Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Kocome Aquarium Hydrometers

1. 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)

2. 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)

3. Sera Marin Hydrometer

User Ratings: 51 7

Sera 8910 First Impressions

"Easy to calibrate."

He is too cute not to want to take care of properly. My only criticism would be that it's a little too dark. I have to recalibrate it ever use though which worries me sometimes. Too that makes it appear too cheap. I have tried others before but this has given me accurate and stable results. The water was at what I expected it should be. This requires repeatedly tapping the arm with a pencil.

  • Sera Marin Hydrometer
  • Country Of Origin : China
  • The Package Height Of The Product Is 7.48 Inches
  • The Package Length Of The Product Is 2 Inches
  • The Package Width Of The Product Is 1.38 Inches
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.18 x 1.38 x 7.48 inches; 1.28 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 8910
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sera 8910 Final Thoughts

"I highly recommend!"

The refractor was off out off the box. Pretty darn accurate for the price. It's perfectly accurate based on the known calibration fluid. Now that it's calibrated I love it! 026 and the tank isn't, new animals will go into shock. Bought this one to check my old one, this one checked right on the dot at 1. All very easy and I feel as though I am getting an accurate salinity reading.

Overall Score
4.0


(58 Points)

4. 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)

5. Pen Type Salinity & Temp Meter Measurement Units Checker Quality Tester ATC for Pond Pool Saltwater ...

User Ratings: 36 25

TEKCOPLUS SMTK-49_SOL First Impressions

"So here's the verdict."

Just give me one simple, accurate reading to go by, and I'm happy. This is perfect to keep a check on the salt level in your tank. He is too cute not to want to take care of properly. Bought this as a back up refractometer. Get precise salinity readings in moments. The unit is really easy to calibrate and used. My only criticism would be that it's a little too dark.

  • Pen Type Salinity & Temp Meter Measurement Units Checker Quality Tester ATC for Pond Pool Saltwater Aquarium Cooking Seawater Drinking Water (Salinity Meter 70.0ppt + Buffer Sol'n)
  • Ideal for checking salt in fish tanks and aquariums, water monitoring, seawater-prepared food solutions, holding tanks and more!
  • Measuring Range: Salinity: 0.00~10.0 ppt (NaCL) and 10.1~70.0ppt (NaCL)
  • Auto Power-Off Function with disable feature
  • °C/°F unit switchable ,Easy one-touch calibration, Waterproof Rating: IP65
  • Calibration set: Buffer NaCI 50ppt and calibration guideline
  • Manufacture: TekcoPlus Ltd
  • Editor's Impressions Of The TEKCOPLUS SMTK-49_SOL
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

TEKCOPLUS SMTK-49_SOL Final Thoughts

"Measurement does work."

I have to recalibrate it ever use though which worries me sometimes. Just rinse with warm water afterwards. I bought this salinity meter for my aquarium. 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. Easy to use, easy to clean, easy to read. Compare it with the refractometer and adjust the refractometer so that it matches.

Overall Score
3.6


(5 Points)

6. 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
  • Quality
  • 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)

7. 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)

8. AUTOUTLET Salinity Refractometer for Aquarium Salinity Tester with ATC and Dual Scale 0-100‰ & 1.0...

User Ratings: 89

AUTOUTLET First Impressions

"Better than nothing."

027, I'm so glad I bought this one and it came spot on. Then I made a mark on it to set the salinity of my fish tank. Once I adjusted the refractometer, my aquarium salinity read 1. If you let it sit in the tank overnight, it definitely gives an accurate reading. It's a basic but reliable refractomer I use it for my aquariums. I think those reviews just didn't know how to use it properly. Used distilled water to calibrate, the screw is located under the rubber cap.

  • AUTOUTLET Salinity Refractometer for Aquarium Salinity Tester with ATC and Dual Scale 0-100‰ & 1.000-1.070 Specific Gravity Saltwater Tester for Seawater Pool Fish Tank
  • Dual scale display provides readings of one-thousandth (0-100PPT) and specific gravity (1.000 to 1.070 SG), and replace the hydrometer for easier and more accurate measurement.
  • Automatic temperature compensation. With the help of the ATC function, the salt water tester can automatically compensate for changes in the ambient temperature, which can obtain accurate readings faster and more easily.
  • Durable and portable, the salt water tester is made of non-staining, non-corrosive and non-reactive aluminum material, with superb technology, strong and durable, light weight and easy to carry.
  • Widely used, can be used for aquarium, marine monitoring, agriculture, horticulture and educational purposes (biological projects).
  • Easy to use, salinity refractometer is easy to operate, only 2 drops of sample after calibration can get accurate reading through eyepiece.
  • 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AUTOUTLET
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

AUTOUTLET Final Thoughts

"Arrived quickly."

It works, we'll i assume it does as i have nothing to compare it to. For the price you definitley cant beat this meter is great! If you read the directions in the box for the refractometer it's for freshwater. Im using it for trying to create water conditions for amano zoes. 027, I'm so glad I bought this one and it came spot on. 027, I'm so glad I bought this one and it came spot on. Even the smallest bubble will throw the measurements way, way off.

Overall Score
4.9


(14 Points)

9. 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
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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


(13 Points)

10. 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
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  • Value For Money
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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)

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