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Swimming Pool or Swim Spa?

Swimming Pool or Swim Spa?

With the uncertainty that 2020 has brought, many of us are looking at ways to enjoy our holidays at home, without the need to worry about quarantine rules and local lockdowns.

One way that you may be considering improving your home is with a swimming pool or swim spa… but how to choose what is the best option for you and your family?

Before investing you want to ensure you’re making an informed decision, having been armed with all the facts.

When it comes to similarities, both a swim spa and a swimming pool provide the benefit of having a private space in which to enjoy a vigorous water workout… and that’s where the similarities end.

Often, a swim spa provides the more versatile option, and the best value for money.

We appreciate that all of our customers have different needs and wishes when it comes to choosing the right solution, but understanding the key areas that will help your decision be right for you is imperative.

Here’s our guide to swimming pool versus swim spa…

Swimming Pool or Swim Spa? Hydropool Wiltshire

Year-Round Use

You’ll be wanting to use your new pool or swim spa as much as possible, and knowing how many days a year you’ll be able to take a dip is of paramount importance. Usually, the best swimming season in a pool lasts up to six months at most. However, when it comes to swimming in a swim spa, you can use it every day of the year if you wish. Knowing the usage costs of a swim spa are around half those of a swimming pool, even though the usability is more than double, makes it an even more viable option.


You want to know you are getting the best value for money whichever swim option you choose, but when it comes to installation, time and cost are a big consideration. Typically, a swimming pool takes from 7 to 14 days to install and can cost on average around £50,000. A swim spa on the other hand can be installed in no more than 3 days and costs around £25,000. A quicker, cheaper installation means you can get swimming straight away.


Heating your swim spa or pool is a big part of owning one. It costs around £300 monthly to heat a swimming pool to 32 degrees during the summer months, but this can rise up to £450 a month during autumn and winter. Compare that with a swim spa costing around £20 in summer and up to £50 in winter, and you’ll get a warm feeling from just that fantastic saving!


Of course, there are always optional extras when it comes to buying a swimming pool or swim spa. This means whichever option you go with, you can tailor your accessories, gadgets and tools to make the experience perfect for you. However, one extra that really isn’t optional when it comes to both a pool and spa is a safety cover. For a swimming pool, a safety cover can cost anywhere between £5000 and £10000. But, if you purchase your swim spa with Hydropool Wiltshire, your safety cover is included at no extra cost at all. This means your gorgeous swim spa is safe, secure from the elements and will remain looking gorgeous and new for many years to come – for free!


Everyone knows swimming pools are great for one thing – swimming! Which of course, to any lover of the water, is no bad thing at all. However, a swim spa is so much more than just that. Multiple usage options mean you can use it as a swimming pool, hot tub, aqua gym or even a fantastic fitness facility when you install a bike! The choice is so much more even though the space it takes up is much less than a traditional pool.


As with many investments to our home, there are maintenance costs to consider with both a pool and a swim spa. On average, chemicals, equipment and other maintenance costs for a pool total around £1,200 per year. Swim spa maintenance costs only around £300 per year.

So, water babies young and old all over the world, rejoice – a swim spa is the answer to all your swimming needs!

If you would like to talk through the range of our swim spas with one of our Hydropool experts, call us on 01249 730536 or drop us an email at