7 Inflatable Hot Tub Accessories to Upgrade Your Spa Experience
By Jennifer Rhodes · Updated
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Buying an inflatable hot tub can seem like a dream come true for many homeowners. It's the perfect spot to relax, wind the day away, and even to host parties and gatherings. But what if I told you there was a way to make your spa even better?
Well, there are a few must-have inflatable spa accessories that are cheap, easy to use and set up, and can even help extend the life of your spa.
If you didn't know about these already, your inflatable spa experience is about to get a serious upgrade.
Whenever you decide to get into the hot tub, where do you sit? Is it on the floor of the hot tub? For most inflatable spas, the answer is yes. For many people, this means you find yourself having to constantly adjust your position to get comfortable.
With a hot tub seat, you don't have to adjust yourself and can simply sit down comfortably in your favorite spot in your own hot tub.
Best of all, because these hot tub seats are customizable, you can adjust the height to suit you. From enjoying the view from your backyard, to getting a little bit of extra sun facing south, these seats offer so much more variety and comfort for an inflatable spa.
In addition, using a seat for your hot tub can be therapeutic for those with limited range of mobility. A hot tub can be useful to help people with arthritis, as it makes the body more buoyant and can provide pain relief. While using a hot tub for therapy, a seat can added much-needed comfort through height-adjustments and by contouring to your body!
If you have massaging jets in your inflatable hot tub, a raised seat could also help to position you just in front of it to get more from the massaging features.
Whether for entertaining, or simply to allow yourself to enjoy a sip of wine while in the hot tub, trays are amazing accessories that you'll quickly learn you can't live without! Hot tub trays are designed to fit over the edge of your hot tub, and can provide quick and easy access to anything you can think of.
Most trays are even designed to have cup holders within them to help you grab for that extra cold beverage during the summer time.
But trays can be used for anything from holding your book and keeping it dry when you're finished reading it, having snacks or even sunscreen nearby on hot days—or keeping your electronics dry when you're not using them.
It's important to get a tray accessory that fits your spa, so look for models specifically made for inflatable hot tubs. You want a tray that's easily installable, but still sturdy enough that won't easily fall into the water! This is an all-around must-have for your hot tub.
Hot tubs are the definition of relaxation, and chances are, you'll spend countless amount of hours in your hot tub relaxing the day away. While you're in your hot tub, you'll want a head rest that will help relax your shoulders, give your head some cushion, and allow you to enjoy the massaging, hot jet streams for hours on end!
Headrests for inflatable hot tubs come in a couple of varieties: inflatable or foam.
Inflatable headrests are a great accessory that can sit on the wall of your hot tub, and are relatively inexpensive. Most are universal meaning they will fit just about any hot tub. One things most people don't realize is that inflatable headrests are actually supposed to be filled with water for maximum stability. You can also leave a bit of air depending on how firm you want your headrest to be.
Or, you can go with a foam option that provides a more permanent, puffy cloud of comfort under your head and neck:
4. Maintenance kit
You're going to have to keep up on maintenance in your hot tub regardless of how new it is, how long you've had it, and where you live. Anything from maintaining the regular water balance to removing fallen leaves and debris (which can make your hot tub impossible to enjoy and relax in).
If you're new to water chemistry, I wrote a detailed guide which will teach you exactly how to maintain your water.
But for non-chemical needs, this handy maintenance kit will help you skim leaves, clean the inside of your tub thoroughly, and remove dirt and grime as needed:
Best of all, with a small and lightweight maintenance kit, you'll be able to complete your routine hot tub maintenance in no time and keep your hot tub looking and working its best!
5. Thermal mat
A thermal mat can not only provide a smooth surface for your delicate inflatable tub; it's also an energy-saver because it stops so much heat escaping into the ground.
Many times, an inflatable hot tub will be set out in a backyard that has a raw concrete or other potentially rough flooring. A thermal mat is easy to install, relatively cheap, and can help protect your inflatable hot tub from anything underneath that could damage it.
Thermal mats are not permanent, which means you can also move them around with your tub if you ever change its location. I always recommend these for inflatable spas—they're a great investment to protect your hot tub as well as your energy bill!
6. Insulation jacket
On the subject of insulation, you can say goodbye to sky-high energy bills and hello to energy efficiency with an insulation jacket. As the proud owner of an inflatable hot tub, you'll love this game-changing hack.
The PureSpa Deluxe Cover acts as an extra outer layer that snugly fits over your existing hot tub, insulating both the top and sides of your spa. With this clever addition, your hot tub will stay warmer for longer, meaning it won't have to work as hard to maintain the perfect temperature:
And here's the best part: with a 50% increase in energy efficiency, a PureSpa Deluxe Cover is expected to pay for itself in less than a year. This is a no-brainer investment that will keep your wallet and your hot tub happy.
Not only will you save big on energy costs, but you'll also give your hot tub the protection it deserves. Your spa will be safe from the elements when it's not in use, extending its lifespan and ensuring many years of relaxing fun.
Last but not least, I wanted to mention the PureSpa Light by Intex. This little gadget is a game-changer for anyone who wants to create an ambiance for their inflatable tub.
The light illuminates in five different colors: white, green, teal, blue, and purple, giving you the ability to set the mood for any occasion. Plus, with both single-color and color-changing modes, you'll never get bored of the same old lighting.
It fits all Intex PureSpa models, so no matter which hot tub you have, rest assured you can enjoy the benefits of this little light.
And, if you're worried about the light running all night in case you forget to turn it off, don't be. The PureSpa light is smart enough to shut off automatically after 2 hours, so you can enjoy your spa time without any worries.
Overall, the PureSpa Light is the perfect accessory to enhance your inflatable hot tub experience and take it to the next level. So, if you want to add some color and ambiance to your spa time, grab one of these!
For even more accessory ideas, check out these 14 Decorating Ideas to Make Your Hot Tub Area Look Amazing.