This instant read pH tester is easy to use, and saves a lot of money in the long run.  If you have a swimming pool, you probably have to test your water very often to see whether you have enough chlorine in it.  To do this, most people use test strips that measure the pH of the water.  However, the test strips aren’t that accurate, as they often rely on you to color-code the results and can be flawed if left in for too long or not used before expiring.  They’re also something you need to keep buying, making it an ongoing expense.

Enter the instant read pH testers, like this one from HealthyWiser.  You only need to buy one, and it can read your pH quickly and accurately without needing to color code a test strip.  It’s easy to use, and at just over $20 it’s actually a pretty cheap option.  Now, this isn’t going to tell you any other chemical levels in your pool, but chlorine/pH is the one you’re checking most often anyway.  So having a unit like this is definitely useful.

t2To use it, all you have to do is turn the unit on and place it in whatever liquid you’re testing.  That’s really all there is to it!  If you need to calibrate the unit, it comes with some pH solutions and the instructions on correctly calibrating it.  So, if you feel your readings aren’t being accurate, you can re-calibrate the tester within just a few minutes.  And as long as you follow the instructions for usage, you should get accurate responses every time.

You’ll just want to make sure you properly store the tester.  Don’t leave it outside in your hot pool house, or somewhere it could freeze.  And you need to make sure you keep it as dry as possible.  And the most important thing to remember is to not completely submerge the unit in water.  Unlike the test strips, you could damage and short out the electronics if you get it wet.  So also be careful not to drop it in your pool.

Final Score: 4.5/55 Star RatingOverall I was very pleased with the results using this unit.  I tested a variety of liquids to see how the reader worked, and it seemed to do quite well.  Not only can you use this to test your pool water, but if you are concerned with the level of chlorine in your city water, this is another way to test that.  If your water reads too acidic, chances are you might have a problem and you can contact your city to help get it fixed.

HealthyWiser Digital pH Tester: $21.95 –