In today’s market, this has got to be one of the number one questions any consumer considering a hot tub is asking. So here are the facts. Salt is great. The water feels amazing and you will definitely enjoy the feel of the salt when you get into your hot tub. I sell salt and I can give you lots of reasons to buy salt. If you are considering salt, the ONLY reason you should consider it is for the feel of the water. Other benefits are a hands free operation and a naturally produced chlorine. Yes, salt is chlorine. The salt cell takes the salt in the water and turns it into chlorine. A salt hot tub will be treated just as a chlorine hot tub. So if there is any problem with the water, you treat it like a chlorine hot tub. You shock it like chlorine. You keep your chlorine levels at 3-6 ppm. Salt is chlorine.
There are systems out there that are easier to run, cost significantly less and require even less time from you to take care of them. My water care system of choice would be the Spa Frog @Ease program. It is very simple to use and only requires you to shock the hot tub once per month. This is a self-regulating program that allows you to keep your chlorine at a super low level of .5-1.0 ppm. My second choice would be Silk Balance. This is also very simple and gives the water the super soft feel of salt. Hand fed or inline systems do work incredibly well with less time and less damage to your wallet. The picture slide above compares the pros and cons of both systems.
There are tons of options when it comes to picking a sanitizer system to use in your hot tub. Do your homework and consider all the options. Look at your lifestyle and budget, and choose the system that is best for you.