If you're considering buying a hot tub this year, you may already be looking at the different options available to you. With so much information out there, it's often difficult to know what is the best decision for you. Inflatable hot tubs have become increasingly popular in recent years as a cheaper alternative to solid frame hot tubs. As a result, we are often asked if we sell them.
The short answer is “no”. We have never sold inflatable spas or intend to do so. In fact, many of our customers began their hot tub journey with an inflatable hot tub and over time have upgraded to a Wellis Spa. Whilst the much lower price can be appealing, there are several downsides to inflatable spas;
Inflatable hot tubs don't come with seats. Unlike solid frame hot tubs which have molded seating or lounge areas, inflatable spas do not have this feature. This means that you have to crouch or prop yourself up using the opposite side of the tub which ultimately will not be as comfortable.
You lose far more heat from an inflatable hot tub
Due to the materials they're built from and the power restrictions, it's much more difficult for an inflatable hot tub to reach a high temperature. This means that unlike a solid frame hot tub, they are not really suitable for use all year round.
Inflatable hot tubs lack features
Whereas solid frame hot tubs usually come with a variety of features including different jet formations, lights and sound systems, inflatable spas are a lot more basic in design.
Inflatable hot tubs don't offer hydrotherapy benefits
Solid frame hot tubs offer a wealth of hydrotherapy benefits which can improve both physical and mental health. Due to the lack of design features, you will not experience this with an inflatable hot tub.
An inflatable hot tub will not last as long a well maintained solid frame hot tub should provide you with many years of enjoyment. There's nothing to say you won't get plenty of use out of an inflatable spa too, however, the quality of the parts and materials will not be the same.
Ultimately there is no real comparison between the two types of hot tubs and it is very much a case of "you get what you pay for". As mentioned earlier, inflatable hot tubs usually serve as an introduction to hot tubbing and many people eventually decide to upgrade.
At Dreamspas, you will only find solid frame hot tubs made from the highest quality materials and built to the highest standard. All are available with 0% finance.