Hot tub vs spa: what's the diff?

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Hot tub and spa? What's the difference?

Hot tub vs spa: what's the diff?

You probably already know that "hot tub" and "spa" are two words that mean the same thing. Synonyms in other words. (Or, depending on what you do in them, sinonyms.) Hot tubs/spas come in two variations: self-contained and non self-contained. The self-contained version or portable spa, the electrical, filtration and heating system are inside the unit's cabinet. If you want your self-contained to look built in you can install it above a surrounding deck. Of course, it goes without saying that these self-contained units can be moved and re-installed elsewhere. That's why they are called portable. Non self-contained hot tubs, on the other hand, are installed in-ground and are meant to stay there. Often the electrical, filtration and heating systems of these spas are located away from the spa as part of a spa-pool complex, known informally as a spool.(Not really.)



4/6/2007 7:08:21 PM
Arthur L Greene said:

Very Helpful. Thanks


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