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
  • Accuracy [star rating='3.5']
  • Quality [star rating='3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.1']

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

[star rating="3.7"]
(373 Points)

2. NEW RHS-10ATC 0-10% Salinity Refractometer Salt Water Aquarium

User Ratings: 53 7

Ade Advanced Optics RHS-10ATC First Impressions

"So, it does seem to work."

Definitely a lot cheaper than a refractometer. I bought this refractometer as a more accurate option for salinity than a hydrometer. But there are some ways to keep on getting accurate readings. I bought this salinity meter for my aquarium. 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. I don't know if that's a positive or negative but just different.

  • NEW RHS-10ATC 0-10% Salinity Refractometer Salt Water Aquarium
  • Manufacture: Ade Advanced Optics®
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Ade Advanced Optics RHS-10ATC
  • Accuracy [star rating='3.1']
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.1']

Ade Advanced Optics RHS-10ATC Final Thoughts

"I recommended!"

I bought this and a hydrometer because of the reviews saying its not accurate. I have gone two years in this hobby with a hydrometer. Very easy, turn screw very slowly to calibrate. Very quick to calibrate and to use. Just give me one simple, accurate reading to go by, and I'm happy. Clear readout with the ability to calibrate and focus. Excellent piece of equipment for the price.

Overall Score
3.9

[star rating="3.9"]
(68 Points)

3. Aeroway Salinity Refractometer, Aquarium & Seawater - Dual Scale (1.0 to 1.070 S.G.)

User Ratings: 79 3

Aeroway 8541957182 First Impressions

"021 the other read."

Make sure to knock out the bubbles on the white dial by hitting it with your knuckle. Normally that gives the more accurate reading. I will get one later but for now this will do, since im just starting. I run brackish tanks and it works perfectly. I strongly recommend a refractometer vs. This device is a godsend and so much easier and cleaner to use. On the shaft of the refractometer, there's a little, rubber-covered nub.

  • Aeroway Salinity Refractometer, Aquarium & Seawater - Dual Scale (1.0 to 1.070 S.G.)
  • Measure salt water or salinity of water, ideal for aquariums and marine monitoring.
  • Features automatic temperature compensation (ATC),The main part is made of chromium, it's very durable.
  • Measures on 2 scales, Specific Gravity (D 20/20) and parts per thousand (‰).
  • Comes with hard case, dropper, screwdriver and cleaning cloth.
  • We offer premium quality and the best service, no matter what reason cause dissatisfaction,just return it within 30 days for a full refund. No questions asked, no hassle.
  • Manufacture: Aeroway
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aeroway 8541957182
  • Accuracy [star rating='3.7']
  • Quality [star rating='4.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

Aeroway 8541957182 Final Thoughts

"Works great!"

Simple to use, but if there are any air bubbles the results will be way off. I compared the readings using this hygrometer and the calibrated refractometer. Normally that gives the more accurate reading. It's a basic but reliable refractomer I use it for my aquariums. Every time I leave to do something I come back and it's at the bottom of my tank. I bought this and a hydrometer because of the reviews saying its not accurate. So worth it considering its great quality and great price.

Overall Score
4.6

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

4. Seawater Salinity Refractometer,V-Resourcing Automatic Temperature Compensation Sea Water Salinity M...

User Ratings: 64 8

V·RESOURCING COMINHKPR127692 First Impressions

"Good product."

I have tried others before but this has given me accurate and stable results. All very easy and I feel as though I am getting an accurate salinity reading. I did NOT calibrate, but am getting accurate readings. YOU WILL NOT get an accurate reading if there are bubbles on the needle. I run brackish tanks and it works perfectly. 027, I'm so glad I bought this one and it came spot on. Definitely a lot cheaper than a refractometer.

  • Seawater Salinity Refractometer,V-Resourcing Automatic Temperature Compensation Sea Water Salinity Measurer for Aquarium, Hydrometer, 0-100ppt & 1.000-1.070 Salinity Specific Gravity
  • Automatic Temperature Compensation: 10℃~30℃
  • Measuring range: salinity: 0-100 ‰, Specific Gravity : 1.000 to 1.070
  • Minimum scale: salinity: 1 ‰, Specific Gravity : 0.001
  • Resolution: salinity: ±1‰, Specific Gravity : 0.001 mm
  • Perfect for salty water tank and aquarium, seafood water tank, salty pools & spas and etc
  • 1*Salinity Refractometer
  • 1*Mini-screwdriver
  • 1*Pipette
  • Manufacture: V-Resourcing
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 3 x 2 inches; 8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The V·RESOURCING COMINHKPR127692
  • Accuracy [star rating='4.1']
  • Quality [star rating='3.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

V·RESOURCING COMINHKPR127692 Final Thoughts

"0, it reads 1."

However, the numbers are soooo small it is sometimes hard to read. I have to recalibrate it ever use though which worries me sometimes. When I saw the price offered on this one, I decided to buy and I love it. Not sure how accurate it is, but it's a good reference point. I would recommend this product to anyone that has a marine aquarium. Easy to use, easy to clean, easy to read. A hydrometer for making sure you have the right saltwater mix.

Overall Score
4.3

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

5. Aquarium Salinity Refractometer for Brackish/Marine/Reef Tank Testing,Hobein Dual Scale Automatic Te...

User Ratings: 68 6

Hobein First Impressions

"Calibrate it, use it."

And always make sure there is no bubbles on the measuring unit. When I compared it to what my local pet store was reading my water at it was dead on. Be sure to adjust the focus by turning the eye focal when you first receive. Plus it is super easy to use and clean. Be sure to adjust the focus by turning the eye focal when you first receive. Was calibrated and worked perfect right out of the box. It is easy to read and perform the procedure in seconds.

  • Aquarium Salinity Refractometer for Brackish/Marine/Reef Tank Testing,Hobein Dual Scale Automatic Temperature Compensation 0-100ppt & 1.000-1.070 Specific Gravity with ATC
  • ❤DUAL SCALE: Measuring Ranges: 0-100 ppt of Salinity and 1.000 to 1.070 Specific Gravity (0-10%)the reading resolution is 0.1 %. Salinity Accuracy: +/-0.1%
  • ❤APPLICATIONS: Aquariums, Marine Monitoring, Agricultural, Gardening & Educational Purposes (Biology Projects)
  • ❤EASY TO USE:Automatic Temperature Compensation (ATC),Just need 2-3 drops of solution,you will be able to read accurately the result
  • ❤PORTABLE AND DURABLE: Made with non-staining, non-corrosive and non-reactive aluminum material, light-weighted and portable, safe and durable
  • ❤PACKAGE INCLUDES: 1 Refractometer, 1 Carrying Case, 1 Calibrating Screw Driver, 2 Pippets, 1 Cleaning Clothe, 1 Instruction Manual
  • Manufacture: Hobein
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hobein
  • Accuracy [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

Hobein Final Thoughts

"This tool does that."

Even the smallest bubble will throw the measurements way, way off. It came with all that was listed in the in production description. All very easy and I feel as though I am getting an accurate salinity reading. So once your instant ocean shows a measurement. But there are some ways to keep on getting accurate readings. Too that makes it appear too cheap. Excellent piece of equipment for the price.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(290 Points)

6. Accurate Automatic Hydrometer Salt Water Salinity Meter Salinimeter for Fish Tank (Square Type)

User Ratings: 63 16

YOSOO123 First Impressions

"Seems to work fine."

It is a little cheaper made but it works great for the cost! Now that it's calibrated I love it! I got this to have a more accurate read than the hydrometer. I decided to upgrade and it was easy to calibrate. I will get one later but for now this will do, since im just starting. Now that it's calibrated I love it! Plus it is super easy to use and clean.

  • Accurate Automatic Hydrometer Salt Water Salinity Meter Salinimeter for Fish Tank (Square Type)
  • 15 centimeters (6 inches) from the bottom of the water to avoid the error caused by the oil film on the water.
  • Keeping your hands clean and can prevent pollution of water from the fish pond.
  • It is easy to read and the precision can be + (-) 0.001 units of specific gravity. Professional design make it able to get accurate reading when the temperature of the fishpond is at 18 degrees -28 degrees
  • Fish pool, both inside and outside the cylinder can be read. The hydrometer that can float on the surface of the water is simple and easy to read.
  • The proportion of water sample can be automatically detected. The proportion, salinity and conductivity of sea water are shown once.
  • Manufacture: Yosoo123
  • Part Number: Yosoo537gtqix12
  • Item Weight: 3.24 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 5.51 x 3.54 x 0.79 inches
  • Style: Square Type
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The YOSOO123
  • Accuracy [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

YOSOO123 Final Thoughts

"0, it reads 1."

I use this for my 10g brackish and it works ok. I have purchased before will buy again! Would be nice if stem were slightly larger for easier read. I have gone two years in this hobby with a hydrometer. It is easy to read and perform the procedure in seconds. Ambient room light at night is not enough and makes what you're viewing dark. I have a 2000+ gallon pond and I just put salt in it last month.

Overall Score
4.0

[star rating="4"]
(13 Points)

7. Hikari AccuProbe Aquarium Hydrometer, Full

User Ratings: 68 10

Hikari 96010 First Impressions

"Couldn't be happier."

This device is a godsend and so much easier and cleaner to use. Bought this as a back up refractometer. I bought this salinity meter for my aquarium. My corals will be much happier now. I can check the water in 5 seconds without squinting. A hydrometer for making sure you have the right saltwater mix. Pretty darn accurate for the price.

  • Hikari AccuProbe Aquarium Hydrometer, Full
  • "Dry Hands" design avoids contamination of aquarium or water sample
  • Accurate to 0.001 specific gravity and salinity (PPT) measurements
  • Auto-temperature correcting design
  • Designed to give a temperature-corrected reading in warm water aquariums – 68°F to 85°F (20°C to 30°C)
  • Self-leveling, hanging device included
  • Manufacture: Phillips Feed & Pet Supply Natural Balance
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1 x 4 inches; 3.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hikari 96010
  • Accuracy [star rating='4.8']
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.9']

Hikari 96010 Final Thoughts

"Easy to use."

There are conversion charts and tables online. If you let it sit in the tank overnight, it definitely gives an accurate reading. Very easy, turn screw very slowly to calibrate. 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! If you read the directions in the box for the refractometer it's for freshwater. Used distilled water to calibrate, the screw is located under the rubber cap.

Overall Score
4.3

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

8. Pen Type Salinity & Temperature Meter ATC NaCl Salt Water Quality Tester for Saltwater Aquarium Hydr...

User Ratings: 49 17

Gain Express 837-2 First Impressions

"Easy to calibrate."

Just rinse with warm water afterwards. I run brackish tanks and it works perfectly. Hate the batteries, but once loaded, it seems to work fine. I tried it over and over and no bubbles! Excellent piece of equipment for the price. The water was at what I expected it should be. 026 and the tank isn't, new animals will go into shock.

  • Pen Type Salinity & Temperature Meter ATC NaCl Salt Water Quality Tester for Saltwater Aquarium Hydroponics Food
  • MEASURING RANGE: 0~9999 ppm or 10.0ppt~100.0ppt or 0.0%~10.0% or 0.950~1.080 (S.G.) based on NaCl with ±%F.S ±1 digit / ±0.5°C Accuracy
  • DISPLAY: Dual Temperature and Salinity in four measurement units (ppm, ppt, %, S.G) / 30 x 18mm LCD Size
  • APPLICATION: Salinity measurement in fish pond, tank, aquariums, laboratories, food processing, hydroponics, Aquaculture, and other water monitoring facilities.
  • FEATURES: Waterproof IP65 / One touch calibration / Auto power off and Non-Sleep mode disable / Multi points calibration
  • POWER SUPPLY / SENSOR : 4 x LR44 button batteries
  • User friendly easy to operate with One-touch calibration
  • Manufacture: Gain Express Holdings Ltd
  • Batteries: 4 LR44 batteries required.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Gain Express 837-2
  • Accuracy [star rating='3.2']
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

Gain Express 837-2 Final Thoughts

"So, it does seem to work."

But with alittle persistance I am able to read it. Perfrct for someone learning or anyone for that matter. Once I adjusted the refractometer, my aquarium salinity read 1. Works great,& comes in a storage box. Works well on my Saltwater Aquarium. It did not need adjusting to calibrate, though I tried to just to see how it worked. Would be nice if stem were slightly larger for easier read.

Overall Score
3.8

[star rating="3.8"]
(99 Points)

9. 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)

10. Dr. Marine Saltwater Marine Aquarium Salinity Portable Refractometer Meter ATC 0~10% reef

Aquarium Equip D-803 UP鹽度檢測器 First Impressions

"Great Product, Thanks!"

I bought this and a hydrometer because of the reviews saying its not accurate. Great product I used for beer making and my saltwater aquarium. Bought this one to check my old one, this one checked right on the dot at 1. I needed this product and it is a lot less expensive than the local aquarium store. Simple to use, but if there are any air bubbles the results will be way off. I have purchased before will buy again! Don't spend your money on calibration solution.

  • Dr. Marine Saltwater Marine Aquarium Salinity Portable Refractometer Meter ATC 0~10% reef
  • This latest salinity refractometer is designed for testing the concentration of salt water and brine and used for quality control in research and clinical laboratories and marine industry. Its scale provides a direct reading of the specific gravity and concentration (Parts per Thousand) of salt in water.
  • Manufacture: UP AQUA
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquarium Equip D-803 UP鹽度檢測器
  • Accuracy [star rating='4.1']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

Aquarium Equip D-803 UP鹽度檢測器 Final Thoughts

"Good product."

Now that it's calibrated I love it! On the shaft of the refractometer, there's a little, rubber-covered nub. Get precise salinity readings in moments. I bought this and a hydrometer because of the reviews saying its not accurate. Get precise salinity readings in moments. Comes with a nice carrying case for easy and secure transportation. Not sure how accurate it is, but it's a good reference point.

Overall Score
5.0

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

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