SPINNING REELS TOP PICKS
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This page is my answer to the most frequent question I receive; "What is the best....?". The term "best" is subjective, therefore these are what I personally believe to be the best without any claims that it's the ultimate truth. The score given is based on my own formula for judging reliability, structural integrity, longevity, ergonomics, functionality, build quality, and aesthetics, each making up a different portion of the total score according to importance. For instance reliability is the biggest portion of the score, while aesthetics is the smallest. These top picks cover reels from all over the world, hence there would be brands you've never heard of. Have a look, and as always you are welcome to contact me with any questions or thoughts.




Latest Changes:

* Updated; Blue Marlin made vital upgrades to the BMC/J, and the ugraded reels score high enough to appear on a table.
* The situation with the Saltiga family service got even worse, and they are off for good this time. More details here.
* Finished testing the Shimano Socorro and it made it into a table.
* Long cast tables dropped due to lack of readers' interest. New lists added by demand and will be populated over time.
* The Daiwa BG SW appears on a couple of tables.
* Shimano Stella SW appears. The issues I highlighted in the review were partially addressed.











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Best general use saltwater reels under $150

Rank
Reel
Score/100
#1
Daiwa BG SW
64
#2
Shimano Socorro SW
54
#3
Okuma Azores
52
#4
Daiwa SS Tournament
47
#5
Fin Nor Lethal (60/80 only)
46

Best general use saltwater reels $150 to $250

Rank
Reel
Score/100
#1
Shimano Spheros SW*
75
#2
Quantum Cabo 60/80 PTSE
74
#3
Quantum Cabo 40/50 PTSE
69
#4
Penn 704Z
60
* Regular export version only. The JDM has inferior gearing CLICK HERE

Best non-mainstream reels

Rank
Reel
Score/100
#1
Blue Marlin BMC/J*
76
#2
Omoto Severo
71
#3
Tica Talisman
68
#4
Teben Sea
63
#5
Banax SX
43
* The upgraded version. Check the notes on top of the review HERE, and verify you're getting the upgraded version.

Reels I do not recommend


KastKing branded reels


Penn Conquer  (Discontinued)
Named "Penn Atlantis" in the UK


DAM Quick Royal / ATC Astromac


Ajiking Wahoo
Also named "Tuff Tackle Sniper", "Black Marlin BM6500-BM9500", "Latitude SDS Pariah 10000", "XT Dogtooth Terminator", "Eldorado Senturi 16000SSW"


Ryobi Carnelian
Also named "Kewl Forge", "Grauvell Kona Molokai", "Tubertini AP Power"


Best budget offshore reels

Rank
Reel
Score/100
#1
Quantum Cabo 100/120 PTSE
81
#2
Shimano Saragosa SW
78
#3
Fin Nor Lethal 100
76
#4
Shimano Spheros SW*
75
#5
Quantum Cabo 60/80 PTSE
74
Honourable Mention
Quantum Boca 100/120 PTSE*
70
* Regular export version only. The JDM has inferior gearing CLICK HERE
* Only the 100/120. Smaller Boca PTSE reels have lower grade gearing and a different design.

Finest Offshore Spinning Reels in the World

Rank
Reel
Score/100
#1
Shimano Stella SW (4000 to 20000)
89
#2
Accurate TwinSpin (SR12 to SR50)
84
#3
Quantum Cabo 100/120 PTSE
81
#4
Shimano Saragosa SW
78
#5
Van Staal X Bailed
77
* For information on the Saltiga family click here.

Best budget freshwater reels

Rank
Reel
Score/100
#1
Daiwa BG SW
64
#2
Shimano Stradic FK
58
#3
2016 Shimano NASCI
52
#4
Daiwa SS Tournament
47
#5
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