Swim spa vs. small swimming pool - which is better?

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Should you choose a swim spa or hot tub?

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.

Is a swim spa better than a pool, or vice versa?

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.

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

Below is a list of what you can feasibly do in a swim spa versus a small pool:


Swim Spa

Small Swimming Pool













To use swimming as an example, if you really were to persevere and swim in a small pool that was 20-foot-long, it would take 260 turns to swim just one mile. In a swim spa, it would be one continuous swim.

What does a swim spa look like?

It is essentially a cross between a hot tub and a swimming pool. But, don’t let our words shape your opinion. See swim spas that have been installed for customers below:

What is the cost of an average swim spa versus 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 versus 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.

Approximate running costs:


Swim Spa

Swimming Pool

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Per Week



Per Month



If you’re interested in purchasing a swim spa or learning more, see our range of swim spas, which start from approx. £16,500.

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