We don’t doubt that you can spend a whole weekend just chilling on your deck with a fishing rod and a few cold ones. Or a newspaper, a book, and a cup of your favorite tea. However, if you decide to throw a big party on your pontoon involving different ages, you’d better prepare some alternative ways to have fun, especially for the teens and kids. And what better way to keep all that energy and enthusiasm under control than to give them a ride on a towable tube behind your boat?
When it comes to shopping for a towable tube, you will have to think about a couple of aspects. The first and most important one is the number of people that will want to ride it at the same time. Of course, you can’t always please everyone, but if you have two or three children who might want to bring a friend along sometime, you’d better opt for a bigger towable toy. Another important aspect is the price – but worry not, we will teach you exactly how to choose the best towable tube for any situation. But for now, let’s focus on what’s on the market, shall we?
Here are our Top 3 picks for 2-person towable tubes:
#1 WOW Sports WOW World of Watersports Secure Cockpit Seating Towable
If your kids aren’t used to riding towable tubes on a regular basis or are too young for anything too extreme, the WOW Sports WOW World of Watersports Secure Cockpit Seating Towable is a perfect towable tube for them. This unit is a boat-shaped inflatable tube with a raised back seat for more comfort and security. It has towing enforcements on both the front and the back so that you can play with it a bit to find the perfect position.
If your little ones or anyone of your guests are a bit iffy about trying out towable tubes – they should feel pretty comfortable in this one – it has lots of handles with knuckle guards, the backrest ensures more stability, and the depth of the “boat” minimizes the risk of falling over the edge. This towable is also pretty easy on your ‘toon’s fuel consumption, grace to its low-speed bottom that reduces drag.
The WOW Sports WOW World of Watersports Secure Cockpit Seating Towable comes with a nylon cover to protect it when not in use. Find the latest price and more details about this unit here:
#2 AIRHEAD HD-2 Double Dog 2 Passenger Towable
If your guests include teens, or your kids are a bit too adventurous for the boat-shaped tube above, the AIRHEAD HD-2 Double Dog 2 Passenger Towable is a great choice. This hot dog shaped model from Airhead comes in a variety of different sizes (and we even have a whole review on it, check it out here LINK), and is an all-time favorite among pontoon owners. The tube includes two neoprene seats and two handles with knuckle guards and measures 76” in length. It also comes with a 1-year limited warranty, which is a really nice touch for the price (which is about half that of the WOW Sports).
The unit only has one towing enforcement at the front of the “dog”, and can be easily inflated and deflated via the Boston valve. To find out more or get your own Airhead Double Dog, check out the link below:
#3 AIRHEAD AHTB-12 Turbo Blast Inflatable Towable
If your guests or kids aren’t afraid of getting their feet wet, you can try going for the AIRHEAD AHTB-12 Turbo Blast Inflatable Towable. This is a pretty unique, triangular-shaped towable tube with two seats and four neoprene handles with knuckle guards. The towing enforcement of this unit is at the front tip of the triangle, which makes the tube raise slightly when pulled by the ‘toon. It is definitely a more extreme experience than any of the above, but if you have teenage children or a couple of friends who think they’ve seen everything, give them a ride on this tube. Just make sure everyone is wearing an inflatable vest – as falling off this unit is much easier than falling off the double dog or the WOW boat.
The price and the quality are typical for Airhead (in other words, a great balance between the two). To find out more about this model and maybe get your own, click the link below:
If you think you’ll have more than a couple of people willing to take a ride behind your ‘toon, you might need to go for a 3-person towable tube instead. Worry not, as we’re here to introduce you to some of the best quality 3-person units on the market.
#1 SPORTSSTUFF 53-2223 Super Mable Towable
The SPORTSSTUFF 53-2223 Super Mable Towable is a perfect choice if you want to convince your wife to give towable tubes a chance. Much like the WOW Sports boat above, this one promises a very mild and smooth ride, and has lots of handles and padding to minimize any kind of impact, and is the overall definition of safety and enjoyment. The back of the seat is also raised to let the passengers lean against it for more comfort and security. It has two towing enforcements at the front and at the back so that you can experiment a bit with whatever works best for your guests.
The price is quite affordable for a three-person towable tube, and you can find it here:
#2 AIRHEAD HD-3 Hot Dog Towable
As we mentioned before, this tube is an all-time favorite. The Airhead hot dog comes in a three-person capacity as well, has the same neoprene seats and handles on both sides, and comes with a heavy-duty Kwik connect to secure it to your pontoon. A cool aspect of this tube is that it has three separate air chambers – two for the “bun” parts and one for the center “hot dog” part, which makes it much easier to inflate and deflate it without losing air. It measures 103” in length, and can technically be used by 1 or 2 people as well – just make sure the weight is evenly distributed so that the tube doesn’t collapse.
Find the latest price and more details about this unit here:
#3 SPORTSSTUFF 53-1750 Poparazzi Towable
Can we talk about the SPORTSSTUFF 53-1750 Poparazzi Towable for a second here? this towable tube allows up to three people to rid on it while laying down on their bellies – how cool is that? The SPORTSSTUFF 53-1750 Poparazzi has a really unique shape and will make a great statement piece for your pontoons. If your little ones or your guests think they have already experienced everything life has to offer, give them a ride on this tube. Instant popularity boost with the local crowd!
The SPORTSSTUFF 53-1750 Poparazzi Towable offers multiple options as well. You have three neoprene “seats” on the bottom, as well as multiple handles and grips. There are even grips on the arch that goes across the unit so that you can try standing up for a more adventurous experience.
The unit only has one towing point at the front, and the price is not too bad either. Find out more about it and shop the latest price here:
If you’re one for big parties and like to invite the whole neighborhood on the boat with you, you might need something even bigger. No, we’re not talking about a bigger pontoon – but a bigger towable tube to let all of your guests enjoy themselves (without standing in line for a couple hours, obviously. Here are some alternatives you should consider:
#1 WOW World of Watersports 13-1060 Dragon Boat
Do we even have to say anything about this one? It’s a dragon inflatable boat! It fits up to four people, but does that even matter when you can get your own damn dragon boat? Just kidding, this towable tube is actually an excellent choice for towing four people around the lake, and we like that the ridges between the seats, or rather “the winding back of the dragon”, will make the experience more comfortable. The handles are on these ridges as well, so that your guests can hold onto something in front of them rather than onto something beneath the seat. It includes an 11 inch 4K EZ tow connector and a cover with a heavy duty zipper.
The 11 World of Watersports is one of the best rated WOW towable tubes, but the price is still really affordable. Find out more about this unit here:
#2 Airhead AHTM-4 Tremor 1-4 Person Towable Tube
The Airhead AHTM-4 Tremor has a unique horseshoe-like shape, and can fit between 1 and 4 people on it. The towable tube comes with 4 neoprene seats, 8 foam-filled nylon handles, and soft knee pads for each passenger. It has one towing enforcement, but can also be used for leisurely hanging around on the water. It is a pretty extreme ride, as you can only hold on to the handles besides the seat – but teens and adventurous adults will certainly enjoy it.
To shop the latest price and find out more about this unit, check out the link below:
#3 Island Hopper 5 Passenger Inline “Heavy Recreational” Banana-boat
Now if you really want to be the star of the dock, give the keys of your ‘toon to your teenage son and let him throw a party with all his friends, or any other situation that implies more than 10 people and your boat, don’t hesitate to invest in this towable tube. These are mostly targeted at saltwater towing, but they’ll do just great in freshwater as well (as soon as there’s enough room on the lake). When inflated, the Island Hopper 5 Passenger Inline Banana-boat measure 204” in length and 51” in width. It has a frown towing enforcement with a stainless steel toggle, so you can be sure that it don’t rust or break, regardless of the conditions.
The Island Hopper Banana boat is rather expensive, we’re not gonna lie. However, it is made from only the highest quality materials – including UV-treated PVC vinyl and super dense polyester, as well as the stainless steel toggle we’ve mentioned before. you can find the latest price for it here:
These were all our recommendations regarding towable tubes for 2, 3, or more people that work perfectly with pontoon boats. To avoid making a mistake and going through the hassle of returning a towable (which can be quite a pain, believe us, we’ve been there), you’ll have to consider a couple of things to take sure you take the correct decision. When shopping for one, you need to consider three main aspects, which are:
#1: The number of people that will be in for a ride. We know it can be hard to make super-precise assumptions, as you can always have more guests than you expected, or have your kids bring in one more buddy. But try to think critically – if you have two kids, chances are that they will want to bring one or two more friends on the boat with them. It would be better to opt for a 3 or 4-person towable rather than stick with a 2-person one and have them stay in line for a ride (we all know how much kids hate waiting!
#2: The power of your engine. This will directly influence the weight you can tow with your pontoon without overheating the engine or remaining without fuel in the middle of the lake. There are plenty of examples online on how to calculate the maximum tow weight based on the engine’s hp and the boat’s weight, so make sure you check with that, before buying a huge banana boat.
#3: You’ll have to choose a brand. As of right now, the towable tube market is dominated by two brands – WOW and Airhead. WOW units tend to be slightly more expensive, but some of them come in rather unique shapes and sizes, so you might want to pay the extra buck for that. Airhead is mostly famous for its hot dog and double dog tubes, and they are usually cheaper than WOWs. However, you can also find interesting shapes among Airhead models, and they will be less expensive than WOW. You can also stumble upon other brands, such as Island Hopper, but the might be bigger as they are oriented towards saltwater use.
We hope you found our guide useful in your search, and that our list of products gave you some ideas and inspiration about what to look for in terms of towable tubes.