What Size Pool for a Family of 4?

Swim spas have become a popular alternative to full-sized swimming pools due to their economy of size, diversity in function and their lower price point. Once you’ve decided that a swim spa is the best alternative for your family you’ll need to figure out an appropriate size. What size pool for a family of 4 will depend on the space you have, how you plan on using it as well as your body type. In this article, we’ll go through these considerations to help you make the right decision for your family.

How Much Installation Space Do You Have?

When it comes to deciding on the size of the swim spa that will work best for your situation, you should first look at space you have available for installation. Choosing from a 16, 17 or 19-foot swim spa is often governed by the size and shape of your backyard. You should remember that you’ll also need about two feet of extra space around the perimeter of the swim spa. Making room for any equipment necessary for leveling the ground and installing a concrete pad (if you’re using one) should also be taken into account. And it’s very important that you have proper access to the installation spot. Swim spas usually arrive as a single unit which can be quite large and unwieldy. If you haven’t measured properly and can’t get it from the road to your backyard you may find yourself doing some unexpected home renovations.

How Will Be Using Your Swim Spa?

Some people gravitate towards a swim spa because it can also be used as a hot tub. If you foresee yourself spending more time soaking in the warm, massaging waters than practicing your front crawl, you may not need the largest model on the market. However, if you’re planning on using your swim spa as a workout machine to improve your competitive swimming game, you’ll most likely want to invest in a larger, more powerful model. Ask yourself how you plan on using your swim spa when trying to decide on the best buy for your family.

How Big Is Your Family?

It may not be politically correct in this day and age, but we’re talking about your family’s body type, not how many people there are. As with clothing, it only makes sense that larger people will need a larger swim spa. If members of your family are over six feet in height, you’ll very likely want to invest in a larger water tank. The last thing you want is to find out that the smaller tank doesn’t allow you to swim naturally. If your family is shorter and slimmer you might be perfectly okay with the smaller models.