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Saltwater vs. Chlorine Pools

12/03/2020Saltwater vs. Chlorine Pools

If you’re seriously considering buying a pool, you are likely aware of the many different styles available. But there are two types of swimming pools that are commonly pitted against each other: saltwater and chlorinated. Saltwater pools and systems, as of lately, have become more common. But what exactly is the difference between the two? Here’s an in-depth guide to differentiate the two.

Saltwater Pools

When it comes down to pool types, the term usually refers to the sanitization system. Saltwater uses salt for sanitation, and it typically relies on an automated system. In terms of structure, the saltwater pools require a more durable pool. This is due to the corrosive nature of the salt.

Most saltwater pools will be composed of high quality racing throughout to ensure it is properly covering the ledges, joiners, and tracks, to avoid rusting. This gives the pool flooring and lining a softer feeling.


  • more gentle on the skin and eyes
  • won’t harm or fade swimwear
  • requires less maintenance and use of chemicals


  • can cost more than chlorinated pools
  • can end up damaging the pool without proper lining
  • sanitation system is more complex

Chlorinated Pools

Chlorinated pools are pools that utilize chlorine for sanitation. Unlike the automated system of a saltwater pool, chlorinated pools require more maintenance. The chlorine should be added daily via powder or tablets.


  • less initial investment
  • uses less electricity than saltwater pools
  • more customizable fixtures can be easily installed
  • Fixing an issue is much easier than with a saltwater pool


  • chlorine is harsher on your skin, hair, and eyes
  • chlorine levels must be checked regularly, to ensure the bacteria is killed
  • must diligently care for chlorine storage

Is One Better Than the Other?

Chlorine pools have been around much longer than saltwater pools, but that’s not say it is inherently better. But the benefits to the skin and hair could sway one prospective pool-buyer’s vote. Chlorine requires more maintenance, but a saltwater pool will cost more upfront. Ultimately, it’s up to you and your family’s needs and wants.