The Top 10 factors to consider before Buying a Swim Spa in the UK

Whether you've just stumbled upon the concept or have been dreaming about owning one, this is the right place to be. Let's clarify first: a swim spa is essentially a compact, self-contained swimming pool that also doubles as a hot tub. Its versatility and smaller size make it a fantastic alternative to traditional pools, particularly in our UK climate. 



Now that you're intrigued, here are the ten key considerations to help you make the right choice. 

Before we look at some of the factors you should consider before buying a swim spa, by far the most important thing is to visit your local swim spa showroom. Even if you don’t actually get in and trial to experience the quality of the swim, you will learn so much from talking with the supplier. Touching and feeling the quality of a number of manufacturers different models will give you a really good feel of which model and which supplier is right for you.

1. Why Do You Want a Swim Spa?

Firstly, consider what you want to use the swim spa for. Is it for exercising, relaxation, or both? Some models are designed for a rigorous aquatic workout, while others offer a gentle current and therapeutic jets for a relaxing soak. Knowing your primary usage will help you choose a model that aligns with your needs.

2. Size and Space

Swim spas range from 12 to 20 feet in length, so you need to consider the size of the unit and how much space you have in your garden. Make sure there's enough room not only for the swim spa itself but also for any decking or other landscape features you want to add around it.

3. Consider the Seating and Layout

If relaxation is a significant factor, take a close look at the seating arrangement. Check out the number of seats and their comfort level, as well as the position and power of the hydrotherapy jets.

4. Type of Propulsion System

For exercise, the type of propulsion system (which creates the current you'll swim against) is critical. Jet propulsion systems provide a powerful workout but, in some models, can create a slightly turbulent water flow. In contrast, turbine systems can generate a broader current that closely mimics open water swimming, but they can be more expensive and less energy efficient.


5. Energy Efficiency

Running costs are an important consideration. Energy-efficient models with superior insulation, high-quality covers, and efficient heating systems will help save on electricity and keep the spa warm even in the chillier UK months.

6. Maintenance

Regular maintenance is essential for any swim spa. Some models feature ozone water care systems or in-line sanitation systems that can reduce the amount of time you'll need to spend on water care. Consider these features when making your choice.

7. Customisation Options

Many swim spas offer optional extras like LED lighting, in-built sound systems, or Wi-Fi connectivity. While these might not be essential, they can enhance your swim spa experience. It's worth exploring what each manufacturer offers.


8. Budget

Swim spas vary significantly in price, with basic models starting around £8,000 and high-end versions reaching over £30,000. Set a budget early on, keeping in mind to factor in costs like delivery, installation, and the running and maintenance costs.

9. Manufacturer's Reputation

A swim spa is a considerable investment, so it's worth buying from a reputable manufacturer. Look for companies with positive reviews and a proven track record. Availability of spare parts and responsive customer service should also be a part of your research.

10. After-sales Service

Finally, consider what kind of after-sales service the company offers. Good warranty coverage and ongoing customer service can make your life much easier and are often signs of a company that stands behind its products.

 Buying a swim spa can seem a bit daunting, but breaking it down into these ten considerations makes it much more manageable. Remember, it's all about finding the best swim spa for your needs, budget, and lifestyle.

If you still have questions about swim spas, or need help choosing one, feel free to get in touch with our team at

Good luck, and here's to many fantastic swims (or soaks) ahead!