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Top 5 Jet Skis to Buy in 2024 [Sea-Doo vs. Yamaha vs. Kawasaki]

Top 5 Jet Skis to Buy in 2024 [Sea-Doo vs. Yamaha vs. Kawasaki]

There’s no question that the 5 best jet skis to buy in 2024 are as follows:

  1. Sea-Doo GTR-X 300
  2. Sea-Doo RXP-X 325
  3. Yamaha VX Cruiser HO
  4. Yamaha GP SVHO
  5. Kawasaki Ultra 310LX
Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty and talk about each of these amazing models in detail!

5 Best Jet Skis to Buy in 2024

1. Sea-Doo GTR-X 300

The 2024 Sea-Doo GTR-X 300 is the bigger brother of the proven GTR 230.

Since Sea-Doo released its all-new 325hp engine option, the 300hp variant found its way into the deservedly popular GTR family.

These machines are known as the most affordable supercharged Sea-Doos available. They are built on the mid-sized GTI platform but feature 230 and 300hp supercharged engines.

Pretty good combination, isn’t it?

The 2024 GTR series involves two skis, the GTR 230 and the more powerful GTR-X 300.

As the name suggests, the latter comes with the race-inspired X-package plus the lively 300hp engine variant.

Many experts agree that this ski might be the best PWC to buy for the money in 2024, especially if you’re looking for a supercharged Sea-Doo.

With some aftermarket performance mods, it may even beat the flagship 325hp models!

Key features:

  • Category: Performance
  • Engine: 1630cc, 3-cylinder, Rotax
  • Performance: 300 HP
  • Supercharged: Yes
  • Length: 130.6 inches
  • Width: 44.8 inches
  • Dry weight: 794 lbs.
  • Brake and reverse: Standard
  • Fuel capacity: 15.9 gal.
  • Storage capacity: 42.5 gal.
  • Rider capacity: 3
  • MSRP: $16,999

2. Sea-Doo RXP-X 325

The 2024 Sea-Doo RXP-X 325 is an upgraded successor of the limited-edition 2023 RXP-X Apex 300. This ski is released as a race-ready performance Sea-Doo which is designed with buoy racing in mind.

While the body and the features of the APEX were carried over without any significant changes, the engine of the ski has been heavily redesigned.

Thanks to the numerous performance upgrades the power of the new engine jumped up to an industry-leading 325hp.

Interestingly, the asking price of the RXP-X 325 is $19,199 which is $1800 less than the price of the ’23 APEX.

Higher performance for a lower price tag? That sounds good!

Key features:

  • Category: Performance
  • Engine: 1630cc, 3-cylinder, Rotax
  • Performance: 325 HP
  • Supercharged: Yes
  • Length: 130.6 inches
  • Width: 49.2 inches
  • Dry weight: 776 lbs.
  • Brake and reverse: Standard
  • Fuel capacity: 18.5 gal.
  • Storage capacity: 40.6 gal.
  • Rider capacity: 1 (2)
  • MSRP: $20,999

3. Yamaha VX Cruiser HO

The Yamaha VX Cruiser HO is the most powerful member of the recreation VX WaveRunner series.

Unlike its 1.0L siblings, this ski comes with a significantly larger engine. Until 2023, this unit was a naturally-aspirated 1.8L HO Yamaha marine engine rated at 180hp.

For 2024, it was replaced with a more powerful, 1.9L HO, 200hp variant. Besides the larger displacement, the engine has been heavily redesigned including the throttle body, camshaft, cylinder head, exhaust manifold, cooling system, and air intake system.

Thanks to its revamped power mill, the VX Cruiser HO is the most powerful recreation PWC in 2024. Besides its outstanding performance, this ski has built a reputation on its legendary reliability.If you are looking for a powerful PWC but don’t want to worry about supercharger issues and high maintenance costs, the VX Cruiser HO is for you!

Key features:

  • Category: Recreation
  • Engine: 1898cc, 4-cylinder, Yamaha
  • Performance: 200 HP
  • Supercharged: No
  • Length: 131.9 inches
  • Width: 48.8 inches
  • Dry weight: 780 lbs.
  • Brake and reverse: Standard
  • Fuel capacity: 18.5 gal.
  • Storage capacity: 30.1 gal.
  • Rider capacity: 3
  • MSRP: $16,999

4. Yamaha GP SVHO

The legendary GP1800R SVHO was just rebranded to GP SVHO for this model year. (Aside from the new name and color scheme, the 2023 model was carried over unchanged for this season.)

What is the GP SVHO? In a nutshell, this is a race-intended WaveRunner that is designed to be the fastest and sportiest WaveRunner.

Interestingly, it shares its hull design with the VX line, but while the latter is made of NanoXcel, GP hulls are made of the more rigid NanoXcel 2.

Under the hood, you can find the supercharged 1.8L SVHO Yamaha marine engine rated at 250hp.

If you are a performance-minded rider who leans towards Yamaha, you should take a serious look at the GP SVHO!

Key features:

  • Category: Performance
  • Engine: 1812cc, 4-cylinder, Yamaha
  • Performance: 250 HP
  • Supercharged: Yes
  • Length: 131.9 inches
  • Width: 48.8 inches
  • Dry weight: 754 lbs.
  • Brake and reverse: Standard
  • Fuel capacity: 18.5 gal.
  • Storage capacity: 28.4 gal.
  • Rider capacity: 3
  • MSRP: $16,799

5. Kawasaki Ultra 310LX

The Kawasaki Ultra 310 represents the flagship Jet Ski in Kawasaki’s fleet.

The Japanese manufacturer completely redesigned this high-end supercharged Jet Ski line for the 2022 model year.

This family involves three models, the base 310LX-S, the sporty 310X, and the flagship 310 LX.It’s safe to say that the latter is the most luxurious Kawasaki Jet Ski ever built. It comes standard with many advanced features including a large LDC dashboard, “gullwing” dual gloveboxes, a rearview camera, and more.

The heart of this ski is a supercharged 4-stroke, 1494cc, Kawasaki engine rated at 310hp.

Key features:

  • Category: Luxury/Touring
  • Engine: 1492cc, 4-cylinder, Kawasaki
  • Performance: 310 HP
  • Supercharged: Yes
  • Length: 140.9 inches
  • Width: 47 inches
  • Curb weight: 1089 lbs.
  • Brake and reverse: Standard
  • Fuel capacity: 21.1 gal.
  • Storage capacity: 44.5 gal.
  • Rider capacity: 3
  • MSRP: $21,199

+1. Evo Jet Storm

Even though it’s not a typical “jet ski”, one of the most wanted PWCs in 2024 is arguably the boat-like Evo Jet Storm.This unique vessel is basically a mini jet boat that utilizes a jet-ski-like hull and Sea-Doo engines but is designed with a bucket seat and a steering wheel.

Due to their design and controls Evo Jets offer an unbeatable, go-kart-like riding experience.

The predecessor Spark Evo Jet Kart was built on the stock Spark platform and housed the 899cc, 60-90hp engine options. In contrast, the 2024 Evo Jet Storm features a purpose-built hull and the 1930 Rotax ACE engine rated at 130,170, or 200hp depending on the model.

If you are a little bored with traditional jet skis and looking for something new and exciting you should definitely take a closer look at the innovative Evo Jet Storm!

Key Features:

  • Category: Evo Jet
  • Engine: 1630cc, 3-cylinder, Rotax (Sea-Doo)
  • Performance: 130, 170, 200hp
  • Brake and reverse: Standard
  • Supercharged: No
  • Rider capacity: 1
  • MSRP: $23,499-$25,990
References:Yamaha WaverunnersSea-DooKawasaki