Inflatable hot tubs are in some ways a revolutionary concept in the hot tub and spa industry.
When these portable cheap hot tubs were first introduced, the spa world changed. Gone were the days when owning a hot tub was a luxury only the rich could afford.
These hot tubs today are a popular choice because of its cheap price. It has also attracted a following because of its portability.
Are Inflatable Hot Tubs Any Good?
Yes they are. They’re also cheaper, quick to install, and reasonably portable. And they do the job. For a lot less money than other hot tubs, you get your very own spa at home (or wherever you are for that matter!)
But don’t expect them to be as good as the more expensive 5 star hot tubs. Know the following important information before you purchase a portable inflatable spa.
- One of the marketing hook of many inflatable hot tubs is that they’re very quick to install. Yes, they are but if you want a HOT hot tub, don’t expect to be able to jump right in after installation. It actually takes at least 8 hours to 2 days to heat the water up.
- Many inflatable hot tubs are NOT properly insulated. This almost always means that the hot water temperature can drop to as much as 5 degrees in a matter of hours.
Because water temperature can drop very quickly, this could result in your electricity cost becoming significantly higher especially if you run it 24 hours non stop.
Here’s a tip on How To Minimize Electricity Use : USE a HOT TUB COVER when you’re not using it. Alternatively, you can turn the heater off when you don’t plan to use it. Just make sure to leave enough time for it to heat up before you use it again
These hot tubs are usually not as durable as built in hot tubs. Don’t expect these spas to be there for you through thick and thin for many years to come.
They can be very fragile and a tiny puncture could easily be the end to your life of spa enjoyment and relaxation. True, there are patch kits to fix this, but many consumers have reported that often than not, they don’t work.
Minimize the possibility of this happening by propping the tub on a flat surface and by making sure there are no sharp objects around it that could possibly puncture it.
Having said all these, I still think that an inflatable hot tub is a good choice for someone looking for a budget hot tub and especially for one who wants a spa wherever he/she goes.
Just be aware of the fact that even though it’s a good hot tub to have, it’s not perfect.
Important Installation Guidelines
- Make sure you have enough space for the hot tub. Find out how big the inflatable hot tub is before you purchase it to see that it will fit where you plan to put it on.
- A flat surface is VERY important whether you install it indoors or outdoors,
- If installing indoors, make sure the floor can carry the weight of the hot tub. This includes the actual hot tub weight, the water and people in it.
- Check that there’s nothing near or under that hot tub that could possibly puncture it.
Inflatable Hot Tub Rental
Inflatable hot tubs for rent are now one of the reasons why these portable spas are becoming more and more popular. A hot tub could now easily be part of any party or even a romantic gift.
Cost: The cost of hot tub rentals depends on which city you live in and how big the hot tub is. It can go as low as $150/week.
Finding A Hot Tub Rental Company: Find a hot tub rental company that has an all inclusive package. Preferably one that installs, cleans and disassembles the hot tub. This means all you have to do is make sure you’ve got enough space for the hot tub and some people ready to have some party fun. Make sure you read the fine print of the contract.