great heater By trailjammer on 2/2/2015
trailjammer would recommend this product to a friend
have had no problems. seems accurate and a lot better than my older heater. i have no complaints.
Great heater for the price By Justin on 4/29/2014
Justin would recommend this product to a friend
Does the job for prepping water temp for water changes. I like the external temp probe to easily tell me when my water is ready. I do take some of the advise from users above and would hate to use a cheap heater on my main system so I keep a Fluval E heater on main. Great bang for the buck Finnex.
Cheap but works By Stacee on 3/7/2014
Stacee would recommend this product to a friend
What can you expect for the low price. It works, so no complains here. It's been holding the temperature steady on my 30 gallon.
QUIT AFTER 2 MONTHS By KIM on 1/4/2014
KIM wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I started using the 300 in the sump of my 100 gallon system just over 2 months ago and discovered that it has quit working already. With the amount of money and attachment I have invested in livestock I can't afford to have a heater quit working on me like this.
worked great until I saw moisture inside By Mr.Tomek on 11/24/2013
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 5/21/2013
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 5/7/2013
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 4/4/2013
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 4/2/2013
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 2/21/2013
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 12/30/2012
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 12/14/2012
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 12/6/2012
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 11/16/2012
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 11/5/2012
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 10/25/2012
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 10/11/2012
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 10/9/2012
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 9/28/2012
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 9/10/2012
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 9/7/2012
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 9/7/2012
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 6/3/2012
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 5/23/2012
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 3/2/2012
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 2/29/2012
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 2/29/2012
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 2/18/2012
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.
Great heater By Arthur on 2/4/2012
Arthur would recommend this product to a friend
I have this 300w heater in my 200 gallon system. 125 display tank, 75 gallon sump and it keeps my water at a steady 79-80F. My ambient temperature is 71F and this heater does a great job for its size. It's like half the length of other brands with the same wattage. Fits great in those sumps that aren't so wide/tall.
Not happy By Vincent on 1/29/2012
Vincent wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I purchased one of these 300 watt heaters recently because of the reviews. However, I am not impressed. The first one I had shattered inside of my sump for some unknown reason. BRS was great about it and sent me out a replacement the very next day. Tonight when I came home I noticed that my tank was down to 74.5 degrees when I keep it at 80 degrees. For some reason the heater quit working. I tried troubleshooting without success. I will not by one of these again.
Stopped working after 2 months By Steve on 1/19/2012
Steve wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I purchased the 300w heater and it worked great, I was really happy with it. That is until is stopped working yesterday. I contacted Finnex and am waiting to hear back from them on a warranty replacement.
Don't do it!! By megan on 1/15/2012
megan wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I have owned 4 of these heaters in the last 6 months, only one of which is still working. QT heaters thermostat malfunctioned killing my poor fish. Other two just stopped working after 3-4 months. Thankfully I use two heaters in my DT so the whole tank didnt crash. they look nice and have a nice price tag but aren't reliable.
swell heater! By Marcos on 1/8/2012
Marcos would recommend this product to a friend
i really like my 200w finnex heater. the digital display is great and has proven to heat accurately against my two other thermometers in the tank. great value!
Seems like value but doesn't last long and poor warranty By Matthew on 12/12/2011
Matthew wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
My QT HPS-100 quit working on me after about 3-4 months of total use, of course this was 8 months after I purchased it (only used QT a few times)so Finnex wouldn't replace it.
Unfortunately, I purchased a HPS-300 for my display tank right before the HPS-100 stopped working (big mistake). That HPS-300 lasted about 2-3 weeks of use before it stopped heating, nearly killing off my tank. In the process of getting that one replaced.
Seems like a lot of value for a heater and a very nice package/design. But from my experience over the last 8-9 months I would not recommend this heater series to anyone. One lasted about 3-4 months, while the other one lasted about 2-3 weeks. In addition, with a warranty of 6 months from date of purchase I would never risk purchasing this heater again.
so far so good By John on 12/11/2011
John would recommend this product to a friend
I just got two of these and they work real well. Time will tell how durable they are. I really like the digital temp display, so it is easy to see when they are on in my sump.
Only one complaint By Mike on 12/10/2011
Mike would recommend this product to a friend
I'm happy with the heater overall. Very easy setup and holds temp in narrow enough range. My only problem so far is that the suction cups slide around on the glass. I'm not sure if it's due to algae film on the glass but my other in tank suction cups haven't had any problems. This one started sliding around after about 4 days. However, the cups are holding the heater in place at this time so it's alright for now.
Awesome! By Aquasapien on 11/25/2011
Aquasapien would recommend this product to a friend
I buy a lot of my tanks off Craigslist and a lot of times a heater is included. So, I've tried a ton of heaters and as a general rule I hate heaters. So recently I did some searches and it seemed that the 'ol Jager was most often used.....BUT I saw these and thought I'd give them a try. I bought 3 Jagers and 4 of these last month and so far I DEFINITELY prefer these!! I have a thermometer in every tank and double check with a handheld digital and these heaters keep my tanks within +/- 1 degree all the time and have been flawless in operation. One of my brand new Jagers ran away one night and there went that tank!! I'm going to continue to buy these heaters from now on. If I get a bad one, I'll write it here. Why pay more for heaters that cook or chill your tank? I'm so glad to have found these heaters!!
Outstanding!!!! By FuDz CWerner on 11/25/2011
FuDz CWerner would recommend this product to a friend
I have 2 of the 300w heaters and both of them perform flawlessly. I use one in my 75g aquarium and it maintains the temperature +/- 1 degree without any problems. I use the other in my 50 gal water change rig. It can heat 40+ gallons of cold RO/DI water to 78 degrees in under an hour with the recirc pump running on the rig. The only heater I had before this one was an Aqueon which burned out in 6mos. I highly recommend this product! Don't be scared by the low price.
Best heater I've had By Ismael on 11/15/2011
Ismael would recommend this product to a friend
Had many heaters in the past this one was the least expensive, but don't let the price fool you. It is very well built, easy to set and keeps my temperature +\-1 degree. For being the least expensive it has outperformed all other heaters I've had.
heater By Adam on 11/9/2011
Adam would recommend this product to a friend
I love this heater. It shows a digital temp of your tank. Very accurate and very well built
recommended By Jason on 11/6/2011
Jason would recommend this product to a friend
I decided to purchase this heater based on the fact it only had positive reviews and a lot of them. The heater has worked flawlessly in combination with my RKL controller. Temp has stayed within +/- 1 degree.
Heater 300W main tank 130 reef By Todd on 10/28/2011
Todd would recommend this product to a friend
This heater is hard to beat. I have used them all and just retired all my other heaters and replaced them with these! I love the temp probe being seperate from the tube and love the LED display and ease of this heater. I use it in conjuction with a Finnex tube and my RKE. Great value you won't be dissapointed.
Easy & Cheap By Jared on 10/28/2011
Jared would recommend this product to a friend
The digital temperature reading really makes setting up this heater a breeze. For the price, you'll have a hard time matching the features this heater has available.
so far so good By austin on 10/6/2011
austin would recommend this product to a friend
so far, it seems to be a great product and far better than a "petco" heater. well built, nice visable display, and the price is cheap enough to buy 2 or three for stored water and back-ups.
Malfunctioned within 2 weeks By Cory on 9/19/2011
Cory wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I ordered the 300W and it stopped working within two weeks. I sent it back to Finnex and they replaced it. It has been running now for around 3 weeks without any problems.
Excellent value heater By Chris H on 7/8/2011
Chris H would recommend this product to a friend
I've always had pretty cheap heaters in the past so when I got this Finnex I was pleased to get a remote temp sensor and an easy to read digital display. I've been using it for about a month and it's kept my tank nice and steady.
Great Item! Love the LED Temp! By Neil on 6/24/2011
Neil would recommend this product to a friend
I have had this a few days and all I can say is great item.
Fantastic set of features for the money By Anthony on 6/22/2011
Anthony would recommend this product to a friend
Has an LCD readout...Can't get more accurate than that.