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Best Towable Tubes

  • Updated: November 27, 2019
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Looking for the best towable tubes for maximum family fun? On this page we take a look at five of the top towable tubes on the market to help you find the best for your buck. 

We take a close look at shape, ride comfort, durability, material quality, and much more as each of them affects just how much you enjoy your time. 

Let’s dive in and help you find the rush you’re looking for.

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Towable Tubes - (Comparison Table)

Best Overall
Sportsstuff Super Mable | 1-3 Rider Towable Tube for Boating
Best Budget
Airhead Mach 2 | 1-2 Rider Towable Tube for Boating
Airhead G-Force 3 | 1-3 Rider Towable Tube for Boating
Airhead SUPER SLICE Towable Tube
Airhead Hot Dog | 1-3 Rider Towable Tube for Boating
Brand
SportsStuff
Airhead
Airhead
Airhead
Airhead
Model
Super Marble
Mach 2
G-Force 3
Super Slice
Hot Dog
No. of people
3 (adults) or 4 (kids)
2
3 (non-seated)
3 (non-seated)
3
Best Overall
Sportsstuff Super Mable | 1-3 Rider Towable Tube for Boating
Brand
SportsStuff
Model
Super Marble
No. of people
3 (adults) or 4 (kids)
Best Budget
Airhead Mach 2 | 1-2 Rider Towable Tube for Boating
Brand
Airhead
Model
Mach 2
No. of people
2
Airhead G-Force 3 | 1-3 Rider Towable Tube for Boating
Brand
Airhead
Model
G-Force 3
No. of people
3 (non-seated)
Airhead SUPER SLICE Towable Tube
Brand
Airhead
Model
Super Slice
No. of people
3 (non-seated)
Airhead Hot Dog | 1-3 Rider Towable Tube for Boating
Brand
Airhead
Model
Hot Dog
No. of people
3

Top Tubes for Towing

Best Towable Tubes Overall

SportsStuff Super Marble

Designed with speed in mind, this towable tube just screams fun from the bright orange colors to the checkered flags on the interior seats, which can effectively pull up to four kids or three adults.

It’s a resilient, heavy-duty piece of equipment made of high-quality materials like its full nylon cover and the EVA foam pads that do a lot to ensure greater comfort during the ride.

For those who like a little variety in their fun, the SportsStuff Super Marble has plenty to offer in that regard, too.

There are different tow points on both the front and the back so you can vary things up and have an entirely different experience being towed from both directions. Safety’s still a priority, of course, with handy grab handles placed in various places so you can hang tight and enjoy the ride.

The knuckle guards are a nice touch, too, making sure you don’t graze your hands while holding on as tight as possible.

Finally, it’s super easy to set up. The speed safety valve makes for quick inflation and deflation, so you don’t have to stand around waiting for the fun to begin for too long. What’s more, the Kwik Connect tow system makes it easy to simply slip on the tow rope before locking it into place, speeding up the process even further.

  • High-quality materials make it both resilient and more comfortable
  • Great grab handles and knuckle guards keep the ride safe and without any grazed knuckles
  • Tow points on both front and back
  • Kwik Connect tow system and speed safety valve ensure minimal waiting and super quick inflation and setup
  • Seats more than many of its competitors (4 children or 3 adults)

Best Budget Towable Tubes

Airhead Mach 2

The unique shape of this Airhead Mach 2 towable tube is one of the first things that stands out about it. 

It seats a maximum of two people at a time, but they’re seated in comfortable, deep recessed seats that allow them to lie back and hang on as they throttle through the water. The unique shape not only makes the ride a little wider for adults and teenage users but also makes it safer for younger, smaller riders who might feel a little more secure in deeper seats. This safety is only improved by nylon handles with neoprene knuckle guards.

Overall build quality is impressive, with double-stitched nylon covers and a heavy gauge PVC bladder. Like the Super Marble, it makes use of both the Speed Safety Valve and the Kwik Connect. This means that inflating/deflating and connecting the tow rope to the tube are both super easy to do and take very little time at all, meaning you don’t have to wait too long for the fun to start.

The seats are relatively small, however, so while it might be an excellent ride for kids and both teens and adults of relatively small frames, larger individuals may find that it doesn’t provide the most comfortable of rides.

  • Deep seating areas great for ensuring the safety of smaller, lighter riders
  • Easy and quick setup process gets you to the fun more quickly
  • Handles with knuckle guards make it a safer, more comfortable ride
  • Seats 2 people

Great Value Towable Tubes

Airhead G-Force 3

The Airhead G-Force 3 right consists of high-quality nylon covered tube seats that can cary up to three people comfortably, offering six nylon-wrapped handles with neoprene knuckle guards to keep everyone well seated and secure.

The shape of this towable tube is slightly shallower and flatter than the other options mentioned here, so it might be a little intimidating to those tubing for their first time. However, that unique shape is also one of its greatest strengths. The topside stabilizer fins on the G-Force ensure that it maintains its center of gravity at super high speeds, meaning it skims atop the water much more steadily than you might expect. The relatively shallow speed also means that the G-Force 3 retains less water at low speeds compared to some of its competitors, meaning its good for slow, easy rides just as well as fast ones.

Add to that unique, speed-focused design the easy setup provided by the quick inflating Speed Safety Valve and the tow rope-friendly Kwik-Connect and you have a towable tube that is well designed for those who want immediate, fast fun.

  • Accommodates three people in the lying down position comfortably
  • Helpful handles and knuckle guards
  • Unique design with stabilizer fins that ensure the ride stays smooth and upright even at very high speeds
  • Speed Safety Valve and Qwik-Connect allow for fast, easy setup

Best Tube for Lying 

Airhead Super Slice

Similar to the G-Force 3, the Airhead Super Slice is designed with a much slimmer profile than some of the more beginner friendly towable tubes. 

Rather than sitting down in it, the riders lie flat on their belly, hold onto the nylon-wrapped handles and enjoy the thrills of a tube designed to handle even greater speeds than most of its competitors. Able to carry up to three riders, it offers a great ride for the whole family.

This tube is designed to provide comfort as well as thrills, however. Soft neoprene knuckle guards ensure that you don’t scuff or graze your hands, but that neoprene is also used for body pads across the surface of the Super Slice. This means that riders aren’t going to suffer from tube rash, particularly on their knees.

Like all top-tier towable tubes, the AirHead Super Slice uses a Kwik Connect Tow Point and Speed Safety Valve Inflation for quick setup and quick disassembly. It’s a great ride for brave kids who don’t mind not having much of a seat to hold them in place, but it also effectively carries three adults, so it’s perfect for those more experienced riders looking for something more of a thrill.

  • Unique shallow design excellent for maintaining buoyancy at high speeds
  • Neoprene knuckle guards and padding do a lot to prevent tube rash
  • Can effectively carry up to three adults, making it much more fun for every member of the family

Best Towable Tubes For Speed

Airhead Hot Dog

This rather unique towable tube has a much different design from the other models featured here. The appropriately named Hot Dog is shaped like a long cylinder that fits three riders, with two wide stabilizing fins on each side. The design isn’t just for the sake of goofiness, however. That slim profile means that it’s super hydrodynamic, flying through the water at great speeds, while the fins on either side ensure it can still maintain its upright posture at those speeds.

The deluxe nylon-wrapped handles are situated directly in front of each rider, who sit one behind the other. They offer a much more secure handle than some of the Hot Dog’s competitors. Meanwhile, the well-shaped seats are padded in neoprene, much like the knuckle guards, which does a lot to ensure comfort and security during the ride.

Quality is assured, too, thanks to a heavy-duty full nylon cover that’s rugged and durable. Like the others reviewed here, the Kwik Connect tow system and Speedy Safety Valve inflation system come as standard on the HD-3. The smaller Double Dog doesn’t include a Speed Safety Valve, however, so if you’re looking for a two-seater, it might not be the best option.

  • Large nylon-wrapped handles are well positioned to help you hold on tight
  • Slender design makes it great for housing up to three people and usage at high speeds
  • Neoprene seats and knuckle guards reduce your risk of suffering the dreaded tube rash
  • Kwik Connect and Speed Safety Valve ensure quick startup

Conclusion

Thanks to a few of the shared design features between these five, such as neoprene knuckle guards, Kwik Connect tow systems, and Speed Safety Valve inflation systems, choosing the best towable tubes is really a matter of preference.

Do you need one that’s better suited for smaller children, big adults, or both?

Do you want a two seater, three seater, or even four seater?

Do you prefer a design that prioritizes comfort or speed?

The reviews above can help you find the right option for you, but they’re all high-quality tubes so you can’t really go wrong in finding those water sport thrills you’re looking for.

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Hey, I'm Brad - the founder and editor of Watercraft Watch. My love for boating is what prompted me to start WatercraftWatch.com – helping people find the right equipment and supplies so they can enjoy their time on the water. I hope you find the articles on the site useful, and share in my love for boating.

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