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The Best Stand-up Paddleboards on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing ones. While we’ve covered outdoorsy gear for water sports before — like kayak accessories, water shoes, and fishing rods— here we’ve rounded up the best-reviewed inflatable stand-up paddleboards (or SUPs) on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best 10-foot paddleboards

SereneLife Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

“I’ve been wanting a SUP for a while now, but I didn’t want to break the bank. I’ve only been paddleboarding once before, and I really enjoyed it. I came across this one and after reading the reviews and doing some research, I pulled the trigger. I am very impressed with it so far! It’s hard to explain, but when I originally thought of an inflatable SUP, I was skeptical, thinking it was something very flimsy and unstable. I was wrong! When inflated, you can’t even tell the difference. It’s extremely sturdy and stable. I have terrible balance but I was able to stand up no problem! My first day, I went on a 2-plus-mile paddle and I didn’t fall off once.”

Tower Inflatable 10’4” Stand Up Paddle Board

“We were researching paddleboards for a few months and finally decided on Tower boards. We absolutely love it and couldn’t be more thrilled! Our daughter can throw it in the back seat of her convertible VW Bug and head to the beach. It is light enough for her to carry and it easily pumps up. Being that we don’t always have big muscle men with us, I am thankful that I don’t have to lift a heavy, bulky board down from a car rack, or worse, get it back on top of the car rack after a long day out on the water.’

Roc Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

“I was looking for an affordable, inflatable paddleboard that I could stow away and easily inflate when I wanted it. I have rented inflatable paddle boards that are double the price of this, so I was pleasantly surprised to see what great quality this board has! It is sturdy when blown up and definitely big enough for me and my pup (plus it was easy for her to stay on). I love how it fits easily (with the pump) in the backpack which makes it convenient for throwing in the back of the car or in a closet at home. Would definitely recommend to others!”

Best 11-foot paddle boards

Atoll 11-Foot Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

“I’m so glad I chose this board! I’ve taken it out on rivers, lakes, ponds, and huge rivers with decent waves. It’s a smooth ride, super lightweight, stylish, great quality, and has tons of room. You can bring along another person or a couple dogs if you want! My cousin didn’t see me pump the board up and he never even realized it was an inflatable until I told him. He thought it was a hard board. It’s also very stable in the water, yet still has good speed.”

ISLE Airtech Inflatable Explorer Stand Up Paddle Board

“Buy one now. This was the best purchase I made last summer. Went out at least once a week and quite a few weekends. Easy to pack, easy to inflate. Extremely stable and very small learning curve. I looked at quite a few boards and this one came with the most d-rings and bungees so I could take out a small cooler and other gear when paddling. The fact that it also came with the pump, paddle, and bag, made this purchase a no-brainer. It takes about 15 minutes to inflate and then I’m on the water. I’ve recommended this set to everyone that is considering getting into SUP.”

THURSO SURF Waterwalker All-Around Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

“I’ve been on many hard/fiberglass boards and this board surpasses any of my hard board experiences! It is incredibly smooth and stable in the water … it does not slap the water like hard boards. The board is very responsive and turns on a dime. The foot pad grips so well and your feet will not slide at all on this pad. The white surface keeps your feet cool and won’t attract heat from the sun which was important to me as I will be using this board seven months a year in Florida.”

Best extra-lightweight paddleboard

ISLE Airtech All Around 10’6” Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

“I have used mine twice now since getting it just over a week ago. It takes less than 5 minutes to pump up and even less time to deflate. It is lightweight and easy to carry to the shoreline. The fin was also easy to install once I figured out the angle. The ride is comfortable and the glide is surprisingly quick!

Best paddleboard with a 400-pound weight capacity

iROCKER Cruiser Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

“We bought two plastic SUPs for Christmas. We took them out once with the kids and I realized they were not made for me. I was too heavy for them to be stable; however, I decided I had enough fun that I’d spend some money and get me a board that could carry my weight. I bought this board and it’s been great. I’ve taken it out five times now and it is great. It’s fairly stable (you still need to learn some balance though) and I’ve only fallen off once so far. Thanks to this board, I think I’m addicted to SUP.”

Best paddleboards under $300

Bestway Hydro-Force White Cap Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board & Kayak

“I love that this comes with everything! It’s well-made, stable, and feels solid when inflated (a challenge to pump up to be sure, but that’s what makes it so sturdy). It’s lighter than a non-inflatable SUP, so it’s easy to move and transport. It handles well in the water. The cargo straps at the front are perfect for tucking my flip flops away and securing my dry bag. It’s just an awesome buy, especially at that price.”

Pathfinder Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

“It took me forever to finally buy this SUP, and I regret waiting so long. I had never paddle boarded before I took the plunge, but it was the perfect board to learn on as it was wide enough and thick enough to provide great stability. I went the whole summer without falling off, and for me, that is really saying something. You would not know that it is inflatable once you get it to the correct PSI because it is so rock solid, but I am so thankful that I was able to roll it back up into its backpack for winter storage instead of trying to find room for a 10-foot-long board somewhere.”

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The Best Paddleboards on Amazon, According to Reviews