We bought a plug & play hot tub and were very excited about having a place for the family to gather and enjoy. If you want to save money, you shouldn’t asked for it to come fully assembled and ready for installation. The supplier will charge you for the privilege. Being pretty handy at things, we decided to give it a try on our own. Thank God for instructions with pictures. The manual was thorough, no doubt a reflection of the fact that people aren’t good at simple verb al descriptions.
The bottom of the unit is foam insulation, so the unit appears to need uniform support whether on the ground, wood grid platform, deck or concrete pad. We built a frame on the ground about 6″ high and filled it with gravel for uniform support. You could put it directly on the ground but rain splash or tub overflows might take their toll by allowing water to seep in underneath and eventually cause rot or corrosion. I recommend lifting it up a bit to allow drainage and prevent water damage underneath.
The Lifesmart Simplicity Plug and Play 4-person spa we chose to purchase has the same standard parts and features as any brand name hot tub, such as Balboa topside controls, adjustable jets, and a top-loading filter, but also features a highly indestructible shell. The tub is a 110 volt Plug & Play spa. This feature avoids the high cost of hot tub installation. Simply set it up, fill it up and plug it in. Only Lifesmart uses what they Eco Smart technology, the highly efficient energy management system built into every hot tub spa. It require less energy and deliver better performance due to a full-foam insulation system and a thick energy-saving spa cover designed to save money on the operation of the spa. The feature I like about the Lifesmart is that it has 4 deep bucket seats complete with rotating back jets, a waterfall, and top-side comfort valves that allow you to find the perfect mix of air and water for the perfect massage. The Simplicity also features a top side digital command center and a spa light with interchangeable mood lens caps. We read it all in the manual so we understood just what we were getting.
The first time we got in our new plug and plat hot tub we were enthralled with the warmth of the water and the soothing effectiveness of the jet sprays. It wasn’t a lengthy assembly so we got right in. This was going to be a wonderful summer. Everyone would come and visit to join in.
We had to keep lots of cold beverages in the cooler alongside the unit and plenty of snacks on hand. After all, it became the hub of family water recreation. Just sitting and talking was fun. It was relaxing and restorative. The kids would have liked a bit more space for splashing but this is an adult activity to be sure.