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What is a Jacuzzi Tub? Jacuzzi Guide 2020

what is a jacuzzi
by Badeloft | January 29, 2020

Jacuzzi is the colloquial or trade name given to a variety of jetted bathtubs, spas, and hot tubs. Although it is widely considered to be different, Jacuzzi’s, whirlpools and hot tubs refer to the same type of bathtub.

What separates a Jacuzzi from a traditional bathtub is that they are typically built to accommodate more than one individual at a time, anywhere between 2-8 individuals. Traditional bathtubs can usually only fit around 2-3 people at the maximum, so the Jacuzzi’s are generally much larger in size.

What parts make a Jacuzzi tub different than a standard tub?

The primary parts of a Jacuzzi are the jets, the water controls and the pump. These parts are easy to identify and learning them can help to identify which aspect you want to spend more on and customize or replace in the future should something break. 

  • Water Jets – The primary feature of this bathtub, they are circular and usually come in sets of six up to a maximum of around 24 jets. They are positioned strategically around your bathtub to help massage all your muscle groups.
  • Pump– A small apparatus that pumps water into the jets of your bathtub and keeps the flow of water constant. Without this, most functions of your Jacuzzi would not function properly. 
  • Water Control– Generally in the form of manual knobs, there are electric versions, but the idea is that the water knobs control the speed and pressure of the jets. 

Is a Jacuzzi tub the same as a whirlpool tub

As stated previously, Jacuzzi and whirlpool are describing the same item. Jacuzzi refers to a brand of whirlpool tubs that have gained popularity, but there is no difference between the two. Jacuzzi refers to a collection of jetted tubs, spas, and hot tubs, where whirlpools refer to a whirlpool bathtub. 

Benefits of a Jacuzzi Tub

  • Stress Relief
  • Sore muscle and joint relief
  • Increased Muscle flexibility
  • Promotes better blood flow/circulation
  • Visually appealing

Disadvantage of a Jacuzzi Tub

  • Increased risk of heat stress
  • Costly to maintain
  • Potential infection risk
  • High energy cost
  • High water cost

How much is a Jacuzzi tub?

The price for a Jacuzzi tub starts at around $600 without installation. Small Jacuzzi tubs go for around $600-1,000. Medium-sized Jacuzzi’s start at around $1,500 and climb to around $7-8,000. Finally, large Jacuzzi start around $8,000 and end around the $15,000 range. These are all prices before installation. Installation will add an additional $1,000 if you choose to hire a professional which is highly advised for an investment this size. 

jacuzzi example.

Are Jacuzzi Tubs hard to maintain? 

Jacuzzi tubs generally need to have their water maintained as most will require chlorine before it is safe to use. Beyond that, the jets need to be replaced and serviced every few months as they are prone to breaking. The water pump and controls will also break down over time with continual use so it is advised that you hire a professional to maintain your jacuzzi as replacing these items yourself can lead to further damages down the line. So while not hard to maintain, it can be very costly to maintain. 

How long do they last? 

With proper maintenance, a Jacuzzi tub can last anywhere from 5-20 years. As stated previously, the pump and the water control are generally going to break down much quicker, but the bathtub itself will easily last for 5-10 years with proper care. The pump will generally last around 3 years and the controls will need replacing every 2 years or so. 

Do people bathe in Jacuzzi tubs?

In general, most Jacuzzi’s house anywhere from 3-8 individuals at a time. With this number of people together in a space, the water can dirty quite easily. To combat that, most Jacuzzi have some level of chlorine to combat the germs and ensure that no one gets sick from use. It is for this reason that it is not very common for people to generally bathe in a Jacuzzi tub as switching out non-chlorinated water is generally more of an ordeal that just taking a shower in a normal bathtub or shower. 

Are they safe for children and the elderly?

The short answer is yes, Jacuzzi are safe for children and the elderly. The more complicated answer is that care is still advised when using them. Many Jacuzzi tubs are designed with many handholds and steps to make climbing in and out of them effortless. However, many still have slippery edges so it is best that both children and elderly folks have assistance when using a Jacuzzi. Prolonged use can also lead to health problems down the road, so supervision is also highly recommended. 

Jacuzzi tubs make a great and relaxing sanctuary in any home. That being said, they are very costly to purchase and maintain, so consider your finances carefully before purchasing. 

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