Intex 120 Bubble Jets 4-Person Octagonal Portable Inflatable Hot Tub Spa
|MSRP : $499|
Sale : $399
|Sold & shipped by Walmart|
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Amazing! Wish I never waited this long.
My wife and I have been researching hot tubs for 2-3 years. Jets vs Bubble, Hard Body vs Soft Body vs Inflatable, 220 vs 110, etc. Price was a huge factor, and since many people buy a hot tub and then sell them within 3-5 years, we thought we better play it safe and get a cheap one first. We then researched the inflatable tubs that are available. Coleman/Bestway (same company) vs Intex, mainly. The Coleman tubs are slightly bigger and therefore hold more water, which means heating takes longer. We also chose the Intex for the looks & ease of use for the interface. In comes this octagonal Intex tub. Setup was a breeze. It came with a DVD that's only minutes long. I was able to setup the tub in 20 minutes. Filling it with water took another 45. It heats up just as much as a hard body tub (104 degrees). It did indeed heat between 2-3 degrees an hour. We went from 60 degree water to a 104 degrees in 1 day. The bubbles are amazingly effective. It's like a thousand tiny men massaging your back all at once... hard to explain really... but it's heaven. With a hard body tub, you have jets that shoot a concentrated amount of water on 1 or more spots on your body. You also can't really move around much in a hard body tub because the seats are built in. With this Intex tub, you can move around, scoot next to your loved one, and stretch out any old which-way you want. You have to make sure the tub is on a flat patio or something similar. The tub will not hold up well if it's slanting a couple degrees. In the pictures attached, you'll see I made a makeshift patio out of bricks I had laying around. It also will not heat up very well if the air temperature is below 50, meaning you can't really use it in the winter seasons. I live in Vermont, so this tub can only be used between May and October. The water cannot be heated while the bubbles are on. The bubbles come from the outside air, so the air will cool down the water when in use. We have used this tub when the temperature was both warm and cool. When warm, we were able to stay in the tub for 30 minutes (which is the timer for the bubbles) and the temperature only fell to 99 degrees. When cool outside, the water temperature dropped to 99 degrees in less than 20 minutes. Still, only a 10-15 minute soak is all that most manufacturers recommend, no matter what type of tub you have. If you buy this tub, you have to consider the fact that you will also be buying 1-inch chlorine tablets, shock, and other chemicals to keep it clean (could run $100 a year or more). I spend 5 minutes a week taking care of the water. The directions ask you to drain the tub and refill with new water every 3 months. The drain plug is... for some reason.... located right near the machine itself. That's the only design flaw I can think of. In summary, this is probably the best purchase under $10,000 that I have ever made in my life. I am no longer sore when I go to bed. I stay asleep all night long. I wake up every morning feeling refreshed. I spent a fraction of what I planned on spending, and I'm far happier about it. Keep up the great work, Intex! You probably have a customer for life.
Hot tub that doesn't cost thousands
Overall it's been very easy to set up. The only thing that's hard is trying to get the chemicals in the water balanced. When you turn the bubbles on I do see a dramatic decrease in the temperature of the water. In an hour it's down to 97 and it's time to get out. afted reading all of the reviews I was afraid that this item would go back to the store soon but so far it's working just like it should. I bough the seat, the headrests and the drink holder all work great. I got a light to go in it as well. my only complaint is that the bubbles push me away from the wall of the tub but the seat helps my stay closer. For $400 this is turning out to be a great buy. It's better than spending $2000 right now. I was hesitate to buy this because it had no reviews that's why I posted one.
Worth every penny
My husband and I have been wanting a hot tub but weren't for sure if we wanted to spend that kind of money and then not enjoy it. This was the perfect solution! Setup was easy, instructions weren't that great! After setup it does take 12-24hrs for the temp. to go up. It says it can fit 4 ppl...which we haven't tried yet and I am not sure 4 adults could sit comfortably...2-3 ppl yes! It is very well made and love that it has a cover with a locking option for safety!
Awesome hot tub for $37
We've had this hot tub for about 3-4 weeks now and love it. I was concerned that the bubbles wouldn't be enough of a massage, but I was definitely wrong. They feel amazing! They relax away all our aches and pains in no time. At $373.00, this hot tub was worth every penny. Set up was really easy. We had it set up and filled in no time and were enjoying it by evening. (We did fill it with hot water so that we could enjoy it sooner) I recommend buying a hot tub chemical kit in order to maintain healthy water. I use chlorine granules instead of the tabs because I read that the tabs are not made for hot tubs. My hubby built us a hot tub surround in hopes that it will help insulate the hot tub and keep our electric bill to a minimum. It will also protect the pump from the cold PA winters and hopefully make it last longer.
Intex Bubble Spa
This is my second bubble spa from Intex. The first lasted exactly one year and was just out of warranty when the pump failed. This one is the octagonal style and appears to be of heavier quality than the first one. I have had it for about 6 weeks and so far so good. It does seem to loose heat rather quickly but usually I am about ready to get out of the tub by then anyway. My experience with these is to keep the temp set at about 100 and plan your use so you can turn the heat up about 2 hrs before you get in. This will give life to the heater and also help save power costs. Also, it is imperative to keep the filters clean/changed so as to add life to the pump. I believe my first one would have lasted longer if I had been more diligent in changing filters. Finally, do not take the chance of keeping this unit in direct sunlight or in cold temps below 40. Otherwise, these spas can give hours of pleasure if taken care of.