Not to be confused with the AirJet version of the same name the Palm Springs Hydrojet is one of the premium models in the Lay Z Spa range. As such it comes with one or two extras you won’t find in many Lay Z Spa hot tubs.
But with these extra features, comes an obvious increase in price. So, how does this premium model compare to the more ‘standard’ units? And, does it justify its larger price tag? In this review, we’ll cover the key information you need to know about the Palm Springs Hydrojet before you buy.
Palm Springs HydroJet Product Information:
Prices & information last updated on 2020-08-08
Palm Springs HydroJet Overview
If you’ve read any of our other Lay Z Spa reviews you’ll know that Bestway favours 2 particular constructions methods that provide superior strength and stability.
The first is TriTech technology. This triple-layered system vastly increases the durability of the hot tub fabric and helps to prevent rips, tears and general wear from daily use. It consists of a strong plastic mesh sandwiched between two layers of laminated PVC for increased durability.
The second construction method is iBeam technology. This impressive system consists of a vertical system of internal fabric sheets that tether the outer to the inner wall. Bestway refers to these as ‘welds’. This surprisingly simple system provides excellent strength and rigidity. So much so that you can sit on the sides of the Palm Springs without them collapsing or distorting.
When it comes to size the Palm Springs is ideal for 2-4 people and is what we would refer to as a standard size for Lay Z Spa. Only the Miami and Monaco hot tubs are different in diameter and are smaller by 16cm and larger by 5cm respectively. However, the Monaco features a much larger internal space thanks to its thin walls and can comfortably accommodate 6-8 people.
Within hard plastic hot tubs, you will usually find a variation of the HydroJet system. However, the main principle is the same. Powerful jets of water and air are pumped through nozzles located in the side walls to create a soothing sensation as the water churns around inside. This is also a feature you’ll only find on Lay Z Spa’s higher-end units.
Activating the HydroJet system is requires nothing more than a button press. It will also run for a full hour before automatically switching off. This is a marked improvement over the AirJet system run time found on more basic models. This only runs for 30 minutes before switching off, which we have commented in previous reviews is a little on the short side.
On the subject of AirJets it is a little disappointing to find that the Palm Springs has none. And it is something we would have expected to see given the price increase. However, this is only included on the HydroJet Pro models – which unfortunately signifies yet another price jump if you’d like to enjoy both the air and hydrojets.
When it comes to adjusting the HydroJets this is very simple. Each jet can be pivoted to direct the flow in any direction. The flow rate can also be adjusted by twisting the outer ring of the jet and allows for maximum comfort because you can fine-tune their operation to your liking.
All In One HydroJet Pump And Flip-up Control Panel
In a design common to Lay Z Spa hot tubs the Palm Springs features an all-in-one water pump. This means the key components that power the hot tub such as the heating, filtration and control panel are all located in this one unit.
There are, however, some differences between the HydroJet pump on this Spa and the AirJet pump found on Lay Z Spa’s mid-range units.
The first is the design. Moving away from the typical ‘barrel’ shaped build the HydroJet is more angular. It also has one or two improvements up its sleeve.
The most notable of which is a flip-up control panel that sits just proud of the hot tub sides for easy access even when you are sat in the tub itself. This is a marked improvement over the AirJet pumps which are still easy to use but require you to lean over the side of the tub to reach the control panel.
Integrated within the pump housing is a handy storage area. This can be used to store chemicals, spare filters or any accessories you might have and is a nice touch.
When it comes to using the control panel this is very simple. Following a common design to Lay Z Spa a series of buttons encircle a small central LCD display. Many operations are activated with a single button press and can be safely used with wet hands since the buttons are sealed behind a watertight plastic membrane that features an IPX5 rating.
Since 2017 you’ll no longer find the Salt Chlorinator system in any Lay Z Spa hot tubs. This is something of a disappointment since this impressive system automatically turned salt added to the water into chlorine as required.
In its place, Lay Z Spa have introduced the ChemConnect system. This much simpler system consists of a small container that is attached to the inner wall of the spa. You can place Chlorine tablets inside and adjust the release rate with a simple twist.
Many users have remarked this is an improvement over chemical floater systems since the chlorine is much more evenly distributed. However, it still feels something of a backward step to us. The only reason we could surmise for this change is due to the possible reliability problems of the Salt Chlorinator system.
Aside from managing the ph and chlorine levels of the water, you’ll need to keep an eye on the filter. Luckily this is very simple. Much like the ChemConnect system the filter is attached to the inner lining of the Palm Springs. A simple twist removes it from the side allowing access to the filter. It then requires nothing more than a simple rinse and you’re good to go.
When we think of hot tubs and bubbles we think of fun and relaxation. However, the support the water provides and the soothing effect of the HydroJets can help alleviate pain in those individuals suffering from arthritis, Scoliosis, Fibromyalgia and general muscle or joint injuries. This is known as Hydrotherapy and it is now regularly subscribed to help tackle such ailments. It is an added bonus of owning an inflatable hot tub.
Energy Saving Features
Continuously heating your hot tub when it might not be used for days at a time is a waste of energy and money. To help combat this potential pitfall the Palm Springs is furnished with an energy-saving timer. It allows you to schedule-in your hot tub sessions. This makes sure your tub is toasty warm when you want to use it and switched off when you don’t.
The only downside is that it requires some planning since it can take anywhere from 8 – 12 for the water to heat up fully.
Even though the Palm Springs arrives complete with a protective floor mat, taking a second to carefully remove anything that might puncture or damage the PalmSprings is a good idea before setting up. Small stones and even twigs and cause damage when pushed into the liner with the downwards pressure that over 1000Kg of water will create when the spa is full.
After ensuring the Palm Springs is on a flat stable surface your first job is to inflate it. Typically the AirJet functionality doubles as an air pump. However, since the AirJet function is absent in this model Bestway (the manufacturer behind Lay Z Spa) have handily included an air pump. In fact, it is the same model as which is included with some of their inflatable air beds.
Even though the air pump will do most of the hard work for you, the final step needs to be completed manually. We suspect the supplied electrical pump simply does not have the power to inflate the Palm Springs to its required 0.08 bar pressure. However, a manual pump is also included which is nice to see.
Once complete the cover needs to be inflated and the pump unit can be attached to the side of the spa. This is easily locked into place by twisting some locking screw caps.
Lastly, the Palm Spring needs to be filled with water. Depending on your water pressure this can take 1-2 hours. Handy fill lines remove the guesswork out of filling the Palm Springs and prevents over or underfilling.
Palm Springs HydroJet FAQ
1 What’s included with the Palm Springs HydroJet?
Everything you need to setup the Palm Springs is included. From an air pump to ground mate and leatheroid protective cover. You also won’t need to buy any tools to complete the setup process.
The only thing you do need to buy is a chemical water treatment kit (such as ClearWater) to keep the water sparkling clean and hygienic. This is especially important during its first use when you need to ‘shock dose’ the water to make sure bacteria does not build up.
2 Are There Seats In This Hot Tub?
There are no seats are in the Palm Springs simply because they are not needed. Lay Z Spa furnishes all of their inflatable spas with a cushioned floor that, when combined with the support of the water, provides excellent comfort.
3 How long does the water take to heat up?
The water heat up time varies depending on the ambient temperature. For example in 10deg;C temperature the heat up time can be as long as 18.5 hours. However, on warmer 25°C days it will only take 8.5 hours. And, on some of the blistering hot 30deg;C summer days we’ve experienced in recent years in the UK the Palm Springs will take as little as 5.5 hours to fully heat the water.
4 How safe are Lay Z Spa hot tubs?
Very safe if they are used as intended. An RCD (residual current device) protection system is integrated into the pump. It automatically cuts out if water comes into contact with the electrical supply.
In addition, the pump has a water ingress (IP) rating of 5. This means it will be able to cope with the inevitable splashes and sprays of water it will endure with regular use.
5 Will I need a builder/plumber to setup the Palm Springs?
Inflatable hot tubs do not require professional installation by an electrician or plumber. As such, their setup is relatively straight forward. It also means you’re free to place your hot tub anywhere within your garden (so long as the 7m power cord can reach an appropriate plug). And because it’s not permanently fixed in place you can move it if you don’t like your initial setup spot.
The only real consideration is one of weight. The Palm Springs weighs around 1300Kg when full, so you’ll need to make sure your chosen position can take the strain. Grassy patches and patios are typically fine, however, you might want to get the opinion of an expert before placing it on decking.
Pros And Cons
Palm Springs HydroJet: Is It Worth Buying?
The Palm Springs features all of the accouterments of any decent Lay Z Spa hot tub. You can count on its reliable and sturdy construction and safety systems to allow for many years of enjoyment.
But this is both its main advantage and disadvantage. With the exception of the HydroJet system, it offers no real additional benefits over any other hot tub in the Lay Z Spa range. That said, we believe the logic behind creating the Palm Springs HydroJet is because it does represent a half-way house between the more expensive HydroJet Pro and the AirJet models.
But because it walks such an awkward middle ground we can’t help but feel that, unless the HydroJet system is of real importance, one of the Airjet hot tubs would offer better value for money (such as the Palm Springs AirJet or Miami). Alternatively spending a little more on a HydroJet Pro model would allow you to get the best of both worlds.
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Prices & information last updated on 2020-08-08