Bestway have produced the SaluSpa Hawaii HydroJet Pro for people who are looking for more than just a pleasant bubble spa experience.
Their top of the range flagship model. It features eight powerful hydrotherapy jets, as well as a ring of 120 bubble jets, that produce a more soothing hydro massage profile. On offer here is as near a built in jacuzzi experience as you can find in a portable inflatable hot tub.
The Saluspa Hawaii has plenty of other premium built in features, and we are going to look at them all in our in depth critical review.
Formally known as the Lay-Z-Spa Hawaii, the re-badged SaluSpa Hawaii is still made and distributed by Bestway.
This is a visually striking hot tub. The square design is not just pleasing on the eye, it also has the benefit of giving users the sensation of a more spacious spa experience.
We think the Hawaii looks more grown up than other most other models. It looks like what it is, a high end hot tub. It stands out from the rest of the portable hot tub market, not just for its good looks, but also for the inventory of premium features it has on board.
We are going to see if this is all style over substance,
Of course as always, it costs a little more to travel first class. So we are going to look at the extra features and functions that are built into Hawaii. We’ll see if they all stack up, to justify the premium price tag that Bestway has attached to this beauty.
The SaluSpa Hawaii HydroJet Pro does really stand out as the only portable hot tub on the market to offer eight hydro-massage jets, in addition to a ring of 120 bubble jets. The eight hydro-massage jets are split two in each of the four corners. This makes for easy, comfortable body positioning when using the tub for therapeutic massage.
So the Hawaii does appear to to be the top in class at the moment, but lets take a closer look.
At a Glance
Product: Hawaii HydroJet Pro
Seats: 4 – 6 people
Jet Count: 8 x hydrotherapy.
Jet Count: 120 x Air jets
Capacity: 222 gallons
Dimensions: H – 28in. W – 71in. L – 71in.
Filled Weight: 1938 lbs
Price: $774.49 at the time of writing.
- 120 Bubble jetss
- 8 hydrotherapy jets
- Hard water treatment system
- Salt water treatment system
- TriTech 3-ply puncture resistant carcass
- Digital Control Panel
- Built in timer
- Thick insulated top cover
- Insulated Floor
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We are used to seeing round inflatable hot tubs, so the first thing that strikes you about the SaluSpa Hawaii is the shape. Square has various advantages in jet placement and user comfort. We do think it also gives the tub a more impressive footprint, and a grown up look.
Although the hot tub is more spacious than many, it certainly won’t comfortably carry six people as the manufactures claim. Unless they weigh 50 lbs, and stand 5’ 00” tall. Then they would all fit quite comfortable of course.
In the real world, four adults is plenty. With all tubs, less is more. So the less people on board the more bubbling spa you’ve got to yourself. If you want the spa just for yourself. you’d better get up very, very early in the morning though!!!
The SaluSpa Hawaii is one of the very few portable hot tubs available that offers bubble, and hydro-massage jets. It is the only inflatable tub that offers eight hydro jets, to give the user a real, and powerful spa experience. Two jets built in to each corner of the tub. They are directional for precise body targeting.
The hard water treatment system is a nice to have premium feature. It helps to keep skin softer during your soak. As a secondary benefit, it will really extend the life of the pump heater unit. We all know the damage hard water can do to our other home appliances.
The SaluSpa Hawaii is also equipped with salt water treatment system The tub will require less chemicals because this system produces a natural form of chlorine. This is much gentler on the skin too.
That doesn’t mean the tub can take care of it’s self. It still needs careful monitoring to keep the water at its best. See our easy step guide for a simple how to instructions.
Heating is fundamental to the enjoyment of a hot tub. A poor heating element, and what we’ve got is a warm tub, not a hot tub. That’s not what we signed up for.
This package includes a very efficient heating unit. The main complaint about other inflatable hot tubs is that the heater takes too long to build water temperature to the desirable 104ºF. Not the case with the SaluSpa Hawaii, it should raise the tub temperature 2 to 3º per hour, given a reasonable surrounding ambient temperature. This might appears to be a slow temperature build, but is faster than most other inflatable hot tubs. In fact most other tubs claim a 1-2º/hr heating rate. The SaluSpa Hawaii could be as much as 30% faster.
We always recommend using a solar blanket to speed up the heating process and minimising heat loss. Once you have your tub up to temperature. If you use one, it’s quicker and cheaper to keep up to temperature. Check out our guide.
Built in timer:
The SaluSpa Hawaii has a programmable heater function. It allows you to control when the heater comes on. It can be programmed up to 99 hours in advance. The heater can be set to stay on for a maximum of 48 hours. Or any lesser duration you choose in hourly units. This is a great convenience. The hot tub is waiting for you, not you waiting for the hot tub.
This might seem like an obvious feature to include in a portable spa, but other spa manufacturers currently don’t offer this. We think it is a major plus.
Massage System: 8 HydroJets plus 120 AirJets
The SaluSpa Hawaii HydroJet has the choice of two jet systems. They can be run individually or combined as the user wishes. A pair of adjustable hydro-jets are located in each corner of the tub. These give a powerful and directional therapeutic massage.
The 120 airjets, located around the base perimeter, provide the invigorating massage element of the spa experience. We particularly like that they can be run simultaneously. So everybody in the tub can enjoy either or. You get the best of both worlds, and all at the same time.
Water Treatment Systems
As you would expect from a premium tub, the SaluSpa Hawaii offers two water treatment systems.
The built in ClearSoft treatment system reduces the amount of chemicals required to treat your spa. Regular spa maintenance checks are still required, the ClearSoft system does not eliminate those.The system couldn’t be easier to use. Just add pure spa salt to it and the in-built electrostatic unit will convert salt into hygienic, naturally chlorinated water.
The ClearSoft system also has a built in water softener, This helps to reduce the effects of hard water. Hard water a common cause of spa staining, and occasionally skin irritation.
Made using what Bestway call their TriTech system. That’s a puncture resistant 3-ply PVC material. The outer and inner skins encase a strong polyester mesh. Meaning the Hawaii should give years of service, if it’s properly looked after.
The base of the tub is pretty soft and well insulated. Although many spa users like to purchase a separate spa cushion for extra comfort.
The hot tub pump and heater unit is close to you when you are enjoying your soak. So it’s obviously important that the unit you choose does not sound like a 747 on take off. The Hawaii pump has a very low audible impact. The main “noise” comes from the bubble jets when they are running. But hey no bubble jets, no spa!
What users are saying about the SaluSpa Hawaii HydroJet Pro
We have included some owner’s feedback to help to build a picture of the overall product experience. The feedback we have read is pretty well all positive. The ones we have selected have not been cherry picked. It was genuinely difficult to find meaningful negative owner feedback. You can find the more complete collection here >>
Benefits of an Inflatable Hot Tub over a Garden Jacuzzi
- No special electrical installation required. Just plug directly in to the mains
- Store away when not in use. Or bring it inside to use in the winter months.
- No special plumbing required.
- We pack ours in our camper trailer in the summer.
- And of course the cost.
What we like:
We buy a tub to enjoy the tub, or in some cases for therapeutic reasons.
The Hawaii offers the best of both worlds. We like the power and placement of the hydro-jets. For aches, pains and post work out it’s a killer tub. Well placed in the corner of the tub, the jets make body positioning easy. The SaluSpa Hawaii is great for family fun too. Whether in the backyard, or around the pool it should be a hit with family and friends. .
For a romantic, summertime candle lit evenings? Well that’s just a given.
Many users find the hot tub becomes a focal point for the family. Mobil phones and tablets are stowed away, and some real quality time is spent together soaking in the tub. As mentioned earlier in the review, if you want a quite solo soak, better get up early! That’s been our experience at least.
What we don’t like:
Well it’s hard to fault this tub. It pretty well has everything covered, and to a high quality. After sales support could do with getting better. It could be classed as just OK. It’s is a pity for such a classy piece of equipment.
Well this hot tub has many personalities. It can change to, and be anything you want it to be.
This could be the perfect choice if you are looking for a dual purpose tub, hydrotherapy and rejuvenating airjet massage are both on offer here. With its built in water treatment systems, it is a full on spa experience for a fraction of the price of a traditional hot tub.
It has great features on offer, with high build quality.
The quite pump, may be an often overlooked factor when choosing a tub, but it is a major factor. The main distraction with this tub is the bubble noise itself. But hey no bubbles, no hot tub!!
The SaluSpa Hawaii is close as you are going to get to a fully built in jacuzzi experience in an inflatable hot tub.. Portable tubs don’t get much better than this.
Price $774.49 at the time of writing.