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Hot Tubs & Spas: What’s the Difference?

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Here at Cayman Pool & Spa, we know that while few people feel like swimming during the cold winter months, many still find the prospect of soaking in hot water very appealing. If you are interested in relaxing in a pool of hot water, then you may be considering installing a hot tub or spa. You may also be wondering about what the difference between these two things even is, or if it matters to your situation. To satisfy your curiosity and help make the decision process easier, we will be going over the differences between hot tubs & spas in this article.

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Here in the United States, you’ll often hear the terms hot tubs & spas used interchangeably. These two terms are closely related, and while there may be distinctions that matter in industry parlance, they are not usually relevant to casual conversation. For those who are interested in the details, though, hot tub is used to refer to any large tub or small pool filled with heated water that’s used for relaxation or pleasure. This includes both traditional wooden hot tubs with no jets, and the more modern acrylic varieties that do have jets for greater muscle relaxation. In popular American usage, the word spa is more commonly used to refer to this last category—in casual conversation you probably won’t create any confusion by calling it a hot tub, but if that’s the kind you’re looking for, we at Cayman Pool & Spa recommend sticking to spa as your Internet search term.

We at Cayman Pool & Spa hope that this information is helpful in your search. Once you have selected and installed your hot tub or spa, we offer a wide range of hot tub & spa cleaning products and other supplies you will need to keep your hot tub or spa clean and maintained for safe use. Feel free to visit either of our retail locations for help in selecting the products you need.