Winter is a hard season. The cold makes our muscles ache and the dampness gets into our bones. Having a hot tub is like having your own personal spa right in your backyard. Hot tubs provide many health benefits such as improving circulation and relieving muscle pain, or they can be a romantic getaway to a hot springs on a cold winter’s night. However, unless you buy a house with one already installed, they can be incredibly expensive, difficult to maintain, and even cause mould damage if not properly ventilated. But imagine a hot tub that you can pack up and take with you wherever you go! The genius inflatable hot tub is affordable, portable, and just as awesome. We’ve reviewed three of the best inflatable hot tubs that you should consider for your next outdoor winter party.
Coleman Lay-Z Spa Inflatable Hot Tub
Coleman is one of those companies that sound too good to be true, but their products have stood the test of time, and this hot tub is another brilliant invention in their repertoire. With such features as the Lay-Z massage system, rapid heating, and an integrated water filtration system, it is super easy to set up and use. In just about an hour you can have the whole thing inflated, filled, and ready to rumble. The package includes set up instructions, a DVD with set up and maintenance information, the heating system, an insulated cover, a filter, ground cloth, inflation hose, chemical floater, and a heavy duty repair patch.
Its mechanics are held inside a green capsule that sits on the ground beside the hot tub. The pump and heater make a very low hum, so that you can enjoy conversation while in the tub. The floor is cushioned and super comfortable to relax in. Another amazing feature of this hot tub is its massage system. The tub holds four adult persons at a time. Remember that a hot tub full of water is incredibly heavy (well over two thousands pounds without persons). For this reason we recommend setting up the hot tub on your grass. But don’t worry: it comes with an insulation blanket that lies on the ground between the grass and your hot tub, in an effort to retain heat. We recommend keeping the temperature set at 100 degrees Fahrenheit all the time.
If you are concerned about energy use or overheating, consider that the heater automatically shuts down after 72 hours. Be sure to check on the hot tub if you plan to use it later in the day, and to cover it when not in use.
Sells for around $400.
SaluSpa Miami Airjet Inflatable Hot Tub
This sleek, black hot tub features an easy-to-control digital panel and a Lay-Z massage system that provides an endless stream of bubbles to massage your sore muscles and help you relax. It goes all the way up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit (or 40 Celsius, the maximum temperature any human should sit in). It comes with a chemical floater to hold spa chemicals that will stop bacteria growing. Its fabric is a polyester mesh core sandwiched between two layers of laminated polyvinylchloride. The SaluSpa boasts sturdy construction that allows users to sit against the sides without it buckling or bending. Its package comes with a DVD for set-up and maintenance, filtration cartridge, chemical floater, and inflatable cover to keep the heat in when you aren’t using the hot tub. This portable party holds four adult persons.
Sells for around $500.
PureSpa Portable Bubble Massage Spa Set
Pamper yourself in hot water surrounded by bubbling jets. This inflatable hot tub holds up to four average-sized adults and provides a spa experience at the touch of a button. The PureSpa portable hot tub comes with a locking insulated cover to prevent heat loss, the lock acting as a safety feature against children or pets. It also comes with two filtration cartridges, a heating system, testing strip, chemical floater, ground cloth to prevent heat loss, inflation hose, and a carrying bag for trips to the cottage. It is very easy to set up and inflates itself. With a quiet pump system, you can simply relax and enjoy the spa experience. Its floor and sides are incredibly sturdy and comfortable, leaving you with nothing to worry about. It provides the convenience of portability in addition to the powerful, soothing relief of a regular hot tub.
Sells for around $400.
Some things to keep in mind regarding your inflatable hot tubs: they are basically reusable bath water. Each time a person gets in, their oils and dirt wash off in the water and clog up the filters. Ask guests to shower before using the hot tub, make sure to wash the filters regularly, and use the proper chemicals to maintain bacteria growth. When freshly filled, it can take overnight or up to twenty-four hours to heat thoroughly. It heats the water at a rate of approximately two degrees per hour, taking about two days to thoroughly heat. If you don’t have time to wait for the heating system to do its magic, you can even buy a connection for an indoor faucet, which will link to a garden hose so that you can run hot water directly into the tub. Also, be careful not to let the water freeze if you have this thing outside in the winter. It may be wise to purchase some Styrofoam or other insulating material to lay under the hot tub, as these inflatable tubs seem to lose most heat through the floor. Keep the pump running and use the cover when not in use.