Do your eyes light up when you spot a hot tub on your holiday? Why wait for a staycation to treat yourself when you could have a relaxing hot tub right in your backyard. Inflatable hot tubs are an accessible way to wind down and relax and are easy to transport and store when you are not using them.
There is something so luxurious about sitting in a warm tub with bubbles and jets, especially after a hard day at work or a tiring workout.
Permanent built-up hot tubs are definitely a huge luxury, but can sometimes cost around £5,000. However, inflatable hot tubs give you a similar experience for under £1,000 - not to mention it requires much less maintenance.
If you are looking for luxury without the deluxe price tag, then why not consider investing in an inflatable hot tub? Then, you will definitely have the most popular hangout in your neighbourhood.
How expensive is it to run a hot tub?
The cost of running an inflatable hot tub comes down to how much you intend to use your hot tub and which model you choose. Overall, hot tubs can be quite expensive to run; however, some models have high-tech energy-saving systems which can maintain the temperature. The running price of a hot tub is also dependant on how high your temperature is set and how warm it is outside.
The best inflatable hot tubs UK
If you are considering investing in this luxury product, then check out our recommendations below.
Intex Inflatable 4 Person Hot Tub
The supermarket brand is offering the Intex inflatable hot tub with a saving of £200. Lay back in the four-seater hot tub which has headrests, massage heated bubbles and a lockable cover. It also features fibre tech technology, an integrated heated bubble air blower system, a hard water system and limescale protection.
Review: "This hot tub is fab! It's spacious luxurious and very bubbly. The pump is not very loud and it's quite powerful. To be honest, I don't know how Aldi have done it for the price. Bravo it is a great product."
Lay-Z-Spa Milan Hot Tub
Top pick for best inflatable hot tub
The Lay-Z-Spa Milan model can fit four to six people and reach up to 40u00b0C. It has a dual operation heating and massage system to take the edge off after a hard day. All Lay-Z-Spas include a water filtration system that helps keep your water clear, and this one comes with a hard top safety cover. We also love the built-in Wi-Fi module, which means your spa can be controlled through a phone app to provide a stable level of chlorine.
Reviews: "This hot tub is fab! The quality is so much better than previous models we have had. Easy to set up & the pump is great."
"Excellent addition to the garden during the summer! Perfect size and easy to set up. Comfortable and quick to get started every time I want to use it. Great hot tub, I wish I had found this sooner!"
CosySpa Inflatable Hot Tub Spa
Best value inflatable hot tub
This affordable hot tub comes as a four or six-person hot tub and comes with accessory packs too. This inflatable hot tub can be set up easily within five minutes. The tub comes equipped with 130 air jets, 42u00b0C water, a ground cover and a lockable top cover to stop anything that shouldn't be there from getting in.
Review: "Love our hot tub, the perfect way to relax with the comfort headrests, drink in the holder and bubble jets on! It’s enjoyed by all the family, we couldn’t imagine the household without it now. It was delivered on time & easy to set up, definitely recommend this hot tub."
Lay-Z-Spa Bali 2-4 Person LED Hot Tub
Best inflatable hot tub with LED lights
This smaller sized Lay-Z-Spa hot tub is suitable for two to four people. The 120 AirJet massage system delivers a soothing hot tub experience and is made from premium DuraPlus material, puncture-resistant and robust. The most unique feature of the Lay-Z-Spa Bali is that it comes with a built-in seven colour changing LED lighting system.
Review: "Really good value, easy to install and perfect for these long hot summer days. I did have previous experience as a friend who has this model for a few years, and it has lasted well. I would definitely recommend it."
Lay-Z-Spa Vegas Hot Tub
Editor's pick for inflatable hot tub
The Lay-Z-Spa Vegas can seat four to six people and can heat the water to 40u00b0C. Featuring 140 air jets, this model does not only look elegant but will be the highlight of any garden. It contains an insulating and cushioned bottom and comes with a handy insulated leatheroid cover to keep leaves and other foreign objects out.
Review: "We have had this about a month now, and we use it near enough every night. We absolutely love it great quality and so easy to set up."
Lay-Z-Spa Cancun 2-4 Person Hot Tub
Best budget inflatable hot tub
This trendy Lay-Z-Spa has a 120 AirJet system and can reach up to 40u00b0C. Additionally, it is easy to set up without any complicated instructions or tools. This model contains a cushioned floor and DuraPlus material, an insulated leatheroid cover and a ground fault detection system. Also, it has an option to schedule your hot tub session, so you can look forward to your spa treat all day.
Review: "I have been using this for 2 weeks and absolutely love it. Easy to set up. Takes a few days to get into a routine of doing the chemicals but well worth it. Still having cold nights but it’s holding the temperature well. Looks good and really recommend it."
Helsinki 7 Person Lay-Z-Spa AirJet Hot Tub
Best inflatable hot tub for social gatherings
Take a dip in this Alpine inspired hot tub. This big seven seated model is ideal for families and social gatherings. It comes equipped with Freeze Shieldu2122 so that you can hop into your mini alpine retreat all year-round. This tub provides a lovely massage with an integrated 180 AirJet system and water that can heat up to 40u00b0C and is easily set up in five minutes.
Review: "We ordered this hot tub for New Year’s Eve. Wanted it to have a fun family experience in lockdown. What a great hot tub. Three weeks later and we have been in it every evening. Customer service from Argos and Lay-Z-Spa was second to none. Had to mention this as it added to how much we have enjoyed buying this."
Inflatable hot tub maintenance
Once you have received your new inflatable hot tub, take a look at the manufacturer's instructions to find out what maintenance it requires.
Most hot tubs require regular cleaning. Before you can do anything else, you will need to first clean the tub itself and the filter, plus testing the pH and alkalinity of the water.
If your hot tub doesn't come with a test kit, you'll need to purchase one to test the pH and alkalinity of the hot tub water at least once a week. You should aim for 7.4 to 7.6 pH for an inflatable hot tub - too low and you could damage the material.
To clean the water, you will need to add sanitiser like chlorine, which will come in tablet form or granules. Depending on your usage, you should look to add sanitiser to your hot tub every day, or at least every few days.
Check your instructions on the model you have purchased to determine which sanitiser your hot tub will need and follow the suggested quantities.
You can remove the filter weekly to clean it by using filter cleaner. However, some models will require daily cleaning. Inflatable hot tub filters can become clogged more frequently than permanent hot tubs, so it’s best to be consistent and clean it often. Every few weeks, you should drain your hot tub to clean it with liquid soap and water. Check your model’s instructions to find out the best formula to use.
Lastly, every few weeks, you should completely drain out your hot tub and clean it with liquid soap and water.
Clearwater Hot Tub Chemical Starter Kit
If you are looking for the ultimate starter kit, then this pack has everything you need for maintaining hygienic and clean water. The set includes; 500g chlorine, 700 g pH minus 500 g pH plus, 500 ml foam remover, 25 test strips and a dosing guide.
Pro-Kleen Filter Cleaner - 5 Litres
If you are looking for a product to keep your filter clean, this cartridge cleaner will trick nicely. Just add 500ml to 10 litres of water, soak the filter overnight, and then rinse off with a hose.
Inflatable hot tub accessories
Cootway LED Floating Pool Light
This starfish-shaped LED light is perfect for adding some ambiance to your hot tub. It floats above the water and is made with 10 bright LEDs built-in. The hot tub light comes in multiple colours - red, green, blue, yellow, mint, purple, and white so you can stay out all night long.
Bestway Floor Protector
If you are going to buy an inflatable hot tub you should think about laying down a ground protector as it prevents damage to the pool liner and your grass. This protector comes in two sizes, 50 x 50 cm and 78 x 78 cm. One pack of nine tiles will fit hot tubs up to 1.5 metres.
FLAMEER Hot Tub Suction Seat
It may come as a surprise, but there are no seats in most inflatable hot tubs, so you will sitting on the floor. If you want to make it a little more comfortable, we recommend getting some hot tub seats. This four-pack comes with suction cups to prevent it from moving around and is made of heavy-duty PVC material. You can also purchase the seats individually.