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Swim Spa Vs Pool – Which Should You Choose?

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Since their introduction over a decade ago, swim spas have been growing in popularity among home owners. Why are swim spas gaining popularity over pools? Affordability, lower maintenance costs, year round use, and easier maintenance overall. Wondering whether a swim spa or a pool is right for you and your backyard? Lets compare a Swim Spa Vs Pool side by side to help you decide which to choose.

Swim Spa Vs Pool



Swim Spas: How Much Does a Swim Spa Cost?

  • Entry Level & Midrange Swim Spas: $15,000 – $25,000
  • Premium Larger Swim Spas: $35,000 – $55,000


  • The average family spends between $28,000 and $55,000 on a pool installation (Homeguide.com)


Backyard Situation

Swim Spas: Swim spas generally require a small space to be installed in your backyard. Therefore, they’re an ideal solution for folks who want a pool but maybe cannot fit one in their backyard. They’re also a great solution for those who are not allowed to dig for a pool in their backyard.

Pools: Have a large backyard? The sky is the limit for you! Pools generally need a larger backyard area in order to accommodate the size of a pool and also the machinery needed to dig for a pool.



Swim Spa: The installation of swim spas are less invasive than a pool. All you need is a concrete slab installed at about $1,000 on average & an outdoor electrical subpanel. Adding decking around your swim spa is also a nice option to add ease of use & aesthetic to your backyard. However, this is not necessary if you want to save on costs. All pumps & heaters are self contained in a swim spa eliminating the need to install a spa pack in another area of your yard.

Pool: Installing a pool usually requires major construction in your backyard & it’s a very permanent option. Large machinery, underground plumbing, and electrical installation is generally required for a pool installation. Separate “pump packs” are also required to install somewhere in order for your pool to operate.



Swim Spa:

  • Weekly water care maintenance
  • Rinse filters
  • Every 4-6 months 1/2 dump and refill

Pool: (list provided by Homeguide.com)

  • Weekly Water Care Maintenance
  • Backwash Filter
  • Clean out skimmer baskets
  • Clean out pump basket
  • Clean out pool cleaner bag
  • Skim surface of pool
  • Vacuum pool
  • Brush pool walls
  • Open pool for spring
  • Winterize pool for winter



Swim Spas: Year round swimming

Pools: 4-5 months out of the year in North East region.


Maintenance Costs

Swim Spa: $126/ mo on average

  • Chemicals: $32/mo on average
  • Energy: $50/mo on average
  • Necessary Maintenance (yearly cleaning): $350
  • Repairs: $195/year on average

Pool: $252/ mo on average

  • Chemicals: $47/mo on average
  • Energy: $83/mo on average
  • Necessary maintenance (opening & closing pool & cleaning): $750-$1,500/year
  • Repairs: $350/year on average


It’s no secret why Swim Spas have rapidly gained popularity in American’s backyards. Less maintenance, less money, year round swimming, & affordability have been major deciding factors when comparing a swim spa vs. pool. Want to learn more about our Hydropool Swim Spas? Visit our Swim Spas page for information on our brand, models, and general knowledge!

About HealthMate Hot Tubs

HealthMate Hot Tubs, LLC is a family owned & operated business in the hot tub and swim spa industry for over 20 years now. We sell & service new hot tubs, used hot tubs, plug n play hot tubs, hot tub & swim spa accessories, water care treatments, hot tub surrounds and more. The brands we carry include: Hot Spring Spas, Caldera Spas, FreeFlow Hot Tubs, Hydropool Swim Spas, A&B Accessories and more.

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