Electric Eel VS Water Jetter – What’s better?

Share On:

Blocked Drain Repair

It’s an argument had by plumbers and customers all over the country. It’s a debate that has echoed through the halls of Parliament for years.

What’s Better Electric Eel VS Water Jetter

Whether it’s an electric eel or water jetter that your plumber has, I guarantee you he will get your drain clear. These machines are some of the hardest working tools in a plumber’s arsenal.

Both machines do the job required, however, both can also be specific to your needs, and one thing I do know is that most plumbers enjoy rolling their sleeves up and getting those blocked drains cleared and running again. There’s a strange sense of satisfaction when you see that water sucking through the sewer once the blockage releases, that only a licensed plumber will ever know.

That all said, I still do have a preference when it comes to using either an electric eel or water jetter. When I did my apprenticeship water jetters were not readily available unless used for clearing larger commercial-type sewer lines, the electric eel was the only way we cleared blocked drains.

What Is An Electric Eel?

An electric eel can be used to help with any job that involves water or sewers! The device has two metal wires inside of it; when electricity from your home’s power supply passes through these wires. A powerful tool in plumbing that clears and cleans any blockage on your drains.

The Positives And Negative Of Using Electric Eel

The electric eel is a great tool for those looking to use it, but may not be practical. It has many benefits over other power tools like the water jetter which include being able to work in tight spaces and having less noise pollution because there are no bladed parts involved with an Electric Eels operation. However, this also means that they cannot cut through materials as easily- so if you need something taken apart then expect more time spent cleaning up than actually completing your project.
*If you are dealing with a clog that is deep in the pipe, then an electric eel may be your best option.

What Is A Water Jetter?

Water jetters are machines that shoot water out of the nozzle at high speeds, making them an ideal tool for removing solid materials, tree roots, and other materials that cause blocked drains in your drains.

The Negative And Positive of Using Water Jetter

There are many benefits to using a water jetter, but it’s not perfect. The most significant drawback is that you need constant care and maintenance for your equipment to prevent costly repairs or breakdowns due to neglectful use-which means more time spent on work outside of what would otherwise be considered “business”. The good news? You can avoid all this hassle by hiring professionals who know how to handle these challenges! They’ll take great pride in working hard to ensure everything runs smoothly so we don’t get stuck with an expensive problem like high utility costs.
*If you are trying to clear a clog from the surface of the pipe, then a water jetter would be more effective.


You don’t need any fuel or oil! You just plug them both into your wall socket at home then turn themselves onto “energy” mode when ready… the only thing left now will be deciding whether it is worth spending more money upfront versus saving some cash later down the road.


The cost of operating an electric eel is higher than a water jetter. It can be upwards from $1-$2 for every minute that it’s on, depending on how much labour there was to put in and what kind (or brand) you have; The biggest negative about using a water Jetter is that you have to be very quick on your feet because it can take just seconds for debris in the stream below where they’re working. This means being prepared with protective gear like masks and gloves, as well as having an understanding of how much force this type of this tool creates in high-pressure streams which might damage objects nearby if not used properly luckily there are plenty of precautions taken beforehand so these problems will never arise!

Here’s My Preferences And Why A Water Jetter Is Better Than Electric Eel:

  • It saves more time in clearing a blockage since it clears faster than an eel, it also tends to have more power than the mechanical eel.
  • It cleans effectively since it can clear, cut and wash away the tree roots, compared to an eel which leaves tree roots behind, and often can push the blockage further down the line.
  • Water jetters are more efficient and enable us to save time and get the job done more quickly.
  • The jetter is cleaner and less strenuous on the body, hauling a large eel and eel cables around a yard and in and out of our vans is heavy work, best left to the young guns.

In saying all that there is absolutely a place for the electric eel, especially when cleaning from inside a house or an area that can be affected by excess water flow. At the end of the day, this is only my opinion and yes to this day I still use both the electric eel and the water jetters to clear drains. Regardless of the application, there is a time and place that I need both machines and it’s still something that I enjoy even after all these years. It’s also a way of determining what I purchase.

For example, if I head out for a meal with my wife or start planning a holiday, I still think of how many blocked drains I have to do to pay for it. I guess that’s why we don’t go on too many holidays, or if we do then it’s why I am so frugal.

So when your local plumber arrives next to clear your blocked drain, go ahead and ask him “What’s better: electric eel vs water jetter” and see what he says. Here’s a related topic that you might be interested in “Avoid Rain Water Damage Keep Your Storm Water Drains Clear.


In the end, it is up to you to decide what type of plumbing tool will work best for your needs. Both the electric eel and water jetter have their unique benefits and drawbacks that you should consider before making a purchase. Keep in mind the types of jobs you will be using the tool for, as well as your own budget and experience level when making your decision. We hope this article has helped give you a better understanding of both tools and shown you how to choose between an electric eel and versus water jetter.

Ultimately, it is important to assess the situation and choose the tool that will be most effective in getting the job done. The output is an article about the pros and cons of using both electric eels as well as water jetters. It also includes some history of each tool, along with their costs. So, what type of plumbing tool do you think will work best for your needs?

For any plumbing issues, call The Plumbing & Electrical Doctor at 13 10 91. Serving areas in Newcastle, Canberra, Hunter Valley, Central Coast, Lake Macquarie, and Port Stephens.


General Plumbing & Electrical | Hot Water Systems | Blocked Drains | Gas Fitting & more.