Best Inflatable Hot Tubs 2018 We Review The Top UK Blow Ups

So, you're looking for a hot tub but don’t fancy shelling out £1000’s?

We hear you.

The #1 alternative to expensive luxury hot tubs are blow up portable spas.

Read on to discover all you need to know about this new emerging market with our in-depth inflatable hot tub reviews for 2018, featuring a varied selection of tubs, Discover the very best portable spas that come in well under £1000 and don't require a whole team of professionals to install them and set up.

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With the ever-increasing price of traditional hot tubs and spas, the design and manufacture of blow up Jacuzzi's has emerged as one of the fastest growing markets in leisure industry.

Small, compact and portable garden hot tubs offer customers not only all the benefits of fitted tubs, but convenience and mobility too. Over the last 5 years, with market innovators like Lay-Z-Spa and M-Spa breaking new ground in innovation and design, the inflatable spa has really come into its own.



Benefits of Inflatable Hot Tubs

In comparison to traditional, fitted tubs, blow up Jacuzzis offer customers a chance to purchase a luxury item at a fraction the price. And, although cost may be the most obvious benefit, it certainly isn't the only one. An inflatable spa provides all the benefits of a fitted one with some extra ones.

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    Portability
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    Relieves Stress
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    Energy savings
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    Space management
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    Comfort
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    Less Maintenance problems
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    Quality time
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    Parties

Portability – Move it to wherever you want!

Let’s start with the most obvious feature unlike permanent fitted Jacuzzi's your portable spa is not stuck in one place. They are easy to fold away and come with handy carrying bags. Going for a weekend away, family party, renting a cottage for the summer? No problem! Your inflatable spa tub can be rolled away and flung in the car, ready to go with you. As long as there is a flat surface, water to fill it and electricity to run it, these cheap garden hot tubs can be set up anywhere.

Even in the winter months the fun doesn’t have to stop, if you don’t fancy braving the cold just pack up your tub and bring it inside. These garden spas are ideal for conservatories and sun rooms, just imagine sitting in the warm bubbles with a glass of wine watching the snowflakes falling outside.

Stress Relief – Let your cares drift away

Is there anything more relaxing than lying back beneath the warm bubbles of a hot tub. These days the stress and chaos of modern day living takes its toll on all of us so a leisurely soak at the end of the working day can make all the difference.

Some inflatables come with timers, so you can programme them to start heating up at a certain time. Just imagine coming home from a hard day at work and letting your worries drift away underneath the stars with a glass of something chilled. Sheer Bliss! 

Energy Savings – Yes, they are cheaper to run

Another great benefit of an inflatable spa is the cost, not only is the initial outlay less expensive, they are also much cheaper to run and with care can last for years. Working with just a single pump and blower means that energy running costs are at least 50 per cent cheaper than running a traditional fibreglass tub.

In reality, savings are even more as blow up hot tubs are rarely used on 24 hour cycles every day of the week, meaning you can enjoy a therapeutic soak whenever you want without breaking the bank. 

Space Management – simply empty, let down, and store away!

Unlike their expensive fitted counterparts, which, lets be honest, take up a lot of space, affordable garden spas can be deflated and packed away when not in use. This convenience allows customers the chance to use one space for multiple purposes and makes them perfect for those with small gardens, courtyards, or roof terraces.

Comfort – There’s an argument to be made that they are in fact cosier!

When you consider the construction of a solid hot tub which is made from rigid plastic it is just like sitting a normal bath – and while the massaging jets may be soothing it can still feel a bit uncomfortable. Due to the nature of air-filled PVC, blow up outdoor spas provide a much softer support than the hard, varnished fibreglass surfaces of fitted tubs with the cushioned flexible lining, users can literally sink into the softness. That means no real need for head rests or spa accessories, just pure comfort from the off!

Less Maintenance Problems – No Tool Box Required

Standard luxury private hot tubs are often a story of leaks and blockages that result in costly maintenance call outs, parts and labour costs. With the best inflatable spas there is none of that. Due to the PVC material, the water, filtration and air jet systems are easily sealed resulting in no frustrating or problematic leaks. Inflatable spas also have much better maintenance access, which means no carving away of the tubs insulation to access those hard to reach places.

Versatility – Spoiled for choice

As you can probably imagine, portable inflatable spas offer a much greater product choice. Cheaper to produce, and less complicated in design, they offer customers a versatility that just doesn't exist with traditional fitted luxury tubs.

Different shapes and colours give buyers the option to buy one which fits into a specific space and blends with the surroundings, while other options like lights and extra hydro jets means there is something to suit everyone. Couples may want a smaller Jacuzzi while larger families and those who often have friends round will be better suited to a more spacious 4-6 person alternative.

Party Time – anytime

Having a hot tub in your garden means that any night of the year can turn into a party. Invite a few friends round, put on some tunes and you have all the ingredients for a great night with the hot tub being the focal point. Summer barbeques, family occasions and seasonal celebrations will all be a big hit when you have a bubbling Jacuzzi for friends and family to enjoy and after everyone has left it is the ideal spot for some relaxing “me time”.


Inflatable spa reviews 2018

Below are 12 of the best inflatable hot tub reviews for 2018. With a selection of brands and differing shapes and sizes, it will hopefully help you to decide on what you require compared to what each hot tub offers.

Lay-Z-Spa Miami Hot Tub, Inflatable Spa

For outdoor blow up hot tub debutants, the Lay-Z-Spa Miami is an ideal tub. Easy to install and even easier to set up, this small hot tub offers buyers many of the features of more expensive models.

The Good – out-performs more expensive rivals

The Lay-Z Spa Miami is one of the easiest in the Lay-Z-Spa range to set up. On average it takes less than 15 minutes to unpack, inflate and fill. Boasting an express timer controlled heating system, this tub can be heated right up to 40 degrees Celsius.

The energy saving timer device offers not only great savings on your electricity costs, but convenience at your fingertips too. just right for an evening soak with friends and family.


Made of a new age smart material, this 4-person all-weather jacuzzi is easily emptied, packed down and either stored or transported to a different location.

Comfortably seating up to four people, the Miami comes packed with top features such as an advanced AirJet massage system and a soft touch digital control panel. At a price that is most definitely right, this economy hot tub out-performs many of its more expensive rivals.

Downsides – no easy task

Trying to give a downside to this superb inflatable spa is really scraping the bottom of the tub! The Miami is of the small, family sized hot tub range, and seats no more than 4 adults, so would be unsuitable for larger families or groups. But, that's really being a little unfair to what is, after all, one of the best small, blow up tubs on the UK market.

Overview – UK's top selling portable hot tub

The Lay-Z spa Miami is the best-selling UK blow up jacuzzi and it's not difficult to see why. Very easy to set up, and kitted out with all the features that you could require in a hot tub, it's the perfect choice.

Comfortably seat four adults, and offering a selection of massage settings, it gets a big thumbs up, and we think you’ll agree it’s one of the best buys out there.

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    Heats up to 40 degrees Celsius
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    86 powerful AirJets
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    Comfortably seats up to four people
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    Energy Saving Timer
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    Automatic filtration system
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    Quick set-up
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    Rapid heating system
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Lay-Z-Spa Monaco Hot Tub, Air Jet Inflatable Spa

The Lay-Z-Spa Monaco heads up an innovative new and emerging product in the low priced hot tub market. This fresh hot selling 2018 spa comes with ultra-strong and compact walls that allow for a far greater water capacity.

The Good – an 8-seater deep water hot tub

With 86 powerful AirJets, an advanced massage system and higher, rigid, reinforced walls, this ground-breaking Lay-Z-Spa offering offers all the advantages of a fitted hot tub but at a fraction of the price. Boasting a water capacity of an impressive 1540 litres, this 8-person inexpensive tub is leading the market when it comes to design and price.

Benefiting from the very latest integrated technology, the Monaco outdoor garden spa is fitted out with a pump that not only controls the water flow but the express heating system and the filtration system too. Now, that's impressive – inflatable or not!

Made from a smart new-age drop-stitch material, the Lay-Z-Spa Monaco boasts thinner yet sturdier walls. This means more space for more people while taking less time to inflate. And that's not all! Being a blow up, air filled tub means it is extremely portable so can be set up just about anywhere you like.

Downsides – too big to be so cheap!

As the best reviewed 8-seater inflatable tub 2018, potential customers will be in for quite a surprise when they find out just how much hot tub they've got for so little money! Is that a downside? Well, of course not, but for couples and small families there are smaller inflatable spas and hot tubs that do the job.

Overview – large family-sized affordable jacuzzi

When all is said and done, the Lay-Z-Spa Monaco will make the ideal tub for larger families, young socialites and sports groups. Its advanced heating and massage systems make for an extra healing spa session for anywhere up to 8 adults. Compared with other similar models, the Lay-Z 8-person Spa offers excellent value for money.

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    Easy set-up
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    Comfortably fits up to 8 people
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    Heats up to 40C (104F)
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    86 directional air jets
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    Advanced Massage System
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    Free Setup DVD
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Lay-Z-Spa Vegas Portable Hot Tub

A perennial blow-up hot tub best seller, the Lay-Z-Spa Vegas offers fantastic value for money and is one of the leading mid-sized all-weather spas this year. Seating up to 6 adults, it is the perfect choice for smaller families or more intimate social gatherings.

The Good – high end hot tub at low end prices

A comfortable and spacious 6-seat portable jacuzzi, the Lay-Z-Spa Vegas AirJet offers a spa-load of features at an amazing price. Equipped with 87 powerful all-massaging directional air jets, it provides an intensive massage system that can reach even the deepest aches and pains.

A key feature of all Lay-Z-Spa tubs, the Vegas AirJet comes supplied with a 40-degree Celsius rapid heating system. Out-performing its competitors, this innovative heating system means that this fuel-efficient tub saves money each time it's used.

The Vegas AirJet comes with added safety features. The combo of an inflatable under lid and a cover with extra secure, child-proof safety clips, ensures that the spa is extra safe for children and pets.

The advanced massage setting is ideal for the elderly and physically disabled, who need a therapeutic inflatable tub at an affordable price. Whether to de-stress, or soothe joint pains, the Lay-Z-Spa Vegas AirJet is a great choice at an even better price.

Downsides – Very few

A few people have found that this model is not as long-lasting as the original Laz-Z-Spa but for most who want a hot tub for occasional use it is fantastic value for money and has all the benefits of its more expensive competitors.

Overview – 6-seater therapeutic and very affordable

This 6-person outdoor spa jacuzzi is great value for money. The perfect tub for a mid-sized family or those with therapeutic needs, the Lay-Z-Spa Vegas has received many accolades and is consistently in the top 3 in blow up hot tub reviews. With portability, space and price as attributes, there is little more you could want or require from a large portable 6-seater.

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    Seats up to 6 adults
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    Heats up to 40C (104F)
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Lay-Z-Spa Saint Tropez Garden Hot Tub

Bring a touch of the Mediterranean to your garden with the Lay-Z-Spa Saint Tropez portable hot tub. Seating up to 6 adults, this blow up jacuzzi is perfect for those who like a little razzmatazz with their warm summer evenings it comes supplied with a floating neon pool light added to a few good tunes!!

The Good – a continental break in your garden!

The Lay-Z-Spa Saint Tropez is a good time low-priced spa that evokes all the fun and relaxation of a continental break. Comfortably seating up to 6 adults, it makes for hours of laid back massage fun.

With 87 powerful air jets, soft wall supports, and a floating neon pool light, it offers up the ideal mix of value, portability and convenience in one highly recommended hot tub.

As with all Lay-Z-Spas the Saint Tropez portable hot tub is very easy to set-up, making it almost ready to go straight out the box. Still, if there are any difficulties the tub comes with a free DVD which goes through the set-up.

The Saint Tropez comes pre-fitted with an innovative rapid heating system that not only saves time but money as well. Heating up to 50% quicker than many of its competitors, the St. Tropez saves you money and time.

Downsides – a hot tub accessory too much?

Although optional the floating neon pool light may not make for everyone's idea of peace and relaxation and is more suited to parties. Although, if you're buying a hot tub named Saint Tropez then maybe relaxation and quiet tranquillity is not top of the agenda!

Overview – The ultimate garden party hot tub

For those who want to impress and enjoy having friends round for evenings relaxing in the hot tub the Lay-Z-Spa Saint Tropez is ideal. The neon light will get the party started and the other fabulous features like fast heating and easy set-up, make this outstanding Jacuzzi an excellent choice and the price is great too.

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    Easy set-up
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    Seats up to 6 adults
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    Heats up to 40C (104F)
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    Floating neon pool light
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    Rapid heating system
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M-Spa Luxury Alpine M-019LS Square Inflatable Hot Tub

The all-new for 2017 M-Spa Luxury Alpine inflatable jacuzzi is a family size tub that comfortably seats up to 4 adults and 2 children. Sporting a built-in control system and whisper quiet pump technology, it makes for tranquil relaxation and massage sessions.

The Good – as quiet as a whisper

Seating 4 adults and 2 children, the 2017 MSpa Luxury Alpine makes for ideal relaxation time for a mid-sized family. With innovative whisper quiet technology, this top pick spa affords the ultimate in peace and tranquillity.

Circular hot tubs are less than ideal if you want to set the spa in a corner or on a square patio. M-Spa have come up with the perfect solution: a square 6-seater blow up spa that will slot in almost anywhere.

The built-in control system is easy to use and allows you to programme your brand-new spa to heat up, filter or select a massage option. The tub can also be programmed to save on energy, thus reducing energy costs.

The M-Spa Alpine comes spa packed with 136 dynamic, directional massaging air jets. Strategically positioned to give the very best deep massage and pain relief, it is the pick of the bunch when it comes to massage.

Downsides – Like the Ford Model T it comes in one colour and one colour only

Looks a little bland compared to similar spas on the market. It’s square and loses in a body to water capacity. Also, it is available only in one colour – dark grey and metallic silver. While this isn’t a problem to most it could put off some buyers.

Overview – Noise isn’t an issue

Relaxing in a hot tub is all about losing yourself in the peace and tranquillity and the technology which allows this spa to run so quietly is a definite bonus. It is great for people who have not got much space and will fit into corners perfectly making it ideal for those with smaller gardens or patios.

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    Seats 4 adults and 2 children
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    NEW Larger 2017 Model
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    Made from Rhino-Tech 6-layer reinforced PVC
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    Colour: Charcoal Grey & Metallic Silver
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    136 directional deep massaging air jets
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    Soft touch control panel

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Intex Octagonal Pure Spa - 4 Person Bubble Therapy Hot Tub

The Intex Octagonal Pure Spa brings an unusually shaped 4-person tub to the market. This portable hot tub gives its competitors a fair run for the money. This stylish pick is ideal for a small family, or couples looking to spend some quality and relaxing time together.

The Good – 8 sides are better than 4!

An octagonal inflatable spa? Well, yes, But, shape isn't this fantastic Jacuzzi’s only great quality. This Intex best-selling portable spa is packed with features that you'll be more likely to find on an expensive fitted spa.

Fitted out with an easy to use control system, it'll take you no time at all to learn how to programme your new Intex top rated hot tub. Control panel options include: programmable start-up and shut down; timed heating settings; deep massage options, and a filtration cycle.

The built-in hard water treatment system is just what it says: it makes sure that the tub water is softer on your skin delivering an even more soothing and relaxing massage session. It all goes to make for that perfect late evening spa that soothes away the stress of the day.

As with all inflatable spas, the Intex Octagonal Pure Spa is extremely portable. All that's required is a flat space, a supply of clean water and a power outlet: it really is as easy as that!

Downsides – 8-sided tub: a plus or minus?

The Intex Octagonal Pure Spa's unconventional shape is both a plus and a minus. For as many potential customers who will love it for its shape, there will be an equal number of potential owners put off by it.

Overview – Stylish and Portable

For those who want something a bit different this octagonally shaped hot tub is perfect add to that the other outstanding features like the hard water treatment system, deep massage options and you have the ideal spa for couples and small families.

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    Octagonal shape
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    795L water capacity
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    Sits up to 4 adults
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    Built-in hard water treatment system
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    Simple-to-use control panel
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    Programmable heating system.
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    Great technical support
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    2 easy-to-replace filter cartridges
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    3-way water test strip
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    Floating chlorine dispenser
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    Thermal ground cloth

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M-Spa Alpine M-009LS Inflatable Portable Spa

Unwind in the comfort of your own home or garden with the M-Spa Alpine 4-seater inflatable tub. Sporting a neutral black and silver colour, this quality little jacuzzi is able to fit in anywhere without looking out of place.

The Good – fits in just about anywhere

A guaranteed winner for small get-togethers. M-Spa's unique and innovative whisper quiet technology will be right up your street. With a well-insulated, ultra-quiet pump and air blower, you can relax back and enjoy the silence.

The ultra-stylish looking MSpa Alpine comes in classic black and silver. Neutrality is not always considered a positive, but in terms of luxury items that must fit in with the surrounding aesthetics and décor, black and silver is most certainly a smart design choice.

As industry innovators M-Spa is always searching to break new ground in their design and manufacture of blow up Jacuzzis. The unique and patented Rhino Tech 6-layer reinforced PVC is an industry game changer, allowing their products to have thinner, yet more sturdy walls.

With no less than 108 bubbling air jets, the MSpa Alpine makes for not only great bubbly fun, but also for deep massage relief when you need it most. 

Downsides – only positives here

It's extremely difficult to find any downsides for this little jewel. For the price, and with the features it comes with, this luxurious blow up spa only has positives. Great value for money it has features that are usually only found in more expensive fitted models

Overview – Innovative and an ideal choice for families

M-Spa's smart inflation system enables owners to be able to inflate their Jacuzzi within minutes and the extremely easy to use control panel allows for a wide range of functions and settings. Meaning everything is set up in minutes and you can jump right in, no wonder this exceptional hot tub is so popular.

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    Seats 4
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    650L water capacity
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    Rhino-Tech 6-layer reinforced PVC
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    Square tub
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    Whisper quiet technology
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    106 powerful dynamic air jets
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    Heats up to 43°C
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Lay-Z-Spa Palm Springs Portable Hot Tub

Portable and durable, the Lay-Z-Spa Palm Springs offers luxury, relaxation and a recuperating massage system all in a single tub. Seating up to 6 adults, it's a family sized spa, that is great value for money and one of the inflatable spa industry's best sellers.

The Good – A fun time tub

There's really not much not to like about this quality UK spa by the Lay-Z team. Seating comfortably up to 6 adults, mid-sized families looking for a sturdy, durable and inexpensive blow up hot tub will be love this fun but stylish looking hot tub at an affordable price.

With 120 all-surrounding directional air jets, you can be sure of a deeply soothing and rejuvenating massage while you sit back and unwind, there are a number of different massage settings depending on where you need soothing, providing a massage as good as any fitted hot tub can give.

With higher walls that allow the spa to hold an extra 100 litres of water, this portable hot tub offers more room per person than any other UK blow up spa. In addition to the extra depth of the water, the Palm Springs is ideal for those who want a little more leg room

Downsides – Very few

The benefits of this therapeutic spa are clear to see and one of the only downsides is it doesn’t come with chlorine tablets to get you started, so remember to order some when you purchase the Palm Springs other than that what’s not to love? More space, easy to set up and those all-important revitalising massage jets.

Overview – A great family spa

All in all, the Lay-Z-Spa Palm Springs 2018 is an ideal portable spa for a mid-sized family. Packed with over 100 powerful air jets, it is the perfect antidote to the chaos and stress of modern living and the perfect addition to any garden.

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    Seats up to 6 adults
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    Smart Tri-tech material
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    Water filtration system
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    Easy-to-use control panel
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Lay-Z-Spa Hawaii AirJet Hot Tub

The Lay-Z-Spa Hawaii AirJet brings a little taste of the Tropics into your life. Seating up to 6 adults, this good time inflatable jacuzzi has many features and is all about letting your hair down, relaxing and experiencing the numerous benefits of a rejuvenating spa.

The Good – Affordable luxury

Seating up to 6 adults, the Hawaii by Lay-Z-Spa is the ideal tub for families and groups. Offering a very distinct fun time feel, this mid-sized, generously priced hot tub is the perfect model for garden parties, barbecues or informal social gatherings.

As with all blow up, portable Lay-Z-Spas the Hawaii AirJet is very easy to set-up. In general, customers can have in unpacked, inflated and filled within 15 minutes! That means that the fun can begin almost straight away.

Thanks to the Lay-Z-Spa Hawaii AirJet's innovative design, bathers will have that little more leg room than they'd find with many of the tubs competitors. This extra body space equates down to an even more invigorating spa massage session.

Control your Lay-Z-Spa Hawaii's heating system, and avoid wasting energy, with its built-in power saving heating timer. Using such a timer, owners can programme the tub to turn on and heat up to 40 degrees up to 72 hours in advance. 

Downsides – Are there any?

A heating maximum of 40 degrees Celsius. While 40 degrees is the industry standard, there will be a few who enjoy the water in their hot tub a tad warmer, especially if the tub is to be used outside in the winter season.

Overview – A great all-rounder

The Hawaii portable hot tub is extremely convenient, easily set up and packed away. This means, that unlike traditional hot tubs, customers are free to set up their luxury jacuzzi just about anywhere! Making summer barbecues, evening parties, or mid-winter massage sessions a breeze.

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    Easy set-up
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    Portable
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    Seats up to 6 adults
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    Heats up to 40C (104F)
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    Rapid heating system
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    Energy Saving Timer
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MSpa Silver Cloud Garden Hot Tub

Seating up to 6 adults, the MSpa Silver Cloud classic circular is ideal for family or group spa sessions. Emitting a very distinct tropical feel, this hot tub is all about peace, relaxation and spending quality time with family and friends as your cares drift away.

The Good – Delight by name- delight by nature

Part of M-Spa's Delight Series of portable hot tubs, the Silver Cloud is a classic round tub that can fit in just about anywhere. The 118 dynamic AirJets make for a deeply invigorating massage that will soothe away all your aches and pains.

The M-Spa Silver Cloud inflatable comes as standard with a unique and innovative whisper quiet technology. Boasting a super quiet, insulated pump and blower, customers can recline back and relax without being disturbed by the inner workings of the tub.

As industry innovators M-Spa are constantly pushing to break new barriers in the design and manufacture of inexpensive portable all-weather hot tubs. And the Silver Cloud is no exception.

Manufactured using M-Spa's unique and patented Rhino Tech 6-layer reinforced PVC, the Silver Cloud is extremely durable and sturdy, and as a result is at the forefront of this newly emerging market.

Smart Inflation System – a spa with self-inflating attitude

The smart inflation system ensures that you can have your brand new top reviewed hot tub unpacked and set-up in double quick time. Unlike other self-inflating hot tubs, which are often bulky and awkward to handle, the Silver Cloud is a breeze to set up and inflate, this means that you can have your M-Spa buyer's choice hot spa ready to use in a fraction of the time.

Downsides

Hard to give any real negatives with this one. The round shape will maybe not be ideal for everyone, but that's really being a bit picky. Just a fantastic, hot portable water tub that will provide years of memorable fun and soothing relaxation.

Overview – A great spa with self-inflating attitude

The easy to use control panel, whisper quiet technology, child-proof safety buckles and self-inflating system make this inviting hot tub one of the market leaders. Sturdy and with more leg room than many of its competitors it really is hard to beat.

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    Seats 6
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    930L water capacity
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    Rhino-Tech 6-layer reinforced PVC
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    Round tub
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    Whisper quiet technology
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    118 dynamic AirJets
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    Heats up to 43°C
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    Pin-point massaging accuracy

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Intex Pure Spa Jet & Bubble Deluxe 6 Person Octagonal Hot Tub

The Intex Pure Spa Jet & Bubble Deluxe is quite a mouthful, and there's Octagonal Hot Tub to be added too! What is not difficult to say is that this mid-sized Intex Pure Star is the pick of the lot. When it comes to the top UK inflatable hot tubs this one stands out.

The Good – the best British inflatable jacuzzi

Where to start? The latest member of Intex's Pure Spa family, this stylish octagonal 6-seater spa combines all the features of a high-end permanent hot tub but at a low-end price.

The Intex Krystal Clear Saltwater Sanitizing System is the marriage of two advanced processes:

• Salt water chlorination
• ElectroCatalytic Oxidization (E.C.O)

When combined, these processes not only leave the tub water ultra clean, but also reduce the amount of natural chlorine in the water by as much as 60%. Resulting in crystal clear and sanitized bathing water that's not only bacteria free but is soft on the skin too.

Boasting an easy-to-use control panel, the Pure Spa Jet and Bubble Deluxe is almost ready to use right out the box. In less than five minutes you'll have your hot tub heating away in preparation for a soothing massage session.

Downsides – Keep looking

The only slight negative for some could be the tub's octagonal shape. But that really is personal choice and is no reflection on the product. This is a popular 5-star hot tub, with all the great features and industry first technologies you would expect from a superior Jacuzzi.

Overview – 5 stars say it all

This exceptional inflatable spa has everything going for it- outstanding and innovative features, great quality and better yet it won’t break the bank. Combining a high-performance jet massaging system with unique water system treatment this puncture resistant Jacuzzi really does have it all.

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    Built-in hard water treatment system
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    Salt water sanitizing system
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    Fiber-Tech Construction
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    Puncture-resistant 3-ply laminated PVC
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    An insulated child proof cover
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    Sits up to 6 people
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    1,098L water capacity
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    6 Bubble Jets & 140 pressure jets
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    2 filter cartridges
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    Thermal Ground Cloth
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    2 headrests
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    Inflation Hose

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Grand Rapids Plug & Play Hot Tub

The Grand Rapids Plug & Play star reviewed hot tub is another pearl of a jacuzzi that seats up to 6 adults. Easy to set up and pack away, the tub's portability allows it to be taken anywhere that has a flat surface plus a water and power supply.

The Good – a very low maintenance hot tub

Perfect for family gatherings, evening parties and barbecues, the Grand Rapid Plug & Play top rated hot tub is a low maintenance model idea for spa and hot tub newbies. Whether it's winter or summer, rain, sun or snow, this chic 4-seater spa provides a warm and soothing deep spa massage.

With 88 dynamic air jets, the Grand Rapids Plug & Play offers up an intensive and rejuvenating bubble massage all year around. Whether it's winding down after a long day at work, or for relieving joint or muscle pain, an evening session in the Grand Rapids Plug & Play is a therapeutic delight, as the name implies just plug it in and relax.

The Grand Rapids Plug & Play boasts the deepest UK portable hot tub on the market. Designed for up to 4 adults, bathers are submerged right up to the shoulders so as to receive a full body massage.

Downsides – more expensive but worth every extra penny

Only heats to 40 degrees Celsius. The majority of buyers agree that this is the perfect water temperature. If you're someone who requires a slightly higher pool temperature, then the Grand Rapids Plug & Play is maybe not the outdoor jacuzzi for you. Is a little more expensive than similar spas, though, in all fairness, easily out-performs them.

Overview – extra depth = extra room

With everything taken into consideration, the Grand Rapids' portable spa is perfect for small families and young couples. The deepest inflatable spa on the market, it has a range of excellent features making it a popular choice. Yes it is more expensive than some models but as the famous make-up commercial declares “You’re worth it”.

At a Glance

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    Seats up to 4 adults
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    Deepest inflatable tub on the market
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    Contour Beam structure
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    4 separate air chambers
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    Low maintenance & child-proof tan cover
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    Double insulated pump
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    Easy set up

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How to set up a Blow Up Hot Tub

The location

Although all of the  above are portable, location is still the most important factor when setting them up. The area will need to be flat and able to support the weight of perhaps a 1000+ litres of water so it’s no good placing it on some dodgy decking that has seen better days.

The place you choose must also be free of any debris that could damage the exterior of the tub such as rocks, gravel, sharp twigs and stones. While they are made from tough material it isn’t completely indestructible and leaks can occur if punctured.

It is also a good idea to check there is nothing above your Jacuzzi that could fall and cause damage such as wall-mounted planters It is advisable to place your newly pur-chased hot tub on a patio or level surface, if it is on the grass you may need a tarpau-lin to protect the bottom.

Placing your new spa near to a fence or in a sheltered spot will not only make the ex-perience more pleasurable but also helps to reduce running costs.

Another important consideration is the power supply, you are going to need an electrical socket for both the inflation pump and the heater, so it is no good placing your new hot tub at the bottom of the garden unless there is a power outlet nearby.

(Note; avoid using an extension lead)

You also need to check that your hosepipe will reach the desired location as filling your Jacuzzi with buckets will be a daunting task.

Place your deflated tub in the required spot and ensure the inner lining is positioned correctly before starting to inflate. 

Inflation

A simple job, just plug in the pump, attach the inflation hose to both the pump and the tub and off you go. Most inflatables need to be pumped up in sections and if parts are numbered it is essential you check the instruction manual to see in which order they should be inflated. This process is simple and usually only takes a few minutes to complete. The Lay-Z-Spa tubs, for example can be inflated in around 10 minutes meaning you can be up and running enjoying the benefits of your newly purchased hot tub in no time at all. 

Attach the filter

The filter is an important feature of your hot tub as it keeps the water clean and prevents the build-up of bacteria. Insert the provided filter into the casing and attach it to the outlet which can usually be found near the bottom on the inside of the tub. The filter should be cleaned after each use and changed regularly otherwise they will become clogged and unable to function properly. It is also advisable to change the water regularly so that bacteria doesn’t build up.

For more on the hot tub filters its here.

Filling the Jacuzzi

Now it’s time to fill your hot tub with the garden hose, depending on the water pressure most tubs take a couple of hours to fill and have a line on the inside to let you know the right level. Never leave children unsupervised while your hot tub is filling and always make sure the thermostat and breaker switch are turned off and disconnected. While monitoring the process you can check for leaks if you suspect a leak turn the water supply off at once as continuing filling will just cause further damage.

Heating the water

Once filled you can turn on the thermostat which will begin to heat the water, depending on which model you have this can take anything from 6-12 hours obviously the weather plays an important role and if it is cold outside it will take longer to reach the desired temperature which will normally be between 38°-40° although some models do go to a degree or two hotter.

(Note; pregnant, women, the elderly and children can not tolerate the water as hot as others)

Adding chemicals

The final step is to add the hot tub chemicals; these keep the water sanitised and maintain a balanced PH level which should be between 7.6 and 8.2. Always follow the instructions carefully to ensure you are adding the correct amounts.

Some more technologically advanced hot tubs have hard water softening, and sanitising systems making set-up even easier and hassle free.

Everything to do with hot tub chemicals is here

You can now start enjoying your new purchase!

Accessories

With any popular product there is inevitably a plethora of add-ons and extras that can be purchased and the same is true with these. 

While some accessories are essential for the upkeep and maintenance of the Jacuzzi such as filters, PH test strips, covers and chemicals, 

Others are purely to make the experience more pleasurable and can include;

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    Spa steps
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    Hot tub robes
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    Fragrances
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    Spa pillows and cushions
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    Waterproof covers for phones and tablets
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    Toys
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    Hydrotherapy exercise equipment
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    Inflatable bar for food and drinks
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    Cup and glass holders
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    Waterproof LED lights
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    Hot Tub Gazebos 
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    Entertainment systems 

The choice is seemingly endless, and one thing is guaranteed as the popularity of inflatable spas increases so will the accessories.


Health Benefits of soaking in a hot tub

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    Sleep Therapy

Having a bath before bed has long been considered thought to ensure a good night’s rest and a hot tub has a similar effect. It has been proven that when you are warm and relaxed sleep comes more quickly and is more restful. This has tons of positive effects on your physical and mental well-being. You will wake feeling refreshed, your metabolism is increased, and you will be more alert.

Your chances of getting a good night’s sleep, after a dip in a hot tub are much improved, so enjoy a late-night soak under the stars with a glass of wine know-ing it is doing you good. 

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    Prevents painful headaches

There is some scientific evidence that regular use of a hot tub can help and even prevent some types of headaches, great news for those who suffer regularly or have occasional migraines.

So how does sitting in the warm bubbles help?

Many people who suffer from migraines experience tension headaches immediately before the onset of an episode. A leisurely soak in your Jacuzzi may help by relieving stress levels and relaxing taut muscles thus reducing the possibility of a migraine which is triggered by tension.

The steaming water also helps clear the sinuses which can prevent painful headaches caused by congestion, another bonus. 

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    Improves Cardio-Vascular health

Heart disease is one of the biggest killers in Britain. We are all aware that stop-ping smoking, regular exercise and a healthy diet are beneficial to cardio-vascular health, but did you know a soak in the warm bubbles of a hot tub gives your heart a workout too.

This is because the pressure of the water makes your heart beat faster, which increases blood flow and improves circulation, and it’s much preferable than going to the gym.

However, for those who already suffer from heart problems; you should check with a doctor before using a spa, as the increase in cardiac volume can cause serious problems for some people. 

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    Helps with aches and pain

The massaging jets of a rejuvenating hot tub are a godsend for people suffering from ailments such as arthritis, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other types joint or muscular pain.

It is easier to move in water due to the buoyancy which can help build strength that is why hydrotherapy is often recommended for people suffering from back, joint or knee problems, whilst providing much-needed relief, it also im-proves the range of movement.

Blood circulation also increases in warm water, causing the tightness in muscles to relax reducing inflammation in swollen joints which lessens pain . 

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    Diabetes

Scientific research has shown that regular soaks in a hot tub may reduce the blood sugar levels, great news for those suffering from type 2 diabetes.

The warm temperature of the water increases the heart-rate simulating physi-cal exercise and recent studies show that time spent in a hot tub can decrease blood sugar levels by up to 10% that’s more than one hour’s cycling. That’s right, you are actually using up calories while you kick back and relax.

While this may not be enough to produce any significant weight loss especially if like me you enjoy a luxury chocolate or two when relaxing in the Jacuzzi. It’s great news for people who find exercise difficult and diabetes sufferers alike. 

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    Healthy skin

There are hundreds of skin products that claim to be able to improve the condition of your skin, and keep you looking younger for longer but did you know an inflatable can also help keep your skin looking great. How?

Stress and fatigue are well known to cause breakouts and premature aging and as mentioned previously; relaxing in a hot tub reduces stress and helps you sleep better which can help with these two issues.

Also, as you relax in the soothing water your blood circulation increases mean-ing; your body delivers essential nutrients and oxygen to your skin more effi-ciently resulting in a fresh healthy glow. 


Hot tub safety

Everyone knows that water and electricity are a dangerous combination, so it is essential to ensure you use your hot tub safely.

All these inflatable Jacuzzis can be used on a UK standard 240v/ 13 AMP electrical supply. The hot tub can be plugged into any electrical socket, although it is advisable to use a socket with an RCD (Residual Current Device).

This ensures that should any water come into contact with the electrics it immediately cuts out preventing electric shocks. If you use an outdoor socket for your spa it needs to be fully waterproof.

Is a hot tub safe for children? The simple answer is yes although they are not recom-mended for babies. Children can overheat a lot quicker than adults which can be dangerous.

If you want to enjoy thee benefits of your spa with the kids, turn the thermostat down a few degrees, use a booster seat so they are only immersed from waist height if possible and limit the sessions to around 15 minutes.

Children also have more sensitive skin than adults so the chemicals in a hot tub can cause a rash for some youngsters. If your child suffers from allergies or skin condi-tions check with your doctor first.

Remember, also the area around the hot tub is likely to get wet so don’t let youngsters run around in case they slip and fall.

(Of course, no child should ever be left unsupervised in or near a hot tub!)

Women who are pregnant should also be careful when using a hot tub, some of the ones above have temperatures of up to 43° which is way too hot for an expectant mum. Turn the temperature down to around 35 degrees and limit your soak time to 15 minutes. Another thing to consider; the warm water is the ideal temperature for bacteria to grow so it is essential to make sure the spa is clean.

The elderly and people with heart problems should consult a professional before spending time in a hot tub while the warm water is good for a healthy heart, the sud-den increase in heart rate and increase in blood pressure could be dangerous for certain people. 


The Last Word

So are inflatable hot tubs any good?

I think we've established whether it is enjoying the summer barbecue in your garden, relaxing with a glass of something chilled with your loved one after a hard day at work or spending fun evenings with friends a portable garden hot tub is ideal.

Less expensive than their fitted counter-parts, inflatable spas can be up to a massive 75% cheaper. You can purchase a popular, affordable models like the Lay-Z-Spa St Tropez Inflatable Spa for a few hundred pounds where as a professionally in-stalled fitted one would cost thousands and would also be much more expensive to run.

Once delivered, which again will be a lot quicker than waiting for a fitted hot tub to be installed, you can have your blow up hot tub inflated and working in less than 15 min-utes it really is that simple,

These hot tubs take up less space than fitted hot tubs, which are much more bulky, perfect for smaller gardens, they come in a range of shapes and sizes with something to suit all tastes and budgets. Check out the Lay-Z-Spa Miami Hot Tub Spa if space is a concern it takes up little room, is great value for money and fits nicely into any corner.

They are great because they are not static you can pack them up and take them with you on a romantic weekend break, family holiday or even round to friends, not possible with a standard hot tub.

They are easier to maintain, inexpensive to run the average is between £2-£5 a week with covered ones costing less. All in all, these fantastic inflatable Jacuzzis area a great, cost-effective alternative to fitted hot tubs.

We all deserve a little “me time” now and then time to unwind and relax, even when at home phones and tablets take up much of our time that’s why these once considered luxury items have created such a buzz.

Giving us a chance to spend quality time with our loved ones and just kick back and relax. A leisurely soak will relieve stress, improve circulation and give your skin a healthy glow.

Is it any wonder that blow up hot tubs have become so popular?