affordable hot tubs

Affordable Hot Tubs: 2 Great Options

Affordable hot tubs are on the menu, thanks to Lay-Z-Spa. In the past, with traditional hot tubs, you needed to invest in a permanent setup. This typically involved installing a decking area, installing plumbing, as well as allocating a section of your outdoor space for a permanent fixture. This is fine in many countries, though in Ireland it’s not always ideal; It just takes one frosty morning to cause damage to your outdoor plumbing and potentially render your hot tub unusable. Lay-Z-Spa is perfect for our climate. It can be easily packed away and kept safe when not in use in the colder winter weeks. And for those who intend to use the spa all year round, some models automatically protect themselves from cold damage. 

Affordable Hot Tubs: The Miami

The Lay-Z-Spa Miami is Lay-Z-Spa’s entry-level option. Available for Pre-Order for just €499, the Miami comfortably accommodates 2-4 people. When fully inflated, it has a 1.8m diameter and .65 metre height. As with all Lay-Z-Spa products, it heats to 40c overnight. All you have to do to set up the hot tub, is inflate it using its built-in system. This only takes 10 minutes. Then fill it with water by connecting your regular hose to the unit, and once filled, leave it to heat up for a few hours. The Miami will regulate the water temperature automatically and has a built-in energy-saving system. If you know what hours you plan to use the tub each day, enter those times into the system, and it’ll ensure your water is warm when you want it, and not wasting energy when you don’t. 

The Milan

The Lay-Z-Spa Milan is one of Lay-Z-Spas newer designs which is more towards the higher end but still affordable when compared with traditional hot tubs. It connects to your Wifi and includes Freeze Shield technology to prevent cold damage during colder nights. Wifi Connection means that if you decide you want to use the spa, you don’t need to go outside to prepare it (and can connect to the Spa remotely when not at home). The Milan can accommodate up to six people. It also uses the new “Airjet Plus” system. This releases soothing bubbles from the centre as well as the sides of the spa, so your legs and back are targeted. 

View our full range of affordable hot tubs in Ireland with free delivery. If you have any questions, call us today on 021 4965 132.


Best Hot Tub Accessories

Best Hot Tub Accessories

What are the best hot tub accessories for maximising your enjoyment? We look at a few of the best in our selection below. In addition to accessories, we have the full range of Lay-Z-Spa hot tubs available to order with free Irish delivery. So what are the most popular accessories?

Best Hot Tub Accessories: Extra SeatingBest Hot Tub Accessories

With some of the larger hot tubs able to accommodate up to seven people, there’s often plenty of room for everyone. But if you have a more massive gathering and people want to huddle around for some drinks and conversation, it can be helpful to have some appropriate seating. That is why Surround Seating is available for Lay-Z-Spas. These are also available as round surrounds to accommodate the different shapes for the Lay-Z-Spa model. These also give you somewhere to place your robe and towel while you take a dip. These are inflatable and use the same system as the spa itself, so you don’t have to work hard to inflate them.

Nice Extras

There are a few additional hot tub accessories which can add to the ambience and work seamlessly with Lay-Z-Spa systems. The first is the Lay-Z-Spa Entertainment Station. With this high-quality speaker system, you won’t be afraid of splashes. It’s water-resistant, connects to any Bluetooth device, and the battery is rechargeable, so there’s no need to connect anything to it while it’s in use. If it’s relaxation you want, a clip-on spa pillow is perfect for kicking back and relaxing. The fun of a hot tub is sinking into relaxation. So, do you like having to move from your comfy spot to reach over the side to fish for your drink? We don’t either. This nifty clip-on drinks holder will anchor two drinks for you while you’re sitting back. And the two cup holders can be split apart in to keep reaching and anything resembling effort to the minimum! If you’re planning on staying in the tub late into the evening, you might enjoy these floating spa lights. These reflect different colours into the floor and water below you, creating a calming and fun atmosphere while making sure everybody can find their drink! 

If you’d like more information on our jacuzzi accessories, contact us today on 021 4965 132.

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Electric Pruner: The Stihl GTA 26

An electric pruner can be a useful addition to your arsenal. This is for you if you are a professional landscaper. As a battery-powered pruner with a miniature chainsaw, the GTA 26 must be treated with great care and only used after training and learning about its safety features. This is a heavy-duty pruner, so you will need to wear full protective clothing at all times. 

The GTA 26 is a high-quality piece of machinery. It can be excellent for a landscaper who may need to perform a large amount of lighter work. It can cut vines or other thin branches that are growing around a tree, or remove brush that’s tangled up. The GTA 26 can be an excellent option for quickly and comfortably removing these obstacles without cumbersome, larger machines which can be more dangerous in certain areas.  A handheld pruner used constantly can be a strain, especially if this is just one small job of many. The pruner takes away that strain and increases your efficiency. With regards to battery life, if you are continually cutting it may last about 15 minutes, but for normal usage where you are going from one area to another it will likely last up to one hour. This is not a replacement to a full electric chainsaw and doing any kind of saw work will wear the battery out in a matter of minutes.

The GTA 26 Electric Prunerelectric pruner

The Stihl GTA 26 is essentially a miniature electric chainsaw. It has a 4″ blade with the same chain used in Stihl’s electric pole saws.   The GTA 26 comes in a pack with the pruner, the battery and charger, as well as oil for the chain. It weighs 1.2 kilograms, a little heavier than a box of cereal, so it’s comfortable to hold and use. 

When using the pruner, ensure that the chain is well lubricated. This chain doesn’t spin very quickly so it won’t wear as fast compared with a regular chainsaw. It has a built-in battery gauge so you can tell if the battery needs replacing. The pruner is suitable for pruning small limbs and relatively little branches. It isn’t ideal for cutting larger pieces of wood that would require a regular or electric chainsaw. Stihl also provides electric garden shears, though note that the batteries for this device are not compatible with the GTA 26.

View the rest of our professional battery garden tools. If you have any questions about our free delivery service for specific equipment, please contact us today on 021 4965 132

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Hot Tub Maintenance Tips

Need a few hot tub maintenance tips? At Douglas Forest and Garden, we provide a range with some of the best hot tubs as well as accessories for maintaining your hot tub throughout spring and summer. Follow these guidelines to keep things pristine.

Hot Tub Maintenance: Keep your hot tub cover clean

Use some warm water and stain remover (or a little bit of bleach) to remove the mildew from the surface of your hot tub cover. Just be sure to use a minimal amount of bleach and rinse thoroughly afterwards. Wipe the inside of the cover once or twice a week at most. This will remove any mildew and accompanying odours.

Keep the hot tub – and its water – clean hot tub maintenance

Use a cleaner for your hot tub such as our range of hot tub cleaners. These effectively remove stains, algae and help clear the water. Or if you want you can also use white vinegar to clean around the jets and at the waterline to prevent staining and mildew, this is also very effective. Use the cleaning liquid, or about 5 or 6 jugs of vinegar added into the water to soak in the heated water for a couple of days to remove any build-up of slime that can occur during the periods when the hot tub is not in use. If you’re in an area with hard water, the cleaning fluid or vinegar can also remove the build-up around the filter and anywhere where the water is likely to accumulate. 

Drain and clean your tub every 3-4 for months, or more frequently if you use it every day. Think of it as a bathtub. You want to clean it regularly (and not use the same water the whole time). It’s essential to change the water frequently and also to shower before using it to reduce the build-up of grime.

Clean the filters

Remove and rinse the filters on the hot tub with a hose while you’re cleaning the hot tub. And be sure to keep cleaners on hand so that they’re always there and easy to use when you think of it. This will encourage you to maintain the hot tub as you’re using it, preventing the build-up of stubborn stains and keeping everything pleasant and enjoyable the whole time you’re using it. 

If you have any further questions about hot tub maintenance, call us on 021 4965 132.

Best Hot Tubs for 2020

Best Hot Tubs for 2020

What are the best hot tubs for 2020? While this depends on your planned setup and budget, we provide a range of portable Lay-Z-Spa hot tubs designed so you can quickly it set up during the times you want to get outdoors and enjoy a soak, and just-as-easily disassembled when you’re no longer using them. So for those of you who are not looking for a permanent structure, here is our list of the Best Hot Tubs for 2020.

Best Hot Tubs for 2020: The Lay-Z-Spa St MoritzBest Hot Tubs for 2020

The St Moritz Airjet Hot Tub is one of Lay-Z-Spa’s Mid-Range portable hot tubs. Currently reduced from €829 to €789, the St Mortiz can allow up to 7 adults to enjoy warm, bubbling water outdoors. The St Moritz has a maximum temperature of 40c in any weather, and 140 AirJet massage jets to help you relax and unwind. Including with the St Moritz is an energy-saving timer and integrated water filtration system, so that you don’t accidentally rack up an expensive electricity bill. The water filtration system keeps your water fresh for as long as you’d like to leave your hot tub outdoors. As with others in the Lay-Z-Spa range, the St Mortiz is built to last years. It uses a 3-ply reinforced Tritech material which offers strength and durability. The St Moritz uses a 2 kW heater and has a maximum capacity of 1190 litres. 

The Helsinki

When deciding on the best hot tubs for 2020, it’s important to consider the time of the year you plan to use it. The Helsinki is the best portable hot tub for outdoor use all year round. It is the only model in the range designed to work in cold temperatures. Using its Freeze Shield™ Technology for all-year use, you don’t have to worry about the system getting damaged by ice. If the temperature reaches a certain threshold, the system will activate, heating the water and essential components to prevent damage. This means you don’t need to take the hot tub indoors on colder nights – and you’re able to use this one even in the more glacial periods. 

We hope this gives you some idea of what’s available. While these are our two top picks, everyone’s needs are different. We encourage you to check out the full range of available hot tubs in Ireland with free shipping. 

advantages of owning a hot tub

Advantages of Owning a Hot Tub

What are the advantages of owning a hot tub? We all enjoy a hot tub on occasion; Whether at our gym, spa or when we’re enjoying a stay at a hotel. But here in Ireland, owning a hot tub is still considered a novelty. Yet there are a vast number of health benefits to owning one. While visiting a spa can be a nice treat, you only get the real benefits from repeated use. Here we’ll talk about the advantage of having an inflatable jacuzzi in your own home.

Advantages of Owning a Hot Tub: Stress Relief

Stress is the leading health issue in the modern world. Even in children, teenagers and the elderly, depression, anxiety, and other related problems are rife. Stress plays an aggravating role in most mental and physical problems, so if you can find ways to improve your stress levels, you will increase your health. 

Hot tubs can relieve the symptoms of arthritis.

The warmth of the water and pulsating massaging jets can alleviate pain, tension, and sore muscles — the heat, water, and relaxing environment and relieve arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. By raising your body temperature, your blood vessels dilate, increasing circulation. Stiff joints can also be freed up, and the buoyancy of the water helps encourage free movement. 

Improve sleepadvantages of owning a hot tub

The cumulative effects of sleep loss and common sleep disorders increase the risk of diabetes, depression, stroke and heart attacks. A calming nightly routine is great for your health, and a hot tub can be the antidote to insomnia. Just 15-20 minutes in the hot tub before bed can alleviate anxiety and induce more restful sleep. 

Get More Fresh Air

Hot tubs are great even in cold wet weather. Being able to get outdoors in the fresh air and relax regardless of the weather, enjoying their many therapeutic benefits make them perfect for Ireland. They’re also highly usable for your family and friends. On a cold clear night, a hot tub is an excellent opportunity to recover.

Advantages of Owning a Hot Tub: Connect With Family

Hot tubs also provide an escape from modern life’s many trappings and reconnect with family. It creates an opportunity for everyone to leave the electronic devices in the house so you can completely switch off, relax, rejuvenate and set yourself up for a great day. 

If you have any further questions on our full range of outdoor jacuzzis (with free shipping anywhere in Ireland), feel free to contact us on 021 4965132.

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Portable Jacuzzis: 3 Great Options

Portable jacuzzis are hot tubs designed to be easily assembled or disassembled. We stock Lay-Z-Spa Outdoor Jacuzzis, which are inflatable, robust and extremely easy to set up and disassemble when needed. And while now is the time of year when most people are winding down their outdoor adventures, it’s also the best time to pick up some good discounts. 

The Lay-Z-Spa Hawaii Hydrojet – €100 Discount

The Hawaii is one of Lay-Z-Spa’s upper range portable jacuzzis. As with most of Lay-Z-Spa’s higher range offerings, it uses strong, adjustable water jets to massage tired and achy muscles. It has eight such jets, as well as over one hundred air jets to create that relaxing bubble effect. It also comes with an in-built water treatment system, and can rapidly heat the water to forty degrees celcius, and the heating system comes with a timer so you can have it ready for you when you return home from work. As with all other Lay-Z-Spa products, the Hawaii comes with a one-year warranty.

Save €40 on “Palm Springs” Portable Jacuzzis

The Palm Springs Jacuzzi has all the same features of the Hawaii, but it’s built slightly smaller to accommodate 4-6 people rather than 5-7. The slightly smaller volume with the same heating system means that it can heat to temperature faster, though naturally it’s meant for a smaller group size. This is fine for most occasions, and the trade-offs are worth it for most. And despite a smaller discount than the Hawaii it still works out about €70 cheaper. 

Introducing the “Paris” Portable Jacuzzi

The Paris is one of Lay-Z-Spa’s mid-range offerings. While it doesn’t offer the massaging water jets, it has over eighty air jets to provide plenty of relaxing bubbles. It’s large enough to accommodate up to 5 people. It features a lighting system which can switch between seven different colours using the wireless remote. As with all the other jacuzzis on offer, you can assemble the Paris and have it ready to fill in about ten minutes. Disassembling it takes a little longer at times as you’ll need to drain the water and air before it can be fit to pack up for the winter, but it gives you a sense of just how portable these are. 

Have any questions? We offer free shipping on all our portable jacuzzis. To find out more feel free to contact us today on 021 4965132

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How to Store Your Inflatable Hot Tub

While we tend to get more moderate temperatures which will allow you to use inflatable hot tubs in Ireland throughout much of the winter, Most Lay-Z-Spa inflatable hot tubs are not designed to function when the temperature drops drop below 4c. When the weather approaches freezing, it’s important to store your inflatable hot tub. Here are some tips for safely disassembling the hot tub when you do need to pack it away during colder periods, or if you don’t plan to use it.

One exception to this is the Lay-Z-Spa Helsinki, which is designed for all-year-round use. In Canada and the Northern States of the US, winter hot tubs are a popular social event even in temperatures reaching minus double digits. The contrast between the cool frosty weather and the heated pool is incredibly comforting and relaxing.

Packing Away Your Hot Tub

It’s really all about the weather. Inflatable hot tubs aren’t designed to work in frost and if the water in the pump freezes it’s likely to damage the unit. It’s best to pack the hot tub away a few weeks before frost or freezing is likely. Once you remove all standing water off the covers, disconnect the pump and pipes. Then drain everything completely. Once empty, clean it thoroughly as it may have gathered dirt over the months. Once it’s bone dry, pack it away.

How to Store Your Inflatable Hot Tub: Deflate it Fully

To get the air out of the inflatable hot tub, release the valve (marked number 1). This will take about 10 minutes and you may need to apply some pressure to get all the air out. Once you deflate it fully, clean the base off with a hose. Do the same for the inside and cover. The inflatable lid that sits inside the cover tends to get dirtiest. This is likely because the chlorine can’t reach it, so it tends to accumulate mildew and other organic materials.

It’s a straight forward job. Just make sure you dress appropriately for cold and wet weather. As with most inflatable products, you are unlikely to put it back into its original packaging.  Don’t try to force it back into the original packaging as this can damage it. If it doesn’t fit, even after being deflated, you can protect it with plastic or covering and store it away somewhere dry, where it’s unlikely to be damaged by outdoor equipment or kids playing about. This should be more than adequate. 

Need help with your hot tub? Give us a call today on 021 496 5132

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Inflatable Jacuzzi: View Our Full Range

Inflatable Jacuzzis are growing in popularity here in Ireland. While a traditional jacuzzi needs serious planning to get it to become a fixture in your outdoor space, inflatable jacuzzis (hot tubs to be precise), aren’t going to take over your garden or yard. At Douglas Forest and Garden, we stock one of the largest ranges of hot tubs in Ireland. View our full range of Lay-Z-Spa outdoor jacuzzis with a robust design and very easy setup. Here are some from our selection:

The Cheapest Inflatable Jacuzzi

The Cheapest Inflatable Jacuzzi, the Miami Airjet, comfortably seats four people. It’s suitable for couples and families, and it’s a great chance to to relax and unwind in hot, bubbly 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. As we’ve mentioned before, the Miami is by far the cheapest hot tub you can get at this level of quality.

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The Best Inflatable Jacuzzi for Larger Groups

The “Lay-Z-Spa Maldives” is our higher-end inflatable hot tub. It’s extremely relaxing thanks to its 8 hydro jets (the ones that massage your body), and 140 Airjets (the ones that give you the bubbles). As with most Lay-Z-Spa hot tubs, its max temperature is forty degrees Celcius. The thing about the Maldives is that it can comfortably hold up to six people at a time. 

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The Best Value Inflatable Jacuzzi 

The best value inflatable jacuzzi must be the Lay-Z Spa Vegas Pool.  Its chief advantage is its size, with the following dimensions: 196cm x 61cm. Because it’s one of the smaller of the options, you can fit it in many garden spaces. It comfortably seats up to four adults.  It can be easily assembled in about 10 minutes. Then it’s just a matter of leaving it to fill and heat. It has a relatively rapid heating system which warms water about 1.5-2°C degrees per hour up to a maximum of 40 degrees, so once it’s set up you might want to leave it to heat overnight. The downside of this hot tub is that, while it uses air jets to get you nice bubbles, it doesn’t have the water jets to give you that relaxing massage sensation.

best inflatable jacuzzi

We hope this gives you an idea of our range. We encourage you to view our full range of inflatable jacuzzis for sale. And if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 021-4965132

the stihl electric kombi

The Stihl Electric Kombi

At Douglas Forest and Garden, Stihl is one of our preferred manufacturers for garden and forestry tools. Stihl makes solid, robust and user-friendly products. The Stihl Electric Kombi, the KMA 130 R is no exception. The 130 R is basically multiple tools in one. Including a strimmer and hedge cutter,

The Stihl Electric Kombi’s Handling

The electric motor has an impressive amount of power for strimming, brush cutting, hedge cutting, etc. When you compare the 130 R to regular machines, it is extremely lightweight. And because it uses electricity rather than a combustion engine, it’s also lighter and much quieter than a traditional system. It’s not running with a two-stroke engine,  so you don’t get the numbness/discomfort you’d typically get from a machine vibrating in your hands for extended periods. Because of this, it’s really easy on your body and is perfect for those who need a tool that has excellent handling. the stihl electric kombi


The KMA 130 R Kombi runs on battery, so its runtime is limited by the state of the art in battery technology. You can use it along with a battery pack to extend its runtime on a single charge. But even with the Stihl AP300 battery pack, there is a limit to its runtime which will allow you to get a morning’s work done, but it may make it less-than-ideal as a primary tool for professional use. For example, as a hedge cutter, you might get it to run for about 60-90 mins.  As a strimmer, you will get about 20 mins runtime on full throttle. 

Who is the Stihl Electric Kombi for?

If you’re a home-owner with a medium to small sized garden and need to do some hedge cutting and strimming, but you don’t want to spend extra money or take up extra space with multiple tools, then the KMA 130 R is ideal. The KMA 130 R is also excellent for those with mobility issues who need something with excellent handling, or who for whatever reason may have difficulty with the numbing effects of a handheld combustion engine tool. It is also cost-effective when you compare it with professional-level equipment. If you are a professional, you may not want it as your primary tool unless you are using it in conjunction with a backpack, such as the Stihl AR 2000. 

Any more questions? Please call us today on 021-4965132.

Free Shipping Makes For a Cheap Hot Tub

We often get customers asking if we can recommend a cheap hot tub. We don’t stock cheap tubs that break down after only a few weeks. But we do offer affordable hot tubs that are built to last.  We only stock Lay-Z-Spas, which, while affordable, are also very high quality. Lay-Z-Spa hot tubs use durable materials. Plus, the ability to easily put them away in storage when you’re not using it makes it ideal for our Irish climate. But despite our weather, it’s predicted to be a scorcher of a summer, which is why we’re delighted to announce we are offering free shipping for all of our Lay-Z-Spa hot tubs in Ireland

Currently On Sale and with Free Delivery  — You Won’t Get Another Cheap Hot Tub That Matches The Quality and Affordability of the Lay-Z-Spa Miami Airjet

The Lay-Z-Spa Miami Airjet is one of Lay-Z-Spa’s most popular tubs. Shipping costs can be the biggest downside with hot tubs. But with that out of the way, plus a decent shave off the original price down to just €479.00, you really can’t go wrong. the lay-z-spa miami hot tub If you’re looking to buy a cheap hot tub that’s not just affordable but also top quality, highly portable and easy to set up, this is a no-brainer. Even when you’re going for something cheap, you still want it to last. It’s all about compromise, and with the discount and free delivery, it’s us who are doing the compromising. 

Lay-Z-Spa Hot Tubs Are Affordable — But Built to Last

Lay-Z-Spa built their “Miami” hot tub from durable materials that can be used again and again. The Miami allows 2-4 adults to chill out and relax comfortably. It uses an automatic inflation system so it’s portable and very easy to assemble. Once you unpack it, you just need to plug it in and let it inflate itself.  Then you just connect your water supply and let it do its thing.

It’ll only take about 10 minutes to set up. And once the water is in, it will be heated to 40c within a few hours. You can view some of our other affordable hot tubs, or if you’d like to speak to someone please call 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


The Stihl BR700 Leafblower

At Douglas Forest & Garden, we provide some of the best quality leaf blowers available on the market. For example, the Stihl BR700, which is a professional-level leaf blower often used by landscapers and groundskeepers. View our full range of leaf blowers. Or read on to learn a little more about the Stihl BR700.

Is the Stihl BR700 Powerful?

The BR700 is extremely powerful, making it perfect for professionals. The blowing power makes it exceptional for our Irish weather, where leaves and grass clippings are often quite wet and tend to stick to the ground. The power also means you can blow up twigs and small sticks and get everything neatly rounded up into piles for mulching.stihl-br700

The downside of having such a strong, effective leafblower is that the powerful engine is heavy. Weighing 10.8kg (1.7 stone), wearing this backpack for long periods of time is not easy. As a result, some professionals will buy this for the heavy-duty work and then have a second, lighter and lower output leafblower for smaller properties.

Stihl BR700’s Comfort and Efficiency

The BR700’s blowing tube is quite ergonomic and easy to set up for different people. You can change the tube length to get it closer or further from the ground. The handle is also adjustable for different arm lengths. It’s very simple and straight-forward to switch between different users, which is an excellent feature for professional use.

With a powerful leaf blower, you are usually going to trade off on lightness and comfortability. The backpack is strong and well built. But it’s not as comfortable for day-to-day use as a lighter leafblower would be. Because of the extra weight, it has a great deal more power that is excellent for certain situations but overkill for smaller areas.

The other downside of the powerful Stihl BR700 is that it’s going to guzzle petrol, so this is something to keep in mind when you’re making your purchasing decision.

Do you have any other questions on the Stihl BR700? If so, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Douglas Forest & Garden on 021-4965132.

Hot Tubs For Sale

We have high-quality hot tubs for 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 Tub Health Benefits

We all know that hot tubs provide relaxation and pleasure but did you know that hot tub hydrotherapy provides physical health benefits which go much deeper?

Whether you are using an inflatable spa or a rigid hot tub the benefits are the same. The inflatable Lay-Z-Spa range actively promotes a healthy lifestyle and represents a significantly better value alternative to customers than traditional fixed hot tubs, spas and Jacuzzis on the market, without compromising on the health benefits.



Often prescribed for the following conditions: Arthritis, Stress, Headaches, Diabetes, Muscles and Joint injuries, Bursitis, Tendonitis, Scoliosis, and Fibromyalgia.

The 40 degree warm water of the Lay-Z-Spa hot tub helps to stimulate the body and release endorphins; we all know that a long hot bath is always the best cure for a good night’s sleep! Combine the warm water with the Lay Z massage water jets of the Lay-Z-Spa inflatable pool and you have found therapeutic hot tub heaven! Evidence has suggested that the heat can help your blood vessels to open up and reduce blood pressure whilst the massage jets stimulate better circulation. The buoyancy of the water also helps to give the feeling of weightlessness and take pressure off joints and limbs.

Skin and muscles loosen and relax from the increased circulation when in the warm water of an inflatable hot tub. The gentle massaging jets increase blood flow to injured areas, bringing much needed nutrients to help repair the damage. Powerful hydrojets are perfect for the hydrotherapy sessions many athletes now use as part of their recovery training programmes.

For conditions such as arthritis simply taking the pressure off joints in a hot tub can provide relief of symptoms and can increase ability to perform daily tasks with more ease. 

Sleep Therapy

Sitting in a hot tub raises your body temperature and the weightlessness caused by the buoyancy of the water can be deeply relaxing creating the right conditions for a deeper sleep. Studies also suggest that once your body temperature has dropped on leaving the portable spa that this temperature change may also induce a deeper sleep. Consider a full length spa so you can recline for optimal relaxation before bed.

Type 2 Diabetes & Hot Tubs

Recent studies have shown that with continued use of hot tub therapy of up to 30 minutes a day can help with type 2 diabetes by lowering blood sugar. However this does come with a warning; as a drop in blood sugar may not be immediately apparent until an individual has exited the tub, with this is mind we would advise you leave your lay-z-spa hot tub gradually and seek proper medical advice before using a hot tub so as to really feel and appreciate the benefits of this wonderful hot tub hydrotherapy.

Useful Links

For more information regarding some of the above mentioned conditions and to find out more about complimentary therapies we have listed some helpful website below:

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Viking MT4112 S Tractor Mower Review

viking tractor mower Viking MT4112 SThe Viking MT4112 S tractor mower offers great performance and comfort at a fantastic price. It allows you to mow large lawns comfortably while also having the added bonus of never having to empty the grass catcher box. The MT4112 S is equipped with a side discharge. This means that rather than collecting up all of the grass to empty into a suitable compost area, it discharges the finely cut grass. The grass then quickly decomposes and restores nutrients back into your lawn.

It’s simple to get started with the MT4112 S. Just like in a car, the accelerator pedal is on the right and the brake pedal is on your left. This tractor mower has forward and reverse gears which can be easily moved between via the forward/reverse drive switch which is placed conveniently next to the steering wheel to allow for quick, straightforward working. The drive pedal actuates the hydrostatic gearbox, so it is incredibly easy to select the speed you want the mower to drive at.

The mowing deck operates using a 2 blade system that by itself has a cutting width of 95cm. The blades are inclined for a beautiful cutting pattern. However, the true cutting width of the Viking MT4112S tractor mower is a whopping 110cm. This is due to Viking’s innovative grass guide system which operates on both sides of the mower to guide the grass inwards towards the mowers blades.

The seat on the Viking MT4112 S tractor mower is fully adjustable which means that anyone using it can easily move the seat for the optimal mowing position. It’s also possible to fold the seat flat whenever necessary.

The MT4112 S also comes fitted with an integrated hitch. This ensures that any attachments such as a tilting trailer are simple to mount. This tractor mower also has large turf protecting wheels that protect your lawn from damage by spreading the weight of the machine over a larger surface area. After mowing, there is hardly a trace that the tractor mower was there (other than the beautifully cut grass).

Get your Viking MT4112 S tractor mower today by visiting us online or in-store. If you need help finding us, you can get directions on our contact us page.

Technical specifications

Lawn area m²8.000
Cutting width cm110
Engine typeB&S Series 4.175 OHV
Cutting height mm35-90
Nominal output kW/PS9.4 kW / 12.8 PS
DriveInfinitely variable
Cruise controlNo
LCD displayNo
Product weight kg206
Dimensions (L / W / H) cm 1)132 x 116
Front wheels inches15 x 6.00-6
Rear wheels inches18 x 8.5-8
working speed rpm2.800
Viking MB 448 TX Self-Propelled Lawn Mower

Viking MB 448 TX Self-Propelled Lawn Mower Review

Viking MB 448 TX Self-Propelled Lawn MowerThe Viking MB 448 TX self-propelled lawn mower makes light work of medium sized gardens of up to 1,200m². One of the main reasons the Viking MB 448 TX can get through gardens so quickly is thanks to its single speed forward gear which makes it extremely comfortable to use. The lawn mower does the hard work for you and moves along at 3.5 km/h while you keep the lever held. Something that makes this lawn mower even more comfortable to use is the super soft grips on the handlebar that ensure ergonomic and pleasant handling characteristics.


The Viking MB 448 TX has a cutting width of 46cm which is a result of the high lift blades combining with the aerodynamic housing that lifts the grass for a cleaner cut and sends it directly into the grass catcher box. The aerodynamic housing is made of high impact, UV and heat resistant polymer for added durability. The cutting height can be easily adjusted to one of six levels with the help of a spring loaded mechanism by using a handle at the rear of the mower.

The grass catcher box of the MB 448 TX is can be filled to 100% capacity thanks to the optimised design, shape and air guide system. The air vents face downwards so you don’t have to worry about grass and dust escaping upwards and hindering your progress. The two part design of the grass catcher box makes sure that opening and emptying it is incredibly easy. The grass catcher box is also fitted with a level indicator which takes out some of the guess work by letting you know when it is time to empty

Once you are finished mowing the lawn, the Viking MB 448 TX has some handy features to make storing or moving it a very simple process. The handlebar is foldable allowing it to fit in tight spaces for storage or transport. To fold the handlebars, simply release the handlebar retainers using Viking’s QuickFix quick-clamping devices. To lock them in position all you have to do is fasten the retainers back up with the quick-clamping device. This Viking mower also has carrying handles which are integrated into the front and the rear of the polymer housing. The handles make the lawn mower easy to handle, load and tip. They can also be safely used as lashing eyes.

Get your Viking MB 448 TX self propelled lawn mower by ordering it online today. Alternatively you can visit us in-store. If you are having trouble finding us you can get directions on our contact us page.

Technical specifications

Lawn area (up to)1.200 m²
Cutting width cm46
Nominal output kW/PS1.9 kW/2.6 PS
Cutting height mm25-75
Working speed rpm2.800
Grass catcher box capacity l55
Start/StopHandlebar start/Motorstop
Product weight kg26
Drive1 speed
Dimensions (L/W/H) cm147 x 50 x 111
Guaranteed sound power level dB(A)96
Guaranteed sound power level LwA dB(A)96
Measured workplace LpA dB(A)83
Measured sound pressure level LpA dB(A)83
Vibration value ahw m/s²4.1
Uncertainty factor dB(A)2
Uncertainty factor K m/s²2.05
Sound pressure level uncertainty KpA dB (A)2
Vibration value (AHW) m/s24.1/2.05
Viking mr4082 review

Viking MR4082 Ride On Mower Review

1-mr4082-anwendungThe Viking MR4082 is a highly manoeuvrable ride on lawn mower that is extremely comfortable. This mower has a cutting width of 80cm and is stocked with equipment to make it simple and relaxing to use. The MR4082 is suited for lawns up to 4,000m² while its small frame and incredible turning radius of just 70cm means that it is perfect for lawns that are littered with obstacles such as trees or shrubs.

The Viking MR4082 is powered by a Briggs & Stratton engine that is positioned at the rear of the mower. The clever positioning of the engine at the rear means that there is no bulky section in front of you while mowing, giving you an ideal view while you mow. It is simple to operate, just like in a car the accelerator pedal is on the right and the brake pedal is on the left. The system for changing gears is straight-forward and perfect for getting the job done quickly. To change into either the forward or reverse gears all you have to do is use the lever right next to the steering wheel.

The size of the Viking MR4082 ride on lawn mower, combined with its low step ensures stepping on and off of the mower is easy and minimises any jarring movements. While the mower is small for manoeuvrability, it also has ample leg room once you are ready to mow. The seat can also be easily adjusted for added comfort without the need for any tools.

Once you are up on the MR4082, the mowing deck is simple to control. At the touch of a button the electromagnetic blade clutch kicks in and you are ready to start cutting. The cutting height can also be adjusted from on the mower. The adjuster is conveniently placed right next to the seat for comfort and ease of use. The steel mowing deck cuts cleanly across its entire 80cm span, this is due to the MR4082’s innovative grass guide system guides grass inwards on both sides to give you a wider and cleaner cut.

The huge 250 litre grass catcher box is also a huge plus for anyone who uses it. You don’t have to stop cutting to empty the box every five minutes and when you do it’s a simple process. You can empty the grass catcher box by pulling the ergonomically positioned lever, without ever leaving your seat. When the lever is pulled, the grass catcher box lifts upwards and empties its contents. Another handy feature is that you don’t have to manually check the grass catcher box to see if it is full. When it is getting close to capacity it will leave out an audible beep to let you know.

Order your Viking MR4082 ride on lawn mower today by visiting us online or by calling in to us in-store. You can get directions to us on out contact us page.

Technical specifications

Lawn area m²4.000
Cutting width cm80
Engine typeB&S Series 3.130 OHV
Nominal output kW/PS6.5 kW/8.8 PS
DriveInfinitely variable
Cutting height mm35-90
Grass catcher box capacity l250
Weight kg196
Dimensions (L/W/H) cm230 x 90 x 118
Working speed rpm 1)2.700
Cruise controlNo
LCD displayNo
Front wheels inches13 x 5.00-6
Rear wheels inches16 x 6.50-8
Blade clutchElectromagnetic

Viking iMow MI 422 P Review

mi-422-presse (1) Viking iMow MI 422 PThe Viking iMow MI 422 P is a fantastic solution for anyone with a small to medium sized garden and it comes with some incredible equipment. It is ideally suited to lawns that of 650m², making it perfect for the gardens of most detached houses or those in urban areas. 650m² is not the limit however as the iMow MI 422 P can tackle lawns of up to 1,000m². This robotic lawn mower gets the job done quickly and can handle steep inclines (gradients up to 40%) and sharp turns while completing the task.

The speed at which the Viking iMow MI 422 P can get the job done is largely down to STIHL’s innovative battery technology which allows it to keep going at full steam for longer, while the short charge times in the docking station means that it can quickly get back to the task if it runs out of energy.

The iMow is designed to never completely run out of energy and be left lying lifeless on your lawn. When the battery is low or if it starts to rain, the iMow MI 422 P will return to the docking station and finish the task later. When returning to its fast charging docking changing it will select a different route every time in order to minimise any wear on the turf.

The Viking iMow MI 422 P doesn’t just cut your grass, it also improves the overall health of your lawn. This due to the fact the MI 422 P is a mulching mower, its sharp blades finely shred the grass as it is mowing the lawn and returns the cut grass to the soil which then acts as an organic fertiliser and returning a huge amount of nitrogen back into the soil which is necessary for healthy grass growth.

When mowing the grass, there can always be unforeseen obstacles that could prevent any robotic lawn mower from completing the task. Viking have foreseen these issues however and fitted the iMow 422 MI P with a movable hood with sensors. This means that if the iMow runs into an obstacle the force of the impact is deflected along the hood and the iMow immediately changes directions. If the hood is lifted the blades will stop completely.

Every iMow has to undergo stringent safety tests so you can enjoy all the extra time you have to enjoy your garden with peace of mind. Similarly, each iMow will only operate with its individually programmed docking station and you can add a pin to the device which enhances security by essentially making theft pointless.

Order your Viking iMow MI 422 P today by visiting us online or in-store. If you are having trouble finding us, you can get directions on our contact us page.

Technical specifications

Ideal lawn area m²650
Maximum lawn area m²1000
Average mowing duration (per week) 1)17 h
Battery typeLi-Ionen 18.5 V
Battery power Wh80
Battery capacity Ah4.5
Power W60
Cutting height adjustment15 steps. central
Cutting width cm20
Average mowing time min 2)60
Average charging time min90
Maximum gradient %40
Weight kg 3)10

STIHL HSA66 Hedgetrimmer Review

STIHL HSA66 HedgetrimmerThe STIHL HSA66 hedgetrimmer is a cordless electric trimmer that weighs just 3.1 kg. It delivers great performance even when asked to do the toughest of jobs.

As mentioned before the STIHL HSA66 Hedgetrimmer is incredibly light. This low weight combined with its ergonomic loop handle ensures that the machine is comfortable to use for long periods and in any cutting direction. The two handed design of this hedgetrimmer means that it can be easily started simply by activating the switch on the loop handle and the rear handle at the same time.

The cutting speed of the HSA66 is changeable the entire time it’s in use via the rear control. This ensures a precise and clean cut and energy savings when you are working for an extended period of time.

The blade of the STIHL HSA66 has an innovatively designed shape that catches branches and pulls and holds them to the blade for exceptional cutting. The angle of the blade is set at 34° to deliver potent power and an aggressive cutting action. This Hedgetrimmer also comes with a blade tip protector as standard which makes it easier to use close to the ground and along walls while keeping the blade itself well protected.

The HSA66 hedgetrimmer also comes with one of STIHL’s energy efficient EC motors which means that it can run for a very impressive amount of time before recharging is necessary. This electronic motor is brushless meaning that it’s not just efficient but also virtually wear free meaning that it can last for a long time without losing any power or efficiency.

The design of the STIHL HSA66 Hedgetrimmer is carefully thought out for both convenience and functionality. The engine housing is contoured and smooth to avoid branches getting stuck on it and to make it easier to clean. While the rear handle has been designed as a hanging eye to make it simple to store while not taking up much space.

Order your STIHL HSA66 cordless electric hedgetrimmer now by visiting us online or in-store. It’s easy to find us, just go to our contact us page for directions.


Weight 1)3,1 kg
Sound pressure level 2)83 dB(A)
Sound pressure level 3)83 dB(A)
Sound power level 3)94 dB(A)
Recommended batteryAP 115
Vibration level left/right 4)3,7/2,3 m/s²
Total length103 cm
Tooth spacing30 mm
Bar length50 cm
Battery technologyLithium-Ion PRO
Stroke weight3.000 1/min
Battery running time AP 100 5)up to 60 min
Battery running time AP 120 5)up to 90 min
Battery running time AP 300 5)up to 180 min
Battery running time AP 200 5)up to 120 min
Battery running time AR 3000 5)up to 800 min
Battery running time AR 900 5)up to 660 min