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best cheap paddle boards

Below is a table of all my recommended pics and important specifications. Keep reading below for reviews and paddle board guide.

Table Of Contents

The 7 best cheap paddle boards

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iRocker Nautical

Chasing Blue Infinite

DRIFT Inflatable SUP

Serenelife Thunderwave

Freein Overall 11

ROC Explorer 10

Chasing Blue Ocean Spirt

DAMA Nature

Coolwave Paddleboard

Funwater Tiki


Top Pick

Top Pick

Best Value

Rating

7.7/10

8.3/10

7.6/10

7.3/10

8.1/10

7.3/10

7.6/10

7.6/10

7.1/10

6.7/10

Price

Pros

  • Fiberglass paddle

  • Lightweight and easy to carry

  • Fun and easy to paddle

  • Very stiff construction

  • Works with paddlers up to its 320 lb weight limit

  • 22 D-Rings and lots of handles 

  • Made by BOTE brand known for high end high quality paddleboards

  • Better aluminum paddle than in a typical package

  • Very stable board that is easy to paddle for beginners

  • Low cost complete paddleboard package

  • Easy to maneuver board shape

  • Good for who don’t want to spend much

  • Double layer PVC construction makes board stiff and not bouncy

  • Fiberglass paddle

  • Good double barrel triple action pump

  • Lightweight and easy to carry

  • Diamond grooved EVA deck pad

  • Stable, easy to paddle design good for beginners or experienced paddlers

  • A very good overall value

  • Excellent padded roller backpack

  • High quality durable construction

  • Good looking board with wood grain deck

  • The board shape is easy to paddle with good glide. 

  • Good value overall package with lots of accessories

  • Complete package for very affordable price

  • Lightweight and easy to carry

  • Easy for beginners to paddle with decent glide and turning

  • Low price package

  • Lightweight and easy to carry

  • Good starter board for under 200 lb paddlers

Cons

  • Lower max weight than other iRocker boards

  • Not as stiff as other iRocker boards

  • Accessory and action camera mounts included but not installed on board

  • We would prefer an fiberglass or carbon paddle

  • No D-Rings around middle of board for mounting a kayak seat

  • No rear bungee

  • Thin feeling materials throughout

  • Paddle is flexible with soft blade


  • Difficult to get back into the bag

  • Not many handles or accessory mounts on board

  • The backpack tears easily and isn’t durable

  • The paddle will fill with water and sink if it’s in the water long enough

  • Not as stiff as a 2 layer PVC board

  • Accessory and action camera mounts included but not installed on board

  • The manufacturing of the board is a little sloppy. D-Rings aren’t centered on the board

  • The board feels a little bouncy on the water.

  • Pump pressure gage shows green up to 18psi when max safe pressure is 15psi

  • The realistic weight limit for the board is closer to 300 lbs

  • The single action pump is takes a long time to pump up the board

  • It takes too much effort to load the deflated paddleboard into the top opening bag

Summary

The best value in paddleboarding. A fun cheap board with fiberglass paddle from a reputable company

A very stable stiff paddleboard that is easy and fun to paddle. A great all around beginner or relaxed cruising board.

A good entry level board with stylish appearance better than average paddle. DRIFT boards are made by BOTE. They bring you BOTE style, quality, and performance at a very cheap price

The most popular paddleboard on Amazon.  Performs good for the price. Good for first timers who don't want to spend a lot to try paddleboarding

A good basic no frills all around paddle board that performs well on the water.  Comes with a fiberglass paddle and triple action pump.

A popular basic entry level paddleboard. Okay performance for the price. Doesn't glide and track as well as longer boards. 

A good entry level board that is easy to paddle.  Comes with a really good roller backpack. Sometimes bundled with an electric pump

A very good looking board for the price. Doesn't look like a plane cheap paddleboard. Comes with more accessories than most boards.

A good value easy to use okay performing paddle board. Comes with accessories that match the price. 

A basic entry level paddleboard that includes the very basics of what you need.  The cheapest possible way to get started in paddleboarding

Review

Warranty

2 years

2 years

1 year

1 year

2 years

1 year

2 years

1 year

1 year

1 year

Size

10'6" x 32" x 6"

10'6" x 34" x 6"

10'8" x 33" x 6"

10' x 32" x 6"

11' x 34" x 6"

10' x 32" x 6"

10'6" x 32" x 6"

11' x 33" x 6"

10'6" x 32" x 6"

10'6" x 33" x 6"

Weight

20 lbs

22.5 lbs

19 lbs

19.6 lbs

23.8 lbs

17.5 lbs

19 lbs

19.8 lbs

22 lbs

17.6 lbs

Capacity

240 lbs

320 lbs

250 lbs

275 lbs

265 lbs

300 lbs

280 lbs

330  lbs

400 lbs

330 lbs

Construction

2 Layer

2 Layer Woven

1 Layer

1 Layer

2 Layer

1 Layer

1 Layer Woven

1 Layer

1 Layer

1 Layer

Ratings

iRocker Nautical

Chasing Blue Infinite

DRIFT Inflatable SUP

Serenelife Thunderwave

Freein Overall 11

ROC Explorer 10

Chasing Blue Ocean Spirt

DAMA Nature

Coolwave Paddleboard

Funwater Tiki

Stiffness

7/10

9/10

6/10

6/10

9/10

6/10

7/10

6/10

6/10

7/10

Stability

7/10

9/10

7/10

7/10

9/10

7/10

7/10

7/10

6/10

6/10

Speed

7/10

7/10

8/10

7/10

8/10

7/10

7/10

8/10

7/10

7/10

Tracking

8/10

8/10

8/10

7/10

8/10

7/10

7/10

8/10

7/10

7/10

Accessories

8/10

8/10

7/10

7/10

8/10

7/10

8/10

7/10

7/10

5/10

Setup

8/10

8/10

8/10

8/10

9/10

8/10

8/10

8/10

8/10

7/10

Portability

9/10

8/10

9/10

9/10

7/10

9/10

9/10

9/10

9/10

8/10

Overall Score

7.7/10

8.3/10

7.6/10

7.3/10

8.1/10

7.3/10

7.6/10

7.6/10

7.1/10

6.7/10