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How Much Does a Kayak Cost(35 example prices)

A new Kayak will cost you about $1045. My research shows prices range from $69 to $3250 as shown in the chart below. The cost depends on length, materials, and type. A fishing model with motor will cost $2k or more, and a basic inflatable is less than $99. A used one costs about half of new.


Make and Model Style Source Price

Perception Swifty Deluxe 9.5

Sit in Dick’s $349.00

Pelican Trailblazer 100 NXT

Sit in Dick’s $199.00

Perception Rhythm 11

Sit in Dick’s $499.00

Field & Stream Blade Tandem

2 person Dick’s $599.00

Perception Pescador Pro 10.0 Angler

Sit on top, fishing Dick’s $749.00

Perception Pescador Pilot Pedal Drive 12

Sit on top, fishing Dick’s $1,799.00

Intex Challenger K1 Kayak

Sit in, inflatable Amazon $69.00

Lifetime Tamarack Angler 100

Sit on top, fishing Amazon $349.00

Perception Pecador 12

Sit on top, fishing Amazon $679.00
Vibe Kayaks Sea Ghost 110 Sit on top, fishing Amazon $978.00
Oru Foldable Sit on top Amazon $1,299.00

Pelican Premium The Catch 100

Sit on top Academy $699.00

Evoke Navigator 120

Sit in, 12 ft Academy $949.00

Old Town Topwater

Sit on top, 12 ft Academy $999.00

Ozark Trail 10′ Sit-on-top Angler Kayak

On top, 10 ft Walmart $279.00

Sea Eagle 3 man Inflatable

On top Walmart $309.00
Ascend 10T Sit on top Cabela’s $499.00

Wilderness Systems Pungo 120

Sit in REI $799.00

Oru Kayak Inlet Folding Kayak – 10′

Sit in REI $899.00

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible Tandem Inflatable Kayak

Sit in REI $699.00

Hobie Mirage Passport 10.5 Sit-On-Top Pedal Kayak

Sit on top REI $1,399.00

Old Town Manitou Sport Kayak with Paddle

Sit in REI $799.00

Aquaglide Chinook 120 Inflatable Kayak

Sit on top REI $550.00

Perception Crank 10.0 Sit-On-Top Kayak

Sit on top REI $1,430.00

Oru Kayak Haven Folding Kayak – 16′

Sit in REI $1,999.00

Eddyline Fathom Kayak

Sit in REI $2,700.00

STAR Rival Sit-On-Top Inflatable Kayak

REI $995.00

Dagger Torrent 10.0 Sit-On-Top Kayak

REI $680.00

Hobie Mirage Compass Duo Sit-On-Top Tandem Kayak

REI $3,250.00

Delta Kayaks Delta 17 Kayak

Sit in REI $2,500.00

Old Town Castine 140 Kayak

Sit in REI $1,450.00

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 140 Sit-On-Top Kayak

On top REI $1,100.00

Eddyline Sitka ST Kayak

Sit in REI $2,000.00

Aquaglide Blackfoot Angler 125 HB Inflatable Kayak

On top REI $1,000.00

Average Price:


If you want to save money, try renting, borrowing, or buying used. 12 tips.

Beginner info.

It is a fun sport, and cheaper than a boat because you do not have to buy gas, license, dock, and insurance.


Kayaking On A Budget

Premium Kayaks will mostly cost you more than a thousand dollars. If you’re still not too sure about your new found passion, or your frequency of engaging in kayaking is less, you’d not want to go for it. Budget Kayaks cost a few hundred dollars, but the material will be inferior, the weight will be higher, they will not track well or last long. Also, there’ll be less room inside the Kayak.

You’ll also need to take into consideration the type of water. If you’re planning for whitewater kayaking, you’ll need a whitewater Kayak, which is small, sturdy, and the seating position is deep inside the Kayak so that you don’t fall out. For still waters, you can go for a touring Kayak. Kayaks built for seawater are longer than the usual Kayaks, have more storage space as the excursions are expected to be longer, and made using material that can withstand rough weather conditions.


Kayaks are available across the price range in the market. You might get tempted to go for the cheapest one. Don’t make that mistake.

Most of the Kayaks available in the lowest price bracket aren’t fit for frequent use. They’ll not withstand rough conditions and will get damaged easily. Soon you’ll realize that replacing a cheap Kayak with another cheap one is more expensive than going for a decent one at the beginning itself.

Also, you can’t go for a very lightweight Kayak just because it’s easy to carry. Lightweight Kayaks get tilted easily in rough waters. That said, you can’t go for a too heavy Kayak too because it’ll be challenging to maneuver it. You’ll get tired after covering a short distance.

Make sure whatever Kayak you buy has the minimum requirements in place in terms of safety, stability, and speed, even if it means stretching your budget a bit. You buy rent or buy used to save some cash.

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