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D1 vs Bullfrog 2016-09-26T14:59:02+00:00
Advantage Bullfrog R7, A7 / A8 Advantage D1 Nautique / Nautilus
Size:  Bullfrog 88x88x36, A8 94x94x36  D1 83x84x36 / 92x92x36
Pumps:  = 2 – 2.5 HP CD Gecko XP2 (both 2 speed).

NO slice valves, so tub will have to be drained to repair pumps and tub refilled to test for leaks, costing you more money in labor.

 = 2 – 2.5 HP CD Gecko XP2 (both 2 speed). Slice valves included.
Jets:        X Jetpaks. Customer choice. Interchangable. No ball bearings (quiet), No tabs (threaded). BUT, if a jet in the Jetpak fails, the whole Jetpak has to be replaced. 5 yr. warranty. $500 MSRP replacement price out of warranty. The Jetpak manifolds fail, leak, loose pressure and/or water shouts out the top of the air vents.   Threaded in jets (no tabs), interchangable same size, adjustable height neck jets good feature.
Heater: Balboa single 4.0 kW standard Encoloy heater. Welds corrode and heater trips GFCI        X Dual Titanium 3.0/4.0/5.5 kW variable Smart Heat™ heater with no weld construction for longer life
Temp Sensor:   Balboa M7 located on heater manifold in equipment cabinet. Requires pump to turn on every 30 minutes for 5 minutes with heater on record accurate temperature       X Temp sensor located in 3/4” plumbing line tied into the 24 hour circulation pump for acurate temp reading constantly. Much more efficient design
Software heater settings: Balboa: 2 choices – Standard (every 30 minutes) or Economy (every filter cycle, 1 or 2 times a day)       X Gecko: 5 choices – Beginner, Away from Home, Energy Savings, Super Energy Savings, Weekender
Diverter valve:       = 4       = 1
Circ pump: optional (1.3 Amp Mighty Max 1.5” in/out). No bypass. Circ pump and heater sometimes burn out when filters get clogged. Not designed to run 24 hours a day. 35 gallons a minute – too fast for effective ozone bacteria killing       X Standard 24 hours, super quiet, 3/4″ plumbing. Dedicated 75 sq. ft. filter. 7.5 gallons a minute. Ideal flow rate for maximum ozone bacteria killing
Pump Air lock relief valve:   NONE – So if you have an air lock in the pump plumbing you will have to remove equipment cabinet and loosen 2” plumbing union or loosen wet end bleeder valve.       X 2 – positioned conveniently next to the filters
Ozone: Del APG (Advance Plasma Gap) CD (Corona Discharge) unstable in warm and humid environment. 10 feet of 3/4″ wrapped hose for oz contact. Ozone turns off when any button is pressed on the topside. No degassing chamber. Water flow rate to fast to effectively kill bacteria.        X Patented water management system. First on the market. Much longer 3/4″ hose with a degassing chamber, zero off gassing. UV bulb much more stable and cleaner ozone production
Other sanitation:   NONE       X Vision (mineral purification)
Waterfall: Runs on pump #1 only. Pump #1 very loud. Drowns out the noise of the waterfall.       X uses dedicated quiet / energy efficient pump
Foot Jets:   2 and they are weak       X 4 / 7. Much more powerful
Filters: 2 – 50 sq. ft.       X 2 x 75 sq. ft.
Filtration:   w/o circulation pump: 2x- 2 hours, w/optional Circulation pump: 2x – 4 hours avg.       X 24 hours a day with 24 hour UV Ozone and Mineral purifier
Main pump purge:   2x a day for 5 minute. factory set, you can’t change it.       X variable main pump purge duration. You determine how much more filtration you want for pump #1 / Filter 2
Lights:   LED’s:waterall, filter compartment, ozone jet, emblem inside and out.       X Waterfall lights look better and you can interchange the waterfall with 2 more water feature styles
Warranty:   Structure: Lifetime Frame, 10 Year Structure       X Ultralife Shell: Lifetime shell and structure warranty. Envirotech cabinet: Lifetime warranty
    Shell: 10 Years shel structure / 7 years shell surface       X Ultralife Shell: Lifetime warranty.  7 Years Acrylic
    Cabinet: 5 years. Velcro’d to frame. Gaps in plastic frame and cabinet. Adhesive doesn’t always adhere. Rodent entry issues       X Cabinet: Lifetime Envirotect / 7 years Terracina cabinet. Cabinets are screwed to 2×4 studs. No Velcro. Much more secure from rodent intrusion
        = Parts: 5       = Parts: 5
        = Plumbing: 5       = Plumbing: 5
        = Labor: 5       = Labor: 5
         
         
         
  Advantage   Advantage  
   Bullfrog Bullfrog R/A6L  (1 main pump)  D1 Seville (1 main pump)
Size:   88x80x34   84x78x31
Pumps:       = 1 – 2.5 HP CD Gecko XP2 (2 speed)       = 1 – 2.5 HP CD Gecko XP2 (2 speed)
Jets: X Jetpaks. Customer choice. Interchangable. No ball bearings (quiet), No tabs (threaded). BUT, if a jet in the Jetpak fails, the whole Jetpak has to be replaced. 5 yr. warranty. $500 MSRP replacement price out of warranty. The Jetpak manifolds fail, leak, loose pressure and/or water shouts out the top of the air vents.   Threaded in jets (no tabs), interchangable same size, adjustable height neck jets good feature.
Heater:   Balboa single 4.0 kW standard Encoloy heater. Welds corrode and heater trips GFCI X Dual Titanium 3.0/4.0/5.5 kW variable Smart Heat™ heater with no weld construction for longer life
Temp Sensor:   Balboa M7 located on heater manifold in equipment cabinet. Requires pump to turn on every 30 minutes for 5 minutes with heater on record accurate temperature X Temp sensor located in 3/4” plumbing line tied into the 24 hour circulation pump for acurate temp reading constantly. Much more efficient design
Software heater settings:   Balboa: 2 choices – Standard (every 30 minutes) or Economy (every filter cycle, 1 or 2 times a day) X Gecko: 5 choices – Beginner, Away from Home, Energy Savings, Super Energy Savings, Weekender
Diverter valve:   3 or 4 X 1
Circ pump:   optional (1.3 Amp Mighty Max 1.5” in/out). No bypass. Circ pump and heater sometimes burn out when filters get clogged. Not designed to run 24 hours a day. 35 gallons a minute – too fast for effective ozone bacteria killing X Standard 24 hours, super quiet, 3/4″ plumbing. Dedicated 75 sq. ft. filter. 7.5 gallons a minute. Ideal flow rate for maximum ozone bacteria killing
Air bleeder:   NONE – So if you have an air lock in the pump plumbing you will have to remove the equipment cabinet and loosen the 2” plumbing union with a pipe wrench or loosen wet end bleeder valvewith plyers.          X 2 positioned next to the filters. Open and close with your fingers
Ozone:   Del APG (Advance Plasma Gap) CD (Corona Discharge) unstable in warm and humid environment. 10 feet of 3/4″ wrapped hose for oz contact. Ozone turns off when any button is pressed on the topside. No degassing chamber. Water flow rate to fast to effectively kill bacteria.         X Patented water management system. First on the market. Much longer 3/4″ hose with a degassing chamber, zero off gassing. UV bulb much more stable and cleaner ozone production
Other sanitation:   NONE X Vision (mineral purification)
Waterfall:   Runs on pump #1 only. Pump #1 very loud. Drowns out the noise of the waterfall. X uses dedicated quiet / energy efficient very small pump
Foot Jets:   3 and they are weak X 4
Filters:   2 – 50 sq. ft. X 2 x 75 sq. ft.
Filtration:   w/o circulation pump: 2x- 2 hours, w/optional Circulation pump: 2x – 4 hours avg. X 24 hours a day with 24 hour UV Ozone and Mineral purifier
Main pump purge:   2x a day for 5 minute. factory set, you can’t change it. X variable main pump purge duration. You determine how much more filtration you want for pump #1 / Filter 2
Lights:   LED’s:waterall, filter compartment, ozone jet, emblem inside and out. X Waterfall lights look better and you can interchange the waterfall with 2 more water feature styles
Warranty:   Structure: Lifetime Frame, 10 Year Structure X Ultralife Shell: Lifetime shell and structure warranty. Envirotech cabinet: Lifetime warranty
    Shell: 10 Years shel structure / 7 years shell surface X Ultralife Shell: Lifetime warranty.  7 Years Acrylic
    Cabinet: 5 years. Velcro’d to frame. Gaps in plastic frame and cabinet. Adhesive doesn’t always adhere. Rodent entry issues X Cabinet: Lifetime Envirotect / 7 years Terracina cabinet. Cabinets are screwed to 2×4 studs. No Velcro. Much more secure from rodent intrusion
   = Parts: 5 = Parts: 5
   = Plumbing: 5 = Plumbing: 5
   = Labor: 5 = Labor: 5