The latest trend in the hot tub industry is that manufacturers have started producing more and more portable (inflatable) hot tubs that are more affordable for middle class owners.
A quick browse through websites like TubHQ shows that they are becoming increasingly popular. But are they worth the investment, no matter how affordable?
The Major Difference Between Fixed And Portable Hot Tubs
Most manufacturers recommend using portable hot tubs in areas where the ambient temperature is higher than 40° F. This is particularly important because portable hot tubs are not as insulated as their counterparts.
The insulation means that inflatable hot tubs cannot get as hot as fixed hot tubs. Additionally, they cannot hold a steady higher temperature for a longer period of time.
Jets In Inflatable Hot Tubs, And Other Additions
The jets in inflatable hot tubs are significantly weaker than those that are installed in fixed hot tubs. This is simply due to the nature of their design, and the materials used to manufacture them
Does This Mean That Fixed Hot Tubs Are Better And Portable Ones Aren’t Worth The Money?
The simple answer is, fixed hot tubs are clearly the superior product. However, that does not necessarily mean that portable hot tubs are not worth the low-level investment. There are many advantages to having a portable hot tub that goes beyond the affordable price.
The first benefit is that they can easily be installed, or drained, and stowed away when not in use. This is especially useful if you do not anticipate you will be using it all year long.
Relaxing with a glass of wine at the end of the day in a hot tub can do wonders for your mental and psychological health. That is beside the benefits for those with sleep deprivation and the pain therapy for sore muscles.
They come in a variety of sizes, and some are small enough to fit on a patio or even in a small backyard. Some people even go as far as installing the inflatable hot tub on a large terrace!
Misconceptions About Inflatable Hot Tubs
The most common misconception is that they are a glorified kiddie pool. On the contrary, they are made from heavy duty material that can withstand increased temperatures, albeit not as high as temperatures that a fixed hot tub can withstand.
They also come with a water heater and pumps for their jets. Of course, all that equipment is advanced and waterproofed. They can also be used as a small swimming pool in the cooler months, with the pump and heater turned off.
As you can see, inflatable hot tubs can be a worthy investment for people who don’t have the means or space to install a fixed hot tub. Their portability can be seen as an advantage, and their lower price makes them an enticing choice for middle class homeowners.
There’s nothing wrong with getting a portable hot tub, so don’t hesitate if you’re thinking of getting one.
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