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The portable inflatable hot tub is a fun and easy alternative to a more expensive non-movable one. People use them for a variety of purposes, from wellness to entertainment.
A luxury hydrotherapy tub provides relaxation and pleasure. Many people buy a bubble massage spa because its heated jet technology soothes stiff joints and reduces inflammation by kneading the muscles and opening up natural circulation. Tubs can also relieve stress, giving a feeling of weightlessness and relaxation. Many are cushioned, which ups the comfort factor.
While some brands may be different from others, usually movable hot tubs have the following features:
Many individuals choose to buy an inflatable tub as opposed to a more traditional model for several reasons. These reasons include price, portability, installation, and maintenance.
Price. Inflatable models are usually several hundred dollars cheaper than traditional ones. They furthermore often require little to no additional parts to run correctly. And, due to the tub's durability, it is a long-lasting investment. Repairs are usually cheaper as well.
Portability. Portable tubs are relatively lightweight. Inflatable ones are easy to store (once deflated) and owners can carry them off in a specially designed bag. These varieties are ideal for renters or individuals who plan to relocate. This ability to deflate also can free up a lot of space.
Installation. Unlike traditional hot tub spas, portable ones are easily installed without professional assistance. Installment begins with the inflation itself. Owners can then use a hose to add water. The tub will then warm the water. Finally, owners can add the proper chemicals and enjoy! The time frame for this process is roughly twenty-four hours or less. For comparison, a permanent tub can take days to set up and almost always require professional help. This will obviously come with its own price tag.
Maintenance. Maintenance is also generally simpler on moveable varieties. This is because they require only a few items, such as water-treatment chemicals, filter cartridges, and a storage bag.
Moveable bubble massage spas can come in several different sizes, shapes, and colors!
Size and Water Capacity. The size of a portable hot tub can range from small to medium to large.
Shapes and Designs. Inflatable, portable spas come in several different colors and designs within both the interior and exterior. These spas can come in octagonal, spherical, rectangular, and square shapes for most sizes and designs. Some even have dividers, acting as a half-hot bubble spa/half-cool pool unit.
Besides shape and size, prospective buyers should also consider heating capabilities and jet types.
Heating Time Frame. A tub's ability to heat up quickly and efficiently is something no prospective buyer should overlook. Some brands take twenty-four hours (a full day!) to fully heat. Other may only take twelve hours to finish heating. Whichever type someone chooses, this heating time frame is definitely something party hosts should consider when setting up a tub for a gathering. A hot tub with no hot water? No way - talk about a mood-killer!
Bubbling power. Many tubs vary in their bubbling power. Most tubs designed for two to four (2 - 4) people have one hundred twenty (120) to one hundred and thirty (130) high-powered bubble jets surrounding the interior of the spa. Tubs that are for six (6) people usually have one hundred and forty (140) to one hundred and seventy (170) high-powered jets within their interiors. A user can control bubbling power with a control panel.
Control panels. Control panels for these various powers also vary in a technological sense. Cheaper inflatable tubs usually have basic adjustable heat control systems. The more expensive tubs, meanwhile, generally have more advanced heating systems with additional mechanisms.
Okay, that's a lot of information. Who needs what? Well, a person looking for pain or joint relief might desire a tub that has more jets and more control. Someone who purely wants to relax may only need the minimal amount of jets and controls.
Besides entertainment, hot tubs may be able to provide users with health benefits. Hydrotherapy, or water therapy, refers to therapeutic practices using water.* Inflatable units with built-in massage systems are beneficial for people may improve their wellbeing through water therapy. These built-in massage systems use jets to deliver pressured water streams. This setup may provide relief to pain and inflammation. Furthermore, lower-placed jets may reduce back pain for some individuals.
Safety handles are perhaps the best security addition to any unit. Families and the elderly can benefit from safety handles located around the sides of these spas. They can help people not only enter and exit a unit more safely, but also may assist individuals moving around inside a tub. This can help prevent some users from accidentally slipping or falling. Owners can later utilize these same handles when moving the unit.
Not all inflatable tubs are created equal. Environmentally-conscious folk might consider looking for units with efficient power-saving systems. These systems are controlled devices that have timers to automatically start and stop tubs' heating mechanisms. Timers allow for efficient runs that can save large amounts of electricity for the user.
Insulating capability is another crucial feature for energy efficiency. Some portable tubs minimize heat loss through means such as through highly insulated covers. Some units also come with a thermal ground cloth that – like a cover – helps capture and contain heat from the bottom of the tub. This easy process allows the set temperature to remain relatively consistent.
Size of the portable hot tub will also make a difference in energy usage. A 4 - 6 person inflatable unit will obviously require more energy to heat up than a 2 - 4 person inflatable spa.
Inflatable hot tubs can also include extra settings for entertainment and relaxation purposes.
Built-in multicolored LED lighting is additional feature that can significantly improve user experience. This lighting capability might be essential to someone who hosts lots of parties or other events; these fun lights can really help bring dimension and life to a backyard or patio! LED lights can also be beneficial if the user wants to use the spa at night but does not have a source of outdoor light. Instead, a properly equipped spa can emit enough light for the user to relax safely. It's fun and practical!
Other features to consider when buying a tub are products that can help with maintenance or other tasks. These products may or may not be included in a purchased package. Some essential items for adequately running the tub are:
Some other common extras for these portable spas are cup holders, headrests, and extra cushions. These extra features are not necessary for upkeep but still have value for several users. For example, an elderly individual may require a headrest or extra cushion to comfortably use the unit due to possible ailments or conditions they may have.
Buying an inflatable, portable hot tub is an investment that can provide potential health benefits and enjoyment. The high-powered bubble jets and warming systems can rejuvenate and decompress the entire body. This process can mitigate stress, joint discomfort, and so much more! Of course, people can use portable hot tubs for recreational purposes during any time of the year, inside and outside of the home.
Anyone, young** or old, can use these spas (with proper supervision!) because of their security and durability. They are often made with puncture-resistant fabric and I-beam technology. This construction makes many units long-lasting and nearly indestructible. The best part about the portable tub? Unlike permanent varieties, once the unit is not in use, owners can easily deflate and store them out of the way until next time. Buyers can readily relocate these spas if they have to change residency. There are several different sizes, shapes, and colors of tubs that can vary in functionality, depending on the requirements of the user. All in all, reasonable prices and the possibilities for inflatable tubs makes them ideal for almost everyone!
*The referenced article refers to the benefits of hydrotherapy generally, not the specific claimed health benefits of using a hot tub.
**Never leave children unattended in a hot tub (or a bath tub or other type of pool) for any amount of time. The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) provides safety guidelines parents and guardians should follow. Of course, any parent or guardian with specific safety concerns—for either those in their care or for themselves—should consult a licensed medical professional prior to hot tub use.