Cheap Hot Tubs Under $1,000

Few would disagree that a couple of hours in a warm sauna would wash those workweek aches away! With the cold winter months around the corner, portable hot tubs are a fun and easy means to spend quality time with your friends and family. Here are a few cheap hot tubs under $1000.

Portable and Cheap Hot Tubs Under $1000Before we get started, there are a few key points to be kept in mind. All the tubs being discussed below are of the inflatable variety. Though they do not offer Jacuzzi-esque features of a professional spa, they are meant for easy home set-ups and work great with kids. The main body of the tub is manufactured for durability with triple layer puncture-resistant rubber polymers, while the sides are reinforced with either I-Beam construction or Fiber-Tech to prevent bending when you sit on the walls.

Operating range for these tubs are in the 110-120V vicinity, therefore they can be plugged into the regular housing mains. Since these tubs draw a lot of power, ensure that circuit breakers and your load distribution system are up to date for safety measures. Tub usage is also something you might want to consider. Keeping the tub’s heater switched on throughout the month can add a cool $100 more to your electric bills, depending on where you live and how cold the weather is. The tubs provide a maximum of 100–104 ‘F temperature. Also, since bubble creation takes in ambient air, the water tends to cool down faster if you switch on the bubble option.

If you intend to let the water remain in your tub without draining, you will have to use bromine or chlorine to keep the water clean. The tubs come with chemical dispensing floaters but most of the instruction manuals do not specify the exact amounts of chemical to be applied. We recommend a thorough online research and usage of test strips to check the tolerance limits for your tub. These tubs are portable and some of them come with bags and handles for easy transport and storage. Coming to warranties, they are covered for 1 year for damaged parts which cause leakage or improper tub heating, lack of bubbles, control panel issues, and etc.

Ok, on to our comparisons. Inaugurating our “cheap hot tubs under $1000” list is the SaluSpa Miami Air Jet Inflatable Hot Tub.

It is the most competitively-priced inflatable hot tub in our selection, at just under $350. This little hot tub delivers big! It can seat about four adults comfortably. Set-up and assembly is easy and requires no tools or specific skill set. There’s an accompanying instruction DVD for added ease of assembly. Other accessories that come with the purchase are chemical floaters, to keep the water clean, an inflatable cover that does a reasonably good job of retaining heat, and filter cartridges. This tub comes equipped with 120 bubble-generating jets. Dimensions are 26 x 71 x 71 inches and the whole unit, inclusive of all appendages, weighs 72 lbs (just the tub weighs 54 lbs), being the lightest tub featured here. The downside is that, this tub falls on the lower end of the water volume capacity, coming in at 190–195 gallons.

Coming in next with a negligibly higher price of just under $400, is the Intex 77in PureSpa Portable Bubble Massage Spa Set. This unit also seats four adults easily but can accommodate two more. It comes with a built in hard-water treatment system. They come in two shapes, round and octagon. For this comparison, we’re taking into account the round tub with the dimension being 28 x 75 x 75 inches. Like the SaluSpa Miami, this tub is equipped with 120 water jets to make bubbles. The unit contains a chemical dispenser floatation device and filter. They also throw in an insulated ground cloth, and insulated cover to retain heat when the tub is not in use. The capacity of this excellent hot tub exceeds the SaluSpa marginally, coming in at 210 gallons per fill. However, it is worth a mention that there have been product returns due to faulty electronics in the control panels or base panels. The customer care and service is quick with providing replacements.

At par with the Intex spa is another cheap hot tub, the Coleman Lay-Z Spa Inflatable Hot Tub at $1 under $400. Rated higher than the previous two, the Coleman Spa is well-liked. The pool walls are fabric coated and the insulating top cover is coated with an aluminum foil for better heat retention. On the water capacity and water jet areas, the features are the same. It can hold 250–254 gallons of water and is of the following dimensions: 22 x 32 x 24 inches and weighs 88 lbs.

One drawback, or shall we say “feature” in this product is that the control panel tends to auto-shutdown if undisturbed for a while. This is a great safety feature to have, however, it could be annoying when you are trying to inflate the pool and the panel stays idle for a while (this auto-locks the panel and you need to unlock to check the inflation pressure), or while you leave the pool idle for a few days. The issue is addressed easily enough, by locking and unlocking the system. The tub on the whole, works well.

Another type of our less than $1000-range tubs is similar to the Coleman Lay-Z Spa Inflatable Hot Tub. Like the previous Coleman, it is highly-ranked by customers. It varies slightly, in that, it comes in at 74 lbs and has dimensions of 18.7 x 34.45 x 24.04 inches. Like the first hot tub on our list, the SaluSpa Miami, this tub also holds less water as compared to its competitors, coming in at about 190–195 gallons. However, it delivers what’s promised, and the bubble feature makes it very relaxing and soothing.

A cheap hot tub with goliath proportions is the Intex Portable 6-Person Inflatable PureSpa Plus Bubble Spa. For a price of under $480, this hot tub contains all the features of the Intex four-seater spa, and more. It seats six people with ease and comes with 170 bubble jets for added comfort. They also provide two additional inflatable headrests. The tub can be easily carted around and stowed with the carry bag and grab handles provided.

This tub boasts of an auto-inflation feature which makes assembly so much easier than before! Both Intex models (the 4 seater and 6 seater) come with a built-in hard water treatment system.

The whole package includes an insulating ground cloth, an insulating pool cover, a chemical dispensing float, and two filter cartridges. Naturally, the dimensions for a six-seater unit are slightly more. The pool weighs 115 lbs and is 20.3 X 24.1 X 33.9 inches. The main drawback this unit might experience is leakage due to faulty seams. Quick customer service and fast turn-around time resolve the problem and issue a replacement.

Though nothing can beat the deep massage therapy feel of a hotel grade spa, these tubs give you satisfactory relief for a weary body. Some folks prefer these home-use inflate-a-spas as they’re cushy and more comfortable than hard wood. And best of all, they’re all well under the $1000 mark!