Saltwater Pools vs. Chlorine Pools

Two of the most popular forms of swimming pools are chlorine and saltwater. Both come with their own set of pros and cons. For instance, saltwater pools require far less maintenance, but chlorine pools tend to be less expensive initially. Let’s take a closer look at the difference between these two types of swimming pool systems as well as the benefits and drawbacks of each.

Saltwater Pools and Chlorine Pools

Saltwater pools use standard water with an addition: salt. Some people believe that saltwater pools are chlorine-free, but the truth is that there are low levels of chlorine. A saltwater pool generator is responsible for converting the salt into very small amounts of chlorine, which helps ensure that the water remains clean without additional chemicals. Due to this electrolysis generator, this type of pool costs more initially.

Chlorine pools use chlorine tablets, liquids, or sticks to balance the chlorine levels within the pool. Too much chlorine can be very dangerous for your health, so keeping a close eye on these levels is important. Generally, chlorine levels need to be checked on a weekly basis and after weather events.

Saltwater Pools: Pros and Cons


  • Simple, Inexpensive Maintenance – It takes less work to maintain the cleanliness of a saltwater pool than a chlorine pool. In addition, the annual maintenance of a saltwater pool is a fraction of the cost of a chlorine pool.
  • Easier on the Body – Excess chlorine levels can lead to respiratory, visual, and skin problems. However, saltwater pools do not contain toxic fumes from chlorine and are much gentler on the body.
  • Impressive Return on Investment (ROI) – Although there is a higher initial cost for saltwater pools, the long-term investment will be well worth it due to lower operational costs and lack of potential health issues.


  • Higher Upfront Cost – The most significant drawback of saltwater pools is the initial investment, as it is larger than a chlorine pool. This is because of the process of converting a pool system to saltwater.

Chlorine Pools: Pros and Cons


  • Low Initial Cost – The cost of swimming pool construction will vary from one provider to the next and be based on the exact dimensions and specifications of the pool. However, a chlorine pool may be best if you need an option that costs less upfront. There are additional costs associated with saltwater pools due to the conversion process.
  • Less Equipment Needed – Chlorine pools generally just need three things to become functional: a pump, a filter, and chemicals. While additional items can be purchased to improve your experience, those are the necessities. A saltwater pool requires a pump, a filter, a saltwater generator, and saltwater cells.


  • Harsh on the Body – One drawback of chlorine pools is the chlorine can be hard on the hair, eyes, and skin, causing irritation for some individuals.
  • More Maintenance Required – Chlorine pools require frequent maintenance to ensure the water remains clean and clear. Chemicals often need to be adjusted every week and each time it rains.

Which Type of Pool Is Best for You?

Whether this information has helped you determine the type of swimming pool system you would like, or you still need a little bit more information, contact a swimming pool construction professional in your local area. Avanti Pools, Inc. is a professional pool builder that is happy to address any questions or concerns you have regarding these pool systems.