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SwimSpas APR 2012 SPN


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The pricing structure of swim spas around or even now below £10,000 has lifted sales of the exercise spas to a new high level. In 2012 there are a record number of models and brands on the market and it seems an ever growing potential list of enthusiastic buyers


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o one doubts there’s currently a vibrant market for swim spas in Britain. The popularity of the exercise spas may now


Vita Spas xStream lounger spa


even be damaging sales of one-piece or above- ground pools as a swim spa is a great option for people who want the ability to swim at home


Aquatic 1 swim spa


from Passion Spas


By Alan Lewis


without losing too much garden area. It’s a market however which has almost caught some unaware.


There’s no ‘typical’ swim spa purchaser say the companies selling the products. Dealers report that price is a factor and the market in swim spas may be a seasonal one. The fitness aspects and potential of the spas is a huge selling point as is the fact that space and upkeep is often more attractive than the option for a standard swimming pool.


It’s also a rapidly changing market and 2012 looks to have more developments in store. Catalina Spas brought its Madi Gra swim spa to the market at the significant price £9,995. Others including Elite Spas have broken the £10,000 barrier. There are new models and brands available for dealers and some high profile personality endorsements of the benefits of the swim spa. Passion Spas brings four new models on to the UK market. Catalina now has 10 swim spas in its range and Hydropool plans to feature swim spas and their unique self cleaning system heavily as it meets consumers at shows and exhibitions all over the country.


Also new from Vita Spas is a new swim spa xStream Sport XSR, a nine seater which can be used as a full size swim area. The spa is significant in that it packs in a host of gadgets including 70 stainless steel jets, plenty of waterfalls and fountains, an ultraviolet sanitation system, Sony stereo system with radio/CD and MP3 and pop-up speakers. Vita Spas, made in the United States, and sold through Aqua Warehouse has the xStream swim spa lounger and xStream swim spa. A swim spa certainly provides the best of both worlds when it comes to swimming and relaxing. As in a standard hot tub, a swim spa has jets that soothe and massage away aches and pains but it is also possible to have a super swim workout by


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