The 10 Best Inflatable Kayaks

This review has been updated 22 times since it was first published in September of 2015. While going out on the water in a blow-up boat may sound risky, these inflatable kayaks are actually quite durable — and tons of fun. They’re easy to store and transport, so you can get out on the lake without having to tow a trailer carrying a large vessel. We’ve ranked the best the market has to offer here by their durability, load capacity, ease of maintenance, and value. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the review.

Editor's Choices
Top 10 Inflatable Kayaks

10. Sevylor Quikpak K1

  • Inflates in just 5 minutes
  • Easy-to-carry backpack
  • Suffers from a bit of drag

9. Solstice Swimline Flare 1

  • Works well in any conditions
  • Fairly durable for an inflatable
  • Seat is poor quality

8. Sevylor Big Basin 3-Person

  • Bottle holder for each seat
  • Great for tall users
  • Very slow to dry

7. Airhead Montana Two-Person

  • Effective spray covers
  • Six d-rings to attach gear
  • Maintenance can be a bit tricky

6. Intex K1 Challenger

  • Front and rear grab lines
  • 84-inch aluminum oar
  • Skeg falls off frequently

5. Airhead Deluxe

  • Lightweight and easy to lug around
  • Can be tough to steer
  • Screws need to be tightened often

4. Advanced Elements Strait Edge

  • Good amount of back support
  • Puncture-resistant pvc
  • Includes a repair kit

3. Sea Eagle Pro

  • Includes a pump and carrying bag
  • Saltwater- and uv-resistant hull
  • Good choice for taking dogs along

2. Intex Explorer K2

  • Ideal for lakes
  • Backrest on each seat
  • Easy to drain when done

1. Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Sport

  • Folds up easily
  • Extremely stable
  • Glides through water smoothly

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