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Plunge Pools vs Lap Pools: What You Need to Know Before Making a Decision


At Supreme Heating, we believe there is a pool for every backyard (and of course a pool heating option to go with it)! The two most popular non-traditional pools are the lap pool and plunge pool. Whether you’re short on space or aren’t interested in a large pool, either a lap pool or plunge pool would be your best option.

This article looks at lap pools and plunge pools to see the differences and provide the information necessary to decide between the two. If you want more personalised details to help inform your decision, contact Supreme Heating to find out more. 

Lap Pools: Exercise or Enjoyment? The Choice is Yours

Lap pools are great for exercise over recreation. They are usually rectangular but are thinner and longer than your average pool. Measuring around 2.5 meters wide and ten meters long as the standard size, these pools are ideal for their namesake – swimming laps!

They can be customisable for the individual – whether you want deeper and shallower ends to the pool can determine what use it’s for. This is where the customisation finishes, there isn’t much flexibility outside of this. It must be narrow and long to be classified as a lap pool. You can also adapt other factors like whether to opt for chlorine or saltwater, and of course, select the pool heating option that is right for you.

Plunge Pools: An Architectural Backyard Feature (That You Can Swim In!)

Plunge pools can be a great asset for any backyard that’s limited in space. Any pool less than six meters long is usually classified as a plunge pool. This type of pool typically ranges from three to six meters long and three meters wide. They are a lot smaller than your typical backyard pool – being used more for recreation and rehabilitation (or ‘plunging’ to cool off on a hot day). You can still use plunge pools for exercise like the lap pools – but this activity will be a more low-impact cardio.

Plunge pools are smaller than a traditional pool; they are great for smaller spaces and those looking for a more cost-effective pool to maintain and use. In terms of customisation, plunge pools can have great additions like waterfalls and foundations to add an extra touch of relaxation to your space.

How to Choose Between a Plunge or Lap Pool?

Deciding on a pool for your space is not an easy choice, so make sure to go over all to pros and cons of while weighing up your options. Your choice of pool depends on your amount of backyard space, the configuration of your home, and your budget. Aspects like the use of the pool should be considered: both lap and plunge pools can be used for exercise, whereas lap pools focus on a high-impact stroke exercise, while plunge pools are used for low-impact cardio and rehabilitation needs.

Think about your requirements for your pool and consider the following factors when choosing between a lap or plunge pool:

Do you intend to use it for entertainment or exercise? 

A lap pool is more suited for those looking to exercise, whereas the plunge pool is suited more for relaxation and rehabilitation.

What type of space do you have to install the pool? 

Plunge pools take up less space and are great for smaller backyards. Lap pools are great for longer/larger areas within a backyard.

If you want to customise, what features do you want to add? 

Both pools have customisable features like heating, water features, and materials. But there are other factors that vary. Plunge pools can have fountains and water features installed to create an area of interest or have lights along the sides or bottom to illuminate. Lap pools have more limited features, but jets and lights can be added to enhance your exercise experience.

Are you considering the environmental impact of your pool? 

With plunge pools being smaller, they are both cost-effective and have less impact on the environment with a reduced need for maintenance and overall water usage. Lap pools may require large amounts of water and chemicals to maintain.

Do you have time to maintain it? 

Both types of pools will have a level of maintenance involved, but the plunge pool requires less as it is a smaller area with less water. Pool maintenance is essential to keeping the integrity and systems of the pool working at maximum efficiency.

Traditional pools aren’t suited for everyone and their space. Considering whether a plunge or lap pool works better for you can save you a lot of money and hassle once it’s implemented. Both pools have pros and cons that will help you choose the kind that works best for you and your lifestyle.

No Matter Your Choice, We Have a Pool Heating Solution for You

Every pool needs heating – no matter it’s shape or size. As your local pool heating experts, we’re here to match you with a pool heating solution that suits your home, budget, and lifestyle.

Contact the team at Supreme Heating – we’ll help you with a personalised pool heating recommendation.



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