The original hydrotherapy jet was invented by the Jacuzzi brothers in 1956. Find out more about how it created a new industry....
Around the turn of the century, seven Jacuzzi brothers emigrated to California from Italy.
In 1956, an idea was born. Why not treat a family member’s arthritis with a hydrotherapy pump. The Jacuzzi brothers invented a pump and a small niche business was born. The J-300, a portable pump, was sold to hospitals and schools.
This innovative spirit was captured by Roy Jacuzzi, a third generation family member who had begun learning the business as a teenager. Sensing the American consumers interest in health, fitness and leisure activities, Roy invented and marketed the first self-contained, fully integrated whirlpool bath in 1968. By incorporating body jets into the sides of the tub, it became the bath that almost single-handedly created an industry.
As larger units were designed to accommodate more people, Jacuzzi incorporated heating and filtration systems to keep the water warm and clean, thus creating the first hot tub in 1970. Hot tubs, unlike the whirlpool baths, could be used outside with this heating system. In 1979, the family sold the business to New York based Kidde Inc. All the family members left the business, except for Roy, who stayed on to run the Jacuzzi operations.
In 1990, Roy Jacuzzi was placed in the National Kitchen and Bath Hall of Fame in the USA, recognising him for his many contributions in the innovation of hydrotherapy for home use.
In 2001, the Jacuzzi bathroom brand was expanded in the UK to include sanitaryware, premium shower enclosures, furniture, brassware and accessories to offer a full contemporary bathroom collection.
Jacuzzi has become the world's most recognised and largest selling brand of jetted whirlpool baths, hot tubs and spas. In addition to the first whirlpool bath patent, Jacuzzi has 250 worldwide patents for advancements in pump systems, jet technology and product design. This ongoing commitment to innovative product development ensures its leadership position in the industry, and sets the standards the world over.