Best Hydroponic Water Pumps 201​8
Buying Guide with Reviews

Since its creation, hydroponics has always been an excellent choice for those looking to try their hand in the business of growing. Some consider it to be a step forward from traditional soil-based agriculture, as it takes away all the elements of chance and puts them in the hands of the grower. Hydroponics trades the uncertainty present in every soil-based plantation for complete control of the variables, albeit at a higher monetary price.

For those that don’t know; hydroponics is the method in which a plant is grown in a soilless environment. Instead, the plants are sown in a water-based system where the nutrients they need are readily available in the solution they are immersed in. Instead of soil, the plant’s roots are supported by a neutral and inert medium, such as clay pellets, perlite, and rockwool, among others. Essentially, the advantage that hydroponics have compared to soil-based growing is that the plants are in direct contact with the nutrients they need. Consequently, they grow faster and stronger. In the case of fruit and vegetable plants, they produce bigger and juicier produce.

It is a well-known fact that hydroponics can create higher quality crops and plants, at a faster rate, than any soil-based system. However, each hydroponic system requires a certain degree of know-how, as well as a number of items and equipment to set up. Your requirements will vary depending on the type of hydroponic system you want to establish. Hydroponic pumps are a staple of the Deepwater Culture system.

Best Hydroponic Water Pumps 2018

1. Active Aqua, AAPW1000 1000-GPH Submersible, Hydroponic, Pond, Aquarium Pump - Best Hydroponic Pump 2018

Active Aqua is a brand of Hydrofarm, the oldest manufacturer of hydro water pumps and high-intensity grow lights in the United States. With over 39 years in the business, this company is wholly committed to creating the best products for both beginner and professional growers.

This product in specific is designed for you to get your money’s worth in pumping power. And in this case, that pumping translates you’ll get around 1,000 gallons of water per hour. Evidently, this product is designed with big systems in mind, and should only be used in large hydroponic setups. This pump is designed to endure the test of time. The construction is sturdy and comes equipped with rubber mounting feet to reduce vibration. The pump also comes with a 10-foot heavy duty cord, ideal for rugged environments.

2. VicTsing 80 GPH (300L/H) Submersible Water Pump For Pond, Aquarium, Fish Tank Fountain Water Pump Hydroponics

VicTsing Technology Co. was founded in 2012 as a professional supplier of home electronics and accessories for a wide-range of activities. With annual sales of $75 million, this company is well on its way to being a favorite choice among consumers. The company’s objective is to provide items that would make its clients’ lives easier.

With that in mind, you can bet that this product will provide all the necessary pumping power to oxygenate any small hydroponic system. At a very affordable price, this item can easily pump up to 80 GPH, with a very low power consumption of 4W. This pump is submersible and comes with a 5.9-foot power cable.

3. PonicsPump PP40006: 400 GPH Submersible Pump With 6' Cord

We don’t know much about PonicsPumps, the product’s manufacturer since they prefer to keep a rather low profile on the internet. We can, however, testify to the quality of this product. This pump was created to provide a pumping power of up to 400GPH.

While examining the quality of the materials used to build this pump, you can see that this product was built to last. The ceramic impeller shaft is coated with polished aluminum oxide, which is a non-corrosive metal more than 3 times stronger than stainless steel. The downside is that the power cord is somewhat short, only 6 feet long. You can remedy this flaw by purchasing the 16 feet version for a small price difference.

In short, you will get the best bang for your buck with this pump.

4. EcoPlus 728310 Eco 396 Submersible Pump

EcoPlus is a company dedicated to supplying only the finest accessories for hydroponic growing. Their catalog of pumps, chillers, and other items are designed with hydroponics in mind, however, they can also be easily adapted to other mediums, such as aquariums, fish farms, etc.

Similar to our previous entry, this product is designed with a capacity to pump 400 gallons of water per hour, which is ideal for medium to large hydroponic setups. As is expected of a hydroponic growing pump, this product is oil-free, and has only one moving part, for maximum durability. The ceramic shaft ensures that this pump won’t fail in the long run due to corrosion. Once again, this product comes with a short, 5.9 foot power cord. Unfortunately, there’s no option to upgrade to a longer cable version this time around.

Hydrofarm makes a second appearance in this list with this dual-outlet air pump. This deceptively small pump is capable of doling out 125 GPH of pumping power, which can be adjusted freely via the knob on top. With a 3W power consumption, you can bet that this pump is as silent as it is efficient. To add to this product’s quietness, it is also equipped with a multi-level muffler. Because of all the features mentioned above, this pump is ideal for small to medium hydroponic setups where noise is a factor. After all, no one wants to have a hydroponic room where the pump sounds like a truck’s engine.

Deepwater Culture Hydroponics

This system is also known as the reservoir method. It consists of completely immersing the plant’s roots in a nutrient-rich environment. Since roots will suffocate when underwater for extended periods of time, an aquarium or hydroponics pump must be added to the system. Said pumps will oxygenate the solution and prevent the plant from suffocating.

DWC system must be set in a place where it receives absolutely no sunlight. The sun’s UV rays will promote the growth of algae inside the system. This could potentially  destroy the system, as the algae will consume the oxygen that was supposed to keep the plants alive. The good thing about DWC hydroponics is that, as opposed to other systems, they don’t require any type of drip or spray emitters, thus avoiding the all-too-common issue of clogged nozzles entirely.

As mentioned above; to set up a DWC hydroponic system, you will need to purchase an aquarium pump to keep the solution oxygenated. Luckily, there are tons of options on the market so you can choose the one that adapts to your requirements. Unfortunately, you don’t actually know the quality of a product until you actually try it out.

To save you the hassle of searching for the best pumps, we have a compiled a list of our top 5 products in this category, which you’ll find below.


There are quite a few factors that any grower needs to take into consideration when setting up their first hydroponic garden. Hydroponics is to growing what a manual vehicle is to driving; it takes away all the variables that are usually out of the grower’s hands (i.e soil nutrients, weather, pests, etc) and gives him or her full control over the plant’s growth. This often results in faster growth, stronger plants and, in the case of fruit and veggie plants, increased yield and quality of the produce.

Nevertheless, despite all the advantages, hydroponics are, more often than not, more expensive to produce, which is why all the organic and hydroponic vegetables in the supermarket are worth more than their soil-grown cousins. However, one thing's for certain; the q

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