Top positive review
Amazing! So pleased I brought one!
29 April 2019
Well I finally decided to take the plunge and get my very own hot tub. I was initially put off by the fear it would just be a posh paddling pool, but in reality nothing could be further from the truth. I opted for the Palm Springs as the colour really matches well with my garden decking.
****Setting it up****
Genuinely this part is very easy if you follow the instructions! But its worth taking a bit of time to research how to do this before your spa is even delivered. YouTube is full of videos on how to do it, so save yourself some hassle and go and do some research beforehand. It does come with a bubble wrap type material mat which locks the heat in from underneath and mine sits nicely on some decking I have outside.
I also built a decking surround for it to protect it from the wind and add an extra layer of protection. In the grand scheme of things this was relatively cheap to do and will almost certainly help with insulation.
Main thing is the place where its going needs to be 1) Level, 2) Clean, and finally 3) Close to an outdoor plug.
****Usage and electric****
So i'm now in my 3rd week of ownership and its costing me about £10 a week (ish) to run, but when you consider the relaxation this offers you i'm happy with that expense. I also fully expect this to reduce as the weather warms up for summer. I was quite tactical and ensured my spa was placed in a location the sun gets too a lot. So something worth considering! With the sun on it, it warms up a lot quicker and uses less energy :)
Ive tried a few ways of running it but found the most efficient for me is to turn it down to about 34 when i'm not using it and just allowing it to maintain that temperature. Turning it up to 38 a couple of hours before I want to go in it. If you let it cool down too much your going to have a good wait for it to warm up.
Balancing the chemicals was tricky to start with, but don't be put off. I managed to find a starter kit on Amazon which included all the relevant chlorine tablets, test strips and PH + & - granules which made the job a lot easier! Im now a dab hand with it and the chemicals are staying perfect every time I check the spa. I put 1 x 20g chlorine tablet in the floater when not using the spa and this keeps the chlorine levels perfect for me every time.
The spa comes with 1 filter in the box and I brought 1 spare, so far I've been using the same one, just by cleaning it with my hose pipe on spray every other day. You would be surprised just how much this little filter catches so its worth the 5 or so minutes cleaning it just to keep your water in tip top condition.
The pump does omit a very slight hum when its running, but gradually I've got used to the sound. You can sit it in a rubber mat if you want though as I believe this reduces the hum a little bit.
If your thinking about getting one id certainly say go for it! After a long day at work there really is nothing more relaxing that sitting in it to unwind. I've now brought an iPad holder and head rests to enhance the experience more and mean I can spend more time relaxing in it :)
***Update after 2 months ownership***
Its still on the same water since I started because I've been looking after the chemicals and filter, however I plan on changing it this week just to keep it nice and clean. Electric is still the same averaging about £10 a week ish. One thing I have noticed is there has been some limescale crystals appearing. Especially in the little plastic filter outlet of the pump. After doing some research this was because my total alkalinity was a bit high, i'm using some PH minus to control this a bit now but its just a watch out for you all incase you spot any. One final thing is the inflatable lid, make sure you set the correct pressure when the lid is warm (straight off the pool) I added some air to mine when it was cold and it went curved because the air expanded with the heat off the tub :) Hope this helps