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The Pool People specialize in family fun for everyone! We’ve been providing Central and Northern Wisconsin with a high-quality selection of swimming pools, spas, and pool tables for over 37 years.

We Are The Premiere Pool and Spa Dealer for Wisconsin & beyond!

Hot Tub, Swim Spa, or Sauna: Which is Right for You?

Given the options of a hot tub, swim spa, and sauna, there are a number of things you will need to take into consideration. And while we might not list everything that could possibly come into your decision-making process, we will do our best to list the things most frequently considered: size and health benefits.


While there are different sized hot tubs, swim spas, and saunas, generalizations can be made about the space the three of them take up. This space includes not only the area the item itself sits on, but the area each of these items need around them as well.

Among our smaller hot tubs is the Aspen Quattro ES. It is about 5.5 feet by 7 feet in size. Of course, a hot tub is not generally pushed up against a wall and enclosed on the other three sides. There is an expectation that relaxing in a hot tub comes with a certain amount of open space.

The amount of space required for a hot tub increases with the size of the hot tub, and one of our larger hot tubs, the Artesian 965L, is about 7.5 feet by 9 feet. You’ll also need a clearance area of around three feet on the maintenance panel side of the hot tub.

One of our smaller swim spas is the TidalFit Active EP-12. It is about 7.5 feet by 12 feet in size. Like a hot tub, a swim spa is not generally pushed up against a wall and boxed in. Again, there is an expectation of relaxing in an open space, as well as maintenance panel access. The amount of space required is more for larger spas, depending on your needs. One of our largest is the TidalFit DTL-21, which offers an incredible swim zone with separate hot tub area.

The Pro 6 5210-01 is one of our smaller saunas. It is about 3 feet by 3.3 feet in size. Unlike a hot tub or a swim spa, a sauna is often pushed up against a wall, self-enclosed on all sides. There remains a needed space at a side or the back for components to run into the sauna, as well as the entry point at the front. Among our largest saunas is the Timberline Cabin Sauna, which is about 9.5 feet by 10.5 feet.

Health Benefits

There are health benefits to hot tubs, swim spas, and saunas. But which health benefits are most pertinent to your situation? We will list the health benefits for each below and let you decide on the perfect fit! All three can help you with improved sleep and relaxation, but they also have individual benefits, as well.

Among the health benefits for a hot tub are improved cardiovascular support, muscle relaxation, and pain and stress relief. Hot tubs have been said to help burn calories, as well.

Swim spas have all of the health benefits of hot tubs, but also have the benefit of a full backyard gym. Get in your favorite aquatic workouts right in the comfort of your own home.

And the list of health benefits for saunas include detoxification, increased blood circulation, and improved immune function.

Want to know your best option? Bring home a hot tub, a swim spa, AND a sauna. If you only have space for one, you’ll have to decide on your favorite. Hopefully, the information we’ve given you on size and health benefits will help you with this decision-making process. If you still have questions or would like to check out a floor model in person, stop by your closest local Pool People location today!



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