Staff, Courtesy of Bestway
There’s nothing like a warm bubbly soak under the stars, but not everyone have the space or budget to install one at home, or the opportunity to travel to natural hot springs for the luxurious experience in the wilderness. The next best thing is an inflatable hot tub, which will set you back about roughly $600 or more, but it’s an investment that can bring you quiet solo moments under the trees in your backyard, an evening of socializing with friends and family, or taking a dip for conversation over glasses of wine.
Whether you’re looking for something on the budget end or can take the (ahem) plunge and spring for a higher-end option, here’s a selection of our recommendations.
What to Consider
Budget aside, when in the market for a hot tub the first thing to nail down is how many people you’ll generally need to accommodate. The majority of options out there are for four to five people or six to seven people, but there are a few large models for eight adults or more, as well as extra small hot tubs ideal for two.
Next up is the number of air jets. Of course, those who prefer fewer bubbles can err on the lower end of the spectrum, which can average 100 or less, and roughly 170 or more on the upper end. It’s generally true that larger hot tubs typically have more jets—but don’t make that assumption off the bat. Gallon capacity is another important factor to take into account.
Inflatable hot tubs are often made of laminated PVC and polyester mesh, and come with a combo filter pump, heater, and filtration system. Also, expect all heating pumps to hit a maximum temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Most also can’t be used in temperatures below about 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Many, but not all, come with extras including covers with safety clips, ground cloths, extra filter cartridges, and a device that regulates the amount of chlorine in the water. Some include carrying bags.
How We Chose
All of the inflatable hot tubs we feature have average ratings of four stars or more. We combed through user reviews during our research and we chose options in a range of sizes and styles, and across price points, from value-packed to high-end. As mentioned above, there are a ton of features to consider when shopping for an inflatable hot tub, and we highlighted the most important for every one we covered.
Advertisement – Continue Reading Below
Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub
This four- to six-person inflatable hot tub from trusted brand Coleman features 114 bubble jets and a generous 242-gallon capacity—and it happens to be on sale for just under $600 at the time of this writing.
It’s perfect to pack up and take camping or set outside in the backyard, as it includes a pool cover and double safety-lock clips to keep it secure.
The hot tub spans more than six feet from rim to rim (inner dimensions are roughly five feet wide) and it’s just over two feet tall. In addition to the cover and lock, the hot tub comes with a multifunction pump, heater, and filter that’s attached to the side, with a control panel on top that’s high enough to reach without getting out of the water, and two filter cartridges.
There’s also a timer that can be preset to set the water’s temperature up to 72 hours in advance, plus an attachment to regulate the amount of chlorine in the water. There’s no ground cloth or carrying bag, which is a slight drawback.
Our Budget Pick
Bestway SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub
It’s nearly impossible to find an inflatable hot tub of good quality for about $600, but this one fits the bill. Made of laminate PVC and polyester mesh, this 210-gallon hot tub seats four people—its total diameter is about six feet wide, but the inner dimension is closer to roughly five feet—and is roughly two feet high.
There are 100 high-powered jets, which is slightly on the low side, but that’s reflected in the price, and it comes with a pump, heater, and filtration system all in one, plus there’s a floating chlorine dispenser to regulate the amount of the chemical in the water.
The control panel is on top of the pump, and although it tilts up, it may be tough to access without getting out of the water, unless you have long arms. The hot tub comes with an insulated cover, two filter cartridges, and thermal ground cloth, plus an inflation hose and carrying bag.
Best for Larger Groups
Intex PureSpa 6-Person Inflatable Hot Tub Spa
If you have the cash to spend and are looking for a larger inflatable hot tub, this one from Intex is an excellent choice. It has 170 high-powered bubble jets, with a multicolored LED light system on the headrests and two beverage trays that can hold two bottles of water each.
The hot tub has a built-in heat pump and can accommodate up to six adults comfortably, at seven feet wide from rim to rim and just over two feet high. Its control panel is set high above the outer ring for easy access, and there’s a handy 25-foot-long cord.
Features include a built-in hard water treatment system, a filtration system with two spare cartridges, and a floating chlorine dispenser, plus a ground cloth, pool cover and an inflation hose.
Best for Large Groups
Intex Six-Person Inflatable Hot Tub
For those seeking a six-person hot tub but don’t want to shell out quite as much as our premium pick—but has many of the same features—this option from Intex is your best bet. The 290-gallon hot tub has 170 bubble jets, a multifunction heater, filter, and blower, along with a built-in hard water treatments system and a floating chlorine dispenser.
There’s also a multicolored LED light system and a wireless touch-button control panel that’s said to last 48 hours on a single charge. Other highlights include two seats and two headrests, a top cover and ground cloth, and carry bag.
If you like this hot tub but are looking for something smaller, it also comes in a four-person model.
Best for a Cozy Soak
Bestway SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub
This inflatable, 160-gallon hot tub is the perfect size two or three. It’s roughly five-and-a-half feet wide rim to rim and about two feet high, with 110 jets and a digital control panel set atop the multifunction filler, heater, and pump. There’s also a downloadable app for controlling everything from the temperature to the timer, which can be programmed up to 40 days in advance. Other highlights among features include a reinforced cover with a safety-lock clip, an attachment to regulate the amount of chlorine in the water.
Coleman SaluSpa Square Hot Tub
If you want a square inflatable hot tub for up to four people, this option from Coleman is an excellent choice. The shape gives soakers a little more personal space and the corners automatically make comfortable headrests. It features 114 jets and a 177-gallon capacity, and its dimensions are roughly six feet from rim to rim and just over two feet high.
There’s a cushioned floor and a reinforced cover that has safety-lock clips for extra security, plus a built-in air chamber for insulation. The multipurpose pump and heater sits lower to the ground, so it may be harder to access the control panel on top without getting out of the water.
Bestway Wood Print Inflatable Hot Tub
For that true soaking-in-the-wilderness feel with all the convenience of an inflatable hot tub, look no further than this option from this rustic option. Said to comfortably accommodate seven adults, the 297-gallon hot tub features an aluminum foil coating to retain the water’s heat and two removable, plus adjustable seats that can raise you up nearly six inches, and a digitally controlled pump and heater.
There are also a pool liner and cover, and it comes with two filter cartridges, a device that controls chlorine in the water, and a repair kit.
The downside is that there are only 81 air jets and it comes with a hand pump to inflate, which may be a dealbreaker for some.
Coleman Faux-Rattan Inflatable Hot Tub
Let’s face it: Most inflatable hot tubs—as amazing as they are—look a bit like mini kiddie pools. But this one from Coleman, covered in a lovely dove gray faux rattan with a mosaic print on the inside, is as stylish as they come. It can comfortably fit four adults and squeeze up to six for cozy soaking, featuring 114 jets and has a 242-gallon capacity. It’s made with reinforced PVC and polyester mesh.
There’s an automatic timer and heater, plus a reinforced cover and safety-lock clips with a built-in air chamber for insulation. It’s about six-and-a-half inches rim to rim and two-and-a-half inches high, with roughly six feet of space inside.
The digital panel is set on top of the multifunction pump, heater, and filtration system and the hot tub comes with a liner, ground cloth, repair kit, extra filter cartridges, and an attachment that regulates chlorine in the water.
This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io
Advertisement – Continue Reading Below