Choosing Between an Outdoor and Indoor Swim Spa

Making the decision to invest in a swim spa is an exciting time, however, it can be difficult to choose whether to buy an indoor or outdoor model. Both have unique benefits and in order to make the best decision, you need to carefully consider your needs, how you intend to use it as well as the layout of your home.

Below, we will discuss some pros and cons of both so that you can make the right decision for your lifestyle.


Generally speaking, indoor swim spas are easier to maintain and keep the water clean. This is due to the fact that the surrounding area is usually cleaner and protected from the elements. For example, an indoor swim spa surrounded by tile floor is less likely to get dirt particles brought in by bathers versus an outdoor swim spa that is on the grass.

That being said, when outdoor models are kept covered whenever they are not in use can minimize the amount of dirt that can gets into the spa as well as self-cleaning features that reduce the amount of time spent on maintenance.


Weather conditions such as high winds or rain can limit outdoor swim spas usage on certain days. Indoor swim spas have the benefit of being able to be used 365 days a year and never being inhibited by unfavorable weather. For some people, such as athletes that are in training, being able to use their swim spa each day is a top priority and indoor models have the advantage.

However, some people prefer having their swim spa outside so that they can socialize and enjoy with groups of friends. Having a deck area around the swim spa for sunbathing, or a BBQ and seating area can make the swim spa a focal point of the yard and a great spot for hosting get-togethers. Ultimately, whether an indoor or outdoor swim spa is better is subjective to your individual preferences.


There are installation and certain construction costs involved for both indoor and outdoor swim spas. Indoor models are usually more expensive because additional structural support or ventilation may be required in the home to ensure that ceilings, furniture, and flooring does not become damaged.

Entertaining & Privacy

For some, their swim spa being the central gathering point of their home and landscaping design is a priority. Outdoor models can be integrated into elaborate decking and patio areas. Outdoor kitchens, bar furniture and lounge chairs along with the open sky can all elevate the swim spa experience.

Other people prefer the privacy that an indoor swim spa provides. Owners can also turn their space into a spa-like oasis by adding an indoor sauna or luxury shower room to compliment the swim spa. Whenever a swim spa is indoors, it is important to ensure that the room has proper drainage and is very well ventilated.

Now that you are aware of some of the main considerations between choosing an indoor or outdoor swim spa, take a look at the many wonderful models that we have available. To get started, download a swim spa buyers guide below, or visit us at our London swim spa store.

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