Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Sera Aquarium Hydrometers

1. 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
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  • 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)

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
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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. Seawater Salinity Refractometer,V-Resourcing Automatic Temperature Compensation Sea Water Salinity M...

User Ratings: 64 8

V·RESOURCING COMINHKPR127692 First Impressions

"Good product."

I have tried others before but this has given me accurate and stable results. All very easy and I feel as though I am getting an accurate salinity reading. I did NOT calibrate, but am getting accurate readings. YOU WILL NOT get an accurate reading if there are bubbles on the needle. I run brackish tanks and it works perfectly. 027, I'm so glad I bought this one and it came spot on. Definitely a lot cheaper than a refractometer.

  • Seawater Salinity Refractometer,V-Resourcing Automatic Temperature Compensation Sea Water Salinity Measurer for Aquarium, Hydrometer, 0-100ppt & 1.000-1.070 Salinity Specific Gravity
  • Automatic Temperature Compensation: 10℃~30℃
  • Measuring range: salinity: 0-100 ‰, Specific Gravity : 1.000 to 1.070
  • Minimum scale: salinity: 1 ‰, Specific Gravity : 0.001
  • Resolution: salinity: ±1‰, Specific Gravity : 0.001 mm
  • Perfect for salty water tank and aquarium, seafood water tank, salty pools & spas and etc
  • 1*Salinity Refractometer
  • 1*Mini-screwdriver
  • 1*Pipette
  • Manufacture: V-Resourcing
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 3 x 2 inches; 8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The V·RESOURCING COMINHKPR127692
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V·RESOURCING COMINHKPR127692 Final Thoughts

"0, it reads 1."

However, the numbers are soooo small it is sometimes hard to read. I have to recalibrate it ever use though which worries me sometimes. When I saw the price offered on this one, I decided to buy and I love it. Not sure how accurate it is, but it's a good reference point. I would recommend this product to anyone that has a marine aquarium. Easy to use, easy to clean, easy to read. A hydrometer for making sure you have the right saltwater mix.

Overall Score
4.3


(31 Points)

4. 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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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)

5. 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
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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)

6. Rhino Clinical Pet (Dog & Cat) Refractometer HR305 (ATC), Urine Specific Test

RHINO TECHNOLOGY First Impressions

"Easy to use."

If you let it sit in the tank overnight, it definitely gives an accurate reading. It's perfectly accurate based on the known calibration fluid. Functions just as it is supposed to. Plenty of info on YouTube and the web if you don't know how. I don't want to deal with temperature correction or. I've tried several different refractometers now and they are mostly the same. YOU WILL NOT get an accurate reading if there are bubbles on the needle.

  • Rhino Clinical Pet (Dog & Cat) Refractometer HR305 (ATC), Urine Specific Test
  • The Rhino Pet refractometer HR305 can be used to read Specific Gravity of Dog Urine, Specific Gravity of Cat Urine,and Serum or Plasma Protein.
  • We provide 2 years quality warranty and customize services for the Pet refractometer.
  • The surface of the refractometer is sprayed with Teflon,It has the characteristics of wear resistance, corrosion resistance, anti-static and anti-adhesion.
  • The Rhino Pet hand-held Refractometer come with portable holster, water bottle, calibration mini-screwdriver, english instruction manual, cleaning cloth, plastic pipette and case.
  • Rhino Pet refractometer with Automatic Temperature Compensation ( 50°F~86°F / 10°C~30°C ).
  • Manufacture: RHINO TECHNOLOGY
  • Editor's Impressions Of The RHINO TECHNOLOGY
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RHINO TECHNOLOGY Final Thoughts

"Other then that."

I tried it over and over and no bubbles! I don't know if that's a positive or negative but just different. 027, I'm so glad I bought this one and it came spot on. I got this to have a more accurate read than the hydrometer. Looks to provide very accurate readings. I will get one later but for now this will do, since im just starting. And it is much more accurate than my old salinity meter.

Overall Score
5.0


(8 Points)

7. Ade Advanced Optics aaosal Professional Automatic Temperature Compensation Sea Water Salinity Refrac...

User Ratings: 68

Ade Advanced Optics aaosal First Impressions

"What else can I say."

I've tried several different refractometers now and they are mostly the same. When I saw the price offered on this one, I decided to buy and I love it. The refractor was off out off the box. I would suggest purchasing the salt calibration solution. I don't want to deal with temperature correction or. The product itself is very good quality and the included instructions are very clear. Looks to provide very accurate readings.

  • Ade Advanced Optics aaosal Professional Automatic Temperature Compensation Sea Water Salinity Refractometer for Aquarium, Hydrometer, 0-100 ppt and 1.000-1.070 Salinity S.G.
  • Manufacture: Ade Advanced Optics
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Ade Advanced Optics aaosal
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Ade Advanced Optics aaosal Final Thoughts

"Arrived quickly."

This requires repeatedly tapping the arm with a pencil. 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. I have tried others before but this has given me accurate and stable results. I would suggest purchasing the salt calibration solution. It's fast, it's tidy, and it's accurate. When I compared it to what my local pet store was reading my water at it was dead on.

Overall Score
4.5


(9 Points)

8. 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)

9. Hikari AccuProbe Aquarium Hydrometer, Full

User Ratings: 68 10

Hikari 96010 First Impressions

"Couldn't be happier."

This device is a godsend and so much easier and cleaner to use. Bought this as a back up refractometer. I bought this salinity meter for my aquarium. My corals will be much happier now. I can check the water in 5 seconds without squinting. A hydrometer for making sure you have the right saltwater mix. Pretty darn accurate for the price.

  • Hikari AccuProbe Aquarium Hydrometer, Full
  • "Dry Hands" design avoids contamination of aquarium or water sample
  • Accurate to 0.001 specific gravity and salinity (PPT) measurements
  • Auto-temperature correcting design
  • Designed to give a temperature-corrected reading in warm water aquariums – 68°F to 85°F (20°C to 30°C)
  • Self-leveling, hanging device included
  • Manufacture: Phillips Feed & Pet Supply Natural Balance
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1 x 4 inches; 3.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hikari 96010
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Hikari 96010 Final Thoughts

"Easy to use."

There are conversion charts and tables online. If you let it sit in the tank overnight, it definitely gives an accurate reading. Very easy, turn screw very slowly to calibrate. 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! If you read the directions in the box for the refractometer it's for freshwater. Used distilled water to calibrate, the screw is located under the rubber cap.

Overall Score
4.3


(9 Points)

10. 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
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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)

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