Not many people can resist the urge to have some fun in the water. Towable tubes are a safe way for thrill-seekers to enjoy hours of fun in the sea or on a lake. If you are looking for an inflatable tube for all the family, we have two awesome options.
Today, we are going to look at the Big Mable vs Big Betty from Airhead. We will look at all of their features such as the quality of the materials used and the ease of use. We will include a comparison chart for a quick overview. To help with the final decision, we have some pros and cons too.
There are a number of things in common between the Big Mable and the Big Betty, so we will start here.
Here is a recap of the Big Mable and the Big Betty.
Size and Capacity
The Big Mable and the Big Betty are both 66 x 69 inches. They have a 1–2-person capacity with a maximum weight limit of 340 pounds. There are other purchasing options including a 1-3-person tube and a 1-4-person tube.
Maximum Speed Limits
Though many people use the Big Mable and the Big Betty for younger children, they are recommended for children over 13 years old. For children, the maximum speed limit is 15 miles per hour. For adults, it is 20 miles per hour.
Booster Ball Compatible
With the Booster Ball, the Big Mable and the Big Betty perform even better. With the Booster Ball, you will notice less drag and it will help to absorb shocks. You will also notice better fuel consumption. The Booster Ball is not included.
You can ride the Big Mable and the Big Betty sitting down facing the front or reversed in the chariot position. They have dual tow points, both with patented Kwik Connect tow points for fast, easy attachment.
The valves of the Big Mable and the Big Betty are patented Speed Safety Valves. These valves are great for fast inflation without any air escaping when the caps are put on. They are also quick to deflate just by removing the cap.
Let’s now go over the differences between the Big Mable and the Big Betty.
Although they are the same size, they look very different.
It’s quite a sporty tube in bright orange and yellow features. There are also black and white checkers on parts of the tube.
The bright orange is the same, but the seating area is blue. It also has black and white checkers.
The Winner Is- A Tie
There are two parts to the towable tubes, the inner bladder and the covers.
The bladder is made of heavy-gauge PVC. Covering the entire bladder is a heavy-duty, double-stitched nylon cover.
The same heavy-gauge PVC is used for the bladder. It also has a full cover, which is made of tough 840 denier nylon. For added comfort, there is EVA padding.
Cushioned seat dividers help to put a little space between the riders so they don’t knock into each other in choppier water.
There are no seat dividers with this tube.
The 1-2-person rider has one seat divider. The larger models have more, depending on the maximum number of riders.
The Winner Is- The Big Betty
Handles are placed in the seat, the inside of the tube and on the top, so you can safely hold on regardless of the position you are sitting in.
It has 7 neoprene handles in total.
You get 8 handles to choose from.
The Winner Is- The Big Betty
Value for Money
Both of the towable tubes come with a 1-year limited warranty. There is quite a big difference in price.
Overall, this tube is excellent value for money at the lower end of the average for a 1-2-person tube.
It’s still good value but depending on offers, you might be looking at $50 to $100 more.
The Winner Is- The Big Mable
Pros and Cons
Next, we will look at some pros and cons of the Big Mable and the Big Betty.