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Hot Tubs 101 – What is a Hot Tub or Spa?

Hot Tubs vs. Spas Explained

There are countless companies offering countless types of hot tubs or spas and calling them different things as well. To a person new to this product and just looking for the best relaxation option, it can all seem a little overwhelming and confusing. We want to help clarify.

The first thing to understand is that the terms spa and hot tub are generally used interchangeably. They mean the same thing and can each have different modifiers like "portable," in-ground," "custom," etc. used to further define them.

Hot tubs or spas differ from conventional bath tubs and even more full-featured jetted baths in that they maintain hot water at a constant and ready-to-relax temperature. This makes them convenient to use at any time without time spent in preparing the water. Because they are most often larger than bath tubs, hot tubs are also used more often as places to gather socially.

So, whether it's in-ground, free standing and portable, or creatively built into your landscape each person and each home can benefit from a hot tub in some way. But, it's important to decide which type of spa or hot tub is right for you.

There are essentially two major categories of hot tubs or spas: in-ground or custom spas or portable spas. Let's take a deeper look at these types of hot tubs.

Hot Tub Types – Portable Hot Tub vs. Custom Spa

Portable Spas

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The category of portable spas is broad and potentially confusing due to the large differences in size and actual portability of the units. However, portable hot tubs or portable spas generally include a range of spas anywhere from small inflatable units that can be packed up and put away when not in use, to large 8 to 10 person solid material hot tubs.

In more simple terms, a portable hot tub is defined as a spa unit that is self-contained, meaning everything needed to operate the spa is contained within the spa itself.

Portable spas can be built from a variety of materials including:

  • acrylic
  • fiberglass
  • polyethylene and other plastics
  • inflated latex or vinyl

Most quality portable spas today are built with an acrylic shell mounted to a support structure of ABS, metal, or wood. In general, portable hot tubs are less expensive than equally sized custom spas and they are quick and easy to install. Portable spas have become extremely popular with home owners looking for great hydrotherapy without a construction project.

Another advantage of portable spas is that they are molded into ergonomic shapes with well-defined and comfortable seats. Many premium portable spas, especially Bullfrog Spas, offer an assortment of massaging jets. These jets are aligned within the spa to generate a specific massage sensation for each seat. Bullfrog's JetPak Therapy System allows you to completely customize and personalize these massages to suit your preferences.

Comfortable and therapeutic…

Custom Spas

Custom Hot Tub

The second type of spas or hot tubs are called custom spas or in-ground spas. Custom spas are generally constructed from a permanent hard material and are designed to suit your specific tastes. As the name infers, in-ground spas are actually a type of custom spa that is set into the ground, with the top of the spa located at or near ground level.

Some in-ground spas are actually portable spas lowered into a vault to achieve a custom look but retain the benefits of customizable hydrotherapy and comfort that portable spas provide.

Custom spas can be built from a variety of materials including:

  • gunite
  • concrete
  • fiberglass
  • stainless steel
  • copper
  • tile

A custom in-ground spa can be a very attractive addition to a backyard and can be customized to become part of your backyard landscape. In ground spas also have the added benefit of being extremely quiet as all of the mechanical equipment needed to run the hot tub can be installed away from the bathing area.

The downside of a custom in-ground spa is that they are usually expensive and time consuming to install. They are made of hard permanent materials and surfaces so they can also become outdated and difficult to modify. However, if you have the time and money available to have an in ground model installed, you will likely be pleased with the aesthetics and durability.

Durable and stylish…

What are the benefits of hot tubs?

A Personal Hot Tub Will Improve Your Life

Your reasons for owning a personal hot tub at home are your own. With a new Bullfrog Spa you may be able to alleviate stress, relax, entertain your friends, improve your landscape, spend quality time with family, and to be healthier and happier. In fact, spa owner's often express that they actually experience benefits they never expected when they get their new hot tub.

Each person is unique, but you and everyone in your life will enjoy the hot water, soothing massage, and invigorating hydro-therapy in your own way.

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Back Yard and Home Design

Nothing enhances the aesthetics and functional design of your backyard quite like a beautiful Bullfrog Spa. Your spa will become both a functional and beautiful centerpiece of your outdoor living space.

You're backyard is your own little piece of the world. You deserve to make it all it can be. Many hot tub owners claim that they no longer feel the need to travel to exotic locations to unwind. All it takes is a stroll in your backyard paradise and a soothing soak in the spa to feel rejuvenated and ready for whatever life brings.

Design your dream backyard…

Improve Your Backyard
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Improve Your Personal Health and Wellness

In just a few minutes every day you can reduce your stress, re-connect with those you love, and have fun with friends and loved ones, all part of a balanced approach to life. With life's ever increasing velocity, it's never been so important to create ways to maintain your personal wellness.

Everyone needs some time to relax and meditate and a hot tub is a natural addition to your backyard sanctuary. It will become the perfect place to find the balance you require. The calmness of proper wellness habits will come over you and improve all aspects of your life. It all starts with the right state of mind and nothing helps you achieve that better than quiet time in your Bullfrog Spa.

Discover wellness and health…

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The Perfect Family Hot Tub

The most important thing in the world is your family. Yet everything these days seems to be pulling the family apart. Life, activities, friends, work, and even technology seems to make finding quality family time nearly impossible. Well, an enjoyable spa in your backyard is one thing that everyone in your family will love.

Kids of all ages have fun in the hot tub and you'll always know where your teenagers and their friends are hanging out. Parents enjoy the real conversations that occur when you're all relaxing together. And with JetPaks everyone can enjoy their own favorite massage or water feature. Bring your family closer together in one place where everyone wants to be - the hot tub.

Make your family happy today…

Your Family Hot Tub

Throw a Hot Tub Party

You'll never have to worry again about what to do when friends come over. Your Bullfrog Spa is a perfect group activity for hot tub parties, get togethers and backyard barbeques.

With a killer multi-color LightWave light show and the Spa and Yard stereo system, complete with Bose speakers, you'll become famous for throwing the best parties around. Bullfrog's large hot tubs can seat up to 8 people and the powerful JetPak System makes it so everyone can enjoy their massage at the same time. You're fame will travel fast and soon everyone will want the invite to the next hot tub party at your house.

Legendary hot tub parties…

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Relieve Your Stress

Stress is one of those things that just happens with life. Nobody is immune. However, too much stress can lead to serious health issues and a shortened or unhappy life.

Luckily, the swirling warm waters and relaxing JetPak massages in a Bullfrog Spa are the perfect therapy for overcoming stress and tension. Give yourself just a few minutes to sit back and relax in your Bullfrog Spa and you'll be amazed at how much more relaxed you feel. Your stress will dissappear and you'll be ready to tackle whatever situations life can muster.

Stress relief for a better life…

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Make Stronger Connections

Whether it's a backyard get together with a few friends or quality romantic time with someone special, your Bullfrog Spa is sure to enhance your social life. There's just something about sharing quality time in the soothing waters of your own personal spa. Everyone is relaxed, the conversations are easy and pleasant, and nobody wants to leave.

Leading a healthy social life has many other benefits. In fact, studies show that a healthy social life improves your physical and mental health and leads to more balance and a greater sense of well being.

With impressive LED lighting and the Elite Audio System, you'll become famous for throwing the best parties around. Bullfrog's large hot tubs can seat up to 8 people and the powerful JetPak System makes it so everyone can enjoy their massage at the same time. You're fame will travel fast and soon everyone will want the invite to the next hot tub party at your house.

Connect with family and friends…


Enjoy Intense Hydrotherapy

Doctors and other health professionals have devised many types of physical and medical therapies that help to overcome aches, illness, and other ailments. However, perhaps no therapy type has such a rich history of success as hydrotherapy. Going back as far as written history people have utilized the soothing and healing qualities of warm water to improve their quality of life.

In ancient times it was natural hot springs that provided hydrotherapeutic benefits. Today hydrotherapy has joined with science in the form the the personal spa or hot tub. With the healing powers of warm water combined with a bio-engineered JetPak massage selected specifically for your therapy needs, no spa provides better, more personalized, hydrotherapy than a Bullfrog Spa.

Stress relief for a better life…

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AUTHOR - Bullfrog Spas

Bullfrog Spas is a premier brand of personalized premium hot tubs. With proprietary hydromassage technology and an eye for contemporary design, Bullfrog Spas is revolutionizing the concept of the portable hot tub and providing a relaxation experience unlike any other. Discover the award winning spa of the future today.

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