Best Return Pumps of 2021
Needless to say, choosing the right return pump takes careful consideration. You must choose a pump within your budget, that can provide the flow rate you need, and is compatible with your tank's filtration and plumbing. Noise level, control features, and efficiency cannot be ignored either to ensure a pump can deliver the performance you expect.
We chose our Best Return Pumps of 2021 taking all of these factors into consideration. Combined with the sales data, customer feedback, and the quality of service and support from the manufacturer we came up with a list of pumps that are undoubtedly the best options for your saltwater aquarium.
Sicce Syncra Silent and SDC
These Italian-made pumps have long been a hobby favorite for their quiet operation and reliable performance on saltwater aquariums. Easily one of the most popular return pump brands in the hobby.
The Syncra Silent is the classic AC pump that has always been the "go-to" option for dedicated hobbyists who know the importance of a reliable return pump. The Syncra SDC is their advanced DC controllable line of pumps that give hobbyists the power to control the pump speed and monitor performance remotely via an App.
Reef Octopus VarioS
The VarioS series pumps from Reef Octopus were one of the first DC pumps to give hobbyists advanced control and protection features.
- 15 or 60 minute push-button feed/maintenance hold
- 0-10v control port for connection with your external controller
- Optional float valve for dry-run and overflow protection
- 5 preset pumps speeds
- Ultra-quiet operation
Whether your just looking for simple control over the flow rate or wish to completely automate and protect your pump using an Apex, the VarioS can do it.
EcoTech Marine Vectra
EcoTech Marine has a way of setting a new standard for innovation and performance with their products and Vectra series pumps most certainly carry that tradition. The Vectra is incredibly adaptable and can be optimized for efficient and safe performance using the multiple operational modes and calibration feature.
Using EcoTech's powerful Mobius mobile app, users have access to flow modes, speed control, active feedback, scheduling, battery back-up monitoring, and complete integration with other Mobius compatible products.
Neptune Systems COR
Control is the name of the game for Neptune Systems and their COR pump really pushes the boundaries for what a DC controllable pump can do. There are two models, the standalone COR-20 and ApexReady COR-15 which means Apex or not, you can experience the efficiency and power of the COR pump.
When connected to your Neptune Systems Apex you gain access to incredible control and protection features that cannot be found elsewhere. Using the Apex Fusion interface, hobbyists get active pump monitoring, can create custom flow schedules, and set up alerts and notifications to notify you directly should something go wrong with the pump in your absence.
Using only the highest quality parts and components, Abyzz has produced a level of quality and performance that is difficult to match among DC-powered return pumps.
Abyzz pumps operate with an efficiency factor of over 90% providing the best flow per watt ratio on the market. Developed specifically for high-flow applications and longevity, these pumps are sure to exceed even the highest of standards.