Compare an Inflatable Hot Tub to a Solid or Hard-shell Hot Tub

Wednesday, 02nd Oct 2019 in News

Hot tubs are no longer seen as the wealthy person accessory, these days you may have a couple of friends who have a hot tub, or you know someone on your street who owns one. With an increase in demand and therefore changes in production hot tubs have now become something that everyone can enjoy.

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Hot Tub prices vary dramatically from around £300 for an inflatable up to £15k for the ultimate hydrotherapy experience but there is huge scope in between for a great hot tub at an even better price.

Let’s talk inflatable hot tub vs solid hot tub, the obvious advantage to getting an inflatable is the price, you can pick one up for around £300, take it home, fill it, heat and voila you have a hot tub. Inflatable hot tubs are great for people who aren’t planning on using it all year round and just want something easy, movable and fun to relax in. However, it should be noted that they can not be used outside in very cold weather which is disappointing as we think the best time of year to use a hot tub is during the colder months. Additionally, they are quite expensive to run due to their lack of insulation. An inflatable spa can cost up to £3 a day to run that is around £1096 year, whereas a solid hot tub will cost around £300.

Another issue with inflatable spas are the repairs, as the hot tub is made from material usually a strong PVC or vinyl rather than a solid acrylic you will experience the joys of the occasional tear and a slowly deflating hot tub with water loss, they are easy to fix but it is still frustrating when you have to refill and reheat and possibly lose out on a relaxing evening.

Solid hot tubs offer years of real hydrotherapy and year-round relaxation, some would consider them an investment. They do cost more to buy however that is due to the increased durability and energy efficiency they offer which ultimately saves you money in the long run.  Prices depend on numerous factors such as where the product is made e.g China or America, the number of jets, the number of pumps and the materials used inside the product.

Numerous inflatable spas do not use real hydrotherapy, they simply blow air through the jets which cause bubbles whereas solid hot tubs use water to gently massage using variable jets to provide a custom massage experience for each specific seat within the tub, unfortunately most inflatable hot tubs do not have seats  but you can purchase inflatable benches if you wish.

Inflatable Hot Tub Pros and Cons

  • A soft tub or inflatable hot tub will be cheap to buy but more expensive to run.
  • Needs to be packed away during the winter.
  • Easy to use.
  • Easy to maintain
  • Perfect for those with a smaller budget.
  • Great for those who want something they can out away when they don’t need it.
  • Not real hydrotherapy

Solid Hot Tub Pros and Cons

  • More expensive but cheaper to run
  • Can be used all year round
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to maintain once you know-how
  • Real hydrotherapy with adjustable pressures
  • Great for conditions such as arthritis.