Reap the benefits of owning a hot tub without the hassle of additional plumbing or wiring with this portable spa kit. The spa features a thermostat controlled heater with freeze protection, and it has micro air-jets that provide a relaxing massage....more
Well since I used this site to get my review before purchase, I thought I'd add my two cents with a new 2011 review. I received this tub in January 2011.
This tub really does take about 30 minutes to set up alone. After the first time, it would probably take 15-20 minutes second time (the removal of packaging is the longest part of the process).
It does take a long time to initially warm up to temperature. Now granted in January I was in 15-20 degree temperatures outside. I filled the hot tub from a hose connected from the inside of the house with hot/warm water.Once it is at the temperature you choose ( it will take at least 24 hours minimum) is maintains it well.
As others have noted, the air it blows into the tub is outside ambient air. In other words, if its 20 degrees outside, it is blowing in 20 degree air into the tub. There is an air/jets bladder that wraps around the interior of the tub liner where the 150 "jets" (really they are pin sized holes) blow out this air. This bladder is about 6 inches wide and is located at a level in line with your lower back. So when those bubbles reach your shoulder/neck, it is very hard to discern that it is cooler outside air because the air bubbles warm as they rise through the hot tub water. However, some people can tell it is colder air bubbles hitting their lower back when it initially comes out of the air bladder.
The effect of this is that you're going to lose 2-4 degrees (depending on the outside air temp) when the jets are on. The jets are on 15 minutes at a time before automatic shut down. So if you run the jets for two cycles (or 30 minutes total) and the tub is initially 102 degrees, the tub will end at 96 degrees in 30 minutes.
Now if you simply like to soak in the tub with no jets, it will lose maybe one degree per 10-15 minutes.
The filter is a cinch to remove and clean. And the mechanical operation is simple enough a 5 year old can figure it out. A temp button and a jets button. Top heat setting is 104 degrees.
Personally I think they could have designed a better top for it. There are about 10 connectors that go around the top cover that you have to connect or disconnect before you remove it to get in or when you're done. And a separate air bladder on top for insulation is just a big plastic bubble you blow up.
Finally, you aren't getting more than 4 adult sized people in this. And those 4 people better be two adult couples. Four separate friends might want more personal space. It's perfect for us (me, my wife, and our 6 yr old) with some good room to spare if it were another child about the same age.
I'd recommend it for the price. It looks nice. It's comfortable to sit in. And the 120V is nice because you don't have to wire a socket for 220V. I also like the idea that I can move it instantly anywhere.
I am sure the reason why the air isn't heated is due to the 120V vs 220V system. I am guessing there is simply a restriction of what lower voltage can accomplish.
I'm only 1 1/2 months into my purchase so I can't attest to longevity. I don't see how people/kids would damage the tub liner inside and it is yet to be seen how well the motor will hold up. I take the filter out and clean it by spraying it with a garden hose once a week. That plus normal tub chemicals is all that is needed.
EZ to set up, took about 30 min. Very nice looking and very portable. I use it about 3 times per week for my back pain and have had some benifit. The water massage is very good. Mfg. customer service was very helpful when I had some questions about the water chemical treatment. Maintenance takes about 15 min per week and again very ez. I would recomend this product to anyone that is budget minded. Great value for the money.
We got this hot tub over the weekend. We put it up in less than 1/2 hour, filled it and within a day and a half we were soaking in our new tub. We wanted a hot tub but our deck is on the second floor off of our bedroom and didn't know how we would get a regular hot tub up there. I found this portable hot tub, read all the reviews and decided to try it. Boy am I glad we did. It was easy to get up to the second floor, easy to assemble, easy to fill and took a little over a day to heat up to 104 degrees.I just got out of it after 15 minutes....there is an automatic timer and the jets shut off after 15 minutes but that's plenty of time. It lost 3 degrees but I never noticed it (I think all hot tubs do that anyway). It looks great on our redwood deck and my husband, who is 6'4" fits in it perfectly. I'm shorter, 5'1" and bought inflatable spa booster pillows to sit on. The air jets go all the way around so there's no jockeying around to find a jet and they are very powerful. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a great tub for a real deal. Plus what a deal to get all the chemicals and two extra filters. We couldn't be happier.
This really is a wonderful product. We are enjoying it very much. Since we live in a very old house where not all of the electricity is updated to 220v, this is the answer to our prayers with the 110v plug in. If I had one tiny complaint is that it does not have extremely strong jets inside, but it is still very relaxing and does the job.
Put the spa together in about 45 min. Would have gone quicker with 2 people doing it. I've only used it once, but it was a wonderful experience after a grueling day on my feet as a surgical nurse. Wish I had bought one years ago. Only issue I had was that the pipes for the filter and heater motor didn't seem to line up with the holes in the side of the panel very well and it seemed like the spa I received may have been returned by someone else as the caps that I needed to remove on the inlet and outlet valves had already been removed and put in a bag. Seems to be functioning properly though.
Other than that it is a good buy for the price.
I normally don't write reviews before using the product, but I normally don't receive obviously defective products that have to be repaired before we can even use them.
We received the spa in a box on the 16th, put it together on the 19th and once full it immediately started leaking. After talking to the company & upon closer inspection, we discovered a visible gash of a 1/4 inch or more, not a pin prick, but a slash that should have been obvious during a quality control inspection.
The company will only take it back upon receipt of photos of irreparable damage so we now have a "NEW" spa with a LARGE TAN patch....not even a blue one comparable to the liner.
Had the company dealt with it differently and offered a functioning NEW replacement I would have chalked the gashed liner up to "well stuff happens" & waited to get the replacement and use it before reviewing, but.....
Their choice to leave us with a brand new $949.00 defective and damaged product does not speak well of their customer relations and alters my opinion of them and their product.
I really like this spa I just had a upper deck built on and this spa went right up the steps to the deck without any help .Sets up in a hurry and is really a great addition to the deck .Only downfall is in the winter it does cool off pretty quick .from 104 to 98 in about 15 min .But the whole family likes it a lot
I have owned a number of well known brand hot tubs and was skeptical about this product, however after I set it up (all by myself, and I am 61 years old) and started the motor, it was great. I contacted the company with a few questions and they were very helpful and patient. I am renting a house and have it on the sun porch, I will be interested to see if the heater causes my power bill to go up much. But all in all, I am very happy with my Spa in a Box and I hope to enjoy it for many years....
I ordered this 5/28/13 and was charged on that day. It was sent to my parents house in Sonora and was returned unopened. I have contacted Overstock.com several times and STILL have not been credited with the $969.84 I am due. THey do not have a "Contact us" customer service. Order # is 124120781. I am cancellling all future business with Overstock.com. This is very poor service.
Hello nsm8930, The sides are made of a hard plastic simulated wood. Thank you for shopping with us.overstockcustomercare1 on Oct 8, 2013
Should I add chemicals to the water before first time use? If so, what do I start with?odie13 on Sep 14, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Thank you for your inquiry; you will be contacted by Customer Care. Have a great day.overstockcustomercare1 on Sep 19, 2013
does this spa come with a cover ? and will the temperature return automatically, or just get cold and you have to turn it on manually for 8-10 hours to keep it hot?justjunquies on Sep 11, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hello justjunquies, Yes, this spa has an insulated inflatable cover. The spa has a thermostat controlled heater with freeze protection to maintain selected temperature. The reviews will be a good resource for temperature maintenance. Thank you for shopping with us.overstockcustomercare1 on Sep 11, 2013
Hello joejoe1111! The cost for this spa kit is listed in red in the top center of the product page. If you are shipping internationally, you would need to click the country flag in the top right corner of the product page and update it to the country of your choice. I hope This helps. thanks for shopping with us.overstockcustomercare1 on Jul 28, 2013
CAN U INSTALL THIS SPA ON SAND IN THE BACK YARD WHERE I HAD MY OLD POOLmotty2 on Jul 8, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hi motty2, we would recommend using this item on a hard flat surface. Thanks for shopping with us. overstockcustomercare1 on Jul 8, 2013
Hello cynthiarachele, thank you for your interest in the Spa-N-A-Box Portable Spa Kit. You would need to either build steps or buy steps for this spa. Thank you for shopping with us.
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I am in Norway, which uses 220V, but most hot tubs are 220V. Can I just use an adapter and run it off 220?clerf on Mar 4, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Thanks for your interest, this Spa-N-A-Box runs of 120V. Unfotunatately we can not guarantee that it will work with a adapter. overstockcustomercare1 on Mar 11, 2013
Unfortunately we do not offer the power pack separately. I apologize for the inconvenience.overstockcustomercare1 on Jan 11, 2013
What are the 2 shipping boxes dimensions, and how much do they weigh individually?nevia on Oct 13, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Thank you for your interest. The box dimensions are 27 inches high by 20 inches wide by 29 inches long. Each box weighs 40 pounds. Please feel free to contact us again with any further questions.overstockcustomercare1 on Oct 15, 2012
I need to know what is wrong with the heater when I try to set it to 104 it just clicks back to 60? not sure why its doing that . can I get some advice is there a reset button somewheremparks0831 on Jan 11, 2013
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