How to Find the Best Swim Spa Hot Tub Combo

The best swim spa hot tub combo, also known as a dual zone swim spa, creates the perfect backyard spot for both exercise and relaxation. While a traditional swim spa has both the hydromassage features of a traditional hot tub and the space required for plenty of low-impact exercise, a dual zone swim spa takes this a step further. These models have one zone specifically for unwinding and enjoying the spa, and one zone for swimming. 

There are thousands of swim spa options on the market today, and it can be difficult to choose the one that’s right for you and your space. To help you narrow it down, Wellis has a guide to choosing the best swim spa hot tub combo: from what you’ll get to what you can expect to pay.

Picture of two people in an illuminated swim spa hot tub combo at night.

What is a Swim Spa Hot Tub Combo?

To understand what a swim spa hot tub combo is, you’ll first need to know what a traditional swim spa is. Originally designed mostly for the purpose of helping competitive and recreational swimmers train in the comfort of their own backyard, in recent years swim spas have become popular among homeowners thanks to their multi-purpose design and affordability when compared to an in-ground pool.

A dual zone swim spa ups the ante with a unique design for a unique recreation and relaxation experience. These spas have two distinct areas of water, usually separated by a divider. One area looks like a traditional hot tub, with heat and hydrotherapy jets. The other is a larger space for swimming, with a propulsion system or jets that create a constant stream for swimming. Each of these zones has separate temperature controls. 

What to Consider When Choosing a Swim Spa Hot Tub Combo

If you’re looking to install the best swim spa hot tub combo for your space, there are a few questions you’ll need to ask yourself first: 

Where Should You Put Your Dual Zone Swim Spa?

When considering where to put your swim spa hot tub combo, it’s best to find a level, sturdy surface with a foundation that can handle the weight. This will prevent the base of the tub from cracking or being damaged as the ground shifts.

A swim spa hot tub combo is much larger than a traditional hot tub or swim spa. That said, it’s important to be sure you have enough space for the dimensions of the swim spa itself, as well as a recommended clearance of at least three feet on all sides to allow room for service and maintenance. 

A power source will also be necessary for your dual zone swim spa, as most require a 240V/50-amp hook-up. For that reason, it’s best to install yours near a breaker or have a licensed electrician install one and connect your swim spa.

Some homeowners prefer to have their dual zone swim spas installed in their decks. You can even choose to have a partially exposed swim spa hot tub combo if you prefer that look.

An installation expert and contractor can work together to complete your installation professionally, and the results are always impressive. However, keep in mind that this form of installation tends to be more expensive, and does not allow you to easily move the pool from one place to another. 

Ultimately, the best location for your swim spa hot tub combo will depend on these factors.

What Features Are Most Important to You in a Swim Spa Hot Tub Combo?

Choosing the best dual swim spa for you will also boil down to how you plan to use it. Is relaxation in the hot tub portion most important? Do you plan on using the exercise spa section every day for your morning workout? Do you need a swim spa that can accommodate relaxation and recreation at the same time? A swim spa hot tub combo will help you achieve all of the above. However, there are certain add-ons and upgrades that will make your relaxation and fitness experiences more gratifying.

There are hundreds of optional and standard features that set a Wellis swim spa hot tub combo above the competition. Here are just a few:

  • Waterfalls
  • Aromatherapy
  • LED lighting
  • Premium sound systems
  • Hot tub app control
  • Automatic swim spa covers

What Is Your Budget?

Before you start shopping for a swim spa hot tub combo, consider your overall budget. Since a swim spa hot tub combo is literally both a swim spa and a hot tub, it does cost more than choosing one or the other. Knowing your budget will define your options. 

Note that the price of a swim spa hot tub combo does not include installation or maintenance. Regular maintenance should also be factored into the budget, which brings us to our next point. 

Can You Keep Up With the Maintenance?

Hot tubs, whether it’s a traditional spa or a swim spa, will require a bit of upkeep and investment to keep them in good shape for as long as possible.

Consider the cost of filling the swim spa up every three to four months, changing and cleaning the filter regularly, chemical treatments to keep the water clean, and the cost of electricity to keep the tub running. 

When looking for the best swim spa hot tub combo for you, consider the value of investing slightly more upfront for an energy-efficient spa that will pay off in the long run. Wellis Swim Spas are equipped with advanced filtration and sanitation systems, as well as energy-efficient features, to keep long-term costs on the low end.

Wellis Swim Spa Hot Tub Combo

After years of dominating the European market as a leader in hot tub manufacturing, Wellis Spas is now bringing the best swim spa hot tub combo options to America. Wellis provides a top-of-the-line swim spa hot tub combo collection with premium features and customizable fitness routines.

Rio Grande W-Flow Swim Spa Hot Tub Combo

The Rio Grande W-Flow Swim Spa is a dual zone swim spa with five seats and a full-sized lounger in the hot tub zone. The exercise zone is also state-of-the-art, featuring the innovative W-Flow system. This system allows you to set up individual workout programs to fit any level of fitness and unique preferences. 

The Rio Grande swim spa doesn’t ask users to compromise on anything: the hot tub section is equipped with three fountains, 40 hydro massage jets, and superfine filter inserts, while the swimming section allows plenty of room for exercise at six and half feet wide by ten feet long.

Customer review of the Rio Grande W-Flow Swim Spa Hot Tub Combo

Wellis’ Best Dual Zone Swim Spa Features

Finding the best dual zone swim spa requires quite a bit of research. At Wellis, we make it easy to understand just what you’re getting with each and every one of our products, including our dual-zone swim spas. 

Custom Exercise Routine 

With a Wellis swim spa, users can choose from six speed levels for their workout: Beginning with the slowest, most comfortable pace, and going all the way up to a challenging swim. You can even pre-program your workouts, designing them to increase in intensity slowly over the course of your session, or inserting slower recovery stages between sprints. Choose a flow rate anywhere between 0.25 to 1.5 miles per hour. 

Wellis swim spas are able to channel twice as much water and maintain a water flow width of 50 to 60 cm.

When it comes to creating the perfect workout, users can choose from the following programs:

  • Endurance: A swimming workout with one constant intensity for the entire set duration.
  • Lap: Echoing the rhythm of a lap in a pool, this workout is executed at high and low-intensity intervals of equal step time.
  • Transition: This workout is made up of a series of equal steps at random intensities.
  • Cardio: Perfect for those who want to integrate cardio into their swimming workouts, this is executed at two high-intensity successive steps, then one low-intensity step.
  • Power: This pyramid program involves the intensity progressively increasing until a maximum intensity level is reached. It will then decrease progressively to end at low intensity.
  • Personalized: Create your very own custom workouts with this setting.

Easy to Maintain

Wellis dual zone swim spas are designed not only for ease of use but also ease of maintenance. 

The mechanical elements of Wellis dual-zone swim spas are separated from the hydro-space so that mechanical repairs can be done without disturbing the water. 

Plus, the heat pump connection in the Wellis swim spa is fixed and equipped with a grid system, which can be reduced to one-third of the electrical heating to save money and stress to the system. 

The self-drain function allows just the swim half to be drained by the circulation pump at a rate of 10 cubic meters per 33 minutes. When it's time to replace the water—usually every three to four months—this feature feels like a lifesaver. 

Audio and Lighting Systems 

Whether you’re relaxing in your backyard or in the middle of a workout, ambiance and comfort matter. Wellis keeps that in mind with every one of our products, and our swim spas are no exception. 

Wellis USA swim spas are equipped with the Aquasoul™ Pro 4.1 circle flat sound system and WiFi compatibility so that you can operate your swim spa through the smartphone app. 

Our swim spas also include exclusive LED lighting configurations, with lighting controls that can also be accessed through the smartphone app for ease of use. The Amazon W-Flow, for instance, features 25 LED lights for an immersive swimming and relaxation experience, and unparalleled ambiance even when not in use. 

Contact Us For Your Wellis Swim Spa Today

Looking for the best swim spa hot tub combo on the market? For decades, Wellis has been the leader in the European luxury hot tub market. When we made the choice to expand into the US, we did so with the intention of keeping our impeccable standards intact and raising the bar for a new market.  

Once you find your local Wellis USA dealer, call to set up a free swim spa soak test or take a look at one of our showrooms, so you can find the best dual zone swim spa for your needs and budget. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Does a swim spa increase home value?

A dual zone swim spa is an investment in both mental and physical health, but is it an investment in terms of property value? That depends.u003cbru003eu003cbru003eAn above-ground swim spa could potentially be categorized as personal property and can be moved from one house to another. In that case, it would not increase home value as they are not technically a fixed feature of the home. However, a built-in swim spa or an in-ground one that will stay on the property even after you sell may be a selling point for buyers. u003cbru003eu003cbru003eIf you plan on renting out your home, a hot tub—whether in-ground or above-ground—is likely to increase the rental value.

How long does a swim spa last?

The best swim spa hot tub combos are built to last, with a lifespan of up to twenty years. Of course, this depends on external factors, usage, and upkeep through regular maintenance. u003cbru003eu003cbru003eTo keep your swim spa in showroom-shape for as long as possible, make sure to maintain a regular cleaning schedule. Follow the instructions in your owner's manual when it comes to maintenance and replacement parts. Be sure to explain proper use and maintenance to guests or house sitters who otherwise might misuse a part or function.

How often should you change the water in a swim spa?

Sure, regular maintenance and chemical treatments can keep your hot tub healthy for a while, but you will still need to change the water in your swim spa to be sure those treatments continue to properly do their job. We recommend changing hot tub water every three to four months. 

What should I know before buying a swim spa hot tub combo?

The most important thing to take note of before buying a swim spa hot tub combo is the space you have available for use. You should also note access to electricity for hooking up the system and the projected cost of maintenance so that you can budget properly for the future. 

What is the ideal length for a swim spa?

The ideal length for your swim spa depends on your height, and the capacity you are looking for. If you are shorter than 6’, a 14’ swim zone should give you plenty of room. For those that are taller than 6’, consider a 16’ or 17’ swim zone length. u003cbru003eu003cbru003eThe hot tub portion of the swim spa will add more length overall, and the higher its capacity, the greater the overall length. 

Should I leave my swim spa on all the time?

If you use your swim spa regularly, it’s a good idea to keep it on even when it is not in use. This is because it is more cost- and energy-efficient to bring a hot tub back up to temperature from a slightly lower setting than to reheat all of that cold water all over again. u003cbru003eu003cbru003eHowever, if you are away from your hot tub for weeks or months at a time, feel free to lower the temp significantly—experts recommend around 50° F—or shut it off during those periods. u003cbru003eMany newer swim spas, including Wellis models, are equipped with smart controls and settings to keep them operating at the most energy-efficient levels when not in use. 

Is a swim spa a good workout?

Yes, a swim spa is an excellent workout option for those looking to build cardiovascular strength and muscular endurance. Plus, the water reduces the impact on your joints for a low-impact, but incredibly effective, workout.u003cbru003e u003cbru003eAccording to, regular workouts in a swim spa have been linked with lower blood pressure, improved heart rate, and increased circulation throughout the body.

Are there any disadvantages to a swim spa?

If there is any disadvantage to a swim spa, it would be the running cost. The jet stream that creates the counter-current in a swim spa is also likely to increase its energy consumption and running costs.u003cbru003eu003cbru003eHowever, there are ways to bring these costs down: running the swim spa at a lower temperature, opting for a spa with built-in energy-efficient features, and monitoring your settings can all help mitigate the effect a swim spa has on monthly bills. 

How long should I stay in a swim spa?

The length of time of a hot tub or swim spa really depends on the temperature of the water, your overall health, and the outdoor temp. u003cbru003eu003cbru003eWhile experts don’t recommend staying in a swim spa at its maximum temperature for longer than 20 minutes at a time, lower temperatures can be sustained for longer sessions. If you are in good health, hydrated and under the age of 65, you can enjoy your swim spa at a temperature of 98 to 100 degrees for longer periods of time.

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