Hot Tub Vs. Jetted Bathtub: Size, Location, Purposes

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For those looking to combine the benefits of heater water with jets and other forms of hydrotherapy, two primary options exist: A hot tub and a jetted bathtub. Which of these will be ideal for your needs, and how do they compare in some of the most important areas buyers are typically looking for?

At Hot Tub Factory Outlet, we're here to offer a huge range of hot tubs, swim spas and related products to clients around Salt Lake City, plus to help with important decisions like these that many clients are faced with - and where there's really no "right" or "wrong" answer, just what works best for you. In this two-part blog series, we'll look at some of the primary variables you'll be looking at as you choose between a hot tub and a jetted bathtub for your needs, helping you make your decision.


One area where hot tubs are far more varied is in size. While jetted bathtubs are typically designed for one or two people, hot tubs can be made to accommodate anywhere from two to eight individuals - sometimes larger.

For those who need something that will fit a small area inside the home but still provide the luxury that hot water and jets bring, a jetted bathtub may suffice. But for larger areas, larger groups of people and for those who are looking to entertain regularly, a hot tub is the best way to go.

Location Options

Another area where you have a bit more optionality at your fingertips with a hot tub is in terms of location. Jetted bathtubs are typically designed for indoor use only, due to the fact that they're typically made of porcelain or cast iron which can't handle extreme weather conditions over long periods of time.

Hot tubs, on the other hand, are often sold with two options - one designed for outdoor use and then another designed for indoor use. For those who want the luxury of a hot tub but don't have the outdoor space to accommodate it, an indoor version is typically available - something that isn't possible with jetted bathtubs.

Main Purposes

While they can overlap in terms of their capabilities, it's important to also keep in mind that the main purpose for hot tubs and jetted bathtubs is quite different. Hot tubs are typically designed as a place to sit, relax, and entertain - with hydrotherapy jets being an added bonus.

Jetted bathtubs, however, focus more heavily on the cleanliness side of things - providing deep tissue massage and jets to help with skin exfoliation. If you're looking for something primarily as a way to relax, host guests and enjoy the hydrotherapy benefits that come along with it, a hot tub is probably your better choice. But if your primary focus is more on cleanliness, plus you also enjoy benefits like jets and massage, then a jetted bathtub is your ideal choice.

In part two of our series, we'll look at some other important variables to consider when you're choosing between a hot tub and a jetted bathtub - plus provide you with the resources to help make your decision easier. Be sure to check back soon for more information!

For those who are ready to take advantage of the benefits that a high-quality hot tub or swim spa can bring, contact Hot Tub Factory Outlet today! Our staff is more than happy to answer any questions you may have about hot tubs, swim spas and related items. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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