Hot Home Trend: 7 Snazzy Spools (Spa+Pool)

Home trends come and go. For its simplicity, utility, and budget-friendliness, the "spool" may be here to stay!

The term "spool" is a portmanteau, a combination of two existing words into a new word. Part "spa," part "pool," the spool is a twofer that's swiftly growing in popularity.

Endless Pools® are, essentially, spools that launched 30 years before the trend! Endless Pools are compact pools that boast easy maintenance and low-chlorine water purification.

Most notably, Endless Pools have a fully adjustable current that allows you to swim in place – that's a useful, out-of-the-ordinary feature that gives you the versatility for training, fitness and fun, all of which are lacking in your typical spool.

For a more robust spa experience, the Endless Pool can be outfitted with hydrotherapy jets or underwater lights. You can even add an Underwater Treadmill to turn your Endless Pools spool into a total-body home gym – imagine running, cross-training, or rehabbing in your compact backyard spool!

Whether you're inspired by the Tiny House movement, your concern for the environment, a need to save space, or a desire for a simpler, low-maintenance pool, a spool from Endless Pools may be exactly what you're looking for.

in-ground Original Endless Pool on a rooftop with a cabana
This rooftop spool comes courtesy of the Endless Pool's modular design; all components fit easily through standard doorways and up stairs. A peaceful urban escape – complete with its own cabana! – this installation's warm earth tones and rich wood planks create a refuge from the concrete and brick surroundings.

partially in-ground Original Endless Pool in a postage-stamp backyard
To transform a postage-stamp backyard, you need a little creativity and, ideally, a spool from Endless Pools! The homeowners enjoy a lawn, a mulched garden, a container garden, as well as seating and dining areas. With the Endless Pool, they can also simulate an uninterrupted, open-water swim with warm water and no flip turns.

in-ground Original Endless Pool in the sunroom of a Cape Cod home
The indoor spool in this renovated Cape Cod home gets flooded with natural light. Inside the spool, perimeter benches let you just sit and relax in warm water; they also serve as steps in and out of your spool. (Technologically, the benches function as return channels when the Endless Pools swim current is on, keeping the water outside the current surprisingly calm!)

in-ground Original Endless Pool during a children's party
Everybody in the spool! This Endless Pool clearly isn't too compact to host a daytime kids' party. After dark, adults can enjoy a warm-water, moonlight swim with the Endless Pools swim current. Or just turn the current on for a zen-like, babbling-brook backdrop as you enjoy the peaceful sound of sleeping children!

Endless Pools Fitness System E2000 swimspa installed in a deck
A modern log cabin demands a modern spool. On this deck, it's the E2000 Endless Pools Fitness System. Long before the spool, the Endless Pools line of swim spas combined the pool and spa, and they remain a stylish, easy choice for jetted hydromassage and aquatic fitness.

two seniors enjoy their in-ground, indoors Original Endless Pool
If you feel most alive when swimming, then a "living room" may be the ideal place for your Endless Pools spool! Surrounded by plants and keepsakes, this spool serves up a friendly, suburban vibe. The Endless Pools swim current (and other fitness-friendly options) makes it fun and easy to combine family time with healthy, playful activity.

partially in-ground Original Endless Pool with stonework and fountains
Stately and classical, a stone mantel and vine-covered wall bring an air of timeless grandeur to this on-trend spool. The self-contained Endless Pool only requires one-side access for maintenance, which permits space-saving corner installations. A model of versatility, this spool can serve for anything from triathlon training to a formal wedding-photo location.


Spools and so-called "cocktail pools" are sometimes used synonymously. Others define a cocktail pool as a sub-category: specifically, a spool designed for entertaining. Still others refer to a cocktail pool as a pool that's a sort of 'cocktail' itself – a well-curated blend of complementary 'ingredients.' For more on cocktail pools, don't miss these 6 buzz-worthy cocktail pools.

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