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The Top 10 Best Inflatable Stand-Up Paddle Boards of 2024

The Newest ISUP Kits Of The Year

The Newest ISUP Kits Of The Year

Updated on 7/10/2024
Abigail ScottBy Abigail Scott
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Are you looking to purchase a new inflatable SUP board? If you are, take a moment to read over our newly updated 2024 best inflatable paddle board list. This list will continue to be updated as new boards hit the market – so be sure to check back often for updates.

Sadly, the internet is full of false information from people who have not tested any of their top-rated iSUPs (some have never paddle-boarded before). Instead, they throw up a list of 'top 10 rated inflatable stand-up paddle boards' and move on to the next post. Or you have a paddle board company that puts together its top rate list, which will inherently be biased towards their brands and unfair to others.

At boardandkayak.com, we not only do a paddle and test each board we recommend but also spend hours talking with manufacturers and advising them on how to improve their boards yearly. We are a team of people across the globe, from the USA to Germany to Australia, and we aim to give you the best inflatable SUP reviews to find the right iSUP for you.

Below are our current 10 Best All-Around Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards for 2024. This list is our attempt at putting together recommendations based on how well each board performs on the water, how well the SUP is built (we want to make sure any board listed is made with high-quality materials and is going to last), and what people old and young, short and tall, small and large think about the boards. This is not just a list from industry pros so far removed from the average paddler that they only recommend $1,500 inflatable paddle boards. Most people are budget-conscious and consider cost when creating this list. Finally, we vet every company and ensure you will be given customer support after purchasing.

 

ISLE Switch 2 in-1 Inflatable SUP/Kayak

Product tested by Board and Kayak

Things we like:

  • With a width of 35.5 inches, this SUP/kayak is very stable
  • It features a lot of versatile features and plenty of customization options
  • With a weight of just 19 pounds, this hybrid SUP-kayak is the lightest on the market
  • You can use this board as a SUP or a kayak with the all-inclusive accessory kit

Things we don't like:

  • It would be nice to see ISLE switch to a composite or carbon fiber paddle instead of the aluminum paddle.
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This list has been expanded with the ISLE Switch, an exciting new addition. We have found no other board of its type to be a kayak and a SUP hybrid that performs well in either application.

ISLE Switch's 11'6 x 35.5" size makes it super stable, yet it weighs just 19 pounds. You can pick up a surprising level of speed for a board of this size without experiencing the heavy, cumbersome feeling that sometimes comes with larger panels. The paddler does not need much effort to maneuver it, making it easy to turn with sweeping strokes.

The Switch is highly versatile, even without its 2 in 1 label. A series of polyester loops runs from nose to tail along both SUP rails, which ISLE calls their 'ISLE-LINK Connect System.' In addition to customizing your kayak seat and footrest placement, you can adjust the size of your cargo area. In addition, you can add more attachments, anchor down extra gear, and even attach two kayak seats for a tandem kayak.

Our favorite inclusion in the Switch is the inflatable kayak seat and footrest. ISLE has made sure to include to get you out on the water SUP'ing or kayaking.

The most popular hybrid 2 in 1 board on the market, undoubtedly.

 

SereneLife Up iSUP

Our list of best inflatable paddle boards includes SereneLife. We've consistently ranked it among the best-valued SUPs, and it's a good entry-level, good-quality iSUP. Furthermore, you won't find many great features and accessories at this price point (under $400).

The 10'6 board is one of the most versatile SUP boards on the market, featuring D-rings, action mounts, safety handles, and bungees for storage.

The 10'6 SereneLife is one of the best iSUPs we've encountered for 2024, so why did we include it on our list? Price is the only thing that matters, and it's a killer deal now that SereneLife has lowered the price. Our readers deserve a high-quality, value-packed paddle-boarding option on this list, given the current economy. The SereneLife is similar to the All-Around with less PVC and drop-stitch density. This board isn't as rigid as the All-Around or some other boards on this list, but it still paddles well and comes with suitable accessories, making it an excellent choice for beginners and recreational paddlers.

 

iROCKER Cruiser Ultra iSUP

iROCKER's Ultra series blew us away. Our team's Ultra series SUPs have quickly become staples in our collection due to their compact design and impressive rigidity. Among the crowd, iROCKER's Cruiser was a stable yet lightweight, sporty, all-around model that improved on the original Cruiser.

It is the weight that distinguishes the Cruiser Ultra from the Original Cruiser. It was pretty heavy at 25 lbs when it was 10'6 x 33", but it will be roughly 4 lbs lighter at 21 kg when it is 10'6 x 33". As a result, the Cruiser Ultra feels much smoother while paddling, and smaller paddlers will have an easier time getting it moving. IROCKER achieved this weight reduction without compromising the stiffness of the Ultra series, which is even stiffer than its predecessor. Furthermore, the Cruiser Ultra has twin fins that improve tracking capabilities and make it more compact.

Even though the Ultra series is known for its performance and build quality, we are also smitten with the accessories included in the package. iROCKER's Ultras are packed in a lightweight, comfortable, and compact SUP backpack, including an integrated carbon hybrid paddle, a coiled leash, twin fins, and a 12V electric pump. In today's compact SUP market, an accessory list of this quality is impossible to beat, adding so much value to the SUP.

 

Thurso Surf WaterWalker 132

Our Overall Review
4.3
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ThursoSurf Waterwalker 132 ranks third on our list of best iSUPs. The Waterwalker also comes in a 10'6 and 10'10 version suitable for smaller solo paddlers, rather than the 132 we'll focus on.

It's stable, not cumbersome, and glides smoothly, giving it a faster feeling in the water. Changing to a higher-quality drop stitch (woven) this year, Thurso cut some weight on the board, adding responsiveness and lighter weight. Compared to the other SUPs on this list, this one outperforms them all.

In terms of accessories, we love the a lot about the WaterWalker. Besides the two wheels, the upgraded bag includes an extra zipper pouch for fins and other accessories (leash, repair kit, etc.). The paddle holder on the side of the board is a great feature that keeps your paddle secure while on the board. Another method of securing the paddler is by undoing the center handle and wrapping it around the shaft. Anything like SUP Yoga is still impossible with this kind of design. As far as paddle holders go, Thurso's design is the best! SUP fitness and yoga are ideal extra activities for this board. It is also lovely to have the extra D-rings and bungee cords on both sides of the board, so you can store all kinds of items or set up the optional kayak seat.

Thurso's boards are made from durable dual-layer PVC, which has a high weight capacity. The rails are reinforced with a layer of PVC plus carbon fiber to improve protection and stiffness. In addition, Thurso kept their well-known wooden grain print but offered a few color options that we loved.

Thurso Surf continues to grow, and we look forward to seeing what they come out with in the future!

 

Bluefin Cruise SUP Package

Our Overall Review
4.4
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BŌTE HD Aero

Our Overall Review
4.5
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The BŌTE HD Aero Inflatable 11'6 stand-up paddle board is a new addition to our list and does not disappoint. BŌTE is renowned for its durable and stable SUPs, and the 2023 HD Aero model is no exception. At 11'6 and 34" wide, this board offers ample volume and is incredibly tough. It also has many great accessories, such as BŌTE's unique paddle sheath, rack mounts, multiple D-rings, and front and back bungees. The board seamlessly combines an all-around board with a solid fishing platform.

In terms of design, the BŌTE HD Aero is one of the most attractive boards on the market, featuring four different color and design options. These options are not just different colors of the same design but four completely different designs, ensuring you will find one that suits your style.

Whether cruising on flat water lakes and marinas, fishing with friends, or paddling in open ocean waters loaded with gear or kids, the BŌTE HD Aero performs exceptionally well in various settings.

 

Atoll 11' Inflatable Paddle Board

The Atoll 11' is a great lightweight yet stable all-around board option. At just 21 lbs, it is nimble on the water and perfect for various activities. Atoll has managed to keep the weight down by using fusion technology in the manufacturing process.

What sets the Atoll apart from other all-around boards is its tapered shape in the front and back, giving it more of a touring/cruising design. This makes paddling a joy as it is fast and glides through the water quickly. The board also comes with ample storage in the nose and multiple D-rings for additional storage or attaching accessories. The only downside is that it could benefit from an extra handle on the nose for improved portability.

The pump could be improved, but the board has a high-quality carbon fiber blend paddle and center fin. It is suitable for both beginners and intermediates and comes in various color options and with a 2-year warranty.

 

Nixy Newport G4


NIXY boards made a strong impression this year by focusing on the accessories for their new models, and they deserve credit for creating the best kit paddle out of all the boards on the best inflatable paddle board list. The NIXY Newport is the brand's all-around board designed for paddling in various situations, and it performs well. The Newport is highly recommended for intermediate to advanced paddlers looking for an elegant, playful all-around board. The board features NIXY's dual-layer FUSIONtec technology, which makes it super light at just 20 lbs. The board also has carbon fiber rails for added strength and durability. The Newport is one of the group's most maneuverable and playful boards, but it does sacrifice some stability for its extra maneuverability. The Newport has a fresh, clean, and stylish design, with attention to detail in the logo being imprinted on the deck pad. The accessories on the Newport are top-notch, with a comfortable backpack, triple action double chamber pump, high-quality removable fins, three handles, extra D-rings, and a carry strap included in every purchase.

 

BlueFin Cruise 10'8 All-Around Inflatable SUP

Our Overall Review
4.4
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Bluefin is a new player on our best inflatable stand-up paddle boards list, but they are not new to the industry. Based in the United Kingdom, Bluefin is a leading European manufacturer and is now making a big entrance into the US market. Their boards are of excellent quality, and we particularly like the BlueFin Cruise for its superb build quality and stiffness. The BlueFin Carbon comes with an impressive array of accessories such as a 3-piece fiberglass paddle, leash, single chamber dual action pump, phone dry bag, and kayak conversion kit. The large backpack may be more significant than average but valuable. We are excited to see Bluefin expand to the US market and believe they have created a fantastic board and kit at an excellent price point.

 

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Inflatable Paddleboards Worth It?

Yes, inflatable paddleboards, or iSUPs, are definitely worth it. They offer several advantages over traditional hard boards, including:

  • Portability: iSUPs are easy to transport and store. They can be deflated, rolled up, and put in a backpack, making them ideal for travelers or those with limited storage space.
  • Durability: Modern iSUPs are made from strong, high-quality materials that are resistant to punctures and abrasions. They can withstand rough handling and heavy use, making them suitable for all skill levels and water conditions.
  • Stability: iSUPs are generally more stable than hard boards, especially for beginners or those looking to do yoga or other activities on their board.
  • Affordability: While some high-end iSUPs can be quite expensive, most are much more affordable than hard boards. This makes them a great option for those just starting out or those who want to try paddleboarding without breaking the bank.

Which SUP Brand is Best?

There are many great SUP brands on the market, each with their own unique features and strengths. Some popular brands include:

  • Red Paddle Co: Known for their high-quality materials and attention to detail, Red Paddle Co is a top choice for serious paddleboarders.
  • iRocker: iRocker is a popular brand that offers a wide range of iSUPs at affordable prices. They are known for their durability and stability, making them a great choice for beginners.
  • Atoll: Atoll is a newer brand that has quickly gained a reputation for producing high-quality, durable iSUPs. They are especially popular among travelers due to their portability and ease of use.

Ultimately, the best SUP brand for you will depend on your needs and preferences. Consider factors such as price, materials, size, and intended use when making your decision.

What is the Best Size for an Inflatable Paddle Board?

The best size for an inflatable paddle board will depend on several factors, including your height, weight, skill level, and intended use. In general, shorter boards are more maneuverable and better for surfing or whitewater, while longer boards are faster and better for touring or racing. The width of the board also affects stability, with wider boards being more stable but slower. As a general rule, beginners may want to opt for a wider, more stable board, while experienced paddlers may prefer a narrower, faster board.

What is the Highest PSI Inflatable Paddle Board?

The highest PSI inflatable paddle board will depend on the brand and model of the board. However, most high-quality iSUPs have a recommended PSI of between 12 and 15. Some boards, such as the Red Paddle Co 22'0 Dragon, can handle up to 27 PSI, but these are generally used for racing or extreme conditions and are not necessary for most paddlers.

Is it OK to Leave Inflatable SUP Inflated?

It is generally okay to leave an inflatable SUP inflated for short periods of time, such as a few days or a week. However, it is not recommended to leave it inflated for long periods of time, such as over the winter or during extended periods of non-use. This can cause the material to stretch or weaken, and can also cause damage to the seams or valves. When storing your iSUP, it is best to deflate it, roll it up, and store it in a cool, dry place.

How Much Should You Spend on Inflatable SUP?

How much you should spend on an inflatable SUP will depend on several factors, including the brand, size, and intended use. In general, you can expect to spend anywhere from $300 to $1500 for a high-quality inflatable paddleboard. Keep in mind that while some cheaper options may be available, they may not be as durable or stable as higher-end models, so it's important to do your research and choose a board that meets your specific needs and budget.