How much does it cost to buy a swim spa?

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How much does a swim spa cost?

If you’ve ever toyed with the idea of getting a swimming pool or hot tub. But can’t quite decide which one is for you. Then a swim spa might be just the ticket you’re looking for. 

Over the last few years, swim spas have exploded in popularity. But they are still the lesser known sibling of the hot tub and swimming pool.

You’re probably way at the beginning of your buying journey just now. And you need to know budget. 

We’ve got you. In this blog we’ll look at what a swim spa is. Plus how much you can expect to pay to bag yourself one. 

What is a swim spa?

A swim spa looks like a really big hot tub. Usually between about 3.5 – 5.5 metres length. 

Swim Spas offer the best of both worlds. And have two main functions:

  1. Swimming 
  2. Relaxing

swim spa river jets

At one end the swim spa has river jets. These are really large, powerful jets. That create a current of water to swim against. You can swim endless lengths in a small space. Plus, unlike a swimming pool, you never have to turn. So it’s especially great if you want to mimic swimming in open water.

But, you’re not just limited to swimming. With tether ropes to increase resistance, row bars and exercise bands and even the option of an exercise bike. The swim spa creates a space for a variety of cardiovascular and rehabilitative exercise.

Plus, if that all sounds like a bit much work, you can use the hot tub side. Swim spas usually have bench seating or lounger seating build in. With jets to enjoy the benefits of hydrotherapy.

You can toggle the temperature to suit the outside temperature and the activity you want to do. Keep it at 30 degrees if you are planning on swimming. Or turn it up to 40 to have a giant hot tub.

 

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How much does a swim spa cost?

But enough about what they are. You’re here for a budget.

Swim Spas will cost anywhere between £10,000 and £37,000. Pretty big range we know.

There are two main things that will affect the cost of a swim spa.

  1. Manufacturing quality
  2. Swim Spa size

The great news is that at the moment 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.

But, like hot tubs, its usually the cheaper, lower quality swim spas which you will see with prices online. The big 4 manufacturers rarely openly price online. So, it is hard to gain a comprehensive understanding of the realistic costs of swim spas.

Does quality affect the cost of a swim spa?

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You get what you pay for. And swim spas are no different. 

For a swim spa from a premium manufacturer such as Coast Spas, Hot Spring, Jacuzzi or Artesian, you will be looking at £16,000 – £37,000.

Why? Are you just paying for the name? 

While they might look similar on the outside. These brands have invested years into manufacturing a top quality, efficient and long lasting swim spa. Everything from the shell construction and filtration. To the components used. And the quality checks carried out, are far superior in the premium swim spa models.

 

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How does size affect the cost of a swim spa?

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Once you’ve taken quality into consideration. The larger the swim spa. The higher the cost. 

Exact prices will vary with each model and manufacturer. But the below prices reflect the standard sizes of swim spas. 

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. £16,000 – £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. £32,000 – £37,000

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. Cost for these vary between approx. £30,000 – £37,000.

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. This allows you control over the hot tub size and seating. All at a similar cost to the dual temperature models.

Swim spas vs swimming pools

 

Swim spas are similar costs to above-ground pools. But, they are a lot less than an in-ground swimming pool installation, which on average cost between £60,000 – £125,000 .

Not only are swim spas more economical than a swimming pool. They have an easy and quick installation time. As the swim spa is full portable. And all the components such as heating, pumps and controls are housed within the cabinet of the swim spa. This also means that if you move house, you can take your swim spa with you. Meaning you aren’t faced with losing out on your swimming pool investment. 

And you know what makes swim spas even better? You can swim endless lengths in a relatively small space of water with the powerful river jets. So, you don’t need an olympic sized pool in your back garden to get the exercise benefits.

Should you get a swim spa or a swimming pool?

Well that is really up to you. But if your focus is primarily on swimming. And if you are short on space and want to keep the cost down. Then a swim spa could be the perfect solution.

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Should you get a swim spa or a swimming pool?

Well that is really up to you. But if your focus is primarily on swimming. And if you are short on space and want to keep the cost down. Then a swim spa could be the perfect solution.

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Swim spas vs hot tubs

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Hot tub are on a whole cheaper than swim spas due to the size and capability. But it depends what model you go for with prices ranging from £3000 – £20,000. 

Hot tubs are primarily used for socialising and relaxation. While swim spas do have this capability, and they can be heated to the same temperature as hot tubs. They are primarily used for swimming, with the hot tub function as added bonus.

Should you get a swim spa or a hot tub?

 

Again this is up to you. But I would suggest if you are looking for something to relax in, you go for a hot tub. If you are looking for something with the primary function of swimming, with hydrotherapy as an added benefit, I would go for a swim spa.

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In summary

So, do you have a better understanding of how much a swim spa might cost? Hopefully the answer to that is yes. 

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 £16,000. Although the larger the swim spa, the higher the starting price.

If you are interested in buying a Coast Spa swim spa contact us, or visit our showroom. We can’t wait.

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Debbie Ekins
Debbie Ekins
Eagle Leisure - Sales & Marketing Manager Mission = to arm you with the knowledge you need to make the best buying decisions. Fuelled by coffee (and naps). Explorer of Scotland and the world.