We’re often asked how other manufacturers compare to the inflatable hot tub industry big boys Lay-Z-Spa? So today, we thought we’d have a look at how MSPA stack up?
We’ve reviewed some of the best (and worst) inflatable hot tub brands in our ten years journey to becoming a trusted resource on these spas, so we know a thing or two about what makes the hot tubs we love.
In this brand comparison of Lay-Z-Spa vs MSpa, we will see which has the best budget hot tub model, the largest, offers the best customer service, and the most relaxing spa experience.
Let’s lift the lid on two of the contenders in the inflatable hot tub market.
The Lay-Z-Spa brand has produced some of the most popular hot tubs since 2007. Under the umbrella of their parent company Bestway, they invest heavily in technology and patented designs and this has seen them become the market leader and a trusted brand when it comes to blow-up spas
MSPA is also a subsidiary of a much bigger company Oriental Recreational Products (ORCP), which manufacturers several kinds of inflatable recreational products such as kayaks, paddleboards and some of the most affordable hot tubs. With over ten years of experience and over 110 patents, they are well on the way to becoming a spa brand you can trust.
So how do their inflatable tubs compare? Below, we’ll take a look at their ranges, examine the unique features of each and see who comes out on top!
This also seems like a good time to introduce you to a few other of our guides that will help you make this buying decision. It’s here for our Lay Z Spa hot tub review, and our M Spa hot tub review can be found on this page.
MSpa and Lay-Z-Spa have over 20 models, including a premium hot tub range. Their inflatable hot tubs are constructed from high-quality materials with the Lay-Z-Spa brand boasting Duraplus construction and MSpa using Rhino-Tech material, six layers of reinforced PVC vinyl.
Most inflatable hot tubs tend to rely on bubble jets to provide a soothing massage; however, both Lay-Z-Spa and MSPA offer Hydrojet hot tubs for ultimate relaxation.
Both companies offer a UK-based aftersales support team which is a big bonus should you have any queries or questions about your newly purchased spa.
There are a couple of significant differences between the two brands.
Although both brands boast an excellent water filtration system, MSPA uses anti-bacterial fabric to take this one step further. Their patented UVC sanitisers and O3 Ozinators make them perfect for those worried about bacteria and the health risks associated with hot tub use.
Another big difference is that MSpa has an internal pump boasting whisper-quiet operation. This might not seem important, but believe us, running up to 180 bubble jets isn’t quiet and could cause issues should you live in a built-up area.
Both brands boast various styles in their range and whilst most hot tubs have air jets, both MSpa and Lay-Z-Spa have several hydro jet models and both do rigid drop stitch construction spas. Each also has inflatable hot tubs with LED mood lighting as standard.
All models in the Bestway Lay-Z-Spa range have frost protection, whilst MSPA has only started to include this feature in their newer models, just the thing for winter soaks.
Lay-Z-Spa models boast a maximum water temperature of 40 degrees which is the same as MSPA. Both are energy efficient, most models come with an inflatable cover to prevent heat loss and an energy-saving timer, but Lay-Z-Spa just pips it for those who enjoy a soak in hot water.
Both brands are pretty evenly matched here. Some Lay-Z-Spa’s use Duraplus construction whilst other models use Drop Stitch construction. MSpa uses Rhino-Tech construction which is puncture, UV and tear-resistant and they also use Drop Stitch construction using DWF material in their premium rigid models.
Winner – Draw
MSpa models have slightly fewer jets at 108 compared to a similar sized Lay-Z-Spa for up to four people, which has 120 air jets.
Even with their floating Chemconnect dispenser, Lay-Z-Spa has a hard time matching MSpa when it comes to filtration. All the brands’ models come supplied with two filter cartridges and whilst the Chemconnect floating dispenser makes chemical dosing in a Lay-Z-Spa much easier.
MSpa takes it up a level with anti-bacterial fabric, UVC sanitisers and O3 ozinators, meaning you don’t need to use as many chemicals.
Winner – MSpa
In terms of cost, you can pick up a 2-4 person option from both manufacturers for just over a couple of hundred pounds; however, we think Lay-Z-Spa budget models offer slightly more in terms of looks and features than the cheapest MSpa’s.
At the other end of the scale, MSpa has the most expensive spa. The Tuscany spa is a rigid-sided hot tub which costs more than any of the competitors’ offerings.
Winner – Lay-Z-Spa (just)
Lay-Z-Spa wins this hands down as they have many more accessories than MSpa, from unbreakable glasses to surrounds, cleaning kits and LED lights. That said, most of these are universal, so you can still add them to your MSpa even if they weren’t specifically designed for the brand.
It seems everywhere stocks Lay-Z-Spa’s these days with budget supermarkets and bargain stores boasting special hot tub offers. In fact, picking up one of their models is as easy as picking up a kids paddling pool. MSpa are available online and at certain retailers, with the Range being the main stockist.
Still unsure which brand is right for you? Take a peek at the other comparisons we have written on these hot tub makers.
Lay-Z-Spa has a more powerful massage system and a heating system with a higher maximum temperature. They offer great value for money plus a host of accessories you can add on to enhance your spa experience.
However, MSpa has some excellent features that may tip the scales. Their inflatable spas have an internal pump, so they take up less space and it also makes them quieter. The construction is high quality and their hygiene considerations are second to none.
Lay-Z-Spa just won this contest by a nose, but MSpa are hot on their heels and we wouldn’t be surprised to see a different result in the rematch as these brands really are neck and neck.
Hello, Welcome to my website. I’m John, and I created the InflatableHotTubGuide while researching these spas nearly a decade ago. Since its creation, the site has become the leading UK resource for many models. As a passionate hot tub user, I love to test and explore all the latest machines this industry keeps creating. I hope you find our content helpful.