Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Fluval Aquarium Hydrometers

1. Fluval Sea Hydrometer for Aquarium, Medium

User Ratings: 46 17

Fluval 14356 First Impressions

"Works perfectly."

Hate the batteries, but once loaded, it seems to work fine. Like that it comes with everything needed. There are conversion charts and tables online. Now its easy to make sure I have the correct amount of salt in my aquariums. The product itself is very good quality and the included instructions are very clear. The reading is big enough for you to read and it comes with the batteries. Small problem with bubbles on the needle but other than that no issues.

  • Fluval Sea Hydrometer for Aquarium, Medium
  • Helps measure specific gravity and salt level in marine aquariums
  • Features large, easy to read markings
  • Simple design-blends in easily
  • Item Package Weight: 0.185
  • Manufacture: Fluval
  • Item Weight: 0.81 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 7.9 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval 14356
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Fluval 14356 Final Thoughts

"Works great for reefing!"

Great tool if you have a salt-water fish tank or a decorative pond. I strongly recommend a refractometer vs. It works, we'll i assume it does as i have nothing to compare it to. Definitely a lot cheaper than a refractometer. Great product I used for beer making and my saltwater aquarium. It came with all that was listed in the in production description. Plenty of info on YouTube and the web if you don't know how.

Overall Score
3.7


(373 Points)

2. 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
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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


(1 Points)

3. TRZ Salinity Refractometer for Aquariums, Marine Monitoring, Saltwater Testing, Dual Sacle 0-100ppt ...

User Ratings: 58 7

TRZ Hamh Optics&Tools First Impressions

"Using for my Pacman frog."

Plus it is super easy to use and clean. Very quick to calibrate and to use. I bought this refractometer as a more accurate option for salinity than a hydrometer. It works, we'll i assume it does as i have nothing to compare it to. I think those reviews just didn't know how to use it properly. Do not spend money on calibration fluid to calibrate this meter. I've tried several different refractometers now and they are mostly the same.

  • TRZ Salinity Refractometer for Aquariums, Marine Monitoring, Saltwater Testing, Dual Sacle 0-100ppt Salinity & 1.000-1.070 Specific Gravity Automatic Temperature Compensation.
  • It is more accurate than a hydrometer and easy to measure. Designed for the testing the concentration of salt water and brine, perfect for use with aquarium Marine monitoring and quality control in scientific research and clinical laboratories
  • Measurement range: Salinity 0 - 100 ppt, (0 - 10% salt content), SG 1.000 to 1.070 SG, Resolution: Salinity +/-1 ppt; +/-0.001 SG
  • Easy to use. Place 2 drops sample on the main Prism and close the panel and hold the refractometer up to the light and look through the eyepiece.
  • The refractometer's body and the retaining ring are made of brass and chrome plated. The internal optical lens with high refractive index make up the precision optical system.
  • Please ignore reviews from Diver. This commentator has a suspicion of being hired. Seller opponents use unfair means to compete!
  • Manufacture: Hamh Optics&Tools
  • Item Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 7.48 x 2.17 x 1.38 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The TRZ Hamh Optics&Tools
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TRZ Hamh Optics&Tools Final Thoughts

"Be well my friend."

I found mine was calibrated out of the box. Good quality and simple to use refractometer. I was surprise that the product was really cheap compare to the other ones. Works well on my Saltwater Aquarium. Don't care much for having to post a review in order to activate warranty. Compare it with the refractometer and adjust the refractometer so that it matches. When I compared it to what my local pet store was reading my water at it was dead on.

Overall Score
4.2


(112 Points)

4. 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
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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


(8 Points)

5. Salinity Refractometer for Seawater and Marine Fishkeeping Aquarium 0-100 PPT with Automatic Tempera...

User Ratings: 80 3

Agriculture Solutions WL0020-ATC First Impressions

"Would buy another!"

Very quick to calibrate and to use. I strongly recommend a refractometer vs. This is perfect to keep a check on the salt level in your tank. This device is a godsend and so much easier and cleaner to use. There are conversion charts and tables online. This requires repeatedly tapping the arm with a pencil. Great, I be had this b4 ez to test salt level.

  • Salinity Refractometer for Seawater and Marine Fishkeeping Aquarium 0-100 PPT with Automatic Temperature Compensation
  • Measure salt water or salinity of water, ideal for aquariums and marine monitoring.
  • Measures on 2 scales, Specific Gravity (D 20/20) and parts per thousand.
  • Features automatic temperature compensation.
  • Comes with hard case, dropper, screwdriver, user manual and cleaning cloth.
  • The main part is made of chromium, it's very durable.
  • Manufacture: Xin Da Cheng
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 3 x 8 inches; 8.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Agriculture Solutions WL0020-ATC
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Agriculture Solutions WL0020-ATC Final Thoughts

"Case is handy."

Very easy, turn screw very slowly to calibrate. Used distilled water to calibrate, the screw is located under the rubber cap. It's a basic but reliable refractomer I use it for my aquariums. I don't want to deal with temperature correction or. Don't care much for having to post a review in order to activate warranty. Im using it for trying to create water conditions for amano zoes. Make sure to knock out the bubbles on the white dial by hitting it with your knuckle.

Overall Score
4.7


(1512 Points)

6. KOOBOOK 1 Pcs Accurate Hydrometer Salinity Meter 1.000-1.027 Salinity Range 0-36 for Aquarium Fish T...

User Ratings: 44 27

KOOBOOK First Impressions

"0, it reads 1."

Not sure how accurate it is, but it's a good reference point. I will get one later but for now this will do, since im just starting. It is heavy and easy to read in any light. Find a good light source to make reading easier. It works, we'll i assume it does as i have nothing to compare it to. If you read the directions in the box for the refractometer it's for freshwater. Good quality and simple to use refractometer.

  • KOOBOOK 1 Pcs Accurate Hydrometer Salinity Meter 1.000-1.027 Salinity Range 0-36 for Aquarium Fish Tank Marine Sea Saltwater
  • Made of high quality plastic, Withstand voltage,high transparency.
  • Special for culture of marine fish, the specific gravity and salinity of seawater are displayed once, easy to use and easy to read.
  • Keeping your hands clean,go underwater 15 cm (6 inch) depth to avoid errors caused by inhalation of oil film on the top of water.
  • When the water reaches full state (with the top of the baffle level), filed a hydrometer, this product can be hand or hang in the cylinder, automatic level function, can automatically find out the level to avoid the error.
  • Proper salinity level is one of the most important factors in the health of the fish.Readable and accuracy can up to ± 0.002 gravity unit.
  • Manufacture: KOOBOOK
  • Editor's Impressions Of The KOOBOOK
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KOOBOOK Final Thoughts

"This tool does that."

It works, we'll i assume it does as i have nothing to compare it to. But with alittle persistance I am able to read it. I have purchased before will buy again! I have to recalibrate it ever use though which worries me sometimes. This requires repeatedly tapping the arm with a pencil. I would suggest purchasing the salt calibration solution. The reading is big enough for you to read and it comes with the batteries.

Overall Score
3.3


(11 Points)

7. Premium Salinity Refractometer with Automatic Temperature Compensation for Saltwater, Aquarium, Mari...

User Ratings: 75 9

ONE250 First Impressions

"Arrived quickly."

I HIGHLY recommend this to Aquarists! Find a good light source to make reading easier. But with alittle persistance I am able to read it. My corals will be much happier now. I would recommend this product to anyone that has a marine aquarium. It's perfectly accurate based on the known calibration fluid. When I compared it to what my local pet store was reading my water at it was dead on.

  • Premium Salinity Refractometer with Automatic Temperature Compensation for Saltwater, Aquarium, Marine Reef Tank Testing - Dual Scale (0-100ppt & 1.000 to 1.070 S.G.)
  • ✔ Hand-held analog salt meter; Light-weight, portable, includes protective carrying case
  • ✔ Measures concentration of salt and dissolved solids in aqueous solution
  • ✔ Provides reading in parts per thousand (0-100PPT) and specific gravity (1.000 to 1.070 SG)
  • ✔ Ideal for on-site measurements in processing and storage areas, or in the field
  • ✔ Determine salinity during preparation of pickles, seafood products, frozen vegetables and fruits
  • Manufacture: ONE250
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 3 x 2 inches; 9.14 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The ONE250
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ONE250 Final Thoughts

"This tool does that."

Compare it with the refractometer and adjust the refractometer so that it matches. On the shaft of the refractometer, there's a little, rubber-covered nub. I bought this refractometer as a more accurate option for salinity than a hydrometer. Be sure to buy the calibration solution and test this before use! Bought this as a back up refractometer. 026 with the new Aquatic Experts fluid. I felt it wasn't accurate which was verified by my LFS.

Overall Score
4.5


(18 Points)

8. Pet Dog & Cat Refractometer,V-Resourcing Pet Urine Specific Gravity (1.000~1.060) Clinical Refractom...

User Ratings: 79

V·RESOURCING VLT065 First Impressions

"Seems pretty solid."

I found mine was calibrated out of the box. The water was at what I expected it should be. 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's a basic but reliable refractomer I use it for my aquariums. This refractometer came with two scales and Automatic Temperature Compensation. I got this to have a more accurate read than the hydrometer.

  • Pet Dog & Cat Refractometer,V-Resourcing Pet Urine Specific Gravity (1.000~1.060) Clinical Refractometer with Serum or Plasma Protein Test (2~14 g/100ml) for Veterinary Cat,Dog, Pets
  • 1.Hand-Held Pet Urine Specific Gravity Refractometer with Automatic Temperature Compensation(ATC: 10℃~30℃)
  • 2.[ Measuring Range ] Dog Urine Specific Gravity:1.000~1.060 ; Cat Urine Specific Gravity:1.000~1.060 ; Serum or Plasma Protein:2~14 g/100ml
  • 3.[ Easy to use ] Place 2 - 3 drops of sample onto the prism, and then look through the eyepiece for both Brix and Specific Gravity readings
  • 4.[ Convenient to store ] Compact in size and light in weight, packed with a plastic case, convenient to store and carry around
  • 5.[ Application ] This product provides quick and accurate indication of vital fluids levels.Ideal for clinical usage and intended for Veterinary
  • N.W. of a piece: about 102g
  • Product Size:19.5*4*4cm
  • Package Weight:237g
  • Manufacture: V-Resourcing
  • Editor's Impressions Of The V·RESOURCING VLT065
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V·RESOURCING VLT065 Final Thoughts

"Massive peace of mind."

I HIGHLY recommend this to Aquarists! I will update later to see if the refractor will keep its calibration. When I saw the price offered on this one, I decided to buy and I love it. Pretty darn accurate for the price. Too that makes it appear too cheap. Small problem with bubbles on the needle but other than that no issues. Bubbles can greatly affect the reading.

Overall Score
4.7


(28 Points)

9. Coralife Energy Savers ACLAF877 Deep Six Hydrometer

User Ratings: 67 7

Coralife 100108103 First Impressions

"024 and my refracto read."

I found mine was calibrated out of the box. At first, I was getting bubbles sticking to the rotating arrow. Wipe down glass surface to dry it and put it back on the shelf til next time. So once your instant ocean shows a measurement. Does just as good of a job of any meter you would buy at the store! I tried it over and over and no bubbles! Simple to use, but if there are any air bubbles the results will be way off.

  • Coralife Energy Savers ACLAF877 Deep Six Hydrometer
  • Included components: All Components included in Picture and Description
  • Cora life is one of the markets leading manufacturers of premium aquarium products
  • Cora life's Hydrometer takes a true water sample at six inch depth
  • Easy to read and accurate, this specific gravity meter is designed to give temperature-corrected readings in warm water aquariums
  • Coralife is one of the market’s leading manufacturers of premium aquarium products
  • Coralife's Hydrometer takes a true water sample at six inch depth
  • Specific Gravity and Salinity PPT Scales
  • Optimal Specific Gravity / Salinity range indicator on scale
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 6.69 x 0.79 x 4.72 inches; 3.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Coralife 100108103
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Coralife 100108103 Final Thoughts

"Easy instructions."

I couldn't decide between this and one of the float arm meters or both. Once I figured that out, it works great. Now its easy to make sure I have the correct amount of salt in my aquariums. I use this for my 10g brackish and it works ok. My only criticism would be that it's a little too dark. I will update later to see if the refractor will keep its calibration. The instant ocean hydrometer will always be right.

Overall Score
4.3


(543 Points)

10. Eyourlife Salinity Refractomer Aquarium Optical Optics Refractometer with Auto Temperature Compensat...

User Ratings: 64 8

Eyourlife First Impressions

"So easy to use."

Great tool if you have a salt-water fish tank or a decorative pond. Ultimately, the measurement was exactly the same as our old tester. I have purchased before will buy again! Great product I used for beer making and my saltwater aquarium. I would suggest purchasing the salt calibration solution. I tried it over and over and no bubbles! Very quick to calibrate and to use.

  • Eyourlife Salinity Refractomer Aquarium Optical Optics Refractometer with Auto Temperature Compensation ATC Digital Dual Scale Salinity Meter Hydrometer Specific Gravity for Saltwater Seawater Marine
  • SALINITY REFRACTOMETER 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. It can also be used for medical institutions and university research.
  • DUAL SCALES: The Refractometer is a equipment to measure the liquid concentration(the concentration of salt) by using the light, working basis on that the liquid with different concentrations have different light refractive index. The Measures on 2 scales: Specific Gravity (0.001, Range: 1.000 - 1.070, D 20/20,) and Parts Per Thousand (1‰, Range: 0-100‰).
  • ATC FUNCTION: Automatic Temperature Compensation during 10-30℃, eliminating data errors caused by temperature changes and guaranteeing a consistent accurate result.
  • WITH DURABLE STORAGE CASING: With a sturdy and light weighted case, it is very convenient to storage and carry. The body is made of stainless steel and is very durable, the eyepiece is in high quality for better viewing, adopting optical glass lens rather than plastic lens for accurate measurement.
  • PACKAGING: 1 x Salinity Refractometer, 1 Pipette, 1 x Instruction manual, 1 x Mini screwdriver, with a durable storage case.
  • 1 x Salinity Refractometer
  • 1 x Pipette
  • 1 x Instruction Manual
  • Manufacture: Eyourlife
  • Product Dimensions: 7.91 x 2.99 x 2.2 inches; 5.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Eyourlife
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Eyourlife Final Thoughts

"And accurate."

I've checked about 5 times with the hydrometer and each time has been near perfect. Great tool if you have a salt-water fish tank or a decorative pond. But there are some ways to keep on getting accurate readings. Pretty darn accurate for the price. So worth it considering its great quality and great price. Does just as good of a job of any meter you would buy at the store! It is a little cheaper made but it works great for the cost!

Overall Score
4.4


(18 Points)

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