Editor's Choice - Our Favorite U-picks Aquarium Air Pumps

1. U-picks Mini Aquarium Air Pump Kit for 1-15 Gallon Fish Tank,The Quietest Air Pump with Accessories

User Ratings: 74 4

U-picks First Impressions

"It runs hot though."

Considering the warranty and performance, I upgraded my rating by 2 stars. I honestly wasn't expecting that much of a difference but man was I surprised. I'd say this pump would be loud if it were used in the same room as you. Make sure the hose is connected well. Seems very well built, does as advertised. It could easily run a small fish room. I like these, great deal for the price.

  • U-picks Mini Aquarium Air Pump Kit for 1-15 Gallon Fish Tank,The Quietest Air Pump with Accessories
  • ✅The mini air pump is specially designed for 1-15 gallon fish tanks.with 2 silicon air tube, 2 air stone, 1 check valve and 1 suction cup. Including all necessary accessories.
  • ✅Full copper motor,build in a thin piezoelectric ceramic plate, unlike traditional air pump, it is effectively reducing the noise when its working. Sound Less Than 35db,sounds like mosquitoes flying.
  • ✅Low Power Consumption - Power Consumption Of This Oxygen Pump Is Only 1W, With Flow Rate 450Ml/Min, High Energy Saving.
  • ✅Stable Performance - Oxygen Air Pump Is Stable Performance, Is Ideal For Small And Medium-Sized Fish Tank Plus Oxygen.
  • ✅Our warehouse is in the United States and the goods are delivered locally. you can also choose "Expedited Shipping ", in 3-5 days to your hand, you only need a little cost! "ADD TO CART NOW "Let your fish play happily in the oxygen-filled water.
  • Manufacture: Basiney
  • Editor's Impressions Of The U-picks
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  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

U-picks Final Thoughts

"Its pretty quiet."

Colbert, the reviewer above, for explaining how to do this. I use them in my Tilapia tanks and Koi pond. The first lasted about two years when one side decided to put out less air. I have one running to sponge filters in a tank and it pushing a nice air flow. It's the second one of this model I’ve owned. It just sounds like a large freezer. It pumps out enough air to keep millions of air bubbles going in this 200g+ Aquarium!

Overall Score
4.5


(753 Points)

2. EcoPlus 143 GPH (640 LPH, 8W) Air Pump w/ 4 Outlets | Aquarium, Fish Tank, Fountain, Pond, Hydroponi...

User Ratings: 68 9

EcoPlus 728297 First Impressions

"Insert T-valve."

I'm sure it would run a much larger bubble stick also. It has one air outlet so i used a spliter& ran a tube to each end of bubbler. I cleaned the sponge and hooked it all back up, hardly any air was coming out. Seems very well built, does as advertised. I have 3 of them on different surfaces. I have to unplug it every time I want to shut it off. Overall seems like a good air pump.

  • EcoPlus 143 GPH (640 LPH, 8W) Air Pump w/ 4 Outlets | Aquarium, Fish Tank, Fountain, Pond, Hydroponics
  • The EcoPlus Supreme Air Pumps are great for providing oxygen to hydroponic systems
  • In hydroponic applications, the use of an air pump with an air stone will oxygenate the water and increase the uptake of nutrients by the plant
  • The oxygen also strengthens the plant's roots and helps prevents root rot
  • Country Of Origin: United States
  • Manufacture: Sunlight Supply Inc.
  • Item Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 9.25 x 3.75 x 6 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The EcoPlus 728297
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

EcoPlus 728297 Final Thoughts

"It is extremely quiet."

Not to mention tank depth, etc becomes a factor. This thing has plenty of power for my needs. I have this in our small aquarium with an LED bubble stone. I had to use valves to reduce the output. The pump works well when there is no defects. The motor was working but air was not moving. I have one running to sponge filters in a tank and it pushing a nice air flow.

Overall Score
4.3


(28 Points)

3. Carefree Fish Aquarium Air Pump 8/12w Super Quiet and Power Fish Tank Bubbler Bubble Stone Accessori...

User Ratings: 68 4

Carefree Fish AP4 First Impressions

"The pump is quiet."

This happened to me with this unit. The new unit works fine as a secondary air pump in a 75 gallon fresh water aquarium. The company made it right and took care of me. It could easily run a small fish room. I have the pump hooked up to a large sponge. Yes it obviously makes some noise-but not at all as much as I was anticipating. The pump is so powerful that it pushed off the connection tube several times.

  • Carefree Fish Aquarium Air Pump 8/12w Super Quiet and Power Fish Tank Bubbler Bubble Stone Accessories 2/4 Air Outlets
  • ❤Adjustable Flow Rate Suitable for 60-300 Gallon Tank:12W,4 Outlets,720LPH ,25KPA,Super powerful.Can use eight 4 inch nano air stone discs at the same time.Adjustable air volume.
  • ❤35dB,Super silent.The air pump can be placed on the shock absorber to reduce the noise better.
  • ❤8004 Accessories: 160Inch air tube, 4 black air stone, 4 white check valve
  • ❤Easy to operate, can be used when connected to the power supply, can be used in the office/bedroom/living room/kitchen
  • ❤The air pump is not waterproof, please keep the air pump above the water level of 20cm,below this position, please install a check valve to prevent the water of the fish tank from back flow
  • Manufacture: Carefree Fish
  • Product Dimensions: 8.27 x 6.5 x 2.76 inches; 1.98 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Carefree Fish AP4
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Carefree Fish AP4 Final Thoughts

"Does a good job."

This thing has plenty of power for my needs. I'm not going to knock the product for my own paranoia though. It has one air outlet so i used a spliter& ran a tube to each end of bubbler. And check the filter often, at least every two- 3 weeks. It makes the perfect size bubbles and the fish love it. It's the second one of this model I’ve owned. I was going to buy 3 small air pumps to power 9 sponge filters when I saw this pump.

Overall Score
4.5


(43 Points)

4. EcoPlus 253 GPH (960 LPH, 6.5W) Air Pump w/ 4 Outlets | Aquarium, Fish Tank, Fountain, Pond, Hydropo...

User Ratings: 58 8

EcoPlus 728355 First Impressions

"Excellent pump."

I like these, great deal for the price. After 3 weeks, I received a new one in the mail. Great Product, BUT, its noisy and vibrates like mad on its rubber feet. It just sounds like a large freezer. Otherwise, I would buy another one. Super quiet, lots of power and looks super sleek. I have an undergravel filter and a few other accessories that push air too.

  • EcoPlus 253 GPH (960 LPH, 6.5W) Air Pump w/ 4 Outlets | Aquarium, Fish Tank, Fountain, Pond, Hydroponics
  • Ideal for indoor gardening and hydroponic applications
  • Dual chamber oscillatiing pump for high output and stable pressure
  • High enery efficiency
  • Double damping noise reduction system for quiet operation
  • Heavy duty water resistant housing
  • Manufacture: Sunlight Supply Inc.
  • Item Weight: 3.05 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 4.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The EcoPlus 728355
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

EcoPlus 728355 Final Thoughts

"Good value for the price."

Colbert, the reviewer above, for explaining how to do this. The first time I ordered this product, it did not work properly. I'm not going to knock the product for my own paranoia though. The pressure isn't as great as I hoped. The first time I ordered this product, it did not work properly. I'm sure it would run a much larger bubble stick also. However Once you plug it to the Oxy tubes it is Silent!

Overall Score
4.2


(81 Points)

5. Portable Oxygen Pump Aquarium Fish Tank Air Pump Aerator Oxygen with Air Stone Dry Battery Operated

Sheens First Impressions

"This pump is VERY quiet!"

This is the second pump I have bought in the series. You'd think this thing would stop working, but it didn’t! The current from the circle is so strong circulation is not a issue! I have it running on 55g with 2 sponge filters for my Axolotl tank. All the reviews from all the different models are lumped together. I'm sure it would run a much larger bubble stick also. Use large Air Stone Bars for giant columns of air bubbles.

  • Portable Oxygen Pump Aquarium Fish Tank Air Pump Aerator Oxygen with Air Stone Dry Battery Operated
  • 【Compact Design】Compact and easy to carry, you can carry it when fishing. High performance battery powered aquarium air pump provides ample airflow for transporting fish or isolating fish while breeding.
  • 【Premium Material】The oxygen pump is made of high quality plastic, safety, non-toxic, tasteless, to ensure your pet safety.
  • 【Easy to Use】With back clip, can be fixed on the side of the fish tank to prevent falling down. Applicable water volume: 80-100L (about 80cm fish tank). This product needs to be powered by two No. 5 (AA) replaceable batteries, and the working time can be more than 10 hours.
  • 【Wide Application】The product is suitable for emergency aeration of various aquarium power outages and wild fishing or transporting a small amount of live aquatic products and seafood aeration. It produces high-pressure output perfect for protein skimmers, oxygen reactors and other devices.
  • 【Satisfaction Guarantee】We greatly value our customers and want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase. If you aren't happy with your shopping experience or product, we urge you to contact us so we can resolve the issue!
  • Manufacture: Sheens
  • Product Dimensions: 2.76 x 2.52 x 0.79 inches; 3.17 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sheens
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sheens Final Thoughts

"The combo was deafening."

Make sure the hose is connected well. And there are fixes around all of it. I'm using it for small start-up hydroponic system. Larger tank owners won't have my issues. It still works internally, but no air. It's the second one of this model I’ve owned. For the money, this air pump cannot be beat.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

6. AQQA Aquarium Air Pump, 2 Air Outlets Oxygen Bubbles Pump High Energy Saving Adjustable Air Flow Ult...

User Ratings: 79 6

AQQA First Impressions

"This pump is VERY quiet!"

I didn't think I’d be impressed by an air pump but I’m pleasantly surprised. You'd think this thing would stop working, but it didn’t! It still works internally, but no air. I have the pump hooked up to a large sponge. This thing has plenty of power for my needs. All the reviews from all the different models are lumped together. So I run two of these with gang valves on my 55 gallon tall living room tank.

  • AQQA Aquarium Air Pump, 2 Air Outlets Oxygen Bubbles Pump High Energy Saving Adjustable Air Flow Ultra Quiet Pump <30dB, for Up to 300/600 Gallon Fish Tank
  • MORE DURABLE: Diaphragm air pump with constant pressure and air volume, is stable performance, more durable than the traditional cup--type pump. Created with the latest technology, the air pump works more effectively, it features low power consumption and high energy saving
  • DOUBLE AIR OUTLET PUMP: It is easy to insert multiple fish tanks or aquariums through the silicone tube on the double outlets. The bubbles are even,natural and stable. It can be connected to nano air stone, biochemical sponge filter, foam trim, landscaping windmill rockery, and other aquarium aerobic landscaping equipment
  • ULTRA QUIET: AQQA air pump is driven by a bearing-less motor, totally different from traditional bearing driven air pumps. We have added 4 rubber feet on the base to absorb the noise generated by the friction. Extra vibration and noise dampening systems of the pump further reduce the noise, noise can be controlled ultra-quiet at 30db status
  • ADJUSTABLE LED DESIGN: With adjustment control button, then the brightness of blue light will be changed(1-4 Grades). The brighter of light, the larger of airflow, the air flow can be adjusted up to Max 200GPH. The light will be turned off after 5 second. Provides instant, powerful flow help your fish thrive in the oxygen-rich environmen. It is suitable for aquariums up to 300 gallons
  • QUALITY GUARANTEE: Comes with 12-month warranty. For beginner aquarium lover, if you have any problem, AQQA support team is always standby. Note: The accessories in the picture are not included, only a air pump. Put the air pump higher than the fish tank water level to avoid malfunction or counter flow
  • Manufacture: AQQA
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQQA
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AQQA Final Thoughts

"Odd, but great."

Make sure the hose is connected well. You MUST use a fan with this pump or it will def burn out or lose pressure. If it craps out anytime soon, I'll update the review. It's the second one of this model I’ve owned. I currently have it in a closet to grow aquatic plants and brine shrimp. I keep the pump and air valves in the box to lessen the noise. Not to mention tank depth, etc becomes a factor.

Overall Score
4.6


(28 Points)

7. Koller Products Tom Stellar Mini Air Pump for 5 Gallon to 10 Gallon Aquariums (TM1248)

User Ratings: 68 12

Koller Products TM1248 First Impressions

"Value for money."

It makes the perfect size bubbles and the fish love it. Apparently the dome shape plays a significant role in noise reduction. This is the second pump I have bought in the series. I cleaned the sponge and hooked it all back up, hardly any air was coming out. I was currently using 2 Whispers and they were anything but whispering. The pressure isn't as great as I hoped. It really is pretty quiet- once you unclog the air pathway.

  • Koller Products Tom Stellar Mini Air Pump for 5 Gallon to 10 Gallon Aquariums (TM1248)
  • Air pump for aquariums sized 5 to 10 gallons
  • Maintains high oxygen levels while providing optimal water movement to keep fish healthy
  • Single air port outlet; 0. 73 liter-per-minute air volume; 2. 07 psi air pressure rating
  • Heavy duty diaphragms deliver years of trouble-free use
  • If we can be of any help please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] , we'll take good care of you
  • Single air port outlet
  • 0.73 liter-per-minute air volume
  • 2.07 PSI air pressure rating
  • Manufacture: Tom (Tominaga/Oscar)
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 2 inches; 6.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Koller Products TM1248
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  • Value For Money
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Koller Products TM1248 Final Thoughts

"Good air flow."

I have the pump hooked up to a large sponge. Larger tank owners won't have my issues. It has one air outlet so i used a spliter& ran a tube to each end of bubbler. So I run two of these with gang valves on my 55 gallon tall living room tank. Pump is basically silent when both airlines are attached. I use them in my Tilapia tanks and Koi pond. This thing has plenty of power for my needs.

Overall Score
4.2


(25 Points)

8. Marina Cool Air Pump

User Ratings: 65 6

Marina 11135 First Impressions

"This is a quiet pump."

I cleaned the sponge and hooked it all back up, hardly any air was coming out. It is quiet and powerful and doesn't get hot. Danner, Fusion, Eheim are adjustable. I know my title sounds overly dramatic, but I'm not kidding. Great Product, BUT, its noisy and vibrates like mad on its rubber feet. This seems to be a good little pump that really puts out some air! I'll definitely get a few more for my other tanks.

  • Marina Cool Air Pump
  • Ideal for aquariums up to 5.5 gallons
  • Quiet and powerful air pump
  • Single outlet
  • Provides more oxygen and airflow to your aquarium
  • Manufacture: Marina
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 3 x 5.5 inches; 4.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Marina 11135
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Marina 11135 Final Thoughts

"Great for hydroponics."

I have this in our small aquarium with an LED bubble stone. The rubber bottom feet really help to keep the unit quite and in one place. Larger tank owners won't have my issues. I currently have it in a closet to grow aquatic plants and brine shrimp. I hung it so its not touching anything. Great Product, BUT, its noisy and vibrates like mad on its rubber feet. Kudo to them for backing up their product.

Overall Score
4.3


(136 Points)

9. Penn Plax (APP5) Air Pod Aquarium Air Pump Ultra Quiet Compact Dome Shape Dual Air Output Up to 75 G...

User Ratings: 75 4

Penn-Plax APP5 First Impressions

"I measured about 1."

In fact I can hear the bubbles from the water more than the pump itself. They generate a TON of air and last a long long time. I knew I had to try something else. This happened to me with this unit. They generate a TON of air and last a long long time. I'd say this pump would be loud if it were used in the same room as you. The pump is so powerful that it pushed off the connection tube several times.

  • Penn Plax (APP5) Air Pod Aquarium Air Pump Ultra Quiet Compact Dome Shape Dual Air Output Up to 75 Gallon Tank
  • Aquarium air pump provides a steady stream of air for aquariums up to 75 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.
  • Two adjustable air flow valves allow customization for your tank size.
  • Aquarium air pump features a compact design that fits into the smallest of spaces.
  • Two adjustable air flow valves allow you to customize airflow according to your tank’s needs.
  • Pump has 3.3 watts of power, and pumps 1900 cubic centimeters a minute from each valve.
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 6 inches; 1.5 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax APP5
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Penn-Plax APP5 Final Thoughts

"Be advised!"

It really is pretty quiet- once you unclog the air pathway. Sometimes stopping all together if the water is full. I had to use valves to reduce the output. You'd think this thing would stop working, but it didn’t! Provides proper wattage for all my accessories. This happened to me with this unit. All the reviews from all the different models are lumped together.

Overall Score
4.5


(96 Points)

10. Sicce Mi Mouse Aquarium Pump, 82gph

User Ratings: 73 5

Sicce SIC100 First Impressions

"Very quiet and powerful."

I'm using it for small start-up hydroponic system. A white tail deer can hear a whisper 75 yards away! I just cleaned my 20 tank for the first time in, well too long. This seems to be a good little pump that really puts out some air! Great Product, BUT, its noisy and vibrates like mad on its rubber feet. If it craps out anytime soon, I'll update the review. After nearly 5 months of use, it stop pumping air.

  • Sicce Mi Mouse Aquarium Pump, 82gph
  • UL,CE and ETL listed
  • Fully submersible
  • 82 Gallons per hour adjustable flow rate
  • 1.8-Feet head shut off
  • 6.2 watts
  • Manufacture: Sicce Usa
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 3 inches; 11.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sicce SIC100
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sicce SIC100 Final Thoughts

"I can't hear them at all."

But this one has no noticeable sounds. The pump is so powerful that it pushed off the connection tube several times. After 3 weeks, I received a new one in the mail. I have been in the hobby for 20+ years and this is the best air pump! I'd say this pump would be loud if it were used in the same room as you. I knew I had to try something else. Apparently the dome shape plays a significant role in noise reduction.

Overall Score
4.5


(38 Points)

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