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Inflatable hot tubs are a great way to enjoy the relaxation provided by a hot tub without the permanence of a standard hot tub. Any location with a flat surface and nearby electrical outlet can immediately become the spot for relaxation. However, inflatable hot tubs don’t have all of the features that a regular hot tub does.

Inflatable Hot Tub Features

Inflatable hot tubs are about out of vinyl instead of acrylic like most hot tubs. Additionally, space is more limited in an inflatable spa. Most options come with space for between two and six people, but unlike with a standard hot tub, you aren’t going to have much space per person. It might be a good idea to purchase the size above what you need to ensure that there is plenty of room.

The features on your inflatable hot tub aren’t going to be nearly as extensive as a regular spa. You might have basic control over temperature, the ability to turn the jets on and off, and access to a timer for the heater. When you are looking at inflatable hot tubs, make sure that the control panel is easily reachable from the hot tub so that you don’t have to get out to make any changes.

On some inflatable hot tubs, there are hard water systems that prevent or minimize calcium deposits and buildup in the tub. You will need to still use chemicals to maintain a balanced chemistry inside the hot tub water. Without proper water chemistry, the water in your hot tub won’t be safe.

Most inflatable hot tubs don’t have water jets. They use air jets instead. If you are set on having water jets, you will want to do your research to find the few inflatable tubs that have them, or you will want to get a more permanent spa.

An inflatable hot tub will need something to go under it to protect the bottom of the hot tub. Most inflatable hot tubs come with a ground cloth to protect the hot tub from debris and temperature changes. If yours doesn’t come with a ground cloth, you can purchase a plastic hot tub pad for the same protection.

Inflatable hot tubs generally come with a cover of their own. These covers could come in many forms. You might have an insulated inflatable cover, a leather cover, a thermal blanket, or a combination of these to keep the heat in your hot tub.

You’ll notice that inflatable hot tubs are very loud. If you are looking for a quiet place to relax, and inflatable hot tub probably isn’t for you. Whether you are inflating the spa or just running the air jets, the tub is going to make a lot of noise. While the noise isn’t intolerable, it isn’t going to give you the same experience as you would have with a traditional spa.

Even though inflatable hot tubs aren’t for everyone, many people really enjoy the ability to have a hot tub that they can move around with. If you are considering an inflatable hot tub, don’t forget to get the spa chemicals you need to keep it safe at SpaMate. For questions, give us a call at 1-800-923-7330.