How Do I Choose the Right Salt System For My Pool?

Hey Backyard Dippers, if you’re about to get a new salt system for your pool, there’s a couple things you GOTTA KNOW.  Today we’re going to go over how to choose the correct salt system for your pool.  Now, we all know there are a ton of different models and sizes out there and it can be a bit overwhelming making that final decision. So if you’re in the market and need some guidance, this video is for you!

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Before diving in and pulling out that credit card, let’s first talk about what you need to know to get the most for your money while providing the best experience in maintaining your pool.

First, the most important thing is to get a POWERFUL salt system.  Getting the right size unit ensures it will have plenty of power in reserve and not have to work as hard.  This also means the system will last longer and make it much easier to keep the pool clear. So trust me if you have a 20k pool and you order a unit rated for maximum 20k gallons, it’s a little risky.  If you remember one thing in this video, remember this, “it’s always wise to oversize.” A good rule of thumb is to try and get a system rated for 1.5 to 2 times your pool size.  So In our example the better option would actually be the 40k gallon system. If you want to know a little secret, Look for the spec that says “chlorine output”.  This is measured in lbs/day.  This is the REAL rating for power.  For example, between different 40k gallon systems, you’ll see a big range in their “chlorine output” power ratings.  Try and buy the most powerful system for the money!

The second thing you want is a long-lasting system.  Remember, the system’s “cell” is a wearable part.  Those metal plates will eventually wear out and need replacement.  So choose a system with a long warranty because it’s usually a good indicator of how long the cell is expected to last. 

Also, if you plan to install a system yourself make sure to choose a brand that won’t shorten your warranty if you do so.   

Third, know that it’s a common misconception that you have to buy the same brand salt system as your pump or your filter. In almost all cases, you’re free to pick and choose whatever brand you like.  This gives you more options and allows you to get the better deal for you.

One of the most useful things out there is our online comparison chart. If you visit our website,, you’ll see we have a big chart that lets you compare the specs and features of all the different models.  Ok, we’ve already done all the research for you! Believe me, this will speed up the whole decision process.

If you have any questions at all, please call your salt pool experts at DSP, we look forward to hearing from you.

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