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Looking for a way to unwind after a long day of work, I stumbled upon the Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub Spa. Intrigued by the idea of having a hot tub in my own backyard without breaking the bank, I decided to give it a try.
Setting up the hot tub was a bit of a challenge, as the instruction booklet could have been better. However, once it was up and running, it was worth it. The digital control panel made it easy to adjust the temperature and pressure of the jets, and the 140 bubble jets provided a relaxing massage for my back, neck, and shoulders. Maintaining the hot tub required some effort, including purchasing chemicals and cleaning the filters after each use. But with time, I got the hang of it and was able to keep the water clean and clear.
Ultimate Spa Experience at Home
The Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub Spa is the perfect addition to any home for the ultimate spa experience. After a long, hard day, there’s nothing like sinking into a warm, bubbling hot tub while jets project bubbles to massage your back, neck, and shoulders. The 140 bubble jets in this portable hot tub provide a relaxing and therapeutic experience that can fit up to 4 people. The digital control panel on this hot tub lets you dictate the water temperature (up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit) and pressure of the jets, making it easy to operate. A power saving timer can even automate the temperature of the spa up to 72 hours prior to save energy and money. The durable PVC material and I-beam construction of this hot tub offer superior strength and stability while ensuring your hot tub never loses its shape, providing a stable and comfortable experience every time.
Easy Setup and Maintenance
The Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub Spa is easy to set up and maintain, making it a great option for anyone looking for a portable hot tub. No extra tools are needed to set up this portable spa. Simply inflate and deflate with the included pump. A cover comes with the hot tub for an extra safety feature, maintaining the water’s warm temperature and preventing debris from getting in the tub. The filters in this hot tub are easy to clean, making daily maintenance a breeze. While in the tub, you can just screw them off by hand and wash them off with a hose. The inflatable cover that comes with the hot tub can be damaged, but it can still be used by inflating it more often. With lift handles, the hot tub can be moved around with ease. This spa deflates compactly for optimal storage and transportation purposes, making it a convenient option for those who want the luxury of a hot tub without the commitment.
One of the challenges of owning a hot tub is the management of chemicals, but the Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub Spa makes it easy. The hot tub does not come ready-to-use, so you’ll need to purchase chemicals. You’ll at least need pH/other chemical test strips, washing soda (aka sodium carbonate, aka spa down), spa up (acid), and bromine or chlorine, and “shock” (an oxidant that reactivates the bromine or chlorine). Get chemical test strips that have multiple readings– pH, alkalinity and chlorine/bromine levels. Test strips are hard to read without practice, but you get better at reading them with time. It will take you a while to get the pH right– so it might be a while until you get to use the tub. At first, I tried using only bromine tablets in the little tablet holder, but I could never get a sufficient bromine reading on the test strips. I learned online that the tabs dissolve very slowly, so they are not sufficient to establish an initial bromine level. I then went instead for bromine powder which you directly add to the tub water when you fill it (separately you also put tablets to keep the level up). Doing all of this, you can keep the same water in the tub for several months.
Energy and Water Usage
The Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub Spa uses energy and water, but it’s not as much as you might think. Water where I live is extremely cheap, filling the whole 250 gallon tub costs a few dollars at most, and you do it very rarely (once every few months if you maintain the thing very well). Electricity costs are more variable– other reviews do a better job explaining this than I will. You can do tricks to cut back on costs: lower the temperature to 98, say, after you are done with the tub, and turn it up to 104 hours before you are going to use it. In the summer, the thing used very little energy for heating. A few times I turned the heating off and overnight the temperature fell from 104 to high 90s. In colder months, it uses a lot of electricity. Overall, the energy consumption is similar to a window-unit air conditioner. My strategy of using it in the spring, summer, and fall, and putting it away for the winter seems to work. The pump automatically turns off after some time, so you need to be aware of this to prevent problems like the water freezing in freezing temperatures or the water becoming stagnant without circulation.
Emptying and Refilling
Every few months, and when you want to put it away, you will need to empty the Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub Spa. This is hard and time-consuming. It takes about an hour to drain to a very low level of water which is too low to flow out of the pipes, so you have to pick up and tilt the tub. It is very easy to rip the handle this way, so it’s recommended to not hold the handle and try to pick it from underneath. The best way is to open the
- Provides a relaxing spa experience with heated water and 140 bubble jets.
- Easy to operate with a digital control panel and power-saving timer.
- Durable construction with PVC material and I-beam construction.
- Requires additional purchases for setup, such as a long extension cord and pool maintenance chemicals.
- Setup can be difficult and the instruction booklet could be better.
- Daily maintenance can be time-consuming and challenging.
Overall, I am happy with my purchase of the Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub Spa. It provides a great way to relax and unwind without having to leave my own backyard. While there are some challenges with setup and maintenance, once you get the hang of it, it is worth the effort. I would recommend this hot tub to anyone who is looking for an affordable and portable option for at-home relaxation.
Questions & Answers:
Question: What do I need to buy in addition to the hot tub for setup?
Answer: You will need a long extension cord and pool maintenance chemicals, including pH/other chemical test strips, washing soda, spa up/acid, bromine or chlorine, and an oxidizer/shock.
Question: Is setup easy?
Answer: Setup can be difficult and the instruction booklet could be better. It is recommended to set up with someone else and expect to play around with things to get it to work.
Question: How difficult is daily maintenance?
Answer: Daily maintenance can be time-consuming and challenging, particularly with maintaining bromine/chlorine levels and cleaning the filters after every use. It is described as similar to owning a small pet that requires daily feeding and cage cleaning.