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On this page we’ll be looking at the question ‘Is it worth buying small hot tubs?’. We’ll be looking at what is offered in a small tub compared to bigger ones, we’ll be looking at the prices and we’ll be looking at why people consider buying a small hot tub in the first place and whether those reasons rule out a bigger hot tub.
If you want to know more about what hot tubs are available check out our top 10 portable hot tubs to buy in 2017, there is a mix of small, standard and large hot tubs for you to see.
What a small tub has to offer
Well to look at what a small portable hot tub has to offer we need to look at a small hot tub as an example. The SaluSpa Miami AirJet Inflatable Hot Tub is a smaller portable hot tub for 2-4 people. So what’s the difference in the size of this SaluSpa Miami and a standard 4-6 person hot tub like the Coleman Lay Z Spa Inflatable Hot Tub, the Miami is 71 inches in diameter compared to 77 inches of a standard size hot tub or 85 inches of a larger size tub.
The features offered in the SaluSpa Miami are that it is built using iBeam construction, which means it has extra strong sides so if you sit on them there is no bending or buckling, the same as larger makes. It is quick to assemble with a digital control panel on the motor to allow easy access to the buttons to change the heat or to start the bubble jets, the same as a larger spa.
This smaller saluspa hot tub comes with the same saluspa extras as other hot tubs, a fitted cover with lockable straps to hold the heat in, filters and a chemical floater, also an instructional dvd.
The small portable hot tubs can be emptied and stored away for the winter months as well.
So with all of that said the only real difference in features between this hot tub and a basic standard size hot tub is the size.
Prices of smaller hot tubs
Looking at the SaluSpa Miami AirJet Inflatable Hot Tub the price at the time of writing is about the same as the Coleman lay z spa which is bigger, so you could quite easily buy a larger size for around the same money. Looking at a comparable Coleman SaluSpa 4-Person Portable Inflatable Outdoor Spa Hot Tub which is the same size and has the same bubble massage option, this is a bit more expensive so it isn’t a financial benefit to buy a smaller tub in terms of purchasing, there is less water in the tub as it is smaller so there may be a saving in the heating costs if you go smaller.
Considerations for buying a smaller hot tub
Well you have to know why you want a portable hot tub, it may be because you have medical reasons and need the ability to lay in hot water and use the bubble massage for the benefit of relaxing your muscles. It could be that you want the opportunity of spending quality time with your partner by enjoying the benefits of relaxing together with the soothing properties of the hot water and bubbles if you like them, small hot tubs for two is what you’re thinking about. Finally it might be that you want to use the hot tub with family and friends for entertainment purposes. The number of people who would be using the hot tub might influence you on the size that you want.
Probably the main reason why people consider buying a smaller hot tub is the size, if you are trying to fit your hot tub on a balcony for example and you have size constraints, that might be a reason for consideration but there is also a weight issue when putting a hot tub on a balcony, the filled weight of a small tub is approximately 2261 pounds and a larger is 2701 pounds, that is not counting weight of people using it. So either of these might be the driving factor in your choice.
You may want to use your hot tub indoors rather than outside and a smaller one might fit better in your space. Many people use their hot tub outside in the summer and move it into the basement or garage in the winter months.
Choosing to go small may be just because you live alone or are in a couple and it’s big enough for what you want.
If you’re wondering whether buying a small portable hot tub is worth it financially, then just on the purchase price, probably not, because they all have similar if not exactly the same features, but if you are factoring in the cost of heating a smaller amount of water then it could be worth it over time.
If you’re wondering whether it’s worth it if there is only one or two of you going to use it, again comfort wise there probably isn’t much difference between a small and standard size unit, unless you have really long legs then a larger size might be better, but 2 people can usually sit side by side no problem in either size. If you want more people to use the hot tub at the same time, if it’s adults then it might be a bit of a squeeze and you’ll need to know each other well, or go larger, if it’s your children then it would be less of a problem.
If you’re looking for spa tubs for small spaces, and if you definitely want a hot tub, it will be worth it because it means you can join in the relaxation revolution.
Hopefully we’ve helped you think about what you need and if you think a smaller hot tub is just what you want then we suggest you consider the SaluSpa Miami AirJet Inflatable Hot Tub. If you want to read the full review click here.