Standard Jacuzzi Dimensions (with Drawings)

Stacy Randall
by Stacy Randall

When you hear the word jacuzzi, you might picture a few different things. For example, maybe you imagine soaking in a jetted tub or sharing a whirlpool tub for two. However, for some people, a jacuzzi stirs up images of hanging with several friends in a hot tub.

Any of these would be correct, as jacuzzi is often used interchangeably to refer to all of these things. However, this article focuses on jacuzzi tubs, or whirlpool tubs, with jets. A jacuzzi tub is about 60 inches long, 32 to 26 inches wide, and 18 to 23 ¼ inches deep.

Of course, you can always find various configurations and sizes depending on what you’re going for. And in many cases, whirlpool tubs can seem more prominent than standard tubs. But, this is usually because they are built into a surround or alcove.

What Exactly Is a Jacuzzi?

People use the word jacuzzi to refer to everything from whirlpool tubs to large outdoor hot tubs. However, Jacuzzi is actually a brand name that has become synonymous with these items. It’s sort of like how people call every soft drink a Coke or every tissue a Kleenex.

Why Do We Call Whirlpool Tubs Jacuzzis?

The word stems from the family who invented the first underwater jet for a bathtub. The Jacuzzis were brothers and part of an Italian family that came to America in the early 1900s. They worked in the aviation industry, and one of the brother’s sons had juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

He went to a hospital often to receive hydrotherapy which helped him significantly. This made the rest of the family want to figure out how this type of therapy could be done in the home.

Over time, and many tests later, they developed the first whirlpool, jetted tubs. The Jacuzzi Company had such a strong link to the jetted tubs that to this day, people still refer to all whirlpool tubs and even hot tubs as jacuzzis.

For this article, we’re concentrating on the dimensions of jetted tubs. If you want to know more about hot tubs and spas, check out our article about hot tub dimensions.

How much Space Do You Need for a Jacuzzi?

Jacuzzis, or whirlpool tubs, come in multiple shapes and sizes, including standard rectangular tubs, oval tubs, and corner units. Typically, the thin shell of the tub is usually enough to hide the various mechanisms like jets and the pump. Other times, tubs go in surrounds that help hide the equipment.

Technology has gotten sleeker in recent years, but also companies have paid attention to the market. So many people install jetted tubs in their bathrooms nowadays that companies have started making whirlpool tubs in standard sizes.

Because of this, you can switch out a standard tub with a jetted tub more easily than you might think. However, there are still a few dimensions to keep in mind when planning to install a jacuzzi tub.

The Average Jacuzzi Size

An average-sized jacuzzi tub is about 5 feet long, the same as a standard tub alcove. Usually, the length is the most critical part when it comes to fitting a tub in an existing space. You might be able to add a few extra inches to the width and depth, but walls often limit length.

The usual jacuzzi tub width is between 32 and 36 inches, compared to a standard tub’s 28 to 30 inches. For depth, a standard tub is typically 14 to 16 inches deep. You can find whirlpool tubs and soaking tubs without jets between roughly 18 and 23 inches deep.

Since people usually get a jacuzzi for soaking, you can also find some that are 72 inches long. So, when you’re deciding on your tub, ensure you have the necessary space for the actual unit. But, having enough space isn’t just about the tub itself; you also need to consider the area around your tub.

What Clearance Do You Need for a Jacuzzi Tub?

When you install any kind of tub, you need to make sure you allow enough room around it. To the side of your tub, you need at least 22 inches, although 30 to 44 inches is ideal. This space makes it easier for you to get in and out of the tub.

In an average medium to large-sized bathroom, you can likely fit a jetted tub, whether an alcove or drop-in design.

How Many Jets Should You Have in a Jacuzzi Tub?

There’s no magic number of jets for a whirlpool tub. Every manufacturer and tub model features a different configuration of jets. Therefore, you could bed up with 4, 6, 10, etc.

But, in the majority of cases, it isn’t how many jets you have; it’s more about where the jets are.

Jet Placement in a Jacuzzi Tub

Different whirlpool tubs come with varying systems of jets. Some go around the whole tub, called perimeter systems. Other tubs feature jets on just the back, while others have them on the bottom of the tub.

Then, of course, you can get some tubs that have a combination of several systems. When selecting your tub, think about why you want a tub with jets. For example, do you want help with back pain, knee pain, or just an overall relaxing soaking experience?

The answers to these questions will help you determine what jet placement you need. You can also consider things like whether you want stationary jets or adjustable jets. The latter can help you target problem spots and create a more personalized massage experience.

Various Sizes and Styles of Jacuzzis (Jetted Tubs)

As previously mentioned, there are tons of options when it comes to jacuzzi tibs. You can find them in various shapes and sizes, so consider all of your options before deciding on what’s best for you.

Luxury Soaker Jacuzzi Tub

Of course, if budget and size are no issue, and you have ample space, you can go for ultimate luxury. Many jacuzzis come with all sorts of bells and whistles, like built-in headrests and lighting systems.

For example, the TOTO Flotation Tub (Zero Dimension) features a comfortable oval shape that is higher at the head side. At its tallest point, it is just under 30 ¾ inches tall. In addition, it features an adjustable headrest and massaging jets to provide a comfortable soaking experience.

The tub also showcases a LED light system to help create a spa-like mood while you relax. The total depth for the water is 15.5 inches. And the tub is a whopping 41.3125 inches wide and 86.625 inches long.


Standard Jetted Tub

If your bathroom is average size, you might not be able to get a large luxury jetted tub like above. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still indulge in a jacuzzi; remember, many companies are making standard-size whirlpool tubs.

For example, this tub’s width and length are within the dimensions of a standard tub. It is 31.5 inches wide and just under 5 feet long. But a height of 23 ¼ “makes it easier to still soak and relax. You need to take action if there is black stuff coming out of your jacuzzi jets.


Oval Whirlpool Tub

Another popular style for a jacuzzi tub is an oval shape. Typically, these tubs will be dropped into a tub surround which hides the pump system and jets.

The overall height of this tub is about 19 ¾” tall, but the water level reaches closer to roughly 15 inches. The length is longer than a standard tub, reaching 66 inches from point to point. The width is also more than a standard tub, measuring 36 inches across.

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Corner Jetted Tub

In more spacious bathrooms and master ensuites, you’ll often find corner whirlpool tubs, which usually also drop into a surround. The tub itself is, of course, smaller than the whole unit, including the surround.

This setup requires 5 feet of space on each corner wall, then comes out from the corner about 54 inches. The tub itself measures 45 inches across the longest part, and from drain to corner, is about 34 inches.


Related Questions

What is the difference between a jetted tub and a hot tub?

Basically, a jetted tub is an actual bathtub with a jet system that you would have indoors in your bathroom. Typically, a whirlpool tub is for one person, and some larger models fit two people. Conversely, hot tubs are usually for more recreational use and can hold multiple people. Many people have a hot tub outside in the backyard, but you can have indoor hot tubs as well. However, you’d more likely find these at gyms or hotels, etc. Find out the difference between a hot tub and a jacuzzi.

How much does a jacuzzi cost?

Jacuzzi tubs, or jetted tubs, vary in price depending on size, style, number and placement of jets, and other features. Some standard-sized, basic tubs can cost around $600 to $750. Bu more oversized tubs with more features and advanced technology can reach closer to $15,000 or more. If you’re ready to get a jacuzzi, it’s a good idea to shop around first. 

How many gallons of water does a typical bathtub hold?

A standard-size tub usually holds about 80 gallons of water, but typically, you don’t fill a tub to the brim. In an average bath, a person uses between 30 and 50 gallons of water. 

Stacy Randall
Stacy Randall

Stacy Randall is a wife, mother, and freelance writer from NOLA that has always had a love for DIY projects, home organization, and making spaces beautiful. Together with her husband, she has been spending the last several years lovingly renovating her grandparent's former home, making it their own and learning a lot about life along the way.

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