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Whirlpool or Jacuzzi? What’s the difference?

Whirlpool or Jacuzzi? What’s the difference and which one would you rather have? Well, what if I told you that a whirlpool and a Jacuzzi are essentially the same thing? The main difference is that a Jacuzzi is a brand name of a spa, or hot tub, and the name has been colloquially associated with the product – similar to Kleenex and tissues, Band-Aid and bandages, etc.

What is a Whirlpool Tub?

A whirlpool is a generic name for large, bathtub filled with hot, circulated water. The water’s circulation is made possible by jets that are constantly pushing and moving the hot water around the tub through a somewhat powerful water pump.

Invention of Jacuzzis

As discussed in an earlier post, What is a Hot Tub, we learned that a “Jacuzzi” was invented by Candido Jacuzzi. Candido created a warm, circulating bathtub for his ailing son, through the use of a submersible agricultural water pump. It was soon obvious that this whirlpool bathtub could be very effective in relieving others who were also dealing with muscle aches and pains on a daily basis. Thus, the Jacuzzi tub was invented.

So… Jacuzzi or Whirlpool or Hot Tub or Spa?

Well which one is it?! For some reason, the hot tub industry is engaged in somewhat of an identity crisis. Why are hot tubs referred to by so many different names. The manufacturers like to call them “spas,” because it sounds more luxurious and enticing to a consumer. For some people, the term “hot tub” conjures up images of sweaty, old men sitting in a wooden barrel. A “whirlpool” has become the jetted tub that is found in your master bathroom – and a “Jacuzzi?” Well, they like to call themselves spas now, too.

Confused Yet?

Whatever you want to call them, the important thing is that portable spas are a wonderful, relaxing piece of technology and we thank you, Candido Jacuzzi, for your wonderful invention.

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