How to Shop for a Swim Spa

There's a lot to think about when shopping for your first swim spa, but we're here to make it easier.
You might be surprised to learn that not all swim spas are the same. In the swim category itself, there are two type of swim spas: portable and in-ground swim spas. A portable swim spa is manufactured with all the equipment required for operational use (pumps, heaters, filters, etc), and requires no plumbing on site when it is delivered to your home.


Once delivered, the swim spa is prepped, filled and the electric is hooked up for use. Should you decide to move and want to take your swim spa with you, you can. This differs from an in-ground swim spa, because once an in-ground swim spa is built into your backyard, it is designed to stay with the house.

If you don't really know where to begin your search, a great place to start is by searching for your local Vita Spa dealers. The benefit of buying from a local swim spa dealer is that you can see, touch and test the swim spa you are interested in before you purchase. Ultimately your local dealer will be the one installing, servicing, and answering all questions about your swim spa, so confidence in them is important. Do some research first on the models you are initially drawn and that may fit your needs before making any buying decisions.

What Questions Should you ask Yourself?

Focus on your desires and envision how they can be achieved by owning a swim spa. With your swim spa, are you looking for a place to exercise, entertain your friends, or enjoy warm-water therapy that promotes health benefits?

Preferences for your swim spa selection. What size and shape will work best for your needs? If you’re looking to exercise, are you looking to swim or focus on strength training with oars and resistance bands? If you’re looking to relax, are you looking to sit in a reclined massage seat? If entertainment is the goal, you may prefer something with a bench seat to fit more people.

Consider the special features available in a swim spa.  How many jets will you need or want? What about Bluetooth stereo, touch screen controls, waterfalls and illuminated controls? Are programmable filter cycles and automated sanitizing systems a must? Do you want multiple seating options in your spa, maybe a lounge seat or deep seats for tall swim spa users?

From deck to patio, there’s a swim spa for almost any setting. Determine what backyards features you want around your swim spa. How much space will you need? Do you want your spa above ground or lowered? What landscaping or fencing will need to be done to complete the picture?

Consider affordability. With hundreds of styles and options to choose from, there’s truly a swim spa for every budget. And swim spas are now more cost-effective in time and money than ever before! Energy efficiency and ease of maintenance is key when calculating your cost of ownership.


Got everything you need to start shopping?
Print our helpful shopping checklist to make sure you are prepared before heading over to your nearest dealer!