Humminbird Helix 10 Fish Finder Review

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Written By Donny Karr

Donny Karr is a Tournament Angler with more than 20 years of fishing experience and a writer whose work has been featured in magazines for over a decade. He is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. He enjoys bass and crappie fishing in the lakes around the south-eastern United States. He also fishes for trout in the streams and rivers of the Appalachian mountains. Donny has written for Georgia Outdoor News, Paddling Space, Man Can Outdoors, Alabama Outdoor News, and Bassmaster.

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The Humminbird Helix 10 is one of the most popular mid-level fish finders the company has produced in recent years and it’s an excellent option for pleasure and competitive anglers. 

Humminbird has made great strides in recent years in targeting intermediate-level anglers who are not looking for the cheapest fish finder on the market but are also not willing to spend a small fortune.

I have been thoroughly impressed with the HELIX 10 during my field testing, especially some of its newest technological features.

In this article, I’ll look at the different features Humminbird added to this model and explain how each can make your time on the water more productive. 

Humminbird Helix 10 Fish Finder
9.2/10Our Score
  • Fully waterproof
  • 10-inch display
  • Save 2,500 GPS waypoints
  • Dual Spectrum CHIRP Sonar

Humminbird Helix 10 Overview 

I installed the Helix 10 on my offshore boat and headed out to test its capabilities. The Helix 10 provided exceptional sonar technology that delivered crisp and clear imaging at depths of up to 3,500 feet when using the CHIRP sonar.

Humminbird manufactures this fish finder in three different models including the Helix 10 CHIRP, Helix 10 DI+, and the Helix 10 SI+. The main differences between the three are that the DI+ and the SI+ offer increased imaging range and high operating frequencies. 

The Helix 10 comes with a 10.1-inch high-resolution screen that is fully waterproof. The screen was very easy to read and prominently displayed vital information that helped me make the best decision about where to fish on any given waterway. It also offered split-screen mode allowing me to view multiple views simultaneously. 

The GPS mapping technology allowed me to save up to 2,500 individual waypoints and gives detailed maps of more than 10,000 lakes in the United States and a map of all coastlines along the eastern and western U.S. coasts. 

The key features include:

humminbird helix 10 fish finder turned on

CHIRP Sonar 

The Helix 10 operates using what’s known as CHIRP sonar (Compressed High-Intensity Radiated Pulse). This technology can deliver multiple frequency pulsations at once to help provide a more detailed image of what’s beneath your boat. The Helix 10’s CHIRP system offers a narrow, wide, and full mode that I can select just how much water below I want to target. 

The narrow mode provided a more detailed display of the water column below your position. This is ideal when I want to gain as much insight and get as much detail as possible using the CHIRP system.

Wide mode is more suitable for getting a broader view of what’s under the boat but doesn’t deliver as much intricate detail as the narrow mode.

Full mode is more of a combination of wide and narrow modes, giving you a much broader range of imaging. 

humminbird helix 10 in use

On-Screen Display 

One of the greatest things about the Helix 10 I noticed is the screen’s outstanding clarity and detail. The screen can be easily adjusted to give off just enough light so I could read the display on bright, sunny days, as well as night time. 

The Helix 10’s larger screen makes it perfect for using split-screen mode. I was able to easily run the device’s mapping feature alongside the CHIRP sonar to better understand what the bottom looks like along a creek channel or in other areas of a freshwater lake or coastal area.

You can use different combinations when it comes to split-screen mode. I prefer to use a combination of DownScan Imaging and mapping or SideScan Sonar to give a more complete view of my surroundings. 

Unfortunately, the Helix 10 doesn’t offer a touch-screen display, but the device is quite easy to use. I had no problem getting accustomed to the Helix 10’s many different modes and features in a short amount of time. 

GPS Mapping 

The Humminbird Helix 10 offers high-precision mapping capability that allowed me to create a huge number of waypoints and routes that can easily be saved. This is a very useful tool for tournament anglers who need to maximize their time on the water and fish along the most productive areas instead of wasting their time trying to figure out where they are on the lake. 

I prefer to operate the device in split-screen mode and use the CHIRP or the DownScan sonar capability alongside the mapping feature. This lets me better understand what the bottom looks like and makes it very easy to identify underwater structure and depth changes that will likely hold fish which I can return to at a later date. 

The Humminbird Basemap pack offers extremely detailed mapping on 10,000 United States lakes, as well as solid maps of every inch of coastline along the continental U.S. I didn’t purchase an upgraded Lakemaster series, which is regularly updated to show any recent changes such as new ramps and other features that are important to anglers. 


One of the most intriguing aspects of the Helix 10 is the device’s ability to be paired with other devices through Bluetooth functions. This allowed me to view what’s on the screen of your fish finder display on your phone, tablet, or other Bluetooth capable device. This is very useful because my display is located in the cockpit of my boat and I want to take a quick look at the screen without having to move from the bow seat. 

The Helix 10’s connectivity features allow it to be paired with new smart trolling motors like the Minn Kota i-Pilot, which can take you along pre-programmed routes on a lake. This ability would allow me to focus on fishing while your boat motors along on its own using the predetermined GPS route designed to bring you to the points I want to hit. 

Humminbird helix 10 with 360 imaging

MEGA+ Imaging

Lastly, the MEGA+ Imaging feature uses much higher frequencies to provide you with what looks like a live video stream of what’s happening beneath the boat.

Anglers have reported that this feature is so sensitive and detailed that you can watch fish swim around underneath your position, but I didn’t observe this. The MEGA+ Imaging is only available in the DI+ and SI+ models of the Helix 10. 


Item Number104622
Display Size – Diagonal10.1″
Display Pixel Matrix1024H x 600V
Sonar-StandardDual Spectrum CHIRP, MEGA Down Imaging+, MEGA Side Imaging+
Sonar-Coverage20°, 42°, 60°, (2) 86° & (2) 55° @ -10dB
Sonar-Optional50 kHz, 50/Low Airmar CHIRP
CHIRP – Frequencies SupportedFull Mode (150-220 kHz), Narrow Mode (180-240 kHz), Wide Mode (140-200 kHz)
Sonar-Frequencies Supported50/83/200/455/800 kHz & 1.2 MHz
Depth-Sonar1,200 ft (standard transducer), 3,500 ft (optional 50 kHz)
CHIRP – Imaging-Frequencies Supported455 kHz DI+ (435-535 kHz), 455 kHz SI+ (405-505 kHz), 800 kHz DI+ (800-860 kHz), 800 kHz SI+ (780-840 kHz), MEGA DI+ (1100-1200 kHz), MEGA SI+ (1050-1175 kHz)
Depth-Down Imaging125 ft (800 kHz), 200 ft (MEGA), 400 ft (455 kHz)
Range-Side Imaging (Side-To-Side)800 ft (455 kHz), 250 ft (800 kHz), 400 ft (MEGA)
InterfaceKeypad Control
FeaturesBluetooth, Built In GPS, Built In Mapping, CHIRP Digital Sonar, Down Imaging, Dual Spectrum CHIRP, MEGA Imaging+, Networking, Side Imaging, Wi-Fi
Memory Card SlotDual SD
Compatible WithAIS, AutoPilot, Minn Kota i-Pilot Link, Minn Kota Talon/Raptor, NMEA 2000, Radar, MEGA 360, One-Boat Network, Minn Kota Built-In MEGA DI, Minn Kota Built-In MEGA SI, Minn Kota US2 Sonar
Power Draw1.2 Amps
Power Input10.8-20 VDC
Power Output Peak-to-Peak8000 Watts
Power Output RMS1000 Watts
Screen Snap ShotIncluded
Sonar RecordingIncluded
Mount-Standard Size13.44″ W x 7.5″ H x 4.2″ D
Mount-Optional Size13.44″ W x 7.12″ H x 1.32″ D
Transducer Mount LocationTransom
GPS ChartplottingIncluded
GPS TrackplottingIncluded
LakeMaster CompatibilityYes
Coast Master CompatibilityYes
Navionics Gold/HotMaps CompatibilityYes
Navionics Platinum + CompatibilityYes
Platinum CompatibilityYes
Heading Sensor GPS CompatibilityYes
Upgradable SoftwareYes
View Preset KeysYes
X-Press Menu SystemYes
Custom Digital ReadoutYes
Custom View SelectionsNo
Display Colors Grayscale16-Bit
Display Size8″ – 10″
TemperatureBuilt In
Temperature AlarmYes
Temperature GraphYes
Transducer IncludedXM 9 HW MSI T
HDMI CompatibleNo
Humminbird Helix 10 Fish Finder
9.2/10Our Score
  • Fully waterproof
  • 10-inch display
  • Save 2,500 GPS waypoints
  • Dual Spectrum CHIRP Sonar

Final Verdict 

If you’re looking to jump from low-level fish finder to mid-level quality, the Helix 10 is an excellent option packed with useful features. The display quality and the many different views and features impressed me during my testing, and explain why so many anglers choose this particular model over other brands.