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Comparing Various Spa & Hot tub care systems...

Comparing Chlorine, Bromine, Soft Soak® (or Baqua Spa®), Ionizers (Nature2® or Frog®), AquaFinesse™, PristineBlue & Ozonators

Here's a quick table showing the pros & cons of the various sanitizing systems for spas & hot tubs.  We hope this helps you make a good, informed decision as you choose which system is right for your particular situation.
 

Properties Chlorine Bromine Soft Soak® Nature2® or Spa Frog®* Aqua
Finesse
Pristine Blue® Ozone**
Granules Yes Yes   (shock only)   (shock only) (shock only)
Tablets   Yes     Yes    
Liquid     Yes   Yes Yes  
Effects pH lowers lowers raises relatively neutral neutral relatively neutral relatively neutral
Non-Chlorine     Yes uses some Cl uses some Cl Yes uses some Cl
Non-Bromine     Yes   Yes Yes uses some Br
Effective Sanitizer Yes Yes Yes ** ** ** **
Effect on skin/hair can be drying to skin & hair can be drying to skin & hair Soft on Skin & Hair tends NOT to effect skin / hair Gentle to skin & hair tends NOT to effect skin / hair tends NOT to effect skin / hair
Ease of application applied 2 - 3 times per Week applied 2 - 3 times per Week applied 2 - 3 times per Month Shock added weekly topped up weekly Shock added weekly Shock added weekly
Effect on Filter none none aids filter in removing more stuff none filter needs to be cleaned regularly none none
Wooden Hot tub use Yes Yes NON-Wood ONLY Yes Yes Yes Yes

Notes:
*
 Nature2® or Spa Frog® Spa Care using our recommended systems including SpaGuard Enhanced Shock, Natural Enzyme & Spa Sentry
** Only Chlorine, Bromine and Biguanides are considered Primary Disinfectants
*** Ozonators like ionizers (Nature2 & Spa Frog) must be used with chlorine or bromine to provide continuous sanitization.

 

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