Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Penn-Plax Aquarium Heaters

1. Penn-Plax Aquarium Heater Fully Submersible Within 1 Degree of Accuracy 75 Watt Heats Up to 15 Gallo...

User Ratings: 64 10

Penn-Plax CH850 First Impressions

"Quality was amazing."

I have a few of these and I use them in my 55 gallons tanks and a 29 gallon tank. Or better yet, conceal it to the back corner. I used to try those other cheap heaters sold on amazon. I went ahead and went with the the larger 300W for my 45 gallon. The line is there due to regulations in certain countries. Sometimes it gets outside of it's ability to cool but only within a few degrees. Sometimes it gets outside of it's ability to cool but only within a few degrees.

  • Penn-Plax Aquarium Heater Fully Submersible Within 1 Degree of Accuracy 75 Watt Heats Up to 15 Gallon Tank
  • Aquarium heater sets and maintains the temperature in your tank within 1 degree accuracy.
  • Features both Fahrenheit and Celsius temperature with easy to read gage.
  • Heater is fully submersible and can be placed horizontally or vertically in your tank.
  • Has a preset temperature to 76 degrees Fahrenheit but is also easily programmed.
  • Heater is safe to use on smaller fish tanks and aquariums up to 10 gallons in size.
  • Manufacture: Monster Pets
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.5 x 3 inches; 1 Ounces
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Penn-Plax CH850 Final Thoughts

"I angled it."

My heater is fully submerged underwater and works perfectly fine. They promptly fixed the issue without any delays or drama. But I am single and don't have to worry about this. This is only day one though, so I shall keep an eye one it. Come on Fluval, expect better from you. I was amazed how quickly I got to my temperature I need it 78 degrees. There is no protection from it banging on the glass tank.

Overall Score
4.2


(848 Points)

2. IOAOI Aquarium Heater for Fish Tank 50W for up to 20 Gallons Tanks Shatterproof for Both Marine and ...

User Ratings: 67 9

IOAOI First Impressions

"None so far."

This this is amazing and is worth the money. The heater is easy; turn the dial to set temp and plug in. --The heater itself is a bit shorter if your tank is a short one. And I get to keep the first one I bought! So if you set it to 78 degrees, the heater will not kick on until it reads 76. Awesome chiller, perfect for Hydroponics. Pressing and holding the button for 5 seconds changes it from F to C readouts.

  • IOAOI Aquarium Heater for Fish Tank 50W for up to 20 Gallons Tanks Shatterproof for Both Marine and Fresh Water Engineering Plastic Tube Outside and Stainless Steel Tube Inside Temperature Adjustable
  • This 50W aquarium heater is fitted with stainless steel tube inside and engineering plastic tube outside to protect against damage. No glass components. Equipped with dry-fire protection device.
  • Temperature range of this tank heater is from 68℉-88℉, adjustable via a simple knob on the top. +/- 1 ℉accuracy. The light will go on while it’s working and off while not.
  • Can be placed vertically or horizontally. BUT NOT TILTED. It will not operate if the bottom is higher than the top. Must be FULLY submerged.
  • Can be used both in freshwater and saltwater. Will not rust.
  • Dimensions of this fish tank heater: Height 8.6 in, Width 0.8 in of the tube and 1.2 in of the top. 6 ft cord.
  • Manufacture: IOAOI
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IOAOI Final Thoughts

"Will not switch!"

I have a 10gallon tank that was at 72 degrees. It took me a few days slowly turning the dial up to finally get it where I wanted. The suction cups are large, high quality and seem to stick great. The design is sleek and modern looking. I like to keep it at 72 and from my thermometer it is reading at exactly 72. After several weeks of running the heater. I used to try those other cheap heaters sold on amazon.

Overall Score
4.3


(139 Points)

3. hygger Titanium Aquarium Heater for Salt Water and Fresh Water, Digital Submersible Heater with Exte...

User Ratings: 81 4

hygger First Impressions

"Same suckers for years!"

Easy enough to let it run all the time. Well I bought a second one took me only one trying to get the right temperature. This has the best controller that I have found on the market. Now, both points are clear on the package instructions. The red light means it's off, blue light means the temperature is constant. No biggie, but annoying nonetheless. I was amazed how quickly I got to my temperature I need it 78 degrees.

  • hygger Titanium Aquarium Heater for Salt Water and Fresh Water, Digital Submersible Heater with External IC Thermostat Controller and Thermometer, for Fish Tank 5-120 Gal
  • 【For Fish Tank 5-10 Gallon】voltage 110-120V, power 50W, heater rod length 8.7inch. The heater and controller power cords are the same length 5.5ft, the thermometer cord is 4.4ft. There are mounting holes on the temp controller back for hanging on the wall
  • 【Fully Automatic Control】very easy and reliable to use. After well installing the aquarium heater and the thermometer, you just need to set the desired heating temp, it will stop heating when the water temp reaches to the set temp, it will automatically restart heating when the water temp is 1℉ less than the set temp. The controller has temp setting remember function
  • 【Durable Titanium Tube】this seawater resistant titanium aquarium heater is good for use in salt water and fresh water, service life can be 3 years or more. Very compact small, easy to hide in the tank. Don't suggest to use it in sump. The diameter of the titanium tube is19mm, you can buy suction cups suitable for this size when you need to get that replaced.
  • 【Digital LED Display】the IC temp controller can show the water temp and set temp at the same time, and there is a indicator light to show the heating status. You can press the 'up' key to shift degree unit between Celsius and Fahrenheit
  • 【Wide Temperature Range】With the thermostat controller you can set the temp from 32℉to 104℉, control precision is 1℉, please set the right temp for your aquarium pets. The separate thermometer can detect a temperature from -68℉ to 140℉, the measurement accuracy is 0.2℉ plus or minus, very sensitive
  • It will stop heating when the water temp reaches to the set temp, restart heating when the water temp is 1℉ less than the set temp.
  • There is a indicator light on the controller, when the heater is working the light is red, when it stops heating the light is off.
  • For better experience and safety, please carefully read and follow the user manual.
  • Manufacture: hygger
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hygger Final Thoughts

"No issues."

Come on Fluval, expect better from you. This heater works, but the dial it isn't very accurate. I got this heater for my 55 gallon aquarium. The suction cups are large, high quality and seem to stick great. Bought it as a chiller for the k40 CO2 laser. At this time I highly recommend this product. Sometimes it gets outside of it's ability to cool but only within a few degrees.

Overall Score
4.6


(55 Points)

4. FREESEA 25/50/100/200/300 Watt Aquarium Heater with Aquarium Submersible Thermometer

User Ratings: 66 8

FREESEA First Impressions

"7L Imagitarium tank."

I use a 50 for a 5 gal and a 10 gal tank. I used to try those other cheap heaters sold on amazon. I will be ordering more of these in the future. Temperature is slightly off by running a little warmer. I adjusted the set temperature a little lower to be more in the range I wanted. Easy enough to let it run all the time. It comes with a hanging kit and can be secured on the edge of the tank.

  • FREESEA 25/50/100/200/300 Watt Aquarium Heater with Aquarium Submersible Thermometer
  • ★【50 Watt Heater】: This Aquarium heater is suitable for 5 to 15 gallons aquariums, Length - 6.8 inch,voltage 110-120V, power cord is 4.0 ft, please choose the right wattage aquarium heater according to our size chart.
  • ★【Temperature range】: 63°F~95°F , It is very easy to adjust the temperature you need, we also deliberately give each customer a free diving thermometer, you can observe the water temperature of the fish tank at any time.
  • ★【Intelligent temperature control】:Automatic constant temperature function, when water temperature reaches to specified temperature value, heater will automatically stop heating, when water temperature is lower than the set temperature, heater will automatically start heating. Furthermore, Automatic safety shut-off feature, and overheating protection.
  • ★【Note】: 1. Aquarium heater is 100% submersible use only, during its heating time, heater must be 100% submerged into the water.,Please unplug the power supply when cleaning the fish tank or aquarium water changes. 2. Heater rod is suitable for people over 16 years of age. Children or minors should be under adult guidance or supervision.
  • ★【SATISFACTION GUARANTEED】: Gain the confidence to go hard with us! Our Aquarium Heater 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, and we will gladly give you a new Aquarium Heater replacement. 12 Month Warranty and 24 Hour Professional After-sales Service.
  • Manufacture: FREESEA
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 3 x 2 inches; 8.61 Ounces
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FREESEA Final Thoughts

"Highly recommended."

So when I first received it it didn't work and I was very disappointed. The temperature gauge is fairly accurate in my 55 gallon tank. I will definitely be buying another one for my other tanks at bigger one. I have it set to 81F to get a 77F water temp. I have had to turn the dial to about 78-79 for the tank to stay around 76 degrees. The heater is being used in a 40 gallon breeder. The bonus digital thermometer it came with has been super helpful, and is accurate.

Overall Score
4.3


(2536 Points)

5. IceProbe Thermoelectric Aquarium Chiller - 4 in. x 4 3/4 in. x 7 1/2 in.

User Ratings: 60 13

Nova First Impressions

"So far so good."

I will definitely be buying another one for my other tanks at bigger one. There is a misconception on the internet that the heater isn't fully submersible. I have 3 of the Fluval heaters, in various sizes. You program it for temperature you want your tank to be. Those turned out to be a hit and miss. Personally for me the housing doesn't bother me. I emailed the email it says to and told them.

  • IceProbe Thermoelectric Aquarium Chiller - 4 in. x 4 3/4 in. x 7 1/2 in.
  • Unit is 4" x 4 3/4" x 7 1/2" includes probe. Cord: 5' 9", probe cord: 6'.
  • Warranty: Unit has a one year warrenty agains defects in materials and workmanship.
  • Manufacture: NOVA TEC
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 8 inches; 3.2 Pounds
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Nova Final Thoughts

"I would buy again."

Once I opened the box i noticed the quality of the construction. I hope these suction cups work very well. Takes a little while to drop the temps if it is hot in the garage. It would stick out of my 30 g wide tank if I were to put it vertical. I emailed the email it says to and told them. Takes a little while to drop the temps if it is hot in the garage. Ick for instance detaches from fish at 86 degrees and dies at 89.

Overall Score
4.0


(166 Points)

6. NICREW Preset Aquarium Heater, Submersible Fish Tank Heater with Electronic Thermostat, UL Listed

User Ratings: 71 6

NICREW N11941 First Impressions

"Overall happy."

I will definitely be buying another one for my other tanks at bigger one. Just be careful and keep an eye on your temp settings when you have kids over! This heater is NOT fully submersible. The controller is easy to use, very accurate and reliable. I wouldn't buy any other heater, unless one of these stops working. The suction cups are large, high quality and seem to stick great. The temperature gauge is fairly accurate in my 55 gallon tank.

  • NICREW Preset Aquarium Heater, Submersible Fish Tank Heater with Electronic Thermostat, UL Listed
  • Preset to 78°F - no adjustment required, which is the ideal temperature for most tropical fish
  • Automatic safety shut-off to avoid overheating
  • Indicator light allows simple visual confirmation of heater operation (red: heating up; off: temperature reached or unplugged)
  • Made from heat, shatter resistant quartz glass to allows for safe temperature control
  • Suitable for 3 - 10 gallon freshwater, marine and tropical aquariums
  • Manufacture: NICREW
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NICREW N11941 Final Thoughts

"9 degrees."

The temperatures are pretty accurate. Awesome chiller, perfect for Hydroponics. The heater is being used in a 40 gallon breeder. What more could you ask for great job Hygger Duncan. They shipped us the upgraded version that also heats! Come on Fluval, expect better from you. I like to keep it at 72 and from my thermometer it is reading at exactly 72.

Overall Score
4.4


(647 Points)

7. n a Aquarium Heater,25W 50W Aquarium Fish Tank Submersible Heater,Anti-Scald Fish, with Water Shorta...

User Ratings: 60 8

N / A First Impressions

"I setup a 5."

Those turned out to be a hit and miss. I went ahead and went with the the larger 300W for my 45 gallon. Seems to keep the temp n the tank fairly regular. Product was received fast, works excellent! Ick for instance detaches from fish at 86 degrees and dies at 89. The heater is easy; turn the dial to set temp and plug in. I had a thermometer on opposite side of tank and the heater was dead on true.

  • n a Aquarium Heater,25W 50W Aquarium Fish Tank Submersible Heater,Anti-Scald Fish, with Water Shortage Protection and Aquarium Thermometer, for 3 to 25 Gallon Fish Tank Water Tank
  • [Automatic temperature control chip]: Aquarium Heater can automatically adjust the temperature between 77 ° F and 82 ° F (25 ° C to 28 ° C). It is different from the traditional manual adjustment of other aquarium heaters, without setting. It will automatically turn on / off to reach the set temperature continuously and steadily.
  • [Gift temperature sticker]: Paste the temperature sticker to the surface of the water tank, and you can use it to monitor the temperature.
  • [Stable and high-grade materials]: strong industrial plastics, non-toxic and durable. It has explosion-proof, anti-expansion functions, high temperature resistance and safety. Suitable for betta fish, such as turtles and lace. Length-13.97 cm, width-2.29 cm, thickness-1.68 cm.
  • [What capacity is suitable]: 25W fish tank heater is suitable for 9.83 liters to 1.83 liters, and can be used for mini fish tanks and aquariums. This aquarium heater is equipped with a suction cup, which can be easily absorbed in the aquarium. Easy to hide in the water tank.
  • [Warranty and quality assurance]: We provide 24-hour guidance service, you can contact us at any time, and one year of quality problems return service. This product aquarium heater has passed CE, ROHS, FCC certification. Explosion-proof, waterproof, anti-expansion, high temperature and other safe operations.
  • Manufacture: n a
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 0.7 inches; 6.14 Ounces
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N / A Final Thoughts

"Overall happy."

The heater is super thin and the reflective surface is interesting. The temperature lights up so it's very easy to read. I think it works well to not stand out like other heaters. The temperature difference was very minor. Awesome chiller, perfect for Hydroponics. This is a great heater that is very easy to set up and program. Easy to read the temp and know exactly how warm the water is.

Overall Score
4.1


(51 Points)

8. Finnex Hang-On Electronic Controller Aquarium Heater, Titanium Tube

User Ratings: 61 12

Finnex HMA-500 First Impressions

"Yes, you read that right."

I was worried about the quality but I am thoroughly impressed with this heater! I will definitely be buying another one for my other tanks at bigger one. We received the chiller promptly and put it into use. I emailed the email it says to and told them. This heater warmed it right up and now my Betta and guppies are more active. I waited a little bit to write the review so it could be accurate. The temperature lights up so it's very easy to read.

  • Finnex Hang-On Electronic Controller Aquarium Heater, Titanium Tube
  • Titanium Tube
  • Sleek analog controller
  • HMA 500: 100-120 Gallons
  • Manufacture: JSK Merchandise Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 14.48 x 1 x 1 inches; 14.4 Ounces
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Finnex HMA-500 Final Thoughts

"I would buy again."

This has the best controller that I have found on the market. 210 gallon ones and one 90 gallon bow front tank. The heater is easy; turn the dial to set temp and plug in. The heater is being used in a 40 gallon breeder. This heater works, but the dial it isn't very accurate. It's only been set up for a month we'll see how well it does in a few months. This product came in the nick of time!

Overall Score
4.1


(287 Points)

9. AquaTop Titanium Heater w/Controller

User Ratings: 70 7

AquaTop TH-C500 First Impressions

"Just bought a second one!"

It does blend well in some setups and may look bulky in others. I have only had minor problems with the suction cups. I hope these suction cups work very well. The setting always stayed the same. So when I first received it it didn't work and I was very disappointed. The temperature gauge is fairly accurate in my 55 gallon tank. This heater is NOT fully submersible.

  • AquaTop Titanium Heater w/Controller
  • Age Range Description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: Aquatop
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 3 x 4 inches; 13.6 Ounces
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AquaTop TH-C500 Final Thoughts

"Same suckers for years!"

For Discus you need warm and accurate heater and this seems to do the trick. Now, both points are clear on the package instructions. I love the heater otherwise, but I'm afraid some water has gotten inside the heater. So far I like it setup was super easy. Come on Fluval, expect better from you. We would consider a replacement and then we would return the defective unit. I left seller feedback yesterday but have yet to hear from the seller.

Overall Score
4.4


(119 Points)

10. Soyon Aquarium Heater 100W 200W 300W 500W, Fish Tank Heater with Adjustable Temperature 10 Gallon-10...

User Ratings: 52 20

Soyon First Impressions

"5 gallon tank."

The red light means it's off, blue light means the temperature is constant. But my guys don't read them and don't listen! --The heater itself is a bit shorter if your tank is a short one. 210 gallon ones and one 90 gallon bow front tank. This this is amazing and is worth the money. I tested it by unplugging and replugging it. I had a thermometer on opposite side of tank and the heater was dead on true.

  • Soyon Aquarium Heater 100W 200W 300W 500W, Fish Tank Heater with Adjustable Temperature 10 Gallon-100 Gallon Submersible Water Heater
  • ★SPECIFICATION: 500W, 110-120V, 17.7 inch long, suitable for large fish tank up to 100 Gallons water.
  • ★WIDELY TEMPERATURE RANGE ADJUSTMENT: Adjust and maintains at temperature range from 68°F to 94°F. The recommended temperature range for most fishes is 76° to 80°F.
  • ★ACCURATELY TEMPERATURE CONTROL: It works in intermittent operation mode and will automatically power on/off to achieve the setting temperature constantly and stably, provide a constant warm environment for your tropical fishes to stay healthy.
  • ★HIGH SAFETY: More than 2mm Thick Quartz Glass providing explosion-proof, shatterproof, IP68 waterproof, and scald-preventing with plastic cover to your fishes or other aquatic pets.
  • ★12 MONTHS WARRANTY GUARANTEE: Our aquarium heaters supply 12 months long warranty to you, guarantee to service you any time as soon as you contact us.
  • Manufacture: Soyon
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Soyon Final Thoughts

"Long heater."

It took me only two tries to get it to the correct temperature. Once attached to the tank wall I've had no issues with it coming off. You program it for temperature you want your tank to be. The heater protector was very heavy plastic and slim lined which is great. I adjusted the set temperature a little lower to be more in the range I wanted. But I am single and don't have to worry about this. It is a bonus that the heater is titanium.

Overall Score
3.7


(145 Points)

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