Pools vs. Hot Tubs: Which One Is Best For Me?


Here at Sundance Spas of Edmonton, we don’t play favourites. We know that there are so many amazing benefits of having a pool or hot tub installation, or both! One isn’t simply better than the other, it all comes down to your lifestyle and personal preferences. If a swimming pool is better suited to your family or a hot tub fits more comfortably into your backyard, we are all for it.

In this article, we’re going to dig into the deciding factors that can help you choose between a swimming pool, hot tub or something more.


Backyard Layout

First, consider the size and layout of your backyard. It’s no secret that swimming pools need a little more space. Especially once you factor in pool supplies, outdoor furniture and more permanent features like built-in firepits. If you have a larger backyard with lots of available space for a swimming pool, then you might just be in luck.

Family Life

Another factor to think about is your lifestyle. Do you have a large family with lots of children? Do you enjoy entertaining friends and family in your humble abode? There’s no better place to spend quality time with family and friends than by the pool. With added lounge areas nearby, there can be something for everyone to enjoy.

Recreation and Activity

If you’re looking for a new approach to exercise and recreation, a swimming pool might be the answer you’ve been looking for. Perfect for swimming laps, performing low-impact exercises, playing games, or even just lounging around, a swimming pool can create the perfect environment for endless hours of backyard fun and recreation.

For help getting started, take a look at this guide to buying an above-ground pool.


Rest and Relaxation

The best hot tubs are all about rest and relaxation. Kick back and relax after a long day at the office. Close your eyes and enjoy the peace and quiet of your backyard after the kids are fast asleep. Read a book, listen to music or simply enjoy the sounds of nature. Want to kick it up a notch? Add rejuvenating aromatherapy spa scents to the water for a truly relaxing and spa-like experience.

Health and Wellness

Those with certain health conditions can find relief through soaking in a hot tub. For instance, those who suffer from arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic back pain, headaches, migraines, insomnia, stress, and anxiety may find that a hot tub can help with some of the symptoms. We recommend consulting a physician before seeking treatment or relief of a health condition with a hot tub.

Modest Lifestyle

A hot tub can make the perfect addition to many homes and lifestyles. Those who describe themselves as introverts or homebodies can especially benefit from these outdoor spas. Most hot tubs seat a maximum of five to seven people, depending on the size and seating arrangements, meaning that you’re more likely to have a smaller group in the hot tub. Perfect for retirees, empty nesters or young couples, a hot tub can help keep the atmosphere of your backyard calming and peaceful.


Can’t decide between the two? Don’t fret, because we have a solution that can offer the best of both worlds. Swim spas, also known as hydrotherapy pools, exercise pools or all-season pools, offer the benefits of both hot tubs and pools. Ranging from about 12 to 18 feet in length, swim spas can be installed either above or below ground and fit seamlessly into most backyards.

Swim spas come fully-equipped with two areas, one with seating and the other more open-concept, meaning that users can either relax or partake in recreational activities. Most swim spas are built with health and wellness in mind. Hydrotherapy jets and ergonomic seats provide a relaxing experience for those who need a well-deserved break, while at the opposite end of the swim spa is a built-in jet system. This system can create a stream of water powerful enough for a user to swim, walk or jog against as part of a fitness regimen.


Ready to learn more about our wide selection of swimming pools, hot tubs and swim spas for sale? We don’t blame you. Our team of experts at Sundance Spas of Edmonton are ready to help you find the right one for your home and bring your backyard back to live. Not to mention the unbeatable prices on all of your everyday backyard products, from pool cleaners and pool supplies, to some of the best hot tub steps, covers and water care products on the market.

Visit our showroom in person today to have a first-hand look at the future of your backyard paradise.

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