Thinking about purchasing a portable hot tub? Let’s look at some of the pros and cons first. You are probably at the point we were about a year ago and searching for the perfect hot tub. You want a good buy, something that is not going to be a significant burden on your wallet, either up front or every month, and a product that is reliable.
It is also a relief to know ahead of time the return policy and the manufacturer’s warranties. After all, this is an investment, and you don’t want to throw away your hard-earned money on something that will cause you more stress. You want a nice hot tub to de-stress in after a hard days work, and a reliable product will go a long way in assuring your relaxing time. The Coleman brand is leading the way in portable spas.
The Pros Of Portable Hot Tubs
At first, we were unsure of an inflatable hot tub. We were even concerned that it may look cheap or not hold up. I mean you get this vision of someone sitting on the edge and it popping, flooding your backyard during a relaxing time or a fun party. But after doing our research and now becoming owners, well, just let that vision fade away because that is not what these inflatable Lay-Z-Spa hot tubs are all about.
You see, the construction on these tubs is amazing. You can actually sit on the side, actually several adults can sit on the side, and it holds up just fine. They are made of a reinforced material, it is not your typical blow-up pool material, these tubs can do it all now. They even come with an inflatable locking cover that not only keeps the heat in and the dirt out but adds a terrific safety feature. So let’s list the pros for you that we have enjoyed.
- Comfortable – Not a soft flimsy blow-up pool type unit. This material not only holds up great but is much softer to lean against than your typical cement or even acrylic hot tub.
- Movable – You can move it! You may say; Why would I want to move it? Well, ever consider moving it indoors? You can with an inflatable hot tub. Outside in the summer and then give your home that indoor resort feeling by moving it indoors for a fun party or just a decadent addition to your indoor patio in the winter.
- Savings – Here was a big one for us and our budget. An in-ground hot tub or spa can cost from $12,000 to over $20,000 by the time you are done with cranes, excavation, landscapers, masons, plumbers and construction crews, and we are not even talking about the maintenance costs. Acrylic or prefab hot tubs are more cost effective, but you still have the cost of installation. See How To Look After Your Inflatable Hot Tub.
Usually costing around $4,000 to $9,000 depending on type and size and location to be installed. But going the inflatable spa way will run you around $500, with no setup costs. And if you will only be using it part of the year, you simply deflate it and store it away. There are no costs of maintaining it to keep it from looking like something that the creature from the black lagoon would like to hide out in. Oh, and did we mention, to heat it up and keep it heated will run around $8-$12 a month depending on your electricity prices per kWh.
The Cons Of Portable Hot Tubs
So with all those pros, are there any cons? Of course and it is just a matter of weighing the pros vs. the cons like anything else. So here are the cons we found.
- No Seats – What? That sounds strange, and yes it did to us too, but it really isn’t a big deal. Just think of sitting in your bathtub, no seats there. And yes it is just that relaxing. We also found that leaning against the inflated wall was very comfortable. It may be a con at first, but we found it to be okay after all.
- Slow To Heat – These have electric heaters and not gas like the in ground or acrylic may have. The rule of thumb is to expect about one hour wait time for every 2 to 3 degree rise in temperature. So if you don’t plan to keep it on all week, start heating it up Saturday morning or Friday night for the weekend. But this is also a money saver since these spas need much less water and have awesome insulation you could keep it heated at all times for pennies more. Or be a diligent saver and only heat it up when you know you want to use it. Just give yourself some head-start time.
So in conclusion, we decided that even though we had some reservations when we first started looking at inflatable spas, we are glad we now own one. They have come along way, and they have features that we were looking for like economy and ease of maintenance. We feel that the pros outweigh the cons and an inflatable hot tub fits just right with our lifestyle and needs.
As a side note, but not to be overlooked, and before you buy, make sure you know the website’s return policies and the manufacturer’s warranties as well. We found the best buy online, and the support we received from the manufacturer was great.
These Lay-Z-Spas are great for your health and relaxation. Relaxing in one of the hot tubs can help you melt the stress away from a hard days work. Or after you workout at the gym. They help in the recovery of muscle strain while lifting weights. You will recover from lactic acid build-up, this is when your muscles ache the next day or even a few hour after training. Jump into your Lay-Z-Spa as soon as you can will help reduce the lactic acid build-up and you will feel great as well.