There’s something inherently luxurious about a hot tub. The ability to melt away your stress and the problems of the day in a tub of bubbling, invitingly warm water just raises up the hairs of your arms and makes you arch your back and neck a little in anticipation.
Unfortunately, economics makes hot tubs out of reach for most of us. Installing one at home can run you between $5,000-$8,000 on average, which can seem really unrealistic in the land of mortgages, car payments, credit cards and kids.
Fear not, fellow aqua enthusiast! There is another option available when you want the soothing sensation of a hot tub without the stratospheric price involved. Several companies make portable, inflatable versions of the classic hot tub that provide the environment you want for a price that won’t give you that sinking feeling.
Here’s a look at some of the best portable hot tubs out there.
Best portable hot tubs reviewed
Intex 77”/85” PureSpa
This Intex model uses a built-in hard water treatment system that gives you skin a soothing sensation as it washes away your stress and soreness. It has room for four people and its water capacity is 210 gallons, which can be heated from 68-104°F. It has two easy replaceable cartridges to keep the spa water clean and features an insulated cover and lock that will lessen heat loss while keeping your unit safe. It is designed with Fiber-Tech Construction to promote the maximum in structural stability along with comfort. There are 120 high-powered bubble jets that can be activated inside the three-ply laminated material.
Coleman Inflatable Miami Spa
Available in a stylish black finish, this four-person portable hot tub has a digitally controlled pump with a soft-touch control panel. It measures 29” x 21.5” x 24” and weighs 73.1 pounds when empty. It might be shorter than other hot tubs, but it’s cushioned floor makes sitting a great way to rewind. The water can reach 104°F inside the three-play PVC walls with sturdy I-Beam construction that will allow you to sit on the walls of the tub if you just want to indulge your legs or your fee. The unit has two handles that make it easy to transport and a chemical floater to keep that unit clean. It also comes with an inflatable cover to keep the water warm when it’s not in use. The unit also comes with two filter cartridge replacements. The massage jets are perfect for de-stressing after a long day or getting comfortable with that special someone for a romantic interlude.
Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub
When you have friends over or want to spend family time relaxing in comfort, the Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub is just the ticket. Its larger dimensions allow it to seat up to six people comfortably and its inflated walls are made of TriTech material which provides a tremendous blend of durability and comfort.
Easy to operate, it has a digital control panel; an automatic start/stop feature and a timer-controlled heater.
There are no tools need to set up. The spa pump inflates the hot tub for use. One hundred and twenty bubble jets do the rest, sending the water spinning around your body to soothe and relax sore muscles.
It measures 77” x 28” and weighs 85.9 pounds when empty; 2,701 pounds when full.
SaluSpa Miami AirJet Inflatable Hot Tub
Hailed as the world’s first premium inflatable spa, the Miami AirJet can be easily inflated indoors or outdoors and has room for four adults. The set-up is easy, no tools required, and the water can reach 104°F . There’s a digital control panel that allows you to adjust the heat without leaving the tub. There are 120 bubble jets to supply the relaxation in this hot tub, part of the SaluSpa Massage System. To keep things feeling clean and fresh, you can use the chemical floater and the water filtration system as need. There’s also an inflatable cover to keep debris out and to keep the water warm when this unit is not being used.