jacuzzi vs hot tub

Jacuzzi vs Hot Tub: What’s The Difference?

We’ve heard these terms thrown around quite a bit, but did you know that a Jacuzzi and a hot tub aren’t always interchangeable? If you’re in shock, you’re definitely not the only one! Interested in learning the differences and what makes each product stand out from each other? We’ve got all the info you need! 

What are the main differences between a jacuzzi and hot tub? 

Overall, there are about three main differences that separate the two spa bath systems. Between brand names, heat sources, and jet technicalities, we’re going to dive into each aspect individually so you know what to look for during your next purchase.

Jacuzzi is actually a brand, hot tubs are a general term

FIrst, and honestly, the most important differential, is that Jacuzzi is actually a brand name. A similar situation can be pointed out with the brand Band-Aid. Although most people call adhesive bandages Band-Aids, that moniker is actually just a name brand that produces our favorite bandage products – Jacuzzi is no different.


So, in short, all Jacuzzis can be classified as a hot tub, but not all hot tubs are Jacuzzis.

Jacuzzis must have mechanical jets to be considered a Jacuzzi

While this one may seem like a no-brainer, you may be surprised to learn that not all hot tubs come equipped with mechanical jets. Fortunately for us, it’s almost entirely standard to have a hot tub equipped with a number of mechanical jets to provide the bubbling circulation we all look forward to soaking in. 

Hot tubs can be heated by gas 

When it comes to the hot tub brand name appliance, the main source of heat comes from an electrical source. Hot tubs, on the other hand, are not limited to electricity and often implore the use of gas to create hot water, making the energy efficiency a plus.  

The benefits of a Jacuzzi

Although Jacuzzis and modern outdoor hot tubs generally supply the same services to homeowners, there are actually a few benefits that set the Jacuzzi apart from its competition.  

Spa like qualities are found with jacuzzis

Since Jacuzzis are one of the biggest name brands for outdoor and indoor hot tubs, it should come as no surprise to discover that this brand equips its units with high quality features and materials. After all, Jaguars, Mercedes, and Bentlys don’t get recognized for having run-of-the-mill products. Where there’s a name brand, there’s quality and reliability.

Jacuzzi jets are iconic and relaxing

Did you know that the Jacuzzi brothers paved the way for hot tubs and home spas as we know them today? There’s something iconic about slipping into a hot tub knowing that the brand was one of the first and finest in its field. Plus, who can beat the iconic feel of a Jacuzzi jet? 

The benefits of a hot tub

While Jacuzzis may have their own set or perks, there are still a few notable aspects of owning a hot tub we think you should know about. 

Hot tubs have variety

Since hot tubs are a general term to include all heated spa-like tubs, there is going to be far more variety available to you. Whether you’d prefer just a small, budget friendly unit, a portable  hot tub, or maybe a sleek, modern unit that matches the rest of your decor, you’re sure to find exactly what you need. Having variety also means that hot tub covers can be customized, more than just a simple liner on the top of your spa. 

Cost efficiency is more expendable with regular hot tubs

The reality is always going to be this: where there is a large name brand, prices are going to be higher. When you take away the name brand options, you’re left with options that are both affordable and reliable without breaking the bank. After all, not everyone is looking for the biggest and most expensive toys – as long as you’re happy with the product, that’s all that matters. 

Should you get a hot tub or Jacuzzi?

If we’re being honest, there’s no right or wrong answer to this. Whether or not you should buy a Jacuzzi or a hot tub is like asking if you should buy a Mercedes or an SUV. Whichever way you go, make sure you look into the appropriate use of your machine and avoid using Epsom Salt, Bath bombs, or sea salt in your units. 


If you’re still not sure, let’s go over some topics you may want to keep in mind. 

How much are you willing to pay? 

Sure, we understand how saying “Yeah, I just bought a Jacuzzi” sounds cool – because it is! However cool it may be, always make sure to establish a budget of what you’re willing to spend prior to shopping for your new system. If you want your hot tub size to be on the bigger end, expect to pay much more when going with a name brand.

What level of hydrotherapy are you looking for?

Determine your focus – are you interested in therapeutic health benefits of water jets, or a fun atmosphere to hang out in and party? There are options on either end of the spectrum, and options that meet perfectly in the middle. 

Whether it is a Jacuzzi or hot tub, GPS Pools is here for you!

No matter what option you choose, you can always rely on GPS Pools to have everything you need to keep a clean hot tub running perfectly. From supplies to diagnostic and repair work, you can count on us no matter what your issue. For more information, visit our website or give us a call.