The Basic Anatomy of a Hot Tub

Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a conversation where everything that’s said sounds like a foreign language? Like … talking to an auto mechanic, or an IT expert? If you’re new to hot tubs, the lingo may make you feel the same way. 

But don’t worry – we have your back! Once you’ve read this blog post, you’ll be speaking “hot tub” like a pro!


Each hot tub sports its ideal number of jets, but the amount of jets is not the most important feature to consider when you’re purchasing a hot tub. However, the POSITION of the jets – now, that matters. The best solution? Try before you buy with a test soak, so you can experience the hot hot and see where those jet placements hit you. That’s really the only way to know if a hot tub’s jet placements “fit.”

Size and Seating

Both size and seating can be a big deciding factor when purchasing your new hot tub. The size of a hot tub is the amount of space it takes to contain it. The “will it fit” factor. Your hot tub’s seating determines how many people can enjoy it with you! If you’re a couple who needs a hot tub to tuck into a corner of your back patio, your ideal hot tub will look much different than that of a four-member household with a huge backyard who plans to entertain. Knowing where you will be placing your hot tub and who will be in it will help you make size and seating decisions.

Cabinet and Shell

The cabinet is the outer walls of a hot tub. The shell is the lining of the inside of your hot tub. Most quality hot tubs are customizable and manufacturers allow you to choose the color of both the shell and cabinet. The option to customize is a great way to give your hot tub a unique and personal touch.

Hot Tub Cover

Hot tub covers aren’t accessories. They’re necessities. Your hot tub cover will keep your hot tub clean, keep the heat in, and keep unwanted bathers out. Consider cover accessories like cover lifters to help you more easily remove and replace the cover by yourself. 


Did you know the way your hot tub is insulated can save you money and time in the future? Hot tubs that are filled with foam insulation can really make a mess during future maintenance or repair. The quality of insulation overall will affect your spa’s energy efficiency and your energy costs. 

Now that you can speak the language, come into Lake Air Pool Supply. We’ll gladly help you further your knowledge in hot tubs, schedule a test soak, and answer all your questions. After all, after 60 years in business, we’re fluent in the language!

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