If you want to create the ultimate space for relaxation, consider adding a hot tub to your backyard space. But rather than spend thousands on a permanent fixture, you can get an inflatable hot tub that can go from the backyard to the campsite with simple setup.
We tested and researched the top inflatable hot tubs to find which ones provide the best value, comfort, and special features such as jets and lights. Our top pick, the Intex PureSpa Plus Bubble 6-Person Hot Tub, which seats up to six adults, has many of those premium features, as well as a built-in heater.
Here are the best inflatable hot tubs for your backyard oasis.
Intex PureSpa Plus 4-Person Portable Inflatable Hot Tub
Hard-water treatment built in
Comes with cover and carrying case
Easy to set up
Additional accessories cost extra
This inflatable hot tub comes with some great extras and durable construction that makes it our top pick. It seats up to six adults comfortably and has two headrests for added comfort. There are 170 jets, and a heater that gets the water up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. For nighttime use, just turn on the built-in LED lights.
It also has a built-in hard-water treatment system. This makes it easy to monitor the water quality, keep your bathing suits in the best shape, and keep your skin from drying out. By treating the water, it also helps the spa last longer.
The kit comes with an integrated heater/blower/filter system that also treats hard water; two filter cartridges; a chlorine dispenser that floats in the filled hot tub; and a test strip. It also has a cover, carrying case, ground cloth, and inflation hose to make setup easy.
While the jets are comfortable, they are a bit spaced out, considering the inflatable hot tub's large size and capacity, and some adults may want additional features. You can purchase accessories such as additional headrests, drink trays, and seats separately.
Price at time of publish: $849
Dimensions: 77 x 77 x 28 inches | Shape: Round | Water Capacity: 210 gallons | Number of Jets: 140 | Maximum Occupancy: 6 | Maximum Temperature: 104 degrees Fahrenheit
Bestway SaluSpa Miami Inflatable Hot Tub, 4-Person AirJet Spa
Cuts down on energy costs
Digital control panel
I-beam support on side walls
Considering the budget-friendly price tag, the Bestway SaluSpa Miami hot tub comes with a generous number of extra features. With 120 jets and a digital control panel that you can reach from inside the hot tub, you can adjust the settings while staying in luxurious comfort. It heats up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit and includes a timer that you can set up to 72 hours before you plan to use it. This helps cut down on energy costs, an added bonus.
The hot tub—which seats up to four adults, ideal for smaller spaces—makes a decor statement, with its black exterior and white interior. The construction is extra durable and has an I-beam support for the side walls, so you don’t need to worry about the hot tub losing its shape even if you do have it set up when not in use.
Price a time of publish: $600
Dimensions: 71 x 71 x 26 inches | Shape: Round | Water Capacity: 177 gallons | Number of Jets: 120 | Maximum Occupancy: 4 | Maximum Temperature: 104 degrees Fahrenheit
Intex PureSpa Plus Bubble Massage Greystone Deluxe Hot Tub
A lot of extras included
You can spend less for some features
While it is pricey, the Intex PureSpa Plus hot tub is a top-of-the-line choice. It has 170 jets for ultimate comfort, an adjustable LED light, and seats up to six adults, with room to spare. The control panel can be removed for wireless control. You can also use your smartphone to adjust temperature, jets, and lights. The inflatable hot tub also provides real-time feedback about when you need to replace the filter and perform other maintenance.
The included thermal cover helps keep the heat inside the hot tub. Other extras include a ground cover; carrying bag; four filter cartridges; two headrests; a test strip; and a combination heater, filter pump, hard-water treatment system, and saltwater system. How much does all of this cost? More than double some of the more affordable versions.
Price at time of publish: $920
Dimensions: 75 x 75 x 28 inches | Shape: Square | Water Capacity: 290 gallons | Number of Jets: 170 | Maximum Occupancy: 6 | Maximum Temperature: 104 degrees Fahrenheit
Aleko 2-Person 130 Jet Inflatable Hot Tub
A lot of jets
Fast set up and heating
Included drink tray
Similar items cost less
If you want a smaller footprint, a two-person hot tub may be just the thing. The Aleko 2-Person inflatable hot tub has plenty of jets, even more than some larger hot tubs that seat four. It also comes with an included drink tray attachment. For the best use, Aleko recommends covering the inflatable hot tub, as it heats, with the included thermal cover.
This hot tub holds 145 gallons of water, which is a smaller capacity than larger products, but still plenty for two people. It also has a good lounge setup for one person to use as a therapeutic space, and is ideal for competitive or weekend athletes, or those who have mobility issues. It includes a filter pump but does not treat for hard water or have a saltwater compatibility feature.
Price at time of publish: $429
Dimensions: 75 x 47 x 26 inches | Shape: Oval | Water Capacity: 145 gallons | Number of Jets: 130 | Maximum Occupancy: 2 | Maximum Temperature: 104 degrees Fahrenheit
Coleman SaluSpa Hawaii AirJet 4 Person Inflatable Hot Tub
Gray model is reasonably priced
Includes a cover
Square shape provides separate seating areas
The square shape of the Coleman SaluSpa hot tub is a popular choice for four people to use because each person gets their own section to lounge in. The hot tub has 114 jets, fewer than some other options. However, it has a large capacity and combines the heat and air in the signature AirJet bubble system.
The sides are made with vertical beams, so the hot tub maintains its shape. It is also one of the more budget-friendly options for four people, particularly considering it comes with a liner, filter, floating chemical dispenser, pump, air pad protector, patch cover, and two filter cartridges. The manufacturer stresses that this product can’t be used in temperatures lower than 39 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are okay with fewer jets, and your cool-season temps don't sink so low, this is a great option.
Price at time of publish: $531 (gray)
Dimensions: 71 x 71 x 28 inches | Shape: Square | Water Capacity: 222 gallons | Number of Jets: 140 | Maximum Occupancy: 4 | Maximum Temperature: 104 degrees Fahrenheit
INTEX PureSpa Bubble Massage Deluxe Inflatable Hot Tub
Plenty of seating
Included cover may reduce energy
Hard water treatment system
You can pay less for similar products
It can be hard to design a six-person hot tub that provides enough space, but the Intex PureSpa Bubble Massage Deluxe does just that. It is octagon-shaped, so there are plenty of designated seating areas. It includes a cover which the manufacturer claims is energy efficient.
Because it is larger, this hot tub is one of the more expensive on our list. It also doesn’t have as many jets as you may expect, just 140 for a 290-gallon capacity. The pump does have a built-in hard water treatment system to reduce calcium deposits and make your hot tub last longer. If you are going to spend more on a hot tub, it’s important that you get your money’s worth over many years.
Price at time of publish: $780
Dimensions: 86 x 86 x 28 inches | Shape: Octagon | Water Capacity: 290 gallons | Number of Jets: 140 | Maximum Occupancy: 6 | Maximum Temperature: 104 degrees Fahrenheit
Bestway SaluSpa Hawaii HydroJet Pro Inflatable Hot Tub
Can reach control panel without getting out
Can move with handles
Not a lot of jets
No hard water treatment
Installing an inflatable hot tub indoors may be less complex than adding a permanent spa. We recommend the Bestway SaluSpa Hawaii hot tub, which has a control panel you can reach from inside the hot tub, reducing the number of times you need to get in and out. This helps keep the water from splashing around and potentially damaging your floor or other electronics.
The Hawaii hot tub is also easy to set up and inflate, since indoor spaces usually have less room than outdoor. Just plug in the built-in pump, inflate the hot tub, and fill it. The combination pump and filter does everything else. If you do need to adjust the location, use the built-in handles. This product also comes with a cover, which helps keep it in great shape and prevent leaking.
Price at time of publish: $698
Dimensions: 71 x 71 x 28 inches | Shape: Square | Water Capacity: 210 gallons | Number of Jets: 140 | Maximum Occupancy: 4 | Maximum Temperature: 104 degrees Fahrenheit
Best with Lights
Bestway SaluSpa Paris Inflatable Hot Tub with LED
Seven colors of LED light
Easy to adjust lights and jets
No assembly required
The white exterior and interior of the Bestway SaluSpa Paris hot tub lets the color-changing LED lights take center stage. The inflatable hot tub, which requires no assembly, comes with an LED light that can be adjusted to one of seven colors using the digital control panel. With it, you can also set the temperature and turn on the 60 jets. I-beam construction assures the hot tub’s shape. We also like that you can preprogram the water temperature up to three days before you intend to use it.
This hot tub is affordable but since it requires no assembly, it’s slightly smaller than other options meant for four people. It also has fewer jets. If you want something for occasional use that still provides plenty of comfort and ambiance, it is a great choice.
Price at time of publish: $580
Dimensions: 77 x 77 x 26 inches | Shape: Round | Water Capacity: 213 gallons | Number of Jets: 60 | Maximum Occupancy: 4 | Maximum Temperature: 104 degrees Fahrenheit
Our top pick is the Intex PureSpa Plus Bubble Massage 6-Person Hot Tub. It has top comfort features, such as headrests and plenty of jets. It also includes a hard-water treatment system to make upkeep much easier. For a budget-friendly choice, consider the Bestway SaluSpa Miami Inflatable Hot Tub. It has almost as many jets and seats up to four adults.
What to Look For in an Inflatable Hot Tub
One of the critical factors to consider when buying an inflatable hot tub is how many people the tub suits. Some hot tubs accommodate just two people, while others comfortably fit four or more. While a larger hot tub means increased capacity, keep in mind that it also requires more water to fill, more electricity to heat, and a larger footprint in your patio or backyard.
A hot tub does more than provide warm water immersion—it also offers bubble jets to massage your muscles. If this feature is essential to you, compare the number of jets when shopping for an inflatable hot tub, keeping in mind that the number of jets also varies, based on the size of the hot tub. On average, most models have 80 to 140 jets.
Additional features can improve your hot tub's energy efficiency, convenience, and ambiance. For example, some inflatable hot tubs come with an insulated cover and ground cloth to reduce energy loss. If you live in a cool climate and plan to use your hot tub outdoors, these add-ons can effectively maintain comfortable water temperatures.
Other inflatable hot tub options include a digital control panel or smartphone controls to adjust temperature settings or operate the jets. Lights are also available on some portable hot tubs, adding a fun or relaxing ambiance.
What can you put under your inflatable hot tub?
While your inflatable hot tub can sit directly on grass or concrete—assuming you’ve cleared all objects that pose a puncture risk such as sharp rocks, twigs, and broken glass—consider an additional layer of protection and insulation.
The most basic solution is to use a heavy-duty tarp, folded, or cut to fit the footprint of your tub. Keep in mind that the tarp becomes slippery when wet. You also can purchase foam or rubber tiles online or from the home improvement store to create a smooth foundation. A more solid and long-term solution, which also provides insulation, is a hot tub pad. You can fill these interlocking tiles with gravel to keep them in place and raise your hot tub off the ground.
What chemicals do you put in an inflatable hot tub?
Just as a permanent hot tub, you need to monitor the water quality in your inflatable spa. It’s essential to test the pH level regularly and use additives to eliminate bacteria and prevent algae growth. If the pH is too alkaline or too acidic, you need to add a pH increaser or decreaser. You also need to add chlorine or bromine to the water, and a periodic shock treatment is necessary to maintain safe water quality. Finally, anytime you install a hot tub, the space needs to be adequately ventilated to offset possible ill effects caused by the water's treatment chemicals.
Can you use an inflatable hot tub indoors?
If you have the space and the electrical requirements, you can place an inflatable hot tub indoors or outdoors. If you’re thinking of using your hot tub inside, then pay special attention to the intended room's flooring. If it’s carpet or wood, consider laying down a plastic barrier, or have plenty of towels on hand to protect your floor from moisture when getting in or out of the tub.
Also, a full hot tub is very heavy, so be sure your floor can support the weight. A room on the ground floor is usually a better choice—and also avoids the risk of water damage to your ceiling in the event of a leak.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was researched and written by Katie Begley, a freelance writer specializing in home and family products. Katie has been writing for The Spruce since 2019. To make this list of the best inflatable hot tubs, she looked at size, cost, and special features such as jets and accessories.