How to Set Up Your Inflatable Hot Tub: 5 Quick & Easy Steps

  • Nov 21, 2023
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How to Set Up Your Inflatable Hot Tub: 5 Quick & Easy Steps

If you’re reading this, you’ve most likely recently purchased (or been gifted!) an inflatable hot tub and want to ensure you follow all the necessary steps to set it up securely (and accurately).


But before we get into that – congratulations on this exciting purchase (or gift)! Your future self says, “Thank you!” for all the soaking you’re going to be doing in the comfort of your own backyard – all year long!


Now that we’ve established all the relaxing you’ll enjoy, here are five quick and easy steps to set up your SaluSpa® (or similar) inflatable hot tub:

1. Read the Owner’s Manual

Once you’ve unboxed your inflatable hot tub, take a moment to read through the manual. The manual contains details on important safety instructions, pre-setup, using the hot tub, maintenance, disassembly and storage, troubleshooting, error codes and more.


Before you start setting up your hot tub, read through the pre-setup checklist in the manual to confirm you’re choosing the best location. This is very important to ensure you don’t void your warranty.


You’ll want to find a flat, smooth, supportive surface (grass or concrete) that’s away from your house with adequate drainage. Not on a deck, balcony or a spot on the ground that gets muddy when it rains.


Next, you’ll find the included parts and installation instructions on the top panel of the box. You’ll want to make sure all the parts are included in your box. (It’s very unlikely a part is missing, but you’ll want to ensure they’re all accounted for before you begin set-up.)

2. Inflate Your Hot Tub


Once you’ve found a good location and confirmed you have all the parts, unroll and spread out the hot tub. (If the temps outside are below 42.8°F, you’ll need to complete the initial setup of your hot tub indoors. Get more details on winterizing your inflatable hot tub.)


Begin by hooking up one end of the inflation hose to the pump and the other end to the hot tub. After you press the “ON” button on the hose attachment, press the “Massage System” button to begin inflating your hot tub. (You may need to hold the button down for at least two seconds for inflation to begin.)


Now, watch the magic unfold as your hot tub inflates within seconds! Press down on the hot tub to verify it’s firm enough (has enough air). If it’s fully inflated, most (or all) of the wrinkles should go away with firm pressure. Once you’ve done that, you can remove the hose (and put the cap on the spout) and hit the “Massage System” button again to stop inflation.

3. Inflate Your Cover

Since you’re still in inflation mode, next you’re going to inflate the hot tub cover. Begin by placing the inflatable insert inside the cover. Once inside, hook the hose to the spout on the insert (the other end of the hose should still be attached to the pump). Then, just like you did with the hot tub, press the “Massage System” button to begin inflating the cover. Once inflated, take out the hose, close the spout and hit the “Massage System” button again to stop inflation.

4. Connect the Pump

Now that your hot tub and cover are inflated, you’re ready to connect the pump to the hot tub. After you’ve confirmed the pump hoses are attached to the correct spots, line up the pump with your hot tub and connect the three spouts by twisting them together. Next, remove the two caps on the inside of the hot tub and attach the ChemConnect™ dispenser (an included feature that helps maintain clean, healthy water by evenly dispersing the proper amount of chemicals).


Don’t have any hot tub maintenance chemicals yet? We’ve got you covered! An all-in-one starter kit is the way to go. 

5. Fill with Water


Lastly, now that your inflatable hot tub is fully set up, it’s time to fill it up! Get out a garden hose (do NOT use salt water) and start filling up your hot tub to the indicated level (there is a minimum/maximum line on the inside of the hot tub).


Once it’s full, it takes about 24 hours for the water to get to the set temperature.


Once it’s been 24 hours, if you’re not going to start soaking in it right away, secure the reinforced cover in place to lock in the heat (plus, it keeps out dirt and debris from getting in the water).


Tip: Now that your hot tub is set up, keep it clean! With a hot tub chemical kit, keeping your hot tub water crystal-clear is as easy as 1-2-3! Just follow these three simple steps.

That’s it! Now you’re ready to enjoy your inflatable hot tub. Happy soaking!


How-To Video: If you’re a visual person, here’s a video of a SaluSpa hot tub being set up.


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