Lap Pool vs Plunge Pool – The Differences You Need to Know

Aug 02, 2021

Whether you live in a townhouse or want to keep a patch of grass for the kids or dog to play with, there’s no reason you can’t have the summer oasis of your dreams. Installing a small swimming pool will give you a place to cool down in the heat of the Aussie summer without taking up your whole backyard. Because of their compact size, lap pools and plunge pools are generally more affordable to install and maintain than a larger family pool design. If you’re considering a pool for your property, a lap pool or plunge pool will provide everything you need without taking up as much backyard space as a conventional design. But which is the better option? Let’s take a look.

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What Is A Lap Pool?

Lap pools are long and rectangular, measuring on average 2.5 metres across x 10 metres long.  While their primary use is for fitness and health, lap pools are great for kids pool parties. Lap pools generally have a depth of around 2.3 metres, though this changes depending on the style you get. Some people prefer shallow depths; others prefer deeper. 



What Is A Plunge Pool?

Also known as a dipping pool, plunge pools generally measure around 3-5 metres in length x 2 metres in width and typically around 1.5 metres in depth. They are installed in-ground and are often just a bit bigger than a spa and a lot smaller than your typical family fibreglass inground pool. Plunge pools have two main purposes: relaxation and aquatic rehabilitation. Their shallow depth and flat bottom make them perfect for low impact exercise and recovery from injury. 



Which One Is Best For Your Home?

Deciding whether you want a plunge pool or a lap pool depends on the space you have and your usage requirements. There’s plenty of choices available either way, and with Narellan Pools, all designs have their unique features and benefits. For example, if you have just a small corner of your backyard free, you’re probably thinking there’s no chance of fitting a pool in, but you’re wrong. 

The Oasis plunge pool fits neatly into the corner of and backyard. It’s a compact triangular shape that transforms an uninspiring garden space into a relaxing haven. The Eden has a single depth and is great for low impact exercise or cooling off in the summer, while the Nirvana is perfect for doing laps with a deep swimming area and dual steps. 

Making The Right Choice With Narellan Pools

When it comes to plunge pools and lap pools, Narellan Pools are the experts. Our Local Pool Builders have an abundance of experience in the installation of all types of inground swimming pools, including small inground pools and large inground pools. Whether you’re after a modest plunge pool or a distinct lap pool, our team is on hand to help you choose the perfect size, design and colour. So make the right fibreglass inground pool choice for your property – get in touch with our team today.

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