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Outdoor and Portable Hot Tubs, Plunge Pools, Swim Spas, and More. 

Spa World stocks the widest selection of spas for Australians, at the most competitive prices. Whether you are looking for a small, intimate hot tub, an outdoor spa to enjoy with friends, or a swim spa to exercise in, we can help. Our range includes portable spas, ideal if you sell your home and want to take the spa with you. 

If you are unsure as to whether a swim spa or plunge pool would be more applicable to your home or backyard layout and size, speak with our team and allow them to offer their expertise.

Speak with the Australian plunge pool experts to learn about our competitive prices

Check out our range of hot tubs, spa pools and swim spas, then get in touch and talk to our expert team about getting your spa dream underway. All of our friendly staff members are extremely knowledgeable about all variations of Australian plunge pools for sale and their prices, whether small, for outdoor application, or use as a swim spa. They will be more than happy to discuss each of our fantastic products with you at greater length and help take the guess work out of your purchase.

How to buy a spa pool, hot tub or swim spa - Your FAQs answered

The following are questions that we are frequently asked about how to choose the best spa. Click on the below questions to find out the answers.


What is the best spa pool shell construction?

What is the best plumbing that can be used in a spa pool or swim spa?

What are the best spa pool jets?

What is the best filtration system for a spa pool?

What is the best automatic sanitising system for a spa pool?

What is the best way to insulate a spa pool to make it energy efficient?

What are the best spa pool control systems?

What are the best spa pool lighting systems?

What are the best spa pool pumps?

What are the best spa pool heaters?

What should I look for in a spa TV or audio system?

Should I buy a heat pump with my spa pool or swim spa?

What should I look for in choosing a spa pool cover?

What should I look for in a spa pool or swim spa warranty?

Spa and swim spa plumbing - what to look for

The two most important areas to focus on when looking at a spa pool’s plumbing are, the type of materials used in the plumbing system as well as what particular system is in use and how it maximises jet pressure.
Plumbing materials
Flexible PVC piping is used in all quality spas. Flexible PVC which is often cream or bright blue, is specially constructed with a rigid PVC helix integrated into the hose wall to prevent kinking. By preventing kinking we minimize the potential for the occurrence of reduced jet pressure.

Unlike any other quality of hose, this particular PVC piping has the ability to withstand the spa pool environment of temperatures between -26 and +70 degrees Celsius.
Due to the sheer quantity of hose required within a spa pool, not all companies choose the highest quality product for their plumbing systems in hope of saving manufacturing costs. For those companies that do not choose to use flexible PVC in their plumbing they are immediately setting up their product to be of a lower standard with more potential problems and unsatisfied customers in the long term.
 
Providing plumbing tubing of this lesser quality can create a number of issues. Reduction of jet pressure can occur as a result of constant kinking, minimizing the hydrotherapy quality of the spa pool. In addition, leaking is a major concern when porous plumbing is subjected to the extreme spa conditions. Constant heat and chemically based water treatments running through a lower quality piping system will undoubtedly result in leaks and reoccurring expensive repairs.
 
Hoses should be fixed to jets using a Weldon PVC cement glue or similar (not silicon) or a clamping technique using stainless steel hose clips. This attachment process should always be taken into consideration, any other method is unlikely to withstand the pressures of the spa environment.

Spa and swim spa jets - what to look for

The level of hydrotherapy that a spa can offer is based on the quality and function of the jets. The variety of jets available today can be overwhelming when you are not sure what to look for. Here are some key points on what to look for.

1.    Variety- Ensure that your spa pool has a number of different jet sizes as well as types including spinning and directional.

2.    Jets with a spindle or axle design are the most efficient. Try to avoid those which have ball bearings.

3.    Placement- The positioning of jets on each seat are vital for enhancing your hydrotherapy experience. It is most beneficial and soothing for you to have jets which massage on each side of your spine, rather than a design that places them directly down the middle.

4.    Warranty-All jets within your spa should be provided with at least a 5 year warranty. If the spa you are considering does not offer this it is likely a sign that they have not used quality products in the manufacturing of their jets. Jet replacement can cost in the thousands. It is therefore it is safest to be vigilant with jet selection.

5.    Bling-Jets that have stainless steel covers add a polished overall look to your spa and shine brilliantly with a back light in the evening.

6.    Number of jets versus number of pumps-Your average spa water pump should support a maximum of 30 jets. Spas should also have a diverter valve to maintain water pressure on 1 or 2 seats.

7.    Air jets and micro water jets- Both of these jet designs are used by companies to maximise their total jet number without the associated cost. Neither of these options add major benefits to your overall spa experience.

8.    Jet fastening- Screw-in jets are superior over those that clip in and have a longer life span.

Spa and swim spa filtration systems - what to look for

The filtration system in your spa pool is vital for providing you with pristine water. Spa filters help to remove impurities from the water and ensure your spa pool water is safe for you, your family and friends.
There are two main areas of importance in relation to spa filters. Firstly, the type of filter being used and secondly, the accompanying pump system in place which is in charge of pushing the water through the filter.

Filter type

Although many options and designs of filters are on the market today, the most common available is the pleated cartridge filter. The pleated cartridge is created from polyester or a similar material and is efficient at carrying out its vital job.  When using cartridge filtration, your average spa should contain at least 100 square foot of filtration. These filters are customisable into a number of different shapes and sizes depending on what is required for each particular spa pool. 

In order to prolong the performance of your spas filtration and pump system cartridge filters are paired with bypass suction units. This is incorporated for in case of a situation where filters become blocked as it allows the spa to continue to push water through the bypass suctions.
A number of spas also contain a disposable primary filter. These filters have the ability to filter finer particles from the water than a single cartridge filter. A disposable primary filter is created from polypropylene webs, these attract and filter particles ten times smaller than those filtered from other systems. Another benefit of having a disposable primary filter is that it is only required to be replaced on a 4-6 monthly basis, no cleaning is required.

For spa’s that are intended to be used on a commercial level it is necessary for a sand or ‘glass media’ filter to be incorporated into the filtration system. Not only does this type of filter function better with large bather loads, it also allows the filters to be back washed to drain waste.



Pump system

There are three main types of pumps to be aware of when deciding on a spa pool.

1.    Two speed pumps- Have both a high and low speed setting. The low setting is used during filtering and heating while the high speed is used solely for the functioning of hydrotherapy jets. The downfall of these pumps is that they tend to be nosier and less durable.

2.    24 hour circulation pumps-These pumps function by using a small pump to force water through the heating and filtration system. This then pairs with a bigger pump which is in charge of fueling the spas jets. Due to the smaller size of this particular pump system they are often too small to produce adequate surface skimming. Another detriment of the smaller system is that debris can often become caught and cause blockages. Benefits of this pump are that they are silent and power efficient.

3.    Programmable circulation pumps-This system is larger and has the option to be time programmed on how long you want it to run for, dependable on how often your spa is being used meaning they are energy efficient. Their surface skimming ability is superior to that of the 24 hour circulation pump due to its size.

Key Learning: 100 square foot is the minimum amount of filtration that a spa should have and it should always have a pump fitted to the system.

Spa and swim spa automatic sanitising systems - what to look for

In the following paragraphs we will detail the three most common automatic water sanitization units found in spas and swim spas today.

1.  Ozonators- This sanitising process is reliant on Ozone, a naturally occurring gas which has the potential to work as an excellent water clarifier. Two kinds of units can be used within ozonators, either a corona discharge unit, which performs the best, or a specialised UV bulb made to transmit concentrated levels of ozone gas.
Ozone gas enables water borne contaminants to be pushed through the filtration system and cause oxidisation.  The effectiveness of this system is dependant on the contact time that the ozone has with the water. Without the correct contact time, clarifying will not be successful and elements within the spa such as the jets, headrests and covers can become damaged. Because of this, all spas that use an ozone system should also include a mixing chamber that ensures ozone receives the correct contact time with the water.

2. UV Sterilisers- UV sanitising has been regularly used for the sterilization of drinking water. Through some minor adjustments, this same system is also now available to sterilize spa water. Its effectiveness is proven through its results of being one of the few techniques that are able to eradicate giardia and cryptosporidium. UV sterilizers stop bacteria from multiplying through neutralizing the RNA of any particular water borne virus.

3. Salt water chlorinators – Contrary to popular belief, salt water systems are not completely chlorine free. The molecular makeup of salt does have a sanitizing effect and although salt water chlorinators can provide a lower maintenance option, they can also be complicated. The salt levels in the water must be correctly monitored and sustained in order for sanitization to occur effectively. If salt levels are too high or too low the water will not be sanitized and damage can be caused to other areas of your spa pool as a result.


Key Learning:

Ensure the spa you are buying has Ozone, paired with a mixing chamber, as well as UV. If you decide on a spa pool with a salt-water sanitising system, ensure you understand the details of its functioning and upkeep prior to purchase.


Spa pool and swim spa insulation - what to look for

Energy efficiency is controlled by insulation. Aside from the consideration of a spa’s heat pump, the insulation within a spa pool determines how much output energy is required to maintain it. There are three main insulation systems used today, it is dependable on the company, manufacturer and model as to which one is adopted.

  1. Foam on shell- This is the simplest method of insulation and therefore the most inexpensive. It involves a 10-20mm layer of foam being sprayed onto the shell of the spa, prior to the jets and plumbing being fitted. The plumbing is set outside of the insulation and a result of this, heat is lost through the pipes when water is running through them. Therefore, requiring more heating to reheat the water that has cooled through the plumbing, increasing the overall running costs.
  2. Cabinet/perimeter insulation-Although sometimes carried out on its own, this process is   regularly paired with foam on shell insulation for increased efficiency. Cabinet insulation entails insulating the inside of the cabinet of the spa pool. This process ensures both the piping as well as spa water is insulated. If you live in a particularly cold climate, insulation levels can be increased to counteract the loss of any extra heat. There are a number of benefits from this type of insulation system, while pumps are functioning they emit heat, because there is insulation inside the cabinet, this heat is contained and aids in maintaining the heat of your spa pool. Furthermore, the positioning of the insulation acts as a sound barrier from the noises made by other spa systems.
  3. Full foam insulation-This process requires filling the area between the spa’s shell and cabinet with foam, resulting in superior insulation and a similar effect to what is achieved through cabinet/perimeter insulation tailored for cold climates. Although, issues can arise with full foam insulation when leaks occur. Many leaks that occur in fully foamed spa pools go unnoticed as the foam soaks up the leak before it can drain from the spa. If a leak is discovered, it is difficult to pinpoint exactly where the leak is coming from without completely removing the foam. Therefore leak repair in a spa with this type of insulation can be time consuming, frustrating and expensive as re-foaming often has to be carried out.

Key Learning:

Perimeter/cabinet insulation is the most efficient choice with minor disadvantages but full foam provides the best insulation. If you do opt for a full foam insulation system make sure you check the leaks coverage section of the spas warranty.

Spa pool and swim spa control systems - what to look for

The variety of control systems available can be overwhelming when you don’t know what you are looking for. It is important be aware of the key components to look out for as the wrong unit can be unreliable, hazardous and mean costly replacement parts. Below is a list of quality recognised control systems.

  • Gecko
  • Balboa
  • SpaNet
  • Spa Quip
  • Davey
  • Hot Springs – proprietary
  • Jacuzzi – proprietary
  • Sundance – proprietary

The functions within a control system can be confusing and technical, there are a few key functions listed below that you should ensure are included in your particular system.

  1. 24-hour clock – This allows you to control the spa pools filtration and snooze times. If you do not have this option you are restricted on when filtration can be carried out which maybe
  2. One touch operation –This is the best option for ease of navigation. Without this optiton you may be required to enter in a serried of button sequences to get to the setting that you require which can be frustrating and confusing. The more singular function buttons that a control system has the better.
  3. Programmable sleep timers – This function gives you the control to turn your spa off completely for the duration of the night, avoiding any sleep disturbances for family or neighbors.
  4. Self diagnostics – This is a great function that allows you to maintain your spa pool the best you can. It can also let you know about a minor issue or malfunction that needs to be fixed before it evolves into a bigger issue or costly damage.
  5. One touch clean up cycle – This enables your spa to be put through a full clean up cycle at the touch of a button. The cycle ensures the jets and sanitizing functions are running correctly.
  6. Adjustable lighting – Having control of the lighting within your spa enables you to tailor your in spa experience to your mood through adjusting colors, speed and patterns.
  7. Power save functions – This particular option enables you to time the filtering process to off-peak hours, reducing running costs if you have an in home smart meter.

Key Learning:

The more singular control function buttons that you can attain in a control system the more ease you will have with navigation.

Spa pool and swim spa lighting systems - what to look for

The majority of spa pools contain LED lighting or another kind built-in with various color options. Below we have provided a list of the commonly offered options available.

  • A main light or flood light that usually has a cluster of 6-8 LED’s.
  • Perimeter lighting with 15-20 single LED’s around the water line of the spa or swim spa.
  • Jet lighting whereby clear jets are used with single LED’s inserted into the back of the jet.
  • Water feature lighting.
  • Back lit control levels that control water and air flow to the jets.
  • Back lit drink holders.
  • Outside cabinet lighting.

Always make sure that there is a reliable and comprehensive lighting section to your spa warranty as with any in spa elements, there is always the potential for malfunction.

Spa pool pumps - what to look for

The pump within your spa pool determines the overall quality and functioning of your whole spa. As explained above, in the ‘What is the best filtration system for your spa pool” section, there are three main types of pumps, two-speed, single speed jet and single speed circulation.

The wet end of a pump can tell you a lot about its quality and design. Because the wet end is in charge of pushing water through the system, a poorly designed wet end will not perform correctly. Always ask your salesperson for pump details, enquire about its noise output and its warranty inclusion.

It’s best not to get too concerned about the horsepower rating of any pump you are looking at. They are difficult to translate and are commonly inconsistent and conflicting.

Key Learning:

Focus on 3 main things when looking at pumps. 1. choose pumps with single speed jet and circulation, 2. Always enquire about the noise of the pump, 3. Don’t concern yourself with horsepower ratings, turn your attention to other more valuable components such as the spas jets or filtration systems.

Spa pool and swim spa heaters - what to look for

Quality spa heaters are always placed within a marine grade stainless steel tube. The elements are usually teflon coated or titanium. Because of the durability of this design, spa heater elements are expected to last 5-10 years. Water constantly passes over the steel tube creating a consistent and reliable heating pattern.

Due to the wiring of many spas not being capable of supporting a large pump as well as the heater at the same time, a ‘load shed’ setting is adopted or the heater is simply turns off completely while the spa is in use. Although this is good from a power saving perspective, it also means that while the spa is in use it is continuously cooling.

To try to avoid these consequences from your spa pool being unable to support numerous functions at once, there are a couple of options available to you. Firstly, you can either incorporate heavier cabling into the spa, connecting its power supply to your house. Or, you have the option to only purchase a spa that includes a variable output heater.  A variable output heater allows you to continue running your heater while the pump is on by examining the amount of electricity that is still available and simply setting the heater output supply levels to match it.

Key Learning:

Always ensure your spa has a coated stainless steel heater barrel. To avoid the loss of heat while your spa is in use, consider a heavier cabling and power supply system or variable output.

Spa pool and swim spa audio visual systems - what to look for

Audio and visual options are offered in the majority of spa pool and swim spa deals today. As with adding any extra elements to a spa pool, because of the spa environment, including these will always come with a level of risk. Unless the particular offer involves a reliable full warranty for the system and the supplier is highly regarded, then your best option is to decline the inclusion of these systems.

Heat pumps for spa pools and swim spas

A quality heat pump is the best way that you can ensure your running costs are the lowest they can be. You should always ensure that a heat pump is fitted to any swim spa or spa pool that you are considering purchasing.

As well as ensuring that your spa has an incorporated heat pump, make sure that the spa pool or swim spa control system has been adapted to accommodate this. Having a control system that is specifically designed to help you to control and maintain your heat pump will ensure the heat pump is running efficiently and therefore increase its performance, prolonging its lifetime.

Tests have proven that through having a heat pump within your spa pool or swim spa, running costs are reduced by over 50%, resulting in shortened and achievable payback period.

Every unit of power that is used by a heat pump is transformed into 5 units of heat, this means the pumps have approximately 500% efficiency.

Key Learning:

Heat pumps provide only great benefits when added to your spa pool or swim spa. Always make certain the spa’s control system accommodates the heat pump.

What to look for in a spa pool or swim spa warranty

Ultimately, the warranty that a supplier is prepared to offer on their product is the best judge of the quality of the spa and how long you can expect it to last.

If one manufacturer is offering a 5 year shell structure warranty and another is offering 10 years, it is logical to expect that the second supplier has more confidence in their manufacturing processes.

 

Here are a few things to look out for in analyzing spa warranties:

1.    Pro rata warranties – Pro rata means that the manufacturer will assess their liability based on the age of the spa. For example, they may offer a 10 year structural warranty but if the shell fails after say 7 years, they will only cover 30% of the replacement cost. Look for warranties that are non-pro rata.

2.    Shell warranties under 2 years – Most reputable spa manufacturers will warrant their shells for at least 5 years. Some lower priced brands give 3 years. This is the minimum that should be offered. If a spa supplier is giving a shell warranty of 1-2 years, beware.

3.    Length of time in business – If a company started manufacturing 2 years ago and is offering a 10 year warranty, even they cannot be sure that the spa will last for it’s warranty period.

What to look for in a spa pool or swim spa cover

Your spa pool cover is far more important than you may first think. It is a key component in maintaining the heat within your spa pool. Due to the fact that heat rises, it is the spa cover that contains this heat. The below features are the most important when deciding on a cover.

  1. High density foam – This traps heat more efficiently than low density foam.
  2. Shrink wrapped foam inserts – these prevent the covers inserts from becoming water logged. A water logged cover cannot do its job correctly and is awkward to maneuver.
  3. Aluminum reinforcement – This gives the cover durability, a longer lifespan and the ability to withhold its shape.
  4. Full width joint insulator – This component involves a compressible tube of insulation sits on the join of the spa cover. Low quality covers will not include this.
  5. Reinforced handles and tie downs – These provide you with ease of use and are relied upon for moving the cover around. Without reinforcement it is likely the will eventually come loose and they are expensive to replace.
  6. Approved safety locks – A quality approved locking cover is just as accepted as a fully fenced spa pool.

Cover lifters are another available option; they hold the cover off the ground and make
removing and replacing it simple.

*Finance terms

Finance price is based on 48 months at 8.95%APR.  Prices are taken from Society One.  Normal lending criteria applies. Please see  www.societyone.com.au for details.