Canadian Spa Swift Current Portable Spa Review 2017

canadian spa swift current portable spa reviewHow about a 5 person portable hot tub that is both the deepest on the market and the most energy-efficient?

The Canadian Spa Swift Current Portable Spa is 29 inches deep.  That’s several inches deeper than some other models, such as the Lay Z Spa Miami.  With most hot tubs, you have to stretch out to submerge your shoulders. But with the Canadian Spa Swift Current, it’s deep enough for the water to cover your shoulders and neck.  This means you can sit on one of the 6 hydro massage seats that comes with the spa, and get a full body massage.

It also has 5-inch thick foam padding in the walls, to keep the water hot all year-round. These make the hot tub feel more like a traditional rigid shell hot tub than an inflatable one. However, the walls are still soft, cushioned, and very comfortable.

There are also some other great insulation features, such as the floating thermal blanket, and the inflatable insulated lid. These add up to make this hot tub great for those who want to use their portable spa all year-round.  It’s also perfect for those who are prepared to spend a little more on their hot tub, in the knowledge they will make the money back in fuel bill savings.

Canadian Spa Swift Current Portable Spa – What You Get In The Box

Green tick Canadian Spa Swift Current Portable Spa
Green tick 6 hydro massage seats
Green tick 88 jet massage system
Green tick 8 x 5-inch thick foam sections for the walls
Green tick Insulated foam base
Green tick Internal spa base liner
Green tick Internal vinyl spa liner
Green tick External control unit which contains the inflator, water heater, and massage system
Green tick Inflatable and insulated spa lid and cover with lockable straps
Green tick Floating thermal blanket
Green tick 2 filters

This is a fantastic portable spa from the Canadian Spa Company, who have been in business for over 35 years.  They are known for a wide range of quality outdoor and garden products, including rigid hot tubs, saunas, swim spas, and of course portable hot tubs.

Canadian Spa Swift Current Portable spa inflatable hot tub reviewThe Canadian Spa Swift Current is a round hot tub, measuring 72 inches across and, as we saw, it is 29 inches deep.  This makes it large enough for 5 people.  That might seem strange, as it is smaller in diameter than other 5 person inflatable hot tubs on the market.  But that’s because the foam walls in the Swift Current are thinner than the air-filled walls that you get with inflatable hot tubs.  Therefore the internal space is bigger than even a large-size inflatable hot tub, such as such as the Intex 85 inch PureSpa.

Don’t worry, though: even though the walls are thinner, this portable spa is still sturdy, strong, and extremely well insulated.

Having the wall built of thick foam is a great way to keep the heat in.  Add in the floating thermal blanket, and the inflatable and insulated cover, and you have a hot tub that keeps the water piping hot at all times. The water heater and massage system is powered by a low wattage magnetic motor, as well.  So when you add all of these features together, you can see why it costs only about half the amount to run the Canadian Spa Swift Current than it costs to heat and run other inflatable hot tubs. 

It also means that you can use the Canadian Spa Swift Current all year long, which even those in colder climates have found to be a great benefit.

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How To Set Up Your Canadian Spa Swift Current Portable Spa

We have to say that it is a little more difficult to set up the Canadian Spa Swift Current Portable Spa than it is with other inflatable hot tubs. That’s because you don’t simply plug it in and inflate it.  You have to set up the foam walls and then fit the cover over them.  You will find, that having two people involved will greatly help and cut down on the set up time.

If you’re not sure how to set up your spa, or you prefer to see the spa set up in action, then check out the video we have uploaded, at the bottom of this page.


Canadian Spa Swift Current Portable spa set up review

Firstly, you need to lay out the spa base liner in the place where you are going to site your portable spa. This area needs to be at least 8 feet by 8 feet square.  This is to allow access to the spa once it is set up. Make sure the area is free from sharp objects such as stones or twigs.  

If you are going to have your spa on a decking area, be sure to check that it will take the weight of this hot tub.  The Swift Current holds 277 gallons of water when full.  This means it weighs over 2,400 lbs, or the weight of a small family car.  So check the load bearing capability of your decking. This guide to load bearing capacity of decking is a useful place to start.

Once the spa base liner is in place, add the foam segment which has the three holes in it, lining it up with the three outlet holes in the liner. Then add the other segments to build up the spa walls, adjusting them until they form a perfect circle on the base liner. Pull up the sides of the base liner, and double check that the outlet holes in the liner and the holes in the first segment of foam still line up.

Now put the two foam base pieces into the bottom of the spa, and check that the foam walls are flush. Place the inner liner inside the spa, pulling it up and over the outside walls.  

Next, pull the connector hoses out of the spa, through the inlet holes. Smooth the inner liner into place inside the hot tub, tucking it under the bottom of the foam walls to keep it in place.

Now zip the two vinyl covers together all the way around the outside of the portable spa.

Inflating The Lid

Canadian Spa Swift Current Portable spa reviewsWhen that’s done, place the control unit close to the portable spa, and lay the cover on top of the spa. Attach the inflation hose to the control unit and then to the inflation inlet on the lid. You should now fully inflate the lid by pressing the massage button on the control unit, which also doubles up as the inflator.

When the lid is inflated, detach the inflator hose from the control unit and the lid, and place the lid nearby on the floor. Now attach the control unit to the three connector hoses on the spa, making sure the connectors are fully tightened.

Filling The Spa With Water

You should now fill the hot tub with water, using a garden hose. It will take up to an hour to fill the spa, depending on the force of your water supply.

When the hot tub is filled with water, place the cover back on top and lock it into place using the lockable straps.

Now turn on the water heater.  It will take up to 24 hours to fully heat the water, which warms up at the standard rate of 2F per hour. To give the water a head start, and to cut down on the time it takes to reach the maximum temperature of 104F, you can add some hot water from your faucet.

Relaxing In Your Canadian Spa Swift Current Portable Spa

Once the water is at your desired temperature, simply slip off the cover and slide into the water.  The control unit is right next to the spa, so once you are in, you can control the massage system from the comfort of the water.

You might decide to add some inflatable hot tub accessories to your spa, for an even more enjoyable experience. Maybe a floating Bluetooth speaker or a floating games center.   You do not have to purchase Canadian Spa accessories, although if you want them to attach to the side of the hot tub, such as a refreshment tray or head rest, make sure they will fit on the thinner sides that the Canadian Spa Swift enjoys.

Who Should Buy The Canadian Spa Swift Current Portable Spa?

  • People who want to invest in a deluxe portable spa
  • People who want an extra-deep spa that will comfortably seat up to 5 people
  • People who want to use their hot tub all year round
  • People who don’t have the space required to site a traditional 5-6 person inflatable hot tub
  • People who want lower running and heating costs

Don’t Buy It

  • If you want a plug-and-play inflatable hot tub that you set up in minutes
  • If you want a Budget model inflatable hot tub

Our Thoughts

We’re very impressed with the Canadian Spa Swift Current Portable Spa.  The foam walls really do make it feel more like a rigid shell hot tub. It feels incredibly strong, but without losing any of the comfort and cushioning you get from an inflatable spa.  

We also like the insulation features you get.  You can see why it has lower running costs, and how it is an excellent choice if you want to use it in winter.  That said, if we bought one of these, and we wanted to use it outside in winter, we would also buy some separate foam cushioning that we could place underneath, to insulate the spa even more.  Even so, we can see why owners are giving it 5 star ratings all round.


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