Bestway Miami Inflatable Spa Review
The perfect buy for couples & young families
By Thomas O'Rourke
In this article we’re reviewing the Miami hot tub from retailers ‘Lay Z Spa’. The first version was released in March 2013, with numerous upgrades since then.
As you can see from our image on the left, this tub has a black PVC exterior with a thick white inlay and clips on the outside for the insulated lid to attach to. The brand name is also emblazoned across the front of the tub.
While visually the tub isn’t the best we’ve seen, there are many redeeming features that we loved. Scroll down to read our full review, get a taste of the best features and study our expert’s best price comparison.
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Reviewed By: Thomas O'Rourke
Published: 4th September, 2017
Last Updated: 4th September, 2017
Overall Rating: 4.3 / 5
Installation: 4.8 / 5
Value: 4.4 / 5
Comfort: 4.5 / 5
Unique Features: 3.5 / 5
Review Summary: As the smallest tub in the Lazy Spa range, this tub is perfect for those who have space restrictions and don’t need to fit 6 people in the spa at once. Given it has a super-low capacity of just 800 litres it’s also great for those looking to save money on their electricity bills. The tub was first released in November 2013 and we were worried that it might have dated somewhat, but the folks at Lay-Z-Spa have given the Miami a number of upgrades since then that have helped it keep pace with others in the range. In summary – if you’re a couple or a family with young children, this tub is the right choice for you.
The Miami Lazy Spa was first released in late 2013 with a number of newer models released since then. That being said, this hot tub still holds its own and is one of the top selling spas of all time. It owes a lot of its success to its size. At just 1.8M x 0.65M and 800 litres it is the smallest Lay-Z-Spa in size, coverage and capacity.
While not everyone will be looking for a small hot tub, this actually has a number of significant benefits. Most notably, the inflatable takes up a lot less room in the garden which is great for those with limitations in available space. The weight when filled of just 1,026kg makes it a great choice for those placing their tub on structures with weight restrictions such as garden decking. It’s also really easy to transport (provided it’s not filled of course).
With just 800 litres of water to heat-up, the tub also reaches max temperature in less time than others in the range – with the added bonus of requiring less energy to keep warm. This of course means the added benefit of reducing your household energy consumption, and the size of your utility bills!
This product has 81 pressure jets, which at first glance is less than others in the range. However, given it has less capacity, this is actually more jets per litre capacity than most other Lay-Z tubs. The result is an incredibly relaxing experience – and when heated near the max temperature of 40 degrees – total bliss!
The limited size means that those looking to use their hot tub for large socials and parties should probably look at some bigger options. We would argue that the Miami spa is the perfect choice for couples with (or without) children.
One area we feel slightly let down by is the appearance of this product once installed. It looks very plain with black and white PVC, while the huge logo on the outside looks a little unsightly. This is totally down to personal preference of course, but we can’t help but feel that other tubs in the range such as the Paris Spa (with its LED lighting) look a lot easier on the eye.
Miami Key Features
This product has a number of features, some of which are unique to the Miami tub and others which come as standard with all Lay-Z-Spa products. Our favourites were as follows –
Quick and Easy Installation
One of the perks of all Lazy Spa products is that they can be installed with incredible ease in just ten minutes. The installation kit includes a set-up DVD with a video also available online, with very simple guidelines for setting everything up.
The starter kit also includes a pump for blowing up the inflatable. Obviously given that this is an inflatable tub, it’s incredibly easy to deflate and move if necessary.
The Miami spa has a number of protective elements to prevent it from collapsing or deflating. The tub has 48 vertical beams and I-beam walls for added strength that help to prevent it warping out of shape.
The PVC outer walls of the tub are also coated with rayon to help increase the resistance to punctures. This is a common issue with inflatable spas that has seemingly been eradicated by Lay Z Spa’s unique approach and makes it a great product for those worried about the fragility of inflatable hot tubs.
Energy Efficient Heating Controls
The heating controls are incredibly simple to use, with the attached unit allowing users to pre-set when the spa should begin heating up. Given the water usually heats at 1 – 1.5 degrees per hour, this is an important feature that allows you to set the tub to reach perfect temperature for whenever you plan on using it.
We’d advise setting the timer one day before for optimal performance. Note that the tub can’t be used in temperatures under 5 degrees, so this product is not suitable for the Winter months – unless you plan on setting it up indoors.
Water Filtration Unit
The spa has a built-in water filtration system to ensure that the water you’re bathing in is clean at all times. Note that you will need to buy filter cartridges and testing equipment to keep the water clear of germs and dirt. Two filter cartridges are included with the starter kit.
To help avoid dirt getting into the spa we’d also advise keeping a small pool of water next to the tub and asking users to wash their feet before getting in. Most of the dirt that finds its way into a hot tub will come from users treading in dirt before getting in. This should help to reduce the number of cartridges you need to buy on a regular basis.
- First Released: Nov 2013
- Capacity: 2-4 persons
- Max Heat: 40 Degrees Celsius
- Dual Operated Heat + Bubbles: Yes
- Blow Jets: 81
- LED Lighting: Bought Separately
- Heating time: 1°C – 1.5°C per Hour
- Warranty: 1 Year (Amazon)
- Weight When Filled: 1,026kg
- Inflated Parameters: 180cm x 65cm
- Square Metre Coverage: 1.17M²
- Water Capacity: 800 Litres
- Free UK Support: Included
- Insulated Safety Cover: Included
How to Install The Lay Z Spa Miami
Installing this tub is really as straight-forward as inflating the tub, connecting the pump and filling the spa with water. Here are some video guidelines that help to explain how to install this product –