The History of Jacuzzi
Some names are so legendary that they seem to be a part of our lives. Jacuzzi, the most widely recognized name in whirlpool and hot tub hydrotherapy, is first and foremost an illustrious family name. The Jacuzzi brothers started a tradition of innovation in the field of aviation and agriculture, and actually gave rise to a new industry with their home hydrotherapy products.
Seven brothers – pioneers in design and engineering
Inventive, hard-working, and family-oriented, the Jacuzzi family came to the United States in the early 1900s from Europe. Making their mark in aviation with the construction of the first enclosed-cabin monoplane, they later turned their attention to water systems and pumps in California’s orange groves. In 1925, the brothers revolutionized the agricultural industry by creating the first submersible pump.
Hydraulic lead to hydrotherapy
When a young Jacuzzi family member was stricken with rheumatoid arthritis, the brothers, already experts in hydraulics, designed an aerating pump that could be submerged in a bathtub to provide pain-relieving hydrotherapy treatments. The J-300, a portable pump, became a celebrated invention of the era. With the power to transform any normal bath into a relaxing and rejuvenating hydro-therapeutic spa, the J-300 hot tub started a niche market. In doing so, it started Jacuzzi on the road to becoming a household name.
Innovative jets start an industry
In 1968, third-generation family member Roy Jacuzzi took the portable hydrotherapy pump to the next level. Having worked in the family business since he was a teenager, Roy Jacuzzi created and marketed the world’s first integrated whirlpool bath, the “Roman.” The key to the Roman was the incorporation of innovative therapy jets into the sides of the tub. His patented jets produced a unique 50/50 air-to-water ratio. Jacuzzi uses this same air-to-water ratio today to provide a spa experience you won’t find anywhere else. With the support of family members, Roy was instrumental in creating a whole new industry. The brand Jacuzzi became forever imprinted in our minds.
The first hot tubs built for families
In 1970, Jacuzzi invented larger hot tubs to accommodate groups of people. Incorporating heating and filtration systems to keep the water warm and clean, these self-contained family-size “spas” were unique. For the first time in modern history, anyone could indulge in a relaxing and invigorating spa treatment with friends and family in their own homes.
Enhancing the Home Spa Experience
In the 1980s, the Jacuzzi® product line expanded to include models that offer multiple configurations of whirlpool baths, hot tubs or both. Better yet, they could be installed indoors or outdoors. Throughout the decade, Jacuzzi continued to innovate with more jet technology and pump development as electronic controls were introduced, giving bath users more individualized options.
Hydrotherapy to the Next Level
By the 1990s, the Jacuzzi® Brand had grown to become the most desired product in whirlpool bathing. Recognized worldwide for the most amazing hydrotherapy experience, Jacuzzi had combined the best of outdoor and indoor products to compose the ideal spa experience. In addition, in the early 1990s, Roy Jacuzzi was inducted into the National Kitchen & Bath Hall of Fame, recognized for his many contributions in the innovation of hydrotherapy for home use.
In addition to the first whirlpool bath patent, Jacuzzi Inc. has developed exclusive pump systems, jet technology like TargetPro™ Jets, and product designs like the sleek, modern look of the Linea® bath. This ongoing commitment to innovative product development ensures Jacuzzi continues to lead the industry, and sets the standard for quality and value the world over.