Which Daedalus e-spinner is right for you?

Welcome to the flock here at Daedalus Spinning Wheels! We’re thrilled that you’re interested in purchasing one of our products. As spinners ourselves, we realize that choosing any wheel is a big decision.

The No. 1 question we are asked daily is, “Which Daedalus wheel should I get?” And while we have a handy Wheel Comparison Table to aid in your decision making, we thought we’d also list what we feel are some the most important factors to consider when weighing your options.  

Above all, know that whichever “bird” you choose, you’re going to love it, just as hundreds and hundreds of current Daedalus customers can attest. In fact, you will almost never see one of our e-spinners offered up for resale. Instead, our customers are so pleased with their Daedalus e-spinner purchases that many go on to buy another (and another!). 

Current models and what they're known for

Whether you’re new to handspinning or you’re an experienced spinner, you’ll find that all of our current e-spinners provide high-speed performance in both Scotch and Irish tensions, all are nearly silent while in use, built from nearly indestructible, lightweight carbon fiber/ABS, and their speed controllers, extension cables and power supply cords are interchangeable with all of our wheels. We’re certain you’ll find that the Daedalus e-spinners all outperform any other electric spinning wheel on the market and that their top speeds are higher than what you’ll need. Still, let’s take the above considerations and break things down further:

MAGPIE

Our most powerful and adaptable wheel to date, with an RPM (rotations per minute) of 2,350 with the standard flyer in use (1,450 with the art flyer—still worlds ahead of most e-spinners).  We consider this our “all in one” spinning wheel, as it will spin fine singles as easily as it will spin your longest locks, super bulky yarn, coils and beehives, and every single yarn you can imagine in between. The art flyer’s 32 mm (1.26 inch) orifice (with a 20 mm reducer) means no more struggling with your loftiest, most inspired yarns, although the Standard Flyer’s 12 mm (with 6 mm reducer) still provides a soft landing whether you’re spinning low-twist singles or delicate lace. This e-spinner is for experienced and beginner spinners alike.

COST BREAKDOWN

Magpie Body with Speed Controller Included - $900  

Art Flyer and 3 Bobbins - $450 

Standard Flyer and 3 Bobbins - $450 

Standard Bobbin 3 Pack (your choice of color) - $140 

Art Bobbin 3 Pack (your choice of color) - $130 

Starling V3

Can’t decide between the Magpie and the Sparrow? You can’t go wrong with the Starling V3, our “in-between” powerhouse. The Starling has a small footprint, weighing in at just under 2.5 lbs., and yet it’s capable of spinning at 2,180 RPMs. Despite its capabilities, this e-spinner is small enough to take with you to your next guild meeting or spinning class. It has a 12 mm orifice (with a 6 mm reducer), making textured and bulky yarns equally as possible as lace-weight and low-twist singles. It has large-capacity bobbins which can hold 12-plus oz of yarn spun at 30 WPI. 

This e-spinner is an excellent entry point to owning and experiencing a Daedalus spinning wheel and can suit most any style or gauge of yarn. You’ll love it both spinning your singles and then plying them.

 

COST BREAKDOWN

Starling V3 (without the speed controller) - $850  

Speed Controller (required to operate) - $110 

Starling V3 Bobbin 3 pack (your color choice and pattern) - $115 

SPARROW

Affordable and adorable, the Sparrow is our most in-demand Daedalus e-spinner. It may be small in stature, but the 1.5 lb. Sparrow is a dynamo. This wheel is for the spinner who loves to spin fine yarns, though its 6 mm orifice can handle up to a heavy worsted/Aran weight yarn. Bobbin capacity is roughly 5-plus oz of yarn spun at 30 WPI. If you’re a spindler who prefers to ply using a perfectly responsive wheel, and/or if interested in achieving the most whisper-thin yarns you’ve ever spun, this is the Daedalus spinning wheel for you. 

 

COST BREAKDOWN

Sparrow (without the speed controller) - $450  

Speed Controller (required to operate) - $110 

Sparrow Bobbin 3 pack (black only) - $75

When we first opened our husband-and-wife-run shop 4 years ago, we never imagined that our birds would generate so much interest from the spinning community, so quickly. We appreciate your patience as we navigate these new-to-us waters because above all else, we are dedicated to maintaining the same level of excellence in craftsmanship and customer service that so many have come to know and appreciate. 

Thank you!! 

Wheel Comparison Table

RPM Comparison Table

Questions to Consider

Where can I learn more?


We have a wonderful community on our Facebook group called Daedalus Spinners Group, dedicated to owners and interested others. Please feel free to join and peruse others' experiences with our products. And if that doesn't help, just send us an email and ask away!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/239274393420200/




What kind of yarn do you like to spin?


Perhaps you’re an art yarn spinner, a lover of lace, or maybe you run the gambit and like to spin the range from fingering to bulky. In other words, the size of your wheel’s orifice and its bobbin capacity can be just as important to consider as your wheel’s speed. If you’re new to spinning and don’t yet have a preference, consider the gauge of the yarns you tend to use most in your preferred crafting methods.




Where will you be doing most of your spinning?


Is this wheel for use at home, for travel and meetups, or both? Our largest wheel is currently the Magpie, which weighs only 4.5 lbs. However, it’s still a great deal larger than our little Sparrow, which weighs in at a mere 1.5 lbs. and can fit in one hand. It’s so easy to take with you wherever you like to spin! Size could also be a determining factor for those who have limited space at home.




Will you be using this wheel for both singles and plying?


As with any wheel, treadle or electric, bobbin capacity matters. Our Magpie can hold a minimum of 20 oz of singles spun at 30 WPI (or 40-plus oz of yarn when using the Art Flyer). The Starling V3 has a 12-plus oz bobbin capacity, while the Sparrow has an approximate bobbin capacity of 5 oz. Your own results may vary, based on the type of yarn you spin.




What’s your spinning wheel budget?


Our lowest-priced bird, the Sparrow, is just $450 (without the interchangeable Speed Controller), with our basic Starling V3 and Magpie packages costing $850 and $1,350, respectively. Please refer to the individual models here on our website for more specific information on what items you might want to add to your cart to create your own ultimate e-spinner package. We truly believe that our wheels provide the very best value available on the market for the price.