There are many great brands and types of jet skis, and finding the best one depends on your particular needs.
If you are looking for a lot of power and athleticism, getting a stand up solo craft could be a great option. However, you would need a certain amount of skill. If you’re going to go out with your family, then it might be better to go with a jet ski with three or four seats. Many of the luxury models with large engines are also found within jet skis with three or four seats.
To help you with making a decision, here is a review of the ten best jet skis on the market.
Kawasaki 300LX Ultra Jet Ski
The Kawasaki 300x Ultra Jet Ski can seat three people and is great for families or for larger groups. Even though it seats three people, it’s also very fast. It has a 300 hp engine and is able to accelerate quickly. Typical of the Kawasaki brand, it’s luxury mixed in with high performance.
Yamaha FX Cruiser SHO
Yamaha FX Cruiser SHO seats three people and is the flagship of the Yamaha brand. Its 1812cc engine is the largest displacement engine on a watercraft. This Yamaha FX Cruiser SHO is very powerful, and yet is very economical on fuel. Of all the high performance, four-stroke jet skis, it’s the only one that runs on regular unleaded gas. This allows for lots of savings.
Yamaha Waverunner VX R
The Yamah Waverunner VX R is aimed at those who want a jet ski that is fast and light weight for high performance, yet is available at an affordable price. It’s able to get speeds of over 65 mph while still being priced at a little under $11,000. It doesn’t have all the luxury features of the Kawasakis, but it handles very well and goes very fast.
Yamaha WaveRunner FZ R
The Yamaha WaveRunner FZ R seats two people and is an aggressive jet ski. It is made for those who have the skill and athleticism for stand-up driving. Even though it is only listed at 211 hp, it still reaches speeds of 65 mph and accelerates very quickly. It might not have all gadgets of other luxury models, but it makes up for with its agility and ability to move fast.
HSR Benelli Series-R Race Edition
Often referred to as the “Ducatti of jet skis”, the HSR Benelli Series R Race Edition is the world’s fastest jet ski. Produced by Austrian manufacturer HSR Benelli, it has a 342 hp engine. Even though it seats three people, it isn’t exactly a family jet ski either. It’s more for experienced riders that can handle an adrenaline rush.
The Sea-Doo RXT-X is meant to compete with the Kawasaki models that are used for high performance in offshore circles. Since it’s geared towards racing in the ocean, there is a lot of ability to customize suspension stiffness. It’s a great mix of power and handling, and ability to customize. The Sea-Doo RXT-X seats three people.
Kawasaki 800 SX-R
2011 is the final year of the one seat Kawasai 800 SX-R, which is known for its great speed. It requires a lot of driving skill and athleticism because it’s built for stand-up riding. Those that can handle it will appreciate its aggressiveness in turns due to its powerful 781cc twin-cylinder, two-stroke engine. Even though it has a lot of power, experienced riders will find it easy to control.
Honda Aquatrax R-12X
While Honda isn’t a well known jet ski brand when compared to Yamaha, Kawasaki and Sea-Doo, the Honda Aquatrax R-12X does have the most powerful two-seater jet ski available. Compared to the other hulls made by Honda, its fairly small, which allows it to move into turns extremely well. It’s one of the best muscle crafts, but has the feel of a Yamaha WaveBlaster.
Seadoo GTI 130
The Seadoo GTI 130 seats three people and is aimed at first time riders. It’s also great for families. This happens to be one of the best jet skis in its class, and competes with the Yamaha VX. An entry-level rider will find it very easy to learn to use with the help of the Sea-Doo intelligent Brake and Reverse system. It makes throttling, shifting out of neutral and reversing extremely easy with lots of precision control.
Seadoo GTX 215
The Seadoo GTX-215 seats three people. It is very fuel efficient, allowing savings on gas. Even though it’s fuel efficient, it doesn’t make it less powerful than the other jet skis in its class. Its great for families, but is also available in a more powerful engine for those that want even more muscle.
Best Jet Skis on the Market: Kawasaki 300LX Ultra Jet Ski
Best Jet Skis on the Market: Yamaha FX Cruiser SHO
Best Jet Skis on the Market: Yamah Waverunner VX R
Best Jet Skis on the Market: Yamaha WaveRunner FZ R
Best Jet Skis on the Market: HSR Benelli Series R Race Edition
Best Jet Skis on the Market: Sea-Doo RXT-X
Best Jet Skis on the Market: Kawasai 800 SX-R
Best Jet Skis on the Market: Honda Aquatrax R-12X
Best Jet Skis on the Market: Seadoo GTI 130
Best Jet Skis on the Market: Seadoo GTX-215