Buying A Hot Tub

Looking to buy a hot tub, if you’ve never purchased a hot tub before, the process can be a little daunting.  

Fear not,  this website is at hand to walk you through the process and make choosing your new hot tub spa as easy as possible.

We have broken down our buying tips into three easy steps to make buying your perfect hot tub easy, so go on have a read and if there is something that takes your fancy visit our shop page.

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Hard Shell vs Inflatable Hot Tubs

So you’re just thinking about getting a hot tub;

If this is going to be your first experience in a hot tub you will have to make an important decision;

Do you get a soft inflatable or a more permanent Hard Tub?

If you already know what kind you want then thats great and this post probably isn’t for you, but if you want some more information that read on.

The difference between hard shell and soft hot tubs is night and day. Hopefully after reading this blog post, it will be clear to you which kind of hot tub you want.

Soft inflatable hot tubs products like the Lazy spa hot tubs brand or an inflatable hot tub from the Intex brand, basically anything that you have to inflate and fill with water, with an external pump and heater, like the Bestway Lazy Spa Miami.

Hard Shell hot tubs these are a more permanent hot tub with a hard base plate, side panels, a hard shell with internal heater and pumps.

When it comes to deciding between inflatables vs hard shell the final decision will be with you of course;

as only you will know how your set up will be in your garden, how much space you will have and of course the million dollar question, how much money you want to spend.

Now I’m not intentionally trying to push for hard shell tubs by saying that inflatables will burst within a few months.

Manufacturers have realised that inflatable tubs will get moved about, so have improved a lot recently in the materials they use and how durable they actually are.

If you are siting your inflatable outside, then you are going to be deflating them and moving them to another location or putting them away for the winter.

And while it would be better if they carried them around, the truth is people drag them.

This means that they are scraping across the ground and if they were made with flimsy materials they would split and puncture within a couple of months.

Having said that, even if you do take care of your inflatable and look after it, you could still only be looking at 6-9 months of usage.

With a hard-shell tub, as all the materials used are solid you don’t have to worry about punctures.

Some are made from moulded piece of strong Polyethylene.

Hard shell tubs are generally much more durable than their inflatable counterparts as they have a strong base plate and the frame is either made from metal or strong plastic.

This hot tub and material is perfect for families with small children. 


While buying a hot tub depends on personal preference or cost,

The way a hot tub looks also comes in to play.

But one thing that is top of everybody’s list is features.

By features I mean jets, lights, music, speakers, bluetooth, wifi etc……

These features are generally what you buy a hot tub for, or what you spend a little extra to get.

And that’s where an inflatable hot tubs just can’t compete.

The most you will get with an inflatable hot tub is lights, air blowers and sometimes jets, this is on the more pricey inflatables.

Whereas with a hard shell hot tub, a lot of those features come as standard.

You will find nearly all hard shell hard tubs come with a multiple array of lights, generally at least 20 massage jets and an air blower system.

Now add those features to the fact that hard tubs will have much better filtration and heating systems, You have a hot tub that is technically much more advanced than an inflatable.


A very important feature that hard tubs have over inflatables is that they can be used all year round; even when the outside temperatures get just a few degrees above freezing.

Unless you have an indoor place to site an inflatable then they are going to be a part time past time.

This is because the materials that hard tubs are made from have much better heat retention and are also insulated with either foam or insulation layers inside the tub.

As mentioned earlier, hard tubs have a better heater that is also internal; this means that they can heat efficiently when it’s cold outside.

All of this means that while people with an inflatable have to stay indoors or freeze their butt off outside. You can relax in your 40°c personal heaven hot tub.

Not only that, but you can stay relaxed for as long as you want to as a benefit of hard shell tubs (not including plug ‘n’ play models) is that they can heat while also running the jets. This means that you can continue to have 40°c water, even if it’s snowing outside.

So thats just some of the differences between hard shell and inflatable hot tubs.

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