How Good Are Inflatable Hot Tubs

Do Inflatable Hot Tubs Work

Inflatable hot tubs are becoming increasingly more popular each year as folks are looking for a less expensive way to enjoy the relaxing hydrotherapy that hot tubs provide.

This of course raises the question “how good are inflatable hot tubs”? Paying less for the benefits of owning a hot tub does you no good if the hot tub doesn’t work like it should.

So, do inflatable hot tubs work? The simple answer is yes they do work, however if you are expecting the experience you get with a traditional acrylic hot tub you might be disappointed.

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How Well Do Inflatable Hot Tubs Work

Although the blow up hot tubs you will find today don’t quite perform like a more traditional hot tub does not mean they don’t get the job done. And when you consider the fact that you will pay thousands less for one of these 110 volt hot tubs when compared to an acrylic jacuzzi the minor inconveniences don’t seem so bad.

So what are the differences between inflatable hot tubs and acrylic hot tubs? To give you a better idea let me answer some of the most frequently asked questions about these portable hot tubs.

Do Inflatable Hot Tubs Have Jets

Yes inflatable hot tubs have jets and just like standard hot tubs, the number of jets depends on the make and model you purchase. However, you will find that most blow up hot tubs have anywhere from 110 jets to 130 jets. It should be noted that with most models, when the bubble jet system is running the temperature of the water will drop a few degrees.

Keep in mind that the jets in these plug and play hot tubs are typically not as powerful as those you would find in a traditional spa.

Do Inflatable Hot Tubs Have Seats

No, portable inflatable hot tubs do not have seats. This is probably one of the biggest inconveniences with this type of jacuzzi.

How Hot Do Inflatable Hot Tubs Get

Almost every portable inflatable jacuzzi you will find will be able to heat the water to104 degrees. However, as mentioned when the jets are running the water temperature will drop slightly. This is about the same temperature most traditional jacuzzis get.

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How Much Do Inflatable Hot Tubs Cost to Run

This is a question that can not really be accurately answered as there are so many variables. What is the size of your hot tub and in what weather/temperature are you operating your plug n play hot tub in are two of the biggest factors. The bigger your jacuzzi the more it will cost you to run it each month. Additionally, the colder it is outside the more heat your spa will lose which means more energy used heating it back up.

However you can rest assured that the cost of running an inflatable hot tub is much less than the cost of running a traditional hot tub, typically anywhere from $10-$20 a month.

How Durable Are Inflatable Hot Tubs

Of course not as durable as an acrylic or hard shell hot tub, these blow up hot tubs are still quite durable. This doesn’t mean you don’t need to take some precautions but you also do not need to worry that your hot tub will pop from normal everyday use. Most models are made from durable 2 or 3 ply materials and encased in some type of pvc. Some of these plug n play hot tubs, for example the Coleman lay-Z-Spa, feature I-beam construction to ensure the sides of the spa are durable.

The fact is that although these hot tubs are pretty durable, even when properly maintained they will not last as long as a well maintained acrylic hot tub.

How Long Do Inflatable Hot Tubs Take to Heat Up

Typically the heating system on a blow up hot tub will heat the water at roughly 2 degrees per hour, this mean it is going to take about 24 hours to heat your jacuzzi up to a comfortable temperature and a little longer to completely heat the water. You can however speed up the process by adding in a few buckets of warm water.

This is another of the bigger inconveniences with inflatable jacuzzis, a typical acrylic hot tub running on 240V power will heat the water between 10 and 20 degrees and hour, depending on the type of heater the spa has.

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As you can see there are a few things that make inflatable hot tubs somewhat less desirable than a traditional style spa, however on the other hand there are a few benefits as well. These blow up hot tubs are extremely portable and easy to move, they can be set up both indoors and outdoors and they only need a standard 110V outlet to run. Not to mention the fact that you will spend thousands less on the hot tub itself and save hundreds if not thousands on the cost of installation that is associated with permanent hot tubs.

All in all, these portable inflatable hot tubs are a great bargain.

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