Hello everyone and welcome to the latest line up of the best fish finders on the market. Cutting Edge Marine Technology has put together this top 10 list to help you pick your next fish finder. We’ve taken care of all the hard work for you so you don’t have to spend hours shopping. You will see all the top brands in this list including Lowrance, Garmin, Humminbird, and more.
#1 Lowrance Elite-5x HDI
The Lowrance Elite-5X HDI can actually go up to 1000 feet deep with its 250 watt and 50 kHz specifications. All units from the X line of Lowrance fish finders are great but the 5x is a good middle ground. The split screen is nice when you are using the downscan feature combined with traditional sonar viewing. You can actually go up to three panel viewing with this fish finder.
#2 Garmin Echo 551dv
The Garmin Echo 551dvb is one of the most advanced units in the Garmin line up. Most people think this is the best fish finder under $300 bucks. It has a giant, crystal clear 5 inch display. The premium display is matched with accurate fishing sonar powered by a 500 watt transducer. This enables fishers to go as deep as about 2500 feet.
#3 Humminbird 859ci HD GPS/Sonar
The Humminbird 859ci HD GPS and Sonar unit has a huge 7 inch display. This LCD panel is really nice even if your vision is hindered by direct sunlight. How many watts? 4,000 watt output gets the job done here. You’re also getting GPS technology with this unit and you’ll find built in cartography features. You can save waypoints and sonar recordings, etc.
#4 Garmin Echo 100
The Garmin Echo 100 is a basic model and shows imaging in black and white. That being said it still gets the job done and 100 watts is sufficient for many fisherman tasks. If you’re on a budget this Echo 100 isn’t a bad option. You get single beam sonar with 200 kHz. That allows you to monitor up to 600 feet depths.
#5 Raymarine Dragonfly
The Raymarine Dragonfly is an expensive model but has some of the features models that cost another $200-300 bucks usually have. It is easily the best fish finder at this price. If you have heard of CHIRP technology this is one of the fish finders that incorporates it. The result is very detailed pictures at a high resolution in its 5.7 inch display.
#6 Lowrance Elite-7X
The Lowrance Elite-7x is the top rated fish finder of 2015. You get 7 inches of screen space, it is a widescreen display. This unit has a backlight that can be used at night for night time fishing. It features 250 watts and down scan sonar features. You’ll basically have photo like imagery of what is below your vessel.
#7 Deeper Portable Fish Finder
The Deeper Portable Fish Finder is a fish finder designed to work with your smartphone. You attach this fish finder to your boat then you can view what the SONAR finds on your smartphone screen. If you have a data connection on your smartphone and fish in areas where you get good reception you’ll get a lot of other data too. If you’re not ready to spend $500+ on a dedicated unit the Deeper Portable Fish Finder is a good option.
#8 Humminbird Helix 5 SI
The Humminbird Helix 5 SI is a budget option from Humminbird. It does not have down imaging sonar but you get some good GPS with some nice maps. You’ll see over 20,000 waypoints and many routes on their mapping system. This Unit has a 200/83 kHz frequency transducer.
#9 HawkEye F33p
The HawkEye F33p may not be the most popular model but it is capable fish finder for bank and dock bound anglers. It will show fish, depth, and structure readings which come from its remote floating sensor. The best way is to mount the transducer on your pole or piling. Then aim it the way you want to check. Hey, nobody says its perfect but for under $100 bucks the HawkEye is yours.
#10 Furuno FCV-587
The Furuno FCV-587 has a 8.4 inch color LCD, 1,000 watts, and is 50/200 kHz. That’s right it is a dual frequency unit. The display is one of the best money can buy. The bad thing is the transducer is sold separately. So you better have some big bucks to spend on fishing gear if you want to buy this unit.