Two things make Bestway SaluSpa Helsinki AirJet stand out from the rest of inflatable hot tub models out there. These are the traditional wooden tub look and the large capacity which can accommodate a family of 7.
But do these features make it worth choosing over the rest?
While it looks so good seeing this in your backyard, it has to feel good soaking on it as well.
In the next sections, you’ll learn what to expect and not to expect from this inflatable spa. I’ll reveal to you how each of its features can affect your overall experience. By the time you’re done reading this review, you’ll be confident enough to decide if this is the right inflatable hot tub for you.
Bestway Saluspa Helsinki AirJet Features
Bestway Saluspa Helsinki AirJet is not all about looks only.
While it has the classic look of a wooden hot tub, it’s also easy to set up and maintain like every inflatable spa and an air massage jet you’d normally find in Jacuzzis.
Its control unit handles everything, from pumping air to the walls of the spa to heating up the water, right down to running the massage jets. All of these can be easily controlled with a soft-touch button panel that’s readily accessible while you’re soaking.
While it lacks some high-end features you’d normally find in premium models, you’ll still get your money’s worth if your priority is an inflatable spa that can accommodate up to 6 persons. Having a light bubble massage is a big plus too.
This model is currently on high-demand and goes on sale every now and then. It’s best to check if you can grab it at its lowest discounted price now.
Bestway Saluspa Helsinki AirJet is designed to accommodate up to 7 persons. This is great for 5 grown-ups and 2 kids. However, if there are no kids onboard the most comfortable capacity is just 5 persons.
Because of its large capacity, you’ll find this very room if you’re only going to be the one to use it. It leaves a lot of room to stretch your legs, wade your arms, and perform simple leg exercises.
In fact, to illustrate how spacious this hot tub is, even a 6’5” person can lay down completely with legs stretched out (we don’t recommend doing this, though, for safety purposes).
Compared to other inflatable spa models with large capacity, the width of the walls is not as thick.
The walls are rigid enough to support your weight if you decide to sit on it but it won’t be as comfortable since it’s narrow.
Is this some sort of a disadvantage?
Actually, it’s not. This adds up to the wooden tub effect and increases the capacity without increasing the overall size. And if you’re worried about durability, the walls are actually made of drop-stitch material which makes it tough and sturdy.
Bestway Saluspa Helsinki AirJet has its own heating system which can raise the temperature of the water up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Just like any hot tub, it can take time for water to heat up to its maximum temperature. You’ll definitely need ample time to prepare if you’re planning to soak on the weekends.
If you think it doesn’t heat up fast enough, remember that it takes time to heat 300 gallons of water.
The heating system increases the water’s temperature at a rate of 1 to 2 degrees Fahrenheit per hour. This means if you’ve filled up your spa with tap water, you’ll need around 50 degrees Fahrenheit more to reach the max temperature. This will take around 25 to 50 hours.
When the desired temperature is reached, the heating system shuts off automatically and will turn itself on when the waters start to cool off. The system will not run continuously for more than 72 hours, which is way more than the time required to reach the max temp.
It also has a ChemConnect dispenser, which makes maintaining the water a lot easier. This dispenser automatically releases chlorine as needed to keep the water clean.
The filtration system automatically turns on as soon as you engage the heating system. It will continue to operate even if the heater has been turned off.
In case you’re allergic to chlorine or are not comfortable with its smell, you can easily turn this spa to use a saltwater system. Installing Mini Salt System from Saltron to this spa (or any other inflatable hot tub models) will keep the water clean by breaking down salt into a natural cleaning chemical without using chlorine at all.
Compared to inflatable hot tubs with hydro jets, you get massaged everywhere and not just a fixed area on your back.
The air bubble massage jets are actually located inside the bottom perimeter of the spa. You’ll find 83 air jets that are lined up to blow in ambient air.
Since it’s blowing in ambient air, it will cool the water down by 2 to 3 degrees. It’s not really a big deal unless you want to be soaking at max temperature.
In case you want a more robust massage system, you can get those with hydro jet massage systems. Be aware, though, that units of this type are pretty scarce so you’ll need to be vigilant (or patient) to wait for it to be in stock.
Bestway Saluspa Helsinki AirJet has an inflated dimension of 71 x 26 inches. The 71 inches diameter is similar to the diameter of other 4-person inflatable spas.
So how is it able to accommodate up to 7 persons?
The secret is with the thickness of the wall. The walls of Bestway Helsinki is only a little more than 3 inches thick. This makes the inner diameter around 5.5 feet big, giving more room than those with walls that are 20 inches thick!
This model has a large capacity but does not take too much space in the backyard.
It doesn’t come with any drink holders or inflatable pillows, and since it has an unconventional wall thickness, universal accessories don’t usually fit.
There are no seats included, but an air-cushioned floor instead. It’s still very comfortable to sit on, though.
If you’re planning to set this inflatable spa up on a patio or balcony, you need to make sure that it’s properly reinforced. Filling it up will bring the weight to around 2,500 pounds, which amounts to the 300 gallons of water, and this doesn’t even include the weight of the persons in the hot tub.
Setting up this inflatable spa is very easy, compared to building your own wooden tub or an in-ground spa. No need to learn advanced woodworking and no need to dig the backyard out to lay down the pipes.
Basically, you just need to inflate the pool liner and pool cover with the control unit, which houses the pump system, heating, and filtration system. Take note that the plug cord is around 10 inches long.
Then you’ll need to attach the necessary hoses to your spa and have the system inflate it. This product includes a high-pressure hand pump which can use for final pumping so as not to over-inflate the tub.
Finally, you just fill it up with water. You can shorten the heating process by filling your spa with warmer water or lessening your desired temperature to 90 degrees.
Bestway Saluspa Helsinki Airjet comes with an easy lift handle to help you easily move or reposition your spa. you don’t have to dismantle or deflate it completely, but you do need to drain the water out first.
There’s not much to do when it comes to maintaining this inflatable hot tub aside from keeping the water clean.
Take note that you’ll need to buy filters and chemical tablets separately as they’re not included with the unit upon purchase. If you don’t want to confuse yourself with regards to hot tub chemicals, we suggest checking out Silk Balance, which is an all-in-one solution.
The filtration system will help you with hair strands and other tiny particles, but you also need to make sure that the cartridges are clean. To do this, you just need to take out these cartridges every week and hose it down.
Depending on your usage, you need to drain the water completely every now and then and replace it with fresh new ones. The drain valve is threaded is it’s so easy to attach the drain hose.
Every inflatable hot tub can only operate within the temperature range of 40 degrees to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. This means if the winter in your area falls below 40, you’ll need to disassemble your spa and store it until the weather improves.
In case you want to use it during these cold months, you’ll find our article on how to use an inflatable spa during winter very handy.
The energy consumption of Bestway Saluspa Helsinki AirJet is variable, but it would usually add around $40 to $50 to your monthly bill. Still, it will largely depend on how often you’re going to use the heating system.
If you’re living in a place where it’s almost always cold, your heating system will be running more often to keep to the temperature you’ve set. Initial heating would usually yield and addition of 1 to 2kWh.
At the time of this writing, almost three-quarters of people who bought Bestway Saluspa Helsinki AirJet from Amazon left this product a high rating, most of them are perfect 5 stars. They’re very much satisfied with how easy it is to set up. Most of them are particularly surprised by how the air bubble massage seems to be better than targeted jets.
There are also a few who were not satisfied with the product. They are mostly related to a defective heating system right from the time they received the product. This can be easily detected if you find the temperature indicator on the console not reading well or water temp drops quickly. In cases like this, you need to contact Amazon or the manufacturer immediately for a replacement.
Warranty and Support
You automatically get a warranty for Bestway Saluspa Helsinki AirJet upon purchase, but it’s different for every part. You can easily extend your warranty by registering your product to the manufacturer’s website: service.bestwaycorp.us/warrantyactivation. This will allow you to receive up to 6 months of additional warranty.
Here’s a table of the basic warranty you get and the extended warranty when you register your product:
|Products Covered||Normal Warranty||Extended Warranty|
|Pool liner||3 months||6 months|
|Pool filter pump||12 months||18 months|
|Spa liner and cover||6 months||12 months|
|Spa heater and pump||12 months||18 months|
Over the years, the company has improved a lot when it comes to customer support. You can easily reach them at bestwaycorp.us. You can either submit a form and they’ll contact you through email or request a callback. Their support page also has a lot of support articles and videos to help you with the most common problems.
Whether this is your first time buying an inflatable hot tub, or you’re planning to upgrade to a new one, you’ll find Bestway Saluspa Helsinki AirJet well worth the money This is especially true if you want to have the wife and kids join you while you soak.
While it has a roomy, large 6-person capacity, it also has a smaller footprint. It can definitely fit in most backyards or even a spare room.
Aside from the large capacity, you also get to have a unique inflatable spa because of its faux wooden hot tub look. Topping it off with a wooden canopy and some LED lights and you’ve got yourself your own vacation destination right at your own home.
Bestway Helsinki is the only model that has a traditional wooden tub look. It's unique design also makes it very roomy without occupying too much space. These features plus the ChemConnect dispenser makes it stand out from the rest.
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