8 Best Inflatable SUPs of 2021 (Buyers Guide!)

Inflatable paddle boards and SUPs can be life-savers when you don’t have a lot of space to store or transport your gear. While they have their own pros and cons over solid paddle boards and SUPs, portability and space-saving potential are the two biggest advantages to consider. 

Just like their similar hard versions, inflatable SUPs and inflatable paddle boards can come with accessories, such as kits for beginners, sets with backpacks or carrying cases, and more. We’ll go over many such kits in this guide. 

As with any water-based toy or product, you should always keep an eye on young children when they’re using it(rather you should try Best Kids Inflatable Boats). It’s also a good idea to go out with a partner when you plan to use it, too, just in case you get into trouble.

This website also has an interactive resource for US Drowning Statistics, Worldwide Drowning Statistics, and Drowning Prevention for your perusal.

What Is an Inflatable SUP?

SUP stands for stand-up paddle boarding. Eventually, it’s the goal of all paddle boarders to stand up on their board and propel themselves through the water with a paddle, but beginners will sometimes sit, lie down, or kneel until they can get their balance. 

Traditional paddle boards are made of materials like foam and epoxy. While these materials are excellent for buoyancy and weight, they’re rigid and somewhat fragile. With a traditional foam and epoxy board, transportation can be rough, as you usually need rooftop racks to bring it anywhere. They’re also prone to dents and scratches if you drop them or bang them against something.

On the other hand, inflatable paddle boards can take a bit more of a beating, and they’re incredibly portable. The main drawback of an inflatable board is that you’ll need to inflate and deflate it before each use (you don’t have to deflate it completely after using it, but it won’t be small and portable if you don’t).

However, as long as you don’t puncture your board, you don’t have to worry about denting it since it doesn’t have a hard shell. Additionally, you can transport it in small cars, on planes, and even over public transportation. 

While you might think that inflatable SUPs could be unsteady, you’d be wrong! Because they’re made to hold a rigid, flat shape, they’re incredibly sturdy in the water, and most have a durable, grippy top layer for you to stand on. They’re particularly well-recommended for beginners because of this, too. 

While epoxy paddle boards are generally thought to perform better in water than inflatable boards, the difference is small enough that many beginners and experts alike won’t notice.
(If you are expert of SUP, you must be looking for Best Inflatable Fishing SUPs)

SereneLife Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

This inflatable SUP from SereneLife is an excellent first entry to our list. It’s a popular seller, it comes at a reasonable price, and it’s even available in several colors – black, blue, marine blue, and olive green – meaning it can fit anyone’s style. 

Notably, this paddle board is a “soft top,” meaning it has a foam-padded top portion for you to stand on. This soft top is excellent for beginners and children, as it’ll hurt less when you take a tumble. 

Some other notable features of this board include:

  • Size: 10′ long, 30″ wide, 6″ thick
  • Weight: 19 lbs
  • Capacity: 275 lbs
  • Comes with a full accessory kit, including manual pump, carrying case, collapsible paddle, repair kit, and ankle cuff

This board is manufactured with durable, high-quality materials – what you would typically find on boards more expensive than this one. Additionally, because this board is so thick and wide, it can easily carry two smaller individuals. We can’t recommend going above the 275 lb weight limit, but this board could probably hold a bit more than that.

Because this board comes equipped with triple fins for stability, it works great for surfing, too. Of course, if you’re surfing on this board, you should expect to fall off now and again, which makes the ankle tether a critical safety feature. This is especially important for inflatable boards, which are lightweight and quick to float away. 

The only thing to keep in mind with this board (and other similar models) is that the included manual pump can be a pain to use. Inflatable SUPs should be inflated to about 15 psi, and it can be challenging to get those last few pumps in if you’re not a muscular individual. An automatic pump can be a great help for this!

If you decide to purchase an automatic pump for this board, make sure it has a Halkey Roberts valve, which this board uses. 

As far as performance goes, because this board sits so high in the water, it turns very quickly – it’s even appropriate for children to use. However, the included paddle can be a bit heavy and unbalanced, and the backpack can be difficult to pack everything back into after a day out on the water. 

Roc Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

The Roc Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board will set you back a bit more than the SereneLife above, but it makes up for that with extra features and durability. Another great seller, the Roc inflatable board is lighter than any other option on this list, and it holds more weight than the SereneLife.

Notably, the Roc comes with a one-year included warranty, and a USA family-owned company creates it, so you can feel good about who you’re supporting. It comes in three color schemes: black, aqua, and blue. 

Specific measurements and capacities of the Roc SUP include:

  • Size: 10′ long, 32″ wide, 6″ thick
  • Weight: 17.5 lbs
  • Capacity: 300 lbs
  • Accessory kit includes a carrying backpack, safety leash, a waterproof bag (for cellphone, keys, etc.), and a collapsible aluminum paddle

The first thing to note about this Roc board is that it’s slightly larger than the SereneLife above. While both boards are the same length and thickness, the Roc is two inches wider. It can also hold an extra 25 lbs compared to the Serene Life. This makes it great for carrying additional passengers or cargo. 

Something about this kit to keep in mind is that the included backpack could be sturdier, a common problem on this list. It’s flimsy and quickly gets uncomfortable when walking long distances. If you plan to take these boards to remote locations, you may want to invest in better backpacks (or a board with a better carrying bag). 

The aluminum paddle that comes with this board could also use some work. It does tend to float for a while if you drop it, but it’s all black, so it can be challenging to see in the water, especially if it sinks. Additionally, it can’t handle much abuse – it tends to fall apart quickly. 

This board also tends to be a bit difficult to fill, so if you have trouble with manual pumps, consider purchasing an automatic one. 

One of the most significant benefits of this board is that, because of its width, it works quite well for kayaking, too. However, keep in mind that the bright white colors on this board tend to get dirty quickly. 

One final advantage of the Roc board is that the bungee area on the front of the board has six anchor points. The rest of the boards in this lineup only come with four anchor points, meaning the Roc will hold cargo in place better, and it may be able to carry slightly more, too. 

SereneLife Premium Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

This is another paddle board offering from SereneLife, and it seems to be almost identical except for the “Premium” branding and some different color options. The premium board is also five inches longer than SereneLife’s standard board, as well as Roc’s SUP. 

The SereneLife Premium board comes in three color options: pink, orange, and black/gray. It also has a soft top, like the standard SereneLife board, making it great for both kids and beginners. 

Specific measurements and features of the SereneLife Premium include:

  • Size: 10′ 5″ long, 30″ wide, 6″ thick
  • Weight: 19.6 lbs
  • Capacity: 275 lbs
  • Accessories include a carrying case, ankle leash, hand pump, repair kit, and collapsible paddle

Because this board is slightly longer than the others we’ve seen so far, it’s entirely appropriate for two individuals to ride on at the same time, though you should always keep under the 275 lb weight limit. 

While this premium model is available in several great colors, they can be prone to fading. If you’d like to maintain the color on these, try not to leave them out in the sun. Of course, you can’t avoid the fading while taking them out on the water, but instead of leaving them in the sun to dry, consider drying them off indoors. 

The collapsible paddle that comes with this model is prone to sinking, just like the other two models we’ve looked at. One option to fix this is to tether the paddle to the board itself with a retrieval cord or attach a floatation device to it separately. 

While the paddle that comes with the black model can be challenging to see in the water, both the blue and pink varieties come with bright, pastel-colored oars. 

Again, the backpack that comes with this model is poorly made and prone to failing, especially around the zippers. You may want to purchase a better bag for this unit along with an automatic air pump. 

Bluefin Cruise SUP Package Stand Up Inflatable Paddle Board

This SUP package from Bluefin is not cheap; it costs quite a bit more than the other boards we’ve seen so far. However, this extra cost goes into the quality craftsmanship of this board, as well as the additional accessories that come with it. 

Firstly, you’ll notice that this board comes in several different sizes. Rather than the one-size-fits-all approach of the other iSUPs on this list, Bluefin offers different lengths, widths, and accessory packages with their boards. However, do notice that the Bluefin Cruise only comes in one color scheme: blue and white. 

The Bluefin Cruise comes in three basic configurations, and each configuration comes in both a “standard” and a “carbon” option, with the carbon option being the more premium of the two.  

Bluefin Cruise 10′ 8″

  • Size: 10′ 8″ long, 33″ wide, 6″ thick
  • Weight: 25 – 34 lbs (Carbon: 33 – 42 lbs)
  • Capacity: 287 lbs
  • Accessories include a carrying bag, two collapsible fiberglass paddles, ankle leash, manual pump, kayak conversion kit, and GoPro nose mount

Bluefin Cruise 12′

  • Size: 12′ long, 33″ wide, 6″ thick
  • Weight: 25 – 34 lbs (Carbon: 33 – 42 lbs)
  • Capacity: 309 lbs
  • Accessories include a carrying bag, two collapsible fiberglass paddles, ankle leash, manual pump, kayak conversion kit, and GoPro nose mount

Bluefin Cruise 15′ Tandem

  • Size: 15′ long, 36″ wide, 6″ thick
  • Weight: 25 – 34 lbs (Carbon: 33 – 42 lbs)
  • Capacity: 353 lbs
  • Accessories include a carrying bag, four collapsible fiberglass paddles, ankle leash, manual pump, two kayak conversion kits, and GoPro nose mount

These Bluefin Cruise boards are meant to be the solution for hardcore paddle board enthusiasts who need something more portable. As you can see, they come with upgraded accessories in addition to the upgraded price. The “carbon” series offers a further improved product made with carbon fiber for extra durability. 

Aside from size differences, the different length configurations are virtually identical in features. The main difference is that the 15′ models come with two extra paddles and one additional kayak conversion kit since it’s meant to be used with two passengers. 

The Carbon models have slightly upgraded accessories to go with the upgraded construction of the board. Firstly, the fiberglass paddles get another upgrade to carbon fiber paddles, and the manual pump receives an update to triple-action instead of double-action. The carbon series is also slightly heavier and comes with a US box fin system instead of a Smart Lock fin system. The box fin system is sturdier and more reliable than the Smart Lock system, so this is something to keep in mind. 

The biggest draw of the Bluefin boards is that all of the above come with a five-year included warranty. Customer service is also excellent, and they’ll send you things like replacement fins and paddles on a moment’s notice if you lose or damage yours. 

The paddles that come with this SUP are unique in that they can be converted into a kayak paddle if necessary. Instead of attaching the handle to the base, simply attach two bases together. No other board on this list comes with this feature (or comes with two paddles, to boot). Additionally, the fiberglass paddles will continue to float in the water instead of sinking over time. 

The main thing to note with these boards is that, because they’re longer and more tapered than the other boards we’ve looked at, they can be more challenging to balance. Most customers don’t notice this because these Bluefin boards are marketed towards experienced users, but novices should be aware of this before making such a large purchase. 

Uenjoy Inflatable Sup All Around Paddle Board

The Uenjoy inflatable paddle board comes in both 10′ and 11′ options, and it’s the cheapest option on this list. Despite this, the board holds up reasonably well to abuse, and it comes in two colors: yellow and red. 

The low price on this board means that you’ll be giving up some accessories and features, but it’s an excellent choice for beginners looking to get started on a budget. It’s also quite stable. 

The measurements and accessories that come with this board are as follows:

  • Size: 10′ or 11′ long, 30″ wide, 6″ thick
  • Weight: 24 lbs or 26.5 lbs
  • Capacity: 242.5 lbs or 286.5 lbs
  • Accessories include a carrying bag, a patch repair kit, a manual pump, and one collapsible paddle

Surprisingly, this board is quite a bit heavier than the other options we’ve seen on this list, aside from the Bluefin Cruise above. Since it’s at a price point closer to the SereneLife and Roc boards, it’s strange that it doesn’t come at a similar weight. 

That aside, this board is functional, though the quality can be a bit suspect. The lower-quality materials can be prone to leaks, and it doesn’t come with a manufacturer’s warranty of any kind. The weight capacity on this board is surprisingly good, though.

Notably missing from the accessories included with this board is an ankle leash for safety. While the board itself has a D-ring on the rear for attaching an ankle leash to, you’ll need to provide your own or go without one. 

Similarly to other budget boards, the carrying bag that comes with this board can be prone to ripping and wearing out. Notably, this board comes with a duffel-style bag instead of a backpack. This board is also not as sturdy or puncture-proof as comparable boards, so the included patch kit is a must-have. 

Note that the paddle that comes with this board does not float, and the air pump doesn’t work particularly well, either. You may want to purchase an automatic pump with this model, too. 

Vilano Journey Inflatable SUP Stand up Paddle Board Kit

This inflatable SUP from Vilano is a moderately-priced paddle board that comes in a turquoise and grey color scheme. It does come with a one-year manufacturer warranty, which is an excellent bonus over comparable boards. 

The main difference between this board and the others in this list is the lack of permanent side fins. This board only has one detachable central fin, which can make it a bit more challenging to steer and control. 

The measurements of this board and included accessories are as follows:

  • Size: 10′ long, 31.5″ wide, 6″ thick
  • Weight: 25 lbs
  • Capacity: 240 lbs
  • Accessories include a carrying bag, a shoulder strap, manual air pump, ankle strap, and collapsible paddle

This board comes with one unique accessory that none of the other boards on this list have: an over-the-shoulder carrying strap. This strap can attach to the board itself when it’s inflated, making it easier to move short distances. In contrast, most of the other boards on this list come with carrying handles only (or nothing at all).

While this kit doesn’t come with a kayak seat, it does come with attached D-rings that make a kayak-style setup possible. There are some issues with the pump, so an automatic pump may be a good additional purchase for this board. 

Because this board only comes with one fin on the bottom instead of three, it can be less stable in the water. The paddle included with this board is also a bit flimsy, though it is collapsible and adjustable. 

Unfortunately, this kit only comes in one color: turquoise blue. Vilano does sell several other SUP models that come in different colors, but this kit, in particular, does not. It’s also quite cumbersome compared to some of the other boards on this list, making the included shoulder strap a nice feature. 

Thankfully, customer service for this company is outstanding. If you run into any manufacturing issues or defects with the board, they are happy to replace it for you quickly and efficiently. 

Aquaplanet PACE Stand Up Paddleboard

This board from Aquaplanet is another average, moderately-priced paddle board. However, this one comes with the best accessory kit out of any on our list. The Aquaplanet PACE only comes in a blue-and-red color scheme, though. 

Other than the complete accessory kit, this board is very similar to the others we’ve looked at so far. The specifications of the kit are as follows:

  • Size: 10′ 6″ long, 31″ wide, 6″ thick
  • Weight: 24.25 lbs
  • Capacity: 300 lbs
  • Accessories include a collapsible paddle, manual pump, patch repair kit, ankle strap, carrying bag, shoulder strap, and waterproof accessory bag (for cell phone, keys, etc.)

Unlike the previous board, this one also has three fins, the main one being detachable for easy storage. This makes the board steady and easy to turn in the water. This board is also one of the highest-rated for weight on this list, at 300 lbs. However, it’s also a bit heavy, at just over 24 pounds. Fortunately, this is mitigated somewhat by the included shoulder strap for carrying. 

This SUP also comes with plenty of D-rings for alternate configurations. For example, while this board does not come with a kayak seat, it has the required rings to attach one. While it only comes in one color, you’ll get more with this kit than many others on our list. The only better-equipped package is the one from Bluefin, which includes an extra paddle.

On the topic of paddles, the one that comes with this kit is floatation-friendly, as it has buoyant foam inside the handle to keep it afloat. While it’s a bit dark and challenging to see in the water, the fact that it floats does make it easier to recover if it goes overboard. 

Be aware that the carrying bag included with this paddle board is low-quality and tends to break easily, especially around the zippers. The pump is also a little questionable. However, everything else included with the board works well. 

Goplus Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

This iSUP from Goplus comes in two sizes – 10′ and 11′ – and each size comes in a different design. The 10′ version comes in white and blue with orange stripes down the left side, while the 11′ version comes in white and blue with a light blue palm tree pattern in the center.

Both of these boards come with a small kit, though not with as many features as some of the previous boards we’ve seen. As far as price goes, this board is on the lower end of mid-tier, and the 10′ option is one of the cheaper boards on this list. The main difference between this board and other similar competitors is its high weight capacity. 

The specifications of both boards are as follows:

  • Size: 10′ or 11′ long, 30″ wide, 6″ thick
  • Weight: 24 lbs or 26 lbs
  • Capacity: 440 lbs
  • Accessories include a carrying bag, manual pump, patch repair kit, and telescoping paddle

Besides its color schemes, there’s not much overly unique about this board. It only has one fin, like the Vilano Journey we looked at earlier. However, the incredibly high weight capacity on this board sets it apart from the others on this list. 

This means that just one of these boards can carry two people very easily. The board can carry larger individuals with ease, too, or heavy cargo. However, note that the lack of stabilizing side fins on the bottom of this board means it may not handle as well or be as stable in water as similar models would, and this instability is only compounded when adding more weight. 

The main downside of this board is the included pump, which doesn’t work very well. In particular, the pump tends to let air out if you inflate the board and leave the pump plugged in. However, since you’ll likely be purchasing an automatic pump anyway, this isn’t a huge problem. 

Additionally, note that this board also does not come with an ankle leash, an important safety and retrieval feature. However, it does come with plenty of D-rings for attaching an ankle tether or kayak seat if you want to use one. 

Best Inflatable SUPs of 2021 Comparison Chart

Product NamePriceSize (LxW)Weight capacity (Pounds)Distinct Features
SereneLife Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board$-$$10'5''x30''275Provides Manual pump, carrying case, collapsible paddle, repair kit, and ankle cuff
Roc Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board$$$10'x33'350Comfortable and convenient, collapsible aluminum paddle, safety leash, hand pump, waterproof bag
SereneLife Premium Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board$$$10'8''x30''275SOFT, STABLE & ANTI-SLIP TOP DECK, triple bottom panel fins, steering & handle
Bluefin Cruise SUP Package Stand Up Inflatable Paddle Board$$$10'8''x32.9''287Comes in three basic configurations with “standard” and a “carbon” option
Uenjoy Inflatable Sup All Around Paddle Board$-$$11'x30''242.5Non-slip handle design ensures stable running,adjustable Paddle, Patch kit for emergency
Vilano Journey Inflatable SUP Stand up Paddle Board Kit$-$$10'x30''240Made by high grade PVC material with Korean Drop-Stitch construction
Aquaplanet PACE Stand Up Paddleboard$-$$10'6''x15cm220.5Includes collapsible paddle, manual pump, patch repair kit, ankle strap, shoulder strap and waterproof bag
Goplus Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board$$11'x30''265High quality PVC and constructed, quickly and easily inflate

Conclusion

As a rule, iSUPs can be a great alternative to traditional paddle boards as long as you’re willing to deal with some minor drawbacks. While they’re portable and easy to store, they can be a bit unsteady and more challenging to maneuver in the water than epoxy boards. They’re often cheaper than solid paddle boards, too, but inflating and deflating them can be a pain. 

As we’ve said, we do recommend purchasing an automatic air pump to go along with most of these boards, as manually inflating them can be a tiring venture itself. If manually inflating your SUP tends to tire you out before you even get out on the water, an automatic pump can be a real life-saver. 

Based on what we’ve reviewed here, the best overall inflatable SUP for the average user is the Roc Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board. While this board is on the upper end of what you’ll pay for inflatable paddle boards, it has the following advantages over its competition:

  • Six bungee points instead of four to hold more cargo
  • Extra-wide for extra stability
  • Lightest-weight board on this list at 17.5 lbs
  • Comes in three color schemes
  • Full accessory set
  • One-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Made by a USA-owned company

However, if you’re looking for something genuinely premium, consider the Bluefin Cruise line of boards. While these boards will set you back as much as or more than a solid board, they’re incredibly durable and built to last (at least five years). They come with some of the best accessories of any board on this list, too. Additionally, the Bluefin Cruise is the only iSUP on this list that comes with a half-decent manual pump to inflate it with. 

If you’re looking for something cheap and inexpensive, you can also consider the Uenjoy Inflatable Sup, which will set you back the least of any board on this list. While it’s pretty bare-bones as far as accessories go, the board itself is reliable enough to make it a decent purchase. 

The other boards on this list are excellent options, too, though they tend to fall in-between the above options in terms of quality and price. If you’ve seen a feature that you particularly like, such as the Goplus Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board’s increased weight limit or the Aquaplanet’s complete accessory kit, don’t hesitate to purchase those!

Of course, there are other great inflatable paddle board options out there, too, so don’t be afraid to do your own research as well. However, these models should provide an excellent place for you to start, as well as some unique options to consider. 

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