There are few things more relaxing than a hot tub. Imagine, you are sitting under a clear night sky – a drink in your hand – and your closest friends sharing the experience and a laugh with you. The warm water, cool drinks, and relaxation combined create an amazingly relieving and therapeutic experience.
Many home owners feel like the idea of owning a personal hot tub in their backyard is nothing more than a pipe dream. Hot tubs are often thousands of dollars just to purchase the unit alone. On top of that, the maintenance costs, installation fees, and other odds and ends expenses can leave a home owner feeling like a hot tub is a black hole for cash.
Luckily, the barrier for entry into hot tub ownership doesn’t have to be so high. Inflatable hot tubs are an amazing option for those who want access to a hot tub that they can enjoy whenever they want, at a fraction of the cost. They are safe, stylish, portable, and bring all of the amazing benefits of hot tub ownership along with them.
If you are interested in owning a hot tub for yourself and your friends to enjoy, but don’t want to find yourself investing thousands of dollars, an inflatable hot tub is the way to go. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the best options for inflatable hot tubs that are cheap, attractive, durable, and worth every penny.
1. Intex PureSpa
The Intex PureSpa is a very attractive 77 inch 4-person inflatable hot tub. It utilizes 120 bubble jets lining the interior that provide a smooth and relaxing experience, which is paired with the built-in water treatment system which makes the hot experience much more soft on your skin. This is a really well sized 4-person hot tub as well, running slightly larger in size and water capacity per gallon than competing 4-person inflatable hot tubs.
The control panel to the Intex PureSpa is incredibly convenient for easy use. It is mounted high above the water heater for easy access that allows you to control the temperature, jet modes, and other settings without ever needing to exit the hot tub at all.
The overall aesthetic of this hot tub is rather pleasing. The soft matte tones allow for it to fit in well in almost any backyard without seeming too obtrusive on the eyes. Not to mention, the fiber-tech construction of the material used ensures this hot tub is not only durable, it is also surprisingly resilient. Even when sitting on the side walls of the hot tub, it won’t collapse like you would imagine an inflatable hot tub would.
For a 4-person inflatable hot tub, it is a little on the heavier side when not filled with water. The side handles make it easy to move when empty, however at 86lbs it is a slight bit more bulky than competing 4-person inflatable hot tub models.
2. Bestway Hot Tub – Miami
This is another 4-person inflatable hot tub, and comes with all of the standard features that one would expect their inflatable hot tub to have. The ‘Miami’ is a sleek matte black exterior design with a well constructed and attractive interior. The 120 interior massage jets are powerful, and offer a very therapeutic experience for anyone within the hot tub.
One of the best things about the Miami, is it’s total ease of setup. Within 10 minutes you can have this hot tub fully inflated and ready to fill. Filling will take you roughly 20 minutes, and from there all you have to do is wait for the water to heat to your desired temperature. The temperature range on this model is between 68 – 104 degrees Fahrenheit, which means it’s perfectly suitable for warm summer nights and cold winter evenings.
It should be noted that the size of this hot tub is a bit smaller than comparable 4-person competing models – as mentioned above. At 71 inches, and a water capacity of 190 gallons, it is just a notch smaller than some might want. However, that is only a downside if you consider it to be one. Some consumers actually prefer a more compact hot tub, especially if they have small yard or porch space.
Overall this is an excellent option for those who want an affordable, easy, no hassle hot tub within their back yard in no time at all.
3. Bestway Hot Tub – Paris.
The ‘Paris’ is a much bigger 6-person inflatable hot tub. This means that you can invite the whole family, or several friends into the hot tub at a time to enjoy the experience. The Paris is a very similar experience to the Miami mentioned above, however there are several key differences that set it apart – aside from the sheer size.
The Paris comes with an extremely cozy air pad floor lining that allows for a more soft and comfortable experience when sitting down – as opposed to the hard or slippery experience that competing models can often have. In addition, the Paris is lined with soft color-changing LED light strips that provide a warm ambiance and make for a lovely evening hot tub session.
The power saving features of the Bestway Paris allow you to automate the temperature of the water up to 72-hours in advance. This means that you can plan ahead, and allow the hot tub itself to begin the heating process well before you feel like you would like a nice relaxing soak. If you know you are going to have guests over in the evening, you can set the timer to begin heating precisely on-time to be warm and ready to go when everyone arrives.
The overall aesthetic of the Paris does leave something to be desired, however. The cream/beige colored exterior isn’t for everyone’s tastes, and may leave you considering if it will fit well with your backyard decor.