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.
If you are using Bromine this is the shock tabs to start. these work the best and are plug in play so to speak. Highly rec trying these if you plan on bromine tub
First of all let me say, I had no idea when I placed this order that shipping would take 4 weeks. I wish I had realized that before deciding on this one. As we purchased it in October , and thought that it would be here by Thanksgiving, but it made it just a few days after Thanksgiving. However one of out concerns was needing family and friends to help us get it into the backyard, knowing it was heavy and bulky. So I was thrilled when it was delivered and the shippers had 3 men who were so very nice getting it to the backyard and on the cement pad for us. We really thought it was just going to be dropped into the driveway. I do not know if that is just how it is always done, but it was a great burden off our shoulders. We have owned several spas, the others were high end, at least twice the price of this one. So I was expecting it to heat faster than it does. But they were also the gas fired heaters. The jets are not super powerful, but still offer good relaxation. The waterfall and the lights are a nice touch just adding to the relaxing mood. I was say the best feature is the plug and play which is why we chose this one, it was up and running in less than 2 hours. However as we were just getting into our winter, it is slow to heat, it takes at least a full day to get it to 90 degrees. One feature is the heater kicks its self on to protect the unit from freezing. We have only used it a handfull of times, as it is to cold , but keeping it at the minimum heat, it looks to be costing only about 45.00 in electricity. We priced around our So California area before getting this, we could not find anything that was any where near this price for plug and play, so overall I am happy with this, and I am sure when warm weather is here I will get a lot of use out it.
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.
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