New Member/New Pool need advice on what Pool system i should choose

May 15, 2018
Pound Ridge/NY
i am a new forum member. in the next month my pool contractor till be completing our 20x40 inground concrete pool with a pebbletec sheen finish.

i started this project wanting a salt water pool. having had discussions with the pool contractor recently, he is suggesting (not forcing me) to get a mineral ionizer system instead of a salt water system. the systems he would install/suggest are the following:

salt water: Autopilot by aquacal
mineral ionizer: Nature 2 and The frog (he indicated he'd install any ionizer system i wanted.

i plan to service the pool myself (if not initially, as soon as i get the hang of it). the contractor will show me what to do.

he's arguments for ionizer are the following:

the salt system is $2600, the ionizer $900 (per his quotes).

the ionizer is easier to run/maintain, is cheaper also to run.

any thoughts by anyone with experience would be greatly appreciated.

thank you



Mod Squad
TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Apr 17, 2010
East Texas
In a nutshell, we do NOT recommend an ionizer OR the Nature 2 Frog. You might wanna check the price of that salt system online and maybe install yourself. Welcome to the forum.


LifeTime Supporter
Aug 18, 2009
Central PA
Our pool started out with a Nature 2, but then I found this forum and got schooled. I installed a SWG and never looked back. Much less expensive to run and much less work (usually).