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Hot Tub vs Pool Advantages/Differences

If you’re lucky enough in life to be able to consider having both a pool and a spa, then things are probably pretty good for you. A hot tub and a pool are two very different animals, and they both have advantages and disadvantages from each other.


A pool’s biggest advantage is also its primary disadvantage – size. A pool is generally large enough to swim in and that in and of itself makes it a massive decision both space and cost wise. Even the smallest of pools is going to require two things – a significant investment, and space. On the other hand, it’s the size of a pool that holds a huge appeal. Not only can the entire family fit inside the pool, they can usually all swim around and have plenty of space for themselves.


The size of a pool also lends itself to different activities, such as swimming for exercise, diving, and fun for all ages type equipment like waterslides and diving boards. The hot tub vs. pool discussion wouldn’t be complete without the speaking about cost. An above ground portable hot tub can cost as little as a few hundred dollars, while on the other end of the spectrum, a full blown in ground pool of decent size can cost upwards of $50,000 or more, oftentimes much more than that. The range of cost is so broad that it is extremely difficult to compare the two.


Maintenance costs are another area where pools and hot tubs may be more similar than different, depending on your usage. Because of the hot water that a spa uses, and more precisely, the fact that most spa owners use their spa often, spa heating costs can be higher than pools if used daily. Pools, by contrast, are not usually heated or if so, not heated as aggressively as spas so the costs for natural gas heating are usually lower in a pool. Sanitizer and chemicals are another comparison area in the hot tub vs pool advantages debate. Again, just because a spa contains less water, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it uses less chemical. A spa that is used nightly will use as much sanitizer as a moderately sized unheated pool in a cooler climate that is used perhaps once per week. The reason for this is because the hot water becomes a natural breeding ground for bacteria if left untreated at higher temperatures.


Hydrotherapy is an area where a spa has a distinct advantage over a pool. In this regard, a hot tub vs pool debate is decidedly in favor of the hot tub. Hot water dilates blood vessels and improves and increases circulation. Joints and bones that were previously in pain are now flushed with newly circulated blood, which reduces pain. Additionally, the increase in blood flow also has shown to reduce blood pressure and allow a person to sleep better and more deeply. A pool simply does not have water hot enough, not to mention am aeration or jet system strong enough to provide this hydrotherapy.


Pools and hot tubs don’t need to be compared as they serve two different purposes and they complement each other beautifully. Ideally, one should have both. If space or cost is an issue, however, an above ground spa does an excellent job of meeting your water recreational needs just fine.


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