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Pool Waterfall Ideas
November 17, 2022
Pool Waterfall Ideas

A pool with a waterfall can make your backyard into a true oasis! Here you’ll find our top pool waterfall ideas, plus the advantages and disadvantages of adding this feature to your pool.

Discover the best pool waterfall ideas for your home! These suggestions will help you decide if having a pool with a waterfall is right for you.

Some of the most luxurious pools in the world feature a waterfall. If you want to create the same atmosphere in your own backyard, you’ve come to the right place! There are several different styles to choose from. Whether you have an existing pool or are interested in starting from scratch, there’s something for everyone.

Below you’ll find our top pool waterfall ideas, as well as some important advantages and disadvantages to keep in mind. 

Advantages And Disadvantages Of A Pool Waterfall

Before we get into the different types of pool waterfalls, it’s important that you’re aware of the advantages and disadvantages before you install one.


  • Adds an extra aesthetic feature to your backyard
  • Aids in pool filtration
  • Makes maintenance easier thanks to the extra filtration
  • Adds a calming effect
  • Helps drown out unwanted noise


  • Some designs are dangerous for children
  • Can get expensive depending on the design
  • Adds an extra pool cleaning step
  • May be at risk of weather damage
  • Some materials can erode over time

Now that you know the pros and cons, let’s “dive” into our top pool waterfall ideas!

#1: Hot Tub Spillway Waterfall

One of the most common ways to incorporate a waterfall in your backyard is to create a spillway from your hot tub into your pool. You will, of course, need to make sure that your tub is located directly up against your pool for this suggestion to work. 

Once you’ve got that set up, you’ll need to create a cut-out on the side of your hot tub enclosure where you want the water to spill over. Once you’re done, your tub, waterfall, and pool will flow effortlessly together. Lots of hotels and spas have waterfalls like these — it’s so chic.

#2: Grotto Waterfall

Another way to get a hotel or resort feeling in your pool area is to install a grotto. Not only is it attractive to the eye, but if you have kids, they’ll love swimming in and out of it! Once you’ve got your grotto, it’s really easy to make it into a waterfall. The water will flow from the top to create a secret cave. It’s perfect for games like Marco Polo!

If you do have young children, you just want to make sure that you set up certain safety measures. You should never allow beginner swimmers to enter it without an adult.

#3: Nature-Inspired Waterfall 

A nature-inspired waterfall takes a nod from creeks, rivers, and the like. Similar to a grotto, this type of waterfall is made with stones and rocks. They also typically feature several different layers — just like you would see out in the great outdoors. 

Nature-inspired waterfalls are just begging to be surrounded by lots of plants and greenery. You may also consider installing one in a saltwater pool. You’ll really get the feeling that you’re out in the jungle taking a dip!

#4: Contemporary Waterfall 

While grottos and nature-inspired waterfalls are a great choice, you may be in the market for something a bit sleeker. That’s where a contemporary waterfall comes in. There are several different directions to take this style. 

You could build a wall, cover it in tiles, and install one or more jets that cascade down from the top. Another idea would be to opt for a waterfall jet made of chrome or another type of metal. It’s stylish, elegant, and sophisticated.

#5: Multiple Pool Waterfalls

More is always better, right? Maybe not always, but when it comes to a pool with waterfalls, multiple can give your pool a real luxury feel. Consider adding two or more. Many design experts believe that odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye. Keep this in mind — a set of three waterfalls may be your best bet.

You could also install other visual elements that surround them, like large potted plants, sculptures, or even an eye-catching rock formation. Get creative!

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