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Understanding Swim Spa Prices and Finding the Perfect Fit for You
Understanding Swim Spa Prices and Finding the Perfect Fit for You
Written by Kimberly Giraldo
Updated over a week ago

Upon deciding to buy a swim spa, you will likely still have many questions. Because the purchase of a swim spa is a long-term investment that can bring you and your family years of relaxation, fitness, and fun, you’ll want to ensure you find the perfect fit. It’s also important to have a solid understanding of swim spa prices.

If you are thinking about purchasing a swim spa and need more information about the costs involved, you’ve come to the right place. This article will cover the many aspects of swim spa prices — from initial buy-in to running costs. It will also provide tips on how to choose a swim spa that will be the perfect fit for you.

What is a swim spa?

As you do your initial swim spa research online or at an authorized swim spa dealer, you’ll want to begin with the understanding of what a swim spa really is and how they differ from swimming pools and hot tubs.

A swim spa is the ideal combination of a swimming pool and a hot tub. While smaller than a swimming pool, a swim spa features a central area in which you can relax and play. Along the interior, swim spas feature jetted seats like hot tubs. Swim spas also have dual-temperature options, making them ideal for use all year round.

Swim spas also serve as fitness trainers. With an open area in the center of the spa, they are designed just as much for play as for swimming turn-free laps. They feature powerful jets that create powerful currents that you can swim against for a challenging water workout. The power of the current is customizable so as you build strength and endurance, you can continue to increase the intensity of your turn-free laps. Combining the features of a swimming pool and a hot tub and offering a third aspect of an aquatic fitness trainer, swim spas are invaluable assets for fun, fitness, and relaxation.

Jacuzzi® Swim Spas in particular are designed to provide the best high-performance swim experience through the latest aquatic technology and the expertise of Jacuzzi® PowerPro® Jets that result in a predictable swim. Jacuzzi® Swim Spas features balanced, adjustable flow swim jets that produce consistently smooth water simultaneously so you can maintain a steady swim while remaining in your swim lane. Their unique shell design incorporates hips to stop reflective waves, so you can always enjoy the perfect swim. Jacuzzi® Swim Spas also feature flow return suctions towards the back that pull the flow of water for a more predictable current. Finally, Jacuzzi® Swim Spas are equipped with a unique buoyancy jet that combines just the right amount of air with an extremely predictable current. This helps elevate you into the proper body position so you can focus on perfecting your stroke.

Swim spas are smaller than typical swimming pools and larger than a traditional hot tub. They are generally rectangular, with ample space for you and your family to enjoy at the same time. Swim spas are a great choice for those who are looking to use the power of water in a variety of different ways, from exercise to hydromassage.

What are the features of a swim spa?

As previously mentioned, a swim spa serves as a hybrid between a swimming pool and a traditional hot tub. Along with space to perform turn-free laps, swim spas deliver hydromassage via jetted seats along the perimeter.

As with a premanufactured swimming pool or a portable hot tub, the features of a specific swim spa will vary by brand and model. For example, the Jacuzzi® Swim Spa line features three collections, each with unique features to suit all swimmers.

Designed for the competitive swimmers, the Jacuzzi® PowerPro® Collection features include:

-Turn-free laps

-Adjustable Jacuzzi® PowerPro® PX swim current

-SteadySwim™ buoyancy jet to support swim position

-Swim Selector control near swim jets

-ProTouch™ control near hydrotherapy seats

-Soft Stride mat for no-slip aquatic exercise

-A SmoothSwim™ shell design

-Four hydromassage seats

-CLEARRAY Active Oxygen® Clean Water System*

-Standard FORM Smart Swim Goggles to track and analyze your results

This collection also offers an optional 48-inch exercise bar and optional PowerTone® Aquatic Fitness Kit.

Perfect for the fitness pool seeker, the Jacuzzi® PowerActive™ Collection features:

-Turn-free laps

-Adjustable PowerActive® AX swim current

-SteadySwim™ buoyancy jet to support swim position

-ProTouch™ control near hydrotherapy seats

-Soft Stride mat for no-slip aquatic exercise

-A SmoothSwim™ shell design

-Four hydromassage seats

-CLEARRAY Active Oxygen® Clean Water System*

FORM Smart Swim Goggles, a 48-inch exercise bar, and PowerTone® Aquatic Fitness Kit are also optional.

The family gathering-focused Jacuzzi® PowerPlay® Collection features:

-Spacious area for swimming, relaxing, and playing

-Adjustable PowerPlay® CX swim jets

-TP 600 topside control near hydrotherapy seats

-Soft Stride mat for no-slip aquatic exercise

-Turbulence-free return suctions

-Mix of hydromassage seats and bench seating

-Seating for up to nine people

The PowerTone® Aquatic Fitness Kit is an optional feature with this model.

Along with a powerful and high-performance swim experience, Jacuzzi® swim spas also combine versatile Jacuzzi® PowerPro® Jets and ergonomically designed seats that deliver an adjustable high-flow, low-pressure hydromassage.

Upon having a clear understanding of what a swim spa is and its main features, you’ll likely notice that swim spa prices vary greatly. Many factors determine the price of a swim spa.

Swim spa prices

Ultimately swim spa prices are going to be dependent upon several variables. Just as with any long-term investment you make, such as a vehicle, the price often equates to value. But before getting tempted by a deep deal, be careful that a cheap swim spa might be too good to be true. The initial buy-in of a lesser quality model from a less reputable swim spa brand may be much less expensive at first. However, cheaper swim spas may end up costing you more over the years when it comes to running costs as well as repair and maintenance costs. When shopping for a swim spa and comparing prices, you’ll want to consider the following factors:

Quality Materials — Craftsmanship and construction are important for a long-lasting swim spa. Jacuzzi® Swim Spas feature a strong three-layered ProFusion™ acrylic scratch-resistant shell, galvanized steel frame, ProPolymer™ base, and durable, synthetic wood cabinetry

Brand Reputation —

Size — When it comes to swim spa sizes and prices, the adage that size matters applies. In general, a larger swim spa will cost more than a smaller swim spa. This is assuming the brands and models are comparable.

Insulation — Lower-priced swim spas may not be equipped with sufficient insulation. Subpar insulation can make heat retention more difficult for a swim spa. Jacuzzi® Swim Spas feature superior full-foam insulation that retains heat, absorbs noise, and supports plumbing.

Energy Efficiency — Excellent insulation makes for a more energy-efficient swim spa. Jacuzzi® Swim Spas begin with energy-efficient engineering. The combination of a strong ProFusion™ Shell, full-foam insulation, and SmartSeal™ Technology, with heat-reflecting insulation made for the coldest winters, insulated floor, and fully adjustable venting help boost eco-efficiency. Superior ProLast™ covers are also custom-fit to lock in heat and improve energy efficiency as well as safety.

Technology — Cutting-edge technology can make your swim spa experience that much easier and more relaxing. Premium swim spas with advanced technology features may be more expensive at the initial buy-in, but the value of ease of use and convenience, will be well worth it. For example, Jacuzzi® Swim Spas feature optional FORM Smart Swim Goggles, wearable technology calibrated specifically for Jacuzzi® PowerPro® Swim Spas help you track and analyze your results, offer in-app guidance to customize your swimming routine, and more.

Water Management Systems — The water management system will factor into the price of a swim spa. Jacuzzi® Swim Spas offer the CLEARRAY Active Oxygen® System. This is standard on all Jacuzzi® PowerPro® Collection models and PowerActive™ Collection models. An optional upgrade is available on the PowerPlay® Collection. This system combines ozone and UV-C technology to offer a nearly hands-free approach to water care. Top-notch water systems will likely impact the cost of a swim spa.

Upgrades — Premium or luxury swim spa brands may offer a variety of optional upgrades to their swim spa models. Each will have its own additional cost. Depending on how much you choose to upgrade your swim spa, your final buy-in cost may increase.

Delivery and Installation — Purchasing your swim spa is one thing, but you’ll also need to get it home. This will take professional delivery installation. Installation costs will vary based on your location and whether the use of an overhead crane will be needed. Installation costs can also vary based on whether you choose to have your swim spa installed in the ground or placed above ground.

A Jacuzzi® Swim Spa can range in price from $15,000 to $18,999 for a premium model to $19,000 or more for a luxury model. These are initial buy-in prices that can range based on exact features and other factors.

Upon understanding swim spa prices, you can move forward with your decision as a well-informed consumer. You can then focus on finding the perfect fit for you based on your needs and preferences. Consider who will be using your swim spa, how you plan to spend your time in your swim spa (playing, relaxing, training, or experiencing hydrotherapy), how much space you have to accommodate your swim spa, and where you will place your swim spa (and if it will be installed in-ground or above-ground). Other things you may want to consider is the climate in your area and whether the swim spa will be exposed to the elements.

Overall, prices will vary depending on the preferences you have for your future swim spa. Consider that a swim spa is a long-term investment that you and your family can use for exercise, enjoyment, and hydrotherapy for many years to come. With that in mind, you’ll want to ensure you make the best decision for your needs, preferences, and, of course, your budget. Financing options may be available with your local swim spa dealer, depending on the brand and model you choose, which can make purchasing a premium swim spa a little easier on your bottom line.

*Clean is defined as the removal of microscopic (down to 3-micron level, varies by model) debris from the water. The CLEARRAY Active Oxygen® System utilizes various technologies to achieve cleanliness. One of them is ozone, which aids in the grouping of smaller debris to form larger clusters that can be more easily captured in the filtration process.

Affiliations: Jacuzzi® is a registered trademark of Jacuzzi Group. All rights reserved.

Medical disclaimer: This information is not intended to prescribe a particular diagnosis or course of action. We are not medical professionals. Please contact your GP or other medical professional for advice if you have any concerns about your current health or well-being.

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