The Coleman Lay-Z-Spa is one of the most popular inflatable hot tubs on the market, thanks to a blend of affordability, quality construction and Coleman’s reputation for both its products and customer service.

Measuring 6 feet 4 inches across, the 28-inch deep Lay-Z-Spa holds up to 254 gallons of water. The tub is made of two layers of PVC reinforced with a layer of polyester mesh in between. The tub features vertical beam construction, which adds additional support with vertical vinyl panels inside the inflatable tub wall, and the hot tub will easily support you if you lean against the tub wall. The tub has a synthetic leather exterior in bright Coleman green. The whole package weighs 86 pounds when unfilled, and as portable inflatable hot tubs go, that’s not bad.

The tub is made to comfortably seat four to six adults, and a cushioned ground mat adds to the comfort. The ground cloth not only protects the hot tub from dirt and debris, it also puts an extra layer of cushioning between the people in the tub and the ground underneath.

The combination pump and heater uses digital controls, and heats the water up to 104 F. With a heating rate of 2 F per hour, the water will need to heat over night to reach its maximum temperature. This means you’ll want to set up the hot tub and start heating the water the day before you want to use it.

The pump has an air blower, which provides air for the tub’s 120 bubble jets. The air blower can also be used to inflate the tub during setup, and it includes a pressure gauge to help you avoid overinflating the tub. The valves built into the tub should let you inflate it easily, and they prevent air from escaping when you disconnect the hose. A specialized tightening wrench is included in the package, which lets you tighten the valve setting to prevent growing leaks over time.

The Lay-Z-Spa comes with a fitted top cover, made of the same green faux-leather material that covers the outside of the tub. A foil lining helps the top cover to better retain heat, and an inflatable disc sits atop the tub, underneath the fitted cover. Around the outside of the tub you’ll find several clips to secure the cover, as well as built-in handles for repositioning the inflated tub before filling it with water.

In addition to the ground mat, valve wrench and pressure gauge, the Lay-Z-Spa also comes with one filter cartridge, a chemical floater, a patch kit and an instructional DVD that covers set-up and maintenance. The warranty is less generous than other models. It covers the heater pump for one year, but only covers the inflatable tub for 90 days and the accompanying hoses and fittings for a mere 30 days.

For the budget minded, the Coleman Lay-Z-Spa is a smart choice, so long as you take into account the mix of long and short warranty periods. It's an inexpensive inflatable hot tub that is a great option for travel or use at parties.

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