The History of the Hot Tub

The History of the Hot Tub

A History of Innovation: Hot Tubs

From Aqua

There is nothing quite like sinking into a steaming hot tub, especially when the temps are cold.  Most people, when enjoying this singular recreational activity that promotes relaxation, healing, and calmness of mind, don’t take the time to think about how that hot tub came to be.  The history of the hot tub dates back to ancient times, and the modern version of the commerically-available tub really started to gain acceptance and traction around the time of the Truman Administration.  This post from Aqua gives a great timeline of the evolution of the hot tub in America.

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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