This is our review of the Lay Z Spa Cancun Airjet (updated in 2023)
As gardens are becoming an extension of our homes, everyone is buying these inflatable hot tubs. The Lay Z Spa Cancun Hot Tub is a popular entry model; it’s small, modern and gets excellent reviews.
But it isn’t the only hot tub available, so how does it compare in this jam-packed space of budget spas?
This stylish spa will add a touch of luxury to any modern garden. The newest version can be used all year thanks to the Freeze Shield Technology and the new pump design enables you to simultaneously filter and heat the water whilst using the 120 Airjet massage system.
We have over ten years’ experience when it comes to reviewing these hot tubs. We always go overboard reviewing the cheaper models.
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In this review, you’ll find out.
We think the contemporary design and affordability make the Cancun an excellent choice, but you may disagree.
Let’s get started and see if the Cancun Lay Z Spa ticks any or all of your boxes.
The Lay Z Spa Cancun is a mid-range inflatable hot tub from the UK’s leading brand; with several premium features and a stylish rattan design, it’s amongst the most popular models in Lay Z Spa’s current range.
Boasting space for up to 4 adults, this elegant rattan hot tub is best suited to couples and small families and won’t take up much room in smaller garden spaces.
As we’ve come to expect from this brand, the Cancun hot tub comes loaded with premium features, including rapid heating, a 120 airjet massage system and freeze shield technology.
Space for 2-4 adults.
Set Up Time
Around 10 minutes.
How Long To Heat Up
Initial heating time of 6-12 hours.
On average, around £30-£40 a month.
Winter Frost Protection
Built-in freeze protection.
What Previous Buyers Say
Currently in Stock
The Cancun is currently in stock.
Stylish design, great heat retention, comfortable construction.
A little small for 4 adults.
What We Liked - Key Features
Stylish rattan design
If you’re planning to splash out on a premium inflatable hot tub, style is likely to play a part in which model you choose. Not only does the rattan design of the Cancun look great in any garden, but the superb structural stability of its construction provides extra cushioned comfort and excellent durability.
Cheaper inflatable hot tubs can often be prone to punctures and tears, but this brand has really excelled themselves with the Cancun, opting for incredibly hard-wearing inner and outer liners that allow this inflatable hot tub to be used regularly without running the risk of structural damage.
Rapid heating system
Straight out of the box, the Cancun can reach a maximum temperature of 40 degrees Celsius within 6-12 hours, with subsequent heating times being much shorter thanks to the insulating beam construction and built-in freeze shield technology.
Provided that you store the Cancun with the inflatable lid and hot tub cover firmly sealed, the water temperature will never drop below 6-10 degrees Celsius. What’s more, the Cancun’s dual operation means the rapid heating system, massaging jets and filter can be run concurrently, allowing for swift heating times.
120 airjet massage system
When considering which model to choose, most people will look straight towards a hot tub’s massage system, and with an impressive 120 air jets, the Cancun certainly has this covered and can produce a fair few bubbles.
Not only can the Cancun simultaneously heat, filter and power the massaging jets, but its enhanced pump technology enables the Cancun to produce an all surrounding body massage, with bubble jets placed around the entire circumference of its cushioned floor.
Size, Dimensions and Specifications
Up to 4 People
Water Capacity (70%):
669 Litres (177 Gallons)
1.8m x 66cm (71 x 26 in)
Max heat capability:
Up to 40 Degrees Celsius
Is This a WI-FI Controlled Hot Tub?
Though the lay-z-spa cancun hot tub doesn’t feature wi-fi controls, in our experience, this feature is rarely missed.
As a smaller model, the digital control panel is easy to access when you’re in the tub; from here, you’re free to alter the temperature, energy-saving timer and power of the air jets at will.
Does This Model Have Lighting?
The Cancun doesn’t come with a standard lighting system, but you can purchase the unit with either an LED light or a drinks-holder and snack tray if these features are important.
How Many People Can it Accommodate?
The Lay Z Spa Cancun hot tub is towards the smaller end of the scale when it comes to this brand’s current range, with a maximum capacity of 4 adults.
We’ve found that this size of an inflatable hot tub is usually best suited to couples, as this allows for a little spare room when reclining, though a family of 4 will also find the Cancun fairly spacious.
What About Safety Features?
We’re always sure to check a hot tub’s safety features thoroughly, and we consistently find this brand to provide excellent safety considerations on their products.
Alongside a secure cover to prevent children or pets from climbing in when the hot tub is not in use, Lay Z Spa has included a ground fault detection system and RCD to protect against electrical shocks.
Is the Cancun comfortable?
Thanks to the Cancun's I beam construction, the inner lining of this hot tub is very comfortable, even during extended use. The roll-top rim provides excellent support around the neck, and at 66cms in height, it's tall enough to be comfortable for the average-sized adult.
The comfortability of the Cancun comes down to how many people you're looking seat. There's plenty of space for an individual or a couple to relax comfortably, but if we're honest, fitting 4 adults in here will be a squeeze.
Lay Z Spa estimates that their hot tubs cost around £7-£10 per week to run, with the Cancun falling towards the cheaper end of the scale thanks to its compact design.
Using the built-in energy-saving timer helps to bring the running costs down, but if you're using the Cancun throughout the winter, you can expect those costs to creep up.
You'll also need to factor all the chemicals, filters and water into your costs, though Lay Z Spa often includes a free chemical package starter kit with most new hot tubs.
Heat up times?
As previously mentioned, we're very impressed with the Lay Z Spa Cancun's rapid heating system, finding that after an initial 6-12 hour warm-up, this model can efficiently heat up to 40 degrees Celsius within an hour or two.
If your Cancun hot tub is placed in a sunny area of your garden, these heating times can be even quicker, but as long as you've correctly covered the tub when it's not in use, we've found that the insulated lining does a great job of retaining heat.
How noisy is the Cancun model?
You're always going to experience a fair bit of noise with any inflatable hot tub; simply running a pump system and air filter will produce some degree of noise pollution. Having said that, the Cancun is not quite as loud as some of the larger models in the Lay Z Spa range.
Any noise can be further reduced by placing an insulated mat beneath the Cancun, or positioning it in a sheltered garden area, but so long as you don't run the air pump all day, the Cancun is a reasonably quiet hot tub.
All Lazy Spa models are fantastic in terms of winter usage, as this inflatable hot tub brand has perfected its patented freeze shield technology.
The Cancun is fitted with the newest freeze shield system, which uses various sensors to measure the water temperature, automatically adding heat if it drops below 6 degrees Celsius.
Not only does this prevent the Cancun from becoming an ice bath, but it protects the pipes and pump from being damaged by frozen water; just remember to keep the power running!
The Cancun is one of their most affordable models in Lay Z Spa's range, though this is mostly down to its smaller size and fewer air jets. If you're looking for an inflatable hot tub to fit 2-4, it's a good choice, but there are similarly sized models that offer great value at a lower price.
The Cancun's main selling point is its rattan exterior, which does look great, but might not be worth the extra money to those that are more focused on specs than design.
How to Set Up The Lazy Spa Cancun
Like all of Lay Z Spa’s inflatable hot tubs, the rattan Cancun spa requires little to no setup or installation tools. Just fit the included air pump and you’ll have an inflated hot tub in under 5 minutes.
We recommend using hot water when initially filling your new spa, as this can help to reduce the heating time; just make sure to let the hot tub inflate fully before you start to fill it with water.
Warranty and Support
Lay Z Spa are industry leaders with good reason; this is reflected in their standard warranty of 12 months on the pump and 6 months on the cover.
This warranty can be extended to 24 months on the pump and 12 months on the cover by simply registering your product online.
There’s also a free UK based support team to help with any inflatable hot tub queries, details of which can be found on their website.
Lay Z Spa Cancun Reviews
The reviews of the Lay Z Spa Cancun show that it scores on average 4.6/5 and has received generally good reviews from customers for its quality and size.
The Bestway Lay Z Spa Cancun Airjet is excellent for couples and small families looking for a stylish, premium inflatable jacuzzi.
If you’re not too bothered about appearances, cheaper models might interest you, though the Cancun Lay Z Spa compliments most garden spaces a little better.
We think this is an incredibly well built hot tub, so you can expect to get a great deal of usage out of the Cancun. The classic features like rapid heating, Chem Connect system and freeze protection make it a worthwhile investment if you plan to use your tub on cold winter nights.
How Does it Compare?
The Lay Z Spa Cancun Airjet is a premium inflatable hot tub, so you will be able to find other hot tubs with similar specs at a cheaper price. Some may feature more bubble jets or a higher capacity, but savvy hot tubbers will make sure to check for build quality and extra features, as this is often where other inflatable spa products fall flat.
If you would like to see the best hot tubs by Lazy Spa, then head over to our main page where we have a full selection we compare.
Coming in at a much cheaper price than the Cancun Lay Z Spa, this MSpa model does feature a comparable number of air jets (118) and a little more space, with room for about 30l more water.
While these specs are impressive, this hot tub falls away in terms of design, with a less durable material lining and a finish that doesn’t hold a candle to the Cancun spa’s rattan pattern.
There’s also no freeze protection, winter mode or comparable rapid heating, features that we believe are well worth the extra cost of the Cancun. Read the full Bergen MSpa review here.
The Pacific hot tub by Wave Spa certainly challenges the Cancun in terms of design, with an eye-catching wood grain pattern that makes for a great garden feature, though the 25 fewer bubble jets will be noticeable.
Online reviews indicate that the pump on this model is particularly loud, making it a poor choice for built-up neighbourhoods, but the square design may be more suited to your garden than the Cancun’s circular build.
To summarise, whilst the Cancun isn’t the best hot tub we’ve ever reviewed, it’s certainly a premium product and would make a great addition to any well-kept garden, thanks to its stylish design. If you want to see some of our other favourite Lay Z Spa choices, head back to our main page where we have reviewed nearly 30 models.
A great choice for couples, this inflatable hot tub really shines when you have a little extra room to sprawl out, and with rapid heating, freeze protection and a comfortable I-beam construction, we think you’ll be more than happy with your purchase.
As one of the more affordable Lay Z Spa models, the Cancun is a good choice for first-time buyers and will stand up to a great deal of usage thanks to its super durable rattan finish.