1. BLUE WORKS BLH40 Clear
Equipped with all the necessary features to simplify the overall pool upkeep process, Blue Works BLH40 Clear is an ideal choice for large in-ground basins. It requires no additional pipeline, therefore its installation is facile and won’t take long, as it is compatible with any pre-existing pumps and filtration systems. No need to fret over crowded pool equipment, as the unit sports a very slim and compact design, more precise 14.37” by 10.82” by 11.81”, ensuring the equipment enclosure won’t get cluttered.
Once equipped to your pump, the digital display with LED indicators will enable you to complete control over how the system works. The display is carefully kept in a white, durable casing, which can be mounted on any walls, ensuring the controls are easy to reach. There are 8 LEDs in total, each representing a distinct function. The panel also provides words instead of codes to help you troubleshoot the unit on your own if necessary. The case also contains important information regarding how the pool chemistry should bee, as well as other tips regarding water chemistry and balance. You don’t have to always go near it to change the settings, as you can easily achieve the same result by utilizing the remote function.
Attributes and Abilities
The unit has a long life duration, between 10.000 and 15.000 hours, and it includes a self-cleaning ability through reverse polarity. Therefore it will prevent build-ups from appearing and will require no monthly cleaning. Additionally, it is compatible with inground basins that don’t exceed 15.9 ft to 17.43 ft, or 40.000-gallon capacity. While its overall output is adjustable according to your desires, with maximum settings it can provide up to 2.1 lbs/day, therefore more than enough to keep your pool clean. It will also show you accurate salinity readings, to help you keep track of how much salt is in the water, and will also alert when the level drops or rises above the required standards (2300 ppm – 6500 ppm).
- Super chlorination mode – it works similarly to how a shock water treatment would function. However, it employs no dangerous substances and requires no additional investment into chemicals.
- Temperature indicator – it will keep track of the water temperature as well as the environmental one, stopping the unit when the extremes are reached (50° F – 140°F)
- Versatile warranty – there are several warranties you can opt for, ranging from 2 years up to 7 years.
- No harsh chemicals involved
- Automatic process
- Hassle-free utilization
- Facile installation
- Requires no additional gear
- Digital interface
- Full words instead of troubleshooting codes
Not only can it be installed without additional help, but it also offers you the comfort of an automatic water treatment. With no harsh substances involved in the process, the resulted water will be gentle with the skin and eyes, causing no irritation even to sensitive people. Additionally, it includes a self-cleaning function which ensures it requires no additional action from your part to keep it in top shape.
2. Hayward Goldline PL-PLUS
Hayward Goldline PL-Pus offers its user the ability to control all the important pool functions, and not only, from just one panel. It reduces the clutter, due to its 14 38/” by 20 3/8” dimension, and it installs easily – the control panel on the wall and the 12 5/16” salt-chlorination system on the pump. It requires no professional help do set it up, and it is accompanied by a limited warranty throughout the first year of utilization. All the gear is included in the package, so all you need to do is follow the detailed instruction manual provided, to get it ready to go.
It is compatible with in-ground basins, with a capacity of 40.000 gallons, as well as spas, and it guarantees that the water will be gentle with the sensitive eyes and delicate skin. Therefore, it will cause no harmful effects even to sensitive people. Additionally, it will help you save money in the long run, as it will efficiently read and distribute the water chemicals accordingly.
- Simultaneous control – with just a single panel you can fully access 3 valve actuators, as well as distinct heater, both solar and conventional. Also, its efficiency stretches even further, allowing to you control backyard lights, even sprinkles.
- Fully programmable – not only is the digital control panel equipped with self-explanatory buttons, but all the functions are entirely programmable to your liking and needs. The built-in keypad makes this process trouble-free, and if you wish to add even more keypads, it has wireless remote control already built in its functions (the wireless keypads must be acquired separately as they are not included in the pack).
- Accurate readings and protections – the unit is capable of displaying the temporal system in days and hours, as well as the water temperature for both pool and spa, together with the ambient air. This ensures the unit will automatically protect all the interconnected equipment by shutting off each part individually, in case the temperature reaches freezing points or goes as high as 104 degrees F.
- Sanitation – it is capable of reading the pH level and regulate it accordingly. Even more, it automatically sanitizes the pool, and it even offers a super chlorination function which acts as a shock treatment against bacteria and pathogens.
- Fully automatic control
- Programmable and customizable settings
- Highly versatile
- Compatible with several systems
- Hassle-free installation
Highly versatile and extremely efficient, Hayward Goldline PL-PLUS offers you the possibility to control your entire pool and spa system as well as other devices in your back yard from one console. Mountable directly on the wall, it won’t occupy space, whereas its DIY installation guarantees you’ll have no trouble utilizing it without additional help. It will keep the water pristine, and safe, helping you save money in the long run.
3. Hayward Goldline T-Cell-15
Hayward Goldline T-Cell-15 is not only compatible with several systems, but it also strong enough to keep basins with a capacity of 40.000 gallons in pristine shape. It transforms natural salt into chlorine, therefore maintaining the water bacteria-free. Although the sanitizing effects are preserved, the harsh chemical effects are diminished, resulting in healthy skin and clear eyes even if they are sensitive.
It offers versatile installation, as the cell can be installed either vertically or in an inverted position, directly on the filter pump’s return line. Therefore it can be used with water that reaches both the pool and the spa, for increased convenience. It offers a hassle-free installation, which can be easily done without additional help even by beginners.
The control panel allows you to select the amount of chlorine you wish to insert into the water, simply by twisting the dial, whereas the 8 LED indicators will instantly help you locate any issue that might appear. Additionally, it includes a digital display for faster and clearer readings, and it also includes a super chlorination function which enables you to shock the water if the situation arises.
Although it incorporates a self-cleaning function, which will reverse the polarity to help reduce and eliminate buildups, every 500 hours the unit will tell you to inspect the cell. Depending on how hard the water is, the cell might require additional cleaning, which should be done manually. Daily it can provide up to 1.45 lbs of chlorine, therefore more than enough to help you save money in the long run, and it is backed by the manufacturer with a generous warranty of 3 years, starting from the moment you acquire the unit.
- Accessible price
- Automatic control
- Self-cleaning function
- Hassle-free, adaptive installation
User-friendly in both design and installation, Hayward Goldline T-Cell-15 offers crystal clear water with no harmful effects on skin and eyes. It offers easy-to-use controls, as well as LED indicators to help you easily troubleshoot it. It is more than capable of supporting large inground basins and its weatherproof case ensures it will resist various climate changes.
4. Intex Krystal Clear E.C.O.
As one of the top brands when it comes to pool-related equipment, Intex doesn’t disappoint. Its Krystal Clear E.C.O. system comes in two options, one that can sustain pools with a capacity of 7000 gallons, and one for pools up to 15.000 gallons. It is one of the best methods of keeping the above-ground basin water clean and safe, as it employs a dual-stage process of purification.
The first stage is the process which transforms the salt through electrolysis into chlorine. This stage is enough to combat bacteria and pathogens, as it preserves the sanitizing properties normal chlorine has, but without keeping the harmful aftereffects. However, the second stage enhances the first’s effects, as it employs a special system specific only to Intex Krystal Clear, the E.C.O. stage, also known as the electro-catalytic oxidation.
This stage transforms water particles into oxidants which, in turn, remove even the tiniest microorganism from the water. The result is the water maintains its clarity longer, and there will be no more grime or kelp growing. Additionally, in case the basin wasn’t used for a long period and requires intensive treatment, it also encompasses a boost function that acts as a super chlorination process or chemical shock, to help you quickly reopen the pool.
The installation is hassle-free and the self-explanatory buttons are easy to use even by novices. The unit also includes LED indicators which will help you instantly see the status and troubleshoot problems, whereas the digital display makes for easier readings. It includes a lock function, so accidental overriding can’t happen, as well as a 24-hour timer to let it function automatically according to your preferences.
Moreover, its maintenance is also a breeze, since unlike other units which have only one self-cleaning cycle, it has 3. Therefore you can choose for how long you wish the cell to reverse its polarity – 6, 10 or 14 hours – to get rid of any possible deposits. It is able to produce 0.02 lbs of chlorine per hour and it includes a limited 2 year warranty starting from the moment you acquire it.
- 3 cleaning cycles
- Super chlorination function
- Hassle-free installation and utilization
- Dual stage system
- Digital display
- Programmable timer
Easy to use and install, it can be utilized right out of the box, as it includes all the required gear. Additionally, due to its dual-stage system, you can rest assured that bacteria and algae will never again grace your pool with their presence, nor will you have to waste hours calculating the necessary chemical composition. Even more, it will help you save money in the long run, and it is compatible with several types of above-ground basins for increased versatility.
5. Hayward Goldline AQR3
Compatible with several types of pools, it can accustom up to 15.000 gallons. It is compatible with all AquaSmart systems, and in case you wish to remotely control it through your phone, it is compatible with wireless control. However, you’ll have to purchase the wireless hub separately as it is not included in the package. It provides a digital display for easy readings as well as 8 different LED indicators which will help you instantly tell the cell status.
You can adjust the chlorine output according to your preferences with just a switch of the dial, and it also includes a super chlorination function if you with to shock-treat the pool. Even more, it incorporates a salt level detection as well as a temperature detection which will automatically shut the unit off as soon as the required limits have been exceeded.
Maintenance is also a breeze, as the cell is equipped with a self-cleaning cycle, which ensures that regularly it inverts the polarity to help reduce and get rid of deposits. It can output up to 0.5 lbs of chlorine per day, and it has a long-lasting 10.000 hours lifespan. Additionally, it offers no flow restrictions and it incorporates an electronic lock to ensure the settings can’t be accidentally tampered with.
- Long lifespan
- Hassle-free utilization
- Complete control over its functions
- Automatic self cleaning
Its ability to keep the water pure without bacteria and pathogens lurking underneath the surface ensures you and your loved ones can benefit from your pool a lot longer. Without the harmful aftereffects of regular chlorine, sensitive skin and eyes are safe from damage. Even more, the unit offers complete control over its settings, whereas its intelligent functions ensure the chlorine level will never exceed the normal limits.
6. Pentair 521105 IntelliChlor IC60
Offering its users a facile way of setting it up, Pentair 521105 IntelliChlor IC60 is compatible with several systems to provide a more convenient utilization. It uses the salt it finds in the pool and transforms it into chlorine, with the same sanitizing properties other harsh chlorine-based additives have. However, all the harmful effects that normally would irritate sensitive skin and eyes are diminished if not completely removed.
It has a long lifespan, 10.000 hours, which should be able to last up to 5 years under normal utilization, and it is strong enough to accommodate pools that have a capacity of 60.000 gallons. Additionally, its lightweight 8.15 lbs, makes it not only easy to operate but also hassle-free to connect to the pool pump. When its performance is concerned, it offers smart functions that will make using it a piece of cake even by beginners.
Situated right on the cell is the display through which you can check how it fares. It offers a full diagnosis, as it measures the cell life, displaying the remaining time accurately, as well as how clean it is. Since it has an auto cleaning function, reversing its polarity to get rid of calcium buildups, it requires no manual procedure, therefore offering peace of mind.
Additionally, it allows you to control the sanitization output and will also measure the water temperature. It has a water flow detection ability, which will instantly turn off the unit if the pump is not in use and no water passes through the element. The two salt sensors will activate every time the unit is turned on and will restart on their own every 12 hours to ensure the readings are correct and updated. In case the salt level from the water drops under 3600 ppm, the cell will turn itself off until the salinity level is brought back to normal.
It can create up to 2 lbs of chlorine in one day when used correctly, whereas its top-placed LED lights will inform you if any problem appears. Therefore you’ll be able to easily troubleshoot it on your own, without additional help. Also, to help you deal with any issues that might appear in the first two months after its acquisition, the manufacturer has it covered by a limited warranty.
- Self cleaning function
- Easy to set up and utilize
- Smart attributes
- Protective auto shut off
Pentair’s 521105 IntelliChlor IC60 is not only hassle-free to set up, making it an excellent choice even for beginners, but it also offers several smart attributes that will make pool maintenance a breeze. Able to accustom large basins, if utilized correctly it has a long life-span which means a long time without harsh chlorine effects affecting your loved ones.
7. Hayward Goldline AQ-TROL-RJ
Hayward Goldline AQ-TROL-RJ mounts directly on the return jet of your pool’s pump and needs no more than 30 minutes to finish the installation. It is compatible with above ground basins that do not exceed 18.000 gallon-capacity, and it will quickly and effectively turn the salt present in the water into sanitizing chlorine. However, there won’t be any harsher after effects, as the resulted water has a more gentle reaction with skin, hair, and eyes.
The interface is easy to use, with LED indicators that will instantly let you know if a problem appears. The panel also has a digital display for faster troubleshooting and offers you complete control over the cell’s functions. You can easily adapt the chlorine amount according to your preferences, with just a turn of a dial, as well as program it to function manually or automatically.
Moreover, it provides a 24-hour timer, which will help you determine how and when you wish the filter pump to work. You can set the working periods and the down-time, as well as the intervals you wish it to pump chlorine in the water. Even more, it includes a super chlorination function that acts as a shock treatment for the water, whenever you wish to close or open the pool.
It includes an automatic self-cleaning function, which regularly reverses the cell’s polarity to reduce and get rid of calcium buildups. Although it includes no self-preservation method, therefore you’ll have to manually turn it off if the temperature drops, in the long-term it will prove its efficiency and economic value. Also, the manufacturer backs it up with a warranty for the first year of utilization, starting from the moment of your purchase.
- Easy to use and install
- Automatic process
- Adjustable functions
- Pays for itself in the long run
A perfect choice even for beginners, the cell will help reduce the water chemicals and their harsh effects on skin and eyes. It will transform the salt into chlor, preserving the crystal-clear aspect of the water, as well as chlorine’s sanitizing properties, but with gentler results on sensitive skin.
8. ControlOMatic MegaChlor-CD
Unlike other units that require installation, ControlOMatic MegaChlor-CD offers a plug-and-play design, with a unique mounting and utilization method. The panel can be placed on the spa skirt or the pool’s walls, whereas the cell requires no additional plumbing, as the electrode is introduced directly into the pool. Additionally, it comes with two options, one that can handle up to 1000 gallons, making it a great choice for hot tubs and small spas, and another option that can handle up to 17.000 gallons. It can produce up to 0.22 lbs of chlorine daily, therefore preserving the water bacteria-free.
The control panel offers up to 10 different chlorine intensities, therefore you can adjust the output to your liking, and it also provides a super chlorination function if you wish to shock-treat the water. Even more, it can detect and register the salt levels present in the basin, and will automatically turn off the unit if the level drops or exceeds the limits. Even more, it offers different LED indicators to help you easily see the status, and they are also color-coded for fast troubleshooting. It offers a limited 1-year warranty from the moment of its purchase.
- 10 different chlorination levels
- Shock-treatment function
- Hassle-free utilization
- Unique installation method
- No programmable timer
- The panel must be protected against elements
It offers a unique utilization and installation method, not alike other units, as it introduces the electrode directly into the water. Additionally, it enables you to select the amount of chlorine you wish the water to have, and it even offers a shock-treatment. Although it preserves the sanitizing effect of regular chlorine, the aftereffects are not as harsh, since the water will be gentle with swimming suits, eyes, skin, and hair.
9. Circupool SJ-20
Easy to use and install, with the entire process finished under 45 minutes, you can easily DIY with no additional help. Even more, it includes all the required hardware directly in the package, so there’s no need for you to invest in other elements. It is also available in 4 different options, therefore you can easily match it to your pool requirements.
Circupool SJ-20 can accommodate pools up to 20.000 gallons, keeping the water clear, and free from pathogens. It can output up to 0.87 lbs of chlorine per day, depending on which output setting you’ve selected, therefore keeping away grime and microorganisms. It monitors the overall performance and announces you if the unit requires your attention, through the LED indicators placed on the panel.
Additionally, it can detect if there are changes in the water flow, automatically shutting off the unit to preserve it. Even more, it offers digital controls, which are user-friendly and hassle-free to use, and it also includes a boost mode to help you shock-treat the water when it needs. When maintenance is involved, you don’t have to worry, as it is equipped with a self-cleaning mode, which reverses the polarity to get rid of unwanted deposits.
However, if you consider the cell is not cleaned to your liking, inside the pack there’s a cleaning stick, so you can take the cleaning in your own hands. The cell is transparent, thus you’ll be able to monitor its state. The casing is made from durable plastic, therefore it can resist elements and drastic temperature changes, but it includes no winterizing function, so you’ll have to do this process manually. It is backed by a generous warranty period that spans on the course of 5 years, starting from the moment of your acquisition.
- Adjustable output
- Hassle-free installation
- User-friendly controls
- Self-cleaning ability
- No automatic timer
Its installation won’t require more than 45 minutes to be ready, and it is user-friendly enough so you can do it on your own. The unit comes with a large control panel that is equipped with self-explanatory push-buttons and an element-resistant outer case. It enables you to control the chlorine output you wish the pool to have, keeping the sanitizing ability of chlorine, but removing the harsh aftereffects its compounds had on skin and eyes.
Frequently Asked Questions
While keeping the water chemical level balanced usually requires lots of trials and error, especially when it comes to measuring the components, the process is less complicated when it is automatically taken care of. With their ability to convert salt into chlorine, the salt-chlor systems have become increasingly popular among pool owners. No matter if you own an above-ground unit or an inground basin, the matching unit is sure to reveal itself. Surely by now you’ve already decided which unit better fits your pool, but if you’re still in doubt over which to choose, let’s quickly review your options:
Best Salt Chlorinator System Overall
: BLUE WORKS BLH40 Clear
Perfect for any inground basin that doesn’t exceed 40.000 gallons, BLUE WORKS BLH40 Clear offers a hassle-free solution to even the balance of water chemicals. Due to its ability to transform salt into chlorine, retaining no harmful effects on skin and eyes, it makes for an excellent way to sanitize the water while ensuring it has gentle properties for sensitive skin. Compatible with several smart systems, its installation is a breeze and can be achieved without additional help.
: Hayward Goldline T-Cell-15
Highly versatile in its utilization, as it is compatible with several smart pool systems, Hayward Goldline T-Cell-15, ensures you’ll never have to waste time calculating and measuring the right amount of chlorine for your pool. It offers hassle-free controls, which are accessible with just a few button pushes, as well as enabling you to set the chlorine output according to your preferences. Even more, it has a self-cleaning function which ensures its maintenance is struggle-free.
Best Salt Chlorinator System for Above-ground Pools
: Intex Krystal Clear E.C.O.
If you’re the proud owner of an above-ground pool, Intex Krystal Clear E.C.O. will help you keep it sanitized without the harsh effects of chlorine additives. It offers a dual-stage process, the result being a double-sanitized water that lacks pathogens, bacteria or grime. It has no harmful effects on sensitive skin and eyes, and it offers a swift installation so you won’t have to employ additional help to set it up. It offers several smart functions which will make its utilization a piece of cake, therefore it is beginner-friendly.
Best Salt Chlorinator System for Large Inground Pools
: Pentair 521105 IntelliChlor IC60
Fully capable of dealing with large inground basins, Pentair 521105 IntelliChlor IC60 offers a high amount of natural chlorine delivered every single day. With a long lifespan, up to 10.000 hours of utilization, you can rest assured that your investment is well-placed. Even more, it has a hassle-free upkeep, due to its self-cleaning function, as well as a responsive control display which ensures you can easily adjust its settings to fit your needs and requirements.