For many first time purchasers, the process of buying a swim spa can seem daunting. It doesn’t have to be though! In this article, we will take you step by step through the typical swim spa buying process.

Step 1 – Deciding Whether Or Not A Swim Spa Is Right For You

The first step in the swim spa buying process is deciding whether or not a swim spa is right for your family’s needs. The best way to do this is to compare different potential solutions to those needs. For most people, this comparison will be between a swim spa and a more traditional above ground / inground pool. The main differences between these two options are:

  • Size. Swim spas are much smaller than traditional pools. This can be an advantage for smaller backyards which are common in Whitby / Oshawa, though some families do prefer the extra size that traditional pools provide.
  • Cost. Although swim spas do typically cost more than above ground pools, they are significantly cheaper than most in-ground pools. Swim spas are also cheaper to run than both in-ground and above ground pools; mainly due to their smaller size and built-in insulation.
  • Swimming Season. For those looking to extend their swimming season, or even swim all year-round, swim spas are really the only option. Their built-in insulation and efficient heaters ensure that you can maintain a comfortable swimming temperature, regardless of the outside temperature.
  • Maintenance. Swim spas are much easier to maintain than traditional pools. This is due both to their smaller size and their efficient filtration systems.

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Step 2 – Evaluating Your Options

Once you’ve decided to purchase a swim spa, it’s time to start researching. In the Whitby / Oshawa area, there are a wide variety of different brands to choose from. This can make shopping through every store in person seem overwhelming. For this reason, we typically recommend starting your research process online to see what the advantages and disadvantages of each brand are. Once you’ve narrowed your search down to a few brands, it’s time to go into the retailers to see the swim spas in person.

There is simply no substitute for experiencing swim spas in person. Seeing them, testing the comfort level of the seats and making sure that they’re big enough for you to comfortably swim in are all important things to check off before making a purchase decision. If possible, you should also do a “wet test” of the swim spa (trying it out full of water and running). These tests are the only true way to confirm that you’ll enjoy both the swimming experience and the massage experience that each swim spa has to offer.

Step 3 – Making A Purchase

Once you’ve decided on a swim spa, it’s time to make a purchase! The question then becomes how to ensure that you don’t overpay. Generally speaking, most swim spas are custom ordered so there aren’t always many discounts to be had. With that said, if you know what to look for you can still find some good deals. Here are our best tips to help you get your chosen swim spa at the best possible price.

1) Explore your options. Custom ordering isn’t your only option when purchasing a swim spa. You can also:

  • Check with your retailer to see if they have any floor models available. These are often available for immediate delivery and often at a discount.
  • Ask if there are any upcoming sales. Retailers order their swim spas months in advance of a sale and don’t mind pre-selling one or two before the event starts.
  • See if there are any clearance models available. Occasionally swim spas will develop blemishes in the manufacturing or shipping process. These are then made available to retailers at a discounted price (and with full warranty). If you don’t mind a minor blemish you can usually get a great deal!

2) Buy at the right time. Generally speaking, the two best times of the year to buy a swim spa are early-mid spring and early-mid fall.

  • Spring tends to be a good time to buy as new models become available and last years stock needs to be cleared out to make room. Many retailers are also eager to make some sales after the winter; which is typically quite slow.
  • Fall is also a great time to buy as retailers transition away from the swimming season. Many are eager to make a few more sales before the winter and will offer some extra deals to make sure that they get them.

3) Buy from a locally-owned retailer. The biggest reason to shop at a locally-owned retailer is that the owners are usually on-site. Not only are they usually the most knowledgable about the product, they genuinely care about your business. You buying a swim spa and becoming a long-term customer with them is what keeps them in business. Because of that they are more willing to give you a deal than a salesperson or manager at a large retailer is. They will also work harder to keep you happy if a problem arises down the road than a larger retailer might.

Step 4 – Delivery

Once you’ve made a purchase it is time to prepare for delivery! Due to their sheer size and weight, swim spas are delivered using a crane. The crane simply picks the swim spa up off of the delivery truck, lifts it over the house and puts it in its final place. While this can sound complicated and expensive; it actually makes delivery quite simple and smooth. Some retailers will even include delivery in the purchase price so there are no hidden costs on delivery day.

Here’s a few tips to ensure that your swim spa delivery goes smoothly.

  • Make sure that the swim spa will be properly supported. Swim spas require a solid foundation consisting of a poured concrete slab installed on crushed gravel. This construction not only ensures that the swim spa is properly supported, but also prevents frost from shifting the concrete over time.
  • Make sure that you have your electrician booked for delivery day. Once you have your swim spa in place, you’re not going to want to wait to fill it and get swimming! Having your electrician booked for delivery day will ensure that you can get your swim spa up and running in as little time as possible.
  • Make sure the equipment is accessible. A common mistake that people make when installing swim spas not accounting for potential maintenance and repairs in the future. You’ll want to ensure that you leave enough room around the swim spa for service people to access the pumps, heaters and plumbing if needed.

Wrapping Up

So there it is, the start-to-finish process of buying a swim spa. If you have any further questions about buying a swim spa, or swim spa ownership, reach out to one of our swim spa experts! They will be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.

The Spa Shoppe

(905) 666-5333

1545 Dundas St E
Whitby, ON L1N 2K6



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