Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Pawfly Aquarium Air Pumps

1. Pawfly MA-60 Quiet Aquarium Air Pump for 10 Gallon with Accessories Air Stone Check Valve and Tube, ...

User Ratings: 73 4

Pawfly UL224-FBA First Impressions

"Excellent pump."

Super quiet, lots of power and looks super sleek. In fact I can hear the bubbles from the water more than the pump itself. Before the fan, it was to hot to even hold! It has one air outlet so i used a spliter& ran a tube to each end of bubbler. The pump works well when there is no defects. My 20H tank is in my office, 3 feet away from my desk. The reviews sold me on this product but I was still skeptical​.

  • Pawfly MA-60 Quiet Aquarium Air Pump for 10 Gallon with Accessories Air Stone Check Valve and Tube, 1.8 L/min
  • Awesome Price for a Whole Air Pump Set comes with Check Valve, Air Stone and 5 ft. Air Tube
  • Great for up to 10 gallons small size fish tank, suitable for any Freshwater or Marine aquariums
  • 2 Watt, 1.8 L/min, Pressure: 0.012 MPa
  • WHISPER QUIET < 40 dB which can hardly be heard
  • Measures 3.3 x 1.8 x 1.6 inches; Diaphragms are made of special synthetic rubber
  • Manufacture: Pawfly
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 1.8 x 1.6 inches; 9.14 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pawfly UL224-FBA
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Pawfly UL224-FBA Final Thoughts

"It's easy to set up."

Super quiet, lots of power and looks super sleek. In fact I can hear the bubbles from the water more than the pump itself. And check the filter often, at least every two- 3 weeks. Ordered this air pump to replace one of my other pumps and the difference is amazing. I'd say this pump would be loud if it were used in the same room as you. I'm not going to knock the product for my own paranoia though. And check the filter often, at least every two- 3 weeks.

Overall Score
4.5


(2018 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Pawfly Aquarium Air Pumps

2. Pawfly 254-285 GPH Commercial Air Pump 2-4 Outlets Manifold Quiet Oxygen Aerator Pump for Aquarium P...

User Ratings: 79 3

Pawfly First Impressions

"It has a strong current!"

And there are fixes around all of it. I knew I had to try something else. I found calcium deposits were clogging the bottom where the air was supposed to exit. The new unit works fine as a secondary air pump in a 75 gallon fresh water aquarium. I was going to buy 3 small air pumps to power 9 sponge filters when I saw this pump. Larger tank owners won't have my issues. I cleaned the sponge and hooked it all back up, hardly any air was coming out.

  • Pawfly 254-285 GPH Commercial Air Pump 2-4 Outlets Manifold Quiet Oxygen Aerator Pump for Aquarium Pond/Outdoor Fishing
  • Lots of Air: Dual Outlets deliver 285 gallon per hour for fish breath or root growth with 8.5 W low consumption. Max Pressure: 0.025 MPa.
  • For Emergency: Built-in 1 pack of replaceable 4,000 mAh lithium battery provides up to 6 h continuous working time or 40 h intermittent working when power outage. 3 battery pack slots allow you to add 2 more pack if needed.
  • AC/DC Power Supply: With AC 110-240V universal wall adapter, it can be used as in multiple countries and regions. Moreover, it can also be used DC 12V cigarette lighter power supply in your car.
  • 2 Working Modes: One button easy operation system, long press 3-5s to start, press again to switch mode.The default continuous mode for steady air flow output while the intermittent mode is great for saving energy.
  • Extra Silent: Extremely quiet operation with multi-level internal muffler. 4 shockproof rubber pads help reduce noise and keep it steady. Put the pump in a cabinet or under a proctective cover when used outdoors.
  • Manufacture: Pawfly
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pawfly
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  • Value For Money
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Pawfly Final Thoughts

"It's as like as two peas."

Sometimes stopping all together if the water is full. Seems very well built, does as advertised. I have one running to sponge filters in a tank and it pushing a nice air flow. If it craps out anytime soon, I'll update the review. I didn't think I’d be impressed by an air pump but I’m pleasantly surprised. The pressure isn't as great as I hoped. Though the 18W model isn't so loud that it can only be used outside.

Overall Score
4.6


(496 Points)

3. Pawfly 160 GPH Aquarium Air Pump 4 Outlets 10 W Adjustable Quiet Oxygen Aerator Pump for Up to 200 G...

User Ratings: 76 4

Pawfly Pawfly-UL396-FBA First Impressions

"Aaaaahhhh."

Push once for On and hold down for 5 seconds for off. I keep the pump and air valves in the box to lessen the noise. This seems to be a good little pump that really puts out some air! But if it's in another room, it’s not bad at all. It's the second one of this model I’ve owned. Once, the water in this tank backflowed into the unit. The reviews sold me on this product but I was still skeptical​.

  • Pawfly 160 GPH Aquarium Air Pump 4 Outlets 10 W Adjustable Quiet Oxygen Aerator Pump for Up to 200 Gallon Fish Tank Pond
  • 4 Outlets: Supply 40 gallons per hour each outlet for up to 200 gallons tank, perfect for running several sponge filters or air stones.
  • Super Quiet: Maximum decibels is 40 which sounds like quiet whisper in the room. 4 shockproof rubber pads on bottom to keep a steady air flow output with minimum vibration.
  • Adjustable Flow Control: The black rotary knob on top allow you to precisely control the amount of air flow from low to high.
  • Running 24/7: Built solid for everyday use. Quiet on the lowest setting, allows you to run it in the living room 24/7 without annoying sound.
  • Pressure: 0.02 MPa, Power: 10 W, measures 6.4 x 6 x 2.3 inch
  • Manufacture: Pawfly
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pawfly Pawfly-UL396-FBA
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Pawfly Pawfly-UL396-FBA Final Thoughts

"As far as noise."

It has one air outlet so i used a spliter& ran a tube to each end of bubbler. You'd think this thing would stop working, but it didn’t! It makes the perfect size bubbles and the fish love it. I have 3 of them on different surfaces. Don't be startled if you test it without oxygen tubes, It is Very noisy! The rubber bottom feet really help to keep the unit quite and in one place. For now, I'd say I would gladly buy another.

Overall Score
4.5


(416 Points)

4. EcoPlus Commercial 1 Hydroponic/Aquarium Air Pump

User Ratings: 53 20

EcoPlus First Impressions

"That's a fact!"

Overall seems like a good air pump. I have to unplug it every time I want to shut it off. It pumps out enough air to keep millions of air bubbles going in this 200g+ Aquarium! I honestly wasn't expecting that much of a difference but man was I surprised. Buzzing, humming, vibrating- they were driving me nuts! I guarantee the fan will help it's shelf life. The company made it right and took care of me.

  • EcoPlus Commercial 1 Hydroponic/Aquarium Air Pump
  • Manufacture: EcoPlus
  • Editor's Impressions Of The EcoPlus
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EcoPlus Final Thoughts

"If you are a pond owner."

You MUST use a fan with this pump or it will def burn out or lose pressure. It just sounds like a large freezer. The pressure isn't as great as I hoped. I use this on a 5-way valve for a 75 gallon tank. I'm using it for small start-up hydroponic system. I put a wire tie Tightly over the tube and barbs and it's perfect. This is actually the second one I have purchased.

Overall Score
3.9


(12 Points)

5. Boxtech Aquarium Air Pump, Oxygen Fish Air Pump, Fish Tank Air Pump with Accessories Air Tube, Bubbl...

User Ratings: 80

boxtech First Impressions

"It worked, fabulously!"

Once, the water in this tank backflowed into the unit. After 3 weeks, I received a new one in the mail. I have it running 8 different sponge filters at high rate! Just bought and started using it a few days ago. I have been in the hobby for 20+ years and this is the best air pump! Push once for On and hold down for 5 seconds for off. The first lasted about two years when one side decided to put out less air.

  • Boxtech Aquarium Air Pump, Oxygen Fish Air Pump, Fish Tank Air Pump with Accessories Air Tube, Bubble Stone, Check Valve and Control Valve, 2.5W Fish Tank Aerator (Dual Outlet) for 1-40 Gallon
  • Boxtech air pump carries a complete set of accessories for aquarium air pumps, and the powerful power allows the air pump to be used for double sponge filters
  • The upgraded air pump has a smooth surface design with four shock-absorbing silica gel columns. It has super airflow and a silent design. Tips: to reduse noise better, It is recommended to put a towel, sponge or blanket under the air pump.
  • Top Performance: The power of 2.5 w can reach a gas volume of 3500ml/min in each outlet and a pressure of 0.018mPa, the deepest height can reach 5.9 feet
  • Ideal for indoor or outdoor use with any freshwater or marine aquariums. Suitable for aquariums, fountains and hydroponic systems
  • Equipped with All Accessories: Including UX-5 Aquarium Air pump, 16.4-feet Air pipe, 2xAir stone, 2xReverse flow valve, 2xRegulating valve, 2xSucker, you can use the product more easily and safely
  • with UL and CSA
  • Reduce vibration, noise reduction motor.
  • The water cup on on top of pump will not vibrate violently and flow out
  • Manufacture: boxtech
  • Editor's Impressions Of The boxtech
  • Pump Power
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

boxtech Final Thoughts

"Reliability to be seen."

I found calcium deposits were clogging the bottom where the air was supposed to exit. The motor was working but air was not moving. I had the Whisper models and they were way too high in emissions. Highly recommend if you desire HIGH air output on several tubing lines! Otherwise, I would buy another one. I have two of these running in my kitchen and my living room is right next to it. The current from the bubble wand is softer but its still a current.

Overall Score
4.6


(25 Points)

6. biOrb 46037.0 Air Pump 12 V Aquariums

User Ratings: 55 19

biOrb 46037.0 First Impressions

"Odd, but great."

My first one may have been a lemon. And one to the additional accessories for extra oxygen output only. I have this in our small aquarium with an LED bubble stone. Its not going to vibrant on anything! I just cleaned my 20 tank for the first time in, well too long. Kudo to them for backing up their product. Make sure the hose is connected well.

  • biOrb 46037.0 Air Pump 12 V Aquariums
  • Filter cartridge – a true “one size fits all” Filter for the biorb aquariums
  • Constructed out of Acrylic- 10 times stronger than glass, 50% lighter and 93% clearer
  • True 5 stage filtration - biological, mechanical, chemical, water stabilization and oxygenation
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 5 inches; 4.22 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The biOrb 46037.0
  • Pump Power
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  • Value For Money
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biOrb 46037.0 Final Thoughts

"Great product."

I added a check valve to my airline tubing and works as expected. I found calcium deposits were clogging the bottom where the air was supposed to exit. The first lasted about two years when one side decided to put out less air. The first time I ordered this product, it did not work properly. I own Whisper 10, 150, 300, Eheim 400, and Fusion 700. I cleaned the sponge and hooked it all back up, hardly any air was coming out. Works well in my 75 gal tank running a 36 inch bubble stick!

Overall Score
3.8


(35 Points)

7. Penn-Plax AT2K3 Aquarium Air Pump, 110-Volt, Large

User Ratings: 48

Penn-Plax AT2K3 First Impressions

"Excellent pump."

Provides proper wattage for all my accessories. Adjustable air flow settings which is new to me on a air pump but very convenient. I was going to buy 3 small air pumps to power 9 sponge filters when I saw this pump. I was currently using 2 Whispers and they were anything but whispering. I have it running on 55g with 2 sponge filters for my Axolotl tank. And check the filter often, at least every two- 3 weeks. If it craps out anytime soon, I'll update the review.

  • Penn-Plax AT2K3 Aquarium Air Pump, 110-Volt, Large
  • DESIGNED FOR QUIET OPERATION: with rubber armature, silicone polymer flappers, a thick cover, and raised rubber feet, this air pump is of the quietest on the market
  • SINGLE AIR OUTLET: this air pump accepts standard 3/16’’ airline tubing, and is ideal for tanks up to 30 gallons large
  • RELIABLE AND DURABLE: Penn Plax has designed this pump with reliability and durability in mind – this pump will last you years – at an affordable price and quiet operation
  • COMPATIBLE WITH ALL AQUARIUMS: safe for freshwater, marine, and reef aquariums. Whatever your aeration needs; the Air Tech pump has you covered
  • This air pump has a powerful motor with a quiet design casing
  • Air-tech 2k1 is blue in color and has a very unique diaphram
  • Air pump features include non-skid feet, a rubber mount armature and silicon polymer flappers
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax, INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 4.2 x 5.25 inches; 12.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax AT2K3
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  • Value For Money
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Penn-Plax AT2K3 Final Thoughts

"Now close to the glass."

So I run two of these with gang valves on my 55 gallon tall living room tank. These work better than any of the others I have tried in my price point. Overall seems like a good air pump. I just cleaned my 20 tank for the first time in, well too long. I cleaned the sponge and hooked it all back up, hardly any air was coming out. Just bought and started using it a few days ago. I got the bigger size because I used it in my 450 gallon tank and it's perfect.

Overall Score
4.5


(2 Points)

HEALiNK First Impressions

"Install was simple."

The company made it right and took care of me. I had to use valves to reduce the output. Before the fan, it was to hot to even hold! I put a wire tie Tightly over the tube and barbs and it's perfect. It really is pretty quiet- once you unclog the air pathway. If it craps out anytime soon, I'll update the review. I really am impressed with this air pump!

  • HEALiNK DC 12V 150LPM/Min 2378GPH 105W Aquarium Air Pumps Aquaculture Fish Poods Pressure Compressor Aerator
  • ✔ Voltage: DC 12V // Power: 105W // Pressure: 0.12MPa // Output: 150L/min // Divider: 10 outlets ♥For clear and right selection, Please refer to MODEL PARAMETER DIAGRAM or BELOW DESCRIPTION.
  • ✔ ENERGY SAVING - High-efficiency permanent magnet DC motor as the driver without oil lubrication. It produces purer compressed air when connect to the storage batteries. Internal parts and cables are 100% copper.
  • ✔ PREMIUM QUALITY - The working membrane is made of macromolecule compounded rubber. Adoptions of pound-resisting diaphragms, advanced ball bearings, balance centrifugal shaftes, and aluminium alloy shell ensure the pump to work long.
  • ✔ WIDE USAGE - Ideal to increase water circulation and oxygen levels. Extensively used in aquaculture breeding and oxygen supply for seafood in hotels, restaurants, seafood booth, fish farms and, hydroponic systems etc. Also applied in short-distance transport of live aquatic products. Also used for air supply to spare parts of food machine, medical instrument, belching lamp and new type paint, making and designing advertising LPG and LNG etc.
  • ✔ This is DC pump,which shouble be connect to storage battery for using! No plug to contact with AC.♥24 hrs online friendly customer service, quick reply. we'll respond within 12 hours to make it right.
  • Manufacture: HEALiNK
  • Editor's Impressions Of The HEALiNK
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HEALiNK Final Thoughts

"Hygger never disappoints!"

A white tail deer can hear a whisper 75 yards away! You'd think this thing would stop working, but it didn’t! I have the pump hooked up to a large sponge. I started to write a poor review of the pump. I didn't think I’d be impressed by an air pump but I’m pleasantly surprised. However Once you plug it to the Oxy tubes it is Silent! I currently have it in a closet to grow aquatic plants and brine shrimp.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

9. Deep Blue Professional ADB61037 Hurricane Category 5 Professional AC/DC Battery Operated Air Pump

User Ratings: 67 8

Deep Blue Professional 894389 First Impressions

"This is both."

Just bought and started using it a few days ago. I know my title sounds overly dramatic, but I'm not kidding. I didn't think I’d be impressed by an air pump but I’m pleasantly surprised. However Once you plug it to the Oxy tubes it is Silent! The rubber bottom feet really help to keep the unit quite and in one place. 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.

  • Deep Blue Professional ADB61037 Hurricane Category 5 Professional AC/DC Battery Operated Air Pump
  • Hurricane category 5 professional AC/DC battery operated air pump
  • Automatically switches to battery backup in the event of power failure and recharges when power is restored
  • The integrated d-cell battery slots of the pump are for use when main battery pack is exhausted
  • The pump is adjustable and comes with electronic flow control with interval battery extension technology
  • Designed with dual output ports and impact resistant housing
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Deep Blue Professional 894389
  • Pump Power
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Deep Blue Professional 894389 Final Thoughts

"Very powerful."

The air being pumped out can be quite warm as well. I put a nice little fan next to mine and it now runs much cooler! This would be the fourth attempt to satisfy my needs and my ears. Before the fan, it was to hot to even hold! Yes it obviously makes some noise-but not at all as much as I was anticipating. My first one may have been a lemon. After nearly 5 months of use, it stop pumping air.

Overall Score
4.2


(66 Points)

10. TOM Aquarium Aqua Lifter Pump 3.5gph flow rate to 30 inches height

User Ratings: 70 5

Koller Products TM1137 First Impressions

"That's a fact!"

A simple piece of foam under the unit solved that. In fact I can hear the bubbles from the water more than the pump itself. Yes it obviously makes some noise-but not at all as much as I was anticipating. It still works internally, but no air. Once, the water in this tank backflowed into the unit. Save some money by not having to replace your air pumps every year! I currently have it in a closet to grow aquatic plants and brine shrimp.

  • TOM Aquarium Aqua Lifter Pump 3.5gph flow rate to 30 inches height
  • Pump water up to 30 inches high with a flow rate of 3-1/2 gallons per hour
  • Ideal for use as a dosing pump
  • Drip system for reptile terrariums
  • Accepts standard air line tubing
  • Manufacture: Tom (Tominaga/Oscar)
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 2.5 x 5 inches; 14.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Koller Products TM1137
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Koller Products TM1137 Final Thoughts

"Insert T-valve."

Yes it obviously makes some noise-but not at all as much as I was anticipating. This thing has plenty of power for my needs. I had the Whisper models and they were way too high in emissions. In fact I can hear the bubbles from the water more than the pump itself. I have this in our small aquarium with an LED bubble stone. I have the pump hooked up to a large sponge. If it craps out anytime soon, I'll update the review.

Overall Score
4.4


(574 Points)

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