When it comes to spinning reels, I’ve always found Shimano and Daiwa to be my go-to brands of choice. Specialising in gears for fishing tackle and bicycles their reels are as smooth as they come. However, worldwide this is almost certainly the most popular style of reel there is, which means the choices are endless. And they aren’t all expensive. There are some extremely cheap reels on the market these days, and while personally we would prefer something with a little more heritage, it’s hard to argue against the people who say cheaper reels can be really good quality. For example, just check out the reviews on this Pflueger President.
If you’re looking for something that’s made to last, we’d generally advise avoiding the plastic reels and aiming for something from one of the more recognised reel manufacturers. Sure, you may be paying for the brand, but the reason these brands are worth paying for is they have a reputation to maintain, and the only way they can achieve that is by consistently producing quality products. Check these out for a few examples:
Cheap Spinning Reel
KastKing Rover RXA
The Rover RXA by KastKing is a conventional star drag baitcasting reel, that can be used for pretty much anything but lure fishing (you could even use it for that, if you had to, but we wouldn’t recommend it). Don’t let the word ‘conventional’ fool you. This baby is powerful, with up to 20lbs (9kg) of smooth drag. Plus, the level-wind feature is complimented by oversized nonslip grips to help reduce fatigue when retrieving. All this means you can squeeze a lot of performance out of this reel. The appearance is also nice, with anodized aluminum red side plates; however, it is about more than just good looks – the RXA has quality components. The spool is made from aircraft-grade aluminium, while the guts feature all-metal construction and stainless steel components for superior corrosion protection. This could be a great reel for a variety of fishing conditions: fresh water, saltwater, inshore, offshore, trolling, bottom-fishing – you name it! Sure, these features can be found on other baitcasters but not at the same price point. If you’re looking for a dependable yet affordable levelwind baitcaster, you could do a lot worse.