Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Eheim Aquarium Air Pumps

1. Eheim PHL207184, 4.00 x 6.00 x 4.00 inches, Black

User Ratings: 73 6

Eheim 720686370050 First Impressions

"Looks good."

Hardly noticeable that it is running for an aquarium air pump. The current from the circle is so strong circulation is not a issue! This runs pretty darn quiet for a high output air pump. I currently have it in a closet to grow aquatic plants and brine shrimp. This pump cost a bit more than the small quite ones but is way more powerful. The rubber feet dampen most anything that the sealed pump doesn't cover. This would be the fourth attempt to satisfy my needs and my ears.

  • Eheim PHL207184, 4.00 x 6.00 x 4.00 inches, Black
  • Eheim
  • Air pump
  • 60 gallons
  • Manufacture: Eheim
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 6 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Eheim 720686370050
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Eheim 720686370050 Final Thoughts

"Strong pump, super quiet."

My 20H tank is in my office, 3 feet away from my desk. Not to mention tank depth, etc becomes a factor. I'd say this pump would be loud if it were used in the same room as you. I have the pump hooked up to a large sponge. Before the fan, it was to hot to even hold! You MUST use a fan with this pump or it will def burn out or lose pressure. Its not going to vibrant on anything!

Overall Score
4.4


(161 Points)

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2. EHEIM Air Pump 100 W/Diffuser

User Ratings: 57 8

Eheim 720686370043 First Impressions

"Very quiet and powerful."

Provides proper wattage for all my accessories. A simple piece of foam under the unit solved that. Overall seems like a good air pump. Otherwise, I would buy another one. For a solid working, quiet pump, this is about as good as it gets. The pump works well when there is no defects. The pressure isn't as great as I hoped.

  • EHEIM Air Pump 100 W/Diffuser
  • Air pump
  • Eheim
  • 30 gal
  • Item Package Weight: 1.0
  • Manufacture: Eheim
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 6 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Eheim 720686370043
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Eheim 720686370043 Final Thoughts

"5 gallon Betta tank."

I had the Whisper models and they were way too high in emissions. The pump works well when there is no defects. The added tubing and manifold make this an even better value. If it craps out anytime soon, I'll update the review. Provides proper wattage for all my accessories. The rubber feet dampen most anything that the sealed pump doesn't cover. The pump is so powerful that it pushed off the connection tube several times.

Overall Score
4.2


(86 Points)

3. Fanct Single Outlet Aquarium Air Pump Battery Powered Fish Tank Oxygen Pump Mini Aerator with Air St...

Fanct First Impressions

"Now close to the glass."

I added a check valve to my airline tubing and works as expected. But this one has no noticeable sounds. After nearly 5 months of use, it stop pumping air. And there are fixes around all of it. All the reviews from all the different models are lumped together. And one to the additional accessories for extra oxygen output only. Colbert, the reviewer above, for explaining how to do this.

  • Fanct Single Outlet Aquarium Air Pump Battery Powered Fish Tank Oxygen Pump Mini Aerator with Air Stone
  • 100% brand new and high quality.
  • A must have for emergency power outages.
  • High performance Battery Powered Aquarium Air Pump provides ample airflow for transporting fish or isolating fish while breeding.
  • Compact design Battery Powered Fish Tank Air Pump with powerful motor.
  • It produces high-pressure output perfect for protein skimmers, oxygen reactors and other devices.
  • Manufacture: Fanct
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fanct
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Fanct Final Thoughts

"The bubbles are amazing!"

This runs pretty darn quiet for a high output air pump. For a solid working, quiet pump, this is about as good as it gets. The first time I ordered this product, it did not work properly. For a solid working, quiet pump, this is about as good as it gets. I have to put my head behind the tank to hear it! I had the Whisper models and they were way too high in emissions. I have the pump hooked up to a large sponge.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

4. UPETTOOLS Aquarium Air Pump Ultra Silent High Energy Saving Oxygen Fish Mini Air Pump for 1-15 Gallo...

User Ratings: 72 4

UPETTOOLS First Impressions

"But it was still working!"

This thing has plenty of power for my needs. But if it's in another room, it’s not bad at all. You'd think this thing would stop working, but it didn’t! Just bought and started using it a few days ago. Colbert, the reviewer above, for explaining how to do this. They don't even vibrate the old school plastic tank hanger mounts they sit on. If you leave one open, it makes noise.

  • UPETTOOLS Aquarium Air Pump Ultra Silent High Energy Saving Oxygen Fish Mini Air Pump for 1-15 Gallon Fish Tank Pump with Air Pump Accessories
  • ULTRA SILENCE - Newest version Aquarium air pump Hpumps is the smallest and the most silent pump in the world. Ultra quiet, Sound less than 35dB.
  • LOW POWER CONSUMPTION - Power consumption of this oxygen pump is only 1W, with flow rate 450 ml/min, high energy saving.
  • STABLE PERFORMANCE - Oxygen air pump is stable performance, is ideal for small and medium-sized fish tank plus oxygen. It is also perfectly suitable for using at all kinds of high-grade aquarium, aquaculture oxygenation or spout decoration
  • SAVE SPACE - It is made of premium material. It can suck on the tank wall, doesn't take up space.
  • EASY TO USE - Our silent aquarium air pump is very easy to install, connect filter air stone and silicone tube with pump outlet, then Hang the air pump on the tank wall, immerse air stone into fish tank. As a gift for family and friends.
  • Manufacture: UPETTOOLS
  • Editor's Impressions Of The UPETTOOLS
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  • Affordability

UPETTOOLS Final Thoughts

"So does this one!"

I got the bigger size because I used it in my 450 gallon tank and it's perfect. I'd say this pump would be loud if it were used in the same room as you. Its been on 24 hours a day for about 5 days. I'll definitely get a few more for my other tanks. I set up 2 more and still all the control valve are not open 100%. Highly recommend if you desire HIGH air output on several tubing lines! I'll definitely get a few more for my other tanks.

Overall Score
4.5


(441 Points)

5. AQQA Aquarium Lithium Battery Air Pump,Multifunctional Rechargeable Energy Saving Power Quiet Oxygen...

User Ratings: 72 7

AQQA First Impressions

"Very quiet and powerful."

I have 3 of them on different surfaces. I have the pump hooked up to a large sponge. The current from the circle is so strong circulation is not a issue! Buzzing, humming, vibrating- they were driving me nuts! Larger tank owners won't have my issues. I just cleaned my 20 tank for the first time in, well too long. I was going to buy 3 small air pumps to power 9 sponge filters when I saw this pump.

  • AQQA Aquarium Lithium Battery Air Pump,Multifunctional Rechargeable Energy Saving Power Quiet Oxygen Pump, One/Dual Outlets with Air Stone,2600mAh Battery Suitable for Indoors Power Outages Fishing
  • 【Air Pump Works Two Ways By Plug In Or Rechargeable Use】Multi-use lithium battery air pump,It can be used when the power is plugged in.when the current electrical is interrupted,Lithium battery will switch from electric to battery operated automatically.2600mAh rechargeable lithium battery,it’s very useful for your fish tank when leave home or power cut.
  • 【Two Working Modes,Normal or Intermittent Model】Press the power button once to start the air pump, this time it is normal mode.In this mode, the charge storage can work continuously for 14-18 hours.Press the power button again to start the intermittent mode. In the intermittent mode, the machine will work for 10 seconds and rest for 10 seconds.In this mode, the charge storage can work continuously for 25-28 hours.
  • 【Air Pump With 2 Air Stone And 2 Hoses, High Dissolved Oxygen】The set comes with 2 air stones and 2 hose,Air pump with dual air outlets,Can run 2 air stones at the same time.Bubble stone can effectively increase the oxygen content in the water and help the fish grow up and live healthily.
  • 【Blue HD Battery Power Display Screen】blue power light on the pump surface,can clearly know the battery level and the mode of the air pump.If the intermittent indicator light is on,it indicates that the air pump is in intermittent mode, and if it is off,it is in normal mode.When the battery is full,the 5 grid lights will be on,The battery power is reduced and the light will gradually go out.
  • 【Noise ≦30dB and Energy saving】low noise due to the magnet driver design to generate air flow in the space room,and the air pump has rubber pads to reduce the noise.Excellent emergency aquarium oxygen pump!perfect for both Freshwater and Marine Aquariums.AQQA promise a one-year warranty, please rest assured to buy.
  • Manufacture: AQQA
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQQA
  • Pump Power
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  • Value For Money
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AQQA Final Thoughts

"It runs hot though."

It is quiet and powerful and doesn't get hot. The pump works well when there is no defects. Once, the water in this tank backflowed into the unit. I set up 2 more and still all the control valve are not open 100%. Highly recommend if you desire HIGH air output on several tubing lines! Pay a bit more but the quality is worth it. The first lasted about two years when one side decided to put out less air.

Overall Score
4.4


(51 Points)

6. AquaTop Aquarium Air Pump AP20

User Ratings: 40 22

AquaTop AP-20 First Impressions

"I measured about 1."

One of the best pump design I've own. It pumps out enough air to keep millions of air bubbles going in this 200g+ Aquarium! The air being pumped out can be quite warm as well. Use large Air Stone Bars for giant columns of air bubbles. They don't even vibrate the old school plastic tank hanger mounts they sit on. You'd think this thing would stop working, but it didn’t! Works well in my 75 gal tank running a 36 inch bubble stick!

  • AquaTop Aquarium Air Pump AP20
  • Tank capacity: 5-20 gallons
  • Number of outlets: 1
  • Air pressure: 2.61 psi
  • 2 watts
  • Item#: AP20
  • Manufacture: Aquatop
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 2 x 4.2 inches; 7.04 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AquaTop AP-20
  • Pump Power
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

AquaTop AP-20 Final Thoughts

"It is extremely quiet."

Use large Air Stone Bars for giant columns of air bubbles. I'll definitely get a few more for my other tanks. I was currently using 2 Whispers and they were anything but whispering. I added a check valve to my airline tubing and works as expected. I use this on a 5-way valve for a 75 gallon tank. I knew I had to try something else. You MUST use a fan with this pump or it will def burn out or lose pressure.

Overall Score
3.4


(14 Points)

7. VIVOSUN Air Pump 3W 6L/min 2 Outlet Commercial Air Pump for Aquarium and Hydroponic Systems

User Ratings: 56 11

VIVOSUN First Impressions

"Works great and is quiet."

Considering the warranty and performance, I upgraded my rating by 2 stars. I was currently using 2 Whispers and they were anything but whispering. This would be the fourth attempt to satisfy my needs and my ears. Super quiet, lots of power and looks super sleek. I added a check valve to my airline tubing and works as expected. I'd say this pump would be loud if it were used in the same room as you. My first one may have been a lemon.

  • VIVOSUN Air Pump 3W 6L/min 2 Outlet Commercial Air Pump for Aquarium and Hydroponic Systems
  • High-quality materials and excellent heat control: the pump effectively dissipates heat through the body and provides excellent long-lasting performance through high-quality manifolds and outlet nozzles
  • UNIQUE DESIGN :Oil-less lubricated design, the compressed air is purified.Ideal to provide oxygen in aqariums, fish farms and hydroponic systems with 2 outlets
  • Quiet solution for hydroponics and fish tanks: This model's oil-free motor lubrication, low noise generation (under 40 decibels) make it the ideal pump for oxygenating an aquarium or plant roots in a hydroponics systems
  • 【Warranty】: Super durable & reusable; Comes with 12-month warranty; Any problems with the item you received, please contact us without hesitation
  • Manufacture: VIVOSUN
  • Editor's Impressions Of The VIVOSUN
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

VIVOSUN Final Thoughts

"The bubbles are amazing!"

They generate a TON of air and last a long long time. Its been on 24 hours a day for about 5 days. I hung it so its not touching anything. However Once you plug it to the Oxy tubes it is Silent! It just sounds like a large freezer. I was currently using 2 Whispers and they were anything but whispering. But this one has no noticeable sounds.

Overall Score
4.2


(31 Points)

8. Penn-Plax Air-Pods Aquarium UL Air Pump

User Ratings: 55

Penn-Plax APP4 First Impressions

"It's the little details."

This pump cost a bit more than the small quite ones but is way more powerful. I did notice that it tends to run very loudly and hot. I keep the pump and air valves in the box to lessen the noise. And there are fixes around all of it. I own Whisper 10, 150, 300, Eheim 400, and Fusion 700. But this one has no noticeable sounds. In fact I can hear the bubbles from the water more than the pump itself.

  • Penn-Plax Air-Pods Aquarium UL Air Pump
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax Inc
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 6 inches; 2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax APP4
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  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Penn-Plax APP4 Final Thoughts

"According to the stats."

It really is pretty quiet- once you unclog the air pathway. It just sounds like a large freezer. I just cleaned my 20 tank for the first time in, well too long. If that is true-then no wonder this is pretty quiet! Before the fan, it was to hot to even hold! I have an undergravel filter and a few other accessories that push air too. I had the Whisper models and they were way too high in emissions.

Overall Score
4.1


(3 Points)

9. Solar Powered Air Pump Kit Aquarium Air Pump Fish Tank Water Oxygen Pump for Small Fish Pond Aquacul...

User Ratings: 51

Pssopp First Impressions

"With the windows closed."

It still works internally, but no air. And there are fixes around all of it. The added tubing and manifold make this an even better value. The company made it right and took care of me. The motor was working but air was not moving. So I run two of these with gang valves on my 55 gallon tall living room tank. The pump works well when there is no defects.

  • Solar Powered Air Pump Kit Aquarium Air Pump Fish Tank Water Oxygen Pump for Small Fish Pond Aquaculture Hydroponics BSV-AP006
  • 【Silent Design】The test of the Noise is under 60db, which will not disturb the surrounding people and fish.
  • 【Solar Powered Air Pump】Solar panel attaches to air pump supply power. Powered by sunlight, energy-saving and eco-friendly.Widely used for adding oxygen into various aquariums, fish tank and small fish ponds.
  • 【3 Mode Options】Mode 1: high-grade (green light always on); working hours: one day and one night; flow: 1.3L/min; Mode 2: low-grade (blue light always on); working hours: two days and two nights; flow: 0.7l /min; Mode 3: low grade; on for 10 seconds and stop for 10 seconds (green and blue lights are always on); working hours: three days and three nights.
  • 【High Quality】Our aquarium air pump is made of good quality ABS material, solid, durable and wear-resistant.
  • 【Quality Guarantee】Guarantee 100% refund, if you have any dissatisfaction on the quality of goods, please let us know. Your suggestion will help us to improve products and provide more great products, we are willing to send you a new goods or a full refund.
  • Manufacture: Pssopp
  • Product Dimensions: 10.83 x 6.69 x 0.79 inches; 2.85 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pssopp
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Pssopp Final Thoughts

"Works great and is quiet."

Make sure the hose is connected well. Considering the warranty and performance, I upgraded my rating by 2 stars. Larger tank owners won't have my issues. They generate a TON of air and last a long long time. Adjustable air flow settings which is new to me on a air pump but very convenient. I knew I had to try something else. You'd think this thing would stop working, but it didn’t!

Overall Score
4.0


(2 Points)

10. Uniclife Aquarium Air Pump with Accessories for 3-30 Gallon Small Fish Tank

User Ratings: 72 3

Uniclife First Impressions

"Good air flow."

I figured it would give me enough air to power 4 or 5. And one to the additional accessories for extra oxygen output only. I set up 2 more and still all the control valve are not open 100%. Just bought and started using it a few days ago. I have it running on 55g with 2 sponge filters for my Axolotl tank. Apparently the dome shape plays a significant role in noise reduction. Kudo to them for backing up their product.

  • Uniclife Aquarium Air Pump with Accessories for 3-30 Gallon Small Fish Tank
  • Ideal for 5 to 30 gallon small aquariums or fish tank.
  • Designed with double outlets to run the 2 ports / sponge filters together.
  • Operates with minimal noise < 40 dB and maximum efficiency.
  • 2 Watt, 1.2 L/min, Pressure: 0.018Mpa.
  • What You Get: Air pump, 2 pieces cylinder air stone, 6.5 feet airline tubing, straight and T connector and 2 check valves.
  • Quiet enough to running 24/7 in room.
  • Placing a blanket under it will make it quieter.
  • Designed with double outlets to run the 2 ports together.
  • Manufacture: Uniclife
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Uniclife
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Uniclife Final Thoughts

"Great for hydroponics."

Pay a bit more but the quality is worth it. And check the filter often, at least every two- 3 weeks. After nearly 5 months of use, it stop pumping air. Adjustable air flow settings which is new to me on a air pump but very convenient. It has two places to hook up tubing to. I really am impressed with this air pump! The air being pumped out can be quite warm as well.

Overall Score
4.5


(393 Points)

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