If you enjoy the luxury and comfort of hot tubs at spas and hotels, but it’s not feasible for you to build a Jacuzzi in your yard or garden, you can always buy a cheap blow up hot tub. These inflatable tubs have the advantage of being portable. Plus there are so many inflatable tub makers you can always shop around for the best quality and price. Here are some tips on how to buy an inflatable hot tub.
Tips to Buy a Cheap Blow Up Hot Tub
When you buy a blow-up tub, you’re not going to have to spend thousands of dollars like you would on a permanent hot tub. You don’t have to think about maintenance or installation costs either. The inflatable tub will usually come with all the accessories or tools that you need to set it up. It may also come with a DVD explaining how to install it and jump into your own hot tub quicker than you can expect.
You will need to consider the following points when you shop around for the best tub for you:
Size: Hot tubs come in various sizes – for kids, for two adults and even party-sized tubs that can hold eight people. Of course the bigger the tub the more the price, and also the water to fill. Consider how many people will be using the tub on a regular basis. If you entertain often and would love to host pool parties in summer, larger sized models are the best for you. Tubs come in circular shapes, octagonal shapes, and single-person Japanese-style deep baths and so on.
Location: Where will you set up the hot tub? You need a flat and level surface for your hot tub. This space can be indoors or outdoors. Since these tubs are portable, they are of course easy to move around. You can simply drain it, deflate it and move it into the sun on a cool day if you want.
Most people set up their tubs on their lawn, decking area or patio. But if your conservatory is large enough, you can inflate it there as well. But you do need to consider connectivity. Hot tubs come with a plug that you can plug into a socket like any other appliance. Place it in a location that lets you plug in this appliance safely without having to use an extension lead. While you can always use an extension lead, it is not recommended for reasons of safety. Some models come with 10 meter leads, so you can safely use it in most locations. If placing indoors, you should have a door or window nearby for draining it when you’re done.
Setup Ease and Repairs: Most inflatables are easy to set up. All you need to do is inflate, connect to the pump and fill with water. It is best not to over-inflate at the beginning, since the elements and water can add pressure to the tub. Only add or remove more air after you have filled and heated the tub. Filling a tub can take an hour or two, depending on the size. Heating typically takes about 12 to 24 hours for a new tub. Of course the time taken to get the water to a comfortable temperature will also depend on the ambient temperature. Larger tubs can take more time to heat up. Black tubs, on the other hand, absorb plenty of heat from sunlight.
When it comes to repairs, some tubs are better than others. Most are made of robust rubber and vinyl. But with regular use, wear and tear can cause punctures just like a bike tire. Tubs that come with repair kits will let you patch up a leak with a kit of patch, adhesive and applicator for easy repairs.
Maintenance: All tubs come with instructions on how to keep your hot tub clean and when to change the filters. You can also find chemicals to protect your tub water from microorganisms. While you do need some maintenance for your cheap blow-up hot tub, it is a lot less than what a permanent Jacuzzi needs. Spare filters and water-purifying chemicals don’t come with your tub. It’s a good idea to buy them at the time you’re buying the tub.
Consider the points above when you buy your hot tub. Shop around not just for the best prices, but also the best reviews. Some tubs are imported from Europe or Asia, and instructions can be in other languages. This issue can be particularly important when you’re buying online, and information is scarce.