There are many great boating tube brands out there. Even when you decide on a brand, it is difficult to choose what to buy. Here is the process that I took in my search for the perfect towable for my family.
I decided on the Airhead brand to begin my research. Airhead is one of the leaders in the field. When I started my search at Amazon, I discovered that there were over 321 items for the term “Airhead Towable”. I knew then that I had to narrow my search criteria. Here is the process that I took.
Design and Function
First I had to decide what shape of a towable tube I wanted. There are classic inner tubes, deck tubes, triangular tubes, cockpit, hot dog and winged shape tubes. There is a function and performance factor in each of these:
Next, I had to determine the size of inflatable tube I wanted. There are towables that can carry one, two, three, or more persons on it. The Airhead title will often tell you how many riders it can accommodate. Each product description will also tell you how many riders are recommended. There should be enough handles for the number of riders it can carry. I.e. 8 handles for 4 riders
I also wanted to consider only those towables that were highly rated by other consumers at Amazon. Amazon has a star rating system for each product it sells. I wanted only the inflatable tubes that had four stars or more. This is tricky because many new models haven't been reviewed yet, but I had to start somewhere. Here is the list of towables that I found with the highest ratings:
I had to figure out what features were important in buying an inflatable and what they really meant. Read More> I found that Airhead offered many of the same product features on most of their towables, regardless of the cost. Important product features included:
Lastly I had to consider cost. I discovered that often the bigger the towable, the bigger the price. Prices ranged from $66.00 to $170.00. Not bad.
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