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. 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
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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


(1 Points)

5. 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)

6. 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)

7. Sinotech Hand Held Brix Honey Refractometer Rhb-90atc withCalibration Oil

Sinotech First Impressions

"This tool does that."

When I compared it to what my local pet store was reading my water at it was dead on. I would recommend this product to anyone that has a marine aquarium. Great product I used for beer making and my saltwater aquarium. Plus it is super easy to use and clean. I don't want to deal with temperature correction or. Get precise salinity readings in moments. Does just as good of a job of any meter you would buy at the store!

  • Sinotech Hand Held Brix Honey Refractometer Rhb-90atc withCalibration Oil
  • Test Fruit Brix And Honey Water
  • Heavy-duty and lightweight With its aluminum construction
  • ATC CompensationRange: 10°C~30°C (50°F~86°F)
  • Protable Type
  • 58-90%Brix 38-43 Be° (Baume) 12-27% Water
  • Manufacture: Sinotech
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sinotech
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Sinotech Final Thoughts

"NO BUBBLES!"

I bought this and a hydrometer because of the reviews saying its not accurate. I compared the readings using this hygrometer and the calibrated refractometer. Works great,& comes in a storage box. Used distilled water to calibrate, the screw is located under the rubber cap. So worth it considering its great quality and great price. My only criticism would be that it's a little too dark. This requires repeatedly tapping the arm with a pencil.

Overall Score
3.0


(1 Points)

8. Automatic Temperature Compensation Sea Water Salt Salinity Refractometer for Aquarium, 0% - 10% & 1....

User Ratings: 50 10

Ade Advanced Optics Salinity10 First Impressions

"No assembly required."

I use this for my 10g brackish and it works ok. Like that it comes with everything needed. It is essential to get some specialized aquarium calibration fluid for 1. Looks to provide very accurate readings. I was surprise that the product was really cheap compare to the other ones. It is essential to get some specialized aquarium calibration fluid for 1. Hate the batteries, but once loaded, it seems to work fine.

  • Automatic Temperature Compensation Sea Water Salt Salinity Refractometer for Aquarium, 0% - 10% & 1.0 to 1.070 S.g. Dual Scale Hydrometer By Adeadvancedoptics
  • Manufacture: Ade Advanced Optics®
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 2.8 x 1.42 inches; 6.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Ade Advanced Optics Salinity10
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Ade Advanced Optics Salinity10 Final Thoughts

"Easy to use."

Small problem with bubbles on the needle but other than that no issues. This one read perfect, and the others were completely inaccurate. Then I made a mark on it to set the salinity of my fish tank. Great product I used for beer making and my saltwater aquarium. Now that it's calibrated I love it! It's fast, it's tidy, and it's accurate. 026 and the tank isn't, new animals will go into shock.

Overall Score
3.9


(145 Points)

9. ZRM&E Seawater Hydrometer for Aquarium Aquaculture Seawater Densimeter Ocean Hydrometer Salinity Met...

User Ratings: 70 30

ZRM&E First Impressions

"Gave me confidence."

YOU WILL NOT get an accurate reading if there are bubbles on the needle. I have purchased before will buy again! I felt it wasn't accurate which was verified by my LFS. Very quick to calibrate and to use. It says in the instructions to use distilled water. I bought this refractometer as a more accurate option for salinity than a hydrometer. Don't spend your money on calibration solution.

  • ZRM&E Seawater Hydrometer for Aquarium Aquaculture Seawater Densimeter Ocean Hydrometer Salinity Meter for Fish Tank Salinity Specific Gravity Test
  • Made of high quality plastic, aquarium transparent, automatic accurate reading brine hydrometer
  • Accurate, durable and easy to read salt and specific gravity of your marine aquarium, small and waterproof. If the specific gravity is between 1.000-1.019, it indicates that the specific gravity is low; if the specific gravity is between 1.020-1.023, it indicates that the specific gravity is normal; if the specific gravity is between 1.024-1.030, it indicates that the specific gravity is high
  • The external range of the scale indicates salinity (PPT), and the internal range of the scale indicates gravity. And clearly mark the safe area. Application range: 0-40 degrees (1.000-1.030). If the salinity PPT is between 32-40, it indicates that the salinity is high; if the salinity PPT is between 27-31, it indicates that the salinity is normal; if the salinity PPT is between 0-26, it indicates that the salinity hydrometer is low
  • Wide range of applications: Suitable for salt water and sea water fish tanks. Perfect for testing salinity and specific gravity of saltwater and seawater tanks, including solubility and specific gravity scales. Suitable for fresh water and sea water
  • Easy to read swing arm pointer and ultra wide stable base can provide accurate test results
  • Manufacture: DGHP
  • Editor's Impressions Of The ZRM&E
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ZRM&E Final Thoughts

"Great Product, Thanks!"

YOU WILL NOT get an accurate reading if there are bubbles on the needle. Get precise salinity readings in moments. If you let it sit in the tank overnight, it definitely gives an accurate reading. Compare it with the refractometer and adjust the refractometer so that it matches. Don't care much for having to post a review in order to activate warranty. Even the smallest bubble will throw the measurements way, way off. I would recommend this product to anyone that has a marine aquarium.

Overall Score
3.8


(4 Points)

10. UEETEK Heavy Duty Submersible Pump for Aquarium,Powerhead Fountain Water Hydroponic Pump with US-plu...

User Ratings: 51 49

UEETEK First Impressions

"Other then that."

Just give me one simple, accurate reading to go by, and I'm happy. Make sure to knock out the bubbles on the white dial by hitting it with your knuckle. Comes with a nice carrying case for easy and secure transportation. Does just as good of a job of any meter you would buy at the store! This is perfect to keep a check on the salt level in your tank. Small problem with bubbles on the needle but other than that no issues. Very easy, turn screw very slowly to calibrate.

  • UEETEK Heavy Duty Submersible Pump for Aquarium,Powerhead Fountain Water Hydroponic Pump with US-plug for Fish Tank,2.3 x 1.7 x 2.0 inch (L x W x H)
  • This submersible pump is designed for reliability and ultra-quiet operation.
  • Small size, high efficiency, low consumption, low noise.
  • Suction cups to fit vertical or horizontal mounting.
  • Suitable for use in hydroponic systems, ponds, fresh and saltwater aquariums, fountains and filter systems.
  • Note: The item is with US plug adapter:NLY for 110V, NOT for 220V. Please confirm the voltage of your area before placing an order.
  • Manufacture: UEETEK
  • Product Dimensions: 2.28 x 1.65 x 1.97 inches; 7.41 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The UEETEK
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UEETEK Final Thoughts

"Nice product!"

So once your instant ocean shows a measurement. When I saw the price offered on this one, I decided to buy and I love it. There are conversion charts and tables online. Make sure to knock out the bubbles on the white dial by hitting it with your knuckle. Small problem with bubbles on the needle but other than that no issues. Like that it comes with everything needed. Don't spend your money on calibration solution.

Overall Score
3.1


(3 Points)

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