Shopping for a Swim Spa -Here are 6 Things to Consider Before you Buy

Shopping for a Swim Spa? Here are 6 Things to Consider Before you Buy!

Shopping for a swim spa? The latest trend in backyard water recreation gives you the stress relief of a hot tub and the fitness benefits of a swimming pool.

A Hydropool Swim Spa offers the best of both worlds! It also does it in a lot less backyard space than you’d think!  Check out this video from Hydropool Swim Spas about the six things to consider before you buy:

If you’ve been wondering if this is a good choice for your family, here are six things to consider before buying a swim spa:


The first thing to look for is a good reputation of both the retailer and the manufacturer.

Do your homework to make sure they have a strong business history and provide good customer service.

You want to know they’ll be available to answer any questions you may have about the swim spa once it arrives in your backyard.

Do they provide follow-up care for your purchase? It’s a good idea to find a retailer that provides water care advice, testing, and products.

You’ll also want to make sure that they have a reputable service department.

The Swim Experience

If you are an athlete and are using the swim spa for training purposes, you want to make sure the swim spa has the necessary propulsion and adjustments to provide you with a high level of control over the swim current.

If you are using it as a family fun pool, you want to learn about the safety features of the spa. Knowing how you plan to use the swim spa helps guide your review of what it offers for the overall swim experience.

Fun & Fitness Combined

Even if your primary purpose for a swim spa is athleticism and fitness, odds are there are others who want to use it for general recreation and fun. Check out the additional features that might be available. Consider a boogie board for kids or an exercise kit for aquatic training. Keep each member of the family in mind as you assess how you will use it.

Comfort and Design

Whether you know it now or not, one of the best things you end up appreciating in your new swim spa is the hydro massage experience. Whether you’re using the jets to ease sore muscles after a workout or just to de-stress after a long day, you want to make sure that it’s comfortable. You also want to be happy with the jet massage.

Ask the retailer if you can schedule a test swim/soak. This is the best way to make sure you are happy with your final choice.

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Easy Maintenance

Having a swim spa in your backyard is a great experience, but not if it gives you a headache just thinking about the maintenance.

Hydropool Swim Spas feature the Serenity Clean and Clear Filtration System. This system filters out body oils and impurities with the powerful pumps moving thousands of gallons of water per hour. This ensures the water is 100% filtered several times a day. To make the system easy to maintain, the recyclable filters easily lift out for cleaning or replacement.

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Energy Efficient

Swim spas are meant to be used all year round. That’s one of the things that sets them apart from a regular swimming pool that is limited to warm water use. You want to ensure the swim spa you select has the necessary insulation to keep it running efficiently during all four seasons – especially here in Illinois!

A Final Suggestion

Swim spas, like all other leisure home products, have been in high demand since the start of the COVID pandemic. Lead times are longer than usual at this time.

Don’t wait to finalize your order with the retailer you have chosen as it may take longer than you expected for delivery and installation.

Plan ahead so you have clear and reasonable expectations. Use the extra time to design your backyard space around the swim spa with landscaping, deck, and patio enhancements. This way, when the swim spa does arrive, you are ready to jump right into the fun, fitness, and family time you are dreaming about.

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It’s Time to Spring Clean Your Hot Tub!

It’s Time to Spring Clean Your Hot Tub!

Spring is here, and you’re probably focusing your attention on sprucing up and cleaning inside your home. Don’t forget it’s time to spring clean your hot tub and give it some attention now, too!

After a cold winter with heavy snow, this is the perfect time to check the condition of your spa and cover, and take the following steps to get ready for spring soaking.

Prepare Your Hot Tub

Prepare your hot tub for a drain and clean. Before draining the water, we recommend adding a treatment of System Flush to the water and let it circulate for a minimum of 15 minutes. This product helps to eliminate built-up organics in your plumbing lines.

Drain Your Hot Tub

Drain your hot tub. You can easily do this by unscrewing the drain plug generally located at the base of the hot tub. If the plug is not convenient to reach because of decking or the location of the spa, you can also use a cover pump to get the job done.

Clean Your Hot Tub

Once the spa is thoroughly drained, clean the interior and exterior of the spa with a non-abrasive product such as BioGuard Off the Wall surface cleaner. Use a soft cloth to apply and, as always, be sure to rinse off any remaining residue.

Attend to Your Filters

Remove the filters and clean the filter cavity. Soak the filters in a bucket with a 3-1 concentration of SpaGuard Filter Cleaner for at least 30 minutes. You may also spray the filters with a hose (not a high pressure washer) and then spray the degreaser directly on the filters. Be sure to rinse them thoroughly to avoid soapy, foamy water when you put them back in. This product is on special (Buy One, Get One Free) March 29-April 4 online and in our stores.

Replace Your Silver Ion Cartridge

This is also the best time to replace the Silver Ion Cartridge. “A silver ion cartridge helps kill bacteria in your spa and allows you to use less chlorine, says Arvidson Pools & Spas Retail Division Manager, Nadine Nuzzo. Make sure you are purchasing the correct one for either your Hot Spring or Caldera Spas hot tub.

Look Over Your Spa Cover

Check the condition of your spa cover. Are there any rips in the vinyl? Is it extremely heavy and water-logged? Is the cover dry and brittle? “We normally recommend replacing your cover every three-five years based on the factors above. Hot tub covers are taking longer than normal to arrive from the manufacturer due to COVID-related delays so we encourage you to order early and ask for your patience in advance,” said Dan Arvidson, Associate Vice President at Arvidson Pools & Spas. Call Arvidson Pools & Spas at (815) 459-0660 to ensure you are ordering the right size for your hot tub.

Test Your Water

Bring a water sample into any of our three Arvidson Pools & Spas store locations for an accurate analysis of your fill water. We’ll run a computerized analysis and provide you with a printed summary of the spa chemicals you’ll need to get your water balanced and ready for soaking.

After the Spring Clean

With your hot tub spring clean finished, you are now ready to enjoy beautiful nights soaking in the swirling, warm water of your hot tub all season long! You’ll appreciate the starry nights ahead while relaxing with friends and family.


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Take These Steps Now to Be Ready When Warm Weather Starts

With snow on the ground and cool temperatures lingering into March, summer may seem far away. Don’t let that discourage you from taking these important steps now to be ready when warm weather starts.

This helps ensure you can start enjoying your backyard oasis at the earliest opportunity. Read more