Users Review Top Pinless Moisture Meters

 

With so many pinless wood moisture meters on the market, it’s hard to know which one is the easiest to operate and the most accurate. When your reputation depends on the success rate of your flooring or woodworking projects, your moisture meter needs to provide you with accurate readings you can count on. False readings that are caused by inferior products are not acceptable.

Below, we have compared the features, benefits and reviews (when available) of some of the most popular brands and devices that are available on the market. We hope this information will provide you with unbiased knowledge that will help you decide which moisture meter is the best fit for you.

 

Wagner Moisture Meter Models

MMC205 Digital Shopline by Wagner Meters

MMC205
Description:

The MMC205 is designed for flooring installers and hobbyists working with woodworking applications involving common softwood and hardwood species that don’t require precision tenth-of-a-percent measurement. Various wood species settings can be selected, helping to eliminate correction table referral after readings are taken. This unit is not affected by temperature or surface moisture.
Price: $280.00

MMC205 Features:

  • IntelliSense™ technology
  • Moisture content 5-20%
  • Programmable species settings
  • Wood thickness from 0.75 in. to 1.5 in.
  • Select species setting
  • Battery included
  • Soft vinyl case included
  • Reference library CD included
  • Weight: .37 lbs.
  • Size: Length – 4 9/16″; Width – 2 3/4″; Height – 1 1/16″
  • 7-year warranty*

*Warranty includes all MMC and MMl Wagner Moisture Meters manufactured after Jan 1, 2012

Benefits:

  • More accurate and 10 times faster than pin-style meters
  • Wagner meters are designed to give stable readings, eliminating worry of drifting numbers
  • Meter will maintain accurate calibration when maintained properly
  • One button control (on/off and species settings) makes unit faster and easier to operate
  • Scans wood in seconds, providing quick and accurate moisture measurement without damaging wood
  • Lightweight and easy to carry so you can negotiate tight areas and obtain accurate readings
  • Accurate readings help eliminate callbacks, saving time and money
  • Manufactured and supported in the United States with a risk-free 7-year warranty

 

MMC205 User Reviews:

 

Does the Best Job without Breaking the Bank

Bob Feeser from Springfield, PA prefers using the MMC205 because it measures moisture content 3/4 of an inch into the wood. He found that surface moisture that varies with humidity in the air is never a factor and doesn’t play havoc with the unit. He also found the booklet included with the MMC205, listing different wood types, to be extremely convenient because it  eliminated the hassle of calculating for different wood species. He stated that if he was in the market for another wood moisture meter, he would buy this one all over again!

You can read his review here.

 

Compact Unit Provides Concise & Accurate Readings

Alcavasin from Concord, MI claims the Wagner MMC205 has come in handy by helping him back up his argument with pricing on “supposed” kiln-dried lumber. It’s much easier to negotiate price and prevent price gouging when you have the evidence in the palm of your hand. He finds this unit complements wood shops and serious professionals.

Read the review here.

 

Helps Prevent Flooring Disasters

Saylor from Oregon blindly trusted his lumber provider to supply him with accurate moisture content measurements…until the wood flooring he purchased and installed shrunk by as much as 1/8 of an inch! Now he depends on his MMC205 to provide him with quick and accurate information before he picks up his lumber. Now he feels more confident that he is a better judge of wood materials.

Read his review here.

 

Should Be a Must for Every WoodWorker

Elliot Gesang thinks the Wagner MMC205 is a handy and accurate moisture meter that should be a must for every woodworker. His meter helps him determine when his wood is down to his desired moisture range between 6-7%.

Read his review here.

 

Unit is Older but Still Accurate after All these Years

KT still finds his older unit accurate and dependable after owning it for a few years, and highly recommends this unit to other woodworkers.

Read his comments here.

 

MMC210 Digital Proline

MMC210

Description:

The MMC210 is designed for flooring installers and manufacturers, cabinet and furniture manufacturers, and lumber suppliers and inspectors. This moisture meter is ideal for woodworking applications that specify common softwood and hardwood species, and is recommended when applications include harder tropical wood species.

Price: $375.00

MMC210 Features:

  • IntelliSense™ technology
  • 5-32% moisture content
  • Programmable species settings
  • Sensing area 1.5 in. x 2.5 in.
  • Wood thickness from 0.75 in. to 1.5 in.
  • Select species setting
  • Battery included
  • Carrying case included
  • Reference library CD included
  • Shock resistant
  • Weight: .37 lbs.
  • Size: Length – 4 9/16″; Width – 2 3/4″; Height – 1 1/16″
  • 7-year warranty*

*Warranty includes all MMC and MMl Wagner Moisture Meters manufactured after Jan 1, 2012

Benefits:

  • More accurate and 10 times faster than pin-style meters
  • Wagner meters are designed to give stable readings, eliminating the worry of drifting numbers
  • Meter will maintain accurate calibration when maintained properly
  • Two-button controls makes unit faster and easier to operate with one hand
  • Press/Hold feature allows you to get into tight areas without requiring a visual line to meter display
  • Scans wood in seconds, providing quick and accurate moisture measurement without damaging wood
  • Lightweight and easy to carry
  • Manufactured and supported in the United States with risk-free 7-year warranty
  • Shock-resistant model stands up to rugged conditions

 

MMC210 User Reviews:

 

User-Friendly Unit Adjusts to Different Species Easily

Stewart Michelon from Medford, OR was impressed with the unit’s packaging and user-friendly interface that makes adjusting for different species easy.

Read his comments here.

 

Accurate and Easy to Use

Smith from Nashville, TN finds his meter accurate and easy to use when he routinely checks moisture content on an average of 15 different species.

Read his review here.

 

 

MMC220 Extended Range

MMC220

Description:

The MMC220 is designed for flooring installers, manufacturers (cabinet and furniture) and lumber suppliers and inspectors. This moisture meter is Wagner Meters’ most popular meter, ideal for measuring moisture content in all wood species, including rare tropical species and common softwoods and hardwoods.

Price: $395.00

MMC220 Features:

  • IntelliSense™ technology
  • Extended range including tropical species
  • 5-32% moisture content
  • Programmable species settings
  • Sensing area 1.5 in. x 2.5 in.
  • Wood thickness from 0.75 in. to 1.5 in.
  • Select species setting
  • Press/Hold reading feature
  • Shock-resistant carrying case
  • Battery included
  • Reference library CD included
  • Weight: .37 lbs.
  • Size: Length – 4 9/16″; Width – 2 3/4″; Height – 1 1/16″
  • 7-year warranty

Benefits:

  • More accurate and 10 times faster than pin-style meters
  • Wagner meters are designed to give stable readings, eliminating worry of drifting numbers
  • Meter will maintain accurate calibration when maintained properly
  • Quickly and easily use the press/hold feature under a sink or overhang to take MC readings that stay on display
  • Scans wood in seconds, providing quick and accurate moisture measurement without damaging wood
  • Lightweight and easy to operate
  • Extended SG capability
  • Manufactured and supported in the United States with risk-free 7-year warranty
  • Shock-resistant carry case protects unit and helps prevent repairs

 

MMC220 User Reviews:

 

Easy to Calibrate for Any Species

Gilbert F. McCulley from Mooresburg, TN visited the Wagner team at its Atlanta 2002 show and brought sawmill lumber with him. After testing the sawmill lumber with the MMC220, he was impressed with how easy it was to calibrate the unit. He also appreciated the fact that holes were not left in the wood. He thought this unit was one of the best hand-held meters that he tested.

Read Gilbert’s comments here.

 

Great to Use on Difficult Lumber

Stokes doesn’t know how he lived without the MMC220! He finds the unit easy to use with the exotic and imported woods he regularly uses. In his opinion, the unit is one of the best he has ever seen.

Read his review here.

 

Accurate Moisture Meter Ensures Trouble-Free Installations

Malcom from Scottsdale, AZ depends on his unit to check materials before he receives shipment. He finds peace of mind with the accuracy of the MMC220 that helps ensure trouble-free installations.

Read his review here.

 

Consistent Performance from a Fine Instrument

Rippel from Ohio commends Wagner for creating such an excellent product that performs consistently. He wouldn’t expect less from such a fine instrument.

Read his review here.

 

 

BI2200 Building Inspection

BI2200

Description:
The BI2200 is designed for QC personnel (building or home inspectors) who depend on quick and accurate readings. This moisture meter is designed to measure a wide range of materials including wood, plaster, drywall, stucco, insulation, ceramic tile, linoleum, shingles, concrete and other materials.

Price: $345.00

BI220 Features:

  • Programmable for many different types of building materials
  • Auto power shut-down (60 seconds)
  • Moisture content 5-32%
  • Protective coating on sensor plate
  • Sensing area 1.5 in. x 2.5 in.
  • Wood thickness from 0.75 in.
  • Select species setting
  • Press/Hold reading feature
  • Shock-resistant carrying case
  • Battery included
  • Weight: .37 lbs.
  • Size: Length – 4 9/16″; Width – 2 3/4″; Height – 1 1/16″
  • 1-year warranty

Benefits:

  • More accurate and 10 times faster than pin-style meters
  • Wagner meters are designed to give stable readings, eliminating worry of drifting numbers
  • Meter will maintain accurate calibration when maintained properly
  • Quick and accurate scanning saves time by delivering dependable results
  • MC reading is viewable in dark and hard-to-reach areas with its press/hold feature
  • Scans wood in seconds, providing quick and accurate moisture measurement without damaging wood
  • Lightweight and easy to operate
  • Manufactured and supported in the United States with a risk-free warranty
  • Shock-resistant carry case protects unit and helps prevent repairs

 

BI2200 User Reviews:

 

Meter was Correct when Expert Wasn’t…Saved Client $5,000!!

Tanker from TN, USA was impressed when his unit saved his client $5,000 right out of the box by dodging bad advice from an expert advising him to tear down a wall to remove water. His meter saved the day and his bank account!

Read his story here.

 

Easy to Interpret Accurate Results

Maggie was advised to purchase the BI2200 by a professional mold expert after she had to move her family from their mold-infested home. She needed to be reassured that she wouldn’t have to deal with another similar problem with their next home. She invested in the meter because the cost was relatively the same as mold testing. She was impressed with the accuracy and found the unit easy to use.

Read her story here.

 

Lignomat Moisture Meter Models

 

Ligno-Scanner SDM

Lignomat SDM

Description:

The Ligno-Scanner SDM provides moisture readings for wood and bamboo. A scale is provided to evaluate moisture content in sheetrock and concrete. Reference scales are also available for other building materials.

Price: $307.00

Ligno-Scanner SDM Features:

  • Measuring range 5.4-61%
  • Measuring depth ¼” and ¾”
  • Resolution of read-out: 0.1%
  • Carrying Case
  • Battery included (9 volt)
  • Weight: 8 oz.
  • Size: ½” H x 2” L x 5” W
  • 2-year warranty

Benefits:

  • Programmable for many different types of building materials
  • Scale to evaluate moisture in other building materials (concrete, sheetrock) is included with unit
  • Selectable measuring depths are available for thicker and thinner boards
  • Quick and accurate scanning saves time by delivering dependable results
  • Unit lasts on battery power for up to 3,000 readings
  • Scans wood in seconds, providing quick and accurate moisture measurement without damaging wood
  • Lightweight and easy to operate
  • Additional reference scales are available for other building materials
  • Wood temperature correction is not necessary

 

Ligno-Scanner SDM User Reviews:

Consumers have not left positive feedback for device at this time.

 

Ligno-Scanner SD

Lignomat ScannerSD

Description:
This non-invasive unit is a dual depth (¼” or ¾”) pinless capacitance-type meter. This moisture meter produces a reading that is the average value of area between the surface and maximum depth of penetration.

Price: $289.00

 

Ligno-Scanner SD Features:

  • Measuring pad dimensions 1 5/8” x 2 5/8”
  • Size 1/2” H x 2” L x 5” W
  • Weight 8 oz.
  • Measuring range 5-99% dependent upon species
  • Measuring depth ¼” and ¾”
  • Range of specific gravity: 0.3-1.0
  • Wood temperature correction not necessary
  • Carrying pouch
  • Battery included
  • 2-year warranty

 

Benefits:

  • Calibration settings are conveniently available for most common types of wood
  • Quick and accurate scanning saves time by delivering dependable results
  • Scans wood in seconds without damaging wood
  • Lightweight and easy to operate
  • Additional reference scales are available for other building materials
  • User-friendly, offering metric and standard measurements

 

Lingo-Scanner SD User Reviews:

 

Convenient, Accurate and Easy to Use

Bill Honaker found the results he measured with the Lignomat SD to be consistent with other meters. He enjoys the portability and the user-friendly experience.

Read more here.

 

Reliable and Easy to Use

Caleb White found it difficult to locate a meter that is reliable but not difficult to use. He found the Scanner SD works well with both metric and standard measurements. He now finds measuring moisture content easy, especially with the wood species card that is included with the package.

Read more here.

 

Calibration Settings can be Found for Most Types of Wood

Don Nichols likes the fact that the Lignomat Scanner SD comes with calibration settings for most types of wood. After contacting support for types not found, he received a prompt answer.

Read Don’s review here.

 

 

Ligno-Scanner S

Lignomat Scanner S

Description:

The Ligno-Scanner S is a non-invasive moisture meter calibrated to measure stacked veneer or boards that are less than ¼” thick. Built-in corrections are available for different species. This meter is well-suited to measure moisture that is close to the surface. (Checking finishes between applications)

Price: $210.00

Lingo-Scanner S Features:

  • Measuring range for wood 5.4-60%
  • Measuring depth ¼” deep
  • Range of specific gravity 0.3-1.0
  • Species corrections for 71 settings
  • Reference scale available for laminates and composite wood products
  • Carrying case
  • Battery included (9 volt)
  • Weight: 8 oz.
  • Size: ½” H x 2” L x 5” W
  • 2-year warranty

Benefits:

  • Calibration settings are conveniently listed on a laminated pocket guide included with meter
  • Quick and accurate scanning saves time by delivering dependable results
  • Scans wood in seconds without damaging wood
  • Lightweight and easy to operate

 

Ligno-Scanner S User Reviews:

Consumers have not left positive feedback for device at this time.

 

Ligno-Scanner D

Lignomat Scanner D

Description:

The Ligno-Scanner D is a non-invasive moisture meter made for wood and used mostly by floor installers, furniture manufacturers and cabinetmakers.

Price: $210.00

 

Lingo-Scanner D Features:

  • Measuring range for wood 5.4-60%
  • Measuring depth ¾”
  • Range of specific gravity 0.3-1.0
  • Species corrections for 71 settings
  • Reference scale available for laminates and other composites
  • Carrying case
  • Battery included (9 volt)
  • Correction chart
  • Weight: 8 oz.
  • Size: 2 1/4” W x 4 3/4” L x 1” thick
  • 2-year warranty

 

Benefits:

  • 3/4” depth reading is ideal for checking moisture on cabinet lumber thickness
  • Quick and accurate scanning saves time by delivering dependable results
  • Supplies species-corrected moisture readings in percents for flat and vertical grain bamboo
  • Scans wood in seconds without damaging wood
  • Easy-to-read display
  • Lightweight and easy to operate

 

Ligno-Scanner User D Reviews:

Consumers have not left positive feedback for device at this time.

 

Delmhorst Moisture Meter Products

 

ProScan

Delmhorst Proscan

Description:

This unit is ideal for furniture manufacturers, flooring installers, inspectors and lumber suppliers. The ProScan uses radio frequency to measure moisture content on a wide range of wood types.

Price: $395.00

 

ProScan Features:

  • Measures MC in range of 5-30%
  • Measuring depth ¾”
  • Range of specific gravity .30-.80
  • 0–100 reference scale for non-wood materials
  • Adjustable alarm
  • Rugged carrying case
  • Battery included (9 volt)
  • Weight: 8.5 oz.
  • Size: 5 5/8” x 3 5/16” x 1 1/4”
  • 1-year warranty

 

Benefits:

  • Quickly scan large areas with dependable results
  • Scans without damaging wood (no pin holes)
  • Easy-to-read display
  • Lightweight and easy to operate
  • Rugged construction for accurate results

 

Delmhorst ProScan User Reviews:

Consumers have not left positive feedback for device at this time.

 

 

Delmhorst TechScan

Delmhorst TechScan

Description:

This pinless wood moisture meter is designed for flooring installers, home inspectors and restoration professionals who need a fast and accurate non-destructive method of checking for moisture.

Price: $375.00

 

TechScan Features:

  • Measures MC in range of 5-30%
  • Measuring depth ¾”
  • Reference scale – 0-100 color-coded reference
  • Temperature range -4°F to 158°F/-20°C to 70°C
  • Plastic carrying case
  • Battery included (9 volt)
  • Weight: 8.5 oz.
  • Size: 5 5/8” x 3 5/16” x 1 1/4”
  • 1-year warranty

 

Benefits:

  • Quickly scan large areas with dependable results
  • Calibrated to minimize false high readings
  • Scans without damaging wood (no pin holes)
  • Easy-to-read analog display
  • Lightweight and easy to operate
  • Takes readings in hard-to-reach areas
  • Rugged construction for ultimate protection

 

Delmhorst Techscan User Reviews:

Consumers have not left positive feedback for device at this time.

 

 

Conclusion:

 

The moisture meters we compared in this article seem to have similar features, benefits and pricing, but no other company seems to offer such an aggressive and comprehensive 7-year warranty as Wagner Meters.

For almost 50 years, Wagner Meters has earned the reputation of being one of the most respected world leaders in moisture meter management solutions by designing quality products you can trust and customer support you can rely on.