How Large are Swim Spas?

When choosing the right swim spa for you and your home, knowing the dimensions of your yard and the spa in question is essential for planning purposes. The size of a specific swim spa will depend on the make and model and its intended uses. Typically speaking, the depth and width measurements are around the same across the board for safety reasons. However, the length of a swim spa can vary from 10 to 19 feet long. So how do you know what size swim spa is right for you and your home, and how might this influence your installation?

Planning for a Swim Spa Depends on Your Yard Size

If you’re considering buying a swim spa, you’re probably aware that they are a combination of pool and hot tub in one compact unit. However, in some cases, “compact” can mean almost 20 feet long. Therefore, it’s best to measure the space of your backyard before deciding on which swim spa you like best. 

If your space is somewhat smaller, there are swim spas about 10 feet long and 7 feet wide, which might be the best options for you to look at. For safety reasons, it’s essential to remember that you will also need room for clearance along each side of the swim spa. Therefore, you will want to add another 3 feet around all sides of the swim spa when planning for the most convenient size. The smallest swim spas on the market are designed specifically for swimming and exercising and won’t always have seating in them. These are made primarily to bring you an at-home gym, without necessarily the full features of a hot tub too. With all that said, swim spas of this size still pack a punch, as they provide endless benefits in a rather small space.

This is the starting point for how much room you will need for a swim spa, and the average size or somewhere right in the middle is a spa that’s around 14 feet long. This is the most common option for individuals that have a little bit more room to work with. Finally, the largest spa available is about 19 feet long. Although the length will differ from one make and model to the next, the depth of a swim spa will consistently be around 4 to 5 feet. Studies found that this was the safest and most practical height that still allows individuals to swim and exercise comfortably.

Choosing the Right Swim Spa Size

Although the size of your yard will definitely play a role in the swim spa you choose, aspects such as your budget, any landscape plans you might have, and even the height of your family and friends can influence this decision.

It might go without saying that the bigger a swim spa is, the more the cost will rise. However, larger models like Hydropool’s AquaSport and AquaTrainer also come equipped with more features because there is more significant space and water to work with. It’s a good idea to have a budget set for the swim spa itself, separate from the cost of installation. In many cases, individuals will choose to add other things to their space upon installing a swim spa to create their backyard oasis. Having your swim spa installed above ground will cost less than an in-ground install due to excavation. During the installation process, any decision you make will need to have a budget separate from the one you have for your swim spa, so you know exactly what you’re working with. If you have any questions regarding what’s involved in a swim spa installation, be sure to contact your local hot tub dealer.

Another aspect that actually plays a significant factor in deciding on the size of your swim spa is how tall you, your family and your friends are. For example, if most people within your circle are over 6 feet tall, then a smaller swim spa that’s 10 feet long might not be enough. When swimming is involved, it’s important to ensure enough space to do so without feeling confined. So, if you do have the freedom to go a little bit bigger, we suggest that you look at larger swim spa options. Because if you’re investing in a swim spa for your home, you want to ensure you will be able to enjoy it for all the features it has to offer. 

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