I can definitely recommend AGAINST the Hannah brand meters. Mine worked well.
That’s an odd anti-endorsement!? I’ve learned that quality and reliability often come with a cost. Having an instrument that’s accurate and durable is worthwhile.
I’ve owned Hanna and Milwaukee instruments and have found many to be quality instruments. But that ‘get what you pay for’ adage holds true. If you buy something cheap, it’s more likely that you’ll be disappointed. Buy once, cry once.
One important factoid for pH equipment is that the probes are ‘consumable’. They do have to be occasionally replaced. Fifty bucks for a replacement probe is pretty good, especially if it’s an industry-standard probe that fits hundreds of meters.