As you begin to compare models and brands of hot tubs, it may feel like there is a lot of similarity. As a result, many shoppers start to focus on the things that seem to be distinct differences between models, and inevitably jet count becomes a factor in their decision criteria.
If you are using jet count to decide which hot tub model might be right for you… Stop! Jet count is not as important as you think!
Jet count does not equal hot tub quality
There are many hot tub manufacturers, and most of them build hot tubs very similarly – with acrylic shells, synthetic wood-like cabinets, and off-the-shelf components like heaters and jet pumps. For some brands, adding more jets is the only way they can compete. That is why you may come across brands with astronomical jet counts. But more jets does not equal a better hot tub.
An educated shopper will uncover that there are much more important things than jet count to consider when choosing a spa – like overall product quality, warranty, energy efficiency, filtration and water care options. The very best brands invest in building a better overall hot tub and not merely increasing the number of jets.
Are more jets really better?
How many jets can you use all at one time? Even in one seat, do 20 jets necessarily provide a better massage experience than 10 or even 5? There is definitely a point of diminishing returns when it comes to the number of jets you can use at one time, as well as the total number of jets you need in a spa.
Choose quality over quantity
Some hot tub brands offer a lot of jets – but no jet variety. If you are after a seriously enjoyable hydromassage experience, choose a brand that offers a number of different jet types: big, pulsating jets for larger muscle groups in your back and shoulders; powerful directional jets to loosen up a sore neck or work out tired calf muscles; and a strong jetstream to soothe aching feet.
For example, consider the Moto-Massage® DX jet, available on Hot Spring Spas. With two powerful streams of water that sweep up and down your back, the Moto-Massage DX is counted as only two jets, but it provides a back massage beyond compare – no matter how many jets you stack it up against.
Pay only for what you need
High jet counts typically mean large jet pumps to power them. Otherwise, you are likely to get very weak massage action, and lots of jets with low power is certainly not what you are after. But with those large jet pumps also come higher energy costs.
Instead of using jet count as your guide, we encourage you to focus on finding a spa that can provide you with a therapeutic and relaxing hydromassage experience with the right number of thoughtfully designed jets and an energy-efficient jet pump system.