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
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  • 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. 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
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  • Value For Money
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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


(1 Points)

3. 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
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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


(1 Points)

4. 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
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  • Value For Money
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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)

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
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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)

6. 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
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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


(8 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
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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. 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)

9. Rhinoco Salinity Refractometer, Saltwater Aquarium Refractometer, Dual Scales Specific Gravity Salin...

User Ratings: 75

Rhinoco RINTL277US First Impressions

"Great product!"

I bought this salinity meter for my aquarium. I will get one later but for now this will do, since im just starting. Get precise salinity readings in moments. Great, I be had this b4 ez to test salt level. Even the smallest bubble will throw the measurements way, way off. However, the numbers are soooo small it is sometimes hard to read. I compared the readings using this hygrometer and the calibrated refractometer.

  • Rhinoco Salinity Refractometer, Saltwater Aquarium Refractometer, Dual Scales Specific Gravity Salinity Meter with 0-100 PPT and 1.000-1.070 for Seawater, Pool, Tank, Testing, Marine Fishkeeping
  • 【Salinity Refractometer】Measure Salt Water or Salinity of Water, ideal for Aquariums, Marine Monitoring, Agricultural, Gardening & Educational Purposes.
  • 【Automatic Temperature Compensation】Salinity Tester Built-in ATC, which Accounts for Changes in Ambient Temperature and Automatically Compensates Accordingly to Guarantee Consistently Accurate Readings.
  • 【Dual Salinity Scale】Salinity Mester with Dual Scale 0-100 ppt(0 - 10 %) of Salinity and 1.000 to 1.070 Specific Gravity (0-10%).
  • 【Full Copper Chrome Plated Design】Sturdy & Compact, the Eyepiece is in High Quality for Better Viewing, Adopting Optical Glass Lens Rather than Plastic Lens for Accurate Measurement.
  • 【Accessories & Warranty】1 x Salinity Refractometer, 1 x Plastic Pipette, 1 x Mini Screw Driver, 1 x Cleaning Cloth and User Manual, Comes with 18-Month Warranty!
  • Manufacture: Rhinoco
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Rhinoco RINTL277US
  • Accuracy
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Rhinoco RINTL277US Final Thoughts

"So far so good."

It is a little cheaper made but it works great for the cost! Simple to use, but if there are any air bubbles the results will be way off. But with alittle persistance I am able to read it. I would suggest purchasing the salt calibration solution. I got this to have a more accurate read than the hydrometer. And it is much more accurate than my old salinity meter. Waterproof if you accidentally drop it in the pool.

Overall Score
4.8


(10 Points)

10. 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
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  • 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)

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