The 10 Best Towable Tubes of 2022

The top picks for high-speed aquatic fun

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TripSavvy / Chloe Jeong

The Rundown

Best Overall: Airhead Super Mable at Amazon

"A versatile choice that can comfortably accommodate up to three riders."

Best Budget: Airhead Blast at Amazon

"This budget-friendly pick can be ridden face up or down and is durable enough to last through unnecessary wear and tear."

Best Classic Style: Airhead Sportsstuff Rascal at Walmart

"This pick is an upgrade of the classic donut-style tow tube."

Best Deck Style: Airhead Super Slice at Amazon

"This pick is the ultimate choice for adrenaline junkies."

Best Banana Style: Airhead Hot Dog at Amazon

"This banana-style tube can hold three riders and is very durable. "

Best for Kids: WOW Unicorn 2 Person Towable at Walmart

"Seats are padded for extra comfort so you can stay out on the water for as long as you want."

Best Two-Passenger: WOW Bingo 2 at Amazon

"The ideal choice for two-child families or couples."

Best Multi-Passenger: Airhead Mach 3 at Amazon

"This pick features a cockpit design with enough space for three passengers."

Best for High Speeds: Airhead SportsStuff Chariot Warbird 2 at Amazon

"This pick can be towed from the front or back, so riders can choose if they want a faster or smoother ride."

Best for Jet Skis: RAVE Sports Diablo II at Amazon

"Thanks to its tapered D-shaped tube construction, this pick delivers a slick, fast ride behind a jet ski."

America’s Funniest Home Videos could probably air clips of towable tube mishaps on repeat for a week without repeating itself. But don’t let that disastrous and comical footage dissuade you from enjoying the kind of safe fun that towable tubes afford. Today’s modern tubes take all comers, from tentative first-timers to those looking to ramp the speed, increase glide, and intuitively deliver a hair-raising tubing ride.

Ahead, we rounded up the best towable tubes you can buy today.

Best Overall: Airhead Super Mable

SPORTSSTUFF 53-2223 Super Mable Towable
Courtesy of Amazon
What We Like
  • Durable

  • Protects your knees, elbows, and knuckles

  • Multiple tow points

What We Don't Like
  • Heavy

  • Large size can be hard to store

An Amazon’s Choice product with stellar reviews, the Airhead Super Mable towable is a versatile choice that can comfortably accommodate up to three riders. It features a durable full nylon cover with self-bailing drain vents and a heavy-gauge PVC bladder with plastic welded seams. Your knees and elbows are protected by EVA foam pads, while the tube’s multiple nylon handles feature neoprene knuckle guards for added comfort. Designed like a floating couch with an air-cushioned backrest and sidewalls, the tube has two different tow points.

Tow it from the front, and riders can rest against the backrest for a more sedate experience. Tow it from the back, and passengers kneel chariot-style for a more thrilling ride. This adaptability makes the smartly printed orange and yellow Super Mable the ideal choice for families with kids of different ages. Other useful features include Kwik Connect hook-up points and a patented Speed Safety Valve for rapid inflation and deflation. Reviewers praise the tube’s quality construction—but it’s covered by a year’s warranty just in case.

Number of riders: 3 | Dimensions: 79 x 78 inches (deflated) | Tube Weight: 20 pounds | Weight Capacity: 510 pounds

Best Budget: Airhead Blast

What We Like
  • Durable

  • Protects your knuckles

  • Can be ridden face up or down

What We Don't Like
  • Can only hold one rider

The Airhead Blast is the perfect solution for those on a budget. Its simple design adheres to the classic donut style, which can be ridden either face up or face down depending on the amount of speed and control you’re after. There are four nylon-wrapped handles with neoprene knuckle guards, while the tube’s Boston valve allows for rapid, no-nonsense inflation. The double-stitched nylon cover includes a self-draining floor vent and a reinforced tow harness and protects the virgin PVC bladder from unnecessary wear and tear.

Number of riders: 1 | Dimensions: 86 x 58 inches (deflated) | Tube Weight: Not listed | Weight Capacity: Not listed

Best Classic Style: Airhead Sportsstuff Rascal

Airhead Sportsstuff Rascal

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Accommodates different arm spans

  • Durable

What We Don't Like
  • Can only hold one rider

The Airhead Sportsstuff Rascal towable is an upgrade of the classic donut-style tow tube. You can sit in the circular center hole with your legs dangling over the side for a relaxed ride; or take things up a notch by lying on your stomach with your head facing forwards. Although the tube is intended for a single rider, there are six double webbing flat foam handles designed to cater to a range of different arm spans. All of the handles feature neoprene knuckle guards.

The tube’s durable partial nylon cover and heavy-gauge PVC bladder are made to withstand the pressure of being pulled at speed across the water. There’s a patented Kwik Connect tow point on the front ​and a holster for stowing your tow rope when the tube isn’t in use. Use the Speed Safety Valve to inflate and deflate the tube quickly. The Rascal comes with custom graphics in eye-catching shades of red, yellow, and blue.

Number of riders: 1 | Dimensions: 56 x 56 inches | Tube Weight: 10 pounds | Weight Capacity: Not listed

Best Deck Style: Airhead Super Slice

What We Like
  • Comfortable ride

  • Easy to remount

  • Durable

What We Don't Like
  • Reviewers note it submarines easily

The Airhead Super Slice towable is the ultimate choice for adrenaline junkies. Its deck-style design is fast, easy to flip, and full of fun, with space for up to three riders lying face forward on their stomachs. The tube features a tapered gusset, making it thicker in the front than it is at the back. This clever design allows it to tow better ​while making it more comfortable for passengers and easier to re-mount when it flips over.

The 30-gauge PVC bladder is protected by an extra-strong cover made out of 840-denier nylon. There are six nylon-wrapped grab handles, each with a neoprene knuckle guard (which you’ll appreciate when you’re hanging on for dear life!). Other key attributes include the tube’s reinforced internal tow harness, its Kwik Connect attachment, and its Speed Safety Valve. Choose yours in blue or green camo.

Number of riders: 3 | Dimensions: 70 inches (deflated) | Tube Weight: not listed | Weight Capacity: not listed

Best Banana Style: Airhead Hot Dog

What We Like
  • Takes less speed to get moving

  • Great for pontoon boat owner

What We Don't Like
  • Side chambers don't have quick release valves

Designed to be straddled with one leg on either side, banana-style tubes feature a streamlined shape that requires less speed to get going than other styles. As such, options like the Airhead Hot Dog towable are a good choice for pontoon boat owners. This bright red and yellow tube is intended for up to three riders and features three 30-gauge vinyl air chambers protected by a double-stitched full nylon cover.

Each seat has a nylon-wrapped handle with a neoprene knuckle guard. The seat pads are also made of neoprene, which makes it easier to stay on when flying across the water. The tube measures 102 x 44 inches when deflated, includes a Kwik Connect tow point, and has a Boston valve to allow for quick inflation and deflation.

Number of riders: 3 | Dimensions: 102 x 44 inches (deflated) | Tube Weight: not listed | Weight Capacity: 510 pounds

Best for Kids: WOW Unicorn 2 Person Towable

WOW Unicorn Two-Person Towable

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Generous max weight capacity

  • Easy for kids to board

  • One-year warranty

What We Don't Like
  • Reviewers note back handle is hard to hold

WOW took a traditional two-pontoon design for a towable and re-imagined it through the imagination of a magic-loving child, creating the Unicorn 2 Person Towable. The high-vis graphs and designs are eye-catching, from the mythical creature’s rainbow mane and tail, along with a blue and yellow horn that’s sure to spark joy in most kids.

The double pontoons also assure a stable ride, with a max towing weight of 340 pounds, and they’ve been designed to make it easy for kids to board. Tow attachment is a snap thanks to the molded EZ Tow Connector, with a heavy-duty reinforcement construction for assured pulling. It includes EVA foam pad seats and double webbing foam handles with foam knuckle guards. A speed valve means it inflates and deflates quickly, and heavy-duty PVC bladders assure it’ll stand up to years of abuse beyond the included one-year warranty.

Number of riders: 2 | Dimensions: 105 x 33 x 53 inches (inflated) | Tube Weight: 14.5 pounds | Weight Capacity: 340 pounds

Best Two-Passenger: WOW Bingo 2

What We Like
  • Comfortable ride

  • Multiple tow points

What We Don't Like
  • Not as durable as other options

According to reviewers, the red, orange, and yellow WOW Bingo 2 inflatable is the ideal choice for two-child families or couples. It features a cockpit-style construction with a drop bottom and an air-cushioned backrest, allowing for a safer, more comfortable ride. Dual tow points allow you to tow it frontwards for a slower seated experience or backward for a chariot-style adrenaline rush.

Whichever way you use the tube, the drop bottom design also reduces drag on your boat, helping you to save fuel and money. Meanwhile, the full nylon cover includes double webbing foam handles complete with comfortable knuckle guards. Use the EZ tow connector to quickly hitch the tube to your tow rope, giving you more time for fun out on the water.

Number of riders: 2 | Dimensions: 69 x 68 inches (inflated) and 75 x 74 inches (deflated) | Tube Weight: 10.25 pounds | Weight Capacity: 340 pounds

Best Multi-Passenger: Airhead Mach 3

What We Like
  • Comfortable ride

  • Great for kids and adults

What We Don't Like
  • Can't hold more than one adult

The Airhead Mach 3 has a cockpit design with enough space for three passengers. Each seat has a backrest and inflatable floor so passengers can be comfortable during their ride. Reviewers noted that this tube works great for both kids and adults. The Mach 3 has one heavy-gauge PVC bladder, a Kwik Connect tow point, plus a Speed Safety Valve. It features a lime green design that is sure to stand out on the water and has six padded handles and two boarding straps making it easy to mount and stay inside the tube. It measures 107 x 75 inches when deflated.

Number of riders: 3 | Dimensions: 107 x 75 inches (deflated) | Tube Weight: Not listed | Weight Capacity: Not listed

Best for High Speeds: Airhead SportsStuff Chariot Warbird 2

What We Like
  • Wide wingspan

  • Multiple tow points

  • Durable

What We Don't
  • Reviewers note there's not enough drain holes

If you want to ride along with the toughest of waves, you'll need a towable tube with a wide wingspan. Luckily, the Airhead SportsStuff Chariot Warbird 2 is equipped to pass the test. This tube has a wide wingspan that provides stability in tight turns, a high backrest to help you stay in place, and double-webbed foam handles and knuckle guards for added security. The SportsStuff Chariot Warbird can be towed from the front or back, so riders can choose if they want a smoother ride. Its double-stitched nylon cover boasts a racecar design and it can fit up to two riders.

Number of riders: 2 | Dimensions: 82 x 92 inches (deflated) | Tube Weight: 15 pounds | Weight Capacity: 340 pounds

Best for Jet Skis: RAVE Sports Diablo II

What We Like
  • Has built-in centrifugal force deterrents

  • Planes quickly

What We Don't Like
  • Reviewers note zipper tends to open up

Thanks to its tapered D-shaped tube construction, the Diablo II from RAVE Sports delivers a slick, fast ride behind a jet ski. Built-in centrifugal force deterrents keep the riders nestled in place, so you make fewer stops and burn less fuel. A skim-fast bottom allows the tube to plane quickly, while stabilizer side wings will keep things flat—and fun. A quick-connect tow attachment makes it easy to get the tube set up, and a rear boarding strap makes it easy to climb onto the craft, even in deep water. Four handles at the front let up to two riders lay flat on their stomachs, grab the supports, and give the word they’re ready for the jet ski to start moving.

Number of riders: 2 | Dimensions: 48 x 56 x 12 inches (inflated) | Tube Weight: 10.8 pounds | Weight Capacity: 340 pounds

Final Verdict

With self-bailing drain vents and a heavy-gauge PVC bladder with plastic welded seams, the Airhead Super Mable (view at Amazon) will deliver hours of aquatic fun for up to three riders. If you tow it from the front, riders can lean against the air-cushioned backrest and side rails for a more controlled ride, or you can tow it from the back to amp the excitement. It also includes knee and elbow protection thanks to EVA foam pads. But if you’re driving a lower-speed boat or a pontoon, consider the banana-style Airhead Hot Dog (view at Amazon), intended for up to three riders straddling the tube’s three 30-gauge vinyl air chambers. Nylon-wrapped handles and neoprene seat pads make it easy to stay on, and the Boston valve allows for quick inflation and deflation.

What to Look for in a Towable Tube

Durability

The last thing you want as you pick up speed in the boat is for the line to break, leaving the tube and its riders quite literally in your wake. Nor do you want to risk poor manufacturing that leads to a damaged nozzle where you inflate the tube—or a rope pull that snaps off. Be sure to check the tube’s quality thoroughly before making your purchase. 

Cost

If you’re using these once a year, you might not want to drop a ton of money on a tube or two. If, however, this is an everyday activity for several weeks out of the year, then investing in one that’s going to hold up over multiple trips out on the water is a sound decision. 

Shape

The shape of your tube is going to affect how it rides on the water’s surface—or, conversely, how likely it might be to catch some air. A convex-shaped tube, for example, will skim over the water more easily and pick up speed because there’s less surface area making contact with the waves.

FAQs

What’s the first thing I should consider when buying a towable tube?

Start with defining who will be riding the tube—both the total number of potential riders and whether those riders are kids or adults. That’ll help you narrow your options considerably. Towable tubes can carry as many as 10 riders, so consider both those in your family and other riders. And if you’re buying a towable tube for kids, look for ones with added safety features like easy-to-grasp handles, padded seats, knuckle protection, and other technologies that improve the stability of the tube when it’s in motion. And if your kids are young, look for models where they sit in the tube, like a cockpit, rather than sitting or lying on top.

How should my boat influence which towable tube I should consider?

Medium- and large-powered motorboats can tow most tubes, from two-person models to 10-person monsters. But if you have a boat that boasts less motor power, consider a pontoon-shaped towable tube, which can typically get up to speed quickly. And if you’re using a jet ski, go with a two-person model, something narrow and stable enough to tow confidently without overburdening the craft’s engine.

What are towable tubes made of?

Most towable tubes are constructed of nylon with a denier rating that indicates the material’s strength (which can range from 420 for a single rider towable up to 840 deniers). “Generally, 420 denier nylon covers are suitable for one- to two-rider towables, whereas 840 Denier nylon covers should be used on towables carrying three or more riders,” explains Ponch Flores, Towable Tube Category Manager with West Marine. Polyester is also quite common, typically reinforced with a PVC coating. PVC vinyl also lines the bottoms of some tubes and is used for the bladders or inner tubes of most towable tubes. “Towables with slick-coated bottoms will glide more smoothly across the water and come up on plane quicker, creating less strain on the towable and the riders,” says Ponch. “The gauge thickness of the inflatable bladder should be at least 20ga, although you may find that most towables are made using 24-30ga PVC inner bladders.”

What safety features should I take into account?

“Think about the age and size of the riders that will be using the towable,” advises Ponch. “Smaller kids will feel safer and will experience a more stable ride on a towable with cockpit seating and low center of gravity. Stability is best with towables that are wider side to side, especially if the towable also has upturned wings which help it ride up and over waves without the need to shift body weight."

“It is important to remember that control of the towable is totally in the hands of the towboat driver. Driver, spotter, and riders should all agree on the hand signals that will be used to communicate between the boat and the riders on the towable. Always read the instructions and warnings provided and make sure the speed is appropriate for the age and abilities of the riders. Avoid excessive speeds or driving in such a way as to make a towable go airborne. Most injuries occur due to excessive speed (especially when ‘whipping’ a towable in a turn) and/or causing a tube to become airborne due to hitting a large wake or wave."

“Stay away from other boaters, docks, and other above-water obstructions, especially when turning, as the towable will be swinging a great distance outward from the wake of the boat and at a speed that is greater than the boat speed. Never attach more than one towable at a time to your boat and avoid attaching the rope to your tower unless the boat manufacturer specifically allows for this type of attachment.”

How do I care for my towable tube?

“Do not leave an inflated towable sitting with direct exposure to the hot sun as this can expand the air pressure inside the towable bladder, potentially rupturing a seam and rendering the towable unusable,” says Ponch. “Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light will eventually fade and damage the handles and cover materials of the towable. When not in use, store the tube in the shade whenever possible. Avoid getting sand and debris between the bladder and the towable cover, as this could puncture the tube. In order to resist mold and mildew growth, allow the towable to dry thoroughly before deflating and storing it away.”

What about the tow rope?

The Water Sports Industry Association (WSIA) recommends using products marketed as tube ropes, as they are stronger than a standard water ski rope and can thus reliably tow multiple riders. Look for tow ropes that align with the max weight capacity of your tube, so you can handle all riding scenarios. “According to WSIA standards, ropes for towing inflatable tubes should be minimum 50 to 65 maximum,” says Ponch. Rope tensile strength ranges from 1,500 to 4,100 or more pounds; just use the max weight allowance of the tube to find the proper rope.

Why Trust TripSavvy?

The writers of this article have been evaluating and reviewing outdoor and travel products for decades. In selecting the products for inclusion in this round-up, they advised category experts at a variety of retailers to understand the common, essential characteristics for all types of towable tubes and then referenced both professional and verified consumer reviews to help narrow the field.

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