About Bullfrog International

Bullfrog International, LC is the parent company of the Bullfrog Spas® hot tub brand. Bullfrog International designs and manufactures the world’s only luxury hot tubs with the patented JetPak Therapy System™. JetPaks® are modular jetted spa seats that allow the user to customize, interchange and upgrade their hot tub’s jetted massages at anytime. Founded in 1996, Bullfrog International is headquartered in the greater Salt Lake City, Utah metro area.
The JetPak Therapy System is backed by six U.S. patents, multiple foreign patents, with other U.S. and foreign patents pending. Bullfrog Spas provide powerful hydrotherapy, legendary reliability, and are extremely energy efficient. Bullfrog International currently distributes, licenses, and retails its products in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, South American, the Caribbean and Europe. Bullfrog International, LC is a privately held company widely regarded as the fastest growing luxury hot tub manufacturer in the world.

We invite you to learn more about Bullfrog Spas and Bullfrog International.

History

Learn about the simple idea that launched a company and created a new way to make hot tubs.

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Awards & Honors

We are humbled and very honored to have been recognized so often. See the awards Bullfrog has received.

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Patents

Discover how our patents help us create the most advanced hot tubs and spas available today.

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Engineering Philosophy

See what’s behind the technology that makes Bullfrog Spas completely different from all other spas.

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Engineering Perfection in Personal Spas

Perfection is no small challenge, but it’s our goal. This is why, at Bullfrog International, we take a different approach to manufacturing the world’s best hot tubs and spas.

  • We start with an expert team of designers and engineers. They utilize the latest technology to create the aesthetic style and the functional blueprint for a spa that will both look and perform better than any other.
  • Our manufacturing professionals are trained in the latest methods of efficient manufacturing to ensure quality throughout the process. Our spas are built with pride, right here in the USA.
  • Our dealer network is chosen and assembled by choosing only the best independent spa retailers and support specialists in each major market around the world. We are constantly training at every level to serve you and bring you the very best spas through the best channels.

With superior technology, processes and dedication we are indeed “engineering perfection” at Bullfrog International.

Patented Technology for a Better Spa Experience

Bullfrog Spas feature patented technology recognized around the world in the pool and spa industry. The benefits of the patented JetPak Therapy System include: customizable jetted massages, an efficient system that creates the most energy efficient spa, and an ultra-efficient plumbing system that provides more power to run all the jets at the same time with optimum pressure.

  • Every other spa in the world uses complex networks of pipe to carry water from the pumps to the jets. Bullfrog threw away all traditional plumbing and, using the ulta-efficient JetPak Therapy System, we eliminated up to 90% of the pipe. Less plumbing results in less friction. Water pressure is far greater, which results in a spa that can run more jets per pump. All jets in all seats run at maximum jet power, all the time. No need for diverter valves and no more robbing jet pressure from your friends.
  • The JetPak Therapy System creates the most energy efficient line of high-end spas on the market. In a conventional spa, water is heated and travels to the spa through many feet of plumbing. Along its journey, heat is lost. Bullfrog is different. Up to 90% of the plumbing is eliminated and the JetPak manifolds are within the hot spa water. This means almost all the heated water stays within the spa water. This process recycles heat energy. In addition, by using 100% closed-cell, full-foam insulation, Bullfrog ensures maximum protection against exterior heat loss. Many high-end spas may boast this feature; however, Bullfrog goes one step further by recycling heat from equipment, which traditional spas lose.
  • No other spa design offers this much peace of mind. With zero holes drilled into the seatbacks, Bullfrog spas reduce potential for leaks and increases reliability. Bullfrog is also the industry leader and still one of only a few manufacturers that produce spas with no wood or metal in the support structure. Bullfrog’s EnduraFrame spa support structure is water-proof, long-lasting and more durable. Bullfrog´s exclusive design provides unmatched peace of mind with most of your plumbing being immediately accessible on the JetPak itself, and not underneath the spa. If service is ever needed, all JetPaks are easy to access.

History and Timeline

Bullfrog International has grown from an idea and a garage to an industry leading international brand. See the important points and accomplishments along the way.

  • 1989
    Inventor David Ludlow conceives the JetPak Technology concept while working on a means to create the world’s first leak-proof hot tub.
  • 1996
    David Ludlow establishes Bullfrog International, LC in Salt Lake City, Utah and commences to design a six-person spa with six JetPaks and two pumps.
  • 1997
    Receives safety listing certification from Underwriters Laboratories.
  • 1998
    Receives first of six U.S. patents for JetPak technology.
  • 1998
    Product line of six spa models formally debuted in New Orleans at the NSPI Show.
  • 2002
    Recognized as the 4th fastest growing company in Utah.
  • 2003
    Signs exclusive license agreement with SCS Industries for the manufacturing and distribution of the Bullfrog product line in Australasia.
  • 2003
    Completes new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Bluffdale, Utah.
  • 2004
    Receives prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Ernst & Young for the manufacturing category.
  • 2004
    David Ludlow inducted into the National Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Hall of Fame
  • 2005
    For the fourth year running, Bullfrog is ranked as one of Utah’s Top 100 Fastest Growing companies.
  • 2005
    Enters into private label agreement with Villeroy & Boch for distribution of JetPak-equipped spas in Europe.
  • 2006
    Receives compliance listing for appliance energy efficiency with the California Energy Commission.
  • 2007
    Bullfrog Spas moves to 100% wood-free EnduraFrame support structure.
  • 2011
    Jerry Pasley, former executive at Jacuzzi Hot Tubs and Sundance Spas becomes CEO at Bullfrog Spas. Under Pasley’s direction Bullfrog Spas increases in industry and international prominence.
  • 2013
    Bullfrog Spas introduces the A Series and R Series spa lines featuring the patented JetPak Therapy System, a new and improved self-contained JetPak technology.
  • 2015
    Bullfrog Spas introduces STIL, a contemporary take on spa design that defies industry aesthetic conventions and wins the prestigious iF Design award.
  • 2016
    The STIL modern spa creates a strong buzz in the design and architecture community in North America and Europe. Awarded the prestigious Red Dot Design award.

The past is almost as bright as the future at Bullfrog International.

Awards and Honors

Bullfrog International and Bullfrog Spas have been honored with numerous awards and industry recognition.

    • 2016 – Red Dot Design Award for STIL™ – Red Dot
    • 2015 – iF Design Award for STIL™ – International Forum Design
    • 2015 – Most Innovative Product Award for STIL™ – ACPQ
    • 2015 – Best of Class – PoolandSpa.com
    • 2015 – Best of State – Pools and Spas
    • 2014 – Best of Class – PoolandSpa.com
    • 2014 – Best of State – Pools and Spas
    • 2013 – Best of Class – PoolandSpa.com
    • 2013 – Best of State – Pools and Spas
    • 2012 – International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) – Industrial Designers Society of America
    • 2012 – Best Hot Tub – About.com
    • 2012 – Best of Class – PoolandSpa.com
    • 2012 – Best of State – Pools and Spas
    • 2011 – International Pool Group – Supplier of the Year
    • 2011 – Best of State – Pools and Spas
    • 2011 – Top 10 Hot Tubs – PoolandSpa.com
    • 2010 – Best of State – Pools and Spas
    • 2010 – International Pool Group – President’s Award for Best Manufacturer
    • 2009 – Best of State – Pools and Spas
    • 2008 – Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Judge
    • 2008 – Best of Class Award from PoolandSpa.com
    • 2007 – Best of State – Pools and Spas
    • 2006 – Inducted into the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Hall of Fame
    • 2006 – Best of State – Pools and Spas
    • 2006 – Mountain West Venture Group Utah Top 100 –Fastest Growing Companies in Utah
    • 2005 – Best of State – Pools and Spas
    • 2005 – Mountain West Venture Group Utah Top 100 –Fastest Growing Companies in Utah
    • 2005 – Best of State – Wholesale Durable Goods
    • 2004 – Best of State – Wholesale Durable Goods
    • 2004 – National Award Nominee – Entrepreneur of the Year – Manufacturing (Utah)
    • 2004 – Mountain West Venture Group Utah Top 100 –Fastest Growing Companies in Utah
    • 2004 – Winner – Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Manufacturing (Utah)
    • 2003 – Best of State – Wholesale Durable Goods
    • 2003 – Finalist – Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Manufacturing (Utah)
    • 2003 – Mountain West Venture Group Utah Top 100 –Fastest Growing Companies in Utah
    • 2002 – Mountain West Venture Group Utah Top 100 – 4th Fastest Growing Company in Utah

Recognized around the world for excellence in portable spa design and engineering.