The most popular beginner-level kayak, mainly due to its wide availability and great pricing. At 36 lbs (16.3 kg), it is also very lightweight. You can literally grab it one-handed and carry it around.
In my opinion, the best all around kayak for beginners. - Adam
The Pungo 120 features Wilderness Systems’ proprietary hull design which blends a wide base with a relatively flat bottom. Additionally, since the front and rear of the boat feature a slight chine, this kayak screams stability on the water without sacrificing its inherent tracking prowess over longer distances.
Exceptional kayak for beginners, slightly more expensive. - Adam
Intex Explorer K2 is best used for short recreational paddles on small, calm bodies of water. Its compact size, lightweight construction, and low price make it an easy first step into kayaking.
If you are looking for an inexpensive tandem kayak, this is your best bet . - Adam
Featuring a wide, mostly rounded hull that offers impeccable stability in calm conditions, the Rambler 13.5 is a solid choice for paddlers that enjoy sticking to sheltered waters. Its spacious deck area and high maximum weight capacity are able to accomodate 2 adult paddlers.
Another great choice for a tandem kayak, somewhat on the heavier side but one of the best out there for beginners. - Adam
Crafted from UV-protected high-density polyethylene, the Tamarack Angler is designed to be a rigid, durable kayak that performs well on the water. Many users report that the kayak offers enough stability to allow them to stand while fishing.
If you are looking to explore fishing in a kayak, this is the best choice. - Adam
The Perception Flash 9.5 is a decent river kayak, especially for beginners that only plan to tackle slower-moving rivers. It is affordable and provides the value most beginners are looking for in a kayak, along with some versatility.
Best beginner option for river kayaking. -Adam
The Pelican Sentinel 100X kayak is a great beginner kayak whether you decide to bring your dog along for the ride or not. Sit on top kayaks often provide more space for an animal companion to ride along, and this model is stable enough to allow for some movement aboard without issue.
A roomy sit on top kayak stable enough to hold you and your canine companion as you paddle. -Adam
The Old Town Heron 9XT is one of the best beginner kayaks picks because of the overall value. It is an affordable option that provides a high level of versatility, allowing paddlers to enjoy lakes and slow-moving rivers. The cockpit, adjustable seat, and bracing system are pretty comfortable for the average person.
A versatile kayak that is great for beginners. -Adam