Dipping in isolated water at home or in a resort is just so comforting. You’ll bask yourself in the varying temperatures of water, relaxing and floating all over the buoyancy and liquidity. Yet, we may sometimes be confused about spas, hot tubs, and jacuzzis – nevertheless, each one refers to a man-made body of water and they may seem to be the same as each other. However, as they tend to look like each other, their differences can sometimes be too confusing for us, right?
Still, you may now know it, but there’s actually a grey line that separates them. So, what could it be?
What are Hot Tubs?
Hot tubs refer to a large tub of heated water that people usually use for sole relaxation. While people may know that they can relax in it, hot tubs have hot aerated water that is used for hydrotherapy, and unlike normal bathtubs, they can accommodate several people all at once. Still, most of the time, it’s just used for recreation rather than treating it with therapeutic benefits.
While hot tubs can be likened to springs because of their ability to create temperature to calm the body, it’s, however, a man-made machine that gives the relaxation that of a hot spring but can be done at the convenience of your home. It can be made from acrylic, fibreglass, cement, steel, or even PVC (inflatable). Consequently, it’s a term that can be used for a large tub, that has jets and bubblers, or sometimes it doesn’t have additional features at all. While most of us see bubbling pools as jacuzzis or hot spas, a hot tub is a general term among all.
Further, hot tubs can vary in their price depending on the customization that you want. For starters, you may have an inflatable hot tub, in-ground hot tubs, wooden hot tubs, and rotationally moulded hot tub. Inflatable hot tubs have an average price of $500 and can operate by connecting just a standard outlet rather than having a specialty 220/240-volt outlet. For high-end hot tubs, it may cost around $20,000 which are fully equipped with cover filters and even come with installation costs that can go from about $4000 to $8000. Yet, those with higher prices are the high-end ones and are technically better and hard-wearing than the cheap ones.
What is a Jacuzzi?
Like hot tubs, Jacuzzis are also man-made tubs with machines used to isolate water and can also generate heat for better physical relaxation. It also has additional features such as bubbles and can be jetted to have the maximum performance of water therapy together with your desired water temperature. As people may know, it’s usually seen as an expensive tub seen in hotels, which also entails higher costs if you consider putting it in your home.
As it can somehow appear and feel like your normal hot tub, what’s the difference between the two?
To bring the thought more understanding, it will be best to know how it came about to the household market – 1956. Jacuzzi is a surname, coming from Italy to California in the 1900s. However, when a Jacuzzi family member developed rheumatoid arthritis, the Jacuzzi brothers used their knowledge in hydraulics to invent a water pumping machine that would relieve joint pains. They developed a hydrotherapy pump known as the J-300, and it was also portable that it could transform a standard bathtub into a household rejuvenating spa; convenient as you may say.
By the near end of the 1960s, they came up with the first integrated whirlpool bath, which happened to have integrated jets with a 50-50 air-to-water ratio, with its jetted and customized pumps. This happened to be a great invention for water therapy, and later on, also became a household commodity for recreational purposes.
Hence, Jacuzzi is a known brand name for jetted hot tubs, and it was solely invented for physical therapy. Much more Americans used Kleenex as the other name for tissues, Jacuzzi is a signature jetted hot tub to achieve ultimate relaxation and efficiency in water therapy.
Jacuzzi-style tubs can have a standard price of $1500 to $4000 depending on the customization that you would want. Still, it is high-maintenance equipment and can have utility costs as well to about $40 per month.
What is a Spa Bath?
Most people refer to a spa as water treatment, but it can be confusing when Jacuzzis and Hot Tubs have the same connotation too. Yet, it is a term used to describe mineral-rich spring water pools, and it can be in many forms too. For instance, the most appropriate example of a spa is that of spa springs. Man-made or natural, they are filled with waters having different minerals and blends, for more physical relaxation. Additionally, portable spas are usually equipped with water jets, together with moulded seating, to be able to provide the utmost relaxation for all; yet it isn’t as customized apart from Jacuzzis with 50-50 water and bubble ratio.
Spas can also be installed above ground or may be installed together with outdoor or indoor baths with a few moulded seats on the side. The main difference between spas from Jacuzzis and hot tubs is their simplicity, wherein it does not need to have a lot of customization like that of jetted bubbles.
Nevertheless, it can be confusing to identify their differences because they have almost the same look and use. While they have so much resemblance with one another, it is to note that they aren’t the same even though most people interchange them… well, unnoticeably. A hot tub is a term used to describe a tub of heated water whereas a spa is under its category. More so, Jacuzzis are hot spas and all spas are hot tubs; but not all Jacuzzis are hot tubs (because they can be filled with cold water too but just with customized jetted waters). And yes, it can be too much to handle that it leads to confusion causing us to generalize them by the way we see them.