How to Choose the Perfect Hot Tub for You

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One of the most common questions asked when shopping for a hot tub is “How do I choose the perfect hot tub for me?”

This simple quiz and info graphic (below) can help you to determine which spa model is best suited to your needs, your body, your likes and your lifestyle.

How to Choose the Perfect Hot Tub for You

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How Much Does a Hot Tub Cost?

A Guide to Understanding Hot Tub Pricing

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The Big Question: How do I Find Hot Tub Prices?

Everybody knows roughly how much cars cost, or TVs, or standard home improvements. However, hot tubs are not a consumer item that most people think about pricing out until they are ready to buy. I want to help by giving you some information on what you can expect to find when you start to look for prices and what ultimately you can expect to pay for a hot tub, based on factors like materials, quality, features and size.

Why Can’t I Find Hot Tub Prices Online?

If you get serious about determining a hot tub purchase price you’re sure to ask this at some point. Whether right or wrong, the hot tub industry, at least the major brands, don’t typically list prices online. Most prefer instead to allow pricing to be set at the local level. There are some reasons for this that include widely varying costs in shipping to different markets, along with anti-trust and competitive factors. Whatever the reasons, this is the current situation and your best options for pricing will be local. Also, because this is the way that most major brands operate today, it may pay to be wary of many of the less than optimal brands and outlets that do sell online with published prices.

Get Pricing at the Local Level

As mentioned above, the best place to get specific hot tub pricing is at your local brand authorized hot tub dealer. Simply plan a short visit to one or a few of these businesses. They can offer the best service, an expert’s suggestion on the spa for you, and prices on specific hot tubs and spas in your area. Local authorized hot tub retailers also have the local knowledge of water chemistry, city building codes, and climate considerations that will help you get set up correctly.

What Do You Think a Hot Tub Costs?

Research in the USA and Canada hot tub markets shows that until people start to do more specific purchase research they are likely to assume that hot tubs cost about $5,000 USD. Well, this is not far off, but must be qualified. Some hot tubs actually do cost around $5,000. But, most cost a little more than this and a few cost less. I’ll try to break this down and offer some clarity.

The Low Down on Hot Tub Pricing

It would be easy to say that you get what you pay for in hot tubs and end this article here. While this is mostly true, there are unfortunately a few companies out there that prey on the consumer’s lack of understanding of what makes a true quality hot tub.

Keep in mind that the vast majority of dedicated spa retailers out there are honest and hard working and carry good products, they wouldn’t last otherwise. There are only a few of these companies to watch out for and you can usually pick them out by their tactics. Watch out for things like high pressure in-home presentations, travelling “spa shows” that pass themselves off as independent events but really only feature one brand or multiple brands sold by one company, etc.

So, do a little research and determine what and who makes quality spas and who are the quality retailers near you (you’re doing a great job if you’re reading this). Then you can look at pricing in terms of the value you are getting for your dollar, rather than just who sells the cheapest hot tub. In hot tubs it pays off in value to go with good brands and retailers.

There are additional factors like upgrade features and options to consider, which will affect pricing. However, for the sake of simplicity we’ll talk in base pricing for well-equipped mid-size and larger spas without additional accessories like steps and cover lifts, etc.

Why You’re Here – Prices on Hot Tubs

TOP TIER – $9,000 TO $18,000

Most high-end hot tubs built by the top manufacturers will cost around $9,000 – $18,000 in the United States and Canada. Consider things like how the hot tub is made, where it is assembled, what materials it uses, what jet technology is used, what quality of equipment like pumps and heaters are used, and the overall reputation of the company. Using these factors you can determine which hot tubs are the true high quality spas and which will give you the best value in this price range.

Pay attention to the sophistication of manufacturing facilities and technologies, reputation of the manufacturer, and materials used in the spa structure.

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MID TIER – $5,000 TO $8,999

The same quality hot tub manufacturers mentioned above usually offer a mid-price, high-quality spa line that will cost $5,000 – $8,999. These spas usually have fewer features and less complete hydrotherapy features, but still offer outstanding reliability and comfort.

You will also find many other companies selling lesser quality spas in this price range. Many big box retailers will pass off these lesser quality spas as “premium” in this price range and even some companies that have been around for a while would qualify as low to mid-quality and yet still usually sell in this range.

Pay attention to these things to determine quality in this range: established brand, established dealer or sales channel, consumer feedback, sophisticated domestic manufacturing.

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LOW-END TIER – $3,000 TO $4,999

Cheap hot tubs will cost you around $3,000 – $4,999. There are a few quality manufacturers making a quality entry-level spa in this range. Look for these first.

If this is the price range where you’re looking, it is wise to beware. Many spas in this price range are inflatable, roto-molded like your kayak or folding pic-nic table, or are built with poor materials with knock-off designs overseas. These can be ok if you’re looking for a very short-term or no-frills experience. One more consideration also creeps in at this price level – cost to operate. Most of these low cost hot tubs are not well insulated and your energy bills will let you know it. This leads us to the last thing you’ll want to factor into your decision – cost over time.

Pay attention to these things to determine quality in this range: established brand, materials, domestic manufacturing (made in USA).

One More Thing to Consider, Hot Tub Costs Over Time

When you’re making your decision on which hot tub to buy you should, of course, start with initial quality. You also need to consider how much your hot tub will cost to operate over time. This decision has 2 basic components.

  • The expected life of your hot tub or durability
  • The cost of operation associated with your hot tub

These factors, combined with your initial purchase price will give you the lifetime cost of ownership for your spa.  Look for 2 things to minimize your lifetime cost of ownership – quality construction and energy efficiency.

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Quality Pays You Back Over Time

A well-built hot tub will last you much longer than a poor quality spa, often a decade or more. This means your initial purchase price will be spread over many more years of use.

Example: a quality spa that costs you $10,000 initially and lasts 10 years costs you the same per year as a poor quality spa that costs you $3,000 and only lasts for 3 years and may cost less to operate each year because of efficiency. Both initially cost about $1,000 per year, but if the quality spa costs $30 per month and the cheap spa costs $120 per month the difference is $1,360 to $2,440 per year. Over 10 years the difference would be $13,600 for one quality spa and $24,440 for 3+ cheap spas.

Energy and Maintenance Savings Count

Using the example above, in reality, the quality spa actually costs much less overall over time because it lasts longer and uses much less energy. In addition to longevity, a quality spa will also generally require less maintenance.

High quality spas are usually fully foam filled except for the area where pumps and heaters are located. This helps to insulate the spa from the cold and keep warmth within the water. Full foamed spas, especially those that also use the warm air from equipment to help heat, will generally require much less energy to keep them at a constant temperature and ready to use.

One way to find energy efficient hot tubs is to look at the data compiled by the California Energy Commission, which keeps hot tub energy use statistics. Pay attention to the spa brands that consistently show at the top of these lists.

You Will Love Your New Quality Hot Tub for Years to Come

Hot tubs are extremely nice to own so you will want to own yours for as long as possible. You will have always-ready hydrotherapy, relaxation, and fun right in your own backyard. No other product offers as many health and lifestyle benefits. So, consider the quality and value first when making your decision on which hot tub is best for you. You will be rewarded with better features, better hydrotherapy, and a lower cost of ownership over time.

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Practical Matters: Tips for Keeping a Pool Clean and Well Cared For

Practical Matters Tips for Keeping a Pool Clean and Well Cared ForIf you’ve recently installed a new pool or hot tub, you’re probably pretty excited about the benefits to your lifestyle and social status. Pools are a great excuse to have friends and neighbors over to socialize, but before you throw your first big pool bash, it’s important to ensure that your pool and hot tub are nice and clean.

Check The Water

Purchase a good chemical testing kit and test the water in your pool and hot tub at least twice a week. The pH of your water should remain in the recommended range for your pool type and area, and chlorine levels should be maintained at recommended levels to ensure sanitation. In between testings, always visually inspect the water in your hot tub at least once every few days.

Add Chemicals if Needed

After you check the water, you can add the chemicals that you need. First you must maintain the pH and then the chlorine, as the chlorine can’t work properly without the pH being in balance.

Keep it Clean

It’s important to physically clean your pool regularly. Skim the surface daily to remove any debris, fallen leaves, or dead insects. At least once a week, use the scrub brush to clean the steps and walls. You should also check the skimmer and pump baskets for clogs. When it comes to spas and hot tubs, you will want to entirely change the water every 3-6 months or whenever it begins to look cloudy.

Enhance Your Water

There are a number of different chemical enhancers that can be used to make your pool look even better. Although this step is certainly optional, pool-water enhancers can be very valuable in preventing scum stains, fixing cloudy water, and removing any potential odors.

Clean Your Filters

Clean your filter at least once a month. Always check for rips and tears, as these can affect the filter’s efficiency. Replace the filter or cartridges any time you see that the pressure is still remaining high even after it has been cleaned.

All of this sounds like a lot of work, but it’s really quite easy, especially when you consider all of the benefits of having a backyard paradise to enjoy. The most important part of owning a pool is jumping in and having fun with your friends and family, so what are you waiting for? Your pool is calling your name.

Best Hot Tub 2012 Winner!

Best Hot Tub 2012

Winner Best Hot Tub / Spa 2012 – Bullfrog Spas

Bullfrog Spas is happy to announce that we were voted the winner of the About.com Reader’s Choice Award for Best Hot Tub/Spa 2012.

We are honored by the recognition, especially considering the large margin of victory. Throughout voting it appeared that Bullfrog Spas was neck and neck with Cal Spas in the voting. However, after an audit, which removed fraudulent votes, Bullfrog Spas actually won with 88% of the total vote.

We are honored to be thought of so highly amongst customers and industry professionals and we believe it reflects on our mission to provide the most advanced and the highest quality spas available today. Most other spa manufacturers are focusing on cosmetics differences and moving manufacturing overseas. Quality suffers when they do this. Bullfrog continues to focus our efforts on developing the technology to provide the best and most therapeutic hydro massages, while maintaining the highest quality standards in our industry.

A sincere thank you goes to all those who voted for Bullfrog Spas in this poll and for all those who continue to believe in Bullfrog Spas, JetPak Technology, and our mission to provide the best hot tub available today!

 

11.11.11 is here!

Top 11 Reasons Bullfrog Spas Blow the Competition out of the Water

crystal clear hot tub waterTop 11 lists are just more fun than top 10s. Maybe David Letterman should take note.

Everyone knows Bullfrog Spas are different than every other hot tub. Well, different is necessarily better, but in this case it is. Read on.

Top 11 Reasons Bullfrog Spas are better:

  1. JetPaks. Almost enough said if you understand what JetPaks really do for you. You get the massage you want in any seat and at any time and all kinds of other benefits nobody can offer.
  2. Environmentally Safe. Because we don’t use fiberglass, no pollutants are released to the environment. Also, Bullfrog uses no wood and 25% recycled material instead of consuming cheaper resources.
  3. Reliable. No other spa is even close in terms of reliability. Ask any service tech that has worked on multiple brands, they’ll let you know they hardly ever climb under a Bullfrog Spa.
  4. Durable. Because Bullfrog Spas are constructed 100% wood-free and without metal in our support structure, there is nothing to rot, warp, rust, or corrode. You’ll be enjoying your Bullfrog Spa long after other spas have been shipped to the landfill.
  5. Beautiful. Your spa will fit and even enhance the aesthetics of your outdoor living space. Bullfrog Spas puts extra effort into picking appealing shell and cabinet colors according to current home design standards. In addition, our EternaWood synthetic cabinets won’t crack or fade like wood.
  6. Upgradeable. Because JetPaks are completely interchangeable now and in the future you can upgrade your spa with the latest jetted massages at any time.
  7. Less Money to Operate. The JetPak System recycles energy by keeping the plumbing in the spa water. According to data compiled by the California Energy Commission each Bullfrog Spa model is at or near the top of the list in energy efficiency without any modifications for testing. Some other brands have to produce a California-only or testing-only model in order to comply.
  8. Optimized. Before hitting the line, Bullfrog Spas are tested extensively and then meticulously improved to provide the highest levels of performance and quality in all areas of the spa.
  9. More Power. Because the JetPak System of plumbing is so much more efficient Bullfrog gets far more pressure to more jets using the same pumps. You get enough pressure to run all of your jetted massages at once and no need for a system of complex diverter valves to turn off one side of the spa or another.
  10. Proudly Made in the USA. Many other hot tub manufacturers have moved their manufacturing operations overseas and seen a decline in quality. Bullfrog proudly employs many hard working Americans in our state of the art manufacturing facility just outside of Salt Lake City. You’ll notice the difference in quality between a Bullfrog Spa and spas produced elsewhere.
  11. Lifetime Warranty. Bullfrog Spas carry the best warranty in the business. You’ll get a true lifetime warranty on the spa shell structure, JetPak plumbing, and spa construction. The Bullfrog warranty is not prorated and has no deductibles so it doesn’t get weaker over time. No other spa warranty compares.

Hopefully you’re enjoying your 11.11.11. Think about how much better it could be in your own Bullfrog Spa!

 

 

 

The Most Energy Efficient Hot Tubs

The JetPak System and Full Foam Insulation Combine to Make Bullfrog Spas Incredibly Energy Efficient

These days most people just can’t afford to waste money. So, it’s important to know that your hot tub doesn’t have a direct debit line to your bank account. Many hot tubs out there claim to be energy efficient but may cost you hundreds of dollars per month on your electricity bill – a Bullfrog Spa probably costs less than $20.

Of course, costs vary depending on the climate where you live, energy rates, and how often you use your hot tub. One thing is certain though, a Bullfrog Spa is extremely energy efficient, which will cost you less money in the long run, all the while providing better massages, true customization, American-made quality and extreme durability.energy efficient hot tub

Why are Bullfrog Spas more energy efficient?

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Well, it all comes down to the fact that Bullfrog Spas are built differently than every other spa out there. Bullfrog Spas are the only hot tubs built with the patented JetPak System. JetPak Technology provides a more advanced and more efficient way to build a hot tub. The JetPak System eliminates up to 90% of the plumbing that is required to build all other spas. In addition, almost all of the plumbing utilized in the JetPak System resides inside the spa’s warm water so it recycles heat instead of losing it to the outside environment. Bullfrog combines the JetPak System with high-grade full foam insulation and insulated tight fitting hot tub covers to achieve maximum heat retention.

The result: A Bullfrog Spa holds heat better and requires far less electricity to maintain warm water. This makes Bullfrog Spas the most energy efficient hot tubs on the planet!

In energy efficiency stats compiled by the California Energy Commission, Bullfrog Spas either lead or are top 4 (often only behind other Bullfrog Spas models) on the list for every category in which we have a spa model. And, keep in mind, we didn’t make any modifications to our normal production spas for these tests.

Visit a Bullfrog Spas Dealer today to see for yourself what makes these the most energy efficient hot tubs on the planet.