What Is The Difference Between A Hot Tub And A Jacuzzi?

July 28, 2021
3 min read

A guide to hot tubs and jacuzzis: How are they different?

We often use the term ‘hot tub’ interchangeably with ‘jacuzzi’ but the two are actually different things.

The main difference between hot tubs and jacuzzis is that hot tubs refer to a large tub of hot water, used for relaxation and hydrotherapy. Jacuzzi is a trademarked brand of hot tubs.

As Jacuzzi hot tubs became renowned worldwide as the first whirlpool-designed hot tubs on the market, people often just refer to hot tubs in general as jacuzzis. However, it is important to know the differences so as not to limit your options if you’re having a browse of luxury spas.

We have put together a handy guide to highlight the differences between hot tubs and jacuzzis to help you consider other quality hot tub brands before you take the plunge.

What is a hot tub?

A hot tub, or spa as it is often referred to, is defined on the Merriam-Webster as ‘a large tub of hot water in which bathers soak and usually socialize’ and incorporate a whirlpool device.

Hot tubs are designed for recreational use and to provide hydrotherapeutic benefits, easing muscle aches and pains. They also aim to alleviate stress and anxiety.

Hot tub designs have advanced over the years and manufacturers have developed special technological features to enhance the overall spa experience such as LED lighting, Bluetooth system, control panels, massage jets and more.

What is a jacuzzi?

Jacuzzi is a trademarked brand of hot tubs and other bathing products. The name originated from the Jacuzzi brothers who, back in the 1950s, designed an underwater pump to relieve pain caused by arthritis.

The Jacuzzi brothers went on to launch the world’s very first state-of-the-art hot tub with a built-in jet whirlpool and this garnered mass appeal. They went on to invent more generously sized indoor hot tubs to accommodate larger groups of people.

The word ‘jacuzzi’ then became a household name that people used for hot tubs in general as it was the first brand of hot tubs to become popular and established.

However, hot tubs and jacuzzis do not necessarily have the same design features. Hot tubs have advanced in a big way since the 1960s and 70s and there are so many different types to choose from. You can choose portable hot tubs or built in-ground hot tubs depending on your preferences. Modern hot tubs are also designed to bring big hydrotherapy benefits to users.

How are hot tubs and jacuzzis different?

Hot tubs can be mass produced by a range of different brands and manufacturers, implementing the same similar innovative design features as jacuzzis but often attached with a cheaper price tag.

Jacuzzis and hot tubs may have a lot of similar features such as LED lighting, waterfalls and comfortable seats, but not all hot tubs come with features that Jacuzzis have. For instance, flat-screen TVs and advanced sound systems can be a unique feature for specific manufacturers.

What should I look for in a hot tub?

If you are considering investing in your own luxury hot tub or Jacuzzi, you should consider what features are most important to you to have and how to identify the best model that is not only good quality but meets your needs.

Key features to consider when buying a hot tub:

  1. Jets – consider the style, pressure and water flow of the jets.
  2. Insulation – good insulation will keep hot tub running costs low.
  3. Size – how many people will be using the hot tub? Are you looking for a 3 person, 5 person or 8 person tub?
  4. Warranty – make sure you splash out on a tub with a good warranty.

Not sure what hot tub is best suited for your needs? Tubs Direct provide a range of luxury hot tubs and swim spas designed to provide the ultimate spa experience. If you have any queries, contact us to speak to our team.

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