Buying a Hot Tub

Everything You Need to Know About Spa Pumps

Are you in the market for a hot tub or spa pump? Pumps are an essential part of your spa, and there is more to them than you might think. Most Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs have two separate pumps, for circulation and jet power, and select models even have up to three jet pumps! These power the jets by pulling water through a filter and then pushing it out the jets in our signature 50/50 air-to-water ratio. Circulation pumps pull water through a separate filtration system, treat it with UV light, heat it up, and push perfectly warmed, crystal-clear water back into the hot tub. Here are some elements you’ll want to consider when shopping for the perfect spa pump. 

Jet Power

The horsepower controls the pressure of the water coming out of the jets. The more jets you have, the more horsepower you will need. Keep in mind that higher horsepower doesn’t always mean a better spa; jet placement and design are important to consider. In hot tubs with more than one jet pump, there is a diverter knob that allows you to redirect the jet power to particular seats. Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs use top-of-the-line engineering to create cost-effective systems with flow control and the right amount of jet power for each hot tub model.

Speed

Traditional spa pumps are one-speed or two-speed, depending on how many levels of jet power the spa has. If your spa uses the same pump for circulation and jet power, you’ll want a two-speed pump that you can set at a very low level to circulate the water when the tub is not in use. However, many modern tubs have separate circulation pumps to keep the water sparkling. For the newest technology in spa pumps, consider a variable-speed pump, which uses a type of motor similar to that used in hybrid cars. These are typically quieter and produce less heat and vibration, resulting in reduced wear and tear and a longer lifespan.

Energy Use

With growing concern about energy use in all facets of life, Jacuzzi® Brand has been producing a variety of new hot tub features. First-class insulation, LED lights, and expertly engineered jets are just some of our latest design innovations. Programmable circulation pumps filter the water efficiently, and some even reduce energy usage by transferring motor heat to the water. For jet power, variable-speed pumps are a great option for energy savings—because they can be set to any speed, they are more efficient than set one- or two-speed pumps. Check our website for more about energy-saving features on Jacuzzi® Brand spas and hot tubs.

By learning a little about spa pump parts, you’ll be able to buy the best one for your hot tub. Purchase Jacuzzi® Genuine Parts to ensure your pump continues to operate at peak performance and that you don’t void your warranty. Your local dealership can put you in touch with an authorized service technician.

 

4 Tips to Ensure a Smooth Hot Tub Installation

You’ve chosen your ideal Jacuzzi® Hot Tub and are anticipating its arrival, but are you sure you have everything in order? From researching hot tub installation costs to the rules and regulations of your HOA and county, there’s plenty to navigate before setting up the latest addition to your household. Read through our helpful tips to ensure a smooth setup and a well-functioning spa:

Obtain the Necessary Permits

Work with your dealership to determine whether any permits are required to install your hot tub. Most cities and counties require authorization for exterior electrical circuits and for construction, for example, if you are building a gazebo or an addition to house your hot tub. Check with your HOA, if you’re part of one, as they may require their own permits. They may also have other requirements, such as placing it in a certain location.

Decide on a Foundation

While the dealership will handle all the details of installing your hot tub, choosing the foundation upon which your hot tub will reside is a choice that only you can make. You’ll want a foundation that supports your hot tub, ensures proper drainage when it rains or snows, and, of course, looks good!

If you’re installing your hot tub on an existing deck or patio, make sure that space is strong enough to hold the weight of the hot tub, the water, and the people who will use it. On solid ground, such as in your backyard, the hot tub should be elevated on a 100 percent level foundation. Gravel is an inexpensive material that makes a great base; concrete, while more expensive, will last a long time and does not require much maintenance.

Choose the Perfect Location

Ensure you’ve taken into account the great outdoors and Mother Nature’s whims. Placing the hot tub in the middle of your backyard might be nice in the spring, but in the summer, you and your guests may get too hot without shade. Conversely, during the colder months you’ll probably want to get inside quickly after a dip in your hot tub.  Positioning it near a changing room or door leading inside in wintry areas—or under a patio cover or gazebo in sunny climates—can make a big difference in how you enjoy your spa. Consider adding a walkway and perimeter path to avoid tracking debris from the yard into your hot tub, and remember to leave room for maintenance and entertaining.

Consider the Electrical Requirements

Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs are built to operate at different power and usage levels, so their electrical requirements vary by model. To ensure you enjoy full functionality of your new spa, consult with your dealership. They can help you coordinate with an electrician when you purchase your hot tub so that by installation day, you will be ready to go.

The team at your Jacuzzi® dealership can help you with hot tub installation ideas, from choosing the best setting and foundation to planning the details of your delivery day. A little planning ahead will ensure you enjoy the maximum health and relaxation benefits of your hot tub.

Here’s a handy installation checklist to keep on your fridge when you get closer to the day your new spa arrives.

6 Tips for Buying a Used Hot Tub

While buying a brand-new hot tub is ideal, a well-maintained used model can provide a great alternative that will ease you into ownership. Here are a few things to keep in mind when looking for a used hot tub that will suit your lifestyle.

1. Determine the Size You’ll Need

A cozy 2-3 person hot tub may sound great for date nights or solo soaking, but if you have a larger family or do a lot of backyard entertaining, you might want to consider something more spacious. Surprisingly, more seats may only equate to a one- to two-foot larger footprint.

2. Establish a Budget (And Don’t Break It)
Know what you can spend, so you are better prepared when researching which styles and options you can afford. This will also help you narrow your focus, so you’re not overwhelmed with search results. To get the best value for your budget, you may need to strike a balance between the features you want and the price point you prefer.

3. Thoroughly Test Your Options
Even if the hot tub looks great on first sight, examine it closely for signs of wear and weathering. Make sure the pumps, lights, seals, and thermostat are all functioning. Check for leaks. Ensure that the unit was stored and covered appropriately. Request a service report from the seller and check it for any major issues that will cost you more time and money in the future. Also, be sure to ask if the spa is under warranty and if that warranty is transferrable.

4. Don’t Buy on Impulse
As much as you want to be in the warm, soothing water immediately, make sure you pick the best option for your lifestyle. Test a few models, and be patient as you consider the benefits of each.

5. Prep for Installation

If you’ve never owned a home spa before, planning for the installation is important and can even be fun. Survey your backyard or home to pick out the ideal spot for a hot tub, measuring to make sure it will fit nicely and has a solid foundation. Check your electrical system to ensure it meets the requirements. Learn more in this pre-installation checklist.

6. Keep It Clean

Finally, once you’ve gotten your choice home, clean it thoroughly and replace all filters if necessary. If you don’t already have one, be sure to purchase a spa cover to protect your investment. Then put on some music, fix yourself a drink, and enjoy that first dip in your brand new (used) hot tub.

Visit our website to learn more about Jacuzzi® Hot Tub models and download our free brochure for information that can help you decide on the ideal size, style, and layout for your family.

Hot Tub Model Comparison: 3-Seaters

Even small outdoor spaces can boast huge style with a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub. Perfect for a couple’s night in or just entertaining a couple of friends, our 3-person models have generous seating and features guaranteed to provide a balance of elegance and comfort to your backyard, deck, or patio. Our J-415™ and J-315™ home spas, while similar in size, have distinct features that may make one model more ideal for your home than the other.

J-415™


The J-415™ makes relaxing easy after a long day or a weekend barbecue with exclusive RX Jets and a low profile to increase usability and convenience.

  • Illuminated pillow and adjustable WaterColour® waterfall fuse sights and sounds, bringing an additional sensory facet to your soaks
  • More massage options, including five PowerPro® RX jets with spinning action for your back and FX Jets for your legs and feet, supply full-body pampering and focused, powerful hydromassage
  • Additional premium FX Jets cover your back and shoulders in the upright seats, stimulating small muscle groups and relieving tension and strain
  • 5-Stage filtration process helps the J-415™ achieve the cleanest water in the shortest amount of time
  • Status indicator light makes it easy to verify the status of your hot tub
  • Dimensions: 76”x66”x32”

J-315™


The J-315™, one of our smallest spas, is designed to fit compact spaces while delivering strong hydromassage with PowerPro® Jets.

  • ProAir™ Lounge combines muscle knot-releasing PowerPro® Jets for the upper back, neck and shoulders while the rifling action of PowerPro® Jets target your legs and lower back
  • Pillows position your body to maximize the benefits of hydromassage and a cascading backlit waterfall help to soothe your mood and increase relaxation
  • Illuminated footwells provide the dual benefit of increased visibility and soothing chromatherapy
  • A variety of PowerPro® jets, including eight directional FX jets, deliver the optimal balance of water and air pressure, so you can enjoy targeted massage and full body “rifling” action throughout the tub
  • The Smart Access door allows for easy maintenance
  • The J-315™ also utilizes CLEARRAY® technology with a 4-stage filtration process that achieves the cleanest water faster Dimensions: 76”x66”x32”
  • Seats 2-3 adults

 

Both home spas have customizable style with shell colors such as Platinum, Sand, Opal, and Monaco, so you can create a look that matches your home. Cabinet choices include Brazilian Teak, Roasted Chestnut, and Silverwood to blend with your outdoor décor and landscaping.

Visit our 3-person hot tub page and download our free brochure to learn more about layouts and specifications. When you’re ready, stop by one of our local Jacuzzi® dealers for an in-store wet test, pricing, and financing options.

Good Value vs. Cheaply Made Hot Tub

How to Tell the Difference

Affordable doesn’t necessarily mean cheap, and you don’t need to break the bank to get a quality hot tub. Here are some questions to ask to find the perfect balance between quality and affordability when shopping for the a great hot tub for your family:

Is it a brand name you trust?

A hot tub is a major purchase for most people. Just as consumers rely on the reputations of well-known automobile manufacturers and appliance makers, it’s smart to consider the brand name on a hot tub. A “cheaply made” hot tub from an unreliable brand can cost you more over the life of the hot tub than a model from a reputable manufacturer such as the Jacuzzi® Brand.

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Does the hot tub have the features you need?

To determine good value versus a cheaply made tube, weigh the long- and short-term benefits of your needs versus available options and compare them to the costs of each model. Are you looking for a warm oasis to relax with your family? Then a large hot tub may be a better value to you. Or do you have a physical issue that needs some targeted hydrotherapy? Placement of the jets is more important than the quantity of jets. In an area where temperatures tend to top records? A hot tub with durable cabinetry could be your best investment. Be wary of buying a lower cost hot tub at the expense of the features you find most important otherwise you may not get the full value of your purchase.

Does the hot tub have a good warranty?

Hot tubs that are truly “cheap” often lack a comprehensive warranty. Hot tub manufacturers using low-quality materials and methods sometimes won’t offer the assurance of replacement parts and service.

If you’re thinking of buying a no-warranty hot tub, buyer beware. Cheaply made hot tubs can become expensive if they aren’t protected by a solid warranty. Jacuzzi offers comprehensive warranties for up to 10 years on its hot tubs, with a worldwide network of authorized dealers available to back up the warranty provisions.

Looking for a price on a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub? Request a free quote.

Or find hot tubs for sale at a Jacuzzi dealer near you.

Hot Tub Shopping Tips from Real Buyers

Perhaps you’re looking to upgrade your backyard parties, or maybe you need frequent access to hydromassage to alleviate physical pain. Whatever the reason you’re in the market for a new hot tub, these tips and testimonials from actual Jacuzzi® Hot Tub owners might be a helpful aid in your decision-making.

Family Bonding

Kirsten and Edward Aleman were looking to bring their family together in a central gathering spot outdoors, which led them to consider a spa for their backyard. Find out about the research they did, and how the showroom experience at their local Jacuzzi® Dealer changed their lives.

Relaxation and Communication

The Millers were interested in both the relaxation and communication benefits provided by a hot tub, including the opportunity for one-on-one time between Stacy and Barry. Learn the main reasons why the Millers decided to choose a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub, and how their shopping decisions helped bring their family.

Quality Engineering and Size

As longtime hot tub owners, the Jobs were in the market for a new model that could comfortably seat their children and grandchildren, and last them the rest of their lives. During their research into more than 100 different models, they discovered a few size and seating factors that led them to visit their local Jacuzzi® Dealer, opening their eyes to a new level of service and satisfaction.

Hydrotherapy and Socializing

For a few years, Carrie Robinson and her husband were thinking about getting a hot tub, for both its social draw and hydrotherapeutic benefits. After researching their options online, Carrie filled out a form on the Jacuzzi® Hot Tub website and was immediately contacted by her local sales specialist. From there, the Robinsons received expert help on choosing the right hot tub and finding the perfect placement for it in their home.

To watch more customer videos and learn all about the Jacuzzi® Hot Tub Collections, go to the official Jacuzzi® Brand YouTube channel.

Introducing the ProLink™ App

Continuing the tradition of leading the industry with ground-breaking innovations, the Jacuzzi® Brand is proud to announce the new ProLink™ App, which puts the power to control your J-500™ Collection hot tub right in the palm of your hand. Here’s a look at how this cutting-edge app works and why you’ll want to add it to your phone’s home screen today.

What It Does

Whether in your living room or your office, the ProLink™ App lets you use your iOS or Android device to set your hot tub’s water temperature, turn jets on or off, and schedule maintenance operations. The remote monitoring app also allows you to adjust your spa’s lights, review your owner’s manual, and can alert both you and your local dealership of any service needs.
 

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How It Works

The advanced Jacuzzi® ProTouch™ Control Panel on models in the J-500™ Collection employs Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® technologies to pair with the ProLink™ App. Your hot tub will need to be within range of your home’s Wi-Fi network in order to use the ProLink™ service, which is free for the first year and $25 annually after that.

Why Use It

Use the ProLink™ App to heat up your hot tub on your way home from work, or set it to vacation mode to reduce energy consumption while you’re away. The handy app also helps make water care and maintenance worry-free so you can concentrate on enjoying your hot tub. And you can also lock your spa while you’re away to keep both your kids and your spa safe.

Whether you already own a hot tub from the Jacuzzi® J-500™ Collection, or are considering adding one to your home soon, the ProLink™ App is a must-have addition that can increase your convenience, giving you more time to relax and enjoy your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub. Visit Google Play or the iTunes App Store to download the app today.

The Sights and Sounds of the J-500™ Collection

As the industry’s most innovative hot tub series, the Jacuzzi® J-500™ Collection is a multisensory marvel that you need to experience to fully appreciate. The elegant design and unmatched add-ons will take your hydromassage to the next level, while relaxing your entire body.

Here’s a closer look at both the standard and optional audiovisual aspects of the hot tubs in the J-500™ Collection:

Exterior Corner Lights

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Both the J-575™ and J-585™ come equipped with eye-catching exterior corner lights integrated into the architecture of the spa’s skirt. The soft glow of these LED-powered lights not only illuminate the area around the hot tub, but also add a striking element to your outdoor space.

 

Interior Lights


The all-new ProEdge™ Interior Illumination system features fiber-optic lighting technology that uses a single LED bulb along the spa’s inner perimeter to give these hot tubs a striking, even glow from any angle.

Waterfalls


A pair of luxurious, multicolored waterfalls complement these luminous accents, creating an even more attractive appearance.

Stereo System

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The optional BLUEWAVE® Spa Stereo offers premium speakers, an amplified subwoofer, and full Bluetooth® audio connectivity, allowing you to wirelessly access your playlists, radio stations, and podcasts, all from your own smartphone. BLUEWAVE® also lets you listen to audio via a USB port or AUX input, in additional to tuning into traditional FM radio stations.

 

Audio Controls

Don’t want to risk getting your smartphone wet? Audio controls built into the ProTouch™ control panel let you play DJ without stepping out of the water, while a wireless remote control give you even more freedom and flexibility.

In addition to offering the best hydromassage experience on the planet, the Jacuzzi® J-500 Collection is a treat for other senses as well. Visit your local dealer today for a wet test to experience and appreciate it for yourself.

Body Part Series: Best Seats and Jets for Your Legs

From heels to hamstrings and calves to quadriceps, our legs are home to the largest and most-used muscles in the human body. And as they’re literally responsible for carrying us through life, legs are also among the most burdened body parts on a day-to-day basis. Fortunately, Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs have seats and jets that were engineered especially to increase circulation and alleviate aches in the lower extremities.

Whether you’re presently experiencing leg pain that you’d like to address, or if you simply want to give your legs a luxurious and well-deserved hydrotherapy experience, these seats and jets are here to help.

PowerPro® FX Small Jets

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Relieve cramped calves, hurting heels, and achy arches thanks to this surprisingly intense jet that exclusively addresses acute areas below the waist.

Available in the J-300™, J-LX™  and J-400™ Collections 

PowerPro® FX Jets

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This jet emanates a steady, circular stream of air and water designed to target smaller muscle groups in the legs, including the tissue on the back of the knees and other tension points near your joints.

Available in the J-LX®, J-300™ and J-400™ Collections

PowerPro® BX Jets

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This jet’s 50/50 air-to-water ratio a features a “bubbling” effect designed to address undesirable discomfort in the calves and surrounding areas.

Exclusively available in the J-300™ Collection

If you’re experiencing pain in your legs, a seat with any of these jets could be just what you need. There are also seats and jets that specifically target your hips and wrists if those areas need attention, too.

Visit your local Jacuzzi® Hot Tub Dealer and schedule a wet test today.

Body Part Series: Best Seats and Jets for Your Hips and Wrists

Hips and wrists are two of the most used—and most crucial—areas of the body. If not properly cared for, the effects of gravity can wreak havoc on the hips, while repetitive motion can ravage the wrists. By caring for these important areas with occasional hydromassage sessions, you can maintain full range of motion and alleviate any symptoms you might be experiencing.

If your hips or wrists are causing you pain, these jets and seats are here to help make your discomfort disappear.

PowerPro® FX Directional Jets

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These stress-soothing jets assist in melting away tension by boosting blood flow in the region around the hips. The directional nature of these jets lets you pinpoint any part of the hip area that’s causing you pain, no matter the size or shape of your body frame.

Available exclusively in the J-500™ Collection

PowerPro® PX Jets

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These potent jets come in pairs and emit an intense hydromassage that homes in on the vital muscles groups in the hands and wrists. Ideal for desk jockeys, these jets provide the perfect means to counteract the damaging effects of carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive motion disorders. In addition, the force of the jets’ flow can be regulated, allowing you to find the perfect amount of pulsating pressure.

Exclusively available in theJ-500™, J-400™, J-LX® and J-300™ Collections 

Whether you’re already experiencing hip or wrist pain, or if you just want to prevent potential pain that might occur down the road, the PowerPro® FX Directional Jets and PowerPro® PX Jets might be exactly what you’re looking for. Find out for yourself by scheduling a wet test at your local Jacuzzi® Hot Tub Dealer today.

Body Part Series: Best Seats and Jets for Your Neck

As the all-important connector between the brain and the body, the neck plays an invaluable role in our physical health. And with 1 in 10 adults suffering daily from some degree of neck discomfort, it goes without saying that this is one body part that shouldn’t be neglected.

Whether you’re seeking to alleviate your own pain in the neck, or if you want to take preventative measures to avoid such aches, these seats and jets will help keep your neck loose and limber.

FX ROTATIONAL SEAT

By utilizing two distinct types of spinning PowerPro® Jets, the FX Rotational seat helps relieve knots in muscles and offers increased relaxation and stimulation by targeting neck and shoulder tissue.

Exclusively available in the J-400™ Collection

PROAIR® LOUNGE SEAT

J-300™ Collection Therapy Seat

The ProAir® lounge seat eases tension by targeting a broad area of minor muscle groups in the neck and back, instilling a tingling sensation that travels upward from the shoulders, through the neck and head.

Exclusively available in the J-300™ Collection

 

POWERPRO® THERAPY SEAT

By focusing four adjustable PowerPro® Jets along the shoulders, upper back, and neck, the PowerPro® Therapy Seat offers a top-of-the-line Swedish-style massage designed to pinpoint problematic areas and relieve pain and tension.

Exclusively available in the J-300™ Collection

FX-12 THERAPY SEAT

The spiral action jets in this seat concentrate their force on the neck and back, and give users the ability to tweak the pressure their preferred degree, resulting in a fully customizable, tension-relieving therapy session.

Exclusively available in the J-400™ and J-500™ Collections

RX THERAPY SEAT™

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Existing at the intersection of exceptional quality and precision performance, the RX Therapy Seat™ harnesses the strength of a PowerPro® NX2 jet to deliver an intense stream of water to concentrate on the neck’s many muscle groups.

Exclusively available in the J-LX® and J-400™ Collection, and in an upgraded version of the J-500™ Collection

There are plenty of options for individuals seeking to assuage or avoid any amount of neck pain. Visit your local Jacuzzi® Hot Tub dealer to experience these seats yourself.

3 Big Trends This Year in the Hot Tub Industry

From daring designs to integrations with the latest smartphones, the hot tub industry continues to innovate. Here are a few new hot tub trends that are picking up steam in 2015.

Greater Emphasis on Design

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As the jets and pumps in today’s top hot tubs continue to grow more precise and powerful, exteriors are also evolving with a finer focus on sleek styles and cutting-edge design elements. This trend is best exemplified in the Jacuzzi® J-500™ and J-LX™ Collections, each of which draw inspiration from the finest modern furniture and appliances available. Suitable enough to be situated as the centerpiece of your backyard or outdoor area, contemporary hot tubs can also complement your home’s curb appeal with warm shades of wood and other attractive skirting options.

The Rise of Swim Spas

Serving as a singular solution for those who wish to work out in the water while also reaping the many benefits of hydrotherapy, swim spas are enjoying a recent rise in popularity. The versatility of these aquatic exercise stations allow them to be installed either above or below ground, without requiring the permits normally necessary for full-size pools. Swim spas offer an abundance of exercise options, including swimming, rowing, and jogging among many others. Plus, the resistance provided by water is twice as effective as weights, while also being gentler on joints.

Technological Enhancements

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Electronics and the Internet continue to influence nearly every aspect modern life, and hot tubs are no exception. This is especially true in the Jacuzzi® J-500™ Collection, which, aside from featuring the industry’s first full-color glass control panel, also offers an accompanying mobile app. The Jacuzzi® ProTouch™ Control Panel employs Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® technologies to pair with the ProLink™ app (available Spring 2015), putting the pinnacle of performance in your pocket. With the ProLink™ app, users can remotely operate and monitor their hot tubs, and even receive maintenance notifications to assist in the upkeep of your investment.

With everything from visionary designs to advanced electronics, the hot tub industry is keeping pace with the most advanced markets, and the products are becoming lifestyle essentials. Contact your local Jacuzzi® Dealership to wet test one of the latest models today.

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