The 7 Best Inflatable Hot Tubs

Updated March 07, 2018 by Ben G

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We spent 43 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Bring the relaxing luxury of a spa to your own backyard, patio, or deck with one of these inflatable hot tubs. They are portable, easy to install, and just as easy to pack away when you need to have your space back, so you can unwind at any time. We've ranked our selection by ease of installation, heat-up time, features, and durability. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best inflatable hot tub on Amazon.

7. Coleman SaluSpa

The 3-ply PVC walls with I-beam construction make the Coleman SaluSpa as great for those who want to dip in their toes as those who prefer a serious soaking. Plus it features two side handles, so it's easy to lift and reposition when empty.
  • controls only require a soft touch
  • easy to replace filter cartridges
  • slippery bottom requires caution
Brand Bestway
Model 13804
Weight pending
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

6. Bestway Paris

Relax with up to three of your adult friends in the 71-inch wide, 26-inch deep Bestway Paris. It features a built-in massage system, a seven-color LED lighting effect, and comes up to temperature quickly, so you can hop right in with less waiting.
  • holds 250 gallons
  • can be used indoors or outdoors
  • easy-to-access drain valve
Brand Bestway
Model 54149E
Weight 86 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

5. Intex 85in

If you want to have small parties or some room to maneuver, the Intex 85in is a good bet. It has an insulated cover that prevents heat loss on nights when you plan to leave it filled and that provides added safety when there are pets or kids around.
  • built-in hard water treatment system
  • seats up to six people
  • takes a long time to heat up
Brand Intex
Model 28407E
Weight 112 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

4. Intex PureSpa

The Intex PureSpa is the perfect way for you to spend time with your kids without having them interfere with your relaxation. One side works as a heated spa with massaging bubbles, while the other acts as a pool for the children to play around in.
  • comfortably accommodates four people
  • 104-degree maximum temperature
  • two inflatable exterior benches
Brand Intex
Model 28419E
Weight 198.7 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

3. Bestway Miami

The Bestway Miami has a 177-gallon water capacity that can easily accommodate up to four people. Its rapid heating system will get your spa hot and ready for you in just a few minutes, and will top out at 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • 3-ply reinforced material
  • includes chemical floater
  • no tools required for setup
Brand Bestway
Model 54124
Weight 71.3 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. BestWay Siena

The BestWay Siena's elongated, bathtub-like design makes it less easy to cuddle up or play around, but it does streamline the benefits of a hot, bubbly soak. Almost anyone can stretch out, whether they are alone or sharing with a partner.
  • equipped with 120 jets
  • automatic timer controls
  • handles help you get in and out
Brand Bestway
Model 54157E
Weight 96 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. Coleman Lay Z Spa

The Coleman Lay Z Spa inflates in just a couple of minutes, and can just as quickly deflate and fold down to a compact size for storage or transport. It features an automatic start and stop timer, so it can be heated up and ready for you when you get home from work.
  • puncture-resistant exterior
  • buckle-down top to keep out debris
  • retains air for a long time
Brand Coleman
Model 54131E
Weight 85.9 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

It Might Not Be A Time Machine, But Who Cares?

Going back in time a little, at least in my memory, I can recall that only one person in my high school had a hot tub. It was a salt water hot tub attached to a salt water pool, and its very existence resulted in the most memorable (and forgettable) parties of those high school days.

That's because there is something innately magical about a hot tub, about the depth of relaxation it provides, especially when shared with other people. It's as though the calming waters and massaging jets not only relax our physical selves, but our emotional and psychological selves, as well. In a hot tub, we let our guards down a little, shed some of our socially conditioned armor. Our excess is less measured, our passions less deliberate. We are free to connect on a simple, honest, human level. They are, of course, also great for relieving sore muscles.

So, why wouldn't you want to take that reality and make it as portable and accessible as possible?

That's what these inflatable hot tubs offer you. They come to you deflated, almost mysterious in their packaging. You unwrap and inflate them anywhere you have electricity. Fill them with pure water and turn them on. The electrical current warms up a heating element kept in a separate filtration compartment through which the water gradually circulates.

In a matter of hours you have a portal to your most perfect self sitting on your deck, at your campsite, in your back yard, or anywhere you can find a place for it.

When you're done with it, it can easily be emptied, deflated, and packed back up for transportation and storage.

How Hot Is Too Hot?

It's probably never been said that a hot tub is an extension of one's personality. Hot tubs, after all, share a vast majority of their of features with one another, where the individual is as nuanced as the pock-marked surface of the moon.

Still, there is an opportunity here to take stock of yourself in your pursuit of the perfect inflatable hot tub. As it stands, the very fact the you're looking into an inflatable hot tub rather than a more permanent fixture speaks volumes about your style. You've got more mobility in mind, less waste, and probably more fun.

All of these tubs can accommodate that spirit, but not all of them will allow you to share it with as many people as you like or get quite hot enough to suit your tempestuous temperament.

The first thing you ought to look at when comparing hot tubs is their gallon capacity. Anything around 150 gallons or below is liable to be a tight squeeze for two or more soakers, but beware: the inflatable tubs above that capacity are much larger when deflated for storage and transport.

The maximum temperature availability of these tubs is the next most important factor. Due to the compact nature of these systems, the tank for heating and filtering the flow of water is usually on the smaller side. That means there's a slightly lower max temperature with inflatable hot tubs than with a lot of in-ground or above-ground units.

Trust me on this one: the hotter, the better–within reason, of course. I don't want you starting a fire under your deck and cooking yourselves up like a couple of lobsters, besides, you can always turn it down.

Icarus Burned, And We All Benefited

If you're a little rusty with your Greek mythology, Icarus was a dude who got his hands on some wings, and, against the warning of his father, flew too close to the sun. The wings burnt up, and Icarus went plummeting into the sea. Like most Greek myths, pride gets the better of a hero.

Where exactly he is meant to have fallen may be the subject of some consternation among scholars, but the inhabitants of one Greek island did their best to settle the dispute when they named their home Ikaria, claiming the hero fell in the waters closest to their land.

Ikaria also just happens to be home to one of the first, and certainly one of the most famous hot tub collections in history, as the island was known for its hydrotherapy. Was it the residual heat from Icarus' burnt wings that kept the waters warm? Probably not, but the healing properties of hot water have been used this way around the world for millennia.

In Japan, for example, natural hot springs and coal-fired onsen were the centerpieces of large resorts dating back to the 8th century.

Inspired largely by these resorts, some American manufacturers began making the kinds of hot tubs we'd recognize in the 1940s, and they've gotten a little bigger, a little sturdier, and with the advent of the inflatable hot tub, a lot more portable ever since.

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Last updated on March 07, 2018 by Ben G

Ben is a writer from California. He mostly dives into film, videogames, and science fiction literature. Also Hello Kitty. He likes Hello Kitty a whole lot.

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