Inflatable Hot Tub Accessories come in many shapes and forms, from pillows, some with built-in sounds; individual stick-on LED battery-operated lighting for underwater use, cushions for seating or to give that extra height for the shorter among us; handrails and steps for the infirm along with floating drink or snack trays to name but a few of the inflatable spa accessories available for use in the pool itself.
How about hot towel rails – towel trees, or hangers to keep your clothes off the floor?
How about a barbeque or fire pit for family gatherings or parties and maybe a set of relaxing loungers next to your hot tub for your guests?
What about storage around your hot tub using steps or cupboards?
If you enjoy going down the route of late evening soirees, then you may need lighting to give a little social ambiance or heating in the form of outdoor patio heaters to ease the chill of the late evening air for your guests.
After all, it’s not much use layering on the sun cream and then using a hot tub as it literally just floats off. At that sort of temperature, it’s just not waterproof.
Maybe a surround is more to the point to keep prying eyes out or to act as a windbreak?
Weatherwise, there’s always the option of having a cover over your spa so it can be used to keep the elements out of the cold winter weather and also pets away from your hot tub – you’ll have to think of the safety aspects sometime.
On the finer, less expensive note, there are gazebos and canopies that fit in well with spas to give some element of protection when needed, both to you and your prized possession.
Headrests for Hot Tubs
So lets first take a look at what sort of headrests are available for your Hot Tub.
The fully inflatable ones we’ve had in the past worked well for us with our Coleman Saluspa Inflatable Hot Tub – I’ve often heard them referred to as Lay-Z-Spa Hot Tubs, but they are the same product marketed in the UK and here in the US.
They simply need a small amount of water in them to stop them blowing away if the wind rises unexpectedly and to keep them in place on top the sides like a saddle on a horse and then some air adding. Blow them up with your mouth as they don’t need much pressure.
There are all shapes and sizes and they can be found here, but they virtually all sit well on most inflatable hot tub sides.
The only hot tub there may be a doubt with is the latest hot tub we own at the present, a Bestway Helsinki, purchased from Amazon, which has sturdy walls at five inches rather than six or seven as is usual for most hot tubs, but this we first overcame by using our old headrests with a few waterproof sheets folded under the ‘saddle’.
To put the cover in place, they need to be taken off the wall first and dropped into the water, which is no big issue, but we do make a point of cleaning the headrests once every two weeks to stop any grease, and hence, bacteria build-up as hair is naturally greasy.
But there is another far simpler option ticking all the right boxes for us, and that is using the weighted variety produced by Carefree, with a strap that sits across your hot tub side with the cushion on the inside and a small weight on the outside.
Makes it ideal as it can be left in place while it is covered and the cushion itself floats and is sealed to allow no ingress of water. In fact, this model comes in a pack of two.
Cushions / Seating for Hot Tubs
Cushions and seating for inflatable hot tubs come in three different forms.
First off, there are certain hot tubs that have integral bench seating included in the hot tub design —- and these do not need any extra support as basically you are sitting on an inflated cushion. These are great when you have small kids who want to be with you in the tub.
Normally, for most, their hot tub is basically like a large straight-sided cup and it is these that need cushions / seating to help with shorter bodies, sciatica, and rheumatism where straight legs can be painful.
Normally these are inflatable or filled with water with just a small amount of air space, to provide support and they tend to have suction cups to keep them attached to the bottom of your hot tub.
Got to say, tho’, don’t use them as stepping pads when you want to get out of your hot tub as they can fail under your weight on a small area.
This brings us to the third type. A solid version that can be stepped on. It still has the suction cups to keep it in one place so they don’t slide from under you, but they are a great boon for the older/infirm, who struggle climbing over the sides of hot tubs; shorter people too will find them a great help.
We found the best one for Mom, her getting on a bit and being infirm, was the Hot Tub Booster Seat by Belize. It’s blue, so she can easily see it. Might not fit in with most color schemes, but it improves her confidence no end when standing on it to get in and out of our tub.
Again, there are lots of other styles and sizes to choose from and they can be seen here.