Here at Falcon Pools we are often asked about the difference between a Jacuzzi, a Hot Tub and a Spa Pool. They can all be wonderful additions to your home or garden, but there are some key differences to be aware of in terms of looks, maintenance and usage. This guide is designed to help you decide on the best option for you:

What is the difference between them?

Spa Pools: Typically, spa pools refer to small, heated and jetted pools that are built into the ground. They can be standalone features or adjoining a full swimming pool, and they can be indoor or outdoor.

Hot Tubs: These are your above-ground option and they are typically used outside on decking or patios, but can also be installed indoors.

Jacuzzis: In the same way that the Hoover brand is an interchangeably used word for vacuum cleaner, Jacuzzi is a brand of hot tub that is often used when referring to hot tubs.

Building & Maintenance Considerations:

Spa pools are built into the ground and the building and maintenance process is similar to that of a swimming pool in terms of tile cleaning, water chemical balancing and cleaning filters and jets.

Hot tubs are above-ground installations and access is required to the side panels for maintenance purposes. They can be cleverly partially embedded into decking or situated in places where they are partially enclosed to help integrate them into your garden. Hot tubs are also movable if needed and it is possible to take them with you if you were to move house for example.

As outdoor hot tubs are exposed to sun, wind and rain, it is important to protect and clean the covers to prolong their life. Filters should also be regularly cleaned and checked, and water purification and sanitisation is also important as with a spa pool or swimming pool.

Lifestyle & Benefits Of Hot Tubs, Spa Pools & Jacuzzis

In the UK, spa pools are most popular alongside indoor pools and hot tubs are commonly used outside on patios and decks. This is because many people close and cover their outdoor pools for the winter in the UK. Meanwhile, in hotter countries, you may see more outdoor pools with spa pools.

It is still possible to have a hot tub inside or in a summer house in the garden, which is quite a popular option. Some people like to have their hot tub on their patio or decking in the summer and then in a summer house in the winter. Winter hot tub canopies and enclosures are also available to help you to enjoy your hot tub all year round.

To discuss your requirements or for advice on hot tubs and spa pools contact our expert team online, alternatively you can call 01932 353040 or email We service Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire & the surrounding areas.


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