Inflatable Hot Tubs Frequently Asked Questions
If the cover is kept on you should be able to run an inflatable hot tub for between £2 and £5 per week. Spas with inflatable covers cost substantially less to run than those without.
Do inflatable hot tubs plug into any home electrical socket?
Yes, all these inflatable spas run on a UK standard 13amp / 240v electrical supply. You can plug your spa into any standard home electrical socket, but obviously it is sensible to ensure that you use a socket with RCD protection, and if you use your spa outside, then the socket should be waterproof too.
What's an RCD?
Like all spas, inflatable hot tubs must be fitted with a safety cut-out in the event that any water comes into contact with the electrical supply to the spa. An RCD (Residual Current Device) immediately disconnects the hot tub from the electricity supply if water is detected and therefore stops any risk of electrocution.
How easy are inflatable hot tubs to set-up?
Generally they are very easy. Set-up times vary from 5 minutes to around 15 minutes and, usually, no tools are required. In most cases the air blower is used to inflate the spa shell.
How long does it take to fill an inflatable hot tub?
It depends on your water pressure and the maximum capacity of the hot tub but you will probably need to allow 1 to 2 hours.
How long does it take to heat up an inflatable hot tub?
It depends on the temperature of your mains water. The table below gives you an idea of the approximate length of heating time needed for some common models of inflatable spa from an average mains temperature :
|Intext PureSpa||MSPa Camaro||MSpa Blue Sea||Lay Z Spa||Lay Z Spa XL||Time 2 Spa|
|Mains water temperature @ 10oC||11 hours||17 hours||23 hours||17 hours||24 hours||20 hours|
|Mains water temperature @ 15oC||9 hours||14 hours||19 hours||14 hours||20 hours||17 hours|
How long does it take to inflate the hot tubs?
Inflatable hot tubs can take anything from 5 to 15 minutes to inflate depending on the model you buy.
What maintenance is required?
We suggest that a soft damp sponge can be used to clean general dirt and any deposits/scum lines should be removed with a gentle spa surface cleaner. Do not use conventional household cleaners on your hot tub or you could end up with more bubbles than you could possibly imagine. Proprietary spa surface cleaners are non-foaming.
All inflatable hot tubs have a pump and filter unit that removes particles/hair etc from the water. The filters are removable and should be checked and cleaned every week, using a proprietary spa filter cleaner. Filters need to be discarded and replaced at least once per month. You can buy replacement filters easily.
Do inflatable hot tubs need a water sanitizer?
YES! All hot tubs need a sanitizer to be regularly added to the water in order to remove bacteria and other 'nasties' that can accumulate in the water. You can buy our recommended products, either a Chlorine Spa Starter Kit or an Aquablanc Active Oxygen Inflatable Spa Water Care Kit, or alternatively take a look at the spa chemicals on our website to choose the right santitizer for you.
What if the hot tub gets a puncture?
A repair kit is included with most hot tubs just in case. It obviously makes sense to choose the toughest spa fabric that you can find though.
Can I use an inflatable hot tub over winter?
No! The PVC material used in these spas becomes hard and brittle at temperatures below 4oC. Also, the insulation is not really sufficient to keep the heat in when the ambient air temperature drops too low. This means that inflatable hot tubs should not be used when it is very cold outside..
Can inflatable hot tubs be used indoors?
Yes, but we would not recommend it! The spa water will give off a lot of steam which could cause problems with your internal upholstery/furnishings etc.
How do I know how powerful the jets are?
All inflatable hot tubs have a 'blower' which forces air through a ring inside the spa that has an array of tiny holes cut into it. The more powerful the blower (expressed in watts) combined with a large number of holes means more force of air which creates more turbulent water in the spa.
The MSpa Jet Spa is the only inflatable hot tub on the market that is equiped with real water and air massage jets simular to those that you would find in a hard-sided hot tub. If you want a beneficial hydrotherapy massage this is the model to choose.
Can inflatable hot tubs be used as birthing pools?
Well they were not built for that purpose, so NO! The spas cannot be used safely without chemicals to sanitize the water and the effect of the chemicals on the unborn or newly born baby is unknown. Furthermore, it's difficult to see how an inflatable spa used as a birthing pool could ever be cleaned satifactorily after the birth.
How do I store an inflatable hot tub during winter?
Simply drain and deflate. All should go back into the box for storage. Ideally leave the spa inflated and empty for a few days, in the sun, to make sure it is completely dried out before deflating and folding flat for storage.