Few things matter when it comes to how long you’ll enjoy your spa. Therefore, you can save yourself some time when shopping by asking a few questions.
– Does the spa have a sturdy base that will withstand weather changes, corrosion, moves, and critters?
– Is the material used for the frame food or housing for any critters?
– Will the frame resist corrosion, warping, moving, and time?
The reason those questions are so important is because things like pumps, heaters, ozone generators, control boards, etc, have a life span. At some point you’ll need to replace certain components, that’s just the nature of mechanical devices. If you purchase a hot tub that is built using materials that don’t rot, rust, warp, in essence deteriorate, then you can confidently replace those components keeping your spa for decades. That’s not the case with hot tubs made using materials that diminish in structural integrity over time, and some of those materials diminish in just a few short years.
Buying a hot tub is a major investment for some people, and it can be made a wise investment if you look first at what materials were used to manufacture the spa.
Efficiency, Engineering, Health, Hot Tub Shopping, JetPak Therapy, Lifestyle, Test Soak, The Bullfrog Difference
A few weeks back was the 2016 Home & Garden Show at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, which usually brings out all the local hot tub dealers, plus some from out of town that don’t have dealerships in Oklahoma City. Like years past all the usual dealers were present, sporting their best game faces and armed with virtual unlimited bags of tricks in hopes of getting shoppers to buy their spa. The sad, and unfortunate truth is one of those tricks is out right lying about competitors, and the hot tubs they offer. Which was the motivation for this post! I must include, when you walk on our showroom floor, you will never hear us speak an untruth about one of our competitors. In fact, the only information you’ll ever receive is that which you can fact check to learn its validity, and you should always fact check any information you get from a hot tub salesperson in Oklahoma City. You never know when you’ve come across the one that will say anything to sell their product, and I assure you, they’re out there!
Stagnant, Bacteria Infested Water Behind JetPaks
I must start this with a confession, because there was a time I told this same lie when I worked for a different dealer in the Oklahoma City area. To my defense, I was new to the hot tub industry, and had zero experience with Bullfrog Spas. I was merely parroting what I heard others say, and was told it to be the truth. After all, anything is possible, and believable when you trust the one delivering the message.
The lie our competition tells deals with Bullfrogs superior design that results in the best performing, most energy efficient, easiest to maintain, and satisfying hot tub in our industry.
Below is an image that shows the front (left side), and the back (right side) of a Bullfrog Spa Therapy JetPak.
Our competition claims water does not circulate behind the JetPak, therefore creating a stagnant environment for bacteria to grow, and who wants to set in hot, bacteria infested water? That’s just nasty!
The truth is, the same sanitized water you sit in, is the same sanitized water that circulates behind each and every Bullfrog Spa JetPak. Notice the right side of the image below, you see the two swirled dotted lines, those lines indicate the location of downward facing jets. Those downward facing jets add turbulence behind the JetPaks, therefore increasing the amount of already circulating water in the hot tub, and consequently behind each Therapy JetPak.
It’s a simple design that many hot tub manufacturers wish they would have thought of first. In fact, in our industry, it’s shear genius!
Our Hot Tubs Are More Energy Efficient Than Bullfrog Spas
I will never understand why anyone would even bother to lie about this data. As you can see on the chart below Bullfrog Spas are by far the most energy efficient among the top brands in the hot tub industry. An attempt to negate this data is just foolish, the data came from the California Energy Commission (CEC), and that’s really all that needs to be said about this topic. At this point I could get very technical, but It would be boring at best. If you’re interested in learning more about the CEC, and their energy efficiency criteria and data, here’s a link to their site http://www.energy.ca.gov/ . If you need more convincing than this data from the entity with the strictest energy efficiency guidelines, then I’m out of ammo.
Now that we’ve established Bullfrog Spas are more energy efficient than any other leading brand of hot tub, let’s take a look at why that’s a truth. First, Bullfrog Spas have 90% less plumbing than any other hot tub made. The reason being most hot tubs, even leading brands, are made using methods, processes, and even materials that were being used in the 80’s. Well materials, technology, and engineering capabilities have come along way since then, and Bullfrog Spas is THE forefront of truly a new age of hot tub manufacturing. Gone are the days when a manufacturer could develop a slightly different jet, cup holder, integrated handrail, or light, and call themselves an innovator. True Innovators will be those that better our industry through energy efficiency, customization, reliability, and dependability. The very things Bullfrog Spas is doing every day!
As you can see in the image below there’s a drastic difference in the plumbing between Bullfrog Spas and ALL other hot tubs. Because Bullfrog Spas have 90% less plumbing, that means 90% less opportunity for plumbing issues such as leaks, and almost 100% more power. The reduced amount of plumbing also means the pump/pumps don’t have to work as hard to move the water through the plumbing. It really is as simple as genius engineering, coupled with a passion to be the best!
Imagine getting a leak in a typical spa that has this intertwining network of various sized plumbing hoses. Better yet, imagine trying to find that leak! I’ve witnessed this on many occasions, and I can tell you it makes for some rather unhappy hot tub techs! First they dig in through the bottom of the hot tub in hopes of finding the leak. If that proves to be fruitless, which is often the case, then they put blue dye in the water and wait. They wait for the dyed water to leak its way through the plumbing and insulation so the tech may follow the blue trail to the leak. Now, I’ve seen this process take from a few hours, up to several days. Do you want to be with out your spa for several days? No, you probably don’t, but in the before mentioned scenario, you’ll have no choice. Which takes us to lie number three.
If A Jet Goes Out On A BullFrog Spa, You’ll Have To Replace The Entire JetPak
Aye Yi Yi! I guess given the right circumstance and a salesperson that can deceive without blinking, this may be made to be believable. However, it’s not even remotely the truth! The truth is, the vast majority of hot tubs use jets that clip into a hole cut into the shell, whereas Bullfrog’s are individually screwed (not clipped) into each Therapy JetPak. Most of our competition tries to get people to believe our jets are somehow molded into the JetPaks, that’s not the case for Bullfrog, or any other portable spa manufacturer. Which is just another reason to buy a Bullfrog Spa, our shells are not full of holes that hold a jet in place with a simple clip. I’ve seen hundreds of examples of the clipped jets failing, and ending up in the foot well of the hot tub.
A few days ago I sold a spa to a very nice couple from Norman, they had been shopping for a while, and had visited most of the hot tub dealers in the Oklahoma City metro, and they had heard this specific lie from different dealers. I must admit I gain a great deal of enjoyment watching logical thinking people have an Ah-Ha moment! I knew they realized they had been lied to, and were even a bit peeved about being deceived by someone that was presenting themselves as a concerned, and helpful seller, yet would say almost anything just to get their money.
The reality is, buying a hot tub can be a major investment, and I have to believe every buyer wants to make a wise investment. Well, in order to do that, you must dig in and do some research before going shopping. After you’ve armed yourself with valid information, you’ll be able to detect when someone is deceiving you, and therefore you can defend against being bamboozled! Happy Hot Tubbin’!
Kerry T Crane
Bullfrog Spas of OKC
People shopping for their first hot tub often visit our showroom. There are many questions and concerns, and we gladly answer and assist. Our customers have given us feedback on why they chose a Bullfrog Spa for their hot tub. There are benefits of owning a Bullfrog that differentiate our hot tubs from others.
Our hot tub’s construction is a Cast resin support structure
with molded plastic base. There are no wooden 2 X 4’s , because wood frames can present a lot of potential problems. With time the problems will most likely appear once your warranty expires.
Wooden 2 x 4’’s are stapled together. We’ve seen more gaps between various wooden pieces, and that frame is used to support the spa shell. ( Note: a hot tub full of water weighs 1 – 2 tons).
Wood dimensions are impacted with changing humidity and temperatures. Almost all hot tubs are outside, where these change the most. One of the more common reasons for a cracked shell is the wood frame. Wood also attracts pests: carpenter ants and termites and other critters eat from the inside out.
From the ground up a Bullfrog Spa is built with precision and pride and the best materials available make up the entire tub. Thepatented EnduraFrame™ support structure, a sturdy molded ABS spa frame made with no wood or metal, will never rot or corrode. Our revolutionary construction methods provide tremendous support for your hot tub and the thousands of pounds of water it will hold. The molded ABS EnduraBase™, EnduraBeam™ structural columns and other EnduraFrame™ components are precision aligned the exact same way every time.
Our goal is for you to have a hot tub you can enjoy for many years. A well-built and worry-free hot tub will provide you comfort and peace, and your investment will be well worth it. Don’t just take our word for it, though. Here are some industry awards Bullfrog Spas holds:
I hear the stigmas and underlying tones of bad tastes in mouths from “the old days” of hot tubs and the difficulty with spa maintenance. The game has changed-drastically. What once was testing chemicals, draining and refilling, having a nasty film around the top edge of the water, and working at enjoying the spa more than the actual time enjoying a hot tub experience can now be part of the past. This week’s Hot Tub Blog features correcting the misconceptions associated with hot tub ownership while presenting a new reality.
I’ve heard it’s a lot of time to maintain a hot tub. MISCONCEPTION
Reality: The right pH balance, alkalinity and the consistent maintenance of optimal water results in a perfect setting that truly requires minimal work. Here at Bullfrog Spas of OKC when you purchase a Bullfrog spa, or if you consult with us about your existing hot tub we will coach you on finding this balance. Your water’s condition, hard or soft, source as a well or city water, frequency of usage are some of the factors that can impact your chemical treatment and maintenance system.
Hot tubs leak and breakdown-lots! MISCONCEPTION
Reality: Bullfrog Spas are truly engineered perfectly. With up to 90% less plumbing and a pipeless water-air mainfold, a Bullfrog Spa truly creates the best balance for functionality, therapy, and to operate in a quality-oriented, efficient system. Our patented system and structure attests to being a spa engineered like no other. The JetPak Therapy System has a simplified water connection bulkhead, fewer connection points and reduced line friction-efficiency. Efficient water delivery means there is no confusing, problem-causing diverter valves.
Hot Tubs need staining and often deteriorate over time. MISCONCEPTION
Reality: A Bullfrog Spa has Enduraframe, which is 100% wood-free construction. There is a Lifetime Warranty on EnduraFrame. It won’t rot, deteriorate, twist or warp. This is a reliable and solid ABS spa base, which is engineered for harsh outdoor conditions. Another great thing is this foundation is rodent resistant.
It’s time to enjoy a worry-free spirit about maintaining your hot tub and truly focus on your fun, health and wellness! Bullfrog Spas…..Engineering Perfected. A test soak or consultation is a phone call away: 405-605-5330.