Advances in technology have made inflatable hot tubs worth the investment because they are more durable than earlier models, and function very similarly to more traditional options such as an inground hot tub or a Jacuzzi. Here are a few things you should know before you make a purchase:

Brands Matter Here

After reading hundreds of inflatable hot tub reviews, you will come to the conclusion that most off-brand units do not function as well as the branded spas. This is really a case where it is better that you purchase a name brand hot tub because it will be more durable, function better, and it will have better quality materials. 

Although portable hot tubs are cheaper than their fixed counterparts, there is still a significant investment to be made – so its better to pay for something that will last you longer and work properly.  Cheaper generic models tend to focus on the bells and whistles like extra headrests and touch screen panels – but they don’t usually have the basics covered. You will want the water pump and heating system to work flawlessly, and the materials to withstand prolonged use. 

Size Is Misrepresented Or Misunderstood

Whenever you look for the specifications of a hot tub, there will be a manufacturer’s recommendation for the number of people that can be seated in the hot tub together. For example, some models will advertise that their size is enough for 4 to 6 adults, However, most manufacturers give these recommendations based on adults that are seated side by side, upright. You probably want to lie back and relax, which takes up more space. Most people take the advertised number and half it to get a rough estimate of the real number of people that can fit into the tub – comfortably. 

Look For Reinforced Walls

Inflated hot tubs have walls made of air, so expect some give from the shell around you. The best option when buying a portable hot tub is to look for the materials used inside and opt for a hot tub with reinforced walls. This means that you will be able to enjoy the softness of an inflated hot tub, while also being able to lie back without worrying about topplying out of the water. 

You Will Need Extra Insulation During The Colder Months

If you plan on using the hot tub during the winter months, you will need to insulate under the hot tub, as well as insulate the heating unit and pump to ensure that they are working efficiently. This may not be necessary if the climate in your area is mild, but it is important to know what options you have. If your hot tub is not made for winter tubbing, you will need to drain it and stow it away in a dry place. This may be convenient, but most people don’t actually stow away their portable hot tubs unless they absolutely need to. But it is good to know that you have the option should you decide to use it.