Pool vs. Jacuzzi: what is better for you?
How to determine what is better: a pool or a Jacuzzi? This question does not have a ready-made answer since we cannot draw a sharp distinction between them. There are many factors to consider. However, some basic differences should be highlighted.
The difference between pools
Before we start analysing advantages and disadvantages of both pools and Jacuzzis, there is something which should be mentioned. When one says “pool”, what one can mean is a fiberglass pool, a vinyl-lined, a gunite pool, an above-ground pool or a poured-concrete pool. There are pros and cons of all these types of pools. We can consider poured-concrete and gunite pools as conventional pools. However, the most popular type of pool all over the world is a gunite pool because it easier and cheaper to build than poured-concrete pool, but at the same time it is as durable as a poured-concrete pool. For the purpose of the article, gunite pools will be consider as the typical pools. Furthermore, all these pools apart from Jacuzzis have similar plumbing, filtering and maintenance system, which will make the analysis between them and Jacuzzis easier.
When it comes to Jacuzzi pools, they are limited by their size. An average Jacuzzi pool can have from 2 to 9 seats depending on the model. The dimensions of the pool with 8-9 seats are around 90 in x 110 in x 41 in, while Jacuzzis with 2-3 seats have the dimensions of around 76 in x 66 in x 32 in. Even though all these dimensions are for a rectangular shaped Jacuzzis, it is important to have an average size of a Jacuzzi in mind. On the other hand, pools can be customized to your needs and they come in any size you want.
The most popular shapes of Jacuzzi are round, square and rectangular. In this case as well, pools have advantage over Jacuzzis as they can be built in any shape you can imagine. Whether you want geometrical shape, free shape, kidney-shape, figure 8 shape, L-shape or lazy L-shape, it is up to you. There is also a possibility of customizing pools to your needs.
For Jacuzzis, spa cover made of vinyl is recommended. Vinyl cleaner should be used only on the top of the cover. Clean the underside of cover with a hose and let it air dry. An acrylic shell prevents the accumulation of dirt and germs. To clean it, wipe it with a damp cloth every month. The water should be checked every couple of days and make sure pH levels, calcium hardness, chlorine and bromine levels are regulated. In order to adjust the abovementioned chemical levels, use test stripes. The water should be changed every 3, 4 or six months. When it comes to cleaning, you need to chlorinate and sanitize a Jacuzzi on a weekly basis. The shell should be cleaned every three months.
When it comes to conventional pools, skimming debris by hand every few days and cleaning a strainer basket once a week is recommended in order to lower the amount of chlorine and to help the circulation. Vacuuming and brushing walls and tiles should be done every week. Cleaning a filter is recommended when the difference between the pressure gauge and flow meter is from 10 to 15 pounds per square inch. Maintaining pH and chlorine level is also needed. You can use a pool cover as well.
Maintaining both types of pools takes time and it is difficult to say which pool is easier to maintain, especially if you have a small gunite pool.
The purpose of the pool
Determining how you intend to use a pool affects your choice. For example, if you opt for hydrotherapy and recreation, you will choose a Jacuzzi. A Jacuzzi is not large enough for swimming which is also something you should bear in mind. If you would like to have a large pool for different activities such as swimming for exercise and diving, the best option is definitely a conventional pool.
Another thing you should consider are parties. Pools are suitable for big parties with a great number of people, while Jacuzzis are ideal for small private parties. However, there is a middle way here: plunge pools as their size range is from 90 in to 130 in.
When in doubt, the best thing you can do is to take into consideration the shape, the size and the purpose of the pool in order to be sure you made a right choice.