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

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. We believe a swim spa hot tub combo could be the best option for our backyard.

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, hot tub or a pool at home. Read on to learn more about a dual-zone swim spa hot tub combo, what they are, and how they may increase your swimming experience. 

Swim Spa Hot Tub Combo
Swim Spa Hot Tub Combo

What is a Dual Zone Swim Spa?

 A dual-zone swim spa that also has a separate whirlpool spa. It is a swim spa with hot tub attached, which is essentially a small pool hot tub combo. 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. You can think of one side as a traditional hot tub, and the other as a hot tub for swimming as they are both climate controlled.

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.

recessed swim spa

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 hot tub combo prices may range 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.

riogrande swim spa
Rio Grande Side View
riogrande swim spa
Rio Grande Side View
Brand: Wellis Spa
Dimensions: 19.7 x 7.7 x 4.8 ft
236 x 92 x 57 in
Seating Capacity: 5 People
Total Number of Jets: 41 jets
Swim Jets: 1 jets
Headrest Pillows: 2
Ozonator: Included
Water Capacity: 1,744 Gallons, 6,600 Liters
Shell Color: Sterling Silver Acrylic
Cabinet Color: Black, Brown, Grey

Rio Grande W-Flow Swim Spa

Our Best Dual Zone Swim Spa #1

The Rio Grande W-Flow Swim Spa has the amazing, fully adjustable W-Flow swim jets that allow for swimming and water aerobics at any intensity, perfect for any fitness level.

Brand: PDC Spas
Dimensions: 19 x 7.7 x 4.7 ft
227 x 92 x 56 in
Seating Capacity: 5 People
Total Number of Jets: 37 jets
Swim Jets: 2 jets
Water Capacity: 2,100 Gallons in Swim Spa Zone, 2,525 Gallons, 425 Gallons in Hot Tub Zone
Shell Color: Silver Marble Acrylic
Cabinet Color: Smoke Gray, Willow Brown

TruSwim TSX219 Swim Spa

Our Best Dual Zone Swim Spa #2

The TruSwim series is PDC Spas top of the line series of swim spa, designed for highly athletic swimmers. The TSX 219 Dual Zone version is it’s flagship and features.

Summit SX219 Swim Spa
Summit Motionmat Mattrax
Summit SX219 Swim Spa
Summit SX219 Swim Spa
Summit Model Portable Swim Spa
Summit SX219 Swim Spa
Summit Motionmat Mattrax
Summit SX219 Swim Spa
Summit SX219 Swim Spa
Summit Model Portable Swim Spa
Brand: PDC Spas
Dimensions: 19 x 7.7 x 4.7 ft
Seating Capacity: 7 People
Total Number of Jets: 64 jets
Swim Jets: 3 jets
Headrest Pillows: 3
Water Capacity: 2,425 Gallons, 9,558 liters
Shell Color: Silver Marble Acrylic
Cabinet Color: Smoke Gray, Willow Brown

Summit SX219 Swim Spa

Our Best Dual Zone Swim Spa #3

The SX219 Dual Zone Swim Spa is PDCs mid-range dual zone swim spa. It’s got more than enough power for the average to advanced user, and still provides the amazing benefits of a hot tub, all in one package.

Brand: PDC Spas
Dimensions: 227 x 92 x 56 in
Seating Capacity: 5 People
Total Number of Jets: 49 jets
Swim Jets: 2 jets
Headrest Pillows: 2
Water Capacity: 2,525 Gallons
Shell Color: Silver Marble Acrylic
Cabinet Color: Smoke Gray, Willow Brown

Synergy FX219 Swim Spa

Our Best Dual Zone Swim Spa #4

The Synergy FX219 from PDC Spas is perfect swim spa hot tub combo for those looking for a pool-like addition to the backyard. Not only does it provide everything you need to host amazing parties and family events but it can be used year round.


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. 

More Questions About Swim Spa Hot Tub Combo? 

Epic Hot Tubs has amazing swim spas for sale in Raleigh & Durham, NC. Whether you’re looking for a single zone, dual zone or a separate hot tub and swim spa, Epic Hot Tubs has you covered.

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