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Intex Pure Spa 4 Person Inflatable Portable Hot Tub with 6 Filter Cartridges
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- Pamper yourself in relaxing heated water surrounded by soothing bubble jets
- PureSpa provides relaxation at the touch of a button for up to four people
- Easy-to-use control panel activates the 120 high-powered bubble jets surrounding the interior of the spa for a refreshing massage
- Ready for water in about 20 minutes and can be deflated for easy storage or transport (pump included)
- Unlike other spas that have cold air bubbling through water during the heating process, the PureSpa heats the air prior to bubbling through the water which heats the water more effectively
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Relax and indulge yourself in the Intex PureSpa Portable Hot Tub. With the touch of a button activate the 120 soothing bubble jets that surround the interior of the spa or adjust the temperature that best suits your comfort level. This Intex PureSpa Portable Hot Tub provides simple maintenance with two easy-to-replace filter cartridges for clean refreshing spa water, and the built-in hard water treatment system makes water gentler on skin for a soothing experience. Made with durable Fiber-Tech Construction including 48 Fiber-Tech beams, the PureSpa is also strong enough to take a seat on the side when all you need is a dip of your feet.
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It's relaxing, easily set up and take down, stores easily, very inexpensive compared to hard-side hot tubs, kids love playing in it.
The not so good:
The heater really is undersized/underpowered. The manual states it can heat the tub at 2 degrees per hour, which is exactly what mine does. That means to heat its water from 80 to 104, it takes 12 hours. That means if you're going to use it, you need to start heating well ahead of time, unless you plan to keep it at temperature. Additionally, the heater can't hold the spa to 104 once the air bubbles go on because the cold air bubbling through the hot water cools it; it drops from 104 to 98 in 1/2 hour, per the bubble timer. That is summer nights in Sacramento, so we're not talking having to keep the spa hot in cold temps. 98 is not hot enough for me, and I'd like the option to stay in more than 30 minutes.
Using a kill-a-watt device, I found it cost about $40 dollars a month to keep the unit at 100, with my kw cost at 10.5 cents per. Again, that's during the Sacramento summer when evening temps are at least 80. Online reviews of inflatable spas note their lack of insulation, so I know the cost to heat this thing when temps go to the 30s and 40s is going to be a lot more. It will cost you more for one year's heating than it cost for the spa.
I considered a number of alternatives to reduce the heating costs, heat blankets, insulation wraps, various heating scenarios, but they didn't do anything for lag time on heating up the unit, or keeping the water hot while I was in it. Because I often go 5 days or more without using the spa, I don't want to pay to keep it heated for that time, and I don't want to wait 12 hours or more to use it. It's a waste of energy and money.
On the other hand, I didn't want to spend another $2k to get a more user-friendly tub.
My solution: So as is consistent with my character, I modified my purespa. My franken-spa now heats primarily with a propane Ecotemp L5 camping shower unit. I pull the water from the spa's drain, through an intex 1000 gph pump-filter to the heater. It's not elegant. But it only takes 1 to 1.5 hours to heat the spa from 80 to 104+, and it holds the temp once I get in. Cost is about $1 to $2 per use for propane. I also have a bypass that take the water directly back to the tub without going through the heater, again filtering at about 1000 gph, which is WAY more efficient than the unit's filtering system, a bonus. The Ecotemp is a bit flakey, but once you understand its issues, it works like a charm.
Cost-wise, the purespa was still a good buy for me, with modifications. It does need chemicals and maintenance. I think intex could improve it with a better heater, even if it added $100 to the cost. As it is, it is either expensive to operate or inconvenient.
We spend about half and hour to 45 min.( bubbles run for 30 min.) at a time in it mostly just before bedtime. It really has helped both of us sleep better, and after being in the hot tub and then crawling into bed shortly after you feel warm and relaxed.
It does cool to about 98 by the time we get out, but I think it would stay hot longer if we didn't run the bubbles continuously. Maybe 10-15 min. at a time. It makes sense that it would cool down faster with the bubbles going as you are pushing air through the water.
So far no real complaints ,and this is a good spa for the money. We are really enjoying it.
I don't know yet what it cost to run as we haven't had it long enough yet. We have an old comforter we throw over it which I know helps keep it warm.
So far so good :)