Love the idea of a hot tub to relax in after a long day, but hate the idea of investing in an expensive home spa? Inflatable hot tubs are super popular but do they live up to the hype? Learn the 5 Reasons you SHOULD buy an Inflatable Hot tub and a full review of our experience owning ours for the first 90 days.
The addition of a hot tub is something we always dreamed of, but never felt the expensive-investment or permeant commitment were ideal for us. We are enjoying our Inflatable Hot Tub more than we ever imagined and feel that they are definitely a worth-it splurge!
5 Reasons You Should Buy an Inflatable Hot Tub
Before you click “buy now” and splurge on an inflatable spa, I want to assure you that it’s the right decision. I”m here to answer all your questions and guide you through the entire process!
#1 Inflatable Hot Tubs are Affordable
A traditional hot tub sounds super fun to own, Right?? That is, until you look at the price. A spa can easily run over $5,000 where as an inflatable hot tub can be delivered to your home for roughly $500.
#2 Inflatable Hot Tubs are very Easy to Set Up & Maintain
It was less than an hour after delivery, I had my portable spa unboxed, set up and I was filling my inflatable hot tub up with water! (I am a 42 year old woman with no superhero powers).
I will warn you, the instructions that come with it are extremely lacking, but this video (below) walks you through step-by-step.
After you get your portable spa filled with water you need to establish the initial bromine/clorine level and using the results from water testing strips; make adjustments for PH, Calcium and water hardness. Again, there is no guide that comes with the hot tub but I’ll be sharing my process in an upcoming post, if you need help before I share it please don’t hesitate to ask!
For regular maintenance, I’ve found that for our hot tub roughly once a week, I need to test the water & adjust the chemicals. And every other week replace/rinse the 2-filters.
I spend less than 10 minutes a week on hot tub maintenance and initially spent $50 in supplies that will provide 3+ months of clean water.
#3 Inflatable Hot Tubs are Portable
Whether you are renting your current home or don’t want a bulky, permanent spa to deal with you can easily set-up/remove your inflatable hot tub easily. For us it is a seasonal toy. We plan to use it for 3-4 months in the Spring and Fall, when it’s not in use we will take it down and pack it way in the box.
#4 Inflatable Hot Tubs are Inexpensive to Operate
In the first 60 days that we’ve been using our inflatable hot tub (September and October in Pennsylvania), there has been no noticeable increase in our electricity bill even maintaining the max temperature of 104 degrees F. I will update this with feeling about our November electricity bill when it is issued later this month.
Admittedly I have not tracked the energy use HOWVER I have just purchased THIS plug for energy monitoring and will update this with realtime energy use data and the daily temperatures for your reference.
#5 Inflatable Hot Tubs are a Relaxing & Fun way to Practice Self-Care
Here’s where the “health” aspect of owning a portable spa comes into play. Our inflatable hot tub has become one of our favorite ways to relax. For me that’s starting my day with a sunrise soak, practicing self-care by ditching electronics and simply listening to nature waking up while drinking a cup of coffee. Hearing my rooster, Magnus, crow is my favorite part!
YES it makes bubbles and they are amazing!
Ray enjoy a relaxing soak every day after work, while watching TV on his iPad.
Other things to consider before you buy an Inflatable Hot Tub
I honestly don’t have any true negative things to say, but there are factors that you might need to consider.
- This is NOT a large hot tub. Anymore than 2 adults in the inflatable spa, you had better be REALLY good friends.
- The initial heating of the water will take at least 24 hours in most cool weather months to reach 100+ degrees.
- It has worked perfectly for us, maintaining temperature except when it’s been under 20 degrees F. We did loose -2 degrees overnight. We are curious to find out when it’s just too cold (or too expensive) to operate it this winter. The weather will determine how long into winter we will be able to keep ours set up.
- It must be set up on a sturdy, level surface. We have ours on our concrete based porch. Before setting it up on the ground make sure it’s leveled and you would need to be extra cautious before setting it up on a wooden deck.
- This spa CANNOT be used inside. Don’t do it, while it might seem like a good idea when you want to take it down ultimately it will make a HUGE mess of water and ruin your home’s interior.
What Questions do you have about owning an inflatable hot tub?
Please comment on this post and I’ll be glad to help you decide if one is right for you!