Truck Winch Reviews (2020)

Posted: 25 April 2020

Introduction To Best Winches For Heavy Duty Pulling

If you have a truck, SUV, or an ATV, then you probably have been outdoors to a greater extent than most of us have. Going off-road can be a ton of fun but when sh*t hits the fan, you’re gonna want to have a good electric winch to help you out. What this guide will be all about, are electric power winches. You will typically see these units mounted directly to the front bumpers, and in some cases on the rear bumpers.

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There are a few main reasons why you would want to use an electric power winch on your vehicle, first reason would be to get yourself out of trouble (stuck and can’t get out). The second reason would be to pull some other vehicle out of trouble, or simply pull some other object (whole tree, logs etc) where without a winch you wouldn’t be able to do so.

Pulling capacity ranges from as little as a few hundred lbs, to over 10000lbs. As you’d expect, cost will fluctuate greatly as you start to have a higher pulling capacity with an electric winch. We put this guide together, in order to give you a list of the 5 best winches we came across based on user feedback, overall rating, and reputation of the companies themselves.

Here’s 5 Best Electric Winches To Buy Right Now

RankingProductCurrent Price
Smittybilt XRC Electric Winch 9500 lb. Load Capacity
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Superwinch LT3000ATV 12 VDC Electric Winch 2000 lb. Capacity
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WARM VR12000 12000 lb. Capacity Electric Power Winch
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Champion Power Equipment Wireless Power Winch Kit 4500 lb. Capacity
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Yescom 12V Recover Wireless Electric Winch
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5. Yescom 12V Recover Wireless Electric Winch

Our #5 electric winch is the Yescom 2000 lb capacity, .9 horsepower recover winch for ATV’s, UTV’s,Trailers and Trucks. This little guy may have a low capacity, but it features everything you need to make a complete installation.

For starters, it features a 4-way roller fairlead to guide the rope onto the drum evenly. A free spooling clutch will let you pull the rope out, without using any electric power. You can use the included Power IN and OUT remote switch (9.5ft leads) to operate the winch.

Automatic braking in the drum will allow you to lock the wire rope and stop pulling when the button on the switch is released. Lastly, the tension plate on the drum reduces backlash and snarling when pulling the wire rope out.

This unit specifically is most geared towards low weight vehicles like Rhinos, ATV’s, and other similar vehicles. For less than 75 dollars and a good general user feedback, it’s worth a look!

4. Champion Power Equipment Wireless Power Winch Kit 4500 lb. Capacity

Here’s the #4 electric power winch we have on our list, the Champion Power Equipment 14560 Wireless Remote Powered Winch Kit. This is the kind of unit you’d place on a small to medium duty trucks and SUV’s. A very well put together unit for sure, you’ll have the capability of pulling 4,500 lbs.

The permanent magnet motor is a 1.6HP and 12V DC motor with cam action spooling clutch. Heavy duty galvanized steel cable measuring out to approximately 38 feet in length and 15/64 in width. Planetary gear train has a ratio of 180:1.

Some very useful included accessories for this power winch are: a wireless remote and antenna, roller fairleads, power IN/OUT rocker switch (includes cables and everything), and lastly you also get a universal mount channel.

In terms of cost, you’ll be paying a bit of a premium. With Champion Power Equipment reputation, you’ll likely be pleased with how this winch performs.

3. WARM VR12000 12000 lb. Capacity Electric Power Winch

When it comes to high premium dollar brands for an electric winch, WARM is one of the few brands. Specifically, we have the WARM VR12000 electric power winch, which enables you to pull as much as 12,000 LBS!

Now, this isn’t a winch to play with.. as it’s all about build quality and reliability. This winch features a durable, smooth and reliable three-stage planetary geartrain. The VR series are all low-profile in design and have a separate control box which fit in most vehicles.

These winches are also all powder-coated for protection against corrosion, and as a bonus, give them a unique look.  The wired cord (12 foot long) is rugged but flexible enough for regular use. The IN and OUT rocker switch seems like it will withstand heavy abuse.

Included steel cable is approximately 94 feet long and 3/8” inch thick. WARM offers a lifetime limited warranty with this unit, so there’s a little peace of mind that comes along (although you’re already buying a super solid unit in the first place).

2. Superwinch LT3000ATV 12 VDC Electric Winch 2000 lb. Capacity

As we’re getting closer to our most best winch, we’re going to list our #2 which is the SuperWinch LT3000ATV Power Winch. This is a wildly popular brand of winch among truck, SUV, ATV and UTV users. For starters, this unit in particular, features a 3,000 lb pulling capacity.

This winch includes mechanical and dynamic braking and 100% automatic load holding which will help to minimize any possibility of wire rope slippage (in case of a power surge or other failure). The wire line is approximately 50 feet long and 3/16” thick. There’s a handheld remote which allows you to go IN or OUT with the line.

SuperWinch includes a two-year limited warranty to assure they are all free of factory defects in materials. Overall, this winch is quite affordable and based on feedback, it seems a worthy contestant.

1. Smittybilt XRC Electric Winch 9500 lb. Load Capacity

Our #1 pick for the best electric winch to buy is by no surprise, the Smittybilt XRC 9,500 lbs Capacity Winch. This is a monster power winch that is ideal for any size vehicles. Right away, you have to know that the horsepower rating on this unit is a whopping 6.6HP!

As you also see, its nearly 10K lbs of pulling power. It features a 3 stage planetary gear system, giving you more pulling flexibility. This unit is 100% waterproof and has a state-of-the-art 500AMP solenoid. Using the corded remote, you’ll be able to pull IN and OUT the 93.5 foot long 5/16” inch thick steel cable.

The overall cost of this unit is something else that is quite attractive, at under 300 dollars. Typically you’ll find similar winches for a bit more money, but with Smittybilt you’ll be paying a bit less.

That’s fantastic, and no wonder its marked as a “Best Seller” on Amazon. Take a look, this winch might just be the perfect fit for you.

Some extra guides you may find quite useful are:

A useful video on popular winching techniques.