Plunge Pools vs Hot Tubs What’s the Difference

plunge pools vs hot tubs

As a growing number of American homes are being constructed on smaller lots, the plunge pool is increasing in demand.  Often mistaken as a hot tub because of its smaller dimensions, these cool pools offer a calming space for people to chill out and unwind after a long day.

What Is a Plunge Pool?

The typical plunge pool is small and shallow, designed specifically for lounging rather than swimming.  These pools are becoming more popular because they boast:

  • Lower costs
  • Less Maintenance
  • Reduced water requirements (due to smaller size and less water evaporation)
  • Numerous design features

The Difference Between the Plunge Pool and the Hot Tub

The key difference: water temperature.  While hot tubs, as their name implies, are filled with hot water, plunge pools are cool and refreshing.  What’s interesting is that many homeowners choose to have both constructed beside one another for cold plunge therapy.  This invigorating activity has existed for thousands of years in ancient China and Rome and is believed to reduce muscle inflammation, pain, and expedite recovery.  Many bathers who partake in this activity also report it as being a fantastic way to “beat the blues” as it acts as a mood elevator.

Your Plunge Pool Options

Today’s plunge pools can be outfitted with a number of features to cater to your lifestyle and your needs.  Much like a hot tub, these pools can be equipped with jets that can be targeted to massage and ease your sore, aching muscles, and they can also feature a “whirlpool effect”.  Avid swimmers who lack the space for a lap pool but still want a great workout can have resistance jets installed into their plunge pool, allowing them to swim laps much like they can in a “spool”.




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