Posted: 22/06/2017 at 21:37
The blow up ones are alright for a weekend if you haven't a free space to keep one on display all year round or simply only intend to use it three months a year, but they don't retain heat, don't look at nice, aren't as comfortable, and when you dismantle it in the winter you'll be cursing having to find somewhere to put it and then put off getting it back out in the summer because it's a faff.
I have a friend with a solid one who has, much to my envy, decided before now to power it up and sit there with a glass of cider while it snowed around him. His really helps his aches and broken bits so gets a lot of use. He built a very private area for it with trellis and in the winter has plastic panels that fix in to provide a bit nore protection from the elements. This means you can use it all year round. I don't think you'd be able to do that with a blow up one.