Updated September 20, 2019 by Quincy Miller

The 10 Best Fish Skinners

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This wiki has been updated 5 times since it was first published in August of 2019. Catching them's the easy part -- it's cleaning your fish that takes forever. That doesn't have to be the case, though, thanks to these skinners. They make it a lot easier to remove the scales, fins, and other unwanted parts without causing a giant mess along the way. Be careful, though, as a few of them can cause injury if used improperly. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best fish skinner on Amazon.

10. Skinzit Electric

9. MaQue Rechargeable

8. Hestya Four Piece

7. Eagle Claw Pliers

6. Amison AM

5. Maybrun Original

4. Comfecto Remover

3. Yamasho Brass L

2. Big Norm's Magic Fish Scaler

1. Maybrun Regular

Special Honors

Townsend 9000 Derinder Professional processing centers should consider this model, as it's capable of handling up to 7,000 pounds of fish per hour. The large plastic mesh belt keeps everything flowing smoothly, and the machine can also be used to prepare pork bellies and flat backs. pacificfoodmachinery.com

Bear Paw EFS Boasting a 3,000 RPM motor, this electric scaler isn't likely to quit on you, regardless of how big your catch is. It's been coated with Teflon to prevent guts from sticking to it, and it can resist saltwater, so feel free to take it out on the ocean. blessingsports.com

KT-S Electric The blade head on this model is protected by a splash guard, so you hopefully won't have to go home wearing your dinner. The internally-grounded motor is well-protected inside its stainless steel box, and the thin power cable is wrapped in four protective layers. autofishscalers.com

Editor's Notes

September 04, 2019:

While there are a variety of electric models that promise to automate the entire process, we found that simple, reliable models like the Maybrun's Regular were still the best tools for the job. The high-tech gizmos aren't quite as reliable, and can be dangerous, as they involve exposed blades moving rapidly.

The Skinzit Electric is the most ambitious of these models, as all you have to do is shove your fish through and let the machine do all the work. It's fantastic when it works — which is only most of the time. It also tends to leave a fair bit of meat behind, so we wouldn't advise using it unless you have quite a few fish to prepare.

Regardless of which model you select, you should always use a good pair of fishing gloves when preparing your catch. They'll protect your hands from accidental nicks and cuts, not to mention the possibility of encountering a stray hook or two.


Quincy Miller
Last updated on September 20, 2019 by Quincy Miller

After getting his bachelor’s from the University of Texas, Quincy Miller moved out to Los Angeles, where he soon found work as a copywriter and researcher, specializing in health and wellness topics for a major online media brand. Quincy is also knowledgeable about home improvement, as he’s had extensive experience with everything from insulation to power tools to emergency room trips, sometimes in that order. Sharing a home with three dogs and a couple of cats has forced Quincy to learn as much as he can about pet supplies, animal nutrition and, most importantly, the best ways to tackle the mountains of fur that accumulate in every corner of your home.


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