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J-500™ Collection: Get the Newest Technology with the ProLink™ App

The J-500™ Collection provides beautiful aesthetics and the most advanced hydromassage available. It also includes the cutting-edge ProTouch™ Control Panel, which works with the ProLink™ app so you can remotely monitor your hot tub, set reminders, and heat up the water from just about anywhere.

Remote Hot Tub Monitoring

The J-500™ Collection is the total package: beauty and brains! Along with its stunning design, unrivaled hydromassage, new wrist jets, and an upgraded therapy seat, J-500™ Hot Tubs boast the latest technology.

These hot tub models are the first in the industry to integrate a full-color glass touchscreen interface and the ProTouch™ Control Panel, which utilizes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with the brand-new ProLink Remote Monitoring System app.

The ProLink™ app is currently available—free for the first year—on both iOS and Android systems. After downloading the app on your smart device, simply connect your hot tub to your home Wi-Fi, create an account, and log in.

The most important feature of this app is that it keeps an eye on your hot tub, so you can manage your hot tub easily and worry less. Quickly and efficiently, the app takes the guesswork out of maintenance and provides updates you need to care for your hot tub.

Automated Maintenance Notifications

The ProLink™ app conveniently displays maintenance notifications, such as shorted flow switches or freeze conditions, so you can quickly tend to concerns and help your hot tub run newer, longer. It also features timers and controls, which show the number of days remaining until basic maintenance is required.

Ultimate Control and Convenience

From the app, you can adjust your spa’s temperature, so your hot tub will always be ready when you need it. You can even set a time for your primary filtration cycles to start and end, or use the “Away” option to set your spa to vacation mode.

Wouldn’t you love to unwind in your perfectly heated spa as soon as you get home from work? You can do that too, with the Jacuzzi® Brand ProLink™ app. It lets you control individual jets and lights to create the perfect spa ambiance. The ProLink™ Remote Monitoring System takes the guesswork out of hot tub maintenance, so you can focus on the fun.

The Newest Technology

The J-500™ Collection brings unique design and new technology to the industry. The ProTouch™ Control Panel is at the front line of hot tub innovation, providing control over temperature, lighting, hydromassage, and even music on a convenient, glass waterproof touch display. The ProLink™ Remote Monitoring System enhances the control panel even further, allowing you sit back and let the app take care of all the details. See your authorized Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs dealer for more on the latest hot tub products.

Hot Tub Maintenance 102: Protecting the Exterior

We recently discussed just how easy it can be to maintain your hot tub inside and out. In this post, we’ll continue the conversation about hot tub maintenance, but focusing just on tips for the exterior.

The outside of your hot tub is exposed to the elements year round and can be damaged by UV rays, built-up debris, and falling objects, but you can keep your spa looking good as new with these tactics:

Hot Tub Covers

Purchasing a first-rate hot tub cover is one of the best investments you can make to extend the life of your hot tub and reduce costly hot tub repairs. Covers provide protection not only for the inside of the hot tub, but also the top and edges, keeping them from being exposed to extreme weather conditions and sunlight.

Properly fitting hot tub covers, such as those found in our dealerships, are designed specifically for your hot tub to perfectly fit your hot tub’s every curve. The more snug your cover fits, the better it will be protected from the elements.

Vinyl Covers

If you’re using a vinyl hot tub cover, it’s important to clean it monthly to expand the lifespan of not only the cover, but your hot tub, too.

  1. Begin by hosing down the cover to remove any dirt and debris.
  2. Next, wipe down the outside with a soft cloth or sponge and a high-quality cleaner made specifically for hot tub covers.
  • Alternatively, you can also use a mixture of lukewarm water and mild soap.
  • Never use household products, and avoid scrubbers like steel wool.

Keep in mind that cleaning chemicals can add contaminants to the water and cause problems, and rough materials can scratch or even tear the hot tub cover.

If the underside of the cover needs cleaning:

  1. Spray it with a hose and wipe with a new cloth or sponge.
  2. Be sure to rid the cover of any soap, and then let it air dry.
  3. Once the cover dries, apply your vinyl protector as directed on the packaging.

Fabric Covers

When it comes to fabric covers, one of the best ways to keep them in prime condition is by addressing stains as soon as possible.

  1. Brush away dirt and wipe up spills to prevent them from settling into the cover.
  2. If a stain does make a mark, use a soft nylon brush, dishwasher detergent or a gentle laundry detergent such as ones used for babies and warm water to gently spot clean. Rinse out the detergent and let the area air dry.

Use the same technique to clean the underside of your fabric hot tub cover as you would a vinyl cover.

For stubborn stains, use a fabric stain remover, but consult the hot tub cover packaging for additional instructions. Always rinse off any cleaning products and allow your cover to dry on its own.

Exterior Cabinetry and Shell

The exterior sides of the hot tub, also known as the synthetic cabinet or skirt, are made from sturdy, UV-resistant material that shouldn’t require much cleaning. If it does look like it needs a pick me up:

  1. Spray down the exterior with a hose and nozzle attachment.
  2. Or, wipe it down with a cloth and a mild detergent soap solution.

Similarly, the Jacuzzi® Hot Tub shell is acrylic and nonporous and only needs an occasional swipe of a damp cloth and gentle soap. Do not use abrasive cleaners on the shell, and always ensure all the soap suds are wiped away before refilling the tub.

You could also consider using the Jacuzzi® Spa All-Purpose Cleaner, which is suitable for both the shell and skirt. Simply spray on the solution, wipe down the surfaces with a damp cloth, and rinse. If you need a more aggressive cleaner, contact your Jacuzzi Hot Tubs dealer.


With a little love and attention, your hot tub will not only sparkle on the outside, but will be well-equipped to protect the inside as well. Remember, proper hot tub care is important for both the interior and exterior.

Spruce Up Your Backyard with Summer Annuals

Summer often brings to mind events like graduations, long weekends, pool parties, and barbecues. Chances are, you’re using your backyard (and hot tub) quite a bit during the sunny season—and so are your friends and family. Impress your guests by creating a floral paradise surrounding your hot tub that will come to life in the summer months.

Sweet Alyssum

This is a great groundcover annual for cooler climates. Sweet alyssum prefers partial shade and is a prolific bloomer all through summer with highly scented, small white, pink, or blue flowers. These delicate flowers will add a splash of color to your yard, giving your hot tub a bright backdrop.


Add some natural aromatherapy to your hot tub session with the sweet snapdragon’s aroma. It comes in a variety of colors and grows up to three feet tall, making it a good choice to add height and dimension to your backyard designs. Naturally occurring in arid and semi-arid climates, this plant needs large amounts of sunlight and is perfect for the Southwestern region. 

Ornamental Peppers (Capsicum)

These are a fun, colorful addition to the area around your hot tub—and a conversation piece! Grown throughout the United States, ornamental peppers can be used to add a tropical feel to nontropical climates. They do have “edible” fruit, but beware—most people don’t find them enjoyable. Instead of picking them, simply let them brighten up the flower beds around your hot tub. 


This another plant that can add a tropical feel to your backyard paradise, in appearance as well as with its wonderful, unique scent. Plant this tall, low-maintenance annual in clusters that will be reached by full sun and get ready to inhale sweet summertime as you soak in your spa. 

Bidens and Calibrachoa

These work well in window boxes and hanging baskets. Bidens have happy yellow blooms that will creep nicely over a planter or across a patio. Calibrachoa flowers prolifically, providing a cascade of bright color. 


Coleus comes in an amazing variety of colors, sizes, and leaf shapes, and is very easy to grow (for those who may not have the greenest thumb). It also prefers shade, providing an unexpected pop of color in the darker regions of your backyard, or perhaps under a gazebo that also covers your hot tub. 

Gerbera daisies

These daisies really speak for themselves. Who doesn’t love their big bright blooms? Stunning, yet easy-to-grow, these daisies are great for potting in large containers to provide colorful accents throughout the yard. Gerbera daisies are also an excellent drought-resistant option for those in dry climates.

Any of the above plants could be perennials in warm climates (zone 9 or higher). In cooler regions, plants such as bananas, mandevilla, hibiscus, and bougainvillea can be grown in the summer as annuals to add a lush, tropical flair to your backyard space around your spa.

See our post on “Most Attractive Types of Greenery to Surround Your Hot Tub” for more backyard ideas. With our tips, you’ll have fun and success creating an attractive backdrop for all of the summer memories you’ll have in your spa.

Relaxation and Other Benefits of Hydrotherapy

The “Secret” of Many Healthy, Happy People

Why do some of the busiest people begin each day seemingly refreshed and with a “bubbly” attitude? How do active people stay on the go even when they have minor aches and pains? Could it be that these people have discovered the benefits of hot tub hydromassage?

Warm water, or “hydro” therapy can promote relaxation, pain relief and improved sleep habits as the heat, buoyancy and massage work together to clear your mind, reduce stress and soothe overworked muscles. Heat improves circulation and warms muscles and joints. Buoyancy lifts the pressure of weight from joints and muscles. Hydromassage stimulates muscles, healing and soothing soreness, which also helps to ease pain surrounding joints. Read on to learn more about the benefits of hydrotherapy.

People have always been naturally drawn to water as a source of comfort—the soothing sounds of a bubbling brook, the relaxing steam of a natural hot spring. Water therapy in a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub combines all the best calming features of water: opening the blood vessels to improve circulation, relaxing the muscles and providing an escape from the pressures of daily life.

Post-workout soreness

Exercise is important for health and well-being, but no one wants the sore, overworked muscles that sometimes come along with it. Hydromassage gently warms and stimulates the muscles and joints, expediting recovery to the benefit of those with injuries and muscle pain.

Targeted pain relief
Hydromassage has many pain-relieving benefits. It reduces pain levels in those with arthritis by opening the blood vessels and increasing range of movement, and reduces muscle tension and overall discomfort resulting from fibromyalgia. And for those who suffer from lower-back pain, a 2012 article in the Journal of Musculoskeletal Research found that hydrotherapy provides more potential benefits when compared to land-based exercises.

Improved sleep habits

With all these amazing hot tub benefits, you won’t be surprised to learn that a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub can also help you sleep! The National Institutes of Health estimates that 30 percent of Americans suffer from sleep disruption. All the benefits of immersing yourself in warm water—tension relief, improved circulation and more—also help create healthy sleep habits, according to the Better Sleep Council. Raising your internal temperature by soaking in a hot tub two hours before bedtime, and then having your body naturally return to normal temperature after you exit your spa, creates a gentle transition that improves sleep.

Whether you’re juggling work and family, recovering from a joint or muscle injury or simply need to unwind from the day’s stresses, hot tub therapy provides relaxation, healing effects and nourishing rejuvenation. In addition, a hot tub is a natural place to get together with family and friends, so you could say that better communication and having fun socializing are also benefits of hydrotherapy.

Learn more about hydrotherapy and hydromassage in another short blog article!

Have You Replaced Your CLEARRAY® Bulb?

Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs are easy to take care of, including all the small parts you may not think of on a weekly basis. Water maintenance, in particular the CLEARRAY® System, is a perfect example. Here’s what you need to know about this water care system and how to keep it operating at peak performance:

What is CLEARRAY®?

The CLEARRAY® System uses exclusive UV-C technology to neutralize 99.9% of waterborne pathogens and reduces the amount of sanitizer you use in your hot tub. Your water will be fresh and clean, without the uses of gasses.


Which Hot Tubs Models Include CLEARRAY®?

The CLEARRAY® System has been standard on all Jacuzzi® Hot Tub models since 2012, but can be retrofitted to 2006 models. You can easily add this to your older model with a CLEARRAY® aftermarket kit.

How Often Should the Bulb Be Replaced?

The bulb, the most important part of the CLEARRAY® System, lasts quite a bit longer than you’d think. Engineered for efficiency, this small tube just needs to be changed every 12 months to maintain optimal performance. (Remember not to touch the bulbs with your bare hands when swapping them out).

You can purchase the bulb at your local dealership, or online here.

What Else Can I Do to Keep Water Clear?

If you really want to crystalline, odor-free, and silky smooth water, use the ProClear®Spa Sanitizer in tandem with the CLEARRAY® System. Using trace elements of silver, it kills more bacteria than chlorine alone and “softens” your water.

To learn more, check out this video on water maintenance.

Understanding Hot Tub Chemicals

You’ve created an inviting backyard hot tub oasis with a masterfully designed stone patio, surrounded by lush and tropical plants. But the ambiance you worked so hard to create can be ruined with cloudy water. Don’t let spa maintenance keep you out of the warm waters. Follow our guide to hot tub chemicals to spend more time in your backyard paradise, and less time on water care:

Stay Loose: Hot Tub Massage and Chronic Lower Back Pain

How Hydrotherapy Can Help



According to survey results released in 2012 by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)1, nearly two-thirds of Americans experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. Anyone who owns a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub knows that the warm-water massage feels incredibly soothing on tender or tense back muscles, but does a hot tub help manage chronic back pain?

Here are some comments from our customers:

“Oh yes it does!!! Powerful jets massage my whole back, the heat soothes sore muscles. Our Jacuzzi® Hot Tub is wonderful.”

“New Jacuzzi® Hot Tub owners and bought it because of my chronic back problems…it has helped.”

“It’s a blessing, with or without back troubles. Great to de-stress, relax, & unwind.”

Hydrotherapy revs up circulation to soothe muscles and relieve pain symptoms faster, making it an effective way to gain control over lower back pain. It also promotes spine flexibility to help with stiffness of the spine, which is often identified as a cause of lower back pain.

The research on hydrotherapeutic massage is convincing—hot tub jets may be a good tactic for relieving lower back pain relief:

  • A study comparing hydrotherapy and land-based exercise for lower back pain stated that both are helpful, but “hydrotherapy seems to be better for spinal flexibility.” The Journal of Musculoskeletal Research, Vol. 13, Issue 04, Dec. 2010.
  • Applied heat expands blood vessels, improves circulation, helps to relax muscles, and reduces pain, according to a book about complementary and alternative cancer therapies by the American Cancer Society.2 “Warm water in the form of a bath, massaging water jets, or hot tub also provides relaxation and stress relief,” it says. “An analysis of studies done on hydrotherapy for lower back pain suggested that it might be helpful, although further studies are needed.”
  • Other sources have also concluded that while more research is needed, “hydrotherapy currently remains an attractive treatment modality for low back pain to improve aerobic conditioning and initiate spinal stabilizing efforts.”3

Seventy-two percent of those surveyed in the APTA study used pain medication to relieve their symptoms1, but the APTA recommends that sufferers learn natural strategies for preventing and relieving chronic back pain. Hydrotherapy encourages the body to use its own responses to handle back pain. With a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub in your backyard, you can relieve chronic pain with regular hydromassage sessions and feel better naturally.

1American Physical Therapy Association™

2American Cancer Society Complete Guide to Complementary & Alternative Cancer Therapies

3Scoliosisnutty Blog

Play Hot Tub Music from Your Smartphone

If you store your music or save your favorite radio stations on a smartphone, the new BLUEWAVE® Spa Stereo System with Bluetooth® is an option that’s perfect for you. You can play music from your smartphone and get premium sound through the speakers in your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub.

We’ve made it easy to love this hot tub stereo system. BLUEWAVE® is available as an option on most Jacuzzi® Hot Tub models and integrates with the Jacuzzi® 1000™ Control System, where it displays track and playlist information on the topside control screen. On all hot tub models, you can use the water-resistant remote control or phone from up to 30 feet away. In J-400™ Collection hot tubs, the remote controls the temperature, lights, and jets, as well.

Here are some other reasons BLUEWAVE® is the talk of the industry:

• It streams audio from up to 30 feet away.
• USB power (an Apple USB cable is included) allows you to direct-connect and charge while you listen.
• Docking compartment features a marine-rated seal to keep moisture out.
• AUX input lets you plug in other devices.
• J-500™ Collection, J-400™ Collection and J-300™ Collection hot tubs have marine-grade speakers plus a subwoofer.

BLUEWAVE® gives you the ability to personalize your hot tub experience like never before. Tap into your party playlist, stream the relaxing sounds of nature, listen to your favorite sports announcer, or tune in to a talk radio show. Doesn’t a new Jacuzzi® Hot Tub with BLUEWAVE® sound amazing? You can also ask your local dealership about retrofitting your existing hot tub with a BLUEWAVE® Spa Stereo System.

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 Maintenance: 101

Hot Tub Maintenance Is Not Nearly as Hard as You May Think

hot tub maintenance

If you have never owned a hot tub, the thought of maintaining one may seem overwhelming. But in reality, maintenance is rather simple!

A few minutes a week are all you need to maintain your hot tub so you and your family can enjoy using it for years to come. Hot tub maintenance doesn’t require a lot of skill, but you do have to know what to do and when to do it. From the exterior shell to the water chemistry, here are some tips for proper hot tub maintenance:


Best Hot Tubs – Hot Tub Reviews

Jacuzzi® J-470Model Named Top 10 Best Hot Tub

Best Hot Tub Pick: J-470

The Jacuzzi® J-470™ model hot tub was named a best hot tub pick in PoolAndSpa.com’s list of the “Top 10 Hot Tub Spas” in 2010, and today is still one of the best-selling models in our collections.

Why does it continue to be so popular? Like all of our Jacuzzi® J-400™ Collection hot tubs, the J-470™ model includes a variety of the best hot tub features and options. The J-470™ Hot Tub comfortably seats 6 to 7 adults at a variety of depths, with molded seats to support the body and adjustable pillow headrests that move up and down to accommodate different body heights.


Hot Tub Covers: Put a Lid On Your Precious Investment

Hot Tub Covers Jacuzzi Silverwood

The backyard of your dreams is nearly complete. You have decided on your perfect spa and have had it installed in just the right spot. Don’t forget to put a lid on it! It is crucial that a hot tub cover accompany your dream spa on its first day home.

Hot tub covers are one of the most important accessories for a hot tub. Here’s why:

Heat Insulation

The cover insulates against heat loss, which occurs when heat rises from the spa water. Preventing heat loss helps the water heat up faster; without a good cover, the homeowner will incur additional costs as more electricity will be needed to heat the water.


Covers stop leaves, dirt and other debris from falling into the water, which means less cleaning. Covers also protect the top of the spa from damage resulting from extreme weather conditions. The skirt of your hot tub cover should be long enough to prevent the spa’s acrylic edge from being exposed to harmful sunlight and other weather conditions.


Another very important property is that hot tub covers are large and heavy enough to prevent children, pets, and other animals from accessing the spa when it is not in use.

What to look for when shopping for a hot tub cover:

Perfect Fit

A good fit is the most important part of the cover, and accurate measurements are key. It is easiest to buy a cover from the manufacturer of your hot tub, who will have detailed drawings for the spas they manufacture and can ensure the fit is exact.

If you are purchasing a spa cover from a company other than the original manufacturer, you will be asked for various measurements. These will be followed exactly, so if you mistakenly give the wrong information to the cover maker, you will be stuck with a custom-built cover that does not fit. The results can be disastrous in that you will have an ill-fitting cover that does not retain heat, and that you cannot return.

Solid Reputation

If your hot tub cover comes with a warranty, ensure the company that makes the cover has a solid reputation and long business history. There are plenty of cover manufacturers who will promise a great cover replacement and then go out of business; it is up to you to make sure the company will be around to honor the warranty.

Important facts about Jacuzzi® Hot Tub covers:

Strict Specifications

Jacuzzi has developed strict specifications for its hot tub covers that include specific requirements for: foam density, vapor barrier bag density, vinyl weight, c-channel support, stitching, thread, skirt length, handle material and zipper material, along with a variety of other requirements. These standards ensure you are getting one of the best hot tub covers and cover lifters in the industry, built specifically for your spa.


Our vinyl covers can be customized in many colors, and on select models we offer an optional upgrade to ProLast™ cover, which is made with superior marine-grade material that is 25-percent lighter and boasts greater durability. In addition, our hot tub covers meet the safety requirements of ASTM F-1346-91, the internationally recognized safety standards for pools and spas.

Caring for your hot tub cover:

Hot tub covers need to be cared for just like any outdoor product. Keeping them cleaned and conditioned will help extend the life of your cover. For vinyl covers, use a high-quality cleaner and conditioner for vinyl that is not petroleum based. For ProLast™ covers, use mild soap and soft nylon brush. Your cover is exposed to air pollutants, acid rain, bird droppings and strong UV rays. Failure to maintain your hot tub cover properly can prematurely age your cover.

For more information on spa accessories including hot tub covers, hot tub cover lifters and cover protectant, please visit our hot tub accessories page.


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