The market loves a good rivalry, and that is what customers are getting with the inflatable hot tub and spa market. There are loads of good products with prices that keep dropping each month. But where do you start if you are looking for a specific product? Below is a good list of some of the greatest products the market has ever seen along with a guide to help you decide what is best for your situation. With all of the choices and brands there is plenty of sales to go around for the right customers. Some highlights on the list include models by Intex and Homax, respectively.
- Bestway Lay-Z-Spa
- Dimensions: 71"x26"
- Shape: Round
- Seats: 4 Adults
- Water Capacity: Not Specified
- Wall Type: Not Specified
- Coleman Lay-Z Spa
- Dimensions: 32 x 22 x 24 inches
- Shape: Round
- Seats: 4-6 Adults
- Water Capacity: 50+ Gallons
- Wall Type: Fabric Coated Material
- Intex PureSpa
- Dimensions: 34 x 22.5 x 20.5 inches
- Shape: Round
- Seats: 4 Adults
- Water Capacity: 210 Gallons
- Wall Type: 48 Fiber-TechTM
Bestway Lay-Z-Spa Miami Inflatable Hot Tub
With sizes available in Miami 4 person, Palm Springs 6 person, and Paris 6 person, the Bestway Lay-Z-Spa Miami Inflatable Hot Tub is a great medium priced product if you want value. Branded as the world’s first premium inflatable spa, it can be used indoors or outdoors with a tool free setup. A built in rapid heating system means that it will be ready for water in minutes, and through the use of a digital control panel you can set the temperature of your choice up to 104 degrees F.
The best feature goes to the Lay-Z Spay massage system that uses 120 bubble jets to relieve aching muscles from a hard day of work. Because of the placement of the digital control panel, you will easily be able to change all settings without leaving the tub. It is an intuitive design that works really well after getting used to the placement. The spa requires little maintenance to keep clean, and by regularly taking advantage of the water filtration system and chemical floater the tub will continue to be a champ for years.
TriTech material composed of 3 ply reinforced material offers durability that a lot of inflatable hot tubs can only hope to beat. It’s really a nice and strong material that can withstand a lot of bumps and bruises and is even puncture resistant due to the I-Beam construction. Sitting on the sides of a tub with this type of construction means that it won’t bend or buckle, and taking the price into consideration makes it one of the all-time deals on the list.
Materials included are a chemical floater to keep the spa fresh, inflatable cover to keep debris out and the water warm, a filter cartridge for the filtration system and a DVD that goes in-depth with spa use and providing setup and maintenance instructions. This is one of the better deals on the list, and probably at the lowest cost. Highly recommended for users that want value with features all in one package.
Coleman Lay-Z Spa Inflatable Hot Tub
This high priced inflatable hot tub fits 4-6 adults and has a water capacity of 254 gallons. When inflated it measures 77×28, so plenty of room to pack in all of the people with ample space. Maximum heat capacity is about 104 Fahrenheit, but the beauty of this hot tub has to do more with its digital control panel functions.
Using an automatic start/stop timer controlled heating system, customers can choose a set it and forget it mentality when busy with other tasks. This helps for busy professionals that don’t have time to monitor while their hot tubs get to the correct temperature.
The second most important feature is the cushioned air pad floor that sits underneath the spa, helping with insulation and heat loss. Besides the extra comfort this layer provides there is also the surrounding construction made of sturdy I-beam and TriTech 3 ply reinforced material. Sitting on the sides of the hot tub won’t make it buckle over or collapse. Combing all of these great features into one package makes this one of the great buys on the list, and much like the first, a hard deal to beat. The Coleman Lay-Z Spa Inflatable Hot Tub is a good choice for users that want a good amount of top tier features.
Intex PureSpa 4-Person Inflatable Jet Massage Hot Tub
The high priced Intex PureSpa 4-Person Inflatable Jet Massage Hot Tub is powered by 4 jets in the interior of the spa, offering one of the most refreshing massages you’ll get in an inflatable hot tub. One of the most incredible things about this hot tub is that it has a built in saltwater sanitation system that not only cleans the water but softens hard water. For users of soft water systems in their homes, this will come as a welcome addition since the difference tends to be night and day when it comes to the two.
All of this is done without the negative side effects of packaged chlorine, which can be harmful to the skin and eyes. On the plus side, this electronic system also increases the efficiency of the hot tub while managing the life of the all-important heating coil. Great support of the tub is provided by the 48 Fiber-TechTM beams, a stronger support base than most spas on the market. It also features a puncture resistant three ply laminated foundation to further its durability through heavy use. With everything in place the water will be ready for dipping into in only 20 minutes, a nice time for those in a hurry.
Storage is easy and even with the pump it can be transported in small places which is an incredible detail since when inflated it has a water capacity of 210 gallons. As one of the harder to find items on the list, this product is a great buy and can really be the center of an inflatable hot tub setup.
- Intex PureSpa
- Dimensions: 75" Inches
- Shape: Round
- Seats: 4 Adults
- Water Capacity: 210 gallons
- Wall Type: 48 Fiber-TechTM
- 28403E + 3 x 29001E
- Dimensions: Outer Diameter: 58” / 75”. Height: 28”
- Shape: Round
- Seats: 4 Adults
- Water Capacity: N/A
- Wall Type: Fiber-Tech™
- Comfort Line SNB6ftSWC120V
- Dimensions: 27 x 74 x 74 inches
- Shape: Octagon
- Seats: N/A
- Water Capacity: N/A
- Wall Type: N/A
Intex PureSpa Portable Jet Massage Hot Tub
As one of the highest priced products on the list, the Intex PureSpa Portable Jet Massage Hot Tub has a lot of useful features for the power user. Up to 4 high powered performance jets do a great job of giving you the most thorough massage available at the current price. Having one of the most advanced control panels on the list, buyers will really be intrigued with how many features they managed to put into it without confusing the user.
More effective heating of the water is managed by the tub heating the air before bubbling through the water, a process that few on the list utilize. There are a lot of accessories included with the hot tub including an insulated cover, 3 way water test strip, ground cloth, a filtration system with 2 filters and a chlorine dispenser. The unit measures 28 inches high, and seats up to four adults with a max water capacity of 210 gallons.
Water temperature range is the standard 68-104, so users will get plenty comfortable while using it. This is one of the bigger ones on the list and weighs 149 pounds with dimensions of 44x28x19, so make sure to have adequate space before installing. Easily one of the best products on the list just by features alone, the Intex PureSpa Portable Jet Massage Hot Tub is a great buy for anyone.
Intex Pure Spa 4-Person Inflatable Portable Hot Tub w/ Six Filter Cartridges
Things get a little more interesting with the high priced Intex Pure Spa, with its ability to push out a water temperature up to 104 f and seat up to four adults. Even with its great power this is one of the most economical products on the list since the built in heating works on being efficient and not wasting power. The process that allows this is the heating of air before bubbling through the water, allowing for a better and thorough heating of the water as a whole.
This will save you a lot of money if you use your hot tub a lot, especially over a 1 year period. The size is pretty big at 58×75 with a height of 28 inches, providing a lot of space to move around in it. What makes this product different from the others is that it uses a dual filter system and also comes with six cartridges. That’s enough to last you for a very long time without worrying about replacements. Replacing them is as easy as replacing a faucet water filter, and takes the same amount of time.
Constructed of strong FiberTech technology, the 48 beams used to hold up the product are strong enough to hold up even if a user sits on the side of the unit. The host of features included are a 3 way water test strip, floating pool chlorine dispenser, thermal ground cloth, inflation hose, carrying bag and cover straps with a child security lock. At only 112 pounds it is light enough to be carried but strong enough to take whatever you throw at it. Buyers should definitely check this one out if they want an all in one hot tub system.
Comfort Line Products Spa-N-A-Box Portable Spa
Last on the list is the high priced Comfort Line Products Spa-N-A-Box Portable Spa, which is also the easiest to install among the other products. No plumbing or confusing setup options are required to get the best turbo wave massage you’ve ever had in your life. It can be installed inside and outside, and is one of the better inflatable spas you can buy for the listed price.
The total weight is only 85 pounds, which is light enough for one person to carry without help. In places where this is going upstairs, that is a huge relief on the person that has to move it. Product dimensions are 74x74x27 and should be less of a hassle getting through doorways than similarly sized spas and hot tubs. The materials used to compose it are quite strong, so you won’t have to worry about leaking from it even with extended use.
Finding a replacement power pack if you are out of warranty is easy, and doesn’t cost as much as you think. This will come in handy if you’re ever out of the warranty period or if you lose the original power pack. There are some definite fans of this model, and it is a good buy for those that need a dependable spa.
M Spa Model B-90 Apline Hot Tub
The last of the inflatables on the list is the M Spa Model B-90 Apline Hot Tub, a high priced product that has an interesting design. Using a built in control box with touch button controls consumers can easily change whatever settings they want while being inside the tub itself. With the 3 layer laminated PVC this tub has just the right amount of toughness while still being comfortable. Water capacity maxes out at 184 gallons and within the tub itself there are 105 water jets to massage all participants.
The heater is capable of getting the water up to 104f, and does a pretty quick job about it. Weight of the entire system is only 55 pounds, very light when compared to the others on the list. It’s almost the perfect size for portability at 62x62x27 inches, and can be stored in most places you need it. This is as small a hot tub as you can get that will comfortably fit 4 people, and all without losing extreme portability options. Buyers interested in hot tub luxury on the go will love the features of this unit and be happy with their purchase.
Lifesmart Rock Solid Simplicity Plug and Play 4 Person Spa
As the first product to move onto the non-inflatable hot tubs, this ultra-high priced Lifesmart really gives you all of the bells and whistles you would expect from a luxury spa. With the ability to fit 4 people comfortable and all with their own personal spot, the sandstone Sahara shell interior will be one of the most comfortable home spas you have ever sat in. each personal spot has 3 jets for a total of 12 for the hot tub and they are all powered by a 1.5 HP pump.
One of the prettier features of this tub is the built in waterfall that is sure to thrill guests who sit near it. To keep all of these great features running at peak condition, the Balboa digital control is the perfect way to manage all of the prime features. At night time the spa looks beautiful and it is all thanks to the 12 volt spa light with red and blue lens caps. Being part of the Discovery collection has its perks, and buyers are sure to love this and the other models in the collection. One of the highest priced items on the list but also one of the best, this is easily a top 3 luxury product.
Strong Spas SS13300300 Rio 11 Jet Spa
If durability is your main concern with a spa, then the high priced Strong Spas SS13300300 Rio 11 Jet Spa should be your first choice. Composed of an indestructible resin cabinet, this is made up of the strongest materials of any jet spa or hot tub on the list. The built in heater gets similar treatment and is an all-weather stainless steel model that won’t easily break under heavy conditions. Because of the shape, 4-5 people can be comfortably seated in it and they’ll enjoy the soothing massage of the foot jets.
Total amount of hydrotherapy jets is 11, and they are all backed by a powerful 2 speed 2 HP pump, one of the strongest on the list. A digital underwater LED light is the finishing touch to this model that is powered by 120v but can easily be converted to 240v. It fits through standard doorways and is truly a plug and play product. For the weight customers may want to consider getting help since it is about 280 pounds total with dimensions of 70.2×70.2×29.5. As one of the most advanced products on this list, it is hard to find many that will beat it in head to head competition.
Lifesmart Rock Solid Hydromaster 7 Person Spa
Another that hits the high price is also one of the largest on the list, the Lifesmart Rock Solid Hydromaster. It can hold up to 7 people and 340 gallons of water, giving the ultimate comfort and relief all in one package. The walls are hard and made to take a beating, but beyond the hardness of them is the sheer beauty.
This is probably the prettiest product on the list, and it was made to really be a head turner. There are 30 hydrotherapy jets built into the system to make it comfortable with a waterfall on one end to simulate a relaxing atmosphere. All of this is powered by a 3.6 HP pump and 5 kilowatt stainless steel heater.
The days of waiting up to an hour for your spa to be ready for you are over with all of this power in this one unit. Water is kept clean and manageable thanks to the 50 square foot filter, a huge improvement over other models on the market. Use of the comfort dials takes all of the guesswork out of finding that perfect air/water mixture, leaving you with only the perfect settings to mess around with. Easily one of the best on the list, this Lifesmart product will really make a difference wherever you decide to put it.
Lifesmart Rock Solid Luna Spa
At about half the price of the previous product but still in the high range is the Lifesmart Rock Solid Luna Spa, a smaller but still feature rich offering from the company. There are 3 available seating positions to play around with, all with their own great advantages. This is a true plug and play model and is powered by an 110v 15 amp that works hard to keep things moving. All 12 available jets do a great job of making the water inviting, with the layout being 2x2x2x2 with 4 on the rear.
The advanced comfort valve air mixing system warms up the water faster than lesser units through a more efficient heating system. Feel secure in your purchase with a warranty that covers 5 years on the shell, 1 year on the electronics and pumps and with a 90 day labor agreement. At 255 pounds you’ll definitely need some help setting it up, and it comes with dimensions of 70x66x29 inches so make sure you have the proper space. This is one of the most popular spas on the list, and has been in the top ranks for a while now. Buying this is a good choice if you don’t want something that’s too big in size.
Homax Inflatable 158 Gallons(600 Liter) SPA 4-Prson 130 Air Jets
With the Homax Inflatable 158 Gallons (600 Liter) SPA 4-Person 130 Air Jets you can convert just about any space into a comfortable lounging place for your new hot tub. This high priced option is one of the most portable on the list and can be transported with ease once packed. Using a 110V plug it is also has very low power usage even when using all 130 air jets to massage you.
The temperature range is pretty wide but has enough give to definitely have the perfect one to make your massage the best. It fits up to 4 people so is one of the smaller ones on the list with dimensions of 61×43 inches and a height of 25.6, but is still comfortable even at max capacity. Water limit is capped at 158 gallons, and as mentioned before the temperature ranges from 68f-104f.
An embedded control panel is easy to reach with a good amount of settings, and the entire package comes with a 12 month warranty for the control panel, 12 months for the control box and an entire 6 months for the spa pool body. That is a pretty generous warranty considering that this is a portable unit and is more likely to be damaged compared to the other stationary ones on the list. As one of the best portable units on the list, users will be very pleased with this buy.
Homax Inflatable SPA 211 Gallons(800 Liter) 4-Person 130 Air Jets Include Accessories Round Portable Hot Tub
Ranking right up there with the last item in terms of features, this high priced Homax can inflate easily into any space you think of putting it. It’s another one of the portable hot tubs on the list that is fun to own and can go everywhere. Using a simple 110v plug buyers can power the 130 air jets to get maximum comfort. When not in use simply throw on the included protective cover to keep debris and other items out of the tub.
The advanced digital control panel is both intuitive and fun to use, even if you’re in the tub. For the warranty you can look forward to 6 months for the spa pool body, 12 months for the control panel and 12 months for the control box. This is a very fair warranty that will cover just about all the important components of the product. Capacity of the hot tub is 211 gallons with dimensions of 71×55 and a height of 25.6 to play around with. Compared to the last unit it is only 66 pounds in weight, which is less than half. Buyers looking for a portable hot tub will love this option not only for the price but for the great portability.
Homax Inflatable 252 Gallons(950 Liter) SPA 6-Person 130 Air Jets Include Accessories Square Portable Hot Tub
Keeping with the portable units is this Homax Inflatable that fits into any space you need it to, and opts for a square design rather than the usual circular one. This is one of the rare hot tubs to get on the market since it always flies out of the warehouse when it is in stock. With the ability to simply plug it into a standard 110v outlet, consumers will be amazed with how often they get compliments on its comfort level.
All 130 air jets provide massive massage customization, and when not in use you can simply throw a protective cover over it. Homax issues their usual warranty with this model that covers all the important parts, including the electronic components. The heater is a 1.8 HP model that is capable of temperature ranges from 68f to 104f without keeping you waiting for it to reach top temperatures. It’s one of the lightest on the list that can fit 6 people and only weighs 60 pounds. Homax does it again with this square portable model and a lot of customers will be satisfied with this purchase.
Types of Inflatable Hottub
There are a couple of main types of hot tubs to look out for when making a purchase, and all of them have their strengths and weaknesses. This section will focus on the types rather than their pros and cons to give you a good foundation of what to expect when making a purchase. The most popular buy in the market is the above ground hot tub, and it is also the most expensive.
They typically have a lot more materials in them, usually with a composition of molded acrylic, fiberglass and sometimes even a rotationally molded plastic. Focusing on the higher end of the above ground segment will get you the stainless steel versions that are a bit rare compared to the others. Installation needs to be done on a stable surface with some models requiring a 220v outlet in order to function.
Soft sided inflatable hot tubs are usually made of vinyl, and are a lot lesser in price. Their installation options range from indoor to outdoor with the same setup procedures. They come with motors like the ones you would find with a blow up bed that automate the process of getting the tub ready for the water. There are a lot of models of this type, and the materials range from being soft to extremely hard.
Wooden hot tubs are rare but a very good find if you settle on one. These are considered old school choices and have many aesthetic benefits to them. Usually arriving in pieces and needing to be assembled, this is for the diehard user that wants the old time experience. Last is the in ground hot tubs which are the most expensive, and just as rare as the wooden versions. These are considered top of the line, and require professional installation. Made of gunite or poured concrete, they are the top of the food chain when it comes to hot tub or spa luxury.
Benefits of Inflatable Hottub
With all of the available types of hot tubs to choose from, finding a model that best fits into your home is going to come down to the individual features. Whether it is portability, affordability, or ease of installation there is always something big that stands out with one model over the other. Some models on the list have a great price but are not easy to install.
Others have a higher price but not all of the features you may be looking for. Since there is a general fear with handling something this big, let’s start off by easing those fears- inflatable hot tubs and spas are not hard at all to install. There really is no middle ground when it comes to installation, meaning that it is either easy to install or it requires professional installation. The hot tubs and spas that require professional installation as usually the high end ones that need special equipment and permits. Inflatable hot tubs were made for the beginning DIY user, and many use a simple plug and play setup.
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So how portable is an inflatable hot tub? When compared to traditional hot tubs, it wins by miles in this department. Since they come deflated, they weigh a lot less and can be carried by one person. Some weight only 60 pounds total when it is deflated, making it ideal for carrying to parties, upstairs, or just moving to different parts of your house.
Since it is a one man job with an inflatable hot tub that is less work to be done moving and setting up if you’re in a rush. This includes moving the blower that comes with it, as they are normally small and can be carried with the other hand. If you are an avid RV user then these inflatable hot tubs can become a true vacation away from home since they are so easy to set up wherever you want.
Since they use completely different materials than the higher end hot tubs and spas, they are also a lot cheaper in price. This doesn’t mean that the companies listed use cheap and breakable parts, and is actually the exact opposite. The materials used to make these types of inflatable hot tubs are made to withstand bad weather, pokes, and even breakdown from bad debris.
Take comfort in knowing that many also come with a very solid warranty that will cover it from breakage conditions, especially where it isn’t the owners fault. Even the smaller companies have made it a point to include quality materials and a long warranty, and all without increasing the price. Prices are at an all-time low for the products, so the best time to buy one is definitely now.
Besides the portability and the low prices, installing a hot tub is easier than it has ever been. This is where it may get a little confusing for some people, since all versions of hot tubs are easy to install, but the easiest to install is actually the portable non inflatable ones. This is because they are true plug and play, requiring only an outlet and filling it with water. This has become a popular feature for the non-inflatable hot tubs, and it really is that simple. Just place it on a level surface wherever you want, fill it with water and then plug it in. When moving over to the inflatable hot tubs, things are still easy, but it gets a little different.
The main difference between the two is setting up the blower to inflate the hot tub and waiting for it to fully inflate. For buyers that don’t move their hot tub or leave it inflated, this won’t even be a problem. For others that move their hot tub a lot and deflate it after each use, it involves simply plugging up the blower and then attaching it to the hot tub to fully inflate. The only downside to this method is the extra time it will take to heat up the water along with the inflation, which is why a lot of users only deflate when absolutely necessary. That is a good idea of the benefits of an inflatable hot tub and spa, and yet the surface has barely been scratched.
How Much To Spend On Your Inflatable Hot Tub?
When trying to decide the correct amount to spend on an inflatable hot tub or spa, it is going to come back to the type that you want. As discussed earlier there are about 4 different types of hot tubs, but the two prominent ones on the list are soft sided inflatable hot tubs and the above ground hot tubs. These two are the most common, and the inflatable hot tubs tend to be low priced while the above ground hot tubs are always in the high price range.
The price you spend is going to depend heavily on whether you want a product that you can easily move anywhere and is less durable, or a product that can be moved but has limitations and is more durable. The extra money you spend for an above ground hot tub also goes toward a more efficient heating and massage system, with more advanced controls on the panel.
If you know for a fact that the hot tub is going to be staying in one place year round, then why not go all out and get an above ground solution like some of the better ones on this list? RV users will obviously default to the inflatable hot tub, but everyone has a certain use for whatever they end up with on this list. Just realize that you’re always going to spend less for inflatable, and more for above ground.
What Are the Best Brands When It Comes to Portable and Inflatable Hot Tubs?
There are some big name brands in the hot tub industry, but there are also a lot of lesser known brands that create incredible product. This parity has allowed for the sharp decrease in price among hot tub manufacturers, as everyone is trying to one up the next person. The customer wins in this situation, getting some of the most cutting edge features available at the fraction of the price. Some of the best makers of hot tubs and spas are listed below, along with why you should go with that particular company. These are trusted companies on this list, and consumers will be very happy with whatever purchase they end up with from them.
Homax is probably the unlikeliest name on the list since they are known for being a home improvement company. They are a favorite of many professionals and DIY users and have been in business for over 25 years. They have a line of products that makes everyone’s life easier, and there is a lot of focus on providing in-depth information to consumers that want to tackle projects without the use of a professional. They have several how to videos that make it a point to treat the users like an intelligent being rather than assuming they have never held a tool before. Each video is carefully made so that
optimal results are met no matter who is in control of the project. They are a subsidiary of PPG Architectural Finishes, Inc. a large and very profitable company. The company recently made the jump into making hot tubs and spas and has made a big profit with their diverse lineup. Homax doesn’t shy away from innovation, and with the ability to post how-to videos that anyone can follow, they have the edge of being the best when it comes to ease of use with their products. If by chance a customer gets to the point where something is hard to understand even with the videos, then the customer support team is very knowledgeable and will walk them through it.
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Intex Recreation Corp is the typical specialized hot tub and spay maker, and their first inflatable product was actually a beach ball. Other areas that they make products for are toys, furniture, boats, above ground pools and even airbeds. But inflatable products seems to be in the companies DNA, with over 40 years of success to prove it. Buyers that are unfamiliar with the brand may recognize them from their original name, The Wet Set.
About 2012 is when they became Intex, with the name change coinciding with their leap in fiber-tech construction that has made them a favorite in the market. In 2014 they really made a splash with the PureSpa line, one of the most popular hot tubs in distribution. With their products being available to over 100 countries around the world, Intex has its strength in durability and tried and true construction.
Out of all the products on the list, theirs are the best built from top to bottom, including electronics. Some of their better hot tub designs comes from taking from their older ideas and implementing it into a newer design. Intex is not afraid to go old school on some products, and it has worked out remarkably well for them.
Bestway Inflatables & Material Corp. is a very similar to Intex in their range of products. They cover surf boards, air mattresses, inflatable boats, and above ground swimming pools and spas. They are a young company that was founded in 1994 and focuses on providing the best experience possible with their products, which is why customers will notice a big difference between a Bestway product and the competition.
They take a lot of risks and are the most innovative company on the list, and also the youngest. Even so, they keep their hands busy and represent around 25% of the industry’s global market. Their products are sold in more than 120 countries, and they have representatives of the brand in more than 80 countries. It’s not hard to find them in the media, as they are very recognizable on TV and in social media. This presence has made them quite popular over the years and shows that they understand their core audience. If looking for the most up to date inflatable hot tub, then Bestway should be your first stop. Although they don’t specialize in the luxury models of hot tubs and spas, their inflatable models are hard to beat.
Lifesmart is another one of those companies that doesn’t specialize in hot tubs or spas but still managed to wow the industry with their products. In their brand lineup is Lifelux, Lifezone, Lifepro, and Lifesource. They have top of the line models for heaters, infrared fireplaces, saunas, hot tubs and coolers and air purifiers. With all their expertise with the other products, it was no surprise that they created one of the best hot tubs on the list.
They currently have 8 total in their lineup that continues to grow yearly, with a focus on luxury rather than the inflatable hot tub market. Customers will love their superior design skills and will fall in love with their easy to use control panels. They are on the cutting edge in more than one way even though they are one of the youngest companies on the list. Founded in 2007, they have enjoyed a rapid 2000% growth in the last 5 years, which is substantial when compared to the other companies.
Lifesmart makes it a point to market themselves through major retailers and etailers, so they are always in the mix. Concerning social media they are relevant but not nearly as active as Bestway, which would explain the split in popularity. If they had even half of the social media presence as some of the other brands, who knows where they would be.
Coleman, better known as ‘The Outdoor Company’ is a one product company that makes the Lay-Z-Spa. Coleman has one product, and that one product sells very well. Because they aren’t split in multiple directions with other products, the Lay-Z-Spa has the most documentation and customer support of any product in the industry. Their manual is available online in full color in case you lose yours, and there are a couple of videos that introduce the product as well as show the full setup instructions.
This may be exactly the product you are looking for if you want ease of use and transparency, and with so much help available from the start customers rarely call in to the customer support line. If it does come to the point where you need to contact customer service then they are available 7 days a week, a big plus since some companies usually take off the weekends. Coleman’s customer service department has been regarded as having one of the friendliest staff available, and they won’t keep you waiting on the phone for half an hour.
Replacement parts are easy to come by for this model and are possibly some of the lowest priced parts you can get for a modern spa or hot tub. Coleman is the way to go for buyers that want something simplistic that just works, which is proof that one product companies aren’t always a bad idea. This is a hot tub that will be around for years and sell well year round due to the high demand. Those are the top brands to look for, all with their own personal touches in their product line. Take a look and compare one with the other, and you’re sure to see some real gems in their lineup.
Inflatable Hot Tub FAQ
Where Can I Set Up My Inflatable Hot Tub?
Anywhere, inside or outside as long as there is appropriate power and a stable and strong surface. Uneven surfaces for obvious reason will not work, so make sure that it is a level and strong surface. Factor in the weight of the water along with the weight of the people that will be in the tub as that will be the final weight being applied to the surface you set it on. The power source will also come into play if you plan on putting it in an area where the power cord is in a place where someone can trip on it, so take great care. If you plug the power source into a wall socket that is controlled by a light switch, make a note of it for other people so they don’t actually switch it off.
How Do I Prevent Debris From Entering The Spa Water?
It starts and ends with the spa cover. All of the products on this list come with covers for a reason, so there is no reason not to use it. Spa covers also work well with helping to speed up the heating of water. Leaving the cover off can increase heating time, and in some situations can take up to 48 hours to reach 104 degrees. But just covering the spa isn’t enough, since you also want to clean the cover itself from time to time. Any debris that may collect on the cover can easily be cleaned and wiped away for a lasting effect. Short neglect without using the spa cover can result in long-term efficiency problems with the built in filters.
What Level of Water Can I Fill In The Hottub?
This can easily be misinterpreted depending on the model, and has been a very important question for years. Because of the way all hot tubs and spas work, you always want to fill the water so that it is 2-3 inches above the filter. The filter actively sucks in water and works side by side with the pump, so having water above this level is vital. You don’t want to fill it too high above the 2-3 inches though, since when people get in the water will naturally rise.
As a safeguard always refer to the manual, as some manufacturers actually recommend 1 ½ inches rather than the standard 2-3 inches. Many factors will also come into play that will cause the water to get lower, like evaporation or just general use. Pay attention to how high it is and adjust as needed so that it is always at the appropriate level when on. This is easier than it sounds and doesn’t require the level of micromanaging as the old tubs used to.
How Durable Is My Hot Tub?
This is a layered question, and it depends on whether you’re talking about inflatable hot tubs, or portable hot tubs, or regular hot tubs. For the sake of argument, let’s focus on inflatable hot tubs since their durability has always been a question more so than any other type. Inflatable hot tubs and spas are a long way from where they used to be, and in many cases have leapfrogged inflatable mattresses when it comes to performance and lasting efficiency. To keep up with the ever changing machinery in the hot tub, brands had no choice but to make the actual tub itself more durable to keep up with those parts.
Despite popular belief, a properly cared for inflatable hot tub will last just as long as the non-inflatable versions, and even come with kits to plug up punctured holes. By their very nature they have to be durable since they are considered portable hot tubs. They are made to be moved constantly, inflated, deflated, filled and drained multiple times a year without fail. They are very durable, and the technology used to make them is continually getting better.
What Level of Air Should I Inflate The Spa?
Until it is fully inflated, no more and no less. Overinflating the hot tub will cause damage, and not inflating it enough could cause a big mess in whatever area you have it in. The manual has clear directions on the peak inflation, and some setups even auto shut off after reaching that limit.
How Often Should I Change The Water Of The Hot Tub?
Because a hot tub has just as many people in it as a full sized swimming pool but less than ¼ the water, it needs to be changed at certain intervals despite the efforts of the built in filter. Using the water testing kit that came with your hot tub or by purchasing one separately, it will tell you outright when it is time to change the water. If you want to save a little money you can just purchase a TDS strip from the spa shop as a one use item, or just spend a little more and purchase the multiuse one. Keeping the water fresh, covered and following general maintenance tips will keep you from having to change the water too often. In some cases you don’t even need a strip, like when the water becomes cloudy or develops an odor. At that point the only thing left is to change out the water and take better care next time around.
How Often Should I Clean The Filter Cartridge?
Before cleaning the filter cartridge it is very important that the spa is not running! A separate piece that attaches to a garden hose to clean filters can be purchased for a small price and is perfect for cleaning all hot tub and spa filters. It is recommended to do this every 3 months, although doing it more often than that is recommended if you use the hot tub a lot. To avoid a lot of downtime and complications, it is a good idea to have a replacement filter ready to go so that your hot tub time is not interfered with. You can simply clean the other filter and let it sit in a bucket of water, all without keeping your hot tub from running. Replacement filters are cheap, and at least one of the models on the list comes with several replacements with the original system. Avoid using a high pressure stream of water when cleaning the filter, as this can lead to permanent damage.
How Often Should I Clean The Hot Tub?
Whenever you drain the water from the hot tub, it is always good form to clean the hot tub. There is no other time you will have access to the entire unit, so always make it a point to clean it whenever you drain the water. By keeping these two tasks united you’ll save a lot of time and headache over the lifetime of the hot tub.
Once upon a time buying a hot tub or a spa was a tough process and a lot more expensive that it is now. The technology didn’t match up with what was being offered, and the market had products that were vastly overpriced for what they were offering. Part of the problem had to do with it being more of a luxury item than one that regular residential owners could have, so with less competition in the market, there was a lot less product being pushed. Right around the time that inflatable hot tubs started to become more durable is when things really took off, and it has been great since.
Without the worry of a single hole destroying a product that customers just dropped a couple of grand on, it became an easier pill to swallow. Now inflatable hot tubs and spas are as durable or more than any other inflatable product on the market. This includes inflatable air mattresses, which have also come a long way in history. Factoring in the amount of the research that went into making hot tubs and spas more durable along with the research they used to make the mechanics more efficient would span years.
There are some favorite brands that consumers flock to when making a purchase but they aren’t set in stone, so follow with caution. Pay attention to the features and also what you’ll be using the hot tub for. A non-inflatable model may be more to your liking if you don’t plan on moving it much, but it will cost a little bit more for the purchase.
There are a lot of inflatable hot tubs and spa units that are worth buying, and if you look past the upfront cost and look at it more on a month to month cost, you’re really getting the better end of the deal. The technology used for these products have come a long way to creating what customers are raving about today. There really is no reason not to own one of these, especially since an inflatable hot tub can work even in an apartment setting.
This is a welcome treat for a lot of users at the end of a long workday, and the setup is so minimal that everyone deserves to bask in its glory. With prices at an all-time low, getting your hands on one of these models will be a great personal gift. And with the holidays coming up, why not think of someone special that might need a relaxing dip in a hot tub or spa? All of the choices are laid out in front of you, it’s just up to you to make the decision.