Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Porta Spa offers a soft, less expensive alternative way for relaxation and ease of movement.

As you are probably aware I love water so when a Porta Spa was advertised in a Christmas catalogue I did some investigating. I was a bit nervous as to whether a blow up spa would be sturdy and would last. However we bought one and I absolutely love it. It heats and blows hundreds of bubbles like a normal spa but is soft to sit in. It's made of the same kind of material as white water rafting boats so is very sturdy. Ours is inflated with the pump in minutes and can be deflated and moved or put away. We use an alternative to harsh chemicals which is added each day. This means we don't have a strong chlorine smell and it's kinder on clothes I think.

What this means for me is that I can have the benefits of being immersed in water without having to fill a tub (we're water conscious in Australia). It's big enough for me to float and move and exercise and the bubbles aren't harsh but keep the water moving over my skin which is great for desensitization. In winter I will be able to get warm everywhere and then rug up warmly. If I just rug up I find my extremities remain cold.

For any Australians reading this I found this spa in a Target catalogue for A$699. Yes I couldn't believe it either. The local pool shops sell it for about A$2500. When I was searching for information I discovered it's available in the UK and the USA. As Kath from Kath & Kim would say, "I'm just loving myself with my new spa".

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Jeisea;

I found your blog after googling porta spa! My partner and I just put one on lay-by today from the same store and at the same price that you mention. We are delighted to hear that you are happy with your investment. We are also pleased that the warm water therapy helps with your pain. We are curious as to the chemicals you use to keep the water and spa clean and safe. We would be grateful if you wouldn't mind sharing your "secret".
Thank-you; kna

jeisea said...

Hi Kna

I love my spa and think it's brilliant value for money. The instructions say to use bromide which you can get from any pool shop or Clark Rubber store. We use Spa Shock putting a little in each day. There is no unpleasant smell and I've been told it's better for you etc than bromide. You are not supposed to use chlorine if I remember correctly. Also the help phone number answers promptly and is very helpful. We empty the spa when we go away and just leave it ready to fill on our return. I'm pretty sure you'll be very happy with you buy.
jeisea

Anonymous said...

Hi Jeisea;
Thanks so much for your helpful info. I can not wait to blow it up and fill it up. We will be unpacking ours in about 6 weeks time...mmm...I can imagine the warm bubbles already. Cheers to you and your pain-free soaking, I will be using ours for a similar purpose, in addition to just loving the feeling of mind, body and soul that a spa can give. If we try it outside just have to keep the kitties and puppy away!!!
Thanks again;
kna :)

jeisea said...

You will just love it. The bubbles give a good but mot harsh massage and there are three heating temperature. I like the 40 degrees as it just warms my whole body. ZIt's great to relax just before bed and watching the stars while relaxing is magic.
Enjoy!
jeisea

Anonymous said...

hi jeisea,i just bought a portaspa for $399 at target.just wondering if anyone had trouble keeping the inflatable bottom down,it seemed to float to the top and we couldnt get it back down under the water.wouldve been pretty funny to watch us.

jeisea said...

I bet it was a scream.

Actually the blow up piece floats on top and is insulation under the zipped on cover. It works as good insulation when it heats up in winter.

You got it at a very good price. I paid $599. The local pool shop sells an inflatabe spa for $2,500.

You might be interested in knowing that I accidentally hosed the motor mine and the controller played up. It was out of warranty but the company had the motor picked up by a courier. They will just replace the whole part and told me that a fee of $50 would be charged which they said included transport. I was pretty happy with that. It just happened over Xmas and I don't have it back yet.

We use a daily spa treatment which does not contain chlorine or bromide. Pool shops sell it.

I hope you enjoy yours as much as I do.
jeisea

HobStarCS said...

I'm looking to buy one of these, just wanted to know if it came with an inbuilt (or otherwise) cutoff safety switch and what the cover was like (lockable?)

Anonymous said...

Hi our porta spa is incredible, but it won't work as of this afternoon. It seems to be short cuircuiting the house when you turn it on. Anyone else have this happen? The help line is closed today. But I was wondering if anyone had any info. Thanks!

jeisea said...

The spa has a circuit breaker and to answer a previous comment, a lockable cover.

Watermark Trading who service the spa are outstanding in their service. As it appears to be an electrical problem I personally would disconnect from the power source and wait and get their advice in office hours.

Anonymous said...

the portaspa is shit, we have had ours in for repair at least 4 times, and have been waiting over a week for a courier to come and pick it up to be repaired for the 5th time, which they will more then likely have it in for repair for up to about 3 months again. on 4 occasions it has short circuited our house and on the other occasion it would not heat up. we are getting it fixed and are selling it. not worth the hassles

jeisea said...

Oh bad luck. I still have mine and am very happy. Also I had great service from Watermark Trading. Even after warrenty they replaced a part at no cost to us. I understand how upset you are with what's happened to you.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I just bought one from a garage sale and it wont heat up or blow bubbles,,, just wondering how much it'll cost to get fixed and if there's a number I can call for help as it didn't come with the instructions,,, Thanx :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, I just bought one from a garage sale and it won't heat up or blow bubbles,,, do u know how much this will cost to get fixed and also a number I can call to get help as I don't have the instructions,,,, Thanx :)

jeisea said...

Hi
I guess it depends where the spa was bought. The one i have is no longer imported so when I finally had a problem with the motor after four years I was unable to get a replacement motor from the original importers. I could have gone to a pool shop and asked advice but chose not to as I'm in remission from the pain syndrome and don't use it as much. I suggest you contact the importer if you have the information. They might help or alternatively a spa pump supplier such as a pool shop or google spa pumps.
Target no longer imports those spas as far as I am aware.

Anonymous said...

I have purchased one from a garage sale however missing instryctions do u kno where I can get them by any chance??

dave said...

I have had my porta spa for just a few weeks and the pump has stopped. It was given to me by a friend.
do the switches play up?
are they available?
I am in Australia

Dave

jeisea said...

Hi Dave
I don't have my spa now. After 4 years the pump stopped working. The company doesn't import them now and our circumstances changed so didn't continue with it. I think you can probably get a suitable replacement or find someone to help at a pool/spa shop. There are lots of blow up spas of different brands.

jeisea said...

Hi. As far as instructions go I'd google "blow up spa instructions". Pool/spa shops sell blow up spas now so they could help.

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