What's the Top Inflatable Hot Tub IN 2018?

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Imagine trawling through over 1000 blow up hot tub reviews! Looking for patterns of faults and common complaints

Well we did in 2017, and we did it again in the summer of 2018! Our goal was to find the best inflatable hot tub for you to buy and avoid the nightmare of buying some cheap inflatable Jacuzzi that wasn't worth half the money.

On the feedback received so far, I think we found it, In fact we found a few.

Contents 

As promised earlier here of the top inflatable spas that you can buy in the UK (broken down and graded) 


By Prices


By Size


By Brands 

TOP 3 CHEAP INFLATABLES 


TOP RATED / LOW COST

The Hot Tub Guide

Just because your looking for cheap hot tubs doesn't mean you want crap right! We agree. It’s human nature to want to get a bargain, especially with UK consumers.Lucky for you these big spa manufacturers are in constant price wars with each other and are all trying to supply low cost yet still top rated Jacuzzi's.The economical swings were facing means they have to stay super competitive and push out cut price products that are still more than worth the money. They usually do this be means of a summer or winter sale.

Grab yourself a true bargain!

We are going to be straight up with you...

this image shows money saved on an inflatable

None of these outdoor hot tubs below are cheap and nasty. We weeded the crap out. But even so, some combine quality and value for money better than others, and some have a boat load of extras which are always welcome. Let's see which heated blow up Jacuzzi tops the score charts.

Later in the post we go into great detail, but for now here's a quick glance.

From all the inflatables that made our highest rated list these 3 were the cheapest.

Product
Lay-Z-Spa 54123-BNNX16AB02 Miami Hot Tub, Airjet...
MSPA Alpine D-AL04 Delight Portable Inflatable 2+2...
Costway Inflatable Bubble Massage Spa Portable...
Name
Lay-Z-Spa 54123-BNNX16AB02 Miami Hot Tub, Airjet...
MSPA Alpine D-AL04 Delight Portable Inflatable 2+2...
Costway Inflatable Bubble Massage Spa Portable...
This Hot Tub Seats
2-4 Seater
2-4 Seater
4 Seater
Our Hot Tub Rating
Real Reviews
308 Reviews
25 Reviews
3 Reviews
Where to Buy this Hot Tub
Product
Lay-Z-Spa 54123-BNNX16AB02 Miami Hot Tub, Airjet...
Name
Lay-Z-Spa 54123-BNNX16AB02 Miami Hot Tub, Airjet...
This Hot Tub Seats
2-4 Seater
Our Hot Tub Rating
Real Reviews
308 Reviews
Where to Buy this Hot Tub
Product
MSPA Alpine D-AL04 Delight Portable Inflatable 2+2...
Name
MSPA Alpine D-AL04 Delight Portable Inflatable 2+2...
This Hot Tub Seats
2-4 Seater
Our Hot Tub Rating
Real Reviews
25 Reviews
Where to Buy this Hot Tub
Product
Costway Inflatable Bubble Massage Spa Portable...
Name
Costway Inflatable Bubble Massage Spa Portable...
This Hot Tub Seats
4 Seater
Our Hot Tub Rating
Real Reviews
3 Reviews
Where to Buy this Hot Tub

BEST 2 PERSON INFLATABLE 


Perfect for Couples

The Hot Tub Guide

Under the night sky, looking up at the stars makes for the perfect setting for courting couples. Most hot tubs aren't made or designed for 2 people, it’s just not a big seller for big brands. The minimum they usually design are 4 person models.  Nevertheless there are some real quality options for 2. Two in particular are heated inflatable bath styles, perfectly made for couples and are pretty unique as they lets you face each other. The other one below is a 2-4 four person blow up.

The ultimate piece of kit in the old romance toolbox

Here’s the deal...

couple sitting in an inflatable

The smaller the inflatable you search for,  the more you will be plagued by cheapo inflatable pools, you know the kind, the ones you let the kids splash about in and throw in the bin when they bust.  We reviewed some of them here.

These inflatables below are not them!

The options we found are the best selling and more importantly the best rated real blow up spas (with all the toys). They just happen to be small and are perfect 2 person models to purchase.  

From all the inflatables that made our highest rated list these 3 were best for 2 people.

Inflatable Model
Lay-Z-Spa Hot Tub, Siena Airjet Inflatable Spa,...
Lay-Z-Spa 54123-BNNX16AB02 Miami Hot Tub, Airjet...
AQUAPARX Inflatable Jacuzzi Whirlpool Bath...
Inflatable Name
Lay-Z-Spa Hot Tub, Siena Airjet Inflatable Spa,...
Lay-Z-Spa 54123-BNNX16AB02 Miami Hot Tub, Airjet...
AQUAPARX Inflatable Jacuzzi Whirlpool Bath...
Our Hot Tub Rating
This Hot Tub Seats
2 Seater
2-4 Seater
2 Seater
Real Reviews
31 Reviews
308 Reviews
3 Reviews
Where to Buy this Hot Tub
Inflatable Model
Lay-Z-Spa Hot Tub, Siena Airjet Inflatable Spa,...
Inflatable Name
Lay-Z-Spa Hot Tub, Siena Airjet Inflatable Spa,...
Our Hot Tub Rating
This Hot Tub Seats
2 Seater
Real Reviews
31 Reviews
Where to Buy this Hot Tub
Inflatable Model
Lay-Z-Spa 54123-BNNX16AB02 Miami Hot Tub, Airjet...
Inflatable Name
Lay-Z-Spa 54123-BNNX16AB02 Miami Hot Tub, Airjet...
Our Hot Tub Rating
This Hot Tub Seats
2-4 Seater
Real Reviews
308 Reviews
Where to Buy this Hot Tub
Inflatable Model
AQUAPARX Inflatable Jacuzzi Whirlpool Bath...
Inflatable Name
AQUAPARX Inflatable Jacuzzi Whirlpool Bath...
Our Hot Tub Rating
This Hot Tub Seats
2 Seater
Real Reviews
3 Reviews
Where to Buy this Hot Tub

TOP 4 PERSON INFLATABLE 


Top Rated 4 Person Hot Tubs

The Hot Tub Guide

Straight up this is the hardest category to judge by a country mile. Why? Because over 80% of the hot tubs for sale in the UK are 4 person models! Everyone wants a hot tub for 4! Taking all that into account we started to filter based on some of the following metrics. All the inflatables with rubbish ratings went, all the spas that were (for no good reason) expensive to buy They went in the bin. It left us with a selection of inflatable Jacuzzi's that we thought were top of the line, were backed with great GENUINE user reviews and lastly were on point price wise. 

So who's winning the war?

​You might be wondering…

Image shows a family of four from that inflatable section

Well the data is quite definitive, in the UK the big movers and shakers for 4 person inflatables are Lay Z Spa & Intex. No surprise to us but is useful for someone looking to buy. (wE PUT THESE TWO COMPANIES HEAD TO HEAD, AND WROTE ABOUT IT FURTHER DOWN).  

These hot tub manufacturers know full well that spas for 4 people are their biggest sellers and have started producing quite a few different models. The market overall is now flooded with choice. 

Based on the filtering mentioned above we attempted to cut through the fog and get to the very best tubs that previous buyers have loved and are worth the money. 

We might have missed a few as we only choose 3 for each category but if they've been overlooked it will be because overall we feel the ones below represent better value for money.

From all the heated inflatables that made our highest rated list these 3 were top 4 person spas.

Inflatable Model
Lay-Z-Spa Paris Hot Tub with LED Lights, Airjet...
Lay-Z-Spa 54123-BNNX16AB02 Miami Hot Tub, Airjet...
Mspa Alpine M-009LS Inflatable Portable Hot Tub...
Inflatable Name
Lay-Z-Spa Paris Hot Tub with LED Lights, Airjet...
Lay-Z-Spa 54123-BNNX16AB02 Miami Hot Tub, Airjet...
Mspa Alpine M-009LS Inflatable Portable Hot Tub...
Our Hot Tub Rating
This Hot Tub Seats
4 - 6 Seater
2-4 Seater
4 Seater
Real Reviews
132 Reviews
308 Reviews
38 Reviews
Where to Purchase this Hot Tub
Inflatable Model
Lay-Z-Spa Paris Hot Tub with LED Lights, Airjet...
Inflatable Name
Lay-Z-Spa Paris Hot Tub with LED Lights, Airjet...
Our Hot Tub Rating
This Hot Tub Seats
4 - 6 Seater
Real Reviews
132 Reviews
Where to Purchase this Hot Tub
Inflatable Model
Lay-Z-Spa 54123-BNNX16AB02 Miami Hot Tub, Airjet...
Inflatable Name
Lay-Z-Spa 54123-BNNX16AB02 Miami Hot Tub, Airjet...
Our Hot Tub Rating
This Hot Tub Seats
2-4 Seater
Real Reviews
308 Reviews
Where to Purchase this Hot Tub
Inflatable Model
Mspa Alpine M-009LS Inflatable Portable Hot Tub...
Inflatable Name
Mspa Alpine M-009LS Inflatable Portable Hot Tub...
Our Hot Tub Rating
This Hot Tub Seats
4 Seater
Real Reviews
38 Reviews
Where to Purchase this Hot Tub

TOP 6 PERSON INFLATABLE


The Party Hot Tubs

We are including the best 8 person hot tub in this section also. We only found one worth recommending so it's included here.

The Hot Tub Guide

If you want a six person model it only means one thing. Your expecting company! These are the ultimate party machines, and usually come with every accessory you can think of. To be fair your paying for it all, there's a decent price jump from a 4 up to a 6 person inflatable but here’s our view: If your a small family and you can't see a day when you would even have 6 people in the tub, then this is not for you. But if your the opposite then these are must buys. Trying to get 5 or 6 people in a 4 seater is a nightmare.

You'll be sick of social visitors if you buy one of these!

​Why not just get the cheaper (smaller) one and see how its works?

number 6 represents 6 people fit in these inflatables

Piling too many bodies into these hot tubs is a bad idea.  Firstly it's not recommended and might break the thing, secondly it’s just squashed. There’s a fine line between cosy and cramped trust us. 

Also the toys!

Our data shows the 6 person tubs tend to come with more additions and in some cases way more accessories. The addons are what enhance the experience no end. Were talking neon lights, hydro jets and entertainment systems just to name a few. 

These are the party makers in the hot tub world.  Most low cost options are fine when your on a budget, you could play your music right, it just needs noted that these bigger models are a step up. 

In this case bigger certainly does mean better.

From all the heated inflatables that made our highest rated list these 3 winning 6 person models.

Inflatable Model
Lay-Z-Spa Paris Hot Tub with LED Lights, Airjet...
Lay-Z-Spa Palm Springs Inflatable Portable Hot Tub...
Lay-Z-Spa BW14294 Saint Tropez Hot Tub with...
Inflatable Name
Lay-Z-Spa Paris Hot Tub with LED Lights, Airjet...
Lay-Z-Spa Palm Springs Inflatable Portable Hot Tub...
Lay-Z-Spa BW14294 Saint Tropez Hot Tub with...
Our Hot Tub Rating
This Hot Tub Seats
4-6 Seater
4-6 Seater
4-6 Seater
Real Reviews
132 Reviews
218 Reviews
166 Reviews
Where to Buy This Hot Tub
Inflatable Model
Lay-Z-Spa Paris Hot Tub with LED Lights, Airjet...
Inflatable Name
Lay-Z-Spa Paris Hot Tub with LED Lights, Airjet...
Our Hot Tub Rating
This Hot Tub Seats
4-6 Seater
Real Reviews
132 Reviews
Where to Buy This Hot Tub
Inflatable Model
Lay-Z-Spa Palm Springs Inflatable Portable Hot Tub...
Inflatable Name
Lay-Z-Spa Palm Springs Inflatable Portable Hot Tub...
Our Hot Tub Rating
This Hot Tub Seats
4-6 Seater
Real Reviews
218 Reviews
Where to Buy This Hot Tub
Inflatable Model
Lay-Z-Spa BW14294 Saint Tropez Hot Tub with...
Inflatable Name
Lay-Z-Spa BW14294 Saint Tropez Hot Tub with...
Our Hot Tub Rating
This Hot Tub Seats
4-6 Seater
Real Reviews
166 Reviews
Where to Buy This Hot Tub

The Only 8 PERSON spa We Recommend

The Lay Z Spa Monaco tops all the review charts for an 8 person hot tub. It's actually marketed as a 6-8 person spa and it's very decent price point. 

TOP SQUARE INFLATABLE 


SQUARE: THE NEW INNOVATIVE DESIGN

The Hot Tub Guide

Square inflatable Jacuzzi's are hot right now. Up until a few years ago square inflatables didn't even exist. Round was the option and that's what you got. We have no data to to back up this next opinion, but we think it's going to take off and in a big way. A square hot tub just works better in so many scenarios. Think about it, our homes are square, walls with 90 degree angles (unless you're the one reader that lives in a lighthouse!) What we mean is, when space is at a premium, a square anything fits better in the garden. It could be a table and chairs or a gazebo. The balance and visual aspect is improved as most of our outdoor fencing is square or rectangle 

tHE BENEFITS GO ON AND ON

WANT TO KNOW THE BEST PART...

sTORAGE - These square hot tubs can be stored away in corners or bottom of gardens much easier because they fit better. Come the winter months you don't want an inflatable with a cover on stuck right in the middle of the patio. You just don’t. You'll be looking at moss and algae all day long. A square model will fit neatly into any available corner of your outdoor space.

From the the reviews we studied the usability and spa experience on the whole doesn't seem to have diminished by the new inflatable shape. I mean traditional square shaped hot tubs have been around for donkey's years.

From all the heated inflatables that made our highest rated list these 3 were top square choices.

Inflatable Model
Mspa Alpine M-009LS Inflatable Portable Hot Tub...
Lay-Z-Spa Hawaii Hot Tub, Airjet Square Inflatable...
Intex Pure Spa Jet & Bubble Deluxe 6 Person...
Inflatable Name
Mspa Alpine M-009LS Inflatable Portable Hot Tub...
Lay-Z-Spa Hawaii Hot Tub, Airjet Square Inflatable...
Intex Pure Spa Jet & Bubble Deluxe 6 Person...
Our Hot Tub Rating
Real Reviews
38 Reviews
26 Reviews
3 Reviews
This Hot Tub Seats
4 Seater
4-6 Seater
6 Seater
Where to Buy this Hot Tub
Inflatable Model
Mspa Alpine M-009LS Inflatable Portable Hot Tub...
Inflatable Name
Mspa Alpine M-009LS Inflatable Portable Hot Tub...
Our Hot Tub Rating
Real Reviews
38 Reviews
This Hot Tub Seats
4 Seater
Where to Buy this Hot Tub
Inflatable Model
Lay-Z-Spa Hawaii Hot Tub, Airjet Square Inflatable...
Inflatable Name
Lay-Z-Spa Hawaii Hot Tub, Airjet Square Inflatable...
Our Hot Tub Rating
Real Reviews
26 Reviews
This Hot Tub Seats
4-6 Seater
Where to Buy this Hot Tub
Inflatable Model
Intex Pure Spa Jet & Bubble Deluxe 6 Person...
Inflatable Name
Intex Pure Spa Jet & Bubble Deluxe 6 Person...
Our Hot Tub Rating
Real Reviews
3 Reviews
This Hot Tub Seats
6 Seater
Where to Buy this Hot Tub

TOP HOT TUB WITH LIGHTS 


NEON LIGHTS: WHAT A FEATURE!

The Hot Tub Guide

Like the square shaped design above, the big brands are really working overtime coming up with features and innovative changes to enhance your spa experience. Inflatable spas with lights are the future. Most people have garden lights but not always where the hot tub will be situated and it’s just not the same. These spas with built in lights take it to a whole new level. You've got normal lights, chill dimmed lights and neon LED party lights in some cases. Lighting has always worked hand in hand with setting a mood, so why should it be any different in a Jacuzzi. 

Chilled Evenings to Water Discos!

aS MUCH AS ALL THE LIGHTING OPTIONS ON THESE INFLATABLES ADDs TO THE EXPERIENCE, IMAGINE RELYING ON GARDEN SPOT LIGHTS? oR WORSE THE BACK KITCHEN LIGHTS! iT WOULD HAVE THE OPPOSITE EFFECT WE THINK. a REAL MOOD KILLER RIGHT THERE.

Lastly … bragging rights

most people that enjoy hot tubs have been in one. I think it’s fair to say. But have they been in an outdoor spa with an entertainment system playing with synced neon LED lights? What do you think?

From all the inflatables that made our highest rated list these 3 were best rated with lights.

Inflatable Model
Lay-Z-Spa BW14294 Saint Tropez Hot Tub with...
Lay-Z-Spa Paris Hot Tub with LED Lights, Airjet...
Lay-Z-Spa Maldives Hydro Jet Pro Hot Tub...
Inflatable Name
Lay-Z-Spa BW14294 Saint Tropez Hot Tub with...
Lay-Z-Spa Paris Hot Tub with LED Lights, Airjet...
Lay-Z-Spa Maldives Hydro Jet Pro Hot Tub...
Our Hot Tub Rating
This Hot Tub Seats
4-6 Seater
4-6 Seater
4-6 Seater
Real Reviews
166 Reviews
132 Reviews
2 Reviews
Where to Buy This Hot Tub
Inflatable Model
Lay-Z-Spa BW14294 Saint Tropez Hot Tub with...
Inflatable Name
Lay-Z-Spa BW14294 Saint Tropez Hot Tub with...
Our Hot Tub Rating
This Hot Tub Seats
4-6 Seater
Real Reviews
166 Reviews
Where to Buy This Hot Tub
Inflatable Model
Lay-Z-Spa Paris Hot Tub with LED Lights, Airjet...
Inflatable Name
Lay-Z-Spa Paris Hot Tub with LED Lights, Airjet...
Our Hot Tub Rating
This Hot Tub Seats
4-6 Seater
Real Reviews
132 Reviews
Where to Buy This Hot Tub
Inflatable Model
Lay-Z-Spa Maldives Hydro Jet Pro Hot Tub...
Inflatable Name
Lay-Z-Spa Maldives Hydro Jet Pro Hot Tub...
Our Hot Tub Rating
This Hot Tub Seats
4-6 Seater
Real Reviews
2 Reviews
Where to Buy This Hot Tub

LAY Z SPA: OUR TOP PICKS 


THESE GUYS CLAIM TO BE #1 (IT'S HARD TO ARGUE)

The Hot Tub Guide

Well the heading says​ it all.

  • Market leader for inflatables in the UK - Tick 
  • Best range of inflatable for sale - Tick
  • Great UK CUSTOMER SUPPORT - Tick

We could go on..


Here is the one and only question or critic we have...


Has the inflatable range increased too much? With air jets and hydrojets and new models entering the market every year it’s COULD BE hard for a consumer to make the correct buying decision.

This is crazy...

The best Lazy spa inflatables

lay-z-spa.co.uk

For this review alone we looked at over 11 different lAY z sPA inflatables and that’s just airjets. We will be doing the same for the hydrojets page coming soon. In total that would be 22 or more inflatable spas to look at.

If anyone ever questioned the use of review websites then there is the argument right there.

hERE’S THE BOTTOM LINE…

aRE THEY ALL UNIQUELY DIFFERENT? - Yes.  

As a company they aren't going to tell you which inflatable to buy, that would be wrong and as a review page we can’t tell you the best to PURCHASE either as they are all very well regarded as is the manufacturer.

what we can tell is this, Using the same filters discussed earlier we looked at the hundreds of reviews. real user reviews rarely lie and they do tell as story.  

Based on this:  

From all the Lay Z Spa hot tubs that made our highest rated list these 3 were our choices.

Inflatable Model
Cheapest
Lay-Z-Spa 54123-BNNX16AB02 Miami Hot Tub, Airjet...
Lay-Z-Spa BW54113 Monaco Hot Tub, Airjet...
Editors Pick
Lay-Z-Spa Palm Springs Inflatable Portable Hot Tub...
Inflatable Name
Lay-Z-Spa 54123-BNNX16AB02 Miami Hot Tub, Airjet...
Lay-Z-Spa BW54113 Monaco Hot Tub, Airjet...
Lay-Z-Spa Palm Springs Inflatable Portable Hot Tub...
Our Hot Tub Rating
This Hot Tub Seats
2-4 Seater
4-8 Seater
4-6 Seater
Real Reviews
308 Reviews
105 Reviews
218 Reviews
Where to Buy this Hot Tub
Cheapest
Inflatable Model
Lay-Z-Spa 54123-BNNX16AB02 Miami Hot Tub, Airjet...
Inflatable Name
Lay-Z-Spa 54123-BNNX16AB02 Miami Hot Tub, Airjet...
Our Hot Tub Rating
This Hot Tub Seats
2-4 Seater
Real Reviews
308 Reviews
Where to Buy this Hot Tub
Inflatable Model
Lay-Z-Spa BW54113 Monaco Hot Tub, Airjet...
Inflatable Name
Lay-Z-Spa BW54113 Monaco Hot Tub, Airjet...
Our Hot Tub Rating
This Hot Tub Seats
4-8 Seater
Real Reviews
105 Reviews
Where to Buy this Hot Tub
Editors Pick
Inflatable Model
Lay-Z-Spa Palm Springs Inflatable Portable Hot Tub...
Inflatable Name
Lay-Z-Spa Palm Springs Inflatable Portable Hot Tub...
Our Hot Tub Rating
This Hot Tub Seats
4-6 Seater
Real Reviews
218 Reviews
Where to Buy this Hot Tub

INTEX SPA: OUR TOP PICKS


WORLDWIDE REPUTATION

The Hot Tub Guide

Intex or Intexcorp to give them their full name are world leaders in the inflatable market, specialising in hot tubs, pools chairs and so on. Their reputation as an inflatable manufacturer is unquestioned. Arguably a bigger mover in the states than the UK they are featuring more and more in the portable spa reviews we are seeing. Their Pure Spa range for example is hugely popular.

Would we buy one?

Absolutely

 now…

intex sell in flatable in the US and UK

intexcorp.com

If you fancy an Intex but haven't really heard of them or you're more familiar with other well known UK brands don’t let this put you off. They are a major player in the inflatable world and maybe even the biggest.

From all the Intex inflatables that made our highest rated list these 3 were our choices.

Inflatable Model
Intex Octagonal Pure Spa - 4 Person Bubble Therapy...
Best Deal
Intex Pure Spa - 6 Person Bubble Therapy Hot...
Intex Purespa - 4 Person
Inflatable Name
Intex Octagonal Pure Spa - 4 Person Bubble Therapy...
Intex Pure Spa - 6 Person Bubble Therapy Hot...
Intex Purespa - 4 Person
Our Hot Tub Rating
Real Reviews
119 Reviews
119 Reviews
12 Reviews
This Hot Tub Seats
4 People
6 People
4 People
Where to Buy This Hot Tub
Inflatable Model
Intex Octagonal Pure Spa - 4 Person Bubble Therapy...
Inflatable Name
Intex Octagonal Pure Spa - 4 Person Bubble Therapy...
Our Hot Tub Rating
Real Reviews
119 Reviews
This Hot Tub Seats
4 People
Where to Buy This Hot Tub
Best Deal
Inflatable Model
Intex Pure Spa - 6 Person Bubble Therapy Hot...
Inflatable Name
Intex Pure Spa - 6 Person Bubble Therapy Hot...
Our Hot Tub Rating
Real Reviews
119 Reviews
This Hot Tub Seats
6 People
Where to Buy This Hot Tub
Inflatable Model
Intex Purespa - 4 Person
Inflatable Name
Intex Purespa - 4 Person
Our Hot Tub Rating
Real Reviews
12 Reviews
This Hot Tub Seats
4 People
Where to Buy This Hot Tub

MSPA: OUR TOP PICKS  


HUGE INFLATABLE BRAND

The Hot Tub Guide

Mspa are clearly a great inflatable retailer and are committed to future product development. their patented self inflating system is pretty impressive and only takes minutes to inflate.


Their proud of the technology used in all their inflatables and user reviews seem to agree. all in all a solid option.

We like these guys

​It gets better and worse....

mspa have inflatable models on sale in the UK

the-mspa.com

Like we said we think this is a great company for anyone buying an inflatable Jacuzzi, solid reputation and a long history of making quality hot tubs. Based on all the reviews we studied it seems other brands are maybe more popular.

From all the MSPA inflatables that made our highest rated list these 3 were our choices.

Inflatable Model
MSPA D-TE06 Tekapo 6 Person Portable Round...
Mspa Alpine M-009LS Inflatable Portable Hot Tub...
MSPA Alpine D-AL04 Delight Portable Inflatable 2+2...
Inflatable Name
MSPA D-TE06 Tekapo 6 Person Portable Round...
Mspa Alpine M-009LS Inflatable Portable Hot Tub...
MSPA Alpine D-AL04 Delight Portable Inflatable 2+2...
Our Hot Tub Rating
This Hot Tub Seats
6 Person
4 Seater
2 Adults + 2 Kids
Real Reviews
15 Reviews
38 Reviews
25 Reviews
Where to Buy this Hot Tub
Inflatable Model
MSPA D-TE06 Tekapo 6 Person Portable Round...
Inflatable Name
MSPA D-TE06 Tekapo 6 Person Portable Round...
Our Hot Tub Rating
This Hot Tub Seats
6 Person
Real Reviews
15 Reviews
Where to Buy this Hot Tub
Inflatable Model
Mspa Alpine M-009LS Inflatable Portable Hot Tub...
Inflatable Name
Mspa Alpine M-009LS Inflatable Portable Hot Tub...
Our Hot Tub Rating
This Hot Tub Seats
4 Seater
Real Reviews
38 Reviews
Where to Buy this Hot Tub
Inflatable Model
MSPA Alpine D-AL04 Delight Portable Inflatable 2+2...
Inflatable Name
MSPA Alpine D-AL04 Delight Portable Inflatable 2+2...
Our Hot Tub Rating
This Hot Tub Seats
2 Adults + 2 Kids
Real Reviews
25 Reviews
Where to Buy this Hot Tub

2018 Reviews: The Good, the Bad & The Awesome!

We reveal our winner shortly but for now let see what each one is all about.


1) Lay-Z-Spa Miami 2-4 Person Hot Tub

For outdoor Jacuzzi debutantes, the Miami Hot Tub is an ideal 2-4 person inflatable.

tHIS INFLATABLE IS Easy to install and even easier to set up, this offers buyers many of the features of more expensive models.

From all all hot tub prices we reviewed this is probably the cheapest and one of the best deals we found.

This inflatables good points.. 


The Miami on average it takes less than 15 minutes to unpack, inflate and fill. Boasting an express timer controlled heating system, its built in Jacuzzi heater will take it up to 40 degrees. 


This small blow up Jacuzzi 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 option out-performs many of its more expensive rivals. This is with out doubt the best inflatable under £500  we reviewed.

The not so great on this inflatable ...


Trying to give a downside to this superb model is really scraping the bottom of the tub! The Miami spa is of the small, family sized range, and seats no more than 4 adults, so would be unsuitable for larger groups.


But, that's really being a little unfair to what is, after all, one of the top small hot tubs on the market. A popular choice for people looking for a 2 person portable.


2) Lay-Z-Spa Monaco

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

This 8 person inflatable is biggest you will find in the UK, especially if you want one from one of the market leaders. 

This inflatables good points.. 


With 86 powerful AirJets, an advanced massage system and higher, rigid, reinforced walls, this ground-breaking Lazy Spa inflatable 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 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!

The not so great on this inflatable ...


It is one of the best viewed big hot tubs in 2018, and potential customers will be in for quite a surprise when they find out just how much they've got for so little money!


Is that a downside? Well, of course not, but for couples and small families there are small Jacuzzi spas and hot tubs that do the job.


3) Lay-Z-Spa Vegas

A perennial best seller, the Vegas offers fantastic value for money and is one of the leading mid-sized all-weather spas this year. Seating up to 4-6 people, it is the perfect inflatable for smaller families or more intimate social gatherings.

As for as portables go, this has been one of top cheap spas you can find.

This inflatables good points.. 


Equipped with 87 powerful all-massaging directional air jets, it provides an intensive massage system that can reach even the deepest aches and pains.

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

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


4) Lay Z Spa Saint Tropez

tHIS INFLATABLE Brings a touch of the Mediterranean to your garden with the Saint Tropez. Seating up to 6 adults, this 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!!

This inflatables good points.. 


The Saint Tropez is a good time low-priced inflatable 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 tub wall supports, and a neon pool light. It 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 not so great on this inflatable ...


Although optional the neon LED lighting which make the whole thing glow may not make for everyone's idea of peace and relaxation and is more suited to parties.


Although, if you're buy an outdoor Jacuzzi named Saint Tropez then maybe relaxation and quiet tranquility is not top of the agenda!


5) Intex Octagonal Pure Spa (4 Person)

The Intex Octagonal Pure Spa hot tub brings an unusually shaped 4 person inflatable to the market. This model 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.

This inflatables good points.. 


Being more of a square inflatable isn't this fantastic Jacuzzi’s only great quality. The Intex top rated portable tub 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 inflatable. Control panel options include: programmable start-up and shut down; timed heating settings; deep massage options, and a filtration cycle.

The not so great on this inflatable ...


This Intex inflatables 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 and want a circular hot tub.


6) Lay Z Spa Palm Springs

Portable and durable, the 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 industry's best sellers.

Along with the St. Tropez this is one of the up and coming 6 person portables in 2018.

This inflatables good points.. 


With 120 all-surrounding directional air blowers and 8 hydrojets, 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 tub can give.

With higher walls that allow the spa to hold an extra 100 litres of water, this non hard sided portable offers more room per person than any other UK blow up.

The not so great on this inflatable ...


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 inflate and those all-important revitalising massage jets.


7) Lay Z Spa Hawaii

The Hawaii AirJet brings a little taste of the tropics into your life. Seating up to 6 adults, this good time inflatable has many features and is all about letting your hair down, relaxing and experiencing the numerous benefits of a rejuvenating spa. Although this is certainly not a cheap inflatable by any means, it's worth the extra money for sure.

This inflatables good points.. 


Thanks to the innovative design and hydrojets, bathers will have that little more leg room than they'd find with many of the hot tub tubs competitors. This extra body space equates down to an even more invigorating spa massage session.

Control your heating system, and avoid wasting energy, with its built-in power saving heating timer.

Using such a timer, owners can programme the inflatable to turn on and heat up to 40 degrees up to 72 hours in advance.

The not so great on this inflatable ...


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


8) MSpa Silver Cloud

Seating up to 4 adults, the MSpa Silver Cloud classic circular is an ideal inflatable for family or group spa sessions. Emitting a very distinct tropical feel, this model is all about peace, relaxation and spending quality time with family and friends as your cares drift away.

This inflatables good points.. 


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

The Mspa 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.

The not so great on this inflatable ...


Hard to give any real negatives with this tub. The round shape will maybe not be ideal for everyone, but that's really being a bit picky.

Just a fantastic, inflatable that will provide years of memorable fun and soothing relaxation.


9) Intex Pure Spa Jet & Bubble Octagonal

The Intex Pure Spa Jet & Bubble Deluxe is quite a mouthful, and there's Octagonal models to be added too! What is not difficult to say is that this mid-sized Intex inflatable is the pick of the lot.

When it comes to the top deals on spas this one stands out.

This inflatables good points.. 


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 installation but at a low-end price. The 4 person Pure Spa is here

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

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

Boasting an easy-to-use control panel, this portable bubble spa 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.

The not so great on this inflatable ...


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.


10) M-Spa Alpine Square

Unwind with the M-Spa Alpine 4 person capacity inflatable. Sporting a neutral black and silver colour, this quality little Jacuzzi is able to fit in anywhere without looking out of place.

This inflatables good points.. 


A guaranteed winner for people after a small portable hot tub. The Mspa inflatable is unique and it's 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 hot tub comes in classic black and silver.

It's extremely difficult to find any downsides. Great value for money it has features that are usually only found in more expensive fitted models


11) M-Spa Luxury Alpine Square

New for 2017 M-Spa Luxury Alpine 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. This is a very decent hot tub choice.

The Good - Circular 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 spa that will slot in almost anywhere.

The not so great on this inflatable ...


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.


12) Lay Z Spa Paris

The Paris is one of the most popular models as it can hold up to 6 people and comes with LED lights, perfect for that party atmosphere. A good solid build at a reasonable price is one of the many reasons this tub continues to get 5 star ratings. 

This inflatables good points.. 


This model is fantastic for having people round as it comes built in with an LED multicoloured lighting system that can be controlled remotely, as well as 87 soothing air jets for that ultimate relaxation.

The not so great on this inflatable ...


Some people have stated that the pump can give out after a few months and that not all of the LED lights work correctly.


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Image Credit - Lay Z Spa

The Big Questions

These are probably your two biggest choices before you buy.

Need Accessories?

ADDITIONS FOR YOUR JACUZZI

Need Chemicals?

CHEMICALS  FOR YOUR JACUZZI

Lay Z Spa Vs Intex

We take a look at what makes these two companies the inflatable leaders and show you the differences between models, prices and quality.

Airjet Vs Hydrojet

We take a look at what the key differences between an airjet and hydrojet inflatables and how each are unique and should be considered before buying.


Installation Guide

Setting up and installing 

Below is a few quick tips on installation and setup. For our full guide on setting up a portable spa hot tub its here.


Running Costs

How Much are the Running Costs

This can be a real kick in the nuts for some  (hint they aren't cheap to run)  

Owning a hot tub is not just for rich, inflatable models are a cost-effective alternative and here are some tips for keeping your spa running costs down too! 


How to Pack & Store

How Much are the Running Costs

You want too pack it away and protect like you would any other garden furniture, the winters will take their toll if it's just left year after year.


 Most people store away when winter comes around. Simply drain the hot tub, let it dry especially the inside and then deflate. Most manufactures supply a carry bag for storage. Put it in a dry place ready for next year.


How to Clean

Cleaning Your inflatable?


An blow up spa is much easier to clean than a standard one as you can empty it after 1 or 2 uses. Once drained you can clean an inflatable by gently rubbing the insides with a damp sponge using mild detergent. 


Afterwards rinse thoroughly using a hose making sure that no residue or bubbles remain. We wrote an extensive guide to cleaning a hot spa tub here


What Can I Put Under

Where you put your inflatable is important, it needs to be level, firm and offer sufficient drainage, patios are great. 


It is advisable to also use a spa pad or protective mat underneath not only will this help insulate but also protect from damage which can be caused by stones and debris piercing the outer plastic.


​Hot Tub Chemicals

What hot tub chemicals do I need?


Hot Tub chemicals are an essential part of spa maintenance to keep the water clean, hygienic and within the right PH levels, but don’t worry it sounds more complex than it is all you really need are testing strips; these will inform you of the Alkalinity, PH levels and how much chlorine is present. You are looking for

  • PH Level 7.2 - 7.6
  • Chlorine 1 - 3 ppm
  • Alkalinity 125 - 150 ppm

Once established you will need to have 3 basic chemicals, Chlorine, a cleaning solution and PH balancing chemical. Most come with a starter kit and once you get the hang of it chemical use becomes second nature. We wrote about the top chemicals for an inflatable here.


How to empty my hot tub?

To easily drain the water, simply attach a hose pipe. Making sure it is over a drain and then remove the lower stopper cap from the bottom of the Jacuzzi, this will empty most of the water, but a small amount will remain on the bottom, this can be removed by opening the drain valve on the floor of the hot spa. If your draining with a view to cleaning then read this


​How to heat an inflatable very quickly?

A portable Jacuzzi can take a while to heat up with some taking up to 12 hours, not great if you come in from a hard day at work and fancy a soak.


You can however speed up the process, if possible fill the spa from the hot tap, obviously filling it with warm water will reduce the time it takes to reach the desired temperature dramatically, also keeping the cover on and positioning behind a wind break or in a sheltered position will help the water heat up quicker.


​Hot Tub Keeps Deflating

If your inflatable keeps deflating then read this guide


Using Artificial Grass with Your Spa

There is a wide range of products to choose from if you want to improve your garden. From gardening equipment and tools, plants, flowers, trees shrubs, and artificial grass.

Artificial grass, its is made up of artificial fibres made to look like natural grass. 

It is usually used in sports arenas but is slowly gaining popularity in residential and commercial environments. It provides users with many more benefits other than just providing a great entity as far as landscaping procedures are concerned. Below are some of the advantages of using artificial grass in the North East.

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Artificial Grass Installation

The fact that artificial grass does not need mowing means that it is cost effective at present, more so in the long run. In addition to this, it also presents convenience to home owners who, for one reason or the other, are incapable of mowing their lawns. The elderly and the physically challenged stand among the number of people who will benefit from this type of grass. With the advantages discussed, it is little wonder why according to local leaders Easigrass Newcastle artificial grass maybe the must have garden product for 2014.


Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the best  model of blow up Jacuzzi?

If your looking how to buy a hot tub, there are several companies selling a huge range of models, so it can be difficult to choose the right one. Ask yourself how often you will be using the Jacuzzi, how many people should it seat, where is it going to go? Check out the online reviews and do your research as although a cheap inflatable sounds great you will still want the top quality you can afford.

How much to run an inflatable or portable Jacuzzi?

This depends on several factors including, size, how often you use it and brand, many options now come with power saving thermostats the same as your home central heating meaning they switch off when the water reaches the desired temperature.

Estimates say it costs between £7-£10 per week using it 3 times a week for around 25 minutes. You can save money by placing your Jacuzzi in a sheltered position, insulating the bottom of the spa and using the cover. Read more on the topic here.

Can an inflatable spas be used on decking?

Although a inflatable is a lot lighter than a standard one when full it is still a considerable weight when full; ranging from 1500 lbs for some 4-seater models to 4000 lbs for larger models and then you need to add the weight of the people so if you are considering placing your hot tub on decking it is essential to make sure it is strong enough to take the weight.

Can you buy an inflatable with seats?

Small inflatables with seats are hard to find, but most have lower sides and a cushioned floor for sitting on. This is because the more components in a portable the more can go wrong. You can however purchase spa seats and booster cushions as accessories which can prove useful if you have children.

How to clean mould from a spa portable?

Mildew grows in damp and humid environments, so these spas are ideal. It can cause a nasty reaction for those who suffer from allergies, the young and elderly so it is essential to keep your spa mould-free. If you do have mould in your inflatable or on the cover simply mix a small quantity of bleach with washing detergent and water to clean away or alternatively purchase a specialist mould remover.

How to get scum out of an inflatable?

Scum is inevitable, it is caused by the build-up of chemicals from the human body including, body lotion, make-up, perfume and deodorant which is why It is always a good idea to shower before using the Jacuzzi but even then, some scum is unavoidable.

The best way to combat this is by shocking your hot spa every couple of weeks; non-chlorine and chlorine shock treatments are available online and will break down any organic matter in the water preventing scum in the hot spa tub.

How to remove mildew from an inflatable?

Cleaning, regularly should prevent the build-up of mildew but most of us will experience it in some form if the machine has not been used for a while or stored over the winter months. You can try to remove it using a small amount of bleach in soapy water or buy one of the specialist products which are available online or in hardware stores.

Which inflatable should I buy?

This is entirely down to personal choice, models come in a range of sizes, styles and portable spa prices. If you are going to be using it occasionally as a couple a small 2-4-seater should suffice but if you enjoy regular get together's with friends and want the best portable hot tub you can afford, so it's the highlight of your party. 

Which is the best inflatable to use in winter?

Most companies recommend not using these in the winter months as the freezing temperatures can cause irreparable damage, there are a few on the market which can be used during the colder months and these are called 4 seasons hot tubs. These are probably the top rated inflatables for Winter, although in our opinion all our inflatable reviews will be fine.


Health benefits of outdoor spas and hot tubs

What could be better than spending quality time together, relaxing? But, did you know a portable also has many health benefits. Find out all about the health advantages of a Jucuzzi here

health benefits of spas and saunas

Image Credit - HotTubWorks 


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The Last Word

So are inflatables Jacuzzis any good?

We hope with our hot tub reviews, we showed there are some superb choices to buy in 2018.

An inflatable is less expensive than their fitted counter-parts, these top rated buys can be up to a massive 75% cheaper. You can purchase a popular, affordable models like the Lay-Z-Spa St Tropez or the Lay Z Spa Paris for a few hundred pounds where as a professionally installed fitted one would cost thousands and would also be much more expensive to run.

When purchasing an inflatable hot tub, where can I buy a trusted name that comes with a complete warranty so that all the correct information is recorded.