Best Moisture Meters in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update December 6, 2017
If you're engaged in woodworking, you will likely need a moisture meter. This small inexpensive device can save you a lot of trouble and help make all your wooden projects stable and worth a hundred dollars. Don't mess up in the lumberyard, get a moisture meter and run quick tests yourself. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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DISPLAY
MEASURE RANGE
Power Source
CONVENIENCES
WARRANTY
 
PROS

The Stanley 077030 is equipped with an LCD screen with dual measurement bar graph that simplifies the use. It also comes with a protective cup that has two sockets to test the electrodes. 

CONS

Batteries discharge quickly.

OUR VERDICT

This model is a very accurate device that detects moisture in wood and many other building materials such as plaster, concrete, drywall, etc. With its comprehensive LED display and quite a wide range of readings, this meter is a must-have for a builder.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Pin

DISPLAY

Digital with backlight

MEASURE RANGE

Wood: 6 - 44 %
Masonry: 0.2 - 2 %

Power Source

4 x "AAA" batteries

CONVENIENCES

Measuring environment temperature (0 - 40° C), low battery indicator, test sockets supplied in the cap, auto shut-off, carry pouch with belt loop

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

This moisture meter is designed with incredibly soft covering and ribbed sides to ensure the safest grip. Plus, it comes with a lanyard to secure the humidity detector around your wrist for additional convenience.

CONS

The battery charge indicator may provide incorrect information from time to time.

OUR VERDICT

Thanks to a dust-protecting housing and compact size, this model is irreplaceable in the kind of workplace where a great amount of filings is produced all in the day's work. Indeed, this is a very user-friendly tool to make your work simpler.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Pin

DISPLAY

Digital with backlight

MEASURE RANGE

Wood: 6 - 42 %
Masonry: 0.2 - 2 %

Power Source

4 x "LR44" batteries

CONVENIENCES

Measuring environment temperature (0 - 40° C), low battery indicator, auto shut-off, hand strap

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The device allows you not to worry about the electrodes wearing off with time since with this moisture meter you can replace them effortlessly. On top of that, the manufacturer supplies the MD814 with a set of extra pins.

CONS

There is no backlight. 

OUR VERDICT

The Dr.Meter MD814 features an adequate amount of settings that make it pretty simple and convenient in use. Besides, with extended measuring capability, this moisture meter is pretty helpful at wood-processing factories.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Pin

DISPLAY

Digital

MEASURE RANGE

Wood: 5 to 40 %

Power Source

1 x "6F22" battery

CONVENIENCES

Data held in memory for easy reading, low battery indicator, changeable pins (set of spare pins included), carry bag

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

On the back of humidity level measuring in percents, this meter has a graphic indicator that determines the correspondence of readings to the recommended standards. Pretty convenient, isn't it?

CONS

The protective lid wears off with time.

OUR VERDICT

The Brennenstuhl 1298680 is capable of measuring the humidity of quite a wide range of materials, from wallpapers and woods to concrete and dryboard. This, auto shut-down, and a very handy housing make this tool invaluable if you plan on renovating a house.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Pin

DISPLAY

Digital with backlight

MEASURE RANGE

Wood: 5 - 50 %
Masonry: 1.5 - 33 %
Moisture level indicator

Power Source

1 x "6F22" battery

CONVENIENCES

Hold function, low battery indicator, auto shut-off

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The Stihl Wood Moisture Meter is a very reliable tool. Being designed from perdurable and corrosion resistant materials, its electrodes won't fail for quite a long time providing you with stable work and accurate readings. 

CONS

The backlight might seem not bright enough. 

OUR VERDICT

Stihl is a very reputable company that produces high-quality building implements. By selecting their moisture meter, you can rest assured knowing you will get the highest quality, precise readings, and trouble-free operation for many years to come.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Pin

DISPLAY

Digital with backlight

MEASURE RANGE

Wood: 6-42 %

Power Source

4 x "LR44" batteries

CONVENIENCES

Measuring environment temperature (0 - 40° C), low battery indocator, auto shut-off, hand strap

WARRANTY

1 year

What Is a Moisture Meter?

A lot of people could attest to the fact that paying for a moisture meter, as well as a variety of other helpful instruments, once may save you a lot of money in the long run. Being a tiny and compact device, a moisture meter can easily serve you as a kind of insurance providing a lot of information about the lumber you plan to work with. Too dry or too wet piece of wood can easily ruin the end product, and so, it’s important to check out the moisture content of the wood right before you employ it in your future project. That’s the type of situations where a moisture meter will not only come in handy but is actually rather mandatory. Offering a wide measurement range, it is an essential appliance of any contractor, furniture maker and any other person that often works with wood. We have examined a lot of moisture meters aiming to find the best models on the market today. As a result, we have narrowed it down to the five best models that feature high-quality, simple use, and reasonable price, and hope it won't be challenging for you to find the right moisture meter for you.

Some other handy tools you can use in woodworking scenarios are described in the following reviews: orbital sanders, circular saws, and wood lathes.

Best Moisture Meters

Stanley 077030

Made by Professionals for Everyday Use

Since its foundation in 1843, Stanley has been producing exceptional tools for carpentry and other building related areas. Take their 077030 as an example. It is a pretty simple tool that nevertheless provides you with sufficiently accurate information about the condition of your building materials. This portable moisture meter determines the humidity level of woods including but not limited to concrete, plaster, and mortar in the range of 6% to 44% and 0.2% to 2.0% respectively. It shows the results on a pretty large LCD display on a bar graph with two scales for wooden and other building materials. Also, at the top of the screen, you will notice current temperature readings for more extended use. Plus, thanks to a backlight of the screen, you can check your readings even in poor light. However, what we liked more about this model, aside from its essential functions, is the availability of a tester. The protective cap of the Stanly 077030 has four sockets so that you could use it not only to keep the electrodes safe when you don't apply your meter but also test whether it works the way it should. By the way, you will find very detailed instructions on how to use your moisture meter and test it in the manual.

All in all, this humidity detector by Stanley is a cost-efficient investment. It will give you precise readings and unparalleled performance for many years to come.

Review of Stanley 077030

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Stanley 077030
Stanley 077030
 

Kamasa 55961

Effortless Control

This mini moisture meter by Kamasa is a helpful tool for repair works when you need to test the humidity level of woods, cardboard, paper, and other materials for repairs. It also determines the ambient temperature in Celsius or Fahrenheit for your convenience in the range from 0 to 40°C, which you can set up with a single press of a button. Being designed as a pocket-size tool, this moisture meter fits a hand perfectly, while a ribbed housing ensures secure and convenient grip. Plus, a wrist lanyard that comes in the box also contributes to the overall convenience of use. The LCD screen might seem a bit small, yet it shows all the readings in pretty large print so reading them is not going to be a problem. To power your Kamasa 55961, you will need 4x button cell batteries that are very simple to replace. By the way, you will know when it's time to change them thanks to the battery charge indicator that appears on the display when the battery is low. This model also has an auto turn-off that is very convenient in case you tend to forget to turn the device off. The meter will switch off after 15 seconds of no use saving the charge of batteries.

All in all, this moisture meter by Kamasa will be of great help for you whether you have decided to renovate your house or just want to check wooden logs before firing them up. Accurate, reliable, and user-friendly, this tool is a godsend to every house.

Review of Kamasa 55961

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Kamasa 55961
Kamasa 55961
 

Dr.Meter MD814

Genius Lies in Simplicity

If you are searching for a highly accurate and considerably solid moisture meter for testing wood both at home and at a construction site, we recommend you to look closer at the Dr.Meter MD814. This instrument does its job perfectly, always supplying the user with correct readings. So what does this tool offer you? Well, it measures humidity in different types of wood in the range of 5% - 40% with +/-1% accuracy. It runs on a 9V battery that comes in the box and has a low-charge indicator so that you won't miss battery discharge. On top of that, it also features a pretty convenient design that allows you to hold the meter firmly in your hand and a large display that shows readings in big letters. The MD814 is equipped with four pins that cover a wider measuring area. In case electrodes wear off or break down, it's not a problem since there is a set of spare pins in the box and they are easy to replace. Finally, the manufacturer has thought about a user's convenience when it comes to carrying this device around and supplied this wood moisture meter with a colourful carrying bag.

So, one might think that the Dr.Meter MD814 is a bit expensive for such a simple tool, and that is a reasonable first impression. However, examining this model closely, we came to a conclusion that despite the fact that it tests only wood, it does this job exceptionally. With this tool in your inspection kit, you will always know exactly how dry or moisturised the wood that you work with is.

Review of Dr.Meter MD814

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Dr.Meter MD814
Dr.Meter MD814
 

Brennenstuhl 1298680

A Reliable Assistant

Featuring a durable design, accurate performance, and a reasonable price, this moisture meter by Brennenstuhl is a must-have tool when it comes to every handyman's instrument kit. The device is capable of testing for moisture practically any type of texture ranging from wood to any other construction materials precisely (+/- 3%) in the range of 5 - 50 % and 1.5 - 33 % respectively. What we liked the most, though, is how user-friendly this moisture detector is. It not only shows you the humidity percentage of the material you test but also signalises about its level with drops on the left corner of the LED display. One drop is for the low humidity level, while three of them indicate that it is fairly high. The acoustic signal is another useful feature that allows you to use this tool to its fullest potential. What we mean by that is, when you need to test the materials in hard to reach places or in poor light, and you know that you won't be able to see the screen while doing so, you can turn the acoustics on and listen to the tone that will become noticeably higher with the moisture level. You can also use the hold button to freeze all of the readings on the display and read them afterward. Which is rather helpful, wouldn't you say?

All in all, the Brennenstuhl 1298680 unifies all the features we want to see in a portable moisture meter. It is accurate, handy, and gives its user a few spare options that simplify the entire process making it a great value for the money.

Review of Brennenstuhl 1298680

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Brennenstuhl 1298680
Brennenstuhl 1298680
 

Stihl Wood Moisture Meter

The Stuff but Not the Fluff

Would you like to get a moisture meter that would be reasonably priced, fit in your pocket, and do what it is supposed to do well? If the answer is "yes", you should probably look towards the Stihl Wood Moisture Meter. It can measure humidity in any wooden material including paper and cardboard in the range of 6 - 42% with a decent level of precision (+/- 2%). This portable moisture meter will also help you determine the ambient temperature displaying it either in °C or °F that you can simply set up for your convenience. As any other moisture meter, this model by Stihl uses electrodes for testing: there are two built-in pins under the protecting lid. It doesn't come with extra pins, though. However, thanks to a highly durable construction of Stihl products, there's a good chance you won't have to change them for a long time. Thanks to a compact size, this wood moisture meter will fit any hand perfectly; and with grooved sides of the housing, it won't accidentally slip off your hand. Additionally, this model has a single control button (to turn on/off and set up the device) and also comes with a strap to secure the meter around your wrist while testing logs, for example.

Considering all the above, we believe that this portable wood moisture meter by Stihl is a worthy investment since, thanks to its simple control and accurate testing, this device will help you start a fire quicker in order to warm the place up on a cold winter day.

Review of Stihl Wood Moisture Meter

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Stihl Wood Moisture Meter
Stihl Wood Moisture Meter
 

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Publish Date: 2017-12-06 12:56:48