What Is a Whirlpool Bathtub?


A whirlpool bathtub is a self-contained, jetted tub. Most often referred to as the brand name, "Jacuzzi," whirlpool tubs are also made by other manufacturers. The main purpose of a whirlpool tub is to relax and massage your tired muscles. You have different options -- from features to sizes -- when it comes to choosing a whirlpool tub that's right for you.

Types of Whirlpool Tubs

  • The two types of whirlpool tubs are air jet tubs and water jet tubs. Although they function in different ways, both kinds of tubs serve the same purpose -- to massage the user for a relaxing experience. An air jet tub has dozens of small jets which warm air through and create air bubbles. A water jet tub has fewer but larger jets which water moves from at high speeds. You can swivel the jets in different directions to target your body's different muscle groups.


  • Whirpool tubs are available in a wide range of sizes and shapes. Whether you choose an oval, round, triangle or hourglass shape, the first thing you have to consider when choosing a whirpool bathtub is the available space in your bathroom. Bathrooms that can accommodate a regular-sized tub, of which the standard size is 2 1/2-by-5 feet, should be able to accommodate a whirlpool tub. A standard whirlpool tub is the same size as a standard-sized bathtub. Larger whirlpool tubs can be as large as 6-by-5 feet and accommodate more than one person.


  • Configuration, or the way that the whirlpool tub orientates in your bathroom, should be a consideration when choosing a tub. If you don't have a spacious bathroom, it's best to choose a single-person, freestanding, standard-sized tub. You can remove your old tub so that the whirlpool tub can fit in this space. You have more choices if you have a larger bathroom, such as a corner unit whirlpool bathtub or a drop-in whirlpool bathtub, which are designed to be used in a tub deck.


  • Most whirlpool tubs are made of acrylic, cast iron and fiberglass. Cast iron whirlpool tubs have a tendency to rust but since they're resistant to chemicals, chipping, scratching, and denting, they're also the most expensive tubs. Acrylic tubs have a natural glossy finish, are lightweight and easy to clean. However, they scratch easily and can discolor over time.

    Although more prone to scratches and fading, fiberglass tubs, which have a matte finish, are lightweight and easy to repair and to install. It's less durable than acrylic and cast iron and is the least expensive compared to the other materials.


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