There are a lot of different terms that get thrown around when you start shopping for a spa, and each of them has their own set of benefits. Use the descriptions below to determine which will benefit you most.
• Spa – This term is used for a number of things in the US, from businesses that offer facials and massage treatments, to various forms of hot water therapy. When shopping for specific hydrotherapy products, a spa is generally a term used interchangeably with “hot tub,” unless otherwise specified.
• Swim Spa – A swim spa refers specifically to a larger in-ground spa used for swimming against jet currents and relaxing, as mentioned above. Like hot tubs, there are portable options that can be taken with you if you move.
• Hot Tub – A hot tub can be built with a specified number of seats and jets, and is used mainly for relaxing. It can be above ground, or installed in the ground or with a surrounding deck.
• Jacuzzi – Jacuzzi is the name of the brand that first created hot tubs, but is not a specific type of hot tub or spa system.
• Swimming Pool – A swimming pool is generally larger, installed in the ground, and usually does not include jets.
Each of these options provides most of the health benefits described in the section above. There are exercises and stretches that can be performed in hot tubs, but only swim spas and swimming pools have the necessary space for swimming. On the other hand, however, hot tubs and spas take up less space, are easier to install, and less expensive to heat.