Pros / The handling is excellent, as it recovers quickly from flips and submarining.
Cons / The run time is only 10 minutes on a fully charged battery.
Verdict / The Pro Boat Recoil is the best entry-level RC boat because it combines great handling with high speeds. It just doesn't have a long run time.
The Pro Boat Recoil remote control boat is fast, reliable and easy to use. It outperformed every other RC boat thanks to its outstanding handling, fast speeds and average battery life. It has an extremely convenient self-righting feature so you don't have to worry about getting stranded in the middle of the pond or lake. Whether you are using this boat to race or just as a fun toy, the Recoil is an excellent entry-level remote control boat. For these reasons, it earns the Top Ten Reviews Gold Award for the best RC boat.
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The Pro Boat Recoil is fast and loud. It can accelerate much faster than other boats and reaches top speeds of up to 25 miles per hour. If you have a clear day with little wind and calm water, it can even reach speeds of around 30 mph.
In our handling tests, the Pro Boat Recoil received an A, the highest grade in our evaluation. While the speed and acceleration may be too intense for some novice users, it cuts through the water better than every boat we tested. While it was perhaps a bit too easy to submarine (when you completely submerge the boat) and flip over when making sharp turns, it was always quick to recover. And the self-righting feature means we never had to wade into the water to rescue it.
When comparing runs with the Recoil to other RC boats, we found that it was just a lot more thrilling to drive. It can pretty much handle anything. We were able to stir up the water, make sudden turns and wide turns, slice through waves and even get some airtime and do a few flips here and there. The speed and power are notably higher than most remote control boats give you.
In our tests, the Pro Boat Recoil had an average run time of 10 minutes on a fully charged battery, which was just average. Unfortunately, even the longest run time in our tests was disappointing. It seems like as soon as you put the boat on the water and run a few figure eights, the battery is already low. This is a common issue with every RC boat we tested, which is more of an indictment of the industry's inability to advance battery technology. Still, for comparison, the longest run time in our tests was 20 minutes.
The positive aspect of battery performance was the charge time, which was one hour. Some batteries take up to six hours to fully charge and produce similar run times. The ratio of run time to charge time is very high, comparatively.
In addition, the Li-Po battery provides quicker acceleration and longer charge life than other batteries. Still, we recommend you purchase multiple batteries so you don't have to run out to the lake for just 10 minutes of fun.
Design & Accessories
The Recoil has a monohull body, which is ideal for a novice user that just wants to have fun on the water. The design allows it to turn in both directions with equal ease. However, if you're interested in racing RC boats, you should consider a hydroplane design.
It's one of the few remote control boats in our review with a brushless motor, which means it's more efficient than the standard brushed motor. It's also less likely to overheat. A brushless motor is also more durable and requires less maintenance over time. It also doesn't generate as much heat, so it likely won't require a water-cooling system. However, brushless motors are more expensive.
The Recoil RC boat comes in a bright red color with yellow accents. Its bold colors definitely stand out from other boats. It's 17 inches long and 4 inches tall and wide. It just weighs 1 pound and is small and light enough to toss in a bag or a carry with you to the pond. This boat has a water-cooled brushless motor, which prevents it from overheating and leaves you with longer run times.
This RC boat is also one of the most durable entry-level boats on the market. In our durability tests, it received an A because it never received any significant damage in collisions with other boats and a concrete wall. The plastic is light, but very strong. Some crashes with other boats flipped it upside down, but we still were able to use the self-righting feature to flip it right back up. The Recoil's hatch has a tight seal, but you still should use some hatch tape.
Help & Support
Pro Boat offers a 30-day warranty with its Recoil boat. The company also sells replacement parts that you can order online or by phone. If your boat malfunctions or requires service, you have several different ways to reach Pro Boat. You can do so by email, telephone or one of the online forums and social media accounts. Online, you'll be able to find YouTube videos with action footage as well as a downloadable instruction manual and FAQs page.
The Pro Boat Recoil is the top remote control boat in our comparison. It zips through the water at speeds up to 25 miles per hour. However, despite these high speeds you still don't have to worry about the boat getting stuck since it is able to reemerge after submarining, and it can flip itself over thanks to its self-righting feature. The Recoil has a strong battery life and turns well in both directions. Beginners will have to adjust to its impressive acceleration. However, this boat is very fun to drive with a little practice.