Choosing Between an Outdoor and Indoor Swim Spa

Deciding to purchase a swim spa is an exciting time but it can be difficult to choose where to put it. There are many benefits to indoor and outdoor swim spas and to make the right decision, it is largely based on how you intend to use it and the layout of your home. In this article, we will discuss the pros and cons of both so that you can make an informed decision.


While outdoor swim spas can be used year round, weather conditions such as rain or high wind can deter you from using it on certain days. With an indoor swim spa, you can always rely on being able to use it and not be inhibited by unfavorable weather. If your top priority is being able to use your swim spa on a daily basis, such as athletes for a reliable form of exercise, an indoor model may be the better choice.

On the other hand, some people prefer having an outdoor unit so that they can relax and unwind outside in the sun. Being able to sunbathe on the deck or incorporating your swim spa into an outdoor BBQ and gathering area is important to some people. Ultimately, whether an indoor or outdoor swim spa is better is subjective to what your preferences are.


Having an indoor swim spa can make it easier to maintain the cleanliness of the water. This is due to the fact that the surrounding area is usually cleaner (for example a tile floor versus grass) and there is a lower chance of dirt or debris getting into the unit. Alternatively, with an outdoor unit by investing in a solid, quality cover and using it anytime the swim spa is not in use along with choosing a self-cleaning model can minimize the amount of dirt that gets into the swim spa and how often it needs to be cleaned.

Entertaining & Privacy

Some people love the idea of their swim spa being the center of social gathering and landscaping at their home. For those with ample yard space, an outdoor swim spa can be integrated into the landscape and a deck or outdoor area. Patio furniture, lounge chairs and even outdoor kitchens and bars can all make the swim spa a more enjoyable experience and way to spend time with family and friends.

For others, the privacy that an indoor swim spa offers is more appealing. The owner can build an indoor sauna or shower room to create a home spa-like oasis, however, it is important to make sure that the room that the indoor swim spa is in has proper drainage and is well ventilated.


When installing a swim spa, regardless of whether it is an indoor or outdoor model, there will be certain construction and installation costs. Usually, indoor swim spas cost more to be installed and certain considerations need to be taken such as structural support and making sure that there is enough ventilation to not damage furniture, ceilings, and flooring.

With an outdoor swim spa, installation can be as simple as having a hole dug in your yard and installing a power source.

Now that you know some of the main considerations between choosing an indoor or outdoor swim spa, download a swim spa buyer’s guide to see the many options we have available for both.

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