Updated Jan 20, 2020 | Justin Carmack
A regulator is one of the most important piece of your dive gear, and you need something reliable. No regulator, no dive. Bad regulator, ruined dive or worse. If you are an avid diver you will agree that it’s not always ideal to be renting/using the regulators and other abused gear of dive shops.
I did hundreds of dives without my own dive gear, and I got by ok, but it was always a hassle. Finding the right sizes, comfortable mouthpieces, regs that don’t free flow constantly and more, was always a problem.
Once I decided to get all my own gear, each piece perfect for me, my dive experiences improved greatly. No more shabby gear, no more first time learning new gear, no more wasting money on rentals.
In this guide we will outline some of the best scuba regulators of 2018, from various top brands, so that you can choose the best fit for you! We will also give you more feedback and our top choice at the end of the guide, so stay tuned until the end!
Ultimate SCUBA Regulator Guide Index
SCUBA Regulator Overview
NOTE: Most of the regulators above only come with the second and first stages and the conecting hose. If thats the case, then you will still need the air gauge and hose, and a octopus and hose. Maybe a fancy guage like THIS ONE from Suunto or something simple like THIS ONE. Pay attention whether you want BAR or PSI on your gauge. If you want, you can even get wireless air that transmits to your dive computer. A good octopus would be something LIKE THIS.
Before Buying a SCUBA Regulator
Still not sure what one to go with, with so many great options? There are a few factors to consider when choosing the perfect regulator for you, so lets go through those, and then I will just give my recommendations and all time favorites, that you cant go wrong with.
Obviously you should think about your budget, check the prices in the links above, and that will be a big factor. But obviously since there are a lot of options around the same prices, there will be more factors to think about.
HOW OFTEN WILL YOU DIVE?
If you are diving frequently, are a Divemaster or instructor, you are going to want a good regulator that will last, and you can easily justify investing in the best. If you are diving a few times a year, you don’t need the most top of the line.
The Full List of SCUBA Regulator for 2020
Aqua Lung is arguably the best dive gear manufacturer in the world, and at the moment, the Legend LUX Supreme is their best regulator. You can’t go wrong with this amazing piece of equipment, and will never be disappointed.
The only down-side for some is the price tag, well over $1000 with the octopus and gauge, but if you want the best, this is it.
The Mikron is another awesome regulator by Aqua Lung, and the one I use personally. For me it is the perfect regulator, almost as good as the Legend, but quite a bit cheaper.
It also has relatively smaller sized first stage and octopus, which makes it easy to pack and travel with.
The Apeks Flight is reportedly the lightest regulator in the world. It’s made using advanced composite materials selected for their optimum strength to weight ratio and is extremely easy to use.
The Flight is ideal for transportation and travel, and despite its compact size its breathe performance is exceptional.
This is Zeagle’s new flagship regulator model with a completely new platform second stage design. The F8 name is derived from the well-established Zeagle Flathead series regulators.
Totally new design, Zeagle’s best performing regulator ever with more than 20 new improvements. Zeagle’s regulators are US made, built under strict controls for quality in Zeagle’s own factory, using state of the art technology.
This reg is the Mares answer for every condition. With careful analysis and evaluation of what happens in cold water, Mares has designed a product to guarantee top performance and reliability under the toughest conditions, including diving under the ice.
The first stage is a balanced diaphragm design which is environmentally sealed. The benefit of this type of first stage design is that none of the internal parts are exposed to contaminants such as salt, sand, chlorine or pool acids.
The SR2 Regulator continues the legacy the SR1 created. It packs advanced technology into a compact case, employing contemporary-styling and utilizing a multitude of cutting edge materials to bring to you a superior high-performance regulator system.
Superior breathing performance the SR2 is more technically advanced and more attractive than its predecessor.
The Cressi AC10V Master Cromo Regulator reintroduces the famed AC10V balanced piston first stage coupled with the acclaimed Master Cromo second stage regulator.
This isn’t the highest rated regulator on this list, but it is probably the cheapest. Cressi is known for catering to the every day divers as apposed to specialty equipment, so if that’s you it could be what you need.
You didn’t think we would forget ScubaPro, one of the best brands out there, did you? This guy is a little on the expensive side, but that’s what you get with one of the world’s leading companies.
The MK25 EVO teamed with Scubapro’s exceptional A700, offers Superior Ultra-High Airflow System for Maximum Performance in All-Temperatures and Diving-Conditions. Scubapro has been the Leader in the Evolution of piston controlled first stages since its beginning; the MK25 EVO carries on this heritage with an array of patented features ensuring unfailing performance.
Ergonomically designed to be the world’s most comfortable second stage, the B2 is the next generation of the highly acclaimed Atomic B1 regulator.
The B1 regulators have received more accolades from the diving press and independent test reviews than any other regulator in history for both performance and ergonomics. The B2 shares the identical first and second stage design and performance as the T1, the most notable difference being the metal (titanium) used in the T1.
What Gear do I Use?
I really can’t say enough about Aqua Lung, so I tend to stick to them for most of my dive gear. They tend to have really high quality stuff, regulators included, that I love.
I was a little worried about the transmitter getting knocked around, as it sticks straight out from the tank/first stage, so I added a foot of hose and let it dangle on my shoulder or to the side of the tank.
Although I am using the Aqua Lung regulator, I am a full supporter of the ScubaPro and Sherwood brands of regs, as they are top notch as well. I would have no problem having them as my daily divers at all.
I am also aware that ScubaPro, Aqua Lung and Sherwood are pretty expensive, as they are top notch brands, and you really could get away with a cheaper reg like ones from Cressi or Mares.