Editor's Choice - Our Favorite UPETTOOLS Aquarium Gravel Cleaners

1. Upettools Aquarium Gravel Cleaner - Electric Automatic Removable Vacuum Water Changer Sand Algae Cle...

User Ratings: 53 13

UPETTOOLS First Impressions

"Happy customer."

Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely. I can't believe how inexpensive this most awesome thing is! As you can see from the photo, it works great! Cleaning a tank is the worst part of the fish owning process. The hardest thing to do is wrap up the cord to store it after use. Its made the water changes on my 55 gallon and 20 tall so easy. That said, the results were excellent.

  • Upettools Aquarium Gravel Cleaner - Electric Automatic Removable Vacuum Water Changer Sand Algae Cleaner Filter Changer 110V/28W
  • ✔【Upgraded 6 In 1 Multifunction Aquarium Gravel Cleaner】The upgraded aquarium gravel vacuum cleaner have 6 in 1 functions with water changer + sand washer + debris cleaning + water filter + water shower + water flow. Suit for freshwater and seawater and various depth fish tank.
  • ✔【Strong Power】The 110V/28W powerful water pump motor can provide the maximum flow of 1700L/H. It only takes 0.5 hour to pump out a 180-gallon tank. At the same time, the pump flow is adjustable.
  • ✔【Powerful Cleaning Function】It can be used for clean gravel, absorb dirt, change water, wash sand, suck the stool. Strong Power with Suction enough to change water, suck food debris & fish poop out of aquarium quickly.
  • ✔【Easy to Install and Use】Please check the video before using. Plug in the power and turn on the switch to use.
  • ✔【Satisfaction Guaranted】Our team of professionals is constantly working to make you happier. We provide technical support for customers 24/7, If you have any questions or issues about your purchase, please feel free to reach us directly to us and we will gladly assist you at any time!! We are confident in the quality of our product and give you LIFETIME WARRANTY and great customer support.
  • Manufacture: UPETTOOLS
  • Product Dimensions: 2.76 x 5.12 x 31.5 inches; 2.2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The UPETTOOLS
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.7']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.4']
  • Quality [star rating='3.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

UPETTOOLS Final Thoughts

"I LOVE this thing."

I can't believe a marvelous thing such as this could be so inexpensive! Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc. Once you get the tank water flowing out of the tubing. Like I said can splice more hose on to reach to the outside or wherever. Wash the sponge out a few times and then add the micro. It got clogged a few times and i had to take it to the sink and run water through it. Most of the poop just sits on the top the sand substrate in my tank.

Overall Score
3.9

[star rating="3.9"]
(837 Points)

2. Lee's 6-Inch Slim Jr. Ultra Gravel Vacuum Cleaner, Self-Start

User Ratings: 67 7

Lee's 11516 First Impressions

"From aquarium to sink."

Returned, but agreed to try another one. I just left the spongy looking one. Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc. I'm thinking of other ways this could be used! The only draw back, wish it came with a longer hose or attachment to make it longer. I liked the idea of this product when I saw it, and decided to take a chance. Ignore the orang plastic clip that attaches to a bucket.

  • Lee's 6-Inch Slim Jr. Ultra Gravel Vacuum Cleaner, Self-Start
  • Also features a self-start cap assembly and a 72-inch long vinyl hose
  • Produced specifically for designer aquariums, other small aquariums and fish bowls
  • Makes aquarium maintenance a snap
  • Manufacture: Lee's Pet Products
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 14 inches; 0.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lee's 11516
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.4']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.3']

Lee's 11516 Final Thoughts

"We shall see."

It's also pretty slow going, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. I just left the spongy looking one. So, I bought a 20 gallon long and transferred them from the 10 gallon. I would recommend turning your filter off during the process. Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores. It's well worth reaching out to Nicrew to exchange or find a resolution. It kept coming off and made a mess on the floor.

Overall Score
4.3

[star rating="4.3"]
(260 Points)

3. Baosity 4 Pcs Fish Garden Pond Filter Brushes Skimmer Pond Filtration

User Ratings: 45 19

Baosity First Impressions

"It comes today."

I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. I'm thinking of other ways this could be used! I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely. Most of the poop just sits on the top the sand substrate in my tank. Putting the thing together is really intuitive and easy.

  • Baosity 4 Pcs Fish Garden Pond Filter Brushes Skimmer Pond Filtration
  • Material: Plastic + Stainless Steel
  • Color: Black
  • Size 40cm:Length:Approx.42cm/16.54inches;Width:Approx.12cm/4.72inches
  • Material: Plastic + Stainless Steel
  • Environmental protection and not easily deformed,can be used over and over again.
  • Manufacture: Baosity
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Baosity
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.2']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.9']
  • Quality [star rating='2.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

Baosity Final Thoughts

"But it's so cumbersome."

I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. It's also pretty slow going, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. The hardest thing to do is wrap up the cord to store it after use. The telescoping tube will extent to permit a larger tank to be effectively cleaned. Within a half an hour my tank almost looked brand new. I LOVE IT SO MUCH I'm getting another for the fish tank at my Mom's house. I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy.

Overall Score
3.7

[star rating="3.7"]
(6 Points)

4. LALEO Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, Battery Powered Fish Tank Washer Siphon Water Change Cleaning Tool fo...

LALEO First Impressions

"We shall see."

Product seems to be well made and should work a long time with reasonable care. As you can see from the photo, it works great! I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going. I had a couple of problems as it was the first time I have used anything like this. Product seems to be well made and should work a long time with reasonable care. The only draw back, wish it came with a longer hose or attachment to make it longer. So I use the NICREW power vac in between water changes and it works great!

  • LALEO Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, Battery Powered Fish Tank Washer Siphon Water Change Cleaning Tool for Aquarium Fish Tank - Adjustable
  • INLET AND EXTENSION TUBE-- Comes with a water inlet tube and two extension tubes, it's convenient for you to adjust the height according to fish tank size or the water level.
  • SAFETY DESIGN-- Designed with cleaning head with inner mesh, which can reduce suction and prevent water plants or small fish from being sucked up with water.
  • ALL-PURPOSE USE-- Aquarium gravel cleaner is used to clean gravel, siphon the fish excrement and other debris by the filter mesh bag, then the clean water will permeate from the bag and flow into tank, also can drain out water through outlet pipe.( Please kindly read the product size before you buy)
  • EASY TO PLACE--The top handle part can be hung on the rim of fish tank after used, the cleaner helps to free your hands and clean the tank effortlessly.
  • SWITCH BUTTON-- Powered by 2 pcs "C" type batteries, with switch button to control on / off.
  • Manufacture: LALEO
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LALEO
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.6']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

LALEO Final Thoughts

"Still working great."

This electric gravel vac was the best solution for my set up. It's easy to put together, easy to use, easy to clean. You won't go wrong with this product. I've gone though dozens of aquarium cleaning gadgets and products over the years. Within a half an hour my tank almost looked brand new. This thing does both at the same time and quickly. Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc.

Overall Score
5.0

[star rating="5"]
(1 Points)

5. COODIA Vacuum Gravel Cleaner Automatic Aquarium Sludge Extractor Water Changer, 3 in1 16W

User Ratings: 54 11

COODIA First Impressions

"Great value!"

Most of the poop just sits on the top the sand substrate in my tank. I like the fact it is not draining the water when you vacuum. Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews. I LOVE IT SO MUCH I'm getting another for the fish tank at my Mom's house. This thing does both at the same time and quickly. I found that it's difficult to use. Product seems to be well made and should work a long time with reasonable care.

  • COODIA Vacuum Gravel Cleaner Automatic Aquarium Sludge Extractor Water Changer, 3 in1 16W
  • 3 in 1 design makes it ideal for gravel cleaning, sludge extracting and water changing.
  • With the pump installed close to the end allows you to clean the tanks with lower water leavel compared with other cleaners.
  • A strong pump easily removes particles from topmost layer of substrate without disturbing the bottom layer of gravel.
  • It decreases the harmful toxins in your tank while reducing strain to your filter.
  • The filter design straps the dirt while the water is returned back to the tank.
  • Manufacture: COODIA
  • Editor's Impressions Of The COODIA
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.2']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.6']
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.5']

COODIA Final Thoughts

"GRAVEL CLEANER works!"

I have a glass bottom aquarium with no substrate. If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while. The water gets filtered in the chamber and then RETURNED BACK TO THE TANK! Next time, I'll lay towels down around the tank. The costomer service for this company is wonderful. I just pump the water directly into my sump. It has adjustable flow as well which helps between my gravel tank and sand tank.

Overall Score
3.9

[star rating="3.9"]
(442 Points)

6. FarBoat Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Aquarium Siphon Water Changer with Long Nozzle for Cleaning Changin...

FarBoat First Impressions

"Hope that made sense!"

At first I was furious with this thing. It's well worth reaching out to Nicrew to exchange or find a resolution. It's also pretty slow going, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. This gravel vacuum works very well. I knew siphoning would be an issue,. This gravel vacuum works very well. I may modify mine to be more robust.

  • FarBoat Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Aquarium Siphon Water Changer with Long Nozzle for Cleaning Changing Water
  • Material: Plastic. Robust, high quality, eco-friendly and durable.
  • Nozzle: Prevent from sucking large gravels or small fish and shrimp, no blockage and keep the animals safe.
  • Cleaning fish waste, gravel and sand while replacing water, will not hurt fish in your aquarium.
  • Easy to use, time-saving and labour-saving.
  • Guarantee Service: 100% Satisfaction guarantee and reliable customer service within a 24 hour time support.
  • Manufacture: FarBoat
  • Editor's Impressions Of The FarBoat
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='5']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.4']
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

FarBoat Final Thoughts

"Still working great."

I should have believed the other reviews. Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. I wish i had bought this the first time. So I use the NICREW power vac in between water changes and it works great! It got clogged a few times and i had to take it to the sink and run water through it. This thing does both at the same time and quickly. Needless to say there was a lot of muc on the bottom.

Overall Score
5.0

[star rating="5"]
(2 Points)

7. Allnice Fish Tank Cleaner Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Water Changer Gravel Filter Siphon Vacuum Pump Wat...

User Ratings: 67 7

Allnice First Impressions

"This device works well."

Its made the water changes on my 55 gallon and 20 tall so easy. The only draw back, wish it came with a longer hose or attachment to make it longer. Gravel cleaning has become so easy and mess free. The costomer service for this company is wonderful. This little tool helped so much my bare bottom tank looks great again. I don't use the sponge and filter pad that came with the device. I was worried I would have to keep unplugging and plugging in through out cleaning.

  • Allnice Fish Tank Cleaner Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Water Changer Gravel Filter Siphon Vacuum Pump Water Changing Sand Washing Adjustable Water Flow with Inbuilt Strainer Outlet Valve Pumping Airbag
  • 【7 IN 1 Multifunctional】- The fishing cleaning set equipped with many accessories: Inlet tubeso, outlet hose, adjustable water flow controller clamp, fixture clamp, fish net and glass scraper, to change water, filter gravel, remove fish poop, efficient water cleaning.
  • 【Air-Pressing】- Aquarium siphon gravel cleaner comes with an airbag, vacuum pumping, powerful suction, can easily remove sediment from the bottom of the tank. Built-in strainer in the water inlet effectively prevents little fish or aquatic plant from being discharged.
  • 【Easy to Use】- Aquarium gravel filter is simple to operate. Pressing the airbag repeatedly till the water flows out automatically, greatly facilitates the cleaning process. When pumping water, the outlet level must be lower than the inlet level.
  • 【Adjustable Water Flow】- PVC water outlet pipe, excellent oxidation-resistant and corrosion-resistant performance, fairly soft, flexible and durable. Fish tank siphon is equipped with an outlet valve, handy to control the water yield.
  • 【Wide Applications】- The kit is equipped with two 15.7-inch inlet tubes. The installation length can be selected according to the height of the fish tank.
  • Manufacture: Allnice
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Allnice
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.3']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.4']
  • Quality [star rating='3.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.2']

Allnice Final Thoughts

"Sweat and hardwork."

This thing does both at the same time and quickly. If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while. I love the extendable attachments for my larger tanks. The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. Most of the poop just sits on the top the sand substrate in my tank. If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while. Within a half an hour my tank almost looked brand new.

Overall Score
4.2

[star rating="4.2"]
(42 Points)

8. Lee S Aquarium & Pet Ultimate Super Pump

Lee's S11580 First Impressions

"Hope this helps."

Next time, I'll lay towels down around the tank. Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues. If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while. Wash the sponge out a few times and then add the micro. The telescoping tube will extent to permit a larger tank to be effectively cleaned. The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. I would definitely recommend this product.

  • Lee S Aquarium & Pet Ultimate Super Pump
  • Lee S Aquarium & Pet
  • Ultimate Super Pump
  • All items are brand new, never worn and never used. We guarantee the authenticity of all items.
  • Manufacture: Lee's
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4.88 x 1.5 inches; 1.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lee's S11580
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='5']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Lee's S11580 Final Thoughts

"Stay tuned."

Hopefully my replacement works and I can change my review. This gravel vacuum works very well. What I love about this is the water return function. You fill the chamber with filter substrate. What I love about this is the water return function. I have large fish and large fish make large poop! Returned, but agreed to try another one.

Overall Score
5.0

[star rating="5"]
(4 Points)

9. Aquarium Gravel Cleaner with Clips, Quick & Easy Assembly, Long Nozzle Manual Water Pump, Great for ...

User Ratings: 51 9

SunGrow First Impressions

"Or just squeeze."

I just pump the water directly into my sump. Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews. In saying this it's nice to not lift those heavy buckets to the top anymore. In saying that I get build up of solids in certain parts of my tank. This electric gravel vac was the best solution for my set up. I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going. Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues.

  • Aquarium Gravel Cleaner with Clips, Quick & Easy Assembly, Long Nozzle Manual Water Pump, Great for Frequent Water Changes, Fish Tank Cleaning Kit for Saltwater and Freshwater
  • ✔ ALL INCLUSIVE AQUARIUM CLEANING KIT --- Everything you need to properly and effortlessly change your aquarium water is included in the all-in-one gravel cleaning kit by SunGrow. Not only do you receive the long nozzle, durable Rhinox tubing, priming bulb and discharge hose, but also a pair of high-quality mounting clips.
  • ✔ ELIMINATES UNPLEASANT FISHY SMELL --- We all love the look of our pet fish, but the fishy smell is a different story. The best way to keep your aquarium fresh is by regularly cleaning the gravel and substrate of debris. Fish waste, excess minerals and leftover food can get caught and begin to cause an unpleasant odor.
  • ✔ EXTRA LONG, FLEXIBLE NOZZLE --- Because the flexible vacuum nozzle in the practical SunGrow Aquarium Maintenance Kit is an extra long 4.5 feet (135cm), it makes cleaning your fish tank even easier. With such a long nozzle, there is no need to worry about getting your sleeves wet or spilling water.
  • ✔ EASY TO USE MOUNTING CLIPS --- Each aquarium water changer is easily mounted to the rim of your fish tank or bucket using the included pair of blue tube clips. With the help of these efficient mounting clips, any 8mm to 16mm hose or tubing is firmly held in place for quick and easy tank cleaning.
  • ✔ USEFUL FOR A VARIETY OF SUBSTRATES --- More than just a simple gravel cleaner, the easy prime suction pipe works on many types of tanks and different kinds of aquarium or terrarium substrates. The high quality siphon works on quartz gravel, sand, vermiculite and crushed coral for reef and brackish water tanks.
  • Manufacture: Luffy Pets Collection
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SunGrow
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.1']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.8']
  • Quality [star rating='4.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

SunGrow Final Thoughts

"But it's so cumbersome."

I am very satisfied with how the aquarium cleaner operates and highly recommend it. I was using a 110 Volt aquarium cleaner before I purchased this one. In saying that I get build up of solids in certain parts of my tank. I knew siphoning would be an issue,. If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while. Compared to how I was cleaning before, this made cleaning my tanks a breeze. If, like me, you can't get suction going on a low-tech vacuum, get this thing!

Overall Score
4.0

[star rating="4"]
(56 Points)

10. Pawaboo Fish Tank Cleaner, 5-in-1 Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Water Changer for Quick Water Changing/San...

User Ratings: 53 7

Pawaboo First Impressions

"Happy customer."

Easy peasy and clean up is a breeze. I had a couple of problems as it was the first time I have used anything like this. You won't go wrong with this product. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. The assembly instructions for this unit are unquestionably clear and precise. So I use the NICREW power vac in between water changes and it works great! It siphons the water out of the aquarium very quickly.

  • Pawaboo Fish Tank Cleaner, 5-in-1 Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Water Changer for Quick Water Changing/Sand Washing/Feces Absorbing/Raking Sand/Scraping Algae with Air-Pressing Button & Glass Scraper
  • 【5-in-1 Multifunctional Cleaner】: Multifunctional fish tank cleaner helps water changing, sand washing, feces absorbing, raking sand, scraping algae. No need to immerse your hands in the aquarium water and provide a healthy environment for your underwater friends.
  • 【Air-Pressing Button】: Air suction to allow one-hand operation. Press the air button continuously until water comes into the bucket automatically. (Note: Please let the water outlet at least 19.7 in/50 cm lower than the inlet when using.)
  • 【Fish Protective & Easy to Use】: With filter basket to prevent small fish, aquatic plant and gravel from being sucked out when changing water, effectively protects fish as well as the tank cleaner. Convenient operation and easy to install.
  • 【Scraping Algae】: Glass scraper assembly can be attached to the cleaner for removing deposits, helps clean the inside of the tank easily without scratching it.
  • 【Extensive Water Pipes】: 2 inlet tubes (15.7 inch/40 cm) included, which can be extended and combined according to your demand, fit various kinds of tanks.
  • Manufacture: Pawaboo
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 1.1 x 1.1 inches; 10 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pawaboo
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='5']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.8']
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

Pawaboo Final Thoughts

"So I gave it a shot."

The hardest thing to do is wrap up the cord to store it after use. Gets under decorations between plants and in corners. I lose about 5 gallons a week due to evaporation. So, I bought a 20 gallon long and transferred them from the 10 gallon. Hopefully my replacement works and I can change my review. The vacuum power is amazingly strong, yet adjustable. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon.

Overall Score
4.0

[star rating="4"]
(92 Points)

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