The Coleman hot tub is manufactured by Bestway one of the two world leaders of the inflatable spa industry.
These two top brands have teamed together to produce a family friendly tub that combines a great hot tub experience with a really affordable price.
The good build quality, and its great price has made the Coleman hot tub one of North America’s best sellers.
The Coleman is not a feature rich tub, but it certainly offers everything owners need to enjoy a brilliant and invigorating hot tub experience.
The often superfluous “bells and whistles” that some other more expensive tubs have are not on offer here. But what the Coleman owners are buying is a robust, powerful spa that’s made to last.
This tub is hugely popular foot soldiers of the inflatable hot tub world.
Let’s take a look at what equipment is on board, and what it offers owners in more depth.
At A Glance
Product: Coleman Hot Tub
Brand: Bestway Lay-Z-Spa
Seats: 4 – 6 ?? people
Jet Count: 120 x Air jets
Capacity: 254 gallons
Dimensions: H – 28in. D – 77in.
Filled Weight: 2701 lbs
- 120 Bubble jets
- TriTech 3-ply puncture resistant carcass
- Digital Control Panel
- Built in timer
- Thick insulated top cover
- Insulated Floor
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When a company with the pedigree of the well respected camping and outdoor goods supplier Coleman puts its badge on any product we expect quality.
The distinctive Coleman hot tub doesn’t disappoint.
The hot tub is made by Bestway, one of the worlds two leading inflatable spa manufacturers, but we can clearly see the Coleman influence on the design, particularly in the unique and striking choice of colour combination chosen for the hot tub livery. Maybe not to everyones taste in terms of colour, this hot tub will certainly make a strong visual statement in your garden or on the patio.
We find the colour scheme quite appealing, as do thousands of others, because this hot tub is by some margin the best selling inflatable in North America.
It’s a best seller for a reason. We know it has an affordable price, but let’s take a close look at what features it offers for the budget tag.
What’s In The Box
This is a reasonably heavy delivery. The Coleman hot tub box weighs in at around 86 its so can’t be manually handled by one person. At least not by anybody we know !!Included in the box:
We recommend to unpack the box right where it has been left by the driver, and take easy lift components one at a time to where it is going to be built or stored. The liner is a particularly heavy and cumbersome piece for one person. Given that it is possible to damage the fabric if it is dragged, try to arrange help carrying it.
Building The Coleman Hot Tub
Once you have taken delivery of the hot tub, and unpacked the box the hardest part of the build is over. Really that’s the toughest part done !!
All the tools that you need are included in the box, and the build process is simple and easy to follow. A DVD as well as manual to explain how to complete the build comes in the box.
But if you are like most people, then seeing an inflatable hot tub being built is easier than reading how to build it, and as these days not everybody has a DVD player, then don’t worry there are plenty of helpful videos online that walk through the entire process.
An hour should be sufficient to have the new spa ready for water, and now the really tough part begins when you have to wait for the temperature to build before climbing aboard for the first soak in your new tub. In the summer months this could typically take up to 18 hours.
Features Of The Coleman Hot Tub
A ring of 120 bubble jets are set around the base inner circumference of the spa. The jet count and pump power combine to give Coleman hot tub owners an invigorating and enjoyable experience. There are no complaints about it’s ability to provide a strong and sustainable flow from the bubble jet system.
The pump that is fitted to any hot tub or spa has a number of characteristics to consider before buying. Inflatable hot tub pumps are matched by the manufacturer to the size and water capacity of the tub, so should always be able to provide a pleasant onboard experience for the hot tubbers.
What is often forgotten when buying is pump noise. The pump is going to be working when you are enjoying a your tub and it is just a few feet away. It is crucial that it doesn’t have an audible impact that spoils the pleasant and relaxing time a hot tub should provide. An F16 on take off located right next to us not what we signed up for.
The 0,7 amp pump that comes with the Coleman is notable for its quite operation. In fact it can be hardly noticed above the sound of the hot tub bubbles. This is a really major but often overlooked plus for the tub.
The pump max flow output of 320 gal/hr is capable of 1.25 full circulations of the tub per hour. When filtering or chemically treating the pool it can be done fairly quickly.
Digital Control Panel:
Situated within easy reach of the hot tub user, the easy to understand soft blister control panel commands all the features required to run the the hot tub.
- Lock and Unlock System
- Activate water heater.
- Select heater start time
- Set heater duration
- Start water filter.
- Select water temperature.
- Start Bubble Jet massage.
- Toggle Temp Fahrenheit / Celsius.
Once the Coleman hot tub reaches the programmed water temperature it will keep it within a 2 degree window for up to 48 hours
The Coleman spa is equipped with a heater that should be able to raise water temperature at between 2 – 3º per hour. This may seem slow but is a fairly standard temperature build curve on all inflatable hot tubs. Remember this is a large volume of water and that the heater runs from a 12 amp outlet.
Once up to temperature though the heater can easily and quickly maintain it. We have written an article here explaining a method of thermal insulation to minimise heat lose and speed up initial spa temperature build.
Built In Timer Function:
So that the hot tub is waiting for you nicely heated up when you want to climb aboard the Coleman spa has a built in timing system that allows the owner to preselect the time the pump and heater turn on. It’s programmable up to 99 hours in advance. It doesn’t keep its settings so needs reprogramming after each use.
An inexpensive and easy to fit cartridge system of filtration. Two cartridges are provided with the initial spa purchase. Replacement cartridges run at around $2 – $3.00 each depending on quantity bought.
Chemical hygiene is taken care of by using a chemical floater that is also provided in the box. This is the simplest of all treatment methods. We have written a full guide showing a stress free and simple method of keeping your tub safe and crystal clear.
The Coleman hot tub is built using the Bestway patented TriTech system. This is a 3-ply material with a reinforced polyester mesh core. It is tough, durable and puncture resistant. Internally there is what is termed an I – Beam architecture that strengthens the tub walls sufficiently to allow users to sit on the side walls without them buckling.
Coleman Hot Tub Features Recapped
A recap of the main points covered in this Coleman spa review. These highlights are what we we think are the man features offered by this tub.
Pump Noise: The Coleman hot tub has a low audible impact when the pump is running. Often forgotten by hot tub buyers, but a quite pump is crucial to hot tub enjoyment.
Timer: A nice feature, hardly an unusual feature you might think, but many hot tubs do not have a timer built in. This tub carries it as standard.
Size: A regular 77 inch external diameter allows space for for four people comfortably, if you are looking for more than that then this is not the hot tub to buy.
Insulation: . Good insulation is obviously important. The Coleman has a thick well insulated, lockable cover and comes bundled with a mildly insulated base cover. If possible we recommend buying addition base and top insulation. It’s an investment that just keeps giving!!
Build: Simple build process, no special tools or knowledge needed. If you can read a manual or watch an online video, then you have all the qualifications required to build this tub in less than one hour
Price. Of course prices fluctuate, but the Coleman hot tub has always remained towards the budget end of the price spectrum.
Coleman Hot Tub Final Review Notes
It’s not surprising that the Coleman hot tub is such a popular inflatable tub choice with buyers.
It is a well priced and robust family sized tub that offers a really authentic bubble jet spa experience and at a budget price.
It is important to point out that although the manufacturer claims it can hold six people, and that is technically true, it certainly won’t in comfort. If that kind of tub is required then this one is not the one to go for.
The built in timer is a very convenient feature that makes the hot tub a real servant to the owners lifestyle. There is nothing worse than having to wait for hot tub water to raise temperature to where you like it, and getting into just a cool tub is not the experience we are looking for.
The pump on the spa is more than adequate, but more importantly it is quite. Care should be taken though to ensure it is on a level surface, especially if the tub is set up on decking. A tip is to always set it on some kind of rubberised mat to minimise the chance of vibration.
After sales support is good with the Coleman tub, but be aware replacement parts can be on the expensive side.
A compelling and best selling tub then. A proven track record and good after sales, what’s not to like? We really can’t fault the tub. If you are looking at buying some family fun or even a tub for two then the Coleman hot tub is one to think seriously about.