Plunge Pools 101: Everything you need to know about plunge pools

If you’d like to have a swimming pool, but don’t have the space or budget, a plunge pool could be a great option for you. But what exactly is a plunge pool, and what is it good for?

In this article, we’ve broken down everything you should know about plunge pools so you can make an informed decision before you buy. 

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What is a plunge pool?

A plunge pool may also be known as a dipping pool, and it’s essentially a small above-ground swimming pool. Plunge pools typically range from 4 to 7 metres long, and about 2 to 3 metres wide. So, while you may not be able to do Olympic laps in a plunge pool, it’s perfect for entertaining or cooling off in the summer.

With a smaller body of water, plunge pools can be kept cool through summer or heated during winter.


What are the pros and cons of a plunge pool?

Plunge pools can be a great investment for your home. Of course, you want to be sure a plunge pool is right for you. Here are the benefits and disadvantages of a plunge pool.



Compact size: The smaller size of a plunge pool means it’s great for homes with limited space. You can enjoy the luxury of a pool without the premium of space. Plunge pools are still big enough to entertain, whilst also being small enough for easy maintenance.

Limited size: The small size of a plunge pool is both its strength and its weakness. You can’t intensive laps in a plunge pool, so if athletic swimming is your bag then a swim spa might be a better option for you.

Low-impact exercise: While you cannot use a plunge pool for athletic exercise, its long shape is ideal for low-impact activities like water walking or aerobics. This makes plunge pools suitable for people with sports injuries, joint pain or pregnancy.


Versatility: Sapphire Spa’s economical heating system means that our plunge pools are easy to heat up for winter, or cool down for summer.


Lower cost: The smaller size of a plunge pool makes it more affordable compared to a swim spa or a swimming pool, and helps to keep installation and running costs lower too.



What’s involved in installing a plunge pool?

An above-ground plunge pool can be installed very easily. Some ground preparation is usually required, but it can be carried out quickly to ensure minimal disruption to your life and home.

When you buy from mySpa Sydney, we can take care of the entire installation process for you. That means we can arrange a concrete slab prior to delivery, and handle everything from cranes for hard-to-access sites, electrical work and even any decking or landscaping you may be interested in.

For more information about installation and landscaping, visit our Landscaping page


How much does a plunge pool cost?

Plunge pools are typically much cheaper than swimming pools, though the cost can vary depending on the quality and type of installation. You can expect a plunge pool to cost between $20k and $36k for the unit, with installation prices varying according to the site and complexity. 

The larger the pool, the greater the cost will be. Furthermore, you should expect to pay extra for an in-ground installation, as this requires much more extensive earthworks. 


Find a plunge pool in Sydney

If you’re interested in securing a plunge pool for your backyard oasis, get in touch with the team at mySpa Sydney and we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect plunge pool for you.