Hot Tub, Spa, Jacuzzi are all Different!

The terms spa, hot tub, and Jacuzzi are used interchangeably in showrooms and on websites. However, Jacuzzis, spas and hot tubs are three different products. There are in-ground spas, above ground spas known as hot tubs, and bathtubs that are jetted, which are Jacuzzis. Here is some clarification on these products that will help you decide which one is right for you.

What Is a Hot Tub?

A hot tub is usually the name given to a portable spa that is above ground. The item is self-contained, which means it is not connected to your home plumbing system. All the components that make the hot tub work are contained in the hot tub cabinet. You fill the tub up with a hose and drain it as needed. You can also move it to a new space in your yard whenever you want.

Hot tubs are appealing because they can retain a specific temperature for an extended period of time. Technology also allows you to set the temperature so that you can use it at any time. This means you don’t have to wait for the hot tub to become warm before enjoying it.

Hot tubs are available in many sizes. The tubs can have a few jets or shells made from acrylic that house several jets. Previously, hot tubs were made from redwood, but these days the tubs are made from more energy-efficient materials. These new materials are easier to maintain and provide a more comfortable and relaxing massage.

What Is a Spa?

A spa shouldn’t be confused with a day spa, which is a facility. “Spa” is used to describe a small pool structure that is built in-ground. The spa is often attached to an in-ground pool on private property. Many luxury hotels and gyms also have spas. There are jets around the border of the spa, and most spas also have a bench seat built in. Spas also consume a significant amount of energy to remain warm.

What Is a Jacuzzi?

Jacuzzi is the generic term used to describe a jetted bathtub or in-ground spa. Above ground spas or tubs are also referred to as Jacuzzis. The term is used the same way that people use “Xerox” to refer to a copy machine or “Kleenex” to refer to tissue. The underwater jet was invented by the Jacuzzi brothers, and the jets were used in bathtubs initially. Today, the Jacuzzi brand also makes portable hot tubs. However, it’s important to remember that not all jetted bathtubs and hot tubs are Jacuzzis.

What Is a Jacuzzi Good For?

Jacuzzis are ideal for hydrotherapy because of the jets. The speed with which the water comes from the jets can help to soothe sore or tired muscles. People who experience chronic limb or back pain can get relief from using a Jacuzzi often. The jets also help to improve and promote circulation. Jacuzzis are also especially relaxing because of the force of the jets and the warmth of the water. When the muscles and nerves are relaxed, this can also promote restful sleep. The Better Sleep Council asserts that reduced tension in muscles and improved circulation makes for better sleep patterns.

Types of Jacuzzis

There are four varieties of therapeutic tubs that are classified as Jacuzzis. The soaking tub is the most common and is often used for hydrotherapy. Pure Air tubs provide a steam bubble stream to relax tense muscles. The Jacuzzi Whirlpool features jets that are placed in a way that targets specific muscle groups. The Salon Spa uses both Pure Air and Whirlpool features, making it one of the best in hydrotherapy.

Hot Tub vs. Jacuzzi vs. Spa

Some hot tubs have jets, which makes them similar to an above ground spa. These items can also fall into the Jacuzzi category if they are made by the Jacuzzi brand. The type of hot tub, Jacuzzi or spa you need will depend on your health needs and how you’ll use the hot tub.

For more information on these products with a variety of features and price ranges, contact Atlantic Pool and Spa. Our store is located in Lake Hopatcong, NJ. Our service areas include Bergen, Warren, Morris and Sussex County.