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You should know that the word "spa" is not short for spaghetti, or spam, or spat. Spas was, and is, a town in Belgium, where people went to “take the waters”, meaning mineral waters. Today a spa means a jetted, heated, water-filled tub. Most "spas" are made out of either fiberglass or acrylic. Acrylic spas are the better of the two, in that they are more durable and have a longer service life. quot;Hot tubs" are made of wood, and occasionally have a liner on the inside. You can get them with "jet action", but you won't have a nice contoured seat to sit in while you soak as you have in an acrylic. A "whirlpool", the way the word is commonly used, refers to the mini-maelstrom created by jets in a spa or hot tub. One note about nomenclature: a "Jacuzzi" is not a generic name for spas. Jacuzzi is a company that makes whirlpool baths and spas. You can get whirlpool action in your water with any spa or hot tub, no matter what the brand.