When you start looking into purchasing a spa, you might notice that there are also swim spas on the market. It can be confusing to figure out the differences between the two, so SpaMate is here to help you better understand the difference between hot tubs and swim spas.

It is important to note that in the early days, there wasn’t much of a difference between a swim spa and a hot tub. At this time, they were both just labeled “spas.” Now, with even more options available, there is a much clearer distinction between the two.


In most cases, swim spas are larger than hot tubs. Swim spas need to be large enough for people to be able to move freely and swim in the water. However, they aren’t going to be the size of a full-sized pool. Some swim spas have a jetting system that provides resistance for people to swim against. This means that when you are swimming in a swim spa, you don’t need a lot of space to get exercise, because you are swimming against the water mostly in one place.

Hot tubs tend to be smaller. Even large hot tubs usually hold fewer than 12 people. The average sized hot tub holds between 500 and 600 gallons of water and can hold up to seven or eight people. Since hot tubs are smaller, they tend to be more reasonable to put in a backyard than a swim spa based on size.


While both swim spas and hot tubs have jets, they aren’t all that similar. A swim spa is more of an exercise tool, while a regular spa is made for relaxation or entertainment. If you are looking for an intimate place to entertain family or friends or relax after a long day at work, you aren’t going to want to invest in a swim spa. However, if you are looking for a way to swim without installing a pool in your backyard or heading to a gym, then you are going to want to consider a swim spa instead of a hot tub.

To help aid your relaxation in your hot tub, check out some of our hot tub accessories that are sure to make your experience even more delightful.