Plunge Pools: Everything You Need to Know

Not everyone can afford a swimming pool, and some people who can afford one don’t have enough room on their property. However, people who face this dilemma do not have to give up their dreams of owning a pool. If you’re on a modest budget or have limited space, a plunge pool just might be …

Not everyone can afford a swimming pool, and some people who can afford one don’t have enough room on their property. However, people who face this dilemma do not have to give up their dreams of owning a pool.

If you’re on a modest budget or have limited space, a plunge pool just might be the thing to make your backyard oasis a dream come true.

What Is a Plunge Pool?

A girl resting in swimming pool plunge in safari

A plunge pool is a small, often deep pool that you can use for wading or resting. Plunge pools are ideal for folks who prefer sitting on the steps of a pool in the summer while sipping a glass of wine or for people who live in scorching areas and use their pools mainly to cool down.

You can’t swim in a plunge pool due to its size, but you can still conduct other workouts like water aerobics.

Plunge pools are pretty standard in Europe and Australia, but they are recently becoming popular in the United States. People interested in the aesthetic value of the pool and the cheaper cost of ownership and maintenance are more likely to be drawn to these types of pools.

As opposed to a full-size pool, a plunge pool can be placed in a smaller yard and maintained on a more modest budget than a full-size pool. In contrast to an above-ground pool, you can seamlessly integrate plunge pools into a beautiful landscape and design background.

The word “plunge pool” often refers to a pool constructed with recreational purposes in mind. A similar type of pool would be one with jets that allow swimmers to swim against the current in a limited space, sometimes referred to as lap pools, infinity pools, or endless pools.

How Big Are Plunge Pools?

Rectangular pool plunge in the  backyard

Plunge pools come in a wide variety of sizes. However, the average size is between 8 x 8 ft to 8 x 16 ft. Their absolute volume can vary significantly because they exist in various designs, from 10-foot circular pools to half-circle pools with an 8-foot radius or square pools with 8-foot sides.

Given their compact size, most plunge pools are rectangular to maximize the usable area. However, just like with a standard-sized pool, you can build a plunge pool in various forms. The most popular shapes of plunge pools are half-circles, circles, and L shapes.

How Deep Are Plunge Pools?

There is no specific requirement of how deep a plunge has to be, although most are between 4 and 8 feet deep. Individuals who choose to exercise in it should prefer a deeper pool, while those who just want to relax and sit by the shelf may wish to have a more shallow pool.

What Are the Advantages of Plunge Pools?

An overseeing pool plunge with carob tree on the side.

A plunge pool is great for relaxing after a hard day at work. No more sitting in front of the television to decompress – just submerge yourself in this refreshing, clean water and allow all your stress to melt away.

Here are several benefits to owning a plunge pool:

Cost

Compared to a regular swimming pool, a plunge pool is usually cheaper to maintain and will cost less to construct.

Space

Plunge pools generally require less space than a full-size pool and can be smaller than a normal pool considering its purpose of simply soaking or chilling out.

Appearance

A plunge pool has a great appearance and is quickly becoming one of the hottest swim toys in the market today. 

Addition

A plunge pool is a perfect addition to any backyard.

Safety

Plunge pools are considered one of the safest swimming environments for kids under 5 years old or even adults over 50. They’re usually made with a strong vinyl material that is very strongly guarded against tampering. Also, there is no real chance for you to fall in since they are shallow than most other types of pools.

Flexibility

Plunge pools come in all shapes and sizes. They can be rectangular, square, oval, or circular. Some plunge pools also feature an aerator at the bottom of the pool for extra fun and excitement.

Design

Plunge pools come in exotic designs such as an obelisk or a castle, or you can even make your creative design. Choose any shape and design that fits your personality and home décor and see how creative you can get.

How Much Does It Cost to Set Up Plunge Pools?

The cost of a plunge pool varies significantly based on the size and type you select, your geographic location, and your particular wishes and demands. “The ballpark figure for installing a plunge pool is around $20,000 — still lower, by at least half, than what the average in-ground pool costs.” – Elizabeth, author at Family Handyman. Naturally, luxurious additions and architectural design may significantly increase the base price.

Bottom Line

So as you can see, plunge pools are the perfect addition to any home. They provide a refreshing and clean environment that is gentle on your body and mind. They come in distinct sizes and shapes, which means you will find one that fits your budget and needs.

They’re also great additions to any landscape and can enhance the beauty of your property because of their unique and enhanced aesthetic presence.

These guides will help you create a backyard oasis that looks great and feels great! For more pool articles, click here.

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Ruben Anderson

I consider myself a pool and gadget geek. On thepoolpassion.com I review anything techie that helps me run a pool more effectively and efficiently.

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