Last updated: 03/21/2018
There are two kinds of people: Those who love inflatable hot tubs, and those who don’t know they exist.
Let’s be honest. There are some great blowup hot tubs, but also a few not so good (and some that are just plain bad). Curious which inflatable spa is the right for you? Well, check out our inflatable hot tub buying guide and reviews below.
For impatient: Click here to see our #1 top inflatable hot tub right NOW on Amazon.
Did you know that there are two kinds of jets available? More on that later…
TOP 9 best inflatable spas for 2018:
|1. Intex PureSpa (Our TOP pick)||$||Check Price|
|2. Coleman SaluSpa||$||Check Price|
|3. SaluSpa Paris (Underwater LED lights!)||$$||Check Price|
|4. SaluSpa Hawaii (Real HydroJets!)||$$$||Check Price|
||5. Intex PureSpa 6 person||$$$||Check Price|
||6. SaluSpa Palm Springs||$$$||Check Price|
|7. SaluSpa Miami||$||Check Price|
|8. Goplus 4 person (New product!)||$||Check Price|
|9. Intex PureSpa Hot Tub/Pool Set||$$$||Check Price|
How to find the best blow-up hot tub for you? (3 important tips)
While our top 9 list is a great guide for you to begin with, everybody has different preferences. Check out these important factors to consider:
Price (It varies a lot!)
Inflatable spas range from around 300 $ up to 1,000 $. The higher price tag comes with more advanced features such as:
- Water jets (Like in this one)
- LED underwater mood lights (Like in this one)
- Saltwater treatment system
- Higher water capacity
Cheaper hot tubs, in general, miss those features. That doesn’t mean they don’t provide awesome relaxation.
Capacity & Volume
From small hot tubs for 2 people up to big inflatable hot tubs for 6 people.
Volume wise they range from around 150 gallons up to 300 gallons of water. The latter is more than 2,500 pounds of weight, so be careful about placement.
Advanced features (There’s plenty of them)
Would you rather choose a cheaper alternative or a more luxurious one with more features? What are some advanced features best inflatable hot tubs have?
Hard water system
This feature prevents a buildup of limescale which is a major cause of blow up hot tub pump breakdowns. Luckily, a lot of inflatable hot tubs have this feature.
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
1. Intex PureSpa (Our affordable choice)
This is the best inflatable hot tub on our TOP list. It is both really affordable and really luxurious. Don’t forget to check out our comparison of best Intex inflatable hot tubs.
2. Coleman Lay-Z Spa (Another affordable option)
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.
3. SaluSpa Paris (Awesome features)
While not first on our list, a 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.
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 – an amazing feature
The 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 the manufacturer claims capacity of 6 people, our experience is that 4 adults are 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 very pleasant, but water jets have their own advantages. Water jets are used in all expensive built-in whirlpools. Therefore this is the best inflatable hot tub when it comes to premium massage.
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 inflatable 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 (Big Capacity)
This intex blowup hot tub 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.
6. SaluSpa Palm Springs (Big Capacity)
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 hot tub 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.
The 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 Inflatable Hot Tub
SaluSpa Miami is a common 4 person inflatable hot tub with no extra features like LED lights. It has 120 bubble jets, a 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. Goplus 4 Person (Newest product)
This is one of the newcomers to the market. That’s why we choose to be cautious as its weaknesses are not discovered yet. So far, it seems like a solid inflatable hot tub.
What does Goplus inflatable hot tub offer?
Manufacturer states a capacity for 4 people. Just like with every other hot tub with a claimed capacity of 4, it’s doable, but definitely not comfortable unless you are close friends (A lot of leg touching guaranteed).
Goplus has practical carrying handles for easier transportation (This is a standard feature in most inflatable hot tubs)
Possibly the most unique and best feature is integrated heater and blower inside the wall of the spa.
This makes it take even less space than other hot tubs in this category.
The digital control panel is right in the wall of the spa, making it super easy to change the settings from the water, without the need to reach over the side of the hot tub to an external control panel.
Hard-water treatment system is included to prevent a buildup of limescale and make the water more pleasant to the skin.
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 playing 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.
An 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 any from the range of Intex Hot Tubs.
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, the damage usually cannot be undone.
One example of a BAD hot tub
This is how it’s not supposed to be done.
Radiant Saunas Simplicity (Bad choice)
Let’s put it this way: Don’t buy this one!
We added this one as an example how an inflatable hot tub should NOT look and work like.
Average looking and for an average price. You can definitely find much better inflatable spas on our TOP list.
Anyway, what does it offer?
It has enough room to sit 4 people according to the manufacturer. As with all other “4 person hot tubs”, get ready for some intimate time with your buddies. This is fine if you are close friends, but not so comfortable if you are not. The exterior layer is a brownish synthetic leather. It is a matter of personal preference, but we don’t like it at all.
The digital control panel is located on the top of the water pump/heater unit. This unit is pretty small compared to the competition, so controlling the digital control panel from inside the water is a trouble. You have to reach your hands over the side of the spa, and blindly push the buttons. Not good design choice at all.
If you want to see a nicely designed control panel, check out this Goplus hot tub.
As with all blow-up spas, this one is easy to setup and use too. It will self-inflate using the air blower that later produces massaging bubbles. This is just normal, nothing special.
Starter chemicals for shocking and treating the hot tub are not included!
Final verdict: We would not choose this one.
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 than 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 a 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 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 love to jump into a spa from time to time.
One of the people’s main concerns when it comes to owning an inflatable spa is the fact that they do not think that they 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 have 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.