Thinking of buying a hot tub that will serve you well during summer and winter? Hot tubs are now more affordable than ever before, and can be a great addition to your house. Even with little space available, modern hot tubs can be installed on your patio, in your backyard, or even indoors. And even better, you can move them from place to place—your hot tub should be where you want it to be! If that’s what you’re looking for, then an inflatable hot tub is bound to be your top choice. They are durable, easy to install, and don’t require any electrical technicians to be involved…you just plug… inflate…heat it up and…jump in!
Here is what you should pay attention to when buying an inflatable hot tub:
- Hot Tub Weight
- Material and Durability
- Control Panels
First of all, decide where you’d like your hot tub to be. Whether it’s indoors or outdoors, be sure it has a strong, solid base to support its weight. Knowing your desired spa measurements and weight characteristics before purchasing is always a good idea. Empty, inflatable hot tubs typically weigh between 40 and 120 pounds. However, when you fill it with water, the weight of your hot tub could be as much as 2000 to 3000 pounds. That’s right. Water weighs more than we think! A concrete patio or a flat spot of your yard would work great for your spa! However, a wooden deck probably won’t work.
Another thing to keep in mind is winter, and how cold it gets where you live. Almost all inflatable hot tubs are not rated for use in temperatures below 40°F. However, you can find a way around it! Think about placing your hot tub in a garage, or create any kind of shelter. You might want to also purchase a cover that will protect your spa from debris and dust.
Capacity is the next thing you should consider when choosing your spa. Would you like to have a hot tub for two, for romantic, relaxing moments; or is it for a big family with kids, or maybe for parties? After all, who doesn’t like to have friends over? Luckily, inflatable hot tubs come in various capacities and can hold up to eight people. Of course, keep in mind that the larger the tub, the more it will cost, and the more space it will need, so make sure you have room for it. If you don’t mind spending a bit more, and space is not a problem - go with a spa that has a larger capacity, such as a hot tub for 4-6 people. Then, if it is just two of you, you’ll appreciate how comfortable and spacious it is.
Material & Durability.
Inflatable hot tubs can be made from fiberglass, inflated latex or vinyl, polyethylene, or other plastics. A spa from a reliable manufacturer made from quality material will cost you a bit more, but it is totally worth it, as the stronger materials will prevent your spa from bending and tearing, so it will last longer. On our website, we offer hot tubs that are made from material that is sturdy and durable, so your hot tub is resistant to scrapes and punctures.
Keep in mind that the control panel should ideally be placed within your spa. Otherwise, you’ll have to be ready to jump out to heat it up, which, during the winter, sounds…ouch.
A pump is one of the main components in your inflatable hot tub. It is used to inflate the hot tub, and then is going to circulate the water to distribute the hot water around the tub and power the jets. They usually have a 110 volt cord with a built-in ground fault circuit interrupter, an important safety measure that serves to prevent (God forbid) electric shocks. This allows you to plug in your hot tub either indoors or outdoors.
Some of the spas come with their covers included. However, if you get one that doesn’t, you should consider buying one. It will protect the tub from getting debris inside, and even maintain the temperature, if it is well insulated. Covers can be inflatable and insulated, a thermal blanket, or a combination of both. It can also be leather. Try to use the cover whenever you’re not using the hot tub. It will protect the water from dust, and will also save time (and electricity) when heating it up.
The inflatable hot tub market has some amazing price tags. Prices range from $300 to $1000 (for the top quality hot tub). The spa experience at home has never been so close! Take a look at our top choices for inflatable hot tubs and breathe...relax...enjoy…