Like most mechanically-operated equipment, hot tubs (a.k.a. spas) are not created equal. There are quality hot tubs like Bullfrog Spas that are very low maintenance, and there are hot tubs that require a lot of your time and effort to keep it in good shape.
Low Maintenance Bullfrog Spas
To talk about what makes Bullfrog Spas so low maintenance, we spoke with Best Hot Tubs’ Tri-State Contractor Service Coordinator and Manager of our Best Hot Tubs’ Westbury showroom, Bryan Kelly.
“You can’t talk about a low maintenance spa without discussing how well a hot tub is constructed,” says Kelly. “Even Best Hot Tubs’ value-line models, the X Series, are constructed with Bullfrog’s tough 100% wood-free EnduraFrame structure and durable 3-layer acrylic spa shell. Nearly all other manufacturers farm their spas with wood or steel that can easily rot or oxidize.”
Even the tray that runs underneath a Bullfrog Spa is made of this same injection-molded plastic, adds Kelly. “It is virtually an impervious ABS plastic tray integrated with the frame. And no rot or rust means critters and water will not get into the hot tub equipment to cause damage.”
With other hot tubs that are constructed with wood frames and cabinets, moisture can soften the wood, says Kelly.
“A spa’s environment by definition is hot and moist. When damp, wood can buckle. Even if it’s imperceptible to the eye, little buckles will allow a shell fitted within a wood frame to twist and move and put pressure on the framing. Then the jets can move and pop out causing leaks and other problems. This won’t happen with Bulfrog Spas’ superior durable construction.”
Kelly also believes that when comparing maintenance requirements you also have to look at plumbing. “Bullfrog’s design boasts 90% less plumbing which is mostly contained within the JetPaks (massage jets) that snap in and out with ease. Even if a JetPak develops an issue, the water will stay inside the spa rather than escape to cause damage. In fact, JetPaks are so efficient that they have the portable hot tub industry’s strongest warranty.”