The smart-mesh cover was highly recommended to me. My meyco mesh cover is just about shot, and having just completely renovated the pool, I feel it is time for a new cover to help protect everything over the winter. I'm sure a solid cover is best, but I just don't feel like hassling with a pump, etc. I always do my best to keep the water level down anyway with a cover pump that I have, but of course at some point our entire pool and deck - in a bad winter - gets completely buried by snow drifts, especially this past winter. Once that happens, it's next to impossible to do anything until the ice in the pool starts to thaw.
Any thoughts or advice on the Merlin (or other) covers would be greatly appreciated. I also like the smart-mesh since it is lighter in weight than a solid yet is supposed to block sunlight so as to prevent algae growth.