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3 Hydroponic Water Pumps Reviews to Pump You Up!

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These are our 3 Hydroponic Water Pumps Reviews of the best pumps available

You’ve made it to the GrowWithoutSoil hydroponic water pumps reviews article!  Today, we’re going to look at three water pumps, ranging from a very powerful Vivosun down to a mini Uxcell.  Then, a hydroponic water pumps reviews bonus – a complete system featuring a great pump from Vivosun.

 

We tested 3 Hydroponic Water Pumps and found AeroGarden Harvest Elite to be the best pump for your money.

Now you’ve got something to mull over while thinking about our hydroponic water pumps reviews.  Each water pump here can serve a different purpose (or multiple) and each will work best for a different kind of consumer.  If you’re really unsure about how a water pump would fit into your system, or just don’t own a system at all right now, the Vivosun down at the bottom might really be your best bet.  Otherwise, look to match the pump with the size and height of your system.

 

 

 

The 3 Best Hydroponic Water Pumps Reviews

  1. VIVOSUN 4500GPH Submersible Water Pump 220W Ultra Quiet Pump with 20.3ft Power Cord High Lift for Pond Waterfall Fish Tank Statuary Hydroponic– Best Overall
  2. hygger 2650GPH Quiet Submersible and External 24V Water Pump, with Controller (30%-100% Settings), Powerful Return Pump for Fish Tanks, Aquariums, Ponds, Fountains, Sump, Hydroponics (80W, 19.7ft)Convertable for Inline or Submersible
  3. uxcell 105 GPH (400L/H, 7W, 110-120V) Submersible Water Pump US Plug for Pond, Fish Tank Fountain Water Pump Hydroponics with 4.9ft (1.5M) Power Cord – Best for Small Systems

 

 

1. VIVOSUN 4500GPH Submersible Water Pump 220W Ultra Quiet Pump with 20.3ft Power Cord High Lift for Pond Waterfall Fish Tank Statuary Hydroponic– Best Overall

 

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  • Cost: $$$
  • Maintenance: Minimal
  • Key feature: Best overall water pump.
  • Includes: Water Pump
  • Assembly required: Easy installation
  • Material: Silicon carbide
  • Pumping Power: 4500 GPH
  • Power Source: Battery Powered (with power cord)
  • Mode: Inline OR Submersible
  • Best for: Larger systems.
  • Cool factor: Highly versatile – quiet for the power it offers!
  • Meh (Cons):  Mildly flimsy inlet cover.

 

 

This Vivosun is your do everything and like it pump.  This high-powered water pump has heavy lift to get your tallest drip system filled and quiet enough workings to allow you to have that system in your living room or kitchen.  That’s right, topping out at 40 dB, this pump won’t even drown out your refrigerator.

 

And this is what puts the Vivosun at the top of our hydroponic water pumps reviews list – extreme versatility.  I know many of you like to have different systems for different seasons.  You can have a great summertime greenhouse system powered by this, then pull it inside for quiet wintertime growing without having to buy two pumps.

 

The few complaints about this system are counterbalanced by the high-quality customer service provided by Vivosun.  For example, the covering over the inlet can be a tad loose.  If you run into this problem and aren’t able to secure it yourself with piping, it is easy to get a replacement (or even a refund) from Vivosun if needed. 

 

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2. hygger 2650GPH Quiet Submersible and External 24V Water Pump, with Controller (30%-100% Settings), Powerful Return Pump for Fish Tanks, Aquariums, Ponds, Fountains, Sump, Hydroponics (80W, 19.7ft) – Convertable for Inline or Submersible

 

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  • Cost: $$
  • Maintenance: Minimal
  • Key feature: Convertible head for inline or submersible specialization.
  • Includes: Water Pump, O-rings, screws, rigid/soft pipe connectors, digital controller.
  • Assembly required: Moderate
  • Material: Ceramic
  • Pumping Power: 2650 GPH
  • Power Source: Battery Powered
  • Mode: Inline OR Submersible
  • Best for: Medium-sized systems
  • Cool factor: Auto shut-off when in air to protect your pump.
  • Meh (Cons):  Adjustable output overestimates power.

 

 

The Hygger, with a bit less power than the Vivosun above, is still going to pack a punch for all but the most vertical systems.  With both inline and submersible usage in mind, the Hygger has a convertible intake head to use for each method and all of the parts needed to make the swap easy.

 

Typical, low to the ground, bucket-and-reservoir systems will love this pump.  Another bonus for these systems – often using opaque containers – is that they automatically shut off when the intact valve starts sucking in air.  If you’re as forgetful as I am, this is great on two fronts:

 

  1. It keeps the pump from burning out – just as intended!
  2. It reminds you to add more water to your system!

 

Last, but not least, there is a very handy flow rate adjuster.  This is wonderful if you’re wanting to put this into use with a smaller system and don’t need to make your grow room a true puddle of water.  This is also where the one downside to the system comes into effect – some notice that the output isn’t quite what they expect it to be when adjusting.  My advice is to simply adjust the power to just over what you actually want.

 

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3. uxcell 105 GPH (400L/H, 7W, 110-120V) Submersible Water Pump US Plug for Pond, Fish Tank Fountain Water Pump Hydroponics with 4.9ft (1.5M) Power Cord – Best for Small Systems

 

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  • Cost: $
  • Maintenance: Minimal
  • Key feature: Best for single plant systems.
  • Includes: Water pump
  • Assembly required: No
  • Material: Plastic
  • Pumping Power: 105 GPH
  • Power Source: Battery Powered
  • Mode: Submersible
  • Best for: Small plants/systems.
  • Cool factor: Great price for power.
  • Meh (Cons):  Lack of versatility.

 

It may be little, but the people love it!  This little fighter will keep your small systems going without difficulty.  At only about 5% of the water pushing power of the previous system, it won’t fit every system.  The systems it does fit, especially experimental hobbyist builds, absolutely love it though – especially with the lower price to match its stature. 

 

I know I’ve mentioned it is somewhat less powerful, but don’t let that push you away.  The pump is plenty powerful enough for many styles of systems – it even has an adjuster so you can make it less powerful.  Not every system wants or needs high pressured jets of water spraying about the room.  This tamer system can really help you get your zen on and enjoy the system you have.  Not to mention, with the small size, this submersible pump is practically silent.

 

One of the few downsides of this system is that it isn’t quite as versatile as the others – it is submersible only.  Don’t let that deter you, though, as you won’t be sacrificing much space to use this in your system… it is only about 9 cubic inches in volume!  Somewhat ideal usage for this would be a recycling drip system with a single bucket reservoir, but let your creativity run wild!

 

 

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Hydroponic Water Pumps Buying Guide

When selecting a Hydroponic Water Pumps you’ll need to pay attention to several factors.

 

Cost

Is cost a factor? Fully packed and featured systems are not always the best system.

 

Maintenance

How much attention will you need to give your system? Will it need weekly or daily water changes? How difficult is it to clean?

 

Key features

  • Automation- Are you always working and never home? Is automation important for you to have in your system?
  • Looks, labels, Markers
  • System Size for your location

 

Includes

Do you need a complete system or can you figure out how to add the missing pieces?

Does it come with the proper fittings?

Hoses?

 

Assembly required

This is a big consideration for some and it may be why you are here trying to buy a system instead of making one for yourself.

Container Material

If you have kids or pets you understand that this is a big consideration, dependent on the location of your setup.

Reusable

How important is the sustainability of your system? Would you like to be able to reuse all the components each time you grow another round of plants? Is it important that the components are free of chemicals or pathogens? Is the manufacturing process of your new system eco-friendly?

 

Best for

Do you already know what you want to grow in your system? This is very important to keep in mind when selecting your new system as it will not be possible to grow some vining plants in any of these systems mentioned above.

Cool factor

Is the system going to be highly visible to house guests? Do you want to be able to brag about your cool new Kratky Hydroponic System when they come over or hide it in the pantry until they leave!?

Meh

All systems have cons. Keep a watchful eye on this category as it can easily be a purchase killer!

 

 

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