Are you looking for a way to take your winter fitness and relaxation to the next level? As the temperature drops, there’s no better way to stay active and warm than with a swim spa! Swim spas are similar to hot tubs however, instead of simply sitting in heated water, you can also swim against a current without ever needing to turn around. 

So if you’re in the market for a swim spa, keep reading. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the factors you should consider for your winter wellness retreat!


calspas swim spas thermo shield feature illustration

If you want your swim spa to be truly winter-ready, it should be well-insulated on all sides, including the floor. You’ll also want a high-quality swim spa cover to help retain heat when the temperatures outside start to drop and that allows for easy access into the spa. 

Build Quality

If you want your swim spa to last for many years, invest in one that’s built with quality materials including the base pan, frame, plumbing, control system, cabinet, and shell.

Energy Efficiency

While having good insulation is a great factor in a swim spa, you’ll also want to ensure it has energy-efficient heaters and pumps. When it’s cold outside, your system will have to work harder to keep the water at the correct temperature. The more energy it uses, the more you’ll have to pay on your electric bill. You don’t need that! We recommend you invest in a heater with a greater kWh. This means the heater will do a better job of heating the water to your desired temperature, even in colder weather.


When shopping for a swim spa, you’ll also want to consider the reputation of the brand. This includes the number of years the company’s been in business, customer reviews, response times, and the build quality.

Additional Features

Everyone uses a swim spa differently. One person may use it for strictly swimming, while another uses it for relaxation or aquatic workouts. You may want to look into swim spa brands that offer quality features and options that allow you to use it in various ways aside from just swimming.

Jacuzzi® Swim Spas

Jacuzzi® stands out as a testament to its commitment to innovation and quality. Their swim spas are designed with energy efficiency in mind, boasting an average daily energy output of approximately 20kWh, allowing you to enjoy the benefits without worrying about soaring energy bills. 

Snowy winter scene with a big house and a jacuzzi swim spa

With over 60 years of experience, Jacuzzi® has solidified its reputation as one of the world’s leading brands in the spa industry, and it prioritizes longevity and durability. The swim spa’s UV-resistant cabinetry protects it from the sun’s harsh rays, and wood frames allow for natural expansion and contraction with temperature changes. 

Jacuzzi® also uses full foam insulation giving all-around heat retention through high and low-density foam, which reduces vibrations from the plumbing and parts. This helps with energy efficiency to keep energy use to a minimum and costs down.

CalSpas® Swim Spas

CalSpas® also emerges as a top choice for swim spas. Renowned as a top manufacturer of home resort products, the brand offers a compelling blend of style and functionality. Their swim spas are designed to create a pleasing ambiance, and with the modern and sleek Hydrostreamers Plus, you’ll experience an elegant water feature that adds to the overall appeal.

The powerful Tornado Jets are strategically placed to keep you in the center of the swim spa, creating a strong current from below that is designed to help you stay afloat while swimming. This makes it the perfect choice for winter workouts and relaxation. 

Swim Spas in Idaho

We hope this blog post has helped give you a better understanding of what to look for when shopping for a swim spa. If you have any questions or would like to test one out for yourself, visit our showroom! We’d be happy to help you find the perfect spa for your budget and lifestyle!