28 March 2023

How Does A Swim Spa Differ From A Hot Tub?


How Does A Swim Spa Differ From A Hot Tub?

If you are trying to decide between a swim spa and a hot tub, then read this handy article in order to learn about the differences between the two. With so many options on the market available, it can be hard to make an informed decision. So let Jewel help you to understand whether a hot tub or swim spa is best for you.  


Swim Spas

A swim spa is a combination of a hot tub and a swimming pool. With the seating arrangement of a hot tub as well as hot water jets, you have the option to sit and relax. However, the key difference is the long shape and added depth, like a swimming pool. This means that swim spas can also be used for exercise as they make use of a constant current from the forceful jets.

Hot Tubs

Hot tubs make use of hot water and jets which massage in order to give users the maximum opportunity to rest and relax. With a range of seating options available, hot tubs are constructed to fit between two and eight people, with some larger models being suitable for up to twelve. In short, hot tubs are best enjoyed by sitting back and soothing yourself in the hot, bubbling water.


What Are The Advantages Of A Swim Spa?

Swim spas are ideal if you are looking for something that you can exercise in. Always available for when you want to work out, your swim spa will be a convenient way to keep up your fitness. Rather than doing laps, the powerful jets enable you to swim on the spot whilst the resistance helps you to burn calories. Just like a treadmill, you can exercise without actually having to go anywhere. Ideal for people with aches, pains, arthritis or people learning to swim, a swim spa is a great investment. Once you have enjoyed your workout, you can then enjoy a relaxing massage as you sit in the tub.

Another great advantage of a swim spa is the fact that they can be used all year round. Unlike swimming pools which are often too cold to use in the winter, all of the family can benefit from a swim spa throughout the year.

Lastly, the hydrotherapy provided by the swim spa is a superb way to stimulate your muscles gently. Using the swim current, resistance can help to ease sore muscles whilst the warm water enables you to relax.


What Are The Advantages Of A Hot Tub?

Hot tubs offer an ideal space to relax in. With powerful jets, you can sit back whilst you are massaged, and your muscles begin to ease. After a long and stressful day, hot tubs support you as you unwind. Research has even proven that hot tubs can support sleep when used before bed, therefore helping to combat insomnia if that is something that you suffer from. Equally, hot tubs can also help you to ease into your day because of the stress relief that they provide. So, whether you are using your hot tub day or night, you can enjoy its benefits.

As well as enjoying your hot tub yourself, they offer a great space to socialise with friends. Hot tub parties are a brilliant way to have fun and bring people together, allowing you to unwind and relax with your loved ones. Comfortable because of their lighting and music systems, hot tubs offer an ideal social setting.

Hot tubs are also very therapeutic. Soaking in a hot tub can help to improve your cardiovascular system, which is why physiotherapists often use hot tubs for hydrotherapy. For those who suffer from arthritis, hot tubs are an excellent investment.

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Is A Hot Tub Or Swim Spa Best For Me?

If you are tight on space, a hot tub might be best for you simply because they are smaller than swim spas and, therefore, more flexible. Because a swim spa needs more room and support, a larger area is needed for it. Due to being bigger, swim spas are also more expensive to buy and run as well.

With many similar features, hot tubs and swim spas both allow you to sit back in hot water and enjoy massaging jets. For those who are only looking to relax, then a hot tub might benefit you more. However, if you would like to reap the benefits of exercise, then a swim spa might be more suited to you.

Do You Still Need Help To Decide?

Whilst you might now understand more about the differences between a swim spa and a hot tub, you still could be struggling to decide which option is best for you. If so, a member of our experienced team at Jewel will gladly guide you through the different choices. To learn more about our range of hot tubs and swim spas, you can look at our helpful guides. Contact the team at Jewel on 01252 418 54 or fill in our online contact form today!

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