Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Instant Aquarium Hydrometers

1. Instant Ocean SeaTest Hydrometer

User Ratings: 59 6

Instant Ocean TK-504 First Impressions

"Calibrate it, use it."

Make your own by simply boiling some water and collecting the condensate. This one here was much cheaper,& exactly the same as they sold in the store. My only criticism would be that it's a little too dark. Normally that gives the more accurate reading. Used distilled water to calibrate, the screw is located under the rubber cap. Once I adjusted the refractometer, my aquarium salinity read 1. Hate the batteries, but once loaded, it seems to work fine.

  • Instant Ocean SeaTest Hydrometer
  • Marine hydrometer: Tests salinity and specific gravity in marine aquariums to help maintain a healthy tank
  • Accurate: Precise, full-range readings - accurate to +/- 0
  • Ready to use: Simply dunk in aquarium to fill with water, then set on level surface to read
  • Easy to read: Clearly marked to show results
  • Extra-wide stabilizer base: Two-color scale with a safe zone for simple results
  • Manufacture: Instant Ocean
  • Item Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Instant Ocean TK-504
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Instant Ocean TK-504 Final Thoughts

"Good price."

Simple to use, but if there are any air bubbles the results will be way off. The instant ocean hydrometer will always be right. 026 with the new Aquatic Experts fluid. Now its easy to make sure I have the correct amount of salt in my aquariums. Looks to provide very accurate readings. Easy to use, easy to clean, easy to read. My only criticism would be that it's a little too dark.

Overall Score
4.2


(426 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Instant Aquarium Hydrometers

2. KKmoon Salinity Refractometer, Handheld Seawater Hydrometers, Optical Salinity Tester, Portable ATC ...

User Ratings: 70 8

KKmoon First Impressions

"Decent case."

Hate the batteries, but once loaded, it seems to work fine. Get precise salinity readings in moments. I have a 2000+ gallon pond and I just put salt in it last month. The hydrometer is good, but I ordered two Shrimp CRS Miniature glass figurine, Clear. So once your instant ocean shows a measurement. All very easy and I feel as though I am getting an accurate salinity reading. The reading is big enough for you to read and it comes with the batteries.

  • KKmoon Salinity Refractometer, Handheld Seawater Hydrometers, Optical Salinity Tester, Portable ATC Refractometer, Dual Scale Saltwater Tester for Aquarium, Seawater, Pool, Fish Tank
  • Measure salt water or salinity of water, ideal for aquariums and marine monitoring.
  • With measurement level for direct reading. Adjustable manual focus, easy to focus and calibrate.
  • Handheld design and non-slip rubber handle for easy operation.
  • Instant Reading Result: Just need 2-3 drops of solution and a few seconds, you can get accurate readings.
  • Built-in automatic temperature compensation(ATC) to get faster results.
  • Manufacture: KKmoon
  • Item Weight: 8.9 ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The KKmoon
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

KKmoon Final Thoughts

"This tool is AMAZING!"

The refractor was off out off the box. I have a 2000+ gallon pond and I just put salt in it last month. Clear readout with the ability to calibrate and focus. I've tried several different refractometers now and they are mostly the same. He is too cute not to want to take care of properly. When I saw the price offered on this one, I decided to buy and I love it. Very easy, turn screw very slowly to calibrate.

Overall Score
4.2


(18 Points)

3. 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)

4. Exo Terra Terrarium Hydrometer

User Ratings: 66 5

Exo Terra PT2466 First Impressions

"Great product."

Great product I used for beer making and my saltwater aquarium. I couldn't decide between this and one of the float arm meters or both. For the price you definitley cant beat this meter is great! However, the numbers are soooo small it is sometimes hard to read. 027, I'm so glad I bought this one and it came spot on. Does just as good of a job of any meter you would buy at the store! He is too cute not to want to take care of properly.

  • Exo Terra Terrarium Hydrometer
  • Wipe clean
  • Analog hygrometer
  • Adhere the hygrometer in the terrarium
  • Clear analog dial display
  • Easy to read and install
  • Great for monitoring the humidity levels
  • Manufacture: Exo Terra
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.1 x 7 inches; 0.64 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Exo Terra PT2466
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Exo Terra PT2466 Final Thoughts

"Great tool."

I have a 2000+ gallon pond and I just put salt in it last month. Plus it is super easy to use and clean. Bubbles can greatly affect the reading. 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! Simple to use, but if there are any air bubbles the results will be way off. Now its easy to make sure I have the correct amount of salt in my aquariums.

Overall Score
4.3


(1002 Points)

5. Abuycs Salinity Refractometer for Seawater and Marine Fishkeeping Aquarium, Saltwater Tester Hydrome...

User Ratings: 86

Abuycs First Impressions

"This tool is AMAZING!"

I have gone two years in this hobby with a hydrometer. I will get one later but for now this will do, since im just starting. The unit is really easy to calibrate and used. I use this for my 10g brackish and it works ok. My meter came already calibrated to 0. The instant ocean hydrometer will always be right. Works well on my Saltwater Aquarium.

  • Abuycs Salinity Refractometer for Seawater and Marine Fishkeeping Aquarium, Saltwater Tester Hydrometer, Dual Sacle 0-100ppt & 1.000-1.070 Specific Gravity with ATC Automatic Temperature Compensation
  • ✅DUAL SCALE MEASURES SALT PERCENT AND SG:Specific gravity,range: 1.000-1.070 g/cm3, resolution: 0.001 g/cm3.Salt percent, range: 0-100 ppt ( or say parts per thousand), resolution: 1 ppt.It is designed for the measurement of seawater (marine aquaria) or very low concentrated salt solutions.
  • ✅ ENDLESS APPLICATION AND EASY TO USE,:Ideal for testing and monitoring aquariums,fish tank, saltwater pool,seawater.Just need 2-3 drops of solution, you can get accurate readings. No batteries needed.
  • ✅ATC TECHNOLOGY:Handheld Salinity Refractometerr with Automatic Temperature Compensation(ATC),no more worry about the temperature change will influence the reading accuracy.the fish keeping refractometer will account for changes in ambient temperature and automatically compensate accordingly to provides accurate and repeatable measurements.
  • ✅AIRCRAFT ALUMIUM BODY MATERIAL:The aquarium refractometer is made of non-staining, non-corrosive and non-reactive aluminum which is lightweight to carry,anti-scratch and durable.
  • ✅WIDE APPLICATION: It is 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. Can also be used for medical institutions, university research and so on.
  • Manufacture: Rockgood ltd.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Abuycs
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Abuycs Final Thoughts

"Easy instructions."

The refractor was off out off the box. However, the numbers are soooo small it is sometimes hard to read. I needed this product and it is a lot less expensive than the local aquarium store. Don't spend your money on calibration solution. However, the numbers are soooo small it is sometimes hard to read. Works well on my Saltwater Aquarium. 027, I'm so glad I bought this one and it came spot on.

Overall Score
4.6


(10 Points)

6. Instant Ocean SeaTest Hydrometer

User Ratings: 59 6

Instant Ocean TK-504 First Impressions

"Calibrate it, use it."

Make your own by simply boiling some water and collecting the condensate. This one here was much cheaper,& exactly the same as they sold in the store. My only criticism would be that it's a little too dark. Normally that gives the more accurate reading. Used distilled water to calibrate, the screw is located under the rubber cap. Once I adjusted the refractometer, my aquarium salinity read 1. Hate the batteries, but once loaded, it seems to work fine.

  • Instant Ocean SeaTest Hydrometer
  • Marine hydrometer: Tests salinity and specific gravity in marine aquariums to help maintain a healthy tank
  • Accurate: Precise, full-range readings - accurate to +/- 0
  • Ready to use: Simply dunk in aquarium to fill with water, then set on level surface to read
  • Easy to read: Clearly marked to show results
  • Extra-wide stabilizer base: Two-color scale with a safe zone for simple results
  • Manufacture: Instant Ocean
  • Item Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Instant Ocean TK-504
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Instant Ocean TK-504 Final Thoughts

"Good price."

Simple to use, but if there are any air bubbles the results will be way off. The instant ocean hydrometer will always be right. 026 with the new Aquatic Experts fluid. Now its easy to make sure I have the correct amount of salt in my aquariums. Looks to provide very accurate readings. Easy to use, easy to clean, easy to read. My only criticism would be that it's a little too dark.

Overall Score
4.2


(426 Points)

7. Kocome Marine Hydrometer Reef Fish Tank Aquarium Water Salinity Specific Gravity Tester

User Ratings: 71

Kocome First Impressions

"Great kit."

I use this for my 10g brackish and it works ok. Plus it is super easy to use and clean. I did NOT calibrate, but am getting accurate readings. I needed this product and it is a lot less expensive than the local aquarium store. It's fast, it's tidy, and it's accurate. But with alittle persistance I am able to read it. Don't care much for having to post a review in order to activate warranty.

  • Kocome Marine Hydrometer Reef Fish Tank Aquarium Water Salinity Specific Gravity Tester
  • Accurate and easy to read.
  • Size: 3.54×4.72×0.59in (Approx.).
  • Readings are temperature-corrected & accurate to +/- 0. 002 specific gravity units which range from 1. 000 - 1. 030 specific gravity.
  • It is optimum to be put into below 6" deep water, so it can avoid the error from the oil slick.
  • Perfect for testing both salinity and specific gravity of your brackish and marine tank.
  • Manufacture: KOCOME
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Kocome
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Kocome Final Thoughts

"026 as expected."

I would recommend you to purchase this and skip the other ones. I have tried others before but this has given me accurate and stable results. On the shaft of the refractometer, there's a little, rubber-covered nub. I couldn't decide between this and one of the float arm meters or both. Very easy, turn screw very slowly to calibrate. Looks to provide very accurate readings. The instant ocean hydrometer will always be right.

Overall Score
4.6


(9 Points)

8. 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)

9. Bubble Magus Digital Color Screen Salinity Meter

Bubble Magus First Impressions

"Good value."

YOU WILL NOT get an accurate reading if there are bubbles on the needle. Every time I leave to do something I come back and it's at the bottom of my tank. On the shaft of the refractometer, there's a little, rubber-covered nub. However, the numbers are soooo small it is sometimes hard to read. Just rinse with warm water afterwards. I use this for my 10g brackish and it works ok. Bought this as a back up refractometer.

  • Bubble Magus Digital Color Screen Salinity Meter
  • Manufacture: Bubble Magus
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Bubble Magus
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Bubble Magus Final Thoughts

"Easy to use."

Functions just as it is supposed to. Be sure to buy the calibration solution and test this before use! Ambient room light at night is not enough and makes what you're viewing dark. It is a little cheaper made but it works great for the cost! I decided to upgrade and it was easy to calibrate. I would recommend this product to anyone that has a marine aquarium. So worth it considering its great quality and great price.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

10. AUTOUTLET Refractometer Saltwater Aquarium for Seawater,Pool,Tank,Testing,Marine Fishkeeping, 0-100P...

User Ratings: 83 2

AUTOUTLET 8541957195 First Impressions

"These seem spot on."

Not sure how accurate it is, but it's a good reference point. Ambient room light at night is not enough and makes what you're viewing dark. If you read the directions in the box for the refractometer it's for freshwater. And it is much more accurate than my old salinity meter. Waterproof if you accidentally drop it in the pool. My corals will be much happier now. It is a little cheaper made but it works great for the cost!

  • AUTOUTLET Refractometer Saltwater Aquarium for Seawater,Pool,Tank,Testing,Marine Fishkeeping, 0-100PPT & 1.000-1.070 Salinity Tester with ATC Function Hydrometer Specific Gravity Salinity Meter Kit
  • 【Salinity Refractometer】Measure Salt Water or Salinity of Water,Monitor and Control the Concentration of Salt Water and Brine,Ideal for Aquariums and Marine Applications.
  • 【Measures on 2 Scales】Specific Gravity (D 20/20) and parts per thousand and replaces your poor quality and difficult to read hydrometer.
  • 【Density Measurement Range】1.0-1.070, Minimum Scale is 0.001.
  • 【Concentration Measurement Range】0-100‰, Minimum Scale is 1‰.
  • 【ATC】Automatic Temperature Compensation, 0-10°C.
  • Due to the difference of human focal lengths,when during adjusting, you may just need to rotate in reverse or re-adjust the distance between your eye and the eyepiece.
  • It's necessary to keep the surrounding environment with sufficient brightness and suitable temperature during use. Generally,there is no error in the temperature between 10℃-30℃.(50℉-86℉)
  • Specific Gravity (D 20/20) and parts per thousand and replaces your poor quality and difficult to read hydrometer.
  • Manufacture: AUTOUTLET
  • Product Dimensions: 7.87 x 3.54 x 2.36 inches; 8.48 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AUTOUTLET 8541957195
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

AUTOUTLET 8541957195 Final Thoughts

"2 failed, 3 did not."

Just rinse with warm water afterwards. I bought this and a hydrometer because of the reviews saying its not accurate. Now that it's calibrated I love it! I HIGHLY recommend this to Aquarists! I have purchased before will buy again! I got this to have a more accurate read than the hydrometer. Too that makes it appear too cheap.

Overall Score
4.7


(757 Points)

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