Inflatable Hot Tub Buyer’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

From reading the advantages of an inflatable hot tub to buying guide to reviews. Yet somehow you still have unanswered questions about an inflatable hot tub. Needless to mention, you are in the right place.

Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about inflatable hot tubs. 

Q: What size of inflatable tub do I need?

A: The size of your inflatable tub depends on several factors.

  • How many people do you want to fit in?
  • How much are you willing to spend? 

If you’re buying a tub to relax for you and your partner, a 2-person inflatable spa is your best choice. 

However, if you’re a social person who has a lot of friends, you can consider buying a model that fits 6-8 people

We suggest the following sizes as a guide when buying an inflatable tub

  • 2-person hot tub: 71″-75″ across
  • 4-person hot tub: 75″-77″ across
  • 6-person hot tub: 77″-85″ across

However, remember that bigger isn’t always better. Also, bigger inflatable spas take longer to heat up and fill and is a bit more expensive than the smaller ones.

Q: How much space does an inflatable tub need?

A: When thinking about size, it’s essential to consider how much space you have.

You’ll need to have ample space to place your portable spa, as well as space to get in and out of the tub comfortably. Consider the dimension plus make allowance for an area of 2 feet around the spa. 

When setting up, make sure your ground is stable and level.

Q: How much does it cost to run a Portable spa?

A: Operation costs will depend on several factors including

  • The size of your tub
  • How hot you keep your water
  • The outside temperature
  • How many times you use the container, and
  • For how long the massage system ran 

Depending on the size and frequency of use, you should plan on the operating costs being between $20-$30 per week. 

Q: How long does it take to fill and heat the water?

A: The bigger a tub, the longer it takes to fill up and heat the water.

Smaller portable spas take around an hour to fill up, and about 12 hours to heat up to the maximum temperature. However, more giant tubs like the Intex 85in PureSpa take up to 24 hours to heat up to the maximum water temperature. 

Q: What if my inflatable tub gets a puncture?

A: Chances of your inflatable spa getting a puncture are minimal. Inflatable hot tubs are built with strong, durable, puncture-free material.

However, accidents happen. 

A deck nail or a protruding branch can puncture your tub. You can fix a puncture using the repair kit that comes with the package. 

Q: Can I use a portable spa if I have a medical condition?

A: This depends on your specific condition. Ask your doctor to be sure.

However, inflatable tubs are beneficial for several health conditions making them relatively safe for most people. 

Q: Can children use a portable hot tub?

A: Children under five years should not be allowed inside an inflatable hot tub. 

Children above five years may be allowed inside the hot tub, as long as they are tall enough to stand up in the spa, and have their head clear above the water level. 

Q: How much maintenance does an inflatable tub need?

A: Inflatable tubs require very little maintenance. 

Maintenance mainly involves cleaning the inside of the hot tub and the occasional changing of the filter cartridges.  

Q: Do I need to buy any extras?

A: No. Your portable spa will come with everything you need. 

However, with time, you may need to purchase a replacement filter as well as water purification chemicals. 

If you’d like to accessorize your inflatable tub, you can buy hard plastic seats, headrests, drink holders, and LED lights to take your experience to the next level.

Q: Can I set up my inflatable tub indoors?

The best part about inflatable tubs is their portability. You can place it anywhere as long as there’s a solid floor to support the weight of your tub.  

A: Look for a well-ventilated room, and preferably one on the ground floor. 

When considering an indoor space, look for an area far from electrical sockets and valuable items as water may accidentally splash.

Q: Who shouldn’t buy an inflatable hot tub?

A: Inflatable hot spas may not be ideal if you are looking for durability or something totally hands-off. Components are usually low-grade. As a result, there will be a need to replace the parts, usually within a year of purchase. Moreover, in our experience, the set as a whole rarely lasts three years. On top of that, portable hot tubs are more prone to usability and performance-related issues to include pump malfunction, error codes, leaks, delayed heating/temperature drops, etc.

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