Many homeowners struggle with the idea of owning a pool. The presence of a pool, or lack thereof, is sometimes a deciding factor in the decision to purchase a home. The idea of a pool is great — who doesn’t want a sparkly oasis of refreshing and energizing water to jump into on a hot summer day? Well, this is where the caretaking comes in. Pools can be a hassle to take care of. You can’t just let a massive hole filled with water sit there and think it’s gonna take care of itself. From chemical requirements to actual scrubbing, pools need a lot of TLC to keep clean and clear, and healthy for you to swim, sit, lounge and dip in.

If the maintenance of having a pool doesn’t scare and deter you from the idea, but other factors like cost and space might be an issue, we’ve got a solution that’s been catching traction in the pool building industry — plunge pools. What is a plunge pool, you ask? Well, to make it real simple, it’s just a smaller pool. We’ve compiled a “Pros” list of why plunge pools are a great alternative to traditional pools below:

Space Saving

Plunge pools are much smaller compared to their big brother, the traditional pool. They are defined as a small, shallow pool for the purpose of lounging and cooling off, as opposed to swimming and exercising. The average size of a traditional rectangular pool ranges from 10X20, 15X30, and 20X40, while average plunge pool size runs about 8X8 to 8X16. However, sizes can vary greatly depending on shape and design. So if you have a smaller yard and want a pool, but just don’t have the real estate for a traditional pool, you can most likely get away with a beautiful smaller plunge pool. Even if you do have the space for a traditional pool, you can preserve a lot of it for other landscaping or backyard features, like an outdoor kitchen or patio, and still have that pool.

Money Saving

Common sense here that a smaller build will cost less money. In California, on average, the cost of building an in-ground pool can range anywhere from about $30,000-$60,000! Since plunge pools don’t need to be built in-ground, and rather have a basin, the cost is significantly less, with an average of about $20,000. However, depending on materials used for the basin, and other surrounding structural additions, like a deck or waterfall feature, which are optional, costs can go up.  

Water & Energy Saving 

A plunge pool uses up to 80% less water compared to a traditional swimming pool. They also use up to 80% less energy, because pumps used for plunge pools are smaller and more compact with variable speed options, compared to the pumps used for larger traditional pools.

Maintenance Saving

Traditional pools need a lot of maintenance, and plunge pools also need maintenance, however on a much smaller scale. With a plunge pool, you don’t need to dump large quantities of chlorine to clean the small pool. Using salt water chlorinator will not only result in cleaner water, but offers health and beauty benefits as well. You will still need to brush the pool and skim it, and a smaller vacuum is beneficial, but the smaller size of the pool makes all this much more manageable and less tedious. 

These are just some of the reasons we’re big fans of the smaller plunge pool. They can add beauty to your home, relaxation, health and wellness to your life, and at a fraction of the cost and time.