Is a Jacuzzi the Same as a Hot Tub or Spa?

By Laura Varnon, Marketing Coordinator

We often hear the question: “is a Jacuzzi the same as a hot tub or spa?” and the answer is somewhat interesting.

While a Jacuzzi is a type of Hot Tub, the name jacuzzi (notice the lower case) has become so well known that often people refer to hot tubs or spas as jacuzzis.

So, a hot tub or a spa can be a Jacuzzi, but a Jacuzzi is a specific brand of hot tub or spa.

If you want to get technical, using the word jacuzzi to refer to a hot tub or spa is called a “proprietary eponym.” And over time, it has happened with many other famous brand names. Other actively trademarked proprietary eponyms that may come to mind are Kleenex being used to refer to any Facial Tissue, or Band-Aid to refer to any Adhesive Bandage, or Tylenol being used to refer to any Pain Reliever.

What is a Jacuzzi?

Jacuzzi is a high-quality hot tub brand. It is one of the many high-quality hot tub brands sold in the Reno-Tahoe area by The Spa and Sauna Company, which has roots going back to 1990. To read more about The Spa and Sauna Company, click here. A locally owned and operated business in Reno and Sparks, Nevada, The Spa and Sauna Company and its owners have had a huge role in the hot tub industry. You can read more about the history of hot tubs and The Spa and Sauna Company here.

Even on the Jacuzzi website you will find that Jacuzzi recognizes its popularity as a generic term for a hot tub. Jacuzzi writes:  “Legendary for performance, reliability and ease of use, we set the standard by which all wellness products are measured. While imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, only 60 years of innovation can product designs made to the demanding standards of the Jacuzzi Brand.

To read more about the Jacuzzi Brand, click here.

You can also request a quote on any of the Jacuzzi models shown on our website. We’ll be happy to help you.

What is a Hot Tub?

A hot tub is a tub full of water, that is typically used for hydrotherapy benefits, jetted massage, relaxation, or pleasure. The hot tubs we sell are self-contained and moveable too, although there are hot tubs that can be built into pools or other structures.

What is a Spa or a Portable Spa?

A spa, or a portable spa, are other terms that can be used to refer to a hot tub.

However, a spa can also be used to describe a place where you would go get massages, facials, body scrubs or other beauty treatments. To avoid confusion, the spa/hot tub industry has gravitated toward the word hot tub, or portable spa, in an effort to be more clear.

In Summary

Whatever you call it, a hot tub, spa, portable spa, jacuzzi, or Jacuzzi, we can help you find your Perfect Hot Tub!

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