Thanks for asking this question. Just ordered a Solar Saddle. We have a 30' round pool, just installed last week. Intended to purchase a reel for it, but have had trouble finding one that large. Given the price points of what we have found, we decided a Saddle will work just fine until next year.
I thought the crank could come off of it and the reel can be pivoted away from the pool. Have thought about getting one of those myself... like the idea of the reel over the saddle.
Good luck with whichever option you go with.