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. 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)

3. hygger 200W Aquarium Heater with LED Display Controller Submersible Fish Tank Heater for 15-30 Gallo...

User Ratings: 73 9

hygger HG-925 First Impressions

"Works fine."

I went ahead and went with the the larger 300W for my 45 gallon. It comes with a hanging kit and can be secured on the edge of the tank. I got a hold of Amazon, who put me in touch with the seller. Very easy to install and the adjustable temperature gauge is pretty accurate. Two inches above that is a waterline for maximum. This is a great heater that is very easy to set up and program. The temperature difference was very minor.

  • hygger 200W Aquarium Heater with LED Display Controller Submersible Fish Tank Heater for 15-30 Gallon
  • This fully submersible aquarium heater enables memory function and over heat protection. Auto shut off when over-heats, resets when it cools down
  • Made with premium quartz and double sealed by black protective guard, this fish tank heater is resistant to corrosion, and protect fish and other livestocks from punching and scalding
  • Build-in external IC temp controller, easy to read blue LED digital number shows real time water temperature. Heat indicator lights on red when fish heater start to heat and turns in yellow once it reach set temperature. Temp accuracy is +/- 1°F
  • Easy to set temperature without getting hands wet. Temperature can be precisely adjusted from 61 to 90°F (16°C ~ 32°C). Just press set button to desired temperature, it blinks 3 seconds and begins to work
  • 200 watt aquarium heater, voltage 110-120 V, heater rod 6.3 inches long, suitable for tank capacity 15-30 gallon freshwater and saltwater aquariums
  • IP68 100% Waterproof, Fully Submersible
  • Dual Protection - Durable Quartz Tube, resistant to corrosion; Double sealed material and protective container for scald preventing and anti punching Accurate temperature control from 61°F to 90°F (16°C ~ 32°C)
  • Easy to read blue LED digital display shows water temperature
  • Manufacture: hygger
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hygger HG-925 Final Thoughts

"Overall happy."

At this time I highly recommend this product. I wouldn't buy any other heater, unless one of these stops working. The controller is easy to use, very accurate and reliable. Personally for me the housing doesn't bother me. So if you set it to 78 degrees, the heater will not kick on until it reads 76. --Temperature adjustment labeling is on top rather than on the rod. The heater is being used in a 40 gallon breeder.

Overall Score
4.3


(31 Points)

4. U-picks Submersible Aquarium Heater 100W/300W/500W Fish Tank Heater with Intelligent External LED Di...

User Ratings: 70 11

U-picks First Impressions

"It easy to set."

We received the chiller promptly and put it into use. It's only been set up for a month we'll see how well it does in a few months. The controller is easy to use, very accurate and reliable. Once I opened the box i noticed the quality of the construction. Personally for me the housing doesn't bother me. If the water runs low or air gets in the heater shuts off. They shipped us the upgraded version that also heats!

  • U-picks Submersible Aquarium Heater 100W/300W/500W Fish Tank Heater with Intelligent External LED Digital Temperature Controller and Dual Temp Displays for Turtle Betta Fish Tank 5-130 Gallon
  • External Controller: Our fish tank heater is adjusted by an external controller, which you can mount on the outside edge of the tank. It’s convenient and safe to adjust temperature, no need to take the heater out from water and risk burning yourself.
  • Dual Temp Displays: With dual accurate LED digital temp displays, you can read & set the water temp at the same time. It is very easy and convenient for you to recognize and observe the temp change in real time even in the night!
  • Smart Heating: With the built-in temperature sensor and constant temperature heating system, this fish heater will start to work when the water temp is lower than set temp(red indicator), and stop work until the water temp reaches set temp(blue indicator). It can always provide adequate and steady water temperature for your beloved fish.
  • High Quality: Our fish tank heater is made of thicker quartz, which is shatter-proof and blast-proof. The heater cover is compact designed, which is heat resistant that will protect you little fish from scalding.
  • Tank Size: This 100W aquarium heater is suitable for 5-25 gallon fish tank both freshwater and saltwater. With our this fish tank heater, you can create a comfortable and safe environment for your fish.
  • Manufacture: U-picks
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U-picks Final Thoughts

"Yes, you read that right."

I was worried about the quality but I am thoroughly impressed with this heater! I adjusted the set temperature a little lower to be more in the range I wanted. My fish likes to get close to it and he has never been hurt by it. Keeps the water consistent and it's easy to adjust! You program it for temperature you want your tank to be. My marina heater takes a few hours. Come on Fluval, expect better from you.

Overall Score
4.3


(111 Points)

5. hygger Submersible Aquarium Heater, Adjustable Fish Tank Heater Compact Reliable Betta Heater, Heat-...

User Ratings: 63 11

hygger First Impressions

"That wasn't a good sign."

We wish the controls were available in Farenheit also to make things a little easier. After several weeks of running the heater. Come on Fluval, expect better from you. It just cycles through to 93f and starts over. I adjusted the set temperature a little lower to be more in the range I wanted. I appreciate the exterior temp readout and control module. Just be careful and keep an eye on your temp settings when you have kids over!

  • hygger Submersible Aquarium Heater, Adjustable Fish Tank Heater Compact Reliable Betta Heater, Heat-Resistant Milky Quartz Made, with External Temp Controller, 100W/300W, 10-60 Gallon
  • 【For Fish Tank 30-60 gallon】300W aquarium heater, voltage 110-120V, power cord is 5.4ft, please choose the right wattage aquarium heater according to our size chart. Don't suggest use this heater in sump or a tank with turtles in
  • 【Reliable & Safty Protection】automatically shut off when fault occurs. Effectively maintain the tank water in the constant temp you set, stop heating when the water temp is 1.5-2℉ above the set temp and restart heating when the water temp is 1.5-2℉ below the set temp
  • 【Temp adjustable】with external temp controller, set the temp to one of these values you can see on the dial: 75, 77, 79, 81, 83, 85, 87, 89, 91 by rotating the pointer, the heater will not work if you set the temp to other degrees between those values. Temp exactness is within 2 degrees in fahrenheit. There is a built-in thermometer in the heater to detect the water temp
  • 【Durable & Compact】this aquarium heater tube is heat-resistant milky quartz made, excellent in explosion-proof, can be used in fresh water and salt water aquariums, white alundum sand as the heat-conducting media, service life can be 3 years or more. A very compact heater, easy to hide in the tank
  • 【Fully Submersible】this fish tank heater is waterproof, must be fully submerged in water when working, stick it horizontally onto the tank side near the water intake or where the way of water flow
  • Voltage: 100-120V
  • Frequency: 60HZ
  • Manufacture: hygger
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hygger Final Thoughts

"9 degrees."

The line is there due to regulations in certain countries. I left seller feedback yesterday but have yet to hear from the seller. Easy to read the temp and know exactly how warm the water is. It's only been set up for a month we'll see how well it does in a few months. Those turned out to be a hit and miss. I tested it by unplugging and replugging it. I dont know, and havent tried just yet.

Overall Score
4.1


(569 Points)

6. Inkbird Heating Thermostat Aquarium Reptile Submersible Probe Sensor ITC306T Relay Digital Greenhous...

User Ratings: 80 1

Inkbird First Impressions

"Great concept."

I dont know, and havent tried just yet. The line is there due to regulations in certain countries. We would consider a replacement and then we would return the defective unit. I'm in the process of setting up for tanks. Beware, but we are hoping for a good outcome! I will be ordering more of these in the future. So far I like it setup was super easy.

  • Inkbird Heating Thermostat Aquarium Reptile Submersible Probe Sensor ITC306T Relay Digital Greenhouse Temperature Controller Dual Stage Timer Switch Only Heat Plug Outlet No Cooling
  • ONLY heating outlet aquarium sensor heater for aquarium, reptile.
  • It can be set to two different temperatures with its function of dual time cycle setting during 24 hours according to the day and night, which can more suitable for the needs of aquarium.
  • This plug and play product is designed with dual LCD display, and offers the optional display of Centigrade or Fahrenheit, which makes it more humanized temperature control.
  • The temperature can be controlled more accurately with its function of temperature calibration and temperature hysteresis.
  • ℃ / ℉ Display can be chosen. Temperature calibration; Over-temperature and sensor fault alarm. Dual display window, be able to display measured temperature and set temperature at the same time.
  • ITC-306T is a pre-wired heating output temperature controller with time function specifically for breeding and planting.
  • It can be set to two different temperatures with its function of dual time cycle setting during 24 hours according to the day and night, which can more suitable for the physiological needs of animals and plants.
  • It can be widely use in over-heat protection and automatic temperature control system of all sorts of electrical equipment for aquarium, pets breeding, hatching, fungus fermenting, and seed germination accelerating, etc.
  • Manufacture: Lerway Tech
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Inkbird Final Thoughts

"Just perfect for my 1."

I'm in the process of setting up for tanks. This little heater is perfect; this is our third purchase of the same heater. This heater warmed it right up and now my Betta and guppies are more active. I like to keep it at 72 and from my thermometer it is reading at exactly 72. Product was received fast, works excellent! Those turned out to be a hit and miss. It would stick out of my 30 g wide tank if I were to put it vertical.

Overall Score
4.7


(195 Points)

7. Fluval A767 Tronic Heater

User Ratings: 63 8

Fluval A767 First Impressions

"Very easy and accurate."

The temperature lights up so it's very easy to read. No biggie, but annoying nonetheless. Awesome chiller, perfect for Hydroponics. Awesome chiller, perfect for Hydroponics. The heater is easy; turn the dial to set temp and plug in. If the water runs low or air gets in the heater shuts off. I emailed the email it says to and told them.

  • Fluval A767 Tronic Heater
  • Fully submersible, easy to use electronic aquarium heater
  • Patented thermal sensor continuously samples water temperatures
  • Fast heat technology quickly achieves optimum temperature
  • Advanced circuitry for safe and reliable heating
  • 100-watt electronic heater, 13 inches long
  • Manufacture: Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 4 x 7 inches; 11.2 Ounces
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Fluval A767 Final Thoughts

"I like this heater."

I noticed my old hygger heater beginning to fail and my wife ordered this one. The heater is super thin and the reflective surface is interesting. After several weeks of running the heater. Come on Fluval, expect better from you. Takes a little while to drop the temps if it is hot in the garage. We wish the controls were available in Farenheit also to make things a little easier. The heater is being used in a 40 gallon breeder.

Overall Score
4.2


(40 Points)

8. Inkbird Pre-Wired Digital Dual Stage Temperature Controller Outlet Thermostats 110V 1100W With 6.65f...

User Ratings: 64 10

Inkbird First Impressions

"I do recommend."

This heater warmed it right up and now my Betta and guppies are more active. But my guys don't read them and don't listen! I was amazed how quickly I got to my temperature I need it 78 degrees. Personally for me the housing doesn't bother me. I love the heater otherwise, but I'm afraid some water has gotten inside the heater. The temperatures are pretty accurate. I'm in the process of setting up for tanks.

  • Inkbird Pre-Wired Digital Dual Stage Temperature Controller Outlet Thermostats 110V 1100W With 6.65ft DC Cord NTC Stainless Probe Sensor for Aquarium, Incubator ect
  • The sensor can easily be replaced.
  • Maximum output load: 1100W (120V).
  • Supports Centigrade or Fahrenheit unit display.
  • Alarm when over-temperature and sensor error.
  • Dual display window, be able to display measured temperature and set temperature at the same time.
  • Item Weight: 1.06 pounds
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Inkbird Final Thoughts

"I like this heater."

I am very happy with this purchase. It's pretty noticeable, but I don't really care. I'm not a big fan of the big glass tubes. Thanks for the great customer service! Once I opened the box i noticed the quality of the construction. The temperature gauge is fairly accurate in my 55 gallon tank. This has the best controller that I have found on the market.

Overall Score
4.1


(25 Points)

9. ZEETOON 25W Aquarium Heater, Automatic Thermostat Betta Fish Tank Heaters, Tortoise Small Water Warm...

User Ratings: 69 12

ZEETOON First Impressions

"Very quick shipping."

--The heater itself is a bit shorter if your tank is a short one. I have a few of these and I use them in my 55 gallons tanks and a 29 gallon tank. If the water runs low or air gets in the heater shuts off. But my guys don't read them and don't listen! I like the fact that it comes with a digital thermometer. Would be great to be able to tune that to. The red light means it's off, blue light means the temperature is constant.

  • ZEETOON 25W Aquarium Heater, Automatic Thermostat Betta Fish Tank Heaters, Tortoise Small Water Warmer for 2-5 Gallon Container with 1 Stick-on Thermometer Strip
  • 73ºF-82ºF Auto Thermostatic: ZEETOON Fish Tank Heater Betta Fish's Favorite Gifts, Suitable for all kinds of aquarium pets, Betta, tropical fish, goldfish, ornamental fish and turtles, can work in both brine and fresh water. Maintaining pleasant water temperatures in all seasons for your little fishes and turtles and will be no longer fear the winter! 1 Stick-on Thermometer Strip, Eliminate your worry of not confirming the heating temperature
  • Mini Sized More Fit: Specific perfect for mini aquarium under 5 gal/20L. Fully submersible compact betta fish heater for all shapes and materials fish tanks 1-2-3-4-5 gallon, whether it is glass or plastic, all can be used. ZEETOON Mini Heater provide a constant warm for your pet fish to stay healthy, suitable both for fresh and salt water. intelligent temperature regulate, very easy to use.
  • Automatic For Energy-saving: Adopted intelligent circuit board, with a precise sensing probe and thermostat heating system. Unlike other conventional heaters, need you to manually adjust the temperature. Our Smart Aquarium Heater just plug the power cable then it will work. It works will automatically turn on/off to achieve the setting temperature constantly and stably 73ºF-82ºF(25℃-28℃), Energy-saving life, you will be at your fingertips!
  • Smart For Your Safety : ZEETOON Mini Heater different from a manually adjusted heater. Our heater automatic temperature regulate on 73ºF-82ºF(25℃-28℃) , no need to set. Prevent electric shock and burns. Keep you and your family safe. Position it near a strong water flow for whole aquarium are in the same temperature. The outlet of filter is ideal. When there is a heater in the fish thak, do not put your hand in to the water
  • High Quality: Made by heat resistant ABS housing, sandy quartz filler and MCH Alumina ceramic heating system, anti explosion & cracking, it is scald-preventing for your pets and safe operation for you, safer and more stable to use. We provide 1 year quality assurance for this product, we will provide replacement items for any product problems within 1 year after your purchase it.
  • Manufacture: ZEETOON
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ZEETOON Final Thoughts

"5 gallon tank."

The suction cups are large, high quality and seem to stick great. My fish likes to get close to it and he has never been hurt by it. I noticed my old hygger heater beginning to fail and my wife ordered this one. I have only had minor problems with the suction cups. Keeps the water consistent and it's easy to adjust! I love the heater otherwise, but I'm afraid some water has gotten inside the heater. Two inches above that is a waterline for maximum.

Overall Score
4.2


(149 Points)

10. Inkbird Temperature Controller ITC308 Reptile Freezer Thermostat Aquarium Heater Cooler 110V 1100W P...

User Ratings: 71 9

Inkbird 8541956716 First Impressions

"16-26 gallons 75 watt 10."

Keeps the temperature within 1 degree of what you set it to at all times. It's pretty noticeable, but I don't really care. I bought a similar one at the pet store and it barely worked. This is a great heater that is very easy to set up and program. And kids love pushing all sorts of buttons. 210 gallon ones and one 90 gallon bow front tank. Checked the accuracy of the heater with an infrared thermometer.

  • Inkbird Temperature Controller ITC308 Reptile Freezer Thermostat Aquarium Heater Cooler 110V 1100W Pre Wired Dual Stage Digital Outlet Probe Heating Cooling Plug Homebrewing Refrigerator Greenhouse
  • Pre-wired controller ITC-308 is served as the successor to the STC-1000. If you don't want to build your own STC-1000, the Inkbird ITC-308 is the solution!
  • Setup is easy, straightforward and quick.
  • The cord on the remote temperature sensor is a bit over 6 feet long.
  • Accurate displays, thermostatic function and temperature calibration.
  • It's an all in one, simple solution providing control of cooling and heating.
  • Item Weight: 14.4 ounces
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Inkbird 8541956716 Final Thoughts

"Pricing was good."

This has the best controller that I have found on the market. The temperature lights up so it's very easy to read. I have a 10gallon tank that was at 72 degrees. I have a few of these and I use them in my 55 gallons tanks and a 29 gallon tank. Checked the accuracy of the heater with an infrared thermometer. Now, both points are clear on the package instructions. This little heater is perfect; this is our third purchase of the same heater.

Overall Score
4.3


(132 Points)

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