Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Cheap Aquarium Heaters

1. Cobalt Aquatics Flat Neo-Therm Heater with Adjustable Thermostat (Fully-Submersible, Shatterproof De...

User Ratings: 69 13

Cobalt Aquatics 31005 First Impressions

"Works as intended."

I love the heater otherwise, but I'm afraid some water has gotten inside the heater. My fish likes to get close to it and he has never been hurt by it. I emailed the email it says to and told them. Bought it as a chiller for the k40 CO2 laser. Very easy to install and the adjustable temperature gauge is pretty accurate. Now, both points are clear on the package instructions. Beware, but we are hoping for a good outcome!

  • Cobalt Aquatics Flat Neo-Therm Heater with Adjustable Thermostat (Fully-Submersible, Shatterproof Design) from 25W to 300W
  • Super-flat design. Fully submersible, modern design for energy efficient Aquarium and terrarium heating. Includes reversible holster/bracket, which allows heater to face inward or outward. See the product images to determine the best neo-therm size for your tank.
  • Accurate, one-touch system. Simply set temperature between 66-96°f with one touch and the neo-therm electronic thermostat will maintain Tank temperature within +0.5°F. Led displays both set temp and actual temp, simultaneously.
  • Ultimate safety and reliability. Integrated thermal protection circuitry prevents heater from overheating. If you forget to turn it off, the neo-therm will automatically shut it down.
  • Virtually indestructible. Unlike cheap, glass heaters, the neo-therm is a resin/thermoplastic heater with a shatterproof outer-casing. Made in Poland and includes a 3-year warranty.
  • Manufacturer You can trust. Most manufacturers rate their heaters on the ability to raise an aquarium 2-3°f above ambient temperatures. This is unreliable and misleading, as the average home fluctuates 2-3°f or more throughout the day. Cobalt rates The neo-therm on the ability to raise a tank 11°f above ambient temperatures, so you will never have to worry about overworking the neo-therm or it keeping up!
  • Manufacture: Cobalt International Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 2.25 x 1.25 x 11 inches; 8 Ounces
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Cobalt Aquatics 31005 Final Thoughts

"Well written but vague."

It comes with a hanging kit and can be secured on the edge of the tank. I have 3 of the Fluval heaters, in various sizes. This little heater is perfect; this is our third purchase of the same heater. I have only had minor problems with the suction cups. It took me a few days slowly turning the dial up to finally get it where I wanted. I use this little heater for my 10 gallon quarantine tank. I dont know, and havent tried just yet.

Overall Score
4.2


(1419 Points)

2. hygger 50W 100W Submersible Digital Display Mini Aquarium Heater for Small Fish Tank, Compact and Fa...

User Ratings: 67 10

hygger First Impressions

"This heater works great."

The red light means it's off, blue light means the temperature is constant. It does blend well in some setups and may look bulky in others. I have had to turn the dial to about 78-79 for the tank to stay around 76 degrees. This does a great job at regulating the temp in my 10 gallon. This heater works, but the dial it isn't very accurate. My heater is fully submerged underwater and works perfectly fine. The bonus digital thermometer it came with has been super helpful, and is accurate.

  • hygger 50W 100W Submersible Digital Display Mini Aquarium Heater for Small Fish Tank, Compact and Fast Heating Thermostat, with External Controller and Built-in Thermometer, for Betta Turtle
  • 【Compact Small Heater】110-120V/60HZ oval shape design little aquarium heater, fast heating for small fish tank. 50W tank heater is for 1-6.5gallon, 100W tank heater is for 6.5-13 gallon. Heater Dimension: 2.7x1.4x 4.5 inch. The power cord is 5ft, long enough for use indoors. With 2 strong suction cups at the back side of the betta heater, it's easy to install it on to glass, acrylic or plastic tank
  • 【External Controller】easy to set the temp on the controller, only show farenheit temp, you can set the temp range from 63℉ to 94℉, temp accuracy 1℉. Every time you set the temp, just press the button over and over until it reaches to your desired temp, then stop and wait the digit flashing for 3 times, then setting is done. Keep the controller away from water, it's not waterproof
  • 【Digital Display】with led display on the midle of the heater front side, when the fish tank heater is heating, there indicator light above the digit is on red, when it stop heating, the light is off. The heater with a built-in thermometer, when temp setting is done, the led will show the water temp all the time. The led will display the set temp digit only when you press the controller
  • 【Reliable Thermostat】this an automatic aquarium thermostat, after finishing the temp setting, you can be confidence on that it will maintain the tank water at the temp you set. The tank heater will stop heating when the water temp reaches to set temp, it will restart to heating when the water temp is 1℉ off the set temp. If the water temp is over 95℉, the heater will auto shut off and led displaying HH, it will work normally again when the water temp is lower than 95℉
  • 【Shut off When Out of Water】please note that this a fully submersible aquarium heater for fresh water and saltwater tank, when the top part of the heater is out of water it will auto shut off and the led displaying E1, when fully in water again it will return to normal work again
  • Compact and small shape, with plastic guard.
  • It has memory function if power failure happens.
  • With 2 strong suction cups, can be replaced.
  • Manufacture: hygger
  • Product Dimensions: 2.76 x 1.38 x 4.53 inches; 9.59 Ounces
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hygger Final Thoughts

"I have a 5."

I appreciate the exterior temp readout and control module. I will definitely be buying another one for my other tanks at bigger one. I adjusted the set temperature a little lower to be more in the range I wanted. What more could you ask for great job Hygger Duncan. The heater is being used in a 40 gallon breeder. When i installed them, i let them sit in the tanks without power for 6-24 hours. Temperature is slightly off by running a little warmer.

Overall Score
4.2


(875 Points)

3. LUYS PTC Aquarium Heater (50W / 100W / 200W / 300W / 500W), with External Temperature Controller and...

User Ratings: 76 7

LUYS First Impressions

"Very pleased so far."

So when I first received it it didn't work and I was very disappointed. I was amazed how quickly I got to my temperature I need it 78 degrees. The suction cups are large, high quality and seem to stick great. I wouldn't buy any other heater, unless one of these stops working. It took about an hour to reach 80f, which is fairly quick. I got this heater for my 55 gallon aquarium. I have 3 of the Fluval heaters, in various sizes.

  • LUYS PTC Aquarium Heater (50W / 100W / 200W / 300W / 500W), with External Temperature Controller and LED Temperature Display for Fish Tank
  • 【Precise Temperature Control】LUYS aquarium heaters use unique temperature-control technology which can easily control the aquarium temperature to a preset temperature. The easy-to-read red LED temperature display shows the real-time water temperature on the large screen. When the fish tank heater starts to heat, the heating indicator lights turns red, and once it reaches the set temperature, it will turn blue. The temperature accuracy is +/-1 ° F.
  • 【Fast Heating Speed, 50%+ Energy Saving】The main material of the heating rod is PTC. Under the same conditions, the heating speed is 2-3 times that of the ordinary heating rod, and it can save 50% of electricity for you.At the same time, the heating rod has a temperature memory function, which automatically saves the set temperature after the power is turned off, and automatically heats to the set temperature after the mains power returns.
  • 【Safety Design Provides Double Protection for Your Aquarium】This heater has overheating protection function and it can be auto shut off when out of water. When overheating (more than 93 Fahrenheit), it will automatically shut down, and it will automatically reset when it cools to the starting temperature (usually two degrees lower than the set temperature). When the water level is lower than the water level probe, it will stop heating, automatically cut off the power, and display E1 fault.
  • 【Quartz Tube Protects Heating Materials from Corrosion and Electric Leakage】The aquarium heater is made of high-quality quartz explosion-proof glass and high thermal conductivity silicon carbide, and is double-sealed with a black protective cover to prevent explosion and corrosion, and protect fish and other livestock are protected from burns
  • 【External Temperature Controller, Make the Temperature Setting Easier】The external controller is easy to set the temperature without getting your hands wet. The temperature can be adjusted precisely from 68 to 93 ° F (20 ° C to 33 ° C), and the water temperature probe is located at the bottom to detect the temperature more accurately. Just press the setting button to your required temperature and the blue light flashes for 3 seconds to start working
  • Manufacture: LUYS
  • Product Dimensions: 4.72 x 3.94 x 2.36 inches; 11.43 Ounces
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LUYS Final Thoughts

"They contacted me."

This does a great job at regulating the temp in my 10 gallon. I like the fact that it comes with a digital thermometer. This heater works, but the dial it isn't very accurate. I wouldn't buy any other heater, unless one of these stops working. I have only had minor problems with the suction cups. I like how the heater is constructed. Beware, but we are hoping for a good outcome!

Overall Score
4.4


(79 Points)

4. Aqueon Preset Heater

User Ratings: 71 7

Aqueon 100106252 First Impressions

"They contacted me."

All seem to vary between 1-2 degrees of each other which doesn't concern me much. I use this little heater for my 10 gallon quarantine tank. This heater warmed it right up and now my Betta and guppies are more active. This product came in the nick of time! You program it for temperature you want your tank to be. After several weeks of running the heater. Beware, but we are hoping for a good outcome!

  • Aqueon Preset Heater
  • Preset to 78 degrees, appropriate for most tropical fish.
  • Fully submersible, shatter-resistant construction
  • Automatic safety shut-off avoids overheating and damage
  • LED indicator light displays when actively heating
  • 1 year warranty
  • 100 watt is recommended for 20 and 30 gallon aquariums
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 1.5 x 7.75 inches; 7.52 Ounces
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Aqueon 100106252 Final Thoughts

"Amazing customer service."

The setting always stayed the same. After several weeks of running the heater. Am a totally sold customer and would recommend them to anybody! I hope these suction cups work very well. You don't have to worry about wide temperature swings with this unit. It's pretty noticeable, but I don't really care. It took me only two tries to get it to the correct temperature.

Overall Score
4.4


(764 Points)

5. Fluval Marina Submersible Heater for Aquarium

User Ratings: 68 7

Marina 11233 First Impressions

"The accuracy is perfect."

This product came in the nick of time! I got this heater for my 55 gallon aquarium. They promptly fixed the issue without any delays or drama. When i installed them, i let them sit in the tanks without power for 6-24 hours. I adjusted the set temperature a little lower to be more in the range I wanted. Those turned out to be a hit and miss. I think it works well to not stand out like other heaters.

  • Fluval Marina Submersible Heater for Aquarium
  • Submersible heater for fresh or saltwater aquariums or reservoirs
  • Easy to read temperature settings
  • Impact-resistant glass design; Water proof sealing
  • Includes bracket with suction cups for easy, secure installation
  • Length: 8.5 Inch
  • Manufacture: Marina
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches; 9.6 Ounces
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Marina 11233 Final Thoughts

"I like it."

The temperatures are pretty accurate. Product was received fast, works excellent! The temperature lights up so it's very easy to read. The temperature gauge is fairly accurate in my 55 gallon tank. The bonus digital thermometer it came with has been super helpful, and is accurate. The temperature gauge is fairly accurate in my 55 gallon tank. The temperature gauge is fairly accurate in my 55 gallon tank.

Overall Score
4.3


(658 Points)

6. Submersible Aquarium Heater 100/300/500 Watt Fish Tank Heater with Dual Temperature Displays and Tem...

User Ratings: 74 12

BinChang First Impressions

"5 stars in my book!"

--Temperature adjustment labeling is on top rather than on the rod. What more could you ask for great job Hygger Duncan. --The heater itself is a bit shorter if your tank is a short one. The setting always stayed the same. So when I first received it it didn't work and I was very disappointed. Was very impressed with the quality of this heater. No biggie, but annoying nonetheless.

  • Submersible Aquarium Heater 100/300/500 Watt Fish Tank Heater with Dual Temperature Displays and Temp Controller Adjustable for Turtle Betta Fish Tank 5-130 Gallon
  • ❀【100 Watt Heater】This 100W is suitable for 5-25 gallons tank, heater length is 10.8 inches, power cord length is 47 inches+67 inches, please choose the right wattage aquarium heater according to our size chart.
  • ❀【External Temperature Controller】 This submersible aquarium heater is designed to control the temperature externally, which is convenient and safe for you to adjust temperature and no need to take the heater out from water and risk burning yourself.
  • ❀【Dual Temperature Displays】 It shows the water temp and set temp at the same time, helping you easily recognize and observe the temp change in real time even in the night!
  • ❀【High Quality】 It is made of shock resistant and shatter proof quartz for fresh or marine water. Besides, the heatproof cover will also protect you little fish from scalding.
  • ❀【PLEASE NOTE】 Aquarium heater should be fully submerged into the water. Please unplug the power supply when cleaning the fish tank, changing aquarium water or taking the heater out (and should let it cool in the water for a while before you take it out).
  • Manufacture: BinChang
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BinChang Final Thoughts

"I have a betta in a 1."

Keeps the temperature within 1 degree of what you set it to at all times. The cover over the heating tubes is great, the turtles claws can't damage the tube. I will be ordering more of these in the future. I will be ordering more of these in the future. Now, both points are clear on the package instructions. Two inches above that is a waterline for maximum. Checked the accuracy of the heater with an infrared thermometer.

Overall Score
4.3


(36 Points)

7. hygger 200W Digital Quartz Aquarium Heater for Fresh-Water Salt-Water, with External Led Display The...

User Ratings: 79 13

hygger First Impressions

"The seller was wonderful."

This does a great job at regulating the temp in my 10 gallon. There is no protection from it banging on the glass tank. Pressing and holding the button for 5 seconds changes it from F to C readouts. Temperature is slightly off by running a little warmer. I'm not a big fan of the big glass tubes. I wouldn't buy any other heater, unless one of these stops working. My marina heater takes a few hours.

  • hygger 200W Digital Quartz Aquarium Heater for Fresh-Water Salt-Water, with External Led Display Thermostat Controller and Thermometer, Auto Submersible Heater for Fish Tank 15-30 Gallon
  • 【Fast Heating Up】voltage 110-120V/60HZ, power 200W, US three-pin plug, heater rod length 6.3 inch, 200W submersible heater for fish tank 15-30 Gallon. The heater power cord is 6ft, the controller power cord is 5ft, the thermometer cord is 4.6ft. Temp range: 61-90℉. Fast heating up aquarium heater, it takes about 3 minutes to heat 3.5 gallon water up 3℉
  • 【Fully Automatic Control】very easy and reliable to use. After finishing the temperature setting, the fish tank heater will run automatically by itself. It will stop heating when the water temp reaches to the set temp, please note that the water temp may go up 1℉ more because of the waste heat. When the water temp is cool down to 1℉ less than the set temp, the tank heater will restart heating
  • 【Must be Fully submerged】with strong suction cups on the heater guard and the thermometer, it's easy to install the aquarium heater no to the tank walls or bottom, please keep them fully submerged. The thermometer should be away from the heater and keep water circulation as far as possible. We provide 1 year warranty for this heater, if get any issues, just contact the seller directly
  • 【Digital LED Display Controller】the external IC temp controller can show the water temp with 2 blue LED digits. Only show Fahrenheit degrees. To set the temp, just press the button over and over until the screen displaying the temp you desired, then stop and wait the digit flashing for 3 times, the setting is done and the led shows the current water temp again. The controller is connect with separate sensitive thermometer
  • 【Quartz Tube & Plastic Guard】With high-quality quartz glass tube, it's very durable and explosion-proof, this fish tank heater can be used for saltwater and freshwater aquariums, service life can be 3 years or more. With low profile black plastic guard, easy to hide in the tank. The guard can prevent your aquarium pets from burned, the gaps on the guard is about 3mm, no worries for fish stuck. The plastic guard mustn't be exposed to air when the heater is heating
  • Manufacture: hygger
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hygger Final Thoughts

"No copper lines!"

I will definitely be buying another one for my other tanks at bigger one. The red light means it's off, blue light means the temperature is constant. The suction cups are large, high quality and seem to stick great. The line is there due to regulations in certain countries. I love the heater otherwise, but I'm afraid some water has gotten inside the heater. --The cylinder or rod diameter is bigger. I used to try those other cheap heaters sold on amazon.

Overall Score
4.4


(29 Points)

8. ZHFEISY 300w Aquarium Fish Tank Cooler Electronic Water Chiller Cooling Machine 100L

User Ratings: 54 46

ZHFEISY First Impressions

"5 stars in my book!"

But my guys don't read them and don't listen! I emailed the email it says to and told them. Personally for me the housing doesn't bother me. For Discus you need warm and accurate heater and this seems to do the trick. I dont know, and havent tried just yet. It would stick out of my 30 g wide tank if I were to put it vertical. The red light means it's off, blue light means the temperature is constant.

  • ZHFEISY 300w Aquarium Fish Tank Cooler Electronic Water Chiller Cooling Machine 100L
  • 【Product Parameters】 Working voltage: AC110V /60HZ; Machine power: 300W; Take-over specifications: 8MM hose; Temperature probe length: 1.2M;
  • 【Features】1. Real-time temperature display, simple operation setting; 2, Automatic temperature control and energy saving, start cold quickly (<5 seconds)
  • 【Connection】An external pump is required to pump water or directly in series with the flow pipe.
  • 【Application】Applicable to seawater, fresh water and medium and low acid and alkaline environment.
  • 【1-Year Warranty】If you need refund/return or have any questions, plz feel free to contact us.
  • Manufacture: ZHFEISY
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ZHFEISY Final Thoughts

"Pricing was good."

I appreciate the exterior temp readout and control module. There is no protection from it banging on the glass tank. This heater is NOT fully submersible. I wouldn't buy any other heater, unless one of these stops working. Now, both points are clear on the package instructions. Maintains it well except when the weather is already warm then it over heats it. It would stick out of my 30 g wide tank if I were to put it vertical.

Overall Score
3.2


(2 Points)

9. PASTE 300W 500W Aquarium Heater Submersible, 50-90 Gallon Fish Tank Heater with Durable Quartz Glass...

User Ratings: 68 11

PASTE First Impressions

"Same suckers for years!"

Personally for me the housing doesn't bother me. And I get to keep the first one I bought! The temperatures are pretty accurate. It is safe and dependable and comes with a one year warranty. It would stick out of my 30 g wide tank if I were to put it vertical. This does a great job at regulating the temp in my 10 gallon. When i installed them, i let them sit in the tanks without power for 6-24 hours.

  • PASTE 300W 500W Aquarium Heater Submersible, 50-90 Gallon Fish Tank Heater with Durable Quartz Glass and Protective Sleeve 3 Suckers Auto Thermostat for Fresh-Water and Salt-Water…
  • [SAFE AND DURABLE]: High quality Quartz Glass has Explosion-proof Shatterproof Shield-proof Design than conventional glass. Extra protective Sleeve updated for Anti-melting anti punching prevents electricity leakage, multiple sealed material. Provide the safety of living environment for your aquatic creatures
  • [USED WIDELY]: This 300W Fish Tank Heater is suitable for aquariums from 50 to 80 gallons (150-250 liters), is great for both Fresh Water and Marine Water aquariums, and you can choose the appropriate temperature for your fish, turtle, and plants.(The suitable temperature range for most tropical fish is 76°F to 80°F/24°C -27°C )
  • [ACCURATE THERMAL CONTROL]: Set and adjust the desired temperature with the use of the Temperature Controller on the top. The adjusting range is between 68°F~94°F (20°C~34.5°C),which allows for complete control of aquatic climate within a 2-degree difference. The small dot between each 2 numbers means 2 degree. At the same time has the automatic constant temperature function, builds the overheat and the water shortage protection mechanism
  • [INSTALLATION EASILY]: The 300 watt heater aquarium comes with 3 powerful suction cups to help you easily mount the heating rod vertically or horizontally in the tank, preferably horizontally near the water inlet and outlet to ensure that the tank is warm in all corners.
  • [SATISFACTION GUARANTEED]: Our fish tank heater 300 watt is built with durability in mind and safety for every design, In the remote possibility that you’re not satisfied with our product, just contact us, our customer service staff will respond within 12 hours and provide professional after-sales service. We hope to hear your advise the first time. Please be sure to leave a comment for us after you purchase. Thank you for your choice.
  • Manufacture: PASTE
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.4 x 1.4 inches; 14.67 Ounces
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PASTE Final Thoughts

"Buy with confidence!"

Two inches above that is a waterline for maximum. It comes with a hanging kit and can be secured on the edge of the tank. Sometimes it gets outside of it's ability to cool but only within a few degrees. This has the best controller that I have found on the market. I was worried about the quality but I am thoroughly impressed with this heater! I have it set to 81F to get a 77F water temp. This product came in the nick of time!

Overall Score
4.3


(67 Points)

10. Teco Tank TK-500 1/6 HP Aquarium Chiller

Teco US T143132 First Impressions

"I angled it."

The temperature has been holding all day, even in a colder room. The suction cups are large, high quality and seem to stick great. The temperature lights up so it's very easy to read. I like the fact that it comes with a digital thermometer. I bought a similar one at the pet store and it barely worked. I have it set to 81F to get a 77F water temp. The temperature lights up so it's very easy to read.

  • Teco Tank TK-500 1/6 HP Aquarium Chiller
  • For Typical Consumer Aquarium Sizes up to 130 Gallons
  • Built-in Heater, Rotatable Top Exhaust Conveyor and Magnetically-Affixed Filter Screen
  • Intuitive and Accurate Digital Thermostat Controller (ºF or ºC)
  • 1/6 Horsepower Motor and 450 Watts of Cooling Capacity
  • Made in Italy, 2-Year Limited Warranty
  • Manufacture: TECO Refrigeration Technologies, S.r.l.
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 12.2 x 16.38 inches; 36.38 Pounds
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Teco US T143132 Final Thoughts

"Will buy again."

I use a 50 for a 5 gal and a 10 gal tank. I love the heater otherwise, but I'm afraid some water has gotten inside the heater. Keeps the temperature within 1 degree of what you set it to at all times. I have a 10gallon tank that was at 72 degrees. I have 3 of the Fluval heaters, in various sizes. I left seller feedback yesterday but have yet to hear from the seller. You program it for temperature you want your tank to be.

Overall Score
4.0


(1 Points)

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