LET THEM SWIM: Best 8 Pond Heaters – Winter 2017 Edition

Frost has long been a bane for many people because their ponds could freeze to such a degree that the fishes living inside would die as a result of hypothermia.

And with the coming of winter, this problem is becoming even more pressing than ever, and it requires some measures to address this problem, to say the least, as such pond heaters come to the rescue with their ability to keep your ponds warm and frost free during these cold and long months.

And today, we present eight products, eight choices that we consider to be most notable in terms of functionality, price and their abilities.

Keep in mind that this is just a guide, reference, and one should not subject one’s decisions on this alone but could depend on other sources as well.

The first product that we introduce is good but still incomplete in many ways.

The second product is similar to the first one.

The third one has some familiar feature.

The fourth one is mired in a lot of troubles.

The fifth one is also troublesome.

The sixth one has many potentials, but they are wasted.

The seventh product could not touch its desired greatness.

The eighth and final product is nearly perfect, albeit with some defects.


1. Farm Innovators Model PS-200, 200-Watt – Competent but Incomplete

Our first entry is a product that does many things right in terms of what are required of it. In other words, what we have here is a pond heater that functions with relative competence.

However, such competence is mired in a series of mishaps that damper the prospects of the products greatly, thus making this a truly sorry example of a good thing gone sour, to say the least.


The first advantage of the pond heater is its ability to deliver a solid performance in terms of its de-icing capability. In short, what we have here is a machine that could de-ice frost in the pond with relative ease and without much difficulty.

Indeed, you could expect the pond heater to work well even in the cold of Colorado or New England, the places where the cold is notorious for its fierceness. Just placing the machine on the surface of a pond and then fire this baby off. The rest would be done within no time.

The machine is not limited to ponds alone, but it also could function well with another kind of surface, most notably, that of a fountain.

In short, a pond heater is a machine that performs its jobs well and could be counted on to get rid of the pesky frost in winter.

Another advantage of the pond heater is its relatively competitive price. True, the pond heater comes with a price that is well within the capacity of many buyers.

Moreover, compared with its relatively competent performance, such a price is worthwhile, to say the least.

However, the product itself is still mired in some problems that make it all the less attractive to the buyers.

The very first problem concerns with the pond heater’s inability to stay stable in terms of its performance. In other words, what we have is a product that is competent, but such competency is erratic at the very best, thus making it very dreadful to use.

More specifically, you could expect the pond heater to fail to heat up properly, thus taking a very long time to de-ice a pond.

In other cases, the pond heater could break down completely after only a week of sustained use, compelling the buyers to find a replacement in its place.

This proves to be problematic and troublesome since you could lose a lot of money buying something that could break down like the previous product.

Another problem is the pond heater’s faulty delivery process. In short, you could receive a faulty product with a large hole in it, and there would be no guarantee that such faulty product would run properly.

All in all, the pond heater is a product that is good, but finds itself in an awkward position within a cesspool of defects, that mires and dampers its attractiveness to say the least.

Pros

Cons

– Function properly

– Faulty delivery process

– Competitive price

– Erratic performance

– Not durable enough


2. Farm Innovators Model P-418, 1,250-Watt – Familiar Face

The next entry on our list is a cousin of the previous product. As such, it comes as no surprise that this pond heater, in many ways, a mirror of what the previous product could achieve and what the previous product fails to do.

However, this pond heater is different enough to merit a separate entry on our list.

The first advantage of the pond heater is like that of the previous pond heater, its ability to perform well within its required expertise.

In short, you could expect the pond heater to function with great competence when it comes to its de-icing capability. Indeed, there is no doubt about this strength of the product.

More specifically, just like in the previous entry, this product proves itself capable enough to prevail the adverse and unforgiving winter of New England or Colorado.

Many have reported that the pond heater could de-ice their ponds easily within no time. To top things off, it could also function pretty competent on other types of surface like a fountain.

However, the thing that makes it different from the previous product is its power. Yes, this product is a powerhouse, capable of sustained use and could trounce the most stubborn frosty surfaces

The product’s price may not be as attractive as its cousin’s. However, you should take into account the additional power that this machine brings, and then you could see that such a price is still worth your while, and such a price is still very competitive, to say the least.

However, when the glitter of the pond heater would give ways to more fundamental problems that could spell the doom for it in the long run.

Just like the previous product, this product is mired in trouble at the very least. And the most notable one happens to be its erratic performance. True, the pond heater has some very serious problems when it comes to keeping with up its inherent and intended productivity.

In many cases, there are reports indicating that the product fails to heat up or takes a very long time, longer than usual, to de-ice. Sometimes, the product could stop function and fail to heat up at all, frustrating users in the process.

Another problem with the pond heater is its inclination to give in to rust, thus making the product unusable after sustained use.

However, even without rust, the pond heater’s durability also proves to be intermittent, in many cases, it fails to function properly after only several times, thus compelling the buyers to find suitable replacements in its stead.

In conclusion, the product at hand is a very good one, albeit with some serious issues regarding performance. However, you should take a look at the larger picture and conceded that this pond heater is still doing a phenomenal job getting rid of the pesky frost in your gardens.

As such, it deserves some undue merits and praises, to say the least.

Pros

Cons

– Function properly

– Faulty delivery process

– Competitive price

– Erratic performance

– Not durable enough


3. TetraPond Pond De-Icer, 300-Watt


The next entry on our list is a product that could be considered to work well within its expected role; however, this does not mean that the pond heater has reached a threshold of impeccability.

On the contrary, the machine is mired in some serious technical issues that prevent it from making the most out of it great potential.

The first strength of the product is its ability to de-ice your ponds with great ease and competency. Indeed, you could expect the pond heater to function in this aspect with such alacrity that the frost in your gardens would be ridden in no time.

As a result, the pond heater could take pride in its ability to say your precious fishes in the harsh and unforgiving winter. This is because the pond heater could de-ice the ponds and then keep the ponds warm for a long time, thus allowing your fishes to survive through the grueling winter even in its worst.

Another strength of the pond heater is its ability to keep itself usable for a long time, despite sustained use. This proves to be a boon for many of you indeed because you would not have to worry too much about having to depart with your precious fund in order to find a replacement.

And last but not least, in the case that the pond heater breaks down, you could depend on the superb assistance of the customer service staff. Such is their helpfulness and enthusiasm that you would be satisfied by how satisfactorily your requests are met.

However, as awesome as the pond heater might appear to be, there are some serious problems at hand.

The first problem concerns with its inability to sustain a uniform performance, a pitfall of other products on this list. Indeed, you could expect some of the products to function not as well as expected, thus frustrating you at the very best.

This proves to be more than just occasional pesky mishaps as the pond heater sometimes fail to heat up the ponds, thus leaving many creatures inside die of cold.

Moreover, another problem is with the pond heater’s rusty nature. In fact, you could expect the pond heater to break down sometimes with too much exposure to elements. This, in turns, would abnegate the strength in terms of durability at the very worst.

And last but not least, the pond heater is priced at a relatively hefty price. This may not be a problem if there are no viable alternatives on the market.

However, such thing is pure fantasy, so in the end, the pond heater struggles to find a place in the hearts of the buyers, all thanks to its high price that compel many to seek for something more affordable and less grueling for their budgets.

In conclusion, the pond heater is a fine product were it not for the many problems that befall it. However, you should not despair at this product just yet, for there are still more of it in store.

Pros

Cons

– Function properly

– High price

– Quite durable

– Erratic performance

– Good customer service

– Rusty


4. K&H 8125 Perfect Climate Deluxe 750-Watt Pond De-icer – Troubles Ahead

The next entry is a product that is mired in a plethora of problems that somehow, overshadow its achievement in other aspects. This is such a shame given the product promising potentials and its ability to offer you with a slew of cool features that could mean a difference were it not for those issues.

First and foremost, the pond heater could pride itself in its capability to heat up your ponds properly within a short time. This is evident in the rapidity that the pond heater could rid your ponds of the pesky frost that proves to be a bane in times of winter.

Moreover, the pond heater is also capable of keeping your ponds warm for a long time, thus obviating the concern about the welfare of the creatures inside your ponds.

However, this alone does not fully describe the capabilities of the pond heater, for it is also capable of doing more than that.

And being durable is what the pond heater could take pride in. Indeed, the pond heater could stay afloat despite some serious exposure to the elements, and it could still function properly, to say the least.

In fact, it could withstand sustained use, but could still churn out an admirable rate of performance with little diminish in this aspect.

This proves to be a boon for the users to say the least because they would not have to worry too much about being deprived of their much-needed funds having to buy a relatively trivial contraption.

And yet, even with all of this advantages, the pond heater is not priced excessively.

Indeed, the pond heater is affordable enough to present itself as an attractive alternative for the buyers seeking for something that could satisfy their needs in terms of functionality and affordability.

Nevertheless, as mentioned above, the pond heater is still mired in some serious problems that could spell the end of any of its erstwhile attractiveness at the very best.

The first problem with the pond heater is its inability to keep its heat stable enough. More specifically, you could expect some of the devices that you buy would fail to melt the frost.

This could very well stem from a failed and faulty heating mechanism.

There is an even more serious problem; the pond heater could easily catch fire in some products. This is not an exaggeration, but the pond heater could literally catch fire. This means that the device could be a ticking time bomb that is waiting to explode.

Even if incidents such as this happen rarely, it could still present some serious problems for the users to say the least.

The last straw is the unstable product performance in term of durability. Granted that the pond heater is quite durable, but sometimes, in some product, such durability could not last longer than several months at best, thus making buyers shop for replacements.

In conclusion, the pond heater could be a very competent entry, but then again, its mishaps prevent it to be something more than just a sorry product mired in its own unending problems.

Pros

Cons

– Function properly

– Not as durable as expected 

– Quite durable

– Erratic performance

– Great price

 – Heating problem


5. K&H Perfect Climate Submersible Pond De-icer – Troubles Prevail


If you think that the previous entry is a troublesome product at its very worst, you have not seen it all, I could say. The next entry on our list is even more problematic than its peer, having a legion of serious problems concerning utility that could spell the end for its prospects in the minds of the buyers.

And in spite of some potentials, they could not elevate the product to be more than something that it is not, a success.

The first in a few of its strengths lies in its ability to keep the ponds warm. However, this is not just keeping your ponds warm as other products have done with even greater success, what makes this pond heater different is the ability disperse heat on a wide scale.

In other words, you could expect the pond heater to keep a large pond with even hundreds of gallons of water warm in the harsh and unforgiving conditions of winter.

It is not only about the width, but also depth that the pond heater could take pride in. Such is its ability that your fishes would not have to go through a grueling winter with all of its entailing dreads.

Another strength of the product is its very competitive price. Indeed, you could afford this piece of the device with a relatively moderate price that would not be so much of a burden on your budget, to say the least.

However, there is still something about the price that I still feel not very right. Indeed, the pond heater is moderately priced, but still, such price is quite extravagant given the pond heater’s unending problems that could shun the buyers away as fast as it has endeared them.

The first problem with the pond heater is its intermittent nature regarding its functionality. What I am trying to say is that the device sometimes does not work according to the users’ expectations.

Instead, sometimes, the pond heater could break down, and in some extreme cases, it could not work after being unboxed.

There is no word to describe the frustration of the buyers when they try the device for the first time. Instead of a machine that could deliver expected competence, what they have is a device devoid of any semblance of usability or utility.

Another problem with this machine is its sometimes misleading product description. This is not so much of a big problem, but still, it could frustrate and then anger some of the buyers who have hoped for more but get less.

And the last straw comes with the pond heater’s abysmal durability. Instead of a product that could withstand pressure from the sustained use, what we would have is a product that is miserably unstable. So unstable it is that sometimes you could expect the pond heater to electrify your fishes and then break down after only several days.

All in all, this product is a testament for mishaps that have gone too far to be of any use for the users as a whole.

Hence, it is recommended that you think twice before buying this product as you would feel rueful in the end.

Pros

Cons

– Great range

– Unstable

– Moderate price

– False description (sometimes)

– Erratic performance


6. Farm Innovators Model H-419, 1,500-Watt – Wasted Potential

Our next entry is a product that shows itself to be capable of doing things properly. Nevertheless, there are still some problems that remain that could prevent it from being the dream pond heater for the buyers.

However, given its current state, the pond heater is still a force to be reckoned with albeit, not a strong contender for our liking.

The first and foremost advantage of the pond heater is its ability to keep your ponds warm against the cold and long winters of New England or Colorado.

However, others have done the same, and some could even do better than this product.

As a result, what defines this pond heater is its capacity to heat your ponds even if they are large and deep. Indeed, your ponds’ enormity is not so much of a problem that could prevent the pond heater to function in a desirable fashion.

This comes as a boon for the users because they have always clamored for a pond heater that could not only keep their ponds warm but also could keep a large portion of their ponds warm as well.

Such ability would help the fishes to survive through a cruel winter without so much difficulty.

However, such a product is not free from mishaps, and this one has a lot of them up its sleeves.

The first mishap is its relatively high price. Yes, for such a small and trivial contraption, the buyers would have to depart a lot of their money in order to enjoy its features.

This proves to be a bane for the buyers since they have to put a burden on their already strained budgets.

Yet, the more serious problem lies in the pond heater’s cord. The cord, in other words, is too short and is prone to occasional breakdown, so much so that there is a real danger of the pond heater electrocuting the fishes inside the ponds or even the users.

This is a dangerous defect that needs to be addressed in the foreseeable future.

Last but not least, like so many pond heaters on this list, the product is mired in its own problem regarding its own stability in performance. Yes, instead of a stable rate of performance that could be more manageable, the product proves to be erratic in this aspect.

And erratic here means that many products would be more likely than others in terms of the vulnerability to occasional breakdown.

Although such incidents are rare, they nevertheless are still frustrating enough to be considered as serious.

In conclusion, the machine is quite competent, but it is still not enough to make it more attractive than what it really is, to say the least.

Pros

Cons

– Great range

– Unstable

– Warm

– High price

– Erratic performance


7. Laguna PowerHeat – 315W – The Evasive Greatness

The next product is a competent entry within its expected role. However, you could not expect it to be anything more than that. It could do its jobs competently, but still, other problems prevail that prevent the pond heater from being more than anything of near perfection for the buyers to say the least.

As a result, you should not expect too much from this pond heater.

First and foremost, the pond heater does its job with great competence. This is evident in the pond heater’s ability to heat up your ponds with great ease.

Indeed, you could expect the pond heater to complete its task in no time and without a dint of difficulty when performing.

However, the pond heater does not just keep you ponds warm within a confined space, but it could also keep your ponds warm for a very wide range and great depth.

Indeed, you could expect your ponds to be heated even thoroughly even under the most grueling conditions of winter.

However, the pond heater still has some problems along the way that damper its appeal in terms of utility.

The first problem is its high price that could prevent the pond heater to be an attractive alternative for buyers finding a suitable pond heater for their homes. Indeed, the pond heater is more expensive than other entries on this list; nevertheless, such price does not entail commensurate quality to back it up.

As a result, the buyers are left with a mediocre product, with not so mediocre price.

Another problem with the product is its inability to sustain itself for long. Indeed, many of the pond heaters are not expected to keep its performance, or even worse, its own functionality for long.

After only several winters, or even shorter, several months, you could be expected to find a replacement as the old devices break down or become unusable due to malfunctions.

And last, but not least, the pond heater’s cord proves to be prone to corrosion and rust, making it susceptible to leakage.

This could electrocute your fishes or even yourself, so it is highly advisable to check the cord beforehand to ensure that there would be no defects whatsoever for the cord.

In conclusion, the pond heater is a relatively and moderately functional product. Nevertheless, it still has many problems that prevent it from being a great choice for the buyers on many accounts.


Pros

Cons

– Great range

– Unstable

– Warm

– High price

– Erratic performance


8. Allied Precision 7521 Floating 1,500-Watt  – Nearly Perfect

The next entry on our list is, fortunately, a very good one in terms of its expected performance in its expected role, as well as its price, which is attractive, to say the least.

Nevertheless, problems are still there, but they do not present so much of a challenge for the users in many ways, as such, the product could be considered as a success.

First and foremost, the pond heater could pride itself in its ability to handle the cold and hard winter of many places very well.

Indeed, you could expect the pond heater to perform its task with great zest and ease.

It could heat up a pond quickly and without difficulty within a short time. More than that, it could keep such a heat for a long time.

However, the cherry on top is its ability to heat up a very large portion of your ponds no matter how big and deep they are.

This proves to be a boon for those who are raising fishes inside large ponds because the pond heater could keep your pets safe and sound, by safeguarding them against the treacherous cold of winter.

Another strength of the pond heater is its durability. Indeed, you could expect the pond heater to stay usable and functional even after a long time of sustained use.

This is truly something awesome given the fact that the pond heater does not merit a very serious commitment in terms of money due to its trivial nature.

And last but not least, the pond heater has a strong impression regarding its price. Indeed, the price of this pond heater is mild and moderate enough that many of us would, without doubt, consider to buy it.

This and the fact that the pond heater also displays a strong showing regarding its utility also helps a great deal in giving a boost to this attractiveness.

Nonetheless, the pond heater is also mired in a series of problems that could still confound the buyers in some ways.

The first problem with the pond heater is its cheaply made material that could damage its attractiveness in some ways. The material also means that the pond heater has a high risk of giving way to wear and tear after a long time.

Granted that the pond heater is durable, but such durability may not be stable and for some products, the pond heater could as easily break down as others.

Another problem with the pond heater is its propensity to electrocute your fishes. This is a serious problem, to say the least, because it involves a lot of your effort and affection.

Thus, it would be wise to inspect the cords beforehand in order to avoid any regrettable incident.

All in all, the pond heater is a fine product that could be something more, something perfect was it not for some of its defects.

However, we find that it is hard to ask for more than what the pond heater is offering.


Pros

Cons

– Great range

– Unstable

– Warm

– Could electrocute your fishes

– Great price

– Quite durable


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There are, without doubt, more similar products on the market. However, we only present to you the eight that we think and consider as most notable of this line of product.

Yet, once again, one should not take this guide to be a directive at all, for the buyers should be the one who has the final say on what would be most appropriate and suitable for their needs.

This is a natural course of action given the different condition in each region. It would be unwise to impose a particular frame of mind onto something so vast and complex as the climate as a result.

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