Intex Hot Tub Review — 85-inch PureSpa Portable Bubble Massage Spa Set

Updated by Lynda Stevens

One great way to relax after a long day or stressful week is to soak in a hot tub. Its steamy sensation eases the tensions in your achy muscles.

Not to mention it’s a wonderful experience to enjoy a therapeutic hot soak in your backyard or patio. The only thing is, installing a hot tub in your home can be a steep expense especially if it’s a traditional tub.

Inflatable hot tubs have increased in popularity in recent times and are quickly replacing the traditional ones. It is an excellent choice for people with limited funds and limited space but still wants to enjoy the benefits of hydrotherapy.

One of such hot tubs is the Intex 85in PureSpa Hot Tub. In this guide, I’ll discuss everything you need to know about the tub including its unique features. In the end, you should be able to decide if it is a good fit for you.

Presenting the Intex 85in PureSpa Hot Tub

The Intex 85in PureSpa Portable Bubble Massage Spa Set is a top of the line hot tub that is designed to comfort its users by relieving them of the tensions in their muscles. It is one of the most highly rated PureSpa available.

Who is it for?

Looking to have a small gathering of friends where you can relax in a hot tub occasionally? With its 6-person seating capacity, the Intex 85in PureSpa is for you. It is also a great fit for a family looking for an affordable hot tub experience.

Features and Benefits

Here’s a roundup of the features that make Intex 85in PureSpa an excellent value for your money.

Fiber-Tech Construction

The Intex 85in PureSpa was designed with Fiber-Tech which is stronger than vinyl yet lightweight. This gives the tub superior structural stability that remains steady and comfortable under pressure.

Water Treatment System

The built-in hard water treatment helps to soften hard water making it gentler on your skin. It also works with the filter cartridges to prevent the build-up of calcium removed from hard water. This could lead to lime scale which causes clogging of tubs if not properly addressed.

Jets

It features 140 high-powered bubble jets distributed in the interior of the hot tub for a soothing massage.

Digital Control Panel

The user-friendly control panel allows you to customize your temperature and jet settings.

Insulated Cover

The insulated cover serves the dual function of ensuring the water in your tub stays hot while also acting as a safety feature.

Due to the size of the tub, it takes longer for the water to heat up leading to high energy demands. With the cover, you can save energy costs by covering the tub as soon as it is heated to its maximum temperature.

Pros

  • It is easy to install with inflation taking less than 30 minutes
  • It is portable and comes with a carry bag for easy storage
  • The fiber-tech construction makes it puncture resistance and lasts for long
  • It is large enough to accommodate a family of 6
  • The digital control panel is easy to use
  • It is affordable
  • The filter cartridges are easily replaceable making maintenance easier.

Cons

  • It takes time for water to heat up due to its size and could lead to high energy costs.
  • It is not suitable for cold outdoor temperatures. Outdoor temperatures must be at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit to reach maximum water temperature.
  • The pump can get clogged
  • Prone to leakage around fittings.

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Things to Consider Before Buying an Intex Hot Tub

Intex PureSpa Hot Tubs are portable and inflatable tubs with each model coming with its pros and cons. You should understand your purpose for buying a hot tub, be it for relaxation or health reasons. This will help you make the right purchase decision especially if you are a first-time buyer.

These factors should be at the back of your mind next time you go hot tub shopping:

Size

The size of a hot tub is important both in terms of available space for placing the hot tub and the number of people that would use it. Is a 6-person hot tub necessary if a 4-person hot tub would do just fine?

How would it affect my electricity bills? These are questions that must be answered before purchase.

The right size hot tub has to be chosen because of cost, maintenance, and energy consumption implications. Therefore getting the right size is key.

Budget-Friendly

There is no doubt that the first thing that comes to a buyer’s mind is how much a product costs. Earning capacity will be a factor in spending.

Hot tubs come at different sizes and prices. Traditional hot tubs are known to be more expensive when compared to inflatable and portable hot tubs. Intex hot tubs are affordable with the most expensive model going for less than $500.

Energy Consumption

Hot tubs have varying heating requirements which are usually determined by the size of a tub. Generally, a larger tub would require more energy and maintenance costs. Intex hot tubs come with insulated covers which help save energy costs as it retains heat better.

Ergonomic design

Your hot tub should be easy to use and install. Intex PureSpa hot tubs are generally designed to be user-friendly for everyone. The control panel is at the side of the tub with large, bright and easy to read display.

Warranty coverage

A warranty helps to protect consumers in case of product damage or malfunction. All Intex hot tubs come with a 1-year warranty after purchase.

Our Opinion

What We Liked About Intex 85in PureSpa

The Intex 85in PureSpa is one of the most affordable hot tubs available. When compared to a traditional tub like Jacuzzi, it is a bargain as it provides similar comfort.

What makes it stand out, however, is the Fiber-Tech Construction. This material gives the tub structural stability.

This means that even under pressure, it would not lose its shape. Fiber-Tech is also much stronger than traditional vinyl making it puncture resistant and lasts for much longer.

Other cool features including the in-built water treatment make this spa an attractive option.

What We Did Not Like About Intex 85in PureSpa

It takes too much time for water to heat up. The longer it takes, the higher the energy costs for the user. It also doesn’t heat up well in cooler climes. It requires a minimum of 50oF outdoor temperature to heat up to the maximum temperature of 104oF.

General User Impressions

After a review of several websites, the general user consensus is that the Intex 85in PureSpa is one of the best inflatable hot tubs around.

Users generally loved its affordability and the fact that it can be purchased from online stores which are not the case for most traditional hot tubs that have to be purchased from dealers.

The unique Fiber-Tech Construction which gives it a firm structure was generally praised. Many were also happy that it doesn’t come with silly accessories which usually increase the price of other hot tub brands.

Intexcorp Corporation

There are very few brands involved in inflatable products that can compare to Intex in terms of quality and reliability. They have become a trusted brand in the field.

The innovative designs behind Intex’s hot tubs make them standout. This is why all their tubs made are portable.

Company’s History

Intexcorp Recreation Corporation, located in Long Beach, California was founded in 1966. Formerly known as “Wet Set”, Intex specializes in the manufacture and design of inflatable products. Their first inflatable product produced was a beach ball.

In its over 40 year history, Intexcorp has become a market leader in inflatable products. They own many patents to inflatable products. If you are a regular camper or take part in outdoor activities, there’s a chance you have used one of their products.

Their range of products include:

  • Spas
  • Above Ground Pools
  • Airbeds
  • Air Furniture
  • Sporting Goods
  • Pool Floats

With a network of retail partners worldwide, the company distributes its products to over 100 countries. Their objective is to provide high-quality, affordable products for safe, fun activities.

All Intex products come with a 1-year warranty.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to heat up the water?

The heating rate is approximately 2-3oF/hr, which means it would reach its maximum temperature in about 2-3 days. However ambient temperature also plays a part in how quickly the water would heat up.

What chemicals do I need to purchase with this Spa?

It comes with a test strip to check for the chemical levels and a small floater for chlorine tablets. Additional chemicals can be purchased as needed from local and online stores. Make sure to read the instructions to know suitable chemicals for the spa.

Final Thoughts

There you have it, folks. Our in-depth review of the Intex 85in Pure Spa Hot Tub. If you want a hot tub that would easily sit 6 people then this is the tub for you. It has really cool features and doesn’t come with gimmicky accessories that have no use.

For the level of comfort it provides, the price is a massive bargain. It gives you everything you want from a modern-day inflatable hot tub — Portable, Lightweight and Easy-to-use. If you have that extra space in your backyard, you definitely want this tub sitting there.

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