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The 10 Best Hot Tubs

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Yellow first place 1 Essential Hot Tubs Essential Hot Tubs Essential Hot Tubs SS215377403 Polara-50 Jet Hot Tub
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Orange best value 2 Coleman Coleman Coleman SaluSpa 4 Person Portable Inflatable Outdoor AirJet
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3 Intex Inflatable Pure Spa 6-Person Portable Heated Bubble
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4 Intex Intex Intex PureSpa 4-Person Inflatable Bubble Jet Spa Portable
23 reviews
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5 Essential Hot Tubs Essential Hot Tubs Essential Hot Tubs SS234677003 Syracuse-67 Jet Hot Tub
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6 Bestway Bestway Coleman SaluSpa 4-Person Portable Inflatable Outdoor Spa Hot
237 reviews
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7 M-SPA M-SPA M-SPA MSPA Tekapo Relaxation and Hydrotherapy 6 Person
6 reviews
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8 6 Person Inflatable Hot Tub Outdoor Jets Portable
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9 Goplus Portable Inflatable Bubble Massage Spa Hot Tub
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10 Essential Hot Tubs Essential Hot Tubs Essential Hot Tubs SS115220300 Arbor-20 Jet Hot Tub
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A Guide to the Best Hot Tubs

By Yehudah Posnick

The idea of relaxing in a Jacuzzi, getting a massage from jets of air or water while bathing, is something that most of us would only expect in a fancy hotel. And having a hot tub in your home used to be considered a luxury that only the well-to-do could indulge in. Installing a permanent hot tub in your house isn’t for everybody. But you’ll be surprised that you can get an affordable inflatable hot tub, that you can set up in your yard outdoors--or even indoors, if you have the space. There are hot tubs that can accommodate 4, 5, or even 6 people at a time.  And a hot tub is not just for pleasure and relaxation anymore. The jets of air or warm water can be part of a hydrotherapy program, to relieve pain, and stimulate blood circulation.

We’ve composed this buyer’s guide to help you make the right decision when selecting a hot tub. It'll help you:

  • Choose the right type of hot tub,

  • See useful tips about that particular type of hot tub,

  • Read reviews of different hot tubs, and what customers are saying,

  • Select the right brand of hot tub, and

  • Compare prices and find the best deals.

Types of Hot Tubs

An inflatable hot tub gives you the convenience of sparing you any sort of complicated installation. Even the larger models, that can accommodate six people, will have handles on the sides so that you can move the hot tub from place to place. That way, you can use it in the privacy of your own home. The water will also remain cleaner since less debris will collect in the water--you won’t have to filter the water as often. They will work on two different principles to provide you with a massage:

  • Water Jets: In this design, a pump draws in water from one part of the hot tub and sends it out through another part in a series of jets. However, water jets are better if you're using your spa for medical purposes, since they offer the greatest massage and hydrotherapy benefits.

  • Air jets: Hot tubs that shoot out jets of air into the bath water don't require as much maintenance as the hot tubs that send out water jets. They are also less expensive, and can generate more force. The Coleman and Intex PureSpa models employ air jets.

What Reviewers Say

  • Automatic shutoff: Some hot tubs will have an automatic shutoff to their massage system, as well as to the heating system. This conserves energy--also, there is the risk of a person falling asleep in the hot tub if it operates for too long. Coleman’s hot tub turns off its massage system after 30 minutes, and turns off the heating after 72 hours.

  • Measures to keep the pool water clean: It’s expected that the hot tub water will remain for some time, just like an outdoor pool. But you have to take measures to maintain the water. The hot tub will come with an inflatable insulated cover to ensure that the water remains clean. There are also chemical floaters that treat the water, as well as filters to clean it periodically.

Important Features

  • Sturdy material: You don’t want your inflatable hot tub to get punctured. You must ensure that there are no sharp objects where you set up the hot tub. Also, some companies have taken extra measures to make sure that the pool is durable. Coleman’s SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub is made of a 3-ply reinforced material, with a polyester mesh core in-between two layers of PVC. Its walls also are made with rigid I-beams to allow you to sit on the side of the spa without risk of the walls bending or buckling. Some hot tubs have a cushioned air pad that you inflate underneath the pool, to provide insulation and ensure that the tub doesn’t get punctured.

  • Capacity: The Coleman SaluSpa can accommodate up to 6 adults. The amount of water required is 963 liters, which you can fill by means of a garden hose. Hot tubs will have minimum and maximum lines, telling you how much you can fill the tub. Be certain that you fill the tub between the two lines.

  • Easy assembly: Inflatable spas don’t require any difficult assembly. They come with a pump that can usually get the pool inflated within 20 minutes. Filling the pool takes around 40 minutes. The heating can take quite some time--up to 14 hours.

  • Number of Jets: The number of jets will tell you the intensity of massage that the hot tub will provide. The Coleman Lay-Z-Spa provides you with 120 bubble air jets, while the Intex Pure Spa 6-person Inflatable Hot Tub has 170 high-powered bubble jets.

  • Heating system: Hot tubs will come with a temperature control. The Intex PureSpa Plus Bubble Massage Inflatable Spa (Model No. 28409E) lets you set the water temperature from anywhere between 68-104 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Pool together with heated bath: The Intex PureSpa is an inflatable hot tub with two sections: one has a heated pool that can reach up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The other half can be used as a wading pool for children.

Top-Rated Brands

  • Goplus--are makers of summer recreation products, besides products for travel. They make patio furniture, boating accessories, reclining chairs, paddle boards, luggage, fitness equipment, and more.

  • Intex Recreation Corporation--makes airbeds, above-ground pools, spas, toys, lawn furniture, and boats. They were founded in 1975., and make pools that also can give you a massage.

  • Bestway--was established in 1994, as a manufacturer of high-quality outdoor leisure products. Examples of their products include: stand-up paddleboards, inflatable pools, water slides and other pool accessories, portable spas, airbeds, and sports and leisure boats. They are partners with a range of manufacturers of toys and leisure products.

  • Coleman-- is an American company started by W.C. Coleman in 1905 in Brockton, Alabama. He originally started manufacturing gas lamps, but soon expanded to outdoor gas stoves, and then eventually to an entire line of outdoor recreation products: outdoor pools and hot tubs, tents, sleeping bags, camping furniture, backpacks, and more.

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