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What's The Difference Between a Hot Tub and a Spa?

Posted by Krista Payne on Feb 10, 2012 1:18:46 PM

Originally published in Pool & Spa Outdoor magazine - Hot Tub or Spa - What's the Difference?
You may be wondering, What is the difference between a hot tub and a spa?
The short answer is nothing, as it is a common practice for us to use custom hot tub and custom spa synonymously. The more in-depth answer, however, is that hot tubs and portable spas are manufactured tubs that can be installed aboveground or inground and do not necessarily have to remain in the same location.

Permanent spas, on the other hand, are typically built inground, sometimes accompanying or connected to a residential swimming pool; they become an integral part of a property's hardscape. Our non-portable spas are made of stainless steel or copper, while hot tubs and portable spas are composed of a stainless steel or copper interior shell and an exterior shell, which is sometimes flagstone, decking or other types of hardscaping materials.

Both a hot tub and a spa can be distinguished from a whirlpool tub, also known as a jetted tub which is found in a bathroom and is filled and drained after each use. Our hot tubs and/or spas use sanitized, filtered and circulated water and is only drained several times a year for maintenance.

More importantly, our hot tubs or spas offer a number of benefits that will not only increase the value of your home, but will also improve your health, your well-being and your relationships with those you love. With advantages like these, the thought of unwinding in warm, swirling waters after a long day is almost too hard to resist. But among the vast number of hot tub models, which vary in everything from size to number of jets to entertaining add-ons, how do you decide which one will fit your lifestyle?

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