Best budget inflatable SUP boards for beginners and intermediates

Please note with COVID restrictions slowly lifting and spring coming, budget inflatable SUP boards are selling fast.

Since the spring of 2020, budget inflatable paddle boards for beginners and intermediates have seen their demand increase rapidly. This correlates with  SUP popularity which grew massively in the UK, thanks in parts to multiple lockdown restrictions and glorious weather. There is a larger range of inflatable paddle boards now than ever before. They come in numerous shapes, sizes and of course prices. This page is focusing on some of the best budget inflatable SUP boards currently available for beginners and intermediates. If you are after mid-range or high end stand up paddle board (SUP), please refer to our top 10 best inflatable SUP boards.

Top 10 best budget inflatable SUP boards

  1. Aquaplanet Allround Ten
  2. Aqua Spirit iSup board
  3. Tigerxbang
  4. Portofino 10
  5. Fayean Tiger
  6. Aquaplanet MAX
  7. Aquaplanet PACE
  8. Leader MAX all round inflatable sup
  9. SUP Conwy Ogwen 10' 6" Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Complete Kit
  10. Aquaplanet Rockit BLU / Aquaplanet Rockit PNK

Aquaplanet MAX- one of the best budget inflatable boards out there

Aquaplanet MAX- one of the best budget inflatable boards out there

Best budget inflatable SUP boards

If you're looking for a cheap or budget inflatable SUP board, the main thing to look for when starting out is the size of the paddle board. Generally speaking, the larger the board, the more stable and buoyant it is. The shape is important too, a wider paddle board will offer more stability than a longer and thinner one.

As an example, the Aquaplanet MAX and the Aquaplanet PACE have identical overall sizes but the shape of the PACE is slightly "thinner" than the MAX. Because of the more elongated shape, the PACE will glide faster than the MAX but will offer less stability. It's also worth keeping an eye on the board max payload; especially if you anticipate taking a kid or a four-legged friend on the board with you.

If you are quite new to paddle boarding and you want to buy your first board on a budget, the list above is a good starting point. These boards are part of the best selling inflatable paddle boards on Amazon UK (as of Feb 1st 2021). And for the price tag, they are really good indeed. They'll let you embark on your paddle boarding journey at relatively low cost.

All the paddle boards listed above come with a full kit that usually includes: leash, fin(s) paddle, carry bag, pump. Some package include a dry bag for instance. Other kits get you small extras like a small repair kit or a water resistant phone pouch. Some even come with a kayak seat like the Funwater inflatable stand up paddle board, the Aquaplanet Rockit BLU or the Aquaplanet Rockit PNK. In any case, and if budget allows,  we highly recommend getting a good quality electric pump for inflatable sup boards.


The best budget inflatable SUP boards

Aquaplanet Allround Ten inflatable sup board

The Aquaplanet Allround Ten is the perfect inflatable stand up paddleboard for families, beginners and sunny day paddlers. It's ideal for river use, lakes, calm seas and small waves.

The Allround Ten comes with everything you need to get started on the water: adjustable paddle, a safety leash, a waterproof dry bag (to keep your phone, camera, keys and money safe on the water), a sturdy backpack for easy transportation, a repair kit and a dual action air pump.

This inflatable board is Aaversatile all-rounder board for all beginners and families. Lightweight, strong and portable.

Size: 10' x 30" x 4"
Max load: 90kg

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Aqua Spirit iSup board

This iSUP board measures 10’ (300cm) long, 32" (80cm) wide and 5" (12.5cm) thick. Its generous size enables beginners and intermediates to find their balance more easily. The grooved footbed offers good grip and helps you standing on the board with confidence. The included adjustable aluminium paddle can be set to your preferred height.

With this hybrid all-round design, you can enjoy touring, and racing. The nose of the board narrows into a raised tip for easier and faster cutting through still or choppy water. A durable slide-in centre fin works in tandem with 2 support fins for improved steering.

The package includes an iSUP pump with built-in pressure gauge. Quickly inflate the board to your optimal pressure, or deflate your board for storage and transport.

Aqua Spirit kit includes everything you need to get straight out onto the water. As well as the inflatable paddle board, the kit also includes a 3-piece adjustable aluminium paddle, a safety leash, the iSUP pump, a wetsuit changing mat and a waterproof smartphone case!

Aqua Spirit is a good go-to choice for paddle board and iSUP gear and equipment. 

Size: 10' x 32" x 5"
Max load: 100kg

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Tigerxbang inflatable stand up paddle board

The Tigerxbang inflatable stand up paddle board is perfectly suited for beginners and novices. You can take this SUP board to lakes, calmer seas or rivers and enjoy yoga, fishing, or simply soak in the beautiful natural surroundings.

With its large width of 32 inches (80cm), this paddle board offers great buoyancy and a large area to stand or sit down. The max load is 150kg so the Tigerxbang can accommodate two young people of moderate weight on the board at the same time.

The Tigerxbang bundle includes a hand pump, a backpack, a leash, an adjustable aluminium paddle, a repair kit, a removable fin and a removable seat.

Size: 10'6'' x 32" x 6"
Max load: 150kg

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Portofino 10 inflatable paddle board

The budget inflatable paddle board Portofino is a great all-round entry level iSup. It is suitable for kids, newbies and more experienced paddlers. It is an excellent board to explore canals, lakes, rivers and even small waves. 

It comes with a high-pressure pump with pressure gauge, an easy-load backpack, a coil leash, aluminium paddle and removable fin.

The Portofino is wider than most all-round paddle boards. This in return offers greater buoyancy and therefore stability.

You can transform the Portofino to a sit-down kayak using the SUP to kayak conversion kit (sold separately)

Size: 10' x 33" x 4.75"
Max load: 120kg

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Fayean Tiger paddle board

The cheap Fayean inflatable paddle board is another iSup offering a wider 33" deck, thus increasing buoyancy and stability. It's therefore a great entry-level budget inflatable paddle board suitable beginners and casual paddlers with a little bit more experience. 

The Fayean package includes all the paddling essentials: hand pump, 3 removable fins, backpack, coil leash and universal waterproof case.

Size: 10.5' x 33" x 6"
Max load: 200kg

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Aquaplanet MAX inflatable sup board

The Aquaplanet MAX is a very popular board for good reason: it’s perfect for both beginners and intermediates. It is suitable for choppier water or if you are looking for a stable board to practise your yoga moves. Sturdy enough to give the occasional extra passenger or four-legged friend a ride too.

The MAX ticks all the boxes for value and convenience. It offers value for money with the top quality you’d expect from AQUAPLANET. It's also very convenient as it can be easily transported, and it can be inflated and ready to go in under 10 minutes.

It has ultra tough drop stitch, thick surface laminate material allowing for high PSI inflation, traction pads for grip, triple fins for agility and a large detachable central fin for stability when paddle boarding.

The Aquaplanet MAX kit includes everything needed to start paddle boarding right away. Along with the board, the pack has an adjustable paddle, an ankle leash, a dry bag, a sturdy backpack for easy transportation, a handy repair kit and a dual action air pump.

Size: 10'6" x 31" x 6"
Max load: 130kg

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Aquaplanet PACE SUP Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

The Aquaplanet PACE is great for beginners and intermediates who are after a sleek design and reactive feel. The PACE lets you cut into waves with its pointed shape. The PACE is therefore a bit more geared up towards touring than its sister, the Aquaplanet Max. Its extra thickness gives this board great stability and buoyancy.

Just like the MAX, the PACE offers great value for money, with the top quality you'd expect from Aquaplanet. 

Ultra tough drop stitch, thick surface laminate material allowing for high PSI inflation, traction pads for grip, triple fins for speed and a large detachable central fin all make for an amazing experience when out paddle boarding.

The Aquaplanet PACE package comes with the PACE inflatable paddle board, an adjustable paddle, a safety leash, a dry bag, a backpack, a handy repair kit and a dual action air pump.

Size: 10'6" x 31" x 6"
Max load: 120kg

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Feath-R-Lite Beginner inflatable sup board

New ultra light construction dual layer PVC. Inflated the FW measures 10' length, 30" width and 6" thick. It weighs 16.7lbs (7.5kgs), maximum capacity is up to 220 lbs (100kgs). It is stable and for all skill levels and conditions.

This FW inflatable paddle board is ultra durable and constructed with additional PVC layer strengthening its durability.

The width, length and thickness of the board offer good buoyancy and the 3 removable fins provide great ability.

The package includes the FW inflatable SUP board, adjustable aluminum paddle, high pressure pump, travel backpack, coil leash, phone bag, and 3 removable fins.

Size: 10' x 30" x 6"
Max load: 100kg

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Funwater inflatable stand up paddle board

The FunWater paddle board is 10’ x 31’’ x 6’’(305 x 78x 15 cm), which provides good stability, particularly suitable for various beginner/ levels .

It's made of durable and skin-friendly PVC material with non-slip comfortable EVA. It has a kayak conversion seat making it easy to transfer from ISUP to kayak.

It is very convenient to store and carry. It's lightweight, easy to inflatable and deflate. Everything can be folded up and put in your backpack, and taken anywhere .

This bundle includes the Funwater inflatable SUP board,  adjustable paddles, backpack, high pressure pump, kayak seat, 3 removable fins, coil leash andwaterproof phone case.

Size: 10' x 31" x 6"
Max load: 100kg

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Leader MAX all round inflatable sup

The Leader MAX all round inflatable paddle board is built with military grade PVC. Its construction is made of countless drop stitch inner structure. This makes for a rigid and reliable paddle board.

The bundle includes the Leader MAX paddle board, an adjustable paddle, 3 fins, a carry bag, a pump with gauge and a repair kit. All you need to get started.

The Leader MAX is suitable to use on lakes, rivers, canals and slightly choppier seas. It is ideal a beginner/intermediate paddle board to use for touring, have a go at surfing and practice your downward facing dog yoga move. Its  extra thickness adds great stability and buoyancy.

It's a great board for a stable ride, heavier riders or bigger waves, with its slightly larger than usual platform.

Size: 10'6" x 32" x 6"
Max load: 120kg

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FR beginner inflatable sup board

This inflatable paddle board is made from new ultra light construction dual layer PVC.

Inflated, the board measures 10' x 30" x 6", giving it decent stability.

The package includes the paddle board, adjustable aluminium paddle, high pressure pump, travel backpack, coil leash, phone bag, and 3 removable fins.

Good for beginners/intermediate

Size: 10' x 30" x 6"
Max load: 100kg

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Conwy Ogwen 10' 6" Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Complete Kit

The Conwy Ogwen is a good allrounder paddle board. Its rounded shape and size provide good stability especially appreciated by beginners.

This paddle board is made of a thick and hardy single layer of 1.5mm PVC and a diamond cut grip pad. 

Complete Kit: The Conwy Ogwen is sold with a hand pump, an adjustable paddle, safety leash, 3 fins (the large one being detachable), a carry case and a repair kit

Size: 10’6″ x 30″ x 6″
Max load: 130kg

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Aquaplanet Rockit BLU / Aquaplanet Rockit PNK

If you are looking for a kayak AND paddle board all in one, then the Aquaplanet Rockit is a great option. Both Rockit BLU and PNK come with a handy kayak conversion seat kit and lightweight two-way paddle.

Swap from a standard SUP to a kayak with ease and enjoy both styles of gliding through the water.

Ultra tough drop stitch, thick surface laminate material allowing for high PSI inflation, traction pads for grip, triple fins for speed and a large detachable central fin for stability when paddle boarding.

AQUAPLANET Rockit package includes everything needed to start SUP adventures straight away. As well as the kayak conversion seat, the package comes with an adjustable paddle that converts into a two-way paddle for kayaking. It also has a safety Leash, a waterproof dry bag to keep your phone, a sturdy backpack for easy transportation, a handy repair kit and, of course, a dual action air pump.

Size: 10’2″ x 31″ x 4″
Max load: 130kg

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The top 10 above was gathered from the best selling inflatable paddle boards on Amazon UK (01.02.2021).

Are cheap budget inflatable SUP boards any good?

Cheap inflatable sup boards are as good as what you expect of them. If you don't intend to use your board for hours many times a year, a cheap board will do the job.

Cheap paddle boards are usually lighter as they use less material for their construction, which is great for transportation.

On the other hand however, less material means less quality and usually less pressure for the board. Overtime the board might bend to a banana shape which is not the greatest to ride.

Cheaper inflatable sup boards usually don't come with the perks of high end products. They might not have good warranty (or no warranty at all), no customer support, poor design quality.

But if you plan to use your board only a few times a year for short periods of time, a budget paddle board would be perfectly suitable as the low price would then be one of the important decision factor.

If you would like a higher end board, check our best inflatable paddle boards

 

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Last updated on May 3rd, 2021