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What is the Jacuzzi® SmartTub® system and will it help me save money on energy costs?

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Are you a hot tub or swim spa user who is always on the go? Does the thought of being able to check in on your hot tub or swim spa at anytime, anywhere sound appealing? Are you looking for the peace of mind that comes from a hot tub or swim spa that notifies you when where may be a problem like a power outage? Maybe you’d like a smarter spa that can help you find ways to reduce your energy costs?

There are a variety of hot tub apps on the market, and you may be wondering which one will work best for your Jacuzzi® hot tub or swim spa. The Jacuzzi® SmartTub® remote monitoring system is designed to work with the SmartTub® system installed on your Jacuzzi® hot tub or swim spa to help you monitor and operate your Jacuzzi® hot tub with ease — and with energy efficiency in mind. The app is a convenient addition to the many ways you can communicate with the SmartTub® system on your Jacuzzi® hot tub or swim spa.

In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about the Jacuzzi® SmartTub® remote monitoring system and how it can be used both at home and on the go, making using and caring for your Jacuzzi® hot tub or swim spa easy.

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 and may change without notice.

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What is the Jacuzzi® SmartTub® system?

The patented industry-first Jacuzzi® SmartTub® system acts as your personal hot tub or swim spa assistant from your smart device. Think of it as a remote control for your hot tub or swim spa that also adds the ability to receive alerts and check your hot tub’s or swim spa’s status from anywhere.

The Jacuzzi® SmartTub® system provides remote monitoring and control through smart phones, smart devices, and wearables anywhere in the world. It conveniently allows you to monitor your Jacuzzi® hot tub whether you’re inside your home or even in a totally different continent. As of January 2023, the SmartTub® remote monitoring system is also available on Jacuzzi® swim spas.

What are some of the features of the Jacuzzi® SmartTub® system?

There are many features that make monitoring your hot tub or swim spa and managing energy efficiency easy. From your smart device, the Jacuzzi® SmartTub® app allows you to do many things at the touch of a button, including:

  • Adjust the temperature, jets, and lights
  • Lock down your hot tub or swim spa and prevent usage
  • Set up an automated usage schedule
  • Get real-time notifications and reminders even during a power outage as its equipped with a backup battery
  • Track energy usage reports
  • Pair with Siri®, Alexa®, and Google Assistant™ virtual personal assistant and wearables
  • Enjoy new features updated automatically, software updates, and a simple, reliable cellular connection

What type of protection can the Jacuzzi® SmartTub® system provide while I’m away?

The Jacuzzi® SmartTub® system automatically alerts your local dealer if your hot tub or swim spa needs attention. It also can detect power outages, freezing, and overheating.

The Jacuzzi® SmartTub® system also optimizes energy savings with the industry-first Smart Heat Mode. This aspect of the system learns your usage and lets you control how much energy you use through the app.

What will I get with the Jacuzzi® SmartTub® system upgrade?

The Jacuzzi® SmartTub® system intends to make using your hot tub or swim spa easy and hassle-free. You can enjoy easy control, smart reminders, energy reporting to help you monitor and maintain usage and costs, and energy savings with Smart Heat Mode.

Smart Heat Mode allows the app to calculate how much time it takes your hot tub water to reach your desired temperature on the days and times you set. On the days you’re not using your hot tub, the water will naturally cool, conserving unnecessary power usage. The Jacuzzi® SmartTub® system’s Smart Heat Mode can save you up to 25 percent on standby heating.

With the ability to monitor and track and customize usage, you can also take advantage of off-peak hours, further allowing you to conserve costs without sacrificing time spent enjoying your hot tub or swim spa.

Can I use the Jacuzzi® SmartTub® system when I’m on vacation?

Yes. The Jacuzzi® SmartTub® system is designed to put your mind at ease — especially when they are away from their hot tub or swim spa. For example, the Vacation Mode feature allows you to essentially place your hot tub on pause while you are away. This way, your hot tub will still be running at a lower temperature and will continue with the necessary filtration cycles so it will be ready for you to use when you switch off Vacation Mode and set your next scheduled soak.

You can also check in on your hot tub or swim spa while on vacation and maintain the necessary functions such as setting temperature, changing lights, and filtration cycles. For the ultimate in peace of mind, you’ll also receive any important alerts through your Jacuzzi® SmartTub® system app that you need to know about while you’re away.

How can the Jacuzzi® SmartTub® system help me use my hot tub in a more energy efficient way?

Some of the modes we already mentioned such as Smart Heat Mode and Vacation Mode can help you monitor and manage usage to run your hot tub in a more energy efficient manner. Scheduling soak times with Smart Heat Mode can ensure you’re reducing unnecessary energy usage and running your hot tub at a lower temperature in Vacation Mode are two ways in which you can be sure you’re using your hot tub in the most energy efficient way.

Other monitoring processes such as energy usage reports and updates and program filtration cycles can help you determine the best times of day to use your hot tub and run filtration cycles, such as during off-peak hours.

How does the Jacuzzi® SmartTub® system work with my smart device?

The Jacuzzi® SmartTub® system uses cellular-based communication and requires cell service from a Jacuzzi® provider partner in your area. Through cellular service, it connects directly to local cell towers to ensure stable networks with maximized performance. Pairing your device to your home Wi-Fi network is also an option; however, cellular connectivity is more reliable than Wi-Fi for outdoor appliances.

What if I already own a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub or Swim Spa and want to add a Jacuzzi® SmartTub® system?

Many Jacuzzi® hot tub and swim spa models are compatible with the Jacuzzi® SmartTub® system. Even if you already own a Jacuzzi® hot tub or swim spa, you can likely have the hardware module installed and the app downloaded to your smart device so you can start taking advantage of the amenities of this system.

Which Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs and Swim Spas are Compatible with the Jacuzzi® SmartTub® system?

The Jacuzzi® SmartTub® system and app is an optional feature with any model from the Jacuzzi® J-400™ Collection. It is also compatible with models in the J-300™ Collection as well as the J-200™ Collection. All 2018+ models are compatible for aftermarket installation.

Can I add the Jacuzzi® SmartTub® system to a non-Jacuzzi® Hot Tub or Swim Spa?

The Jacuzzi® SmartTub® system is available and compatible with Jacuzzi® hot tubs or swim spas, Sundance® spas, and Dimension One Spas.

Is there a cost for the SmartTub® system cellular connection?

There is no charge for the first year of service. After the first year, there is a renewal fee that covers the cost of the cellular connection. The current renewal charge is $36 per year.

Is the Jacuzzi® SmartTub® system right for me?

We live in a world of ever-evolving technology that can make our lives simpler in many ways, but some people may not be sure about how much they want technology to play into their hot tub or swim spa experience.

If you’re a spontaneous hot tub user, don’t mind paying varying power bills, don’t read into energy usage data, and are almost always at home, then the Jacuzzi® SmartTub® system may not be a top priority or a necessary hot tub or swim spa upgrade for you.

However, if you naturally find yourself in a routine when it comes to using your hot tub or swim spa, then features such as Smart Heat Mode will not only make using your hot tub or swim spa easier, but they can also help you become more energy efficient.

If you treat your hot tub or swim spa like other household items such as heaters, fans, and lights, and monitor your energy usage with other appliances, the Jacuzzi® SmartTub® system app will provide you with all the information you need so you’re not caught off guard when it comes to your hot tub’s operational costs. 

Another perk for those that are always on the go, the ability to connect to cellular service and check in on your hot tub or place it on Vacation Mode can provide you with peace of mind that your hot tub is functioning well in your absence. In the case you do need to be notified about something relating to your hot tub or swim spa, Smart Notifications will alert you as to what is wrong and how to resolve the issue.

Transparency, ease of use and control at your fingertips are some of the aspects of the Jacuzzi® SmartTub® remote monitoring system that make hot tub or swim spa ownership simple and energy efficient, even when away from your hot tub.  

After reading this article, you hopefully have a better understanding of the ins and outs of the Jacuzzi® SmartTub® remote monitoring system and how it can benefit your hot tub or swim spa experience.

If you have further questions or are interested in purchasing a Jacuzzi® SmartTub® remote monitoring system, click here to find a dealer near you who can help.

Disclaimer: The following registered trademarks are owned by companies not affiliated in any way with Jacuzzi Group. Alexa®, Google Assistant™, and Siri® are trademarks and registered trademarks of their respective owners. Affiliations: Jacuzzi® is a registered trademark of Jacuzzi Group. All rights reserved.

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About The Author: Larry Ovalle

Vice President, Innovation and Technology, Jacuzzi Group

Larry Ovalle has been with Jacuzzi Group for more than a decade, during which he has held multiple positions in addition to his current role as VP of innovation and technology including sr. director of product, technology, and director of marketing, strategic growth. Ovalle currently leads the Innovation and Technology team, which involves ... Read Full Bio