without worrying about the spa deforming and water spilling out.
Continuing with the theme of borrowing from the Bestway Miami, the control panel is basically identical (it is manufactured by Bestway after all). You can set the water temperature, pressure of the air jets and also enable a power saving timer which regulates the temperature of the water for up to 72 hours saving energy and money.
In the Box
The SaluSpa comes with everything you need to setup and run your hot tub. Two replacement filter cartridges, Colemans ‘ChemConnect’ chemical dispenser and a sturdy cover are included in the box.
With enough space for 6 people, this hot tub is great for families with children or for those who feel like inviting a few friends over. With its mid-range price point and large capacity the Coleman SaluSpa is a great choice for those wanting a hot tub with extra space.
Inflatable Hot Tub Buyer's Guide
When buying an inflatable hot tub it helps to understand what’s on offer and what you need. Join us as we go through the main points to consider when it comes to buying your ideal hot tub.
What is an inflatable hot tub?
Inflatable hot tubs are a quick, easy and cost effective way to experience the benefits of having a spa in your own home. Everything you need comes in the box, once unpacked, you simply need to inflate the tub, add water and switch it on.
What size hot tub should I get?
Inflatable hot tubs generally come in sizes suitable for 2, 4 and 6 people and tend to slightly over-estimate the actual space. For example, if you plan to regularly bathe with the maximum number of occupants you can expect to have a fair amount of underwater ‘leg touching’ – especially if you’re tall. For that reason we’d suggest going for a hot tub which seats a few extra people, it’ll give you a bit more space to relax in and gives you the option to invite a few friends over if you wish.
However, keep in mind larger tubs require more water to fill – and to heat. It’ll cost marginally more to run and take up extra space on your patio or deck. So choose wisely when selecting your hot tub size.
What is the best inflatable hot tub brand?
What features can I expect an inflatable hot tub to have?
Inflatable hot tubs provide a pool of hot water (up to 104°F (40°C)) and jets which provide a gentle massage. Most models provide air jets but some hot tubs, such as the Bestway Palm Springs, feature water based jets. Water jets have the benefit of not cooling the water; however, you usually get far fewer water jets than air jets and they are usually more expensive.
You won’t find dedicated seating or massage loungers which come as options on more premium rigid shell hot tubs. Some premium features such as LED lighting can be found but usually aren’t standard in most products.
How long do inflatable hot tubs last?
Keep in mind most inflatable hot tubs won’t last as long as traditional rigid hot tubs made from hard wearing acrylic and resin. However, whilst premium hot tubs are permanent structures left outdoors in all conditions, inflatable hot tubs are usually used less frequently and stored away when not in use.
The lifespan of an inflatable hot tub will depend on how often it’s used and how well it’s cared for. Typically, most owners will get several years of good use out of their hot tub. Cheaper models may fail earlier and see leaks or have parts fail; however, both of these issues are repairable.
If you’re looking for a hot tub which has a longer lifespan it may be more cost effective to get a rigid hot tub. Take a look at our hot tub buyers guide for more information.