A Complete Guide to Spas and Swim Spas

Everyone feels the effects of stress from time to time. Having a spa in the backyard is the perfect way to unwind and relax after a long day. If this sounds like something you need in your life, here is everything you need to know about spas and swim spas to help you make your choice.


What is a spa?

Put simply, spas and swim spas are a small pool that typically have heating, water jets and seating. They are designed for relaxation and hydrotherapy purposes. A spa is a fantastic way to reap all the benefits that water can provide just without the cost and maintenance that comes with owning a full-sized pool. Both spas and swim spas come in a variety of depths and sizes and you can choose one to suit your home and lifestyle needs.

The installation method

Spas and swim spas can be installed either above ground or inground and can be placed in individually or alongside a pool. Each have their own set of pros and cons.

Above ground

Installing your spa above ground can save on construction costs. You can choose from a ready-made pool spa or a free-standing spa. It is important to remember though, that a free standing spa may be a cost effective spa solution, however it may be difficult to tie it in with the theme of your yard and they are unlikely to add any value to your home if you decide to sell. An above ground freestanding spa isn’t as strong and durable as one that is designed to be installed in the ground.


Inground spas are popular as they can be installed to blend in with the existing layout of the yard and home. Landscaping and greenery can be placed around the spa to make it look like a cohesive space. They are a good choice for those who want to increase the appeal of their backyard and potentially add dollars to their home. The downside to having an inground spa or swim spa is the cost. Construction work is required which requires more money.

Types of spas

Swim spas

Swim spas are generally a lot larger than a spa. They have spa jets and enough room to swim around in. Unlike a spa, they can be used for fitness and relaxation purposes. They are generally a lot smaller than a regular sized pool, so they are great for people with small backyards who are limited on space. Since swim spas are primarily used for relaxation, they can cost more in heating than a traditional pool. This is because the temperature is usually higher, and it is used for longer periods of time.


Spas are much the same as a swim spa they are just much smaller in size and they are only used for hydro therapeutic and relaxation purposes. They are easy and cost effective to maintain.

Pool with a spa

A pool with a spa is the best of both worlds. You have the freedom of swimming freely in the pool and then jumping in the spa to unwind. They are great for entertaining, there is enough room for the kids to play games in the pool whilst the adults relax and catch up in the spa section. A pool with a spa has the ‘wow factor’ and can greatly improve the over appeal of the pool area. The only downfall to having this style of pool is the initial outlay to get it installed and the ongoing costs will be higher than if you just had one or the other.


How much does it cost to run a spa?

How much your spa costs to run is dependent on a few things such as, how big it is, how often you use it and the climate where you live. On average a small sized spa costs around $10 a week to heat whereas a larger spa will be more around $15 a week. When the weather is warm enough to leave the spa unheated, the running costs drop to about $3 a week.

Spa fencing

It is important to remember that all bodies of water over 30cm require a compliant pool fence, so when considering a space for your spa ensure that you factor in the fencing. This is essential to ensure that your spa is safe and to avoid any unnecessary fines. Your pool builder can discuss your pool fencing options with you when designing the layout of your spa/swim spa. Ensure that your pool fence is compliant before construction ends.

What are the benefits of spas and swim spas?

Most of enjoy being in warm water surrounded by bubbles whilst relaxing, right? Even better, a spa can provide numerous benefits:

• Helps you sleep

Warm water aids in the relaxation process which in turn will give you a better nights rest. Sitting in warm water relaxes the muscles and when you get out you will feel relaxed and tired.

• Alleviate stress

By soaking in warm water, you can completely immerse yourself into a state of relaxation. This is highly beneficial for reducing stress and improving your metal state.

• Ease sore muscles

Spa jets in conjunction with the warm water work to ease muscle aches and pains and can alleviate symptoms of injuries and conditions such as arthritis.

• Improve overall wellbeing

Having a spa in the backyard provides the opportunity to relax and unwind every day. This can be great for improving overall mood and wellbeing.

• More time outside

Sitting outside in your spa allows you to enjoy the fresh air and serenity in your backyard. Being outdoors has a copious amount of health benefits too.

• Good for cardiovascular health

Being submerged in water places pressure on the body which gets the heart pumping. This can be beneficial for our cardiovascular health.

• Spend quality time with family and friends

Having a spa at your home is a good excuse to get the family together to spend some quality time together. They are also a great source of entertainment when friends come to visit.

Some things to consider when deciding if a spa or swim spa is right for you

Deciding if a spa is the right choice is a big decision, here are some things you should ask yourself before making any commitments:

1. How many people will be using it?

2. What is your budget?

3. How much space can you allow for a spa/swim spa?

4. Will it tie in with the existing layout of the backyard?

5. Do you solely want it for relaxation or swimming also?

It’s a good idea to have a chat with your local pool builder, they can offer advice on which type of spa might be best suited to your home.

Are you ready to relax?

After reading the information mentioned throughout this article you may have an idea of whether a spa is something you want for your home or not. If you have decided that a spa or swim spa is right for you or if you have any further questions, get in touch with our friendly team here at Factory Pools Perth, we are happy to help out in any way we can.

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