In the pool and spa industry, the words “energy-efficient hot tub” are largely redundant. That means if you’re looking for an economical, environmentally conscious wellness practice, don’t overlook hot tubs.
Hot tubs have to meet rigorous energy-efficiency standards before they make it to market. But while most hot tubs are energy-efficient, there are certain models that stand out as being even more efficient than others.
At A-1 Pools, each of our 2 locations carries a specific hot tub brand. Our Franklin, Wisconsin store carries Sundance® Spas, while our West Bend, Wisconsin store carries Bullfrog® Spas. Here, we’ll unpack the various features that contribute to a hot tub’s efficiency. Spoiler alert: both Sundance and Bullfrog are clear leaders.
What is an energy-efficient hot tub?
An energy-efficient hot tub is designed to use less electricity to heat the water and maintain the desired temperature. High-quality insulation, efficient pumps and motors, and durable covers are among the features that help reduce heat loss and improve energy efficiency. Choosing an energy-efficient hot tub can help reduce electricity consumption, thus saving you money while still enjoying the benefits of a spa.
What factors should I consider when buying an energy-efficient hot tub?
When shopping for an energy-efficient hot tub, it’s essential to consider the following factors:
Insulation. The quality and thickness of insulation play a critical role in the hot tub’s energy efficiency. Multi-layered and high-density foam insulation can help retain heat inside the tub, minimizing heat loss.
Spa Cover. A high-quality cover helps keep heat inside the tub and withstands seasonal elements.
Pump and Motor. The pump and motor are responsible for heating and circulating the water. Energy-efficient pumps and motors consume less energy, providing the necessary power to heat the water while conserving electricity.
Energy Efficiency Rating. The energy efficiency rating measures the amount of energy used to heat the water and maintain the desired temperature. Look for hot tubs with a high rating.
Size and Capacity. The size and capacity of the hot tub will also affect its energy efficiency. Larger hot tubs consume more energy, so it’s essential to consider the tub’s volume and how it addresses your needs.
Sundance Spas Energy-Efficient Hot Tubs
Sundance Spas offer a range of hot tubs with energy-efficient features. These hot tubs come with a high-quality cover, multi-layered insulation, and efficient pumps and motors. Sundance Spas energy-efficient hot tubs are available in various sizes and capacities, making it easy to find the perfect fit for your needs.
Bullfrog Spas Energy-Efficient Hot Tubs
Bullfrog Spas is renowned for their energy-efficient hot tubs. They offer a full foam insulation system; durable, tight-fitting covers; and efficient pumps and motors.
Bullfrog Spas’ hot tubs also include a patented JetPak Therapy System™ which provides high-quality hydrotherapy while using 90% less plumbing than traditional hot tubs. This technology allows you to customize your hot tub’s hydrotherapy experience while still reducing energy consumption significantly.
What is the most cost-effective hot tub brand?
When it comes to energy-efficient hot tubs, both Sundance Spas and Bullfrog Spas offer excellent options. However, Bullfrog Spas’ hot tubs have an edge in this area. Our customers in Wisconsin spend, on average, $1.50 per day running a Bullfrog hot tub over the course of a year.
It’s important to note that the cost of running your hot tub will depend largely on your usage habits and the specific hot tub model. Simply, the more you use it, the more you’ll spend. That being said, that doesn’t mean you’ll break the bank if you use your hot tub often, whether it’s a Bullfrog or a Sundance model.
While Bullfrog hot tubs take the lead in energy efficiency, Sundance hot tubs are known for their comparatively easy maintenance. And easier maintenance means “cost-effective.”
No matter your preference, contact us at A-1 Pools. We’ll direct you to the best hot tub for you based on your goals.