Is It a Hot Tub, Jacuzzi, Spa Or Whirlpool? – Sundance Spas

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19th November
Posted on 19th November, 2016 by Francesca

Hot Tub, Jacuzzi, Spa, Whirlpool which is it?

Let’s set the record straight. 

According to the Oxford English Dictionary online a hot tub is “a large tub filled with hot aerated water used by one or more people for recreation or physical therapy.” 

A spa on the other hand has a number of meanings such as “a mineral spring considered to have health-giving properties”; “a place or resort with a mineral spring”; “a commercial establishment offering health and beauty treatment through such means as steam baths, exercise equipment, and massage” and finally “a bath containing hot aerated water.” 

Water Whirlpool A whirlpool is defined as “a quickly rotating mass of water in a river or sea into which objects may be drawn, typically caused by the meeting of conflicting currents” or “a heated pool in which hot aerated water is continuously circulated.”

Looking at these definitions you can see why they all might be used to describe the same thing.  They are all directing us to use natural water therapies and massage to aid healing and relaxation.

Today the words or phrases hot tub, spa and whirlpool are interchangeable, with the former two being most popular.  We use them on a daily basis to describe a molded tub containing warm water and a jetting system that can be used for hydrotherapy, relaxation and socialising. 

There are many different brands of hot tub or spa available; Sundance Spas, Hotspring Spas and Jacuzzi are among the largest brands worldwide.  So, Jacuzzi is a brand of hot tub much like a Hoover is a brand of vacuum cleaner.

So where did the hot tub as we know it now begin? 

For centuries the human race has been aware that there are therapeutic and healing benefits to bathing in warm water.  Greeks, Romans and Egyptians all used the healing powers of water therapy but it wasn’t until the 1950s that the real seed was planted to today’s hot tub.  Two brothers with the surname Jacuzzi invented a pump capable or harnessing the power of water to help alleviate the symptoms of arthritis for a family member.  The pumps were then used to power small pools of warm water usually located at the end of a garden swimming pool. 

A few years further on (1979) and the start of Sundance Spas hot tubs began.  An acrylic molded spa with a water filtration system jets designed to target specific muscles groups was built.  Sundance Spas Aquajet Hot TubIt was called the AquaJet and provided hydrotherapy to patients who require rehabilitation following a trauma.  Since then Sundance Spas have been leading the way in hot tub design and technology with many industry firsts achieved.  Today 37 year on they still manufacture with the same 5 core values of Style, Comfort, Quality, Pure Water and Patented Hyrdrotherapy in mind.

If you want to find out more about the Sundance Spas hot tub models available please browse our site, call in for a chat or join our mailing list to keep up with the latest information on new products and special offers.

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