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The Price of Fitness and Relaxation: Understanding Swim Spa Costs and Budgeting
The Price of Fitness and Relaxation: Understanding Swim Spa Costs and Budgeting
Written by Kimberly Giraldo
Updated over a week ago

Swim spas combine the best of a swimming pool and a hot tub and can bring you and your family years of fitness, fun, and relaxation. They also have the added bonus of providing a challenging water workout, so they serve as fitness trainers too. Swim spas are often used by athletes to increase their endurance and build strength and stamina.

With that in mind, the price of fitness and relaxation can be invaluable. But when asking specifically, “How much does a swim spa cost?”, you’ll want to understand what exactly you’re getting for your financial investment. This article can help you understand the cost of a swim spa as well as offer budgeting tips to help make planning for your swim spa purchase simple.

What does a swim spa cost?

Quite simply, there is a wide range of costs associated with swim spas. Entry-level swim spas can start around $10,000 while premium models from luxury brands that feature all the bells and whistles go up from there. While this is a large price gap, there are many factors that account for the cost difference. When you are weighing whether or not a swim spa is worth it, there are many things to consider.

What is a swim spa?

Before delving into the many factors that make up the price differentiation between a low-end swim spa and a luxury swim spa with upgraded features, it is important you have a complete understanding of what exactly a swim spa is.

A swim spa is a hybrid of a swimming pool, a hot tub, and an aquatic fitness trainer. Swim spas are sometimes considered all-season pools because they can be used all year round. Like a swimming pool, a swim spa is a rectangular shape that allows ample room in the center area for you to swim in place via turn-free laps while swimming various strokes such as freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, or butterfly. This center area has a flat bottom so it can also be used for aerobic water walking.

Swim spas also feature strong jets that create a current that you swim against. This current has adjustable levels of resistance, so you can challenge yourself or adjust your swim as you build your strength and endurance. When not in use for training, the central area of the swim spa can also be used as a play pool, where family and friends can enjoy splashing around and socializing.

Like a hot tub, a swim spa features jetted seats along the interior walls that allow you to enjoy a hydromassage when you’re not training. Depending on the brand and model of the swim spa, the seats generally feature strategically placed jets with varying types of hydrotherapy, such as targeting the neck, shoulders, and back to soothe joints, ease muscle tension, or relieve pain.

Swim spas are a great alternative to a swimming pool if size is a factor in your decision-making process. Swim spas can range between 12 and 20 feet in length, and some models have various depth options. Another option that provides a deeper level of hydrotherapy more comparable to that of a traditional hot tub is a dual-zone hot tub.

This type of swim spa includes a swimming zone and a spa zone, with the option of different water temperatures in the two separate areas. To accommodate both a swimming zone and a spa zone, dual zone swim spas will generally be larger. They can also offer a better variety of hydromassage seating options.

When it comes to the price of fitness and relaxation, you’ll want to ensure you’re getting the best experience for your money. If you want a swim spa for the combined benefits of fun and play, aquatic training, and hydrotherapy, you’ll want to look at a premium model from a luxury brand. Jacuzzi® Swim Spas, for example, are designed to provide you with the best high-performance swim experience along with the latest technology with the expertise of Jacuzzi® PowerPro® Jets for a predictable swim. Read on to learn more about the features of Jacuzzi® Swim Spas.

Balanced Swim Jets — Adjustable flow of the swim jets produces consistently smooth water simultaneously so that you can maintain a steady swim without being pushed out of your swim lane.

Reflective Hips — A unique shell design incorporates hips to stop reflective waves, so you can always enjoy the perfect swim.

Flow Return Suctions — Suctions toward the back of the swim spa pull the flow of water for a more predictable current.

Steadyswim™ Buoyancy Jet — A unique buoyancy jet combines just the right amount of air with an extremely predictable current to help elevate you into the proper body position. This allows you to focus on perfecting your stroke.

Hydromassage — A combination of versatile Jacuzzi® PowerPro® Jets and ergonomically designed seats, Jacuzzi® Swim Spas deliver an adjustable high-flow, low-pressure hydromassage, and a powerful swim. The beauty of Jacuzzi® Swims Spas is you can personalize your experience and enjoy ergonomic seats that are designed to follow the contours of your body with recessed jets that are strategically placed to match the muscle structure of your body, resulting in a comfortable hydromassage.

Exceptionally Engineered with Quality Materials — From superior foam insulation that retains heat, absorbs noise, and supports plumbing, to a galvanized steel frame that is designed for durability and increased structural support, Jacuzzi® Swim Spas are built for reliability, both inside and out. With additional features such as a scratch-resistant ProFusion™ Shell with three strong layers and SmartSeal™ Technology heat-reflecting insulation made for even the coldest winters, Jacuzzi® Swim Spas are built to last and withstand the elements. This is key to remember when it comes to considering cost versus value.

Now that you have an understanding of the features of a premium swim spa such as Jacuzzi® Swim Spas, the topic of budgeting for this type of swim spa comes into the equation. As with any financial investment, most people will need to budget accordingly. Another benefit of a high-quality luxury swim spa, such as Jacuzzi® Swim Spas, is that they are built to conserve energy. This ultimately saves you money on operating costs over the course of the life of your swim spa. Jacuzzi® Swim Spas are built to be the most energy-efficient swim spas on the market.

Swim spa budgeting tips

When it’s time to start budgeting for your future swim spa, it’s a good idea to determine the swim spa model that suits your needs. Read on for a few easy tips to fit your dream swim spa into your budget:

Make a Wish List — You first may need to make a “wish list” of your preferences, priorities, and non-negotiables. When you know exactly what you most want to get out of your swim spa experience, you can narrow down your choices.

Consider What Your Swim Spa Costs Can Replace — If you currently have a pricy gym membership, your swim spa experience can replace going to the gym to use both their swimming pool and their hot tubs. You can also save time by enjoying these in your very own home, with family and friends to boot. That is another positive aspect of a swim spa that you can’t put a price on. There are also optional accessories as well as videos to enhance your water workout.

If you want to cut back in other ways to budget for a swim spa, think about other unnecessary expenditures that you can cut back on. Even a daily cup of coffee from a coffee chain can add up over time.

Seek an Energy-Efficient Swim Spa — The most energy-efficient swim spa with excellent insulation, combined with the use of a very high-quality, tight-fitting cover, can help you conserve energy and operating costs over time. This is an important aspect to factor in when budgeting for your swim spa.

Ask About Financing Options — Finally, when visiting an authorized swim spa dealer, ask about financing options. You might be surprised at how financially friendly these options can be on your bottom line.

Rather than thinking in terms of the cost of a swim spa, it’s important to focus on value. When making any large long-term investment, you’ll want to ensure you get the best value for your money. This often comes down to quality.

More than an all-season pool, your Jacuzzi® Swim Spa can provide you with the ultimate way to swim, exercise, relax, unwind, and socialize. If you are interested in learning more about Jacuzzi® Swim Spas, a trip to your local Jacuzzi® dealer will be well worth it. There, you can see various swim spas, ask questions of a professional swim spa dealer who is well-versed in a variety of brands and models, and even perform a wet test. This should give you a better idea of the swim spa model that will best suit your needs, and provide you and your family years of fun, fitness, and relaxation for many years to come.

Disclaimer: All information, including pricing and product details, was accurate at the time of writing and may change without notice.

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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