5 Best Depth Finders in 2020

Your Guide to the Top 5 Models for this Year

Depth finders are a must-have for fishing and boating. When you’re looking to enjoy some fishing, after all, you’d enjoy it a lot more if you knew where to find the fish. Rather than spending hours scouring the internet and trying to figure out which models are best, we’ve compiled a list of the best depth finders (also known as fish finders) to help you make the most of your fishing excursions every single time. Keep reading to learn about the best models for 2020 and how to choose the right model for your boating and fishing needs.

Today’s depth finders are created with a lot of innovative technology and built-in features, like WiFi and GPS, giving you robust devices that are going to serve you better than any other method of trying to find fish when you’re out on the water. You might think that it’s fun just to explore and see what’s out there, but wouldn’t you rather spend your day trying to catch the best where you know the fish can be found?

Humminbird Helix 5
Humminbird Helix 5. Photo: Humminbird.

The Top 5 List

Without further ado, here are the best depth finders for 2020, in no particular order.

Lowrance Hook 2-7 Depth Finder

This model offers a built-in GPS and robust feature, along with downscan and sidescan with chirp beaming. You can choose from vertical or horizontal screen orientation, and easy-to-use buttons make it simple to set things up for a perfect fishing excursion every time. The sonar is designed to auto-tune on this model, which means that you don’t have to spend a lot of time on settings or trying to figure out how you’re even supposed to set the system up in the first place. It offers up to 80m+ of sonar and a 40-degree beam.

Humminbird HELIX 5 SI/GPS Combo

This equipment is a mountable depth finder and GPS that offers a 5-inch screen with three types of sonar in one, built-in, for the best feature-rich depth finder on the market today. The transducer includes Chirp and temperature controls, making sure that you can find the fish at all depths, with dual-beam, down imaging, and side imaging as standard features. This model offers sonar recording and built-in GPS for even more convenience, along with upgradable software for continued enjoyment over the years.

Lowrance FishHunter PRO

This is one of the fastest fish finders on the market, offering tri-frequency channeling with robust features. This device even has a WiFi range of up to 150 feet, and you’ll get the highest resolution possible thanks to the three rotating frequencies. The tennis-ball-sized finder is small and portable and is great for land fishing or to take out on the water. It can cover plenty of range and includes a Fishhunter App that even lets you share your catches with friends and family. It does require a smartphone with WiFi, but almost everyone has those anyway.

ECHOMAP Plus 73cv

This mountable fish finder offers a variety of robust features, including SailAssist and built-in WiFi capabilities, with a powerful GT22 transducer that combines with ClearVu sonar and traditional Chirp sonar to ensure that you get clear images at all depths. You can also download more charts and access online features through ActiveCaptain, and mapping software allows you to make your maps on your excursions so you can keep track of your favorite places or create your special trips. It does offer split-screen capabilities and has a seven-inch touch screen display.

Garmin Striker 4 with Transducer

This model is one of the best portable depth finders on the market, offering a vertical screen with a compact, yet usable 4.3” viewing area. The dual-beam feature includes chirp and GPS in built-in, of course, as this is from Garmin. There is a temperature sensor and it has a lot of power for a smaller device, so it’s one that is great if you want something more affordable or portable without compromising on the features that you get for your money.

How to Choose A Depth Finder

Although any of these depth finders will prove to get the job done and then some, you still need to think about precisely what you want in one of these pumps so that you can get what you need out of the investment. Take the time to look at the price ranges and if you are on a budget, narrow immediately based on what you can afford.

Other elements to consider include the features of each device and whether it has a warranty, as well as the intended use of the depth finder. By taking the time to compare what’s out there to what you need, it should be easy for you to find the best fit for your vessel.

Look at the required tools, technology, and installation to be sure that you know what you’re getting into. You should compare the features to the price to ensure that you get the best value. Look at the mountable models and portable styles, and consider whether one might be better suited to your needs than the other.

Compare the screen sizes and resolution, water resistance, and other features to ensure that you choose the depth finder that suits your needs. If you select anything on this list, of course, you can guarantee that you’re making a solid choice.

The Bottom Line

Depth finders can change the fishing game, even for the novice angler. They might seem like a significant investment at first, but when you see all the benefits that they have to offer, you’ll quickly add one to your list when outfitting your vessel for your next fishing trip. Compare the models here, as well as others that you have in mind, and see what you like best. No matter what you choose, you can guarantee that you will make more out of your fishing trips when you add a proper depth finder. Get yours and get onto better fishing now.

Written by: Valerie Mellema

Valerie Mellema is a writer, published author and avid bass angler who lives on the shores of Lake Fork in East Texas — the top bass lake in Texas and the fifth in the nation. For the past 10 years, she and her husband have enjoyed the pontoon boat lifestyle while fishing a lake that not only has bass but beautiful wildlife as well. She holds a BS in Agribusiness/Equine Business and regularly contributes articles to boats.com, YachtWorld and Boat Trader.


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