What is the Difference Between a Spa and a Hot Tub?
Is a Spa the Same Thing as a Hot Tub?
Sort of…. But let’s go ahead and clear up the confusion. There is, in fact, a difference between the terms, “hot tub” and “spa.” In essence, however, both serve the exact same purpose, which is to help you relax. (And we could all use a little more relaxation time, eh?) The first hot tubs were constructed solely out of wood and were typically stored outside. They also only held one person at a time, two at the very most. They were very basic in nature, as in: no fancy jets or bubbles, no comfortable seating, and no pretty lighting features. A hot tub could also refer to a hot spring, which is produced when geothermally heated groundwater surfaces from the Earth’s crust. Often times, this water is too hot to sit in comfortably, though.
These days, hot tubs have evolved into the more luxurious structure, known as the spa. These newer models hold multiple bathers, offer fantastic lighting options, powerful jets, and come in a variety of shapes, colors, sizes and models. Long gone are the days of uncomfortable seating and water that is above your pain threshold. Viva la spa!