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SaluSpa Miami: A Detailed Overview by an Owner (2021)

The Miami Hot Tub is one of the most popular inflatable hot tub options. But why is it so popular, and is it really suitable for many people?

The SaluSpa Miami is one of our most popular inflatable hot tubs and made it into two of our rankings at once:

No. 1 in the ranking of “Best Indoor Hot Tubs” (read research + tips for installing a hot tub indoors)

No. 4 in the ranking of “Best hot tubs for 2 people in 2021” (read research)

So we realized the need to do an in-depth review of this particular model. 


After analyzing the experience of 200 customers and studying the technical characteristics of the hot tub, we will answer in this article, for whom it is the best solution, and who it will not suit.

Features of Miami hot tubs

Before the parse, it is worth noting that the Miami hot tub model is sold under different brands, but the manufacturer is the same — Bestway.

ManufacturerTrademarkNumber of jetsPrice
Bestway120 air jets
Bestway120 air jets
Bestway60 air jets
Bestway (For UK)120 air jets
Bestway (For UK)81 air jets

As you can see from the table, Miami has several options for the number of jets, but the remaining features are identical for each option, namely:

CapacityTemperatureDimensionsWater capacity (80%)
2-4 person2-3ºF/h (1-1.5ºC/h)
71 x 71 x 26 in
(‎180 x 180 x 66 cm)
177 gal (669 L)

Accessories Miami Jacuzzi

Pros

  • Chemical dispenser 
  • Digital display panel
  • Energy Saving Timer
  • Freeze Shield technology*
  • Inflation hose
  • Filter set
  • Inflatable lid
  • Reinforced insulation cover with clamps

Cons

  • Air Cushion
  • LED lighting
  • Remote control

An updated version of the Miami Hot Tub makes it easier to access the pump from the hot tub. The pump is also equipped with drink and snack holders, which adds more convenience, and you don’t have to buy a drink holder separately.\

Previous versionUpdated version

SaluSpa Miami Assessment + Customer Experience 

For a complete evaluation of SaluSpa Miami, consider its features at each stage of use:

  1. Installation, preparation for use
  2. Using
  3. Maintenance and Storage
  1. Installation, preparation for use

The SaluSpa Miami is suitable for use both indoors and outdoors. Many people install it in their gardens, on the grass, on the terrace, or in the summer house. This 71-inch diameter round hot tub will easily fit in any small room, as well as in the garage or on the balcony. Indoors, factors such as drainage and ventilation should be considered.

Customer ExperienceFast set up and easy instructionFast to unflate (self-inflate) and easy to fill with waterFast heat up
Positive mentions (out of 200)301612
Negative mentions (out of 200)-50-14
Calculation estimate (max 5)552

Installation of the SaluSpa Miami is quite easy and fast, as evidenced by the customer experience evaluation. The technical equipment of the model is presented in an easy to set up way. Everything you need for installation is included, and it only takes a few minutes to inflate your new hot tub.

However, don’t let this mislead you — don’t ignore the instructions before installation. This approach will prevent leaks or other mishaps in future use (for example, if you forget to install one of the gaskets on the hose).

The hot tub comes with detailed instructions on how to use it (see instructions). But what we think is even more convenient is that there is a step-by-step video guide for this model. We recommend you take your time (less than 5 minutes) to watch it (or bookmark it, click here).

Some users have commented that the water heats up slowly, but it’s worth noting here that the time it takes the Miami to heat the water the first time it fills depends on the temperature of the water entering the hot tub and the ambient air temperature.

On a typical summer day, it can take an average of 6-12 hours to heat the water to 104 °F (40 °C). Once the water has reached the desired temperature, the pump can be left on to maintain a pleasant water temperature.

  1. Using

First, let’s look at how to accommodate in the hot tub.

Customer ExperienceEnough room for legs, good sizeSturdy construction, comfortable to lean onSoft to sit in (bottom is well-inflated)
Positive mentions (out of 200)201715
Negative mentions (out of 200)-7 -7 -2
Calculation estimate (max 5)444

Customers note that it is best used for two people so that it is comfortable to sit with outstretched legs. The manufacturer indicates the average and maximum capacity of the model (2-4 people). So, if you sit next to each other, its capacity is 4 people. But if you want to stretch your legs full-length, this model is better for 2 people or a family with a couple of children.

The SaluSpa Miami’s internal construction, built with beams, holds the outside pressure, allowing it to sit on the edges while preventing spills. The material is puncture-resistant yet soft to the touch, and the bottom of the hot tub is well-inflated, making it more comfortable to stay in. Fewer than 5% of users had any criticism about the material. 

Customer ExperienceComfortably and powerful jetsStays warm longSilent hot tub
Positive mentions (out of 200)20164
Negative mentions (out of 200)-4-10-11
Calculation estimate (max 5)431

Remember that the model SaluSpa Miami has several options for the number of jets. The pressure of air jets is good in both options, but if you like a strong massage it is better, of course, to choose the option for 120 jets. 

Number of jetsPrice
Bestway SaluSpa Miami120 air jets
60 air jets
120 air jets
81 air jets

It is worth noting that when the jets work, some noise is created, and the water cools faster. Fortunately, this whirlpool bath has an external heater, which allows you to heat water and use jets at the same time. That is, you can simultaneously get a relaxing massage and be in warm water. 

High temperature soothes inflamed muscles and promotes relaxation, and the digital control panel allows you to adjust the temperature without leaving the bath. The maximum temperature is 104 F (40 °C).

The SaluSpa Miami has a timer. The timer on inflatable hot tubs is more of a “high-end” feature, but Bestway managed to add it to the updated version while keeping the price affordable.

With the timer, you can preset a time to relax and come home to a bubbling tub. This feature is also designed to help reduce energy wastage by setting the time and duration of the hot tub heating cycle.

  1. Maintenance and Storage 
Customer Experience
Easy to remove (fast to deflate and drain)Easy to clean up Easy to use (maintenance)
Positive mentions (out of 200)15107
Negative mentions (out of 200)-200
Calculation estimate (max 5) 5 5 5

Includes an inflatable cover and reinforced insulating cover with safety clips to keep the hot tub warm and clean when not in use.

The hot tub includes a chemical dispenser to keep the hot tub clean at all times and 3 replaceable filter cartridges for easy maintenance. The filter cartridges screen out debris and dirt in the above-ground hot tub, so the pump can fill it with clean hot tub water. We recommend replacing the filter cartridge every 2 weeks to ensure standards of cleanliness and hygiene.

For more information on maintenance, check out this article: Cleaning a hot tub: an all-in-one guide

The SaluSpa Miami is fully portable and has a convenient drain valve that allows you to drain and bleed in 30 minutes. This is especially handy if you plan on using your hot tub for a couple of months or only when you’re hosting parties or taking it on a trip. The SaluSpa Miami will retain its solid, round shape even if you plan to drain and inflate it and move it around regularly.

The hot tub material is designed to be UV resistant, so it should not crease after prolonged use outdoors in hot weather. Therefore, you can store the Bestway SaluSpa Miami outdoors, but it is still recommended to stash it in a dry, sun-exposed location for extended storage. 

Also, a nice bonus with this model is the presence of a feature — Freeze Shield. This is a technology designed to automatically increase water circulation around the pump to prevent the water from freezing. 

Freeze Shield works as long as the unit is plugged in. The system activates when the water temperature drops to 39.2 °F (4 °C) to raise the temperature to 50ºF (10 °C) (this is the temperature at which the hot tub will safely operate). The feature allows the Miami hot tub to be used not only during the warm season but also in the winter. 

Summary

Analysis of the customer experience of SaluSpa Miami owners showed no significant disadvantages of this model. In addition, many noted the comfort and convenience of its use.

Although SaluSpa Miami is a relatively inexpensive hot tub, it has some additional features that are rarely found in this price category:

  • Digital display, convenient for adjusting the temperature without leaving the hot tub
  • Timer to schedule the use of your hot tub and save electricity
  • Freeze Shield — to prevent the water from freezing, making it possible to use the Miami hot tub in the winter
SaluSpa Miami is right for you if you want it for:
  • Use a hot tub for up to 2 people or a family with 1 or 2 kids
  • Save on hot tub and energy costs
  • Winter use
  • Place it outside or inside the house
  • Easy installation and maintenance

However, if you want to rest comfortably in a large company of adults, it is better to pay attention to these models:

Intex PureSpa
(6 Person)
No. 1 in the ranking of
"TOP Inflatable Hot Tubs in 2021"


Bestway Hawaii

(4-6 Person)
No. 2 in the ranking of
"TOP Inflatable Hot Tubs in 2021"



FAQ

💸 Is SaluSpa Miami worth buying?

We are inclined to recommend this model. The SaluSpa Miami has no significant drawbacks and has some additional features that are rarely found in this price range, namely: Freeze Shield, digital display panel, timer, reinforced insulation cover, drink, and snack holders.

⚙️ What does it take to set up SaluSpa Miami?

Installation of SaluSpa Miami is quite easy and quick. Everything you need for installation is included, and it only takes a few minutes to inflate your new hot tub. Still, don’t ignore the instructions before installation. This will prevent leaks or other mishaps in future use. Watch printed instructions or a step-by-step video tutorial.

🌡️ How long does it take for the water in the SaluSpa Miami to heat up on the first fill?

The time it takes to heat the water depends on the temperature of the water entering the hot tub and the ambient air temperature. On a typical summer day, it may take an average of 6-12 hours for the water to heat to 104 °F (40 °C). Once the water has reached the desired temperature, the pump can be left on to keep the water at a pleasant temperature.

🏡 Can the Miami SaluSpa be placed indoors?

The Miami SaluSpa is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. But indoors, there are some features to consider (read which ones).

☀️ Can SaluSpa Miami be stored outdoors?

The hot tub material is designed to be UV resistant, so it shouldn’t wrinkle after prolonged use outdoors in hot weather. Still, to store your hot tub when it’s not in use for a long time, it’s recommended to stash it in a dry, sun-exposed place. This shouldn’t be too difficult, as it only takes 30 minutes to completely deflate and drain the hot tub.

❄️ What is Freeze Shield?

Freeze Shield™ is a pump feature that prevents the water from freezing. This allows the use of the hot tub in the wintertime.

⚙️ How does the Freeze Shield work?

Freeze Shield activates the heating system when the water temperature drops to 39.2 °F (4 °C) and does not turn it off until the temperature rises to 50ºF (10 °C). This feature only works when the unit is connected

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