Benefits and Disadvantages of Inflatable Spas

If you’re here, you’re certainly thinking of buying a hot tub. And since you’re here, you’ve certainly considered whether to buy an inflatable hot tub or a regular one.

In this article, we will look at different reasons why people choose inflatable hot tubs over regular ones. Thereafter, we will look at some of the advantages it provides, as well as the disadvantages. Finally, we will compare it to the regular hot tub.

Without much ado, let’s dip our feet in.

What are Inflatable Spas

Inflatable spas are exactly what they sound like – a temporary hot tub that is easy to set up and dismantle. This type of hot tub provides many similar services to the regular type. However, there are differences.

Why Do People Buy Inflatable Spas?

There are three major reasons why people buy this type of hot tub. They are:

Exploratory purposes

For people who have no hot tub experience, the inflatable hot tub provides an avenue for exploration. It presents an opportunity for them to experience what it’s like before they decide whether it’s worth buying a regular, more expensive one. Given the price range of this equipment and that of the regular type, it is easy to understand why this is so.

Financial purposes

For many people, inflatable spas present an opportunity to have the hot tub experience without having to pay through their nose for the regular hot tub. The average inflatable spa costs $400 while on average, a portable hot tub costs $2,000. Few people can afford this amount for equipment. For this reason, they will likely settle for the cheaper, more affordable inflatable hot tub.

Spatial reasons

Regular hot tubs require space, which many homes simply don’t have. However, inflatable spas are quite versatile. Because they can be moved around, they present an opportunity to circumvent the space conundrum. You can set them up outdoors to use. And, if you want, you can set them up indoors and use.

Time factor

Inflatable spas can be set up and dismantled easily. As a result, they’re suitable for temporary use unlike the regular spa which are permanent.

Disadvantages of Inflatable Spas

Inflatable hot tubs are not without downsides. They include the following:

Unsuitable for use during winter

More often than not, inflatable hot tubs take on the air temperature of their surroundings. The reason for this: their jet type makes it hard to control their temperatures.

Because of this, they’re liabilities in winter. In the cold temperatures that is the norm during this season, the heater won’t be able to heat the water fast enough to counteract the opposing act by the surrounding air temperature. In fact, many inflatable hot tub manufacturers recommend against using the equipment in temperatures lower than 10°C.

If you are, however, adamant and insistent on using it during winter. Ensure you do so in a cabin or a location that’s remarkably warm.

They have no seats

Inflatable hot tubs lack seats, unlike their counterparts. This means you’ll have to sit on the tub’s floor. While this might not be a problem at first, over a long period, it could easily become one. This is because sitting like that for a long time can become uncomfortable.

They require regular changing of water

Inflatable hot tubs feature basic, disposable filters and these do a poor job of keeping the water clean and clear. If you use the tub frequently, we recommend changing the water after two weeks. Anything longer and you’ll be risking infections and diseases.

By the way, endeavor to change the filters at least once a month. Given how cheap they are, this shouldn’t be a problem.

They use air jets

Unlike regular hot tubs which use massage jets, inflatable hot tubs use air jets. Massage jets are responsible for hydrotherapy, which is that relaxing feeling that a lot of people associate with, and love about the hot tub. Air jets, on the other hand, only blow air bubbles and are nowhere near the level of massage jets. As a result, they do not provide a real hot tub experience.

They are expensive to operate

Inflatable spas require a lot of power to operate, which translates to money out of your pocket. Plus, where regular hot tubs retain heat for long periods, inflatable hot tubs don’t. In fact, you might need to reheat the water every time you need to use the tub, thereby racking up the electricity bill.

They do not last very long

Most inflatable spas last about two years. Compare this to the regular hot tub which has an average longevity of 10 years. If you want a hot tub that you can use for a long time without having to worry about replacement, it definitely isn’t an inflatable hot tub.


While inflatable spas have numerous advantages, they also have commensurate disadvantages. However, when compared with regular hot tubs, there’s no winner. Each type has features that make it unique, and hence, incapable of replacing the other and performing its functions. For example, regular hot tubs do not have the flexibility of inflatable hot tubs. Likewise, inflatable hot tubs cannot provide the amazing experience regular hot tubs provide.

If you’re thinking of buying a hot tub and are unsure which type to choose, start by examining your peculiarities. Will your budget be enough for a regular hot tub? Do you have enough space to accommodate this equipment? Will you be comfortable with a seatless hot tub? And much more. Then, based on the answers you come up with, choose the most suitable hot tub for yourself.