Hot Tubs vs. Spas Explained
There are countless companies offering countless types of hot tubs or spas and calling them different things as well. To a person new to this product and just looking for the best relaxation option, it can all seem a little overwhelming and confusing. We want to help clarify.
The first thing to understand is that the terms spa and hot tub are generally used interchangeably. They mean the same thing and can each have different modifiers like "portable," in-ground," "custom," etc. used to further define them.
Hot tubs or spas differ from conventional bath tubs and even more full-featured jetted baths in that they maintain hot water at a constant and ready-to-relax temperature. This makes them convenient to use at any time without time spent in preparing the water. Because they are most often larger than bath tubs, hot tubs are also used more often as places to gather socially.
So, whether it's in-ground, free standing and portable, or creatively built into your landscape each person and each home can benefit from a hot tub in some way. But, it's important to decide which type of spa or hot tub is right for you.
There are essentially two major categories of hot tubs or spas: in-ground or custom spas or portable spas. Let's take a deeper look at these types of hot tubs.