Do Inflatable Hot Tubs Have Jets?

By Calvin | Last Updated: July 14, 2021 | Guides / Hot Tub 101

One of the most distinctive features of a hot tub is the hot tub jets. The jets create the bubbling feeling that enhances your hot tub experience so it’s normal to ask if inflatable hot tubs have jets especially if you are thinking of purchasing one. So, do inflatable hot tubs have jets?

Inflatable hot tubs have jets but the jets in most inflatable hot tubs have a different design from the ones in regular hot tubs. Inflatable hot tubs are usually designed with air jets which are smaller and gentler than the ones in regular hot tubs.

That being said, how many jets are in an inflatable hot tub? And can you replace the jets in an inflatable hot tub? The answer to these questions and more will be discussed in this post. So let’s dive in.

There are a lot of things that regular hot tubs have an inflatable hot tubs don't. So, do inflatable hot tubs have jets? Yes, they do. But, they are different from regular hot tubs. Inflatable hot tub jets are smaller.

How Many Jets Do Inflatable Hot Tubs Have?

Inflatable hot tubs are usually designed with many jets and can range from 100 jets in a 2-3 person inflatable hot tub to 200 jets in a 6-8 person inflatable hot tub.

The number of jets depends on the model or type of inflatable hot tub that you have. Inflatable hot tubs usually have a lot of jets ranging from 100 to 200 jets. Though this might seem much considering the smaller size and structure of an inflatable hot tub, these jets are smaller than the ones in a regular hot tub.

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Different Types of Jets in Inflatable Hot Tub

There are two types of jets in the hot tub world – air jets and water jets. Air jets are designed to gather surrounding air, heat it, and then blow it into the water to create a gentle bubbling feel in the hot tub. Water jets on the other hand gather water from the hot tub and then shoot it out at high pressure to create large bubbles in the hot tub.

Regular hot tubs are usually designed with water jets because the structure of the hot tub can handle the pressure of the water. This explains why your hot tub gets noisy when you turn on the jets. Some regular hot tub models even have both air jets and water jets.

Inflatable hot tubs on the other hand are usually designed with air jets. Air jets are smaller and gentler than water jets which explains why inflatable hot tubs can have as many as 200 jets.

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Can You Replace Inflatable Hot Tub Jets?

Inflatable hot tub jets can be replaced but not in all models. The jets in an inflatable hot tub can be replaced only if the model of the inflatable hot tub allows it.

Inflatable hot tubs are designed with flexible components including the plumbing lines and the jets to allow folding, packing, and storage of the inflatable hot tub. These components like the jets are usually fixed in position, so removing and replacing them will be difficult.

However, some modern inflatable hot tubs are designed with both air jets and water jets. These brands of inflatable hot tubs make it possible to replace the jets if the previous one gets damaged. So the replacement of inflatable hot tub jets depends on the model of the inflatable hot tub that you have.

To know if you can replace the jets in your inflatable hot tub, you should check the owner’s manual or contact the manufacturer.

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Do the Jets on Inflatable Hot Tubs Run All the Time?

The jets of an inflatable hot tub do not run all the time because hot tub jets are designed to go off automatically after a specific time. Inflatable hot tub jets also don’t run all the time because inflatable hot tubs have a limited power of about 110 volts.

The jets of an inflatable hot tub are not designed to run all the time mainly because the inflatable hot tub has a limited power supply. Most inflatable hot tubs run on 110v and have a 13amp plug. This means your inflatable hot tub jets can’t run all the time because doing that will put too much load on the spa’s electrical setup.

The low voltage of the inflatable hot tub also means the jets can’t run when the heater is on. So while you are heating the water in the inflatable hot tub, the jets will automatically go off. This is because the jets and heater can’t work together on 110 volts.

All hot tubs including inflatable hot tubs don’t have jets that can run all the time. The jets are designed to go off after a specific time. When you turn on the jets on high settings, the jets will only run for a maximum of 15 minutes even in regular hot tubs.

On a low setting, the jets will run for a maximum of 2 hours before they shut off automatically. Sure you can turn the jets back on after they go off but doing that will put too much work on the hot tub jets and can shorten the lifespan of the jets.

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Final Words

Overall, inflatable hot tubs have jets just like regular hot tubs but the jets designed with an inflatable hot tub are smaller and gentler than those in a regular hot tub. This means that the spa experience and bubbling feeling that you get in an inflatable hot tub are gentler than that of a regular hot tub.

Hi, I'm Calvin Hall, the owner of Hot Tub Wiki. I worked at a local Spa Service for a few years before creating this website. I have owned several hot tubs and fixed a thousand of them. So, I know a thing or two about hot tubs.