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Should you buy a salt water generator or use a traditional chlorine pool?

This is a question that many people ask themselves, particularly when they are planning on buying a new pool. There are actually many pros and cons for both options. We compiled a list for you! Keep reading to learn about the benefits of both, and make the best decision for you and your loved ones!


Salt water pools are not exactly chlorine free. However, their chlorine content is significantly lower than that of many other pools. This is the reason why salt water pools are so popular among people who have sensitive skin, since chlorine can cause a sense of dryness after a swim.

Salt water pools are often easier to maintain. Besides regular surface cleaning operations and fishing out debris from the water, most people actually clean their salt water pools thoroughly only about once a year. This is because the salt water generation can help keep the filters healthier and prevent the buildup of algae or other debris in the pool.

Salt water is often described as having a “softer” feel, which many people find more relaxing and pleasant.

Chlorine can be a dangerous substance to store or transport, both in tablet or liquid form. Some people even maintain that it might pose health risks to be aware of. Although salt water pools still have chlorine, it is self-generated from the salt water generator, so you don’t really have to store or keep chlorine supplies in your home.


A staple for decades, chlorine pools are definitely the best option if you are looking for a cost-effective pool. While salt water pools are expensive, requiring costly filters, generators and energy consumption, regular chlorine pools are much more affordable.

Salt water might stain or damage surfaces in your pool or any pool accessories, even if they are just in close proximity with the water. This risk is almost irrelevant with regular chlorine pools, and it should not be a problem at all.


So, should you get a salt water pool or a chlorine pool? There is really no right or wrong here.

Salt water pools were once considered an extremely luxurious option. While they are still more expensive than regular chlorinated pools, they became more accessible and more and more people are looking for alternative with less chlorine.

On the other hand, traditional chlorinated pools are definitely more budget-friendly.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to you. Are you looking for a way to reduce the chlorine level in your water? If that is the case, salt water pools might be the way to go, if the additional costs do not scare you away.

Do you want to know more? Are you looking for special assistance? Contact Van Dorn Pools and Spas, we will be happy to help.

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