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

After selling thousands of home spas at Hydropool Midlands, we keep hearing this one same question: What are the differences between a Hot tub, Jacuzzi and a spa?

Before we go into the nuts and bolts, let’s have a quick chat about what they each are separately:


What Is A Hot Tub?

A hot tub is a large, insulated bathtub or small pool filled with hot water for relaxation, hydrotherapy, or recreation

Hot tubs have been around in their various iterations since ancient times - today's hot tubs, however, come in various materials, shapes, sizes, colours, and styles and offer a range of features and functions, such as jets, lights, and temperature setting controls

Hot tubs are a great way to relax after a long day, reduce stress and tension, ease pain from sore muscles or other ailments, and provide entertainment for friends and family.

With the right hot tub installed in your home or garden, you can enjoy an oasis of relaxation for years to come.


What Is A Jacuzzi?

The term "jacuzzi" is a trademarked term owned by Whirlpool bathtub or hot tub designed for therapeutic hydrotherapy

It consists of the same large pool filled with heated water and air bubbles, creating a massage-like effect on the body.

The bubbling action helps to release tension, improve circulation and reduce muscle aches and pains. Additionally, many jacuzzis have features such as aromatherapy, chromotherapy, and hydrotherapy jets. 

A jacuzzi can provide many physical and mental health benefits, such as improved cardiovascular health and increased flexibility.

The jacuzzi experience is not limited to home use. Many hotels and spas offer jacuzzi suites, providing an indulgent way for guests to relax and unwind. 

These suites have many massage jets, LED lighting, and music systems, allowing users to personalise the experience. Popular with couples, the jacuzzi suites are a great way to celebrate special occasions or enjoy some quality time together.


What Is A Spa?

A spa can be either a service or an experience - it offers a relaxing and therapeutic atmosphere through massage, body treatments, facials, and other skin care treatments. 

Most spas also offer saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools, and relaxation lounges. Spa experiences can be enjoyed on their own or combined with treatments to create a customised experience tailored to the individual. 

Spas can provide guests with physical health benefits such as improved circulation, alleviated stress, and relief from muscle tension and pain. 

They offer enhanced mental wellness through relaxation techniques, yoga, and meditation classes.


Jacuzzi vs. Hot Tub vs. Spa

When people use the words jacuzzi, spa, or hot tub, they often use these interchangeably, however, they are different.

Generally used for recreational purposes, a hot tub is for relaxation with hydrotherapy jets and warm water.  

Spas have much more powerful jets, and the water temperature is much higher, allowing it to offer a more therapeutic massage.

A Jacuzzi is considered a hot tub, offering many high-end features such as lighting, music systems, Wi-Fi connectivity, and more.  

Ultimately, deciding between a Jacuzzi, hot tub, or spa comes down to personal preference and specific needs.

Knowing the differences between the three can help you make an informed decision to suit your lifestyle and budget.


How Much Should I Spend?

When considering your overall budget for a hot tub, it's necessary to consider all the factors.

Hot tubs come in various shapes and sizes with prices ranging from £3,000 to £20,000; factoring in installation and delivery costs and regular maintenance is essential!

Additionally, ensure you're aware of any warranties or guarantees that may be included with your purchase - this could help save significant amounts of money over the lifetime of the equipment.

What Should I Look for in a Hot Tub?



The style and pressure of water jets can vary significantly between hot tubs, so it’s essential to be sure the jets you choose are suitable for your needs. 

Most hot tubs will feature adjustable jets, allowing users to increase/decrease the intensity of the pressure depending on personal preference. Simple designs with fewer jets may offer a more gentle massage.


Sound insulation is essential in a hot tub - not only to conserve energy but for comfort, too.

It's essential to check that the insulation is of good quality and that there are no gaps or areas where heat can escape. 

Look for foam-filled covers and insulation panels when doing your research.  



Before you make a decision, consider how many people are going to be using the hot tub at any given time and how much space it would/should take up in your backyard.

Most hot tubs are designed for two to four people, although larger models designed for six or more people are also available. Consider which size would be most suitable before making a purchase.  


Any reputable hot tub retailer should provide a warranty for their product.

The warranty will give you peace of mind that, if any parts or components fail, the company will replace them quickly to avoid disrupting your enjoyment and relaxation.

It's, of course, essential to read the terms and conditions carefully before deciding which warranty is best for you.


In Summary

Jacuzzis, hot tubs, and spas all offer different levels of relaxation and therapeutic benefits.

Before buying your dream hot tub or spa, it's important to consider your budget, the size of the product, desired jet pressure levels, warranties offered with purchase, and insulation quality.

You may also want to purchase a spa enclosure (like the ones we sell at Cabin Master!) which will provide you with much more privacy and a place to enjoy your spa year-round. 

Now that you know the differences, why not look at our selection of hot tubs and spas today? 

We guarantee that you'll find something to fit your lifestyle and budget!