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Jacuzzi® vs hot tub – What’s the difference?

June 26, 2023 

Estimated read time – 4 minutes 

Author – Annabella Garwood, Content Manager UK, Jacuzzi Group  

If you're in or have been in the market for a new hot tub or spa, you've probably come across both hot tubs and Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs.  

Jacuzzi® is sometimes incorrectly used interchangeably with the word hot tub, as is done with vacuum cleaners referred to as Hoover®, plastic containers as Tupperware®, road surfaces as Tarmac™, sticky tape as Sellotape®, and as you may be starting to see, the list goes on!  

Sound like a habit you regularly fall into? Many of us do this innocently without realising that behind these names, there’s a brand that produces a specific product.  

Jacuzzi hot tub on deck at sunset

You will learn in this article what the Jacuzzi® brand is and why not all hot tubs are Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs. This should give you all the clarity you need about our brand and equip you with some handy and correct ‘did-you-know' knowledge that you can pass onto friends and family moving forward!  

In this article, we’ve used brand names not affiliated with Jacuzzi Group. You can see the list of the brand owners at the bottom of this article. All information, including pricing and product details, was accurate at the time of writing (June 28, 2023) and may change without notice

What's the difference between a hot tub and a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub? 

Hot tubs and Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs are different in terms of the brand name and the way they are made.  

A hot tub is a small to medium sized structure that holds a body of water that can be heated and is commonly equipped with seats, jets and filters to create a bubbly, massaging, fun water experience.   

On the other hand, Jacuzzi is a brand that manufactures its own hot tubs, swim spas, baths and saunas. The name comes from the surname of the Jacuzzi brothers who invented the J-300 pump for a bath which evolved into the product we now know as a hot tub.  

which evolved into the product we now know as a hot tub.   

Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs are known for a number of key features including high quality hydromassage jets (inspired from the original J-300 pump), water filtration system, comfortable seating, design and more recent innovations such as SmartTub®.

Jacuzzi hot tub seats in a J-400 with waterfall

What is an inflatable hot tub? 

An inflatable spa is a portable version that can be easily set up and taken down by inflating or deflating its malleable walls.   

It is an affordable alternative to traditional tubs, especially for people who live in apartments, condos or only want a temporary tub to use at certain times of the year. Inflatable tubs are also a good option for people who want to enjoy a soak experience without the hassle of installation.   

They come in different sizes, colours, and shapes, and some models come with hydrotherapy jets and LED lighting. Although inflatables are cheaper to buy than hardshell options, they may cost you more to run through more frequent emptying, refilling and heating of water.   

The lifespan of inflatable tub is limited to a maximum of a few years, in comparison to up to 20 years or more that quality hardshell options can be used for. 


Read this article to learn more about inflatable hot tubs.  

What is a spa? 

A spa can mean two things - in the UK, a spa is considered a place where you go for relaxation and beauty treatments at a hotel, resort or centre and pay for massages, manicures, pedicures, facials... As well as soaking in a hot tub.   

A spa pool is also what other countries around the world call hot tubs. Some countries that call a hot tub a spa, or spa pool, include Australia and New Zealand.  

How do you spell Jacuzzi®? 

Jacuzzi® is spelled with two z's and two c's. Many people often misspell Jacuzzi as jaccuzi, Jacuzi, Jaquzzi, jaccuzi, jucuzzi, jacquzzi, jaccozi, jakkuzi, jacuzzis.   

It is important to note that Jacuzzi is the correct spelling and is a trademarked brand name. 

Where to buy a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub?  

Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs are available at three Jacuzzi® stores and more than 30 showrooms around the UK.   

To find your nearest Jacuzzi® Hot Tub and Swim Spa showroom, click this link. 

Private Jacuzzi hot tub with greenery in the UK

Where to buy a hot tub? 

Hot tubs are available in many stores in the UK – both in physical showrooms and online only businesses. If you live in the following areas Manchester, Worcestershire or Hertfordshire, learn about the multiple places you can buy these products from, brands available, as well as details on price, location, products offered and more.  

If you live outside these areas and wondering what hot tub brands are available in the UK and where you can buy hot tubs, whether it’s in a manufacture owned store, retail store, home and hardware store, shows or online, this article should answer these questions, and more for you.  


When it comes to Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs vs hot tubs, let’s recap the main points to remember   


-Jacuzzi manufactures its own brand of hot tubs as well as other products  

-All hot tubs are not Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs   

If you are considering one of our products we have a number of tub models across our three collections – J-200™, J-300™ and J-400™.   


For clarity and a clearer idea of what our products offer in design, innovation and performance, we recommend you download our Jacuzzi® Hot Tub brochure. 

You can also head to our product page section to browse all our hot tubs available.   

Disclaimer: The following registered trademarks are owned by companies not affiliated in any way with Jacuzzi Group. 

HOOVER® is a registered trademark owned by Candy Hoover Group S.r.l.Tupperware® is a trademark owned by Dart Industries Inc. Tarmac™ is a trademark owned by Tarmac Trading Limited. Sellotape® is a trademark owned by Henkel AG & Co. KGaA 

Affiliations: Jacuzzi® is a registered trademark of Jacuzzi Group. All rights reserved.