Bestway SaluSpa Miami is a huge manufacturing company that mass-produces merchandise for big brands such as Disney, Mattel, Fisher-Price and Coleman. Bestway’s primary revenue stream comes from manufacturing products for other brands, and not necessarily selling them on their own. They are who you would go to buy 10,000 products, not 1. But, they do sell individual SaluSpas and you can often get them at near-wholesale prices.

Bestway isn’t well known because they don’t spend any money on advertising. That shouldn’t scare you because the Bestway SaluSpa Miami is the exact same tub as the Coleman Lay-Z-Spa. Coleman uses Bestway to manufacture their Lay-Z-Spa and they handle distribution as well. This is important because it is the reason why people don’t buy the Bestway SaluSpa Miami. Most people don’t know that Coleman Lay-Z-spa and Bestway SaluSpa Miami are they same exact same tubs.

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Since Bestway is a large scale manufacturing company, they are not that dedicated to customer service relating to a single product. That being said, if you are comfortable with the risk of having to handle product defects on your own, you can save quite a bit of money by purchasing the SaluSpa.

Material

The Bestway SaluSpa Miami tub basin is constructed out of a 3-ply material which they outsource from a company called TriTech. The term 3-ply describes the three separate materials that are stacked to form the tub walls. TriTech constructs their material with a polyester core which is a woven fabric and is strong and resistant to tearing. The polyester has a layer of PVC on each side. PVC is a plastic material that is completely waterproof so it complements the polyester by ensuring the fabric is extra durable.

You can sit on the edge of the inflated wall of the SaluSpa Miami and hardly notice any give. The reason that the tub is so solid is because of the vertical and horizontal I-Beam technologies. This means the inner walls connect to the outer walls with vertical interior layers of strong fiber. In turn, they prevent the walls from ballooning outwards and evenly distribute the increased air pressure across the whole tub.

Performance

The Bestway SaluSpa Miami is 77 inches wide when fully inflated, but has a larger tub basin. Its 254-gallon tub reservoir is about 20% more volume than similar sized competitors. The extra volume reduces body contact. When filled with water, the tub weighs around 2700 pounds.

The Bestway SaluSpa uses a 320 gal/hr heat pump that generates roughly 1320 watts of power which is able to increase water temperature by 3° F/hr.  The rapid heating system makes the SaluSpa a good candidate for camping trips. The pump is capable of a much higher rate in warmer air temperatures. The SaluSpa is rated for use in air temperatures over 40° F. The tub maintains water that is already hot at max temperature in ambient temperatures below freezing.

The SaluSpa has air jets instead of the traditional hydrojets. Air jets work by pumping tiny bubbles into the water that rise to the surface and give the sensation that you are sitting on a cloud. Hydrojets pump water back into the tub instead of air, and require extra hardware. Another nice feature of the air jets is that the tiny bubbles reduce the transparency of the water which increases privacy.

Setup

When you purchase a SaluSpa, the only additional item that you need to buy is chlorine. Setup is pretty simple. You start by spreading out the ground mat and laying out the tub basin onto the mat. Next, you inflate the tub basin using the air pump inside the pump unit. It takes 5-10 minutes to inflate the tub. Then you connect the heat pump to the tub and fill with water. Finally, turn on the pump and wait for your water to warm up. The whole process takes less than 35 minutes.

Conclusion

The Bestway SaluSpa Miami is a bargain if you are comfortable purchasing from a brand that isn’t well known.  Despite being the same exact product as the Lay-Z-Spa, the SaluSpa Miami is less expensive. The heat pump is strong and maintains max water temperatures in near freezing temperatures. The TriTech material is durable and helps facilitate sturdy tub walls. Even though you’ve probably never heard of Bestway, the SaluSpa is one of the best inflatable hot tubs on the market.