NOTE: The wrong PDF document was posted when I first published this blog, and has been updated!
I get asked a lot "What Spinning Wheel Should I buy?" so I thought I'd take a moment to make a comparison chart of the most popular art yarn spinning wheels available. I organized this chart by price, because that's one of my criteria when shipping. In order to be on this list the wheel had to have a larger than 1/2 inch orifice and larger than 10 oz capacity bobbin. Some of the bobbin sizes I had to estimate based on seeing them in person compared to other bobbins.
There are SO MANY wheels to choose from these days, and I thought getting all this info into one place might help you shop. I did not include ratios in this chart, or accessories, or features like a built in lazy kate. Also the prices I rounded up or down in some cases, as they vary based on accessories included in the package if you're buying online. I made some notes on things in the chart that I couldn't find easily online. Since making this chart, these questions might be available with a little research yourself. Anyway, you'll have to look all that info up yourself on the wheels that are in your price range - but this will get you started on what's available!
|Art Yarn Spinning Wheel Comparison Chart|
|Please note that prices may vary, features may be added, wheels may be discontinued, and new wheels may have been invented since this spreadsheet was made. Art Yarn Criteria: Orifice must be bigger than 1/2 inch and Bobbin must have at least a 10 oz capacity.|
|Wheel or Supply Name||Price||Bobbin
|Louet||Bulky Flyer Upgrade fits S10, 15, 17, 51, and all S7X wheels. (does not include wheel)||$150.00||10 oz||1 inch||No||Yes||Many of these wheels are no longer being produced and can be found second hand.|
|Babe||Bulky Production Wheel||$400.00||32 oz||0.75 inch||No||Yes||Lightweight, made of plastic.|
|Bluebonnet||Crafty Bee||$400.00||16 oz||Delta||Yes||Yes||7 inch diameter bobbin. No capacity listed.|
|Ashford||Country Spinner||$500.00||32 oz||1 inch||No||No||No longer in production, but can be found used.|
|Louet||S17 Wheel with Bulky Flyer Upgrade||$550.00||10 oz||1 inch||No||Yes|
|Ashford||Country Spinner II||$700.00||32 oz||1.25 inch||No||No||Price may vary based on accessories included.|
|Lendrum||Single Treadle Complete Package||$700.00||10 oz||1 inch||No||Yes||Bobbin estimate, no capacity listed.|
|Lendrum||Double Treadle Complete Package||$800.00||10 oz||1 inch||No||Yes||Bobbin estimate, no capacity listed.|
|SpinOlution||Echo with 16 oz Flyer Upgrade||$800.00||16 oz||1 inch||Yes||Yes||Two orifice options: 1 inch tube or open hook|
|SpinOlution||MACH II||$950.00||32 oz||1 inch||Yes||No||Two orifice options: 1 inch tube or open hook|
|SpinOlution||Hopper||$1,100.00||32 oz||1 inch||Yes||Yes||Two orifice options: 1 inch tube or open hook|
|SpinOlution||Firefly Electric Wheel||$1,150.00||32 oz||1 inch||Yes||Yes||Two orifice options: 1 inch tube or open hook|
|SpinOlution||MACH III||$1,300.00||32 oz||1 inch||Yes||No||Two orifice options: 1 inch tube or open hook|
|Majacraft||Suzie Professional with Overdrive Bobbin||$1,400.00||16 oz||Bypassable||Yes||Yes||Majacraft says this bobbin fits 5 liters of fiber?|
|Majacraft||Suzie with Overdrive Bobbin||$1,500.00||16 oz||Bypassable||Yes||Yes||Majacraft says this bobbin fits 5 liters of fiber?|
|Majacraft||Aura with Overdrive Bobbin||$1,700.00||16 oz||Bypassable||Yes||Yes||Majacraft says this bobbin fits 5 liters of fiber?|
|Majacraft||Rose with Overdrive Bobbin||$1,700.00||16 oz||Bypassable||Yes||Yes||Majacraft says this bobbin fits 5 liters of fiber?|
|Louet||S10 Wheel with Bulky Flyer Upgrade||$700.00 - $800.00||10 oz||1 inch||No||Yes||Six different wheels to choose from in this series.|