Both the Michael Phelps Swim Spa and an Endless Pools swim spa (when equipped with the optional laminar Endless Pool® swim current) are better suited for swimming than a jetted swim spa however, the similarities end here.
First off, the proprietary Wave Propulsion current and SwimNumber System™ are standard on every Michael Phelps Swim Spa. In comparison, the Endless Pools swim spa requires an upgrade to incorporate the propulsion system. Factor in the additional features like therapeutic jets, an optional Bluetooth sound system and the SwimNumber App (SNAPP) and it’s clear that Michael Phelps Swim Spas are designed and engineered for much more than an endless swim.
While both swim spas use a propulsion system* rather than jets to create a current that is suitable for swimming, aquatic exercise and aquatic therapy, the Endless Pools swim spa is the result of adding the Endless Pool current to an acrylic shell.
In addition to superior design and engineering, Michael Phelps Swim Spas also offer superior relaxation and therapy when compared to an Endless Pool Swim Spa. Features that further set Michael Phelps Swim Spas apart include an optional Bluetooth Sound System with state-of-the art surround sound, the exclusive Xtreme Therapy Cove and Xtreme Therapy Seat and, on the MP Momentum model, Master Blaster™ foot massage jets and the reverse molded StressRelief™ Neck and Shoulder Seat.
In comparing the features and benefits of the Endless Pool swim spa with the Michael Phelps Swim Spa, it is clear that Michael Phelps Swim Spas offer superior design, engineering and performance. Named after one of the most successful and recognizable athletes in the world, the Michael Phelps Swim Spas are designed to meet the needs of customers that demand the best.
When it comes to ease of installation, maintenance, engineering, performance and cost of ownership, the Michael Phelps Swim Spa clearly outperforms the traditional lap pool.
Installing a lap pool is a major construction project that requires a sizeable investment in both time and money. The initial cost of a traditional, in-ground lap pool varies based on size and location, but typically starts at $50,000 and goes up from there. The lap pool installation process begins with excavating your backyard and can take anywhere from three to six weeks to complete. The Michael Phelps Swim Spa requires no excavation and can be installed in a single day.
Typically, lap pools are six feet wide and about three and a half feet deep. This shallow depth can make aquatic exercise and aquatic therapy difficult. Additionally, swimming in a lap pool requires the swimmer to turn at the wall in order to achieve an adequate distance workout. Because most backyards and budgets aren’t large enough to accommodate a 25-meter pool, these frequent turns disrupt stroke rhythm and decrease the effectiveness of the workout.
In comparison, the propulsion current of a Michael Phelps Swim Spa allows for an endless swim workout and the depth of the Michael Phelps Swim Spa also means more effective aquatic exercise and aquatic therapy is achievable. Deeper water more fully supports your body and results in a fuller range of motion, increased buoyancy, greater resistance and improved results. All of these benefits, coupled with the compact size of a Michael Phelps Swim Spa make it a practical addition to your home or patio.
The Michael Phelps Swim Spa, as its name suggests, is an industry-leading swim spa designed for world-class swimming and aquatic exercise. The proprietary propulsion current provides a customizable, steady current resulting in a workout experience befitting the champion it is named for.
While a jetted swim spa can be an adequate tool for general aquatic exercise or aquatic therapy, it does not offer the type of current required to achieve an effective swim workout. A jetted swim spa uses pumps and nozzles rather than propulsion to simulate an endless pool. This approach does create resistance, however, it results in a narrower, more turbulent water current and inconsistent levels of resistance. What’s more, many people find that the water surface disruption created by jetted current systems makes it difficult to breathe while swimming and because there is inconsistent resistance, a swim harness tethering system is required to adequately swim in a jetted swim spa.
In comparison, the propulsion current of a Michael Phelps Swim Spa is wider, deeper and smoother than a jetted swim spa and is capable of creating greater resistance while still maintaining a consistent level of resistance within the current. In addition, Michael Phelps Swim Spas are the only swim spas on the market to offer the SNAPP workout app, which provides pre-programmed workouts, tracking and customization for various types of exercise including swimming, aquatic exercise and aquatic therapy.
While slightly higher in cost than a jetted swim spa, the Michael Phelps Swim Spa is clearly superior in its design, engineering and performance.