How much does a swim spa cost?
Swim Spas are increasing in popularity. But, they are still the lesser known sibling of the hot tub and swimming pool.
Today we explore, what exactly a swim spa is.
And how much it is likely to cost you to buy one.
What is a swim spa?
From the outside, a swim spa looks like a really long hot tub. Usually between 3.5 – 5.5 metres in length. It is completely self-contained. With all the pumps, plumbing and controls contained within the cabinet.
Swim Spas have two main uses:
At one end it has ‘river jets’. These are really large jets that create a current of water to swim against. You can swim endless lengths in a relatively small space.
But you’re not just limited to swimming. With tether ropes to increase resistance, row bars and exercise bands, the swim spa creates a space for a variety of cardiovascular and rehabilitative exercise.
You can also relax using the ‘spa’ facilities. Swim Spas have either bench or lounger seating built in. With jets to enjoy the benefits of hydrotherapy.
How much does a swim spa cost?
Swim Spas will cost anywhere between £10,000 and £35,000.
The great news is that the swim spa market is much less saturated than the hot tub industry. So, it is harder (but not impossible) to buy a poor quality swim spa.
Like hot tubs, its usually the cheaper, lower quality swim spas which you will see with prices online. Quality manufacturers rarely openly price online. So, it’s hard to gain a comprehensive understanding of the realistic costs of swim spas.
There are two (main things) that can affect the cost of a swim spa.
- Quality. Who manufactures it? Where is it built? What parts are used?
- Size. Generally speaking, the larger the more expensive.
How does the size of a swim spa affect the cost?
The larger the swim spa. The higher the price tag.
The below prices reflect the ‘standard’ sizes of swim spas. Please note, exact measurements will vary for each manufacturer.
Within each size range, there are a couple of main things responsible for the difference in price. The manufacturer. The number of river jets (usually between 1 and 3). And the number of seats/hydrotherapy jets.
In addition, these are prices reflect base models. Different manufacturers include different features as standard, so you may have to add £1000-£2000 on average depending on what features you want e.g. lighting, foam insulation, music etc.
12 foot Swim Spas (approx 3.5-3.8 metres)
Prices range between approx. £15,000 – £20,000.
13-14 foot Swim Spas (approx 4-4.2metres)
Prices range between approx. £20,000 – £25,000
Within this range, you have the Coast Spas infinity edge swim spa. Which retails slightly higher than some alternative swim spas due to the patented infinity edge that makes you feel like you are swimming towards the horizon.
16 – 18 foot swim spas (approx 4.8 – 5.5 metres)
Prices range between approx. £30,000 – £35,000
Again within this range, you have the Coast Spas Infinity Edge Swim Spa range.
Dual Temperature swim spas (approx. 18ft total)
Most swim spas are one body of water, where the temperature can be adjusted depending on the activity you wish to do.
Dual temperature swim spas are available. These have two completely separate sections. One area exclusively for swimming. And a separate attached hot tub. This allows both sections to be held at independent temperatures. Perfect if one person wants to swim while another relaxes.
With the exception of Artesian Spas. Most manufacturers don’t allow you to choose the size and configuration of the attached hot tub. So, in most cases, we would recommend getting a 12-14 foot swim spa. Then purchasing a separate hot tub. It gives you control over the hot tub size and seating. All at a similar cost to the dual temperature models.
Why are none of these prices in the £10,000-£15,000 range?
Quality swim spas usually start at £15,000 +
There are some available between £10,000 – £15,000. But you get what you pay for.
If you are getting a 17-foot swim spa for less than the average prices above. You need to ask where savings are being made. As it is likely to be in the quality and safety.
Swim Spas offer the best of both worlds, with facilities for swimming and relaxing with hydrotherapy benefits.
They cost between £10,000 – £35,000 on average. With good quality swim spas starting around £15,000. Although the larger the swim spa, the higher the starting price.
A few cheaper ones do exist. But as with anything you get what you pay for. And if you are getting a 17ft swim spa for £15,000 you need to ask where the savings are being made.
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