Our stores are closing at 4pm on Saturday, October 9 for Thanksgiving. Closed from Sunday, October 10 - Monday, October 11.

We are open for in-store shopping at all locations.


We care deeply about our customers

Unfortunately, COVID-19 has left us with limited resources, and we are currently experiencing unprecedented call volumes and inquiries for many areas of our business. Due to the impacts of COVID-19 and the increased demand for the purchase and servicing of Hot Tubs, Saunas & All Season Pools, our lead times for responding to customer inquiries are significantly longer than expected. Our teams are working diligently to respond to your requests as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time.

The Anniversary Sale is finally here!

Hot Tub 101: Hot Tub, Spa, or Jacuzzi?

The world of hot tubs can be quite confusing for some. There seems to be quite a huge variety of expressions, terms, and definitions that essentially mean the same thing… or do they?

Many things have led to the use of different expressions to describe these products, including the media and word of mouth. However, there are some actual differences. This article might be able to shed some light on them! Let’s take a look at the most common definitions one by one.

Hot Tub

A hot tub is essentially a large, versatile bathtub – in a deluxe version. Hot tubs can be installed within your deck, patio or even placed on top of the grass in your backyard. They can accommodate anywhere from 2-3 people, to 8+!

There are many different brands of hot tubs, including Jacuzzi® Hot TubsNordic Hot Tubs™, and C-Series Hot Tubs, to name a couple. Hot tubs are usually manufactured to have massage jets, as well as other advanced functions, such as water temperature control and incorporated electronic console controls.

Cool Tub

A cool tub is essentially the same as a hot tub. The only difference lies in the way it is being used. As opposed to being filled with hot or warm water, cool tubs are normally filled with refreshingly cool water. Cool tubs are particularly common during summertime when people are looking to freshen up. Just to clarify, hot tubs can be used as cool tubs and vice versa in most cases!

Swim Spa or All Season Pool

A swim spa or all season pool is essentially a term used to describe larger hot tubs, which are somewhere in between a swimming pool and a smaller, more traditional hot tub. Swim spas are particularly popular for people who would like to reap the benefits of classic hot tubs and swimming pools.

The biggest advantage of a swim spa is that it is definitely smaller than a standard pool, making the installation possible without using too much space. People who love to exercise, play or simply relax with more friends and family members love swim spas for their added flexibility. Just like hot tubs, there are many different swim spa brands.


This is one of those situations in which a brand name actually becomes a synonym for the products and an industry itself. Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs is a well-respected and world-known hot tub brand. After many years of quality service and advanced products, people started to refer to hot tubs simply as Jacuzzi.

The company has a very long and interesting history. It was founded by a group of brothers in 1919. Ever since then, the Jacuzzi name became associated with high-quality, luxury hot tubs and whirlpool bathtubs throughout the world.


This is generally a term that refers to hot tubs that are particularly geared towards water massage functions. The name comes from the action of the water jets that are used to create the massage effects. The jets cause the water to bubble up to the surface, creating little whirls.

Are you still confused? Feel free to contact Jacuzzi Hot Tubs of Ontario by visiting one of our many dealerships. We serve customers in Hamilton, Barrie, Burlington, Kitchener, London, Vaughan, and Whitby.

Like this article?

Share on facebook
Share on Facebook
Share on twitter
Share on Twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on Linkdin
Share on pinterest
Share on Pinterest
Our Customer Service Policy is available upon request, in an accessible format if needed.
© 2021 Jacuzzi Ontario. All rights reserved.
Made with by IMP Digital - powered by Kinsta
Scroll to Top