Do You Know the Difference Between a Hot Tub, Swim Spa or Swimming Pool?

If you’re planning to create a new recreational feature in your back yard, you may be wondering whether a hot tub, swim spa, or swimming pool is the right option for you. There is no right answer, as the decision depends on many different, subjective factors. Which one will work best for you? It depends on your reasons for installing it, your available space, and even the climate in which you live.

  • A hot tub is often called a Jacuzzi. In fact, Jacuzzi is a brand name. Just as some people refer to facial tissues as Kleenex or bandages as Band-Aids, many people refer to a hot tub as a Jacuzzi. Hot tubs were first developed for therapeutic purposes, and they’re great for soaking, relaxing, and finding relief from conditions like chronic pain, arthritis, stress, and headaches. Filled with warm water, hot tubs have jets that provide a relaxing massage effect to soothe sore muscles and aching joints.
  • Swim spas are made for sport rather than therapy. Swim spas are a great choice for those who want a way to be more active at home. A fusion of a hot tub and swimming pool, swim spas have jets that create a current to swim against. They’re not large enough for swimming laps, but they’re significantly larger than the average hot tub. The settings on the jets can be changed to accommodate the swimmer, allowing you to get a thorough workout, build up muscle, and improve your technique. They give the feeling of swimming in a swimming pool while taking up less space.
  • Swimming pools provide recreational space for exercise as well as family fun. If the backyard is large enough to accommodate a swimming pool, it’s worth installing one. In addition to providing exercise, they create a beautiful focal point in the back yard and give people a place to gather. One drawback of swimming pools, however, is that in cold climates they can only be used for part of the year. Both swim spas and hot tubs are easier to heat than swimming pools, which means that they’re much more likely to lend themselves to year-round use. Swimming pools are also more expensive than hot tubs and swim spas.

Which is the right option for you? Swimming pools are great for exercise and fun if budget and space are ample. For those simply looking for a therapeutic soak, a hot tub is the answer. Swim spas are the perfect fit for those who want to exercise but have neither room nor budget for a pool.

Whether you want a hot tub, swim spa, or swimming pool, call Aaron Pools. Established in 1972, this family-owned-and-operated business has a dedicated, award-winning team with over 400 years of combined experience. We love to help improve the quality time that families spend together at home, and that’s why we’ve installed more than 2,000 swimming pools and hot tubs, from Cape Cod to Connecticut. For the best possible service from our highly experienced installation team, call 508-689-5042 or contact us today.

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