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Pros and Cons of Whirlpool Tubs

Rohini Mohan
With more affordable makes entering the market, many people are opting for whirlpool tubs. Although these tubs are wonderfully relaxing and a luxury to own, they come with their own share of disadvantages.

Did You Know?

In 1948, Candido Jacuzzi came up with the idea of making a whirlpool tub for his son Kenneth to help his infant cope with rheumatoid arthritis and chronic pain.
Whirlpool tubs were a rage when they were introduced during the 1960s; however, these tubs have become increasingly less popular over the years. Being rather large and bulky, it is neither easy to get a whirlpool tub installed in the house, nor is it advisable for DIYers or homeowners to try installing the tub on their own.
The warm jets of water from this tub are great for soothing sore and tired muscles, which is why many spas and hotels install this tub so as to help their customers relax and de-stress.
The relaxation offered by such a tub has led to several homeowners buying whirlpool tubs for their homes. This story weighs the pros and cons of whirlpool tubs to find out if they are really worth buying or not.


Home Spa

The water jets fitted on the inside walls of the tub propel warm water, which helps massage the user's body. Such a tub is a lot like having a home spa because the pressure applied by the water jets help ease tensed muscles and relax the occupant of the tub.


People in need of hydrotherapy and those seeking relief from body ache, find soaking in whirlpool tubs a wonderful form of alternative therapy. Since getting hydrotherapy and massages from professionals can be very expensive and insufficient to make a full recovery, getting a whirlpool tub installed seems every bit worth its initial expense.

Increase in Home Value

Since whirlpool tubs are considered as luxury bath fixtures, houses with such tubs have a higher resale value in the real estate market. Therefore, those looking to remodel or sell their houses would be able to get some returns for the initial expense they incurred while buying their whirlpool tubs.

Plenty of Variety

These tubs are manufactured in a wide range of colors and designs, and thus, buyers can specify the shape and capacity they want. Tubs with headrests and trays for keeping books and glasses are also available, thereby, making it easier for the user to read and sip on a refreshing drink while soaking in the tub. Those looking for bigger tubs can consider going in for double- or larger-capacity whirlpool tubs.



There is a reason whirlpool tubs are sold as luxury bath fixtures. The reason being these tubs cannot be called affordable. Even the tubs with the most simplistic designs range between USD 4,000-8,000. Additionally, once purchased, the buyer will need to pay more for getting this tub installed, which will not be less than 10 percent of the price of the tub.

Difficult to Install

Being really large, bulky, and fragile, getting whirlpool tubs installed in the bathroom is a tough nut to crack. Several steps need to be taken to prepare the bathroom for the new tub. For instance, the first point to consider is the space availability and whether there is sufficient space to accommodate and use a whirlpool tub with ease.
Secondly, the drainage system needs to be functioning smoothly, and the floor needs to be strong enough to hold the weight of the tub when in its full capacity.


The tub's motor and pump tend to make noise while the tub is being filled with water, which can prove extremely irritating for someone who is looking for a relaxing soak in the tub.

Time and Water Consuming

Since a whirlpool tub is deep, it takes comparatively longer for it to fill. So, even if you wish to get into the tub as soon as you reach home, the chances are that you will have to wait for about 6-10 minutes before the tub gets adequately filled. Secondly, such tubs consume a lot of water and use up at least 50-80 gallons of warm water, which can easily drain a medium-capacity household water tank.

Low Thermal Retention

By the time the tub gets filled, the water in the tub would have cooled down substantially. This downside led to the manufacture of whirlpool tubs with inbuilt heaters, which although extremely effective in keeping the water warm, may consume a little more electricity.

Stricter Cleaning Requirements

Simply cleaning a whirlpool tub with bleach or vinegar is not enough to keep microbes from festering. On the other hand, special cleaning agents such as Oh Yuk (a jetted tub cleaner) help clean jetted bathtubs by removing harmful biofilms. Additionally, you may need to hire a specialist to get the tub cleaned biannually, so as to get the internal components and drains for the tub cleaned.
Although at first glance, it may seem like a bad idea to buy a whirlpool tub, once purchased, the utility and benefits its offers are worth the money spent.