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
  • 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)

2. 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)

3. Aquarium Salinity Refractometer for Brackish/Marine/Reef Tank Testing,Hobein Dual Scale Automatic Te...

User Ratings: 68 6

Hobein First Impressions

"Calibrate it, use it."

And always make sure there is no bubbles on the measuring unit. When I compared it to what my local pet store was reading my water at it was dead on. Be sure to adjust the focus by turning the eye focal when you first receive. Plus it is super easy to use and clean. Be sure to adjust the focus by turning the eye focal when you first receive. Was calibrated and worked perfect right out of the box. It is easy to read and perform the procedure in seconds.

  • Aquarium Salinity Refractometer for Brackish/Marine/Reef Tank Testing,Hobein Dual Scale Automatic Temperature Compensation 0-100ppt & 1.000-1.070 Specific Gravity with ATC
  • ❤DUAL SCALE: Measuring Ranges: 0-100 ppt of Salinity and 1.000 to 1.070 Specific Gravity (0-10%)the reading resolution is 0.1 %. Salinity Accuracy: +/-0.1%
  • ❤APPLICATIONS: Aquariums, Marine Monitoring, Agricultural, Gardening & Educational Purposes (Biology Projects)
  • ❤EASY TO USE:Automatic Temperature Compensation (ATC),Just need 2-3 drops of solution,you will be able to read accurately the result
  • ❤PORTABLE AND DURABLE: Made with non-staining, non-corrosive and non-reactive aluminum material, light-weighted and portable, safe and durable
  • ❤PACKAGE INCLUDES: 1 Refractometer, 1 Carrying Case, 1 Calibrating Screw Driver, 2 Pippets, 1 Cleaning Clothe, 1 Instruction Manual
  • Manufacture: Hobein
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hobein
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Hobein Final Thoughts

"This tool does that."

Even the smallest bubble will throw the measurements way, way off. It came with all that was listed in the in production description. All very easy and I feel as though I am getting an accurate salinity reading. So once your instant ocean shows a measurement. But there are some ways to keep on getting accurate readings. Too that makes it appear too cheap. Excellent piece of equipment for the price.

Overall Score
4.4


(290 Points)

4. 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
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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


(7 Points)

5. Digital Salinity Tester for Salt Water - Aquarium Salinity Meter with ATC, IP67 Waterproof, 0-200 PP...

CIZTADA First Impressions

"Works great for reefing!"

Functions just as it is supposed to. Looks to provide very accurate readings. Waterproof if you accidentally drop it in the pool. Does just as good of a job of any meter you would buy at the store! I have a 2000+ gallon pond and I just put salt in it last month. Comes with a nice carrying case for easy and secure transportation. Good quality and simple to use refractometer.

  • Digital Salinity Tester for Salt Water - Aquarium Salinity Meter with ATC, IP67 Waterproof, 0-200 PPT Large Range Multi-Parameter Tester for Seawater, Fish Tank, Hydroponics
  • [Large Salinity Range] Ciztada salinity tester has 2 measurement modes, scale range: 0~9999 ppm/10.0~200 ppt and 0.00-25.00%, which is 2 times than the salinity refractometer
  • [Automatic Temperature Compensation] Ciztada salinity tester is equipped with ATC part inside, during normal temperature, once calibrated, the temperature change would never affect the accurate of your measuring result. This makes it more convenient to use in different temperature
  • [Easy Reading with LCD Backlight] There is no need to worry about seeing the displayed value if the light is insufficient. Ciztada salinity meter features a green backlit LCD to help you see the measurement results clearly in any situation
  • [Multifunctional Salinity tester]: The Ciztada multi-parameter Tester can test Salinity, TDS, EC and Temperature in an accurate, quick and reliable manner for most regular water solutions' testing. Support One-tap switch from salinity to TDS/EC
  • [Wide Applications]: Measures saltwater or salinity of water, ideal for aquarium, marine monitoring, salty pools & spas, koi fish pond, hydroponics and etc
  • Manufacture: CIZTADA
  • Batteries: 3 LR44 batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The CIZTADA
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

CIZTADA Final Thoughts

"Accurate so far!"

Too that makes it appear too cheap. It says in the instructions to use distilled water. This is perfect to keep a check on the salt level in your tank. Normally that gives the more accurate reading. Once I adjusted the refractometer, my aquarium salinity read 1. Bought this one to check my old one, this one checked right on the dot at 1. Bought this one to check my old one, this one checked right on the dot at 1.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

6. 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)

7. 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
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

8. GXSTWU Reptile Hygrometer Thermometer LCD Display Digital Reptile Tank Hygrometer Thermometer with H...

User Ratings: 71 5

GXSTWU HY-2 First Impressions

"Couldn't be happier."

I compared the readings using this hygrometer and the calibrated refractometer. But with alittle persistance I am able to read it. Not sure how accurate it is, but it's a good reference point. There are conversion charts and tables online. I will get one later but for now this will do, since im just starting. So once your instant ocean shows a measurement. Find a good light source to make reading easier.

  • GXSTWU Reptile Hygrometer Thermometer LCD Display Digital Reptile Tank Hygrometer Thermometer with Hook Temperature Humidity Meter Gauge for Reptile Tanks, Terrariums, Vivarium
  • 100% Brand New and High-Quality Reptile Tank Thermometer Hygrometer: Precise supervision of the temperature and air humidity in terrariums, vivariums and reptile tanks.
  • Stylish Design: Stylish looking digital vivarum thermometer with hook and loop for easy to install to any reptile tanks or terrariums. Comes with a battery so you can use the thermometer immediately.
  • Fantastic Value: This accurate reptile thermometer and hygrometer allows you to monitor the temperature and humidity in the reptile tanks at all times to makesure your beloved reptiles are in perfect health.
  • Fahrenheit Celsius Convertible: Temperature can be display in Fahrenheit or Celsius by press the C/F hole on the back of the item with a paper clip.
  • Quality Guaranteed: Our carefully sourced range of thermometer hygrometers are manufactured to the highest of standards our customers expect. And provide 365 days warranty, in case of any quality problems, please feel free to contact us by email, we will give you a satisfactory solution.
  • Manufacture: Cangda Electronics Co., Ltd.
  • Product Dimensions: 2.09 x 0.67 x 1.3 inches; 0.92 Ounces
  • Batteries: 1 LR44 batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The GXSTWU HY-2
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

GXSTWU HY-2 Final Thoughts

"Seems pretty solid."

Hate the batteries, but once loaded, it seems to work fine. If you let it sit in the tank overnight, it definitely gives an accurate reading. Like that it comes with everything needed. Get precise salinity readings in moments. I have to recalibrate it ever use though which worries me sometimes. This one read perfect, and the others were completely inaccurate. Plus it is super easy to use and clean.

Overall Score
4.4


(265 Points)

9. LemonBest 0%-10% Automatic Temperature Compensation Salinity Refractometer Salt Water Aquariu...

User Ratings: 75 5

LemonBest First Impressions

"Great tool."

I don't want to deal with temperature correction or. When I compared it to what my local pet store was reading my water at it was dead on. Used distilled water to calibrate, the screw is located under the rubber cap. This one here was much cheaper,& exactly the same as they sold in the store. At first, I was getting bubbles sticking to the rotating arrow. Definitely a lot cheaper than a refractometer. I decided to upgrade and it was easy to calibrate.

  • LemonBest 0%-10% Automatic Temperature Compensation Salinity Refractometer Salt Water Aquarium by Lemonbest
  • Features with automatic temperature compensation (ATC) function
  • Designed for testing the concentration of salt water and brine, ideal for aquariums, marine monitoring and quality control in research and clinical laboratories
  • With just a couple of drops of aquarium water you know exactly what the salinity is
  • Measures on 2 scales, specific Gravity (D 20/20) and parts per thousand (‰), provides a direct reading of the specific gravity and concentration of salt in water
  • Comes with a hard case, dropper, screwdriver and cleaning cloth
  • Manufacture: Lemonbest
  • Product Dimensions: 7.87 x 1.57 x 1.57 inches; 3.88 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LemonBest
  • Accuracy
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

LemonBest Final Thoughts

"Easy to use."

Make sure to knock out the bubbles on the white dial by hitting it with your knuckle. It works OK but seems pretty flimsy and it's feel that way. My only criticism would be that it's a little too dark. I don't know if that's a positive or negative but just different. Just rinse with warm water afterwards. I bought this and a hydrometer because of the reviews saying its not accurate. Pretty darn accurate for the price.

Overall Score
4.5


(315 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
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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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