Choosing the best sit on top kayak can be overwhelming – there are so many great ones out there! There are solo kayaks, tandem kayaks, and even inflatable models to choose from! Kayaks can also be a bit of an investment, so it’s important to find one that will last for years to come. Since there are so many different options out there, let’s go over some things you should consider before buying a new kayak for yourself or your family!
Capacity: Single rower kayaks are best for individual users because they are smaller, more lightweight kayaks for solo trips. Tandem kayaks can fit two or more people, or fit one person who needs to carry extra fishing, camping, or hiking equipment.
Paddle: Some kayaks come with paddles while others require you to buy them separately. Keep this in mind if you’re on a budget! If a kayak doesn’t come with paddles, or only comes with one, that could be an added expense!
Weight Capacity: When determining the right weight capacity for your needs, consider everything you will possibly put into the boat! Tally up the weight of any people, including their clothing, lifejackets, paddles, and any extra equipment you plan to take with you.
Warranty: A properly cared for kayak should last you for several years without issue. However, we know things happen! Choose a company with a warranty you like, and feel confident that they will help if anything goes wrong with your kayak.
Size: The size of your boat is an important consideration, especially when you consider transporting or storing it! Make sure it will fit on your car or in your garage, and whether you can handle carrying it alone or with help.
Kayak Weight: Weight is important, especially if you plan to kayak alone or with children. Buy a kayak you can comfortably lift and move on your own, or if you grab a tandem kayak, one you can lift with a little help!
Now that know the size or type of kayak you need, and ideas on your budget, let’s get into the reviews! We researched several kayak brands and found 10 that we think work for just about any budget or personal preference. If you don’t have time to read about all 10 kayaks, that’s fine! We started with our Top Pick and Budget Pick first, so you can read about those now and come back later to learn about the rest!