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The Best Spinning Reels under $200

Abu Garcia Revos X

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Revo® trusted reliability and performance welcome the X to the lineup of Revo® spinning reels. Featuring the same forward-thinking design, durability, and performance, the Revo® X starts with a compact Insert Molded C6 (IM-C6™) carbon body designed for all-day comfort. Casting efficiency is maximized by the Rocket Line management™ system that allows anglers to fish mono, braid, or even difficult-to-manage fluorocarbon.

Abu Garcia Revos X  Features

  • 6 stainless steel HPCR™ bearings + 1 roller bearing
  • Carbon Matrix™ hybrid drag system
  • IM-C6 body design
  • Lightweight graphite rotor
  • Rocket Line Management System™
  • Rocket spool lip design™
  • Large PVC knobs
  • Machined aluminum braid ready spool
  • Stainless steel main shaft and components
  • Everlast™ bail system
  • Slow Oscillation
  • Price Range $99-110

 

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Abu Garcia Revos X

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Pros

Cons

• Aluminum braid-ready spool

• Handle is a bit slippery

• High performance for price

• Only 4 sizes

•  Not specificly designed for saltwater

• Limited line capacity

• Carbon fiber body and spool

Model

Anti- Reverse

Bearings

Braid Yd/Lb

Ratio

Drag

Max Drag​​ 

Recovery Rate

Weight

10

Instant Anti-Reverse

7

150/6

6.2:1

Carbon Fiber

10lb

30"​​ 

7.5 oz

20

Instant Anti-Reverse

7

190/8

6.2:1

Carbon Fiber

11lb

33"​​ 

7.7 oz

30

Instant Anti-Reverse

7

180/10

6.2:1

Carbon Fiber

11lb

35"​​ 

8.3 oz

40

Instant Anti-Reverse

7

210/14

6.2:1

Carbon Fiber

13lb

40"​​ 

9.1 oz

Daiwa BG

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Daiwa BG

The popular Daiwa® BG Spinning Reel is leaner and meaner than ever before, starting with its industrial-grade Hardbodyz body and side cover that delivers maximum strength without the extra weight. The uniquely-shaped Air Rotor cuts out up to 15% of the excess weight carried by conventional designs, distributing the load evenly for superior strength and balance, while the oversized Digigear™ machine-cut gears hold firm against hard-charging game fish. Braid-ready Dynamic Cut aluminum ABS spool; quality 7-bearing (6+1) system; impressive waterproof Carbon ATD drag system; machined aluminum screw-in handle for maximum leverage.

Daiwa BG Features

  • Hardbodyz body and side cover
  • Lightweight Air Rotor balanced design
  • Oversized Digigear machine-cut gears
  • Braid-ready Dynamic Cut aluminum ABS spool
  • Quality 7-bearing (6+1) system
  • Waterproof Carbon ATD drag system
  • Machined aluminum screw-in handle
  • For fresh- or saltwater
  • 4500 size and above have a manual trip bail for durability
  • Price Range $105-219
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Daiwa BGThe Best Spinning Reels under $200 3

Pros

Cons

• Aluminum body

• On the heavy side

• Waterproof drag

•  Silky smooth

• Excellent spool design

• Large main gear

• Great value

Model

Bearings

Braid Yd/Lb

Ratio

Max Drag​​ 

Recovery Rate

Weight

1500

6BB + 1

8/220, 10/130

5.6 : 1

4.4

28.3

8.5

2000

6BB + 1

10/160, 15/130

5.6 : 1

4.4

29.5

8.5

2500

6BB + 1

20/170, 30/120

5.6 : 1

13.2

33.2

9.3

3000

6BB + 1

20/240, 30/190

5.6 : 1

15.4

37.4

10.8

3500

6BB + 1

20/310, 30/230

5.7 : 1

17.6

38.5

14.1

4000

6BB + 1

30/280, 40/200

5.7 : 1

17.6

39.9

14.3

4500

6BB + 1

40/340, 50/270

5.7 : 1

22

43.1

22

5000

6BB + 1

50/360, 65/310

5.7 : 1

22

47.4

22.6

6500

6BB + 1

65/440, 80/330

5.3 : 1

33

48.7

29.5

8000

6BB + 1

65/590, 80/440

5.3 : 1

33

53.3

30

Okuma Azores

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Okuma Azores

Okuma AZORES spinning reels are designed specifically for saltwater fishing. With the proven power features and the patented interior design, AZORES is much more durable, strong, and smoother than the competition.

Okuma AZORES Features

  • DFD: Precision Dual Force Drag system
  • Precision click drag adjustment for more precise settings
  • Multi-disc, Carbonite, and felt drag washers for DFD
  • 6HPB + 1RB corrosion-resistant stainless steel bearings
  • Quick-Set anti-reverse roller bearing plus ratchet system
  • Dual anti-reverse system for maximum security
  • Azores-40 size only features the Quick-Set anti-reverse function
  • Precision machine-cut brass pinion gear
  • CRC: Corrosion-resistant coating process
  • HDGII: Corrosion-resistant, High-density gearing
  • ALC: Rigid diecast aluminum body, sideplate, and rotor
  • MSS: carbon Mechanical Stabilizing System
  • Machined aluminum, 2-tone anodized spool with LCS lip
  • Machined aluminum handle arm for added strength
  • Hydro Block watertight drag seal
  • Price Range $110-145
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Okuma Azores

Pros

Cons

• Price

• Not fully sealed

• Water-Tight design

• Line capacity is not as much as some other reels in this class

•  Smooth

• Corrosion resistant

Model

Bearings

Braid Yds/Lb

Ratio

Max Drag​​ 

Recovery Rate

Color

Weight

Z-40S

6BB+1RB

20/220,30/190,40/160

5.8:1

28.7

35.8

Silver

12.0

Z-55S

6BB+1RB

20/330,30/300,30/260

5.8:1

28.7

41.2

Silver

17.9

Z-65S

6BB+1RB

40/410,50/380,65/290

5.4:1

44.1

43.4

Silver

25.5

Z-80S

6BB+1RB

65/340,80/284,100/255

5.4:1

44.1

47.4

Silver

26.4

Z-90S

6BB+1RB

80/364,100/300

5.4:1

44.1

47.4

Silver

26.1

Azores-4000

6BB+1RB

20/220,30/190,40/160

5.8:1

28.7

35.8

Blue

12.0

Azores-5500

6BB+1RB

20/330,30/300,30/260

5.8:1

28.7

41.2

Blue

18.5

Azores-6500

6BB+1RB

40/410,50/380,65/290

5.4:1

44.1

43.4

Blue

25.8

Azores-8000

6BB+1RB

65/340,80/284,100/255

5.4:1

44.1

47.4

Blue

26.4

Azores-9000

6BB+1RB

80/364,100/300

5.4:1

44.1

47.4

Blue

26.5

Penn Battle III

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Penn Battle III

The PENN® Battle® III is now stronger, smoother, and more durable than ever before. By matching our proprietary CNC Gear™ Technology, HT-100™ carbon fiber drag system, and a Full Metal Body, the Battle III has the guts and drag to handle serious abuse. Ranging in size from 1000 to 10000, the Battle III series has a model for every angler, at an incredible value.

Penn Battle III Features

  • 2020 ICAST Online Best of Category Winner – Saltwater Reel
  • Full Metal Body and sideplate
  • CNC Gear™ technology
  • HT-100™ carbon fiber drag washers
  • 5+1 sealed stainless steel ball bearing system
  • Line Capacity Rings
  • Superline Spool
  • Price Range $109-180
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Penn Battle III

Pros

Cons

• Excellent size range

• Not fully sealed

• Should last for many years

• Not different from competition

• Smooth

• Powerful drag system

• Good line capacity

Model

Anti-Reverse

Bearings

Braid Yd/Lb

Color

Drag

Ratio

Max Drag​​ 

Recovery Rate

Spool​​ 

Weight

1000

Instant Anti-Reverse

6

160/6 130/8 110/10

Black Gold

HT-100

5.2:1

9lb

22"​​ 

AL

7.8 oz

2000

Instant Anti-Reverse

6

210/8 180/10 165/15

Black Gold

HT-100

6.2:1

10lb

30"​​ 

AL

9.4 oz

2500

Instant Anti-Reverse

6

240/10 220/15 160/20

Black Gold

HT-100

6.2:1

12lb

33"​​ 

AL

9.7 oz

3000

Instant Anti-Reverse

6

250/15 180/20 130/30

Black Gold

HT-100

6.2:1

15lb

35"​​ 

AL

11.6 oz

4000

Instant Anti-Reverse

6

360/15 260/20 185/30

Black Gold

HT-100

6.2:1

15lb

37"​​ 

AL

12.2 oz

4000HS

Instant Anti-Reverse

6

410/15 295/20 210/30

Red/Black

HT-100

7.0:1

15lb

43"​​ 

AL

12.8 oz

5000

Instant Anti-Reverse

6

420/20 300/30 240/40

Black Gold

HT-100

5.6:1

25lb

36"​​ 

AL

18.8 oz

6000

Instant Anti-Reverse

6

490/30 390/40 335/50

Black Gold

HT-100

5.6:1

25lb

41"​​ 

AL

20.8 oz

6000HS

Instant Anti-Reverse

6

535/30 425/40 365/50

Red/Black

HT-100

6.2:1

25lb

47"

AL

20.8 oz

8000

Instant Anti-Reverse

6

475/50 390/65 345/80

Black Gold

HT-100

4.7:1

30lb

38"​​ 

AL

27.7 oz

8000HS

Instant Anti-Reverse

6

515/50 420/65 375/80

Red/Black

HT-100

5.3:1

30lb

44"​​ 

AL

27.7 oz

10000

Instant Anti-Reverse

6

770/50 710/65 490/80

Black Gold

HT-100

4.2:1

40lb

43"​​ 

AL

38.8 oz

Penn Spinfisher VI

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Penn Spinfisher VI

The PENN Spinfisher VI features IPX5 sealing so whether it gets hit with a wave, or you let it ride in the spray all the way home, you don’t have to worry about saltwater getting into the gearbox or drag system. Our HT-100 drag washers are housed in a fully sealed spool to give the stopping power needed for big saltwater fish. A Full Metal Body and sideplate keep the CNC Gear System in precise alignment under heavy loads. Available in standard, Live Liner, Long Cast, and Bail-less models.

Penn Spinfisher VI Features

  • IPX5 Sealed body and spool design
  • CNC Gear™ technology
  • HT-100™ carbon fiber drag washers
  • 5+1 sealed stainless steel ball-bearing system
  • Full Metal Body
  • Superline Spool
  • Line Capacity Rings
  • Sizes 2500-5500 have automatic bail trip
  • Sizes 6500-10500 have manual bail trip
  • Price Range $137-250
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Penn Spinfisher VI

Pros

Cons

• Excellent size range

• Heavier than many comparable reels

• Should last for many years

• Not as smooth as many comparable reels

• Fully sealed spool and gearbox

• High-quality HT-100 drag system

• Yardage marks on the spool to let you know how much line you have out

Model

Anti-Reverse

Bearings

Braid Yd/Lb

Color

Drag

Ratio

Max Drag​​ 

Recovery Rate

Spool​​ 

Weight

2500

Instant Anti-Reverse

6

240/10 220/15 160/20

Black Gold

HT-100

6.2:1

15lb

33"​​ 

AL

10.7 oz

3500

Instant Anti-Reverse

6

310/10 270/15 220/20

Black Gold

HT-100

6.2:1

15lb

37"​​ 

AL

12.1 oz

4500

Instant Anti-Reverse

6

390/15 320/20 250/30

Black Gold

HT-100

6.2:1

20lb

40"​​ 

AL

12.5 oz

5500

Instant Anti-Reverse

6

500/20 380/30 335/40

Black Gold

HT-100

5.6:1

25lb

39"​​ 

AL

18.5 oz

6500

Instant Anti-Reverse

6

485/30 410/40 335/50

Black Gold

HT-100

5.6:1

30lb

42"​​ 

AL

22.3 oz

7500

Instant Anti-Reverse

6

530/40 440/50 400/65

Black Gold

HT-100

4.7:1

35lb

38"​​ 

AL

26.5 oz

8500

Instant Anti-Reverse

6

730/40 600/50 555/65

Black Gold

HT-100

4.7:1

40lb

42"​​ 

AL

28.3 oz

9500

Instant Anti-Reverse

6

730/50 670/65 435/80

Black Gold

HT-100

4.2:1

45lb

40"​​ 

AL

37.1 oz

10500

Instant Anti-Reverse

6

845/50 780/65 540/80

Black Gold

HT-100

4.2:1

50lb

43"​​ 

AL

38.6 oz

4500BLS

Instant Anti-Reverse

6

390/15 320/20 250/30

Black Gold

HT-100

6.2:1

20lb

40"​​ 

AL

12.3 oz

6500BLS

Instant Anti-Reverse

6

485/30 410/40 335/50

Black Gold

HT-100

5.6:1

30lb

42"​​ 

AL

21.8 oz

PFLUEGER SUPREME XT

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Pflueger Supreme XT

The Supreme XT delivers years of quality performance. Its super-lightweight magnesium body and rotor, braid-ready aluminum spool, and sealed carbon fiber drag are perfect for freshwater or inshore fishing. This reel is also incredibly comfortable to fish, featuring a lightweight carbon fiber handle, EVA handle knob, and effortless retrieve.

Pflueger Supreme XT Features

  • 10 Bearing System
  • Magnesium Body and Rotor
  • Braid Ready Spool
  • Sealed Carbon Drag
  • Carbon Handle
  • EVA Knob
  • Slow Oscillation Gearing
  • Price Range $160-180
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Pflueger Supreme XT

Pros

Cons

• Magnesium body & rotor extermely Light

• Only 4 sizes

• Stainless Steel bearings

• Limited line capacity

• Braid ready spool

Small for some inshore uses

Model

anti-reverse

Bearings

Braid Yds/Lb

Drag

Ratio

Max Drag​​ 

Recovery Rate

Spool

Weight

25X

Instant Anti-Reverse

10

200/4 140/6 110/8

Carbon Fiber

5.2:1

8lb

22.8"

AL

6.0 oz

30X

Instant Anti-Reverse

10

275/6 190/8 160/10

Carbon Fiber

6.2:1

10lb

31.8"

AL

6.8 oz

35X

Instant Anti-Reverse

10

250/8 220/10 160/14

Carbon Fiber

6.2:1

12lb

33.8"

AL

8.0 oz 

40X

Instant Anti-Reverse

10

320/10 280/14 200/20

Carbon Fiber

6.2:1

14lb

38.6"

AL

8.7 oz

Tsunami Shield

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Tsunami Shield

Delivering power and durability, the Shield Spinning Reel offers anglers reliable performance whenever they head to the water. This water-resistant reel is equipped with sealed bearings and an all-aluminum body/rotor for lightweight durability. In addition, it has a machined aluminum spool with braid ready spool band. For an excellent retrieve, the Tsunami™ Shield Spinning Reel has an aluminum handle arm with an EVA knob.

Tsunami Shield Features

  • 4 sealed bearings plus 1 instant Anti Reverse bearing
  • Water-resistant engineering
  • All aluminum body and rotor
  • Machined aluminum spool with braid ready spool band
  • Carbon fiber drag
  • Aluminum handle arm with EVA knob
  • Manufacturer’s 1-Year Warranty
  • Price Range $109-120
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Tsunami Shield

      Pros

      Cons

• Price

Main gear is zinc but smaller than BG and Battle

• Good line management

Must heat side plate to release tread lock

• 13-14 Seals

• Factory maintanence is outsourced

• Includes wrench for monocoque sideplate

• Can convert from left to right handle

• Brass pinion gear

Model

Bearings

Ratio

Braid Yd/Lb

Drag

Seals

Weight (oz)

Recovery Rate

3000

4+1

5.1:1

10/220

20

10

14.5

33.5"

4000

4+1

5.1:1

15/300

20

10

14.5

33.5"

5000

4+1

4.9:1

30/400

30

13

18

38"

6000

4+1

4.9:1

30/450

30

13

18

38"

8000

4+1

4.9:1

50/380

35

13

18

38"