What is the Difference Between a Hot Tub and Swim Spa?

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We know what you’re up to!

You’re looking for ways to revamp your backyard and turn it into a magical paradise. And you know what else? We don’t blame you!

Your backyard is the perfect spot to add accessories, complete some renovations, and do whatever it takes to create a personal getaway, right from the comfort of your own home.

Chances are, it has crossed your mind to add luxurious additions such as a hot tub or swim spa.

Before you make the final decision on what to include in your new and improved backyard, it might be a good idea to take a closer look at the differences between hot tubs and swim spas.

Let’s dive in and find out for ourselves!

Perks of Owning a Hot Tub

Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs are built with one main goal in mind: to create the perfect place to relax and heal your body in the comfort of warm, jet-driven water.

Let’s start there. The relaxation. There’s nothing quite like immersing your sore and tired muscles into a body of hot water. Especially when it’s circulated by powerful jets to strategically massage the most stress-prone areas of your body.

Hot tubs are also particularly beneficial if you are suffering from a minor muscle or joint injury. Physiotherapists around the world use the healing properties of hot tub hydrotherapy to help athletes and patients heal following vigorous activity, a joint or muscle injury, and as part of the rehabilitation process.

If you suffer from arthritis, chronic pain, tension headaches, or other conditions that cause pain or discomfort to your body on a regular basis, you might find that a regular soak in a hot tub is just what you need.

Of course, you should always speak with a doctor before seeking treatment for a certain condition, but either way, even if soaking in a hot tub won’t cure your condition, they most often can help ease the symptoms and aid with pain management.

Aside from the physical health benefits, they can offer mental and emotional health benefits as well. A hot tub provides the perfect place to socialize with family and friends in a relaxed environment, or even just to spend some time by yourself.

Self-care is so important for your mental and emotional health, which is exactly what a hot tub can offer you.

The Benefits of Swim Spas

Hydropool Swim Spas offer many different capabilities. Essentially, they act as the perfect hybrid between a hot tub and a swimming pool. The main difference is the size and function. Most swim spas are built with both a small pool area and a separate seated hot tub area.

For those who want the recreational freedom of a pool but not enough backyard space to have one, can easily look to a swim spa for a solution.

Swim spas are geared towards exercise and recreation. In the open tank area of the swim spa, there is more than enough room for multiple users to engage in recreational activities, such as marco polo, catch, or other water games.

Kids and adults alike can benefit from a swim spa, especially since the temperature can be regulated to meet your needs.

The tank area of the swim spa is most often equipped with exercise accessories. This includes a high-powered jetting system that provides enough resistance for a user to swim laps against. This eliminates the need for a larger tank, as swimmers can complete their laps without having to turn around once they hit a wall since they swim in one place.

This environment makes the perfect place for users to engage in many other workouts as well. This can range from simple exercises like reverse crunches, jumping jacks, squats, lunges, and push-ups, to more intricate practices like yoga.

So… What’s the Difference?

The main difference between hot tubs and swim spas is the intention of the user. If you’re looking for a system that is going to provide you with a relaxing social spot for your backyard, perfect for your family and guests to mingle in, while relaxing and healing sore muscles, a hot tub might just be for you.

On the other hand, if you have kids or live an active lifestyle, a swim spa might be a better direction for you.

Think of it this way, would you benefit from many of the uses that a swimming pool provides, but just don’t have the space in your backyard or the budget to install an in-ground pool? If so, you might want to look at some swim spas for sale.

At the end of the day, both systems offer a variety of benefits and uses. One isn’t technically better than the other, it just depends what your needs and wants are.

If you still feel undecided between the two, why not speak to one of our experts at Jacuzzi Hot Tubs of Southeastern Pennsylvania? Our team of friendly and knowledgeable spa specialists would be happy to help you determine which system is best for you.

And the best part? Once you’ve decided which way you want to go, they can also help you look through our wide selection of hot tubs and swim spas for sale in Pennsylvania and even get the best deal on one. Contact us today or visit us in-store to get started!

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