We purchased a Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub, also sold under the name Bestway. Here’s how it works, what it looks like, and how to set it up easily. You can fit four average sized adults in this spa comfortably. The 140 air jets are located in a ring along the bottom of the spa, and are surprisingly powerful! Yes, it will heat water up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, but it’ll take a while. The included instructions were a little vague, so we made a video of our Coleman Saluspa setup, and demonstration. You can find that below, or on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDhYx9NA940
Or, in the summer, don’t turn the heater on and cool off in an oversized kiddie pool! Total weight of the spa and pump is about 80 pounds. 240 gallons of water x 8 pounds a gallon is about a ton gross weight (plus humans), so be aware of that fact when considering putting the Coleman Spa on a deck or raised patio.
The Coleman SaluSpa inflatable hot tub comes complete with a water pump with an integrated heater, and an air pump for inflating the spa itself and also for making the spa bubbles. There is also a filter, chlorine tablet dispersement unit, and an inflatable cover.
Someone asked of the spa also works to clean crawfish. I can’t imagine it wouldn’t work, but you might want to skip the chlorine.
I’m not gonna lie – I thought they Photoshopped four people in this spa for clever marketing material. But, we learned it’s totally possible. It’s more comfortable for three average sized adults tops if everyone wants to stretch out fully, but we managed to get FIVE adults in ours, each with an average height of about 5’9″.
We bought a SECOND Coleman SaluSpa on Amazon when it went on sale for $329. We enjoying our SaluSpa so much, we wanted to have a backup heater/pump and inflatable just in case something happens. Still under $1000 in total investment, obviously not including water and power. The pump has a one year warranty through Bestway. Out of warranty replacement heater/pumps are available for about $250, so buying a second unit with everything included made more sense to us.
We have one of these for the rare weekend we’re NOT cruising. There is something to be said about your own spa where you don’t have to share certain DNA and boogers from unsupervised children!
We’ve answered many great questions on our YouTube channel, including these:
How much did your power bill go up?
The first month is always the most expensive because you’ll heat it and probably use it every other day. Our Florida power bill increased about $50-$100 that month. But it was June in Florida, and the average temperature was about 98 degrees, so at least part of that increase may have been air conditioning.
How often do you change the water?
Our first week, we did not run the filter daily, just when we used it. The water turned murky and green after about a week, so we dumped it, rinsed and brushed it with fresh tap water and a soft towel, and refilled it. We then ran the filter (not the heater) every day to keep the chlorine circulating and kept the water for about a month with use about every other day on average. The water still looked clear and tested well, but as a precaution, we dumped it to avoid the possibility of dangerous organisms.
Naegleria is a free-living amoeba (a single-celled living organism). It is so small that it can only be seen with a microscope. It is commonly found in warm fresh water like lakes, rivers, hot springs, and can grow in untreated pools and spas. Only one species of Naegleria infects people: Naegleria fowleri, commonly known as the “brain-eating amoeba.”
Naegleria fowleri is a heat-loving (thermophilic) organism, meaning it thrives in heat and likes warm water. It grows best at high temperatures up to 115°F (46°C) and can survive for short periods at even higher temperatures. Naegleria fowleri infects people when water containing the ameba enters the body through the nose. This typically happens when people go swimming, diving, or when they put their heads under fresh water, like in lakes and rivers. The ameba then travels up the nose to the brain, where it destroys the brain tissue and causes a devastating infection called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). PAM is almost always fatal.
Hot tub folliculitis is an infection of your skin’s hair follicles caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a type of bacteria found in many hot tubs and pools. The condition often clears up on its own in one to two weeks without treatment.
With proper chlorination and filtration, and periodic water changes when necessary, your spa should be safe and fun.
How often do you change filters?
With heavy use, meaning every other day or more, we inspected our filters. We found hair, skin, and other nasty people stuff in there. We decided to change the filter twice a week when we use it frequently. With lighter use, we got two to three weeks out of a filter. Filters are very easy to change – just unscrew the filter assembly, dump the old one, insert the new one, and screw it back on. No tools necessary, and the entire process takes less than a minute. Cost-wise, filters are fairly inexpensive. Think $4 to $6 per filter depending on how many you purchase at once. We found ours on Amazon (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/3QAmIzn
Where can I get a Coleman SaluSpa?
Now for sale on Amazon! We have seen the price swing widely from as little as $279 on Prime Day to as high as $599 when at full price, but that’s rare. Help support our blog and channel and use our affiliate link when you’re ready to buy – thanks! https://amzn.to/435CPYH
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