Finally got the hot tub. Ordered July 3rd, delivered August 28th. Overstock had no clue as to why the delay. Called the manufacturer, Leisure Products, at *** and was told that the delay was due to their cover supplier. Overstock needs to do better on their tracking. I got a shipped email with a tracking button that had no tracking info. Kudos to the freight company, ABF. The driver helped me load it on to my pickup and then on to my deck. The tub’s freight weight with the cover and pallet was 645 lbs. It ships on its side banded to a long custom size pallet that just fit on my pickup with the tailgate down. It is wrapped in heavy plastic with only thin cardboard and some foam for protection. We slid the tub on rugs on its shipping side to its spot on my deck, and then myself and 3 neighbors tilted it down onto a 6’ 2 x 4 and lifted it up by the slight edge on the bottom of the side panel just enough to slide the 2 x 4 out. The manual and the power cord are behind the panel under the control panel. READ the manual first. A PITA taking the panel off and putting it back on. With a cordless drill, I notched out a 7/16” hole in the bottom beam and the panel for the power cord. A few tips: Do not use power tools to remove and install the screws from the side panel. I used a ratchet screwdriver. Fill the tub up through the filter hole before you re-install the side panel to check for leaks. Do not plug the power cord in until the tub is full. Make sure the 2 slice valves are in the default locked up position before plugging it in. This tub weighs ~600 lbs. empty. You will need at least 4-5 helpers. Filled, ~300 gallons, it weighs ~3100 lbs., not including people weight, so if you place it on a deck you need adequate support. I added 2- 8’ 4 x 6s across the joists a few inches in from the hot tub’s edge with 6-4 x 6 posts, 2 extra 4 x 6 posts on my center beams, and a 4 x 6 post on the outer joist next to the house. Check the suction drain cover. Mine had ~20 clogged holes. A small center screw holds it on. A PITA to remove when the tub is full but I am assuming this is a safety feature. When you first plug it in it goes through a self-check test. After the test, you should see Pr (priming mode) on the control panel, which should last ~6 minutes before the pump starts to run. I purchased my hot tub chemicals at Leslie’s Pool Supplies They are nationwide, check lesliespool.com’s store locator. I went with a bromine bundle, test strips, and a floater dispenser instead of a starter kit. More expensive but will last a lot longer. They will do a free 9 point water test on your hot tub water in the store and tell you what chemicals you need. I bought my Confer Plastics espresso color steps from an eBay vendor for $56. shipped. Great quality, made in USA. Pros: Ok hot tub for the price. Got it for $2250. with free shipping, no tax, during their July 4th sale. Seats 4 people comfortably, 6 small people maybe. It is advertised as 110V Plug and Play but you need a dedicated outlet and a 20 amp breaker for that outlet. More than adequate jet flows on high pump speed setting. Nice cover and color, perfect fit, not too heavy, 1 person can remove it; also comes with locking buckles that screw to the side panels. It comes with a pre-installed filter. Good comprehensive manual. It took ~8 hours to heat the water from 74F to 101F, not bad for only 110V. 7 color changing underwater LED light can be set to show only 1 color. Cons: A few nitpicks. The tub was undamaged but the side panels have scuffmarks, not from us, and I had to repaint the black base that had multiple nicks in it down to the bare wood. The manufacturer needs to improve their QC. The inside of tub was very dirty. Cardboard packing on the bottom panel was soaked presumably from a pre-test. It is 110V and does not come with an auxiliary heater so it takes a while to heat to set temp. There should be a better way to access the manual and power cord then taking a side panel off. It is advertised as having a 10’ power cord but only ~7’ of that is useful (see pics). My outlet is 5’ from the tub and ~2’ high and it just reaches. The GFI plug is large. I had to dremel out the opening in my outlet to get it to fit.
American Spa is made by Cal Spa - that's the first gold stamp. It's easy to agonize over which spa is the right spa, and rightly so, it is a fairly large investment and one you are stuck with for some time as it is not easy to get rid of if you don't like it... I can tell you that the shell seems durable. I bought the white one which has a marbled pattern on it. The jets seem to work fine. We went for the one with only 1 pump and it has enough power to use all the jets and maintain heat in the Colorado mountains in winter. The lights are fun for the kids - personally I find them annoying as they tend to change color very quickly, but thats ok - I don't need them on. The Bluetooth works well and the volume on the speakers is great. The waterfall is also a fun feature. So far we are Loving this tub. We are a family of 5 - 3 young kiddos so there is plenty of room. We have up to 6 kids use it at once and there is room for more... Totally recommend this tub.
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