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Hot Tub vs Pool: What Should I Know Before I Buy?

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Are you considering upgrading your home with a hot tub or pool?


Whether your goal is to add value to your home, spend more time with family, or increase your overall health, a pool or hot tub can help you out. Hot tubs and pools offer all of these things but in different ways. We lined out the benefits and considerations to help you make your decision.


hot tub vs poolBenefits of Purchasing a Pool




Owning an in-ground pool has a lot of benefits. One of the benefits is being able to swim and do low-impact exercise. Instead of going to the gym, you can take a dip in the pool and swim a few laps or do water aerobics.


Boost Home Value


If you are planning on moving in the future, adding a pool can dramatically increase the value of your home. When adding a pool to your backyard you automatically create a unique selling feature that invites a luxurious atmosphere.


Even if you are not looking to sell your home, there is no reason you can’t add value to your home in the future.


Family Time and Social Life


Pool parties are a big plus to owning a pool. Inviting neighbors and friends to come and hang out around the pool can be a boost to your social life. Owning a pool can also bring your family together without electronics. With pool accessories and games, your family won’t ever get bored playing in the pool.




Compared to hot tubs, pools are significantly larger. The bigger the pool, the more people can swim and enjoy the benefits of being in the pool. Bigger splashes, deeper dives, and the ability to swim laps and/or do low-impact exercises for fitness are a huge benefit.


Things to Consider When Purchasing a Pool


Size Requirements


Fitting a swimming pool in your yard requires a large amount of space. With yard sizes continuing to shrink, this is not always an economic use of what little space your yard does provide. In addition, the cost of maintenance and upkeep on a larger body of water can be pricey, especially during times when certain products—like chlorine—are experiencing manufacturing shortages. And let’s not even talk about the initial cost of installation on a pool.


Safety Requirements


In most states, installing a large body of water in a private yard requires a permit, and as part of the requirements, some states and/or cities require safety measures, such as security fencing, to ensure no neighborhood children can wander into your yard and fall in. This means that on top of the cost of installing and maintaining your pool, you will also need to factor in the price of whatever safety measures your area requires.


Swimming Season


When purchasing a pool, you need to consider how long the swim season is where you are located. If you live in a climate where you experience all four seasons, you will only be able to use your pool in the short three months of the summer.


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Installation Costs


The cost of an inground pool varies, but on average you can expect to spend anywhere from $28,000 – $55,000. The price all depends on the size of the pool and the material used such as vinyl, fiberglass, or concrete.


You also need to consider additional costs:


  • Landscaping
  • Permits
  • Excavation
  • Equipment and Crane Rental
  • Dirt Disposal
  • Pool Equipment
  • Maintenance


Pools require a lot of attention. When owning a pool, you need to keep up on the cleaning, filtration, as well as chemistry. If you don’t have time to check pH levels, skim the pool’s surface or clean filters often, owning a pool may not be the best fit.


Hot Tub Benefits and Considerations




Hydrotherapy is the use of water for healing and is a practice that has been used for hundreds of years. It is proven to assist in widening blood vessels, bring down swelling, improving anxiety, reducing headaches, and in some cases, burning calories.


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No Seasonal Limitations


While most pool covers are thin and made to keep out debris, hot tub covers are heavier and made well-insulated, you can set the temperature to cool or hot, according to the season. Unless you live in a climate that remains the same year-round, your pool is likely limited to one or two seasons of usage, while your hot tub can be used year-round.




Soaking in warm water is good for your body. When you get massaging jets involved, it makes it all the better. Soaking in a hot tub can increase stress, physical, emotional, and mental relief. Soaking also eases bodily aches and pains, improves circulation, encourages better sleep, relieves pain, and benefits cardiovascular health.


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Family Time


Similar to a pool, your hot tub can be a place where your entire family can gather. And because it’s smaller, this creates a more intimate setting, encouraging familial discussions and other relationship-building banter.


Lower Cost


The prices of hot tubs are significantly lower than pools. Most hot tub prices fall between $8,000-$30,000, depending on brand and add-on options. The installation time for a hot tub is significantly faster, and therefore, more cost-efficient, both initially, and long term for maintenance and energy.


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To learn more about the benefits of purchasing a hot tub, visit the Bullfrog Spas Design Studio, where you can personalize and design your own Bullfrog Spa.



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