I've tried others and I believe there has been another thread along these lines where you could read the preferences of others. You will find everyone has a definite opinion about the brand they use. I only use Oceanic. It always mixes up the same when I follow directions and it mixes instantly. In the previous post I stated this same thing and was told that a lot of the "professionals" use Instant Ocean and it is superior. Maybe. I used it, could not wait to use it all up. It was never consistent. Following directions I got a sg
of anywhere from 1.024 to 1.028! It also took forever to mix up and seemed to always have some sediment in the bottom. So, I am happy for those who have had no problems with it but I will continue to ship in Oceanic from the moon if necessary in order to continue using Oceanic. Just my opinion and what has never failed to work exactly as advertised.
ps: sorry, I forgot. Yes it is more expensive, and worth every penny.