Are all Pinless Moisture Meters Created Equal?

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

Orion 910 Deep Depth Moisture Meter

Orion 910 moisture meter

The Orion® 910 Deep Depth Pinless Wood Moisture Meter Kit continues the Wagner tradition of superior accuracy and adds incredible new functionality. The new Orion 910 meter incorporates IntelliSense™ technology, a more rugged design, and industry-exclusive true in-the-field calibration capability provided by the included On-Demand Calibrator.

Price: $379

Orion 910 Kit Includes:

  • Orion 910 Wood Moisture Meter
  • Paired On-Demand Calibrator
  • Rubber Protective Boot
  • Foam-lined ABS Plastic Carrying Case
  • 9V Battery
  • Species Settings Booklet
  • Instruction Manual
  • Common Flooring Materials Settings Reference Card

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Orion 920 Shallow Depth Moisture Meter

orion 920 moisture meter

The Orion 920 Shallow Depth Pinless Wood Moisture Meter Kit features the Orion 920 meter designed exclusively for shallow measurement of moisture content from the surface down to .25” (6.4mm) deep inside wood or other material. Ideal for applications where accurate moisture readings from thin wood pieces or coatings are critical to success.

Price: $379

Orion 920 Kit Includes:

  • Orion 920 Wood Moisture Meter
  • Paired On-Demand Calibrator
  • Rubber Protective Boot
  • Foam-lined ABS Plastic Carrying Case
  • 9V Battery
  • Species Settings Booklet
  • Instruction Manual
  • Common Flooring Materials Settings Reference Card

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Orion 930 Dual Depth Moisture Meter

orion 930 moisture meter

The Orion 930 Dual Depth Pinless Wood Moisture Meter Kit features the Orion 930 meter, designed for measurement of moisture content from the surface down to .25” (6.4mm) or .75” (19mm) deep inside wood or other material. The Orion 930 Dual Depth Moisture Meter features the versatility that is needed for flooring, quality control, woodworking, and inspection applications.

Price: $429

Orion 930 Kit Includes:

  • Orion 930 Wood Moisture Meter
  • Paired On-Demand Calibrator
  • Rubber Protective Boot
  • Foam-lined ABS Plastic Carrying Case
  • 9V Battery
  • Species Settings Booklet
  • Instruction Manual
  • Common Flooring Materials Settings Reference Card

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Orion 940 Data Collection Moisture Meter

orion 940 moisture meter

The Orion 940 Data Collection Pinless Wood Moisture Meter Kit features the Orion 940 meter, designed for measurement of moisture content from the surface down to .25” (6.4mm) or .75” (19mm) deep inside wood or other materials. The Orion 940 Moisture Meter also features data collection and storage capabilities vital to Quality Control and home or property restoration applications.

Price: $499

Orion 940 Kit Includes:

  • Orion 940 Wood Moisture Meter
  • Paired On-Demand Calibrator
  • Rubber Protective Boot
  • Foam-lined ABS Plastic Carrying Case
  • 9V Battery
  • Species Settings Booklet
  • Instruction Manual
  • Common Flooring Materials Settings Reference Card

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Orion 950 Smart Pinless Moisture Meter

orion 950 moisture meter

The Orion 950 Smart Pinless Wood Moisture Meter Kit is the all-in-one solution for busy professionals desiring superior accuracy and multi-tool functionality. The Orion 950 features an on-board Equilibrium Moisture Content (EMC) calculator, Bluetooth connectivity to free smart device apps, built-in temperature/RH sensor, and more.

Price: $539

Orion 950 Kit Includes:

  • Orion 950 Wood Moisture Meter with Built-in Temperature/RH Sensor
  • Paired On-Demand Calibrator
  • Rubber Protective Boot
  • Foam-lined ABS Plastic Carrying Case
  • 9V Battery
  • Species Settings Booklet
  • Instruction Manual
  • Common Flooring Materials Settings Reference Card

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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

Alfred C. from Concord, MI claims the Wagner MMC205 has come in handy by helping him back up his argument with pricing on supposedly 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

R. 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 and 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 review here.

Accurate and Easy to Use
F. 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.

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

BI2200 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 and 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

    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.

    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 and 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 and 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

    D. 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

    W. 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.

    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

      Ligno-Scanner SDM 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

        Ligno-Scanner User D 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

          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.

           

          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

            Ligno-Scanner S User 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 over 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.

            10 Comments

            1. M King

              I am a homeowner. One of my bedrooms has developed a musty smell in the last year. A contractor inspected a former leaking window which was fixed 6 yrs ago in addition to all other windows in the room both from the inside and outside. He found no signs of moisture penetration. He also crawled under the house and found no signs of moisture beneath the bedroom or its surrounding bathrooms. He says the only way of finding the source of smell may be to open up walls.

              I am thinking of buying a moisture meter. Which would you recommend?

              Reply
            2. greg labbe

              Regarding MC in building materials, I was in a 100 year old home, located in a cold climate (Toronto Canada) and the roof deck had rough swan dimensional lumber planking I assumed was a spruce, but could have been pine. Some of the boards were replaced on a recent re-roof with newer white pine. There was frost on the wood sheathing int he attic and the MC for the old wood was 40MC whereas the new wood was at 20MC.

              Does really old (1oo years) dried in a hot attic every summer, with pitch chased out by heat have the capacity to absorb more moisture? I’d love to send pics. I used a pin type meter (cheap bastard I know!)

              Reply
            3. John L

              Hi,

              I gather there a few pin tip meters on the market which people use for testing the MC of logs. However, I also understand from various reviews that readings are not always accurate or / and that the pins break after regular use, rendering the meter useless or damaged so much that it has to be replaced after a year or so. I also gather that these meters require the pins to be driven-in at least 5mm into the surface, which is often very difficult if one wishes to burn hardwood such as oak.

              Through your experience and knowledge of the market are you able to recommend an appropriate meter suitable for testing the MC of hardwood logs to be used in a wood burning stove?

              Regards,

              John

              Reply
            4. Adam

              Hi there

              Do you know where I can find good non-invasive Moisture Meters foe concrete ? I heard Tramex has some but can’t find anything on internet. Any suggestions ? Would you recomend Tramex ?

              Thanks
              Adam

              Reply
            5. Paul Vaarsi

              I’m looking to measure the mc of veneer that has been laid up on an mdf core. I’m guessing from what you wrote that the Wagner L607 would be the one for me.
              Thanks in advance.
              Paul

              Reply
              • admin

                Paul,

                What I know about the Wagner L607 is that it is designed specifically for finely sanded surfaces – and your application seems to qualify. That meter also is designed to include shallow-depth moisture in it’s readings – which is what you’ll want for a veneer.

                A Lignomat dual-depth is probably your second option – but I wouldn’t trust their meters as much as Wagner.

                Finally, you could get a pin moisture meter, but I’d recommend against it. They’re just too easy to fool and too inconvenient.

                Reply
            6. Dan Starliper

              Need instructions for Model L601-3 hand-held moisture meter. Actually all I need is the Hardwood Species Adjustment Table. Could they be e-mailed to me?

              Reply
              • admin

                I believe you’re looking for the Wagner website over here.
                http://www.wagnermeters.com/manuals.php
                Best of wishes. By the way, feel free to send in a review of that meter or any other other you use, and let the woodworking community know your opinion! (Including a name and link to your website would be optional.)

                Reply

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