Soaking in a jacuzzi after a hard, long day at the office can be one of the best ways to unwind and take the stress off. Contrary to popular belief, having a jacuzzi in your backyard doesn’t have to be an expensive investment. There are outdoor inflatable jacuzzi models that can be set up almost anywhere, as long as there’s enough room and a flat surface, near a power socket. Inflatable jacuzzis don’t come with the same features as standard jacuzzis. While they’re perfectly capable of delivering bubbly, hot water, most don’t have water jets. If you’ve decided that you want to get an outdoor jacuzzi for your patio or backyard, there are a couple of important features you’ll need to consider.
The Right Size
Obviously, you want an inflatable jacuzzi that can fit everyone who’s going to use it regularly. Too small, and you’re going to be crushed and cramped. Usually, you’ll want the biggest model available, or the biggest model you can afford, just so you can have more space to relax inside, especially if you have friends or family over frequently so you can all fit inside it. But besides being more expensive, bigger jacuzzis require more water to fill, take more time to heat up, require more space, and the ongoing costs will be higher once you consider the chemicals required to keep the water clean and the power to operate it.
Finding A Suitable Spot
Finding the right spot for your jacuzzi is essential, because you don’t want to cramp your outdoor area unnecessarily. Outdoor portable jacuzzis can take quite a bit of room, and you’ll have to empty them for storage/transport. It’s also important to mention that most inflatable jacuzzis can’t be exposed to temperatures below 5°C, so you’ll need to keep it protected indoors from the extreme cold, or store it away when temperatures drop. Lastly, you need to consider the weight and make sure the area where you place the jacuzzi has a supporting structure that’s strong enough to handle that weight. This is especially important if you’re going to put the jacuzzi on a raised deck.
Most inflatable jacuzzis can only heat the water inside them to a maximum of 40°C, which is about the perfect temperature for most people. However, reaching this temperature can take some time. On a hot day, it may take several hours, but if it’s somewhat cooler, it may take up to 24 hours before the jacuzzi is warm enough to use. While this may seem like a disadvantage, it’s no different than using a conventional jacuzzi the first time you use it – once you set it up, there’s automatic scheduling to keep it ready to go whenever you want to use it.
Typically, inflatable jacuzzis come with a heater, pump and a series of bubble jets around the base of the tub that massage and relax you. Think about how strong you want the jets to be – some models have more powerful jets than others, but this comes at the price of higher operational costs. Consider choosing a hot tub with an automatic setting for the heater to keep the water temperature ideal, and a model with an in-built filter to keep the water clean and sanitary between uses.
Most inflatable jacuzzis are pretty basic right out the box, so additional extras can make a huge difference in how much you enjoy them. Look for a product with a base insulated cover to prevent damage and heat loss. This will prolong the life of the jacuzzi and the heating elements. An insulated cover is considered a must-have, especially one that can be locked for extra security and for keeping your kids and pets out when unsupervised. A carry-bag can come in handy when it comes to storing the jacuzzi when not in use for longer time periods. Further, consider getting an air pump for easier inflation and deflation. Another valuable extra can be LED lighting that can help add to the ambiance, especially when using it at night.
Durability and Maintenance
Obviously, a portable, inflatable jacuzzi won’t last as a regular one, but with proper care and maintenance, you can get at least several years out of it. Most people will get a couple of seasons out of their inflatable jacuzzi, although some cheaper models will have parts wear or start leaking way sooner than that. Buying a quality product and taking care of it are key points to making it last. Look to buy a jacuzzi from a reputable brand that stands behind their product with a warranty and has replacement parts readily available, should you need them. Do your research on the most popular brands that manufacture inflatable jacuzzis by reading online reviews, relevant forums and asking online retailers questions.