Editor's Choice - Our Favorite NICREW Aquarium Gravel Cleaners

1. NICREW Automatic Gravel Cleaner, Electric Aquarium Cleaner, 2 in 1 Sludge Extractor for Medium and L...

User Ratings: 49 16

NICREW HXS-01 First Impressions

"Turned my normal 3."

So, I bought a 20 gallon long and transferred them from the 10 gallon. In saying this it's nice to not lift those heavy buckets to the top anymore. It has adjustable flow as well which helps between my gravel tank and sand tank. This little tool helped so much my bare bottom tank looks great again. I would recommend turning your filter off during the process. If you've never used a gravel vac, get this product and watch a YouTube video. I knew siphoning would be an issue,.

  • NICREW Automatic Gravel Cleaner, Electric Aquarium Cleaner, 2 in 1 Sludge Extractor for Medium and Large Tanks
  • Ideal for complete aquarium cleaning or quick spot maintenance
  • Easily removes particles from topmost layer of substrate without disturbing the bottom layer of gravel
  • Decreases the build-up of harmful toxins in your aquarium while reducing strain on your filter
  • Eco-friendly products support aquatic life with a "green" approach
  • This unit can be used in freshwater and saltwater aquariums with a water depth of up to approx. 28”
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW HXS-01
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

NICREW HXS-01 Final Thoughts

"Great value!"

It will suck up a little bit of sand, which is expected and acceptable. Python overkill for that size but it has it's place. Gets under decorations between plants and in corners. Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews. Gravel cleaning has become so easy and mess free. I hope that I do not need another but I would purchase again without hesitation. I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy.

Overall Score
3.8


(1163 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated NICREW Aquarium Gravel Cleaners

2. NICREW Power VAC Plus Electric Gravel Cleaner, Automatic Aquarium Cleaner with Sponge Filter, 3 in 1...

User Ratings: 46 13

NICREW N12250 First Impressions

"Works great."

Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method. I LOVE IT SO MUCH I'm getting another for the fish tank at my Mom's house. Putting the thing together is really intuitive and easy. This electric gravel vac was the best solution for my set up. It filters out the solids and returns the water to the tank. Product seems to be well made and should work a long time with reasonable care. I was worried I would have to keep unplugging and plugging in through out cleaning.

  • NICREW Power VAC Plus Electric Gravel Cleaner, Automatic Aquarium Cleaner with Sponge Filter, 3 in 1 Aquarium Vacuum Gravel Cleaner for Medium and Large Tanks
  • 3-in-1 unit for quick cleanups or complete aquarium maintenance
  • Sponge filter traps debris while remaining easy to clean
  • Decreases the build-up of harmful toxins in your aquarium while reducing strain on your filter
  • Easily removes particles from topmost layer of substrate without disturbing the bottom layer of gravel
  • Equipped with flow adjustment valve to adjust the water flow rate (1/2" or 5/8" hose is NOT included)
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW N12250
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

NICREW N12250 Final Thoughts

"Sweat and hardwork."

Which was why I'm so glad I got this one. The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it. Gravel cleaning has become so easy and mess free. I have a 20 gallon long tank at floor level. Most of the poop just sits on the top the sand substrate in my tank. It filters out the solids and returns the water to the tank. Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method.

Overall Score
3.8


(647 Points)

3. NICREW Replaceable Filter Sponge for Power VAC Plus Gravel Cleaner, 5 Pcs

User Ratings: 69 5

NICREW N13880 First Impressions

"Finally, I found this."

Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores. It will suck up a little bit of sand, which is expected and acceptable. The hardest thing to do is wrap up the cord to store it after use. The filter loads up really fast, so it's not much good for recycling water cleaning. It did however do a better job than the gravel vac i was using before. I LOVE IT SO MUCH I'm getting another for the fish tank at my Mom's house. I love the extendable attachments for my larger tanks.

  • NICREW Replaceable Filter Sponge for Power VAC Plus Gravel Cleaner, 5 Pcs
  • For use with NICREW Power VAC Plus electric gravel cleaner
  • Each pack contains 5 pieces sponge replacement
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW N13880
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

NICREW N13880 Final Thoughts

"This will not rep!"

I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. Returned, but agreed to try another one. Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc. Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores. The assembly instructions for this unit are unquestionably clear and precise. I also used this LinkinsLegacy cleaner in my kitchen sink. I have been looking for this for years.

Overall Score
4.3


(128 Points)

4. Lee's Squeeze Bulb Ultra Gravel Vac w On/Off Valve

User Ratings: 44 27

Lee's 11545 First Impressions

"No suction."

What I love about this is the water return function. Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method. The suction is great and the valve at the end is perfect. I have been looking for this for years. Ohh I also use it to add water to my system. But this thing is amazing the suction is crazy! Next time, I'll lay towels down around the tank.

  • Lee's Squeeze Bulb Ultra Gravel Vac w On/Off Valve
  • Water changes are a -inch snap-inch
  • Siphoning is easy no matter what the level of water in the aquarium
  • Features a 1-1/4-inch diameter by 12-inch long cylinder
  • Manufacture: Lee's Pet Products
  • Product Dimensions: 9.88 x 2.88 x 17 inches; 0.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lee's 11545
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Lee's 11545 Final Thoughts

"Very simple."

Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method. I hope that I do not need another but I would purchase again without hesitation. I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. This gravel vacuum works very well. It will suck up a little bit of sand, which is expected and acceptable. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon. The telescoping tube will extent to permit a larger tank to be effectively cleaned.

Overall Score
3.3


(4 Points)

5. SunGrow Betta Tank Cleaner, for Small Betta Fish Tank, Tetra fish, Gravel Cleaner, Inches, 2-Minutes...

User Ratings: 61 7

SunGrow First Impressions

"We shall see."

Prolly also easier to use with larger hands. Idk what other people are talking about that it barely pulls. I like the fact it is not draining the water when you vacuum. It has adjustable flow as well which helps between my gravel tank and sand tank. So I use the NICREW power vac in between water changes and it works great! I just pump the water directly into my sump. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful.

  • SunGrow Betta Tank Cleaner, for Small Betta Fish Tank, Tetra fish, Gravel Cleaner, Inches, 2-Minutes to Assemble, Complete Kit with Priming Bulb, No Mess and Spillage During Water Maintenance
  • ✔ FREQUENT WATER CHANGE ENSURES HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT FOR BETTA — Without water change, you may experience that your territorial fish is living under stress. But, with the short nozzle siphon kit by SunGrow, you can do it frequently and it will not take much of your time. This no-spill system is made of high-quality to not let aquarium fish get hurt or even disturbed while it is being used to transfer water.
  • ✔ ROUTINE MAINTENANCE MADE EASY — Every SunGrow Betta Splendens’ tank substrate cleaner comes with a short nozzle with nozzle net, flexible standard tubing, operation/pump bulb, and discharge hose. While all these parts can be adjusted and modified as per your needs, the operation bulb or the hand starter is the unique component that sets it apart from other similar items in the market.
  • ✔ GOOD AQUARIUM KEEPING AT YOUR DOORSTEP — No more scooping up dirty water with a pail; that can be messy. SunGrow Aquarium Pump kit is a system with a hand controller that helps you clear out your tank efficiently and quickly by having the features you definitely need! This is suitable for maintaining both freshwater and saltwater fish tank. Each part is meticulously designed to give you the best aquarium clearing experience you can possibly have.
  • ✔ 2-MINUTES TO SETUP — The short nozzle feature of SunGrow Aquarium sand and substrate cleaner is perfect when you want to replenish or drain water out of your tank. Just place the nozzle in your tank. Press on or squeeze the operation bulb 5 to 7 times and the water will start to flow out of the nozzle. See the description below for more details.
  • ✔ HASSLE-FREE STORAGE --- The flexible siphon pump restricts the entering of the small gravel and debris from going into the hose. Not only that, after it has done the deed, it won’t give you a hard time thinking where you would store it, as it can be placed BPA-Free Siphon, Durable plastic. Assembles in 2 Minutes.practically anywhere! With its strategic portable design, you can keep it in any place you want where you can easily access it the next time you need it.
  • Manufacture: Luffy Pets Collection
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SunGrow
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  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

SunGrow Final Thoughts

"This item is wonderful."

I hope that I do not need another but I would purchase again without hesitation. It's easy to put together, easy to use, easy to clean. I liked the idea of this product when I saw it, and decided to take a chance. I would recommend this due to the fantastic job it has provided for my needs. I can't believe how inexpensive this most awesome thing is! Easy peasy and clean up is a breeze. The suction is great as long af you're letting gravity work.

Overall Score
4.2


(201 Points)

6. Lee's The Ultimate Gravel Vac 25' Kit

User Ratings: 61 7

Lee's 11570 First Impressions

"The primer pump works."

Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc. Ignore the orang plastic clip that attaches to a bucket. It's well worth reaching out to Nicrew to exchange or find a resolution. I got a bunch of sludge out of the bottom of my aquarium. As you can see from the photo, it works great! It just takes a little bit of trial and error on your part. I'm thinking of other ways this could be used!

  • Lee's The Ultimate Gravel Vac 25' Kit
  • Ultimate Gravel Vac attaches directly to most faucets and allows water to drain directly into sink
  • Includes Fish-Saver cleaning assembly
  • No more need for heavy ,messy, un-wieldy buckets
  • Water changes refresh your aquarium with precious nutrients and remove excess debris.
  • Manufacture: Lee's Pet Products
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 9.63 x 14.25 inches; 3.4 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lee's 11570
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  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Lee's 11570 Final Thoughts

"Again this item is great."

It siphons the water out of the aquarium very quickly. I was worried I would have to keep unplugging and plugging in through out cleaning. I can't believe how inexpensive this most awesome thing is! This little tool helped so much my bare bottom tank looks great again. I got a bunch of sludge out of the bottom of my aquarium. The only draw back, wish it came with a longer hose or attachment to make it longer. The assembly instructions for this unit are unquestionably clear and precise.

Overall Score
4.2


(27 Points)

7. Betta Medium Gravel Cleaner & Siphon, Aquarium Rock & Gravel Cleaner

User Ratings: 41

BETTA Jnk071 First Impressions

"No suction."

It got clogged a few times and i had to take it to the sink and run water through it. I'm thinking of other ways this could be used! I would recommend turning your filter off during the process. It's also pretty slow going, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. It would get clogged with leaves and such but that's expected. I would definitely recommend this product. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful.

  • Betta Medium Gravel Cleaner & Siphon, Aquarium Rock & Gravel Cleaner
  • Cleaning nozzle diameter: 3.5 Inch x 1 Inch (8.5cm x 3cm)
  • Cleaning nozzle length: Sized 11 Inch (28.5cm)
  • Hose length: 47 Inch (120cm)
  • Manufacture: Betta
  • Editor's Impressions Of The BETTA Jnk071
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

BETTA Jnk071 Final Thoughts

"It was such a pain."

This electric gravel vac was the best solution for my set up. I'd recommend this, but it just takes a little practice. I have never cleaned the rocks or changed the water in my aquarium so effortlessly. I did have to cut one of the tubes to make it a little shorter but that was easy. I LOVE IT SO MUCH I'm getting another for the fish tank at my Mom's house. It filters out the solids and returns the water to the tank. I highly recommend this product for all aquarium keepers.

Overall Score
3.8


(10 Points)

8. NICREW Automatic Gravel Cleaner, Electric Aquarium Cleaner, 2 in 1 Sludge Extractor for Medium and L...

User Ratings: 49 16

NICREW HXS-01 First Impressions

"Turned my normal 3."

So, I bought a 20 gallon long and transferred them from the 10 gallon. In saying this it's nice to not lift those heavy buckets to the top anymore. It has adjustable flow as well which helps between my gravel tank and sand tank. This little tool helped so much my bare bottom tank looks great again. I would recommend turning your filter off during the process. If you've never used a gravel vac, get this product and watch a YouTube video. I knew siphoning would be an issue,.

  • NICREW Automatic Gravel Cleaner, Electric Aquarium Cleaner, 2 in 1 Sludge Extractor for Medium and Large Tanks
  • Ideal for complete aquarium cleaning or quick spot maintenance
  • Easily removes particles from topmost layer of substrate without disturbing the bottom layer of gravel
  • Decreases the build-up of harmful toxins in your aquarium while reducing strain on your filter
  • Eco-friendly products support aquatic life with a "green" approach
  • This unit can be used in freshwater and saltwater aquariums with a water depth of up to approx. 28”
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW HXS-01
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

NICREW HXS-01 Final Thoughts

"Great value!"

It will suck up a little bit of sand, which is expected and acceptable. Python overkill for that size but it has it's place. Gets under decorations between plants and in corners. Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews. Gravel cleaning has become so easy and mess free. I hope that I do not need another but I would purchase again without hesitation. I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy.

Overall Score
3.8


(1163 Points)

9. MTMTOOL Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Aquarium Filter Siphon Aquarium Cleaning Pump Kit with Large Airbag...

User Ratings: 26 33

MTMTOOL First Impressions

"IT's SO easy to use."

Hard for small hands like mine to grasp and use easily. Compared to how I was cleaning before, this made cleaning my tanks a breeze. Python is good too but this is fast, easy and light. Wash the sponge out a few times and then add the micro. Needless to say there was a lot of muc on the bottom. It filters out the solids and returns the water to the tank. Hard for small hands like mine to grasp and use easily.

  • MTMTOOL Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Aquarium Filter Siphon Aquarium Cleaning Pump Kit with Large Airbag and Adjustable Water Flow Controller
  • Package Includes:1 x Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner.
  • With on/off flow control faucet design,free control of water discharge when pumping.
  • Water Inlet (Head part) Diameter:50mm/2";Water Outlet (Faucet) Diameter:10mm/0.4".
  • Just squeeze the large suction air bag softly so that the water can suck up and flows out automatically.
  • Filter through the gravel using the attachment to suck up food,fish waste and toxins that build up in your tank,but will not inhale your fish.
  • Manufacture: MTMTOOL
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MTMTOOL
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

MTMTOOL Final Thoughts

"It works perfect!"

This thing does both at the same time and quickly. I have gone through two others and they lasted about a month. This hose would be over kill for 20 gals or less but I have 40 gal tanks. Idk what other people are talking about that it barely pulls. I was using a 110 Volt aquarium cleaner before I purchased this one. The hardest thing to do is wrap up the cord to store it after use. Which was why I'm so glad I got this one.

Overall Score
3.0


(8 Points)

10. Aqueon Siphon Vacuum Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Extender

User Ratings: 51 7

Aqueon 100106227 First Impressions

"Still working great."

I do not write a ton of reviews but I HAVE to review this amazing time saver! Best gadget i bought for cleaning tanks! With this 12 Volt aquarium cleaner that apprehension is eliminated. Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues. Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely. The telescoping tube will extent to permit a larger tank to be effectively cleaned. I highly recommend this product for all aquarium keepers.

  • Aqueon Siphon Vacuum Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Extender
  • Perfect for quick water changes
  • Efficiently separates debris from gravel
  • Self-priming, using up and down motion, to start water flow
  • Includes a clip for attaching the drain hose to the inside of a bucket
  • Suggested for Aquariums: 5-15 Gallons
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 18.4 x 1.3 inches; 9.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100106227
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Aqueon 100106227 Final Thoughts

"This works really well."

So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it. If it isnt working for you, try without the micro pad in and do a great clean. I found that it's difficult to use. It has adjustable flow as well which helps between my gravel tank and sand tank. Ohh I also use it to add water to my system. I did have to cut one of the tubes to make it a little shorter but that was easy. It filters out the solids and returns the water to the tank.

Overall Score
4.1


(27 Points)

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