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Endless Pools vs. Lap Pools

Many Endless Pool customers are looking for a convenient, clean, and private place to swim. Unfortunately, replicating a traditional lap pool in a residential setting, whether indoors or out, is extremely expensive and disruptive to the yard and home. Traditional lap pool construction can run $50,000 or more depending on the location and features.

Below you'll find some easy side-by-side comparisons showing that an Endless Pool is not only the more affordable alternative to lap pool ownership – it's the intelligent choice for yourself, your family, and the environment.

Compare: Endless Pools Lap Pools


Affordable, indoors or out

Endless Pool models start at $23,900 with a swim current

Thousands more than standard Endless Pools in most cases

Indoor lap pools can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars


Year-round access. It's always summer with an Endless Pool!

Everything you'd do in a lap pool – swim, get fit, relax, cool off – plus entertainment and spa options, all at a lower cost!

Only a few months a year in most climates

Require costly, time-consuming winterizing


Smooth, even current – wider than your body, deeper than your stroke

Swim as long as you want – no flip-turns!

Easily adjustable speeds

Friendly to beginners, challenging to Olympians

Allows more strokes before each flip-turn than a traditional pool, but even lap pools have walls that interrupt your swim

Difficult to get a satisfying workout

Indoor laps pools require you to sacrifice length to control costs


Perfect family fun all year long.

For boogie boarding, Marco Polo, or just splashing around, kids and grandkids love the adjustable current.

A lap pool is built for swimming only. The oblong shape isn't well suited to family fun.


Custom sizes and finish options to design the pool of your dreams.

Use any finish material – tile, marble, wood, etc. – to match your décor.

A range of different models to suit your lifestyle

With a traditional lap pool, you're limited to only those materials that your pool builder is comfortable with.

Longer lap pools cost more to finish.


Requires a space as small as 9' x 14'

Installs practically anywhere, even in existing rooms.

Allows much more room for patios or decks than traditional in-ground pools

May take up most of the yard; indoor lap pools are challenging due to the lengthy footprint.

Leaves little room for other recreational areas

Energy Efficiency

Uses less space, water, and chemicals than lap pools

Lower energy bills from insulated pool walls and less water

Super-efficient 120-watt pump

Expensive to operate due to the large amount of water involved

Extending the season beyond a few months can require a large heater and high energy bills

Water Loss/

Compact surface area is easily sealed with optional manual or automatic retractable covers

Indoor Endless Pools require only a vent fan or standard household dehumidifier, if covered when not in use

Larger surface area means drastically increased water loss.

Longer/custom covers are significantly more expensive.

Indoor lap pools require a commercial dehumidification system to prevent mold buildup and other humidity issues.


Takes just a few days with two handy people in an existing space

Affordable Factory-Trained Installers available

Simple enough for DIY

In-ground lap pools require expensive excavation with industrial backhoes

Partial or fully above-ground installations are more expensive due to the additional structural support required.

Lap pool installation, including excavation, routinely takes 3-5 weeks.


Minimal chlorine

Nature2 copper/silver purification system, kinder on your skin and eyes

Automatic UV Water Purifier available

Solar cover included

Requires more harsh and expensive chemicals due to the greater water volume

Costly over the life of the pool

Difficult to maintain consistent pH balance

The choice is clear. Now, which Endless Pool is right for you?

  • Original Endless Pool, a steel panel pool which provides maximum design flexibility and can be installed in new or existing spaces.
  • Endless Pool Swim Spa a one-piece acrylic pool that combines the industry's leading current with spa seating.

Still considering another type of pool? Find out how Endless Pools stack up against Fiberglass Pools, Infinity Pools, Traditional In-ground Pools, and Jetted Swim Spas.

The Endless Pool®. Swim the Original. Experience the best.

Swim whenever you like on your own schedule at your own perfect pace. No traveling, no crowded pools, no heavy chlorine. Just your own precision engineered swimming pool,where you swim or exercise against a smooth current that's fully adjustable to any speed or ability. Our swimming pools are simple to install, easy to maintain, and economical to run.

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