The instructions are a bit unclear.
Blissful relaxation can be as close as paying a few hundred quid and setting the Lay-Z-Spa Palm Spring in ~10 minutes. The provided pump will let you inflate this hot tub with very little effort, whereas the quick-drain system will empty it out and make sure you can deflate the tub in even less time.
71 х 196 cm
Up to 40°C
TriTech reinforced material
120 all-surrounding air jets, Automatic start/stop timer, Water filtration system
Leatheroid cover, Chemical floater, 2 filter cartridges, Bubble mat floor protector, Setup & maintenance DVD
The entire thing cannot be stowed in the provided bag.
The Abreo MSPA D-TE06 is massive. The model can fit 6 adults without making anyone feel cramped/uncomfortable. What's more, the tub inflates on its own. All you have to do is push the one button on the control box and the tub will do the rest.
68 x 185 cm
Up to 40°C
Rhino-tech 6-layer reinforced PVC material
132 air jet massage system, Energy-saving timer, 4-hour auto-filtration function, Adjustable safety buckle, Children safety lock
Wired controller, Top cover, Ground mat, Instruction DVD, Garden hose adaptor, Filter cartridge and cartridge base, Wrench, Bag
3 months tub warranty, 12 months heating element warranty
The energy-saving timer controls the temperature, reducing unnecessary energy use. Fitted with 48 sturdy vertical I-beams and puncture-resistant rayon-coated outer walls, the model resists the wear and tear of time (and an occasional hit) quite well.
Takes some time to heat up.
The Lay-Z-Spa 54123 is as smart of a long-term investment as inflatable hot tubs get. Though the price is modest, some of the tub's features are anything but. The reinforced cover keeps unwanted debris out of the water. The control panel is straightforward and functional.
66 x 180 cm
Up to 40°C
81 air jet massage system, Energy-saving timer
Free setup DVD, Maintenance guide, 2 filter cartridges, Chemical floater, Cover
The armoured PVC that this tub is made from is hypoallergenic, making the model suitable for people with sensitive skin and/or allergies too. The digital lock will prevent unauthorised access and the anti-icing system will let you use this tub come winter.
The zip on cover has a lip around the edge which collects rain water.
The people behind the MSPA Silver Cloud 2019 Edition Luxury Portable Inflatable Hot Tub claim that the tub's biggest strength is its elegant round design. But, as far as we're concerned, the model's biggest strength is the reinforced PVC construction, protecting it from the elements and physical damage.
70 x 180 cm
Up to 42°C
Durable and tough reinforced PVC
118 air jets, Energy-saving timer, Children safety lock, Anti-icing system
Built-in spa cover, Wired controller, Filter cartridge, Digital lock, Garden hose adapter, wrench, Instruction DVD, Owner’s manual
6 months for spa pool, 12 months for electrical parts
The insulating cover, featuring safety clips, will be able to minimise heat dissipation. The integrated pump inflates this portable hot tub within 3 minutes. The model can handle temperatures as high as 42 degrees Celsius, fitting even more extreme tastes.
The filter cartridges are not easily replaceable.
Packing two polyurethane foam headrests and a drink holder, the CosySpa Outdoor Bubble Jacuzzi will let you relax almost like royalty. Meanwhile, the control panel with an LED screen and a robust heating element will make sure you can use this tub even when the temperature gets pretty cold.
65 x 180 cm
Up to 42°C
PVC fabric and aluminium foil
130 air jets, Pump with easy-to-use control panel
Filtration kit, Insulating cover with safety clips, PVC ground cover, 2 PU foam headrests, Hot tub drinks holder
1 year on pump and inflatable unit
Lay-Z-Spa Palm Springs
The TriTech Approach
Inflatable hot tubs are seldom durable, that goes without saying when you start with the 'inflatable' part. That being said, some can take a considerable lickin' and keep on tickin'. On that note, the Lay-Z-Spa Palm Springs comes in. With its TriTech reinforced construction and insulated leatheroid covering the tub, the model is cut-/scratch-resistant and should be fine with an occasional sharp object touching it.
Setup-wise, using the included pump, you can get this tub up and running within 10 minutes tops. Once you've done that and hop in, the Lay-Z-massage system comes into play, hitting you with 120 all-surrounding air jets. The cushioned bottom will keep you comfortable, whilst the quick-drain system will let you pack things up in a few minutes. Between the above-mentioned leatheroid material covering the tub and the lock clips, the model will have no issues preventing leakage. Apart from that, what sells this product is the built-in water filtration system and the automatic timer, separating the tub from its less impressive (but also less expensive) peers.
So, as long as you don't mind paying extra, the Lay-Z-Spa Palm Springs will provide blissful relaxation and wonderful escapism without fixed hot tubs' sky-high price but also without inflatable hot tubs' fragility.
|Last updated price||£699.99|
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Abreo MSPA D-TE06
Tubbing the Extra Mile
The Abreo MSPA D-TE06 looks a little boring. But behind its boring facade hides the least boring inflatable hot tub we've seen in some time. First things first, outfitted with 120 pleats, the 4-hour auto-filtration function is the most efficient filtration system in its class. Second, the integrated control box lets you press one button and inflate the tub, as simple as that.
We've seen the model's anti-icing system before, so while it is welcome, there's nothing especially exciting about it. The adjustable safety buckle, however, is somewhat exciting. Using the buckle, you can attach the top lid to the ground mat, optimising heat preservation and making sure that children cannot access the tub without parental oversight.
In the construction department, this inflatable hot tub incorporates Rhino-tech 6-layer reinforced PVC. With the V-beam profile covering its back, the reinforced PVC construction makes this model almost as durable as fixed hot tubs. To add more, covered with antibacterial fabric, the tub will let you relax knowing that you're not relaxing in a Petri dish.
Bottom line, the Abreo MSPA D-TE06 goes the extra mile, with its self-inflation approach, adjustable temperature, and bubbles that you can turn on and off.
|Last updated price||£599.99|
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Lay-Z-Spa 54123-BNNX16AB02 Miami
Simplicity at its Best
The Lay-Z-Spa 54123 is, for the most part, that middle-of-the-road inflatable tub that fits everybody and nobody. With 669 litres of water capacity and an inflated size of 66 x 180 centimetres, the model can fit up to 4 individuals, though it does start to feel a little crowdy with more than 3 people in it.
It may not be the powerhouse that the first couple of entries on this list are but it does have a thing or two going for it as well. For starters, the model's far more economical than the former two. Equipped with an energy-saving timer, it controls the temperature and doesn't waste energy unnecessarily, so you end up spending less money on electricity bills. That said, it takes a while to heat up but not that much longer than your average inflatable hot tub.
Again, it is by no means the most excellent product you've ever come across. But, for such an affordable model, it is surprisingly sturdy. Fitted with 48 sturdy vertical I-beams and puncture-resistant rayon-coated outer walls, the whole thing is able to resist the wear and tear of time, as well as an occasional hit, quite well. Despite the superior structural stability and strength, the surface remains comfortable enough for that refreshing and invigorating spa experience.
In short, the Lay-Z-Spa 54123 is as smart of a long-term investment as inflatable hot tubs get. Though the price is modest, some of the tub's features are far from it. Equipped with a reinforced cover, it keeps the unwanted debris out of the water. The control panel is straightforward and functional. Plus, the size allows you to put it indoors or outdoors.
MSPA Silver Cloud 2019 Edition Luxury
A Touch of Elegance
With its elegant round design, clean lines, and smooth finish, the MSPA Silver Cloud 2019 Edition Luxury Portable Inflatable Hot Tub earns the 'luxury' part in its name. Owing to its contemporary but also modern design, the model will blend quite alright with different garden décors. Of course, its somewhat attractive appearance is not the best thing about this product.
No, that would have to be the armoured PVC construction. Protected from UV radiation, low temperatures, abrasion, and light cuts, this material makes the tub quite resilient. Furthermore, it is hypoallergenic, so people with allergies or sensitive skin can use this tub without worrying about rashes or an allergy outbreak.
Matching the material's efforts is the model's anti-icing system, letting you use the tub even when it is pretty cold outside knowing that the heating element will be fine. What will also be fine is the digital lock, preventing uninvited access.
Where things get a little hairy is with the zip on the cover featuring this lip around the edge that collects rainwater, making maintenance a little less hassle-free than it should be. Nevertheless, the 2019 version of the MSPA Silver Cloud inflatable hot tub still sits among the best models in its weight class.
|Last updated price||£569.99|
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CosySpa Outdoor Bubble Jacuzzi
The CosySpa Outdoor Bubble Jacuzzi is pretty cosy, so the company's handle tracks. In this case, what makes the tub so cosy is not just its makeup but also the overall package that comes with it. To go with the tub (including its filtration kit, insulating cover with safety clips, and PVC ground cover), you will also receive 2 PU foam headrests and a drink holder. Needless to say, thanks to these accessories, you can relax with a little more comfort than you would otherwise.
While you're relaxing, the insulating cover with safety clips prevents heat dissipation, whereas the PVC ground cover protects the tub from debris. Generally speaking, the filtration system is fine - it does its job and it does it well. But the filter cartridges are a bit awkward to replace, making maintenance a little inconvenient.
What will not feel inconvenient is the 130 air jets blasting from all directions, aiding relaxation and offering a nice massage while you're at it. What will also not feel inconvenient (not one bit) is the pump. With its easy-to-use control panel, the pump lets you inflate the tub in 2-3 minutes without any effort on your part.
In short, the CosySpa Outdoor Bubble Jacuzzi will allow you to relax like a king without paying a king's ransom.
|Last updated price||£294.99|
What Is an Inflatable Hot Tub?
The physical and emotional benefits of using a hot tub are numerous. From cardiovascular health improvement and a pain soothing effect to its ability to lower blood pressure and reduce overall stress, there's a lot you gain from it and not a whole lot you lose. They're great in all seasons but especially come winter. As far as we're concerned, the only issue with hot tubs is how much space they take and how difficult they are to maintain.
Enter inflatable hot tubs. As you'd imagine, these constructions give you all of the benefits of an ordinary hot tub but without most of the downsides. They're a lot more flexible. You can always deflate a tub like that and store it away. More often than not, their operating costs are drastically lower as inflatable models are able to run of a regular, 120-volt home electrical outlet. The aforementioned mobility advantage also means you can even take a hot tub like that with you on the road. Of course, they do have their disadvantages too. They aren't as durable and, more often than not, do not give you the same heating power. Nevertheless, we feel like the benefits far outweigh the downsides.