Editor's Choice - Our Favorite NICREW Aquarium Air Pumps

1. NICREW UFO Aquarium Air Pump, Ultra Silent Air Aerator Pump for Fish Tank, Oxygen Air Pump with Acce...

User Ratings: 72 3

NICREW First Impressions

"So far, so good."

Adjustable air flow settings which is new to me on a air pump but very convenient. After 3 weeks, I received a new one in the mail. Once, the water in this tank backflowed into the unit. Don't be startled if you test it without oxygen tubes, It is Very noisy! Adjustable air flow settings which is new to me on a air pump but very convenient. This happened to me with this unit. Super quiet, lots of power and looks super sleek.

  • NICREW UFO Aquarium Air Pump, Ultra Silent Air Aerator Pump for Fish Tank, Oxygen Air Pump with Accessories
  • Provides oxygen and water movement, which can improve the efficiency of air transferred into the aquarium and help promote healthier fish and aquatic plant life
  • Features dual air hose outlets that easily connect with two air stones to provide more energy for your underwater pets and enhance the appearance of your aquariums
  • Unique dome shape, integrated sound-dampening chambers, rubber feet and suspended motor actually flattens sound wave frequencies for quiet, reliable performance
  • Ideal for indoor or outdoor use with any freshwater or marine aquariums. Suitable for aquariums, fountains and hydroponic systems
  • Each kit contains air pump, 2 air tubes, 2 check valves and 2 air stones
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW
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NICREW Final Thoughts

"And my home is clean!"

I was currently using 2 Whispers and they were anything but whispering. For now, I'd say I would gladly buy another. This air pump is quiet and well worth the price the listing is going for. It makes the perfect size bubbles and the fish love it. I couldn't even think to do my work. And one to the additional accessories for extra oxygen output only. Super quiet, lots of power and looks super sleek.

Overall Score
4.5


(68 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated NICREW Aquarium Air Pumps

2. NICREW Touch Controller Aquarium Air Pump, Adjustable and Portable for Fish Tank, Ultra Silent and E...

User Ratings: 74

NICREW First Impressions

"This is a quiet pump."

Buzzing, humming, vibrating- they were driving me nuts! This happened to me with this unit. It didn't blow air out that line, while it still had a little water in the unit! Though the 18W model isn't so loud that it can only be used outside. The stone is very heavy, so it is easy to position and stays put where you want it. Seems very well built, does as advertised. Just bought and started using it a few days ago.

  • NICREW Touch Controller Aquarium Air Pump, Adjustable and Portable for Fish Tank, Ultra Silent and Energy Saving Aerator Battery-Operated, Accessories Included, 1.7W
  • Provides oxygen and water movement, which can improve the efficiency of air transferred into the aquarium and help promote healthier fish and aquatic plant life
  • It is designed to automatically engage during power outages and can be charged for extended operation using a standard USB car charger
  • Run virtually silent, freely adjust 3 level volume with the touch power button
  • The energy-saving mode simulates a low-energy environment, changing the air volume automatically to extend battery life
  • Suitable for both freshwater and saltwater applications, oxygenating hydroponics, as well as water features indoor and outdoor
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW
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NICREW Final Thoughts

"It's the little details."

I use this on a 5-way valve for a 75 gallon tank. Overall seems like a good air pump. This is actually the second one I have purchased. Though the 18W model isn't so loud that it can only be used outside. If you leave one open, it makes noise. Not to mention tank depth, etc becomes a factor. The first lasted about two years when one side decided to put out less air.

Overall Score
4.7


(13 Points)

3. Supreme (Danner) ASP04220 AP-20 Aquarium Air Pump, 20-watt

User Ratings: 90

Danner 250103 First Impressions

"Stay Green!"

This pump cost a bit more than the small quite ones but is way more powerful. For now, I'd say I would gladly buy another. It just sounds like a large freezer. If that is true-then no wonder this is pretty quiet! A white tail deer can hear a whisper 75 yards away! Highly recommend if you desire HIGH air output on several tubing lines! Great Product, BUT, its noisy and vibrates like mad on its rubber feet.

  • Supreme (Danner) ASP04220 AP-20 Aquarium Air Pump, 20-watt
  • Supreme aquarium air pump features energy-efficient motor, it is easy to use and quiet operation
  • Also has high volume with steady air flow, no lubrication necessary, single outlet discharge and air diffuser included
  • Designed for ponds up to 2500-gallons, maximum water depth is 7-feet
  • Features 20-watts power, 0.25 ampere and 1/2-inch inner diameter hose size usage
  • Measures 9-inch length by 6-inch width by 7-inch height
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 7 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Danner 250103
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Danner 250103 Final Thoughts

"If you are a pond owner."

I honestly wasn't expecting that much of a difference but man was I surprised. Not to mention tank depth, etc becomes a factor. Seems very well built, does as advertised. I set up 2 more and still all the control valve are not open 100%. The air being pumped out can be quite warm as well. I have an undergravel filter and a few other accessories that push air too. This seems to be a good little pump that really puts out some air!

Overall Score
4.7


(6 Points)

4. boxtech Aquarium Air Pump for 1-30 Gallon Tank with Accessories Air Stones Silicone Tube Check Valve...

User Ratings: 73 9

boxtech First Impressions

"Works great."

These work better than any of the others I have tried in my price point. This happened to me with this unit. The stone is very heavy, so it is easy to position and stays put where you want it. It's the second one of this model I’ve owned. It makes the perfect size bubbles and the fish love it. I use this on a 5-way valve for a 75 gallon tank. After 3 weeks, I received a new one in the mail.

  • boxtech Aquarium Air Pump for 1-30 Gallon Tank with Accessories Air Stones Silicone Tube Check Valves (3.8 Watt, 2 Outlet)
  • 【Top Performance】Boxtech AC Air pump is using advanced magnetic levitation technology, 3.8 Watte Power, sufficient oxygen supply, uniform air bubbles, you can hardly hear the sound it makes while working.
  • 【Super Quiet】The sound of the aquarium air pump is less than 35 db under normal flow, with 4 soft anti-vibration feet and the Air Pressure is 0.018 Mpa.
  • 【Comprehensively Compatible】Air pump can be used for various types of air stones, such as nano bubble stone, etc; sponge filter, such as double sponge, etc; fish tank oxygen bubble decorations; and use for the other types.
  • 【Powerful Air Pump】Air pump for fish per minute can up to 3.2 gallon, per hours can up to 190 gallon,suitable for 10-150 Gallon Fish Tank gallons fish tank for saltwater and freshwater.
  • 【Adjustable Flow Rate】Adjustable aquarium oxygen pump designed with double outlets, you can adjust the air pump flow rate according to the size of your fish tank. (When the air pump is 25 cm below the water surface, install a check valve.) Accessories Includes: 2 x Check valve, 2 x Air Stone, 5M Air Tube, Max water depth:11.8 inch ,come with 2 ft air stones.
  • The air pump is NOT waterproof.
  • In order to prevent accidents, please do not place the air pump in a place with inflammable and explosive materials.
  • When the sound of the aeration air pump is abnormal,such as the case overheating or there is no air output, please unplug the power plug immediately,stop using it. Please do not disassemble or repair it by yourself.
  • Manufacture: boxtech
  • Product Dimensions: 8.66 x 8.27 x 5.91 inches; 2.65 Pounds
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boxtech Final Thoughts

"This is the 40."

Pump is basically silent when both airlines are attached. I set up 2 more and still all the control valve are not open 100%. Hardly noticeable that it is running for an aquarium air pump. The first lasted about two years when one side decided to put out less air. They don't even vibrate the old school plastic tank hanger mounts they sit on. Colbert, the reviewer above, for explaining how to do this. I'm using it for small start-up hydroponic system.

Overall Score
4.3


(37 Points)

5. Skywin Fish Aerator Pump - 2 Tubes Rechargeable Battery Powered Aquarium Air Pump - Portable Bait Ae...

User Ratings: 46 32

Skywin First Impressions

"It pumps PLENTY of air!"

I know my title sounds overly dramatic, but I'm not kidding. Colbert, the reviewer above, for explaining how to do this. I was going to buy 3 small air pumps to power 9 sponge filters when I saw this pump. These work better than any of the others I have tried in my price point. One of the best pump design I've own. The rubber feet dampen most anything that the sealed pump doesn't cover. This one is far better than I anticipated!

  • Skywin Fish Aerator Pump - 2 Tubes Rechargeable Battery Powered Aquarium Air Pump - Portable Bait Aerator for Transporting Fish, Outdoor Fishing, Traveling, Moving, Bait Cooling, and Power Outages
  • HANDY MULTI-PURPOSE AERATOR PUMP - Use for outdoor fishing, transporting fish, traveling, moving, and bait cooling. Back up aquarium air pump during power outage
  • FISH AERATOR FOR BOTH FRESH AND SALTWATER USE - For various types of fish used for aquariums and fishing
  • KEEPS FISH ALIVE ANYWHERE - Portable live bait aerator, fish stays alive in any container such as aquarium, bait bucket, cooler or ice chest.
  • LONG BATTERY LIFE - Fish bubbler can function for up to 48 hours without interruption, great for long drives when traveling or moving, or during prolonged power outages. Operated by 2 D batteries (1.5v)
  • EASY TO USE AIR BUBBLER- Place hose and diffuser into water and turn the device on. Hook attaches device to bucket, tank, or any container
  • Manufacture: Skywin
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
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Skywin Final Thoughts

"Quite and nice."

I got the bigger size because I used it in my 450 gallon tank and it's perfect. Make sure the hose is connected well. We can hear the tank bubbles, but nothing noisy from the pumps at all. If it craps out anytime soon, I'll update the review. And one to the additional accessories for extra oxygen output only. This seems to be a good little pump that really puts out some air! I use them in my Tilapia tanks and Koi pond.

Overall Score
3.1


(6 Points)

6. VIVOSUN 317-1750GPH Commercial Air Pump 20W-102W, 18L-110L/min, 4-12 Outlets Air Pumps for Aquarium ...

User Ratings: 71 6

VIVOSUN AP-45 First Impressions

"Now close to the glass."

If you leave one open, it makes noise. Its been on 24 hours a day for about 5 days. I knew I had to try something else. I have one running to sponge filters in a tank and it pushing a nice air flow. I just cleaned my 20 tank for the first time in, well too long. Just bought and started using it a few days ago. After nearly 5 months of use, it stop pumping air.

  • VIVOSUN 317-1750GPH Commercial Air Pump 20W-102W, 18L-110L/min, 4-12 Outlets Air Pumps for Aquarium and Hydroponic Systems
  • PREMIUM MATERIALS & GREAT HEAT CONTROL: This pump dissipates heat more effectively with aluminum-alloy heat-radiating plates, and delivers excellent, long-lasting performance with an high-quality aluminum manifold and 100% copper outlet nozzle
  • Maximum Air Pressure and Air Volume: VIVOSUN's powerful 32W electromagnetic motor produces exceptional air pressure (over 0.02 mpa) and sends a huge volume of air to the 6 adjustable valve outlets (compatible with 1/4" air lines)
  • Set it and Forget it: Innovative material engineering on the steel engine cylinder and piston makes this pump perfectly energy-efficient and highly resistant to wear-and-tear so you can leave it going 24/7; recommended for outdoor use
  • Quiet solution for hydroponics and fish tanks: This model's oil-free motor lubrication, low noise generation (under 60 decibels) and 1.5 m power cord make it the ideal pump for oxygenating an aquarium or plant roots in a hydroponics systems
  • TOP PERFORMANCE: Pumping 60 liters of air per minute (16 gallons per minute) and rated for up to 1 years of service, we guarantee this pump is the reliable solution you're looking for; If you're not completely satisfied, just contact our attentive service team for a solution or a refund
  • It is normal for air pumps to run a bit hot due to the high air pressure: this is nothing to worry about, but you may set up a fan to cool it if you wish.
  • This pump comes with a short length of piping to connect the pump to the manifold, but air-line tubing from the manifold to your system is not included.
  • Made by integral moulding of thickened aluminum alloy for heat control.
  • Manufacture: VIVOSUN
  • Editor's Impressions Of The VIVOSUN AP-45
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VIVOSUN AP-45 Final Thoughts

"Excellent pump."

I just cleaned my 20 tank for the first time in, well too long. I'd say this pump would be loud if it were used in the same room as you. It has two places to hook up tubing to. I have this in our small aquarium with an LED bubble stone. The stone is very heavy, so it is easy to position and stays put where you want it. I have to unplug it every time I want to shut it off. I did notice that it tends to run very loudly and hot.

Overall Score
4.4


(2245 Points)

7. Second Nature Products ASN29523 Repair Kit for Tetratec Dw96-2 and Ap300 Aquarium Air Pumps

User Ratings: 73 4

Second Nature 309197 First Impressions

"I can't hear them at all."

It pumps out enough air to keep millions of air bubbles going in this 200g+ Aquarium! This seems to be a good little pump that really puts out some air! I have been in the hobby for 20+ years and this is the best air pump! However Once you plug it to the Oxy tubes it is Silent! Once, the water in this tank backflowed into the unit. I really am impressed with this air pump! This seems to be a good little pump that really puts out some air!

  • Second Nature Products ASN29523 Repair Kit for Tetratec Dw96-2 and Ap300 Aquarium Air Pumps
  • This product is easy to use
  • This product adds a great value
  • This product is manufactured in Germany
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 3.1 x 0.6 inches; 1.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Second Nature 309197
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Second Nature 309197 Final Thoughts

"Very quiet and powerful."

I have 3 of them on different surfaces. And check the filter often, at least every two- 3 weeks. The current from the bubble wand is softer but its still a current. I had the Whisper models and they were way too high in emissions. I found calcium deposits were clogging the bottom where the air was supposed to exit. Pay a bit more but the quality is worth it. The company made it right and took care of me.

Overall Score
4.4


(54 Points)

8. UPMCT Aquarium Air Pump with Dual Outlet Adjustable Air Valve, Ultra Silent Oxygen Air Pump with Acc...

User Ratings: 74 3

UPMCT First Impressions

"I got 2 of these."

I didn't think I’d be impressed by an air pump but I’m pleasantly surprised. It pumps out enough air to keep millions of air bubbles going in this 200g+ Aquarium! This happened to me with this unit. For now, I'd say I would gladly buy another. Its been on 24 hours a day for about 5 days. I have two of these running in my kitchen and my living room is right next to it. This would be the fourth attempt to satisfy my needs and my ears.

  • UPMCT Aquarium Air Pump with Dual Outlet Adjustable Air Valve, Ultra Silent Oxygen Air Pump with Accessories Air Stones Silicone Tube Check Valves, Suitable for 1-80 Gallon Tank
  • Efficiency: 3Watt, Maximum flow rate: 2.5L/min * 2, Pressure: 0.02Mpa, Sound: 20-40dB
  • 【Aquarium Air Pump with Dual Outlets】It is easy to insert multiple fish tanks or aquariums through the silicone tube on the double outlets. The length of the trachea and the position of the aquarium do not affect the airflow, and the air will flow through the connected equipment as needed.
  • 【Adjustable Flow Rate, Suitable for 1-80 Gallon Tank】According to the size of tanks, adjust the flow rate, which help your fish thrive in the oxygen-rich environment. The best specifications tanks for home or office applications are between 1 to 60 gallons, and the sound of the aquarium air pump will be limited between 20-40 decibels. With the increase of flow rate, the sound will gradually increase from low to high, and the maximum volume of tank able to 80 gallons.
  • 【Anti-noise and Shockproof】Driven by piezoelectric ceramic plates, inorganic oil and other pollutants. The air pump has a slight vibration during operation due to its’ working principle. In that case, we have added 4 rubber feet on the base to absorb the noise generated by the friction. And put it on a blanket or mouse pad, which able to keep it quieter.
  • 【Complete Accessories】We provide 2 check valves, 2 air stones, 6.6 ft silicone tubing for cutting. If you do not install the check valve, please make sure to set the air pump above the water tank to prevent back siphoning.
  • Manufacture: UPMCT
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 2.4 x 2 inches; 7.5 Ounces
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UPMCT Final Thoughts

"So does this one!"

Seems very well built, does as advertised. I didn't think I’d be impressed by an air pump but I’m pleasantly surprised. Sometimes stopping all together if the water is full. It could easily run a small fish room. The company made it right and took care of me. I guarantee the fan will help it's shelf life. The pump works very well in my 75G tank.

Overall Score
4.6


(1042 Points)

9. Penn-Plax Air Pod Aquarium Air Pump Ultra Quiet Compact Dome Shape Up to 10 Gallon Tank

User Ratings: 56 7

Penn-Plax APP1 First Impressions

"This is the 40."

Kudo to them for backing up their product. However Once you plug it to the Oxy tubes it is Silent! I'm sure it would run a much larger bubble stick also. I have one running to sponge filters in a tank and it pushing a nice air flow. This is actually the second one I have purchased. I have to unplug it every time I want to shut it off. Kudo to them for backing up their product.

  • Penn-Plax Air Pod Aquarium Air Pump Ultra Quiet Compact Dome Shape Up to 10 Gallon Tank
  • Aquarium air pump provides a steady stream of air for aquariums up to 10 gallons in size.
  • Hi-tech design includes Sound Cancelling Dome technology for quiet operation
  • No skid rubber feet provide greater noise dampening and keep the air pump in place.
  • Aquarium air pump features a compact design that fits into the smallest of spaces.
  • Pump has single air outlet, 1.7 watts of power, and pumps 1000 cubic centimeters a minute.
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 4 inches; 8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax APP1
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Penn-Plax APP1 Final Thoughts

"Works great and is quiet."

I put a nice little fan next to mine and it now runs much cooler! After nearly 5 months of use, it stop pumping air. And check the filter often, at least every two- 3 weeks. I didn't think I’d be impressed by an air pump but I’m pleasantly surprised. This is the second pump I have bought in the series. I have to put my head behind the tank to hear it! I got the bigger size because I used it in my 450 gallon tank and it's perfect.

Overall Score
4.1


(32 Points)

10. XpertMatic DB-366 Quiet Aquarium Air Pump for 10-90 Gallon Fish Tank, 127GPH 7W Adjustable 2 Outlets...

User Ratings: 60 11

XpertMatic First Impressions

"So does this one!"

I had the Whisper models and they were way too high in emissions. I own Whisper 10, 150, 300, Eheim 400, and Fusion 700. My first one may have been a lemon. This is the second pump I have bought in the series. I hung it so its not touching anything. I had to use valves to reduce the output. I was wrong it has enough power to run all 9 with air to spare.

  • XpertMatic DB-366 Quiet Aquarium Air Pump for 10-90 Gallon Fish Tank, 127GPH 7W Adjustable 2 Outlets Oxygen Pump with Air Stones, Check Values, Tube
  • [ Powerful Air Pump with 2 Outlets ] The 127GPH fish tank air pump can provide dissolving and consistent airflow to keep your pets and plants healthy. It supplies oxygen to 2 fish tanks, or up to 4 fish tanks by DIY.
  • [ Quiet ] Running below 35 dB(Sounds like a whisper), you can place the fish tank aerator in the bedroom aquarium. There are 4 anti-slip rubber pads on the bottom to absorb the noise generated by the friction. Place the aerator pump on a folded cloth that would make it runs quieter.
  • [ Adjustable Air Flow Rate ] Spin the knob to control the airflow rate on your fish tank, based on the fish tank size and the fish amount. The air pump is in a stylish dinosaur egg outlook.
  • [ Wide Compatibility ] Fits for 10-90 gallons of turtle tanks, fish tanks, shrimp tank. Suitable for both fresh and marine aquariums.
  • [ Comes with All The Accessories You Need ] Includes 2 check values, 2 airline tubings, 2 T connectors, and 2 air stones to satisfy all your needs. Easy to install.
  • Step 1. Connect the airline tubing to the outlets of the aquarium air pump.
  • Step 2. Connect the airline tubing to air stones.
  • Step 3. Place the aquarium air pump near the top of the fish tank.
  • Manufacture: XpertMatic
  • Editor's Impressions Of The XpertMatic
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XpertMatic Final Thoughts

"This thing is awesome!"

These work better than any of the others I have tried in my price point. My first one may have been a lemon. This would be the fourth attempt to satisfy my needs and my ears. These work better than any of the others I have tried in my price point. I have 3 of them on different surfaces. It just sounds like a large freezer. This is actually the second one I have purchased.

Overall Score
4.1


(81 Points)

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