Hot tubs Directory: Your Consumer Guide for Hot Tub Reviews, Prices, Ratings, Spa Covers, Chemicals, Maintenance, and Parts

Hot Tubs Directory is devoted to providing the most comprehensive information available on hot tub spas.
Starting with our research, which is done by consumers like you who rate their own products, you’ll find reviews and information on prices, durability and longevity of hot tubs, spa covers and associated products, such as chemicals and parts.

Hot Tubs History: From Hot Springs to Modern Spas

History of the Hot Tub

The history of hot tubs and spas can be traced back before recorded history when the early man made use of the earth’s natural hot springs. Hot springs fed streams and pools, which were used for warmth and natural treatment by early man. Native Americans were well aware of the healing properties of natural hot springs.

As early as 2000 B.C., ancient Egyptians used hot baths for therapeutic value. And as early as 600 B.C., Phraortes (King of Media [ancient Persia]) built one of the first known hot tubs.

The great philosophers of Greece (Plato, Hippocrates and others) make mention of the therapeutic value of water. Grecians were known to have built structures around hot springs.

Asian culture from Japan to China revered the healing power of water. The Japanese even have a saying, known as Mizu-no-Kokoro (Mind Like Water), which refers to the peaceful state at which the spirit can find, producing a feeling of passive resistance. Those who possess Mind Like Water are in harmony with all beings.

The Roman Empire made use of the earth’s natural hot springs by constructing a stone chamber and temple around this hot spring sometime before the second century A.D. Eventually, the Roman hot baths of present-day Bath, England culminated into a large complex with multiple hot tubs and bathing areas.

In the late 1500s, Queen Elizabeth 1 visited the mineral waters of Bath, England.

By the mid-1900s, the first true hot tubs were built using wine and olive tanks and water troughs. As you know, modern-day hot tubs range from modified bathtubs to complex ceramic and concrete, pool-side wonders.