The Best PENN Spinning Reels Reviews

The Best PENN Spinning Reels Reviews

PENN is one of the most reliable fishing gear brands out there. The company has a deep history dating back to 1932 when it was first founded by Otto Henze. Otto set the tone right away with his drive and passion for revolutionizing fishing equipment with a focus on reels. In 1936, he created one of the most famous PENN reels, the Senator, which changed the way anglers fished for the big ones.

Over the past 80 years, PENN has evolved into something much bigger, and while product quality can often drop with company growth and outsourcing, this certainly wasn't the case for PENN. By 1959, PENN was already manufacturing 77 models of reels to the delight of many anglers who have come to love the company. Now with a much wider variety of tackle than ever, all of which is crafted with care, over 1,400 IGFA World Records are held by PENN models.

It's pretty clear that PENN is one of the top brands for spinning reels, especially saltwater spinning reels, but with such a large selection it can be really difficult to know which PENN spinning reel is best for you. Therefore, we have decided to provide our picks for the best PENN spinning reels at various price points, which will hopefully make the selection process a little easier for you.

Best PENN Spinning Reels - Reviews

  • Basic
  • Mid-Range
  • High-End
  • Pro
penn saltwater spinning reels


  • Good price
  • Full metal body, sideplate, and rotor.
  • HT-100 carbon fiber drag washers
  • Instant anti-reverse bearing
  • 5+1 bearings (5 shielded stainless steel)
  • Superline spool requires no backing


  • Design of anti-reverse could make it susceptible to failure
  • Multi-piece roller bearing assembly can make maintenance a little more difficult

General Consensus

The PENN Battle II is arguably PENN's most popular spinning reel. It's a noticeable step up from the PENN Pursuit II spinning reel, but also comes at a higher cost. It's still great value and likely in the budget for many anglers, which makes it a great all-around spinning reel.

SO what do you get for the increased cost when compared to the Pursuit II? The PENN Battle II spinning reel has a full metal body, sideplate, and rotor as well as HT-100 carbon fiber drag washers. It has 5 shielded stainless steel ball bearings and the superline spool requires no backing.

The overall inner and outer design of this reel is excellent and is known to allow for good durability. The only complaints we have heard about this reel are the design of the instant anti-reverse and the roller bearing assembly. The multi-piece assembly can make it difficult to put back together if you take it apart, which can be required for proper maintenance especially after heavy use in saltwater conditions. Nevertheless, these are minor points that don't really bring its value down much at all. 

Overall, the PENN Battle II spinning reel is an excellent all-around reel that combines great performance and durability with a reasonable cost. We would recommend this reel for experienced anglers who want something good while not paying an arm and a leg, or even beginner anglers who have a little more room in the budget to play with.

* For information about line capacity for each of these PENN spinning reels, please click on the links above for more information about each reel. The line capacity will depend on the exact size/model of reel you purchase, and you can view the line capacity for each size separately.

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