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tonyclifton

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Posted: 08/15/22 09:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Considering a hot tub and just got sticker shock at the local hot tub store. Personally I don't want one bad enough to justify the cost but the wife wants it and I like spoiling her. One concern I have is she might not end up using it enough - neither of us have ever had one although we enjoy them when we've rented vacation homes. So I was thinking of buying an inflatable one to use for a year or so to see if we really would get the use out of it and also stomach the maintenance.

Anybody have experience buying and/or using an inflatable hot tub? It might be throwaway money (although I'm pretty good at selling used stuff) but I'm under the impression the inflatable market has some substantial products and kits.

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Don't have the inflatable kind but we have had one for 16 years. You will use it a lot during the cold weather but as soon as it warms up your desire will wane some.

If you like them when you stay in vacation homes periodically I would spend the money for a regular before going inflatable. Just my thoughts.


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We have one, and used it for a while, but like many things, after a time it loses it's luster. I would buy as cheap as I could, if inflatable is cheaper, so for it. A good regular hot tub will run $4,000-$6,000, a lot of money to spend on something you'll get tired of in a year...or less.


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I have just started shopping but the prices I'm seeing are like $12k - $15k

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Well the major advantage of the inflatable is you can "Roll it up and put it away"

The Major disadvantages are obvious.. It's not rigid. and it can "Deflate" unexpectedly or otherwise fail.


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We had one a number of years ago. Was great when brand new, but after a while the newness get old and find you're just not using it as much, yet the maintenance continues. We sort of had ours built into the basement area of an addition we put on. Had to cut it in half to get it out of the basement after years of non-use.


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We have had a small 2 person hard side one for 5-6 years. Wife wanted one again and started shopping, and found it from a place in Florida. I was leery but she did lots of research and decided to take a chance. IIRC it was ~$2500 delivered to Oregon. We use it year around but right now it is turned down to about 96°. Wired for 120 volt 20 amp and can be switched to 240 volt 50 amp.

For the cost it might be something to check out. Ours wasn't a blem but might be worth it. https://peoplelikeclearwater.com/product/aquarest-spa-ar-300-2-person-plug-n-play-blem-3/

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RedRollingRoadblock wrote:

We have had a small 2 person hard side one for 5-6 years. Wife wanted one again and started shopping, and found it from a place in Florida. I was leery but she did lots of research and decided to take a chance. IIRC it was ~$2500 delivered to Oregon. We use it year around but right now it is turned down to about 96°. Wired for 120 volt 20 amp and can be switched to 240 volt 50 amp.

For the cost it might be something to check out. Ours wasn't a blem but might be worth it. https://peoplelikeclearwater.com/product/aquarest-spa-ar-300-2-person-plug-n-play-blem-3/


That's a very intriguing unit. Looks mostly unavailable everywhere. I like it that Home Depot normally carries it (shows out of stock) as they are usually pretty flexible to work with

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I used to own a hot tub store - so am plenty familiar with the hard-shell units. The thing that concerns me about soft-sided spas is that the chemicals you need to use to kill bacteria (bromine is better than chlorine in hot water) are awfully harsh on vinyl/plastic, etc. You also sit on the floor - I'm just not that nimble anymore.....LOL! You might be able to find a used hard-shell model - even if the pump or heater are broken (so should be cheap to buy), they are fairly easy to fix
As an aside - I no longer have one, because Ed developed an allergy to the bromine and ozone we used. But for the 10 years that we did use a spa, it was great!

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