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What is the Best Swim Spa?

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Since not all swim spas are created equally, purchasing a swim spa might feel like a big decision. After all, your purchase should be considered a lifestyle investment. We invest in gym equipment and memberships, cars, boats, and recreational vehicles—why wouldn’t we invest in a swim spa that can have a big impact on our overall health and wellness?

Ideally, the spa you choose will be one that functions dually as both a swimming pool where you can exercise and a spa or hot tub where you can recover. It should also be of high quality to ensure that you’re getting the most bang for your buck. But how do you know which spa is the best one for you?


What Makes the Best Swim Spa?


Here are a few details to consider when you are trying to decide on the best spa for you.



What is the size of the area where your swim spa will be installed? Take exact measurements of your chosen space in order to be sure you are looking at spas that are within those parameters. Especially if you have a limited amount of space.



For what purpose are you purchasing a swim spa? Model types and sizes vary according to the buyer’s performance and feature needs. Will you be using your spa for exercise? For physical therapy? For relaxation? Perhaps you’d like a premium model that can handle all of these things and more. Or maybe you’re looking for something simple, with fewer functions and more affordability. Decide your optimal needs before choosing your ultimate spa.



What is the range of budget you intend to spend? Swim spa pricing can vary from $7,000 to $45,000 and up, depending on the manufacturer, features, size, and other options, with most quality swim spas being in the $26,000+ range. It’s a good idea to keep your budget in mind before you begin looking, so you can be sure you are looking at the models and options that are affordable for you. Luckily, swim spas are generally much more affordable than a swimming pool while also having the additional benefits that a hot tub provides.


Age of Users

What is the age range of the people who will be using your swim spa? Are you looking for a spa for just yourself? For yourself and your spouse? What about children or aging visitors?

Depending on the features you choose, your spa can benefit family members of any age by providing a gentle current where your family can swim, relax, float, and exercise all in one multi-functional pool.


Number of Users

How many people will be using it at once? Will the primary purpose of your swim spa be therapy for one? Quality time for two? Bonding time for a family of six? The number of people might affect the size of the swim spa you’re choosing, so be sure to keep that in mind as well.


Most Popular Styles of Swim Spas



Single Water Volumes

Most swim spas have a single volume tub, in which all the water is set to one temperature. Some are dedicated solely to swimming, but others allow for both a swimming lane and relaxing seats with spa jets.


With Current

Most swim spas are designed for the purpose of swimming in place, and in order to maximize usage for small spaces, they are designed with a current that the swimmer can swim against. Each swim spa might offer a different type of current, powered by jets or other motorized propellers. The Bullfrog Spas Swim Series comes equipped with a number of pre-programmed current settings that offer a number of excellent workout options.


Without Current

These spas are designed for low-impact aerobic exercise, physical therapy, and strength building. They don’t provide a current to swim against and so are more limited for swimmers looking to build endurance.


Dedicated Swim Spa

Swim spas without any seats are made to be dedicated solely to swimming and often don’t provide the jets that usually define it as a spa or hot tub. These are still often made and sold by spa companies, just as a different functionality option.


Multiple Water Volumes

Some swim spas come with two sections, with one often dedicated as a hot tub space and the other as a swim lane. Often these sections can be set at different temperatures, enabling the spa to function dually for both purposes at the same time.


Best Swim Spa on the Market


The best swim spas have premium features, room to swim and exercise, and provide therapeutic, personalized jets. With the launch of the new Bullfrog Spas Swim Series, these belongs in the conversation. Consider testing one at your closest Bullfrog Spas authorized swim spa dealer.


Best Swim Spa for the Money

If you’re looking for the best bang for your buck (and let’s face it, who isn’t?) it’s important that you consider not just the upfront cost, but the quality and durability over time. If you go with a cheap option now, you’ll likely be paying for it later with high maintenance costs. As you search for the right swim spa model, consider the new Bullfrog Spas Swim Series. Bullfrog Spas’ patented JetPak Therapy System allows you to personalize your swim spa with jets that benefit you the most. This gives your spa a true dual purpose, which you can’t get from other swim spas. And they’re surprisingly affordable.

It’s not the same as a swimming pool or exactly like a regular spa. In fact, choosing a swim spa gives you the best of both worlds. Aside from improving the aesthetic of your backyard, your swim spa offers health benefits such as:


  • hydrotherapy
  • increased circulation
  • relief from aches and pains
  • low-impact aerobic exercise
  • reduced stress
  • better sleep
  • weight loss

In addition to the health benefits, a swim spa is a great place for children to learn to swim under the supervision of a responsible adult and can be used year-round, unlike most regular pools. Not only that, but in the long term, high-quality, portable swim spas tend to be more energy efficient, so they won’t overtax your power bill.


Best Swim Spa for Exercise

If you’re in it for the workout, you’re going to want to pay close attention to the resistance current options offered by each spa. For instance, the Bullfrog Spas Swim Series spas offer a number of pre-programmed workout options, as well as the ability to create your own customized workout. The angle of the jets makes it easier to stay in your lane and remain horizontal, optimizing your form and lengthening your stroke. You can also take advantage of the optional fitness kit with an adjustable row bar and resistance bands for your arms or legs.


Best Swim Spa for Family Fun

What features will best benefit your family? The Bullfrog Spas Swim Series features a one-of-a-kind splash pad for the little ones to play on, along with plenty of floating space to kick around on a tube. Or, invest in our favorite accessory, the zero-gravity hammock, which can be used by swimmers of any size, for a relaxing, cool floating experience. The Swim Series can comfortably seat nine to thirteen people, with four JetPak therapy seats, two lounge seats, and multiple bench options.


Best Swim Spa for Cold Climates

The best part about choosing a swim spa over an in-ground pool is the ability to use it year-round, despite cold weather climates that might require closing a regular pool for the winter. Your Bullfrog Swim Spa can be set to whatever temperature feels the most comfortable for you, and as long as you utilize the cover after each use, should easily maintain that water temperature, regardless of the changing of seasons. Live in a particularly cold area? No problem. Your Swim Series stays warm all the time!

Bullfrog Spas Swim Series is well insulated, is built with an advanced plumbing design to save energy, has a strong exterior cabinet that is built to withstand all types of weather, and comes standard with a high-quality cover that keeps heat in and cold out.


Bullfrog Spas Swim Series Models




Relish your time soaking and swimming in this multi-functional backyard water experience. This versatile swim spa offers an attractive mix of functional, fun, and aesthetically appealing features, and is equipped with the one-of-a-kind JetPak Therapy System. Enjoy multi-level therapy seats, ergonomic headrests, and leg and foot therapy, or take advantage of unlimited options for fitness and water play. The functional layout appeals to families, those looking for premium therapy, and fitness enthusiasts alike, all packaged into one truly remarkable spa.




Build endurance and strength with preset or customizable fitness programs and space for any number of low-impact, water-based workouts. Swim, play games, or splash around on the splash pad. Workout, play, or relax away tension. Enjoy the numerous therapy options available with the patented JetPak Therapy System™, the attractive aesthetics, functional layout, and legendary Bullfrog Spas quality and reliability for an upgraded backyard experience you’re certain to love.


Swim Spa Reviews


“We were in the market for a Swim Spa for our family of 4 and were underwhelmed with the models available from other companies, we felt they look dated and were not suitable for a leisure use. The Bullfrog Spas S150 came within 2 weeks of us ordering it! We have been loving everything about it. It’s perfect for hanging out and the jets are great!! It has a modern, sleek look that fits nicely into our yard. Customer service from Bullfrog has been amazing and fast. I highly recommend!” – Sheri N.


“A wonderful experience!! From relaxing to playing and exercising, we enjoy all aspects. The grandchildren love the play space. Using the swim jets to move them around. Jumping, diving, expelling energy. The JetPak areas are well designed to give a unique experience in every station. AND we LOVE the hammock!!!” – Pete J.


“I love my Bullfrog Swim Spa. Admittedly I am not the best of swimmers and yet within 5 minutes of swimming in this swim spa I found my rhythm and stayed in the middle of the spa without issue. The harness also works well to keep me from going too fast. Lots of seating for friends and family and the kids love all the water features. ” – Mark M.


Personalize Your Swim Spa

Purchasing a swim spa isn’t just an investment; it’s a lifestyle change that will benefit your entire family. Only you can decide if a swim spa is a good investment for you. Use our online Design Studio tool to select your model, JetPaks, and accessories. Once you’re done, you’ll receive an instant price quote.


AUTHOR - Bullfrog Spas

Bullfrog Spas is a premier brand of personalized premium hot tubs. With proprietary hydromassage technology and an eye for contemporary design, Bullfrog Spas is revolutionizing the concept of the portable hot tub and providing a relaxation experience unlike any other. Discover the award winning spa of the future today.

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