Editor's Choice - Our Favorite External Aquarium Heaters

1. Orlushy Mini Aquarium Heater 50W 100W 150W,Small Fish Tank Heater with LED Digital Temperature Displ...

User Ratings: 71 7

Orlushy First Impressions

"Very pleased so far."

Also were nice along the whole process. I have a 10gallon tank that was at 72 degrees. We would consider a replacement and then we would return the defective unit. I have a few of these and I use them in my 55 gallons tanks and a 29 gallon tank. The temperature difference was very minor. --Temperature adjustment labeling is on top rather than on the rod. I waited a little bit to write the review so it could be accurate.

  • Orlushy Mini Aquarium Heater 50W 100W 150W,Small Fish Tank Heater with LED Digital Temperature Display and External Temperature Controller for Betta Frogs Newts Turtles
  • ★ 50W Submersible Aquarium Heater is Suitable for 3-10 Gallon.Temperature range: 65°F~93°F(18°C~34°C), power cord is 5 FT.
  • ★ LED Display Design: LED digital display, External temperature controller,easy to use and Safety.
  • ★ The Digital Smart Aquarium Heater is a heater and thermometer combined into one, eliminating the need for more equipment in smaller tanks.
  • ★ Please be sure that the heater needs to be completely sunk into water, horizontal or vertical fixed in the water cycle better place, and let the working light can be seen as clear as possible.
  • ★ Applicable for freshwater and marine aquariums, aquaculture, glass containers, and hydroponic systems
  • Manufacture: Nova pet supplies co.LTD
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 2.75 x 1.6 inches; 8.78 Ounces
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Orlushy Final Thoughts

"Quality was amazing."

It would stick out of my 30 g wide tank if I were to put it vertical. Well worth the money the first one I bought still works great. We received the chiller promptly and put it into use. But I am single and don't have to worry about this. Or better yet, conceal it to the back corner. If the water runs low or air gets in the heater shuts off. I'm in the process of setting up for tanks.

Overall Score
4.4


(2168 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated External Aquarium Heaters

2. VIVOSUN 50W-500W Aquarium Heater Submersible Titanium Fish Tank Heaters with Intelligent LED Tempera...

User Ratings: 73 8

VIVOSUN First Impressions

"Just bought a second one!"

The heater is being used in a 40 gallon breeder. We would consider a replacement and then we would return the defective unit. I would definitely recommend this product. The temperatures are pretty accurate. I got a hold of Amazon, who put me in touch with the seller. 210 gallon ones and one 90 gallon bow front tank. After several weeks of running the heater.

  • VIVOSUN 50W-500W Aquarium Heater Submersible Titanium Fish Tank Heaters with Intelligent LED Temperature Display and External Temperature Controller
  • PRECISE TEMPERATURE CONTROL: An intelligent IC chip controls the heater temperature, making the temperature difference within ±1℃/±2ºF; Provide the best living environment for your aquatic creatures
  • SAFETY GUARANTEE: Made with IP68, the highest waterproof level; and a titanium tube material that features explosion-proof and anti-corrosion engineering, which makes this submersible heater more resistant to damage while heating better than traditional glass heaters; Built with overheat and water shortage protection
  • EXTERNAL TEMPERATURE CONTROLLER: The touch-button controller adjusts the temperature without getting your hands wet. It’s easy to control the temp from 68℉/20°C to 94℉/34°C; Check the size chart to find your desired fish tank heater
  • EASY TO SETUP: 300W submersible heater is suitable for 50 to 60 gallons aquariums; Vertical or horizontal installation and ensure the device is fully submerged underwater
  • WIDE COMPATIBILITY: The fish tank aquarium heater has CE, FCC and ROHS certification and the plug has a UL certification; Applicable for freshwater and marine aquariums, aquaculture, glass containers, and hydroponic systems
  • Press set button to start the temperature setting. The LED display will start to flash, continue pressing set button, the number in LED screen will circulate from 68 to 94 °F
  • Manufacture: VIVOSUN
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VIVOSUN Final Thoughts

"I bought the 7."

It is a bonus that the heater is titanium. I use a 50 for a 5 gal and a 10 gal tank. Sometimes it gets outside of it's ability to cool but only within a few degrees. I contacted the manufacturer and they sent me a new unit in less than a week! But my guys don't read them and don't listen! It took about an hour to reach 80f, which is fairly quick. I used to try those other cheap heaters sold on amazon.

Overall Score
4.4


(1173 Points)

3. 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)

4. 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)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling External Aquarium Heaters

5. boxtech Aquarium Heater, 50W/100W/300W Explosion Proof Submersible Thermostat with Adjust Knob and 2...

User Ratings: 69 8

boxtech First Impressions

"Best addition to my tank."

There is no protection from it banging on the glass tank. Sometimes you may have to tinker around with the dial. I got this heater for my 55 gallon aquarium. Awesome chiller, perfect for Hydroponics. The heater is easy; turn the dial to set temp and plug in. 210 gallon ones and one 90 gallon bow front tank. I got the 200W variant for my 54 gallon corner tank that's housing goldfish.

  • boxtech Aquarium Heater, 50W/100W/300W Explosion Proof Submersible Thermostat with Adjust Knob and 2 Suction Cups Suit Marine Saltwater and Freshwater
  • Fish Tank Heater: 300W aquarium heaters suit for 30 - 80 Gallon fish tank. Voltage:110V, power cord is 5.57ft, Max deep water immersion 20 inch/1.7 FT
  • Correct installation: Stick the heater vertical onto the tank side near the water intake or on the way of water flow.(This way the heater can quickly sense the water temperature and make adjustments automatically), Keep the aquarium heater fully submerged in water
  • Fully Automatic Control: Design with External Temperature Controller, Temperature Range is 68 ºF-90 ºF, when water temperature achieve the setting temperature, heater will automatically stop heating, when water temperature is lower than the setting temperature, heater will automatically start heating
  • Quartz Tube Safety Protection: Made of heat-resistant milky quartz Glass and UL-Approved Power Cord, Controller IPX4, Heater IPX8 that make it pretty shatter-proof and Explosion-proof and prevents electricity leakage, service life can be 3 years or more
  • Notice Please: Before you clean the aquarium or change water, pls must cut off the heater power, after 10 minute cooling then take out the heater and regularly clean the scale on the heater
  • Temperature Control: Design with External Temperature Controller, Temperature Range is 68ºF-90ºF, when water temperature achieve the setting temperature, heater will automatically stop heating, when water temperature is lower than the setting temperature, heater will automatically start heating.
  • Voltage:110 V Frequency: 50HZ
  • Led Indicator Light:When it working, the indicator light is red.
  • Manufacture: BOXTECH
  • Product Dimensions: 13.39 x 1.97 x 3.54 inches; 11.99 Ounces
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boxtech Final Thoughts

"There was only~0."

You don't have to worry about wide temperature swings with this unit. I was amazed how quickly I got to my temperature I need it 78 degrees. This has been in my fish tank for a few months now and it's been absolutely perfect! You don't have to worry about wide temperature swings with this unit. It is a bonus that the heater is titanium. I have it set to 81F to get a 77F water temp. My fish likes to get close to it and he has never been hurt by it.

Overall Score
4.3


(523 Points)

6. hygger Saltwater Tank Titanium Tube Submersible Pinpoint Aquarium Heater with Digital Thermostat, IC...

User Ratings: 77 5

hygger First Impressions

"6 gallon tank."

I went ahead and went with the the larger 300W for my 45 gallon. The suction cups are large, high quality and seem to stick great. If the water runs low or air gets in the heater shuts off. Am a totally sold customer and would recommend them to anybody! I got the 200W variant for my 54 gallon corner tank that's housing goldfish. I have it set to 81F to get a 77F water temp. I left seller feedback yesterday but have yet to hear from the seller.

  • hygger Saltwater Tank Titanium Tube Submersible Pinpoint Aquarium Heater with Digital Thermostat, IC Temp Controller 50-500 Watt
  • [FULLY SUBMERSIBLE]: Our Betta Tank Heater is fully submersible in water HORIZONTALLY with 2 suction cups can be easily mounted on tank. Place it near a strong water flow so that the whole aquarium at the same temperature. Comes with a separate controller where you can easily adjust from low to high without taking out the heater from the aquarium or fish tank.
  • [SHATTERPROOF & ANTICORROSION]: Our Titanium Heater is completely shatterproof as there is NO glass in the construction– it’s made from heavy duty, durable Titanium. As it has a great feature of being anticorrosion, it is perfect for freshwater, saltwater aquariums and reef tanks.
  • [PINPOINT TEMPERATURE]: Build-in external electronic theromstat, it has DUAL LCD display that clearly shows you the temperature setting in either Celsius or Fahrenheit. Up is aquarium temperature and down is set temperature. Heater will stop heating when temperature rise exactly to your desired temp. Heating temperature range 32 to 104°F. Control accuracy is +/- 0.5° C.
  • [AUTOMATED SHUT OFF SYSTEM]: Temperature can be controlled and set to your desired degree of heat. It automatically sets off when it reached the designated temperature of your setting. Voltage: 110V
  • [TANK CAPACITY]: 200-watt aquarium heater, 10.7 inches in length. Recommended for aquariums with 20 to 45 gallons of water capacity.
  • IP68 100% Waterproof, Fully Submersible
  • Titanium Tube, Shatterproof construction, Corrosion Resistant
  • Accurate temperature control from 32°F to 104°F
  • Manufacture: hygger
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hygger Final Thoughts

"6 gallon tank."

I had a thermometer on opposite side of tank and the heater was dead on true. The bonus digital thermometer it came with has been super helpful, and is accurate. Sometimes it gets outside of it's ability to cool but only within a few degrees. They shipped us the upgraded version that also heats! I love the heater otherwise, but I'm afraid some water has gotten inside the heater. For Discus you need warm and accurate heater and this seems to do the trick. Those turned out to be a hit and miss.

Overall Score
4.5


(514 Points)

7. Hygger Mini Inline Quartz Glass Aquarium Heater with External Controller, Adjustable Submersible Bet...

User Ratings: 70 6

hygger First Impressions

"Great heater."

Keeps the water consistent and it's easy to adjust! The controller is easy to use, very accurate and reliable. I like the fact that it comes with a digital thermometer. I use this little heater for my 10 gallon quarantine tank. And kids love pushing all sorts of buttons. So far I like it setup was super easy. I have a 10gallon tank that was at 72 degrees.

  • Hygger Mini Inline Quartz Glass Aquarium Heater with External Controller, Adjustable Submersible Betta Fish Tank Thermostat 50W/100W
  • 【For Fish Tank 5-15 gallon】50W aquarium heater, voltage AC110-120V 60HZ, power cord is 4.6ft. Heater rod length is 5 inch, mini compact heater for small fish tank use. Perfect for betta tank. A very compact heater, easy to hide in the tank
  • 【Automatic Stop & Restart】Effectively maintain the tank water in the constant temp you set, stop heating when water temp reaches to the set temp and restart heating when the water temp is 1-2℉ below the set temp.The indicator light on the controller will be on red when it's heating, will be off when it stop heating
  • 【With Built-in Thermometer】you can set the the temp from 68℉ to 90℉,temp exactness is within 2 degrees in fahrenheit. There is a built-in thermometer in the heater to detect the water temp, not need to buy seperate thermometer
  • 【Durable Quartz Glass】this aquarium heater tube is heat-resistant quartz glass 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
  • 【Fully Submersible】this fish tank heater is waterproof, must be fully submerged in water when working, place it horizontally or vertically near the water intake or where the way of water flow
  • Manufacture: hygger
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hygger Final Thoughts

"Buy with confidence!"

Those turned out to be a hit and miss. When i installed them, i let them sit in the tanks without power for 6-24 hours. --The heater itself is a bit shorter if your tank is a short one. I bought a similar one at the pet store and it barely worked. But my guys don't read them and don't listen! I am very happy with this purchase. So when I first received it it didn't work and I was very disappointed.

Overall Score
4.4


(475 Points)

8. NICREW Submersible Mini Aquarium Heater, Aquatic Turtle Heater with Intelligent LED Temperature Disp...

User Ratings: 62 12

NICREW N12611 First Impressions

"They contacted me."

You program it for temperature you want your tank to be. We received the chiller promptly and put it into use. I hope these suction cups work very well. I used to try those other cheap heaters sold on amazon. Seems to keep the temp n the tank fairly regular. The red light means it's off, blue light means the temperature is constant. The cover over the heating tubes is great, the turtles claws can't damage the tube.

  • NICREW Submersible Mini Aquarium Heater, Aquatic Turtle Heater with Intelligent LED Temperature Display
  • Precise temperature adjustment from 68℉ to 94℉
  • Convenient and secure design will automatically shut off if heater is no longer properly submerged, preventing damage
  • LED temperature display allows easy visual confirmation of heater operation
  • External controller allows easy and safe temperature adjustment outside
  • Fully submersible heaters for aquariums up to 5G
  • Manufacture: NICREW
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NICREW N12611 Final Thoughts

"1 difference."

This product came in the nick of time! Those turned out to be a hit and miss. I have a 10gallon tank that was at 72 degrees. Come on Fluval, expect better from you. Well worth the money the first one I bought still works great. It is safe and dependable and comes with a one year warranty. For Discus you need warm and accurate heater and this seems to do the trick.

Overall Score
4.0


(404 Points)

9. hygger Fast Heating Titanium Aquarium Heater with LED Digital Temp Controller 500W 800W Submersible ...

User Ratings: 75 8

hygger First Impressions

"Great concept."

The temperature lights up so it's very easy to read. Keeps the temperature within 1 degree of what you set it to at all times. I'm in the process of setting up for tanks. Was very impressed with the quality of this heater. I have a 10gallon tank that was at 72 degrees. I will be ordering more of these in the future. It took me a few days slowly turning the dial up to finally get it where I wanted.

  • hygger Fast Heating Titanium Aquarium Heater with LED Digital Temp Controller 500W 800W Submersible Fish Heater for 60-180 Gallon Freshwater Marine Tank
  • 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 titanium and double sealed by black protective guard, this fish tank heater is resistant to explosion and 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. Temp accuracy is +/- 1°F.
  • Easy to set temperature without getting hands wet. Build in hand button, Keep pushing the button. It will cycle through all the set temperatures. Temperature can be precisely adjusted from 70 to 94°F
  • 800W aquarium heater, voltage 110-120V, suitable for tank capactiy 120-180 gallon freshwater and marine water aquariums
  • Do not bury under gravel
  • Always keep heater rod fully submerged
  • IP68 100% Waterproof, Fully Submersible
  • Manufacture: hygger
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hygger Final Thoughts

"This heater is excellent."

I was worried about the quality but I am thoroughly impressed with this heater! This is a powerful heater that holds temperature very well. This is a powerful heater that holds temperature very well. Also were nice along the whole process. There is no protection from it banging on the glass tank. There is no protection from it banging on the glass tank. We received the chiller promptly and put it into use.

Overall Score
4.4


(400 Points)

10. hygger 500W 800W Aquarium Heater, Submersible Fish Tank Water Heater with External Color LED Digital...

User Ratings: 74 10

hygger First Impressions

"Excellent build quality."

Come on Fluval, expect better from you. I have only had minor problems with the suction cups. The bonus digital thermometer it came with has been super helpful, and is accurate. This is a great heater that is very easy to set up and program. All seem to vary between 1-2 degrees of each other which doesn't concern me much. But my guys don't read them and don't listen! Two inches above that is a waterline for maximum.

  • hygger 500W 800W Aquarium Heater, Submersible Fish Tank Water Heater with External Color LED Digital Temperature Controller, Fast Heating for 60~180 Gallon for Saltwater and Freshwater
  • LED DIGITAL DISPLAY CONTROLLER: ① Displays real-time water temperature or set temperature, three-digit display, water temperature display accurate to 0.1 °F, easy to read. ② 4 kinds of work instructions - Working/Malfunction/ Thermostatic/ Out of water, easy to understand. ③ Child Lock"KEY": need to touch 3 seconds to set the temperature.
  • RAPID HEATING: Fastest 5 seconds warming, with intelligent circuit board, the outside is wrapped with aluminum material to accelerate heat conduction and protection. Automatically reduces power when approaching the set temperature, fully utilizes thermal energy inertia to smoothly reach the set temperature, saving energy.
  • INTELLIGENT THERMOSTAT: Over-temperature protection prevents "cooking fish". When the water temp exceeds about 93.5 °F, start alternately flashing EE fault code; and over 97℉, the heater will stop heating automatically. When the water temp cool down to 93℉, the heater will start working automatically. In addition, it has a power-off memory function and no need to set it again.
  • ANTI-DRY PROTECTION: When the heating rod is exposed to air, display ER fault code and the heater will shut off automatically. When the heating rod is completely immersed in water, it will start working automatically. Effectively extend the service life.
  • HIGH-QUALITY MATERIALS: Built-in dual temperature probe, real-time monitoring of water temperature, temperature accuracy of ± 1 °F; high temperature resistant ABS material, no deformation and no softening, explosion-proof and anti-corrosion, no leakage of electricity. Strong suction cup bracket, can stably fix the heater in every corner of the fish tank.
  • Manufacture: hygger
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hygger Final Thoughts

"I bought the 7."

The red light means it's off, blue light means the temperature is constant. --The cylinder or rod diameter is bigger. I think it works well to not stand out like other heaters. This heater is NOT fully submersible. This this is amazing and is worth the money. Sometimes you may have to tinker around with the dial. For Discus you need warm and accurate heater and this seems to do the trick.

Overall Score
4.3


(234 Points)

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