So, you’re shopping for a hot tub, and you want the best of the best. You’re looking for quality, something that’s tuned and perfected. State of the art.
But what does that look like when it comes to hot tubs and hot tub features? All of them seem to have jets and seats sculpted and designed for comfort. So what is it that makes one hot tub better than another?
The truth is, it doesn’t boil down to just one thing. There are many hot tub features to consider that blend together to create a high-quality experience.
Here are a few features to look at when you’re researching hot tubs.
Jet and Therapy Options
One of the most important features to consider when purchasing a hot tub is the jet options. You’re going to want to find something that tends to your specific needs, whether you have lower back pain, neck pain, or tense shoulders that could use help relaxing.
If you have guests use your spa, chances are they’ll also prefer one variety of jets over another, so it’s important to have a good mix of jet types across the different seats.
For example, Bullfrog Spas features 17 different Jetpaks, which are modular and interchangeable jet packages, that allow you to place your favorite jet type in your favorite seat and switch them out at any time.
Construction and Engineering
From sports cars to golf clubs, the highest quality brands and items all have something important in common. They’re well designed and solidly constructed. This principle also applies to the best spa features in the business.
Look at each hot tub’s base, frame, plumbing, and insulation before deciding on a spa.
The best hot tubs use frames that are constructed with ABS polymer or composite materials that don’t include wood or metal.
When constructed in this manner, the base and frame will never rot or corrode, keeping your hot tub sturdy and sound for years to come, even in extreme climates.
There are a few insulation options when it comes to hot tubs, but the best option is full foam insulation.
Full foam insulation seals in the heat that your spa produces, increasing its energy efficiency and reduces the cost of running your spa over time. Don’t settle for a cheap perimeter insulation system that will waste your money and energy.
When it comes to energy efficiency, it’s also important to consider a spa’s plumbing.
The fewer pipes running through your hot tub, the better. Less piping means less friction, which means that not only will your hot tub be more energy efficient, but it will also have more powerful jets.
Bullfrog Spas, by building their hot tubs with the patented JetPak Therapy System™, eliminates up to 90% of the plumbing and piping used in conventional spas.
Water Care Systems
Maintaining a hot tub doesn’t need to be a hassle. Thankfully, there are a handful of innovative systems that allow you to spend more time enjoying your spa and less time worrying about chemical levels.
Ozone is a water purification system that utilizes oxidation to cleanse your spa water so you don’t have to use nearly as many chemicals to keep it pure. This type of system generates ozone gas which sanitizes the water, then deconstructs the residual O3 gas when it’s finished.
A self-regulating system slowly distributes chemicals such as bromine or chlorine into your spa water to keep it fresh and pure. This way you don’t have to administer the chemicals manually, which is a major convenience.
For example, Bullfrog Spas features the unique FROG® @ease® Water Care System. This system was designed specifically for Bullfrog spas and utilizes SmartChlor® technology which uses up to 75% less chlorine than traditional methods and reduces shock treatments to only once per month.
With a salt system, rather than adding chlorine to your hot tub, you add salt. The salt is then processed by a salt chlorine generator which converts the salt into a moderate and balanced amount of chlorine.
While it’s softer on the skin and eyes, a saltwater care system comes with trade-offs, such as a high cost and a risk of the saltwater corroding components of your hot tub.
Entertainment and Accessories
Last on our list, while certainly not the least, are the “fun” hot tub features. While these seem like small additions, you might be surprised by how much a good lighting package or integrated speakers can add to the overall quality of your hot tub experience.
Many spas feature an adjustable lighting package, which is great for setting the mood as you soak your stresses away.
Lights might not be the first feature you think of when you’re looking for a hot tub, but a range of customizable LEDs can improve your experience dramatically. It doesn’t matter if you’re resting after a workout, having a romantic evening with a special someone, or even throwing a house party, lighting can help make your hot tub the perfect space for the occasion.
Whether you’re retreating to your hot tub for an evening of solitary relaxation or throwing a party with some of your closest friends, you may find that one of the spa features you most appreciate is a quality Bluetooth audio system that allows you to enjoy your favorite tunes while soaking in your spa.
Many hot tubs come with soothing waterfalls or exciting laminars that shoot water into the air. These help to enhance your relaxation and create lasting memories with your friends and family.
Some hot tubs even feature an app that allows you to control your spa from anywhere.
For example, with the Bullfrog Spas CloudControl app, you can control every element of your spa from lighting to jets to water care. Whether you’re across the country or simply sitting too far away from the control panel, it comes in handy to have the controls in the palm of your hand.
The app will even remind you when your filters need to be cleaned or changed, and suggest when it might be time for a maintenance check-up on your spa.
Now that you know all about the best features a hot tub can offer, design and customize your own spa. Choose your model, colors, jets, features, and accessories. You’ll even receive a price quote from your local store after.
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