Swim Spa Or Swimming Pool?

Often people can be unsure as to whether to purchase a swim spa or a traditional swimming pool. Although they look somewhat similar, there are significant differences between the two. From overall maintenance to versatility and features, there are many considerations that you should be aware of so that you can make the right choice for your needs and lifestyle.

Below, we will outline the major differences and explain everything you need to know so that you can make an informed decision.


The experience of swimming in a pool versus a swim spa is entirely different. If you are looking for a way to have a challenging workout and get in shape, it is important to consider how you want to exercise in order to make the best decision. In a traditional pool, you will swim laps to work out and depending on the length of the pool, you may only be able to do several strokes before reaching the end and turning back. On the other hand, in a swim spa, you never have to turn around. Swim spas are designed so that you are stationary while swimming against a current to achieve a challenging and efficient workout.


Swimming pools provide a great way to enjoy fun activities, from lounging on the pool deck, diving, floating on an inflatable raft or swimming laps for some exercise. Swim spas function as a wave pool, hot tub, swim pool, gym and complete aquatic centre, making it something that everyone in the family can enjoy. Adults can enjoy an aquatic workout or relax with therapeutic massage jets in the hot tub area while children can have fun playing on the deck and swimming. While a swimming pool is a great choice for summer fun, a swim spa may be a better choice is you want ample variety.


Unfortunately, for those in winter climates, a backyard swimming pool can only be used for several months each year. A swim spa, on the other hand, can be used year round, making it a great investment for those that want to maximize their usage and enjoyment as well as exercise regularly.


Swim spas are more energy efficient than swimming pools due to their ability to trap and generate heat. Because of the insulation in swim spas, less energy is required and the costs are far lower than heating a pool.
Especially on colder days, pools can be costly to heat and keep at a warm temperature. Swimming pools lose their heat from the surface of the water and are less energy efficient than swim spas, even more so if being heated year round.

With swim spas, especially ones that have been certified by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, as many Hydropool models are, are much less costly to run, even during cold winter months. Swim spas differ from pools because they trap the waste heat from the unit’s motor inside the cabinet and continue to re-use it. The hardcover of a swim spa also traps heat, making it unnecessary to have to heat during summer months. If you are looking to save on your annual energy costs, a swim spa is a better choice.


Hydropool designed the world’s first self-cleaning swim spa so that people like you could spend more time enjoying its wonderful benefits. The self-cleaning unit handles completely cleaning the bottom as well as the surface so that you never need to skim or vacuum your swim spa.
Swimming pools on the other hand, still require vacuuming, skimming, and specialized cleaners which can be quite costly. In addition, they are prone to mechanical breakdowns. When making your decision, consider how much time you are willing to spend on cleaning and maintenance versus how much time you want to spend enjoying your pool or swim spa with friends and family.

Swim spas are also ‘portable’. So if you move house you can’t ake it with you! The same cannot be said for traditional swimming pools.

Ultimately, the decision on whether to purchase a pool or a swim spa is personal and based on what your needs, goals, and requirements are. Now that you know some of the major differences, you are better prepared to make the right choice. For more helpful details, contact our team at Hayes Wellness today on 01803 872 666 or sales@hydropooldevon.co.uk.