USA: Whirlpool Bath Tubs: Whirlpool Bath Tub Manufacturers
ABOUT WHIRLPOOL BATH TUBS
Whirlpool bath tubs were invented by Roy Jacuzzi in the 1960s, and Jacuzzi remains the world's leading manufacturer. There is now a wide choice of manufacturers and retailers, offering a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and features. Some whirlpool bath tubs are designed to accommodate two adults. The common feature of all whirlpool bath tubs is that they have jets fitted into the sides of the bath tub, which inject a mixture of air and water into the tub. This produces a pleasing hydromassage effect. Optional features include thermostatic taps, pillows, radios, and underwater lighting.
The leading manufacturers, described below, have comprehensive websites, with information on all aspects, including online catalogs, colours and materials, and care and maintenance.
LEADING USA MANUFACTURERS
Coral Seas Spas. Coral Seas Spas is an online retailer of bathroom fittings, including whirlpool bath tubs. The principal manufacturer represented by Coral Seas Spas is Ariel Platinum. Whirlpool Bath Tubs by Royal SSWW are also available by special order. Stand alone whirlpool baths by Ariel Platinum are available in contemporary rectangular designs with glass sides, and also in more traditional designs. All tubs carry a five year warranty, and all spare parts are stocked by Coral Seas Spas. Other products in their range include steam showers, shower stalls, modern toilets, towel warmers, and shower panels.
Jacuzzi Whirlpool Baths. Jacuzzi, the world's first maker of whirlpool baths, has a fascinating company history. In the early 1900s seven Jacuzzi brothers emigrated to California from Italy, and set about designing and building early aeroplanes. In the 1950s they moved into hydrotherapy pumps for hospitals and schools. In the 1960s, Roy Jacuzzi hit upon the idea of a self-contained whirlpool bath, with jets in the side of the tub. Today, with 250 worldwide patents, Jacuzzi is the market leader in whirlpool baths, and Roy Jacuzzi has been inducted into the National Kitchen & Bath Hall of Fame.
Watertech. Watertech, based in Johnson City, Tennessee, is a leading manufacturer of custom whirlpool bath tubs. The company was founded by, and is still owned by, brothers Pete and Ben Paduch. They have delivered more than 100,000 orders since the company started in 1985. The website contains a useful buyers guide, covering: Acrylic Colors, Jets, Matching Colors, Rigid PVC Pipe Systems, Tub Skirts, Air Injection, Tub Materials, Steel Bases, Pumps & Motors, Heaters, Grab Handles, Drains, Trim Kits, Pillows & Headrests, Faucets, and Underwater Mood Lights.
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