Soil Water Potential Sensor


When it comes to measuring water potential (or soil suction), it’s hard to find a sensor that meets your every need. You’re either forced to deal with lowered accuracy or high-maintenance hassles (plus getting soaked on cost). That's why we invented TEROS 21.


Broad soil applications. Dependable accuracy.

To say TEROS 21 is more accurate than competitor sensors doesn’t do it justice. That’s because unlike competitor models, we calibrate each and every sensor for you. To do this, we use a process that has been refined and perfected over the years that allows the TEROS 21 water potential sensor to come to a fixed water potential. The result: a long-term monitoring solution you can finally trust.

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A true full-range water potential sensor that’s low maintenance and low cost

The TEROS 21 water potential sensor is incredibly easy to use. It requires no maintenance, and it’s accurate enough for most applications. In fact, the TEROS 21 provides an even more accurate soil moisture picture than measuring water content alone. A water content sensor only shows the percentage of water in the soil, but add a TEROS 21 water potential sensor, and you’ll know if that water is available to plants and where it will move. Plus, unlike water content, matric potential isn’t dependent on soil type, so you can compare moisture between different sites. Not only that, the TEROS 21 is surprisingly affordable, and the new Gen 2 version boasts an improved circuit, a more robust microprocessor, and an improved measurement range. It now measures all the way from near saturation to air dry (0 to −100,000 kPa) making it the world’s first true full range water potential sensor.


METER is trusted by

Brigham Young University
Temple University
Colorado School of Mines

Expecting to see a high price point for the extra value we engineered into TEROS 21? No way. We offer them at a low cost so you don’t have to spend more money to get the coverage you need. And, because they use less energy and include a temperature sensor, you get even more value. Plus it’s all backed by 15 years of research.

A TEROS 21 soil water potential sensor

The only worry-free soil water potential sensor

Ease of use isn’t something you normally associate with water potential measurement devices. Until now. That’s because TEROS 21 is plug and play in a number of ways.  First, once it’s in the ground, the durable epoxy coating ensures long-lasting usage. Second, no maintenance is involved. That means no refilling. And no worrying about frozen conditions. Lastly, the TEROS 21 water potential sensor is also easy to integrate into systems (SDI-12 compatible) so it can be used with third-party loggers. All this adds up to saving you time and a lot of unnecessary labor.

A TEROS 21 soil water potential sensor next to a ZL6 data logger

Soil water measuring that’s immeasurable in value

Accurate. Easy to use. Affordable. The TEROS 21 water potential sensor outperforms in every aspect because we specifically designed it to save you time, hassle and money.

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Feature summary

  • Easy to use
  • Improved accuracy comes from the six-point factory calibration
  • Tough, long-lasting body
  • No recalibration
  • Low salt sensitivity
  • Affordability
  • Excellent range (sensitivity from 0 kPa all the way to air dry [-100,000 kPa])
  • Onboard temperature measurement
  • Plug and play capability
  • Use with the ZL6 for remote access to data on the cloud
  • SDI-12 compatible

A TEROS 21 soil water potential sensor

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