Hot Tub Setup Essentials

If you are, or considering becoming, the happy owner of a Lay-Z-Spa hot tub we have some tips and advice for setting up your hot tub. From positioning to chemicals, you should have all the answers you need right here.

Lay Z Spa Manual

Read The Manual

Every Lay-Z-Spa comes with an easy-to-use manual. It is really important to read your manual from cover to cover. From safety instructions to installation to operation and maintenance, it covers everything you need to consider before beginning to start setting up your hot tub.

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Level Ground and Floor Protection

Your Lay-Z-Spa should always be setup on flat and level ground. If your flooring is uneven or not level, you could encounter issues of unequal water distribution and unequal pressure on your hot tub liner. Not least will it be less comfortable.

Using a Lay-Z-Spa Floor Protector protects the base of your inflatable hot tub and helps reduce heat loss. Reducing heat loss through the floor is more energy efficient as it lowers your heating costs by helping to maintain a steady temperature.

hot tub floor mat
hot tub gazebo

Shelter and Windbreaks

To reduce exposure to the wind, which contributes to cooling, you should ideally position your Lay-Z-Spa near a windbreak like a wall or fence. Using a shelter, such as a shed or gazebo, will protect from the wind, rain, prevent debris falling in, give privacy and enable you to use your inflatable hot tub all year long. It’s worth bearing in mind that you should also protect your inflatable hot tub from extensive direct sunlight too, so a shelter is a great investment.

Our Lay-Z-Spa Dome offers all the above, has a spacious interior, detachable doors and is easy to setup and pack down.

Consider the Weight

One of our heaviest hot tubs, the Mauritius AirJet, weighs approximately 1,370kg (23,076lb) when filled with water and can accommodate up to 7 people, which adds even more to the overall weight. You need to really consider this when placing your hot tub on surfaces like decking.

Setting up your Lazy Spa
Draining your hot tub

Electricity and Drainage

You will want close proximity to a drain when you come to empty your hot tub's water. You also want to be close to power. Your Lay-Z-Spa comes with a 7-metre power cable and you will need to be able to reach a grounded socket with RCD protection. Never use an extension lead.

To easily drain your inflatable hot tub, we have an electric 800gal Drain Pump with a 5-metre hose to direct the water where you want.

If you don’t have access to power outside, we recommend getting a qualified electrician to install a grounded socket with RCD protection.

Setting up your Lay‑Z‑Spa

We recommend inflating your hot tub in a large open area and then moving into your preferred location. Any creases will disappear over a few weeks. When moving your inflated liner, never drag it on the floor and be aware of sharp objects, fences, prickly hedges etc. It is probably best to always keep your pets away from your Lay-Z-Spa. Claws and sharp teeth can cause damage and you may encounter deflation.

Next, fill your Lay-Z-Spa with water up to the recommended level. You can use water from the hot tap to reduce the amount of time the pump takes to heat up your hot tub which means you get to use it sooner!

If you need some extra help with setting up your Lay-Z-Spa, you can view our setup videos.

Setting Up Your inflatable hot tub
Chemicals for hot tubs

You Need Chemicals

Chemicals are essential for keeping your water clean and safe to use. We stock an expansive range of Clearwater Chemicals, all designed for use with Lay-Z-Spa hot tubs. It is important to understand chemicals and regular testing of your water before you use it and as part of regular maintenance. You can find all the information you need in our Hot Tub Chemicals Guide.

For first-time Lay-Z-Spa owners, we recommend our Chemical Starter Kit which includes everything you need to get going.


To make your hot tub experience even better you can find a range of Lay-Z-Spa accessories right here. We stock a large variety of everyday items such as filters, footbath, and cleaning kits, to more luxury add-ons like spa pillows, LED lights, drinks holders, unbreakable glassware and much more. Even if you don’t feel like you need these at first, you’ll probably find some of these indispensable with regular use of your inflatable hot tub.

Hot Tub Accessories