Which is the better tub – inflatable or regular?
Choosing the right hot tub to suit your needs can be a tricky one as hot tubs come in a variety of different shapes, sizes and materials.
Inflatable hot tubs have become popular due to their lightweight, convenient and portable design, making them ideal for transportation. The question is: is an inflatable hot tub better than a regular hot tub?
Regular hot tubs are higher maintenance but a classic choice. These two types of tub have both pros and cons and we are going to run through them all so that you can make the best decision for you and your spa needs.
What is the difference between an inflatable and regular hot tub?
The main clue is in the name – inflatable hot tubs can be inflated and deflated at leisure, whereas a regular hot tub remains fixed to the ground in one permanent spot.
An inflatable spa or any form of portable, blow up hot tub is designed so that it can be used at times that suit the owner, and then stored away when not in use.
Regular hot tubs will often take up more space and have more advanced features, hence why this is often the go-to choice.
How does an inflatable hot tub work?
Inflatable hot tubs have a basic design and are generally smaller in size than a regular built-in hot tub. For an inflatable hot tub to operate, all you have to do is blow it up with air. Inflatable tubs will come with a heater and a pump to circulate and heat up the water.
To fill up the inflatable hot tub, you just need to use a hose. However, having the heater is the important distinction between making your hot tub a hot tub and not a paddling pool.
What are the advantages of an inflatable hot tub?
One of the main reasons why people buy inflatable hot tubs is the price tag. Inflatable tubs will be a lot cheaper than regular hot tubs.
Inflatable hot tubs are also convenient because they can be inflated and deflated at a time and place that suits you.
Their design makes them easily portable and useful for taking away on holiday.
They are also space-effective as they tend to have a smaller, simpler design and this is ideal if you have limited space.
What are the disadvantages of an inflatable hot tub?
They don’t have seats
Inflatable hot tubs won’t have seats. Instead, you will be sat on the floor which may not provide the most comfortable, relaxing experience.
No special features
Inflatable hot tubs have a very basic design and so you can’t expect any advanced features to enhance your spa experience.
Most inflatable hot tubs will have air jets positioned at the bottom of the hot tub and whilst this will enhance the bubbles, it won’t necessarily provide much of a massage or allow you to reap the hydrotherapeutic benefits.
Not a lot of insulation
It can take a lot longer to heat up an inflatable hot tub because they are not well insulated and cannot retain heat efficiently. This may mean you end up using more electricity to keep the hot tub warm and this will bump up the energy bill.
What are the advantages of a regular hot tub?
Regular hot tubs will often feature targeted massage jets that will provide an intense massage experience; enhancing the relaxation factor and hydrotherapy benefits.
Regular hot tubs are more durable than inflatable tubs and are designed for long-term use. Inflatable designs are more suited for temporary use.
Lower running costs
A regular hot tub is generally more energy efficient due to having stronger insulation and more advanced design features, enabling it to heat up quicker and lowering the overall running costs.
Comfortable, luxury design
Regular hot tubs will have loungers and comfortable seats attached, as well as more of a luxury design to enhance the spa experience.
What are the disadvantages of a regular hot tub?
Regular hot tubs can be pricey and are more expensive than inflatable hot tubs.
Not easy to transport
Regular hot tubs or built-in hot tubs often cannot be transported and if they can, it requires a lot of effort and planning to do so.
The bottom line…
Both inflatable and regular hot tubs have their advantages and disadvantages. For hot tub owners that value a cheaper price tag and convenience over special designs and durability, then the inflatable hot tub is probably the best option.
However, if you are looking for something that will stand the test of time, save energy costs and is fitted with fancy features, then you should invest in a regular hot tub.