Spool Pool: The Hot New Trend for Cooling Down

You’d love to have a backyard pool but either can’t afford it or don’t have the time it takes to care for it. Aside from that, backyard space can also hinder the idea of having a pool installed. I have two words for you in situations like this: Spool Pool (small pool).

A spool is a hybrid pool of sorts, combining the words “spa” and “pool”, and as you might have guessed, it’s bigger than a spa or hot tub, but smaller than a traditional in-ground swimming pool. Spool pools give you the option to add special features such as high-powered jets, which give you that luxurious spa feel. Sometimes referred to as a “cocktail pool”, a spool pool can be anywhere from 10 to 16 feet long and 6 to 8 feet wide, providing plenty of room to stretch out, swim a few laps, or just cool off on a hot summer day — or evening — with friends!

Photo Credit: California Pools

The Perfect Solution for a Small Backyard

One of the reasons for the growing popularity of “spools” is the fact that they don’t take up a lot of space, which means if you’ve got a small yard, you may still be able to have a pool — albeit a small one. You might not want to train for the Olympics in a spool pool, but you can still swim shorter laps for exercise, and it’s every bit as refreshing as a standard-sized pool on a hot, sunny summer day.

Another perk you get with the installation of a spool? You’re free to use the rest of your yard for other things, like a patio with room for dining or maybe even an outdoor kitchen. Even people with room for standard-sized in-ground pools are opting to go the “spool” route instead for that very reason, according to some owners of pool and spa companies.

Besides Size, How do Spools Differ From Pools?

Spools have spa-like features like water jets, and some even come with dividers so that you can use one part of your spool for swimming and one for lounging with a tall glass of lemonade or a cold beer, just as you would with a hot tub.

Adjust the temperature up for a spa-like experience, and turn it down if you want to cool off or do some aquatic exercising. This might be one of the best features a spool offers. Make a temperature adjustment and you won’t have to wait hours to notice the difference. The smaller size means that a spool heats up — or cools down — quickly and efficiently as compared with a standard in-ground pool. That also means you’re likely to extend your swimming season, too, since you can simply heat up your spool when the night air in the fall makes the water a little too cool to use comfortably during the day when the air temperature starts to heat back up.

Photo Credit: Greecian Pools

It’s Trendy but is it Right for You?

With adding anything new to your home, you want to make sure you do extensive research to make sure it’s the right move for you. Do not forget about permits as well. Keep in mind, they vary from state to state. But nonetheless, you’ll need one if you’re planning on adding a pool.

Before adding anything new to your home, there are always things to consider. Is spool pool the right move for you? It could be, if:

  • You either don’t have a lot of space for a pool, or you have space but would like to divide it into different zones such as pool, patio, play area, etc.
  • You’re torn between a pool and a hot-tub. (With a spool you’ll have both!)
  • You live in a climate that’s mild year-round, or that has short winters and long summers.
  • You’re not ready to commit to the level of maintenance required by a full-sized pool. (You just don’t have the time and/or the inclination!)
  • You’re intrigued by the idea of designing your spool so that it’s not just a recreational space, but an attractive “water feature” as well.
  • You like the versatility of being able to adjust the water temperature quickly and as-needed and enjoy perks like water jets or built-in benches, both of which are options with some spools.

Adding a spool pool a great alternative to full-sized swimming pools, offering many of the same benefits without eating up the majority of your yard! Adding a spool will also jazz up your backyard during the summer months. With that, you’ll be the talk of the town and the most popular neighbor!


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