Written by Alex Kane and Lily Hartman
Updated July 20, 2023
If you’re in the market for an inflatable hot tub to relax in after a long day, you probably have some idea of what you’re in for—luxuriant relaxation, unbeatable value, and a few caveats and compromises.
The truth is, you don’t have a wide range of options right now when shopping online for one of these. Aside from color, shape, or the brand name stamped on the side, their differences are largely superficial; they all have similar drawbacks.
What you should keep in mind is that any inflatable hot tub will require some upkeep, and your satisfaction with the purchase will depend on things like the color and shape of the inflatable tub itself. Don’t worry so much about the brand name. Look for a good price, a design you won’t mind looking at, and know what you’re getting yourself into.
“It’s rife with little problems, and you’ll definitely have to replace some stuff. The warranty oddly covers some things and not others,” former tech editor Ryan Waniata warns. For example, many of the hot tubs come with patches and teflon tape for repairing holes and tears—expect to use them. And keeping your spa clean of harmful bacteria will be an ongoing project. Each has their own water filtration system to support cleaning, but you’ll need to put some work into maintenance as well.
“But it is a hot tub for like a tenth the cost of a real one,” he says. “There’s, at the very least, weekly maintenance. But it’s not bad.”
We spent hours shopping around, researching product specs and warranty info, and reading inflatable hot tub reviews by users to narrow down some solid recommendations. These are the best inflatable hot tubs you can get on Amazon right now.
The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.
Wejoy AquaSpa Round Inflatable Hot Tub
At almost 82 inches in diameter, with a 264-gallon capacity, this inflatable spa from WeJoy is one of the bigger options you’ve got. It offers 130 bubble jets, two simultaneous filters, a simple digital control panel, and heats up to a maximum of 104 degrees Fahrenheit—which seems to be the standard max temp for these things in general. The thousand-liter tub can comfortably hold either two adults and up to four children or three to four adults; it takes about 10 minutes to inflate and 20 minutes to take down—y’know, once you get rid of the 260 gallons of water.
Amazon promises to take free returns for up to one year from the date of purchase, so it’s a pretty low-risk investment, aside from the cost of upkeep. It includes everything you need to get started: the inflatable PVC hot tub, two filter cartridges (you’ll need two at any given time), a zip cover, a valve, two air-valve caps, an inflation hose, a drainage bung, two child safety keys, a filter cover, an inlet-outlet spanner, and a sheet to put on the ground underneath it.
130 bubble jets
May not include any patches
$369.34 from Amazon
Intex 28429E PureSpa
A top-selling tub with a high percentage of five-star ratings, this 210-gallon spa is 77 inches wide and should fit up to four people comfortably. It’s got 140 bubble jets, a built-in hard water treatment system, and multi-colored LED lighting.
The manufacturer promises a one-year limited warranty, which may only cover things like the pump. And it includes an insulated cover, two filter cartridges, two headrests, a ground cloth, an inflation hose, a carry bag, a floating chlorine dispenser, and a test strip.
Most reviewers have been thrilled with their purchase, and it’s an easy one to set up, but expect it to use a lot of energy and require the occasional patch job.
Multi-colored LED lighting
140 bubble jets
Uses a lot of electricity
Buy now at Amazon
$794.99 from Target
$630.08 from Walmart
Bestway St. Lucia Saluspa
This is a smaller hot tub with a 160-gallon water capacity, so that’s important to be aware of; it may only fit two or three people comfortably. It comes with a one-year warranty for the pump and a 180-day warranty for the liner, and has 110 bubble jets despite its size.
It has a lot of little quality-of-life features: a “Freeze Shield” auto-heating function, lift handles for portability, and Bestway Smart Hub app integration for programming the timer up to 40 days in advance. It also includes an insulated cover, one filter cartridge, a ChemConnect dispenser, and a single repair kit.
40-day programmable timer
Includes a repair kit
Smaller, 160-gallon tub
$479.99 from Amazon
Buy now at Home Depot
$741.17 from Walmart
Wejoy AquaSpa Square Inflatable Hot Tub
This is another WeJoy model backed by Amazon’s one-year full return policy, offering a 240-gallon capacity and room for up to four people. It seems like an ideal mid-sized option, with 120 powerful jets, a 24-hour timer, and filters made to last for up to 168 hours of use.
It comes with two air valve caps, a zip cover, two repair kits, an inflation hose, a drainage bung, two child safety keys, a filter cover, an inlet-outlet spanner, a ground sheet, a way valve, and your first two filter cartridges. It has a high percentage of five-star ratings, too, so you can buy with confidence knowing that you’ve got a year to decide whether or not you’re happy with it.
Includes two repair kits
120 bubble jets
None that we could find
$555.17 from Amazon
Bestway Paris Saluspa
This popular Bestway model has a 213-gallon capacity that should fit four to six people comfortably, and 66% of user ratings awarded it five stars. It’s got LED lights with seven different changing colors, a 72-hour power-saving timer, and the customer-service support is reportedly pretty good.
It includes an insulated cover, cushioned floors, built-in cup holders, ChemConnect dispenser, and two filter cartridges; you’ll probably want to place a separate order for teflon tape or patch kits. Routine upkeep aside, consumers seem pretty satisfied with this low-risk investment.
72-hour power-saving timer
Seven different LED colors
May not include any patches
$535.99 from Amazon
$339.00 from Walmart
Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub
The Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub is a really good pick for the price. It’s strong and sturdy and is made for an easy setup. It includes a control panel that allows you to adjust the water temperature up to 104 degrees and a 72-hour power saving timer. The only issue some reviewers have had is with it leaking due to a lack of puncture resistance.
Great for the price
Easy to set up
Some leaking issues
$480.88 from Amazon
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Best for winter: Bestway 60022E SaluSpa
Why it made the cut: This Bestway model is our pick for the ultimate hot tub for winter because of its 39°F minimum temperature range and power-saving timer that keeps it at temperature for up to 72 hours. Specs: Capacity: 4-6 people, 222 gallons. Max water temperature: 104°F.
The Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub is a really good pick for the price. It's strong and sturdy and is made for an easy setup. It includes a control panel that allows you to adjust the water temperature up to 104 degrees and a 72-hour power saving timer.What is the best time of year to buy an inflatable hot tub? ›
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Canadian Spa has been a leading hard-shell hot tub manufacturer for over 35 years, and their inflatable Grand Rapids model is made to those same exacting standards. At 29″ deep, the Grand Rapids is one of the deepest inflatable hot tubs on the market, submerging your shoulders for an extra-relaxing soak.Is a round or square inflatable hot tub better? ›
Round hot tubs are said to be better for a social experience with everyone facing each other and look great just about anywhere whilst square hot tubs can fit into some of those more awkward spaces and limit any dead space in corners.Can you leave inflatable hot tub out in winter? ›
Although most of the time, it is not recommended to use inflatable hot tubs in air temperatures below 40 degrees F, it has become common for most people to use mobile hot tubs in the wintertime.What is the life expectancy of an inflatable hot tub? ›
When considering the lifespan of your new hot tub, you can expect to receive around 5 -7 years of use out of an inflatable hot tub compared to 20+ years of use from a hardshell hot tub.How do I choose an inflatable hot tub? ›
- the number of seats, and size and shape of the tub;
- bubble blowers for relaxation;
- massage jets for a stimulating effect;
- the type of hydromassage technology offered;
- the number of jets (water and air) and their placement;
- the number of settings (temperature, massage modes, etc.);
Bullfrog Spas Energy-Efficient Hot Tubs
They offer a full foam insulation system; durable, tight-fitting covers; and efficient pumps and motors. Bullfrog Spas' hot tubs also include a patented JetPak Therapy System™ which provides high-quality hydrotherapy while using 90% less plumbing than traditional hot tubs.
Leave it running!
This may be surprising to hear, but turning your inflatable spa off frequently is actually not the most efficient. If you want to use your inflatable hot tub regularly, say more than three times a week, the most economical and effective way is to keep the spa heater running.
Inflatable hot tubs do not have much insulation, therefore they take much longer to heat up and can't maintain their heat between uses. This means you have to plan your hot tub sessions further in advance and you'll use more electricity to heat it up.What is the most popular hot tub size? ›
Medium hot tubs: The most popular hot tub size is 84″ x 84″, which is about 7 feet by 7 feet. Among the models available in this popular hot tub size are the Clarity Spas Balance 7, Twilight Series TS 7.2, and the Michael Phelps Legend Series LSX 700.Are inflatable hot tubs easily punctured? ›
Inflatables are mushy, flexible, flimsy, and subject to puncture. The same goes for inflatable hot tubs. Before you purchase an one, you should know it will be a short-term investment. The phrase buy cheap, buy twice is definitely (and unfortunately) applicable to this situation.How many gallons is the Costco inflatable hot tub? ›
Integrated Water Filtration System. Water Capacity at 80%: 177 Gallons.Do inflatable hot tubs hold heat? ›
Inflatable hot tubs tend to lose heat quicker than traditional hot tubs, as they lack the thick insulating qualities of non-portable models. To help reduce energy costs, some inflatable hot tubs come with power saving modes and timers that keep the water at a certain temperature.How can I make my inflatable hot tub hotter? ›
- Fill It With Hot Water. One of the quickest and most energy‑efficient ways to heat up a Lay‑Z‑Spa quickly is to use water from the hot tap. ...
- 2 Use the Lid & Top Cover. ...
- Heat it when the outside temperature is at its highest. ...
- Position in A Sheltered Location. ...
- Use a Thermal Cover. ...
- Add Insulation.
Based on their study, they concluded that “full foam spas should perform more than twice as well as the best perimeter systems out there. And three to four times better than the worst ones!” This study shows that if you want the best outdoor hot tub for a cold climate, you need one with a full foam insulation system.What is the maximum temp for Saluspa hot tub? ›
EASY TO OPERATE: The digital control panel lets you dictate the water temperature (up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit) and pressure of the jets.