Spa or Jacuzzi, what is the right term?

Spa or Jacuzzi, what is the right term?

If you happen to pay attention to details, this question would have crossed your mind at one point or the other. It’s a common mistake we all make or we all have made at some point. Anytime you hit a tub in your luxury home or at the hotel for  a hot soak or warm bath, you tend to wonder if it’s a Jacuzzi or spa, or even a hot tub. This post is a deliberate attempt to shed light on the differences between a spa and a Jacuzzi.

Jacuzzi is unarguably one of the most popular misnomers in this age. It is very common to see or hear people use Jacuzzi and spa interchangeably and you would be forgiven for thinking they are one and the same. But with the availability of knowledge at your fingertips, there can be no excuse for ignorance.


The word ‘spa’ is routinely used to describe ‘in-ground spas’. An in-ground spa is essentially a recreational water body that is built into the ground. Spas are very common in hotels and other commercial recreational areas but this doesn’t mean they cannot be found in residential areas. You can also find them attached to in-ground pools in homes. Bench seats and heating jets are some of the hallmark features you are likely to find in an in-ground spa. Usually, a lot of time and a huge amount of energy is required to heat in-ground spas and keep the water hot.


Though it may sound surprising, Jacuzzi is actually a brand name. But just like Xerox® and some other brand names that have become generic, trying to convince people that Jacuzzi is not a generic name for spas could be a fruitless task. Jacuzzi is the pioneer brand of jetted bathtubs but it is now the popular term for in-ground bathtubs. The Jacuzzi brand currently produces hot tubs as well as bathtubs among other products.

Summarily, if you love to be technically correct, you should never use Jacuzzi and spa interchangeably.

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