To get the best paddleboard, just like shopping for anything else, you have to know the specifications to look for. Since they are flooded in the market, it may be overwhelming to choose the right one but with guidelines it is much easier. Most people don’t take into serious consideration knowing every detail prior. In as much as you will get an assistant in the store who will help you in making the right decision, you have to have the basics in hand. Some of the factors to consider when looking for a paddleboard include:


You don’t want to end up with a paddleboard that is of the wrong size. That will give you so much inconvenience and discomfort that will interfere with your experience. As much as the board will be inflated and have a different size, the initial size is also important. Normally your height and weight will influence the right size for you. Taller and heavier people are well suited with bigger paddleboards while shorter and lightweight counterparts are well suited for smaller paddleboards. Heavy weight is in the category of more than 140lbs. while lightweight is less than 140lbs.

It is important to bear in mind that there will be variances depending on the brand of the paddleboard and how you intend to use it for. For some uses such as yoga since you need a wide surface area you will need a long paddleboard.

Thickness of the board

The thickness of a board will determine how solid and stable the board will be. In un-inflated state a paddleboard will have a size that ranges between four to six inches. Thick boards are relatively more stable as compared to their counterparts. The thickness of a board is not the only one that has an influence on the duration it will take for the board to inflate but also the volume of the board as well.


PSI (pounds per square inch) is the maximum air pressure that an inflatable paddleboard can be filled with. When the pressure is high, it means that the board will be fuller and stiffer and vice versa. If you are lightweight, you can get away with a board that has a low pressure. The duration it takes to fill an inflatable paddleboard however depends on the kind of pump that you are using. For a hand pump, your arm strength is what will influence. Generally an electric pump is normally faster.

Board surface

As much as the board surface of paddleboards is relatively the same, there are some boards that are different. There are some board surfaces that may have a top surface that has special features such as anti-slip traction pads. The surface boards of paddleboards have different kind of surfaces.

Once you know the factors to consider, getting the best cheap paddleboard is an easy affair. There are many online stores from where one can do their research and comparison. It is however important to always remember that what might be the best for someone else may not be necessarily the best for you.