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I tend to shower more than I bath, mainly because showering is quicker. I know that once I get into a nice hot bath I tend to daydream and stay in for far too long. But there are times when you just can't beat a nice, relaxing bath, especially if you're not feeling great or have aches and pains, or if you're simply too tired to want to stand in the shower. It's especially nice to have a nice soak in the winter when you can leave a soft, fluffy towel to warm on the radiator, just in reach for when you are finished.
When, a few years ago, we had the dividing wall between our bath and toilet removed to make one room (we first had had a toilet and small hand basin installed under the stairs to ease pressure on the bathroom usage) we had wanted to replace the very old fashioned suite, that was in the house when we moved in. This was a steel bath and it was stained and chipped in places. Of course we needed a new bathroom suite. I wanted a white continental style suite, and fancied having a Jacuzzi type bath installed but, as so often happens, hubby put me off by saying they didn't look nice, were hard to clean etc. Don't know why I listened to him as it's usually yours truly who cleans the bathroom.
We chose our suite and it was duly delivered and installed. It did look good, as a new bathroom suite usually does. I thought a finishing touch would be a portable Jacuzzi or spa type bath accessory.
I bought a Babyliss jet spa mat from Argos. After one use I could tell that this was a waste of money and very impractical. Next to try was the item I am reviewing which is called, Babyliss Body Benefits Bath Spa.
This is a much simpler and straightforward idea than the mat. It is mains powered. Hubby made a tiny hole at the side of the bathroom door so that the lead could go through this, without showing, and into a socket, safely outside of the bathroom. I will say though that this isn't ideal because, after use this product needs draining and, if it remains attached to the electrical supply then it can only stay in the bath. If I take it away from the socket then it can be left to drain in other places in the bathroom but, as my bathroom isn't huge, it does take up too much space and looks untidy.
I find it quite impractical really because it needs to drain for too long for it to be worth packing away. Therefore I find really it is another of those gadgets that get used a few times and then get put away from site and forgotten. Well almost!
It is, nevertheless quite pleasant. If you have plenty of room in your bathroom, unlike mine, then you may enjoy this item. It is safe if you follow normal guidelines and switch plug on and off only when completely dry. It's just basic, common sense. I do feel though that this is best to be kept well out of children's way unless an adult is there to supervise its use.
The device has an on off switch which is safe to use whilst in the bath. What I liked the most with this spa is the fact that it makes your bubble bath go so much further. A small squirt of bubbles or form bath will work into an incredibly luxurious froth. You can turn it off for a while and when the bubbles begin to recede, switch on for a few minutes and the bubbles will reappear.
It works by the bath water being taken into the unit and released as jets of water. Of course it isn't like having a Jacuzzi bath as the jets aren't coming from a large area. I feel its benefit really is only in giving one lovely bath abundant with bubbles, reaching just about to the bath's rim.
It is a little noisy. Not terrible but if you have a radio on in the bathroom you might consider it noisome.
It was some years ago that I bought this bath spa. I'm quite sure that I bought it from Argo. It was also available then from Boots the Chemist. I don't think it is currently on sale in Argos, but it is available from online outlets, including Amazon. Expect to pay around twenty pounds.
Hydro-massage, compact powerful water jet whirl bath for complete bath time relaxation.
Variable control: Relaxing Whirl only and Whirl with invigorating bubbles
Powerful water jet swivels to desired position for perfect relaxing whirl effect
Hand held hydro massager attachment
fits onto water jet
UK/Europe 220-240V AC only
If I were asked where my favourite place is I would probably say my bath and my bed. I just love that warm, cosy, comfortable, and a bit sexy feel. I’m not going to bother you too much about my bed so I’ll just tell you about my bath. My favourite bath consists of lots of moisturising strawberry bubble bath, scented candles or burning oil, a glass of wine, relaxing (but funky-sing-along) music and my Babyliss cord free bath spa bubbling away. Now, I have to have the music as although my bath spa is deliciously relaxing, it also has a rather annoying hum. Apart from the hum, there is not much else I can fault the bath spa for. It’s easy to use, has no lead to get in the way (or electrocute yourself with if you forget which bit goes where), it is quick to charge, you can direct the bubbles where you like and it is much cheaper than having a full sized spa built in your back garden (although if I had the money (and the garden) I would get one without hesitation). The Babyliss cordless bath spa boasts: - 2 hour fast charge - charge/ready indicator light - telescopic depth adjustment - variable mood lighting - 2 settings (‘relaxing water whirl’ and ‘whirl with invigorating bubbles’) - re-chargeable - cordless - meets safety standards - fits most standard baths - on/off button My spa cost £ 69.00 from Argos and came with 2 aromatherapy oils. On the first use, you need to charge the unit over night (12 hours) using the supplied standard charger (don’t do it in the bathroom). After that it needs about a 1 – 2 hour charge to produce about 20 minutes of bubbles (not too great but you don’t want to look like a prune do you?) To use the bath spa, fitting instructions are supplied or you can follow these: - Lift up the fixing arm until it clicks into a horizontal position. - Place the
main body of the bath spa inside the EMPTY bath with the fixing arm resting on the edge. - The suction pads on the body should stick to the inside of the bath easily. They can be moved into 5 different positions to suit different baths. - Adjust the depth of the spa according to how deep you have your bath (just pull on the bottom of the unit to extend it). - Now fill your bath but make sure it does not go over the recommended level indicated on the unit. - Point the directional water jets downwards so they do not spray upwards and out and flood your bathroom. - Turn the light on if required. - Adjust the bubble control using the switch on the top of the unit. - Slide in and enjoy. If the unit falls in during your batch, just take it out, shake it off to remove most of the water and re-position. After your bath, switch off, remove the filters, rinse, replace, rotate the unit to remove any water and leave to drain out. Happy bathing everyone!
I bought a Babylis Bath Spa for myself as a present. It was coming up to Christmas time and I had just given birth to my daughter. I gave birth in under 3 hours with no pain relief and no noise (so my husband says - I wasn't aware of what was going on!) and so I felt I deserved a bit of pampering. We couldn't really afford it, what with a new born baby an all, but I thought "well why not", it is not everyday you give birth to a beautiful bundle of joy. I remember excitedly lugging the heavy package back to the car, with my daughter sleeping soundly in a sling in front of me. When I got it home I unpacked it excitedly and got ready for that scintillating bath experience. Unfortunately, it was at this point that my daughter awoke. It was quite some time later when I eventually got the opportunity to try out my new toy. The Babylis Bath Spa is a device which sucks up the water in your bath and then squirts it forcibly out of a filtered section causing a 'spa' effect. It is powered by a long electric cable (thankfully with a circuit breaker on it) which you plug in to a socket in a nearby room. It has a hose type attachment to enable you to use the power of the water to massage an individual part of your body. When I first tried it in the bath, I asked my husband to join me in the bathroom for the unveiling. His first comment was 'very nice but not £80 nice'. The bath spa did produce swirling water but it did not really turn the whole bath into a Jacuzzi as I had expected. If you put it at the bottom of the bath, your feet got a nice massaging, and likewise your shoulders if you positioned it towards the top of the bath. What I had had in mind when I bought it was an all round revitalising and yet relaxing experience leaving me feeling regenerated. This was not what I experience. My husband suggested that if I had 4 of these appliance at different positions around the bath then I would get what I was after, bu
t at £80 each, I don't think so. Another disadvantage of this appliance is that you have to fill the bath up almost to the top for it to work correctly. I never have my bath that full and I felt it was wasteful on water. The long cord stretching from a nearby room is another problem, particularly if your other half forgets and trips over it. I did not find the attachment hose at all useful and never used it. In fact this bit has since broken. Needless to say, I was a little disappointed. I didn't feel disappointed enough to take it back and I did use it quite a few times, but it certainly did not live up to the adverts claims. Unfortunately I cannot use it any longer as we have moved house and our new bath has a permanent plastic shower guard around the bath - the bath would need to be filled to overflowing to make the bath spa work. I am currently looking for a new deserving home for it I think this product has been modified and reduced in price, but I still would not buy it again. Unless money is no object, I would not recommend this.
I recently purchased this equipment to be able to have a nice relaxing soak and ease my back trouble. This bath spa is fitted with a special circuit breaker which is designed to cut off the mains if a fault occurs. The unit comes with a detachable water jet massage fitment which can let the water be directly aimed at a particular point on the body. To use this attachment hold the nozzle about 1" or 2" away from the area of your body to be massaged and move the jet slowly back and forth so the water can be aimed direct. To use the bath spa, you have to fit the unit over the rim of the bath side, making sure the pump is inside the bath and the fastening arm rests on the edge. There are 2 suction pads. One fits on the inside of the bath and the other fits on the edge. Slightly moisten the suction pads for added adhesion. The bath tub can then be filled to the required depth, making sure the water level reaches the "fill" line on the unit. Pouring foam bath or aromatherapy liquids into the bath helps relax you. This is a favourite of mine when I use the bath spa, as I suffer from the occasional back strain. Lay down in the bath and switch the machine on . You can then adjust the water jet to the angle you feel best with. You can then turn the control knob to either of the settings. The first of these is for a relaxing whirl. The second setting is for a more vigorous bubbly spa. Stay in the bath for no more than 20 minutes and enjoy! It's great.
After a long day at work there is nothing more relaxing than a nice soak in a hot bath, actually, that’s a lie, there is something more relaxing, a nice long.... hot.... soak in a Jacuzzi. The nearest I ever got to a Jacuzzi was to fart in the bath! If I had a lot of spare dosh I suppose I could have bought a bath-cum-Jacuzzi and savoured the delights without having to eat copious amounts of beans and cabbage, but I don’t have any spare cash so I have to make do somehow. Tired of having to fumigate the bathroom after me, my wife went out and bought me the Babyliss bath spa. This brilliant gadget simply fits over the edge of your bath and farts into the bath water for you. You can set it to give you a relaxing ripple or to give you the maximum flatulence effect; whichever suits your needs at the time. It comes complete with a hose attachment that you can use to reach otherwise unreachable areas, (I wont go into details). Suffice to say that if your better half is feeling nice she/he can direct the hose onto, maybe, a sore area on your back. Hydrotherapy really works on aching joints :) Aaaaarrgggghhhhh! but what about the safety angle I hear you shout, surely anything electrical near a bath is asking for trouble! Well the Babyliss bath spa comes complete with a safety transformer, a long lead and full instructions on how to test the safety cut off switch prior to each use, so nyer. A word of warning though, never put copious amounts of bubble bath in before turning on the spa, I did this and went to fetch a towel before going into the bath, when I returned the bubbles were meeting me at the bathroom door. After my wife gently chastised me with a blunt object, I waded into the bathroom and after a bit of groping around found the control switch and switched it off. Where can I get one of these wonderful machines? I hear you ask; Most of the larger branches of Boots stock them, as do
Comet, Curries and possibly any electrical retailer you could name. How much will it cost? The price certainly varies from store to store, my wife got mine for less than forty pounds but I have seen them in other places for as much as eighty four pounds. So shop around. How heavy is it? The unit itself is quite light, but the transformer is heavy (about 8 kilo’s). Is there a warranty? The spa itself is guaranteed for a year, but a retailer may give you a longer warranty. (There is not much that can go wrong with it though) If you want a detailed picture of what this spa looks like, just go to google, type in “babyliss bath spa” and you will get loads of sites featuring pictures and info on this and other babyliss products.
Babyliss Bath Spa A small main operated spa unit designed for everyday use in the home. Costing about £80 the spa is available from most good electrical outlets and home shopping companies. The whole idea of this unit is to allow the reproduction of a commercial spa in the privacy and comfort of your own home. The Babyliss bath spa was a little treat for the adults in the house. We bought ours via Index Extra just before Christmas last year. Initially purchased when I was pregnant with a view to soothing aching bones at the end of the day, I was dismayed to discover that it is not recommended for use in pregnancy. This was not clear in any of the advertisements for the spa, and to be quite honest I was disappointed that something as vital as that was not in the reviews that I had seen. It is also unsuitable for people with low blood pressure or heart conditions. Supplied with a clear and informative instruction book the unit is in regular use in our household. The sealed unit is about 8 inches high and is constructed of quality plastic, there is a push button on/off switch and a round switch at the top to select whether you incorporate bubbles in your bath or not. (Great for ultra bubbly baths, froths the water a treat) It is designed to hook over the edge of the bath and is secured with substantial suckers. There is an indicator printed of the side of the spa to indicate the minimum level of water needed for the spa to operate fully. At the bottom of the unit is a direct able fitting that can be used on its own or the extension tube supplied may be fixed to in order to incorporate the intensive hydrotherapy facility that this unit can provide. As the spa is a sealed unit there are no user replaceable parts, which is a disadvantage, however the warranty that we purchased at the time of sale will ensure that we have use of one of these for at least 2 years. Babyliss have thought carefully about
the safety features and has considered all possibilities, if the unit is submerged there is no damage done to the occupant of the bath or the unit. The 15 ft power lead joins the low voltage adaptor with a plug that can easily be pulled out quickly, and a power breaker and safety cut-out switch that are incorporated into the mains socket. Since having my baby I have been able to use the spa regularly, and I am very happy to report that it is better than the adverts state. There is just nothing quite like having your own personal private spa in your own home. 10 out of 10 to Babyliss.
It's bath night, you've got a bottle of wine, some smelly candles, your favourite music playing on the sterio....... What you need is a jacuzzi! Now, I know most of you haven't got the built-in one yet(*grins*), but this little baby might just be the thing for you! I must admit it IS a little heavy, and on our old deep enamel bath, it takes an age to fill 'er up to the required depth, as it is secured over the edge of the tub, but on most new baths this won't be a problem. It has two settings, either invigorating or gentle bubbles, I personally enjoy the bubbles, it's more relaxing, it also has a directional-detachable handset so you can give yourself a 'hydro massage' something i haven't tried yet. At 78.50 from Argos it is quite expensive, but go on, spoil yourself! (or get your other half to spoil you?) PS. They do suggest that if you have varicose veins, diabetes, skin disorders, you bruse easily or your pregnant you should talk to your Dr. first
After a long hard day the thought of a long hot bath can be very appealing. So when I heard about a gadget that can turn your ordinary bath into a spa bath I definatelyy had to give it a go. I had images of a jets of water massaging my aching muscles and lots of foam and bubbles. Sadly the reality was not quite the same as I had hoped. The jets of water just sort of gently swirled around instead soothing aching muscles. With plenty of bubble bath you can still create a nice relaxing foam bath but don't get mis led by the image that you can have a luxury spa bath on the cheap. If that is what you are after then you had better start saving.
If you have a stressful lifestyle and find it hard to unwind at the end of the day then this is the beauty product you really do need. Its yor own portable jacuzzi that you just hook over the side of your bath which will invigorate your bath water and you at the same time. Its a lot cheaper then having your own spa built and a lot cheaper then buying a bath insert that fits on the bottom of your bath too. It may not be as powerful as a proper spa/jacuzzi but it does have the added benefit of having a hand help attachment for treating aches and pains on a specific part of the body .Just a word of warning dont use in a bath with bubbles in or you'll lose site of the bathroom . A good home relaxation product.
This product is amazing, Unfortunatly i do not have the time to go to health farms and centres on a regular bases and quite simply do not have the room for a built in jaquzzi. So i purchased a babylis bath spa its easy to fit onto you bath and so simple to use it adds a totally new dimension to a good old soak! with spa and massage settings you Also get an attachment to use to pinpoint massage the areas that relly hurt. At first i was a little worried to use electricity in the bath room but a circuit breaker is included and once you see the product you will find that the build quality is excellent and my worries were pushed aside. The only thing i would change is that the spa jet could be a little more powerfull. VBut for £50 a snip of the price you would pay for a hydro spa it is well worth the money. If you are considering getting one Do shop around as i found prices did vary from £50 to £75. A quality Buy!
Whirlpool bath with hydromassage