Electric Eel Wheel 5.2

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The Electric Eel Wheel 5.2 is an affordable electric spinning wheel that is revolutionizing the fiber world.  Here are some of the most loved features:

  • Small and lightweight design makes it easy to take it anywhere
  • The new hook system is easy to use
  • Not having a treadle means you can use it in more places like on the couch
  • Switching between spinning and plying yarn is just a twist of the dial
  • Foot pedal allows hands free starting and stopping of the wheel
  • Magnetic holder for the orifice hook
  • Helps people with physical limitations spin

This video gives you a quick overview of the controls for the EEW 5.2.

Every EEW 5.2 comes with:

  • EEW 5.2
  • Orifice reducer
  • Foot switch
  • Power supply with North American style plug
  • Anti-slip mat
  • 3 bobbins
  • Orifice hook
  • Instruction manual
  • Spin card

Note to orders outside North America. This device comes with a Type A/B power plug commonly used in North America.  The EEW 5.2 supports a wide range of voltages so if you live elsewhere in the world you’ll just need to get a “travel power adapter”.  Online stores and likely your local stores should have these inexpensive converters that convert from a North America style plug to your local type of power plug.

If you are looking to make it more portable check out our guide explaining what type of battery pack to use.

Here’s a video that goes into more depth about the improvements in the EEW 5.2.

Additional information

Weight4 lbs
Dimensions7.5 × 6 × 8 in

17 reviews for Electric Eel Wheel 5.2

  1. Emily

    Great spinning wheel! I love using the EEW!

  2. Alita


    I am a fan of the EEW! I’ve had multiple versions and this is the best so far. There is no better wheel for the price.. I’d even say there is no better wheel for twice the price! Even better then the wheel is the support provided if something should go wrong. There is a fantastic Ravelry community to help and Maurice is on top of things!

  3. Robert

    The electric eel wheel is great and I love how fast it goes and how much more consistent my yarn is cause of it

  4. Suzanne Kirtley Wild

    I primarily got my EEW (which I call Eelvis, yes I am a namer 😂) to use for plying, but I really love it for just about everything! I have spun singles, 2 plied, 3 plied, chain plied, and even spun art yarn with locks on it and it has powered thru it all. It’s quieter than my treadle wheel, and the foot pedal makes stopping and starting easy. It takes a little practice to know what speed to use at any given time, but it has a great range of speeds available. Thanks for such a great product at such a great price!

  5. Rebecca

    I had the EEW 4 and loved it but it was loud enough that I couldn’t hear my tv over it. Now that I have the EEW 5.1 everything is like a dream. There is a whisper of the motor and a little bit of wind from it but it spins so consistently and perfect. These bobbins hold so much fiber. I couldn’t be happier!

  6. Tanya

    I had the EEW4, and the EEW5.0, both from the Kickstarter campaigns. I loved the 4, it was a perfect entry wheel for e-spinning. It is a little bit louder than the 5, but nothing that would drive most people out of the room. I was eager to support the 5 Kickstarter and after I got my 5, I sold my 4. The 5 is absolute heaven. There have been some issues (wear) which I would expect in a newly developed product, but Maurice is so committed to constant improvement and listening to all feedback that it’s been a joy to be part of making this a better and better wheel. I spin mostly laceweight and have been utterly thrilled at the improved consistency in my yarn, and the quantity I’m able to spin. Once I get the tension and speed in the sweet spot, I just use the on/off pedal to start and stop, it’s always just where I want it when I start up again. I would never have gotten into an e-spinner at the price points available prior to the EEW. It’s not perfection, but darn near, and an amazing little machine for the price.

  7. Ann Friebertshauser

    I have done more spinning in the last year than in the last five years with my EEW5. I love it in spite of a few wear issues along the way, but I have a resourceful husband who helped me figure them out. The responsiveness from Maurice to the wear and tear issues was impressive and I would recommend this wheel to anyone.

  8. Kristen Cathey

    I honestly wasn’t convinced I would enjoy an electric spinning wheel, but the EEW5 completely changed my mind! It’s a great spinner – as portable as a spindle and as fast as any wheel. I purchased a battery for mine and can spin anywhere for hours without needing a recharge. It’s easily one of my favorite tools!

  9. Natalie

    The EEW 5 is good for an entry level espinner if you aren’t sure whether you like spinning or even if you aren’t sure if you like espinners, however this isn’t a wheel that will be around for the long haul and as long as you purchase it knowing that you should be ok. It has a few quirks, and quite a few things you have to work around all the time, if you don’t mind that, you will love it! But the orifice will get grooves wore into after you spin on it for awhile, as well as the hooks, the flyer arms are soft plastic and with the metal hooks sliding on them back and forth all the time it will eventually shave off so much plastic that they just slide freely which will be a problem. For the price point it is not made to last, and quality control for them is sometimes less than one would hope, though customer service is good, it will always be what it will be.

  10. Willem

    Despite of what a certain “Natalie” had to say about this, it is a great espinner. I would like to see what other issues she is having with other things in her life! To talk this thing down the way she is doing, is what I don’t understand. There will be an issue with all things you buy, all things in life and everyone. But to give a, in my eyes, such a negative review of a great product is astounding! This espinner is a great little spinningwheel and it works as it should. Great response from Maurice too when there was a little problem with it. We love to work with it, my wife thinks it works better then a “regular” spinning wheel, as you don’t have to think about keeping the treadles going. Keep up the good work Maurice!

  11. Helena

    I had given up spinning and sold my Lendrum because of ergonomic issues and my inconsistent yarn. Got the Eel wheel 5 on Kickstarter just to spin for relaxation. Instead I discovered comfortable spinning and quickly improved my consistency. I’m spinning more than I ever did before, enjoying it more than ever and looking forward to new projects. if you are learning to spin, have physical issues or don’t know if you’ll like an e-spinner, get this spinner! You won’t be disappointed.

  12. tinkerfeet

    I bought the wheel not knowing how well I would like it. And I love it! Some people said it was loud but mine is very quiet, I could not be happier 💗

  13. Mia (verified owner)

    Lovely e-spinner, and absolutely WONDERFUL customer service !!!!!!!!
    It is very well made … all the videos have been very useful and helpful
    getting me “up to speed”.

  14. Margaret OReilly

    I purchased the 5.2 wheel from a vendor at the Michigan Fiber Festival this past weekend. I could not wait to give it a “whirl.” Brought it back to our hotel and presto, spinning within minutes.

    This is my first electric wheel. I have been in the market for one because my Lendrum, while I think it is a true work horse and a great all around wheel, is just too heavy to lug around. Spinning has not been my top priority for several years because my wheel is put away and, well, out of sight, out of mind. Because of the size and convenience of the Electric Eel 5.2, I will be spinning regularly again. Thank you so much for bringing spinning back in my life!

    Already pre-ordered your Nano and cannot wait to play with it.

  15. Catherine Peterson

    I LOVE my EEW! I also have an eew mini. This is super easy to use. I had never spun on a wheel ( drop spindle just briefly). I picked this up quickly. Plying is easy as the knob just turns counterclockwise to ply. No switching of band. Would REALLY like another to teach my hubs!

  16. maria lathrop

    I just got my Electric Eel Wheel Nano the Deluxe version in color purple! I started spinning right away and it works so beautifully! I will buy the next one he is working to have it released soon. Thank you Maurice.

  17. Beth (verified owner)

    I love my Electric Eel 5.2. I have three other pretty expensive manual wheels, but I love to ply with this wheel. It holds a ton of fiber, and my yarn ends up so nice and even. I can spin anywhere now! I put two felt like washers on each side of the spool, my little machine is a quiet as can be. I’ve had this machine for about a year now and I couldn’t be happier. It is a well traveled little machine, now I can spin just about anywhere!!! Please don’t stop making the 5.2, I know it costs more, but it is a workhorse!

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