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.
- How accurate was the sizing? as expected
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Solid contruction. Quiet operation. Good design and value.
- Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? yes