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
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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. 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)

3. 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
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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


(296 Points)

4. 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
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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


(43 Points)

5. 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
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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


(57 Points)

6. 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
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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


(56 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
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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


(9 Points)

8. 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
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

9. 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
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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


(7 Points)

10. KKmoon Salinity Refractometer, Handheld Seawater Hydrometers, Optical Salinity Tester, Portable ATC ...

User Ratings: 70 8

KKmoon First Impressions

"Decent case."

Hate the batteries, but once loaded, it seems to work fine. Get precise salinity readings in moments. I have a 2000+ gallon pond and I just put salt in it last month. The hydrometer is good, but I ordered two Shrimp CRS Miniature glass figurine, Clear. So once your instant ocean shows a measurement. All very easy and I feel as though I am getting an accurate salinity reading. The reading is big enough for you to read and it comes with the batteries.

  • KKmoon Salinity Refractometer, Handheld Seawater Hydrometers, Optical Salinity Tester, Portable ATC Refractometer, Dual Scale Saltwater Tester for Aquarium, Seawater, Pool, Fish Tank
  • Measure salt water or salinity of water, ideal for aquariums and marine monitoring.
  • With measurement level for direct reading. Adjustable manual focus, easy to focus and calibrate.
  • Handheld design and non-slip rubber handle for easy operation.
  • Instant Reading Result: Just need 2-3 drops of solution and a few seconds, you can get accurate readings.
  • Built-in automatic temperature compensation(ATC) to get faster results.
  • Manufacture: KKmoon
  • Item Weight: 8.9 ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The KKmoon
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

KKmoon Final Thoughts

"This tool is AMAZING!"

The refractor was off out off the box. I have a 2000+ gallon pond and I just put salt in it last month. Clear readout with the ability to calibrate and focus. I've tried several different refractometers now and they are mostly the same. He is too cute not to want to take care of properly. When I saw the price offered on this one, I decided to buy and I love it. Very easy, turn screw very slowly to calibrate.

Overall Score
4.2


(18 Points)

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