I actually quit doing the panty hose method. Having live plants, my filter didn't suck any of the stuff it was supposed to. I found the best remedy for me was to buy some filter sponge, cut a piece off, and stick it inside the intake tube where the slits are. It works great. It slows suction down, and it allows my filter to filter again.
But about the topic of this thread, I have the Eclipse Corner 5 and I LOVE it. I have 2 of them and as mentioned before they are really quiet. I have one on each side of my bed :) However, I think that for the price you pay for the 2 gallon, for $10 more you can get the 3 gallon at Petsmart and give your fish more room. Plus, from what I have heard it is hard to cycle a tank that is 2-2.5 gallons. Good luck with your decision!