A Brief Hot Tub History

The modern hot tub has been around for decades, but its history goes back much further. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans were some of the first civilizations to use hot tubs. Japanese bathhouses, Finland’s spa tradition, and cultures throughout the Renaissance period have used various forms of spa technology.

The Origins of the Modern Hot Tub

All the way back in the early days of civilization, hot tubs were in use – albeit under a different name and design. For the Greeks and Romans, bathhouses were places where people would socialize, conduct business, hang out with friends, eat, and drink. These bathhouses were large buildings that focused on beauty as much as functionality.

The 1950s and 1960s

Modern day hot tubs can be traced back to the middle of the 20th century, specifically the 1950s and 1960s. They first caught on in California, where vineyard owners and wine aficionados would fill old vats with hot water. With this as the foundation, a group of men – with the last name Jacuzzi – attempted to see if they could turn these rudimentary tubs into a solution for the painful symptoms of arthritis. The result was the world’s first hydrotherapy pump, which began showing up in hospitals, schools, and health centers all throughout country. By the 1960s, the brothers started selling whirlpool baths with integrated hydrotherapy pumps and plumbing.

The 1970s-2000s

By the time the 1970s rolled around, there was an entirely new industry and product in the United States. Known as Jacuzzi’s or hot tubs, these devices caught on in popularity and moved from basic wooden vats to reliable, sophisticated, and elaborate acrylic pools. Today they are considered a necessary addition to any private pool or spa.


At SpaCap, they are always looking at how to improve their hot tub covers and finding ways to revolutionize the industry. That’s exactly what they’ve done with their innovative hot tub covers. Since the modern era of hot tubs, the hot tub cover has largely been an after thought. Something to be “thrown in” with the purchase of the spa.

Just wrapping a piece of rigid foam board with upholstery material doesn’t make for a very good solution. The foam that is used in those traditional covers is not intended to be used in wet conditions. Because the steam from the heated water always finds a way into the foam, that kind of cover will always get heavy.

The SpaCap does not use foam, but layers of air to do the insulating. So their hot tub covers that stay lightweight are easy to use for years to come.

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