When comparison shopping for hot tubs/spas, judge manufacturers’ claims against reliable data
“People often question me as to why a particular Bullfrog Spa is more costly than others they’ve found on the internet,” says Bill Renter, owner and Best Hot Tubs (Farmingdale, Westbury, Windham/NY).
“I tell them, that’s easy. The single most expensive part in a Bullfrog Spa is its foam insulation. Along with Bullfrog’s efficient plumbing, this insulation makes owning and operating their spa much less costly. The foam contains the heat within so that very little is lost to colder outside air.”
Here’s a great video where an expert evaluates a so-called “deal” from a big box store. Note the lack of insulation etc.
Renter explains that many cheaper spas don’t insulate their hot tubs the same way as you see in the video. Manufacturers may decide that spending the extra $500 or so on the insulation would have to be included in the price. “Franky, they would rather take it off the price, assuming no one will know the difference. So a buyer may save $500 just on that, but it will cost them $900 a year to operate the less expensive models.”
With uninsulated spa pipes, water is flowing close to the cold air outside, says Renter. Such close contact with the cold air makes the heater turn on more often, thus increasing energy costs.
“It can cost as much as $75 more a month to operate a less costly spa than a Bullfrog hot tub. Over the course of the year, depending on the temperature outside, that can turn into $900 each and every year over the initial cost.”
The technologically Bullfrog Spas developed includes its advanced and ultra-efficient water delivery that boasts up to 90% less plumbing than other models.
“There’s hard data to confirm that this system, along with the full foam and overall more efficient equipment, helps you save energy and ensures that you can truly relax as you soak — without worrying about your energy bill,” says Renter.