Whether setting up for the first time or unpacking your spa again for Spring, we have gathered together our Top 10 Tips for setting up your Lay-Z-Spa. From the positioning of your hot tub to understanding what chemicals you need, read below and get a head start on creating the perfect spa setup for your indoor or outdoor space.  

Lay-Z-Spa Setup

1. Read your Lay-Z-Spa Owner's Manual

Yes we know no-one wants to read instructions, but they really are useful and will make the set up process a lot easier! Including useful guidance on inflating and deflating your spa as well as important safety information, reading your manual, there are an array of important snippets to ensure you setup and pack away your Lay-Z-Spa correctly.


2. Watch the Lay-Z-Spa Set Up Videos

Videos are a great visual guide to helping you set up your spa. Even if we don’t yet have a video for your spa, many of our videos can act as great guides for spas across our range. Check out our Setup Videos.


3. Think carefully about the positioning of your hot tub!

It may sound like an obvious one but remember that once you have filled your Lay-Z-Spa with water, you would have to empty it again to change the position. The Lay-Z-Spa Miami for example weighs a whopping 697kg when filled with water so its important you get its positioning right from the off. Due to its filled weigh it is also essential that you place it on a strong surface – particularly if you want to add it to a decking area.


4. Ensure the ground is flat and level

Positioning your Lay-Z-Spa on uneven or unlevelled surface can cause all sorts of problems - not least it will be less comfortable to sit back, relax and unwind in! Use a spirit level to check your surface before placing your spa and filling it. Failure to do this could cause an uneven spa which can result in unequal water distribution. This can lead to increased pressure on one side of the spa which will increase the likelihood of your liner failing.


5. Use a Floor Protector

A Lay-Z-Spa Floor Protector helps reduce heat loss as well as protects the base of your spa. By helping to reduce the amount of heat exiting your spa you will lower your heating costs by maintaining a steady temperature. Explore our Accessories to find the right protector for your spa.  


6. Place your spa near a "windbreak"

Placing your Lay-Z-Spa near a wind break, like a fence, wall or in a gazebo will help to reduce wind exposure and in turn help to reduce your hot tub’s running costs. When placing your pump make sure it far enough away from the windbreak that you can walk uninhibited around it. Placing your pump too close to a wall or fence can cause the sound to reverberate which can amplify the pump’s sound. We recommend you place the pump on the opposite side to your windbreak to prevent this from happening.


7. Make sure there are no sharp objects nearby!

Sharp objects and inflatable hot tubs don’t mix! It’s important to make sure nearby hedges are maintained to prevent them encroaching on your Lay-Z-Spa. Pets should also be kept well away from your Lay-Z-Spa as their exuberance combined with their little sharp nails and teeth could result in a rather deflated spa!


8. Stock up on Chemicals & Accessories

Keeping your Lay-Z-Spa’s water crystal clear is a simple process as long as you have the right chemicals and accessories at your disposal. For those just starting and are unfamiliar with water treatment, a Chemical Starter Kit by Clearwater is the perfect accompaniment for your Lay-Z-Spa. You can find all the chemicals you need on our dedicated Chemicals page.

Ensuring that you have more than enough filter cartridges is equally essential. A filter cartridge can effectively extract any dirt and other fragments from your spa. Stocking up on them for regular summer use is therefore highly important, a Filter Multipack is an economic way to do this. Washing them regularly can also help extend the life of your filter cartridges.


9. Be aware of the ambient temperature

As a rule of thumb, your Lay-Z-Spa should not be used when the ambient temperature is 4ºC (40ºF) or below. This is because there is always the risk of water freezing inside the pump and spa, causing irreparable damage. In this scenario, your spa will unfortunately not be covered under warranty.


10. Do not use an extension cable

Lay-Z-Spa pumps come with a 7 metre cable which is usually sufficient enough for customers to reach their nearest grounded socket with RCD protection. If however the cable is not long enough we recommend getting a qualified electrician to install a grounded socket with RCD protection. Never use an extension cable!


By following these simple tips you can get your Lay-Z-Spa setup perfectly for the Spring and Summer months. You can also check out our Lay-Z-Spa FAQs section which answers some frequent questions.