Hot tubs have come a long way since the bulky units of the previous decades that had to be installed permanently (and often left behind when a family moved) and required lots of maintenance, professionals to set it up and most of all, a huge cost.
Now, there are hot tubs that are a snap to set up. You can avoid all of the normal hot tub installation requirements and do outdoor hot tub installation in no time at all.
You can learn how to install a hot tub like this yourself without having to buy it from a store that marks it up in order to get professional installation – or have to pay a hot tub installation cost separately.
There are lots of hot tub installation ideas when you have a plug and play unit and while you will still have to do things like a hot tub water treatment and cleaning, they are much less of a pain than conventional systems, that’s according to Blair Osborn & Alice Cunningham, who own Olympic Spa, the oldest spa retail store in Seattle.
In this article, we’ll go over hot tub installation for plug and play models and examine a particular plug-n-play hot tub so that you can decide if it is something that you would like to have in your home.
The Plug-n-Play Hot Tub
With hot tub installation so costly and difficult, a plug-n-play hot tub is the perfect spa for most people. You can set it up just about anywhere because you don’t have to worry about getting a special plug or adapter.
The Consumer Safety Protection Commission says that misuse causes a lot of accidents when it comes to hot tubs and electricity.
That’s why the plug and play hot tub has such a major advantage over the average hot tub – you can usually plug them into a standard 110 volt as long as it is ground and you will be able to use your spa right away. Let’s talk about the features that come with this plug-n-play spa.
- Features the same parts and features of the premium, over-the-top expensive hot tubs on the market
- Comes from LifeSmart – one of the most respected companies making plug-n-play spas
- Indestructible – featuring an Arctic white solid shell design
- Beautiful mahogany skirt
- Rarely requires maintenance
- Fits in any 110 volt grounded outlet
- Uses Eco Smart technology to be more environmentally friendly
- Comes with a very thick spa cover that also saves you money on heating and is eco-friendly
- Meets California regulations for spas and hot tubs
- Comfort valves that let you adjust the mix of water and air
- Rotating back jets
- Dedicated waterfall jet
- 6 color LED mood light
The Five Steps Of Plug-n-Play Hot Tub Installation
And here they are:
Choose The Perfect Spa
Since plug and play installation spas are so easy to set up, you can choose without worrying about set up, wiring, plumbing or other installation issues.
So, your first step is to decide which features you want in a spa and then choose the one that fits your budget and your needs best.
Choose The Location
The next step is to choose where you are going to place your hot tub. Remember, your hot tub is plug-n-play but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you are going to be able to move it regularly.
It is still heavy and difficult to move so you want to choose the perfect location the first time. You’ll also need to factor in things like route, the wiring and how close it is to water so that you can fill it up easily.
Moving The Spa
You may think that you are going to be able to move the hot tub into position yourself but many owners have damaged their new hot tub by trying to do just that.
If you do not have the right tools to move it, as well as the knowledge and experience to get it into position without damaging it, then you should think about hiring specialty spa movers. They use a cart that is intended specifically for hot tubs and will be able to support the bulk and weight properly.
You are also going to have to deal with the wiring. Depending upon the plug-and-play spa that you get, you may need a 110-volt outlet, 120-volt outlet or a 240-volt outlet. Whichever is the case, you are almost certainly going to need a dedicated circuit.
That means that nothing else can be running on that circuit or else you will trip the breaker whenever you plug in your hot tub. If you aren’t experienced with electrical work and have installed dedicated outlets before, you probably should leave it to the experts and that goes double if your hot tub requires a 240-volt outlet.
Filling Your Spa
The last step on the list before you can enjoy your new hot tub is to fill it and get it heated up to the right temperature. You also want to install your filtration system, chlorine dispensers or any other vital parts of your spa.
Watch out for a problem called “air lock” when you are filling your hot tub and make sure that you don’t run the pump without water because you could easily damage it.
If you want a great plug-n-play hot tub then the one I recommend is the Lifesmart 400DX 5-Person Rock Solid Plug and Play Spa with 19 Jets Plus Bonus Waterfall Jet. This is one of the top plug and play models out there featuring 19 jets of water and a bonus 20th jet if you count the waterfall.
It just requires 100-volt dedicated circuit and it is ready to go upon delivery. You also get a cover with it and it can hold 5-6 people comfortably.