What is the Best Inflatable Hot Tub to Buy in the UK?

Hot tubs are always a great addition to your yard or garden. I mean, who doesn’t love them, right? They’re perfect for spending a whole afternoon dipping with your family or friends. It even has health benefits.

Understandably, hot tubs can be quite the investment as they aren’t exactly cheap. Thankfully, there are inflatable hot tubs. These affordable options cost a fraction of what a traditional hot tub will, while still giving an excellent experience.

In this article, we’ve rounded out the best inflatable hot tubs you can buy in the UK right now, based on the honest recommendations of other hot tub owners.

The Best Inflatable Hot Tub to Buy in the UK

MSpa Silver Cloud

  • Type: inflatable
  • Size / Capacity: 700 litres / 3 – 4 people
  • Max Temperature: 38 – 42 C
  • Jets: 118

The MSpa Silver Cloud is a top-notch hot tub, despite being inflatable (which often carries connotations of being “low quality”). It has a control box built into the hot tub wall instead of jutting out awkwardly, which is visually better and safer.

Setting up the MSpa is a breeze. It practically inflates itself with the push of a button. This feature makes this hot tub a truly “set it and turn it on” kind of thing.

Other features that make the MSpa stand out is the various jets that give a thorough massage effect, and the water filter that’s easily accessible. The built-in motor and heating are excellent as well. Most importantly, the MSpa is quite affordable, given its very robust features.

The only minor complaint would be the slight noise when you turn on the bubbles. It also claims it can fit four people, but that’s a bit of a squeeze in reality. Ideally, you would want to limit it to just three to make it comfortable for everyone.

Overall, if you’re looking for a cost-effective but excellent hot tub, the MSpa Silver Cloud is a good pick.

Pros

  • Super easy to set up with one-button inflation
  • 118 jets give a relaxing massage effect
  • The built-in control box provides nice heating

Cons

  • Bubbles can be noisy

Our Rating: 4.8 / 5.0

SHATCHI MSpa Concept Mono

  • Type: inflatable
  • Size / Capacity: 930 litres / 4 people
  • Max Temperature: 42 C
  • Jets: 138

At first glance, you wouldn’t think that the SHATCHI MSpa Concept Mono is an inflatable hot tub. And that’s part of its charm. This inflatable hot tub uses DWF material, giving it the appearance of a hard shell tub, unlike the softer look of other inflatable tubs. It also lends the SHATCHI MSpa a visually pleasing and luxurious appearance.

However, the thinner wall can mean the insulation is not enough to maintain the tub’s temperature. SHATCHI does claim its proprietary PTC technology can heat the water fast and keep it as well. However, in practice, getting the water to heat up can take quite some time and costs a fair bit, too. This is probably the big drawback with the SHATCHI. But once it hits that nice, warm temperature, it does an excellent job of maintaining it.

Despite its luxurious appearance, the MSpa is relatively easy to set up with one-touch inflation. Combined with good performance and relaxation, it’s no wonder the MSpa costs twice as much as comparable budget inflatable tubs.

Pros

  • Luxurious and visually appealing appearance
  • Waterproof control box controls every aspect of your hot tub experience
  • One-touch inflation for easy setup

Cons

  • Takes time and cost to heat up

Our Rating: 4.5 / 5.0

Lay-Z-Spa Paris Hot Tub

  • Type: inflatable
  • Size / Capacity: 945 litres / 4 people
  • Max Temperature: 40 C
  • Jets: 87

Lay-Z-Spa is one of the more well-known inflatable hot tub brands in the UK, and the Paris tub is the first one featuring multi-coloured LED lights. This adds pizzazz and style to an otherwise plain-looking inflatable hot tub. The lights, and other aspects of the Paris tub, can be controlled with the control box via a wireless remote.

Performance-wise, the Paris tub is everything you’d expect from a quality hot tub. It heats rapidly, is quite roomy, and the 87 jets all provide a relaxing massage effect. And the I-Beam construction, apart from making it sturdy, helps maintain the heat well. Top it off with timer control and an easy 10-minute setup, and the Lay-Z-Spa Paris is a worthy addition to your backyard.

Pros

  • Multi-coloured LED lights
  • Easy to set up
  • Good performance with rapid heating

Cons

  • Without the LED lights, the hot tub itself is rather plain-looking

Our Rating: 4.6 / 5.0

CosySpa Inflatable Hot Tub

  • Type: inflatable
  • Size / Capacity: 800 litres (3 – 4 people)
  • Max Temperature: 42 C

With its elegant black exterior, the CosySpa can certainly get away with being an inflatable hot tub. The tub’s outer walls are thick and surprisingly stable, and you can sit on the side without any problems.

Setting up the CosySpa is quick and easy, as can be expected with any other inflatable spa. However, it’s not self-inflating, and you need to use the external air pump that comes with it.

But beyond this minor hiccup, there’s nothing to hate about the CosySpa. It performs quite well, has an easy to use control panel, and, most importantly, is surprisingly affordable.

Pros

  • One of the lowest-priced inflatable hot tubs in the market
  • Beautiful and elegant black exterior
  • Good heating and water jet performance

Cons

  • It’s not self-inflating

Our Rating: 4.4 / 5.0

Lay-Z-Spa Cancun Hot Tub

  • Type: inflatable
  • Size / Capacity: 71” x 26”
  • Max Temperature: 40C
  • Jets: 120 x AirJet System

There’s nothing like enjoying a nice, warm dip in your hot tub in the middle of winter. And if you’re worried about the water freezing, the Lay-Z-Spa Cancun ensures it won’t happen thanks to its Freeze Shield Technology. This allows you to use your hot tub year-round, even when the temperature drops below 4 C.

Performance-wise, expect superb heating and relaxing water jets that come with the Lay-Z-Spa brand. The Rapid Heating System warms up the water quickly while filtering it at the same time.

The visual aesthetic of the Lay-Z-Spa Cancun doesn’t disappoint as well. It features a stylish rattan texture, which is also durable thanks to the patented I-Beam construction.

Overall, if you’re looking forward to warming up during the colder months, the Cancun hot tub is a superb choice.

Pros

  • Freeze shield technology
  • Rapid heating system for simultaneous fast heating and filtration
  • Fast assembly and setup

Cons

  • No storage options for winter

Our Rating: 4.5 / 5.0

Things to Consider When Buying a Hot Tub

Type

There are many types of hot tubs you can choose from, depending on your budget and available space at home. Before you invest in an inflatable hot tub, you may want to review your other options first.

Hard shell hot tubs are the most typical, and they are what most people picture when they think of hot tubs. Hard shell tubs are self-contained, permanent fixtures that have everything it needs to run. Things like heating systems and pumps are all integrated – you just need to have a water supply.

Costs for hard shell tubs vary widely, depending on the materials used. On average, look to spend around £3,000 up to £10,000 for a hard shell tub. One significant disadvantage with hard shell tubs (as with any permanent solution) is that they require substantial space and level ground.

Wood-fired hot tubs are permanent fixtures similar to hard shell hot tubs. But the difference is that these hot tubs are heated with a wood stove instead of electricity. They’re cheaper to run than an electric tub but takes much more work. Also, features like jets and lights are often absent. Price-wise, they tend to be slightly cheaper compared to a hard shell tub.

Inflatable hot tubs are the most cost-effective solutions if you want to experience the hot tub life. Not only are they a fraction of the cost of a permanent hot tub (costing around £300 – £1,500), but they’re also great space savers. They can be placed anywhere, then stored away when not in use. Inflatable options also cost less to maintain. The big drawback is that they tend to be less durable and have fewer features. At best, they’re only suitable for occasional use throughout the year.

Sizes

What size hot tub should you get? This is a question you need to figure out before you shop for one. Fortunately, it’s easy to determine this based on how many people you want to fit in the tub at any time.

As a rule of thumb, you should allow around 250 litres of capacity per person on a tub. So if you want to, say, fit four people in a tub comfortably, look for a hot tub size of around 1,000 litres. And don’t just rely on the product specs telling you the hot tub’s seating capacity either, since it can feel cramped if you follow that recommendation.

Seating

Hot tubs have different seating styles, depending on your preferences. The most popular is the lounge seat, a reclined seat moulded to fit the bather’s contour. This seating type is one of the most relaxing you can get. If you’re considering lounge seating, make sure it’s a good fit for your body to avoid “floating” out of your seat.

Budget inflatable tubs will often have bench-style seating, which is simply an extended elevated seating that can accommodate multiple people. While not as relaxing as a lounge seat, it can be a great space saver.

You also need to consider if you want elevated seats or a Captain’s chair. The latter lets you fully submerge while sitting down, allowing you to feel the relaxing effects of the spa throughout your entire body.

Jets

The jets give hot tubs the relaxing, massage effect by blowing heated water at different parts of your body. Hot tubs can vary by the number, type, and positioning of the jets, and which one you pick is up to you.

If you prefer a vigorous massage after working out or playing football, then you might want more jets to spread all over the tub. If soaking in the tub is all you want, though, then it might not be an essential consideration.

The bottom line is that there is no “right” or “wrong” number of jets. More important is how you feel when you take a dip in your hot tub.

Safety

For the most part, hot tubs are relatively safe. However, since they involve water, the danger of slipping is there. Check the hot tub’s entry and exit points and see if there are handles you can use for support when entering or leaving the tub.

Also, if you have small children, make sure the hot tub’s water depth isn’t too high for them, as this can pose a drowning risk.

Filters and Water Purification Systems

Some hot tubs are also equipped with water filtration and purification, much like a pool. There are many methods, including using chemicals or UV light. These systems are crucial for keeping the water in your hot tub fresher for longer.

Extra Features

Once you’ve considered the basics, you can now turn your attention to extra features that can heighten your hot tub experience.

If you plan on spending a nice night out in your hot tub, definitely check out the light features on your hot tub. They do come as standard in a hard shell hot tub but are optional features in cheaper inflatables. Alternatively, you can also use a floating light accessory. For more style, look for LED lights that can change colours.

You can also pipe in some music to your hot tub via a built-in sound system. You can connect your smartphone, music player, or even TV to your tub wireless via WiFi or Bluetooth. Speaking of wireless connections, some Wi-FI enabled hot tubs also allow you to control your hot tub remotely.

Trays and cup holders are also great for enjoying drinks or playing with waterproof cards while dipping in your hot tub.

Lastly, consider adding a gazebo or enclosure over your hot tub. This allows you to dip in even when it’s rainy or windy. Most can be easily removed if you would like a little sun exposure as you dip.