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 [star rating='3.4']
  • Quality [star rating='3.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.9']

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

[star rating="4.3"]
(1002 Points)

2. Amzdeal Salinity Refractometer Aquarium & Seawater - Dual Scale (1.0 to 1.070 S.G.)

User Ratings: 66 12

amzdeal First Impressions

"Seems to work fine."

Hate the batteries, but once loaded, it seems to work fine. For the price you definitley cant beat this meter is great! I would recommend this product to anyone that has a marine aquarium. Make sure to knock out the bubbles on the white dial by hitting it with your knuckle. I was surprise that the product was really cheap compare to the other ones. I don't want to deal with temperature correction or. This is perfect to keep a check on the salt level in your tank.

  • Amzdeal Salinity Refractometer Aquarium & Seawater - Dual Scale (1.0 to 1.070 S.G.)
  • 【Automatic Temperature Compensation】 Hand-held ATC refractometer, can be used in the temperature 5-30 ℃ / 41-86℉
  • 【Dual Salinity Scale】Salt content 0 ~ 100 ‰ (0 ~ 10%) and Salt specific gravity 1.000 ~ 1.070sg. Minimum scale is 1 ‰ (0.1%) or 0.001sg, more precise
  • 【Easy to Use】Using distilled water to calibrate and then you can measure the saltwater and get the result
  • 【Package Content】Come with all the accessories, including Dropper, Screwdriver, Cleaning Cloth, Storage Case and User Manual
  • 【Widely Use】This refractometer can be used to measure the salt content or sugar content, good for aquariums and marine monitoring
  • Manufacture: Amzdeal
  • Editor's Impressions Of The amzdeal
  • Accuracy [star rating='4.7']
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

amzdeal Final Thoughts

"Massive peace of mind."

Be sure to adjust the focus by turning the eye focal when you first receive. Even the smallest bubble will throw the measurements way, way off. YOU WILL NOT get an accurate reading if there are bubbles on the needle. I use this to check the specific gravity of my marine aquarium. When I saw the price offered on this one, I decided to buy and I love it. Excellent piece of equipment for the price. Perfrct for someone learning or anyone for that matter.

Overall Score
4.2

[star rating="4.2"]
(56 Points)

3. 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 [star rating='3.6']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.4']

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

[star rating="4.6"]
(49 Points)

4. 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 [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

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

[star rating="5"]
(7 Points)

5. HunterBee Salinity Refractometer for Seawater and Marine Fishkeeping Aquarium 0-100 PPT with Automat...

User Ratings: 53

HunterBee First Impressions

"Would buy another!"

And it is much more accurate than my old salinity meter. It works, we'll i assume it does as i have nothing to compare it to. I have a 2000+ gallon pond and I just put salt in it last month. Find a good light source to make reading easier. On the shaft of the refractometer, there's a little, rubber-covered nub. It works, we'll i assume it does as i have nothing to compare it to. I would recommend this product to anyone that has a marine aquarium.

  • HunterBee Salinity Refractometer for Seawater and Marine Fishkeeping Aquarium 0-100 PPT with Automatic Temperature Compensation
  • 1.for Seawater and Marine Fishkeeping Aquarium 0-100 PPT with Automatic Temperature Compensation
  • 2.Designed for direct reading of salt density in sea water.
  • 3.Rugged, durable construction - made from corrosion resistant brass.
  • 4.High contrast demarcation line for easy, accurate readings.
  • 5.Easily adjusted zero line by means of readily accessible screw.
  • Manufacture: 步仁科技
  • Editor's Impressions Of The HunterBee
  • Accuracy [star rating='3.2']
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

HunterBee Final Thoughts

"Good product."

Simple to use, but if there are any air bubbles the results will be way off. I bought this and a hydrometer because of the reviews saying its not accurate. Be sure to buy the calibration solution and test this before use! I felt it wasn't accurate which was verified by my LFS. I've tried several different refractometers now and they are mostly the same. On the shaft of the refractometer, there's a little, rubber-covered nub. I tried it over and over and no bubbles!

Overall Score
4.2

[star rating="4.2"]
(7 Points)

6. Coralife BioCube Mini Aquarium Hydrometer

User Ratings: 37 28

Coralife 100115642 First Impressions

"NO BUBBLES!"

My corals will be much happier now. Every time I leave to do something I come back and it's at the bottom of my tank. And it is much more accurate than my old salinity meter. This device is a godsend and so much easier and cleaner to use. It is a little cheaper made but it works great for the cost! Just give me one simple, accurate reading to go by, and I'm happy. When I saw the price offered on this one, I decided to buy and I love it.

  • Coralife BioCube Mini Aquarium Hydrometer
  • Can remain submerged inside your aquarium or sump
  • Know your salinity in a glance
  • Compact design allows for discreet placement in the aquarium
  • Ideal for all saltwater aquariums and sumps
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 1 x 6 inches; 0.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Coralife 100115642
  • Accuracy [star rating='3.4']
  • Quality [star rating='4.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

Coralife 100115642 Final Thoughts

"I say it works very well."

Waterproof if you accidentally drop it in the pool. Do not spend money on calibration fluid to calibrate this meter. I use this for my 10g brackish and it works ok. I use this for my 10g brackish and it works ok. There are conversion charts and tables online. Wipe down glass surface to dry it and put it back on the shelf til next time. I would recommend you to purchase this and skip the other ones.

Overall Score
3.3

[star rating="3.3"]
(57 Points)

7. Pet Dog Cat Refractometer Pet Urine Specific Gravity Refractometer Serum Plasma Protein: 2~14g/dl, C...

User Ratings: 66 16

RZ First Impressions

"Clear directions."

Trying to turn it by hand won't work. The water was at what I expected it should be. I would recommend this product to anyone that has a marine aquarium. The instant ocean hydrometer will always be right. And it is much more accurate than my old salinity meter. This requires repeatedly tapping the arm with a pencil. Bubbles can greatly affect the reading.

  • Pet Dog Cat Refractometer Pet Urine Specific Gravity Refractometer Serum Plasma Protein: 2~14g/dl, Clinical Animal Refractometer Hydrometers Urine Tester 1.000-1.060SG for Veterinary Cat Dog Pets
  • TRIPLE SCALES REFRACTOMETER: Left scale for testing urine specific gravity of large animals such as dog, the middle scale can measure cats urine specific gravity or other small animals, the right scale tests serum or plasma protein level for all animals.
  • QUICK & EASY OPERATION: few sample than other lab hydrometers, just 2 or 3 drops of solution and wait for a few seconds, accurate data automatic shows, automatic temperature compensation 0°C-30°C/50°F to 86°F
  • MEASURING RANGE: Serum or plasma protein: 2-14g/dl, large animal like dog and small animals like cats’ urine specific gravity 1.000~1.060 SG, resolution: 0.001SG. Ideal for your home pets, clinical veterinary and pet owners.
  • DURABLE REFRACOMTER: comfortable holding and non-slip ABS rubberized grip, anti-rust aluminum body for long term using. Strictly quality and safety standards approved.
  • COMPACT SIZE: Lightweight and pocket size lab refractometer, comes with sturdy plastic box, mini screwdriver, pipette and wiping cloth and manual packed together, easy to carry and storage.
  • Manufacture: RZ
  • Editor's Impressions Of The RZ
  • Accuracy [star rating='4.5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

RZ Final Thoughts

"These seem spot on."

I have tried others before but this has given me accurate and stable results. Now that it's calibrated I love it! I use this to check the specific gravity of my marine aquarium. Looks to provide very accurate readings. Get precise salinity readings in moments. Make your own by simply boiling some water and collecting the condensate. I use this for my 10g brackish and it works ok.

Overall Score
4.0

[star rating="4"]
(8 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
  • Accuracy [star rating='3.3']
  • Quality [star rating='2.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.7']

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

[star rating="3"]
(1 Points)

9. RZ Aquariums Salinity Refractometer for Seawater Marine Fish-Keeping, Dual Scales Specific Gravity S...

User Ratings: 74 3

RZ First Impressions

"Great product."

I bought this salinity meter for my aquarium. I needed this product and it is a lot less expensive than the local aquarium store. When I saw the price offered on this one, I decided to buy and I love it. Works well on my Saltwater Aquarium. I was surprise that the product was really cheap compare to the other ones. But there are some ways to keep on getting accurate readings. Too that makes it appear too cheap.

  • RZ Aquariums Salinity Refractometer for Seawater Marine Fish-Keeping, Dual Scales Specific Gravity Salinity Meter Hydrometer 0-100ppt & 1.000-1.070, Saltwater Tester with ATC Function
  • Measures on 2 Scales: Aquariums refractometer features Specific Gravity (D 20/20) 1.000-1.070sg and parts per thousand 0-100PPT (1‰=1ppt=1000ppm)
  • Seawater refractometer measures saltwater or salinity of water, ideal for aquarium, marine monitoring, fish-keeping,salty pools&spas and etc.
  • ATC Function: salty water refractometer with automatic temperature compensation, allow you obtain accurate readings easier and faster
  • Salinity Refractometer is made of aluminum body and ABS rubber light and very sturdy, comes with a hard plastic case, a mini screwdriver, a dropper
  • Easy to Use: put 2-3 drops on the saltwater’s prism, towards light then to get the accurate readings through the optic eyepiece, ideal for replacement the poor quality and difficult to read hydrometer refractometer
  • Manufacture: RZ
  • Editor's Impressions Of The RZ
  • Accuracy [star rating='4.5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

RZ Final Thoughts

"Seems to work fine."

I will get one later but for now this will do, since im just starting. Comes with a nice carrying case for easy and secure transportation. I decided to upgrade and it was easy to calibrate. Plenty of info on YouTube and the web if you don't know how. Small problem with bubbles on the needle but other than that no issues. The reading is big enough for you to read and it comes with the batteries. Be sure to adjust the focus by turning the eye focal when you first receive.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(296 Points)

10. HydroLogic HLTDS DM-2 Industrial Monitor

HydroLogic HLTDS First Impressions

"Case is nice as well."

Don't care much for having to post a review in order to activate warranty. YOU WILL NOT get an accurate reading if there are bubbles on the needle. The water was at what I expected it should be. However, the numbers are soooo small it is sometimes hard to read. Get precise salinity readings in moments. Was calibrated and worked perfect right out of the box. I would suggest purchasing the salt calibration solution.

  • HydroLogic HLTDS DM-2 Industrial Monitor
  • Measures The Flow Of Untreated Water Coming In Versus Purified Water Going Out
  • Comes Equipped With A 1/2" Inlet And 3/8Th Inch Outlet
  • Features An Auto-Off Function To Conserve Battery Power
  • No Assembly Required
  • Manufacture: Hydro-Logic
  • Item Weight: 2.38 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.1 x 1.7 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The HydroLogic HLTDS
  • Accuracy [star rating='4.3']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

HydroLogic HLTDS Final Thoughts

"Using for my Pacman frog."

Looks to provide very accurate readings. It is a little cheaper made but it works great for the cost! I've checked about 5 times with the hydrometer and each time has been near perfect. Once I figured that out, it works great. I needed this product and it is a lot less expensive than the local aquarium store. Clear readout with the ability to calibrate and focus. Easy to use, easy to clean, easy to read.

Overall Score
5.0

[star rating="5"]
(1 Points)

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