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IntexPure Spa Reviews: Which Sub-Model to Choose

Have you decided to buy the Intex PureSpa model but do not know which one to choose? We help by explaining their differences.

Hot water, bubbles, and our favourite people around — this is what we all want, especially during the holidays. Relaxation, fun, and unforgettable moments— this is what you will get with a good hot tub experience. An inflatable hot tub can be the best choice for those who do not have a lot of space to install a nonportable one, or for those who relocate from time to time and require a less expensive model. 

While you may have chosen the Intex PureSpa for yourself, you may be unaware as there are 4 different models for either up to 4, or up to 6 people. To prevent you from being confused as to which one to pick, we’ve gathered all the important information for you In our article. Let us begin with a short comparison of each model below, so you can better decide which model will suit your needs.

Comparison table: Intex PureSpa tubs

Model
Characteristics
Benefits
Winner in the category The best bubble jetsIntex 28429E PureSpa PlusIncludes: insulated cover, heater/filter/blower/hard water system, LED lights, 2 filter cartridges, 2 headrests, thermal ground cloth, inflation hose, carry bag, floating chlorine dispenser, and test strips
Seating capacity: 4 people
(look for a 6-person model)
Water capacity: 210 gallons
Water temperature range
(68 F - 104 F)
✅ Powerful bubble flow;
✅ The cover is easy for one person to put on and latch.
Best for those who want to relax and get a powerful bubble jet massage in the hot tub.
Winner in the category The most durable modelIntex 28427E 85in PureSpa Inflatable SpaIncludes: heating system, 3-way test strips, 2 filter cartridges, floating pool chlorine dispenser, thermal ground cloth, inflation hose, cover, carry bag
Seating capacity:4 people
(look for a 6-person model)
Water capacity: 210 gallons
Water temperature range
(68 F - 104 F)
✅ Can function for 3+ years;
✅ Has a sturdy construction.
Best for people who want to buy a less expensive model that will function for years but do not require features like powerful massage jets.
Winner in the category The best at retaining temperaturePureSpa Portable Bubble Massage Spa SetIncludes: heating system, 3-way test strip, 2 filter cartridges, floating pool chlorine dispenser, thermal ground cloth, inflation hose, cover, carry bag
Seating capacity: 4 people
(look for a 6-person model)
Water capacity: 210 gallons
Water temperature range
(68 F - 104 F)
✅ Raises the temperature by 2 degrees per hour;
✅ The right size for 4 people.
Best for people, who live in cold regions and need a basic configuration of a hot tub.
Winner in the category The most advanced accessoriesIntex 28439E Greywood DeluxeIncludes: rechargeable, wireless touch display control panel with timer function, multi-colored LED lights, 2 premium headrests, built-in inflation system, insulated cover, replaceable filter cartridge
Seating capacity: 4 people
(look for a 6-person model)
Water capacity: 210 gallons
Water temperature range
(50 F - 104 F)
✅ Wireless control panel;
✅ Has several components to prevent air leakage.
Best for those who want a hot tub with a simple wireless control panel. Setting up is easy and ideal for those who frequently relocate.

What to Pay Attention to When Choosing a Hot Tub

Just like any other purchase, you must keep some important factors in mind before you invest in a hot tub.

  1. First of all, pay attention to the durability of the hot tub. Even an inflatable hot tub should serve you for years. It is still not a cheap investment and you should be able to make the most of it. That is why the material strength and whether the hot tub is made as one unit or has several components (for example, a spa tub, spa cover inflatable bladder, and ground cloth) is also important. Make sure that the hot tub is hard to pierce with a sharp object. There should be no room for leakages. 

The Intex 28427E 85in PureSpa Inflatable Spa (review) is the most durable model on our list. You can use it for around 3 years with proper care. The Intex 28429E PureSpa Plus (review) can also serve you up to 3 years but in some cases, it has problems with the pump after several months of use. 

  1. The next criterion is assembly and set-up. The instructions should be easy to follow and the process should take not much time. The main advantage of inflatable hot tubs is that they can be relocated, that is why people who need to move from time to time prefer them to in-ground types. For this reason, easy assembly and set-up are among the main factors while choosing an inflatable hot tub.

All Intex PureSpa hot tubs have high ratings in this category. But the winner is certainly the Intex 28427E 85in PureSpa Inflatable Spa (review) as it has a self intuitive setup. You will also love the Intex 28429E PureSpa Plus (review) as it has an assembly CD and the process will take around 10 minutes of your time. 

  1. Our research shows that customer service is also among the most important things for buyers. Not only should customer service be easily accessible but it should also be client-oriented, quick to respond, and helpful.

The Intex 28427E 85in PureSpa Inflatable Spa (review) and the Intex 28429E PureSpa Plus (review) have the best customer service. You just need to fill a claim form and they will send out a new unit.  You can also chat with them and get good instructions for the RMA(return merchandise authorization). 

Additional Factors to Pay Attention to

  • Does not have problems with heating the water — also known as the E90 error in these models, the hot tub should be able to heat the water without any issues.
  • Powerful bubble jets — for relaxing massages. 
  • Holds temperature — to prevent the water from cooling down too quickly. 
  • Has a cover — a must-have to retain the temperature.
  • Quick to warm — to save your time.
  • Works without air leakage — so that you do not have to pump air every couple of hours.
  • Simple control unit — to easily set it up.
  • Washable filters — for easy maintenance.
  • Has a warranty — can help in communication with customer service if needed.  

Intex PureSpa: What’s the Difference?

PureSpa Plus Bubble Massage Set — The Best Bubble Jets

Category winner:
The Best Bubble Jets

CharacteristicsIncludes: insulated cover, heater/filter/blower/hard water system, LED lights, 2 filter cartridges, 2 headrests, thermal ground cloth, inflation hose, carry bag, floating chlorine dispenser, and test strips
Seating capacity: 4 people (look for a 6-person model)
Water capacity: 210 gallons
Water temperature range (68 F - 104 F)
Benefits✅ Powerful bubble flow;
✅ The cover is easy for one person to put on and latch.
Best forThose who want to relax and get a powerful bubble jet massage in the hot tub.

Pros:

  • Great bubble flow that cools the water a little bit
  • Comes pre-installed
  • Takes 3 minutes to fully inflate
  • Can be used in a cold winter
  • Comes with pillows

⛔️ Cons:

The PureSpa Plus Bubble Massage Set is ideal for you if you want to enjoy a relaxing massage in your inflatable tub. The bubble flow is powerful and provides ultimate relaxation.  The only disadvantage is that the bubble jets are pretty loud (as it is normal when water is moving). If you are listening to music, you will need to keep the speaker close to you. If you want something less loud, pay attention to the PureSpa Portable Bubble Massage Spa Set (review). With this model, you will be able to listen to music more comfortably.

This hot tub is the only one that comes with pillows. It will make your home jacuzzi experience more comfortable. Also, if you live in an area with cold winter months, you can use the PureSpa Plus Bubble Massage Set. Keep in mind that floor insulation is very important. You can read more about it here. After installation, you will need up to a couple of days to warm the hot tub, especially during the winter. If you want to use the hot tub 24 hours after the installation, pay attention to the Intex 28439E Greywood Deluxe (review). This one gets warm in 24 hours but it cannot be used in the winter or temperatures under 40 degrees Fahrenheit.  

Intex 28427E 85in PureSpa Inflatable Spa — The Most Durable Model

Category winner:
The Most Durable Model

CharacteristicsIncludes:heating system, 3-way test strips, 2 filter cartridges, floating pool chlorine dispenser, thermal ground cloth, inflation hose, cover, carry bag
Seating capacity:4 people (look for a 6-person model)
Water capacity: 210 gallons
Water temperature range (68 F - 104 F)
Benefits✅ Can function for 3+ years;
✅ Has a sturdy construction.
Best forPeople who want to buy a less expensive model that will function for years but do not require features like powerful massage jets.

Pros:

  • Can work around 3 years with proper care
  • Self intuitive assembly with clear instructions
  • Has a 1-year warranty

⛔️ Cons:

The Intex 28427E 85in PureSpa Inflatable Spa is a perfect model for those who require a simple, yet efficient inflatable hot tub. This model has less powerful bubble jets in comparison with the PureSpa Plus Bubble Massage Set (review) and it does not have massage features. But you will like this model as it will serve you for a long period. The assembly is self intuitive and even beginners can easily understand the instructions. If you prefer visual examples and are not too tech-savvy, the PureSpa Portable Bubble Massage Spa Set (review) is ideal for you as it has an assembly CD and the process will take around 10 minutes.

The Intex 28427E 85in PureSpa Inflatable Spa has other advantages too. It is quick to fill with water and you will need 40 minutes to fill a 210-gallon hot tub. To compare, the PureSpa Portable Bubble Massage Spa Set (review) requires 30 minutes. It is not much of a difference. Moreover, you can use this hot tub every day. It has washable filters, quickly heats water, and has a cover to retain the temperature. All these will make daily use more relaxing and hassle-free. 

Intex 77in PureSpa Portable Bubble Massage Spa — The Best at Retaining the Temperature

Category winner:
The Best at Retaining the Temperature

CharacteristicsIncludes:Heating system, 3-way test strip, 2 filter cartridges, floating pool chlorine dispenser, thermal ground cloth, inflation hose, cover, carry bag
Seating capacity: 4 people (look for a 6-person model)
Water capacity: 210 gallons
Water temperature range (68 F - 104 F)
Benefits✅ Raises the temperature by 2 degrees per hour;
✅ The right size for 4 people.
Best forPeople, who live in cold regions and need a basic configuration of a hot tub.

Pros:

  • Raises the temperature by 2 degrees per hour
  • The included cover fits tightly to the tub and helps retain the temperature
  • Has an assembly CD
  • Takes 30 minutes to fill with water

⛔️ Cons:

  • Not as durable as the Intex 28427E 85in PureSpa Inflatable Spa (review)
  • Weak air pressure that sometimes needs to be refilled 

The Intex 77in PureSpa Portable Bubble Massage Spa Set is an ideal choice for you if you want to use a hot tub in winter. As the Intex 28429E PureSpa Plus (review), this one also can be used during cold weather. Thanks to its ability to hold temperature, it will be comfortable to use during the cooler months. The cover fits tightly to the tub. If you decide to warm the tub, it also will be quick as the tub raises the temperature 2 degrees per hour.

The Intex 77in PureSpa Portable Bubble Massage Spa also has a control unit. It is not as simple as the one in the Intex 28439E Greywood Deluxe  (review) but it makes the process of temperature setting and other controls easier. This hot tub will not increase your electric bill as much as the Intex 28429E PureSpa Plus (review). Users say that the bill rises by $25 in summer and by $75 in winter. Note that prices may vary by region.  

Intex 28439E Greywood Deluxe — The Most Advanced Accessories

Category winner:
The Most Advanced Accessories

CharacteristicsIncludes: rechargeable, wireless touch display control panel with timer function, multi-colored LED lights, 2 premium headrests, built-in inflation system, insulated cover, replaceable filter cartridge
Seating capacity: 4 people (look for a 6-person model)
Water capacity: 210 gallons
Water temperature range (50 F - 104 F)
Benefits✅ Wireless control panel;
✅ Has several components to prevent air leakage.
Best forThose who want a hot tub with a simple wireless control panel. Setting up is easy and ideal for those who frequently relocate.

Pros:

  • Has a wireless control panel that can be secured on the tub
  • The biggest water temperature range
  • Needs 24 hours for the first heating (average hot tubs need up to 48 hours) 
  • Has components to prevent air leakage
  • Has a help video for setup

⛔️ Cons:

  • Not as durable as the Intex 28427E 85in PureSpa Inflatable Spa (review)
  • Bubbles are more for aesthetics than for massage purposes

The Intex 28439E Greywood Deluxe has the best control panel. You can easily control the water temperature and turn on/ off the bubble jets. There is one more feature that you will not see in the Intex 77in PureSpa Portable Bubble Massage Spa (review). The panel locks after 1 minute. As it is wireless and you can secure it anywhere, for example on the tub for easier access, this feature protects the panel from water. To unlock the panel, hold down the lock button for 3 seconds until you hear the signal. When you need to charge the battery of the control panel, just drop it in the slot and it will remotely charge.

This is the only hot tub that has several components such as a spa tub, spa cover, inflatable bladder, and a ground cloth. If one component stops working, you just need to replace the defective component and not the whole tub. Regarding the assembly, a help video proves to be beneficial. But if you want a really easy setup process, consider the Intex 28427E 85in PureSpa Inflatable Spa (review). Another advantage is quick water heating. You can use the tub 24 hours after the assembly. It heats 2-3 Fahrenheit degrees per hour and has the biggest temperature range (50 F – 104 F against 68 F – 104 F).
So it will be easier for you to find the most comfortable temperature.

Points to Consider Before Buying an Intex PureSpa Hot Tub     

There are some points that you should know before buying an Intex PureSpa hot tub.

  • Error code E90 

This means that the hot tub will not heat the water. It can be caused by clogged filters, twisted tubes between the base and the tub, a bad pump, and a bad flow sensor. The most common solution is to change the filters. If you do not want to buy new filters, make sure that those you have are clean and properly installed. 

To clean the filter cartridge, you can soak it in warm soapy water for 20-30 minutes, giving the surface a light brush. Then rinse with a power shower to clean deeper.

There can also be an issue with the filter motor. You can replace it under a warranty. If nothing helps, contact the Intex customer service.

Spa Accessories for the Best Experience  

Some accessories will ensure that you get the most out of your hot tub.

Maintenance Kit  and Spa Seat 

Intex PureSpa Hot Tub Maintenance Kit & Intex Type S1 Filter Cartridges (2 Pack)

This set includes a brush, skimmer, scrubber, and filter cartridges. With this kit, you will be able to clean all the corners and sidewalls of your jacuzzi with little effort.  

Intex PureSpa Spa Seat

This seat is compatible with all PureSpa models. With the seat, you can sit comfortably and enjoy the bubbles. You can also adjust the height from 3 to 5.8 inches.

Cup Holder and Headrest

Intex PureSpa Cup Holder, 2 Standard Size Beverage Containers

A useful thing to keep beverages and snacks close by while you relax. It holds 2 standard size beverage containers.

Intex PureSpa Headrest

Rest your head comfortably while you soak in your hot tub. Fill with water to secure the headrest in place. Can be partially filled with air to fit your personal preference for firmness.

Bluetooth Speakers With Colorful Lights 

Bluetooth Speakers with Colorful Lights, Portable Speaker IPX7 Waterproof Floatable

You can enjoy your favorite music while you soak with waterproof Bluetooth speakers. It offers an immersion up to 3 feet for 30 minutes underwater.

Summary

If you have decided to invest in an Intex PureSpa hot tub, do not be in a fix due to the different models available. We have highlighted the main differences between the models, so you can choose one that suits you with ease. 

When deciding to invest in a hot tub, pay attention to the assembly process, durability, and customer service reviews. Also keep important factors in mind that include the efficiency of heating the water, powerful bubble jets, ability to retain the temperature, a spa cover, time taken to warm the water, a sturdy construction, issues of air leakage, a simple control unit, washable filters, and a warranty. 

A brief description of each model is given below.

Winner in the category
The best bubble jetsIntex 28429E PureSpa Plus
Best for those who want to relax and get a powerful bubble jet massage in the hot tub.
Winner in the category
The most durable modelIntex 28427E 85in PureSpa Inflatable Spa
Best for people who want to buy a less expensive model that will function for years but does not require features like powerful massage jets.
Winner in the category
The best at retaining temperaturePureSpa Portable Bubble Massage Spa Set
Best for people, who live in cold regions and need a basic configuration of a hot tub.
Winner in the category
The most advanced accessoriesIntex 28439E Greywood Deluxe
Best for those who want a hot tub with a simple wireless control panel. Setting up is easy and ideal for those who frequently relocate.

FAQs

🆘 What does the code E90 in an Intex PureSpa mean?

Error code E90 means that the hot tub will not heat the water. It can be caused by clogged filters, twisted tubes between the base and the tub, a bad pump, and a bad flow sensor. You can find a solution to this problem in our article.

🧽 How do I clean my Intex PureSpa filter cartridge?

To clean the filter cartridge, you can soak it in warm soapy water for 20-30 minutes, giving the surface a light brush. Then rinse with a power shower to get a deeper clean.

🏊 What are the main models of Intex PureSpa?

There are 4 models:

You can read how these models differ in our article.

❄ Can an Intex PureSpa be used in the winter?

Two models that can be used in winter. They are:

You can read more about them in our article.

📋 Does the Intex PureSpa have a warranty?

Yes, all models have a one-year warranty.

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