10 Best Inflatable Hot Tubs of 2024

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The Best Inflatable Hot Tubs

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  1. Best design - Lay-Z-Spa Hollywood with Built in LED Lights

  2. Best all rounder - Lay-Z-Spa Vegas Inflatable Hot Tub

  3. Best inflatable hot tub - Lay-Z-Spa Paris Hot Tub

  4. Best affordable hot tub - CosySpa Inflatable Hot Tub Spa

  5. Best for smaller spaces - Lay-Z-Spa 60001 Miami Hot Tub

  6. Best for larger groups - Lay-Z-Spa Mauritius 180 AirJet Massage System

  7. Best luxury inflatable hot tub - Lay-Z-Spa Saint Tropez Inflatable Hot Tub

  8. Best quiet hot tub - MSpa Alpine Inflatable Hot Tub

  9. Best for hard water areas - Intex Pure Spa Plus Inflatable Hot Tub

  10. Best for easy set up - MSpa Silver Cloud Portable Inflatable Hot Tub

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Editors Choice
  • Comes with multi coloured LED lights which are very effective at night - water is illuminated
  • 4 soft-touch pillows make this hot tub more comfortable than others on the market
  • Air jets produce a realistic and luxurious jacuzzi effect
  • Inflatable ring inside helps to maintain the heat

  • Instructions aren’t particularly easy to follow
  • Some users have reported being sent a European plug instead of a UK plug
People Capacity
4-6 people
Water Capacity
908 L
Max. Temperature
40°C
Hours to Heat
12 hours
No. of Air Jets
140
LED Lights
Yes
Weight
32.6 kg
Speed Settings
No
Cover Included
Yes
Timer
Yes
Cable Length
7 m
Overall Score 4.8
Design
5
Capacity
5
Features
5
Value for Money
4

A hot tub with LED lights can’t be beaten when it comes to atmosphere, and the Lay-Z-Spa Hollywood with Built in LED Lights is one of the best when it comes to LEDs. This hot tub has remote control LED lights that shine through the liner to illuminate the water itself! The lights are multicoloured and can be set up within minutes. 

Comfortably seating 4 people (or 6, at a push), this hot tub measures 196 x 196 x 66 cm. It has a 140 AirJet system that gives you and your friends an all-surrounding massage experience. The 4 pillows ensure you’ll be comfortable for long periods of time. 

Like many Lay-Z-Spa models, this hot tub also boasts freeze shield technology that allows you to use it even when the temperature drops below freezing. The water won’t freeze on chilly winter’s night. 

With a blissful 40°C heating system, this hot tub will keep you warm late into the evening. The pump technology means you can both heat and filter the water, while also running the massage system at the same time.

While this hot tub does take a while to heat, the energy saving timer means you can schedule your hot tub session for whenever you’d like it. It’ll be ready when you get home from work!

A few downsides worth noting. The first is that this hot tub is relatively noisy when the jets are on. Late at night, it may disturb neighbours close by. Another is that although relatively quick to get set up, the instructions aren’t particularly clear. 

If you’re after a great all-rounder hot tub and you’re taken by the idea of multicoloured LED lights, the Lay-Z-Spa Hollywood is well worth considering. 

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Runner Up
  • Freeze shield technology means the water won’t freeze on cold winter nights - can be enjoyed year round
  • Comfortably seats 4 people
  • Quickly inflates using the included pump in around 5 minutes
  • Massage system and heater can be run simultaneously

  • Lower sides than other models so taller users may find more of their upper half is above the water
  • No raised seating, although the base is comfortable to sit on
People Capacity
4-6 people
Water Capacity
935 L
Max. Temperature
40°C
Hours to Heat
12 hours
No. of Air Jets
140
LED Lights
No
Weight
40.9 kg
Speed Settings
No
Cover Included
Yes
Timer
Yes
Cable Length
7 m
Overall Score 4.9
Design
5
Capacity
5
Features
4.5
Value for Money
5

Like many of Lay-Z-Spas inflatable hot tubs, the Lay-Z-Spa Vegas Inflatable Hot Tub is a good all rounder that offers a bit of everything. This hot tub has a soothing 140 AirJet system and it heats to 40°C. It measures 196 x 196 x 61 cm and seats up to 6 people. 

Some of the features that make this hot tub one of the best on the market include the freeze shield technology. This ensures the water doesn’t freeze on cold nights, allowing you to enjoy the hot tub year-round. 

This hot tub is made with DuraPlus material with the circular beam construction offering great strength when the tub is filled with water. Additionally, the walls are cushioned and comfortable. While there’s no raised seating, the base is very comfortable to sit on. 

Another huge plus of this hot tub is that it can be set up in minutes. There’s no professional installation or tools required, and it inflates in around 5 minutes. 

The massage system also deserves a mention. Unlike others on the market, this can be run at the same time as the heater and filter. While other hot tubs can either heat or massage at any given time, this model can do both for the ultimate luxurious experience. 

A couple more things to mention. The hot tub has built in drinks holders and it comes with an insulated cover to keep out debris and prevent too much heat loss. 

Finally, this hot tub comes with an energy saving timer. You can schedule your next hot tub session whenever you want. There’s no need to spend hours waiting for it to heat up – it’ll be ready when you get home! 

While this hot tub does seat 6 people at a push, 4 people is a lot more comfortable. This is the case with many inflatable hot tubs; they tend to overestimate how many people can comfortably fit!

Another slight downside is that at just 61 cm, this hot tub is fairly low to the ground. Taller users may find a lot of their upper body is above the water line. 

All things considered, this is one of the best inflatable hot tubs if you’re after an all rounder that’ll comfortably seat 4 people.

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3. Lay-Z-Spa Paris Hot Tub[ SAVE 6% ]

Best inflatable hot tub

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  • Can be used year-round even if the temperature drops below 4°C thanks to the Freeze Shield technology
  • Comfortably seats four people
  • The base is soft and comfortable to sit on
  • Quickly inflates in approximately 5 minutes
  • Capable of heating at the same time as running the jets

  • Although possible, it’s a squeeze to fit six people in the tub
  • The base is comfortable to sit on but there is no raised seating
People Capacity
4-6 people
Water Capacity
806 L (70% filled)
Max. Temperature
40°C
Hours to Heat
12 hours
No. of Air Jets
140
LED Lights
Yes
Weight
40 kg
Speed Settings
No
Cover Included
Yes
Timer
Yes
Cable Length
7 m
Overall Score 4.9
Design
5
Capacity
5
Features
5
Value for Money
4.5

Lay-Z Spa is one of the best brands when it comes to hot tubs, and it’s likely you’ve already heard of them. Their Lay-Z-Spa Paris AirJet Hot Tub offers a host of great features, like 140 air jets and the ability to heat to 40°C, without the permanent commitment of a regular hot tub.

The sides are made from ‘DuraPlus’ which consists of three layers of polyester mesh and PVC. This UV-resistant material is used to ensure that the spa keeps its shape, no matter how often it is deflated and reinflated. There are collapsible beams inside the structure for added reinforcement, meaning this hot tub feels extremely stable once inflated. It can be set up in minutes with no tools required

Whilst this hot tub is advertised as having a six-person capacity, it seats four people comfortably. Six people can squeeze in, but it will be a bit tight. This tub requires 806 L of water to be 70% full. It’s 196 cm wide (241 cm wide including the pump) and 71 cm high. There are no built-in seats, so you sit on the padded floor of the tub itself.

As you would expect, this hot tub comes with a range of features to provide a top-class spa experience.

First of all, the hot tub has 140 air jets that offer an all-encompassing massage experience. It heats to 40°C and the pump technology allows the tub to continue heating even whilst the jet system is running. This is particularly notable because many hot tubs on the market are unable to produce bubbles whilst heating.

There is also a built-in multi-coloured LED lighting system, which you can adjust based on your mood. Another useful feature is the energy-saving timer, to help control power usage when heating the tub.

This inflatable hot tub comes with an insulated protective cover that helps keep the water free from debris and will also slow heat loss.

Another key feature of this hot tub is the Freeze Shield technology. This allows the inflatable hot tub to be left outside, even when the ambient temperature drops below 4°C. Whilst many inflatable tubs need to be taken down when the temperature drops, the Freeze Shield technology means the tub can be used further into winter and can even be left outside year-round.

Heating the water from scratch can take upwards of 12 hours, which is relatively quick for a tub of this size.

Overall, this is one of the best inflatable hot tubs on the market. It has a strong design which can cope with the pressures of being inflated and deflated, and it’s got loads of jets to create a luxury experience. On top of this, it can be left out year-round which can’t be said for all inflatable hot tubs.

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4. CosySpa Inflatable Hot Tub Spa

Best affordable hot tub

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  • A good option to consider on a budget
  • Comfortably seats two people
  • Comes with a repair kit included
  • Black reflective cover helps hot tub to retain heat on sunny days
  • Comes with a ground cover included

  • Can’t continue to heat water whilst the jets are on
  • Although advertised as being for 4 people, it’s really only spacious enough for 2 adults
  • Power cable is relatively short at 3.5 m
  • No cover or lid included with basic model - can be bought separately
  • Takes a reasonably long time to heat from cold, around 24 - 36 hours
People Capacity
2-4 people
Water Capacity
687 L
Max. Temperature
42°C
Hours to Heat
24-36 hours
No. of Air Jets
130
LED Lights
No
Weight
111.41 kg
Speed Settings
No
Cover Included
Sold separately
Timer
No
Cable Length
3.5 m
Overall Score 4.1
Design
4
Capacity
4
Features
3.5
Value for Money
5

This CosySpa Inflatable Hot Tub Spa is one of the best inflatable hot tubs to buy on a budget. Even though it’s cheaper than many of the hot tubs on this page, it still has 130 air jets and can seat two adults (or up to four adults at a push)..

The dimensions of this circular hot tub are 165 x 70 cm. This width measurement doesn’t include the pump, but it’s still one of the most compact models featured on this page. This makes it particularly suitable for smaller gardens.

There’s a control panel fitted into the pump, which is easy to reach from within the hot tub. This can adjust the temperature of the tub as well as activate the air jets. One downside of this hot tub, compared to many of the Lay-Z Spa models, is that you can’t have the heater and jets on at the same time. It has to be one or the other. There’s also no timer function.

Whilst this hot tub is simpler than others in terms of features, this is reflected in the price, and it’s well worth considering if you’re working to a budget. Be aware that the basic model doesn’t come with a cover or lid included, but these can be purchased separately (so be aware of additional costs).

In terms of what does come included, there is a ground cover and a repair kit, as well as a filter cartridge. So, there is still enough to get this hot tub up and running straight away. This 687 L hot tub (when filled to capacity) is a little slow to heat up, taking between 24 – 36 hours.

Also, you should be aware that the power cable is only 3.5 m long. Given that hot tubs cannot be used with an extension cable, you will need to think carefully about where this model can be positioned.

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5. Lay-Z-Spa 60001 Miami Hot Tub[ SAVE 40% ]

Best for smaller spaces

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  • Freeze Shield technology means it can be left out year round
  • 120 air jets is a decent number considering the size of the tub
  • Comfortably seats two people
  • Pump is generally considered sufficiently quiet not to be disruptive at night
  • Retains heat well and doesn’t take too long to reheat

  • Capacity is better suited to two people as opposed to four
  • No lights included unlike others on the market
People Capacity
2-4 people
Water Capacity
669 L (70% filled)
Max. Temperature
40°C
Hours to Heat
6-10 hours
No. of Air Jets
120
LED Lights
No
Weight
34.06 kg
Speed Settings
No
Cover Included
Yes
Timer
Yes
Cable Length
7 m
Overall Score 4.5
Design
4.5
Capacity
4
Features
5
Value for Money
4.5

The Lay-Z-Spa Miami Air Jet Hot Tub is suitable for small patios and decking, with a capacity of 2-4 people.

Despite its compact size, this inflatable hot tub still has 120 air jets. It can hold 669 L of water when filled to 70%, and measures 180 cm wide (223 cm wide with the pump) and 66 cm tall. The bubbles are powerful, and the jets can be used at the same time as the heater which is a good sign of quality.

As a relatively new model from Lay-Z-Spa, this Miami AirJet hot tub features Freeze Shield technology (present in all Lay-Z Spa tubs released since 2021). This ensures that the water doesn’t freeze on cold nights, so you can leave the hot tub outside year-round. The heater activates automatically, when temperatures drop below 4°C, to keep the temperature at 10°C (which is the required working temperature for the tub).

The hot tub’s sides are made from DuraPlus, a material consisting of three layers of polyester mesh and PVC. This strong material maintains the shape of the tub, and there are also beam reinforcements that keep the sides stable as you climb in and out. Additionally, it has a 7 m power cable, which allows for some flexibility when it comes to placement.

This hot tub heats to 40°C, and the heater can be controlled using the timer to save energy.

It comes with a liner, pump and top cover as well as a water filter. There’s also a Chem Connect chemical dispenser included, which connects to the side of the tub and facilitates chlorine application (although you’ll have to buy any water-purifying chemicals separately).

Unlike the Lay-Z Spa Paris AirJet tub, the Miami AirJet does not include built-in mood lighting.

Like many inflatable hot tubs, this model is more comfortable when used by fewer people. It’s therefore better suited to two people; four people is a bit of a squeeze.

Overall, this is one of the best inflatable hot tubs for smaller spaces. It has a high-quality construction and loads of jets considering its size. It’s also a great option if you want the option to leave the tub outside year round.

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  • Oval shape allows more people to fit in than round hot tubs
  • Scheduling functionality means the hot tub will be ready for when you got home
  • Relatively easy to assemble and get set up
  • Good size for taller users as it offers plenty of legroom

  • No LED lighting system which you may expect for the price
  • No thermal cover included
People Capacity
5-7 people
Water Capacity
1370 L
Max. Temperature
40°C
Hours to Heat
20 hours
No. of Air Jets
180
LED Lights
No
Weight
42.3 kg
Speed Settings
No
Cover Included
No
Timer
Yes
Cable Length
7 m
Overall Score 4.5
Design
4.5
Capacity
5
Features
4.5
Value for Money
4

While the majority hot tubs are round, oval hot tubs tend to give you a little more space. The Lay-Z-Spa Mauritius 180 AirJet Massage System is an oval hot tub capable of comfortably seating up to 7 people. 

This hot tub measures 270 x 180 x 71 cm and is a great option if you like having friends over. There’s enough leg room, but you’ll also have more space between each person. 

With a wooden embossed design, this hot tub is more aesthetically pleasing than others on the market. The walls are made from ultra-strong Duraplus that stays very firm when the tub is filled with water. They are also comfortable to lean on, while the 180 AirJet system gives each person a wonderful massage experience. 

Like many Lay-Z-Spa inflatable tubs, this model comes with freeze shield technology that ensures the water doesn’t freeze on cold winter nights. Your tub can be enjoyed year-round. 

This hot tub heats to 40°C and, although heating it does take a while, the energy saving timer means you can set it to heat for the exact time that you want. The hot tub itself can be set up in around 5 minutes and this is relatively easy. 

There aren’t really any downsides to this oval hot tub. It’s more expensive than many others on the market, and with this you might expect some extra features such as an LED lighting system or drink holders. There’s also no thermal cover included which, again, you might expect given the price. 

All in all, this hot tub is one of the best on the market if you don’t mind paying a little more for more space. It can easily seat 5 people, although 7 could happily squeeze in. 

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7. Lay-Z-Spa Saint Tropez Inflatable Hot Tub

Best luxury inflatable hot tub

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  • Can be used year round as long as the temperature remains above 4°C at all times
  • The heating system and bubble massage can be used simultaneously
  • The timer allows you to schedule your hot tub session so that it’s ready for when you want to use it
  • Very comfortable to sit and relax in

  • The capacity is better suited to 4 people, as 6 people can be a squeeze
  • Cannot be used with an extension lead so will need to be placed within 7 m of a plug socket
  • Can take 16 - 18 hours to reach its maximum temperature from cold
  • The included LED lighting isn’t very bright and another light source may be required
  • Needs to be taken down and stored if temperatures drop below 4°C
People Capacity
4-6 people
Water Capacity
966 L
Max. Temperature
40°C
Hours to Heat
12-18 hours
No. of Air Jets
87
LED Lights
Yes
Weight
34.2 kg
Speed Settings
No
Cover Included
Yes
Timer
Yes
Cable Length
7 m
Overall Score 4.6
Design
4.7
Capacity
4.7
Features
4.5
Value for Money
4.4

Hot tubs are a pricy investment, so it’s important to find a good all-rounder that ticks a lot of boxes.

Buying from a trusted brand is a good place to start, and Lay-Z-Spa are well renowned in the hot-tub world. Their Saint Tropez Inflatable Hot Tub is a comfortable size, made from durable materials, with programmable timer settings and well-functioning hydro jets.

This inflatable hot tub is made from “Tritech”, a material developed by Lay-Z-Spa themselves, which offers good durability and a sturdy construction. It deflates and re-inflates without losing its shape, meaning you can put it up and take it down as often as you like without worrying about altering the structure. Given that this hot tub needs to be taken in once temperatures fall below 4°C, it’s reassuring to know that it will be easy to put straight back up again once spring rolls round.

Whilst this Lay-Z-Spa tub can fit up to six people at a push, four people is generally more feasible and comfortable. It measures 196 x 196 x 58 cm, so is certainly a good size, but you’ll likely be shoulder-to-shoulder with your friends or guests if you try to get the full capacity of six people in there.

Holding 966 L water, this inflatable hot tub does take a while to heat up and is able to reach a maximum temperature of 40°C. However, there is a programmable 72-hour timer so you don’t have to be caught off guard waiting for the hot tub to get warm. If you’re having guests around on Friday, and you remember the hot tub on Wednesday, you can programme it to heat up in time for their arrival, and then forget about it until the day.

There are also several water jets to create bubbles, totalling 87 jets overall. Whilst this is fewer jets than most of the portable hot tubs featured here, it still makes for a comfortable and relaxing experience.

A floating LED light comes included with this Lay-Z-Spa tub, which changes colours and can provide mood lighting in the evening; however, it’s not very bright, so you might not want to rely on it as your primary light source.

All things considered, this is one of the best inflatable hot tubs if you after a luxury model. It can hold a lot of water and offers a good balance of quality, price and features. Bear in mind: it does not feature Lay-Z Spa’s Free Shield technology as it was released before 2021.

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8. MSpa Alpine Inflatable Hot Tub

Best quiet hot tub

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  • Water pump is internal which makes it much quieter to run than others on the market
  • Bubbles and heat can be used at the same time for a more luxurious experience
  • The design is contemporary and minimalist - more like a standard hot tub than an inflatable one
  • The metallic pool liner helps the water stay warm even when the heater unit isn’t turned on - saving electricity
  • Ground sheet and insulating cover included

  • More of a 2-3 person inflatable hot tub rather than a model that can comfortably seat 4 people
  • Rain gathers and pools in the middle of the lid which can be hard to prevent unless you move the hot tub undercover
  • Cable isn’t particularly long at just under 4 m
People Capacity
2-4 people
Water Capacity
650 L
Max. Temperature
42°C
Hours to Heat
10 hours
No. of Air Jets
108
LED Lights
No
Weight
25 kg
Speed Settings
No
Cover Included
Yes
Timer
Yes
Cable Length
4 m
Overall Score 4.4
Design
4.5
Capacity
4.4
Features
4.2
Value for Money
4.3

Whilst inflatable hot tubs are designed to be relaxing, sometimes the noise their motor makes can be anything but.

Fortunately, the Mspa Alpine Inflatable hot tub has an internal water pump which drastically reduces the amount of noise produced compared to standard models. Particularly useful for those who know the noise of a motor will get in the way of them winding down, this is one of the best inflatable hot tubs around if you want something quiet.

Comfortably sized for two people, and able to fit up to four adults if you’re willing to squeeze, this is a 650 L hot tub that measures 158 x 158 cm. It’s one of the smaller options, which is great if you’ don’t have enough room for a larger model, but it might not appeal to everyone.

As a square hot tub (with rounded corners), it should slot into corners easier than a round model. This can help make better use of available space – which is ideal if that’s something you’re short on.

The digital control panel is very user friendly, offering an easy way to activate the inflatable hot tub’s 108 water jets, as well as control the temperature and set the timer. This control panel is built into a remote control that can be stored in a side pocket on the hot tub when not in use, making it simple to alter settings from within the hot tub.

Keeping the water clean between uses, and retaining a bit of heat, is helped by the inclusion of a close-fitting cover. It clips securely to the hot tub’s ground mat, creating a tight seal that doesn’t allow debris into the tub. The cover can also help trap heat, which saves both power (and time) when heating the hot tub back up the following day.

Whilst this one of the best inflatable hot tubs for keeping the noise down, it does have its downsides. Primarily, the short 4 m cable is a bit of an inconvenience. Given that you shouldn’t use extension cables with hot tubs, you are limited to using this inflatable spa within 4 m of a mains-power outlet, which might not be feasible for everyone.

Nevertheless, if you can work around this, it’s a great inflatable hot tub to go for. It’s relatively petite, and fits better into corners because of its squared-off shape, so will be a good option if you’re short on space. And of course, as mentioned, it should be a more relaxing spa experience for those who are sensitive to noise as well.

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9. Intex Pure Spa Plus Inflatable Hot Tub

Best for hard water areas

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  • Contains a built-in hard water system which limits the build up of limescale in hard water areas
  • Good strength, powerful water jets
  • Unlike others on the market, this model is spacious enough for 4 people
  • Very easy to inflate, fill and drain
  • Relatively quiet to run so won’t disturb your neighbours

  • Short mains power cable is just 3 m long
  • Filter maintenance is either expensive or time consuming - you’ll need to either purchase new filters or clean existing filters every few days
  • The hot tub is fairly deep which makes it a little uncomfortable without the spa seats which need to be purchased separately
  • Cleaning chemicals need to be purchased separately
  • Can’t be used with an extension cord and power cable is approx. 3 m long
People Capacity
4 people
Water Capacity
795 L
Max. Temperature
40°C
Hours to Heat
10 hours
No. of Air Jets
140
LED Lights
Yes
Weight
41 kg
Speed Settings
No
Cover Included
Yes
Timer
Yes
Cable Length
3 m
Overall Score 4.4
Design
4.4
Capacity
4.5
Features
4.4
Value for Money
4.4

If living in a hard-water area has previously put you off getting an inflatable hot tub, the Intex Pure Spa Plus comes with a built-in hard water treatment system which helps stop the components getting clogged with excess calcium carbonate.

For those who are used to seeing kettles coated with limescale at home, it’s easy to imagine how damaging it could be if that were to happen in a hot tub.

Not only does the built-in water softener protect the internal machinery of this inflatable hot tub, it also softens the 795 L of water, so it’s not a bad deal at all! However, the filters do need to be cleaned regularly, or replaced often, so that they don’t get too clogged, which is the slight caveat to this particular inflatable hot tub. Even so, it’s one of the best inflatable hot tubs for hard water areas, simply because it has the filtration system to cope with it.

It’s deeper than some hot tubs too, with a depth of 71 cm, and has a diameter of 196 cm. As a result, this is a relatively large inflatable hot tub and may therefore be too big for some smaller gardens.

Nevertheless, if you’ve got enough space, this big inflatable spa – with several great features including 120 water jets – has plenty of room for up to four people to sit in comfortably.

Also, speaking of comfort, this hot tub can be heated to any temperature between 20 – 40°C, which will be excellent news for anyone who struggles to sit in a hot bath. Although really warm water often seem like a good idea, sometimes tepid temperatures are more agreeable! All the settings are easy to change using the digital control panel.

Particularly on a hot day, it can be nice to choose a lower temperature for a more cooling experience.

As this is a larger hot tub, it can take up to 10 hours to heat the water to a warm temperature, meaning some forward planning is required. Fortunately, there are timer settings which mean the heater unit can be programmed to turn on automatically in advance. Also, the hot tub has a massage system which offers a relaxing massage option for those days when you need a bit of extra pampering to unwind.

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  • Internal pump means there’s nothing sticking out around the outside of the hot tub
  • Runs reasonably quietly because pump is integrated inside hot tub
  • Included cover has a zip fastening which is quicker to close than straps
  • Comfortably seats two people
  • Useful accessories included such as a hose adapter and instructional DVD

  • Power cable is approximately 3 m long so relatively short
  • Water can pool on the cover if it rains heavily
  • Reasonably slow to heat: takes around 24 hours to heat to 40°C
People Capacity
2-4 people
Water Capacity
700 L
Max. Temperature
42°C
Hours to Heat
24 hours
No. of Air Jets
118
LED Lights
No
Weight
23 kg
Speed Settings
No
Cover Included
Yes
Timer
Yes
Cable Length
3 m
Overall Score 4.3
Design
5
Capacity
4
Features
4
Value for Money
4

The MSpa Silver Cloud Portable Inflatable Hot Tub is a great option for those who want something that’s easy to set up and clear to use, whilst also being relaxing and enjoyable, of course!

It comes with a good ‘starter pack’ containing everything needed to begin using the hot tub. This includes a zip-up spa cover, wired controller, garden-hose adapter, wrench and an instructional DVD. As a result, it’s clear how to set up and use the inflatable hot tub, leaving nothing to guesswork or chance. It can inflate very quickly, taking approximately two minutes.

The hot tub measures 180 cm across and is 70 cm high, with sides made from six-layer PVC. It can comfortably seat two adults (although it states it can fit up to four) and holds 700 L of water. This MSpa hot tub has fewer air jets than others featured here (118 to be precise), but this is still plenty for its size. It has a maximum temperature of 42°C and will take approximately 24 hours to heat to 40°C.

Whilst this hot tub may look simple, it still has a range of handy built-in features. For example, one of its main advantages is that there’s no external motor so it’s very quiet to run. This is one of MSpa’s selling points and they also use Whisper Quiet Technology.

The wired-in remote control has buttons for the heater, filter, bubbles, and a switch-off timer, so you don’t leave the tub on for longer than necessary.

Also, whilst many inflatable tubs have covers that clip on (which can be fiddly), the MSpa’s cover zips the whole way round. This makes it very easy to put on, and it’s also a little more secure. However, you do need to keep an eye on rain water pooling in the middle.

The power cable is relatively short, measuring approximately 3 m.

Overall though, this is one of the best inflatable hot tubs if you want something hassle-free that is also easy to use. Thanks to the internal pump, it is a lot quieter than other tubs that have the pump on the outside. It’s also relatively compact, as there’s no pump to make space for around the outside of the tub.

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Clive's Smart Buying Tips

  1. In terms of capacity, you’ll need a hot tub of around 600 – 700 L to accommodate two to four people. Most manufacturers state how many people the tub can accommodate. From research, the lower number is normally how many people will fit comfortably, whilst the top number will be more of a squeeze.
  2. For four to six people, you’ll need a tub with a capacity of 700 – 1000 L.
  3. The best inflatable hot tubs come with timers that can be programmed in advance to heat the spa. This is very convenient because even the fastest-heating tubs can take 12 hours to warm up. You should also ensure that the hot tub has a cover, preferably made from insulating materials, to keep the heat in between uses.
  4. Other factors to consider are filters, hard-water compatibility and cable length. Whilst most hot tubs come with filters, not all will provide spares. Before purchasing a new tub, make sure that additional filters are readily available. This will prevent problems further down the line.
  5. Also, if you live in a hard water area, you should look for a hot tub with a water-softening filter, this can save a lot of heartache in regards to limescale build up.
  6. Finally, be aware that manufacturers warn against using extension cords with hot tubs. Look for a power cable over 5 m for a bit more flexibility. You’ll have to be extra conscious of placement if you buy anything shorter.

I’ve selected the Lay-Z-Spa Hollywood with Built in LED Lights as one of the best hot tubs overall. It can heat to its maximum temperature of 40°C quickly, has 140 air jets that provide a relaxing massage and its stand out feature are the stunning LED lights that illuminate the water. It comfortably accommodates four adults and features clever technology that means it can be left out all year round.

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  • Lay-Z-Spa Hollywood with Built in LED Lights
    best inflatable hot tub Lay Z Spa Hollywood with Built in LED Lights
    • 4.8
    • 4-6 people
    • 908 L
    • 40°C
    • 12 hours
    • 140
    • Yes
    • 32.6 kg
    • No
    • Yes
    • Yes
    • 7 m
  • Lay-Z-Spa Vegas Inflatable Hot Tub
    best inflatable hot tub Lay Z Spa Vegas Inflatable Hot Tub
    • 4.9
    • 4-6 people
    • 935 L
    • 40°C
    • 12 hours
    • 140
    • No
    • 40.9 kg
    • No
    • Yes
    • Yes
    • 7 m
  • Lay-Z-Spa Paris Hot Tub
    best inflatable hot tub Lay Z Spa Paris Hot Tub
    • 4.9
    • 4-6 people
    • 806 L (70% filled)
    • 40°C
    • 12 hours
    • 140
    • Yes
    • 40 kg
    • No
    • Yes
    • Yes
    • 7 m
  • CosySpa Inflatable Hot Tub Spa
    best inflatable hot tub CosySpa Inflatable Hot Tub Spa
    • 4.1
    • 2-4 people
    • 687 L
    • 42°C
    • 24-36 hours
    • 130
    • No
    • 111.41 kg
    • No
    • Sold separately
    • No
    • 3.5 m
  • Lay-Z-Spa 60001 Miami Hot Tub
    best inflatable hot tub Lay Z Spa 60001 Miami Hot Tub
    • 4.5
    • 2-4 people
    • 669 L (70% filled)
    • 40°C
    • 6-10 hours
    • 120
    • No
    • 34.06 kg
    • No
    • Yes
    • Yes
    • 7 m
  • Lay-Z-Spa Mauritius 180 AirJet Massage System
    best inflatable hot tub Lay Z Spa Mauritius 180 AirJet Massage System
    • 4.5
    • 5-7 people
    • 1370 L
    • 40°C
    • 20 hours
    • 180
    • No
    • 42.3 kg
    • No
    • No
    • Yes
    • 7 m
  • Lay-Z-Spa Saint Tropez Inflatable Hot Tub
    best inflatable hot tub MSpa Silver Cloud Portable Inflatable Hot Tub
    • 4.6
    • 4-6 people
    • 966 L
    • 40°C
    • 12-18 hours
    • 87
    • Yes
    • 34.2 kg
    • No
    • Yes
    • Yes
    • 7 m
  • MSpa Alpine Inflatable Hot Tub
    best inflatable hot tub Lay Z Spa Saint Tropez Inflatable Hot Tub
    • 4.4
    • 2-4 people
    • 650 L
    • 42°C
    • 10 hours
    • 108
    • No
    • 25 kg
    • No
    • Yes
    • Yes
    • 4 m
  • Intex Pure Spa Plus Inflatable Hot Tub
    best inflatable hot tub Mspa Alpine Inflatable Hot Tub
    • 4.4
    • 4 people
    • 795 L
    • 40°C
    • 10 hours
    • 140
    • Yes
    • 41 kg
    • No
    • Yes
    • Yes
    • 3 m
  • MSpa Silver Cloud Portable Inflatable Hot Tub
    best inflatable hot tub Intex Pure Spa Plus Inflatable Hot Tub
    • 4.3
    • 2-4 people
    • 700 L
    • 42°C
    • 24 hours
    • 118
    • No
    • 23 kg
    • No
    • Yes
    • Yes
    • 3 m

How to Choose The Best Inflatable Hot Tub

Inflatable hot tubs (sometimes referred to as portable hot tubs) offer all homes the possibility of a bit more luxury.

The best hot tub won’t require acres of space, or thousands of pounds – inflatable hot tubs are designed to fit into your lifestyle and give you the opportunity to have a spa experience in your own home.

With this aim in mind, there are some factors to be aware of before you spend your hard-earned cash. Let’s take a look at the important stuff to make sure you get the best inflatable hot tub possible:

Hot Tub Size and Capacity

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Now, I understand it can be tempting to have quite a cavalier attitude to proceedings once you’ve decided to take the plunge and buy an inflatable hot tub; but trust me when I say that it’s not always necessarily a case of ‘the bigger the better’.

First off, have a think about how many people will want to get in the hot tub at one time. If it’s just you, or you’re a couple, then a smaller inflatable hot tub will be just fine. However, if you want friends in there too, or if children will be joining in, you’ll need to be looking at a 4 – 6 person model.

Even if you’ve got the best inflatable hot tub ever, not everybody will find it easy to relax if you’re all jammed in together with knees under your chin…

You’ll also need to consider the outside space available to you.

Inflatable hot tubs needs to sit on smooth, level ground. Patio or decking is ideal, or maybe even the conservatory floor. You might not have an excess of completely flat ground, so measure how much space you’ve got to play with before plumping for a massive hot tub.

Bigger inflatable spas are more expensive to buy and to run. You might only think about the immediate payment cost of buying a portable hot tub, but there are running costs to consider too.

You’ll be filling your inflatable hot tub spa from your own water bill. Therefore, if it has a large capacity (e.g. 600 – 900 L) you’ll be spending quite a lot of money to fill it up. What’s more, if you hope to frequently put up and take down your portable spa, you’ll need to fill it each time.

A smaller hot tub may keep water bills down, but if you can’t fit everyone in then it’ll be a waste of money because it won’t get used.

These are all factors that are worth considering before choosing one particular model, to make sure you get it right first time.

A Good Filter System is Essential

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A good filter system is so important when it comes to maintaining the cleanliness of your inflatable hot tub spa – no-one wants to ‘relax’ in water that looks dirty or full of debris.

All of the best inflatable hot tubs come with filters, but you should check that the product you’re looking at has one just for peace of mind.

The water filter should be robust and easy to remove, clean and replace. Check you can easily buy replacement filter cartridges; changing them regularly will extend the life of your hot tub.

To clean the water filter, you’ll need to switch off the whole system, remove the filter cartridge, hose it down and then dunk it in a bucket of recommended cleaning fluid. Replace it once dry.

Manufacturers recommend you do this regularly, maybe even as often as once a week.

You should replace the filter cartridges every 1 – 2 years, depending on how frequently you use your hot tub.

Air Jets and Adjustable Settings

Jets blow into the water to create air bubbles in hot tubs. Lots of air jets means the water can get pretty active, but only if the spa pump is powerful enough.

If you want a hot tub that can offer a full body massage for your tired muscles, look for a strong pump and plenty of air jets. Checking product reviews can be a great way to find out if the hot tub delivers on power.

Some of the best inflatable hot tubs will have a digital control panel or remote control that allow you to adjust the settings even from inside the tub. You can often control which air jets are activated, as well as adjust temperature settings, to personalise the spa experience to suit you.

Speaking of adjustable settings, there are spas which have programmable preheat settings so you can set a time for the the water to start heating. Look out for these if you have visions of yourself arriving home from work to a hot tub which is already warm and just waiting for you to get in!

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Inflatable Hot Tub with LED Lights

Some hot tubs come with floating LED lights, which change colour, to help create an enjoyable ambience at night

Even if LED lighting doesn’t come included, you might still consider buying an LED light for your hot tub. Lights can add to the atmosphere and provide relaxing mood lighting. Of course, if you don’t plan on using your spa at night time it’s probably not necessary to splash out on lights.

If you’re outside socialising, you might consider floating lights or even just standard LED lighting in the garden. They can really make an evening special; reflecting off the hot tub and creating an excellent atmosphere.

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Inflatable Hot Tub FAQs

Inflatable tubs are different from standard hot tubs because they’re temporary structures. Deflating an inflatable hot tub and packing it away for the winter is no problem, and if you want to move it then that’s OK too. In fact, you can even use your inflatable, portable hot tub in the house if you please.

An inflatable tub will also be much cheaper than a permanent hot tub because less is required in terms of materials and construction. They’re perfect if you don’t have much spare space, are renting, have a budget, or like the convenient idea of packing it away.

Your hot tub needs electricity to heat the water. How much this will cost will depend on how often you’ll use it and what tariff you’re on. Lay-Z-Spa estimates the running cost of an inflatable tub to be around £7-10 a week.

It depends. If you keep your hot tub running 24/7, of course it will always be heated (but this is very expensive!). Heating it from zero will take several hours.

Even with a rapid heating system, manufacturers suggest that heating on demand can take 6 – 12 hours. This depends on the outside temperature and how well insulated your hot tub is. A thermal ground cloth and insulating pool cover can make a big difference. Some individual reviews report it takes around 4 – 6 hours to heat a four person inflatable hot tub.

It’s also possible to buy programable hot tubs which can pre-heat in advance. This is incredibly useful. Setting the heating system to come on at a certain time means it won’t need to heat the water for longer than necessary (i.e., you won’t need to leave it on all day).

Ideally, yes.

A fitted and secure cover will keep children out of harm’s way and prevent leaves, flies, dirt and feathers filling your pool. Birds will try to bathe in the hot tub given a chance and you can’t blame them, but you probably won’t to avoid this if possible.

You won’t have to change the water so often if you have a protective cover. Plus, using an insulated cover may prevent heat loss from the hot tub between uses.

The bottom of a hot tub is flat without padding, so you will need to create a cushioned floor beneath it. This will also help ensure that no stones or sharp objects can pierce the lining. Children’s foam playmats are a good option as a base.

They can, but most of the best inflatable hot tubs are made from puncture resistant materials so it’s unlikely. Nevertheless, you should avoid placing your inflatable spa on a rough surfaces, and buy a foam mat to rest it on if possible.

If yours does get a puncture, use the repair kit provided by the manufacturer. If it didn’t come with one, a bicycle-tyre repair kit will do the job.

You can, but many of the materials likely won’t appreciate low or freezing temperatures.

Top manufacturers suggest packing your hot tub away when temperatures reach around 4°C to ensure the material won’t split or rot. Frozen water can damage the pump system too, so it’s best to pack it away during cold temperatures or set it up inside instead.

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