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Best inflatable hot tubs
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A hot tub creates a relaxing oasis in your own back yard. An inflatable hot tub costs less than a traditional spa. It can be deflated to store and takes up less space than a permanent jacuzzi. The best hot tubs heat up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, includes a pump and filtration system, and have jet streams to create a relaxing atmosphere. Here are several of the best inflatable hot tubs.

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Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub

Quality construction

The Coleman SaluSpa is a big hot tub that holds up to 242 gallons of water and comfortably fits four to six adults at a time. The exterior comes with a vertical beam construction, so the tub shouldn’t lose its shape over time. A cushioned ground cover adds to the comfort of what is already a very relaxing tub. It does take a while for the water to heat up.

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Bestway SaluSpa Helsinki AirJet Hot Tub

Massage air jet system

The Bestway SaluSpa inflatable hot tub comfortably holds seven people while offering a high-end massaging air jet system, rapid heating system, and integrated water filtration. It has a stylish external wood pattern and an aluminum foil coating to keep water extra warm. The inflatable hot tub can heat up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, and you can adjust settings via the attached LCD touchscreen.

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Intex PureSpa Bubble

Water softener system

The Intex PureSpa Bubble Fiber-Tech construction combines reinforced laminated PVC with a layer of fibrous material. The tub holds 210 gallons of water and can support four adults at a time. This inflatable hot tub has a combination pump and heater that circulates water first through a built-in water softener then a water filter. The 120 jets are powered by the same air pump you use to inflate the tub.

Best two-person hot tub

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Aleko Oval Inflatable Hot Tub

Compact design

The Aleko inflatable hot tub is designed to be easy to set up. It comes with a built-in drink tray and cover. The cushioned floor creates a comfortable place to sit back and relax while enjoying the 130 high-powered bubble jets. The underside of the cover has a foil coating to keep water extra warm and to lock in heat. The Aleko heats up to a maximum temperature of 108° and digital controls.

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Coleman SaluSpa Hawaii Portable Spa

Perfect for families

While the Coleman SaluSpa Hawaii inflatable hot tub is smaller in size than other hot tubs, its unique square shape offers extra seating space. It can comfortably seat a family of four. This tub comes with an impressive 114 bubble jets and a cushioned floor. It has vertical interior vinyl panels to give it support and prevent sagging over time.

What makes a good inflatable hot tub?

The design of an inflatable hot tub is simple. It consists of an inflatable tub made of PVC or vinyl, as well as an external combination pump and heater unit that controls both water temperature and jets. Inflatable hot tubs can generally be set up in 15 or 20 minutes and filled from a garden hose. Most of them can heat water up to comfortably hot temperatures overnight. Even though the basics are the same across the models listed here, there are some key factors to consider in your buying decision.

Construction

Layered vinyl or PVC is standard for inflatable hot tubs, but many models reinforce the walls of the tub with fabrics like polyester or nylon. This is usually indicated with a proprietary name; Intex calls its unique blend of materials Fiber-Tech, while Coleman uses the name Tri Tech 3 Layer Material for its mix of polyester mesh and layered PVC.

The design and structure of the tub is just as important as the materials used to make it. Many manufacturers use a segmented inflatable design, reinforced with a vertical I-beam structure inside. These internal vinyl panels make for a sturdier tub, one that can support users leaning against it or even sitting directly on the outer wall of the spa. Premium portable hot tubs add another level of stability and protection with interlocking panels that surround the inflatable tub. Made of waterproof composite materials, these panels provide a rigid wall that protects and insulates the hot tub.

Covers

All inflatable spas include a locking top cover for safety reasons. Some, however, also use the cover to insulate the tub and speed up the heating process. Some models include inflatable covers that fit into the top of the tub like a stopper in a bottle, while others use insulating materials like foam or foil lining to keep the heat inside. Regardless of insulation style, you’ll want a cover that’s more than a fitted piece of fabric.

Accessories

There are all sorts of accessories available for maintaining your portable spa and enhancing the experience, from chemical dispensers to inflatable seat cushions. Any hot tub you consider should include the basic filter cartridges necessary for use, if not an extra filter or two. If you plan to leave the tub filled for days or weeks at a time, you’ll also want one that includes chemicals like chlorine or bromine, along with the necessary dispenser and test strips to monitor the pH levels of the water. Other accessory manufacturers offer a ground mat to protect the bottom of the tub, built-in water softening, and built-in or attachable seat cushions and cup holders.