Tandem kayaks are great way for two or three people get on the water together.
If you are just renting a kayak for a day to enjoy with your friend or family, then tandem kayak would be perfect choice to have fun together. However, you need to be cautious when buying a tandem kayak.
You have to ask yourself whether you have a partner who wants or needs to be on the same kayak with you most of the times when you go kayaking. Because eventually most adults want to enjoy with their own kayak rather than paddling together with someone else.
You tend to go out on the water to have freedom, to relax, and to release your stress from work or home. There are many people who start kayaking with tandem kayak and buy another ones with single kayaks very shortly. When you go kayaking, you can easily see couples enjoying kayaking separately with single kayaks.
If you are looking for a kayak to enjoy with your child, then tandem kayak is best choice for you without any doubt. Also if you are looking for kayaks for fishing, tandem kayaks are useful even though you are paddling solo. Because you will remove one seat and use that space to carry lots of fishing gears and equipment.
Quick Answer: Best Tandem Kayaks
Whitewater Kayaking (Inflatable): No.2 – 380x Explorer™
Racing (Inflatable) : No. 5 – 473rl RazorLite™
Fishing (Hard Shell): No.1 – Yellowfin 130T
Fishing (Pedal System, Hard Shell): No.3 – PK14
Fishing (Electric Motor, Inflatable): No. 4 – 385fta FastTrack™
Fishing (Gas or Electric Motor, Inflatable): No. 6 – 435ps Paddleski™
Touring (Inflatable): No. 10 – Advanced Frame Convertible
Top 10 Tandem Kayaks (2019 Review)
No. 1 Vibe – Yellowfin 130T
Vibe is well-known brand for fishing kayak. Yellowfin 130T is one of the popular tandem kayak model.
You can choose to paddle double or solo. Many people choose tandem model even if they paddle solo because they want to load lots of fishing gears. Some people load battery for their fish finder, tackle boxes, rods, coolers and even camping equipment on their kayak.
This kayak has great stability, so you can stand-up fishing. People are very impressed with the overall quality of the product and the customer service.
Yellowfin 130T is great value for the money especially when it is compared to kayaks from other well-known brands such as Hobie, Jackson, and Old Town.
Kayak Activity Type: Fishing, River, Flat water, Touring
Average Review Score: 4.7/5.0 (Total 24 Reviews)
If you are looking for a tandem kayak which you can use from any type of water condition, 380x Explorer™ would be a good choice.
If you want to learn more about this kayak, see No.1 300x Explorer™ from Top 10 Inflatable Kayaks (2019 Review).
380x Explorer™ and 300x Explorer™ have exactly same features, but just different sizes, weights, and weight capacity.
Kayak Activity Type: Whitewater, Flat water, Ocean, Surfing
Average Review Score: 4.5/5.0 (Total 91 Reviews)
PK14 is an ideal tandem kayak for fishing and touring.
This model is awesome because of the Dual Pedal Drive System. Pedal system allows your hands to be free from paddling, so it helps a lot especially when you are fishing. Also with the Rudder-Controlled Steering, it allows for precise, responsive turns with no paddle steering required.
Usually when you are on kayak for fishing, you stay longer than you probably think. So, the quality of seats is very important thing you should consider. When you are on the uncomfortable seat for long hours, next day you will have terrible back pain. Then, you don’t want to go or you may not able to go for kayaking for a while. This model provides very nice seats with ergonomic design.
The downsides of this model are the price and the weight. The starting price for kayaks with pedal system is normally about $2000. If you are not big fan of the pedal system and not into fishing, this is not recommended to you because you are actually paying a lot for the pedal system. The weight for this kayak is 99 lb which is really heavy. If you always have a partner, helping you to launch your kayak and loading it back to your roof rack after use, it should be fine. But if that is not the case, we wouldn’t recommend this model.
Instead, BKC-PK13 model is recommended for 1 person kayak with pedal system.
Kayak Activity Type: Fishing, Flat water, Touring
Average Review Score: 4.8/5.0 (Total 9 Reviews)
Kayak Activity Type: Fishing, Flat Water, Calm Ocean
Average Review Score: 4.9/5.0 (Total 16 Reviews)
473rl RazorLite™ is just tandem setup of 393rl RazorLite™. They have exactly same features except that 473rl has 2’8″ longer and its weight capacity is 250 lb higher. If you are interested in this model, check No.4 393rl RazorLite review from Top 10 Inflatable Kayaks (2019 Review).
Kayak Activity Type: Flat water, Racing
Average Review Score: 4.8/5.0 (Total 30 Reviews)
Normally, you don’t get to have both stability and speed in a kayak. But, 435ps Paddleski™ model will satisfy you on both.
This model is constructed with a unique design called catamaran which means the center cockpit floor rides 4″ above the waterline, greatly reducing the drag of this kayak on the water. This makes it faster to paddle, motor and sail.
This is the most versatile kayak because you can choose to paddle, row, motor, sail, and fish. The price is a little bit higher than other models but you’d be better off in the long run.
Kayak Activity Type: Touring, Fishing, Sailing, Flat water, Calm ocean
Average Review Score: 4.4/5.0 (Total 37 Reviews)
TK181 is a tandem fishing kayak and it is a bit lighter than other tandem fishing kayaks. So the weight capacity is relatively lower. If you have gears to load on kayak, then two grown adults might be over the limit of weight capacity for this model.
This one is good if you are planning take your child with you for fishing. Or, this would be perfect size for you to use it as a single fishing kayak after removing one seat. It also has good stability.
Kayak Activity Type: Fishing, Flat water, Touring
Average Review Score: 4.6/5.0 (Total 59 Reviews)
Driftsun kayaks have good review scores with positive reviews from the buyers. Rover 220 has very comfortable seat and great stability which even allow you to stand up on kayak.
With Reinforced Layered PVC Construction, it allows the kayak to safely bounce off rocks, logs and other whitewater obstacles without worries of damage or puncture.
Rover 220 has front action camera mount, so if you want to record a video while kayaking you will like this model.
When Rover 220 is compared to the 380x Explorer (No.2), Rover 220 is $300 cheaper and its weight is 12 lb lighter. However, 380x has 150 lb higher weight capacity and 9 more Self-bailing Drain Valves. Their length and width are exactly same. While Sea Eagle provides 3 years warranty with 120 days risk free period, Driftsun provides 1 year warranty. Rover 220 would be good choice when Sea Eagle 380x is pricey to you.
Kayak Activity Type: Whitewater, Flat water
Average Review Score: 4.6/5.0 (Total 25 Reviews)
Teton 120T is great tandem kayak for those looking to paddle, fish, and explore with a friend or family.
There are 3 seating positions where you can have two adults and a child or rover. There are 4 flush mount rod holders, two at the front and two at the back. Also there are two active rod holder mounting points you can install in front of each passenger seat.
Each passenger gets built-in cup holder and sealed dry storage hatches to store their cell phones or fishing tools.
This model has three different colors you can choose: blue, green, and orange.
Kayak Activity Type:Fishing, Flat water, Touring
Average Review Score: 5.0/5.0 (Total 2 Reviews)
Advanced Frame Convertible model is the most popular one from Advanced Elements brand. This model has a lot of customer reviews, and it is chosen as Amazon’s Choice with high ratings.
If you are looking for a portable tandem kayak which you can use for touring on flat water, this would be good choice for you.
Unlike other kayaks under Top 10 list, this is the only sit in kayak. The length of this kayak is about 15 ft which is very long, so it is good for tall people as well.
Kayak Activity Type: Flat water, Touring
Average Review Score: 4.3/5.0 (Total 102 Reviews)