Difference between HovaBator & Little Giant

Difference between HovaBator & Little Giant

The Little Giant and Hova Bator will both hold the same quantity of eggs and the turners work just the same for each one.  The Little Giant Egg Turner is an off-white color and the HovaBator turner is a yellow-ish color.  The Little Giant turner appears to be slightly higher quality, but in our testing, both performed equally well.  The HovaBator & Little Giant incubators are both known to do a fine job incubating eggs.  However, there are a few differences between them.  (Also see the table below):

1) First, the thermostats are very different.  The Hova Bator uses a mechanical wafer-style thermostat.  It is a thermostat style which has been around for a long time because it is very effective.  It works great but you will need to install it (not very difficult and comes with good instructions).  Some people complain that the Little Giant thermostat is too hard to set.  The reason why people complain about this is because the Little Giant adjusts it's temperature range in ONE half-circle rotation, using a tiny shaft about 1/4" in diameter.  This means you have to be very precise in turning the tiny knob and it is very easy to over adjust.  The Hova Bator adjusts it's temperature in a multi turn rotation (One full rotation of the adjustment knob may be one degree).  This makes it easier to adjust the temperature by small increments and fine tune it. 

-An easy solution to the Little Giant Thermostat is to affix your own knob to the 1/4" Shaft.  An easy low-cost way to do this is to take a round disc and drill a hole in the center.  This will make it much easier to make small precise changes to the temperature.

2) The Hova Bator comes with an easy to clean sanitary liner for the bottom of the incubator.  The Little Giant does not.

3) The Little Giant viewing windows are a little larger than the Hova Bator.

4) The Hova Bator has a slightly higher ceiling which gives it room enough to fit goose eggs, if you get the goose rails accessory.  The Little Giant does not have a goose rail turner option since the ceiling is too low.

5.) The HovaBator foam case is of slightly denser foam. 


In our opinion, the HovaBator wins by just a slight margin.  Both incubators work well and will get the job done.  We have sold TONS of each brand with very happy customers.  The sanitation liner, denser foam case, & availability of accessories are the determining factors in us recommending the HovaBator (but remember, only by a SLIGHT margin!).

Still Air HOVABATOR 1602N vs LITTLE GIANT 9200
Egg Capacity 50 (Chicken), 130 (Quail)
50 (Chicken), 130 (Quail)
Sanitary Liner
Included Not Included
Outside Dimensions 18.5"x18.5"x9" 17.75"x17.75"x7.75"
Circulated Air Fan Optional Optional
Manufacturer GQF Manufacturing
Miller Manufacturing
Outer Case Material Styrofoam Styrofoam
Egg Turner Racks Avail
Universal, Quail, & Goose
Universal & Quail
Thermostat Type Mechanical Bi-metal
Electronic (Not Digital)
Voltage 110V AC 110V AC
Weight ~4 pounds ~4 pounds
Window Size 4"x6" 4"x8"