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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Is a Swim Spa Right for You

Do you love the idea of swimming year round but live in the Midwest where cold and snow inhibit dreams of swimming outdoors half the year?

Take heart, there is an answer for backyard swimming all year long … even in the Chicago area.  Swim spas, also known as all season pools, provide a heated pool environment right in your own backyard!

In this article, we answer the question, “Is a swim spa right for you?”

Why Consider a Swim Spa Instead of a Swimming Pool or Hot Tub?

Full-sized swimming pools are great for large families and entertaining large groups of family and friends.

The swimming pool lifestyle is great during the summer months. You have frequent opportunities to enjoy a dip in a cool pool during the warm weather.  Keep in mind, though, that unless it’s indoors, you won’t be using it during the harsh winter months.

Is a hot tub an answer for water lovers in winter?  Sure!  They are relatively compact and provide the opportunity for outdoor soaking in warm water all winter long. However, if you’re more interested in swimming than soaking, a hot tub is not the answer for you!

Swim spas are the perfect solution for all-year swimming enthusiasts who love the outdoors.


How Do Swim Spas Work?

A swim spa gives you the best parts of a swimming pool and a hot tub.

Swim spas generate a current that allows you to swim against it and stay in place. It’s similar to how a treadmill works for a jogger. Because you’re kept in place while swimming, you never reach the end of the pool or need to turn around and swim back to the other side.

This treadmill-like function allows the swim spa to be much smaller than a lap pool or full-sized swimming pool.

Another swim spa benefit … because of this smaller size, it’s easier to keep the water heated. As a matter of fact, you can turn up the heat to a point that it mimics the effects of a hot tub. So, when you simply want to soak and relax, it’s as simple as changing the setting on the thermostat.

Some swim spas have two separate tanks – one made for swimming and the other made for soaking. This allows you to have two different water temperatures at the same time.  You can also simultaneously swim and soak.

What Do You Need to Know About Winter Use?

If you’re planning on using your swim spa year-round, you need to take a few precautions. You want to make sure to buy a quality model with the most insulation possible, like the leading energy-efficient insulation that Hydropool offers.

This insulation keeps the water heated during the cold months without exorbitant energy bills.

The Finishing Touch – A Quality Cover

Once your new swim spa is placed on your patio, deck, or backyard don’t forget the importance of a well-insulated, tight-fitting cover. The cover helps trap heat, deep out debris such as snow, sleet, dust, and dirt providing warmer, cleaner water every time you use your swim spa.

Keep the Heater On

If you do plan to run your swim spa over the winter, plan on keeping the heater going throughout the season to prevent the water from freezing and causing damage to the plumbing and swim spa.

You can adjust the temperature if you know you won’t be using it for a while, but don’t want to completely shut it down. If there is a reason you would not be using it over the winter months, plan on winterizing it to protect against damages.

Ready for a Swim Spa?

When you are ready to select a swim spa for your backyard, Arvidson Pools & Spas has a great selection of top-quality Hydropool Swim Spas to choose from.  Whether you are training for a triathlon or are a recreational swimmer, we can help you find the model and size that is perfect for your space and interests.

Contact us today, and we’ll be in touch to answer any questions and help you make the Midwestern winters more bearable.


Swim Spas Provide Year-Round Fitness

Are you dedicated to a healthy lifestyle? A swim spa is the perfect fit.

Most of us know swimming is a low-impact exercise that can help improve cardiovascular health. The ability to exercise in a swim spa, whether gently in place or more rigorously against a swift current, is convenient in many ways.

Let’s look at how swim spas provide year-round fitness. Read more


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Swim Spas for a Healthy Lifestyle

By Dennis Marunde, Owner Arvidson Pools and Spas

Having a swim spa at home is ideal for those whose needs are centered on a healthy lifestyle.  It is widely known that swimming is a low-impact exercise that can help improve cardiovascular health, and the ability to perform this exercise in a swim spa, whether gently in place or more rigorously against a swift current, is convenient in many ways. Read more