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The 4 Best Kayak Racks for Cars

Here are a list of the best Kayak racks on the market. Our team has thoroughly assessed a wide variety of kayak racks to conclude  with the final few. We take into account usability, affordability and durability to make each assessment. 

Let's have a look at the best Kayak racks for cars

Roof Top Mount Car SUV Crossbar

Best Overall

  • Reasonably priced  


  • Easy to instal


Kayaks, Surfboard and Ski Board Rooftop Mount

Budget option

  • Affordable


  • Can carry two kayaks at a time 


  • only sold in singles
Aluminum Roof Top Cross Bar Set

Premium option

  • Great all around option


  • locks onto the car for extra security


  • requires straps to mount kayaks

Roof Top Mount Car SUV Crossbar

Ecotric offers a reliable product for your car to safely transport kayaks to your adventurous destination.

Up to four kayaks can be secured in the two racks, so more people can join in on the fun.

And because the racks are universal, you can easily substitute a kayak for a surfboard. Additionally, each rack can support gear up to 36 inches wide and 165 pounds, covering all types of kayaks. 

Their steel designs will pleasantly surprise you – not only with sheer looks, but also with functionality. These racks also utilize the widely superior J-bar design, unlocking multiple advantages for your kayak inspired travels.

Furthermore, there’s plenty of space leftover for other items you may want to bring along and secure on the car’s roof. The wide mouth design of the J-bar enables easy and fast loading and unloading. The mounting hardware is easy to install and uninstall – so even if you’re not savvy, you shouldn’t have trouble. Ecotric includes four straps, eight feet in length, for some added security.

Each rack has adjustable padding to reduce the risk of damage to your kayaks. This, combined with rust resistant coating to withstand exposure to moisture, will greatly improve your product’s lifespan.

Kayaks, Surfboard and Ski Board Rooftop Mount

This Kayak rack offers another great J-styled rack for transporting your kayaks, it’s perfect as it can hold two kayaks at a time. However note that this purchase will only be for one rack.

They not only protect and support up to two kayaks, you can use these racks for other items such as surfboards and stand up paddle boards. The rack is lined with a padding to prevent damage from rubbing and scratching, extending the lifespan of your kayaks.

The rack’s frame is covered with rust-resistant and anti-corrosion material to lengthen your product’s lifespan. And the thick rubber-saddle design of the rack enables some much-needed resistance from the inevitable moisture on your journey.

Ikuram’s rack is made from high-quality aluminum alloy, making it surprisingly lightweight. But make no mistake – these racks are strong: they handle kayaks up to 42 inches wide and 158 pounds.

The racks are easy to install thanks to some commonsense mechanisms such as safety tie-downs and heavy-duty straps. Moreover, the racks can be easily adjusted to fit the need and shape of your kayaks, enabling some necessary versatility.

What’s cool is you can fold down or raise the rack when you’re not using it, this helps with Aerodynamics. 

Aluminum Roof Top Cross Bar Set

This roof rack is a crossbar set and is perfect for carrying all types of kayaks. Its versatile and can be used to carry a large number of thing. 

Each rack is made from a high-quality grade of aluminum to reduce the weight applied to your roof. Still, each rack can handle up to 150 pounds, enabling transport of most midsized to large kayaks. However you will need to purchase straps as well if your looking to secure your kayak straight on. The photo below is an example of what this looks like with a kayak secured onto it.

The rack is 52 inches wide from each end and can support kayaks up to 46 inches wide. Plenty of space will remain on the roof after setup in case you have more items to haul.
Each rack comes equipped with some heavy-duty clamps to ensure maximum safety for your kayaks. Furthermore, clamps enable a strong connection to your roof’s side rails, thereby locking the racks in place.

Each rack is universal, supporting reasonable substitutes such as bicycles. We think that universality and dependability make these racks worth the recommendation alone.

TMS offers one of the best deals for anyone hauling small to midsized kayaks aboard their car.

They include a lifetime warranty for mental support; but we’d be willing to bet you won’t have to use it.

The two pairs included can be easily mounted to your car’s roof’s bars thanks to an easy setup process. But rest assured, these carrier racks are especially durable due to their steel designs, making travel a little less stressful.

Once these racks are mounted, place the kayaks on their sides – this frees space for other loads on your roof. And with two kayaks secured within each rack, you ultimately get to bring along four kayaks on your kayak journey.

Keep in mind that this carrier isn’t just for hauling kayaks, it also functions as a universal carrier. Other gear, such as skis or surfboards, can be mounted as well, adding another dimension of adventure to your travelling.
With adjustable padding and a steel design, these carriers are durable and safe. Add to this a rust-resistant coating, and you’ve got a long-lasting product, fit for endless kayaking journeys.

The J-bar design provides plenty of room for your kayaks, making them easy and safe to store. It also helps for unloading and loading the kayaks; not to mention the carriers are easy to install and uninstall!
Even with two racks on your car, there’s still some space leftover for hauling anything else on the roof.

And if you’re looking for some extra security, simply attach the two heavy-duty straps included. Each rack can support kayaks up to 36 inches wide and 75 pounds. So these racks are perfect for small to midsized kayaks.