The 8 Best Wakeboard Towers of 2019

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Best Overall: MTE Wakeboard Tower

MTE Wakeboard Tower

Although there are several higher-end models on this list, the MTE Wakeboard Tower is a great all-rounder in terms of its mid-range price point and high-quality performance. Essentially, it does what you need it to do while still leaving room in your budget for accessories (think bimini tops, speakers and lighting rigs). All of these can be mounted to the tower’s super strong single header. The entire frame is made out of 2.5” aircraft grade aluminum tubing, which has been anodized for corrosion resistance and polished for extra style points.

The tower, which is designed to be completely silent, fits boats of any length as long as their beam measures 60 to 102 inches. The brand’s innovative Monster Paw base pads allow you to attach it directly onto curved surfaces, while zero torsion mounts eliminate the possibility of stress fractures. Other key features include the tower’s swivel tow point and its quick release front mounts. Use the latter to fold the rack to the stern so that you can fit your boat into any low clearance storage space.

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Best Splurge: MTK Wakeboard Tower

For those with cash to burn, the MTK Wakeboard Tower is a trend-setting option with an innovative forward-facing design that’s guaranteed to grab attention out on the water. Reviewers love its ability to drastically update their vessel’s overall aesthetic (you can choose a polished anodized finish or a black powder coat finish to match your trim). For an additional fee, you can even upgrade to Stealth Black or Polar White. Whichever color you go for, the tower is crafted from a 2.5-inch aluminum pipe for exceptional strength and corrosion resistance.

Practical benefits of splashing out on this tower include an integrated navigation light on the swivel tow point and dual top supports. Having an extra support gives you enough space to mount all the accessories you could possibly need. The tower comes with easy instructions for DIY installation and fits any boat longer than 16 feet with a beam width of 72 to 102 inches. Depending on how you mount it, it can fold forward or aft with no tools required. Best of all, your investment is protected by Monster Tower’s five-year warranty. 

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Best Forward-Facing: Big Air Cuda Wakeboard Tower

If you like the idea of a forward-facing tower but don't want to spend a lot, Big Air’s Cuda Wakeboard Tower is a more affordable alternative that looks great and promises a stable pull. It’s designed to be completely silent and stands high enough to allow you to mount accessories without hitting your head. It measures 5 feet from the mounts — which means that on most boats it will stand approximately 7 feet high. Built-in mounts are made to accept the brand’s Razor Series wakeboard racks (sold separately).

The tower’s corrosion-resistant aluminum tubing comes with an ultra-polished finish or a sleek black powder coat finish depending on which best suits the look of your boat. After a fun day on the water, you can fold it single-handedly to below the height of your windshield for easy storage. All mounting hardware and backing plates are included, and you can mount the tower on the side or top of your gunwales. It fits any boat with a beam width of 72 to 103 inches and comes with a limited five-year warranty.

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Best Under $600: Big Air Ice Wakeboard Tower

The Big Air Ice Wakeboard Tower is a relatively affordable option with a swept back design made out of aircraft grade aluminum. It’s lightweight yet strong with a 2.25-inch diameter tubing that’s designed to reduce flex and noise. Like the Cuda tower, it stands roughly 5 feet from the mounting points and can be secured on to the top or side of your boat gunwales. For storage, you can easily collapse the tower to below windshield height. It features a swivel tow point and comes with a polished, polished anodized or black powder coat finish.

Universal mounts make this versatile tower compatible with any boat with a beam width of 62 to 103 inches. All mounting hardware and backing plates are included, and installation is relatively easy thanks to a telescoping top section. The manufacturer estimates that it should take between two to three hours to install, though reviewers report that it can take up to five hours. If you want to accessorize your tower, it has the capacity to support wakeboard racks, several different kinds of bimini top and a navigation light.

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Best Under $500: Origin OWT-I Wakeboard Tower

For the most affordable option on the market, consider the Origin OWT-I Wakeboard Tower. Despite its comparatively low price-tag, it doesn't sacrifice on quality, durability and ease of installation (though it doesn’t come with instructions). It has a simple universal design and fits all boats with a beam width of 68 to 98 inches. Because this is a smaller range than most other wakeboard towers, be sure to double check that the tower is compatible with your boat before purchasing.

The frame is made from 2.25-inch aircraft grade aluminum tubing and the hardware is made from corrosion-resistant stainless steel. A polished finish ensures that the tower looks great out on the water. If you want to store your boat in a low clearance garage or collapse the tower ahead of a long-distance trip on the trailer, simply detach the rear legs from the deck mount and pivot the front legs to lower the top section. A five-year warranty protects your purchase and affords peace of mind.

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Best Wide Fit: Aerial Airborne 2.0 Wakeboard Tower

The Aerial Airborne 2.0 Wakeboard Tower is considerably more expensive than the Origin OWT-I but it may be the best option for those with an extra-wide beam width. Made from 2.25-inch aircraft grade aluminum tubing, this tower fits beam widths of 76 to 108 inches (five inches more than the standard). Choose an easy-to-clean mirror finish or a black powder coat finish and benefit from several Aerial design innovations. These include a thick aluminum plate welded onto the rear bends of the lower side rails; and swiveling mounting feet.

The mounting feet also boast a one-bolt mounting system that cuts down on drill holes and distributes weight evenly to prevent fiberglass from weakening or cracking. As an added bonus, the tower includes a US Coast Guard-certified LED navigation light rated for 50,000+ hours of use. Installation is relatively straightforward and takes between three and five hours. The tower is fully collapsible and comes with a five-year warranty. 

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Best with Bimini Top: Reborn Catapult Wakeboard Tower with Bimini Top

If you already know that you want to add a bimini top to your tower, it makes sense to buy one like the Reborn Catapult Wakeboard Tower, which comes with the cover included. The tower’s foldable bimini top stretches over the double-header bars to provide shade on hot days while adding to your boat’s good looks. There are two widths to choose from (58 or 74 inches) and two colors (Jet Black or Captain Navy Blue). Made of marine grade acrylic, the canopy deflects harmful UV rays and is guaranteed not to fade or shrink for five years.

The tower itself boasts a stern-facing design made from seamless 2.25-inch aircraft grade aluminum. The hardware is crafted from long-lasting stainless steel and the fittings are machined aluminum. When you want to collapse the tower, detach the front legs from the deck mounts and pivot the rear legs backward to lower the top section. Considered relatively easy to install, the tower fits all boats with a beam width of 78 to 106 inches.

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Best for Pontoon Boats: WakeWorks F250 Pontoon Wakeboard Tower

The innovative foot mount of the WakeWorks F250 Wakeboard Tower attaches to virtually any pontoon boat made in the past 15 years (as long as it is 102 inches wide or less). The aluminum frame looks the part with a highly polished finish and its dual integrated tow points are U.S. Coast Guard-approved. Use the ample space provided by the tower’s double-header bars to attach a lighting rig, speaker system and/or wakeboarding racks, making your boat the number one choice for summer lake parties.

The top section of the tower folds down to facilitate storage, although you’ll need a standard Allen key to remove a few bolts before doing so. Remember that if you plan to use this folding mechanism, you can’t run your speaker or lighting wires through the middle of the tubing. The tower comes with all the necessary mounting hardware and although installation may take time, it’s worth it for the novelty of being able to wakeboard from a pontoon boat. 

Our Process

Our writers spent 5 hours researching the most popular wakeboard towers on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 14 different towers overall, screened options from 6 different brands and manufacturers and read over 40 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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