Portable Hot Tubs: Relax and Soak it in while on the Road


If you are a fan of soaking yourself into a Jacuzzi and want to enjoy relaxing hydrotherapy without breaking the bank, an inflatable hot tub is just the right thing for you. Whether you are a renter with just enough space in your home or someone with the property of your own, a portable hot tub, undoubtedly, will provide you the same enriching experience as an in-built Jacuzzi without having to make any further changes in your permanent abode. Which is perfect, if your home moves or you are in one location for several weeks at a time.

What is a portable hot tub?

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A portable hot tub is a self-contained vessel or a hot tub cabinet with an in-built electrical control system and other components. You can set up a portable hot tub on your own without the need of a plumber to do the additional plumbing. A garden hose attached to the portable hot tub allows you to drain the water anytime. You can also take the portable hot tub with you anywhere; it’s not going to be heavy.

Benefits of using the portable hot tub

  • An installed permanent hot tub will cost you a fortune as compared to a portable hot tub. While you can buy yourself an inflatable hot tub for as low as $500, the best part is it does not require any professional setup. This is an option well within your budget with an added flexibility of relocation.
  • A permanent hot tub may be uncomfortable to use since it is built with solid concrete. On the other hand, a portable hot tub is made of a strong, triple-layered PVC material with boundary walls strong and comfortable enough to sit on. These inflatable hot tubs contain tubes which come with a cushioned ground mat to provide you with an extra dose of comfort and the best spa experience.
  • While a permanent hot tub is restricted to a single area in your house, a portable hot tub can be installed anywhere in your garden or balcony. If you hardly have any space in your apartment, you can even set up an inflatable hot tub in your garage or basement. It provides you with the flexibility to change its location depending upon the changing seasons.
  • Portable hot tubs come in different sizes subject to the available space in your home or how big your family is.
  • Above all, portable hot tubs have several health benefits as well. Its heat treatment can provide you with relief from arthritis and diabetes. It is also the best possible therapy to dive in when you come home after a long, hectic and stressful job.

Important Factors to Consider while Purchasing a Portable Hot Tub

  1. The Capacity – A portable hot tub should be big enough to fit your family in, if that is your preference. Portable hot tubs are available in two, four and six-person capacities. However, if you have ample space in your room, you can buy a large capacity hot tub too.
  1. Digital control panel – Many portable hot tubs have digital control panels fitted into them with buttons to adjust temperature and timer. They also have a basic model of an LED display installed. However, make sure you can access these features from within your hot tub without the need for disrupting your leisure time.
  1. Filtration system – Some portable hot tubs have an add-on feature of the filtration system that helps to minimize calcium deposits and its regular buildup within the hot tub. At the same time, the presence of a filtration system does not guarantee you pure and clean water in your hot tub.
  1. Standard heater system – An ideal heater system for a portable hot tub must be programmed with a temperature range as recommended by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to do away with instances of heat stroke and accidental drowning. The upper limit for safe temperature is 104 degrees Fahrenheit or 40 degree Celsius.
  1. Pump Enclosure – The water in your portable hot tub is circulated through a pump enclosure which also consists of an in-built air-blower to pump in the air into your inflatable hot tub. To keep electrical components from water, the pump and heater system are encased in a single container.

Intex Pure Spa 6-Person Inflatable Portable Heated Bubble Hot Tub

Intex Pure Spa 6-Person Inflatable Portable Heated Bubble Hot Tub | 28409E
  • Pamper yourself in relaxing heated water surrounded by soothing bubble jets
  • The PureSpa provides relaxation at the touch of a button for up to 6 people
  • The easy-to-use control panel activates the 170 high-powered bubble jets surrounding the interior of the spa for a refreshing massage
  • This inflatable model is ready for water in about 20 minutes and can be deflated for easy storage or transport (pump included)
  • PureSpa provides simple maintenance with 2 easy-to-replace filter cartridges for clean refreshing spa water. Replacement filters sold separately.

If you are looking for a refreshing massage, the 170-high powered bubble jets surrounding the interior of the spa will provide you the same at the touch of a button. Intex Pure Spa Portable Hot Tub consists of an easy-to-use control panel that provides an ease of operating the bubble jets. This hot tub is perfect for accommodating 6 people in its cabin.
Furthermore, the heating system adjusts itself to match your personal temperature preference. 2 easy-to-replace filter cartridges calls for hassle-free maintenance when it comes to providing clean refreshing spa water. You are in for a soothing experience as an in-built water treatment system makes water gentler on your skin. Heat loss is minimized through an insulated cover and lock system.

Pros

  1. Presence of bubble jets provides for massage therapy.
  2. The easy-to-use digital control panel enables easy access.
  3. This inflatable portable hot tub can be set up in less than 20 minutes.
  4. It can be deflated for easy storage and relocation.
  5. Hassle-free maintenance and replaceable filter cartridges.

Cons

  1. Poor customer service may be encountered.
  2. Filtration and heater system may not function properly, as stated.

Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable AirJet Hot Tub

Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable AirJet Hot Tub, Gray
  • Pamper yourself in relaxing heated water surrounded by soothing bubble jets
  • Digitally controlled pump with soft touch control panel
  • Reinforced cover with safety lock clips and built in air chamber for insulation
  • Soothing AirJet system has the power of 114 air jets
  • Package includes: Pool liner, pool cover, spa pump, chemical floater, 2 filter cartridges (VI), air pad protector, repair kit, and AirJet system

Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable AirJet Hot Tub consists of bubble jets to provide you a soothing massage therapy along with a digitally controlled pump system to pump in the air in the hot tub. This inflatable AirJet Hot Tub also comes with a soft touch control panel to access all the features from within the territories of the hot tub. There is an in-built air chamber to prevent heat loss and provide insulation. The super combo pack consists of pool liner, pool cover, spa pump, chemical floater, two filter cartridges, air pad protector, repair kit and an AirJet system.

Pros

  1. Presence of digitally controlled pump system.
  2. In-built air chamber to provide insulation.
  3. A control panel that makes accessibility easier.
  4. The hot tub is easy to set up.

Cons

  1. The heater system may take too long to heat up during the initial installment.
  2. Its pump system may be defective.

Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub

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Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub
  • Pamper yourself in relaxing heated water surrounded by soothing bubble jets
  • Easy to operate digital control panel; automatic start/stop timer-controlled heating system
  • 4-6 Person Capacity
  • Inflated walls are made of TriTech material that provides ultimate durability and comfort
  • Fast, easy set up - inflates using the spa's pump - NO tools needed

Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub is a 4-person portable hot tub and brings with it ultimate durability and comfort because of TriTech material that its inflated walls are made of. Apart from that, it consists of bubble jets in case you need massage therapy for relaxation after your day job. 4-6 people can easily fit into their cabin and enjoy the soothing experience. This easy-to-setup inflatable hot tub does not require any additional tools for installation and can be inflated using the pump system. When the water heater is switched on, it consumes around 1.25 kW of power only during the initial phase. Rest of the times, it holds the temperature through proper insulation. Its garden hose can be used for filling the water and draining it later on.

Pros

  1. Its air pad cushioned floor resides beneath the spa provides for better thermal insulation and minimizes heat loss. It also prevents air from leaking out and provides better comfort.
  2. This portable hot tub provides for a great value for money with multiple features stored in a single cabin.
  3. Its digital control panel comes with an automatic timer to start or stop the heating system whenever required. You can conveniently set the temperature as per your preference and activate the SaluSpa massage system for an enhanced spa experience.
  4. The TriTech material with which the walls of the hot tub is made of provides for superior strength and long-lasting durability. The TriTech material is essentially a polyester mesh core encased in two layers of PVC ensuring durability.
  5. Its walls are made using I-beam construction that allows users to sit on the sides without the spa bending or buckling. This feature distinguishes it from other portable hot tubs.

Cons

  1. Customer service could be better

Intex PureSpa Plus Bubble Massage Set

Intex PureSpa Plus Bubble Massage Set, Blue/White
  • This item will be delivered curbside. To have the item delivered to a location of choice on your property, kindly make additional arrangements...
  • A carry bag is provided for easy storage and transport
  • Approximate inflated inner⁄outer Diameter: 57" ⁄ 77" height: 28"
  • Seating capacity: 4 people
  • Water capacity: 210 Gallons

Intex PureSpa Plus Bubble Massage Set is a fusion of a hot tub and a pool for your kids to dive in and enjoy their game. While it may not be advisable for young kids to play in hot water, a hot tub is dedicated to parents willing to take a relaxing spa while their kids enjoy in the pool. This portable hot tub can accommodate up to 4 people in general.
The pool size is bigger than that of the hot tub. The built-in hard water treatment system prevents clogging of water in the pump and makes water gentler before it touches your skin. The combination consists of an insulated cover, heating system, 3-way test strip, 10W hard water system, filtration system with 4 cartridges, floating pool chlorine dispenser, thermal ground cloth, and inflation hose, carry bag and two headrests.

Pros

  1. This inflated hot tub is the best fit for families with young kids.
  2. It consists of high-performing bubble jets in the interiors of the spa to provide a relaxing massage session.
  3. Its heating system adjusts according to your temperature preference.
  4. Filter cartridges are easily replaceable ensuring easy maintenance.
  5. Its insulated cover minimizes the loss of heat through the base.

Cons

  1. This inflatable hot tub requires a vast space to set up.
  2. Untimely error codes may be witnessed while operating the control panel.

Intex 85in PureSpa Portable Bubble Massage Spa Set

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Intex 85in PureSpa Portable Bubble Massage Spa Set
  • Seating capacity: 6 people
  • Built-in hard water system softens the water, making it more refreshing on your skin
  • Water capacity: 290 gallons; Water temperature range: 68-104 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Approximate inflated inner/outer diameter: 65" /85", height: 28"
  • Includes: spa, insulated cover, heating/filtration/air blower/hard water system, two filter cartridges, thermal ground cloth, inflation hose,...

Intex 85in PureSpa Portable Bubble Massage Spa can accommodate up to 6 people and a water capacity of 290 gallons. The insulated cover greatly curbs the heat losses and can reduce your monthly electricity bills to a large extent. The in-built hard water treatment system softens the water thereby reducing calcium deposits inside the hot tub. It consists of as many as 140 air jets enough to render you an excellent spa experience. To top it off, the insulated ground cloth provides for enhanced heat retention.

Pros

  1. It can store a large volume of water.
  2. Consists of 140 air jets, more than any of the portable hot tubs.
  3. The hard water treatment system prevents limescale from getting deposited in the cabin of the hot tub.
  4. Its filter cartridges are easy to replace and ensure clean water for a perfect spa experience.
  5. The insulated cover retains heat avoiding any heat loss.

Cons

  1. Some customers say that they are prone to leaks only after a couple of uses.
  2. Difficult to drain water.

Conclusion

This Inflatable & Portable Hot Tub is my personal choice out of the myriad of options to choose from. Not only is it easy and quite effortless setup, but it’s that I have seen this particular brand around at a few crowded campgrounds we stay at and the owners I talk with have nothing but great things to say about their tub too.