If your eyes light up when you spot a hot tub on your holiday, then the best inflatable hot tubs are an accessible way to wind down and relax in your backyard. You don't need to wait for a staycation to live the high life. Inflatable hot tubs are easy to transport and store when you are not using them. We've put together a guide to our favourites.
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 models 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. They're a little bit nicer than a paddling pool, for example.
Black Friday deals on inflatable hot tubs 2023
Black Friday has finished, but some sales remain… throughout the month of November, we're expecting to see a whole host of last-minute Black Friday deals on inflatable hot tubs. Want to grab a bargain? These are the best deals still available or keep scrolling to continue reading our buyer's guide.
Top deal: Lay-Z-Spa Hawaii AirJet Inflatable Hot Tub, WAS £700, NOW £290
£270 off: Lay-Z-Spa Barbados Inflatable Hot Tub, WAS £700, NOW £430
Grab 38% off: Wave Rio Inflatable Spa, WAS £400, NOW £250
19% saving: Wave Spa Osaka 6 Person Foam Hot Tub, WAS £1350, NOW £1100
The cost of running the best Lay-Z-Spa hot tubs or inflatable hot tubs comes down to how much you intend to use them and which model you choose. Overall, they 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 dependent on how high your temperature is set and how warm it is outside.
The best inflatable hot tubs at a glance:
• Top pick for the best inflatable hot tub: Lay-Z-Spa Milan Hot Tub - view offer at B&Q
• Best value inflatable hot tub: CosySpa Inflatable Hot Tub Spa - view offer at Amazon UK
• Editor's pick: Lay-Z-Spa Vegas Hot Tub - view offer at Amazon UK
• Best octagonal inflatable hot tub: Intex Inflatable 4-Person Hot Tub - view offer at Amazon UK
If you are looking for luxury without the deluxe price tag, why not consider investing in an inflatable hot tub? Then, you will definitely have the most popular hangout in your neighbourhood. If you are considering investing in this luxury product, then check out our recommendations below.
The best inflatable hot tubs
Top pick for best inflatable hot tub
The Lay-Z-Spa Milan model can fit four to six people and reach up to 40°C. It has a dual-operation
- Use all year round
- Air-Jet massage system
- Costly to run
Best value inflatable hot tub
This affordable hot tub comes as a four or six-person hot tub and comes with accessory packs too.
- Thermal cover to keep it warm
- Heats to 42C
- Snug for more than two people
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
- Coloured lights
- Soothing massage bubbles
- Small capacity
Best octagonal inflatable hot tub
The supermarket brand is offering the Intex inflatable hot tub. Lay back in the four-seater hot
- Holds its temperature well
- Easy to inflate
- Powerful bubble jets
- Replacement parts are hard to come by
The Lay-Z-Spa Vegas can seat four to six people and can heat the water to 40°C. Featuring 140 air
- 2021 models and up can be controlled by app
- Use all year round
- Some customers have commented that the app control doesn't always work smoothly
Best looking inflatable hot tub
This trendy Lay-Z-Spa has a 120 AirJet system and can reach up to 40°C. Additionally, it is easy
- Grey rattan design blends in
- Sturdy bean construction
- Small capacity
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
- Very large capacity
- Elegant wood effect
- Expensive to run
What maintenance does an inflatable hot tub need?
Once you have received your new inflatable hot tub, take a look at the hot tub brands' 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. Then, you need to test the pH and alkalinity of the water.
If your hot tub doesn't come with a test kit, you'll need to purchase one. Here, you should 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 of a pH and you could damage the material. If you are looking for the ultimate starter kit, then the Clearwater Hot Tub Chemical Starter Kit has everything you need to maintain hygienic and clean water.
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.
If you are looking for a product to keep your filter clean, this Pro-Kleen Filter Cleaner will do the trick nicely. Just add 500ml to 10 litres of water, soak the filter overnight, and then rinse off with a hose.
Lastly, every few weeks, you should completely drain out your hot tub and clean it with liquid soap and water.
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Ellen Kinsey is a senior health and wellness product writer for A Modern Gardens, specialising in sustainable living and health. She lives and breathes all things natural health, cooking and nature.