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Salt vs. Chlorine Swimming Pools - Advantages and Disadvantages

Posted by The WiFi Pool Solutions Team on Dec 16, 2016 9:54:25 AM

Salt or Chlorine - Which Should You ChooseChoosing between salt or chlorine is a major pool decision and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. While the decision is ultimately based on your personal needs and preferences, we want to help you get to know the options better, so you can make the best decision for you.


Saltwater pools use dissolved salt to sanitize your pool and keep it fresh and clean. While you are using salt, instead of chlorine, the end result is the same as using chlorine directly, as both methods are producing hypochlorous acid which is what sanitizes your pool.


  • You do not have to store and handle chlorine which can be dangerous
  • Less maintenance - You don’t have to interact with salt systems as often as chlorine systems
  • The water feels softer to some
  • Less trips to your local pool store
  • Lower ongoing costs
  • Safer on skin and hair
  • Lower levels of chlorine
  • Don’t fade clothing as much as chlorine
  • Salt does not evaporate from a pool the way chlorine does


  • Higher up-front costs
  • Salt is corrosive and can damage metal ladders, screws on lights and trim and equipment (i.e. heat exchanger)*
  • Can damage salt-averse decking*
  • Chlorine is still present
  • Salt systems are more complicated



Chlorine pools use chlorine to keep your pool clean and are one of the most conventional types of pools.


  • Clears up your water faster, in most cases
  • Easy to operate
  • Chlorine tablets are readily available at most pool stores
  • Lower up-front costs
  • Safer on pool accessories and salt-averse decking
  • Chlorine kills mildew, mold buildup and bacteria living in the water


  • Fades clothing
  • Can be harmful for your skin and eyes
  • Needs to be tested and replenished more regularly
  • Chemicals are dangerous if not stored and handled properly
  • Chlorine evaporates
  • Higher ongoing costs

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*corrosion can be managed, in some cases – talk to your pool dealer

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