worked great until I saw moisture inside By Mr.Tomek on 11/24/13
Mr.Tomek wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
This heater worked great for me for 5 months and I started to notice moisture on the inside of the white sand that is around the coil. Since I have alot of corals and fish that are worth big $$ I didnt want to risk it so I went out and purchased a neo-therm. Better spend more $ on a better heater then losing your livestock to a failure. hope this helps.
great budget heater By Dr. Hook on 5/21/13
Dr. Hook would recommend this product to a friend
Don't let the price fool you. This budget heater has been in my tanks for quite some time and had no issues. I wish they made a smaller wattage version for my nano tanks.
priced right By pickpoo on 5/7/13
pickpoo would recommend this product to a friend
I 've been using this heater for over a year, and it's been holding the set temperature pretty accurately. Priced right too.
Great heater! By James on 4/4/13
James would recommend this product to a friend
I bought the 300w heater and it works great. It's a great heater at a great price, couldn't ask for better. It keeps my tank at a constant 78°. If I ever need another heater, I will definitely purchase one of these.
great value By pepfish on 4/2/13
pepfish would recommend this product to a friend
The finnex heaters been working great for over a year. It's the best heaters I ever owned and the price was right too. Don't know what everyone is crying about. Mines works great!
wouldn't buy again By Ward on 2/21/13
Ward wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
They come with a 6 month warranty, mine was dead at 11 months. Spend a few extra dollars and get a better heater.
Don't waste your money By James on 12/31/12
James wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I bought two of the 300 watt models for redundancy on my 115 gallon, which were controlled by an Apex. Both have completely stopped heating after 8 months of use. If you don't mind putting your expensive livestock at risk with a crappy unreliable heater, than go for this Finnex. If you prefer reliability in your equipment and stability in your system, choose a different option for your heater(s).
I've lost that loving feeling By David on 12/14/12
David wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Initially I was really impressed with the Finnex heater (200w). Love the digital readout plus it has an external temp sensor. However, a little over a year has passed and it will no longer heat the water above 74 degrees. Not a catastrophic failure of course but still disappointing.
Not Reliable at All By Todd on 12/6/12
Todd wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I've gone through two of the 300W in under 2 years. Both times the electronics failed and the units would not turn on, nor would they display current temperature. Not good hardware at all!
Bought 2 Both Broke By Steve on 11/16/12
Steve wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I purchased 2 of the 300W heaters just under a year ago. The first one literally started on fire in my sump. The second one just stopped heating even though the display still works and says it is.
Will not purchase again.
3 heaters all broken after a few months By Matt on 11/5/12
Matt wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Awful product, do not buy! Bought a 100w and a 300w for two different tanks. Both broke after a couple months. Had the 300w replaced by Finnex, but that broke after a couple of months as well.
Clearly there is a problem with this heaters and I at least wanted the 300w replaced again since I was still within their warranty period for the replacement. But nope they wouldn't do that because the replacement didn't fall within the time period of the original purchase warranty period so they refused to replace the heater.
Reply from the company was that they aren't meant to be run all the time and maybe my room temperature was too low or the heater is undersized for my tank. My 200w aqueon heater has had no issues with running the tank. Now I have a controller and my duty cycle shows its about 25%.
Do not buy from a product or a customer service standpoint.
Piece Of Junk By dave on 10/26/12
dave wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
This heater is a piece of junk. Brand new and won't even turn on.
Questionable product, possible manufacturing issues By Nicholas on 10/11/12
Nicholas wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I purchased a HPS-100 Finnex Digital a year ago and it simply stopped heating. All the indicator lamps were working but no heat.
I purchased a second HPS-100 Finnex Digital to replace the first. I'm now having problems with it after running it for 3 weeks.
I would recommend steering clear of this product and spending your money on something else.
Good Heater By David on 10/9/12
David would recommend this product to a friend
I bought this a month ago it is easy to set, it stays in place, and keeps the temperature consistent; for the price it is a good heater.
Still going strong By Chris on 9/28/12
Chris would recommend this product to a friend
Bought the 100w heater in march, it's september. Haven't had any problems with it. I would say that the tank sizes for the heaters are a little off, it has a hard time keeping up on chilly nights.
Does the job By Devlon on 9/10/12
Devlon would recommend this product to a friend
What sets this heater apart is the external thermometer probe and the digital readout. It makes it easier to set the temp...rather than guessing.
Great Product By Jacob on 9/8/12
Jacob would recommend this product to a friend
Bought this a while back and hasn't failed on me yet. The LED thermometer provides great feedback and the one button interface provides simple yet versatile performance.
Temperature reading is not accurate By Seth on 9/7/12
Seth wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I bought two 300W models a few months ago to go into my sump for a total system volume of 240 Gallons.
They two heaters are installed side by side with the temp probes in the same area. One meter reads 78F, the other is 76F. It's hard to say which one is correct, I will need a third temperature gauge now!
High Tech, Poor Quality By Jared on 6/3/12
Jared wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I purchased a 100W just over 6 months prior to this review. Today, the heater has started reading '99' no matter where I put the probe. I would stay away from this brand until they figure out their quality issues.
questionable perfomance By Dale on 5/23/12
Dale wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Bought 4 100w and 1 200 watt for fish room tanks (20H & 30L gallons) and DI water tub to replace recalled Marineland Stealth heaters. Seemed to be reasonably priced. Would be better if they filled tube with black sand instead of white to blend in with dark back of tanks. Minor point. 200 W in DI tub still going strong after over a year. 2 of the 100 W have stopped heating after about 4 months. 3 month warranty is really totally useless. Bought Finnex metal heater with anlog control at same time for 20L tank since it is much shorter for the shallower tank. This has been working fine. May look into these for future replacements but may be scared off Finnex brand.
Quality Product By Jesse on 3/2/12
Jesse would recommend this product to a friend
I have been running this 300w Finnex HPS heater on my 90 gallon with 36 gallon sump for two months now and love it. It is easy to dial in at any temp you want with a digital screen to 0.1. Comes in very handy when wanting accuracy and stability for any aquarium. I am actually buy a second one as I am tying in another 50+ gallons to my existing set up. Great product.
Didn't Last By Mike on 3/1/12
Mike wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Purchased a HPS 300w on 1/24/12 and it died 34 days later. While itworked it was good. Now looking for something different.
Doesn't Last.... By Mike on 2/29/12
Mike wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Purchased a 300w on 1/24/12, it died on 2/28/12. While it worked it did work well. Now searching for a better heater.
Nice features, but doesn't last long By John on 2/19/12
John wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I bought 2 of the 300 W heaters because the reviews seemed overall positive. I used these heaters (one at a time) on my 75 gallon marine tank. The first one lasted only one week when the temp went from 80 to 70 within one day. I replaced that one with a second heater and that one (set to 80) is also slowing loosing ground (tank is now down to 76) after only 2 weeks of use. Hard to believe that I just happened to get two defective heaters. These are made in China, which might explain the short life-span.