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Best Hot Tub: Which Hot Tub Is Best For You?

The best hot tub is the one most suited to your needs. Everyone wants a model that is durable, long-lasting and most importantly, relaxing and fun. At Douglas Forest and Garden, we supply Lay-Z-Spa hot tubs because we think they’re the best for Irish conditions. In addition to being robust, they’re portable. You can put them away during times of the year when they’re not being used, so they don’t get worn away by the weather. You can also view the full range of what we think are the best hot tubs for Ireland.

3 Best Hot Tubs By Lay-Z-Spa

Sometimes, the best place to start is with the lowest-cost offering. We’ll then look at the Lay-Z-Spa’s best price-to-value offering, and then, of course, the more luxurious offering. This will help you get a sense of the range before you decide to look further.

The “Miami Airjet”: Best Hot Tub for Value

While the Miami Airjet is an entry-level model by Lay-Z-Spa standards and is the lowest cost model (currently selling at €479.00). It doesn’t skimp on features. Named after the city in the “Sunshine State”. The Miami is able to allow up to four people (two is most comfortable) to relax and enjoy. It heats the water to a nice 40 degrees Celcius and has the patented massage jet system that we all want in a hot tub.

As with the other Lay-Z-Spa offerings, it can be set up anywhere with a flat surface, indoors or outdoors, and once inflated and the piping has been connected up (which takes a few minutes), you just need let the water heat up and away you go. The Miami Airjet is the best hot tub for couples or those with smaller families, and if you’re not planning a big party this is ideal.

The “Monaco” Airjet Hot Tub: Best Hot Tub For Large Groups

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The Monaco is the best value hot tub for larger groups. It can comfortably seat six to eight people. Its walls have a more ‘rigid’ construction than the Miami, which allows for thinner walls and greater internal space in addition to larger dimensions (201cm x 69cm for the Monaco compared with the Miami’s 1.80m x 65 cm). The Monaco has only 90 air jets, four more than the Miami’s 86 but still much less concentrated in comparison.

The “Hawaii” Hot Tub: Best Hot Tub for Capacity and Features

The Hawaii is Lay-Z-Spa’s second hot tub from the top of its range. It for those who want everything but don’t mind skipping a few extra features. In addition to having a capacity of up to six people (versus seven with the larger version), it also has eight HydroJets and one hundred and twenty AirJets. Hydro jets are where hot tubs really start getting interesting. They’re the high-pressure water jets that massage your body as you relax.

We hope this gives you an idea of the range available. If you want to find out more we recommend you check out the hot tubs on sale, or contact us today on 021-4965132

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4 Great Hot Tub Accessories

At Douglas Forest and Garden, we have a range of Lay-Z-Spa hot tubs for sale. We have a number of  hot tub accessories designed for the Lay-Z-Spa brand, which can greatly increase their fun and function. Here are a few we’d recommend if you’re planning to have a get-together. Lay-Z-Spa tubs are perfect for our Irish climate since they’re not permanent fixtures and can be automatically inflated within minutes, then deflated when not in use (though you will also need to allow time to heat the water). 

Hot Tub Accessories

The Lay-Z-Spa Entertainment Station

The Lay-Z-Spa Entertainment Station is compatible with all Lay-Z-Spa models.  It has built-in Bluetooth for playing your own music or speaking to someone on the loudspeaker.  It is water resistant and has a digital control panel, beneath which is a storage area for belongings to keep them safe from the water. The Entertainment Station has a rechargeable long-life battery and also mains compatible, and there are two handy cup holders built-in. Though you can also buy additional drinks holders if you’re having friends over. 

2. Spa Surrounds

Lay-Z-Spa provides both a square and round version to suit your model. Surrounds allow you to easily enter and exit the spa. Lay-Z-Spa makes these from the same resilient, inflatable material as the spa itself. When the sun is out and friends and family are over, it’s great to have extra seating for everyone to chill out and enjoy. Lay-Z-Spa’s surrounds allow more friends to balm out and enjoy the conversation.

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Although these are inflatable, they have a strong support system built-in. They are then connected together around the spa with velcro ends.

3. Spa Pillows

Spas help you relax and unwind. The Lay-Z-Spa Pillows connect around the edge of your spa so that you can kick back, close your eyes and relax completely. They’re compatible with all models except the Monaco & Helsinki.

4. The Lay-Z-Spa Dome

The dome is perfect for our Irish weather. Rain can be really pleasurable when you’re in a hot tub, but if you have friends over and they’d like to join you beside the tub, the dome allows people to continue enjoying their drinks and conversation without having to leave the spa area. The sides are also closeable which allows you to close yourself off from a cool breeze if you’d prefer. 


We hope that gives you an idea of some of the hot tub accessories available. If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact us on 021-4965132

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Jacuzzi VS Hot Tubs: What’s The Difference?

When people talk about hot tubs, jet baths, whirlpools, a spa, or a jacuzzi — are they talking about the same thing or is there a difference? The term ‘Spa’ comes from ancient ideas of the curative power of mineral water. This dates back to before the Romans and continued right up through the middle ages. Historically, a ‘Spa’ (the word hasn’t changed in centuries) was a natural wellspring or hot spring. People historically built structures around these natural springs so that people could bathe in the curative waters. These days, however, a Spa can also mean a hot tub, or any heated pool, in any shape size or format, or even a resort.

What Exactly Is a Jacuzzi?

In the same way that we often refer to vacuum cleaners as ‘hoovers’ after the American ‘Hoover Company’, which sold the world’s first vacuum cleaners in the 1910s, we now name hot tubs (or Spas) ‘Jacuzzi’. Jacuzzi was originally an Italian aircraft manufacturer in the hot tub vs jacuzzi1920s, before becoming a manufacturer of whirlpools and heated baths. is one of the leading manufacturers of ‘whirlpools’ and hot tubs/spas. Established in the late 70’s, their first mainstream product was an at-home system of jets (pictured here) that you plugged into your bath so that you could get some at-home hydrotherapy.

Jacuzzi VS Hot Tub

In terms of the product, a hot tub and a jacuzzi are the same thing. Hot tubs are heated pools that use water jets to provide a rhythmic massage effect to help release and relax tense muscles (aka Hydrotherapy)

What About Whirlpools?

Interestingly, Jacuzzi owns the term “Whirlpool Bath”. They trademarked this for use as a product name. They use it specifically for their domestic or hotel bathtubs with fitted water jets used for hydrotherapy. These are the same jets used in their hot tubs.

So, when people ask us, “Do you sell Jacuzzis”, the answer is yes and no. While we don’t sell the branded ‘Jacuzzi’ products, we do sell Lay-Z-Spa hot tubs. Lay-Z-Spa uses similar technology; a heating and filtration system, plus hydrotherapy jets. The advantage of the Lay-Z-Spa design is that they are inflatable, and easy to set up and put away when not in use. This makes them easier to put out of the way when not in use.

Have any other questions? Interested in buying a hot tub? Please contact us today on 021-4965132

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Setting Up Your Hot Tub

Looking for tips for your hot tub setup? There are a couple of extra things to consider when setting up hot tubs in Ireland. Namely, insulation, which I’ll explain in a moment. After you’ve ordered your hot tub, you’ll receive a (large) package containing the tub and entire system. The first thing is to clear a bit of space for your hot tub. You will need an area with clear, flat ground. We would recommend you also purchase treatments, filters and a floating dispenser for your chlorine tablets to help keep the tub clean.

While the spa comes with a rubber mat for beneath the spa, you can also purchase some foam floor tiles (similar to what you’d use for flooring in an at-home gym or workshop) to place under the hot tub to provide additional protection to the base, as well as offer an extra layer of insulation beneath the hot tub to keep the water warm.

Our preferred brand is are Lay-Z-Spa hot tubs. These are inflatable and come vacuum wrapped in the box.  The water pump system is weighty, so take your time removing it from the box. The pump has a storage hatch to hide away the pipes for inflating your spa.

Hot Tub Setup

Place the insulating foam pads down on the space you have cleared for your hot tub. These pads are usually interlocking, but you can also tape them together to keep it solid. 

Next, place the included rubber mat down on top of your foam pads. hot tub setup

Inflate the Hot Tub

Plug in your pump and connect the pipes (inside the pump) to the hot tub to begin inflating it. This is quite easy, you just have to fix the pipe to the screw-in socket on the side of the spa. It only takes about 5 minutes to inflate.

Place the Cover

Next, you must inflate the ‘lid’, which goes over the hot tub when it’s not in use. This is also inflatable and only takes a moment to inflate. This helps keep the water warm and clean.

Connect the filter to the Spa

The spa’s pump needs to be on a level surface right beside the spa, as it connects directly into the spa with no flexible piping between them. Once they are aligned, insert the pipe and use the screw-on cap to seal the connection. The pump will now be ready to heat and filter the water.

Remove the Cover

On the inside of the spa, remove the covers on the heating inlet and filter. Keep them safe for when you want to disassemble.  Then screw on the filtration outlet.  

Fill Up Your Spa

It should take about 45 minutes to fill your spa up with water.  It will start to heat immediately, and this can take up to 24 hours so keep that in mind if you plan on getting on for the summer.

Overall, aside from the weight of the parts, hot tub setup is very straightforward and simple when you go with the Lay-Z-Spa brand.  But if you have any further questions or would like help assembling your hot tub in Cork, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 021-4965132

How to Choose the Best Hot Tub for You

Hot Tubs in Ireland

There’s no doubt that there is a common misconception around Irish weather being unsuitable for having a hot tub and this couldn’t be further from the truth. We imagine the sun shining before going out into our backyards and getting undressed and getting into water. Anything else would seem strange. But think of our Nordic neighbours who are happy to tell us that the moment you want to run indoors from the weather is actually the best time to use your hot tub. This is a great way to enjoy a little Irish rain from the comfort of your back garden.

Here in Ireland we know well how long and cold a winter can be. For the most part Irish people rarely use their garden during the winter months. Having a hot tub is a great way of getting more use out of your garden during the colder months whilst reaping the benefits of total relaxation after a stressful day, a long day on your feet or just making the most of having the opportunity to completely unwind anytime you want.

Which Type of Hot Tub is Should I Buy?

There are a wide variety of hot tubs available depending on your needs. From size differences to indoor or outdoor use or both. The choice will depend on what you’re looking for aesthetically and if you intend on using the hot tub for leisure, health or both.

Wooden Hot Tubs

Wooden hot tubs look fantastic aesthetically in gardens. Our favourite is the Lay-Z Spa Helsinki Airjet Hot Tub with a realistic wooden design around the outside, giving it the wooden aesthetic alongside the ability to use it indoors and outdoors.

Sunken Hot Tubs

In ground option

Sunken hot tubs involve creating a space in your garden to allow for the sunken space. One way is by lowering the hot tub into the ground. For this approach the hole should be concrete or brick or else lined with plastic in order to avoid direct contact with the soil. The surrounding area can then be designed to your personal preferences, with tiles, wooden panelling or even some gardening. Since there isn’t a platform, this method is great for anyone with walking difficulties.

Deck/Terrace/Patio Option

A great way to have a sunken hot tub but still have it raised is by building the hot tub into a deck or patio. It is also advantageous as it allows for easy ways to hide the accompanying equipment. All of these little things can be stashed away under the deck for a more aesthetically pleasing option.


Outdoor vs Indoor Hot Tubs

Deciding on having an indoor or outdoor hot tub can be a big decision. Majority of our hot tubs can be used both indoors and outdoors and deciding which you are going to use yours for is best decided by taking a look at the advantages and disadvantages of both.


Indoor Hot Tub Advantages

During colder months of the year your hot tub will provide extra warmth in the room and surrounding rooms where the hot tub is situated.

Indoor Hot tubs have the advantage of having a little extra privacy that you may not be able to get from an outdoor one.

Indoor hot tubs provide privacy and convenience, which outdoor ones sometimes lack.

Indoor Hot Tub Disadvantages

Extra ventilation will be required in the room you choose for your hot tub. This should be taken into consideration ahead of purchase.

Once you add the cost of ventilation plus additional room, indoor hot tubs can cost more than outdoor ones.


Outdoor Hot Tub Advantages

Outdoor hot tubs cost considerably less than indoor hot tubs, when you factor in the costs of ventilation and space for an indoor hot tub.

Many people enjoy the weather and love lounging outdoors in a hot tub. Outdoor hot tubs provide you with the opportunity to relax outdoors in a comfortable temperature, even when the weather isn’t great.

Outdoor Hot Tub Disadvantages

They can often require more maintenance due to debris found outdoors such as leaves and dirt etc.. An indoor hot tub is better protected from the elements and doesn’t require as much maintenance..

Heavy rain, snow or hail may inconvenience individuals which will reduce the amount of time actually spent in the hot tub.


Will a Hot Tub Benefit My Health?

We have a great article giving you more information on the health benefits of Hot Tubs that can be accessed here.


Our Range of Hot Tubs

We currently deal exclusively with Lay-Z-Spa hot tubs. We choose them for their quality, reliability and easy setup. See more of our hot tubs.

Hot Tubs For Sale

We have high-quality hot tubs on sale with Free Delivery and 1 Year’s Warranty included. We work exclusively with Lay-Z-Spa for their durability, quality and comfort. Most of these hot tubs are constructed with a durable inflatable material and use a simple and fast inflation mechanism which only takes 10 minutes to set up — so that your tub only occupies your garden space when you want to use it.   Here’s a sample of three of our best deals at the moment, but be sure to view our full range of hot tubs to find the best fit for you.

1. The Lay-Z-Spa Maldives. €1,349.00

This is the higher end model and in terms of relaxation, it really can’t be topped. It has a max temperature of 40c, is able to hold up to six adults. As with the other hot tubs we have on sale, this one inflates when you want to use it. It has the deluxe massage system with 8 HydroJets & 140 AirJets.

2. This Lay-Z-Spa Miami Airjet hot tub for sale at €499.00

The Miami comfortably seats up to 4 people and is the perfect way for couples and families to relax and unwind in 40°C water with a soothing Airjet massage jet system (it has 81 individual AirJets to ease out those tense muscles).

The Miami Airjet has most of the features of our other hot tubs on sale. As with the other models, it has the advantage of portability, you really need no further excuse to enjoy the luxury of your very own spa.  As with the Maldives, it has a max temperature of 40°C. It has a Rapid Heating System, and as mentioned, 81 individual Lay-Z-Spa Airjet Massagers.

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3. Lay-Z-Spa Vegas Pool Hot Tub. €549.00

The Lay-Z Spa Vegas Pool is another compact hot tub, perfect for your garden. View the video here. It’s easily portable and comfortably seats 4 adults. Once drained it can be easily moved around or stored away. It uses a rapid heating system which warms water about 1.5-2°C degrees per hour up to a maximum of 40°C and includes simple Video instructions. It has a digital control panel so that you can make adjustments to the heat, water filtration and massage bubbles.

To view the rest of our hot tubs on sale, check out our full listing here

Hot Tubs Cork

Who doesn’t love a hot tub in the summertime?  When the sun is out, we don’t need many excuses to get out in our back garden, enjoy a drink and relax with family or friends — but to be fair, a hot tub makes a great excuse.

Our customers sometimes ask if our Irish weather is unsuitable for a hot tub. Yet the truth about hot tubs is that their best time to shine is when the sun is behind clouds. They can make any weather a pleasure. Anyone who has experienced a hot tub on the ski slopes will know what I mean. You can view our full range of hot tubs in Ireland here.

A hot tub in Cork?

It’s the cold weather, snowy weather — wet weather — that makes the perfect match for a hot tub. Our Nordic neighbours know better than we do that the best time to get in one is when we’d usually run indoors. Speaking of Nordic, the hot tub featured in the above image is the aptly named ‘Lay-Z-Spa Helsinki‘. 

Just the thought of rain often stops us from enjoying our garden space. But with a hot tub, even the cold, wet periods can become a time for pleasure, to get out and enjoy the fresh air. Like coffee and cream, it’s all about the contrast. The hot tub’s deep heat warms you to your bones, and it takes the little dabs of rain pattering down on your face to remind you just how cosy you are. In Cork’s rainier seasons, I can spend days at a time cooped up indoors.  Having a hot tub frees you from your confines and offers a new way to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. 

Hot tubs for health

That’s not even discussing the health benefits, not just of getting out and enjoying the fresh air, but also the benefits for arthritis. We’ve spoken before about the health benefits of a hot tub. Arthritis and joint pain are at their worst in colder periods. A hot tub is an antidote to aches and pains. 

Our Range of Hot Tubs

We currently deal exclusively with Lay-Z-Spa hot tubs. We choose them for their quality, reliability and easy setup. See more of our hot tubs.