People often use words like hot tubs, jetted bathtubs, and jacuzzi interchangeably. But, there are significant differences between different types of tubs that you should consider before making any choice. So which is the best one for you: Hot Tub or Jetted Bath ?

In this article, we will explore these differences, so you can decide if a Hot Tub or Jetted Bath is best for you.

When renovating their homes, most people are not sure what type of tub they should have. After a regular bathtub, jetted baths and hot tubs are the two most common types of tubs.

Hot Tub or Jetted Bath

A hot tub can be a great investment for your house if you are looking for a great way to relax after a long workday or on the weekends. Hot tubs are usually larger, but, if above ground, they are portable tubs.

Jetted baths also offer relaxation as well, but they can be more expensive than basic hot tubs models because of the permanent installation and plumbing costs. Additionally, jetted bathtubs offer many features similar to.

outdoor hot tub

What Is a Hot Tub?

A hot tub is often made of fiberglass and has many features like jets, seats, and loungers. You can also call them spas. They vary in size, some accommodating between 2 to 10 people at once.

Hot tubs allow users to set the temperature of their choice. In this way, you can set the water temperature according to the location of the tub and weather.

In terms of the number of jets and other hydrotherapy features in large hot tubs, you will see when shopping for your hot tub, each brand has its own design. The jets and blowers will generally be less targeted than on jetted baths.

Hot Tub Vs Jacuzzi

One of the most common buzzwords used for hot tubs is Jacuzzi. Many hotel brands and consumers use the two words interchangeably without knowing the difference.

Jacuzzi was originally an Italian brand that has become a common name for backyard spas, in-ground hot tubs, small hot tubs, and whirlpool hot tubs. With a wide customer base across the globe, it is undoubtedly one of the most high-end consumer brands.

With that said, Jacuzzi is only one of the best hot tub brands that sell many varieties of bathtubs and therapeutic equipment.

There are other companies as well that sell hot tubs on decks and other related equipment:

  • Sundance Spas
  • Bullfrog
  • Caldera Spas
  • Hot Spring
  • Catalina Spas
  • Master Spas
  • Marquis Spas
  • and many more.

Thus, you cannot say that every hot tub is a Jacuzzi.

in-ground spa

Let’s explore other factors related to hot tubs.

Water Supply

Since hot tubs are larger, they require more water than jetted bathtubs. The quantity of water may vary between 400 and 600 gallons, based on the tub size you choose. 

However, the good news is you do not have to drain the water after use. Instead, you can use the same water for up to 3 or 4 months if you maintain it properly.

A typical hot tub uses a garden hose to fill with it water with the help of built-in plumbing. So, there are no complexities involved when it comes to getting the necessary supply of water.

Water Filtration

Spa manufacturers utilize timed water filtration to prevent contamination and bacterial growth inside a hot tub.

Hot tubs utilize automatic filtration cycles via cartridge filters to ensure filtration.
As far as time is concerned, 25 to 30 minutes of water circulation is more than enough.


Due to their size and overall design, you might be concerned about maintaining above-ground hot tubs. But that’s rarely the case.

Even a 6-person hot tub requires a maximum maintenance cost of on average $25 per month, which seems insignificant compared to the benefits it provides.

Another aspect of maintenance revolves around managing the appropriate water chemistry. Make sure you check the pH and alkalinity figures of the water before you go in.

A pH level between 7.2 and 7.8 is ideal, as it won’t cause skin irritation or allergies. Additionally, the alkalinity score of 80- 120 parts per million (ppm) is normal.

All of our Pharmaspa Crystals and Liquids collections are made specifically for hot tubs and jetted baths. They won’t affect the water pH levels and are safe for the plumbing. Explore our collections.


Hot Tub Placement

A patio or backyard would be an ideal location for your hot tub since it is so large. However, it isn’t an absolute rule.

If you have a larger space and if it matches your taste, you may place them indoors.

Regardless of where you put them, you will need to consider privacy, waterproofing, ease of access, and other related factors before making a final choice.

jetted bath

What Is a Jetted Bath?

Many people are familiar with jetted baths and may even have one installed in their homes. They’re a wonderful way to relax, enjoy spa fragrances, and de-stress after a hard day at work or during the weekend when you want to unwind.

Just like the Jacuzzi for hot tubs, Whirlpools are but one of the multiple types of jetted tubs available on the market.
A jetted bath is a great way for a homeowner to relax and de-stress while saving space and money. In terms of capacity, it can usually accommodate up to 2 people at once. They offer advanced therapeutic features and strong jets.

Because they use strong jets, they’re far more effective and therapeutic than their full-sized counterparts. In addition, they are available in a variety of styles and sizes to suit any homeowner’s needs.

Let’s discuss some factors related to jetted bathtubs

Water Supply

The amount of water you’ll need for a bathtub with jets will be considerably less than what you’ll need for a hot tub. However, you cannot store water for future use.

You need to connect plumbing with the water supply to fill the jetted tub with water. Contrary to a hot tub, you’ll use a standard tap for this purpose, and you won’t be able to maintain the temperature.


Users have to drain water after every use and clean the tub effectively. Draining and cleaning a jetted tub might seem inconvenient to many users.

However, you will not have to deal with water filtration, maintaining the water chemistry, or other things commonly associated with hot tubs.

hot tub jets


The installation cost of a new jetted tub is significantly greater than that of a basic model hot tub. In addition, the process is pretty complex, which may require adjusting the layout of the bathroom and floor tiles.

And a dedicated water supply will need to be installed, so plumbing costs are involved.

Jetted Bath Placement

Unlike hot tubs, jetted baths are usually installed indoors.

Jetted baths are likely to spill water, so locating them near a floor drain is preferable. You want a location where there will be good water pressure and good drainage afterward. 

Hot Tub or Jetted Bath – have you made your choice?

To conclude, hot tubs are a great choice for a group get-together, but jetted baths can be better for individuals who enjoy hydrotherapy alone.

Regardless of what type of bathtub you choose, we at Pharmaspa offer fragrances tailored to meet the needs of every individual.

Take a minute to check out the Original, Nature, and Hemp collections offered by Pharmaspa!