Jetted bathtubs offer a range of features that increase the comfort and luxury in which you take your bath. Water jets, air jets and combination air-water jets are the 3 different types of jets used in these tubs. Before you invest in a jetted bathtub, there are several factors to consider, including the size and weight of a filled jetted tub, the structural changes you may have to make, the price, and the differences between the different types. Some of the major pros and cons of the different types of jetted tubs are described below.
Bathtubs with Water Jets
In a water jetted bathtub, there are multiple jets that propel water in a forceful stream. A central pump circulates the water around the tub and back. A water jetted bathtub features multiple jets, usually from 4 to 12 in number. Water jets can be adjusted to provide a strong massage by varying the pressure of the water. Because of the intricate design, the pump and the functionality of water jetted bathtubs, they tend to be more costly than air jetted bathtubs.
As far as the advantages of water jetted bathtubs are concerned, the most important one is the increased luxury and massaging pressure provided. There are also a few drawbacks to consider. Because the water is circulated repeatedly between the tub and pump, there is an increased chance of contaminants entering the interior of the tub. This makes a water jetted bathtub difficult to clean and maintain. Regular maintenance is required to prevent unsanitary conditions in the tub. Also, the use of aromatherapy oils, soaps and bath salts is forbidden in a water jetted bathtub. This is because the particles will be very difficult to remove after use, and the buildup of residue can be damaging to the system.
Bathtubs with Air Jets
A jetted bathtub that uses air jets functions by streaming air into the water. The air jets are much higher in number as compared to the water jets, sometimes ranging up to 120. However, the massaging action is not as forceful compared to water jets. Air jetted bathtubs use an air compressor that enables the projection of air through the jets.
Air jetted bathtubs are cheaper than water jetted models of the same size. This is because the mechanism is not as complex as that of a water jetted model. Also, the maintenance aspect is much easier than that of a water jetted bathtub. You can use soap and oils in an air jetted bathtub, because there is no chance of contamination and residue buildup.
Combination Jetted Bathtubs
The most expensive option of all, a combination jetted bathtub uses air jets and water jets. You can choose to include one or both of these when you take a bath. Combination jetted bathtubs offer all the best features of both systems, but they may be difficult to maintain and can require regular cleaning. The added cost may also discourage some potential buyers.