How to Choose a Spa Pool

10 April, 2021

With an overwhelming amount of choices when it comes to spa pools & swim spas, it’s no surprise that customers can get a little lost when deciding which model is the best fit for their family. Each spa pool design has a different seating configuration, a varying jet count, endless upgrade options, and unless you know the right questions to ask, you may not end up with the right spa pool for your needs.

How do you decide which spa pool model is right for you?

In order for our mySpa experts to recommend the perfect spa pool or swim spa model for your requirements, there are some crucial pieces of information we need to ensure we find a perfect match. If you come equipped with this information in hand, your spa pool shopping experience will be a walk in the park.


First, ask yourself how many seats you need in your spa. Do you have a family of four, or do you want a larger spa for entertaining friends too? As well as figuring out how many seats you want, you also have the choice of upright seating or reclining seats. Most spas can also be fitted with a neck & shoulder massage collar or additional foot jets, so choose your spa based on how comfortable the seating is for you and keep these add-ons in mind. Our best piece of advice is to sit in each spa to see how they feel. Although two different spas may both have reclining seats, they may both have a very different feel to them. Some are deeper, more contoured, and spacious than others. Hopping in and trying them out for yourself is the best way to learn your preference.

Sapphire Spas offer a Wet Test, so you can try one of our fully functioning spas the way it's meant to be experienced.


The next thing we need to know is what size spa you are looking for. Do you have a small courtyard area for a spa pool, or are you looking to go large with plenty of space to spare? Once we know the area we have to work with, we can point you in the right direction in regards to our compact range or large and luxurious. Our compact range caters for anything from two seats up to seven seats and our Aussie flagship designs mean that every inch of space is maximised. If space isn’t an issue, we can cater for up to twelve guests, with sizes range from 1.6 metres to 5 metres and everything in between.


Deciding on a reason for buying a spa is actually more important than you may think. Are you looking for a few bubbles to relax and enjoy a glass of champagne, or are you searching for the rehabilitation benefits of hydrotherapy? If you’re only looking for a basic spa to socialise and relax in, you may not need multiple pumps and a huge number of jets. These extras may add unnecessary cost to your spa pool purchase. When hydrotherapy is the main purpose of the spa pool, pumps, jets, and aromatherapy become very important features. Knowing what’s important to you makes it simple to tailor the perfect spa package to suit your needs.


Having a rough budget in mind is a great help when deciding which spa pool is the right fit for you. Being upfront with what you plan on spending will allow the mySpa specialist to show you all the suitable Sapphire Spa models within this price range. Keep in mind that you will also need to have a budget set aside for the installation, such as a concrete slab for the spa to sit on, and an electrician to connect the power and pool fencing (depending on the legislation in your state). If you’re not sure what is required for installation, a mySpa specialist can walk you through everything you need to know, so you can have a realistic figure of what the entire project will cost to complete.


Knowing which features are important to you will allow us to customise your spa pool to make sure your entire wish list is ticked off. These features can include things such as reducing the number of chemicals required, targeted lower back hydrotherapy massage, the addition of a Bluetooth sound system, or even just a few extra LED lights. Buying Australian Made means that your spa pool will be completely custom built to your exact specifications. You can select your preferred colours, including the shell, cabinet and hardcover colour, as well as any additional options or upgrades you wish.

If you’re looking for a new spa pool and need some guidance, providing the information above will help our mySpa specialists to narrow down your search by recommending a few Sapphire Spa models that fit the bill. From there, it’s all up to you and your personal preferences. Remember, take the time to sit in the display spas and see how they feel. Are the seats comfortable, are they too deep? Do you prefer sitting upright in a spa and getting bubbles on your lower back, or a reclined position with bubbles on your shoulders?

If you need the details of your local Sapphire Spa retailer, just click here to find a nearby showroom. You can also ask your retailer to organise a wet test and try out the spa pool when it’s filled and heated to give you the full spa experience before making your decision.

If you have any other questions, contact us or give the spa experts a call on 1300 069 772. We're here to help answer all your questions and recommend the perfect spa to suit your requirements.