Automatic Pool Chlorinators Vs. Putting Pucks In Your Skimmer

by Matt Giovanisci | Last Updated: March 30, 2012

I don’t have an opinion on either one of these chlorine distribution methods. I personally think they are both good ways of getting chlorine into your pool. As with anything, they have their pros and cons. I’ll list them so that you can decide which method you prefer. Who knows, by the end of this article I might even form my own opinion. Let’s see how this pans out.

First, let’s talk about the good ol’ fashion method of adding chlorine pucks to your skimmer basket.

Chlorine Pucks In Your Skimmer Basket



Automatic Chlorinator



Both of these methods still require you to add chlorine by hand, which is the sucky part. The only way to rid yourself of adding chlorine by hand is to invest in a salt water generator, but even then, you will still have to shock your swimming pool weekly.

I am still up in the air about which method I like better. They both have their pros and cons and some outweigh others. I guess it will be up to you to decide for yourselves. Let me know what you picked in the comments below.

Happy Swimming!

Matt Giovanisci, the founder of Swim University®, started in the pool and spa industry at age 13 and moved to bigger companies along the way, helping thousands of pool and hot tub owners every year. He wanted to share his knowledge and unique teaching style on a larger scale, so he launched Swim University® in 2007. Since then, he's worked to make pool and hot tub care easy for over 10 million homeowners. And each year, he continues to help more people with water chemistry, cleaning, and troubleshooting.

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