If you’ve compared inflatable SUPs to rigid boards, then you might be ready to take advantage of the convenience offered by the inflatable models. With that in mind, we’ve taken the time to check out all of the top models and brands to bring you the Just Paddleboard definitive list of the very best inflatable stand up paddle boards for the money right now. We regularly update the list below as new models are released to the market, so you’re always getting up-to-date rankings and reviews. And if you prefer the hard body models, find our guide here.
Best Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards for the Money 2016 - 2017
The boards that you see on the list above are great options for adults as well as teens. And if you are new to paddle boarding, then you will find that these are also great iSUPs for beginners. One thing to keep in mind as you shop for a new board is that weight limits vary by board. So, if you are a heavier person or if you want to take a friend, child or dog out with you on the water, then you might need to look for a higher weight limit.
Also notice that the boards vary in length and thickness. The thicker the board, the more stable it will be out in the water. Board length is important when it comes to how you want to use your iSUP. A good multi-purpose or general use SUP length is a 10-footer.
About Tower Adventurer
This iSUP has a high weight limit of 350 pounds, which is very rare for inflatables of this size. That makes it a great iSUP for heavier people as well as people who want to take out a dog or other person.
The Tower Adventurer is also a good iSUP for beginners because it is one of the most stable SUPs on the market right now. It boasts a 6-inch thickness, which is why it offers such great stability. The length of the board is just shy of 10-feet at 9’10” long.
And this ultra-durable iSUP is very versatile – you can use it for flat water paddling, in some small waves, for yoga, for fishing and so much more. It is definitely a good buy at this price point.
About Tower Adventurer 2
As you can tell from the photo, this board has a different nose shape than the other Tower board. Other than that, the two boards have most of the same basic features and benefits.
The pointed shape of the nose of this board makes it excellent for surfing – even better than the regular Tower Adventurer. It even moves through the water a little faster.
Of course, if you want a board that is more versatile, then the regular Tower Adventurer is a better choice. That being said, you do still get the great stability from this model. And, it also supports up to 350 pounds.
About Vilano Navigator
If you are on a tight budget, then the Vilano Navigator is a good choice for you. Though Vilano is primarily a bicycle brand, in the past year they have emerged as one of the top new brands of inflatable SUPs. And just like their bikes, they specialize in offering affordable iSUPs at prices lower than their competitors.
You also get a lot of accessories for the money with this package. In addition to the board, there is a removable fin, a pump, a paddle and a carry bag. A lot of the package deals have similar items included, but you don’t always get a carry bag, so that is a nice bonus with this one.
Like the Tower models listed above, you get great stability here thanks to the 6-inch thickness of the board. Though the weight limit is much lower at just 250 pounds. That is about the normal for boards of this size though.
If you want to attach a seat, then you can easily do that on this one thanks to the D rings that are included. That makes it easy to use the iSUP for fishing, if that is of interest to you. Overall, this is a great inflatable paddle board for beginners due to it’s low price and good stability. Plus, it performs well in all different types of water conditions.
About Vilano Journey
The main difference is the weight limit. With the Vilano Journey, the weight limit is only 200 pounds, which is less than the model listed above.
The price on this board is also low, so if you can deal with the lower weight limit then this is one of your cheaper iSUP options right now. And, your color choices are fewer with this board.
Pretty much everything else about the Journey is the same as the Navigator. You get the same accessories in the package deal and the board is the same size (including thickness).
Due to the lower weight limit, this board is probably not ideal for most adults. It does make a good inflatable stand up paddle board for teens, so if you have any youths that you’re shopping for, then this is a good, cheap choice.
About Solstice Tonga
I believe that this was a new model for 2015 because summer 2015 was the first time that I came across it. The Solstice brand is known for making decent quality paddleboards at affordable prices. It is not quite as cheap as some of the other options on the market, but I still think that the Solstice Tonga is a good value for the money.
You might be surprised that this 10-foot 8-inch board is also 6-inches thick – this is not the industry standard, but here at JustPaddleboard, we’re fans of boards like this that offer the best stability.
This one does come as part of a package deal. You get a pump and a carry bag, but no paddle. Truth be told, I prefer to buy my own paddle because many of the ones that come as part of a package are low quality. And you don’t have to spend much to end up with a high quality paddle of your own.
One important thing to know about this board is that it has a rather high weight limit. It can support up to 325 pounds! So it’s a decent choice if you need a SUP for heavier guys or if you wanna take out your dog or someone else with you.
About Isle 10-ft iSUP
You get this board as a package deal that includes an adjustable paddle, a pump, removable fin and repair kit. Note that you don’t get a carry bag with this one, so you’ll have to buy that separately.
The board design makes this a good all arounder iSUP – it performs well in all water conditions from waves to flat water. However, it does have a really low weight limit of just 200 pounds! So, that makes this a good iSUP for teens and kids as well as adults who weigh under 200 lbs.
Due to the 6-inch thickness, you get good stability out in the water, just like with all the models listed up above. And it has D rings for your seat, dry bag or other accessories that you want to take out in the water with you. And the price for this model is similar to others like it.
About Solstice Bali
The biggest difference between the Solstice Bali and all the boards listed above is that this one is only 4-inches thick. That means that it is not quite as stable in the water as the other models. For that reason, we don’t recommend this board for beginners. But, if you’ve done SUPing before, then you might enjoy the way that this board moves through the water.
Note that it is part of a package deal, so you get the iSUP, a pump and a carry bag. You will need to buy your own paddle (we suggest a carbon fiber model that floats if dropped in the water).
If you have plans for a seat or something similar, it does have four D rings already on the board for you.
About Aqua Marina SPK-3
While not as popular as some of the other brands that you see listed here, Aqua Marina makes good quality paddleboards and the SPK-3 is proof of that. This 1o-foot iSUP is just slightly longer than the other 10-footers at a length of 10-feet 10-inches.
In terms of stability, this is one of the more stable models since it is 6-inches thick, which is one of the reasons that we like it so much.
When it comes to affordability, this is another one of the cheapest inflatable stand up paddle board packages for the money right now. The kit includes the paddle board, a pump, and an adjustable paddle. If you’re already familiar with the Aqua Marina line of iSUPs, then let me point out that the pump you get with the SPK-3 is an upgraded version of the one that comes with the SPK-1 and SPK-2.
About Isle 11-ft Explorer
The one tracks very well in the water and it’s longer size makes it a great iSUP for fishing, surfing and other water adventurers. Anglers will really appreciate the 14 D-rings and two bungee systems, which are perfect for all that fishing gear or for kayak-style seats.
It does come as part of a package, which also includes an adjustable paddle, repair kit, removable fin and pump. It’s pretty much everything that you need for some basic paddling fun. Note that it does not come with a carry bag though, so you will need to shop for one of those separately or just use an old duffel bag for storage and transport.
In terms of cost, the exact price varies from one retailer to the next, but it seems to cost a similar amount to the Tower Adventurer 2 most of the time.
About Red Paddle Co’s 10’8″ Ride
If you’re in the market for a high-end all-rounder inflatable SUP that is made by one of the top brands in the market, then look no further than the Ride model from Red Paddle Co. This thing performs well in all different types of water conditions from flat water river paddling to small ocean waves surfing.
This awesome ten eight Ride iSUP was formerly called the “Mega” but got this new name for 2015 – but don’t worry, it’s still the same great board that you’re used to from Red Paddle Co.
It’s stability is unmatched because you can inflate it to an industry leading 25 PSI (the norm is 15 PSI with all the other models you see on this page). So, even though this board is slimmer than most at 34-inches across, you still have a nice stable ride out there. And in terms of thickness, it is about 4.75-inches thick, which is thinner than most of the models on the page but the stability is still good with it.
The Ride iSUP is part of a package deal that also includes a pump, a repair kit and a really nice carry backpack for the board. Seriously – this is the nicest carry bag of any of the package kits that you’ll find right now. You will need to buy your paddle separately, but that won’t cost you much.
In terms of weight limit, you’re looking at 220 pounds on the official specs, but it can actually handle a little more without compromising the stability or performance in the water.