People these days love the kayaks because they are very easy to sail because of its small size and compact design. However, the conventional kayak has a downside as they are not so great when transporting and it takes forever to dry them thoroughly.
That’s where inflatable kayaks come in. The inflatable kayak has won the heart of many people because of its mind-boggling features and versatility.
They are capable of sailing on whitewater, lake or even ocean which accommodates the need of every user. They range from single person to 3-5 people kayaks and varies according to different price range.
That being said today’s market has exploded with many brands that offer various functionalities and features at a cut-throat price range. However, finding the best of them is very hard since they all claim their product to be one of the best on the market than any other.
You would need to read a lot of reviews and go through different features to find the one that will suit your need. It is a very daunting task to go through all the technical stuff and sometimes you can’t find the info you are looking for.
Well, we did the legwork for you. We tested many inflatable kayaks and reviewed them according to their different features, usability and price range. After reviewing them we came up with the list of best inflatable kayaks in 2019.
|Brand||Capacity||Weight Capacity||Check Price|
| Sea Eagle
|2 Person||650 pounds|
|Intex (K2)||2 Person||400 pounds|
|Advanced Elements||2 Person||550 pounds|
|2 Person||450 pounds|
|Intex (K1)||1 Person||220 pounds|
|Intex (K2)||2 Person||400 pounds|
|Sevylor||3 Person||490 pounds|
The Sea Eagle SE370 is one of the Best Inflatable Tandem Kayak in our list. The Sea Eagle is a very well-known brand when it comes to kayaks.
The SE370 has made it to number one spot in our list because of its mind-blowing features, let’s have a look.
This tandem kayak boasts 650 pounds of weight capacity for two people. Also, by adjusting the removable seats, you can easily make room for the third person too.
This self-bailing kayak is constructed with PolyKrylar material while the I-beam floor provides extra rigidity. With the help of the included foot pump, you can easily inflate this kayak as fast as 8 minutes.
What makes this kayak different from its competitors is its handy features. Want to try?
Do you want to sail on white water? No problem, the Class III (NMMA Certified) rating of there for you. Do you want to sail on a calm lake or river? No problem, the two molded kegs will provide you excellent tracking and speed.
All the parts of this kayak are removable including inflatable front, seats, and rear & front rope handles. With the removable seats, you can either choose to ride alone or ride with a partner.
The sun resistant material of this kayak will ensure that the surface will not get any cracks or fade away even if it is exposed to UV rays for a long period of time while the salt water resistant feature of this kayak will help you sail on the ocean quickly.
The 5 deluxe one-way valves will prevent any leakage at all. What’s more: it features a Self-bailing drain valve to remove any excess water from the kayak, you won’t see this feature in any of the kayaks.
The whole package comes with double sets of paddles, inflatable movable & removable DKS seats, foot pump, shoulder strap and a carry bag.
Intex is known for producing durable yet affordable kayaks. And this Explorer K2 kayak by Intex is no exception.
It is specially designed for smaller bodies of water including rivers and lacks but our research shows that you can even use it on the water having stronger waves.
This two-person inflatable kayak can support the weight up to 400 pounds. You can even use it for a single person which will allow you to carry other additional supply.
Because of adjustable back support seats now you won’t feel uncomfortable or strain out your back while paddling. Other than that, this kit comes with two paddles, repair kit, hi-output pump, and a carry bag.
Two removable skegs will provide the smoothest possible tracking and directional stability when sailing on the river.
Made out of heavy duty vinyl materials, this kayak will last longer even if it is subjected to the harshest environment while the inflatable I-beam floor provides extra rigidity and durability.
Aside from that, it includes a Boston valve on each side for quick inflation and deflation. Also, a grab line and grab handle at each side are included for your convenience and safety.
What I like most about this kayak is the fact that the body comprises two air chambers. In case if the one chamber gets punctured then still you have enough floatation to get you to the shore safely.
The only thing I didn’t like about this kayak is that it features a full black colored interior. This results in increased temperature; thus the kayak will overinflate.
So if you are looking for a budgetary two-person kayak then you will not get any better option then this.
The Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible Inflatable Kayak is one of the most advanced kayaks we have on our list so far.
The Advanced Elements uses incorporates one of the durable build design that you will ever see in any of the kayaks. It features a 3-layer design which ensures that your kayak will not get any leaks or punctures even if you are padding on a rocky or stray beach.
Do you know why this particular kayak is called convertible? Because you can convert this kayak according to your need, here’s how.
It features three different sitting configurations for better comfort for solo paddler or tandem. Those three configurations are the following: the first is Double Deck configuration, then there is Single Deck configuration, and the third is Standard Open Deck configuration.
One of the best features of this kayak is that it features built-in aluminum ribs that support in bow and turn to make it very easy to control. Also, I would like to mention that the aluminum ribs will help you easily cut the water resulting in faster and effort-free pedaling
This Inflatable Kayak can load up to 550 pounds of weight. You can store the smaller bags inside the kayak while the bigger bags can easily be stored on to the bow.
If you are worried about getting punctures or leaks while kayaking then worry no more. The Advanced Frame Convertible boats the 6 air chambers providing you the excellent safety you will get in any of the kayaks.
The only downside of this kayak is its very expensive. But if you look at the features and safety it has to offer then I would say you won’t get any better deal then this. But if you are a beginner and just want to experience the kayaking, then I suggest you check out other kayaks in our list.
If you are looking for 2 person kayak that is lightweight and easy to inflate then the Driftsun Voyager tandem kayak is for you.
It fully inflates in just 5 minutes thanks to the double action hand pump. Also, it weighs around 27 pounds, and because of its easy setup, you won’t have to read the whole manual.
The whole kayak is made out of Heavy-duty PVC Tarpaulin, and the bottom padding of this material ensures that it won’t get any punctures even if you sail on the water having high terrains.
Due to its rocker profile and pointed nose entry you won’t have any problem sailing on both calm and choppy waters at all. One other notable feature of this kayak is its V-shaped hull that easily cuts water resulting in more stability and faster speeds.
If you have extra baggage or supply that you would like to take with you on a trip, then the Voyager features plenty of space at the front and rear bungee compartments.
For quick inflation and deflation process, this kayak also features Boston valves that are leak proof. Aside from that it also includes a rear drain plug for easy cleaning/draining, and you won’t see this feature any other kayaks.
The Voyager 2 also comes with all the essential accessories to get you started. Those accessories include carrying bag, padded seats, 2 paddles with ergonomic grip handles, hand pump, Rear tracking fin/skeg, and repair kit.
Both the Challenger K1 and K2 are both top rated product on Amazon. The Reason? It’s because of its cheap price range.
You may get surprised to hear that the Intex Challenger K1 has received one of the highest reviews on Amazon than any other products. And it is one of the cheapest product on our list.
Let’s take a look at some of its features and see whether its worth buying or not.
All the features and functionalities of the K1 is same as of the K2. The only difference between them is their size.
This particular kayak is specially designed for 1 person and measuring at just 30×15 inches; it has enough space to fit the paddler and his extra luggage.
On top of that, the cargo net on the front becomes handy when you want to take any extra gear with you.
This kayak is engineered using the technology called “Dura-Beam” which is made up of thousands of high-strength polyester fibers which results in greater durability and support.
Also, the inflatable I-beam floor is constructed with this same material which is ultra-light and provides the maximum possible comfort while paddling.
You will appreciate the inflatable and adjustable seat with backrest. 220 pounds of weight capacity is really a decent feature considering its low price range.
Overall at this price range, you should not expect much from this kayak. But let me tell you that it will get your job done if you are just a beginner and want to use it for short distance paddling.
Our next pick is Intex Challenger K2 Kayak. If you don’t want to spend a whole lot of money on an expensive kayak, then you can choose this great yet very affordable kayak by Intex.
Though you won’t get durable material as Sea Eagle but intex has introduced Challenger line of kayak series for beginners who want to spend their day relaxing on the water.
This 30 inches wide tandem kayak is constructed from Super-Tough vinyl that will protect it from punctures or UV-rays increasing its life-expectancy.
It measures 15 inches long and has enough room for two paddlers while it can support the 400 pounds of weight capacity. On top of that, the cargo net on the front enables you to store the paddles or extra bag you might have.
Inflatable/removable seats with backrest will make your kayaking experience enjoyable. If you want to sail alone then by removing the adjustable seat, you can have all the space you need to yourself.
Just like the Intex Explorer this kayak also boats two air chamber. The two chambers will give you peace of mind by letting you get to the shore safely if you pop a hole in one of the chambers.
Also, The Challenger does include some of the following necessary features too. Boston valves for easy inflation/deflation, inflatable I-beam floor, for rigidity, removable skeg for added stability and grab line on both ends.
If you are looking for a more versatile kayak that comfortably fits 3 persons with enough space for legs, then we have Sevylor Big Basin 3-Person Kayak for you.
It holds 3 people at a time, and weight capacity is massive 490 pounds. It will be a great choice for you if you are planning to go kayaking with your family.
It measures 12 feet long, and you can adjust the seats to make room for two or three people according to your need.
You might think that the extra-long size of the kayak will result in heavyweight, but you may get surprised to hear that it only weighs 35 pounds.
The heavy-duty PVC contracted body, and rugged tarpaulin bottom will give you peace of mind that it won’t get any punctures or leaks even if you are kayaking on a rocky lack.
If anyone of chamber/part were to get a hole in it, then the kayak will still be afloat because of its multiple air chamber, and it will help you get to the shore safely.
However, there is a downside to this kayak too. First of all, because it is designed for three people it is relatively slow when sailing because it is bulkier and second the whole package does not essential accessories such as paddles or air pump which is quite sad.
Once you get past that, given its affordable price range I would say it is a great choice for you if you are looking for a 3 person kayak because there are not any 3 person kayak that has quality features as this one.