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Best Inflatable Hot Tub Reviews for 2017

If you're looking for the best inflatable hot tub to help you relax and unwind, have a look at our list of the top 5 products.Imagine coming back from a hard day at work and relaxing in an inflatable hot tub.

It helps you release stress and enjoy the rest of the day.

Most people though, wouldn’t even contemplate the thought of buying one, as they think it would cost over thousands of pounds and take up too much space at home.

Fortunately, thanks to developments in technology, there is actually so much choice available on the market.

Believe it or now, you can actually buy a fully functional hot tub for less than £350. However, finding the right product takes days of research, and even then, you might end up with something that breaks within a few months.

Due to this, we thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of the best options that are available on the market right now.

Having tested a wide range of different products, we picked 5 that we thought were great value for money and perfectly suited to use at home.

Product Inflated Size Capacity (People) Running Cost per Day (Moderate Use) Price
Lay-Z-Spa Palm Springs 1.95m x 71cm 5-6 £1.50 – £2.00 [button-yellow url=”http://amzn.to/2ijQN3t” target=”_blank” position=”left”] Find best price[/button-yellow]
Lay-Z-Spa Monaco 2.10m x 69cm 6-8 £1.50 – £2.00 [button-yellow url=”http://amzn.to/2ijQN3t” target=”_blank” position=”left”] Find best price[/button-yellow]
Intex Octagonal Bubble Spa 2.01m x 71cm 4-6 £1.50 – £2.00 [button-yellow url=”http://amzn.to/2ijQN3t” target=”_blank” position=”left”] Find best price[/button-yellow]
Lay-Z-Spa Miami 1.80m x 65cm 2-4 £0.75 – £1.00 [button-yellow url=”http://amzn.to/2ijQN3t” target=”_blank” position=”left”] Find best price[/button-yellow]
Lay-Z-Spa Vegas 1.96m x 61cm 4-6 £0.75 – £1.00 [button-yellow url=”http://amzn.to/2ijQN3t” target=”_blank” position=”left”] Find best price[/button-yellow]

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The Best Inflatable Hot Tub on the Market

1. Lay-Z-Spa 54129 Palm Springs Hot Tub

The Lay-Z-Spa 54129 Palm Springs is possibly the best blow up hot tub available on the market right now.
[button-yellow url=”http://amzn.to/2ijQN3t” target=”_blank” position=”left”] Find best price[/button-yellow]To start off, let us just say that you will be seeing the Lay-Z-Spa brand name a lot throughout this list. It is simply the king of this market in the UK and makes high quality spas at reasonable prices.

The 54129 Palm Springs inflatable portable spa is certainly no exception and takes the top spot on list for a number of reasons.

It features a simplistic but stylish design, and will look great wherever you put it.

For those of you who have never used an inflatable jacuzzi before, don’t worry because this is incredibly easy to set up. There is an instruction manual and a DVD for setup and maintenance, which is ideal for keeping your expensive jacuzzi in excellent condition.

It offers incredible comfort and durability due to the 3-layer leatheroid reinforced body, and as long as you take good care in maintaining it, you will be relaxing in this for years to come. There is also lock-clips and a built-in air chamber to ensure proper insulation.

The built-in rapid heating system ensures a consistent water temperature of 40 degrees and the integrated water filtration makes sure water is always clean. The added ground mat also keeps water warm at all times.

It also comes with the industry-leading Lay-Z massage system that uses 120 air-jets, and works extremely well. We were very surprised with how powerful it actually is.

The interior flooring is cushioned and has a built-in quick-drain feature that is very convenient when you’re done.

Both the spa pump and pool have been pre-tested so you can be sure that you will be getting something that works right out of the box. It’s also important to note that the pump is digitally controlled and has a soft touch control panel, which makes it very easy to use.

So, you might be wondering what you actually get in the whole package. Well, apart from the actual inflatable spa, you also get the following to ensure effective usage:

– a chemical floater: To dispense chemicals, which is very important for maintenance,

– As mentioned already, a DVD and instruction manual for setup and maintenance,

– Filter Cartridge (VI)

– A heavy-duty repair patch, with glue, a manometer and a wrench

– A ground mat.

In terms of capacity and dimensions, we’re looking at an inflated size of 77″ x 28″ and capacity for 4-6 adults. Just to explain, 77 inches is the exterior diameter.

This inflatable hot tub is definitely one of the best options available on the market at the moment. It has a large capacity, and is an absolute bargain compared to others.

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2. Lay-Z-Spa Monaco Inflatable Hot Tub

The Lay-Z-Spa Monaco is one of the biggest inflatable hot tubs on this list and will cost you over £550.
[button-yellow url=”http://amzn.to/2ijQN3t” target=”_blank” position=”left”] Find best price[/button-yellow]The Bestway Lay-Z-Spa Monaco has a large capacity and will easily fit 6-8 people. However, the price has been ramped up due to this, and it will cost you a fortune.

That’s to be expected though because it is obviously a very high quality product.

While it may be big, it is still portable and easy to move around. The blue colour is rather simple, which can be both good and bad depending on your taste. It’s certainly not bad but in our opinion, it doesn’t quite have the elegant look that the Palm Springs option has.

Of course, the most important thing is the performance, and this is where the inflatable Lay-Z-Spa Monaco excels. Thanks to the rapid heating system, the water heats up to 40 degrees very quickly. The built-in Lay-Z Massage system uses 80 air jets to blast water for pure relaxation.

The air pump is digitally controlled, so you can very easily turn on the heating system and change the water temperature at the press of a button. It’s also used to turn on the massage system, meaning you can control everything right from your fingertips.

The leatheroid cover and the hardwearing clips ensure that sufficient insulation is provided and the filtration system keeps debris out of the water at all times.

It’s also incredibly easy to set up and maintain, thanks to the included instruction manual and DVD.

You get 2 filter cartridges, as well as a chemical floater in the package to help you maintain this inflatable jacuzzi.

Again, this product isn’t cheap, but if you want something that has a large capacity and is of excellent quality, this is easily one of the best inflatable hot tubs out on the market right now.

3. Intex Octagonal Bubble Spa Hot Tub

This blow up jacuzzi by Intex features fiber-tech construction and 120 heated bubble jets.
[button-yellow url=”http://amzn.to/2ijQN3t” target=”_blank” position=”left”] Find best price[/button-yellow]This inflatable spa is the first on this list that is made by Intex, and is actually the most expensive one as well.

It’s pricy but looks absolutely fantastic and performs brilliantly.

The build quality is sturdy and feels premium thanks to its fiber-tech construction, which is unlike any other option out there.

The built-in massage system uses 120 heated bubble jets to give you a refreshing massage, and can be activated using the simple control panel.

The heating management system can easily adjust the temperature to fit your preference and works very well.

We liked the built-in hard water treatment system, as it lets you relax without affecting your skin.

It’s not too large so the capacity will be limited to 4 people. You could probably squeeze in 6 people if you wanted to. This is a bit annoying considering it costs so much, but if you don’t mind this, this is arguably the best blow up hot tub.

Maintenance is easy with the filter cartridges, which can be easily replaced. You do get 2 included in the package, and can buy more once they’re finished.

It takes a bit of practice, since you’re using chemicals, but once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty easy to clean.

Overall, we really liked this inflatable hot tub. It’s a bit expensive but easily one of the best options out there. We highly recommend it!

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4. The Lay-Z-Spa Miami

Priced at under £350, the Miami is the cheapest Lay-Z-Spa hot tub.
[button-yellow url=”http://amzn.to/2ijQN3t” target=”_blank” position=”left”] Find best price[/button-yellow]The Lay-Z Miami is one of the cheapest inflatable hot tubs on this list. Don’t worry though, because we have not sacrificed on quality. As mentioned before, we only include products if they meet our strict criteria and perform extremely well, regardless of the price.

It looks stylish and features a black colour, which is pretty much perfect in any location.

Being inflatable and portable, you can set this up either indoors or outdoors. Basically, it can be set up anywhere, just as long as there is a flat surface.

The capacity of the Miami is limited to between 2-4 people, which is somewhat expected at this price. However, that is perfect for couples and families who just want to relax and unwind after a hard day at work.

It’s very easy to set up and like all Lay-Z products, you get a DVD with full instructions on setting up and maintenance it.

The built-in rapid heating system can heat the water up to 40 degrees. With the help of the included heater pump, which is digitally controlled, you can easily adjust and stabilise the water temperature.

This is also used to filter the water and activate the massage jet system, which works extremely well. Basically, every setting can be accessed at the click of a button thanks to this pump.

We also very impressed by the I-Beam constructed walls that make this very sturdy and less susceptible to damage. The included reinforced cover also helps to keep the water clean but preventing any debris from getting in.

Like all the other options on this list, you still get a chemical floater, and 2 filter cartridges to help you maintain it.

Apart from the fact that the capacity is limited to between 2-4 people, this mini inflatable spa has most of the features that we discussed, and so, is an absolute bargain.

If you want an affordable option that is of extremely high quality, don’t hesitate to go for the Miami.

5. The Lay-Z-Spa Portable Vegas Series

The Lay-Z-Spa Vegas performed brilliantly and made it on our list of hot tubs reviews.
[button-yellow url=”http://amzn.to/2ijQN3t” target=”_blank” position=”left”] Find best price[/button-yellow]Finally, our last option is the Lay-Z Spa Vegas inflatable hot tub.Coming in a lovely white coloured leatheroid cover, this blow up hot tub looks stylish and will be perfect to put on your backyard decking.

It’s quite large, and should fit between 4-6 people comfortably.

With the heating management system, the water can be heated up to 40 degrees, which is optimum and the exact same as most other options we have discussed.

On top of that, the optimum temperature stays consistent with help of the inflatable inner lid, which offers excellent heat insulation.

The well-known Lay-Z massage system with air jets is built-in, and can be operated using the included digital control. This also can be used to control the water filtration system as well as the rapid heating system. It’s very easy to use and you have access to every feature at the press of a button.

Setup and regular maintenance is simple with help of the included DVD and instructions manual.

Included in this package is a twin pack of filter cartridges, and a chemical floater to help you get started.

While we do prefer the newer and cheaper Lay-Z Miami, the Vegas is very good and offers a bigger capacity.

So, if you need something that can fit 6 people, the Vegas is a better option. If capacity for 2-4 people is enough, we would definitely recommend the Miami.

Factors to Consider

Buying an inflatable hot tub is not exactly a small purchase.

As you can see, even the cheapest product will still require a significant investment. Think about these factors before deciding on which product suits you best:

  • Here are some factors to consider before buying a portable hot tub spa.Capacity and Size: This is extremely important because it makes a huge difference on the price. On top of that, if you don’t have enough space at home, it would be pointless to buy a large blow up hot tub. Ask yourself how many people are going to be using it and whether there is enough space to store it.
  • Price: Firstly, we recommend setting a budget and sticking to it. As mentioned earlier, you will find options that cost less than £350, and others, which cost almost £600. So, think about what features and capacity you need, and choose the option that fits within your budget.
  • Features and Style: Look out for features such as a rapid heating system, and a massage system. Some options feature a digital control that can easily change any settings. Since you’re paying a lot of money, it’s important to make sure all of these features are included.

Final Thoughts

We hope this post has helped you find the best inflatable hot tub for your needs.

We had done plenty of research and tested a wide range of different products before compiling this list of the top 5 products.

All of these products look great and perform brilliantly. Our main aim was to find a set of products that not only have high performance features but also provide excellent value for money.

We also wanted to provide both expensive and cheaper options, as well as different capacity options, as we realise everyone has their own requirements.

We can say with full confidence that all of the products on this list are the best on the market right now.

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Gas BBQ

Best Gas BBQ Reviews and Discounts

When it comes to choosing which gas BBQ grill to buy there are a lot of options, some good, some bad, some cheap, some expensive.  So to make your life easier we have provided some tips to think about before making your choice and reviews of the best gas BBQ’s that are available.  We hope you enjoy our guide and find the perfect barbecue for your home.

Choosing a new gas BBQ tips

weber gas bbqYour first consideration that you should think about is knowing how many you’ll be cooking for. While bigger can be better, you also have to consider cost, the amount of fuel you’ll need to have on hand, and the space you have to hold and house your gas BBQ grill.

Another aspect is knowing how proficient you are in keeping that grill in top notch condition and how much time you want to spend on this. While it’s great to have the best and most feature-prevalent grill, the fancier it is the more parts to service, clean and break.

Paying a little bit more for a quality barbecue may be a sound decision if being built to last several years is an important consideration as you think about which one to choose.

Make sure that the gas BBQ grill you buy has devices for flame taming that cover the entire burner on your gas grill. This is important because grease is the most damaging ingredient for your grill. You also want the flame tamer to be directly over the gas grill’s burner.

The final thing to think about is determining which brand is for you, especially if you are going to buy something simple with hopes of adding on accessories. Some gas grill brands have few accessories, some have many. Some top brands to consider are Fire Mountain, FirePlus, Sandman, Charles Bentley, VidaXl, Montana, Crusader, George Foreman, Fuego, Weber, Brinkman, and Coleman.

Best gas BBQ Reviews 2017

When it comes to barbecuing, what could be more fun than whipping up sumptuous food on the grill in the company of family and friends? The thing of course is finding the right place for grilling and barbecuing. One favourite spot among true barbecue aficionados would be their very own backyard or outdoor kitchen with their own brick barbecue pit. Actually, any outdoor area is a potential spot for a barbecue but truth be known, the best places for a barbecue are the safest ones.

Choose a location for your BBQ grill that is away from trees, leaves, brush and overhanging limbs. Do not setup your gill in a high traffic area where someone may accidentally brush up against the hot grill.

When barbecuing in your backyard, be sure that you’re 5 to 10 feet away from your house or any material that can potentially catch fire. Also, be sure the grill is stable and is away from children or pets that may bump into it. It would also be a good idea to have a water supply nearby like a garden hose.

bbq utensilsIf you live in an apartment building with a balcony or rooftop or any other outdoor space, be sure to consult with your building administrator (or in some instances, your local fire department) regarding specific restrictions. Generally, using charcoal and gas grills indoors or anywhere above the first storey is prohibited so you may want to consider electric grills instead for your barbecuing efforts.

Another great place to barbecue is in a campsite. Camping is such an exciting way to experience the great outdoors and barbecuing food over a campfire is definitely one of those practical yet cozy things you can do. Just be sure that you are at least 15 feet away from your tent and other camping gears.
Protect yourself by using the correct BBQ utensils such as oven mitts, thongs and a good spatula. Avoid wearing loose clothing while near the grill.

Always leave the lid to a gas grill open when lighting the fire so the gas does not build up under the cover. If the fire does not initially start, turn off the gas, leave the lid open and wait for at lest five minutes before trying again.

It is always a good idea to give your grill a checkup before using for the first time of the season and always store your tanks outside in a upright position where the temperature will never go over 125 degrees.

Of course, it’s not just the atmosphere of being outdoors that can make a barbecue fun and special. It’s also in the delicious barbecue dishes that you share with your loved ones. To make it all the more special, try a variety of BBQ rubs, marinades, salsas and BBQ sauce to capture the true taste of great outdoor barbecuing.

When to use high heat on your gas barbeque

gas bbq high heatWhile some people really seem to have a knack for barbecuing and always grilling up a perfect meal ñ for the rest of us, it is something that must be learned, not something that just comes naturally. Believe it or not, there is technique involved. Its not just a matter of following your cooking instincts.

One of the main secrets of knowing exactly how to make a beautiful, tasty meal every time is knowing how and when to use high heat or very hot coals.

Though you may have heard the term “seal in the juices” when it came to barbecuing, you may even have tried some techniques every now and then, but unless you’re doing it properly, you wont be getting it right. For the best results, many barbecue chefs cook vegetables and medium-rare steaks by first using a high heat in order to sear the outside of the food and seal both the juices and the flavours inside.

bbq meat cooking guideThough this technique is good for foods that you don’t want to cook thoroughly, it shouldn’t be overused. If you’re cooking a meat such as hamburgers or pork ribs, they must be cooked all the way through in order to avoid bacterial contamination. Threfore, searing them to seal in the juices doesn’t do anything but give you dry, or charred food.

This can be explained by understanding the way that meat cooks on a barbecue. As it is heated, the cells and the fibres of the meat will tighten, squeezing out much of the juices. Therefore, if you’re only cooking a meat partially, searing it will help to seal in the juices by quickly cooking the outer layers of the food. However, if you should leave the food on this high heat, the inner layers will cook too quickly, vaporising all of your precious and tasty juices. Try the technique a few times until you get it right. Pay attention to what you’re doing, so that when you do accomplish the right technique, you know how to repeat it.

When you are using high heat, the rule of thumb is to cook on each side for a maximum of five minutes (a total of ten minutes). After ten minutes, anything that you’re cooking should be moved aside to a medium heat so that it can finish cooking at that lower temperature.

There are many ways to recognise how hot your fire really is, to make sure that its always perfect for any kind of food that you’re cooking on your barbecue. One of the most common tests is simply to hold your hand a couple of inches away from the grill. If you are only able to keep it there for about a second, your grill is at a high heat (that is, over 600F). If you are able to hold your hand there fore a few seconds, its at a medium heat (around 400F). At a lower heat, you will be able to hold your hand there for over five seconds.

Remember, when it comes to high heat, practice makes perfect, and the perfect is well worth the practice!

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Ride on Mowers

Best Ride on Mowers

john deere ride on mowerNow that you have moved in to the countryside, you find yourself with new challenges. When it comes to your garden, one of the biggest challenges is cutting the grass in the quickest possible time and getting the best results, i.e. your lawns look nice and it has not taken you all day!  However, your new home probably has more grass than you are used to or have had to mow previously.
Not only that, but the job of taking care of it is all yours and your old walk behind mower that used to do a fine job in your smaller garden is just not going to cut it.

In searching for a solution to this challenge, a growing number of homeowners have turned to a tool that lawn maintenance professionals have used for years: the highly manoeuvrable, highly productive ride on lawn mower.

In this guide you will find reviews of ride on lawn mowers and information to help you choose the best ride on mower for you and your garden.

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Buying guide

Ride on Mowers = Small Tractors

If you need a small tractor for different kinds of work for less than 2 acres, then a ride on lawn mower is the best choice for you. You can greatly reduce your manual labor, due to the many attachments that are available for ride on mowers. You will find that this can help you keep your garden in tip-top condition in much less time. In most cases, a ride-on mower up to a maximum of 7-10 HP will also have a ZTR (zero turning radius) feature to help you when working in a smaller field or very large garden.

The Versatility of Lawn Tractors

Versatility is a major benefit of ride on mowers. Some of the jobs that can be completed by these garden vehicles include hole digging, lawn rolling, tilling, mowing, and many other jobs. The power take off spindle makes these jobs easily possible. That is why ride on lawn mowers are a gardener’s best friend.

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Purchasing A Lawn Tractor

Choosing and purchasing a ride on mower is much like buying any other vehicle. The optional accessories increase the prices of both a car and a ride-on lawn mower. That is why you want to choose your model and accessories wisely to ensure that you will use the ones that you are purchasing. You also want to ensure that you can try the model in the showroom to ensure that you can attach and remove the accessories with very little effort. Test-drive the ride on mower to make sure you can get in and out of it easily as well.

Price of Lawn Tractors

There is a large price range when it comes to ride on lawn mowers. A smaller lawn mover can start at £1400 and go up to £5000. The Castelgarden XE 866 B is a basic model and it is available for just under £1400, while the McCulloch lawn tractor M15597TC is approximately £4775. A MTD Ride-On Lawnmower / ride Smart RG 145 is about £1849. These costs are for the ride on mower/tractor without any accessories. Accessories can make the cost greatly increase. A canopy starts at £110 and a collection bag for grass is around £300. A cart can run you anywhere from £110 to £220, depending upon the size. Now you see how the costs can quickly add up. If you are planning to use the vehicle for mowing 1/2 to 1 acre, then you may want to choose a stand behind lawnmower for around £350, instead of a bigger ride-on mower.

Safety tips for riding and using ride on lawn mowers and tractors

ride on mower safety tipsRide on lawn mower and tractors are probably the most powerful tool you might use in any garden. They are the best solution for people who don’t have much time to take care of their large lawns. Among many other features, they are reliable, efficient, extremely fast as well as really easy to drive and a lot of fun whilst doing the grass. Nevertheless, they can be a double edge sword for those who do not respect the safety requirements. A ride on mower is a dangerous piece of equipment, so use it sensibly, following the  operating guidelines found in the manual.

Statistics show that year after year, many people experience accidents due to either incorrect or unsafe use of their mowers, so to get you off to the best possible start we have put together some important points to keep in mind when driving a your lawn mower/tractor:

  • Clear the mowing area from objects. This is a very important and something that a lot of people forget. If you run over a small piece of metal or hardwood, it could fly out of the blade cutting area and injure anyone within hundred feet around the operator.
  • safety glassesAlways wear safety gear when operating power tools. Steel toecap boots can save your feet, if they get close to the lawn mowers sharp blades, wearing goggles or protective glasses will save your eyes from flying insects and other direct impacts or ear plugs or protectors will help if you are using the vehicle for extended periods of time.

No matter what anyone says, you must keep the vehicles safety guards in place. You never know when they may be required!

The ride on mower driving experience

You, as an experienced driver might be thinking that your years of experience mean that you will have no problem driving any of the above models.  However, mistakes can be made and there are a few things you need to think about which is different to driving your car on a road.

What are the most typical mistakes when operating a ride on lawn mower?

safety ear protectionPlease, be as careful as you can, especially when riding on an incline. It might tip over and therefore create the chance of the blades rolling over you.  The good news is that most ride on mowers and tractors are designed with a low centre of gravity and that is why there is very little possibility of the vehicle tipping over.

In our experience, the cheaper the model, the higher the chance of it tipping over as the higher centre of gravity it has and the more costly the ride on mower, the lower the centre of gravity.

It is important to use the following safety precautions, regardless of the small possibility of the vehicle turning over.

  • It is important that you watch your speed, especially when you are on an incline. A small rock can cause your lawn mower or tractor to have problems and possibly injure you.
  • While getting off of the lawn mower or tractor, ensure that it is turned off and all attachments touch the ground, if at all possible.

Lastly, one thing we want all gardeners’ to remember:

The more prepared you are for any kind of circumstance concerning accidents and safety, the better off you will be.

Just remember to wear safety equipment, including goggles, ear protectors, thick shoes and gloves if necessary. Gardening injuries are as typical as any other and ride on mowers and lawn tractors are not a child’s toy.