Great looking stationary units can add value to a home, these units also tend to be more costly. It is important to assure that whomever is installing/ setting up the hot tub has proper permissions from the home owner before any purchases are made.
It may also be important to check with home owner associations and local building laws to assure that it is permissible to place a unit in the area proposed. Portable units give the buyer more flexibility, as well as the ability for renters to enjoy a hot tub without damaging property.
It is also important to decide on size and capacity. Whether this will be a social gathering piece or just used for the household, it is important to figure out whether or not the area you have chosen has an adequate electrical and water supply for the tub.
Other factors include if the buyer is legally allowed to place a unit in the area that is desired, if the unit will be inside or outside a structure, if the unit will need to be transported in the near future, what type of preparation (if any) will be needed before the unit can be installed and what kind of regular maintenance is required to keep the unit running well.
There may be times when setting up the unit is not within ones health or physical range and that may be a factor into price when determining which unit is the best fit.
Best Cheap Inflatable Hot Tub to Buy
The Lay-Z Spa Inflatable Hot Tub by Coleman is an inflatable portable hot tub for 4- 6 people. This tub features a massage system, a rapid heating system and an integrated water filtration system.
This unit also includes a digital control panel, an insulated pool cover, a mosaic print pool liner with a cushioned floor and drain valve.
Users found this model to be cost effective with the passive mode setting and liked the energy savings. Users also thought the set up was easy and straightforward. Users enjoyed how quiet the unit ran as well.
Best Budget Plug & Play Spa on the Market
The Rock Solid Luna Spa with Plug and Play Operation by Lifesmart is a 3- 5 person stationary hard sided hot tub.
This model features 12 jets, a comfort valve mixing system, an interchangeable mood light, and is a plug and go model.
Users enjoyed the lightweight cover that they found was easy to remove and replace. Users also liked the sleek design that can be used without stairs.
Best Portable Bubble Spa under $500
The PureSpa Portable Bubble Massage Set by Intex is an inflatable hot tub for up to 4 people. This hot tub includes a 3 way test strip, 2 filter cartridges, a floating pool chlorine dispenser and carrying bag.
This model touts 120 high powered jets and puncture resistant 3 ply material for a hot tub that is really portable without worries.
Reviewers liked the comfort of the cushioned floor and sturdy side walls that held the weight of seated guests. Users also liked the durability of the unit.
Best Hard Shell Hot Tub Spa to Buy
The SS133003300 Rio 11 Jet Spa by Strong Spa is 4- 5 person portable hard sided hot tub. This hot tub touts an indestructible shell, a digital underwater light and an all weather stainless steel heater.
This unit also has 11 hydrotherapy massage jets and soothing foot massaging jets.
Users enjoyed the open seating that allowed them to have numerous people in the hot tub at once. Users also liked the easy transport and spacious design.
There are many different uses for hot tubs and just as many different kinds of hot tubs to meet those needs. It is important to also look into energy costs, as this may be a determining factor that can change a decision.
There are also money saving features that allow for energy efficiency, as well as electrical routes that allow for more flexibility. Although there are many different affordable units available it is important to make sure that the hot tub is meeting the needs of the user.