Top Five Fishfinders

RankModelRatingMore Info
1Garmin echoMap 70dv4.864.864.864.864.86
2Raymarine Dragonfly4.754.754.754.754.75
3Garmin echo 551dv4.54.54.54.54.5
4Raymarine Dragonfly74.84.84.84.84.8
5Lowrance Elite-4 HDI4.364.364.364.364.36
 
Garmin echo 501c Review

Garmin echo 501c Review

Overall Rating4.334.334.334.334.33
 
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 >
Garmin echoMap 50dv Review

Garmin echoMap 50dv Review

Overall Rating55555
 
The Garmin echoMAP 50dv has a 5-inch display, which provides VGA-quality imaging. Built into the echoMAP 50dv is Garmin’s trademarked High-Definition Identification target tracking technology. Better known as HD-ID, it provides a super clear image of the area under the boat. Read More >
Garmin echoMap 70dv Review

Garmin echoMap 70dv Review

Overall Rating4.864.864.864.864.86
 
Garmin echoMap 70dv combines excellent sonar used on the echo series with the Garmin’s brand new DownVu technology, 10Hz GPS receiver, and a brilliant, touchscreen display. The echoMap 70dv has it all and is one of the finest fishfinders we have come across in a long time. Read More >
Garmin echo 151dv Review

Garmin echo 151dv Review

Overall Rating3.53.53.53.53.5
 
A fishfinder that’s both powerful and very easy to use, the Garmin echo 151dv offers a four-inch display with an eight-level grayscale display and 160 x 256 resolution. Echo 151dv provides similar features and specs as its predecessor – echo 150 – but it has two notable upgrades Read More >
Garmin echo 201dv Review

Garmin echo 201dv Review

Overall Rating55555
 
The Garmin echo 201dv is a powerful unit with advanced sonar features that until now could only be found on much more expensive fishfinders. 201dv provides traditional sonar as well as Garmin’s version of down imaging called DownVü. Read More >
Garmin GPSMAP 840xs Review

Garmin GPSMAP 840xs Review

Overall Rating55555
 
GPSMAP 840xs is a part of the new series of fishfinders from Garmin that support down imaging as well as side imaging (Garmin branded those technologies as DownVü and SideVü). Down imaging is built-in while side imaging requires a GCV 10 module that is sold separately. Read More >
Garmin echo 551dv Review

Garmin echo 551dv Review

Overall Rating4.54.54.54.54.5
 
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 DownVü by Garmin) as well as traditional 200/77 kHz dual beam sonar. The Garmin DownVü 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 >
Garmin GPSMAP 527xs Review

Garmin GPSMAP 527xs Review

Overall Rating4.754.754.754.754.75
 
The Garmin GPSMAP 527xs combined sounder and chart plotter permits clear and easy visibility during both the nighttime and the daytime. This will be the main attraction of the angler’s helm, regardless if it is swivel, flush, or flat mounted. The unit includes a worldwide base map as well as a user-friendly interface. Read More >
Garmin echoMAP 70s Review

Garmin echoMAP 70s Review

Overall Rating4.334.334.334.334.33
 
The Garmin echoMAP 70s is a combination high performance chartplotter and fishfinder. The ultrafast updates make this unit ideal for shallow and inland water on any center console or bass boat. The echoMAP 70s has a seven inch WVGA touchscreen display. The display is crystal clear, allows great visibility in the daytime as well as nighttime Read More >
Garmin echoMap 50s Review

Garmin echoMap 50s Review

Overall Rating4.144.144.144.144.14
 
When it comes to choosing depth sounders and GPS, the top three choices are Garmin, Humminbird or Lowrance. Compact fish finders are the affordable alternative to 12-inch monsters that are very expensive. Garmin has been a market leader in marine GPS and handheld GPS technologies. The Garmin echoMAP 50s is an affordable combination of a well-calibrated depth sounder and GPS and is ideal for smaller craft. Read More >
Garmin Echo 150 Portable Review

Garmin Echo 150 Portable Review

Overall Rating4.54.54.54.54.5
 
The Echo 150 portable is a dual-beam, dual-frequency fishfinder from Garmin, a renowned manufacturer of fishing equipment. Being portable, the device is ideal for angling from canoes, kayaks and other small fishing vessels and for people who move a lot between boats. It not only measures water depths, but also shows the user a very good image of the structural elements like weeds and rocks lying on the bottom. Read More >
Garmin Echo 150 Review

Garmin Echo 150 Review

Overall Rating3.333.333.333.333.33
 
While Garmin Echo 150 qualifies as one of the budget models, appealing to the cost-sensible fisherman, it has numerous features and qualities which make it feel like a top of the line system. For starters, there are its excellent dual beam capabilities. Read More >
Garmin Echo 100 Review

Garmin Echo 100 Review

Overall Rating3.53.53.53.53.5
 
When it comes to selecting the perfect fishfinder for all your fishing needs, value is everything. This is where the Garmin Echo 100 comes into play, as a strong fishfinder packed with all the important functionality but nevertheless light on both the frills and your wallet. 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 >
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 >
Garmin Echo 200 Review

Garmin Echo 200 Review

Overall Rating4.24.24.24.24.2
 
The Garmin Echo 200 offers you a device that is both affordable and able to increase the success of your angling experience. The ease of use becomes apparent from the moment of installation with the quick-release tilt mount. You will have the fishfinder and the included transom mount transducer set up and ready for action in no time at all. 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 >
Garmin Echo 550C – Review

Garmin Echo 550C – Review

Overall Rating4.334.334.334.334.33
 
The Garmin Echo 550C has set the bar high for those anglers who want to step up their game. Everything about this fishfinder exudes user-friendly from the set-up to the operation. Installation of the unit and the included transom-mount transducer occurs in minutes using the quick release tilt mount. The interface is simple for even a beginner to navigate with easy to understand buttons and a trouble-free menu. 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 >
Garmin 400C Review

Garmin 400C Review

Overall RatingNo Ratings
 
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

Overall RatingNo Ratings
 
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 >
Garmin 160c Review

Garmin 160c Review

Overall RatingNo Ratings
 
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 >