Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Exo Terra Aquarium Hydrometers

1. Exo Terra Terrarium Hydrometer

User Ratings: 66 5

Exo Terra PT2466 First Impressions

"Great product."

Great product I used for beer making and my saltwater aquarium. I couldn't decide between this and one of the float arm meters or both. For the price you definitley cant beat this meter is great! However, the numbers are soooo small it is sometimes hard to read. 027, I'm so glad I bought this one and it came spot on. Does just as good of a job of any meter you would buy at the store! He is too cute not to want to take care of properly.

  • Exo Terra Terrarium Hydrometer
  • Wipe clean
  • Analog hygrometer
  • Adhere the hygrometer in the terrarium
  • Clear analog dial display
  • Easy to read and install
  • Great for monitoring the humidity levels
  • Manufacture: Exo Terra
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.1 x 7 inches; 0.64 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Exo Terra PT2466
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Exo Terra PT2466 Final Thoughts

"Great tool."

I have a 2000+ gallon pond and I just put salt in it last month. Plus it is super easy to use and clean. Bubbles can greatly affect the reading. The water was at what I expected it should be. Does just as good of a job of any meter you would buy at the store! Simple to use, but if there are any air bubbles the results will be way off. Now its easy to make sure I have the correct amount of salt in my aquariums.

Overall Score
4.3


(1002 Points)

2. ZRM&E Seawater Hydrometer for Aquarium Aquaculture Seawater Densimeter Ocean Hydrometer Salinity Met...

User Ratings: 70 30

ZRM&E First Impressions

"Gave me confidence."

YOU WILL NOT get an accurate reading if there are bubbles on the needle. I have purchased before will buy again! I felt it wasn't accurate which was verified by my LFS. Very quick to calibrate and to use. It says in the instructions to use distilled water. I bought this refractometer as a more accurate option for salinity than a hydrometer. Don't spend your money on calibration solution.

  • ZRM&E Seawater Hydrometer for Aquarium Aquaculture Seawater Densimeter Ocean Hydrometer Salinity Meter for Fish Tank Salinity Specific Gravity Test
  • Made of high quality plastic, aquarium transparent, automatic accurate reading brine hydrometer
  • Accurate, durable and easy to read salt and specific gravity of your marine aquarium, small and waterproof. If the specific gravity is between 1.000-1.019, it indicates that the specific gravity is low; if the specific gravity is between 1.020-1.023, it indicates that the specific gravity is normal; if the specific gravity is between 1.024-1.030, it indicates that the specific gravity is high
  • The external range of the scale indicates salinity (PPT), and the internal range of the scale indicates gravity. And clearly mark the safe area. Application range: 0-40 degrees (1.000-1.030). If the salinity PPT is between 32-40, it indicates that the salinity is high; if the salinity PPT is between 27-31, it indicates that the salinity is normal; if the salinity PPT is between 0-26, it indicates that the salinity hydrometer is low
  • Wide range of applications: Suitable for salt water and sea water fish tanks. Perfect for testing salinity and specific gravity of saltwater and seawater tanks, including solubility and specific gravity scales. Suitable for fresh water and sea water
  • Easy to read swing arm pointer and ultra wide stable base can provide accurate test results
  • Manufacture: DGHP
  • Editor's Impressions Of The ZRM&E
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

ZRM&E Final Thoughts

"Great Product, Thanks!"

YOU WILL NOT get an accurate reading if there are bubbles on the needle. Get precise salinity readings in moments. If you let it sit in the tank overnight, it definitely gives an accurate reading. Compare it with the refractometer and adjust the refractometer so that it matches. Don't care much for having to post a review in order to activate warranty. Even the smallest bubble will throw the measurements way, way off. I would recommend this product to anyone that has a marine aquarium.

Overall Score
3.8


(4 Points)

3. Abuycs Salinity Refractometer for Seawater and Marine Fishkeeping Aquarium, Saltwater Tester Hydrome...

User Ratings: 86

Abuycs First Impressions

"This tool is AMAZING!"

I have gone two years in this hobby with a hydrometer. I will get one later but for now this will do, since im just starting. The unit is really easy to calibrate and used. I use this for my 10g brackish and it works ok. My meter came already calibrated to 0. The instant ocean hydrometer will always be right. Works well on my Saltwater Aquarium.

  • Abuycs Salinity Refractometer for Seawater and Marine Fishkeeping Aquarium, Saltwater Tester Hydrometer, Dual Sacle 0-100ppt & 1.000-1.070 Specific Gravity with ATC Automatic Temperature Compensation
  • ✅DUAL SCALE MEASURES SALT PERCENT AND SG:Specific gravity,range: 1.000-1.070 g/cm3, resolution: 0.001 g/cm3.Salt percent, range: 0-100 ppt ( or say parts per thousand), resolution: 1 ppt.It is designed for the measurement of seawater (marine aquaria) or very low concentrated salt solutions.
  • ✅ ENDLESS APPLICATION AND EASY TO USE,:Ideal for testing and monitoring aquariums,fish tank, saltwater pool,seawater.Just need 2-3 drops of solution, you can get accurate readings. No batteries needed.
  • ✅ATC TECHNOLOGY:Handheld Salinity Refractometerr with Automatic Temperature Compensation(ATC),no more worry about the temperature change will influence the reading accuracy.the fish keeping refractometer will account for changes in ambient temperature and automatically compensate accordingly to provides accurate and repeatable measurements.
  • ✅AIRCRAFT ALUMIUM BODY MATERIAL:The aquarium refractometer is made of non-staining, non-corrosive and non-reactive aluminum which is lightweight to carry,anti-scratch and durable.
  • ✅WIDE APPLICATION: It is for measuring the salinity of salt water quickly and accurately, ideal for agriculture, industry and research application, such as mariculture, fish culture, aquarium, marine survey, water quality monitoring, salt production, manufacture of normal saline, salinity measurement in food processing etc. Can also be used for medical institutions, university research and so on.
  • Manufacture: Rockgood ltd.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Abuycs
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Abuycs Final Thoughts

"Easy instructions."

The refractor was off out off the box. However, the numbers are soooo small it is sometimes hard to read. I needed this product and it is a lot less expensive than the local aquarium store. Don't spend your money on calibration solution. However, the numbers are soooo small it is sometimes hard to read. Works well on my Saltwater Aquarium. 027, I'm so glad I bought this one and it came spot on.

Overall Score
4.6


(10 Points)

4. Dual Scale Salinity Refractometer ATC 0-100ppt (0-10%) & 1.000-1.070 Specific Gravity, Portable Mete...

User Ratings: 76 4

Gain Express RES-10ATC First Impressions

"Documentation is limited."

So once your instant ocean shows a measurement. And always make sure there is no bubbles on the measuring unit. Make sure to knock out the bubbles on the white dial by hitting it with your knuckle. But with alittle persistance I am able to read it. Make your own by simply boiling some water and collecting the condensate. Works great,& comes in a storage box. Trying to turn it by hand won't work.

  • Dual Scale Salinity Refractometer ATC 0-100ppt (0-10%) & 1.000-1.070 Specific Gravity, Portable Meter Tester for Seawater Salt Sea Water Aquarium Brackish Reef Tank Marine
  • Range: 0-100ppt (0-10% Salinity) and Density/ Specific Gravity 1.000-1.070 1ppt Salinity and 0.001 g/cm3 Density Resolutions
  • Water or a salt (brine) refractometer preferred by aquarist, it checks saltwater & brine or salinity of water, best for aquariums and marine monitoring
  • True seawater or a salt (brine) refractometer preferred by aquarist
  • Calibrate simply by distilled water, comes with free screwdriver for calibration
  • Has automatic temperature compensation (ATC) and has built with the highest and finest quality of aluminum & rubbe
  • Manufacture: Gain Express Holdings Ltd
  • Part Number: REB-32ATC
  • Material: ABS Material for Handle
  • Item Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Color: 0-10% Salinity
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Gain Express RES-10ATC
  • Accuracy
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Gain Express RES-10ATC Final Thoughts

"Good product."

For the price you definitley cant beat this meter is great! Now its easy to make sure I have the correct amount of salt in my aquariums. Comes with a nice carrying case for easy and secure transportation. Get precise salinity readings in moments. I have tried others before but this has given me accurate and stable results. Im using it for trying to create water conditions for amano zoes. I couldn't decide between this and one of the float arm meters or both.

Overall Score
4.6


(49 Points)

5. Clinical Refractometer with ATC, Tri-Scale Serum Plasma Protein Test 2-14g/dl Urine Specific Gravity...

Gain Express REC-300ATC First Impressions

"Matches my hydrometer."

YOU WILL NOT get an accurate reading if there are bubbles on the needle. If you let it sit in the tank overnight, it definitely gives an accurate reading. Even the smallest bubble will throw the measurements way, way off. It is easy to read and perform the procedure in seconds. Pretty darn accurate for the price. Easy to use, easy to clean, easy to read. Definitely a lot cheaper than a refractometer.

  • Clinical Refractometer with ATC, Tri-Scale Serum Plasma Protein Test 2-14g/dl Urine Specific Gravity 1.000-1.060SG, for Veterinary Vet Cat Dog Pets
  • Animal clinical refractometer Tri Scale for Dog Cat Test of Serum protein and Urine specific gravity
  • TRIPLE SCALE: Dog Scale Urine Specific Gravity is for Large Animal, Cat Scale Urine Specific Gravity is for Small Animal and Serum or Plasma Protein Scale for all animals
  • MEASURING RANGE: Dog and Cat Urine specific gravity: 1.000 - 1.060SG ; Serum Protein: 2-14g/dl
  • Cushioned w/ soft and comfortable non-slip rubberized grip, insulate test solution from body heat
  • Auto Temperature Compensation (ATC), rest easy that your measurements are always accurate regardless of temperature variation
  • Manufacture: Gain Express Holdings Ltd
  • Part Number: REC-300ATC
  • Item Weight: 9.2 ounces
  • Color: Urine Sg / Serum Protein
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Gain Express REC-300ATC
  • Accuracy
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Gain Express REC-300ATC Final Thoughts

"These seem spot on."

Great tool if you have a salt-water fish tank or a decorative pond. My only criticism would be that it's a little too dark. I decided to upgrade and it was easy to calibrate. Definitely a lot cheaper than a refractometer. Even the smallest bubble will throw the measurements way, way off. Excellent piece of equipment for the price. Small problem with bubbles on the needle but other than that no issues.

Overall Score
5.0


(7 Points)

6. Instant Ocean SeaTest Hydrometer

User Ratings: 59 6

Instant Ocean TK-504 First Impressions

"Calibrate it, use it."

Make your own by simply boiling some water and collecting the condensate. This one here was much cheaper,& exactly the same as they sold in the store. My only criticism would be that it's a little too dark. Normally that gives the more accurate reading. Used distilled water to calibrate, the screw is located under the rubber cap. Once I adjusted the refractometer, my aquarium salinity read 1. Hate the batteries, but once loaded, it seems to work fine.

  • Instant Ocean SeaTest Hydrometer
  • Marine hydrometer: Tests salinity and specific gravity in marine aquariums to help maintain a healthy tank
  • Accurate: Precise, full-range readings - accurate to +/- 0
  • Ready to use: Simply dunk in aquarium to fill with water, then set on level surface to read
  • Easy to read: Clearly marked to show results
  • Extra-wide stabilizer base: Two-color scale with a safe zone for simple results
  • Manufacture: Instant Ocean
  • Item Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Instant Ocean TK-504
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Instant Ocean TK-504 Final Thoughts

"Good price."

Simple to use, but if there are any air bubbles the results will be way off. The instant ocean hydrometer will always be right. 026 with the new Aquatic Experts fluid. Now its easy to make sure I have the correct amount of salt in my aquariums. Looks to provide very accurate readings. Easy to use, easy to clean, easy to read. My only criticism would be that it's a little too dark.

Overall Score
4.2


(426 Points)

7. Tiaoyeer Salinity Refractometer with ATC Refractometer for Seawater, Pool, Tank, Testing, Marine, Fi...

User Ratings: 70

Tiaoyeer First Impressions

"Would buy another!"

This refractor should last a good number of years. I have a 2000+ gallon pond and I just put salt in it last month. I have a 2000+ gallon pond and I just put salt in it last month. Definitely a lot cheaper than a refractometer. Clear readout with the ability to calibrate and focus. I HIGHLY recommend this to Aquarists! It is easy to read and perform the procedure in seconds.

  • Tiaoyeer Salinity Refractometer with ATC Refractometer for Seawater, Pool, Tank, Testing, Marine, Fishkeeping, Dual Scale-Specific Gravity 0-100PPT & 1.000-1.070
  • ACCURATE READINGS : The Aquariums refractometer can measure on 2 Scales Aquariums refractometer features Specific Gravity (D 20/20) 1.000-1.070sg and parts per thousand 0-100PPT (1‰=1ppt=1000ppm)
  • ADVANCED AUTOMATIC TEMPERATURE COMPENSATION(ATC)TECHNOLOGY:Adjust Automatically to Compensate for Temperature, Which makes it even easier to get fast results.
  • SIMPLY USE: Using the dropper to take a sample of wort and put it on the prism. Then hold the refractometer up to the light and look scale through the eyepiece.
  • WIDE USE: The Salinity Refractometer is ideal for Marine Monitoring, Aquariums Water Monitoring, Swimming Pool Water Measuring, Lab or Industrious Purposes.
  • PORTABLE SALINITY CONTENT TESTER: Easy to use, sturdy design, compact in size and light in weight, convenient to keep up and carry around.
  • ACCURATE READINGS : The Aquariums refractometer can measure on 2 Scales Aquariums refractometer features Specific Gravity (D 20/20) 1.000-1.070sg and parts per thousand 0-100PPT (1‰=1ppt=1000ppm)
  • ADVANCED AUTOMATIC TEMPERATURE COMPENSATION(ATC)TECHNOLOGY:Adjust Automatically to Compensate for Temperature, Which makes it even easier to get fast results.
  • SIMPLY USE: Using the dropper to take a sample of wort and put it on the prism. Then hold the refractometer up to the light and look scale through the eyepiece.
  • Manufacture: hsydzsy329
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.37 x 1.37 inches; 8.78 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tiaoyeer
  • Accuracy
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Tiaoyeer Final Thoughts

"Easy to read and use."

Make sure to knock out the bubbles on the white dial by hitting it with your knuckle. The water was at what I expected it should be. It is essential to get some specialized aquarium calibration fluid for 1. I have to recalibrate it ever use though which worries me sometimes. I compared the readings using this hygrometer and the calibrated refractometer. Comes with a nice carrying case for easy and secure transportation. Do not spend money on calibration fluid to calibrate this meter.

Overall Score
4.1


(5 Points)

8. Digital Salinity Meter, SA287 Portable Digital Salinity Meter High Precision Salinity Temperature Pe...

Jadpes First Impressions

"Works great for reefing!"

At first, I was getting bubbles sticking to the rotating arrow. Perfrct for someone learning or anyone for that matter. Works great,& comes in a storage box. Then I made a mark on it to set the salinity of my fish tank. Bubbles can greatly affect the reading. I tried it over and over and no bubbles! I think those reviews just didn't know how to use it properly.

  • Digital Salinity Meter, SA287 Portable Digital Salinity Meter High Precision Salinity Temperature Pen Type Tester for Saltwater, Swimming Pool, Aquaculture, Aquarium
  • WATERPROOF SALINITY METER:It displays the salinity value precisely, compact size and light weight, easy and portable to carry, convenient to use.This instrument can not only detect the salt content of edible salt, salt water pool and koi fish pond, but also the salinity of seawater, marine, salt water fish tank salt level testing.
  • SALINITY TESTER:Digital Salinity Tester for Salt Water.The pen type salinity meter is a precision instrument for testing the salinity value of a solution.Quick and reliable manner for most regular water solutions' testing.
  • WIDE APPLICATIONS:Suitable for saltwater, swimming pool, aquaculture, aquarium (seawater) and pond, food processing and health care products industry. Saltwater Tester for Seawater, Aquariums, Marine Monitoring.
  • BACKLIT DESIGN:It adopts large screen LCD, PPT standard unit display, power display, power data protection function, automatic temperature compensation, dustproof and waterproof functions.
  • APPLICATION:Its full-featured performance, easy operation and replaceable electrodes make it the best choice for rapid, accurate salinity testing in laboratories, sites and schools.
  • Manufacture: Jadpes
  • Product Dimensions: 0.39 x 0.39 x 0.39 inches; 5.29 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Jadpes
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Jadpes Final Thoughts

"Couldn't do without it."

YOU WILL NOT get an accurate reading if there are bubbles on the needle. It did not need adjusting to calibrate, though I tried to just to see how it worked. This is perfect to keep a check on the salt level in your tank. Make sure to knock out the bubbles on the white dial by hitting it with your knuckle. My only criticism would be that it's a little too dark. It is essential to get some specialized aquarium calibration fluid for 1. I have purchased before will buy again!

Overall Score
3.0


(1 Points)

9. emours Aquarium Gloves Waterproof Elbow Length Long Sleeve Scratch Resistant Work Gloves 27-Inch

User Ratings: 71 6

emours First Impressions

"Great product."

At first, I was getting bubbles sticking to the rotating arrow. I decided to upgrade and it was easy to calibrate. The water was at what I expected it should be. Pretty darn accurate for the price. I don't want to deal with temperature correction or. Wipe down glass surface to dry it and put it back on the shelf til next time. When I'm testing my aquarium water, I want immediate, clear results.

  • emours Aquarium Gloves Waterproof Elbow Length Long Sleeve Scratch Resistant Work Gloves 27-Inch
  • Material: Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) + knit cloth; durable
  • PVC material is chemical and scratch resistant. With velvet inner, can keep your hand warm even in the cold water environment.
  • 27-Inch extra long design. Can keep your hand from getting wet inside the tank .Hand portion size:18x12.5cm/ 7 x 4.9inch ( L x W) ,one size fits most all(medium to large size); with elasticated cuffs, protects hands and arms up to the shoulder;
  • Thicken material,fully lined,waterproof. Keep your hands and arm dry when changing fish tank water, also can prevent allergies, cuts during aqua maintenance;
  • Multifunctional. Can be used in aquarium cleaning, also can be used in aquatic seafood fishing operations.
  • Manufacture: Kensid
  • Editor's Impressions Of The emours
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emours Final Thoughts

"Great price."

My only criticism would be that it's a little too dark. This one here was much cheaper,& exactly the same as they sold in the store. Make sure to knock out the bubbles on the white dial by hitting it with your knuckle. Calibrate with distilled water and test every so often. At first, I was getting bubbles sticking to the rotating arrow. Now that it's calibrated I love it! Compare it with the refractometer and adjust the refractometer so that it matches.

Overall Score
4.4


(40 Points)

10. AUTOUTLET Salinity Refractometer for Aquarium Salinity Tester with ATC and Dual Scale 0-100‰ & 1.0...

User Ratings: 89

AUTOUTLET First Impressions

"Better than nothing."

027, I'm so glad I bought this one and it came spot on. Then I made a mark on it to set the salinity of my fish tank. Once I adjusted the refractometer, my aquarium salinity read 1. If you let it sit in the tank overnight, it definitely gives an accurate reading. It's a basic but reliable refractomer I use it for my aquariums. I think those reviews just didn't know how to use it properly. Used distilled water to calibrate, the screw is located under the rubber cap.

  • AUTOUTLET Salinity Refractometer for Aquarium Salinity Tester with ATC and Dual Scale 0-100‰ & 1.000-1.070 Specific Gravity Saltwater Tester for Seawater Pool Fish Tank
  • Dual scale display provides readings of one-thousandth (0-100PPT) and specific gravity (1.000 to 1.070 SG), and replace the hydrometer for easier and more accurate measurement.
  • Automatic temperature compensation. With the help of the ATC function, the salt water tester can automatically compensate for changes in the ambient temperature, which can obtain accurate readings faster and more easily.
  • Durable and portable, the salt water tester is made of non-staining, non-corrosive and non-reactive aluminum material, with superb technology, strong and durable, light weight and easy to carry.
  • Widely used, can be used for aquarium, marine monitoring, agriculture, horticulture and educational purposes (biological projects).
  • Easy to use, salinity refractometer is easy to operate, only 2 drops of sample after calibration can get accurate reading through eyepiece.
  • Due to the difference of human focal lengths,when during adjusting, you may just need to rotate in reverse or re-adjust the distance between your eye and the eyepiece.
  • It's necessary to keep the surrounding environment with sufficient brightness and suitable temperature during use. Generally,there is no error in the temperature between 10℃-30℃.(50℉-86℉)
  • Specific Gravity (D 20/20) and parts per thousand and replaces your poor quality and difficult to read hydrometer.
  • Manufacture: AUTOUTLET
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AUTOUTLET
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AUTOUTLET Final Thoughts

"Arrived quickly."

It works, we'll i assume it does as i have nothing to compare it to. For the price you definitley cant beat this meter is great! If you read the directions in the box for the refractometer it's for freshwater. Im using it for trying to create water conditions for amano zoes. 027, I'm so glad I bought this one and it came spot on. 027, I'm so glad I bought this one and it came spot on. Even the smallest bubble will throw the measurements way, way off.

Overall Score
4.9


(14 Points)

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