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Jacuzzi Expert Q&A: Larry Ovalle

In this new blog series, we’ll be featuring regular interviews with Jacuzzi employees. Get to know the people behind the hot tubs and baths, more about the company values, and details about the products you might not have known about. In this installment, we’ll be speaking with Larry Ovalle, Director of Product Marketing, Hot Tubs:

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Q: How long have you worked at Jacuzzi?

 Larry Ovalle (LO): I’ve been with Jacuzzi for more than four years as both a Senior Product Manager and Director of Product Marketing, Hot Tubs.

 

Q: Can you give us a quick explanation of what you do on a day-to-day basis?

(LO): I lead the marketing aspect of product development, which involves collaboration with the engineering and commercial teams to bring Jacuzzi innovation to market. In addition, I manage the existing product portfolio of Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs.

 

Q: What is the process for developing new products?

(LO): We engineer our hot tubs with the user in mind, so our product development begins with a lot of investigation. Our Research and Development team has spent years understanding body types, muscles, massage types, jet placement, and benefits so we can perfect our products to best suit health and wellness. The original J-300™ hydrotherapy pump was designed to ease a child’s rheumatism and we have continued to evolve with wellness in mind.

 

Q: How do you collect customer feedback on products?

(LO): Our product development always starts with customer input, allowing us to focus on what will foster use of a hot tub for years to come. We concentrate on benefits that are meaningful to the user like the hydromassage experience, quality, durability, comfortable seating, and energy efficiency.

 

Q: What are the most unique aspects of the new J-500™ Collection?

(LO): You’ve never seen a hot tub like this before. Bringing all of the experience and design quality from the inside of the tub to the outside, the J-500™ Hot Tub Collection is the first to introduce the Curvalux™ Skirt and architectural corner lighting, ProEdge™ interior lighting that changes color and a glass touchscreen control panels.

 

Q: Are there any new product developments in store for 2015?

(LO):  In spring of this year we’re launching the ProLink™ app that allows owners to remotely monitor and control their J-500™ Collection hot tubs from anywhere. With this Jacuzzi® Remote Monitoring App, users can schedule and receive maintenance reminders, adjust the water temperature, activate features from jets to lights, and even set hot tub mode (for example, to vacation mode) from anywhere in the world.

 

Q: What is the one thing you think is most important for customers to know?

(LO): We are always raising the bar when it comes to performance while striving to make our products easy to use, enjoyable, and more energy efficient. We also want to promote hot tub usage, so as people’s needs change, we continue to evolve to meet those needs without compromising our brand values.

 

About Larry Ovalle:

As the Director of Product Marketing, Hot Tubs for Jacuzzi, Larry Ovalle leads the marketing aspect of product development which involves collaboration with the engineering and commercial teams to bring Jacuzzi innovation to market. In addition, he manages the existing product portfolio of Jacuzzi hot tubs. Prior to joining Jacuzzi Larry spent several years at B/S/H/Home Appliances, including a year at their Munich headquarters.  He is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton, with a degree in International Management and minor in German.

 

Check back soon for more Q&A with Jacuzzi experts!

What is the Hydromassage Like in the New J-500™ Collection?

Aside from its stunning appearance, the J-500™ Collection offers the most technologically advanced feature set available on any Jacuzzi® Hot Tub. Chief among these highlights are a PowerPro® FX Directional Jet and an upgraded Therapy Seat, which work to deliver a neck-to-toe hydromassage experience that’s far superior to any other hot tub on the market.

Here’s a closer look at what you can expect from a hydromassage session in the new J-500™ Collection:

Introducing the PowerPro® FX Directional Jet

New to the Jacuzzi® Brand family of jets is the PowerPro® FX Directional Jet. Designed to simultaneously soothe stress while improving blood flow around the hips, this jet emits a focused stream that can be directionally adjusted to hit the right spot regardless of your body type.

Additional Seating OptionJ500_therapy seat

The J-500™ Collection features a wider variety of open-seating elevations, enabling it to more comfortably accommodate individuals of any height. The array of available seats provides the utmost level of comfort for hot tub users and extends an enhanced degree of hydrotherapeutic benefits.

Upgraded Therapy Seat

A pair of PowerPro® PX wrist jets are infused into the upright FX-12 Therapy seat in the J-585™ model. These jets provide a concentrated massage to the often-overlooked area of minor muscles in the wrists and hands, ideal for combatting carpal tunnel syndrome and other modern-day maladies. The strength of the pulsation can be adjusted as well, allowing for different rates of water flow.

Perfectly Timed Hydromassage

Have your hydromassage ready for you the moment you get home, thanks to the new ProLink™ smartphone app (available Spring 2015) that pairs exclusively with J-500™ models. Save time and start your sessions earlier by powering up your jets before leaving work. Your hot tub will be primed up as soon as you step inside your home. Better yet, the app serves to directly connect you with your local Jacuzzi® Hot Tub dealer, ensuring incredible service with just a few taps on your touch screen.

Hot Tubs in the J-500™ Collection deliver a precision hydromassage experience that‘s in a class all its own. Schedule a wet test with your local dealer and find out firsthand.

Top Questions to Ask a Spa Dealer

You’re ready to visit your local Jacuzzi® dealer to learn more about purchasing the right hot tub or bathtub for your home, but you may not be sure what questions to ask. It’s understandable that you’d like to be a well-informed consumer and make sure you get the important details sorted out. To help get you started, here are some questions to keep in mind when you make the trip to the dealer:

  • How long has Jacuzzi been in business?

               Does Jacuzzi offer a warranty? If so, what does it cover?

  • How long has your dealership been in business?

              Do you have any customer testimonials or videos you can share with me? What customer service offerings do you provide?

  • What jets are right for me?

              What part of your body do you want to focus on? Which jet configurations are available in each model?

  • Can I take a wet test?

              Do I need to make an appointment? What is involved in a wet test? How long can I stay in the hot tub or bathtub? 

  • What colors are available for the shells and cabinetry?

               Do color swatches for the acrylic shell and cabinetry look different online as opposed to in person? Are certain patterns unique to each hot tub? 

  • How much space do I need for delivery?

              Can I arrange for a home inspection from an expert prior to making a decision to help determine if I have the needed space? 

  • How intensive is the maintenance?

               How much time can I expect to spend cleaning? How often do I have to clean? What cleaning products do you recommend to keep my Jacuzzi® Hot Tub                spotless? Do I need to take special steps with the changing seasons?

 

We hope these questions provided you with some idea of what to ask during your visit to your local dealer. Keep these questions, along with any others you might generate, in mind when searching for your perfect Jacuzzi® Hot Tub.

Introducing the J-500™ Collection

J500_cityscape_nightAfter years in development, Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs has unveiled the J-500™ Collection, designed to deliver the most advanced hydromassage experience available while looking good in your backyard, too. One look at the J-575™ and J-585™ models and you’ll instantly know that these are no ordinary hot tubs. With its striking appearance, powerful jets, and cutting-edge technology, the J-500™ Collection is in a class all its own.

Unrivaled Design

Thanks to its eye-catching corner lights and the high-end outdoor furniture look of the weatherproof Curvalux™ exterior, the J-500™ Collection will ignite your senses before you even step inside. With its backlit cascading waterfalls, architectural lighting design, and multicolored ProEdge™ fiber-optic lights encircling the hot tub’s interior, the models in our J-500™ Collection are a beauty to behold.

Unbridled Power

The J-500® Collection takes hydromassage to the next level with a brand new jet specifically designed to hone in on the hip area. The adjustable PowerPro® FX Medium Jet makes its first appearance in a new therapy seat, alongside the PowerPro® RX and PowerPro® PX Jets. In addition, the J-585™ model contains a pair of powerful wrist jets embedded right inside the upright therapy seat. When combined, these jets create a hydromassage session that is truly unequaled.

Revolutionary Control

As if unbeatable looks and strength weren’t enough, the J-500™ Collection has brains to match. As our most technologically advanced hot tubs ever, the models in the J-500™ Collection include ProTouch™ Glass Touchscreen Control, the hot tub industry’s first. And by pairing your hot tub with your smartphone via the Jacuzzi® ProLink™ app (available Spring 2015), you can heat your J-575™ or J-585™ Hot Tub from wherever you are. Plus, when it comes time for maintenance, the app will notify both you and your local dealership of any issues that need to be addressed.

If you’re seeking a luxury hot tub with a perfect balance of beauty, power, and technology, look no further than the new J-500™ Collection from Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs. Contact your local dealer today and experience the pinnacle of form and function.

Interesting Hot Tub Historical Firsts

The idea behind hot tubs—a cauldron of hot water—has existed for thousands of years. From early cultures resting and relaxing in hot springs to the state-of-the-art jets on the Jacuzzi J-500™, this unique way to unwind and improve your physical and mental well-being has deeply ingrained itself in the human psyche. Here, we’ve gathered a collection of little-known hot tub historical firsts that may prove both surprising and interesting:

The First Spa

The term “spa” is drawn from the Belgian town of Spa (possibly Espa). Spa possessed mineral springs, which were believed to contribute to physical and mental well-being. The name Spa has since become synonymous with a body of water that has health-giving properties.

First Hot Tub to Cross the Atlantic

In 1907, the RMS Adriatic (owned by the same company that built the infamous Titanic) was the first vessel to provide passengers with a swimming pool and a Turkish bath. The latter of these is a hybrid spa/sauna experience that drew from popular European bathhouses. A Turkish bath included time spent in a steam room, as well as a relaxing massage and a warm rinse.

First Hot Tub Pump

In the 1950s, the Jacuzzi brothers—who made their name designing agricultural pump systems—created the J-300™. This pump turned any bathtub into a hydrotherapy chamber, and it was largely sold to schools and medical facilities.

First Self-Contained Hot Tub

In 1968, the first jetted bathtub arrived on the scene. Roy Jacuzzi integrated the famous Jacuzzi® Brand jets into the sides of the tub, rather than depending on a single pump. In the 1970s, Jacuzzi® Brand introduced larger tubs with heating and filtration systems, creating the first self-contained spas and bringing hydrotherapy and the health benefits it confers to a mass audience for the first time.

First Touchscreen Control Hot Tub

The Jacuzzi® Brand has moved hot tubs into the future with the J-500™. This spa features the first glass touchscreen panel integrated into a hot tub, enabling you to easily adjust your settings with the flick of a finger. In addition, you can pair your J-500™ with your smartphone, so you can instruct your hot tub to heat up while you’re on your way home, or send a maintenance alert to your local dealership.

The hot tub has evolved and grown in popularity over the years. With the advent of the J-500™, Jacuzzi is proud to remain at the forefront of these advancements, and will continue to lead the way in hot tub and bathtub innovation for years to come.

History of Hot Tubs and Jacuzzi

The use of heated water as a health and relaxation aid is not a new concept. Cultures have used hot springs—bodies of water heated by geothermal forces—as bathing and gathering spots for millennia, eventually taking inspiration from these natural springs to create man-made spas and tubs. Read on to discover more about how modern-day hot tubs came to be, and the part the Jacuzzi brothers played in it all:

Ancient History

Ancient cultures were known to make use of natural hot springs, from the Japanese “onsen” since at least A.D. 737 to the Roman thermal springs and bathhouses. When hot springs were not available, past cultures created rudimentary hot tubs by adding heated stones to a cauldron of water. Later on, the Romans developed piping to carry hot water from a furnace to a pool or other contained body of water. While these facts mark the beginnings of the importance of hydrotherapy, it was the Jacuzzi brothers that pioneered what became known as hydromassage.

The Jacuzzi Brothers

The road bridging ancient hot tubs and modern spas is a long and interesting one leading back to the Jacuzzi brothers. After immigrating to California from Italy in the early 1900s, the Jacuzzi family initially made their living as inventors, designing advancements in aviation and water pumps for agricultural use (specifically, orange groves). But it was their submersible pump, the first in the world, which pulled water from the ground that was the first step that led them towards the Jacuzzi® Brand you know today.

In 1956, a Jacuzzi family member developed rheumatoid arthritis. In an effort to reduce the pain associated with this child’s affliction, the Jacuzzi brothers used their knowledge of hydraulics to create a hydrotherapy pump, the J-300. This pump was portable and transformed any standard bathtub into a rejuvenating spa, launching the wellness industry.

The First Jacuzzi® Bathtub and Hot Tubs

In 1968, Roy Jacuzzi created the world’s first integrated whirlpool bath, called the Roman, featuring integrated jets with a 50-50 air-to-water ratio. As the years passed, the jetted bathtubs led way to the indoor-outdoor hot tub, becoming more than just a health aid—it became a gathering place for families and friends, much as it had been in the Roman days.

From the revolutionary J-500™ Hot Tub Collection to the designer Avvio™ Bathtub Collection, Jacuzzi® Brands continue to evolve today, dedicating extensive resources to research focusing on building products that foster health, relaxation, and socialization.

6 Steps to Finding the Right Bathtub for Your Home: Part 2

Last week, we discussed three of the six steps to finding the right Jacuzzi® Bathtub for you. Today, we’ll explore additional steps to take to ensure you get the ideal model for your home:

 4. Select Your Bathtub Experience

What type of experience do you want to have when you relax in your bathtub? Jacuzzi offers a number of options for you to select from.

For the ultimate in relaxation, look into a Salon® Spa bathtub. This tub combines powerful jets and air bubbles to soothe your body and relax tired, tight muscles. Choose the Whirlpool for a hydromassage session—the massage these jets provide is one of the best things you can do for your body.

Another option is the Pure Air® Bath, which provides a gentle, soothing massage via warm air in hundreds of bubbles. This bathtub features 360-degree air inlets, giving you a full-body experience. Lastly, the Soaking bathtub is the perfect antidote to a long, busy day. Stretch out and take advantage of its ergonomic design. This bathtub allows a quiet, calm soak, so make sure you bring your favorite book in with you.

5. Decide on a Bathing Depth

From deep soaking to easy entry, deciding how much water you expect to use in your bathtub is an important factor to weigh. So, be sure to verify your hot water heater’s capacity. You can do that by finding the gallon amount on the Energy Guide tag located on the side of the unit itself or in your owner’s manual. This will help you ascertain whether your water heater can manage the volume your tub requires, allowing you to enjoy warm, soothing baths without overtaxing your unit.

6. Understand Your Faucet Options

If you’re on the market for a new bathtub, remember to consider your faucet choices. This can have a big influence on what type and size of bathtub will fit best in your space.

A floor-mounted faucet will add a unique touch, but you’ll need more room around the bathtub to install one, so take careful measurements. A wall-mounted faucet contributes to a sleek, modern look, and produces a longer water arch. This setup also leaves your bathtub with more surface space. On the other hand, should you have limited space around your tub, choosing to mount a faucet on the deck area may be your best option, as well as a more economical choice.

With your bathtub specifications in hand, visit our website or your local dealer showroom to view Jacuzzi® Bathtubs from our Comfort and Luxury collections. In just a few steps, you can find the right bathtub for your home.

6 Steps to Finding the Right Bathtub for Your Home: Part 1

Whether you’re upgrading your current bathtub or designing a new bathroom from scratch, ascertaining a few key specs from your space are critical before you pick out your future bathtub. From determining your installation options to ensuring you choose the right material, here are the first three steps to finding the right bathtub for your home.

1. Choose a Bathtub Size

Jacuzzi® Bathtubs are identified by length, width, and height, but as you contemplate your choices, consider who will be using the tub. If your bathtub will be primarily utilized by children, look for a model with low sides that will make it safe to enter and exit the tub, as well as easy for parents to reach in and help bathe the kids.

 

If your bathtub needs to accommodate multiple people, look for a model that can comfortably seat two and features a center drain. A particularly tall person may want to consider a 6-foot bathtub to ensure comfort and plenty of space while bathing. If you’re a solo bather, a bathtub with a high back, like the Era™ Slipper bathtub, is great for reclining and letting your worries fade away.

 

For remodels, be sure to make note of the location of the drain–whether left, right, or center–on the bathtub you are intending to replace to ensure the model you choose will be able to align with your drain.

2. Determine a Bathtub Installation Type

Before you choose a style of bathtub for your dream bathroom, you first need to determine which installation type will work in your intended space. Freestanding, drop-in, undermount, alcove, or skirted, the installation type often is determined not only by your style preference, but also by the space you have for your future bathtub.

 

Not sure which style will work for you? If you’re upgrading, take a photo of your existing space and allow a showroom expert to help you determine which models you can consider.

3. Explore Your Ideal Bathtub Material

All Jacuzzi® Luxury Bathtubs are created from high-quality Luxecast™ Solid Surface or acrylic materials.

 

Our Luxecast™ Solid Surface is a high-grade blend of the finest natural minerals and state-of the-art engineered materials. The uniformly non-porous material resists wear, soil and stain, and is also easy to clean. Luxecast™ Solid Surface is also thick and insulating, making it warm to the touch. Our high-gloss acrylic offers a non-porous surface retains heat and is easy to clean. The durable acrylic material comes in a variety of colors and boasts the benefit of also being scratch repairable.

 

Those are just the first three steps to finding the right bathtub for your home. In our next post, we’ll go even more in depth and provide three more helpful steps.

3 Entertaining Games to Play in Your Hot Tub

You already know how relaxing your spa is, but you might not realize just how much enjoyable it can be too. Unlike pools, most people don’t associate hot tubs with games even though there are quite a few you can play. Here are three games to try out with your friends and family this weekend:

Musical Jets

Musical jets is just like musical chairs with the added twist of involving your hot tub. Start by shutting down a portion of the jets in your spa. Have someone play a song (for example via the Bluetooth enabled Jacuzzi® Hot Tub) while everyone in the spa moves around in a clockwise motion. Just like musical chairs, when that person stops the music, everyone has to stop where they’re at. Unlike musical chairs however, where you’re scattering to find a chair, in musical jets you’re trying to sit down in front of a jet. If there isn’t a jet blowing up against you when you freeze, you’re out and have to leave the hot tub while everyone else finishes the game.

The Mine Game

Turn off the jets in your hot tub and drop in five to 10 ping pong balls, rubber ducks, or some other type of small, floating toys. The objective of the game is not to touch the floating objects; you can scramble out of the way as much as you can, but your feet must remain in the tub.

If you come into contact with an object, you have to leave the tub and place two more objects inside. After a few minutes, whoever has survived the onslaught of small toys is the victor.

Hot Tub Hockey

Using a ping pong ball or something else that floats, hot tub hockey involves trying to move this object to your opponent’s side of the spa without using your hands. Start off by placing the ping pong ball in the middle of the tub, between you (your team) and your opponent. Each time your team manages to move the ball to the opposing team’s wall, you earn a point. Splashing is allowed and can be a great way to heat up the competition! The team that scores three points first is the winner.

Quick Guide to the Jacuzzi® Hot Tub Collections

How to Find the Best Hot Tub

With so many models to choose from, there’s a relaxing Jacuzzi hot tub to fit any home. And any budget. No matter which you choose, be prepared to feel healthier and more relaxed every time you experience the benefits of Jacuzzi hydrotherapy. Jacuzzi produces a full line of affordable spas and hot tubs that will fit your lifestyle and your budget.

J-400™ Designer Collection
The J-400 Designer Collection consists of seven hot tubs that boast award winning, patented design. The J-400 hot tubs capture attention with graceful curves, presenting a dramatic modern spa profile.

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J-LX™ Luxury Collection
The J-LX™ and J-LXL™ models are the most energy-efficient spas in their class. With these two spas you can rely on excellent performance and experience the famous Jacuzzi® jet hydrotherapy from spas cost less to operate. Patented top deck design and exterior stainless steel accents add to this collection’s unique contemporary styling. Options include ProStep™ Entry steps with an integrated storage compartment and as well as a durable ProEndure™ hot tub cover with Sunbrella® fabric.

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J-300™ Signature Collection
The portable spa series that sets the standard for comparison and defines the classic hot tub. The J-300™ Signature Collection is comprised of seven portable hot tub models that represent the best of Jacuzzi hot tubs.

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J-200™ Classic Collection
Value counts in the J-200™ Collection.
Why not buy a discount spa? Because you probably won’t get the features and performance you want, and you definitely won’t get Jacuzzi reliability. The five spas in the J-200 Collection make hot tub ownership affordable without asking you to give up quality and style.

CLEARRAY® Water Purification System
New for 2012, the CLEARRAY Water Purification System is standard on all models. The CLEARRAY system uses UV-C technology to neutralize waterborne pathogens, rendering them useless. CLEARRAY will also reduce the amount of sanitizer you use in your hot tub, providing you with clean, fresh clear water. Use in conjunction with ProClear Mineral Cartridge for the cleanest, softest water possible. No more drying out, no more red-eye.

Now that you have a brief overview of the Jacuzzi Hot Tubs Collections, browse through the spas and start your search for the best hot tub for your needs and lifestyle.

The New J-415™ Hot Tub : Small Size Fits All

The J-400 Collection™ Welcomes Compact Luxury

“Our J-415 spa model is a well received hot tub addition to the J-400 Collection. It offers all the great features and comfort expected in a J-400 Collection spa in a smaller overall footprint”- Tracine Andrus Marroquin, Director of Marketing. The compact, yet fully featured J-415 hot tub provides just the right place to spend cherished moments with no media distractions or bonding with close friends. The J-415 small luxury hot tub was designed specifically for ease of entry and exit, making it perfect for both old and young users. At only 32″ high this spa fits more easily through doorways making delivery and set up much easier. You will find the Jacuzzi® J-415 the perfect addition to any empty nest.

For more information on smaller luxury hot tubs contact your local Jacuzzi® hot tub dealer or download a brochure now.

At a Glance – The All-New J-425™

Why It Stands Out From Other 4-5 Person Hot Tubs and Spas

Are you looking for a hot tub that fits in your small yard but large enough to comfortably fit 4-5 adults? People all over the world shop for spas of this size. My family is no exception. With a family of four and smaller yard, we want a spa that provides all the impressive elements found in some of the larger hot tubs, but in a smaller footprint, while accommodating all of us comfortably.

Seating 4-5 adults, the all-new J-425™ hot tub is perfect for families and couples alike, and they take up less space than the mega spas. So when Jacuzzi designed a new entry to join the hot tubs and spas of the luxury J-400™ Designer Collection, we created a rock star that would stand out from the rest. Here are three notable features of the new Jacuzzi® J-425 hot tub:
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