Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Gain Express Aquarium Hydrometers

1. 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
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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


(99 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Gain Express Aquarium Hydrometers

2. 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
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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)

3. 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
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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)

4. 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)

5. TOPINCN Square Saltwater Hydrometer Salt Water Salinity Meter Accurate Automatic Hydrometer Salt Wat...

TOPINCN First Impressions

"Super easy to use."

Then I made a mark on it to set the salinity of my fish tank. This device is a godsend and so much easier and cleaner to use. 027, I'm so glad I bought this one and it came spot on. I would recommend you to purchase this and skip the other ones. This refractor should last a good number of years. Find a good light source to make reading easier. Just rinse with warm water afterwards.

  • TOPINCN Square Saltwater Hydrometer Salt Water Salinity Meter Accurate Automatic Hydrometer Salt Water Salinity Meter for Fish Tank
  • Accurate, durable, and easy to read sea water hydrometer
  • This product is designed with an automatic level function, can automatically identify the level to avoid errors
  • Very accurate measurement readings, please rest assured to purchase
  • And each hydrometer has a laser engraved patent number
  • Fit for brackish and marine aquariums. Perfect for testing both salinity and specific gravity of your brackish and marine tanks.
  • Manufacture: TOPINCN
  • Product Dimensions: 5.51 x 3.54 x 0.79 inches; 3.17 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The TOPINCN
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TOPINCN Final Thoughts

"Case is nice as well."

The refractor was off out off the box. It works OK but seems pretty flimsy and it's feel that way. I got this to have a more accurate read than the hydrometer. This device is a godsend and so much easier and cleaner to use. Bubbles can greatly affect the reading. Be sure to adjust the focus by turning the eye focal when you first receive. Ambient room light at night is not enough and makes what you're viewing dark.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

6. Digital Salinity Tester for Salt Water - Aquarium Salinity Meter with ATC, IP67 Waterproof, 0-200 PP...

CIZTADA First Impressions

"Works great for reefing!"

Functions just as it is supposed to. Looks to provide very accurate readings. Waterproof if you accidentally drop it in the pool. Does just as good of a job of any meter you would buy at the store! I have a 2000+ gallon pond and I just put salt in it last month. Comes with a nice carrying case for easy and secure transportation. Good quality and simple to use refractometer.

  • Digital Salinity Tester for Salt Water - Aquarium Salinity Meter with ATC, IP67 Waterproof, 0-200 PPT Large Range Multi-Parameter Tester for Seawater, Fish Tank, Hydroponics
  • [Large Salinity Range] Ciztada salinity tester has 2 measurement modes, scale range: 0~9999 ppm/10.0~200 ppt and 0.00-25.00%, which is 2 times than the salinity refractometer
  • [Automatic Temperature Compensation] Ciztada salinity tester is equipped with ATC part inside, during normal temperature, once calibrated, the temperature change would never affect the accurate of your measuring result. This makes it more convenient to use in different temperature
  • [Easy Reading with LCD Backlight] There is no need to worry about seeing the displayed value if the light is insufficient. Ciztada salinity meter features a green backlit LCD to help you see the measurement results clearly in any situation
  • [Multifunctional Salinity tester]: The Ciztada multi-parameter Tester can test Salinity, TDS, EC and Temperature in an accurate, quick and reliable manner for most regular water solutions' testing. Support One-tap switch from salinity to TDS/EC
  • [Wide Applications]: Measures saltwater or salinity of water, ideal for aquarium, marine monitoring, salty pools & spas, koi fish pond, hydroponics and etc
  • Manufacture: CIZTADA
  • Batteries: 3 LR44 batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The CIZTADA
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CIZTADA Final Thoughts

"Accurate so far!"

Too that makes it appear too cheap. It says in the instructions to use distilled water. This is perfect to keep a check on the salt level in your tank. Normally that gives the more accurate reading. Once I adjusted the refractometer, my aquarium salinity read 1. Bought this one to check my old one, this one checked right on the dot at 1. Bought this one to check my old one, this one checked right on the dot at 1.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

7. Sera Marin Hydrometer

User Ratings: 51 7

Sera 8910 First Impressions

"Easy to calibrate."

He is too cute not to want to take care of properly. My only criticism would be that it's a little too dark. I have to recalibrate it ever use though which worries me sometimes. Too that makes it appear too cheap. I have tried others before but this has given me accurate and stable results. The water was at what I expected it should be. This requires repeatedly tapping the arm with a pencil.

  • Sera Marin Hydrometer
  • Country Of Origin : China
  • The Package Height Of The Product Is 7.48 Inches
  • The Package Length Of The Product Is 2 Inches
  • The Package Width Of The Product Is 1.38 Inches
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.18 x 1.38 x 7.48 inches; 1.28 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 8910
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Sera 8910 Final Thoughts

"I highly recommend!"

The refractor was off out off the box. Pretty darn accurate for the price. It's perfectly accurate based on the known calibration fluid. Now that it's calibrated I love it! 026 and the tank isn't, new animals will go into shock. Bought this one to check my old one, this one checked right on the dot at 1. All very easy and I feel as though I am getting an accurate salinity reading.

Overall Score
4.0


(58 Points)

8. AUTOUTLET Refractometer Saltwater Aquarium for Seawater,Pool,Tank,Testing,Marine Fishkeeping, 0-100P...

User Ratings: 83 2

AUTOUTLET 8541957195 First Impressions

"These seem spot on."

Not sure how accurate it is, but it's a good reference point. Ambient room light at night is not enough and makes what you're viewing dark. If you read the directions in the box for the refractometer it's for freshwater. And it is much more accurate than my old salinity meter. Waterproof if you accidentally drop it in the pool. My corals will be much happier now. It is a little cheaper made but it works great for the cost!

  • AUTOUTLET Refractometer Saltwater Aquarium for Seawater,Pool,Tank,Testing,Marine Fishkeeping, 0-100PPT & 1.000-1.070 Salinity Tester with ATC Function Hydrometer Specific Gravity Salinity Meter Kit
  • 【Salinity Refractometer】Measure Salt Water or Salinity of Water,Monitor and Control the Concentration of Salt Water and Brine,Ideal for Aquariums and Marine Applications.
  • 【Measures on 2 Scales】Specific Gravity (D 20/20) and parts per thousand and replaces your poor quality and difficult to read hydrometer.
  • 【Density Measurement Range】1.0-1.070, Minimum Scale is 0.001.
  • 【Concentration Measurement Range】0-100‰, Minimum Scale is 1‰.
  • 【ATC】Automatic Temperature Compensation, 0-10°C.
  • 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
  • Product Dimensions: 7.87 x 3.54 x 2.36 inches; 8.48 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AUTOUTLET 8541957195
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AUTOUTLET 8541957195 Final Thoughts

"2 failed, 3 did not."

Just rinse with warm water afterwards. I bought this and a hydrometer because of the reviews saying its not accurate. Now that it's calibrated I love it! I HIGHLY recommend this to Aquarists! I have purchased before will buy again! I got this to have a more accurate read than the hydrometer. Too that makes it appear too cheap.

Overall Score
4.7


(757 Points)

9. Ade Advanced Optics aaosal Professional Automatic Temperature Compensation Sea Water Salinity Refrac...

User Ratings: 68

Ade Advanced Optics aaosal First Impressions

"What else can I say."

I've tried several different refractometers now and they are mostly the same. When I saw the price offered on this one, I decided to buy and I love it. The refractor was off out off the box. I would suggest purchasing the salt calibration solution. I don't want to deal with temperature correction or. The product itself is very good quality and the included instructions are very clear. Looks to provide very accurate readings.

  • Ade Advanced Optics aaosal Professional Automatic Temperature Compensation Sea Water Salinity Refractometer for Aquarium, Hydrometer, 0-100 ppt and 1.000-1.070 Salinity S.G.
  • Manufacture: Ade Advanced Optics
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Ade Advanced Optics aaosal
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Ade Advanced Optics aaosal Final Thoughts

"Arrived quickly."

This requires repeatedly tapping the arm with a pencil. On the shaft of the refractometer, there's a little, rubber-covered nub. However, the numbers are soooo small it is sometimes hard to read. I have tried others before but this has given me accurate and stable results. I would suggest purchasing the salt calibration solution. It's fast, it's tidy, and it's accurate. When I compared it to what my local pet store was reading my water at it was dead on.

Overall Score
4.5


(9 Points)

10. Rhino Clinical Pet (Dog & Cat) Refractometer HR305 (ATC), Urine Specific Test

RHINO TECHNOLOGY First Impressions

"Easy to use."

If you let it sit in the tank overnight, it definitely gives an accurate reading. It's perfectly accurate based on the known calibration fluid. Functions just as it is supposed to. Plenty of info on YouTube and the web if you don't know how. I don't want to deal with temperature correction or. I've tried several different refractometers now and they are mostly the same. YOU WILL NOT get an accurate reading if there are bubbles on the needle.

  • Rhino Clinical Pet (Dog & Cat) Refractometer HR305 (ATC), Urine Specific Test
  • The Rhino Pet refractometer HR305 can be used to read Specific Gravity of Dog Urine, Specific Gravity of Cat Urine,and Serum or Plasma Protein.
  • We provide 2 years quality warranty and customize services for the Pet refractometer.
  • The surface of the refractometer is sprayed with Teflon,It has the characteristics of wear resistance, corrosion resistance, anti-static and anti-adhesion.
  • The Rhino Pet hand-held Refractometer come with portable holster, water bottle, calibration mini-screwdriver, english instruction manual, cleaning cloth, plastic pipette and case.
  • Rhino Pet refractometer with Automatic Temperature Compensation ( 50°F~86°F / 10°C~30°C ).
  • Manufacture: RHINO TECHNOLOGY
  • Editor's Impressions Of The RHINO TECHNOLOGY
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RHINO TECHNOLOGY Final Thoughts

"Other then that."

I tried it over and over and no bubbles! I don't know if that's a positive or negative but just different. 027, I'm so glad I bought this one and it came spot on. I got this to have a more accurate read than the hydrometer. Looks to provide very accurate readings. I will get one later but for now this will do, since im just starting. And it is much more accurate than my old salinity meter.

Overall Score
5.0


(8 Points)

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