Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Hikari Aquarium Hydrometers

1. 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)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Hikari Aquarium Hydrometers

2. Hikari AccuProbe Aquarium Hydrometer, Mini

User Ratings: 55 45

Hikari 96005 First Impressions

"NO BUBBLES!"

However, the numbers are soooo small it is sometimes hard to read. Make sure to knock out the bubbles on the white dial by hitting it with your knuckle. It's fast, it's tidy, and it's accurate. I did NOT calibrate, but am getting accurate readings. Definitely a lot cheaper than a refractometer. Ultimately, the measurement was exactly the same as our old tester. Calibrate with distilled water and test every so often.

  • Hikari AccuProbe Aquarium Hydrometer, Mini
  • Ideally suited for use in Nano tanks, smaller setups or sumps of larger systems
  • Accurate to 0.001 specific gravity and salinity (PPT) measurements
  • Durable construction for extended life
  • Designed to give a temperature-corrected reading in warm water aquariums – 68°F to 85°F (20°C to 30°C)
  • Readings can be taken by taking the meter out of the aquarium and placing on a level surface or leveling the unit in the substrate
  • Manufacture: Phillips Feed & Pet Supply Natural Balance
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 3.5 inches; 0.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hikari 96005
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Hikari 96005 Final Thoughts

"Just got it."

Next I calibrated the refractor with the calibration solution that I ordered too. Just give me one simple, accurate reading to go by, and I'm happy. Once I figured that out, it works great. So worth it considering its great quality and great price. Ultimately, the measurement was exactly the same as our old tester. Wipe down glass surface to dry it and put it back on the shelf til next time. It's a basic but reliable refractomer I use it for my aquariums.

Overall Score
3.2


(2 Points)

3. LemonBest 0%-10% Automatic Temperature Compensation Salinity Refractometer Salt Water Aquariu...

User Ratings: 75 5

LemonBest First Impressions

"Great tool."

I don't want to deal with temperature correction or. When I compared it to what my local pet store was reading my water at it was dead on. Used distilled water to calibrate, the screw is located under the rubber cap. This one here was much cheaper,& exactly the same as they sold in the store. At first, I was getting bubbles sticking to the rotating arrow. Definitely a lot cheaper than a refractometer. I decided to upgrade and it was easy to calibrate.

  • LemonBest 0%-10% Automatic Temperature Compensation Salinity Refractometer Salt Water Aquarium by Lemonbest
  • Features with automatic temperature compensation (ATC) function
  • Designed for testing the concentration of salt water and brine, ideal for aquariums, marine monitoring and quality control in research and clinical laboratories
  • With just a couple of drops of aquarium water you know exactly what the salinity is
  • Measures on 2 scales, specific Gravity (D 20/20) and parts per thousand (‰), provides a direct reading of the specific gravity and concentration of salt in water
  • Comes with a hard case, dropper, screwdriver and cleaning cloth
  • Manufacture: Lemonbest
  • Product Dimensions: 7.87 x 1.57 x 1.57 inches; 3.88 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LemonBest
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

LemonBest Final Thoughts

"Easy to use."

Make sure to knock out the bubbles on the white dial by hitting it with your knuckle. It works OK but seems pretty flimsy and it's feel that way. My only criticism would be that it's a little too dark. I don't know if that's a positive or negative but just different. Just rinse with warm water afterwards. I bought this and a hydrometer because of the reviews saying its not accurate. Pretty darn accurate for the price.

Overall Score
4.5


(315 Points)

4. 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
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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


(290 Points)

5. 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)

6. 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)

7. 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
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

8. GXSTWU Reptile Hygrometer Thermometer LCD Display Digital Reptile Tank Hygrometer Thermometer with H...

User Ratings: 71 5

GXSTWU HY-2 First Impressions

"Couldn't be happier."

I compared the readings using this hygrometer and the calibrated refractometer. But with alittle persistance I am able to read it. Not sure how accurate it is, but it's a good reference point. There are conversion charts and tables online. I will get one later but for now this will do, since im just starting. So once your instant ocean shows a measurement. Find a good light source to make reading easier.

  • GXSTWU Reptile Hygrometer Thermometer LCD Display Digital Reptile Tank Hygrometer Thermometer with Hook Temperature Humidity Meter Gauge for Reptile Tanks, Terrariums, Vivarium
  • 100% Brand New and High-Quality Reptile Tank Thermometer Hygrometer: Precise supervision of the temperature and air humidity in terrariums, vivariums and reptile tanks.
  • Stylish Design: Stylish looking digital vivarum thermometer with hook and loop for easy to install to any reptile tanks or terrariums. Comes with a battery so you can use the thermometer immediately.
  • Fantastic Value: This accurate reptile thermometer and hygrometer allows you to monitor the temperature and humidity in the reptile tanks at all times to makesure your beloved reptiles are in perfect health.
  • Fahrenheit Celsius Convertible: Temperature can be display in Fahrenheit or Celsius by press the C/F hole on the back of the item with a paper clip.
  • Quality Guaranteed: Our carefully sourced range of thermometer hygrometers are manufactured to the highest of standards our customers expect. And provide 365 days warranty, in case of any quality problems, please feel free to contact us by email, we will give you a satisfactory solution.
  • Manufacture: Cangda Electronics Co., Ltd.
  • Product Dimensions: 2.09 x 0.67 x 1.3 inches; 0.92 Ounces
  • Batteries: 1 LR44 batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The GXSTWU HY-2
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

GXSTWU HY-2 Final Thoughts

"Seems pretty solid."

Hate the batteries, but once loaded, it seems to work fine. If you let it sit in the tank overnight, it definitely gives an accurate reading. Like that it comes with everything needed. Get precise salinity readings in moments. I have to recalibrate it ever use though which worries me sometimes. This one read perfect, and the others were completely inaccurate. Plus it is super easy to use and clean.

Overall Score
4.4


(265 Points)

9. 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
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

10. 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
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

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