Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Hongzer Aquarium Hydrometers

1. Aquarium Refractometer, Seawater Salinity Meter Aquarium Optics Refractometer Temperature ATC Digita...

Hongzer First Impressions

"Easy to use."

Functions just as it is supposed to. It is essential to get some specialized aquarium calibration fluid for 1. It is easy to read and perform the procedure in seconds. It did not need adjusting to calibrate, though I tried to just to see how it worked. Once I figured that out, it works great. Be sure to buy the calibration solution and test this before use! So once your instant ocean shows a measurement.

  • Aquarium Refractometer, Seawater Salinity Meter Aquarium Optics Refractometer Temperature ATC Digital 0-10%
  • 0 to 10% salinity, 0.01% scale.
  • Durable aluminum body, durable and can use for a long time.
  • Adjust the focus by twisting the handle.
  • Compact design with rubber handle.
  • Soft and flexible eyepiece for added comfort. Instant and reliable aqueous solution measurement.
  • Manufacture: Hongzer
  • Item Weight: 8.4 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 6.69 x 1.57 x 1.57 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hongzer
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Hongzer Final Thoughts

"So far so good."

It is a little cheaper made but it works great for the cost! Pretty darn accurate for the price. Ambient room light at night is not enough and makes what you're viewing dark. Normally that gives the more accurate reading. Now its easy to make sure I have the correct amount of salt in my aquariums. I was surprise that the product was really cheap compare to the other ones. This refractor should last a good number of years.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

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. 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)

4. 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)

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. KOOBOOK 1 Pcs Accurate Hydrometer Salinity Meter 1.000-1.027 Salinity Range 0-36 for Aquarium Fish T...

User Ratings: 44 27

KOOBOOK First Impressions

"0, it reads 1."

Not sure how accurate it is, but it's a good reference point. I will get one later but for now this will do, since im just starting. It is heavy and easy to read in any light. Find a good light source to make reading easier. It works, we'll i assume it does as i have nothing to compare it to. If you read the directions in the box for the refractometer it's for freshwater. Good quality and simple to use refractometer.

  • KOOBOOK 1 Pcs Accurate Hydrometer Salinity Meter 1.000-1.027 Salinity Range 0-36 for Aquarium Fish Tank Marine Sea Saltwater
  • Made of high quality plastic, Withstand voltage,high transparency.
  • Special for culture of marine fish, the specific gravity and salinity of seawater are displayed once, easy to use and easy to read.
  • Keeping your hands clean,go underwater 15 cm (6 inch) depth to avoid errors caused by inhalation of oil film on the top of water.
  • When the water reaches full state (with the top of the baffle level), filed a hydrometer, this product can be hand or hang in the cylinder, automatic level function, can automatically find out the level to avoid the error.
  • Proper salinity level is one of the most important factors in the health of the fish.Readable and accuracy can up to ± 0.002 gravity unit.
  • Manufacture: KOOBOOK
  • Editor's Impressions Of The KOOBOOK
  • Accuracy
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

KOOBOOK Final Thoughts

"This tool does that."

It works, we'll i assume it does as i have nothing to compare it to. But with alittle persistance I am able to read it. I have purchased before will buy again! I have to recalibrate it ever use though which worries me sometimes. This requires repeatedly tapping the arm with a pencil. I would suggest purchasing the salt calibration solution. The reading is big enough for you to read and it comes with the batteries.

Overall Score
3.3


(11 Points)

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

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)

8. 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
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  • 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)

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

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)

10. NEW RHS-10ATC 0-10% Salinity Refractometer Salt Water Aquarium

User Ratings: 53 7

Ade Advanced Optics RHS-10ATC First Impressions

"So, it does seem to work."

Definitely a lot cheaper than a refractometer. I bought this refractometer as a more accurate option for salinity than a hydrometer. But there are some ways to keep on getting accurate readings. I bought this salinity meter for my aquarium. 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. I don't know if that's a positive or negative but just different.

  • NEW RHS-10ATC 0-10% Salinity Refractometer Salt Water Aquarium
  • Manufacture: Ade Advanced Optics®
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Ade Advanced Optics RHS-10ATC
  • Accuracy
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Ade Advanced Optics RHS-10ATC Final Thoughts

"I recommended!"

I bought this and a hydrometer because of the reviews saying its not accurate. I have gone two years in this hobby with a hydrometer. Very easy, turn screw very slowly to calibrate. Very quick to calibrate and to use. Just give me one simple, accurate reading to go by, and I'm happy. Clear readout with the ability to calibrate and focus. Excellent piece of equipment for the price.

Overall Score
3.9


(68 Points)

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