Highest Rated Fishfinders
1Raymarine Dragonfly74.714.714.714.714.71
2Humminbird Helix 7 SI GPS4.674.674.674.674.67
3Lowrance Elite 7 Ti4.674.674.674.674.67
4Garmin echoMAP 73sv4.634.634.634.634.63
5Raymarine Dragonfly 5PRO4.634.634.634.634.63
 
What's New in 2016

2016 brings a new crop of fishfinders that are better than ever - both in value and in technology. Here's the quick rundown of what's new this year, see our fish finder reviews to find out which is the best fishfinder for you:

Humminbird is expanding their Helix series. There are now 9, 10 and 12 inch Helix models. Each display comes with a choice of sonar only, down imaging or side imaging transducer. The down imaging and side imaging transducers are the 1000W versions. MSRP varies from $699 for the 9 inch sonar only unit to $2299 for the 12 inch CHIRP side imaging version.

Garmin adds CHIRP functionality to their echoMap series along with the more competitive pricing. For the budget oriented customers, Garmin introduced the new Striker series. The Striker units don't have mapping capability, they offer only basic chartplotting. The low end model has a 4.3 inch display and costs $119, the 7 inch side imaging unit has a very attractive price of $499 and should be a big hit this season.

Lowrance is introducing the new Touch Imaging lineup. The 5 and 7 inch displays have touchscreen capability. There are 2 types of transducers available - TotalScan transducer provides side imaging and down imaging while DownScan supports down imaging only. Prices vary from $449 for the 5 inch downscan unit to $749 for the 7 inch totalscan version.

 

Simrad GO7 XSE Review

Simrad GO7 XSE Review

Overall Rating55555

The differences between personal and marine electronics continue to fade as manufacturers take inspiration and technologies from the smart phones that are an increasingly significant part of our lifestyles. The electronics we want on our boats are becoming more connected to the technologies the cloud provides access to, and we see the benefits in not just increased performance and user-friendliness, but in the flood of data we have even out on the water. Nothing exemplifies this more than the Simrad GO7 XSE

Lowrance Hook 5 Review

Lowrance Hook 5 Review

Overall Rating44444

The new Hook 5 by Lowrance is part of their new Hook line of fish finders designed to cater to anglers of any budget. The Hook 5 is a combination fish finder and GPS chart plotter developed for anglers wanting a great value, but who are not willing to sacrifice on quality. It delivers on both counts with features generally only found on units costing significantly more money. The Hook 5 fish finder is a 2016 upgraded version of the very popular Lowrance Elite-5 HDI released in 2013.

Garmin echoMAP CHIRP 73sv Review

Garmin echoMAP CHIRP 73sv Review

Overall Rating33333

Garmin echoMAP CHIRP 73sv has a widescreen display resolution of 800 by 480 pixels from a 7-inch screen which gives it more than enough real estate for crystal-clear viewing. Perhaps the main selling point of the echoMAP CHIRP 73sv is its built-in CHIRP (Compressed High-Intensity Radiated Pulse) sonar capabilities. CHIRP does not just send one frequency at a time. Instead, it sends a continuous sweep of frequencies on a low-to-high range. This puts more pulse onto the target than traditional sonar, and consequently provides more detailed returns.

Humminbird Helix 10 SI GPS Review

Humminbird Helix 10 SI GPS Review

Overall Rating55555

The Helix 10 SI GPS unit weighs under five pounds and measures 13.44 inches wide x 7.12 inches high x 4.2 inches deep. The fish finder features an impressive 10.1 inch wide screen having a 16:9 ratio that presents images in 1024 x 600 high-definition adjustable color resolution. The larger screen provides more room for split-screen views, which makes navigating and tracking fish that much simpler.

Lowrance Elite 5 Ti Review

Lowrance Elite 5 Ti Review

Overall RatingNo Ratings

Lowrance understands the passion that anglers have for fishing. Keeping this in mind, the company continues improving tools that make the pastime more productive and enjoyable. For the convenience of people who fish for fun or profit, Lowrance introduced the Elite 5Ti fishfinder/chartplotter at the beginning of December 2015. The comprehensive device comes equipped with a host of features while being user friendly and providing optimal performance.

Lowrance Elite 7 Ti Review

Lowrance Elite 7 Ti Review

Overall Rating4.674.674.674.674.67

The Elite-7 Ti from Lowrance is a combination touchscreen fishfinder/chartplotter with powerful performance matched with high-end features and functionality at an affordable price. The 7-inch high-resolution, LED-backlit touchscreen provides quick access to all its features. High-performance sonar provides views of the environment underneath your boat. Balanced sonar needs are covered by simultaneous Low/Mid/High CHIRP or alternatively, StructureScan HD while offering 83/200/455/800 kHz frequency coverage.

Garmin Striker 7sv Review

Garmin Striker 7sv Review

Overall Rating4.64.64.64.64.6

At one and a half pounds, the Garmin Striker 7sv measures 9.3 by 5.5 inches with a 2.3 inch depth. It bears a 3.6 by 6 inch screen with a definition of 800 by 480 pixels that allows multiple sharp images to be displayed simultaneously. The display is also brilliantly backlit to make it legible even on the sunniest days and is flanked by a group of control buttons. Power from the device’s built-in rechargeable battery is sent through an included cable to a GT52 transducer where it generates an assortment of sonar pulses.

Humminbird Helix 9 DI GPS Review

Humminbird Helix 9 DI GPS Review

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Humminbird continually surveys product consumers for suggestions in order to make their line of fishfinders more in tune with the needs of anglers. In response, for November 2015, the company introduced a new series of Helix units that include the Humminbird Helix 9 DI. Whether you enjoy an occasional day at the lake or are a professional angler, the new Humminbird Helix 9 DI was designed to make your efforts more productive.

Garmin Striker 4dv Review

Garmin Striker 4dv Review

Overall Rating55555

No one wants to waste time casting their line into an empty stretch of water. The Garmin Striker 4dv is designed to be easy to use while eliminating the guesswork, so fishermen can focus on the true challenge of the sport. The Garmin Striker 4dv has a compact form that fits easily into any size of boat.

The Best Fishfinder Under $700 For 2015

The Best Fishfinder Under $700 For 2015

The freshwater sonar market has become very competitive in the last couple years with Garmin and Raymarine becoming major players. If you’re looking for a fishfinder/GPS combo for under $700, you have three great choices: Lowrance Elite-7 HDI, Garmin echoMap 50dv and Raymarine Dragonly. Let’s put them all to the test and find out which one is the best.

The Best Fishfinder Under $300 For 2015

The Best Fishfinder Under $300 For 2015

It’s Saturday morning, very early. It’s quiet, enough to hear a pin drop in your boat. The lake is like a mirror, and you marvel at the silent beauty as you float along. But wait, there’s something missing in this scene, something quite important. Where are the fish? If your instinct can’t find them, don’t panic–technology can.

Garmin echoMAP 73sv Review

Garmin echoMAP 73sv Review

Overall Rating4.634.634.634.634.63

New for 2015 is the Garmin echoMAP 73sv fish finder/chartplotter. The unit comes with the power/data cable, a quick-release and flush mounts, a protective cover, the GT 40-TM, 12-pin transducer, all of the necessary hardware and an owner’s manual. The quick-release mount is exclusive to Garmin and enables anglers to permanently install the swivel mount and cable.

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