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 [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)

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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 [star rating='3.9']
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

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

[star rating="3.2"]
(2 Points)

3. 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)

4. 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 [star rating='3.2']
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

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

[star rating="4.2"]
(7 Points)

5. Tiaoyeer Salinity Refractometer with ATC Refractometer for Seawater, Pool, Tank, Testing, Marine, Fi...

User Ratings: 70

Tiaoyeer First Impressions

"Would buy another!"

This refractor should last a good number of years. I have a 2000+ gallon pond and I just put salt in it last month. I have a 2000+ gallon pond and I just put salt in it last month. Definitely a lot cheaper than a refractometer. Clear readout with the ability to calibrate and focus. I HIGHLY recommend this to Aquarists! It is easy to read and perform the procedure in seconds.

  • Tiaoyeer Salinity Refractometer with ATC Refractometer for Seawater, Pool, Tank, Testing, Marine, Fishkeeping, Dual Scale-Specific Gravity 0-100PPT & 1.000-1.070
  • ACCURATE READINGS : The Aquariums refractometer can measure on 2 Scales Aquariums refractometer features Specific Gravity (D 20/20) 1.000-1.070sg and parts per thousand 0-100PPT (1‰=1ppt=1000ppm)
  • ADVANCED AUTOMATIC TEMPERATURE COMPENSATION(ATC)TECHNOLOGY:Adjust Automatically to Compensate for Temperature, Which makes it even easier to get fast results.
  • SIMPLY USE: Using the dropper to take a sample of wort and put it on the prism. Then hold the refractometer up to the light and look scale through the eyepiece.
  • WIDE USE: The Salinity Refractometer is ideal for Marine Monitoring, Aquariums Water Monitoring, Swimming Pool Water Measuring, Lab or Industrious Purposes.
  • PORTABLE SALINITY CONTENT TESTER: Easy to use, sturdy design, compact in size and light in weight, convenient to keep up and carry around.
  • ACCURATE READINGS : The Aquariums refractometer can measure on 2 Scales Aquariums refractometer features Specific Gravity (D 20/20) 1.000-1.070sg and parts per thousand 0-100PPT (1‰=1ppt=1000ppm)
  • ADVANCED AUTOMATIC TEMPERATURE COMPENSATION(ATC)TECHNOLOGY:Adjust Automatically to Compensate for Temperature, Which makes it even easier to get fast results.
  • SIMPLY USE: Using the dropper to take a sample of wort and put it on the prism. Then hold the refractometer up to the light and look scale through the eyepiece.
  • Manufacture: hsydzsy329
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.37 x 1.37 inches; 8.78 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tiaoyeer
  • Accuracy [star rating='3.7']
  • Quality [star rating='3.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Tiaoyeer Final Thoughts

"Easy to read and use."

Make sure to knock out the bubbles on the white dial by hitting it with your knuckle. The water was at what I expected it should be. It is essential to get some specialized aquarium calibration fluid for 1. I have to recalibrate it ever use though which worries me sometimes. I compared the readings using this hygrometer and the calibrated refractometer. Comes with a nice carrying case for easy and secure transportation. Do not spend money on calibration fluid to calibrate this meter.

Overall Score
4.1

[star rating="4.1"]
(5 Points)

6. 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
  • Accuracy [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

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

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

7. Pet Dog & Cat Refractometer,V-Resourcing Pet Urine Specific Gravity (1.000~1.060) Clinical Refractom...

User Ratings: 79

V·RESOURCING VLT065 First Impressions

"Seems pretty solid."

I found mine was calibrated out of the box. The water was at what I expected it should be. 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's a basic but reliable refractomer I use it for my aquariums. This refractometer came with two scales and Automatic Temperature Compensation. I got this to have a more accurate read than the hydrometer.

  • Pet Dog & Cat Refractometer,V-Resourcing Pet Urine Specific Gravity (1.000~1.060) Clinical Refractometer with Serum or Plasma Protein Test (2~14 g/100ml) for Veterinary Cat,Dog, Pets
  • 1.Hand-Held Pet Urine Specific Gravity Refractometer with Automatic Temperature Compensation(ATC: 10℃~30℃)
  • 2.[ Measuring Range ] Dog Urine Specific Gravity:1.000~1.060 ; Cat Urine Specific Gravity:1.000~1.060 ; Serum or Plasma Protein:2~14 g/100ml
  • 3.[ Easy to use ] Place 2 - 3 drops of sample onto the prism, and then look through the eyepiece for both Brix and Specific Gravity readings
  • 4.[ Convenient to store ] Compact in size and light in weight, packed with a plastic case, convenient to store and carry around
  • 5.[ Application ] This product provides quick and accurate indication of vital fluids levels.Ideal for clinical usage and intended for Veterinary
  • N.W. of a piece: about 102g
  • Product Size:19.5*4*4cm
  • Package Weight:237g
  • Manufacture: V-Resourcing
  • Editor's Impressions Of The V·RESOURCING VLT065
  • Accuracy [star rating='4.8']
  • Quality [star rating='3.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

V·RESOURCING VLT065 Final Thoughts

"Massive peace of mind."

I HIGHLY recommend this to Aquarists! I will update later to see if the refractor will keep its calibration. When I saw the price offered on this one, I decided to buy and I love it. Pretty darn accurate for the price. Too that makes it appear too cheap. Small problem with bubbles on the needle but other than that no issues. Bubbles can greatly affect the reading.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(28 Points)

8. 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 [star rating='3.3']
  • Quality [star rating='4.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

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

[star rating="4.2"]
(112 Points)

9. Aquarium Equip UP Glass Saltwater Hydrometer - Reef Soft Coral Salinity Marine Fish Shrimp sea

User Ratings: 55 17

Aquarium Equip D667 UP??????? First Impressions

"No assembly required."

Hate the batteries, but once loaded, it seems to work fine. And it is much more accurate than my old salinity meter. Be sure to buy the calibration solution and test this before use! My only criticism would be that it's a little too dark. It is a little cheaper made but it works great for the cost! It works, we'll i assume it does as i have nothing to compare it to. I was surprise that the product was really cheap compare to the other ones.

  • Aquarium Equip UP Glass Saltwater Hydrometer - Reef Soft Coral Salinity Marine Fish Shrimp sea
  • 1. Easy to use 2. Green indicators are ideal range of water temperature and specific gravity for most salt water / marine aquariums 3. Hydrometer measures specific gravity 4. Need it for raising brine shrimp
  • Manufacture: D667 UP玻璃海水比重計
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 0.8 x 6.2 inches; 0.3 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquarium Equip D667 UP???????
  • Accuracy [star rating='3.6']
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

Aquarium Equip D667 UP??????? Final Thoughts

"No assembly required."

I tried it over and over and no bubbles! Easy to use, easy to clean, easy to read. I did NOT calibrate, but am getting accurate readings. Small problem with bubbles on the needle but other than that no issues. Find a good light source to make reading easier. It's a basic but reliable refractomer I use it for my aquariums. This refractor should last a good number of years.

Overall Score
3.8

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

10. 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)

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