Before purchasing either a hot tub or a custom spa, you probably want to understand the difference. Hot tubs and spas have a lot in common. For instance, both usually include jets and are designed for hot, muscle-relaxing water temperatures. Such similarities can make them hard to tell apart, but there are a few key differences that separate the two.
What's the Difference Between a Hot Tub & a Spa?
The biggest difference between the two is their location. Spas are typically custom-built into the ground—you'll commonly see one built right next to a pool so that it forms a nearly-seamless component. Hot tubs, on the other hand, are free-standing features that sit above the ground. They're seldom custom-built, so many homeowners will purchase them and arrange them on their deck or patio for convenience. You can also build a deck around the unit to create a more custom, built-in appearance.
Since hot tubs are prefabricated, they come complete with all the plumbing, pumps, and motors. These components are hidden under the tub and within the outside walls. Custom spas are built onsite, so all of the plumbing is buried. They're also designed based on your unique needs, so you can choose every aspect of the project.
The shape doesn't necessarily serve as an identifier between the two units, but hot tubs are typically square. This is usually for balance and convenience of entering as they usually sit on a surface, but shorter options can be round as well. Since spas are custom-built, you can have them constructed in any shape—but they're most commonly created in a circular shape for aesthetic reasons.
If you're ready to add a relaxing and tranquil water component to your outdoor oasis, Pool Pro in Kihei, HI, can help. For over 30 years, the swimming pool specialists have earned a reputation for high-quality, long-lasting craftsmanship across Maui. Along with pools, they offer both hot tubs and custom spa options; schedule your consultation today by calling (808) 879-3294 and take a moment to browse their online gallery for some project inspiration.