What are the Pros and Cons of Swim Spas?

8th June 2021

Swim spas give you the chance to swim every day in the privacy of your own garden, and without taking up the space or going to the expense of a full swimming pool. But are they the right choice for you? Here we look at the pros and cons of swim spas so you can make the choice for yourself.

How do swim spas work?

The pros of swim spas

When compared to a traditional swimming pool, swim spas offer an array of benefits.

Different uses

Swim spas enable you to swim regularly and practice your stroke and, but unlike a swimming pool, they can also be used to relax and socialise in like a hot tub. The range of swim spas at Hydropool Surrey gives you the best of both worlds.

Swim spas can be heated to different temperatures. You may want to set the temperature for the late 20 degrees Celsius whilst you swim, and then switch it to 40 degrees Celsius whilst relaxing and using your swim spa more like a hot tub. The hydro water jets provide a relaxing massage.

Year round use

The heating system of swim spas allows you to use them year round, whatever the weather or season. This is particularly important if you live in a country like the UK, where the warmer weather tends to last less than four months and is often unpredictable.

Energy efficient

Certain factors boost the energy efficiency of swim spas. These include fitting a well-insulated cover to the swim spa, and opting for a below ground installation, which keeps the swim spa more insulated.

If you invest in a swim spa with a pressurised filtration system, the energy used to keep the water clean is reduced. Hydropool’s self-clean technology ensures that the water is filtered and cleaned every 15 minutes, making it the most energy efficient filtration system in the world.

Space saving

 Swim spas provide a built in current system so that you are effectively swimming on the spot rather than swimming long laps of a pool. Swim spas therefore use up far less space in your back garden than a traditional swimming pool, and are a good option if you don’t want to lose a huge area of your garden.

The cons of swim spas

There are downsides to consider with everything, including swim spas. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Not swimming true lengths

For some people, swim spas are seen as a disadvantage because you’re not swimming ‘true’ lengths. That is, you’re not swimming from one end of the pool to the other. Instead you’re swimming on the spot against a current.

This is a personal choice, but one that has to be weighed up against the benefits that swim spas can still provide, including maintaining regular exercise, practicing your stroke and, importantly, taking up less space in your outside area than a swimming pool.

Swim current

The current in some swim spas can be turbulent, leading to a laboured swim.

Hydropool swim spas however feature powerful jets that spread the current evenly over a wide area whilst also dissipating turbulence through swim fins which prevent the water from swirling around.

Hydropool models also allows the user to control the swim current according to ability.

Summing up the pros and cons of swim spas

Swim spas offer many benefits. They suit any level, from beginner through to professional swimmer, as well as offering social use as a hot tub. They take up far less space than a swimming pool, and offer the added advantage of year-round enjoyment.

The unique self-cleaning system offered by Hydropool swim spas makes them incredibly energy efficient, and the current control will ensure you always get a smooth swim.

To find out more about swim spas and if it’s the right choice for you please get in touch, or make an appointment to try one out for yourself at our purpose-built indoor showroom.