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Do Hot Tubs Attract Flies? (and how to get rid of them)

Water is always a source of attraction for bugs. But hot tubs have both hot water and chlorinated water, so does that make a difference? Do hot tubs attract flies? 

Having owned 4 of them, this is what I know:

Yes, hot tubs with people in them do attract flies. Flies are attracted to the salt and sweat of people but also carbon dioxide which we breathe out. In addition, body and hair oils or lotions attract flies as well, in addition to any food that may be consumed while in the hot tub.

But that’s just a quick snapshot.

So in this article, we’ll not only explore this more. But we’ll also look at how to get rid of them and what you can do to keep them away if you don’t already have a fly problem.

For the same reasons, hot tubs also attract snakes and rodents, and I dealt with this in a recent article that you can read on my website by clicking on the link. 

I know, it sounds pretty alarming, but it needn’t be. In this article, I look at what the big attraction is and what you can do to stop the pests from ruining your fun.

Do hot tubs attract bugs?

Hot tubs can attract a variety of bugs due to both the water and the heat. When you add people to the hot tub with their body oil and lotions and possible food crumbs, the issue only gets worse.

Ever wondered why, as soon as you light up the barbeque in summer, the wasps that were once happy buzzing around the flowers are now all over you and your family and friends? 

Well, they know you’ve got something they might be interested in and won’t go away until they’ve investigated the scene fully. Bugs love the stuff we eat and drink, and if they can’t get to the scraps on the floor, they’ll just go straight to the plate in our hands.

Hot tubs have a special attraction for bugs—water.

They all need to drink as we do, but they can’t differentiate between pond water and a hot tub until they try it. This is why many of them die—hot tub water is quite hostile to their internal organs.

In the early evening, as the sun goes down and the wasps and flies go to rest, many other insects become active, and your hot tub presents another attraction for bugs—lights!

That and the steam and humidity in the air above the tub are a welcome sight for many bugs.

How do I get rid of flies in my hot tub?

Dead flies will float to the surface, so it is easy to scoop them off with a small net. But you can also place jar or sticky tape traps around the area as well to catch live flies.

Flies will also get drawn into the filtration system, which is why you need to clean your filters frequently.

If you want to learn more about cleaning filters, check out this recent article on my website. Just click on the link to read it.

The best thing to do is to stop the flies from getting into your tub in the first place.

One way to do this is to set up traps around the area where your hot tub is situated. One of the best traps I have come across is the Henista Wasp Trap available on Amazon—click on the link to see how this works.

Although designed with wasps in mind, these are equally effective with all flying insects—you just use a different bait.

They also come fitted with a solar-powered blue LED light that attracts mosquitoes and other insects that come out from dusk onwards.

If you don’t want to spend too much on traps, you can make your own.

Take a plastic bottle, cut a ‘V’ shape in the side, about halfway up, and then push the plastic in just enough to allow the wasp or fly to enter. Put some sugary water in the bottle—about a small cupful should do it, with a little honey just inside the hole you cut.

You can either hang it from a tree or place it on a table close to the tub. The bugs will head straight for that rather than you.

Add a little meat or fish in there to attract more types of flying bugs—the more rancid, the better.

What can I put around my hot tub to keep bugs away?

Bugs hate the smell of cinnamon, lavender, lemongrass, eucalyptus, and peppermint. Using essential oils containing these fragrances, burning bug candles, or tiki torch fuel scented with any of these will deter most flying insects from the area around your hot tub.

Pine-Sol is another excellent product that you can use, which you can buy on Amazon.

Just click on the link to find out the latest prices. Mix water, vinegar, and Pine-Sol all-purpose cleaner in equal amounts in a spray bottle—add a dash of Citronella to give it added punch and scare off those mosquitos as well—and spray around the hot tub area.

As a multi-surface cleaner, you could also use Pine-Sol to clean your hot tub when the time comes. It contains biodegradable cleaning agents so that it won’t harm the surfaces.

You can also keep bugs away by placing something they like even more on a nearby table and hanging from a tree.

If they have a piece of meat to chew on, they are less likely to bother you. Just make sure it is inside a trap that they can get into but can’t get out of!

Do flies like chlorine?

There is no evidence that flies like chlorine; in fact, it is likely that ingesting chlorine actually kills them, but the smell might increase their awareness of both the water source and possible food source.

Flies have a great sense of smell and can detect odors from up to four miles away, so if you are throwing a party, expect some unwelcome guests from another neighborhood.

Some flies are attracted to the smell of decaying meat and pet feces, so it is important to clear any mess up immediately. Don’t leave anything lying around long enough for flies to lay eggs.

Other flies love the smell of fermentation, so if you like to make your own wine, you will know all about the problems fruit flies can bring.

Many flies like open water, whether for drinking or breeding purposes, so this is another reason you need to keep your hot tub covered when not in use and make sure the cover fits properly.

Keeping your outside space clean and tidy is an excellent way to reduce the problem and keep flies and other pests at bay.

Why are there so many dead flies in my hot tub?

If you get dead insects in your hot tub, it is most likely they were killed by ingesting the chlorine or other chemicals used to sanitize it. Keep the lid on when not in use to prevent this.

Flies are attracted to still water, so if you leave the cover off your hot tub when it is not in use, you will find flies hovering around.

Flies need water to survive, so they will land at some point to take a drink. However, they will not usually drown in this way because surface tension keeps them above water.

A badly fitting cover will also enable flies and other insects to enter your hot tub and become trapped. They don’t have the sense to know that the way out is the way they came in, so they get caught in the water and drown.

If there are drainage points nearby, you will get drain flies because this is where they breed. Avoid this by cleaning out the catch basin regularly. 

If you are averse to putting bleach down your drains, then you could try InVade Bio Drain Gel. This is a probiotic cleaner that kills the scum and organic debris in which the flies lay their eggs.

Click on the link to view this on Amazon.

Did I answer all your concerns about whether hot tubs attract flies?

I hope you will not be put off by the fact that hot tubs, like barbeques and other outdoor activities, can attract flies, vermin, and even snakes. Don’t forget; these are also attracted to many things inside your home too.

There is no escaping nature! You just have to learn to adapt and take in your stride.

If this is your first foray into the world of hot-tubbing, then you should check out this recent article on my site. Twenty-three essential things to know before deciding which one to buy.

Many people start with a plug and play type, inflatable or solid body, but whatever you choose, be sure to do your homework first.

If there is anything I’ve missed or you have other questions about hot tubs, drop me a line, and don’t forget to click on the links to other articles on my website.

Are Hot Tubs Cleaner Than Pools?

I have both a pool and a hot tub, and both have pros and cons. If you are in that fortunate position of having to decide between a hot tub and a pool, you may have wondered, are hot tubs cleaner than pools?

Well, I know a lot about both, so this is what I know:

Yes, hot tubs are generally cleaner than pools. However, hot tubs can require a more time-consuming maintenance schedule to keep the water clean, but pools are more prone to problems such as algae which can require a lot of work to eliminate.

This article looks at the differences between hot tubs and swimming pools in terms of maintenance, so if you ever wondered what the difference is, read on.

Are hot tubs dirtier than pools?

Hot tubs can be dirtier than pools due to being smaller and more contained. They also generally get less sunlight which acts as a natural sanitizer.

One big difference between the water in a hot tub and a pool is the temperature. Hot tubs typically operate at 100°F while a pool will be much cooler, between 78° and 82° in most cases.

So why should this affect the cleanliness? Well, bacteria thrive at higher temperatures and moist conditions.

Chemicals behave differently at higher temperatures, and high pH levels can make chlorine less effective as a sanitizer, so it is important to check this weekly.

Changing the water in your hot tub is an integral part of the maintenance schedule to ensure that your tub remains clear and healthy. In a recent article, I looked at this in detail.

And you can read it on my website by clicking on the link.

Swimming pools generally are not covered particularly during periods of use, while hot tubs are always covered, again keeping in the moist air in which germs thrive.

However, being open means that pools get littered with dead leaves, bugs, and other organic material that can lead to problems.

Is a hot tub easy to maintain compared to a pool?

A pool tends to be easier to maintain than a hot tub. A swimming pool needs a chlorine tablet in a floater about once a week, and the occasional balancing or pH and alkalinity. But apart from cleaning the filter, skimming insects off the top, and vacuuming the floor to get rid of leaves, it’s fairly low maintenance.

By comparison, a hot tub can be a lot of work.

Hot tubs need to be emptied, cleaned, and filled every 3 to 4 months, filters cleaned every few weeks along with checks on pH and alkalinity, and chlorine added in the right amount.

The water in a pool will not need changing on any regular basis unless something goes wrong, and even then, it is better to tackle the problem through chemicals than to change the water.

You think it’s bad disposing of 250 gallons of water? Try getting rid of 25,000 gallons

Chemicals play a large part in keeping both clean, but you mustn’t mix pool chemicals with hot tub chemicals. They act entirely differently, even though they may seem the same. This is due to the temperature at which they are designed to work.

Also, pool chemicals are stronger because of the greater volume they have to deal with.

Some people ask, can I use dish soap to clean my hot tub?

I discussed this in a recent article. The bottom line is yes, you can, but you need to clean off the residue thoroughly to avoid foam when you refill.

Just click that link to read it on my site to learn more.

What are the biggest differences between a hot tub and a swimming pool?

The primary difference is one of scale. Hot tubs are much smaller – if they are too big, you lose the jets’ effect. The largest commercial hot tubs – aside from the swim-spa type – seat up to 10 people, while swimming pools can be several times larger.

But pools don’t also don’t have jets, although the filter and pump do act somewhat similarly.

The fact that you have to swim to get from one end to the other dictates the size it needs to be. The other significant difference is one of activity.

In a pool, people like to cool down, swim, play games, whereas, in a hot tub, it is more about relaxation, sitting around and talking.

While swimming pools have jets, they circulate the water and keep it clean rather than generate air bubbles for the therapeutic effect.

You hardly ever change the water in a swimming pool – maybe every 5 or 6 years – while you change the water in a hot tub every 3 or 4 months.

The amount of water per person demonstrates why it is easier to keep pool water clean.

A 250-gallon hot tub will seat five people, but that equates to 50 gallons per person. Those same five people in a 25,000-gallon pool will have 500 gallons each.

So all those body gels, sweat, and dead skin are being concentrated over a much smaller volume in a hot tub.

Are hot tubs full of germs?

Provided you follow the simple rules on maintenance, there should be little or no harmful germs in your hot tub. However, being lax on water maintenance can lead to more germs in a hot tub than you would typically find in a swimming pool.

However, if you come home from work looking to relax in your hot tub and you find the water cloudy and smelling of cabbage, or even worse, then you have a problem that needs fixing fast.

In a recent article, I discussed this topic in detail. What really surprised me was how many different issues can cause that problem.

Just click that link to read it on my site.

Adding sanitizer and checking pH and alkalinity levels are an essential part of hot tub maintenance, but it doesn’t end there. You need to clean your filters every 3 weeks or so, with a deep clean every 3 to 4 months.

And if you’re on top of that and your water chemistry, you can probably go 2 years before needing to replace your filter.

You may also get a build-up of biofilm over time too.

This is the residue from body lotions, deodorant, sweat, and other organic matter that finds its way into your tub. Most of this gets caught up in the filter, but some find its way to the pump.

Flushing out biofilm in the pipes will clear this.

When changing your water, add some Ok Yuk Healthy Hot Tub Cleaner (click to see the current price on Amazon) just before you empty the tub and run the jets for an hour. Then drain, rinse, and refill.

This will remove contaminants and improve filtration when you refill.

How can you tell if a swimming pool is dirty?

A dirty pool will be cloudy and/or green in color. A healthy pool will not give off any strong odor. The water will also be clear with just a hint of blue color. But the smell of chlorine is not a sign of a healthy pool; it means that the balance is wrong.

But that’s just a quick snapshot.

A dirty pool may be caused by excessive contaminants from body fluids and other organic material. You may also see bubbles or foam building up on the surface. This is also a sign of contamination from body lotions, sunscreen, perfumes, and cologne.

Water can become cloudy, particularly after heavy rain, and can be caused by poor water circulation but may be due to chemical imbalance. Check the pH and alkalinity levels and clean out the filter regularly to avoid this.

But in my experience, chlorine levels being too low combined with sunlight and maybe a recent rain often collides to create an algae problem in pools.

If the water is green or a yellow-brown, you definitely have an algae problem. Inadequate sanitizer levels allow algae to grow, which will eat up the debris in your pool creating a ‘bloom.’

How did algae get there?

Because a pool is uncovered, it is more prone to environmental changes such as extremes in heat, excessive rainfall, and high winds. Debris can easily get into the pool, bringing with it bacteria and algae spores.

Luckily, it’s not hard to get rid of algae. With my Intex above-ground pool, I keep a quart of this product from Amazon on hand at all times. Algae can crop up in under 24 hours, so if you start to see it, don’t wait!

Swimming in a dirty pool is dangerous, and if you wear contacts, this can cause eye infections and corneal ulcers.

Check out this recent article on my website to learn more. Just click on the link to read it. You may be surprised to find what alternatives there are to contacts when you want a swim or a soak.

Did I answer all your questions on whether hot tubs are cleaner than pools?

Hot tubs and pools are only as clean as you make them. Many things can contaminate the water in both, but there is no reason to suffer from cloudy or smelly water with the correct maintenance schedule in place.

They both have different issues. Hot tubs are a very small, warm, and moist environment where bacteria can thrive. Pools are large expanses of water, open to the elements.

Understanding how to deal with each is the key to keeping your pool or tub clean and healthy.

I hope this covers everything, but if you have any questions, just drop me a line or add a comment. And don’t forget to check out the links to other related articles on my site.

Can a Hot Tub Make You Dehydrated?

I love getting in my hot tub, but I’ve noticed that sometimes I feel thirsty or even lightheaded when I get out. When that happens I’ve wondered can a hot tub make you dehydrated?

I decided to research it and here’s what I found out:

Yes. A hot tub can lead to excess sweating and dehydration in conjunction with other factors such as not drinking enough water, alcohol consumption, or soaking longer than 20 minutes at 104° F. 

But there’s more to know about how to use hot tubs safely, ensure you’re properly hydrated, and the surprising ways both alcohol consumption and the temperature you have your hot tub set to can impact dehydration.

So let’s take the plunge and keep reading!

Can a hot tub cause dehydration?

No. A hot tub by itself will not cause dehydration. But dehydration can occur when using a hot tub in conjunction with potential issues such as soaking longer than 20 minutes at 104° F, consuming alcohol, and not drinking enough water.

But it’s not like a quick plunge will suddenly rob your body of water. Our bodies are made up of 60% water according to the United States Geological Survey which is a government division of the Department of the Interior.

They go on to state that “the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery: 31%.”

They go on to say that, on average, an adult male needs 3 liters of water a day and adult females need 2.2 liters per day. That amounts to a little over 3 quarts and 2 quarts respectively.

So it stands to reason that NOT drinking enough water before you get in a hot tub is what really creates the dehydration. The hot water just makes it worse and can accelerate those symptoms of dehydration.

The biggest factors that affect dehydration are:

  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Excess urination
  • High fever
  • Excess sweat

So obviously the big takeaway from those are doing things that cause our bodies to lose water.

The good news is that a hot tub really can only lead to one of those; excess sweating due to the high temperatures.

Personally, since I have 3 daughters that like to use the hot tub, and one of them is a toddler, my wife and I keep our tub set to 98°. That way we can all enjoy it without too much risk. It also makes it more enjoyable in the heat of summer when the last thing we really want is to bask in 104° water.

What are the symptoms of dehydration after using a hot tub?

Symptoms of dehydration after using a hot tub include excess thirst, feeling dizzy, lightheaded, or sleepy. When those symptoms set in, exit the hot tub safely, and slowly sip water in a seated position until the symptoms diminish.

If you haven’t had enough water today, or have your hot tub set well above 100°, or if you’re drinking alcohol in your hot tub, you could experience dehydration.

If you aren’t sure what that looks like, look for one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Unquenchable thirst
  • Dizzyness
  • Sleepy
  • Not able to urinate
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Disoriented

For young children, you might also see:

  • Dry mouth
  • Irritability
  • No wet diapers for a few hours
  • Lack of tears when crying

Of course, when in doubt, always consult a doctor if you see persistent or concerning symptoms. Better to be safe than sorry.

But for the best and safest results when using your hot tub, make sure and drink plenty of water before getting in. Also, try and avoid heating your hot tub above 100°.

Lastly, take breaks where you get out after 15-20 minutes max to allow your body to not get overheated.

Used safely, your hot tub can provide significant benefit and pleasure to your whole family. We just have to use some common sense.

Is drinking alcohol in a hot tub dangerous?

Alcohol and hot tubs are often used in conjunction. However, excess alcohol combined with low water consumption and soaking beyond recommended limits can expand blood vessels, increase body temperature, and induce symptoms of dehydration such as dizziness and disorientation.

So, possibly is the short answer.

But I say that having done it many times. What I don’t do, however, is have more than 1 drink when I’m in the hot tub.

Having 1 drink ensures I’m not intoxicated which could lead to passing out and drowning. It also helps ensure I don’t get too dehydrated. But that’s in conjunction with some of what I addressed above; not setting the temp too high and ensuring I drink enough water.

Other dangers of drinking alcohol in your hot tub can include:

  • Heat exhaustion 
  • Broken glass – Beer bottles and drinking glasses get accidentally broken all the time. Unfortunately, when that happens in a hot tub, it can be very hard to see and remove all the pieces of glass safely and without getting cut in the process

If you do have a drink in the hot tub, relax. You’re not alone. Just be smart and stay safe. Some of the following suggestions can help with that:

  • Use plastic cups or metal beer cans
  • Don’t have more than 1 drink per hour when exposing yourself to the high heat of a hot tub on and off for that time
  • Exercise caution getting in and out of the tub since even a small amount of alcohol can affect coordination and balance
  • Keep your tub set to no more than 100° – alcohol can have a deadly impact on heat exhaustion

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has noted that alcohol is a risk factor for up to 50% of teen and adult deaths connected with water sports and recreation. While most of those are likely related to swimming or boating, it still pays to play it safe when drinking and hot tubbing mix.

Does the temperature of a hot tub affect dehydration?

Yes. The higher the temperature of the water, and the longer you soak, the greater the likelihood of dehydration. Never exceed 20 minutes of soak time when the temperature is set to 104° F.

The biggest way that a hot tub impacts dehydration is by causing excess sweating. So it’s not a shocker that the higher you set your hot tub thermostat to, the more you’ll sweat.

If it’s a hot summer day, that can be magnified.

And, of course, as we’ve already mentioned, other risk factors like not drinking enough water or drinking a lot of alcohol can also impact dehydration and make everything worse.

So what is the ideal temperature for a hot tub?

Lots of people have different opinions here.

Hot tub manufacturer Jacuzzi recommends 104°. Personally, I find that way too hot. It’s also not good for my kids who enjoy getting in the tub with me.

My wife and I keep ours set to 98° although, in the heat of the Texas summer, it’s often a little over that since the sun beats down on the lid all day.

The US Consumer Products Safety Commission has this to say about the proper temperature for a hot tub:

“Hot tub water temperatures should never exceed 104 degrees Fahrenheit. A temperature of 100 degrees is considered safe for a healthy adult.”

They go on to add the following additional precautions:

  • Pregnant women should stick to the 100-degree maximum rule
  • People taking medication which causes drowsiness should not use hot tubs
  • If you have a history of heart disease, diabetes, or blood pressure issues, consult a doctor first

Is it dangerous to stay in a hot tub too long?

Yes. Never exceed 20 minutes of soak time when the temperature is set to 104° F. But lower temperatures also have limits. As a general rule, it’s a good idea to exit the hot tub after about 15 minutes. Always remember to drink plenty of water too.

If you’ve already read the above passages, this should be no surprise. Even a fully hydrated person not drinking alcohol can become dehydrated if they use a hot tub for more than 20 minutes.

That’s even truer if the temperature of the hot tub is above 100°.

Since some of the symptoms of dehydration can include dizziness, being disoriented, and feeling tired, someone could easily injure themselves getting out of the hot tub, or pass out in the hot tub.

For those reasons, it is ALWAYS recommended that you never use a hot tub alone.

So use caution when using your hot tub, ensure you drink plenty of water, and don’t sit submerged in your tub beyond 20 minutes max. If you keep your tub set to 104° you probably want to shorten that to between 10-15 minutes.

But always listen to your body and when in doubt, take a break and get out.

Can you pass out from being in a hot tub?

Yes, although not generally for those drinking plenty of water and following recommended hot tub temperatures and soak times. The higher the temperature of the water, the greater the impact on blood pressure. So never exceed 104° F and soak for a maximum of 20 minutes, with 15 minutes being ideal.

A recent study by the Mayo Clinic looked at excess hot tub exposure where the water was set to 104° for some subjects and 106.7° for others. The test subjects got in the hot tubs for 21 minutes.

The Mayo Clinic determined that, surprisingly, the higher temperature didn’t increase the risk of heart or circulation health. However, the higher the temperature, the bigger the impact on blood pressure.

They noted that the higher temperature caused a 50% increase in blood pressure drop compared to the lower 104° water.

The significant and quick drop in blood pressure can reduce blood flow to the brain and lead to fainting. Passing out, of course, could not only lead to drowning but also head injury if you hit your head when falling.

So again, to use your hot tub safely, never exceed 104°, and even lower is safer.

Did I cover all you wanted to know about whether a hot tub can make you dehydrated?

In this article, we took an in-depth look into the world of hot tubs and how they can affect our bodies.

Everyone knows a hot tub feels great on sore, tired muscles. But depending on how much water we’ve had that day, what temp we have our hot tub set to, and if we have been drinking alcohol, dehydration can set in.

So we looked at the specific question of can a hot tub make you dehydrated?

The answer, perhaps not surprisingly, was yes. Being exposed to high temperatures for an extended period of time could lead to dehydration or other health issues.

For that reason, it’s always recommended you NOT set your hot tub temperature too high.

It’s also recommended to take a break after 10-15 minutes, and of course, use alcohol moderately and safely if you plan to use your hot tub.

What temperature do you like to set your tub to?

Do Inflatable Hot Tubs Have Filters?

Inflatable hot tubs are a great way to relax and get into hot tubbing on a small budget. But since inflatable hot tubs don’t have all the features and equipment of large permanent ones, do inflatable hot tubs have filters?

Here’s what I found out from looking into it:

Yes, just like all other types of hot tubs, inflatable hot tubs do have filters. However, they are much smaller than regular hot tub filters. They are typically located inside the drain grate inside at the base of the hot tub. Unlike regular hot tubs, inflatable hot tub filters are designed to be changed weekly.

But that’s just the beginning.

Above-ground pool filters are also designed to be changed weekly, but I have found with regular cleaning, I can extend that to a month or more. So inflatable hot tub filters are no different.

Let’s explore it a little deeper.

How do you clean an inflatable hot tub filter?

To clean an inflatable hot tub filter, first, turn the threaded cap on the suction drain inside the base of the hot tub. Then, rinse it under warm water at a kitchen sink with a sprayer using your fingers to get in between each of the paper pleats.

Chances are, your inflatable hot tub will have 2 of these filters.

Filters come in the form of cylindrical cartridges. They are made up of folded fabric pleats to provide a large surface area in which to catch the dead skin, hair, insects, and other debris that floats around in your hot tub, un-noticed.

The filters sit inside the suction grates located in the water at the bottom of the hot tub.

Just unscrew the caps on the end of the suction grates and pull the filters out. Unlike filters on portable or in-ground hot tubs which can last a year or more, inflatable hot tub filters are recommended to be changed weekly. But I have a workaround to extend the life of yours.

First, just take the filter to your kitchen sink and clean with warm water using the sprayer on your kitchen sink faucet. Make sure to get in between all the paper pleats, using your fingers.

Don’t have a sprayer in your kitchen sink? Or just want to use the garden hose?

A great product to thoroughly clean your filter is the Filter Flosser (click to see the current price on Amazon). This connects to your garden hose to provide a powerful, evenly dispersed spray that gets in between the pleats of your cartridge filter, working out the dirt and debris.

Then, every 4-6 weeks, you should give your filter a deep clean by removing it and soaking it in a 5-gallon water bucket with a filter cleaning chemical.

There are many products on Amazon, but one I would recommend is Power Soak (click to see it on Amazon). It’s a non-foaming, fast-acting, heavy-duty granular cleaner that you mix with hot or cold water.

It removes lotion residues, body oils, dirt & grime, and contains enzymes to eat up organic contaminants.

If you use cold water, soak it overnight. But for hot water, you can be done in just 1 hour.

How often should you change or clean your inflatable hot tub filter?

Inflatable hot tub filters are designed to be changed weekly. However, if you clean it thoroughly every 5-7 days and do a deep chemical soak every 4-6 weeks, you can extend the life of your filters to 3 months. Simply replace them when they can no longer get clear or the housing starts to break down.

Inflatable hot tub filters are just like the ones on my above-ground pool, which has the same recommendation. They are flimsier and more cheaply made than the filters in portable or in-ground hot tubs.

I just clean mine regularly and then replace it when I can no longer get them clean or the housing starts to degrade. You should clean your filters weekly, and more often if you use the hot tub frequently. Just follow the steps outlined in the section above for all the details on cleaning.

A visual check should tell you when it is time. Don’t wait for problems to arise, such as dirty water or the sound of the pump straining.

Thinking about cleaning your filters in the dishwasher?

Do not clean your filter in a dishwasher or washing machine. I know some say this is OK, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

To find out why, read this recent article on my website. I get into all the reasons why this is a terrible idea, including the 1 reason most people don’t think about.

Just click that link to read it on my site.

Do you need a filter in a hot tub?

Yes. All hot tubs need 1 or more filters to remove debris from the water such as skin flakes, hair, body oils, leaves, and residues of lotions, shampoo, and soap from our bodies. The filters, in conjunction with the chemicals, help keep the water clean and safe to soak in.

Ultimately, it would be better for people to shower before taking the plunge.

But even then, you will get the residue of sun-screen, deodorant, perfume, aftershave, and other body lotions floating around in the hot tub. You will also get hair and flakes of skin, and inevitably insects in there too.

All sounds pretty gross, but this stuff has to be removed before it gets into your pump and clogs up the pipes.

You can run your hot tub without a filter, but this should only be done for short periods and certainly not when you are using the hot tub.

Recirculating dirty, unfiltered water is unhygienic and could result in skin and respiratory diseases.

Also, if you alternate between two filters when cleaning one, this will increase the lifespan of both filters and ensure your hot tub always has filtration in place.

How often should you change the water in an inflatable hot tub?

As with any hot tub, you should change the water every 3 to 4 months in an inflatable hot tub. With heavy use, you may even find every 2 months to be necessary. Use a calendar to mark the times, but you can usually gauge when it’s time by the water’s appearance and smell.

As I said, you can usually tell when it is ready for change – the water gets murky, and it starts to smell, but this could also be down to a chemical imbalance, so check your pH level and alkalinity regularly.

But you shouldn’t wait for it to get this nasty.

After a while, you will get to know the optimum time between changes and schedule it into your routine. And don’t add bath salts or anything else to simply cover up the smell.

Ordinary bath salts or Epsom salt are not OK as they cause foaming, which can clog the filter and pump.

However, some aromatherapy products do work for hot tubs.

In this recent article, I get into some of the best bath salt, aromatherapy, and Epsom salt alternatives that work great in hot tubs and won’t damage it.

Just click that link to read it on my site.

How long do lazy spa filters last (and other brands of inflatables too)?

Lay Z Spa recommends changing the filter on a Lay Z Spa every 2 to 3 weeks, although they can be cleaned and reused.

Lay Z Spa, to give it its correct name, is a brand of inflatable hot tub widely available in the UK, but not much in America. Filters are sold in packs of 12, and they are much smaller than those used on regular tubs.

A good alternative is the washable and reusable foam-type filter, suitable for the Lay Z Spa and the Intex inflatable hot tubs. These are available on Amazon, and although more expensive than the paper cartridges, they will last longer.

A decent filter should last 3  months, but if you look after it and clean it regularly, you may be able to get even more time than that.

In hard water areas, there are chances you may find that filters get a build-up of calcium, which means they will have to be cleaned and changed more often.

Do not be tempted to use detergent to break down the calcium as this could lead to foaming when you reinsert the filter.

Do not use bleach either, as this will destroy the fibers in the filter.

Can I use my hot tub without a filter?

No. You should not run any hot tub without a filter for any length of time. If you do run your hot tub without a filter, this should only be done for short periods when troubleshooting or fixing a leak or doing a biofilm cleaning before draining and refilling.

Running your hot tub without a filter could damage the motor, so limit the time to fix the problem or turn the pump off.

You shouldn’t use your hot tub without a filter because all the dirt and debris normally captured by the filter will end up in the pump, potentially causing damage. It will also find its way back into the hot tub where you, your friends, and family are sat – very unhygienic!

Inflatable hot tubs have very small jets – only 3mm diameter in most cases. They can easily get blocked if the filter is not there to collect all the nasty stuff. Also, there are a lot of them – well over 100 – so that’s a lot of jets to clean if you do forget to replace your filter.

If you have a spare filter, there is no reason for you to use your hot tub without one in any case.

Did I cover all you wanted to know about whether inflatable hot tubs have filters?

You should now have learned that inflatable hot tubs have filters, and, as with all hot tubs, they will need regular cleaning and replacement.

Filters can be cleaned easily using a garden hose, but there are tools you can get that make this more comfortable and more thorough.

There are chemicals you can use to help deep-clean your filter periodically, and with regular cleaning, a filter will be good for one to two years.

But if you haven’t bought an inflatable hot tub yet, check out my recent article where I get into all the pros and cons of whether it’s worth it or not. I even give you pricing and my pick for the #1 inflatable hot tub.

Just click that link to read it on my site.

Do Inflatable Hot Tubs Get Hot?

Hot tubs are great for relaxing with your family, and inflatable ones allow you to experience that on a smaller budget. But the question that worries most people is, “do inflatable hot tubs get hot?”

I did some research, and here’s what I found:

Inflatable hot tubs do get hot, up to a temperature of 104°F.  However, most inflatable hot tubs will struggle to reach that temperature if the ambient air temperature is below 40°F. Also, in inflatable hot tubs, the jets and heater are not able to function simultaneously.

If you are willing to buy an inflatable hot tub but aren’t sure whether it is the right one, then this article is a must-read for you.

So we’ll be looking at how well inflatable hot tubs work in cold winters. But we’ll also explore what it means to not be able to use the heater and jets at the same time.

Let’s dive deep into the details.

How hot can an inflatable hot tub get?

The maximum temperature on any hot tub, including inflatable hot tubs is 104°F. However, due to the lack of insulation, and the fact that the heater and jets cannot run simultaneously, inflatable hot tubs are not likely to get above 98°F if the air temperature drops below 40°F.

But you also have a less efficient heater on most inflatable hot tubs. The heater on an inflatable tub is limited to around 1kW compared to 7kW on a standard tub.

In winter, to maximize the heat, you may want to set your hot tub to the max temp of 104°F.

Ultimately, it doesn’t make a massive difference to your running costs if you set your hot tub temperature to 98° or 104°, although it will take a little longer to raise it to the higher figure.

Once at your chosen temperature, it is best to leave it at that, as bumping the temperature up and down frequently will increase your energy costs.

Also, remember that once that lid is off and the jets are set to full speed, the water temperature will start to drop.

So you may find it better to leave the jets off while soaking when it’s really cold outside.

How do I keep my inflatable hot tub warm?

To keep your inflatable hot tub as warm as possible, always use an insulated ground cover and keep the lid on when not in use. Also, keep the temperature set consistently as it takes longer to reheat the water from a lower temperature than it does to maintain a set temperature.

Inflatable hot tubs are not particularly well insulated on the whole.

The walls are thin, and although the air prohibits a certain amount of heat loss, the outside air temperature can have an enormous impact on this.

On a hot summer day, it’s okay, but as the temperatures drop, the air in the walls drops too.

On many inflatable tubs, the lids are little more than a fabric covering, with no insulation value at all. They keep out the debris and wild animals in search of a drink.

The base of the tub is also a great source of heat loss, and even on a hot day, it can be a bit uncomfortable if you don’t have seating installed.

There are, however, ways to improve on this, starting with the lid.

#1 The Lid

Getting the right fit is essential, so make sure you put the lid on all the way every time you get out. Even just being slightly off-center can cause a lot of heat to escape the hot tub.

You can also use a thermal blanket under the lid.

This is an insulated blanket that floats on the surface of the water keeping the heat in. Basically, it adds an extra layer of insulation under the lid.

This one on Amazon is a great one to get. Awesome reviews, inexpensive, and easy to cut to size for a perfect fit no matter which brand of hot tub you have.

Just click that link to check the current price on Amazon.

#2 The Ground Mat

Finally, it is well worth investing in an insulated ground mat if yours didn’t come with one.

These often come with the tub as standard, and they should be big enough to cover the base and the pump/heater box.

But the floor of an insulated hot tub is the thinnest part of the tub. So it’s the perfect place to lose heat and efficiency. A ground cover helps keep the heat in the water.

Should an inflatable hot tub be left on all the time?

Yes. It is recommended that all hot tubs be left on permanently. This is because it is costlier to bring the temperature back up to 104° than it is to keep it there. The main exception would be if you are winterizing it, or shutting it down for an extended vacation.

If you turn off your hot tub after use, it will lose heat rapidly.

This is even more true when the outside air temperature drops below 40. Because the heater on an inflatable hot tub is limited to 1-1.2kW, it takes a lot longer to heat the water. Maybe as much as 12 hours, so this is going to impact your spa-time.

Combat this by leaving it on all the time.

Remember, you bought the hot tub for your enjoyment. It is pointless to spoil that for the small cost of a dollar a day it takes to run it.

Do inflatable hot tubs stay warm in winter?

With a good, well-insulated ground mat and a tight-fitting lid, inflatable hot tubs can usually maintain at least 98°F in winter. However, using the jets when the air temp is below 40°F will cause the temperature to drop as the heater and jets can’t work at the same time.

It is because the heater will switch off as soon as you turn on the pump.

One of the advantages of inflatable hot tubs is their ease of use – you just need some flat ground and a 13amp outside socket with a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).

The downside is, this doesn’t give you enough power to run the pump and heater at the same time.

There are ways to keep it warm during the wintertime. Adding insulation over the lid and around the walls will make a massive difference and help you save a lot on your electric bill.

Alternately you can move it to the end of a garage in winter for added efficiency.

Inflatable hot tubs are more expensive to run than regular hot tubs. But how much more? Luckily, in a recent article on my website, I cover exactly how much you can expect to spend.

Just click that link to read it on my site.

What is the most energy-efficient inflatable hot tub?

The most energy-efficient inflatable hot tub is the Intex PureSpa. It comes with both an insulated lid and a thermal ground cloth. But it’s 1,300-watt heater is also more powerful than most inflatable hot tubs.

CLICK HERE to see the Intex PureSpa on Amazon.

Although I explained that inflatable hot tubs are not as energy efficient as regular solid-body hot tubs, some are more efficient than others.

The thing to look for is the cover. Most of the heat loss occurs through the lid of the hot tub, which is why this needs to be in place when your hot tub is not in use.

One of the best on the market for energy efficiency is the Intex PureSpa, available here on Amazon. It comes in two sizes – 4-person and 6-person –, and it is a favorite of mine for three reasons:

  • It costs less than $1,000,
  • The specs are great
  • It’s the #1 Best-Selling inflatable hot tub on Amazon with hundreds of awesome reviews

The 6-person tub is equipped with 170 water jets powered by a 1.1hp pump, providing a flow rate of 7.7gpm (gallons per minute) to give you that excellent spa experience.

With an inside diameter of 65 inches and a height of 28 inches, it can comfortably seat six adults, unlike some so-called 4 to 6-seaters.

Made from a laminate PVC, it is both comfortable and durable.

CLICK HERE to see the Intex PureSpa on Amazon.

Speaking of durable, if you ever wondered whether inflatable hot tubs are durable enough, you should read this recent article here on my website.

I get into all how they are built, whether they are easy to patch if you get a hole or tear, and how long they last.  And I also cover whether it makes sense to buy one now or save up for a more permanent one.

Just click that link to read it on my site.

Did I cover all you wanted to know about whether inflatable hot tubs get hot?

So, to sum up, inflatable hot tubs do get hot and in the summertime, and they can retain that heat for long periods. However, as the air temperature gets colder, the heat loss is far more significant than you get with a regular tub.

This is because you cannot run the heater and the pump at full speed at the same time.

This always pops up the question, are they worth the money? The low initial cost has to be balanced by the higher running cost, so why don’t you check out this recent article on my website before making your mind up. I get into all the pros and cons of inflatable hot tubs.

Just click that link to see it on my site.

If there is anything I didn’t cover that you would like to know, drop me a line or just click on the links to see previous posts on my site.

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Respite from Regularity by Vanity Mirror is licensed under CC2.0

Do Inflatable Hot Tubs Have Jets?

Inflatable hot tubs are becoming increasingly popular, but many people who are considering this as an entry into the realm of hot tubs are asking, “do inflatable hot tubs have jets?” 

So I did some research, and here’s what I discovered. 

Yes. Inflatable hot tubs have jets, in fact, more than most regular hot tubs on the market. Most inflatable hot tubs have over a hundred jets, in some cases getting on for 200. These are small multi-massage jets designed to provide a good overall feeling of relaxation and usually only 3mm diameter in most cases.

That said, you might also need to know how many jets are available in which size, and I will help you with that. Besides, I will also let you know if you can run the jets and heater simultaneously. And do you know whether inflatable hot tubs have seats? No worries. 

Just keep reading to clear all your doubts about these inflatables. 

How many jets do inflatable hot tubs have?

The number of jets in inflatable hot tubs vary depending on the size of the tub, but you can expect to find 110 jets on a 2 to 4 person tub and 130 jets on a 4 to 6 person tub. Although this sounds a lot, especially when you compare it to a regular tub, these jets are relatively small – only 1/8″ diameter in most cases.

Why is this?

Because inflatable tubs are designed to be packed away into small boxes and stored when not in use. They don’t have the solid walls of a regular hot tub where pipes can be built into the shell. Therefore, they have a series of flexible pipes connected to small jets.

These jets are fixed and positioned all around the perimeter, so you get a good spread, but you can’t target specific body areas such as the feet, back, or shoulders.

The staggered jets push the bubbles into the center of the tub, providing a balanced, all-round body massage.

If this has whetted your appetite, but you’re still wondering if inflatable hot tubs are worth the money, take a look at a recent article I posted on my website. As you will see, there is more to it than the number of jets.

Just click that link to read it on my site.

How many jets should a hot tub have?

A small to medium-sized portable hot tub will have between 12 and 24 jets, while larger tubs can have as many as 50 jets or more. There is no fixed number for the jets in a hot tub, as it depends on factors like hot tub type, size, number and size of pumps, and price. 

So, there is no magic ratio, and for a regular hot tub, you need to consider:

  • Positioning – all-round or focused on certain body parts
  • Type – rotating or fixed.
  • Number and size of pumps

The positioning of the jets affects the kind of experience you will get, and if you are looking for something that will provide hydrotherapy, you’re going to want jets by your feet, lower back, and neck.

Rotating jets help direct the flow of water where you want it, whereas fixed jets have to be where you need them most.

Many hot tubs have a mix of fixed and rotating jets, and some have pulsating jets that give out short bursts of water, even better on sore joints and muscles.

A single pump will be good for 25 to 30 jets, and most jets need a flow rate of 10 to 12gpm (gallons per minute) to be effective, so if your tub has 20 jets, you need a pump with a flow rate of at least 200gpm.

A small to medium-sized portable hot tub will have between 12 and 24 jets strategically placed to give a good massage where you need it and to keep the temperature even throughout the tub. Larger tubs can have as many as 50 jets.

So if that’s the case, why doesn’t everyone buy inflatables?

Well, there are a lot more factors to consider than the number of jets, so if you want to learn more, read on, and if this is your first hot tub, you should also read my recent article on things to know before buying.

Can you run the jets and heater at the same time on an inflatable hot tub?

No. Most inflatable hot tubs cannot run the jets and the heater at the same time. Inflatable hot tubs are 110v compared to 220v for most portable hot tubs. 110v hot tubs simply don’t have the power to run both at the same time.

So, this is really down to the electrical set-up, which for inflatable hot tubs is usually 110v with a 13amp plug. This limits the number of things you can have going on at the same time.

The maximum load on a 13amp plug is 3kW, and the heater will be 1 to 1.2kW, the pump slightly less, say 600W.

On the face of it, this must be sufficient to run both. However, to allow a factor of safety, and to take account of the surge when the pump kicks in fully, the heater will automatically turn off as soon as you switch the pump to high speed.

The pump will operate at low speed while the heater is on, so the jets can still circulate air and water and mix in the sterilizing chemicals, but when you are using the hot tub, it is one or the other, not both.

This is not a problem in warm weather, because the amount of heat loss from the water is minimal with just the pump running at full speed, but in the wintertime, the temperature of the water can drop 10° in one hour.

The smaller heater on an inflatable tub means that it has to run for longer to reach or maintain the optimum temperature of 104°F. This, in turn, means that running costs will be higher.

If you don’t intend to run the jets on full, the heater will continue to operate, but the rate of heat loss will still be greater than the heat gained in colder weather.

Do inflatable hot tubs have seats?

Most inflatable hot tubs do not have seats, though most of them come with cushioned bottoms that are comfortable to sit on. However, you can typically order seats, headrests, and floating drink holders if your hot tub does not come with them.

If you want to put seating in an inflatable tub, you must use the right kind.

The last thing you want to do is puncture or tear the fabric. Don’t use anything with a metal frame. Not only are these likely to corrode, but the frame may damage the base or walls of your tub.

If your hot tub supplier cannot provide you with the seating you’re looking for, there are plenty of options on eBay and Amazon. Look for one with suction pads – this will help secure it to the base of the hot tub and stop it from sliding around.

My favorite thing on Amazon for inflatable hot tubs is this PureSpa 5 Piece Deluxe Kit Set (click to see the current price on Amazon). With it, you get:

  • 2 spa seats
  • 2 spa headrests
  • 1 spa cup holder

It’s also an Amazon’s Choice product and has almost 100 awesome reviews.

Now that is designed for Intex inflatable hot tubs. However, judging from the comments on Amazon, the seats and cup holder will work for any brand of round inflatable hot tub.


Which inflatable hot tub has the most jets?

the Intex PureSpa Plus is a 6-person inflatable hot tub with 170 jets. The largest inflatable hot tubs typically seat six people and have about 150 jets. 


But jets aren’t the only thing this tub has going for it.

This tub also comes with a built-in water conditioning system that prevents this and provides the user with clear, soft water, which is much better for the skin.

It also can be set up in under 20 minutes.

With its insulated cover and thermal ground cloth, the Intex PureSpa Plus is one of the most thermally efficient inflatable tubs around, and the fiber-reinforced PVC walls make it one of the most durable too.

But then it also comes with a multi-colored LED light, 2 filters, and 2 headrests.

The ground cloth also helps prevent tears and punctures from nail heads if you want to place your hot tub on a timber deck. But you should read my recent article on this topic before doing this.

Just click on the link to read it on my site.

Did I cover all you wanted to know about do inflatable hot tubs have jets?

Well, as you will have read, yes, inflatable hot tubs have jets – lots of them, but it is not all about the number.

For a nice, relaxing soak, the multi massage jets of an inflatable hot tub are more than enough for most people, but if you a looking for a real hydrotherapy session focusing on specific parts of the body such as the neck or lower back, then this is probably not for you.

There are many portable plug-and-play tubs available – check out Essential Hot Tubs on Amazon.

Hopefully, this has given you some guidance on what is best for you. But if there is anything I didn’t cover that you would like to know, drop me a line or just click on the links to see previous posts on my site.