Top Five Fishfinders

RankModelRatingMore Info
1Raymarine Dragonfly4.714.714.714.714.71
2Garmin echo 551dv4.84.84.84.84.8
3Humminbird 859ci HD DI4.64.64.64.64.6
4Garmin echoMap 70dv4.754.754.754.754.75
5Raymarine Dragonfly74.754.754.754.754.75
 
 
Lowrance Elite 3x Review

Lowrance Elite 3x Review

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Lowrance Elite 3x comes equipped with an 83/200 kHz dual-frequency Broadband Sounder transducer that also features an LED-backlit color display. With a 240×360 pixel resolution, the screen is easily viewed from any angle. The dual-frequency functionality provides maximum visualization beneath the vessel. Read More >
Garmin echo 501c Review

Garmin echo 501c Review

Overall Rating55555
 
Garmin created the Echo 501c for quick installation and implementation into a fishing arsenal. Whether a novice, weekend angler or tournament professional, the user-friendly unit capably finds the fish. A power, directional/menu and enter button are all the controls needed to operate the device. Initial set-up merely requests that the user choose the desired language, Read More >
The Best Fishfinder Under $400

The Best Fishfinder Under $400

 
Technology is giving anglers everywhere a great advantage when it comes to dominating the outdoors. Honing in your skills can now come with knowledge of water depth, temperatures, current, and advanced underwater imaging. Any fisherman looking to put these abilities on their side should work with the best equipment available at the most competitive prices. Read More >
Humminbird 678c HD DI Review

Humminbird 678c HD DI Review

Overall Rating44444
 
The new 600 series from Humminbird was conceived to meet the requirements of anglers who want a sleek but unobtrusive medium sized, easy to read screen and all of the features of larger, more expensive fishfinders. The 600 series offers anglers world-class fish finding without the need to compromise space for other instrumentation Read More >
Garmin echo 551dv Review

Garmin echo 551dv Review

Overall Rating4.84.84.84.84.8
 
The echo 551dv is a new fishfinder from Garmin that offers both traditional broadband sonar and down imaging. It produces probably the clearest image among fish finders in its price range. Garmin echo 551dv also stands out from the crowd by giving the user the ability to view the output horizontally or vertically. Read More >
Garmin echo 301dv Review

Garmin echo 301dv Review

Overall Rating44444
 
The Garmin echo 301dv is a small but powerful fishfinder that offers down imaging (called DownV├╝ by Garmin) as well as traditional 200/77 kHz dual beam sonar. The Garmin DownV├╝ offers an almost photographic view of the structure underneath the boat. The new echo 301 is an evolution of the echo 300 platform. Read More >
Humminbird 398 SI Review

Humminbird 398 SI Review

Overall Rating33333
 
The Humminbird 398 SI comes with side imaging and down imaging capability in addition to a 3.5 inch screen with LED lighting. Also included is internal GPS chartplotting capability compete with built-in UniMap cartography. There’s also a card slot for when you want to add maps and save waypoints and a Tilt and Swivel mounting system. Read More >
Furuno FCV-627 Review

Furuno FCV-627 Review

Overall Rating3.53.53.53.53.5
 
The FCV-627 is a high-performance digital fish finder that is mainly designed for use on small fishing and leisure boats. Furuno has made a name for itself for over five decades as a leading manufacturer of marine electronic equipment, as seen in the high-quality and user-friendly design of the FCV-627. Read More >
Humminbird PiranhaMAX 196ci Review

Humminbird PiranhaMAX 196ci Review

Overall Rating44444
 
The Humminbird PiranhaMAX 196ci has precision internal GPS, a track plotter and GPS speed which makes it possible to know your speed as you sail through the waters. Waypoints, Routes and tracks are fully accessible with the 196ci. Its design allows drop-in replacement for the in-dash models. This fishfinder has track markers with a user-friendly interface. Read More >
Humminbird PiranhaMAX 196ci Portable Review

Humminbird PiranhaMAX 196ci Portable Review

Overall Rating11111
 
Humminbird is a well-known manufacturer for marine equipment and has produced a long series of fishfinders. The PiranhaMAX 196ci Portable applies professional grade Sonar technology to clearly display everything that goes on under the boat to the user. This model stands out for its precision internal GPS that makes navigation much easier. The trackplotter can be used to mark waypoints as the boat courses through the water. Read More >
Humminbird 346c DI Review

Humminbird 346c DI Review

Overall Rating44444
 
Humminbird has once again surpassed expectations with the Humminbird 346C DI Color Sonar. This fishfinder utilizes Down Imaging technology to give the user a picture-like view of the area underneath the boat, allowing them to catch more fish and protecting the hull of the ship from unexpected encounters with boulders, rocks and other debris that may be in the water. Read More >
Humminbird PiranhaMAX 195c Review

Humminbird PiranhaMAX 195c Review

Overall Rating44444
 
The Humminbird PiranhaMAX 195c features an easy-to-use interface, depth alarms, fish alarms and smooth zooming capabilities. All you need to do is mount the Humminbird PiranhaMAX 195c, and it displays everything on the Color TFT screen. The PiranhaMAX 195c system utilizes features such as a dual beam, fish ID, sonar beam. The 195c is solidly made hence it can survive accidental falls. The Fish Alarms sound once the fish is detected by the fish finder. Read More >
Lowrance HDS-9 Gen2 Touch Insight Review

Lowrance HDS-9 Gen2 Touch Insight Review

Overall Rating44444
 
The Lowrance HDS-9 Gen 2 Touch Insight is a touchscreen GPS marine navigational system with the ease of a tablet computer or smartphone. It comes with everything long-time Lowarance High Definition System users expect with a few new enhancements. Read More >
Humminbird 386ci Combo Portable Review

Humminbird 386ci Combo Portable Review

Overall Rating55555
 
The Humminbird 386ci Combo Portable is a powerful internal GPS and sonar system designed for serious fishing enthusiasts. The easy-to-read color display screen measures 3.5″ diagonally and its battery holds a 7-hour charge; the unit’s impressive storage capacity accomodates up to 50 routes and 2,500 waypoints. The 386ci is waterproof, backlit and comes in a convenient soft-sided carrying case. Humminbird also offers an optional in-dash mount that keeps the unit stable and secure inside the boat. Read More >
Humminbird 587ci HD DI Review

Humminbird 587ci HD DI Review

Overall Rating4.54.54.54.54.5
 
The Humminbird 587ci HD DI is a combination GPS and fishfinder that includes Humminbird’s trademark Switchfire and Dual Beam Plus sonar technologies as well as their Down-Imaging system all displayed on a high definition 256 color 4.5 inch 640×480 resolution screen that has brightness levels that can be adjusted to read clearly even under direct sunlight. Read More >
Humminbird 385ci DI Review

Humminbird 385ci DI Review

Overall Rating44444
 
The 385ci DI makes is a powerful combination GPS/Fishfinding solution featuring Huminbird’s Dual Beam technology, Down Imaging system and a Precision GPS system that includes waypoints, trackplotting, chartplotting, GPS speed, incorporates the included Humminbird UniMap and allows for optional Navionics, Gold/HotMaps, and LakeMaster SD Card expansions. Read More >
Lowrance HDS-10 Gen2 Review

Lowrance HDS-10 Gen2 Review

Overall Rating55555
 
The Lowrance HDS10 Gen2 is the largest available HDS model on the market. It is a total of 10.4 inches measured diagonally and provides the best viewing experience possible with this family of products. Read More >
Lowrance Elite-4 DSI Review

Lowrance Elite-4 DSI Review

Overall Rating3.883.883.883.883.88
 
The Lowrance Elite-4 DSI Combo is a little device packed with a lot of functionality. It comes with a dual 455/800 kHz coverage: 455 kHz for when you want broad, general scanning and 800 kHz to help you focus in on specific areas and fish. Read More >
Elite-5 IceMachine Review

Elite-5 IceMachine Review

Overall Rating55555
 
It is time to pack your winter coat, because the Lowrance Elite-5 IceMachine is improving the way you fish on ice. Specially created to provide not only reliable performance and easy portability but also perfect angles for ice fishing, the Elite-5 IceMachine has a brilliant, vibrant 5 inch display with special SolarMAX 256 color, so you can view each graph, chart and number with perfect clarity no matter what the weather is like or how cold it gets (the Elite-5 IceMachine can withstand temperatures as low as negative 20 degrees Fahrenheit). Read More >
Humminbird 345c DI Review

Humminbird 345c DI Review

Overall Rating55555
 
Humminbird 345c DI features a comfortably large 3.5 inch display, with 256 Color, so you can easily identify everything that its 16 Read More >
Lowrance HDS-8 Gen2 Review

Lowrance HDS-8 Gen2 Review

Overall Rating3.53.53.53.53.5
 
The Lowrance HDS8 Gen2 can help prevent users from getting lost on their travel adventures out in the open water and fishermen from coming home empty handed. It bares an 8 inch full color backlit screen with a resolution of 600 by 800 pixels. It is simply a great looking addition to any boat. Read More >
Humminbird 958c DI Review

Humminbird 958c DI Review

Overall Rating11111
 
Humminbird 958c DI provides down imaging a technology that can reveal unusual details beneath the boat. It has great accuracy at depths of 250ft to 600ft and deeper imaging can be achieved with the SwitchFire option. It is available to provide sonar returns from 20 degrees to 60 degrees in split screen. Read More >
Garmin GPSMAP 740S Review

Garmin GPSMAP 740S Review

Overall Rating3.53.53.53.53.5
 
The standalone Garmin GPSMAP 740S outperforms most fish trackers. It has preloaded coastal data for all US coastal locations including Alaska and Hawaii. It has a simple and intuitive touch screen that most users can figure out within minutes. Read More >
Raymarine e7D Review

Raymarine e7D Review

Overall Rating33333
 
Small boat navigation is better with a simple yet high performance multi-function compact GPS chart plotter and digital fish finder. The Raymarine e7D is one of the most advanced options on the market which is also available in the mid cost range for plotters and fish finders. It is highly specialized to work in nearly every environment with real time data. Fetching fish data is possible with only a few selections. Read More >
Lowrance HDS-7 Gen2 Review

Lowrance HDS-7 Gen2 Review

Overall Rating4.54.54.54.54.5
 
Fisherman and boaters alike can take advantage of the Lowrance HDS7 Gen2 plotter and fish finder. They will have access to a wide variety of options that can improve accuracy of their routes and ensure that they get to the locations where the fish will be biting stronger and in greater frequency. Choosing hardware such as this will require some thought and factual understanding from the consumer. Read More >
Lowrance Elite-4x DSI Review

Lowrance Elite-4x DSI Review

Overall Rating3.83.83.83.83.8
 
The best kind of budget devices are the ones that make you forget that money was ever an issue because the value of that device seems so ridiculously high. For a fishfinder, this broadly means a device which fulfills all of your fish spying and tracking needs; it can more narrowly mean you have purchased a Lowrance Elite-4x, which contains much of the power and elegance of more expensive models while being simplistic enough to warrant a low comparative price. Read More >
Humminbird 858c DI – Review

Humminbird 858c DI – Review

Overall Rating33333
 
The Humminbird 858c DI is a new model for 2012. It offers features such as a 7 inch screen with a 480 X 800 pixel resolution. The screen offers full color and a CCFL backlight which enables you to see images clearly whether you are fishing in direct sunlight or at night. One of the most advantageous features is the Down Imaging which gives you life-like depiction for up to 250 feet. The model also comes with an optional 200/50 kHz transducer which will give you reliability up to 3,000 feet. Read More >
Lowrance HDS5 Gen2 Review

Lowrance HDS5 Gen2 Review

Overall Rating1.671.671.671.671.67
 
The Lowrance HDS5 Gen2 is a new model for 2012 and it is an improved version of the old HDS5. It features a more powerful processor which gives the fishfinder faster re-draws and quicker response to user input. It has more memory that its predecessor and that allows it store more TrackBack. But the main improvement is the StructureMap a great feature that provides a way to overlay side-scan images on a map display. StructureMap is only available with the optional StructureScan module. Read More >
Humminbird 1158c DI Review

Humminbird 1158c DI Review

Overall Rating55555
 
I have been out fishing with the Humminbird 1158c DI tracker religiously after I bought it. Each time I have been blown away with the extreme detail that is provided on the 10.4 inch screen. It has a clean 600X800 pixel resolution that works beautifully with the LCD screen. This is all available at a reasonable price when comparing to similar products before I made my purchase. It comes with a one year warranty so you can make sure that it is the right product for you before you keep it for good. Read More >
Garmin GPSMAP 720S Review

Garmin GPSMAP 720S Review

Overall Rating33333
 
I use the Garmin GPSMAP 720S as the marine chart plotter on my boat. It is designed with a touch screen that allows me to navigate the device options quickly. The 8.8 inch by 3.1 inch by 5.6 inch housing of the fishfinder at a weight of 13 pounds, allows me to place the device anywhere on my boat without having to compromise with any other pieces of equipment. The 7 inch diagonal touch screen provides all of the data I need to plot my potential fishing spots. Read More >
Lowrance Elite-4 IceMachine Review

Lowrance Elite-4 IceMachine Review

Overall Rating55555
 
The Lowrance Elite-4 IceMachine allows you to keep track of the water beneath the ice with sharp, smooth clarity. Proving that big things come in small packages, the compact Elite-4 contains a crisp, bright LED backlight and a 300W RMS sounder able to reach the far depths, some 800 to 1000 ft deep via its 83/200 kHz dual-frequency transducer. Read More >
Humminbird 998C SI Review

Humminbird 998C SI Review

Overall Rating3.673.673.673.673.67
 
With up to 8000w of PTP power output, the Humminbird 998C SI equips the angler with the tools needed to ensure success. SwitchFire Sonar lets you alter the returns you receive based on the fishing and water conditions that exist. Know the size of your potential catch with Selective Fish ID. Get clear detail with split screen zoom capabilities. Combine the technology with an interface that is customizable for your preferences and you will be fishing like a pro. Read More >
Humminbird 898c SI Review

Humminbird 898c SI Review

Overall Rating3.713.713.713.713.71
 
Top of the line features make the Humminbird 898c SI an essential tool for every angler from beginner to pro. Adjust the interface to your own preferences with customizable colors and view selections. Get up close and detailed views with the split screen zoom. Use the X-press menu system to move between features that you frequently. Save your favorite views on the three programmable buttons. Increase your PTP power output to 8000w with an optional transducer and see through the water in brilliant clarity. Read More >
Humminbird 798ci HD SI Review

Humminbird 798ci HD SI Review

Overall Rating33333
 
The Humminbird 798ci HD SI offers the high tech features that you need to make the most of your fishing excursion. With 4000w of PTP power output and a user-friendly interface and menu, this fishfinder is ideal for the angler of any skill level. Dont miss a minute of the action with instant image updates. Take a screen snapshot and send it directly to the memory card so that you can save data as you encounter it. You can even save your favorite views with three programmable buttons available for the job. Read More >
Humminbird 1198c SI HD Review

Humminbird 1198c SI HD Review

Overall Rating4.54.54.54.54.5
 
The avid angler will find the Humminbird 1198c SI HD to be the perfect blend of technology and ease of use. This feature rich fishfinder is backed by up to 8000w of PTP power output. Use split screen zoom to expand on a view that interests you. Instant image update ensures that you are never more than a moment away from the most current information. Apply Selective Fish ID to track and target only the fish you want. Even as you use the extensive components you can customize the interface to have the colors and views that you prefer. Read More >
Humminbird 858c Review

Humminbird 858c Review

Overall Rating4.334.334.334.334.33
 
Welcome to the 800 series from Humminbird. You have arrived into a new realm of aquatic electronics with the 858C sonar/GPS combo unit. Beginning with the 800 series models, Humminbird has outfitted their sounder units with enlarged displays that are truly breathtaking. The Humminbird 858c is equipped with a 7 inch full color screen which has a 480×800 resolution. Imagery looks almost cinematic with its 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio and super bright backlit monitor. Read More >
Humminbird 597ci HD DI Review

Humminbird 597ci HD DI Review

Overall Rating3.093.093.093.093.09
 
The Humminbird 597ci HD DI is at the head of its class. New for 2011 the HB 597ci HD DI has many of the features that are a necessity on the water today. You would be hard pressed to find a fish finder that can compare to the 597ci HD DI and all the technological advancements that come along with it. Read More >
Garmin Echo 500c Review

Garmin Echo 500c Review

Overall Rating4.334.334.334.334.33
 
Brand new for 2011 is the Garmin Echo 500c. The unit is perfectly designed for those looking for a fully capable and powerful sounder with a very small and space efficient footprint. Its easy on the eyes as well; the 5 inch full color QVGA monitor boasts 256 colors, high resolution, and provides plenty of brightness for direct sunlight viewing. Read More >
Lowrance Elite-5 DSI Review

Lowrance Elite-5 DSI Review

Overall Rating3.433.433.433.433.43
 
The Elite-5 DSI fishfinder brings exquisite detail to your fishing experience with a display that showcases the underwater world in picturesque quality. The 480 X 480 pixel high resolution display appears in great clarity on the 5 screen. You are able to view the area beneath the surface at a wider angle and with a vibrant brightness that brings it to life before your eyes. The CCFL backlit screen and keypad ensure that you are not limited to daylight fishing by providing the ability to use the fishfinder for your low light and nighttime excursions. Read More >
Humminbird 788ci HD DI Review

Humminbird 788ci HD DI Review

Overall Rating44444
 
The Humminbird 788ci HD DI is a high powered fishfinder that gives any angler what they need to fish like a pro. Customize the easy to use interface with your choice of colors. Use the X-press menu system to easily go between those components you prefer to use most. Take advantage of desired features such as split-screen zoom and Selective Fish ID. Track fish easily with advanced technology and an accurate display. Read More >
Humminbird 596c HD DI Review

Humminbird 596c HD DI Review

Overall Rating55555
 
Improve your success with the Humminbird 596c HD DI, a fishfinder that combines ease of use with top notch components to deliver action packed adventure to the angler. Set up quickly and easily to enjoy features like a split screen zoom, Selective Fish ID and a customizable interface. The high powered sonar and superb display ensure that nothing is missed on your fishing excursion. Read More >
Lowrance HDS vs DSI

Lowrance HDS vs DSI

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Lowrance is a very well known brand name in the fishfinder market. They not only have great products, but also great prices. They are very well liked because of their cost efficiency. Their ability to be a leader in the industry is no surprise, because getting a high-end product at a mid-grade price strikes well Read More >
Garmin Echo 300c Review

Garmin Echo 300c Review

Overall Rating3.783.783.783.783.78
 
Designed with absolute simplicity in mind, Garmin Echo 300c is one of the most perceptive and affordable fishfinders on the market. It features Garmins exclusive HD-ID tracking technology which allows you to see flawlessly through the water on a 3.5 inch sunlight readable color display. Read More >
Fishfinder comparison – Lowrance DSI vs Humminbird DI

Fishfinder comparison – Lowrance DSI vs Humminbird DI

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There are so many exceptional fishfinders out on the market today that it makes your job as a consumer easier to get the one that best suits your needs. There are a variety of models with different options, designs, and most importantly prices for you to choose from. If you are in the market for Read More >
Garmin 400C Review

Garmin 400C Review

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With the 400c fishfinder, Garmin gets down to the basics: finding fish. The 400c is versatile, powerful and expandable. The control unit is outfitted with a 4 inch full color QVGA display that boasts a 320×240 pixel resolution. The 400c is as easy to read and operate at night and low light conditions as it is in broad daylight thanks to a backlit keypad and the monitor’s night mode function. Read More >
Garmin GPSMAP 421 Review

Garmin GPSMAP 421 Review

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The GPSMAP 421 is a chartplotter from Garmin that offers many features and an easy to use interface. Maps are rendered beautifully on the full color 4 inch QVGA monitor. Garmin has invested heavily in the overall design of the unit as well. A simplified interface with a minimal number of buttons to push allow for easy navigation to critical menu options. Read More >
Lowrance HDS 7 Review

Lowrance HDS 7 Review

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High definition in all of its glory has arrived into the world of marine electronics with the HDS line of fishfinders and chartplotters from Lowrance. The HDS 7 is one of the newer models in Lowrance’s flagship series. The 7 inch full color monitor displays splendid images and its readability is excellent whether seated directly in front of it or at an angle. Adjustable brightness levels and color palettes customize the viewing experience and tailor it for all conditions. Read More >
Garmin 160c Review

Garmin 160c Review

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The Garmin 160c is a compact fishfinder that is perfectly suited for the freshwater fisherman. The 3.2 inch full color QVGA monitor provides bright and clear graphics and can be maneuvered into various positions using the attached adjustment bar. And dont worry about it getting wet; the 160c is absolutely IPX7 grade waterproof and can easily stand up to water splashes and rain storms. At just over one pound in weight, the 160c packs a lot of punch in a small and lightweight package. Read More >
Raymarine A50D Review

Raymarine A50D Review

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Step up to the A series line of chartplotters and sonar fishfinder combo units. The Raymarine A50D belongs to this prestigious pedigree that won Motorboating magazines Best of the Year award. The A-series combines high definition graphics and 2d and 3d charting of coastal and inland water bodies with simple and elegant design that allows for simple and intuitive operation and setup. All of the qualities an innovation that are most coveted in the industry are at your disposal with the A50D. Read More >
Review of Lowrance HDS-10

Review of Lowrance HDS-10

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If you’re looking for the very best that Lowrance has to offer in its entire fishfinder/chartplotter product line, then look no further than the Lowrance HDS 10. They have put all of their R&D into this unit and it represents a culmination of years of experience and refinement. Read More >