Ok... I am relatively new here and could be opening up a bag of worms considering 2 previous threads from years ago have been locked.
But I want to tell a recent story that is pretty funny. I'll keep it short.
I use pucks. Just about everyone I know with a pool (LI, NY - Lots of pools) use pucks.
I have a very good friend that uses SCG. Very nice pool. Very wealthy guy.
Always brags about how his pool doesn't use chlorine
Brags about how the pool feels better, is much more easily maintained, etc...
Anyway, he has a party. 2 of his friends who are also wealthy with amazing yards and IGPs with SCGs are swimming and having a good time. They are constantly talking about how amazing the water feels. How great it is. How that irritating chlorine feeling is not present.
Later that night my friend the pool owner comes over to me. Says, "I didn't have the heart to tell them, but I had a lot of work done in the yard, had the pool acid washed and redone... The SCG is temporarily out of commission and all the water in there now has no salt and Im using pucks until we set it all back up." I laughed my *** off for a while over that one.
For this reason, I think a lot of the SCG "feel" is hype. I personally can't tell a lick of difference. If I could, I would either switch or just dump a bunch of salt in my pool.
I know there are tons of benefits to having a salt water system. I know the experienced people here love them and I am actually considering switching next year. But I honestly think the whole "salt feel" is more mind over matter than anything else. Just my opinion.