Having a hot tub in your own backyard is a dream for many people. Unfortunately, a permanent hot tub can set you back over $10,000. Not everyone has that kind of money to spend on something which many would consider frivolous. Fear not, for there is a solution. For only a few hundred dollars, you can have your very own inflatable hot tub.
The best inflatable hot tubs will feel like a permanent hot tub. Sure, there are some disadvantages, but you are going to be saving yourself a lot of money, and you will have something which is portable. A great inflatable spa can be moved around your yard, taken to a friend’s house, and even taken on holiday with you.
We have done the research for you. You can sit back, peruse our buying guide, and buy one of the best inflatable hot tub on the market. Here are our top 10 inflatable hot tubs in 2018.
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Benefits Of Using Inflatable Hot Tubs
It can cost a lot of money to install a hot tub in your own home, but there are a lot of benefits which come with it. Thankfully, inflatable hot tubs are a great way to own a hot tub without having to spend an enormous amount of money, and they offer a lot of the same benefits. The first benefit is the savings. Of course, this only applies if you use a hot tub elsewhere. If you are a regular visitor to your local spa, then you can stay at home and save the money. Over the long-term, the inflatable hot tub will pay for itself.
A benefit over a hard hot tub is that they are portable and easy to install. With a hard hot tub, you have to find a permanent place for it. Then you have to install it in that space. With an inflatable hot tub, you can put it pretty much anywhere you want, and if you do not like that position, then you can move it relatively easily. When you are done with the inflatable hot tub, you can deflate it and put it into storage. You can reclaim the space back for something else. It is also great if you want to take it to a friend’s house or take it with you when you move houses.
Inflatable hot tubs are great ways to bring everyone together. Once you have a inflatable hot tub in your backyard, you are going to struggle keeping people out of there. If you have a family, it is a great way to share time together and be close. The kids can’t get away from your now! If you have a big friend group, then it is a great place to hang out and share a beer together. It is also a relaxing place for your guests to relax if they have traveled a long way to see you.
An inflatable hot tub also has many health benefits. Joint and back pain can be a nuisance, and you may not have time to go to a massage therapist or infrared sauna, but you will not need to once you have an inflatable hot tub. The heat from the water has the time to penetrate into your body as you relax. Most joint pain is caused by inflammation. That inflammation is treated with the heat of the water, and often the pain is reduced or taken away. The heat also helps to soothe tense muscles. Not only will it relieve physical stress, but the hot water can also reduce your mental and emotional stress. The hot water is also great for your circulation. Your blood flow will be boosted by the heat and bring many additional health benefits.
What Do You Need To Consider Before Purchasing An Inflatable Hot Tub
Obviously, this is a big purchase. You need to be sure that you are making the correct choice before you dive in (excuse the pun). One of the first things you will need to consider is the location of the inflatable hot tub. You do not need to have a specific place in mind, as long as you have a place it can go. The amount of space you have will determine the size of the inflatable hot tub you can buy.
Once you have determined the size of your inflatable hot tub, you can begin to think about the cost. You would not want to skimp on your inflatable hot tub or you are going to end up with a sub-par hot tub which does not fit your needs. Start with the maximum amount you are able to spend and go from there. When it comes to the cost, you should also be thinking about the long-term cost of the inflatable hot tub. You are going to need chemicals for the hot tub, possibly a replacement filters, electricity to heat and power the tub, and water to top it up. You may want some additional extras, such as inflatable and a cover.
You should decide if you are going to use your inflatable hot tub inside or outside. Both are possible, though outside is preferred, as if anything goes wrong with it, you are not going to have water in your house. This will form part of the criteria of size. Do you have space inside your house for it? Is it easy to inflate and install?
The last thing to think about is the power and the water. You will need access to water. Is there a tap and a sufficiently long hose to get the water into the tub? It does not matter if you only have cold water, that will do fine. You need to ask the same questions about the power too. Is there somewhere to plug your inflatable hot tub in? You only need a regular socket, so do not worry about the kind of power you need. Just make sure that you have an outlet close or an extension cord which will reach it.
Tips For Inflatable Hot Tub Use
If you take care of your inflatable hot tub, then it will take care of you. Here are a few things which you can do to ensure that you do not break your hot tub (accidentally or purposefully).
Become familiar with the instruction manual. The first thing out of the box should be the instruction manual. You should read it in its entirety before you even begin inflating the hot tub. Only then can you be sure that you are not going to make any mistakes along the way. All inflatable hot tubs have different installation guides, and yours should come with a DVD on how to install it. Make sure to watch the DVD so you know what you are about to do.
You should also make sure that your hot tub has a dedicated circuit. This can be hard to do, so use a circuit with a light load if you cannot use a dedicated one. Hot tubs draw a lot of power, and you do not want to trip a breaker when using it. You should also make sure that there is a considerable distance between the hot tub and the outlet. Water and electricity just do not mix.
Inflatable hot tubs are not as heavy-duty as regular hot tubs, so you should not use them when the temperature gets close to freezing. The internal pump mechanism can freeze ad break. This can be irreparable. When the temperate gets this low, you can either deflate the hot tub and put it into storage, or bring the hot tub inside.
Make sure to set up your inflatable hot tub on a flat surface, without anything which could puncture the hot tub. There should be a liner with you can place underneath to protect the bottom of your tub. If you want to go the extra mile, like we do, then you can purchase some hot tub accessories too. We love inflatable seats and cup holders.
How To Look After Your Inflatable Hot Tub
An inflatable hob is exactly the same as a regular hot tub, except that the surround is inflatable instead of solid. When you are looking after your hot tub, you should look after it in the same way as you would a regular hot tub, with a few small differences, scubas checking for leaks every so often. If you want to get the bet out of your hot tub, you should care for it. You have probably spent a lot of money on it, and do not want it to go to waste. A properly cared for hot tub can last you a long time before you need to do any maintenance on it.
Most inflatable hot tubs will come with a pH testing kit. If your inflatable hot tub does not, then you can easily source them from any place which sells pool or spa supplies, and online too. Testing the pH is easy to do, and you should get in the habit of testing it once a week if you can. Most of the time you will not have to do anything, as the pH will be in range, but the pH is too low, then the materials in your inflatable hot tub can become damaged. If they wear down, they are not simple to fix, like patching a hole. To test the water, place the end of the strip into the water and pull it out when it changes color. Compare it to the color good which is included with your pH testing kit. If the pH is too low or too high, then add the necessary chemicals to bring it back to where it should be.
You should also sanitize the hot tub before you use it. Every time you are in the hot tub, you are sitting in water which has been stagnant for a while. The filter will filter the water, but you still need to sanitize it to keep it fresh. If you are not using your hot tub regularly, then you can sanitize it once a week. To sanitize your hot tub, you should have a sanitizing solution which came with the inflatable hot tub. Add in the recommended dose.
You should also be checking the filter once a week. You can combine all of these tasks together to make it easier. The filters in inflatable hot tubs are a lot smaller than regular hot tub filters, so they need tube checked more often, and you need tomato sure that you are cleaning the filter if it needs it. Find the location of your filter (using the manual if necessary), and remove it. You should rinse the filter if needed, or wash it in soapy water and then rinse it. If there is any damage, then you may need to replace it.
If the water is in regular use, then you should aim to replace the water every month. You can go longer if you are not using it a lot, but even with infrequent use, we would still recommend replacing the water every 4 weeks. Follow the instructions of your of your hot tub to remove the water. Once you have removed the water, you can use a mild detergent or soap to clean it out. Make sure to rinse off all of the soapy residues before your refill it. We recommend using a garden hose to thoroughly rinse the inflatable hot tub. Allow the hot tub to air dry, wiping up the last of the moisture with a cloth or towel. Once it is completely dry, you can refill the inflatable hot tub as per the instructions. Once the inflatable hot tub is full, you should check the pH levels and sanitize the water.
Q: How Do I Set Up My Inflatable Hot Tub?
A: All inflatable hot tubs differ in how they are set up. Your inflatable hot tub should have some with a DVD with set up instructions. It may also have paper instructions, or a link to instructions online. Setting up a hot tub can seem difficult, but if you take it slow and follow the instructions, then you can have it done in no time.
The first thing you should always do is to find a flat spot for your inflatable hot tub. This spot should be big enough to accommodate your inflatable hot tub, and flat enough so that the entire tub is on the same level. If there is any debris on the ground, then we would recommend sweeping the ground to remove any puncture hazards.
Take the inflatable hot tub out of the box and place down the protective layer (if it came with one). You should then unpack the inflatable hot tub, and place it on the liner. Try to shift the hot tub into the correct position, though you can always move it after inflation. Connect the hot tub to the pump mechanism as instructed. Usually, you only connect the air first and inflate. Plug the motor in and press the button to inflate the hot tub. Be sure to check that the pressure is correct, from time to time.
When the hot tub is inflated, you should connect the inflatable hot tub to the motor as instructed. Once everything is connected, you can start adding the water. Use the included hose or one of your own. We do not recommend putting hot water in as it can damage the motor. Add in either cold water or warm water. It may take up to 2 hours to fill your hot tub, and there should be a fill line on the inside of your hot tub. Once the water is to the line, turn the water off and disconnect the hose.
Your instructions should detail the chemicals you should add before using for the very first time. Add these chemicals to the hot tub and wait the recommended amount of time, before using the hot tub. Enjoy our relaxation.
Q: What Chemicals Should I Use For My Hot Tub?
A: Different hot tubs will come with different chemicals, and the dose of the chemicals will also vary, depending on the size of your inflatable hot tub. You will have a chemical to regulate the pH levels, one to sanitize the water, and probably a chemical to inhibit the growth of algae in the hot tub. You may also have a starter kit which has a dose of chemicals which are only used after you inflate the hot tub for the first time. Your manual will detail exactly what chemicals you need to use and how often you who’ll use them. There is such a variety of chemicals and doses that it would be redundant for us to post any sort of instruction here.
Q: When Should I Change My Hot Tub Water?
A: You should try and change your inflatable hot tub water once a month. If you are using the hot tub on a regular basis, then you may want to push that up to twice a month. If you are hardly using your hot tub, or not using it at all, then you may want to go longer. If your hot tub water is dirty, or you see any green in your hot tub, then you will want to change the water immediately. Green means there are algae growing in the water.
Draining an inflatable hot tub is easy to do. If you have a hard hot tub, then there will usually be a drain which usually goes into the main drain of your home. Inflatable hot tubs do not have this. Instead, they have a drain spout on one side of the tub. When you are installing your tub, you should take note of this, and make sure to point it in the direction you want the water to go.
Draining the inflatable hot tub can be as easy as opening the spout and allowing the water to drain out. Try to have the water flow away from any buildings, and towards a drain if possible. If you want, you can attach a hose to the drain to better direct the water.
Once you have the water out of the tub, you can clean it as you would normally, and then refill the tub again.
Q: What Do I Do If My Inflatable Hot Tub Has A Hole?
A: There is a good chance that your inflatable hot tub will, at some point, have a hole in it. This can be by complete accident; it could be during transport, it could be because of a young child. No matter the reason, you should expect it to happen sooner or later. Your hot tub should have come with a repair kit when you bought it. If it did not, then you can source one from a pool or spa store.
Fill a squirt bottle with soapy water, and shake the bottle to dissolve the soap. You may be able to see where the air is coming from or feel it, even, but if you cannot, then the bottle will help. Start by spraying the areas where you suspect the air is coming from, and move to other areas from there. When you hit the hole, the air should start blowing bubbles with your mixture. You can now repair the hole. Take the time to mark the hole in case you lose it.
There will be instructions with our repair kit, but in essence, you will dry the area, apply some glue, apply a patch, and wait until it is set before using the hot tub again.
Q: Can I Use My Inflatable Hot Tub During The Winter?
A: Not unless you live in a warm winter climate. If the temperature outside gets towards zero, then there is a chance that you can damage the motor and pump. The pumps designed to warm water from a higher temperature than zero. Adding extra pressure to the pump can cause it to break down. The cold can also cause the pump to freeze. We would recommend not using your inflatable hot tub when the temperature falls below 5 degrees Celsius.
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Q: How Much Does An Inflatable Hot Tub Cost Compared To A Regular Hot Tub?
A: The price of an inflatable hot tub will vary depending on the quality and size of the hot tub, but it will cost a lot less than a permanent hot tub. Of course, the very best inflatable hot tub will cost you more than the cheapest permanent hot tub, but when it comes to a straight comparison, there really is no comparison.
Inflatable hot tubs can set you back between $400 and $1000. When it comes to a permanent hot tub, they can set you back anywhere up to $20,000, and that is for the regular models.
Permanent hot tubs are higher-quality and will last a lot longer, but they will see you back a lot more money too. Inflatable hot tubs are affordable for the common person and are a cheap and effective way to enjoy the benefits of a inflatable hot tub in the comfort of your own home.
Q: Are Inflatable Hot Tubs Safe For Children?
A: Hot tubs can be safe for children, but we would advise caution when they are using them. It is not recommended that children under five use a hot tub, and they would be better off in a kids pool instead. You should also consult with your doctor if you are pregnant or have any heart conditions.
With older kids, you should never leave them unsupervised in the hot tub. You should treat it as if you had a swimming pool in your yard, or you were at the swimming pool. Even children who can swim, can fall victim to a hot tub because of the heat. Always be with your child when they are in the hot tub, and with younger children, limit their time in the hot tub to fifteen minutes.
Q: How Do You Clean An Inflatable Hot Tub?
A: It is important to clean your hot tub regularly so that bacteria does not grow. You should be using chemicals once a week to sanitize your hot tub and remove any algae, but you should be cleaning your hot tub once a month to ensure that the water is safe for the people in it. The water is going to sit there and stagnate, so if you do not clean it, then it can harm your guests.
To clean the hot tub, you should first empty it. You can follow our emptying guide above, or consult your manual for how to empty it. As the pool is almost empty, you should gather your materials. Your inflatable hot tub may have come with a cleaning solution. If it has, then you should mix it up as per the instructions. If you do not have a cleaning solution, then you should use soapy water. You will also need something to clean with. You will want to clean the sides thoroughly, so you want something which will take off the dirt but will not scratch the surface. A sponge should be fine. We also find that a spray bottle is handy to apply the soapy water.
We like to get into the pool and have it inflated still. Having solid walls makes it easier to clean them down. Make sure to spray all of the surfaces and scrub them thoroughly. When you have cleaned everything, you shoal connect up your garden hose and use it to rinse the hot tub. You want to remove all of the soapy residues so that the fresh water is not contaminated with it. Leave the drain plug open and start by rinsing the walls. Rinse the base of the hot tub last and tip it up to drain the water out. You can also clean the outside too if it is particularly dirty. Take this time to check your filter, before you refill the inflatable hot tub.
Once your pool is clean, rinsed, and drained, you can put the plug back in the drain hole and refill the hot tub.
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A hot tub is not outwith the realm of possibility. A permanent hot tub is very expensive and not for everyone, but an inflatable hot tub can be accessible to most people. You can have your very own relaxing hot tub in your backyard without having to break the bank. Imagine coming he after a long day at work, and jumping into your inflatable hot tub for a relaxing bubble massage. Feels good, right?
Our buying guide will tell you everything you need to know about inflatable hot tubs, and will prepare you for making your decision. Take the time to think about what you really want, and make a choice which will add some luxury to your life.
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