Whether you’re an avid kayaker or you’re just getting started, you will learn quickly the importance of a good kayak paddle.

While choosing the best kayak is clearly an important decision, don’t forget to spend some time researching and choosing the best kayak paddle for you as well.

Product Name




Carlisle Expedition Angler Fiberglass Fishing Paddle




Carlisle Expedition Fiberglass Touring Paddle

220cm, 230cm, 240cm



SeaSense X-Treme II Paddle

84in, 96in

Aluminum / Hard Plastic


Shoreline Marine Paddle Rounded


Aluminum / Hard Plastic


Carlisle Magic Plus Paddle


Polypropylene / Fiberglass


Seattle Sports Seawhisper Carbon Paddle


Carbon Fiber


SeaSense Wood Paddle

3.5ft, 4ft, 5ft



There are many different styles and brands of paddles out there. The majority of them are good choices and will serve your needs, but be wary of any that seem too cheap – they’re probably not made very well! In our opinion it’s best to spend a little bit more and get a quality product that’s going to last a long time and not cause you any issues.

Luckily for you, we have already done the hard work! Our experience in the kayaking industry gives us the resources and information we need to bring you the best selection of products in the market. We spent a lot of time trying to find the most advanced paddle, but as is usually the case, there is no “best” choice, just a number of good choices. Choosing the right paddle depends on your height, weight, and kayaking activity preferences.

In the next section you will find a detailed guide that will give you the tools you need to choose the right paddle for you. Further down the page you will find individual kayak paddle reviews of some of our personal favorite products. With the help of this article, you’ll be out on the water in no time!

Our Kayak Paddle Reviews

So, what paddle should you buy? How do you wade through the hundreds of options available and find the right one for you? Don’t fret – we have already selected some of the best paddles on the market and listed them below!

Shoreline Marine Kayak Paddle Rounded 96”

Shoreline always makes quality products, so it’s no surprise that we love their Marine paddle.

We can safely say that this is the best beginner kayak paddle because it’s customizable (you can set it up in 3 different positions), it has comfortable foam grips so you don’t need to splurge extra on separate kayak paddle grips, and it splits into two pieces for easy transportation.

It also has great drip guards to help keep you dry, and is priced quite reasonably! Lastly, it is very well reviewed throughout the internet, so we know that we aren’t alone in our love of this paddle!

SeaSense X-Treme II Kayak Paddle

SeaSense is another brand that we love to promote because they really stand behind their products.

The X-Treme II, in our opinion, is the best recreational kayak paddle out there in its price range. It offers 3 locking positions, and pulls apart into two pieces for easy storage.

Its feathered blade design and added support ridge add extra strength to your stroke – perfect for battling those tides and eddies often encountered on the open ocean.

 Lastly, this paddle has adjustable drip guards that do their job very well.

SeaSense Wood Kayak Paddle

For fans of old school products, you’ll be happy to know that SeaSense offers a quality wooden kayak paddle!

We think it’s a quality product, and we love the way it looks. Keep in mind it’s a single paddle and not double-sided, so it’s not recommended for whitewater kayaking or anything intense. It’s best for cruising around calm lakes and enjoying nature at a slow pace.

Carlisle Expedition Fiberglass Touring Paddle

If you’re someone who likes to buy the best of the best, then Carlisle has the paddle for you!