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Swim Spa Hot Tub Combo – Are Dual Zone Swim Spas Really Worth it?

Click here to learn more about the swim spa hot tub combo and why it is a great option for swimming at home when you have limited yard space.

Water is one of the greatest sources of relaxation. The cool, crisp water offers a chance to unwind, reconnect, and even get a little exercise while you're at it. That's why so many people love to go to the beach or the pool – but it has its disadvantages as well.

The salty air of the beach can have a negative effect on your skin, and not being able to adjust the humidity level can be frustrating for some people. Also, if you are not keen on driving to the community pool every day or dislike sharing bodies of water with other people, here's the alternative.

There is a way to get the benefits of the beach or the pool at home. Read on to learn more about a dual-zone spa, what they are, and how they may increase your swimming experience. 

What is a Dual Zone Swim Spa?

recessed swim spa

 A dual-zone swim spa also has a separate whirlpool spa. These master spas are usually equipped with massage jets, which is a perfect alternative to going to your local massage therapist if you don't really have the time for it.

The water in a dual zone swim spa is divided into two compartments, usually by an acrylic panel. The swim spa is for enjoyment and fitness, while the hot tub has hydrotherapy jets. For both comfort and functionality, each has its own temperature settings.

These types of spas have dual zone features to provide a more relaxing bathing experience. If you have a large family that needs individual space for their baths, a dual zone spa is a great option. If you prefer to have year-round use of your lap pool, this is great for people who want to spend time with family in their own outdoor space. 

Benefits of Swim Spa Hot Tub Combo

What's better than a 2-in-1 combination of both a hot tub and a swim spa in your own backyard? Let's see just what the benefits are to having a swim spa hot tub combo listed below.

Your swim spa and hot tub blend harmoniously into your backyard 

Choosing between a hot tub and a pool might seem like it should be an either-or decision. A hot tub will allow you to unwind and relax, while a pool will allow you to work out and entertain in your own backyard oasis. 

Dual-zone swim spas are an excellent way to upgrade your outdoor living space, whether you are starting from scratch or replacing an existing hot tub with a complete backyard transformation.

You can have the health advantages of a hot tub while still having access to a workout area and a swimming pool, without it being too overwhelming in your backyard. Of course, the swim spa dimensions will depend largely on your own backyard size, and your preference!

Optimal enjoyment of a full swimming pool with a swim system 

Average swimming pools give you the opportunity to do your swimming routine uninterrupted. However, when space is an issue, water fitness should not suffer. You can still exercise through swim systems. These systems are optimized so that they give you a current to swim through while swimming in place. 

2 separate temperature zones 

Dual temperature swim spas offer two separate temperature zones, which is great for both training and relaxing.

You can set the temperature to be lower in the part of the swimming pool where you would typically exercise, and then set the temperature in the spa part of the pool to be warmer so that you can relax and help your muscles once you finish your training.

If you are entertaining in your dual temp swim spa, and some people prefer colder, while others prefer hotter temperatures, you can accommodate them all!

No compromise in features for a hydrotherapy massage and energy consumption 

Traditional swim spas will cost around $100 each month to run - including the chemicals. However, producers of swim spas make no compromise on this backyard water feature and all of its benefits.

While the energy consumption of a swim spa can get quite costly, heating an in-ground swimming pool can get twice as expensive, depending on where you live and how long you want to use your pool.

A swim spa offers so many different features (such as hydrotherapy massage, a strong current for swimming, dual temperature and more) that the energy consumption will be the least of your worries while you have your back massaged by the hot water hydrotherapy jets in your backyard oasis. 

Improved Circulation

Soaking in a hot tub can improve blood flow. People with chronic heart failure tend to benefit from warm water bathing due to the natural expansion of the blood arteries that occurs when exposed to high temperatures.

Additionally, lying in spa pools gives a more horizontal posture, which encourages blood flow since blood doesn't have to work as hard to resist gravity.

Better Health Overall

Using a hot tub increases the amount of oxygen and nutrients sent to the body's important organs, allowing the body to function more efficiently and fend against sickness. The benefits of a swim spa are many, with the possibility to cure everyday body ailments like sore muscles and help with anxiety and even insomnia.

Swim Spa vs Hot Tub vs Combo

Because a swim spa is designed for exercise, it is distinct from a hot tub. Swimming in your backyard may be a great commodity and it offers a lot more room than in a hot tub to spend time with the whole family.

A hot tub, on the other hand, offers neither strong swim currents nor the space for swim strokes - it simply offers the experience of sitting in warm water with jets. So, if you only like relaxing and unwinding, a hot tub is a great choice for you. But, if you'd like to exercise in the same space, then consider getting a combo.

The swim spa combo models give you the possibility to both exercise and relax. 

Buying the Units Separately

Buying a hot tub and a swim spa separately may be a possibility if you're interested in having both. But why would you buy them separately?

One of the reasons would be that your backyard is too small to fit a 19-foot swim spa. Your garden space would be limited if you couldn't fit both the hot tub and the swim spa at once. Buying separate units is an alternative for people with limited space. Install a hot tub and a swim spa in separate areas of your yard to create the perfect backyard oasis.

The second reason is to save money. You can get a smaller swim spa and an entry-level hot tub if you buy them individually. However, get an estimate on how much the installation would cost, because a swim spa needs to go on a concrete slab, while a hot tub does not have the same limitations. 

Buying the Unit as One

Getting a dual zone swim spa is a possibility for people with large backyards or those who wish to use their outdoor living space without compromise. One of the benefits of buying only one product is that you will have to install only one pad for a single unit. 

Additionally, maintaining and servicing a single unit is much easier. Only one unit needs servicing and maintenance if your hot tub and swim spa are integrated into one unit. 

Swim Spa Hot Tub Combo Prices

Swim spas may range in price from as little as $8,000 up to as much as $30,000 or more. With hot tubs connected, they aren't cheap by any means, but they're absolutely worth the money. Since swim spas are about half the price of a traditional swimming pool, you can save a significant amount of money.

Summit SX219 Swim Spa

Best Swim Spa Hot Tub Combo Models

With a full-body recliner, contoured massage seat, open barrier-free workout area, and two RX6 standing massage columns, this SX219 swim spa is ideal for small spaces.

Unlike other swim spas, the SX219 has independent controls, heating, and filtration systems so you may enjoy both zones at the same time or separately.

This FX219 swim spa has side access stairs, a full body recliner, and a contoured massage seat. Together with an open barrier-free training area, and two RX6 standing massage columns, it is great for smaller backyards.

Featuring five deep seats, the Hot Tub Zone is a feature-rich spa. Controls for filtration, heating, hydrotherapy, and exercise are located in separate zones.


We strongly recommend purchasing a swim spa combo if you want to get the benefits of enjoyment, fitness, and relaxation. You won't have to give up as much area as you would with a typical pool. The adjustable water temperature means that you can enjoy your swim spa all year round.

For people who want to keep in shape and get the benefits of hydrotherapy, most swim spa models include a wealth of options. 

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