1. RAM MOUNTS
RAM MOUNTS Self-Leveling Cup Holder and Cozy

OUR TOP PICK

RAM MOUNTS (RAM-B-102-132U 1

Overall Rating

4.9 /5

Build Quality & Design

5

Stability

5

Ease of Installation

4.7

Durability

5

PRICE ON AMAZON

General Impression

This ball-and-socket mounted cup-holder is one-of-a-kind. Made with shock and vibration absorbing materials RAM MOUNT will never spill a drop guarantying to keep your drink cool and upright. Supplied with a cozy, this is the ideal kayaking cup hold for any avid kayaker, beer drinker, or fisher – ensuring your hydration throughout a paddle.

Specifications

Brand: Ram Mounts
Color: Black
Capacity: 8 ounces
Dimensions: 6.6 x 5.0 x 5.0 inches
Mount: Ball-mount
Materials: High- strength composite plastic
Great Features: Stays up-right at all times

PROS

  • Unique RAM MOUNT design always keeps your drink upright and level
  • Great quality provides for a great investment — this product will hold up through the elements
  • Perfectly sized for standard bottles or cans and sturdy enough to support heavier metallic cups
  • Compatible with other RAM MOUNT sockets, such as extenders or phone holders

CONS

  • Mount must be screwed into the kayak
  • Not designed for larger water bottles or mugs

2. SWIRLYGIG
SkiffDaddy

BEST VALUE

SwirlyGig SkiffDaddy Drink/Beverage/Cup Holder and Caddy for Boats, Pontoons, Canoes, Kayaks, Lawn Chairs - Two Pack

Overall Rating

4.8 /5

Build Quality & Design

5

Stability

4.2

Ease of Installation

5

Durability

5

PRICE ON AMAZON

General Impression

Boasting as the toughest and most easily installed kayak cup holders on the market, SkiffDaddy’s SwirlyGig drink holders for kayaks are sure to impress.  With no screws or moving parts, this kayak drink holder kit is easily transferable to lawn chairs, deck railings, or any 1¼ inch square horizontal tubing. Big enough to hold a can and koozie, the SwirlyGig also serves as an excellent canoe beer holder.

Specifications

Brand: SwirlyGig
Color: Metalic Grey
Capacity: 8 ounces
Dimensions: 7.0 x 4.0 x 6.0 inches
Mount: Hangs on any 1.25 inch horizontal tubing
Materials: Metal coated in PVC
Great Features: Hassel-free installation

PROS

  • Product comes with two SwirlyGig SkiffDaddy Cup Holders
  • Easy installation with no drills, screws, or missing parts
  • Heat treated with PVC to maintain their shape
  • Fits anything with 1¼ in square horizontal tubing
  • Made in the USA

CONS

  • Cannot be adjusted.  Can only fits kayak’s with 1¼ in square horizontal tubing
  • Heavier than the typical plastic or foam-based cup holders

3. PROPEL PADDLE
Shoreline Marine Propel

PROPEL PADDLE Shoreline Marine Propel

Overall Rating

4.7 /5

Build Quality & Design

4.6

Stability

4.8

Ease of Installation

4.7

Durability

4.6

PRICE ON AMAZON

General Impression

Notable for their enhanced and customized paddle sports accessories, Shoreline Marine’s kayak cup holder suits all your beverage needs.  Attached by an above bezel, this universal cup holder is easily installed with only four screws. The Propel Paddle Drink Mount is made of high-quality plastic and will not corrode like metal.

Specifications

Brand: Propel Paddle
Color: Black
Capacity: 8 ounces
Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.5 x 6.5 inches
Mount: Holder mounted by screws
Materials: High-quality plastic
Great Features: Will not corrode

PROS

  • Affordable and high quality
  • Rotating bezel offers adjustability of the cup holder’s placement and rotation
  • A slot in the side allows for a mug to be placed in the holder — ideal for coffee connoisseurs
  • Holds rigging essentials, such as hooks and lures

CONS

  • You must screw this cup holder directly into your kayak for installation
  • Difficult to relocate once installed
  • With a diameter of nearly 4 inches, this kayak cup holder is best used for larger beverage containers

4. SCOTTY
Scotty 310

Scotty #310-BK Drink Holder with Bulkhead/Gunnel Mount (Black)

Overall Rating

4.5 /5

Build Quality & Design

4.4

Stability

4.4

Ease of Installation

4.7

Durability

4.5

PRICE ON AMAZON

General Impression

The Scotty #310 Drink Holder is ideal for cans, coffee mugs, or insulated sleeves.  Easily attached or removed to kayak tracks, this cup holder for kayaks also helps to store loose lures, hooks, or tools and is ideal for fishing enthusiasts. Available in both black and white, the Scotty #310 Drink Holder is sure to please any kayaker.

Specifications

Brand: Scotty
Color: Black
Capacity: 8 ounces
Dimensions: 7.0 x 5.0 x 5.0 inches
Mount: Bulkhead/Gunnel
Materials: Durable plastic
Great Features: Includes bulkhead/gunnel mount

PROS

  • Made to match any kayak and is available in black or white
  • Includes #309 Bulkhead/Gunnel Mount for easy installation
  • Slots in the cup holder provide room for mugs

CONS

  • Holds a coffee cup better than a beer can (this might be a pro depending on your preference)
  • Tapers as it deepens, making taller beverage containers or bottles unstable
  • Only attached to kayak tracks

5. CAN_COCTIONS
Can-Panion

Can-Panion Drink Holder (Black)

Overall Rating

4.4 /5

Build Quality & Design

4.3

Stability

4.2

Ease of Installation

5

Durability

4.2

PRICE ON AMAZON

General Impression

Not only does it come with a witty name, Can-Coction’s Can-Panion is one of the best kayak cup holders available at this price point. With its stiff but adjustable coil clip, this cup holder for kayaks can also be attached to lawn chairs or 4-wheelers which makes for an awesome canoe cup holder.  Adjustable for various container sizes, the Can-Panion is sure to free up your hands and keep your beverage where it belongs.

Specifications

Brand: Can Coctions
Color: Black, olive green, red, or bright green
Capacity: 8 ounces
Dimensions: 3.5 inch diameter
Mount: Adjustable plastic coil
Materials: Sturdy plastic
Great Features: Large enough for a can with coozie

PROS

  • Very versatile — the 2-inch flexible coil used for attachment can be adapted to all types of environments
  • Made of light-weight plastic and floats in case it becomes detached during an excursion
  • Comes in a variety of colors including red, olive green, and bright green
  • Great Value

CONS

  • Does not clip to the lip of a kayak that is larger than one inch
  • Will not fit the lip of a Pelican Kayak and not ideal as a pelican kayak cup holder

6. SCOTTY
Scotty Cup Holder

Scotty 0311-BK Cup Holder with Bulkhead/Gunnel Mount and Rod Holder Post Mount - Black

Overall Rating

4.3 /5

Build Quality & Design

4.3

Stability

4.3

Ease of Installation

4.2

Durability

4.5

PRICE ON AMAZON

General Impression

The Scotty Cup Holder is ideal for kayakers of all ages and abilities. Not only is it easily installed in rod holders or mounted to surfaces, this kayak beverage holder also serves as an accessory rack for tools or lures. With its ease of installation and variable mounting options, this Scotty Cup Holder will leave you feeling hydrated and satisfied.

Specifications

Brand: Scotty
Color: Black or white
Capacity: 8 ounces
Dimensions: 7.0 x 5.0 x 5.0 inches
Mount: Bulkhead/Gunnel or rod holder post
Materials: Durable plastic
Great Features: Comes with rod holder post

PROS

  • Key for coffee drinkers, as the slot in the side allow for mugs
  • Show off your uniqueness with options in both black and white
  • Easy to install and remove
  • May also serve as an accessory rack to organize lures and tools
  • Can sit in the rod holder or in the kayak tracking

CONS

  • Over time, these cupholders may become a little too easy to remove
  • Large drainage slits at the bottom make it difficult to hold miscellaneous items, such as smaller tools or keys
  • Not ideal for recreational kayaks without tracking

7. KEMIMOTO
kemimoto Marine Cup Holder

kemimoto Bar Cup Holder, Oxford Fabric Drink Cup Can Holder with Drain and Alligator Clip for Motorcycle, ATV, Scooter, Marine Boat, Bike, Wheelchair, Walker, Golf Cart, RV, Camper, Desk, Adjustable

Overall Rating

4.9 /5

Build Quality & Design

4.9

Stability

4.8

Ease of Installation

5

Durability

5

PRICE ON AMAZON

General Impression

With its soft but durable mesh and adjustable drawstring, Kemimoto’s Marine Cup Holder reliably holds all types of beverage containers. Outfitted with a 360° adjustable high-quality mounting clamp, this canoe beverage holder clamps firmly to rails or sides of any kayak.  When this clip-on cup holder for kayaks needs a little love, you can toss it right into the washer which makes it cool and convenient.

Specifications

Brand: Kemimoto
Color: Black
Capacity: 12-24 ounces
Dimensions: 5.2 x 4.8 x 4.7 inches
Mount: Adjustable plastic clip
Materials: 600D oxford fabric
Great Features: Surrounded by mesh pockets to hold loose gear

PROS

  • 2 mesh pockets on the side are perfect for stashing yours keys, phone, sunglasses, or sunscreen
  • Tightening drawstring allows for secure holding of various beverage containers between 12-24 oz
  • Bottom drain to prevent the accumulation of water
  • Durable, flexible, and easily to clean – just toss it right into the wash
  • Adjustable clip allows for cup holder to also be used on canoes, bikes, scooters, golf carts, etc.

CONS

  • With excessive weight or size, cup holder fabric may loosen
  • Over time, clamp may begin to droop with excessive weight

8. YAKUZZI
Yakuzzi

Yakuzzi Kayak Drink/Cup Holder, Accessories for Kayaks and Canoes (Light Blue)

Overall Rating

4.8 /5

Build Quality & Design

4.7

Stability

4.8

Ease of Installation

5

Durability

4.8

PRICE ON AMAZON

General Impression

Made of plush koozie material, Yakuzzi is guaranteed to keep your beverages cool and secure during any paddle. It is taller than a typical cup holder and equipped with an adjustable tightening strap, specifically designed to hold water or beer holders. To install, simply clip the insulated drink holder to the lip of any kayak cockpit. The Yakuzzi also comes with a mesh bag, allowing you to store snacks or other belongings in the cup holder too.

Specifications

Brand: Yakuzzi
Color: Orange, blue, or black with black mesh
Capacity: 8 ounces
Dimensions: 1.0 x 1.0 x 1.0 inches
Mount: Adjustable plastic clip
Materials: Koozie material
Great Features: Ideal for taller bottles

PROS

  • Versatile and easily installed, may even be clipped onto a backpack
  • Show off your unique style with multiple color options including light blue, orange, or black
  • Increased height keeps tall bottles cooler for longer

CONS

  • Plastic clip becomes worn over time and numerous removals
  • Made for taller bottles, meaning cans may be hard to place or remove

9. SUNCHASER PRODUCTS
SunChaser

SunChaser Drink Holder Bevi Pro for Cups and Bottles, Holds Cans and Tumblers - Comes with Drink Stake, Beverage Holder with Strap and Suction for Boats - Gift for Him & Her - Graphite Grey

Overall Rating

4.5 /5

Build Quality & Design

4.6

Stability

4.8

Ease of Installation

4.2

Durability

4.2

PRICE ON AMAZON

General Impression

With a three-prong suction cup, the SunChaser Bevi Pro makes an ideal kayak bottle holder or cup holder. Not only will this drink holder work on the water, it also comes with several attachments to secure drinks onto a golf cart, ATV, patio, lawn chair, or even the lawn itself. Considering it is exceptionally versatile and easy to install, the SunChaser Bevi Pro is perfect for any thirsty kayaker.

Specifications

Brand: SunChaser
Color: White or green
Capacity: 8 ounces
Dimensions: 4.0 x 4.0 x 3.0 inches
Mount: Strap or suction cup
Materials: Strong ABS plastics
Great Features: Works with 3 unique attachments

PROS

  • Also comes with a lawn peg, to serve as a cup holder in the grass or sand
  • May also be attached to chair arms and railings using the included straps
  • Holds any can or bottle as well as Solo cups, perfect for any beer lover

CONS

  • Suction cup only works on non-porous surfaces
  • Cannot hold a mug

10. YAKATTACK MULTIMOUNT
Yakattack MultiMount

YakAttack Multimount Cup Holder

Overall Rating

4.9 /5

Build Quality & Design

4.9

Stability

5

Ease of Installation

4.7

Durability

5

PRICE ON AMAZON

General Impression

Due to its size and versatility, our best kayak cup holder of 2020 is the MightyMount.  As the name implies, YakAttack’s MightyMount can hold large and small beverage containers.  Big enough to carry a Nalgene or even a beer can with a koozie, the MightyMount is guaranteed to help quench your thirst.  MightyMount is suited for most kayak tracks and is bound to become a necessity item for any pack of kayak accessories

Specifications

Brand: YakAttack
Color: Black
Capacity: 8 ounces
Dimensions: 1.0 x 1.0 x 1.0 inches
Mount: Kayak track
Materials: Sturdy plastic
Great Features: Holds larger bottles as well as small ones

PROS

  • Versatile fit for beverages of various sizes or even small tools
  • Easy to install and compatible with YacAttack, GearTrac, Scotty, and most kayak track systems
  • Covered by MightMount’s Built for Life Guarantee

CONS

  • May lean to one side if tightened too much during installation
  • Due to its size versatility, smaller containers may jiggle or not sit securely
  • Adaptor needed for FeelFree Kayaks, 3 Water Kayaks, and Jonny Boats

When searching for the best kayak drink holder, there is plenty to consider. But before you go making a purchase, think about the type of kayak you own, your main purpose for paddling, and the type of beverage you prefer to consume.

Type of Kayak

The two major types of kayaks are commonly found, these are sit-on-tops and recreational.  A sit-on-top kayak does not have an enclosed cockpit, allowing for easy entrance and exit. They are wide and stable and ideal for fishing due to the accessibility of fishing gear. In contrast, recreational kayaks have a lip that surrounds a wide opening to an inner, protected cockpit. So, depending on the type of kayak you own, the best kayak cup holders for you may differ.

Attachment methods for canoe cup holders and best kayak cupholders differ between watercrafts.  Recreational kayaks have a broad lip, perfect for attaching clip-able cupholders like the Kemimoto Marine Cup Holder or the Yakattack MultiMount. However, of the best kayak cup holders those by Propel Paddle must be attached by a mount that needs to be screwed into the kayak itself. Due to their large inner cockpit, recreational kayaks also offer plenty space for a suction-cup or Go-Pro style cup holder such as the SunChaser. Suction-mounted and clip-able kayak cup holders are easily moved or transferred, while those attached with hardware will permanently alter the kayak and may be more difficult to install or remove.

Since sit-on-top kayaks are open and popular for fishing they can easily be fitted with kayak tracks and gunnels to support all types of accessories – from fishing rod holders to a kayak water bottle holder. For Sit-on-tops, a cup holder for kayaks can attach to the track itself or sit inside the fishing rod holder.  Surface-mount cup holders are also ideal for sit-on-top kayaks, which provide the space and accessibility for the attachment in various locations.

When selecting the best kayak cup holders, it is important to remember that sit-in-top kayaks are open, and often lead to a wet ride.  Due to this factor, select a cup-holder that will hold a bottle with a re-usable lid.

Purpose of Paddle

Your purpose of paddle will have a significant impact on your selection of the best kayak drink holder. If you prefer a leisurely paddle or use a slow trolling motor, select a cup holder whose contents can be easily removed (such as Scotty brand).  If you plan on kayaking for speed, or doing any type of whitewater kayaking, it is best to select a cup holder that will keep your drink snug and secure.

The reason for your paddle will also affect the placement of your kayak cup holder. If you plan on taking your time or sitting still while casting a line, your cup holder should be close and within reach. For more serious paddlers and speedsters, it is vital that your cupholder can be placed out of the way, where it will not impact your paddle or the aero and hydrodynamic features of your kayak.

Type of Beverage

While it may sound trivial, the type of drink you plan to consume on the water should be taken into strong consideration when determining the best kayak cup holders for you. If you plan on mostly drinking water from a Nalgene bottle, perhaps the YakAttack’s MightyMount (noted for its large size) is the best choice for you. For those hoping to sip coffee from a warm ceramic mug on a cool relaxing paddle, be sure to look for a cup holder with slots for a mug. But maybe drinking coffee from a reusable aluminum mug is more your style? In that case, search for a kayak or canoe cup holder that is sturdy and stable, like the Amphibian Outdoor Kayak Cup Holder.  For beer lovers out there, it is most important to think about the type of container you will be consuming from. The taller cup holders such as the Yakuzzi, which also offers an adjustable tightening strap, are guaranteed to keep your entire bottle safe and chilled. Alternatively, beer cans will be secure in the Can-Coctions Can-Panion Drink Holder – freeing up your hands do the rest.

1. Do I really need a cup holder?

Weather you are enjoying a nice, leisurely paddle or reeling in the first catch of the day, few things are more critical than staying hydrated. With a kayak cup holder, you will always know where your beverage is when you need it. Many cupholders also offer the added benefit of insulation – keeping your drink cooler for longer. For fishers, numerous cupholders (such as the Shoreline Marine Propel Paddle Gear Universal Drink Mount) provide an accessory rack for hooks and lures. Likewise, mesh cup holders such as the Kemimoto offer additional pockets for keys, sunglasses, etc. No matter your reason to paddle or your beverage of choice, a kayak cup holder is bound to make for a more enjoyable and convenient kayaking experience.

2. How to mount a cup holder on a kayak?

Kayak cup holders are mounted in various ways depending on the type of kayak and cup holder you purchase. Some kayak cup holders have a mount, which attaches to the metal tracking system of the kayak. YacAttack, GearTrac, Scotty, and FishUSA are all companies that produce kayak tracks and track accessories. If you plan to mount a kayak cup holder to a kayak track first check that the mount is compatible with the track. For kayaks without a track, cup holders can be easily secured with suction cups or adjustable clips. Whatever your preference – always measure the width of the ledge you want to clip to and consider the diameter of the clip before making your selection. For those who are truly committed, some cup holders may also be screwed directly into the kayak itself for permanent attachment.

3. Do I require any special tools or preparation to mount a kayak cup holder?

The answer will vary depending on the type of cup holder you select. Clip-on or suction-cup type cup holders are typically the easiest to install and do not require any special tools or hardware. Track accessories typically come with the equipment to attach them to a track, but always read the fine print on a product to ensure that it is compatible with the tracking of your kayak. On occasion, an adaptor may be required for track accessories, including a kayak cup holder. Lastly, mounted cup holders may require screws – again, always carefully read the product details to determine if hardware is included or not.

affordable kayak cup holder

REACH OUT

As always, we create our content with you, fellow adventurers, in mind. So, how’d we do? Did you find this informative? Did it help you make a decision? Did we miss anything? We’d love to hear from you below. Thanks for reading and we hope your next adventure is a great one!

Laura Foley

Laura is a product expert, a degreed marine scientist, and an oceanography teacher originally from San Diego, California. Since earning her instructor rank in 2010, Laura has certified hundreds of divers through PADI and the Handicapped Scuba Association. An avid traveler, Laura's most memorable excursions include swimming with whale sharks in the Philippines, cave diving in Mexico, and snorkeling between tectonic plates in Iceland. Her key interests are hiking, kayaking, taking photos, and plotting her next great adventure.

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