20 to 50 Jets - Hot Tubs & Spas
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Wed Jul 20 00:00:00 MDT 2011redbirdmd Rating:5.0
I bought this spa because of good reviews for other LifeSmart Rock Solid Plug and Play Spas and because this was the biggest spa I could get that was "plug and play", in other words uses existing 110 volt outlet and does not require an electrician to hardwire a 220 volt connection to the spa. The spa uses a 1.5 kW heater which takes close to 24 hours to get to 100 degrees F (approximately 2 degrees F per hour). The unit is convertible to 220 volts (electrician needed) in which case the heater is rated at 4 kW (5-6 degrees F per hour). The spa was bigger than we expected. It seats 4 adults comfortably and would seat 5 if they were sitting and not sprawled. The jets are reasonably strong. The seating design is good. The spa is attractive and the construction is one piece fiberglass with strong plastic "synthetic wood" skirt. It took about a month after I ordered the spa before it was delivered. The spa weighs 370 lbs empty and getting it from the driveway to the back yard was a challenge. The driver helped me roll it down flagstone steps (it was wrapped in a foam sheet) ending up with only a couple of minor dings in the plastic skirt. The driver had a pallet jack, but that was only good for flat solid surface. Ask the shipping company for two-man delivery if you're not up for heavy lifting (presumably this would be an extra charge). Spa is 34 inches tall and 75 inches wide (not including foam packaging) so think about width of gates, etc. The included cover is well-insulated and looks nice. Steps are not included. Unit is ozonator ready, but ozonator is not included. Equipment compartment is accessed by removing slats below the topside control panel. The manual was a disappointment: a photocopied generic LifeSmart manual with "Sierra" handwritten on the front. There was also a Freeflow Spas manual in the equipment compartment. The LifeSmart Sierra Spa appears to be the same as the Freeflow Passport Spa (sold by dealers). You will want to have chlorine tests strips and a 2 lb bottle of dichlor (chlorinating agent) on hand when your spa arrives. In summary, I would say that this spa is a quality product and a good value.
Sun Jun 07 00:00:00 MDT 2015peanut Rating:5.0
Was delivered on time and in perfect condition. Three of seats have different type of jets all giving a different type of "massage" All three feel so great I cannot decide which one I prefer. Keeps the temperture also.
Tue Jan 18 00:00:00 MST 2011hiltonferg Rating:5.0
This tub is much better than this advertisement will lead you to believe. I was hesitant to buy it because there is a lack of information on Overstock. Here is an actual link to the specific tub. It is a Laguna Bay X6 http://www.lagunabayspas.com/tub.php?id=16 The tub name is "81 Jet" This does not mean that there are 81 individual jets. The foot blaster contains 14 "jets" and there are 3 or 4 seven hole "jets" around the bottom. This is still plenty of jets. Probably 45-50 separate jets. The large switch on the top diverts water either to the foot blaster (awesome by the way) or to the lounger. The middle range is a blend of both. The foot blaster is not shown in the picture on Overstock. The picture and description show a 4 button control panel. Mine came with a much nicer control unit. There is a waterfall directly above the filter. It is controlled by the knob nearest it. Waterfall is adjustable from off to full force. I like it on, but gently. There is a filter included. Shipping was very fast. The website says that it will leave the warehouse in 1 to 10 days, and that shipping will take between 1 and 6 weeks. That gives a delivery window of 8 days to 52 days from the day that you order it! Mine arrived in about two weeks. Only one delivery brought it; but between the two of us we got it exactly where I want it. Everything I read called for 30" space to each wall. I wanted it lined up with a bay window that we have so I cut the space a little short on one side, at a ~25" gap. The side panels come off completely, and I'm relatively thin; 25" is enough for me. Installing the electricity to the tub was harder than I thought it should be. It's a simple design, red, black, white, ground; but difficult in actual execution. I ended up taking apart the "weatherpack" connection so that I could get the wires to the right location. The spa calls for 6/3 wire, which is pretty thick. It seems that the screw connectors are slightly too small. I removed 2 strands of wire from the stripped area (.5" each) I've used the hot tub almost daily since it arrived. Make sure that any clothing worn in the hot tub is washed a second time, WITHOUT soap. I had to change the water after about a week because of the huge amount of soap bubbles in it. Draining the hot tub is not explained in the instructions. There is a hose connection on the bottom of the tub with a cap on it. Removing the cap doesn't start the flow of water. The connection must be pulled out in order to start the flow of water. Remove the cap, connect a water hose, THEN pull the connection out about 2 inches. I found this out only after I drained it using a sump pump. The sump pump did an amazing job and I will continue draining it this way. The whole tub was pumped out in about 6 minutes. After refilling the tub, it took over 12 hours to heat the water from 53F to 101F, at ~60F outside temperature. This is 50% longer than the 8 hours the instruction say to allow. I wish the lighting was a little brighter. The second pump was a little loud. There are instructions on the link above on the Laguna Bay Spa website on how to bleed the pump. That helped quiet it down a little. I'm using a SpaFrog with Bromine and Minerals. It seems to do a good job keeping the tub nice. My electric bill has increased $28 from last month. I assume future months will be less. This month I heated 350 gallons of water from mid 50F, two times. In the future I'll drain the tub only once every three of four months. I hope this helps people considering this purchase.
Mon Nov 24 00:00:00 MST 2014pamela Rating:5.0
Those having questions might want to download the owners manual. I found this very helpful. I Google 'Home and Garden Spas 6-Person 81-jet Hot Tub'. Make sure it's the manual for the 81 jets. When you goggle the above mentioned sentence, a pdf manual will show up. When the hot tub comes it will have a disk with this same information/manual. I find that having it downloaded on my smartphone is more convenient than the disk that came with it.. Fortunately, the shipping/delivery company gave me good advice: They said to buy some 2 pieces of thick plywood to put over various landscape rocks & steps. Therefore, we were able to get over these obstacles. It weighs well over 800lbs. Let your electricians read page 14 of the manual re: 220v & 50 amps. The hot tub exceeds all the others I'd looked at. Being tall we're happy it's deeper than some. I shopped for this one at ***& many other places overstock had the lowest price. Fortunately the delivery company for Ocala, Fl area went beyond what they were required to do. Throughout the whole process they kept in touch with me giving me updates as to when it would arrive. The hot tub had a label saying the actual date the tub was constructed. Which happened to be the approximate date I ordered it. I wish they would list & recommend downloading the manual upon purchasing the tub. My electrician came back after it was delivered to hardwire it the the electrical box. It's power is turned off by the breaker box( I'm talking about when you totally shut it down not when turning off jets etc). You will love the hot tub as there isn't anything not to love. You won't regret getting your owners manual ahead of the delivery. When I Google the product only one pdf manual came up. That manual was exactly like the disk manual that came with the hot tub. Just follow the section for '220v 50 amp'. I glad I bought this exact tub at this exact location. My electrician whom happens to install a lot of high end hot tubs agreed. I'm a girl & know little about this sort of stuff & I managed to do quite well organizing & figuring it all out. Good luck & enjoy!
Mon Oct 18 00:00:00 MDT 2010davis604 Rating:3.0
The spa looks great, but there are many issues with it. There is absolutely no insulation surrounding any of the pipes to each jet, we live in PA, and I can only imagine what the electric bill is going to be this winter trying to keep this think hot. If we lose electric, this is going to be a major concern of these plastic pipes, of which there are about 50 pipes snaking all around this tub inside the walls, they will freeze if electric is lost. Once you take the side off to service anything, it is extremely difficult to get the side panel back on, and it definately takes 2 people to get it back on. There is not a pump that keeps the water circulating, and it seems to get "scummy" very quickly. If you do lose electric, the heater does not turn back on when the electric comes back on, you must remember to go outside and restart the spa or you loose water temperature quickly, that should not be. We wanted to save the money and thought this spa had all of the features that we needed/wanted, but we are regretting our purchase, save your money and get a good name brand spa.
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