Intex have been giving Lay-z-spa a run for their money, so naturally we asked ourselves “which is the best intex hot tub?” and even more important “is Intex better than lay-z-spa?”.
When hunting for a hot tub, there’s a few things you want, that i’m sure you’ll agree with me
Your hot tub should:
- Seat 4 Adults Minimum
- Reach a Comfortable 40°C
- Be Easy To Set Up
- Have a Jacuzzi Setting
- Be Easy to Maintain
- Be Inexpensive
- Be Fun
Quite a straightforward and easy list right? I.With our check list set, we have everything we need to find the best Intex hot tub.
Now if you’re unfamiliar with who Intex are, they’re an American company that have been making above ground swimming pools for many years. They recently moved their focus to hot tubs, after seeing how many people wanted them and have crafted quite a few game changing hot tubs.
Take a look:
This is the Intex SPA Bubble Swimming Pool – not quite what you’d expect for an intex hot tub. So what exactly is this ? Well, one side is a pool and the other side heats up to become a hot tub. Both sides have a jet bubble feature, however you cant use them both at the same time (which sucks).
But still, some serious thought has went into crafting this. So if you’re looking for something “next level” this Intex hot tub, might just be for you. The shear size of this is unimaginable, you’ll get a better idea of what you’re getting with this Intex hot tub, if you watch this guys video:
The next Intex hot tub we came across was the Intex Octagonal Bubble Spa Hot Tub
As you can see it seats 6 people snugly, so that’s check one on our list. One of the problems we have with 6 people hot tubs is they claim they fit 6 adults, when in fact it’s more like they fit 6 children and 4 large adults. Well Intex are true to their word, giving you just over 2 meters of space within the tub.
They’ve also outdone Lay-z-spas jet system. Using 120 air jets (40 more that lay-z-spa) to give you a comforting massage, whilst you recline into bliss. One thing i’m sure you’ll find of interest is when using Intex’s 120 jets the temperature doesn’t drop.
You see with Lay-z-spa, the air that’s blown in will cool the hot tub down (quite a bit), so you can choose to be warm, or luke warm with air jets. With Intex they’ve fixed this feature allowing you to enjoy the warm waters and still use your air jets.
We also liked that the control panel was easy to reach, so you’re not bending out and over the hot tub to change your settings. Having said that Lay-z-spa does come with a waterproof remote now.
Ultimately though this tub could not become the best Intex hot tub as we believe the round 6 person tub is superior in function and you’ll get the most enjoyment out of that.
Ok, we’re going to start this by being upfront and honest, this is totally preference, In fact there’s a few details in this hot tub that you may not think is worth the extra £100. And that’s ok, but in terms of meeting everything we agreed upon in our list earlier, this ticks every box.
So the first question that you’re naturally wondering is “what’s so different between this and the octagon?” Well the first thing we’d like to bring to your attention is that you get 140 jet bubbles vs 120 you get with the octagon. And you’re likely thinking, “do I actually need this?”
Well it depends
One of the common misconceptions of these blow up hot tubs, is that they will be an exact replacement to the type of Jacuzzi features you’re likely familiar with. And the simple fact is, they’re a good runner up, but you save 6 x as much money by getting an inflatable tub.
One of the features that is a “runner up” is the air jets, quite simply they won’t produce the bubbles you and I are familiar with. And to compensate for that, you need more jets. So if you’re quite found of having a jet/massage/therapy tub we’d recommend buying a tub with the most jets and the best air pressure.
The next feature that’s different from the octagon, is you’re given a lot more space, at the octagon’s widest part it is 2m across and at it’s smallest part it’s 1.5 m. With the Round tub, you’re given 2.15 m of space all the way around. So you won’t feel as “cramped” fitting 6 people in.
This tub, like the octagon, also features heated jet’s so you can be rest assured you’ll maintain that comfortable 40°C of heat.
Another feature you get with this intex hot tub, is an insulated floor cover. Which makes a lot of sense, considering that most heat pours out of your tub into the ground – costing you money. it’s probably why the average price to run this is slightly lower than other hot tubs.
And Lastly the Maintenance?
The maintenance of an Intex hot tub, is comparable to other hot tubs. There’s still some upkeep involved, such as treating your water with chlorine, replacing the filter every 2 weeks and rinsing your filters once a week. We’d recommend reading this guide to get a full understanding of how to maintain your hot tub.
Ultimately the choice is up to you. The first hot tub we view as being a bit “gimmicky” , the second hot tub is great and the third one is our favourite. But ultimately it’s your preference. Intex have put their name on the line when creating these hot tubs, and most of amazon have gave them glowing reviews.