Best Pontoon Boats of 2022

Pontoon boats are among the most popular boats for sale on the market right now. They started gaining popularity in the Midwest, and over time have become a coast-to-coast success because of their diverse range of options, uses, and features. With the latest selection of new pontoon boats available for 2022, boaters will find everything from serious fishing vessels to luxury pleasure craft with ample deck space for large families and more. Regardless of what your intentions are on the water, here is a round up of what we think are some of the best boats to look at this year.

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Check out these top picks for the best pontoon boats of 2022. Above photos by manufacturers as indicated below.

2022 Bennington 30QX

The Bennington 30QX features single or twin engine options that can propel it to speeds of over 60 mph, along with over 30 feet of boat available in up to 20,000 different color combinations. It’s packed full of standard equipment with plenty of upgrades to choose from. While we’ve been wowed by the Bennington’s QX models in the past, new for 2022 you can now get standard-beam twin engine models, SX Pillowtop furniture with thicker foam, and cup and phone holder console pockets. Fastback pods have also been updated to include black mesh and a stainless-steel bevel. This boat is completely customizable and pricing is going to vary significantly based on configuration, but however it’s outfitted the 30QX is one thrilling pontoon boat.

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Running the Bennington 30QX would get any pontoon boat enthusiast excited. Photo by Bennington.

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2022 Harris Grand Mariner 250

The Harris Grand Mariner line has a completely new look for the 2022 model year, and the Grand Mariner 250 is sure to be a favorite. It now features sweeping lines, a sleek electric tower with some very cool lighting to jazz up your evening cruises, and an interior complemented by luxurious soft-touch vinyl. This pontoon boat has 27’11” length overall and a trailerable 8’6″ beam, and can be had in multiple performance configurations including twin or triple tubes, 37 or 63 gallon fuel capacity, and 200 or 400 maximum horsepower packages.

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The 2022 Harris Grand Mariner has a whole new look and feel. Photo by Harris Boats.

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2022 Lowe SS 210 CL

Lowe has been known for building affordable quality pontoon boats for years, and the new 2022 SS 210 CL brings gobs of features into a very affordable price range with a starting point under $34,000. A peek at the modernized fiberglass-reinforced acrylic helm console makes the evolution clear: it has automotive-style chrome-bezel gauges, toggle switches, a black “soft grip” steering wheel, a USB port, and even a dedicated spot for your cell phone. The stereo system is another great example of an unexpected feature for an affordable pontoon boat. It’s a Kicker KMC45 Bluetooth system with four 50-watt Kicker speakers. Sweet!

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The Lowe SS 21 CL pontoon boat delivers some serious bang for you buck. Photo by Lowe Boats.

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2022 Premier 310 Escalante

The Premier Escalante is ideal for big families who want to enjoy big fun at the lake. This double-decker boat features a 12-foot upper deck with extra seating, a Bimini top, and a water slide – yes, a water slide! – so it makes the ultimate party barge when you want premium entertainment on the water. Plus, Premier’s PTX package includes pontoons with a 0.125″ rough water nose cone, hydraulic steering, lifting strakes, performance sheeting, and a ski locker. Wait a sec, did we mention that the 310 Escalante has a water slide?!

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You want to plaster a perpetual smile on your kid’s faces? What could possibly work better than a pontoon boat with an upper deck and a water slide? Photo by Premier Marine.

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2022 Princecraft Brio 2.0

Princecraft already held the distinction of building some of the first electric pontoons on the market, but for 2022 they’ve rejuvenated the Brio line and renamed it Brio 2.0. Available in 17′, 19′, and 21′ models, the Brio 2.0 is propelled by Torqeedo electric motors (producing about five to 20 horsepower) and offers an optional solar panel array. The boat’s also been modified for additional battery bank capacity and can handle both 24- and 48-volt power systems. Version 2.0 models have six inches of additional beam as compared to previous ones, and also enjoy a new rotomolded console and new upholstery.

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The Brio 2.0 is a new electric pontoon boat offering from Princecraft. Photo by Princecraft.

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2022 Regency 230 LE3

The Regency 230 LE is a high-performance luxury machine, with a 250 horsepower Mercury Verado outboard on the transom and a triple-log XP3 performance package with strakes, a nose cone, and spray deflectors below the deck. That means you can race around the lake at speeds in the upper 40s, and when you crank the wheel over hard the boat will carve out tight turns with ease. For the 2022 model year the 230 LE3 has a long list of upgrades over previous versions, headlined by a new console design with a Medallion Viper III multifunction touch-screen. Other cool touches for the new model year include adding USB charging ports to the drink holders, adding blue LED courtesy lighting, redesigning the helm and passenger’s chairs, and upgrading the onboard battery charger to a lithium-capable version. MSRP sits a tick below $83,000.

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The 2022 Regency 230 LE enjoys a number of upgrades over previous models. Photo by Regency.

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2022 Sea-Doo Switch Compact

Sea-Doo has literally rocked the pontoon boat world, with the introduction of its Switch. This is the only pontoon boat around that’s propelled by jet power and rides atop three of Sea-Doo’s Polytec tubes. The driver gets a handlebar control very similar to the handlebars on a PWC, as well as jet power perks like Intelligent Brake and Reverse and cruise control. Another way the Switch sets itself far apart from the crowd is its deck design. Accessories and furniture locks into a modular tile system, allowing you to customize the layout on a moment’s notice. Even at its base price of $17,999 MSRP for the smallest Switch, the Compact, (a pocket-sized 13-footer), the package includes a trailer and virtually everything you’ll need to launch the boat and start having fun on day one.

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The Sea-Doo Switch Compact redefines what a pontoon boat can be. Photo by Sea-Doo.

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2022 Starcraft SLS 3

The StarCraft SLS 3 wins kudos for maintaining a simple, no-nonsense layout that’s proved popular through the years, with facing sofas both forward an aft, captain’s and passenger’s chairs, and a pedestal cocktail table. Though it maintains this straightforward attitude for the 2022 model year, the boat has an aggressive new fence and rail design that give it a sporty look, plus upgraded furniture with cup holders built right in. StarCraft also added a dual console option, mimicking the design of their SX series.

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It’s a sure bet the 2022 StarCraft SLS 3 will prove popular. Photo by Starcraft.

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2022 Sun Tracker: Fishin’ Barge 24 DLX OR The Party Barge 24 DLX

Depending on your boating intentions, Sun Tracker has you covered with the 24 DLX series, where you’ll find a dedicated Fishing and Party Barge models. The Fishin’ Barge features a four-stroke engine and plenty of premium fishing features included, such as fore and aft pedestal fishing seats, bow and stern livewells, and fishing rod holders. It also includes 26” performance pontoons for comfort and easy handling on the water. The Party Barge, on the other hand,  has larger loungers and a movable table instead of fishing accessories. Both go for an MSRP around $41,000 with a 150 horsepower outboard but can also be had for less if you get a smaller powerplant. And, while this isn’t an all-new line, there have been several updates on both of these pontoon boats for the 2022 model year. Mooring eyes, fold-down cleats, a new Bluetooth stereo, and a redesigned motor pod have been added, but most impressive is the new 10′ SureShade powered Bimini top with push-button stow and deploy.

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The 2022 Sun Tracker Fishin’ Barge and Party Barge have both been improved for the model year. Photo by Sun Tracker.

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2022 Sylvan M5 CLZ DC

The Sylvan M5 CLZ DC hasn’t changed much since the 2021 model year but remains a fan favorite thanks to featuring one of the most impressive interiors of a pontoon that is available today.  This boat measures 27’8” and can accommodate 12 guests between the reclining captain’s and passenger’s chairs, an aft L-shaped sofa, an aft lounger that flips open to turn into a changing room, and a pair of forward center-facing chaise loungers. Plus, the boat has a standard mini-galley with a sink, countertop, and wine bottle holders. Additional luxury touches include a Kicker KMC20 stereo, concealed mood lighting and underwater lights, and 28-ounce carpeting on the deck.

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The Sylvan M5 (LZ DC shown here) lands you squarely in the lap of pontoon boat luxury. Photo by Sylvan.

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The 2022 model year is an exciting one for pontoon boat fans, and these models are some of the prime reasons why. As you look for your own personal pick of the best pontoon boats of 2022, be sure to check out these top picks.

For more information on how to buy a pontoon boat – or how to buy any boat, for that matter – see How to Buy a Boat: The Ultimate Buying Guide.

Written by: Lenny Rudow

With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny Rudow has contributed to publications including YachtWorld,, Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.