Salt Water Hot Tubs - What You Should Know

The Truth About Salt Water Hot Tubs: Dispelling Myths


At Mario's Pool & Spa, we pride ourselves on providing you with honest and accurate information about hot tubs, even when it means discussing products we don't sell. Salt water hot tubs have gained popularity in recent years, and while we may not offer them, we believe in helping you make an informed decision. In this blog post, we'll explore the world of salt water, debunk common myths, and provide you with the knowledge you need to decide what hot tub is the right choice for you.


What Are Salt Water Hot Tubs?


Salt water hot tubs, often called saltwater spas, are a relatively new innovation in the hot tub industry. These systems use a salt chlorinator to convert the salt in the water into chlorine. This process is supposed to provide a more natural and comfortable hot tub experience.


Debunking Common Salt Water Myths


They're Maintenance-Free

One of the most common myths about salt water hot tubs is that they require less maintenance than traditional chlorine-based systems. While it's true that they can reduce the frequency of adding chlorine, they still require regular monitoring and maintenance to ensure water balance, filter cleaning, and equipment checks. Salt cells may also need replacement, which can be expensive.


They Don't Use Chlorine

Some people assume that salt water means chlorine-free. In reality they do use chlorine, but it's generated from the salt in the water. The primary difference is the method of chlorination, not the absence of chlorine itself. Over chlorination can occur without consistent monitoring


They're Cheaper in the Long Run

While proponents of salt water hot tubs claim that they are more cost-effective over time, the initial cost is typically higher. Additionally, the cost of salt cell replacements and potential repairs can offset any savings in the long run.


They're Better for Your Skin

Another common myth is that salt water is gentler on the skin. While the water might feel softer, the chlorine produced can still cause skin irritation, and the pH and chemical balance of the water play a crucial role in skin comfort.


Benefits of Salt Water Hot Tubs


While we don't sell salt water hot tubs, it's important to acknowledge the benefits that have attracted many buyers:

  1. Softer Water Feel: Salt water can feel softer on the skin.

  2. Less Frequent Chemical Additions: These systems can require fewer chlorine additions to maintain water sanitization.

  3. Constant Chlorine Production: The built-in chlorinator continuously generates chlorine, which can lead to consistent water clarity.



At Mario's Pool & Spa, our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions about hot tubs, even if they are not products we sell. Salt water has it's advantages and disadvantages, and we hope this blog post has helped shed light on the truth.

Remember, there's no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to hot tubs. Your choice should depend on your preferences, needs, and budget. We're here to help you make the right choice, whether it's a salt water or a more traditional option. If you have any questions or need assistance in selecting the perfect hot tub for your home, don't hesitate to reach out to us. Your satisfaction is our priority.

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