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Pool Ionizers: Pros, Cons, Cost

All About Pool Ionizers: Pros, Cons and Cost

So what are pool ionizers? I am sure many pool owners have never even heard of them.

Do you want your pool to be free from algae and bacteria? We’re going to assume ‘yes’; we can’t see why anyone would say no to a cleaner pool, after all!

Pool ionizers may be the answer to your problem. An ionizer purifies your swimming pool water so that you can enjoy a cleaner pool and silkier water without the harsh chemicals!

If this is the first time you’ve heard of the concept of pool ionization, you may have some queries. Luckily for you, we’ve answered all of your burning questions, so if you want to find out more, keep on reading to see pool ionizers’ cost, and pros and cons.

How Do Pool Ionizers Work?

Ionizers work by releasing copper and silver ions into your water to get rid of bacteria and algae.

Your ionizer device will usually be connected to your pump and filter directly into your pool, but you can also get solar-powered ones. Solar ionizers will often float on top of the water, much like chlorine dispensers.

While ionizers are great for keeping your pool clean while keeping out harsh chemicals, it is encouraged that you use them alongside low levels of chlorine.


To figure out if this would be a worthwhile addition to your pool, let’s answer an important question: what are the pros and cons of pool ionizers?

  • Extremely effective for algae and bacteria control.
  • No chlorine smell or taste.
  • Reduces the feeling of dry skin after swimming due to reduced chlorine levels.
  • Saves money in the long run by reducing the use of chemicals.
  • Ions are non-corrosive and don’t produce byproducts, e.g., chloramines.
  • Work well in conjunction with other pool equipment.


There are two sides to every coin, so let’s go over some of the disadvantages.

  • You’ll spend more time on maintaining it.
  • It can cause stains on the surface of the pool.
  • The release of ions is a slow process, so it will take longer than your usual cleaning process.
  • Though it decreases the use of chemicals, pools ionizers must still be used in conjunction with other chemicals.

How Much Do Pool Ionizers Cost?

The costs of ionizers changes depending on the type of ionizer you choose.

Solar ionizers come in at a slightly lower price point at anywhere from $100 to $250.

An electric ionizer will come in at around $700 to $1,500, and the cell will need replacing fairly frequently – every few months to every few years. It’s also worth considering that you may need a professional to install your electric ionizer for you, bringing the cost up further.

Are Ionizers Right For You?

If you are someone who has a little extra time to dedicate to the upkeep of your pool, the advantages of ionizers could outweigh the disadvantages.

Pool ionizers come with many benefits, but it’s always important to weigh up the ionizer’s pros and cons to make an informed decision.

If you are interested in finding out more about pool ionizers and how they could work for you, please get in touch! Our team at Precision Pools & Spas is one of the best custom pool builders in Texas.

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