Best Diving Regulators To Upgrade To In 2024

December 19, 2023 4 min read

woman getting ready for dive

If you’re upgrading your diving kit in 2024, the best diving regulators will be high on your priority list. There’s no doubt that a good regulator is essential (you need it to breathe!), yet knowing which is the right choice can be difficult with multiple components to get your hands on. That’s why we’ve come together to pick out our 5 best diving regulators, all available to purchase right now at Aquanauts. From the eco-conscious to the advanced diver, we’ve got a pick for everyone. Let’s get right into it…

Apeks Ocea Stage 3 Regulator Set

First up on our list of the best diving regulators available in 2024 is the Apeks Ocea. This groundbreaking regulator is perfect for the eco-minded as it is the first-ever regulator made from recycled materials and bioplastics. In fact, each Ocea contributes to the removal of five times its own weight in plastic from the environment - it’s safe to say Apeks have gone all out making this the greenest regulator on the market right now!

Performance of the Apeks Ocea is exceptional too, particularly in cold water thanks to the flexible nylon braided hose. The second stage is remarkably lightweight yet exceptionally durable, and the metal aspects are protected using Trivalent Plating which adds a scratch and corrosion-resistant layer to the exterior.

apeks ocea regulator

Scubapro MK17 Evo and S600 Second Stage

When it comes to regulators it's no secret that Scubapro know what they are doing and this one proves why. If you spend a lot of time in the water and are looking for tried and trusted technology, the Scubapro MK17 Evo with S600 second stage is the perfect choice. The MK17 Evo offers a much-improved flow rate, with a balanced diaphragm design that keeps you completely protected from cold and contaminated waters. 

Reliability is further enhanced by the balanced construction of the second stage element. Despite being surprisingly compact and light, the second stage offers a large diaphragm which makes breathing smooth. You can adjust VIVA and breathing resistance to your liking, all while benefitting from a comfortable orthodontic mouthpiece suitable for regular use. We’ve got no doubt that this is one of the best diving regulators available right now, and the ultimate choice for frequent and serious divers.

scubapro mk17 evo s600

Apeks MTX-RC Set

The importance of a regulator is heightened when cold water diving. Extreme conditions and temperatures require exceptionally robust equipment and the Apeks MTX-RC regulator certainly delivers on this front. Every element of the MTX-RC is designed with use at sub-10-degree temperatures in mind, resisting free flows in even the coldest temperatures. This set includes everything you need for your cold water dive, including a first stage that utilises heat-exchanging ribs and a second stage that is reinforced with protective elastomer bumpers to fend off wear and tear. Setup is practical and easy and ensures good hose orientation, thanks to a rotating turret that holds four medium-pressure ports. The result is a comfortable and high-performance cold water dive experience.

apeks mtx rc set 

Cressi MC9-SC Compact Pro Regulator

The Cressi Pro MC9-SC is a fantastic choice for anybody looking for a dependable bit of kit. This regulator may not offer the specialist performance of the likes of the Apeks MTX-RC, but it still achieves great results in both cold and warm water conditions thanks to a second stage designed from a thermo-conductive thermoplastic neopolymer to transfer heat-like metal. Beginners can benefit from an easy-to-use purge button larger than most regulators on the market, while the Compact Pro is also great for travelling thanks to its compact inline design. This scuba diving regulator is certainly an all-round choice and firmly deserves its place on our list of the best diving regulators to upgrade to in 2024.

cressi mc9 sc and compact pro

Scubapro MK25 EVO and S620Ti Second Stage

Last but certainly not least is the Scubapro MK25 EVO and S620 Ti second stage. This fantastic regulator is another top all-round pick and a firm favourite among our local diving community. It’s an exceptionally high-quality bit of kit, which is specially designed to perform well in a range of diving conditions. The extended thermal insulating system means that the regulator is highly freeze-resistant, all without compromising the flow. In terms of the S620 Ti second stage, it’s remarkably lightweight and reduces the work of breathing by 37%. When every advantage counts, this makes all the difference, and the result is one of the very best diving regulators to upgrade to in 2024.

scubapro mk25 evo s620ti

Get The Best Diving Regulators From Aquanauts

When you purchase your new regulator from Aquanauts, know that you’ll get the local dive store experience no matter where you are located in the UK. Our expert team are always happy to provide you with advice and recommendations and can set up your regulator set if requested and service it in the future. Our team is on hand to help with whatever you need, simply get in touch today to chat about your requirements further and get your hands on the best diving regulators for 2024!

Noeleen Smith
Noeleen Smith

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