List Of The Best Jet Skis On The Market

I found this very cooooool article with pictures talking abut the best jet skis out there., whether you call them personal watercraft or waverunners, they’re the lost fun you can have while keeping you clothes on! It reads like a motorbike list (surprise, surprise!), with Kawasaki and Yamaha being right up there. However, where would the sport be without Sea Do – right on!

A day out on the lake or in the bay on your stand-up paddleboard is soothing and relaxing; but who wants their experience on the water to be soothing? There’s lots of time to relax when there isn’t actual fun to be had, and nothing is more pure, unadulterated fun than a jet ski. Call them a personal watercraft (PWC), call them a waverunner, just be sure you call them. Hopping aboard a water steed is the closest you can come to a hydro-based motorcycle and a good way to get your blood pumping. However, choose yours unwisely, and you’ll be bobbing along the briny like a sad little buoy.

There isn’t much to choosing a quality jet ski. You pick a brand that has a reputation for quality and durability. You find one that suits your cruising style, be that fast and furious or peaceful as a Zen master, get the features you want in a screaming style, and you’re ready to hit the waves. From two-seaters for going tandem to lone wolves made for handling and maximum mph, we tracked down the 7 best jet skis for your summer fun.

Sea-Doo Spark

Pro: Low top speed
Con: Tight, responsive handling

Packed with Pep: When the economy tanked, jet skis were one of the first things to fall by the wayside since they are pure luxury devices. Rather than allow this downturn to injure them, Sea-Doo constructed the Spark. It’s a light, affordable, and fun little personal watercraft that revitalized the industry and allowed buyers to get their jollies without cashing out their 401(k). With 60 ponies under the hood, it won’t break any speed records, but you can get it up to around 50 mph or more depending on build. Weighing a scant 400+ lbs. this is a fairly solid output from the upstart Spark. Chuck it sideways, spin it on its nose, and enjoy maneuverable performance at a low price. [Purchase: $5,000]

Yamaha Waverunner SuperJet

Pro: Comfortable, ergonomic handlebars
Con: Stand-up model

Standing O: The stand-up jet ski is a dying breed. They’re too hard to ride, too difficult to control, and have an annoying learning curve that keeps the average rider from getting the most out of them. With that being said, anyone looking to really get some traction on the waves, fly solo, perform tricks, and generally just prove why stand-ups should always have a place in our hearts will love the SuperJet. 74 horses are crammed into a body that is barely over 300 lbs. for a very tight speed to weight ratio that lets you get into race level mph. A 2-stroke, dual cylinder engine with 701cc worth of displacement and a couple of 38mm Mikuni carburetors give it a screaming throttle. [Purchase: $8,500]

Kawasaki STX-15F

Pro: Four-stroke, four cylinder engine
Con: Retro-style body and deck

All-Purpose: While the competition was adding gimmicks and features to their lower and mid-tier products, Kawasaki just put its head down and kept churning out quality with slight out-of-sight improvements that would make the machine work better, not differently. Their craftsmanship has culminated in the STX-15F which has 160 horsepower and delivers speeds up to 62 mph, assuming good conditions. Kawasaki continues their long tradition of highly reliable merchandise, making this machine nearly impossible to break this or even hurt, no matter how inexperienced you are on the stick. The body is certainly a throwback, no-frills design, but when performance is the watchword, this is the watercraft you want between your knees. [Purchase: $9,700]

Sea-Doo RXP-X 260

Pro: Can dock start in neutral
Con: Hull tends to list to the side when stopped

Filled with Features: Bells and whistles proliferate on this waverunner from Sea-Doo. A splash guard helps keep your tux looking sharp on the way to your sea-bound wedding. Folding re-board steps let you on and off daintily. The inexperienced rider and low RPM modes allow for a little more control over the power output, and the on-board security system keeps your investment safe. That isn’t to say this is all pretty lights and nifty features. A mere 812 lbs. dry it has a 4 cylinder, 4-stroke engine that produces 260 horsepower at the drop of a handle for blazing, 60-70+ mph speed. [Purchase: $14,900]

Yamaha Waverunner FX Cruiser SVHO

Pro: Speed up to 70 mph
Con: Difficult to use reverse and throttle together

Family Friendly: Other triple-seaters allow you cram three people onto them so long as each person has the BMI of a waifish supermodel. The cushy accommodations on the Cruiser SVHO actually allow for a measure of comfort if you’re taking out your spouse and child. While the seats are luxurious, the elegance doesn’t stop there. A dual throttle handlebar permits both forward and backward movement with just a twist. The simple cruise control takes over for those times when flicking your wrist is too much work. Using a 4 cylinder, 4-stroke engine beneath the 873 lbs. chassis, the power ratio cannot be denied. The bright, simple instrument panel, retractable cleats, and dual storage compartments are just gravy. [Purchase: $15,800]

Kawasaki Ultra 310X

Pro: Low RPM and ecological power options
Con: Easy to overcorrect direction

Total Package: Oh, this is a joy to ride. Normally any PWC that cranked out more than 300 horses was relegated to the racing circuit, but here’s an option that is meant for mass consumption. It uses the same basic engine as the ZX-14 sportbike from Kawasaki to great effect. It’s a liquid-cooled inline 4-cylinder with nearly 1,500 cc’s of displacement that cranks like mad. With some modification, you can get it up to 100 mph if you so choose, and even at top speed it will feel like riding a bullet, but you’re going to need to trust the machine a lot if you plan to redline the throttle. Nervous white-knuckling can cause problems with this high-performance steed. Tons of storage, lots of different options, and power that makes you quake is what’s packaged here. [Purchase: $15,800]

Gibbs Sports Amphibians Quadski

Pro: Equally effective as an ATV as a jet ski
Con: Heavy and expensive

On Land and Sea: There’s no reason for you to be forced to choose between ATV riding and jumping on a jet ski when you get a Quadski. In seconds it transforms from all-terrain vehicle to personal watercraft. Able to hit up to 45 mph whether traversing the ground or the waves, the 4 cylinder 1300 cc engine is an amphibious work of art. The wheels fold up for operation as a jet ski and add a little buoyancy along with extra drag in the water, so major tricks or heady jumps are mostly out of the question. It is bulky at over 1,300 lbs. with an equally astounding price tag to match. Despite the price, be sure to buy new since many models suffered from handlebar issues that caused a repair recall from the manufacturer.

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Well, I hope that was some help. It can be downright confusing making the choice, and while it’s true that competition is so fierce tat they are all very similar, some feature are better than others. My choice? Can’t beat the Sea Do Models.                         

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