Spas and Hot Tubs

Now more than ever, people are refocusing their attention on their health and wellness. As our community throughout southeastern Wisconsin reimagines how they restore their bodies and minds, A-1 Pools is here to support that mission by offering high-quality, user-friendly hot tubs and swim spas. Whether you want to relieve aches and pains, train your inner triathlete, or spend quality time with loved ones, a hot tub or swim spa from A-1 Pools will help you achieve your best self and transform your home into a cherished retreat. We carry hot tub models from two of the most reputable brands in the industry: Sundance® Spas and Bullfrog® Spas (exclusively offered at our West Bend, WI location). We invite you to browse our selection and learn more about the health and wellness benefits of hot tubs below.

Hot Tub or Swim Spa: Which is Best for Me?

A hot tub and a swim spa each offer a unique experience and come with their own set of benefits, but which one is best for you?

Hot tubs are designed primarily for relaxation and therapy. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and come equipped with targeted hydrotherapy jets and sculpted seating that provide a soothing, therapeutic experience. They are ideal for easing sore muscles, reducing stress, and improving circulation.

Swim spas, on the other hand, are more specialized in their use. While they include hot tub jets and seating, they’re designed more for exercise and recreation. They are larger than hot tubs and have a powerful, programmable current that allows you to swim in place, allowing you to train as if you were swimming in open water. They are perfect for people who want to stay active but don’t have the space  for a full-sized pool, or are wishing for a pool and hot tub combo.

So, how do you decide which one is best for you? First, consider your goals. If you want a relaxing space to unwind after a long day, a hot tub may be the best choice. If you are looking for a way to stay physically fit, a swim spa might be the better option. If you have the space and budget, you may even want to consider both, as they offer complementary benefits.

Next, consider your space and budget. Hot tubs are smaller and more affordable, making them a great choice for those with limited space. Swim spas are more expensive, but they offer the added benefit of exercise and year-round swimming.

Whether your goals call for a hot tub or a swim spa, A-1 Pools will set you up for success with a high-performing product and exceptional service throughout your ownership. We are proud to offer hot tubs from Sundance Spas (the luxury spa line from Jacuzzi®) at our Franklin store; and Bullfrog hot tubs and swim spas at our West Bend store.

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Wellness Benefits from Spas and Hot Tubs

The health and wellness benefits offered by hot tubs are numerous and well-documented. Here are some of the benefits enjoyed by our hot tub customers:

Hot tubs can provide pain relief for sore muscles and joints. The warm water helps increase blood flow and reduce inflammation, which helps alleviate pain and stiffness. Hot tubs also have massage jets that targeted specific areas of the body for enhanced pain relief.

Studies have shown that hot tub use lowers cortisol levels (the stress hormone) and boosts endorphins (the feel good hormone). Add in the calm, soothing environment of the warm jetted water and it's no wonder that regular hot tub use can have offer serious stress relief. 

Soaking in a hot tub before bed can help improve the quality of your sleep. The relaxation you experience from the warm water and jets can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer, leading to a more restful night.

Hot tubs can also have a positive effect on mental health. The relaxation and stress relief provided by the hot tub can help to improve mood and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Hot tubs can help lower blood pressure by promoting relaxation and reducing stress. The warm water and massage jets help to dilate blood vessels, allowing blood to flow more freely and reducing the workload on the heart.

The heated water in your hot tub increases blood flow, which can improve circulations and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.

The warm water and steam from the hot tub can help open pores and cleanse the skin, improving skin health.


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The Cost of Running a Hot Tub

The cost of operating a hot tub varies depending on the size and type of hot tub, the temperature settings, and how often it is used. Additionally, you need to figure in the cost of electricity, chemicals, and maintenance costs. The good news is that the spa models we carry at A-1 Pools are known for their energy efficiency. Furthermore, their built-in sanitation systems help reduce your reliance on chemicals. All things considered, the upper limit estimate of hot tub operation cost is for a well-maintained Bullfrog or Sundance Spa is a couple of dollars per day.

Features to Look for When Shopping for Hot Tubs

Some of the key characteristics to be aware of when shopping for a hot tub include the type of massage jets, the size and seating capacity of the hot tub, the level of energy efficiency, the type of water filtration system, and the overall design and style of the hot tub. An important thing to remember is that “more jets” does not automatically mean “better performance.” Jet type and placement are much more relevant than jet quantity when assessing the tub’s hydrotherapy capabilities.

Hot Tub Use With Medical Conditions

Many people wonder if it is safe to use a hot tub if they have a medical condition such as high blood pressure or diabetes. No matter your health status, you should always consult your healthcare provider before beginning a hot tub regimen. While many people facing certain health conditions may benefit from hot tub use, it can intensify the risk or symptoms of other conditions. People with certain heart conditions, for instance, may need to avoid using a hot tub so as not to accelerate their heart rates. Again, you should consult your physician to determine how your specific health profile would respond to a hot tub environment.

The Perfect Temperature

On average, hot tub users keep their water at a temperature of 100 - 102 degrees Fahrenheit, with 104℉ being the max temperature you can select. In contrast, the lower limit for hot tub water is about 80 degrees Fahrenheit, a wonderful option on hot summer days when you need to cool off. When it comes to picking your perfect regular soaking temperature, start with a temperature you know is comfortable for you, and gradually increase the temperature by a couple of degrees once your body acclimates.

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