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Test 5 different Pontoon Boats and write reviews of the best. 

The result is 5 of the best Pontoon Boats on the market today.

Pontoon Boat?

Gone are the days when pontoon boats were seen as the ugly duckling of the boat family. 

Versatile designs, easy to use, and spacious layouts are just a few reasons why the pontoons and tritoons have become wildly popular and have experienced a tremendous increase in sales and demand over the last few years.

 Whether you plan to chill and cruise, or use it for fishing, water sports, social gatherings or just partying on the water, we’ve curated the best pontoon boat options to match your need.

In case you don’t find the one that matches your dreams, you can always customize it for your unique use, or if you’re feeling crafty why not build your own pontoon boat as a DIY project? Otherwise check out these best of models.

In this post, we’ve rounded up the 5 best pontoon boats for every budget in 2021. 

But before you decide on a pontoon boat model, here are a few things to consider:

 And speaking of price, check out our list with the 15 best pontoon boats for every budget.


From 20k – 50k US$

Bentley Navigator

If you’re looking for a pontoon that is simple, practical, and affordable, we present you the Bentley Navigator.

The Bentley Navigator Series offers a traditional center walk through floor plan with dual captain chairs and an extended rear deck. Navigator Models offer performance, enhanced style, and outstanding fit and finish. Navigating fun has never been easier!

The deck is quite spacious and it comes with 25″ Diameter pontoon logs constructed from .080 aluminum sheet are standard.

Its interior space is optimized with plenty of storage room under all lounge. Plus, a standard Bimini top for all-day comfort, a large table, premium furniture bases as well as durable and easy-to-clean plush upholstery.

Another great thing about this boat are the walk-thru gates..

With the Mercury 115 Pro XS outboard, the Bentley Navigator has a top speed of 36 mph.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Beam: 8’6”
  • Dry weight: 1860 lbs
  • Max persons: 14
  • Max capacity: 2380 lbs
  • Overall length: 20’0”
  • Tube diameter: 25”
What we like:
  • Affordable
  • Large and versatile rear lounger with cup holders
  • Built-in quality
What we don’t like:
  • Not a huge amount options
  • Ski tow bar is also not included

Bennington S Model

There’s no better place on earth to make more lasting memories than on the water, and the Bennington S Model is the one to take you there. Our craftsman approach and attention to details ensure quality, performance, and safety to last a lifetime.

It features expansive facing lounges at the bow with an optional removable bow seat, another lounge amidships and abaft, a versatile lounge that can be turned into a large sun pad for beautiful waterfront views.

All the seats were designed with luxury yacht-grade Simtex premium vinyl and abundant stowage can be found below them.

Also, a Bimini top when you feel like hanging out in the shade, a curved boarding ladder for easy access as well as a small zebra wood cocktail table for dining and entertaining.

The new SX dash panel comes with all your standard features and it’s fully customizable, as most pontoon boats are, with your choice of colors and optional steering wheels and depth/fish finders.

Some of the options for this model include a ski tow bar, pop-up cleats, rear safety rail, a changing room, and docking lights.

Rigged with a Yamaha F150 outboard it propels you pretty fast across the water with the top speed approaching 40 mph.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Beam: 8’0”
  • Dry weight: 1761 lbs
  • Max persons: 10
  • Max capacity: 2046 lbs
  • Overall length: 20’0”
  • Tube diameter: 23”
What we like:
  • Featuring double-thick cross-channels, exclusive Thru-Bolt fastener technology, and our continuous box-welded construction
  • Premium grade aluminum side-panels
What we don’t like:
  • Ski tow bar is not included
  • Smaller than other models at a similar price point


Premier 310 Escalante

When it comes to embodying sophistication, versatility, and everything we love about the pontoon lifestyle, the Premier 310 Escalante is in a class of its own.

Laid out to maximize the comfort of you and your 23 guests over two decks, this luxurious model is laden with high-quality features. Tons of seating area with soft-to-the-touch upholstery, teak tables, USB ports between the seats, refrigerated cup-holders, a Yeti cooler that pops up at the push of a button, trash cans, loads of storage space, JL audio with amps and subwoofer, and a hard side changing room/porta potti.

The elevated helm station comes with a wireless phone charger, a Simrad 12” display, a 12V outlet, tilt steering, a refrigerated cup holder among other features.

The stern of the boat is where the party happens. There you’ll find a refrigerator as well as a wine cooler, a sink, a paper towel holder, crystal caddies, and a stereo control for that extra pampering.

Plus, a ski tow bar and a ricochet boarding ladder at the expansive rear deck.

The upper deck comes with its own Bimini top, two couches, speakers, and last but certainly not least a water slide.

The Suzuki 350 Duo Prop outboard gives this boat plenty of power with speeds over 50 mph.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Beam: 10’17”
  • Dry weight: 3900 lbs
  • Max persons: 24
  • Max capacity: 4050 lbs
  • Overall length: 31’4”
  • Tube diameter: 36”
What we like:
  • Excellent performance
  • Very spacious
  • Comfortable and elegant
  • Extended rear deck
  • A wine cooler, a refrigerator, and a water slide are just a few of the many features we love about this pontoon boat
What we don’t like:
  • Very pricey
  • High maintenance costs


Harris Crowne 250

Created for the boater who has arrived, it's an NMMA Innovation Award-winning, expertly designed, exquisitely handcrafted masterpiece that will exceed the most discerning boat owner's expectations for technology, performance, luxury and styling.

The elite Crowne series boasts sleek lines, premium construction, elegant detailing, dramatic power, and agile handling, as well as a magnificent array of standard amenities and modern floorplans for truly inspired onboard entertaining. 

The extended aft deck boasts an in-water seat, a stainless-steel boarding ladder, and a ski pylon.

Another cool feature is the flip-top helm console that gives you access to all the wiring, electronics, and steering components.

And next to the captain’s chair is the entertainment center, which comes with a sink, a flip-up table, and the space for a small refrigerator.

Other features worth mentioning are the long twin lounges at the bow with loads of storage space underneath, a changing room, and a Bimini top providing shade for those in the cockpit

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Beam: 8’6”
  • Dry weight: 4211 lbs
  • Max persons: 14
  • Max capacity: 2969 lbs
  • Overall length: 25’0”
  • Tube diameter: 25”
What we like:
  • Excellent performance
  • Extended aft deck
  • Large and flexible rear lounger that comes with cup holders, a stereo control and a built-in cooler
  • It also comes with a sink
What we don’t like:
  • Extensive and expensive list of options


Barletta Corsa

High-quality amenities and great performance go hand in hand on the Barletta Corsa.

Whether you want to cruise, waterski, entertain or a combination of them all, this versatile and sophisticated pontoon boat got you covered.

Designed to give you and your friends loads of comfort and space, it features a quad layout with two sets of facing lounges both at the bow and the aft sections, a dual captain’s chair, a power Bimini top that goes up and down with a push of a button, a dinette table, a changing room, and lots of storage space both underneath the seats and in some backrests.

The elevated helm station comes with all your standard navigation features as well as plenty of legroom for the captain. But the highlight of this section is definitely the retractable dog dish so your pet doesn’t get left out of the fun.

Additionally, a curved stern with a lot of deck space, a convenient stereo remote, two speakers, a stainless-steel boarding ladder as well as a ski-tow/bumper-holder combo.

Equipped with a Mercury 250 FourStroke outboard this pontoon boat can run at speeds up to 45 mph.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Beam: 8’6”
  • Dry weight: 3593 lbs
  • Max persons: 12
  • Max capacity: 1764 lbs
  • Overall length: 25’6”
  • Tube diameter: 26”
What we like:
  • Expansive curved stern deck
  • Slide-out dog dish
  • Power Bimini top
  • USB port in every bench
What we don’t like:
  • Rails are painted

The Pontoon Boat Buyer’s Guide

Now that you’ve gone through our list of the best pontoon boats money can buy (in 3 price ranges), go deeper into the subject with our guidelines to choosing the right pontoon boat for your needs.

Remember that pontoon boats are also generally easy to maintain, but they require some rinsing down the right kind of boat paint at least every other season. 

1. Main purpose

How do you plan to use your boat most of the time? 

This will help decide which size as well as which layout you should go for. 

As we’ve mentioned above, the possibilities for customization are countless. 

But if fishing is your main priority, you might want to consider getting a pontoon boat designed specifically for that. As they come with rod holders, livewells, and fishing chairs. 

Inflatable pontoon boats are also a great alternative for fishing if you don’t want to spend much and/or only need a small watercraft. 

Likewise, if entertaining is what you want, think about the seating configuration as well as all the amenities you’ll need such as tables, changing rooms, portable toilets, among others. 

Still not sure which layout suits you best? Then check out this video for more information on the 4 most common layout types as well as their advantages.

2. 2 or 3 Pontoon Tubes? 

Once you’ve decided on the main purpose of your boat, it’s time to determine which one is ideal for your needs, twin pontoons or tritoons? 

The former is great for cruising, entertaining, and swimming. But because of its slow power, it’s not ideal for water sports and for those who enjoy zipping through the water. 

So the latter might be your best option. Although they are more expensive, they not only provide you with great speed and stability but also more storage space.

3. Environment 

Pontoon boats were NOT designed to take on big waves and saltwater. Instead, they were made for calm inland bodies of water such as lakes and rivers. 

However, there are a few models on the market that let you bring them into the sea. 

But if you’re not an experienced sailor and/or your boat is not seaworthy, maybe you should stay away from the ocean or this will cost you big time.

Having said that, if you still want to take your pontoon boat into the ocean, here are a couple of things you should know beforehand.

  • Protection

When in contact with seawater, the aluminum which your tubes are made of will corrode quite fast. 

So before going on offshore adventures, make sure the tubes as well as the lower unit are properly protected with anti-fouling and anti-corrosive paint.

And once you’re done for the day, be sure to give your boat a thorough rinse in freshwater. This will help you get rid of the dried salt deposits. 

  • Power

To handle rough waters, you’ll need a triple-hull with tubes that are at least 25 inches in diameter. In addition to a motor with no less than 150 horsepower.

Anything less will not be enough for proper ocean navigation.

4. Price 

Lastly and most important is the price, which will primarily depend on the size, brand, engine, quality of materials, and the extra amenities you eventually add. 

Also, as many great investments in life, they come with a handful of expenses that you need to include in your budget such as fuel, insurance, docking, and maintenance costs. 

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