Guide Tried: Intex PureSpa Inflatable Hot Tub

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Guide Tried: Intex PureSpa Inflatable Hot Tub

The Intex inflatable hot tub, a.k.a. the PureSpa, is quite popular in my neck of the woods (Los Angeles). Several friends own and love it — and it's no wonder. This is an affordable, portable hot tub that acts like the real deal. "It has a heater and filters and everything," I enthusiastically tell interested friends.

This is the third summer we've had our PureSpa. My husband packs it up and puts away in the shed for the winter, and then once it starts getting warm we bring it back out and inflate it on the deck. We didn't expect it to last this long but it's proven quite durable!
Lindsey Hunter Lopez

The 77 inch, four-person inflatable spa takes all day to heat up to 104°F, so during the day our kids play in it. By evening it's fully heated and ready for relaxation. The heater heats at a rate of 2–3°F/hr; it would be great if the spa heated more quickly, but if you plan ahead it's not an issue.

"It would be great if the spa heated more quickly, but if you plan ahead it's not an issue."

The PureSpa holds 210 gallons of water, which stays clean thanks to a replaceable filter, hard water treatment system, and a floating chlorine dispenser. It features 120 high-powered bubble jets so it feels just like a "permanent" hot tub. 

When you're not using the PureSpa, keep the insulated, locking cover on it. The package includes the heating system, a carry bag, three-way test strip, two filter cartridges, inflation hose, floating pool chlorine dispenser, and thermal ground cloth to protect the spa from punctures. It's easy to assemble and includes everything you need except the chlorine tabs, which are easily found at pool supply stores.

If you really want to go all out with the spa experience, headrests and drink holders are sold separately. The head rest isn't especially comfortable, but the drink holder is handy. Overall, the Intex PureSpa is a fantastic hot tub for the money, and a great addition to your yard or deck.

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