Tough decisions: Swim spas vs. hot tubs

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Tough decisions: Swim spas vs. hot tubs

Both swim spas and hot tubs offer many advantages and are worthy of the investment. But do you need BOTH?

In all actuality, probably not.

They both provide therapeutic massage, stimulating the release of endorphins (the body’s natural painkiller), and allow for relaxation and stress relief. It’s just that a swim spa does a little, well, more – like offering a swim current for swimming and aquatic exercise.

If you’re considering a swim spa – or simply curious – this article will provide an in-depth look at swim spas and help you better understand whether a swim spa or a hot tub is best for you.

What is a Swim Spa?

Simply put, a swim spa is a fitness beast that allows you to swim continuously against the water without turning around. Because of the paddle-wheel device, fan or jet propulsion, the water can provide a constant, powerful current. The smaller area of the spa is more like a traditional hot tub, which features water jet seating and massaging for a relaxing soak.

If you want the true therapeutic benefits of a hot tub, you will need to get a larger unit with dual-zone heating. This allows one side of the spa to remain fresh and crisp for exercise, while the other section remains heated, and enables you to relax after a vigorous fitness routine – just like a traditional hot tub. For that reason alone, the swim spa is one of the hottest tubs on the market.

How is a Swim Spa used for Exercise?

Swim spas are flexible, and there are many exercise activities you can use them for:

  • Swimming laps
  • Water aerobics
  • Water yoga
  • Rowing
  • Water walking and running

Some of the luxury swim spas are more like an all-in-one gym with the option of additional fitness equipment, such as: water treadmill, water cycle, and exercise bands.

When deciding between a swim spa or a hot tub, you need to consider if you’re seeking a quiet, tranquil setting for relaxing, or if exercising and physical fitness is your goal. The bottom line: hot tubs are best for regular soaks, while swim spas are the bomb for fitness enthusiasts. The good news is you can experience both with a swim spa.

Come on down to one of our showrooms and see firsthand the difference between a swim spa and hot tub. A spa professional will be available to help you every splash of the way.

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