Are Inflatable Hot Tubs Any Good?

  • By: Adam
  • Date: August 28, 2022

You have definitely already thought about buying your own hot tub. Just imagine finishing work and jumping into a hot tub in your backyard…the water bubbling around you…relaxing your muscles and calming you down after a long day.

What’s not to love, right? A hot tub is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, relax upon an evening, or even entertain friends. 

So, you probably want one for yourself, but built in hot tubs can be so expensive, and not to mention hard to install. The answer is an inflatable hot tub.

These types of hot tubs are much easier to maintain, and you can place them literally anywhere. 

If you stop using it as much, or run out of space, you can always empty it and pack it away during the winter months.

As great as they are, you may be wondering how durable they are, and if inflatable hot tubs are as good as everyone says so!

Luckily, we are here to help and answer all of your queries, to help you find out if inflatable hot tubs are any good. 

Do inflatable hot tubs have jets?

close up of inflatable hot tub filled with water

For the most part, many inflatable hot tubs will have air jets. Just make sure that the one you are looking at purchasing comes with jets included, so that you know what you are paying for.

Inflatable hot tubs will generally come in two main parts, one with the inflatable tub, and the power unit.

The power unit is then connected to the inflatable hot tub, and sometimes can be used to inflate it, along with the general running of the tub. 

Once the hot tub is inflated, you can use a hose pipe to fill the tub with water.

Then, you will need to read the manufacturer instructions, and add in some chemicals, such as chlorine, before leaving the water to heat up for a few hours until it reaches the required temperature. 

Once you have added in chemicals, you can test the waters to see if they are safe for use, and you are ready to start hot tubbing!

Most hot tubs will be connected to the power unit, which will have buttons for jets, bubbles and various different settings. 

Do inflatable hot tubs pop easily?

How durable your inflatable hot tub is will depend on the particular make that you buy, and how you look after it. For instance, when it comes to inflatable hot tubs, most of the time, you pay for what you get.

If you go for ones that are too cheap, they may not be made of durable materials, and can be prone to tears and damage. 

In addition, the weather and temperature can have an adverse effect on the longevity of your hot tub, and whether it would break easily.

For example, if the inflatable hot tub is often left in very cold temperatures and weather conditions, then the material of the tub may become very brittle, and can crack and pop very easily. 

That being said, most good quality inflatable hot tubs are built to last, and are not very easy to pop, as they are made with very resistant materials that are not prone to tearing.

Additionally, big brands such as Intex create inflatable hot tubs with extra structural support, anti-scratch surfaces and durable materials. 

In the unlikely event that your inflatable hot tub did pop, or a hole was torn in the fabric, you can easily rectify this by patching it up, and it will be as good as new! 

How sturdy are inflatable hot tubs?

Inflatable hot tub with air holes

Again, how sturdy the inflatable hot tub is depends on the make and model of the hot tub that you have, and how it is cared for.

Most high quality inflatable hot tubs are designed to be very durable, sturdy and long lasting, and are therefore made from reinforced vinyl materials, with high resistance to most punctures, scratches, marks and scrapes. 

On the other hand, lower quality inflatable hot tubs will be more prone to punctures, holes or tears as the fabric used may not be as strong.

In addition, we always recommend having a ground cover underneath the inflatable hot tub, so that the bottom is never torn or punctured in any way, and always keep it covered if not in use. 

Which is the best inflatable hot tub?

If you want a good, quality inflatable hot tub for yourself, then you are better off sticking to the best quality one that you can afford.

We would recommend looking at popular brands of inflatable hot tubs such as Intex, Coleman, and SaluSpa.

Our recommendations are: 

Bestway SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub 4 Person

Coleman 4 Person SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub

INTEX 4 Person Inflatable Hot Tub Spa

What is the deepest inflatable hot tub? 

For most inflatable hot tubs, they are built to be easy to maneuver and easily portable. This is why most models have a maximum water depth of 22-24”.

If you prefer it to be deeper, so that you can submerge your shoulders under the warm, bubbly water, then why not try this Bestway SaluSpa inflatable hot tub, at 24”: