Editor's Choice - Our Favorite HydroLogic Aquarium Hydrometers

1. HydroLogic HLTDS DM-2 Industrial Monitor

HydroLogic HLTDS First Impressions

"Case is nice as well."

Don't care much for having to post a review in order to activate warranty. YOU WILL NOT get an accurate reading if there are bubbles on the needle. The water was at what I expected it should be. However, the numbers are soooo small it is sometimes hard to read. Get precise salinity readings in moments. Was calibrated and worked perfect right out of the box. I would suggest purchasing the salt calibration solution.

  • HydroLogic HLTDS DM-2 Industrial Monitor
  • Measures The Flow Of Untreated Water Coming In Versus Purified Water Going Out
  • Comes Equipped With A 1/2" Inlet And 3/8Th Inch Outlet
  • Features An Auto-Off Function To Conserve Battery Power
  • No Assembly Required
  • Manufacture: Hydro-Logic
  • Item Weight: 2.38 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.1 x 1.7 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The HydroLogic HLTDS
  • Accuracy [star rating='4.3']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

HydroLogic HLTDS Final Thoughts

"Using for my Pacman frog."

Looks to provide very accurate readings. It is a little cheaper made but it works great for the cost! I've checked about 5 times with the hydrometer and each time has been near perfect. Once I figured that out, it works great. I needed this product and it is a lot less expensive than the local aquarium store. Clear readout with the ability to calibrate and focus. Easy to use, easy to clean, easy to read.

Overall Score
5.0

[star rating="5"]
(1 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 [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. 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)

4. 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)

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
  • Accuracy [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.4']

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

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

6. HydroLogic HLTDS DM-2 Industrial Monitor

HydroLogic HLTDS First Impressions

"Case is nice as well."

Don't care much for having to post a review in order to activate warranty. YOU WILL NOT get an accurate reading if there are bubbles on the needle. The water was at what I expected it should be. However, the numbers are soooo small it is sometimes hard to read. Get precise salinity readings in moments. Was calibrated and worked perfect right out of the box. I would suggest purchasing the salt calibration solution.

  • HydroLogic HLTDS DM-2 Industrial Monitor
  • Measures The Flow Of Untreated Water Coming In Versus Purified Water Going Out
  • Comes Equipped With A 1/2" Inlet And 3/8Th Inch Outlet
  • Features An Auto-Off Function To Conserve Battery Power
  • No Assembly Required
  • Manufacture: Hydro-Logic
  • Item Weight: 2.38 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.1 x 1.7 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The HydroLogic HLTDS
  • Accuracy [star rating='4.3']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

HydroLogic HLTDS Final Thoughts

"Using for my Pacman frog."

Looks to provide very accurate readings. It is a little cheaper made but it works great for the cost! I've checked about 5 times with the hydrometer and each time has been near perfect. Once I figured that out, it works great. I needed this product and it is a lot less expensive than the local aquarium store. Clear readout with the ability to calibrate and focus. Easy to use, easy to clean, easy to read.

Overall Score
5.0

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

7. RZ Aquariums Salinity Refractometer for Seawater Marine Fish-Keeping, Dual Scales Specific Gravity S...

User Ratings: 74 3

RZ First Impressions

"Great product."

I bought this salinity meter for my aquarium. I needed this product and it is a lot less expensive than the local aquarium store. When I saw the price offered on this one, I decided to buy and I love it. Works well on my Saltwater Aquarium. I was surprise that the product was really cheap compare to the other ones. But there are some ways to keep on getting accurate readings. Too that makes it appear too cheap.

  • RZ Aquariums Salinity Refractometer for Seawater Marine Fish-Keeping, Dual Scales Specific Gravity Salinity Meter Hydrometer 0-100ppt & 1.000-1.070, Saltwater Tester with ATC Function
  • Measures on 2 Scales: Aquariums refractometer features Specific Gravity (D 20/20) 1.000-1.070sg and parts per thousand 0-100PPT (1‰=1ppt=1000ppm)
  • Seawater refractometer measures saltwater or salinity of water, ideal for aquarium, marine monitoring, fish-keeping,salty pools&spas and etc.
  • ATC Function: salty water refractometer with automatic temperature compensation, allow you obtain accurate readings easier and faster
  • Salinity Refractometer is made of aluminum body and ABS rubber light and very sturdy, comes with a hard plastic case, a mini screwdriver, a dropper
  • Easy to Use: put 2-3 drops on the saltwater’s prism, towards light then to get the accurate readings through the optic eyepiece, ideal for replacement the poor quality and difficult to read hydrometer refractometer
  • Manufacture: RZ
  • Editor's Impressions Of The RZ
  • Accuracy [star rating='4.5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

RZ Final Thoughts

"Seems to work fine."

I will get one later but for now this will do, since im just starting. Comes with a nice carrying case for easy and secure transportation. I decided to upgrade and it was easy to calibrate. Plenty of info on YouTube and the web if you don't know how. 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. Be sure to adjust the focus by turning the eye focal when you first receive.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(296 Points)

8. Accurate Automatic Hydrometer Salt Water Salinity Meter Salinimeter for Fish Tank (Square Type)

User Ratings: 63 16

YOSOO123 First Impressions

"Seems to work fine."

It is a little cheaper made but it works great for the cost! Now that it's calibrated I love it! I got this to have a more accurate read than the hydrometer. I decided to upgrade and it was easy to calibrate. I will get one later but for now this will do, since im just starting. Now that it's calibrated I love it! Plus it is super easy to use and clean.

  • Accurate Automatic Hydrometer Salt Water Salinity Meter Salinimeter for Fish Tank (Square Type)
  • 15 centimeters (6 inches) from the bottom of the water to avoid the error caused by the oil film on the water.
  • Keeping your hands clean and can prevent pollution of water from the fish pond.
  • It is easy to read and the precision can be + (-) 0.001 units of specific gravity. Professional design make it able to get accurate reading when the temperature of the fishpond is at 18 degrees -28 degrees
  • Fish pool, both inside and outside the cylinder can be read. The hydrometer that can float on the surface of the water is simple and easy to read.
  • The proportion of water sample can be automatically detected. The proportion, salinity and conductivity of sea water are shown once.
  • Manufacture: Yosoo123
  • Part Number: Yosoo537gtqix12
  • Item Weight: 3.24 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 5.51 x 3.54 x 0.79 inches
  • Style: Square Type
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The YOSOO123
  • Accuracy [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

YOSOO123 Final Thoughts

"0, it reads 1."

I use this for my 10g brackish and it works ok. I have purchased before will buy again! Would be nice if stem were slightly larger for easier read. I have gone two years in this hobby with a hydrometer. It is easy to read and perform the procedure in seconds. Ambient room light at night is not enough and makes what you're viewing dark. I have a 2000+ gallon pond and I just put salt in it last month.

Overall Score
4.0

[star rating="4"]
(13 Points)

9. 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
  • Accuracy [star rating='3.4']
  • Quality [star rating='3.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.4']

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

[star rating="3"]
(1 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 [star rating='4.5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

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

[star rating="4"]
(8 Points)

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