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Written by Kimberly Giraldo
Updated over a week ago

Thinking about buying a swim spa but not sure where to begin? As with any big-ticket investment in your home, you’ll want to do the research beforehand. Fortunately, you don’t have to go it alone — we can show you exactly what to look for.

A swim spa offers the therapeutic benefits of a hot tub with swim jets and an area for swimming and exercising in a space-saving design. With the ability to raise and lower the temperature between aquatic activities, the spa is always the optimal temperature for exercise or relaxation.

1. Wet Test

Before you buy a swim spa, consider visiting a showroom or dealer to see if they have any available for you to wet test. The swim jets, shell design, size of the tub, and seating options will vary on different models to create a unique experience in each spa. Try to spend at least 15 minutes in the water to test four important aspects of the experience to pick the perfect swim spa for you.

2. Assess the Current

Unlike a swimming pool, a swim spa allows you to swim in place thanks to a jetted current created by powerful swim jets. Return suctions located at the opposite end of the swim jets eliminate turbulence, producing a conveyor belt-like system for a smooth swim experience.

Jacuzzi® Swim Spas are equipped with Jacuzzi® PowerProTM; jets to offer swim jets that range from the most powerful, adjustable current up to 6.2 mph for maximum performance down to a lower, consistent velocity of water that is perfect for exercise or a fun, leisurely swim. Buoyancy jets help novice swimmers keep their bodies aligned and elevated into the proper position as they learn to develop better form with less work.

3. Compare Special Features

Today’s swim spas leverage the latest technology to create the ultimate experience. Models equipped with multiple control panels to adjust swim jets and hydrotherapy jets add convenience to your spa experience.

Serious swimmers and fitness enthusiasts may seek a swim spa compatible with FORM Smart Swim Goggles. This wearable technology deliver real-time metrics, including time, distance, calories burned, and heart rate via an augmented reality display. In-app guidance also allows you to monitor and customize your swim routine based on your strengths and goals, and also lets you engage with other swimmers and easily share your results on social media.

Other desirable swim spa technology and features to consider include LED lighting, an illuminated waterfall, exterior running lights, and a Soft Stride mat to allow for walking or jogging.

4. Test the Seating and Jets for Comfort

Your swim spa also doubles as a hot tub, which is why you’ll want to think about seating for relaxing. Are they comfortable for your size and body type? Do the jets line up to offer hydrotherapy on muscle groups most commonly used for swimming? Is the pump-to-jet ratio appropriate so you don’t have to choose between swim jet and hydrotherapy jet power? Bring these considerations and questions to your next wet test.

5. Choose the Color and Style You Want

Like hot tubs, swim spas come in an array of colors to match most décor. You can choose your acrylic shell and exterior cabinetry to either stand out or blend into your existing style.

Choosing a swim spa can be a fun experience as you envision your ideal backyard. Consult with a dealer to take a swim spa wet test before you buy to ensure you choose the best model for you and your family.

Explore your options in the Jacuzzi® Swim Spa Collection, then schedule a wet test to discover the best fit for you.

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