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Are Bullfrog Spas Good? Complete Bullfrog Spa Review (2021)

There are a ton of hot tub manufacturers, and some are definitely better and more reputable. But one you hear about a lot in an affordable price range is Bullfrog. But are Bullfrog spas good?

Here’s what I know from looking into it:

Bullfrog Spas is an excellent brand of hot tub, with an A+ rating with the BBB and a 4-star rating on Google. Their proprietary JetPak Therapy System is virtually leak-proof, and they are typically associated with higher-end luxury hot tubs.

But that’s just a quick snapshot.

So in this article, we’ll do an in-depth look at Bullfrog Hot Tubs. We’ll cover all the different, features, models, and options, including whether or not they are cheaper when you buy them at Costco.

Carry on reading to find out if a Bullfrog Spas hot tub is the right one for you.

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Are Bullfrog spas worth the money?

Bullfrog Spas are worth the money because their hot tubs have many unique features that make them more economical to run. The JetPaks use 90% less tubing than a conventional system, resulting in lower running costs and fewer leaks.

Bullfrog Spas make a mid to high-range hot tub at reasonable prices, and they always show up as a top ten buy in many polls.

Most review websites list them among the Top 5 hot tub manufacturers. The only usual criticism is that they do not offer saltwater or UV-C sanitation options.

Are they worth the money?

Well, they have an excellent range to suit most budgets, and if you were looking at spending around $11,000, you would have 23 models to choose from. This is more than many in this price bracket.

The water care system has three elements that make it one of the best around:

  • Enhanced Ozone System (EOS) – kills 99.9% of the microorganisms found in spas 
  • FROG@ease filtration system – reduces the amount of chlorine required by up to 75%
  • WellSpring Filtration Pump – saving up to 60% of filtration energy costs 

These come as options on all hot tubs and can be selected collectively or individually to suit your preference and budget. 

If this is your first plunge into the world of hot tubs, you might want to check out this recent article on my site – twenty-three essential things to know before deciding which one to buy. I get into all the top questions to ask, and I even include the surprising statistics from an audience poll I conducted too.

Just click on the link to read it.

How long do Bullfrog Spas last?

A Bullfrog Spa should last between 15 and 25 years if water chemistry and filter maintenance are performed regularly. The cover, however, typically needs to be replaced after 5-7 years.

Bullfrog Spas use ABS frames and bases rather than metal or wood, so there is no risk of rusting or rotting over the years. This carries a lifetime warranty, with a 10-year warranty on the shell structure. 

Many of the parts used to build a Bullfrog Spa are patented, such as their JetPak Therapy System.

And these can only be replaced through the manufacturer or their official dealers, but this won’t happen often. The plumbing is mainly contained in the JetPak system, so a Bullfrog hot tub contains 90% less pipework than most other makes. 

The JetPaks, heaters, pumps, and other equipment and plumbing carry a 5-year warranty, while the spa cover is warranted for three years.

The control panels are made by the Balboa Water Group, and these are renowned for their reliability, but if they do go wrong, they are easy to replace because most suppliers stock Balboa parts.

The lifespan of other parts such as the heaters and pumps will be maximized by keeping the water sanitized.

And that means cleaning the filters regularly and changing them every year or two depending on usage. You also need to add sanitizer such as chlorine and check pH and alkalinity levels as with other hot tubs.

But the Ozonator will reduce the number of chemicals required.

What are the different models of Bullfrog spas? 

Bullfrog Spas has 28 models separated into five series.

Like many hot tub manufacturers, Bullfrog doesn’t list prices on its website, but it does provide a range of prices for each series. The letter ‘L’ in the model number denotes a lounge seat.

Model Base price Size (no. of people in brackets) No. of jets or Jet Packs*
M Series Elite Personalised Luxury
M9
Starting at $19,995
7’10” x 9’2″ x 38″ (10) 7
M8 7’10” x 7’10” x 38″ (8) 6
M7 7’7″ x 7’7″ x 37″ (8) 6
A Series Personalised Luxury
A9L
Starting at $10,895
7’10” x 9’2″ x 38″ (8) 7
A8 7’10” x 7’10” x 38″ (8) 6
A8L 7’10” x 7’10” x 38″ (7) 6
A8D 7’10” x 7’10” x 38″ (6) 5
A7 7’4″ x 7’4″ x 36″ (8) 5
A7L 7’4″ x 7’4″ x 36″ (6) 5
A6 7’4″ x 6’8″ x 34″ (7) 4
A6L 6’8″ x 7’4″ x 34″ (5) 4
A5L 5’8″ x 7′ x 31″ (3) 3
STIL Series Modern Luxury
STIL7
Starting at $13,995
7′4″ x 7′ x 34″ (6) 3
STIL5 5′7″ x 6′10″ x 31″ (4) 3
R Series Personalised Quality
R8
Starting at $7,995
7’10” x 7’10” x 38″ (8) 4
R8L 7’10” x 7’10” x 38″ (7) 4
R7 7’4″ x 7’4″ x 36″ (8) 4
R7L 7’4″ x 7’4″ x 36″ (6) 4
R6 7’4″ x 6’8″ x 34″ (7) 3
R6L 7’4″ x 6’8″ x 34″ (6) 3
R5L 5’8″ x 7′ x 31″ (3) 2
X Series Affordable Quality
X8
Starting at $6,695
7’10” x 7’10” x 38″ (8) 44
X8L 7’10” x 7’10” x 38″ (7) 44
X7 7’4″ x 7’4″ x 36″ (8) 33
X7L 7’4″ x 7’4″ x 36″ (6) 38
X6L 6’8″ x 7’4″ x 34″ (6) 30
X6F 6’7″ dia x 34″ (5) 21
X5L 5’8″ x 7′ x 31″ (3) 24

*Apart from the X series the number of jets refers to JetPaks, Bullfrog’s proprietary therapy system, and each one of these contains up to 10 controllable jets to give a range of hydrotherapy effects.

How long has Bullfrog Spas been in business?

Bullfrog International was established in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1998, but founder David Ludlow started with an idea to create a leak-proof hot tub in 1989.

So, in total, Bullfrog Spas has been in business for three decades!

One thing that has made Bullfrog such an endurable brand is its unique JetPak Therapy System, which gives you 18 massage therapy options.

These are adjustable to target different parts of the body, from the 42 jet RainShower pack giving an overall massage to the high-intensity NeckMasseuse pack, which has nine powerful jets.

This means you get to customize your hot tub on all but the X Series.

The Jetpaks are interchangeable, offering 16 options for each seat. This results in less tubing than other hot tubs, which increases their energy efficiency. Customization does not end there.

With their SpaVault In-ground hot tub kit, you can install any of their portable hot tubs in the ground or within a raised deck.

Sometimes, Bullfrog Spas are referred to as Jacuzzis, but they are of an entirely different make.

Jacuzzi is often used as a generic term for all hot tubs, and I discussed this in more detail in a recent article. Just click on the link to read it on my website.

Do you only buy Bullfrog spas at Costco?

Bullfrog Spas were sold at Costco at one time, but always in addition to being available at other dealers as well. But currently, Costco only sells Bullfrog Spas during limited event roadshows at specific locations around the US.

So don’t expect to find Bullfrog by using the Costco website search bar.

You also won’t find Bullfrog hut tubs when you walk into your local Costco. Instead, the only way to get them as of this writing, if you want to buy from Costco, is at one of their traveling roadshows. Check out the dates and locations for all scheduled roadshows on the Costco website.

But don’t worry, Bullfrog Spas supply to plenty of dealers right across the United States.

There are also dealerships in Canada, South America, India, Australia, and New Zealand. Through their partners Villeroy and Boch, Bullfrog Spas serve the UK and the rest of Europe, giving it worldwide coverage.

To find a dealer near you, go to Bullfrog Spas’ website

There were some advantages of buying through Costco rather than from a dealer when Costco was selling them.

These included the fact that they allow you to return your hot tub within a year of purchase with a full refund if you don’t like the one you bought. The downside? You might not get the same service agreement certified dealers offer. 

Did I cover all you wanted to know about whether Bullfrog Spas are any good? 

In this article, we took a deep dive into Bullfrog spas and their unique features.

We examined how and where they are built if you can only get them at Costco, and ultimately if they are a good quality hot tub.

After all, even if you’re on a tight budget, you still want to buy a quality hot tub. Do you own a Bullfrog?


Photo which requires attribution:

Still photo was taken from video – Enzo the dog. Learning to swim. Bullfrog Hot Tub. by jairosoft is licensed under CC2.0

How to Get Detergent Out of Your Hot Tub – 3 Simple Steps

If you are suffering from foam in your hot tub water, you probably used too much soap when you cleaned it or didn’t rinse it off properly. Does that mean draining and refilling it? Not necessarily! Today, let’s learn how to get detergent out of your hot tub.

Here’s what I’ve done with my hot tub:

To remove detergent from a hot tub, first, scoop out all excess foam with a pool net. Then add a high dose of chlorine shock and run the jets for 1 hour, restarting the jets as needed. Then adjust pH and alkalinity if needed. Allow chlorine levels to drop to a safe level before entering which can take 1-2 days.

In this article, I’ll share with you some of the various things that can lead to foam build up in your hot tub, as detergent isn’t the only one.

Then we’ll look at some simple steps to get rid of it without having to drain it. Let’s dive in!

Does dish soap ruin a hot tub?

Dish soap itself does not ruin a hot tub, but the foam it creates can clog up the filter and is an indicator that the water is getting full of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) which can be problematic.

TDS are the contaminants that you, your family, and friends bring into the hot tub every time they use it.

Things such as:

  • Makeup
  • Deodorant
  • Body lotions
  • Oils
  • Shampoo
  • Sweat
  • Flaking skin
  • Hair
  • Other bodily fluids

all add to the TDS content of your hot tub.

And over time, these build up to a level where, when the jets are turned on, foam is created. Showering before entering your hot tub will go a long way to eliminating these, but there will always be some of these things in the water.

Hot tubs are not like a bathtub, and you must never add bubble bath, detergents, or soapy products to create that effect.

Only add products that are intended to be used in a hot tub, such as essential oils designed specifically for that purpose.

People love to add Epsom salts or aromatherapy products to the bath, but most of these products contain other oils that can be damaging to your hot tub.

However, in a recent article, I do explore a couple of alternatives that work great in the hot tub. Just click that link to read it on my site.

How do you get soap out of a hot tub?

To get soap out of a hot tub, add a large dose of chlorine shock and then run the jets for around an hour. Most hot tub jets will time out after 15 minutes, so turn them back on repeatedly over the hour. However, it may be 1-2 days before the chlorine levels drop to a safe level for soaking.

If you get soap in your spa water, it was probably introduced by someone who didn’t shower before getting in. Or maybe, they just innocently forgot to shower and used the hot tub like a bathtub.

Getting it out can be problematic. You could try shocking your tub as I suggested above. If the foam does not reappear, you have fixed the problem.

If the foam comes back, you should check to see if there is something else causing the problem. Chemical imbalance is the most likely cause. So remember to check and adjust pH and alkalinity too.

It would be best to shock your hot tub after heavy usage and at least once a week during regular use.

Also, rinse the filter off to remove any contaminants. This way, the chemicals act more effectively at keeping your water crystal clear.

Get everyone into the habit of showering before getting into the hot tub to remove makeup, deodorant, and body lotions.

Don’t forget your bathing suit as well – this will contain laundry soap as well as other products you might have applied to your skin beforehand.

How do I stop my hot tub from foaming?

To stop hot tub foam from reoccurring, rinse the filter, and check pH and alkalinity and sanitizer levels and adjust them as needed. You can also use a pool net to scoop out any excess foam.

If you have a problem with foam on the surface of the water, this usually indicates that there is a chemical imbalance and the pH is too high.

You should use test strips to check these levels – if the pH is greater than 7.8 ppm, then it is too high.

This can cause scale to form on filters, pipes, and jets. Alkalinity should be below 120 ppm; otherwise, the sanitizer won’t work effectively.

To lower alkalinity and pH, I like this product from Leisure Time on Amazon.

Just pour in 1/4 cup to start with. Start small as you can always add more. If you overdo it, then you’ll need to use a Spa Up product to raise the levels back up.

Another cause of foam could be the hardness of the water. Hardness refers to high levels of calcium in your water. High calcium levels can lead to fittings corroding, so it is crucial to check this too.

Not all test strips check for water hardness, but you’ll know if you have hard water if you see white flaky buildup around your shower head in one of your bathrooms.

Soft water isn’t great either; you want the water to be somewhere in between.

Luckily, Leisure Time’s Defender on Amazon works great to not only make your water less hard but also removes any scale buildup already there.

If you have a water softener fitted to your whole home, you should disconnect this before filling your hot tub or use a garden hose that is not connected to your water softener.

Foam in your hot tub can ultimately be caused by several things. I’ve covered the basics here, but in this recent article, I get into a few other possible causes including the 1 thing almost every hot tub owner does!

Just click on the link to read it here on my website.

Do I have to drain my hot tub to get rid of dish soap?

You do not have to drain the water in a hot tub to get rid of dish soap. But it also depends on how much soap is present in the water. First, scoop out any soap bubbles. Then over-chlorinate the water and run the jets continuing to scoop out soap bubbles as they form.

Then remove the filter and rinse with a hose or in the kitchen sink. Continue rinsing until no soap bubbles are present.

Always make sure to test chlorine levels before re-entering the hot tub.

If you way over-chlorinated the water to get rid of the soap, that can help to get rid of the soap, but it may take 1-2 days (or more) before the chlorine levels drop to a safe level for soaking.

But, if you already tried to follow these steps and are still unable to get rid of the dish soap, you have no alternative than to drain the tub and thoroughly clean it before refilling.

This is probably how you got dish soap in there in the first place so this time, make sure you rinse the tub thoroughly and wipe it down with a soft cloth before filling it again.

These days, I only wipe my hot tub’s shell with a mix of 50/50 water and white vinegar to avoid getting soap or detergent in the hot tub’s water.

What is the best cleaner for a hot tub? 

The best thing to clean a hot tub shell is a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water. For tough stains, mix 1-2 tsp of baking soda to create a paste, rub it in, and wipe it down with vinegar and water.

But you can use dish soap to clean your hot tub.

In fact, I wrote about that in a recent article. You just have to be sure to remove all of it before refilling. Otherwise, you will get foam on the surface of the water. Just click that link to read exactly how to do it on my website.

Ordinary household products such as Windex can also be used to clean your hot tub.

Once you’ve emptied your tub, spray the surfaces with Windex (other similar cleaning products work just as well). Then, wipe clean with a soft cloth or towel. Hose down the surfaces to remove any bits from the cloth and leave to dry or wipe down with a sponge.

Just mix equal amounts in a bowl and scrub with a non-abrasive cloth or sponge. 

You can also pour the vinegar and water solution into a spray bottle and use it as you would with Windex.

Did I cover everything you wanted to know about how to get detergent out of your hot tub?

So now you know how to get detergent out of your hot tub and how best to clean it.

Regular checking of pH, alkalinity, and hardness and adjusting the levels as necessary will help keep your water in good condition and increase the life of your hot tub.

If you can maintain the quality of your water, you shouldn’t have to change it so often – maybe only 2 or 3 times a year. I addressed this in a recent article, which you can read here on my site if you click on the link.

If there is anything I missed or you have any questions on this subject, just drop me a line, and I will do my best to answer it. And don’t forget to check out the other related articles here on my site. 

Are Sunrise Hot Tubs Good? Complete Sunrise Hot Tub Review

Sunrise Spas aren’t the best-known brand of hot tub out there. But being lesser-known isn’t always a bad thing. So are Sunrise hot tubs good?

I did some research, and here’s what I learned:

Sunrise Spas make excellent hot tubs. Overall they have excellent reviews and a near-spotless reputation with the Better Business Bureau. They offer both low-priced plug and play models as well as high-end luxury hot tubs with outstanding features such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and illuminating glo-jets.

Reputation is important, so you might wonder how well they are rated.

Keep reading to find out more about the hot tubs Sunrise Spas compare, what the top complaints are, and where they are made.

I’ll also cover their insulation methods too which can have a huge impact on your electric bill.

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How well are Sunrise Spas rated?

Sunrise Spas has a 4.5 rating on Google, 4.9 on Basements and Backyards, and a 59% on Home Stars. They have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau with only 1 complaint in the past 3 years. 

A few of the critical reviews were complaints about manufacturing defects in the tub, such as leaking upon arrival. 

However, many of the reviewers said that the staff was very friendly, and one even had their hot tub for over 25 years with no issue. The average rating was 6.2/10.

(source 1 & 2 & 3)

Ultimately though, ratings are only part of the story.

To really gauge how good a hot tub is, you have to consider insulation, warranty, and price. After all, a mediocre hot tub might be worth $4,000 but not $12,000.

But those things are just a few of the questions you need to ask before buying your first hot tub.

Luckily, in a recent article, I cover all 23 things you need to know. I’ll cover how to get the best prices, where to put it, and how to get power to it.

That’s not all, so click that link to find out more, right here on my site! 

How many different hot tubs does Sunrise Spas have?

Sunrise Spas have 20 different hot tub models. Their Ultimate Collection has one model with multiple styles, but their Paragon Collection is only available in Europe.

The base price is $4000 for their 2-seaters, and goes up, depending on the model and features. Pricing will always depend on an independent dealer or distributor. Each distributor will price the models depending on their overhead costs and price margins.

But expect to pay between $7,000-$10,000 for most of the models in their Classic Collection, and between $10,000 and $15,000 for the Ultimate Collection.

Additional features and accessories will also affect the final cost. These can include a UV sanitizer system, wifi access to your tub, and a 24/7 filter pump.

Here’s a chart of Sunrise Spas’ current hot tubs available in the US with sizes and number of jets.

Classic Collection Size Number of jets Heater Power Pump(s) Seats
670 S-Series (plug and play) 60” x 80” x 29” 61 Two-Tone Hydrotherapy Jets 1 kW Heater One 1.5HPR Dual Speed Jet Pump 2 people
770 S-Series (plug and play) 78” x 78” x 36” 61 Two-Tone Hydrotherapy Jets 1 kW Heater One 1.5HPR Dual Speed Jet Pump 5 people
780 S-Series (plug and play) 78” x 78” x 36” 61 Two-Tone Hydrotherapy Jets 1 kW Heater One 1.5HPR Dual Speed Jet Pump 6 people
670 S-Series 60” x 80” x 29” 18 Two-Tone Hydrotherapy Jets 4 kW Heating System One 4.5 HPR Dual Speed 2 people
770 S-Series 78” x 78” x 36” 26 Two-Tone Hydrotherapy Jets 4 kW Heating System One 4.5 HPR Dual Speed 5 people
780 S-Series 78” x 78” x 36” 26 Two-Tone Hydrotherapy Jets 4 kW Heating System One 4.5 HPR Dual Speed 6 people
870 S-Series 84” x 84” x 36” 50 Two-Tone Hydrotherapy Jets 4 kW Heating System Two 5.0SPL Dual Speed 6 people
970 S-Series 90” x 94” x 36” 52 Two-Tone Hydrotherapy Jets 4 kW Heating System Two 5.0SPL Dual Speed 6 people
980 S-Series 90” x 94” x 36” 61 Two-Tone Hydrotherapy Jets 4 kW Heating System Two 5.0SPL Dual Speed 6 people
870 SX Series  84” x 84” x 36” 50 Two-Tone Hydrotherapy Jets 4 kW Heating System Two 5.0SPL Dual Speed Jet Pumps 6 people
880 SX Series  84” x 84” x 36” 50 Two-Tone Hydrotherapy Jets 4 kW Heating System Two 5.0SPL Dual Speed Jet Pumps 6 people
970 SX Series  84” x 84” x 36” 52 Two-Tone Hydrotherapy Jets 4 kW Heating System Two 5.0SPL Dual Speed Jet Pumps 6 people
980 SX Series  90” x 94” x 36” 61 Two-Tone Hydrotherapy Jets 4 kW Heating System Two 5.0SPL Dual Speed Jet Pumps 6 people
Ultimate Collection 92″ x 92″ x 39″ 72 Two-tone stainless steel jets 4 kW Heating System Two 5.0SPL Dual Speed Jet Pumps 5 People

The Ultimate Collection also features a number of customizable options which is why there is technically only 1 model.

Here’s what makes it better than their other models:

  • Lighted tranquility fountain with a zen-inspired cascading waterfall
  • LED deck control lighting with coordinated exterior corner lights providing safety and ambiance
  • 23 LED Glo-Jets for underwater illumination
  • 8 Speaker Aqua-Coustic Audio System
  • Control My Spa Wi-Fi
  • Quad filter auto clean water management system
  • AquaNova Ozone/UV Sanitation System
  • Molded radiant barrier insulation

Customizable options include:

  • Acrylic shell color
  • Cladding (siding) color

The other models give you choices on these also, but the colors available on the Ultimate Collection are more unique and not generally available on the Classic Collection.

Who owns Sunrise Spas & where are they made?

Jacuzzi Brands acquired Sunrise Spas after purchasing its parent company Leisure Manufacturing Inc in January of 2020. Leisure Manufacturing Inc. was also the parent company of Dream Maker, which Jacuzzi Brands now owns as well.

All Sunrise Spas hot tubs are made in Grimsby, Ontario in Canada.

They are built to withstand the harshest winters and hottest summers. Their poly-steel cabinetry and capped bottom liner are what protects them from the elements.

Each hot tub has a galvanized steel frame, indestructible molded polymer base, and cabinet. These materials are all high end so you can expect your hot tub to have a long lifespan if cared for.

Other brands that Jacuzzi owns include:

  • Sundance Spas
  • ThermoSpas
  • Dimension One Spas
  • Hydropool
  • Bathwraps

How do you drain a Sunrise hot tub?

Each Sunrise hot tub comes with an inlet that allows you to connect a garden hose to the tub. Turn off the power to your hot tub and attach a garden hose to the tub’s drain connection and direct the other end to your chosen location to drain.

While the hot tub drains, some of the water will still be in the seats’ curves, so you’ll need to move it to the bottom of the tub. You can use a small bucket and then a sponge to do this. 

You’ll want to clean and sanitize the interior of your hot tub before refilling. Once this is done, just remove the attached hose and close the drain.

Draining a hot tub of 200 gallons of water can take hours with a garden hose.

If you want your hot tub drained in record time, then a submersible pump is your best option. CLICK HERE to see my favorite submersible pump on Amazon.  It is portable, has a 400-watt motor, and drains my hot tub (600 gallons) in just 15 minutes!

Before you drain your hot tub, you might have wondered where the best place is to do so.

I know your first thought is your lawn. The truth is, you can’t drain over a hundred gallons of dirty water just anywhere, especially not on your property.

Here’s my recent article on why you shouldn’t drain your hot tub on your lawn. But wait, there’s more! I’ll also cover the hassle-free way to drain your hot tub without harming trees and plants.

Just click that link to read it on my site.

How well are Sunrise Spas insulated?

Every Sunrise Spa utilizes its proprietary Green Guard Rockwool Insulation, which traps and recirculates the hot tub’s heat that gets generated under the shell. This not only lowers the demand on the heater but reduces energy costs as well. 

Sunrise Spas also feature an insulated bottom tray which works in conjunction with the Rockwool insulation to better insulate the hot tub.

Your hot tub runs on heat, and it costs electricity to produce heat. But does it cost more energy if you leave your hot tub on all the time?

The answer, which I cover in this recent article, might surprise you! In fact, done wrong, it can actually triple your electric bill!

Just click that link to read it on my site.

Did I cover all you wanted to know about Sunrise Spas and whether they are any good?

Choosing a hot tub brand can be a hard decision. That’s why I did the research for you. In this article, I covered Sunrise Spas’ rating to help you decide if you should purchase your hot tub there.

I also covered their models with sizes, base price, and the number of jets for each model. 

You learned where Sunrise hot tubs are made and the material they are made of. I also covered how to drain a Sunrise hot tub and discussed their insulation method.

How to Get Glass Out of a Hot Tub (without draining it)

It’s a regular thing to have a drink in your hot tub, and while using glass cups in a hot tub is never a good idea, sometimes we do, and if one breaks, we have to figure out how to get glass out of a hot tub.

Here’s how to do it without completely draining it:

To get broken glass out of your hot tub, turn on the jets. That will naturally draw the pieces to the intake valves along the bottom of the hot tub. Carefully pick up the broken glass pieces by hand from the intake valves. You won’t have to drain your hot tub unless the glass shattered into tiny pieces.

But that’s just a quick snapshot. And there are other things to consider also to ensure no one gets cut accidentally.

In this article, I will be looking at the potential harm a broken glass can cause and how best to deal with the problem. But I’ll also share some additional tips that will get you back to soaking faster without having to drain it.

Lastly, I will also share some drinking glass alternatives to glass that don’t look like cheap plastic.

Do I have to drain my hot tub to get rid of broken glass?

In most cases, you do not have to drain a hot tub to get rid of broken glass. However, if the pieces of broken glass can’t be picked up by hand or a wet/dry vacuum, or there are hundreds of tiny fragments, then the last resort is to drain the water from your hot tub. 

So ultimately, this depends on how the glass broke, what kind of glass it was, and how much glass went into the water.

A wet/dry vacuum can work great as long as the tube is long enough to reach the bottom of the hot tub. Of course, you never want to set the base of a wet/dry vac on the ledge of the hot tub since it will be plugged into an electrical outlet.

But if you have a wet/dry vac like this one on Amazon, set it on the ground next to your hot tub, and then use the long arm to scrape the entire bottom of the hot tub to get rid of all the fragments.

To be sure, it will be sucking up water too. But it won’t require draining. Just make sure to dump the water from the vacuum somewhere safe since it will have glass shards in it.

Already have a wet/dry vac, but it has a short hose? No problem!

Just get this shop vac extender hose on Amazon. It comes with 2 different connectors to connect to the end of your wet/dry vacuum hose. Just double-check the sizes to make sure it will fit yours.

Worst case scenario, though, drain it, and pick up all the glass by hand, and refill.

Many people ask how often they should change their water, and I addressed this in a recent article, which you can read here on my site if you click on the link.

So, if you can remove ALL of the glass safely either by hand or using a vacuum – or both – then do so, but make sure you leave nothing behind.

Will pieces of broken glass damage my hot tub?

If you have a rigid body acrylic hot tub, a piece of broken glass won’t damage the tub’s shell. However, glass can tear the paper filters, and can cut the feet of anyone sitting in the hot tub.

If you have an inflatable hot tub, broken glass is just about the worst thing you can have in there, for obvious reasons.

It’s not only in the hot tub but around the outside too. Inflatables tend to flex a little when you get in and out, and it would be easy to get a chunk of broken glass wedged under the rim.

To keep your filters intact, remove them immediately if a glass breaks. Then replace them once you’re sure all the glass has been cleaned up. The filters are basically folded pieces of paper in a plastic housing. But it wouldn’t take much for glass shards to rip them to shreds.

Once the problem is solved, consider some alternatives to drinking from actual glasses or beer bottles.

There are many products on the market now that look like glass. Some even have a similar feel yet are unbreakable. These traditional style unbreakable wine glasses on Amazon by D’Eco are made from Tritan, a durable transparent plastic-like material that does not cloud or crack as other plastic products do after a while.

If you enjoy a martini, check out these unbreakable martini glasses on Amazon, also by D’Eco. They have a whole range, and you can even get them engraved.

For the kids, you could do worse than look at these environmentally friendly wheat straw reusable cups. Not only lightweight and unbreakable but dishwasher safe too.

Click on the links to check out these products on Amazon.

Will pieces of broken glass in my hot tub be easy to remove by hand?

It is easy to remove large pieces of glass by hand, ideally wearing work gloves for safety. However if a glass shattered into dozens of tiny fragments, while possible to remove by hand, it will take significantly longer.

Say, for example, you chipped a wine glass, and you can see the chip in the bottom of the hot tub.

Pick it up and piece it back into the glass. No, I know you don’t want to glue it back in place, but position it as though you were going to. Is it all there?

Even if there is a tiny piece missing, you need to find it!

Smaller pieces of glass are much more difficult to find, but you could try turning off the lights and using a flashlight to see if you get any reflection.

Because of the refraction of the water, you will need to use the torch below the surface so make sure it is waterproof before trying this.

Tiny fragments will most likely float, so you can skim the surface with a net to get rid of these.

But if the jets are on, or if the filter cycle has kicked in, the fragments may have been sucked to the outside of the intake covers located on the bottom of your hot tub.

Just carefully feel on the surface and remove any pieces stuck to them.

Can I use a wet/dry vac underwater?

You can definitely use the end of the hose from a wet/dry vacuum to drag along the floor of your hot tub to suck up pieces of glass. Just ensure the base of the vacuum is not perched on the edge of the hot tub, or in any position where it could accidentally make contact with the water.

I shouldn’t have to say it, but never place the base of a wet/dry vacuum in the hot tub.

After all, water and electricity don’t mix. So place the base of the wet/dry vac on the ground at the base of the hot tub. Then simply immerse the tube from the vacuum to suck up the glass.

If you have a heavy-duty wet/dry vac, the type that comes with a hose with various attachments, such as the DeWALT DXV06P, you could use the crevice tool to suck up any small fragments of glass at the bottom of your tub.

I have provided a link to this model on Amazon for your reference.

Concerned about using an electric appliance near the water?

The Aura 6250 Paradise power spa vacuum comes with a telescopic pole that extends to over 7 feet. It works on the principle of siphonage, so no electricity or batteries are needed.

It is strong enough to pick up small stones and pebbles, so it will easily pick up glass fragments. Just click on the link to see it on Amazon.

Does broken glass in a hot tub end up in the filter?

Large pieces of glass will likely sink to the bottom of the hot tub and not end up in the filter. However, small shards of glass may float, in which case they likely will end up in the filter.

Hot tub filter compartments are at the top of the water level.

If your hot tub has what is known as a ‘suction-side’ filtration system, the pump will draw in water from the surface, which will be collected in a skimmer before passing through the filter. In this way, larger objects such as dead leaves will not clog up the filter.

The problem with this type is that heavier debris such as sand or large pieces of glass will sink to the bottom.

Many of the high-end manufacturers use a ‘pressure-side’ filtration system, which, as well as skimming off the surface, uses a floor vacuum to collect the debris that sinks to the bottom. The microfilter is placed behind the pump on the pressure side rather than in the skimmer – the suction side.

Cleaning and changing the filter is an integral part of hot tub maintenance.

It is recommended that you change your filter regularly, but the frequency depends on the type of hot tub you have and how good a job you do of keeping them clean.

Luckily I cover all there is to know about hot tub filter maintenance in a recent article.

Just click that link to read it on my site. 

Did I cover all you wanted to know about how to get glass out of a hot tub?

Lots of people like a beer or a cocktail as they soak after a hard day, but you shouldn’t overdo it. Drinking alcohol while you are in the tub can lead to dehydration, causing dizziness and drowsiness, leading to an accident.

In a recent article, I looked at the effects of drinking while soaking and whether this made you feel drunker. Read about it here on my site – just click that link.

Anyway, should an accident occur, and you wind up with broken glass in your tub, hopefully, you will know what to do now.

If you have any questions, leave a message or email me, and don’t forget to check out the associated articles here on my website by clicking on the links.


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cut foot on broken Tanqueray bottle in hot tub… by Blake Patterson is licensed under CC2.0

How to Get Folliculitis Out of Your Hot Tub

If you or one of your family has developed a rash after using your hot tub, while that could just be a high pH level, it could also be folliculitis, and if that is the case, you will want to know how to get folliculitis out of your hot tub.

Here’s what I know from owning 4 hot tubs for almost 2 decades:

Get rid of hot tub folliculitis by performing a biofilm cleaning of the water, draining the hot tub completely, wiping it down with a mixture of water and white vinegar, and then refilling with fresh water, and balancing the alkalinity, pH, and sanitizer levels before entering.

But that’s just a quick answer.

Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles, which can be brought on by bathing in a hot tub that hasn’t been properly maintained, but before you treat it as such, you need to be certain that this is the cause of the rash.

There are a number of things that can cause itchiness and a rash.

So in this article, we’ll fully explore folliculitis, but we’ll also look at other possible causes of hot tub rash too. That way you’re covered no matter what the cause.

Let’s get into it!

How do you test for folliculitis in a hot tub?

There is no simple test for folliculitis, but it usually presents as red skin, tenderness, and puss-filled sores. The blister-like sores are normally what distinguishes folliculitis from other types of hot tub rashes.

The symptoms can be quite severe and usually appear within 72 hours of exposure.

Hot tub folliculitis – or pseudomonas folliculitis to give it its scientific name – is a type of bacteria that thrives in the warm water of a hot tub that isn’t properly sanitized.

Several forms of folliculitis fall into these four categories: 

  • Acute – where the condition lasts just a few days
  • Chronic – where the symptoms persist for several weeks
  • Superficial – hot tub folliculitis falls into this category
  • Deep – usually associated with people who have underlying health issues

Although it is not life-threatening, complications can arise, such as boils, permanent hair loss, and in more serious cases, cellulitis.

It is crucial, therefore, to seek medical advice if the symptoms persist for more than a day or two where folliculitis is thought to be the cause.

There are things you can do yourself to ease the itching. Try soaking a clean cloth in warm water, wringing out the excess water, and applying it to the affected skin for 20 minutes. Some say adding salt to the water helps too.

You can also wash the affected area with your hands – not a cloth – using a mild soap and dry off by dabbing with a clean towel. Hygiene is paramount as you don’t want to risk spreading the infection.

Using antibacterial cream is also known to help ease the itchiness, most beneficial after washing. If you want to read more on this, check out this article in the Medical News Today newsletter.

What else can cause a hot tub rash aside from folliculitis?

Other causes for a rash after exiting a hot tub can include too much chlorine or bromine in the water. But itchy skin and burning eyes can also result from high pH levels.

You should make sure the amount of chlorine or bromine you put in your hot tub doesn’t exceed the correct levels on your test strip. And if you have to keep topping it up, it could indicate that you have a biofilm problem.

Biofilm is a thin layer of bacteria and other organic material such as dead cells.

When this builds up in the pipework surfaces, it reduces the sanitizer’s efficiency, causing it to disappear quickly. You keep adding more, but it doesn’t seem to make any difference.

The best way to clear this is to flush out the jets using a cleaner such as Oh Yuk! on Amazon. Add this to the water and run the jets for 1 hour, then drain the hot tub and refill as normal.

But aside from chlorine or biofilm, the biggest culprit for hot tub rash is simply pH levels that are too high.

When your pH is high – above 7.8 ppm – it may be that your total alkalinity is off. This should be between 80 and 120 ppm, and if it falls outside of this range, it means that the pH is harder to control, so start off by correcting this.

High pH signifies low acidity, so to lower alkalinity and pH, you should add an acid such as sodium bisulfate or even vinegar (acetic acid). If alkalinity is fine, you just need to focus on the pH, and the best product for that is SpaChoice pH Decreaser (click to check the current price on Amazon).

You can read more on pH in a recent article. I go a lot deeper into the pH issues, and especially what to do if pH needs to go one direction and alkalinity needs to go the other way.

Just click on the link to read it on my site.

Why do I keep getting hot tub folliculitis?

If folliculitis recurs frequently in your hot tub, that is a sign that something continuing to allow bacteria to grow in the water. The best practice would be to perform a biofilm cleanout, drain the tub, wipe down with a mixture of water and white vinegar, refill, and treat with chemicals.

There are things you can do yourself to prevent rashes from appearing, like showering before AND after using the hot tub.

Showering before getting in gets rid of the oils, deodorants, make-up, and other things that can clog up your filter and lead to biofilm development. It also helps prevent the skin from absorbing chlorine.

Showering afterward will wash off the chlorine from your skin and help rehydrate it. The use of a moisturizer will also help in this respect.

Remove your bathing costume as soon as you can, certainly before showering, and set this aside for washing along with your towel after drying off to eliminate any bacteria.

If you keep getting a build-up of foam on the surface of the water, this is a sure sign of chemical imbalance that leads to folliculitis.

You can read about the causes of hot tub foam in this recent article, but the likely cause is your pH level may be too high. However, there is 1 other possibility that no one thinks of.

Just click that link to read it on my site.

Can hot tub folliculitis go away on its own?

Hot tub folliculitis symptoms in a person will go away on their own. But it is always a good idea to seek medical attention. The bacteria in the water of your hot tub, however, will require treatment to remove it and will not go away on its own.

Hot tub folliculitis can refer to the infection in a person as well as the bacteria that causes it, so in this case, yes, it can clear up on its own, but that depends on how bad the infection is.

Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles, so it can easily spread across the body as we have hair everywhere.

There is no actual cure for folliculitis; all you can do is treat the symptoms, and eventually, it will clear up. Mild symptoms should disappear within five days and in more serious cases ten to fourteen days.

If symptoms persist, it is important that you get medical advice.

This is because some of the complications can be dangerous. If you start to feel feverish and achy, or the discoloration seems to be spreading, this could be a sign of cellulitis, and that will need a good dose of antibiotics and probably hospitalization for a short spell.

Biofilm build-up in the plumbing and jets could result in depleted chlorine levels.

I discussed why this happens in a recent article. Preventing biofilm from building up in your hot tub can help you avoid dangerous complications because of folliculitis. After all, biofilm is, at least in part, a buildup of bacteria in your hot tub’s plumbing and equipment.

Just click that link to read it on my site.

How do you prevent hot tub folliculitis in a hot tub?

Prevent hot tub folliculitis by ensuring the sanitizer and pH levels are balanced perfectly before every use. Then ensure the water is changed completely every 3 months and that the filters are cleaned regularly too. It is very unlikely to get folliculitis in a well-maintained, clean, and chemically-balanced hot tub. 

Hot tub folliculitis is a form of bacteria (pseudomonas), and like all bacteria, it reacts badly to clean, sanitized conditions.

So, if you have had an outbreak of folliculitis, you need to empty the tub and give it a thorough cleaning.

Purge the pipes and jets before completely emptying the tub. I recommend Oh Yuk Healthy Hot Tub Cleaner for this purpose (click to see the current price on Amazon).

You should clean your filter at least every 3-4 weeks, with a kitchen sprayer or garden hose. A great product to help thoroughly clean your filter is the Filter Flosser (click to see it on Amazon), which connects to your garden hose and gets jets of water right where you need them – inside the pleats.

Then, every 3 to 4 months, you should give your filter a deep clean by removing it and soaking it in a 5-gallon bucket with a good quality cleaning agent.

There are lots of products on Amazon, but one I use and recommend is Power Soak by Spa Depot.

And the best part about Power Soak is that by using hot water, you only have to soak your filters for 1 hour. Other brands require overnight soaking!

But ultimately changing the water in your hot tub regularly is the best prevention for hot tub folliculitis. But how often can vary a little bit by use, and HOW to do it can be a little tricky.

Luckily, I have a recent article that covers you completely on both of those, including a cool tip on how I drain my hot tub in just 15 minutes. 

Just click that link to read it on my site.

Did I cover everything you wanted to know about how to get folliculitis out of your hot tub?

Hot tub folliculitis is not a common ailment for hot tub users and the bacteria that causes it is easily destroyed if you keep your hot tub water clean and healthy.

More often than not, a rash following a hot tub session is caused by a chemical imbalance in the water, which is easy to resolve, and apart from a little discomfort, isn’t serious.

However, it is important to know that more serious conditions can result from dirty or badly maintained water. I hope this article has helped you to distinguish the difference, but if there is anything more you would like to know, just drop me a line.

Don’t forget to click on the links to read associated articles on my website.

Do Hot Tubs Attract Midges?

A midge is a small type of fly, including some that bite like mosquitos, known to inhabit almost every continent. Midges are attracted to plants, pets, and people. But do hot tubs attract midges?

Here’s what I know from looking into it:

Hot tubs do attract midges, and a variety of insects. But midges are drawn more to the people using the hot tub than the hot tub itself. Specifically, midges are drawn to human’s lactic acid and carbon dioxide, as well as agitated movement.

Many (but not all) types of midges, bite and draw blood just like a mosquito.

That makes people’s bodies sticking up out of the water in a hot tub, a target. And especially when you consider many of us just sit with minimal movement in a hot tub, it’s understandable why they are drawn to us.

So in this article, we’ll look at some proven ways to keep midges out of the area around your hot tub, AND what to do if you already have them.

Let’s get into it!

How do I keep midges out of my hot tub?

You can keep midges out of the area around your hot tub by keeping the water clean and well-balanced. Dirty water is more likely to attract midges than freshly chlorinated water. 

Midges and mosquitoes are entirely different insects.

Not as deadly, but midges can still ruin your barbeque or soak in the tub. In a recent article, I wrote about mosquitoes and how to keep them away from your hot tub, and much of that applies to midges too.

Click on the link to check it out here on my website.

Male and female midges also like sugary food, as this gives them the energy to fly. For this reason, midges are attracted to the nectar in flowers and sap in other plants.

So avoid planting flowers right around your hot tub, especially sweet-smelling ones that will be a natural source for food for midges.

But you can also use citronella candles or citronella oil in a tiki torch to help keep midges at bay.

It’s also interesting to note that like mosquitos, midges tend to bite women more than men, and they tend to bite overweight people more than thinner people due to the lactic acid produced in the body.

Fidgety people also tend to get bitten more too.

What makes a hot tub attract midges?

Midges are attracted to body chemicals such as lactic acid and the carbon dioxide we breathe out. The heat from our bodies entices them too. So it is the people in the hot tub attracting midges and not the hot tub itself.

Although the water will be a good reason to hang around there in the first place, the scent emitted by humans is what attracts most pests.

If you have ever been camping near a creek or a pond, you will know about midges! They love marshy habitats but can also be found in mountainous regions. They see the hot tub as an ideal environment to breed due to the humidity in the air above it.

Actually, the hot, fast-moving water is the last place they will want to lay their eggs.

However, it’s a different story when the hot tub is not in use. The still, cold water is exactly what they want, so make sure your tub is covered at all times and keep the pump running on low.

It’s not just midges and mosquitoes that are attracted to this lifestyle.

You may even find the odd snake sliding around in the grass, trying to find a place to hide, and loving the underbelly of your hot tub!

I covered this in a recent article, and I get into all the steps you can take to make sure snakes don’t make a nest in your hot tub!

Just click that link to read it on my site.

What plants get rid of midges?

The main flowering plants midges don’t like include:

  • Lavender
  • Marigolds 
  • Chrysanthemum 
  • Nasturtiums

Midges hate anything lemony, so grow more of these as well:

  • Lemongrass
  • Lemon balm 
  • Lemon thyme
  • Lemon verbena 
  • Citrus trees
  • Lemon cypress

Aside from planting these, there are many other things you can do to keep midges away.

Firstly, make the area as hostile as possible for them. Remove anything that may collect water, dig up any marshy ground, lay paving, and grow more herbs – particularly spiny ones.

Midges hate these:

  • Basil
  • Cat-mint, in fact, all types of mint
  • Pennyroyal
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Alliums
  • Chamomile

Citronella is made from distilled oils from lemongrass, and it is possible to make your own if you grow this plant in a tub.

When the plant gets to a decent size, cut off some of the leaves and stems and boil them in olive oil. The result is the essential oil that you can then burn off in a lamp.

It may not be that simple, but this is a hot tub site, and there are plenty of gardening tutorials on YouTube!

What smell do midges hate?

Midges dislike DEET as it interferes with the receptors on the insect’s antennae and mouth-parts that detect lactic acid and carbon dioxide. Additionally, midges hate anything with a lemon smell.

These things, as we mentioned earlier, attract them to humans.

Picaridin repels many insects, including midges, by interfering with the olfactory senses in a similar way to DEET. It is a synthetic product based on the natural compound found in the group of plants that are used to produce black pepper.

One of the best-known products containing picaridin is Skin So Soft by Avon, and you can buy this on Amazon. Just click on the link to check it out.

Like mosquitoes, midges also hate essential oils, and lemon eucalyptus oil is particularly effective at deterring midges.

Other essential oils include catnip, peppermint, lemongrass, and lavender.

Burning essential oils will help deter midges and keep your hot tub smelling nice, but avoid putting most aromatherapy products in the hot tub water, as most are really bad for hot tubs.

Can you spray for midges?

Most sprays that deter midges are designed to be sprayed onto a human’s skin rather than around the perimeter of an area. DEET repellent is the best chemical deterrent, and anything citronella-based will be the best all-natural product.

Citriodiol is one of the best products for repelling midges and other biting flies.

Citriodiol is produced from the oil of the lemon eucalyptus tree, so it is a natural product. It has a very high citronella content, which is why it is more effective than most repellants.

CLICK HERE to check out the best Citriodiol-based insect repellant on Amazon.

DEET is a well-known repellent of mosquitoes and midges, but its use is very limited due to its toxicity, and most products containing DEET have a concentration of 30% or less.

Still, this is an effective bug repellant, and you will find it in spray form.

Highly recommended is Cutter Backwoods Dry insect repellent, which contains 25% DEET. Click on the link to check out the latest prices on Amazon.

It won’t sweat off, so if applied to your head and shoulders, it will work even when in the hot tub.

Did I answer all your concerns about whether hot tubs attract midges?

Yes, midges and mosquitoes like to hang around hot tubs.

Especially when there are 4 or 5 people in there enjoying themselves, giving off lots of CO2, but you don’t have to suffer being bitten. There are lots of things you can do to prevent this.

Incidentally, if you’ve never owned a hot tub but are considering investing in one, then you should check out this recent article on my site—twenty-three essential things to know before deciding which one to buy.

Drop me a line or leave a comment if there is something I missed, and don’t forget to check out the other related articles on my site as well by clicking on the links.


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Hot Tub Fun by Paul Hamilton is licensed under CC2.0