Swim Spa Reviews
Legitimate swim spa reviews are difficult to find online. However, we have put together some good information that will help you while shopping for a new swim spa. Use this buyer’s guide as you take a look at the various swim spa brands that are available.
While public pools are easy to find, the inconvenience of driving to the fitness center or swimming pool to swim with strangers is not very appealing. The modern homeowner can easily bring the pool experience to their backyards with a swim spa. However, buying one can be overwhelming, given the number of styles and features available on the market today.
The best way to approach buying a swim spa is to create a checklist of specifications and features you want and then rate the swim spas you see accordingly. Being prepared will help avoid getting caught up in ‘deal of the day’ promotions or feel pressured into making a purchase before you’re ready.
The first rule of swim spa reviews is not to get fooled by the bells and whistles designed to distract you. As a consumer, there are six basic things you should look for when buying a swim spa:
1. The Swim Experience
2. Fun & Fitness
3. Comfort, Design & Massage
6. Ease of Maintenance
These are the things to look for when researching swim spa reviews and the Swim Experience.
First is the pump design, so make sure the system has enough power to achieve the results you want. Whether you are a beginner or a triathlete, the power of the pump system, including the size of the plumbing, will help determine your experience.
Another thing to consider is the Swim Jet System. Look for a system that provides a smooth, turbulence-free swim current. Make sure the swim jets have a consistent flow rate that is able to produce a current that is flat, yet powerful.
The third thing is the ability to “Dial In” the resistance. This will allow the swimmer to customize their swim and achieve the desired results. Current adjustment is crucial for a high level swimmer as it allows for interval training while also providing a lower level for all other swimmers.
The final feature that is crucial to the swim experience is the shell design. Having a wide, deep channel with no protruding steps or seats allows the swimmer an unobstructed swim with a consistently smooth water flow. Look for a shell that produces little or no backsplash as it will push the swimmer out of the swim lane and disrupt the swim experience. The shell should be designed to keep the swimmer in the swim lane. Look for stabilization jets that keep the swimmer in the middle of the swim lane instead of a tether or harness system. Also, make sure the unit has focus points like swim lines or LED lit swim jets to help the swimmer identify their position in the swim spa.
One of the most overlooked areas in swim spa reviews is the Fun and Fitness they provide.
Although the swimming aspect is important, today’s customers are looking for an aquatic center in the backyard that can provide hours of entertainment for the whole family. Some features to look for in a swim spa that provide this experience are fitness related. Rowing machines, tethered swim cords or stair climbers provide the customer with a home gym that is both convenient and versatile. Fun features to look for in a swim spa that increase enjoyment can be as easy as adding LED waterfall fountains that the kids can swim under or a stereo system. Some swim spas even have a built in wave pool feature that allows the kids, both young and old, to enjoy hours of fun using a tethered boogie board to simulate riding a wave in open water.
There are many Comfort, Design, and Massage factors that can make a swim spa more or less comfortable for bathers. Make sure to see if the swim spa seats are ergonomically designed to fit your body’s natural curves. It’s important to make sure you fit comfortably into the seats in order to get the best possible soaking and massage experience. Don’t be afraid to climb in and test out the seats yourself. What’s even better, ask to do a ‘wet test,’ in which you sit in a fully operational version of the swim spa. If a seat is not comfortable when it’s dry, odds are it will not be any more comfortable when it is wet. You should also take a close look at other design features of the swim spa. For example, is there multi-level seating so all body types are able to sit in it? Does the swim spa have a large enough foot well to accommodate multiple bathers? Are there safety steps to enter the swim spa, or are you forced to step on a seat when climbing in?
An area that can help with your installation is to inquire whether the swim spa can be sold with or without a cabinet. In other words, does the cabinet support the shell or does it have a self-supporting shell that does not require a cabinet?
Check to see if there is a place to put an ice bucket for cold drinks.
One element that most swim spa reviews overlook is the massage capability of the spa. When added to the soothing feel of hot water, it can truly make or break your swim spa experience. As such, it is important to learn as much as you can about this before buying. Look for jets that do not have any bearings in them as these can quickly rust. Also, look for a model with optimized hydraulics to ensure that an even flow of water is provided to each jet for a smooth, comfortable massage.
Look for a swim spa manufacturer that has been in business for a while and has a solid Reputation.
The Internet is a great place to start. Check out the company’s website and do a quick search for independent swim spa reviews of their products. You can also ask friends or family members with hot tubs or swim spas about their experiences with particular brands. You should also consider where the manufacturer is located. This makes getting parts and service a lot easier if the retailer stops carrying the swim spa brand. Ensure they are supported by a reputable retailer and distributor. Make sure the products they offer are covered by a reasonable warranty. Be careful of small print as many warranties are pro-rated. A good warranty should consist of a 10 year structural warranty, 5 year acrylic surface and 3 year parts and labor warranty.
When it comes to swim spa dealers, many of the same criteria applies. Research how long the store has been in business and whether it is a member of any professional associations. Check the company online to determine its reputation, including a search for customer swim spa reviews, referrals or complaints. Of course, visiting the store on a fact-finding mission is a must. Speak with a salesperson to see if they take the time to determine what swim spa would best suit your needs instead of pushing products without asking questions.
If you decide to buy from a sales representative at a home show, parking lot sale or other type of event, be sure to ask if the seller has a brick-and-mortar store that can support you for service.
Look for a swim spa that is approved by the Commission for Environmental Co-operation (CEC), a North American body that addresses regional environmental concerns, helps prevent potential trade and environmental conflicts and promotes the effective enforcement of environmental law.
Proper Insulation is critical on a swim spa due to their size and water volume.
A good hardcover provides added insulation and energy efficiency. Adjustable venting is another factor to consider. Any swim spa that uses heat lock technology will use the motor’s waste heat to warm the swim spa water during colder months but release some of the heat in the warmer months.
No matter what swim spa you choose, make sure it is easy to service. The last thing you want is to pull the swim spa out of a deck and flip it on its side every time service is required. Ask the salesperson to show you where technicians can access equipment.
When it comes to swim spa Ease of Maintenance, there are two primary factors: Filtration and Disinfection.
Dirt that gets in a swim spa can only do two things: It is either light enough to float on the surface or heavy enough to drop to the bottom. When assessing a swim spa’s filtration capabilities, ask how long it takes to filter 100 per cent of the water. The less time this takes, the more energy-efficient the swim spa will be. Look for models that use low-amperage filtration pumps. Does the system provide enough filtration to remove debris and does it have a floating door to skim the surface of the water? Also, does it come equipped with a floor vacuum to clean the dirt off the bottom of the swim spa? If not, you will have to purchase a separate vacuum to clean the swim spa.
Ask the salesperson whether the swim spa has a suction side filter or pressure side filter. The suction side filter offers less expensive filtration, but is not as effective filtering only 50 per cent of the water. Pressure side filters are more expensive, but 100% of the water is cleaned quicker and more efficiently.
To keep your swim spa safe and pleasant to use, you will also need to disinfect the water regularly. Ideally, look for a swim spa that has an in-line chemical feeder as opposed to a floating dispenser. While floating dispensers work, they also need to be removed every time someone enters the swim spa. If you choose to use an ozone system to reduce your overall chemical requirements, look for a model that uses an injection system. This technology reduces off-gassing and increases the ozone’s saturation and sanitizing power. If you opt for a saltwater bromine system (which uses saltwater to generate chemicals for disinfection), be prepared for a bit of a learning curve. Make sure your retailer truly understands these unique systems and embraces the technology. Once you understand the system, it will be easy to use and should make a for a very pleasant soaking experience.
When deciding where to install the swim spa, consider the following questions:
1) Will the location provide you and your guests with enough privacy?
2) Does the location provide the proper support for the swim spa?
3) Will it be easy for the retailer to deliver the swim spa?
4) Can the swim spa be easily serviced if something goes wrong?
5) Is there a place nearby to put a hard cover when it is removed?
6) What view will bathers have when sitting in this location?
7) Does the location make is easy to get in and out of the swim spa?
8) Is the swim spa close enough to an electrical source to ensure an easy hook up?
Swim spas are wonderful products! We hope that the items listed on these swim spa reviews will help you find the perfect swimming machine for your needs.