Best Inflatable Hot Tubs of 2018 – The Ultimate Buying Guide (Feb 2018)

The new year 2018 has brought with it not just new beginnings, but tons of new products as well. In this article we are reviewing some of the best inflatable hot tub to come out this year.

Coleman SaluSpa

Good Alternative

coleman saluspa

Price: $$$

Coming from the Coleman line of hot tubs, the Coleman SaluSpa is a worthy bubble massage alternative to the Lay Z Spa, if it ever goes out of stock.

Rated by Linton

Coleman Lay Z Spa

Most Popular

coleman lay z spa

Price: $$$

The Coleman Lay Z Spa is worth every single dime. It’s one of the items we have reviewed that I highly recommend, especially for first time buyers of outdoor spa.

Rated by Linton

Intex 77in. PureSpa

Best Value

purespa 88 inches hot tub

Price: $$$

While this hefty Intex portable bubble massage spa set is priced a bit higher than some of its competitors, it’s worth every dime if you’re a large, spa-loving, family.

Rated by Linton

1. Coleman Lay Z Spa Inflatable Tub 

Coleman is a renowned brand in the outdoor utility industry and known particularly for producing quality tents and coolers. However, they are also involved in manufacturing other products such as massage spa units. One of their best sellers is the Coleman Lay Z Spa Inflatable Tub.

Quick Summary

  • Capacity: 4-6 Adults
  • Water Temp Range: 68-104°F
  • Water Capacity: 254gal (80%)
  • Price: $$$
coleman lay z spa

Great Value for Your Money

This product offers great value for money in the under $500 outdoor hot tub category. It can seat up to six people at a time and let them pamper themselves surrounded by relaxing bubble jets. One of its best selling points is its ability to retain its water temperature for a longer period of time.

Its heating unit warms the water at two degrees Fahrenheit per hour and can reach up to 104°F. This means it takes about a day before the unit reaches its hottest temperature.

The Lay Z Spa hot tub also comes with the right amount of bubble jets that provides a mild massage. Its engine also does not produce any noise and runs as quiet as a whisper.

Easy to Setup

The unit is easy to setup and inflates easily via its own pump. Thus, installing the unit to your own backyard requires no tools.  When fully inflated, the tub has a diameter of 77-inches, which is enough to give all bathers a great seating position with extra legroom.

easy to set up

The Coleman is easy to setup

The package also contains a DVD instructional material which provides a step-by-step guide on how to properly install the unit. This is quite useful for the first time buyers as it speeds up the installation process significantly.

Lots of Comfort-Centric Features

Comfort is also another one of its best selling features. It’s designed with a layer of air pad cushioned flooring underneath the spa which gives additional relief to the user. This feature also minimizes heat loss and helps insulate the tub to keep its current temperature.

bubble bath lay z spa

Enjoy full relaxation after a tiring week!

Every operation about the massage spa can be managed via a digital control panel. It also comes with a start-stop timer which automatically turns on or off when the unit reached the temperature you previously set.

As such, you don’t need to constantly monitor if the water is warm enough or not. These are just some of the features that help it made our list of the best inflatable hot tub for this year.

Durable and Made to Last

The Coleman Lay Z Spa is also quite durable and is built to last. It’s made of three-ply reinforced polyester mesh and PVC layers that don’t crumple easily.

Moreover, it’s structurally tough because of its i-beam construction that prevents bending or buckling. Because of this it can carry a load of up 2,701 lbs when completely filled with water and bathers.

Additionally, this massage spa weighs less than most of its competitors. As such, you can move it around while grabbing on its secure handles. Also, you can also install it indoors as it only needs a structure that supports 67 lbs per square foot.

PROS

  • Offers great bang for your buck
  • Built to last and does not deflate easily
  • Has numerous comfort-centric features
  • Impressive heat retention

CONS

  • Filtration system is a bit subpar
  • Maintenance requires a few more steps
  • Not recommended to be used during winter months
  • Has the tendency to automatically turn itself off

2. Intex Pure Spa Portable Bubble Massage Spa Set 

An inexpensive inflatable hot tub is perhaps one of the best recreational investments you can have today. The Intex Pure Spa Bubble Massage is one of the best products that can help you make the habit of washing away your aches and pains through a warm bath.

Quick Summary

  • Capacity: 4 Adults
  • Water Temp Range: 68-104°F
  • Water Capacity: 210
  • Price: $$$
intex purespa 85in portable bubble massage

Tons of Techy Features

This four-seater inflatable hot tub can give you a massage spa that is comparable to the more expensive spa massage systems around. It has a hard water treatment system that softens the water to ensure a great bubble bath. Thus, helping you unwind and relieve stress while softening your skin. 

control panel

You can also set the mood of your bath by changing the color of the tub’s water through its built-in LED lights. Whether you like a sultry mood or a party atmosphere, you can change the tub’s ambiance.

Unique Control Panel

You can manage every operation involving the hot tub via its easy-to-reach control panel. Everything from the water temperature to switching on or off its other functions is just a button away.

great control panel

The tub comes with an intuitive control panel.

One of the best qualities of this outdoor tub is its ability to retain heat for a long period of time. It has a decent temperature range of 68 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Its heating unit can maintain the temperature you set even if you use its bubble function or left it covered.

Warms Water Fast

This Intex Pure Spa Hot Tub also warms up the water at a rate of 2 to 3 degrees Fahrenheit per hour. That’s a degree faster than most of its competitors.

As such, it only takes less than a day for the unit to reach its maximum temperature which is great especially when the weather is cold. However, the manufacturer doesn’t recommend it for outdoor use during the winter months.

Its heat retention feature is great not only because it keeps that soothing water warm, but also because it helps decrease electric consumption. It’s a feature that many cost-conscious household owners would surely love.

Ergonomic Design 

Aside from having many features geared for the user’s comfort, you can’t also dismiss the tub’s ergonomic design. Every part of the Intex Pure Spa is simply there to offer both comfort and functionality.

built with tough materials

Enjoy maximum relaxation with the SaluSpa's ergonomic design.

When fully inflated the tub has a diameter of 77-inches (note: there an 85-in option) which gives its bathers a good seating position and enough legroom. The beauty of this feature is that it doesn’t consume much space compared to larger inflatable hot tubs. As such you can place it even in your patio or a patch of grass in your backyard.

Made of High Quality Materials

Moreover, this portable massage spa is also built from durable materials, particularly high-strength polyester fibers which do not stretch over time. As such, you can expect it to be firm and not easily deflate when left unused.

made of durable materials

The PureSpa is made of layers of durable materials

Maintaining the quality of the tub’s water is also a cinch thanks to its own chlorine dispenser.

A few test strips are also included in the package, so you can right away check the water quality after you have fully installed the product. It also uses cheap and replaceable filter cartridges that can help you save a lot of money.

Lastly, the Intex Pure Spa is easy to setup and has an efficient inflation hose that helps the pump fully inflate the unit in as little as less than an hour. Additionally, the built in pump also allows fast drainage of water at almost the same rate which is quite useful when you want to tuck it away fast.

These feats are good enough for it to land on our list of the best inflatable hot tub for this year.

PROS

  • Offers great value for your money
  • Easy to setup and deflate with little to no tools needed
  • Has color changing LED lights for night baths
  • Doesn’t require much space

CONS

  • Bubble jets are slightly underpowered
  • Not as durable as its other rivals
  • Control panel is takes some time to get used to
  • Pump is a bit noisy at times

3. SaluSpa Palm Springs AirJet Inflatable Hot Tub

When it comes to innovation, SaluSpa seems to be ahead of the curve of its competition. They offer some of the most technologically advanced massage spa units in the market.

Every product they have always had the latest technology available and are nothing short of revolutionary. To say the least, they have occupied at least half of our best inflatable hot tub list.

Quick Summary

  • Capacity: 4-6 Adults
  • Water Temp Range: 68-104°F
  • Water Capacity: 242gal
  • Price: $$$

Lots of Premium Features

Among their latest offering is the SaluSpa Palm Springs, a circular inflatable hot tub that can seat up to six people.

This unit also screams out premium because of its leather texture and mellow color palette; not to mention its numerous extra features. It can also be easily setup outdoors, or even indoors, without the need for any tools.

Holds More Water

The Palm Springs Hot Tub also has a slightly larger diameter and height than most of its rivals in the segment.

water capacity

The SaluSpa holds 242gal of water.

As such, it can hold more water which is great if you are the type who wants to submerge yourself deeper in the tub. Despite its load capacity, you can rest assure that it’s still comfortable and structurally sound thanks to its very rigid i-beam construction. 

Furthermore, this massage spa also has a very interactive digital control panel that lets you set your desired temperature (up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit), as well as its other features. It also has a strategically placed air jets that can give you a soothing massage to relieve your body’s aches and pains.

Easy to Setup And Maintain

Maintenance is also not an issue for this incredible product as it has its own chemical floater and a replaceable filter cartridge.

saluspa is easy to setup

The SaluSpa is easy to setup and maintain

The unit also comes equipped with an insulated cover to help retain the tub’s temperature longer. This said feature also prevents your toddlers from unwittingly dipping themselves in the tub unsupervised.

Comes with Additional Items

You will also appreciate that they included a DVD guide, aside from the usual user manual. This instructional material can help you install the unit correctly and up to speed. There are also tons of info including tub maintenance and maintaining the chemical balance in the water.

PROS

  • Intuitive and easy to manage control panel
  • Has more height and holds more water than its rivals
  • Spectacular heat retention
  • Luxurious aesthetic design and tons of added features

CONS

  • Slightly more expensive than its competitors
  • Heater design is exposed to the elements
  • Pump often produces a loud noise
  • Shorter warranty period

4. Coleman SaluSpa Portable Inflatable Outdoor Spa Hot Tub

Coleman has a wide range of inflatable hot tub products that covers much of the market’s demands. The smaller version of the Coleman Lay Z Spa is the miniature Coleman SaluSpa, a portable massage spa that can seat up to four people.

Quick Summary

  • Capacity: 4 Adults
  • Water Temp Range: 68-104°F
  • Water Capacity: 192gal
  • Price: $$$
coleman saluspa 4 person portable tub

Highly Efficient Design

With a 71-inches diameter when fully inflated, this tub is much smaller than its rivals in the under $500 massage spa category.

small design

Its small design is perfect for, well, small spaces too.

This in itself can be a boon and a bane. Smaller means you can fit it even in tight places in your property such as a shack. However, that also means less legroom for the bathers.

Padded Floors for Comfort 

If size is not an issue for you, it’s easy to fall in love with this product. The tub’s flooring is padded which gives it superior comfort. 

padded floors for comfort

Padded floors for comfort.

The walls of the tub are also very firm and provide incredible support to your back when you are lying on your back. It also has 60 air jets that can give you a decent spa massage experience. However, this is fewer and slightly underpowered than what larger hot tubs can provide.

All-Access Control Panel 

The Coleman SaluSpa also has an interactive control panel that oversees much of its operation. 

coleman saluspa control panel

All access control panel

Its heating unit can warm the water at a rate of 3 degrees Fahrenheit so it will take about less than a day for it to reach its maximum temperature of 104 degrees. The only downside is that it uses a timer mechanism, which you have to constantly adjust every time you use it.

Very Light and Portable 

Furthermore, this inflatable tub has two rigid handles which can help you move or relocate this empty unit with ease. Thus, it’s more portable because of the fact that it’s slightly lighter than a full hot tub. 

PROS

  • Can be assembled quickly and with few to no tools needed
  • Does not produce any noise when its operational
  • Very portable and can be moved by one person
  • Heats water quicker and retains heat longer

CONS

  • Subpar bubble massage performance
  • Cover’s insulation is inferior to its competitors
  • Consumes more electricity
  • Not recommended to be used at below 40 degrees Fahrenheit weather

5. SaluSpa Miami AirJet Inflatable Hot Tub 

One of the most affordable massage spas on this list is the SaluSpa Miami Airjet. For an under $400 outdoor hot tub, this product offers a lot of bang for your buck because of its numerous features. It does everything right from its casual no frills design to its overall functionality.

Quick Summary

  • Capacity: 4 Adults
  • Water Temp Range: 68-104°F
  • Water Capacity: 177gal
  • Price: $$$
saluspa miami

Inflates Fast 

inflates fast

The SaluSpa Miami is small so it inflates fast.

When fully inflated, the tub has a diameter of 71-inches, has a height of 26-inches and can hold 177 gallons of water. It’s easy to set up whether outdoors or indoors and doesn’t take an hour for it to completely fill it with air. Loading it up water also takes just a few minutes.

Puncture Resistant Design

The tub is also very rigid thanks to its polyester mesh core and laminated PVC layers. These materials are very durable and do not wrinkle easily. 

puncture resistant

The inside is made of tough, puncture-resistant design.

Adding to its sturdiness are the tubs walls which have an I-bean structure which allows it to be durable and puncture resistant. With these features, you can sit on the tub’s sides without worrying that it will bend or buckle under your weight.

Straightforward Installation

Setting it up is also just a breeze and doesn’t require any additional tools or the help of professional installers. You can find everything you need on how to install it through the included DVD which provides a lot of information about maintenance and how to put up the unit.

However, the prevailing downside of this unit is that it doesn’t have the pressurized jet massage that premium hot tubs offer. Instead, it releases bubbles on the side of the pool to create a semi-therapeutic water massage; which is not bad, but also not that great. On the positive note, it doesn’t consume as much electricity as the deluxe spa units.

Very Affordable

You get to have the hot tub experience at a fraction of a cost. At under $500, this product is a great purchase for those who are getting their first outdoor massage spas.

PROS

  • Can fit in almost area of your property
  • Has tons of usable features for its price point
  • Easy to setup and maintain water quality
  • Does not consume a lot of electricity

CONS

  • Underpowered bubble massage jets
  • Doesn’t have a generous legroom
  • Needs to purchase initial test strips for water quality
  • Cover deteriorates when exposed to the sun

6. SaluSpa Siena AirJet Inflatable Hot Tub 

The last item on our list is far from being the least. It’s the priciest and only product on the list that is above $500. However, you definitely have no reason to conclude that the SaluSpa Siena Airjet is a rip off. In fact, we think that it’s one of the best valued hot tubs in the market.

Quick Summary

  • Capacity: 2 Adults
  • Water Temp Range: 68-104°F
  • Water Capacity: 135gal
  • Price: $$$
saluspa siena airjet

Jacuzzi-like Features

Far from the circular and square shaped massage spas in the market, this product has a unique boat like shape. It also only seats two people instead of the usual four to six. Why you ask? It’s to give way to two of the things it excels at- comfort and luxury.

Abundant Space

abundant space

The Siena AirJet offers a unique sitting position.

It’s got that audacious 98-inches by 58-inches area which is more than plenty to keep your whole body submerge plus that of another person. It’s perfect for couples who want an intimate bath together or for those who want to dip in warm waters alone.

Top-Performing Salu Massage System

The unit also boasts a Salu Massage System with 120 all-surrounding Air Jets that creates plenty of bubbles to massage your muscles as you unwind in its warm waters (up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit).

It’s by far the strongest pressurized water we had and needless to say the most enjoyable. The product also includes a beverage table which is incredible if you don’t want to stay in the tub for a long time.

Very Comfortable

Moreover, the walls of the tub are much thicker and sturdier than many of its rivals. It also has cushioned flooring which makes it very comfortable to sit on. The heater also is very quiet and is efficient in maintaining your preferred temperature.

Overall, it’s definitely a must buy for couples who enjoy bathing in the tub together.

PROS

  • Incredible bubble massage experience
  • Very comfortable to seat in with a roomy legroom
  • Silent heater that is efficient in keeping the tub’s temperature
  • Has an added beverage table

CONS

  • More expensive than any item in this list
  • Only fits up to two people
  • Consumes more electricity
  • Requires more space (lengthwise)

How to Choose the Best Inflatable Hot Tub for You?

An inflatable hot tub can change your life a lot. Owning one gives you the chance to pamper yourself and bathe in therapeutic waters right in your own residence.

It’s also a great way for the family or friends to enjoy a break or relaxation together. Not to mention the health benefits it has on one’s body.

Choosing the best inflatable hot tub for you or your family requires several considerations. Aside from your budget, here are other important aspects of the outdoor massage spa which you should know before putting it down on your potential purchase:

Inflatable Hot Tub Size

The first thing you should ask yourself is do you have enough space in your residence for the inflatable tub? It’s great if you have a huge backyard or an empty room in the house as you can easily install this item.

fun for the whole family or friends

How many of your friends/family will be using the hot tub?

However, if you live in a smaller abode like an apartment and still want to have one you need to take note of its dimension.

As such, envision first where you want the tub installed. Measure the available space and take note of it. When you are searching for a compatible hot tub unit it should fit on that space when the later is fully inflated. If not, you may need to search for something smaller.

Temperature Restrictions

Some hot tubs have several temperature restrictions. This means the manufacturer doesn’t want you to use it under extremely cold weather conditions. The reason being the hot tub can’t heat itself fast enough to negate the colder elements. In which case, it depicts the purpose of being a “hot” tub.

control panel

A control panel is great, but you need to watch out for cold weather too.

If you live in regions that have extremely cold weather, you may want to check out first at what temperature the tub function can properly. Many of the inflatable hot tubs can perform at around 40 degrees Fahrenheit, while others need the weather to be slightly higher.

Additional Inclusions

Check also if the product includes other items other than the inflatable unit. Some manufacturers include test strips, filter cartridges, carry bags, etc. in their package.

Many of these items are good to keep you get started in your hot tub experience. Test strips, for example, can tell you if the water quality is at par with the standards.

Also, they can also cost a few extra dollars. If you are a smart buyer, you can also factor in if the product is giving you enough value for what you are paying based on these inclusions.

That’s about it about our review of the best inflatable hot tub for the year 2018. We wish you have a great time reading our review and hope you had a great time finding your next massage spa units.