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The history of Jacuzzi hot tubs

History of Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs

  • Innovation has always been at our core

    Jacuzzi® believes baths and spas are about more than just hot water, so we provide high-performance products that celebrate water’s ability to refresh and rejuvenate in inspiring ways. Our product innovations are sparked by consumer insights and needs and we constantly strive to deliver experiences that enable you to transition to a better state of mind and body.

    "The name that established itself as both inventor and innovator. The name that started it all. Jacuzzi®."



  • The History of Jacuzzi®

    Some names are so legendary that they seem to be a part of out lives. Jacuzzi®, the most widely recognized name in whirlpool and hot tub hydrotherapy, is first and foremost an illustrious family name. The Jacuzzi brothers started a tradition of innovation in the field of aviation and agriculture, and actually gave rise to a new industry with their home hydrotherapy products. At Jacuzzi® you will feel at home from the moment you step into a showroom, and for years to come as you enjoy your hot tub.

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jacuzzi-1900sThe 1900s

Seven brothers – pioneers in design and engineering

Inventive, hard-working, and family-oriented, the Jacuzzi family came to the United States in the early 1900s from Europe. Making their mark in aviation with the construction of the first enclosed-cabin monoplane, they later turned their attention to water systems and pumps in California’s orange groves. In 1925, the brothers revolutionized the agricultural industry by creating the first submersible pump.

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The 1950s

Hydraulic lead to hydrotherapy

When a young Jacuzzi family member was stricken with rheumatoid arthritis, the brothers, already experts in hydraulics, designed and aerating pump that could be submerged in a bathtub to provide pain-relieving hydrotherapy treatments. The J-300, a portable pump, became a celebrated invention of the era. With the power to transform any normal bath into a relaxing and rejuvenation hydro therapeutic spa, the J-300 hot tub started a niche market. In doing so, it started Jacuzzi® on the road to becoming a household name.

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The 1960s

Innovative jets start an industry

In 1968, third-generation family member Roy Jacuzzi took the portable hydrotherapy pump to the next level. Having worked in the family business since he was a teenager, Roy Jacuzzi created and marketed the world’s first integrated whirlpool bath, the “Roman.” The key to the Roman was the incorporation of innovative therapy jets into the sides of the tub. His patented jets produced a unique 50/50 air-to-water ratio. Jacuzzi uses this same air-to-water ratio today to provide a spa experience you won’t find anywhere else. With the support of family members, Roy was instrumental in creating a whole new industry. The brand Jacuzzi® became forever imprinted in our minds.

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The 1970s

The first hot tubs built for families

In 1970, Jacuzzi® invented larger hot tubs to accommodate groups of people. Incorporating heating and filtration systems to keep the water warm and clean, these self-contained family-size “spas” were unique. For the first time in modern history, anyone could indulge in a relaxing and invigorating spa treatment with friends and family in their own homes.

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The 1980s

Hot tubs to fit the active lifestyle

During the 1980s Jacuzzi® focused on enhancing the home spa experience, introducing models that worked as hot tubs, whirlpool baths, or both. The models incorporated soothing waterfalls and could be installed indoors or out, turning the backyard into a favorite place to relax and entertain family and friends.

The 1990s

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Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs become part of the family backyard

In the early 90s Roy Jacuzzi was inducted into the National Kitchen & Bath Hall of Fame, recognized for his many contributions in the innovation of hydrotherapy for home use. Jacuzzi® was the first company to promote the concept that a backyard hot tub could be as “entertaining” as a barbeque grill or lap pool. The Jacuzzi® design and engineering teams responded to modern consumer trends by offering more energy-saving hot tubs, in more colors, and with more optional features than ever before.

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The 2000s

Award-winning Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs sold worldwide

The Jacuzzi® brand of hot tubs is manufactured by Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs, the world’s largest manufacturer of acrylic spas. In addition to the first whirlpool bath patent, Jacuzzi® Inc. has over 250 worldwide patents for advancements in pump systems, jet technology, air controls and product design. The ongoing commitment to innovative product development ensures that Jacuzzi's® leadership position in the industry, and sets the standard for quality and value the world over.