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Swim Spa vs Swimming Pool: Which is right for you?

Updated: Jan 4, 2023

Adding a swimming pool to your property is, in principle, an excellent idea. Not only are there many health benefits, it is also a stand-out feature that could help you sell your home in the future.

However, there are considerations. For example, if you’ve only got space for a small swimming pool, you need to consider what it will be used for. If your aim is to use it for purely relaxation, then a small pool is fine. But, if you’re going to use it for swimming, then it is likely that a small swimming pool is not a sensible option.

There are many benefits to choosing a Swim Spa instead of a Swimming Pool. Aqua Warehouse outlines the pros and cons of both to help you decide which is right for you.

Is a Swim Spa better than a pool?

You are more limited to what you can do in a small swimming pool than a swim spa.

The difference between a swim spa and a pool is not the size, it is the technology. A swim spa can generate a current that allows you to swim or exercise against. This effectively gives you a swimming pool of unlimited length, as you will only stop when you want to. You are not limited by the dimensions of a pool. With a swimming pool, you’re going to have to do laps and the number you do will largely depend on the size of the pool.


Investing in a swimming pool meaning having vast space in your back garden to fit it. But not everyone wants a huge water feature taking up the majority of their space. Unlike swimming pools, swim spas can be a much better choice for those looking to enjoy the benefits of a spa, without ruining the overall aesthetic of their garden.

Year round use

When people think of swimming pools, they often think of summertime and relaxing with family. But there is a reason for this. Pools are much less likely to get used year round as they are less likely to stand against seasonal changes and are unable to warm up - unless you pay over the odds for a pool heater.

Swim spas are a much better alternative as they can be used all year long. What’s more, they also provide additional health benefits - such as hydrotherapy and increased quality of sleep - which are great to take advantage of during the colder months!

In this instance, you should consider a swim spa. They have a similar footprint to small swimming pools but offer much more flexibility.

What is the cost of an average swim spa vs a swimming pool?

The cost of a ground-level swimming pool can range from £20,000 to £100,000, depending on the size. It’s worth mentioning that swimming pools are typically bigger than swim spas due to people needing more space for swimming.

In comparison to the above, our range of swim spas range from approximately £16,500 to £42,000. Not only are they cheaper to buy, they often require much less maintenance.

How much does it cost to maintain a swim spa vs a swimming pool?

The cost of a swim spa is approximately £6-8 per day which may initially seem expensive, but compare that to a regular outdoor swimming pool at £10-15 per day, according to the Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA), it soon seems a lot more affordable.

However, it is worth remembering that the cost of both a swim spa and a swimming pool can vary greatly depending on the area you live in and in the case of a swim spa, how much you use it.

If you would like more information about our luxury swim spas, visit our showroom or get in touch with our hot tub team today




Jess Court

I'm Aqua Warehouse Groups Marketing Officer - overseeing all things news worthy in the hot tub industry, with tips and tricks that are bound to make a splash.

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