Kayak Stands

Unless you plan on awkwardly sitting your kayak up against a wall, you will want to look into getting a kayak stand. The good ones will perfectly cradle your kayak and ensure that it stays in the exact position you want it to stay in. There are quite a few different kayak stands out there now, so it’s important to know the differences between them so you end up with one that works great for your kayak.

The main thing you will want from a kayak stand is an easy way to load and unload your kayak(s) from it. Some of the stands have two curled bars that keep the kayak from shifting around, while others are the lay-on-top variety with elastic bands to allow the kayak to sink down a little bit. The one you should get comes down to personal preference and how much space you have for a kayak stand.

Below you will find some of the top kayak stands that you can buy right now. They are all known to be of high quality and to work with the most common kayak sizes out there, so you can be confident that you’d be happy with any of them. We do recommend looking at each of the kayak stands so you can know the features that differentiate them and so you will know if they were made to hold kayaks like yours.

Suspenz Universal Portable Boat Stands

Suspenz Portable Boat Stands

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These lay-on-top kayak stands from Suspenz are an excellent affordable option for people who know that they want to be able to pack their stands with their kayaks wherever they go. They can easily be set up anywhere indoors or outdoors due to their small size, but they are strong enough to hold larger-than-average kayaks. Don’t think that the quality is low just because it is so affordable because that couldn’t be further from the truth. The stands do a fantastic job of keeping a kayak still, so they really are great stands for a very low price.


– Lightweight aluminum material with stainless steel hardware
– Easily folds up for transport and storage
– Made to be set up both indoors and outdoors
– Extremely stable
– 17 inches tall
– 100 pound capacity
– Includes mesh carrying bag

1006 RAD Sportz Deluxe Freestanding Heavy Duty Kayak Rack

1006 RAD Sportz Kayak Stand

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This kayak rack from RAD Sportz is one of the highest-rated kayak stands that you will find right now, and for good reason. It’s about as sturdy as they come, it has some fantastic sleeved bars to keep your kayaks from getting scuffed up, and it was built to last many years. If you happen to have two kayaks at home or you plan on having two at some point, you should definitely look into the 1006 RAD Sportz Deluxe kayak rack.


– Powder coated and UV protected metal kayak stand
– Cushioned sleeves protects your kayaks
– Indoor and outdoor use
– 52 inches tall and 94 inches wide
– 175 pound capacity, which is enough to hold two kayaks

COCO Universal Portable Kayak Canoe Boat Storage Stands

Coco Portable Kayak Stand

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This pack of kayak stands from COCO were built to be used on any type of surface, including uneven ground, so they are a fantastic choice if you know you’ll want to be using your stands indoors and outdoors. They are the classic aluminum design that people have been relying on for decades, so you can be sure that they won’t break down on you even after many uses. They also have excellent rubber pads that ensure your kayak will never get scratched or dented when you’re putting it on the stands or when the kayak has been on the stands for weeks or even months at a time.


– Made of a lightweight aluminum material with stainless steel hardware
– Satin anodized finish
– Durable and safe rubber pads
– Very portable
– 17 inches tall
– 100 pound capacity
– Set of 2 kayak stands included

Malone Auto Racks FS 3 Kayak Storage Rack System

Malone Auto Racks FS Kayak Rack System

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This Malone rack system is probably the one you want to buy if you are looking for a kayak stand that can easily hold up to three kayaks. The J-Style holders are one of the better features on this rack as they keep your kayaks from moving around even if the rack is bumped into. That also means that you never have to worry about your kayaks getting scratched since the rack was specifically built in such a way to keep kayaks cushioned and still. On top of this being an excellent multi-kayak stand, we also have to give the company a lot of credit for slapping a lifetime warranty on it just in case something happens to it.


– Stainless steel hardware
– Powder coated so it can be used inside or outside
– 2 sets of steel J-Style holders
– Foam stacker blocks to protect your kayaks
– Can hold up to 3 kayaks
– 37 inches tall and weighs 70.5 pounds
– 250 pound capacity
– Lifetime warranty

Stoneman Sports Kayak and Canoe Freestanding Storage Rack

Stoneman Sports Kayak Rack

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This double kayak stand from Stoneman Sports is all the rage in the kayaking world these days because of its unique build. It was designed in a way that makes it very easy to remove either kayak thanks to the curved-down holders on the bottom rack. This is yet another kayak rack that you can leave inside or outside without having to worry about it breaking down in any way. It is extremely easy to set up and it can hold just about any canoe or kayak out there, so it’s really not that surprising at all that it sells so well.


– Rust resistant powder-coated steel
– Space saving design
– Doesn’t need to be mounted
– Can hold just about any type of kayaks
– 48 inches tall and 36 inches wide
– 175 pound capacity
– 1 year warranty