Want to swim laps, but your pool is too small? There is a solution to that! Swim jets are a great option for folks who want to workout in their pool, but don’t necessarily have the right layout or available space to put in a full lap pool. In this article, I’ll dive into what swim jet systems are, how to choose the right option, and how much they cost.
- A swim jet system is the pool equivalent of a treadmill; it has a constant current across the pool to get a continuous workout even in a smaller pool.
- When choosing a swim jet system, you should consider the power of the water, noise level, and make sure it is bubble-free.
- Swim jets can cost between $2,000 to $30,000.
- The best swim jet systems are: Endless Pools and BADU SwimJet Systems.
What Is a Swim Jet System?
Also known as “endless pools,” a swim jet system is an accessory that you can install in your pool that pushes a constant current of water across your pool, allowing you to get a swim workout in without needing all the space. Basically, it’s the pool equivalent of a treadmill.
They operate by pushing large volumes of water through three jets. Two are positioned at the shoulders, and one is angled up at the chest. This combination creates resistance for the swimmer to swim against, and is also great for water aerobics and therapeutic exercise. Their speed and pressure can be adjusted to accommodate swimmers of all levels.
How Do I Choose a Swim Jet System?
There are a few factors to consider when choosing which swim jet system to install in your pool:
- Power of the water — The power of the water streaming from your jets can be the difference between an okay workout and a great swim experience. Water flow is measured in Gallons Per Minute (GPM). Anything below 600 GPM isn’t going to give you much resistance. With a high powered jet system, you can lower the levels for remedial swimming and then turn it up when you really want to burn calories.
- Noise level — Nothing ruins a swim (or relationships with family and neighbors) like an obnoxiously loud noise ringing in your ears. Swim jet systems have varying levels of noise, so do your research and ask around to find out which systems have a low noise output.
- Bubble-free — Do not purchase a system that adds bubbles to its stream because that means your jet is pushing through air, not your pool water. This will suck energy consumption, create a more inefficient workout, and make it challenging to see. Make sure that your system is completely bubble-free.
How Much Does a Swim Jet Cost?
Swim jets typically start at $2,000 and go up from there with additional horsepower and features. On the high end, there are swim jet systems for professional and Olympic athletes cranking out 7.5 horsepower or more that can cost nearly $30,000. The price you pay really depends on the brand you go with and the features/model you choose.
Best Swim Jet Options
Endless Pools is a very well-known company in the swim jet industry. They produce systems for a variety of folks, all the way from simple residential pools for a good workout to their Elite Endless Pool for NCAA and Olympic athletes. Endless Pools tend to be on the higher end of the price spectrum, but are some of the highest-quality systems you can get. That being said, getting one of these systems may be overkill if you’re just looking for a simple workout at home.
To learn more, check out Endless Pools system options.
BADU SwimJet Systems
BADU is another good option for swim jets, although less aesthetically appealing than Endless Pools. However, if you’re just looking for a simple workout setup for your indoor or outdoor pool, this is a good option that is also a lot less expensive than Endless Pools.
To learn more, read up on BADU’s swim jet options.
Whether you’re looking for a simple way to exercise, swim competitively, or want to do water therapy, a swim jet system is an economical way to get the most out of your workout. Questions? Let me know.