A plug and play type hot tub allows for 120 volt operation in North America. These units most often come with an included power cord with integrated Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI). No electrician is usually needed as these plug right into a 120 volt power outlet with the provided GFCI cord.
Plug and Play hot tub models include the Dream Star, Mystic, Star Gazer, and Riviera available factory direct at www.HotTubOutpost.com.
These plug and play models are also convertible. That means that at a later date, they can be field-modified to operate at 230 volts instead of 120 volts thereby making the built-in heater a 4 kw heater instead of a 1 kw heater, all without needing to exchange any components. The upgrade is a simple dipswitch setting and the moving of 1 wire which can be done in a couple of minutes. Of course if you choose to operate the convertible plug and play spa at 230 volts, you will need an electrician to install the main breaker, proper gauge wire run, gfci disconnect box and wire to the control box of the spa. The electrician will also need to unmount the GFCI cord as that is only for 120 volt operation.
See our other articles on how to convert a plug and play spa from 120v to 230v and how to choose a plug and play spa.
Not all plug and play spas on the market are convertible, but the ones at Hot Tub Outpost are.
Models that have this feature include the Mystic, Star Gazer, and Riviera.
The Mystic is a 4 person spa, Riviera is a 3 person spa and the Star Gazer seats up to 5.
The benefit of 110-120v hot tub is low initial cost and low installation cost. Even the power cord is included, so no expensive external wiring is usually necessary.
The benefit of a 230v hot tub is that pump(s) can be run on high speed with heat still running, whereas at 120v the heater shuts off automatically when the pump is put on high speed so there is enough current to run the heater. The heater is also 1kw at 120v but is 4kw at 230v, so the 230v spa heats faster. A good solid cover will keep the heat in no matter which voltage you operate the spa at.
The flex covers that are standard with this series come with a free hard cover upgrade from www.HotTubOutpost.com.
Getting into a hot tub is easy with a plug and play spa from Hot Tub Outpost.