The History Of The Hot Tub

The History Of The Hot Tub

A History of Innovation: Hot Tubs


When the weather turns cold, most people’s thoughts have long left the swimming pool and are on to things like snowboards, gloves, and goretex jackets.  One remnant of the backyard that may actually stay in peoples minds, however, is the hot tub.  Hot tubs have a long and storied history, as this post from Aqua Magazine presents.  From the 1950’s when the Jacuzzi brand became synonomous with the item, all the way through our present day computer and smartphone controls, the hot tub has truy evolved to something more than just a hot body of water.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

In the beginning, there was water.

And while it’s integral to our existence, we’ve also come to realize it feels pretty good when warm. So good, in fact, that an entire profession emerged to provide everyone the benefits of hot water.

But we all know it’s more than that. To look at a hot tub now is to look at the sum of decades worth of invention and innovation, a history of problem solving and change.

To honor that entrepreneurial spirit, we’re taking a look back at the history of hot tubs. While it’s not comprehensive by any means, it hopefully serves as a friendly reminder that the industry, at such a young age, has accomplished so much.

And the exciting thing? Who knows where it’ll go next.


Five of the Jacuzzi brothers gather around a series of industrial injector pumps.
• In California vineyards, wine aficionados fill old wine vats, tanks and barrels with hot water to create the earliest hot tubs in American history. Those who were especially cunning took advantage of hot springs to enhance the experience.


• Two guys wonder if they can harness the power of water to help alleviate a family member’s arthritis, and that’s how the hydrotherapy pump was born. When it proves successful, they peddle the invention to hospitals and schools. By the way, the last name of those two gentlemen? Jacuzzi.


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