Understand Hot Tub Types And Their Differences


One of the most relaxing activities one can get in the habit of is hot tubbing, and nowadays people are resorting to installing them in their homes. There is no longer any need to visit your local gym to  enjoy a good soak in a hot tub. But what are the different types of hot tubs, and what is an inflatable Jacuzzi? Keep reading to find out.

Fixed Hot Tubs

Many people opt for a permanent fixture in their yards, hiring a construction crew to install either an inground or above ground hot tub that is permanently fixed in place. In the past, they were made of wood such as cedar, but most modern fixed hot tubs are an insulated hard acrylic shell. They usually come with a series of jets that pump water towards specific muscle groups in your body to relieve tension within them by mimicking a massage.  

What Is A Jacuzzi?

Although many people use the terms “hot tub” and Jacuzzi interchangeably, this is not their correct use. Jacuzzi is a trademark of the original italian company that invented and popularized hard shell hot tubs. So all Jacuzzis are hot tubs, but not all hot tubs are Jacuzzi.

Portable Hot Tubs

These are a relatively modern invention that also go by the name of inflatable hot tubs. Made of reinforced PVC, the walls inflate (much like a kiddie pool), and they come with an attached filtration and heating system. They also contain a ring of jets at the floor level of the hot tub that help with filtration as well as providing a massaging effect for people in the hot tub. This type of hot tubs are gaining in popularity for their relatively affordable price, durability, and most importantly – ease of use. They do not require an elaborate installation, and most people are able to do it without any professional help.

Which Option Is The Best?

Although the answer to this question can be highly subjective, we prefer inflatable hot tubs over their fixed counterparts. This is simply because they perform just as well as modern hard shell hot tubs, but add portability and ease of installation. Also, an added benefit for many people is the lower cost upfront – both to purchase and to install. This is one of the major reasons that they are quickly gaining popularity. Many people also like to use them for only one or two seasons at most, and prefer to keep them in storage during the months when they are not in use. This is a much simpler process that maintaining a fixed hot tub even when it is not in use to avoid damaging it.

Hot tubbing as an activity has gained significant popularity and change drastically since it was first popularized in the 1970s. Nowadays most middle class homeowners can afford to install and run an inflatable hot tub, which used to be seen as a luxury item that very few could afford. The modern hot tub is a much more sophisticated unit that its predecessors, offering modern solutions and features..