16 Reasons Why Whirlpool Tubs Are For Suckers

Once again, I thought I’d pass on a little advice and save a serious case of buyer’s remorse for the six people left in America who are still looking to buy a home.

No, no. I’m not going to tell you why corner lots are for suckers again.

This time, I’ve got some advice for those of you who may be thinking about putting a jacuzzi-style jetted whirlpool tub in their master bathroom: Don’t do it.

Trust me, I’m the “proud” owner of one, and the cons far outweigh the pros.

In fact, here are a whole gaggle reasons why jetted whirlpool tubs just aren’t worth it:

1. They’re expensive. Good luck trying to find a decent one for less than $1500. And that’s before adding in the costs required to have someone install it, assuming you aren’t the do-it-yourself type. Then again, even if you are:

2. The manufacturers recommend you don’t install them yourself. For obvious reasons. Most people are simply better off getting a licensed general contractor, electrician or 24 hour plumber who knows what they’re doing.

3. They’re not romantic. Yeah, yeah; on first blush the seductive thought of relaxing in a deep tub of warm water with your significant other, surrounded by lots of candles and rose petals, seems extremely romantic. It’s not. One big reason why is because:

4. They’re noisy. The sound of the running motor and pump is not only a mood killer for those looking for a little romance, it also works against those simply looking for a little relaxation after a long hectic day too.

5. Bubble baths and whirlpool tubs don’t mix. If you aren’t very careful, the water jets tend to cause a foaming issue, which can result in a bubble bath on overdrive. Besides:

6. They take too long to fill. That’s because they’re extremely deep, which also means whirlpool tubs require a lot of water. So much so that:

7. They tend to completely drain traditional hot water tanks. Larger whirlpool tubs can use between 50 and 80 gallons of hot water, which is bad news for the other people living in the house who may need hot water for other reasons while you’re busy getting squeaky clean.

8. Before you know it, you’re sitting in a tub full of cold water. Well, unless your tub has a built-in heater. Then again, if it does, that heater, coupled with the whirlpool tub’s pump motor, ends up leading to:

9. Higher energy costs. Yep. Depending on the tub model, how often you use it, and the price of electricity, you could spend up to $40 per month or more over a traditional soaker tub.

10. Ventilation concerns. The larger amount of heat and moisture that is generated by whirlpool tubs can become a problem if the bathroom has inadequate ventilation.

11. Higher maintenance costs. It’s true. You’ll be paying for those motors, pumps and other electronic and mechanical parts that fail beyond the manufacturer’s warranty period.

12. They’re prone to algae growth. Algae is a common problem with a whirlpool tub because, even after you’ve drained it, water tends to sit in its internal network of pipes, nozzles and jets, thereby allowing it to grow. As a result:

13. They require frequent cleaning. At least twice per month I’m told — unless you’re the type that likes seeing bits of black and green algae floating in your bath water.

14. Washing your hair or shaving in them isn’t wise. At least it isn’t if you plan on using the jets; that will only make cleaning even tougher than it normally is.

15. You’ll hardly ever use it anyway. And if you have to ask why, go back to the top of this list and try reading a little slower.

16. They don’t add anything to your home’s resale value. I don’t care what your real estate agent tells you. For most people looking to buy a home, a whirlpool tub is not very high on their list of “must haves.” And for good reason.

Actually, make that 16 reasons.

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94 comments to 16 Reasons Why Whirlpool Tubs Are For Suckers

  • tracee

    I agree!!! My parents put one in when they built their house 12 years ago. I don’t think it has been used in the last 6.

  • You forgot high water bills. Each bath would probably cost close to a dollar in water and sewage charges, on top of the charges to reheat the water in the water tank. That’s *literally* sending money right down the drain!

    • Len Penzo

      “Water down the drain!” Good one!

      If they live where I do, I pay about 0.5 cents per gallon, so a 50 gallon fill up would cost me 25 cents. I should try and figure out what the cost to reheat the water in the tank would be.

  • nansuelee

    Another great read and thanks for the laugh!

  • Jack

    You nailed this. I spent almost $2000 to put one in my house 5 years ago. I’ve used it 4 times. What a waste.

  • I totally agree. I had an inground jacuzzi bathtub installed in a new construction. The thing was so heavy, it could only be installed on the ground level encased in concrete for support. Indeed it drained the largest hot water heater available and the water was cold in no time. The worst thing of all was the black algae that grew in the jet nozzles. I’m sorry, but no amount of cleaning could get rid of that mess! Nothing infuriated me more than filling that thing with gallons of hot water only to turn on the jets to find thick black mold floating everywhere rendering bathtime impossible. Grrrr! I lived in that house for 6 years and used the tub maybe twice. Never ever again.

    • Len Penzo

      That algae is really disgusting. In fact, the first time I noticed that stuff floating in the bath water, I wasn’t even sure what it was. I thought it was crap coming from the water pipe. I was all fired up to call the city and complain about their water, before I finally figured things out. LOL

  • Let’s call it what it is: a silly luxury expense. I never understood why would would want a Whirlpool tub when you can toss your hot tub outside and enjoy a little nature. The bathroom might be nice, but I’d rather look at a tree than my toilet.

    (What do I know? I bought a house on a corner!)

  • Jennifer

    I totally disagree. Although, I never use the jets on mine. A big deep soaking tub was a must have on my house shopping list. I have a very bad back/neck and soak in mine 3-5 times a week. We have a well/septic, so the extra water/sewer costs are not an issue. There are those of us who love a big tub and have them positioned not to look at a toilet in the bathroom!

    • Len Penzo

      Fair enough. Still, you can get soaking tubs without the jets — and other hassles — and save some money. :-)

    • Richard Bryant

      Jacuzzi tub has given my wife a quality of life. I won’t comment on using a tub for fun but the jets coupled with the heat gives my wife the ability to go down the steps to the rest of the house. If the view from your tub is what drives you then you have bigger issues.
      Rick

  • Christy

    We have a very deep jetted tub. It’s pretty much the same size & shape as a regular tub, just deeper. We use the tub all the time, obviously, and use the jets once or twice a month. It’s small enough that you can fill it and still have lots of hot water to spare, but deep enough for us to actually have a good relaxing soak in. (we’re both almost 6ft tall, so deep tubs are a great find!)

    I think if it had been a whirlpool tub like the one in your picture it wouldn’t be as functional.

  • Sandy

    Thanks for the heads-up on the noise – that alone would drive me nuts. My last house had an add-on master bedroom (that was beautiful) and to code, with a deep tub (no jets). Here’s an idea: they had a 2nd water heater outside in like a little closet next to the master bedroom, just for that add-on. This was great because the other water heater, in the garage, was for the rest of the house, including the other master bedroom, so no cold water problems.

    However, the problem I had with the deep tub was that it was a pain to have to clean it! It’s hard to clean a tub that’s deep like that. Anyway, I was commenting to give you an option to have 2 water heaters, but of course that raises the $$$, but at least you’d have all the hot water you could handle!

  • Mindimoo

    I agree totally with your points above. My kids begged me to install one when we recently renovated our bathroom. I refused. After all, I’m the one who is going to be cleaning it and I’ve heard about all sorts of nasty bacterial growths, not just algae, that can occur if they’re not cleaned properly. Instead I chose quite a deep regular soaker tub and I’m happy with it. Even so, I’ve only tried it out once in the past 6 months – I much prefer the shower.

  • I agree wih you, however my townhouse came with one. I think I used it twice in 14 years. I use the outside whirlpool much more often. I like the separate shower much more. The whirlpool tub is a nice extra, but meaningless overall.

    • Len Penzo

      I’m not sure I’d even call it a nice option, being that I would never use it.

      I still don’t understand how these whirlpool tub companies manage to stay in business.

  • The bubble comment is so true!

    Bubbles and whirlpool baths = over-bubble nightmare if you aren’t careful. We had bubbles streaming across my in-laws bathroom, bedroom and hallway one time because we hadn’t read your tips first.

    I’ll stick with the unromantic shower over an unromantic whirlpool bath from now on.

  • YFS

    I must admit I have a whirlpool tub. But, It came with my foreclosure so I’m not complaining. :-)

  • Wow! Thanks a lot for sharing this! Before reading this post, a whirlpool tub wasn’t on my housing must-haves, but it was something that made me drool when looking at home ads online. Now I’ll put it in the list with “hot tub” of things that are nice on vacation but not so nice in your home.

    By the way, my husband and I got a cabin in the mountains for our honeymoon. Like you mention here, the jacuzzi tub was SO DEEP that the hot water tank was emptied before it was even half full. I had never seen a tub that deep in my entire life. If I was sitting on the bottom of it, sitting straight up, my head barely cleared the lip of the tub. So, yeah… Cool bath in a jacuzzi tub that was only 1/4 full (not even full enough to reach the jets so we could actually enjoy them) – not so romantic!

    • Len Penzo

      I’m not even sure a whirlpool tub is nice to have on vacation! And I think a hot tub is definitely a much better option when it comes to the romance department.

  • Monica

    We have a 60′s brick ranch. We lived in it for 14 years before remodeling the PINK (pepto bismol shade) bathroom. We completely removed the bathtub. We always just used the shower anyway. There’s a company that makes a shower pan to fit the same footprint as a standard tub, and 6 or 8 colors to choose from. We got that, tiled the floor and the walls of the shower to the ceiling with 12″ floor tile. Ordered 1/2″ custom glass doors, and installed 2 shower heads with a diverter so they could be used together or independently. One a standard head, and one with a 6′ hose. We loved it so much we had another one done in the basement. There hasn’t been one day that I’ve missed that tub in 6 years. It’s the 2nd best money we ever spent.
    The best money we ever spent was fencing our yard…but that’s a topic for another post, right?

  • Kathy

    When we renovated the master bathroom a couple of years ago, we left in the original jetted tub. Used it maybe 4 times in 8 years? We did however put in a *big* shower with jets! Although…..we don’t use the shower jets much….just when the back is really sore.

  • I was just watching a home show where people were wondering if they should get rid of their whirlpool tub. The realtor said that since it was there, to just keep it because people want them, even though they end up never using them. I think they are a huge waste of space and energy myself, but if I had one already, I doubt I would rip it out.

  • Wyoming Gal

    I love my garden tub and I use it at least 5 times a week. Okay, so I only use the jets once or twice a month.

    This is the forth house I’ve had with a garden tub and jacuzzi and I have never had algae, repair problems, exhausting the hot water, or the other stuff you mention.

    It hasn’t kept us from selling the previous 3 houses. I don’t need the jets but I definitely need the tub!!

  • Our jacuzzi is why I have been taking showers for the past 5 years. For most of the reasons you mention.

    In our defense, we really didn’t want one, in the same way I hate fireplaces. But there weren’t many housing options that came without. Well, there was the snake house… it had a huge carpeted room with a sunken tub in the middle facing large glass doors to the outside. That was a little bizarre.

    • Len Penzo

      Wait a minute here … you hate fireplaces?!! That’s right up there with hating puppies. LOL ;-)

      I absolutely love fireplaces. Love ‘em, love ‘em, love ‘em! They’re just so cozy and warm. I’ve usually got a fire (natural gas — not wood) going all winter long — and I live in Southern California!

      • samiam

        I used to hate fireplaces too, and for similar reasons to you hating whirlpool tubs.
        A newer gas appliance without a two story chimney makes sense, but a fireplace with a traditional chimney is just stupid: Where the chimney meets the house can be big maintenance $$$s. Energy loss – you can try to seal them, but a lot of heat and AC $$$s are lost through the chimney, even with closed flu gas.
        Next house: Gas appliance fireplace (no chimney), no tile or light granite, no whirlpool, water heater in the garage, single story.
        Good site btw

  • Michelle

    Ugh I bought a house with one and have never used it. I would prefer to have extra closet space…

    I filled it up one time to make sure the jets worked and brownish water came out of the jets. I’m too afraid as to what is growing in there!

  • I loooooove my jacuzzi tub man! Don’t hate! It’s one of the best things ever! I can sit in it for 1 hour and the jets keep the water hot, hot, hot!

    Sam

    • Len Penzo

      You must have a heater, Sam. I suspect if I could keep, among other things, the water hot, the algae at bay, the noise and maintenance to a minimum, and the electric bills down, I’d love mine too! ;-)

  • Alan Thomas

    I had mine installed in 2005 and have used it once or twice a week since then. I love, love, love it! I paid $1200 for mine, and got the extended length version, so one person can occupy it comfortably. I also got the extra jets, extra powerful motor, and a heater which does not run off of the pump. If you aren’t a “bath” person you won’t like it. If you don’t get the upgrades you probably won’t like it. As for the cleaning, all you have to do is run it with a little bleach in it every so often once you get out of it. I’ve never had any repair problems or cleanliness problems with it in the nearly 7 years I have had it and insist on having it in my next house.

    • Len Penzo

      Just curious: How much did the tub cost with all those extras, Alan? Or was that $1200 for the whole kit and caboodle?

    • Deb

      Alan, great points! I’ve wanted one for YEARS and just finally deciding to make a decision and just do it. I’m looking to buy one to replace my regular tub but I don’t want to end up with no pressure.

      From what I’m seeing, you have to be sure to get one that when it’s installed, it has individual hoses running from the pump to each jet rather than all the jets running on the same line or there would be no water pressure with the jets?

  • Guy

    Get a tankless water heater (or instant or whatever they are called). No reason to constantly be heating up gallons of water in the off chance you might want to take a hot shower or use the water for something. And then you won’t have to worry about running out of hot water either. Think that is what I might do in the future…

  • marie

    I’m Installing a brand spanking new jetted tub i got it for $400 originally costs over $1400 wow what a steal,Don’t really see your point on not having a whirlpool tub? I have lower back problems, Seems like a great thing to have in a bathroom compared to a crappy soaker tub, and as far as cleaning it,so what, whats so hard about cleaning it? It’s not like it’s going to be used everyday. I’m keeping the shower head and just will need a seperate shower cutain.Funny you seem to think everyone with a jetted tub uses them everyday and doesnt clean them? Also I live on a corner lot,Way better that any other lot, because we can have a seperate garage and drive in from the street, many advantages to having a corner lot and a nice jetted tub. Sounds to me like you wish you had a jetted tub and a corner lot and are just jealous you dont have either? I would say this website is for suckers. :)

  • marie

    I guess to each his own, Just got the tub installed what a great addition,I even added a separate circit for the heater, great feeling having a nice jetted tub and shower combo. Who cares if it cost a few dollars extra a month. I planning to have a sauna built too, i’m sure you probably have 16 reasons not to own saunas too? Corner lots are great by the way, nice to have plenty of parking, guess it all depends on the location of the corner lot, don’t you think?

    • Len Penzo

      I can’t speak for saunas, marie … I never owned one! :-)

      As for the corner lots, yeah, if you’re on a corner lot in the middle of nowhere — then it might (I said “might”) be tolerable. But I doubt it. ;-)

  • I will NEVER own a whirlpool tub ever again for all of the above reasons but particularly because of the black algae that comes blasting out of the jets when you turn the jets on, into a tub full of hot water that quickly becomes unusable. I was so mad when I had to pull the plug on a very large whirlpool bath full of hot water …. grrrrrrrrr

    • Len Penzo

      I, too, will never forget the shock that fell upon me the first time the algae came out of the jets. It was disgusting. Still, that is a minor inconvenience that can be fixed relatively easily when compared to some of those other drawbacks!

  • Robert

    My wife has been bugging me to put a Whirlpool Tub in the basement. I have bee avoiding doing so because I don’t think it will get the use and the cost of maintenance. I forwarded this article to her. Hopefully she will let this “Soak in”!

  • Jessica

    You are right; My mom has one of these and the noice is aweful you can’t even fill it up all the way because of the foaming issue, even though her’s has a heater the only on that uses it is my nephew and of course he splashes water all of the floor.
    You didn’t include the suctioning issue when you have anything in the tub with you like a rag or soap usually gets stuck to the intake. Her switch is also in a very unuser-friendly place as you have to get out of the tub to turn it on or off. Who thought of putting 5 feet away? Anyway I hope everyone that reads this passes it along. I would rather have a large shower with more that one head..lol

  • Faerieseana

    Wow, this has been enlightening. I have always enjoyed sitting in a hot tub (my parents have a pool and spa) and I have considered getting one of these when my husband and I buy a house. Now I’m thinking I’ll get one outdoors and skip the bath tub completely. I never even thought about these problems. Who wants to sit in a tub full of algae- and bacteria-filled water? Yikes!

  • Totally agree. I would never put one of those in my home.

  • Lizza

    I wish you had put a date your whirlpool bath was. I have owned several. You’re right water cost are higher and that’s about where I’ll leave it. Other than that, the noise, cleaning and heating of the water are outdated. Unless “maybe” you purchase the cheapest model available. I could not live with out my tub! It’s my relaxation after work, not only does it relax me I get clean to!!! If I were in the market to buy another home it would be at the top of my list. Or at least have the room (which older bathrooms don’t) to add later.

  • Cal Kelley

    haha, use mine ALL the time. Again, I’m on septic so the water is essentially free. I hate water in my face so have always taken baths and this one is a pleasure. Using it for the last 8 months we’ve owned the house and there hasn’t been a problem with algea(knock wood) and I use bubble bath without the jets so it’s like a regular bath. It was here when we bought the house and has a separate heater, different sequences, lights, etc. What it doesn’t have that my friend put in is an additional shower nozzle for washing it down – very clever of her. The cool thing it does have is a small shelf/seat which is great to sit on when bathing a baby in the bath – you’re right there to play, no back ache and only your feet get wet.
    And have used it, though mostly without the jets, for many a romantic time!
    Some women like shoes – never could understand that. But my jacuzzi tub is my luxury and I bet it works out to be a lot less than many women spend on their shoe collection ;-}

  • Christy

    Thank you so much for putting this into persepctive. I’ve been debating about this and googled it and found your article. I’m so glad I read this before remodeling my bathroom.

  • Bob

    We purchase a home 20 years with a jetted tub. I had never had one and never really wanted one but wife said we would love it.

    We have used it every day for the last twenty years. Sometimes twice a day. I work in construction and have plenty of aching muscles. Soaking in a jetted tub always makes my muscles feel better.

    About 5 years ago we also installed small flat screen TV in bathroom so while in tub you can watch TV.

    We heard the same things about getting a swimming pool. Too expensive, too much work, only can use it for 3 months a year (here in Michigan) but we have absolutely loved that too.

    We would not be in house or apartment without jetted tub. Not sure what to say other then we both love it.

  • Michelle

    I love ours. We are looking to purchase a new home and if it doesn’t come with one, we will add it. We have “date nite”. When we get home, we eat dinner and then “calgon” together. Talk about our day.

  • K

    I agree with you! My parents had a jetted tub installed in my childhood home and I think I used it maybe a handful of times as a teen. It was loud and I just didn’t get much enjoyment from the jets. When my husband and I purchased our home it came with a large soaker tub and a 80 gallon water heater to fill it. We absolutely love it! It doesn’t have jets, but its size allows us to have hot water up to our necks and comfortable spread out. It’s a little cramped with 2 people but it works great for one. My children think it is a mini swimming pool and always ask to take a bath in our tub instead of in their standard size tub :) .

    We are looking at building and for some crazy reason we were considering putting a large whirlpool in our master. But then we stayed at a suite that had the very tub we were looking at. While it comfortably held two people, the jets were very loud and like you said kinda kills the mood when you can’t even talk. The jets to me still didn’t offer that much enjoyment, I would take my large soaker tub over a whirlpool any day!!

  • Joe

    We have a jetted tub and hate it. We would like to have it converted to a soaker tub. We live near Atlanta if anybody knows of a company that will do this. Thanks.

  • Dwaine

    I totally disagree. You are comparing the larger tubs, lets be fair. We have had a whirlpool tub which is the same size as a regular tub. Takes the same amount of water you would use for a bath and has an inline heater which keeps the water at 104 degrees. No noticeable differance in water, electric or gas. My wife uses it 2 times a week and enjoys every minute she uses it. This is a Kohler tub and at the time less than $1500.00

  • I lived in Japan and love soaking tubs. I’ve thought about getting a jacuzzi tub b/c getting older and aches and pains. My husband has always put a small amount of bleach in the tub in our previous house in which we remodeled and put a jacuzzi and never had a mold problem. maybe bleach is your answer.

    • dn

      I have been using a product called ‘spa-giene’, which is a quarternary ammonium compound. Before that, I was using the widely recommended Cascade dish detergent and bleach protocol to flush my jacuzzi jets and thought it was doing a good job as the water came out clean from the jets. I started using spa-giene, and was amazed to see the crud that came out with it, making me a believer of the fact that cleaning with bleach is not enough. Use spa-genie and see what comes out of your jets.

      My only grievance is that black crud keeps coming out of the jets even though I have done atleast 20 cycles of cleaning with spa-giene by now. When I use bleach, the water comes out clean. When I use spa-giene, I get a lot of crud.

  • Meg

    When we built our house 4 years ago, I had them install a Jacuzzi tub in the master as well as a shower. I have to say it was my favorite place in the house! That was my place to get away. Once or twice a month I would fill it with hot water and pour some bleach into and run the jets for a few. I never ha trouble with mold. We have now relocated into an older home with no room for one and I have to say I miss it terribly!

  • Tina

    Those of us with lower back problems find relief in a jetted whirlpool tub. It is a lot less expensive than an outdoor jacuzzi. If you do the recommended cleaning with the suggested products, you wont have any problems. You just need to do your research before you install one. Get a bigger water heater, and the heater pump to keep the water warm, and make sure you have easy access to the heater, just in case it stops working.

  • Exitor98

    Uh oh. When we bought our new house the contractor had already installed.

    Now I realize that we should have insisted on him tearing it out and putting in a politically correct smaller tub.

    I’ve got my crow bar and sledge hammer in my hands.
    Time to get to work.

  • Bill S

    Well I find it hard to believe that taking a bath with someone you love isn’t romantic. For those of you who think it is too expensive, then don’t buy one in the first place. It’s like having a swimming pool and complaining about the costs, it falls on deaf ears.

    One problem that is easily solvable is proper cleaning of the jetted tub. These tubs can be as safe and clean as a well run swimming pool if cleaned properly. The tubs have about 15-20 feet of plumbing lines that are full of warm stagnant water that develops crud, what ever you want to call it. I use a cleaner that the lodging industry uses called Oh Yuk Jetted Tub Cleaner.

    I also bring it with when I travel. And yes, next time I’m at a beautiful lodge, looking out the window watching the snow fall as we sit in a nice warm jetted tub, I’ll think about this group and smile thinking what a luck guy I am!

  • Janis

    Just like any luxury, it takes a little effort, a little forethought, and a little cash. I appreciate this article because it points out the specifics of those. To call folks suckers, though, not so much. There are, for many, medical/health benefits in regularly using these gadgets, making them something more than just a luxury.

    So, like that stair climber you bought to motivate you to exercise, use your tub. After all, you paid for it. I’m bummed for you that it wasn’t the good fit for you you thought it would be.

  • Karen

    Well, get this. The second bathroom in the 1900 bungalow has had a whirlpool/jacuzzi installed in the floor — along with an i-beam installed over it with a pulley and chain that a chair was attached to in order to lower the previous owner’s wife into the tub. It also has two grab bars on the sides, and did have a gate — and I mean gate — across it so she would not accidentally fall in. There are now these steel plates on either side that would probably pull out the plaster if removed. I want the tub out and am thinking it will have to be — somehow have to be released and lowered and left in the crawlspace. Scared to have the i-beam touched — I hung an antique electrified lantern on it that runs the length of the tub. There are antique brass fixtures at the end of the tub on the wall. Getting this picture? Imagining the fear of the guests I have over? Think I ever use it? It is a sight to behold …

  • whirlpool lover

    this seems like a personal preference so you dont like whirlpools[the writer] maybe someone else will thats what makes this world such a beautiful place different people different minds i respect your opinion well respect mine i want a whirlpool tub …what

  • Lisa

    My husband talked me out of a Whirlpool, but we did get a normal soaker tub. I use it rarely because of just how much water it holds [50gal], but let me tell you — it stays warm for a very, very long time [an hour plus?], WITHOUT a built in heater. It’s a BainUltra. Not easy to find, but totally worth it. About $1,000 for a 65″x32″ five years ago. One of the few things we did in our reno that I can say was a clear ‘winner’ decision.

  • I have chronic muscle pain, so for me that REAL ones that REALLY massage are worth it. Most just make fart bubbles, though, and a lit of noise. :)

  • lee

    I can’t wait to visit my daughter so I can relax in her whirlpool. It never gets cold (AT LEAST IN 45 MINS.) and is so enjoyable, I do not fill it to the highest and I read in it,. The tub is regular size so no more then usual amt. water goes into it. I had a foot operation and it really helped the swelling. There’s never any gook in it so it is difficult to see what you all are complaining about. when you get older and achey you will appreciate it. in the meantime we are redoing our bath so we can have one!

  • Molly

    We made the mistake of installing a Jacuzzi tub when we had our master bathroom remodeled 10 years ago. I am looking for a way to completely seal up the jets so perhaps we can at least use it as a soaker tub without having to deal with the mold and black algae. We used pool shock on it a few times (the only thing that seemed to kill the algae & mold) but since we are on a septic system we can’t really shock it as often as would be required for hygiene and safety. It sounds like I need to have an electrician come disconnect the power to the motor so I can seal it up tight & maybe get some use out of it! Until then, it’s just taking up space.

  • CHRISTy

    haha thanks for this list! never thought about these things, def don’t want a jet tub now

  • Kraig

    I have a bad back so for therapy like the hot spa. So I’m looking to convert mine to a full time “spa” with an inline heater to help keep the water hot; filters to clean; but can’t find any “conversion kits” etc.:-(

  • amy b

    love ours! absolutely a plus in the romance dept. good for my arthritic knees. great after a hard workout. hopefully, if you have any kind of tub, you clean it at least twice a month, lol!

  • JerzeeGirl

    You are hilarious! I came across your post after searching for someone to fix my tub actually and I think I’m now leaning towards leaving it alone (it came with my short sale so I kinda didn’t pay for it, but sort of..I guess) I don’t do algae (why I tossed my aquarium) and I don’t need a bubble party all down my hallway (my OCD won’t allow that in the least bit). Thanks again!

  • glenn cook

    been in rehab & still improving do to botched back surgery.want to use existant jacuzzi hot tub but dont know how to get in & out as raised a few feet off floor.are there any plans or rail systems etc i could add to tub to help me???

  • janet

    My husband always says the best purchases he has ever made for me would be my kendle and whirlpool tub and I have to agree. Yes I live in the bath tub. Bubble bath and the jets going. I love it. Yes the water bill went up….that’s a liitle expected. Guess what its bath time…….. : )

  • [...] Len Penzo lists 16 compelling reasons to not invest in a whirlpool tub for the master bath. I couldn’t agree more. I would have to be constantly filling it so the water stayed warm, then my water bill would be ridiculous.  Best to just not make the investment in my opinion (for reasons other than the water bill). [...]

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  • [...] By Guest Blogger | Jul 26, 2012 The following post comes from Len Penzo at partner site LenPenzo.com.I’ve got some advice for those of you who may be thinking about putting a Jacuzzi-style jetted [...]

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