Your Next Lake or River Trip Deserves a Kayak – And They’re More Affordable Than You Think

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Whether you’re looking for a way to get in shape, want to spend more time at your local lake or river, or you’re already an avid kayak-enthusiast who is in search of a second boat or a portable option, we’ve got three great personal kayaks that will make you wish that summer lasted forever. That is, if you didn’t already feel that way.

Kayaking is one of the best workouts you can do on the water. Upper body strength is required to keep your paddle moving and kayaks give a great core workout as well. One of the best features of a kayak is that thanks to their comfortable seats, they can be enjoyed by just about everyone, from young children, to the elderly, to those with mobility issues.

We also love that kayaks can be used for a variety of activities on the water. Not only are they a great option for simply paddling around, but many water lovers use their kayaks when fishing. We’ve also included a stand-up paddleboard, which can double as a kayak. This item has recently seen a resurgence thanks to stand-up paddleboard yoga glasses.

Depending on the size of the kayak, they can offer seating for multiple people at once, or one person and a dog.
Two of the boating options on our list below are inflatable, while the third kayak is lightweight. Having a boat that is easy to store, move, and carry is especially important if you don’t live on the water and need to be able to transport your boat.

As with any type of boat, we always recommend that users practice caution with their kayak or paddleboard and use a life jacket or another type of personal floatation device. Taking additional measures, including boating with other people, checking weather and water conditions before venturing into the water, and refraining from drinking alcohol when on the water are all important aspects of water safety.

With summer just around the corner, now is a better time than ever to head to the lake or river with your new kayak.


1. SereneLife Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

The SereneLife Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board is a 10’ longboard that features a soft non-slip deck that is great for beginners and for SUP Yoga enthusiasts.

Pros: If you’re looking for the power and paddle of a kayak but want the versatility of a stand-up paddleboard, the SereneLife is a excellent option. The SereneLife has 30” of deck space and features a non-slip soft top that is great for beginners and stand-up yoga fans. The board is inflatable and comes with everything you’ll need, including a coiled ankle cuff safety leash, three bottom panel fins, an adjustable oar Pedal, manual air pump, patch repair accessory kit, and a storage bag for ease of portability. Customers note that they love how strong and stable the SereneLife is while also be light enough to carry.

Cons: Customers find that the SereneLife is not as sturdy as a hard board and some reported issues when dealing with the company’s customer service.

SereneLife Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

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2. Sevylor Quikpak K1 1-Person Kayak

Set up your Sevylor Quikpak K1 1-Person Kayak in under five minutes and easily carry the kayak, which turns into the boat’s seat, to any water destination.

Pros: The Sevylor is a smart designed inflatable kayak that includes an easy to carry backpack system that turns into the boat’s seat. The 21-gauge PVC boat has safety features built in that make it rugged enough for lake use, including a tarpaulin bottom that protects against punctures and multiple air chambers that will keep the boat afloat even if one chamber is damaged. The Sevylor has a double lock valve for ease of inflation and deflation, a non-leak airtight system, and it comes with an adjustable paddle and hand pump.

Cons: Though the kayak has a 400-pound max weight rating, many customers commented that those weighing more than 250 pounds felt the boat sink slightly in the middle. The kayak also doesn’t not track as well as a traditional kayak and can easily spin when not paddling. Customers also complained that the handles are not comfortable.

Sevylor Quikpak K1 1-Person Kayak

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3. Sun Dolphin Bali SS Sit-on top Kayak

The Sun Dolphin Bali SS Sit-on-top Kayak is a lightweight and durable kayak and offers proper tracking and an easy entry and exit seat.

Pros: Our sturdiest boating option, the Sun Dolphin is not an inflatable kayak like our first two picks and therefore provides more control when on the water. Designed for river and lake use, the Sun Dolphin has a portable accessory carrier that doubles as extra storage when boating. The Sun Dolphin has an ample and protective seating area and an open cockpit area that makes it easy to enter and exit the boat. The kayak is made from UV-stabilized fortiflex high-density polyethylene and has a molded-in paddle holder and carrying handle.

Cons: Unlike the first two options, the Sun Dolphin does not come with a paddle. Customers note that water drains out of the seating area, which means you bum will get wet while paddling.

Sun Dolphin Bali SS Sit-on top Kayak

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