Engine vs Electric Jet Ski- Which is the Best for Me?

Electric jet skis are here and are already beginning to filter into the market. If you are considering an investment or switching up from your petrol-powered model, you’ll no doubt have many questions about how they compare. 

For starters, there are no prizes for guessing which has the smaller environmental footprint. However, we aim to dive deeper into their respective performances and the other factors ultimately determining where you decide to spend your money.


Jet skis are all about speed; on this score, the traditional jet skis hold a clear edge. Their top speeds of 70mph leave the newer electric models,at 40mph,  trailing in their wake. However, with safety being of key importance and more and more locations implementing speed limits and regulations, you may find that the electric models are a better fit; still, plenty fast enough to get your heart pumping and a safer comparison when it comes to speed.


Electric jet skis tend to have lower initial costs than engine-powered models. This is because they have a simpler design and don't require an internal combustion engine, transmission, or fuel system. In addition, many electric jet skis are smaller and lightweight, which can further reduce their cost.

Petrol-powered jet skis require regular maintenance and tune-ups, which can add up over time. Oil changes can cost upwards of £300. Then you can factor in winterisation. With no exhaust or intercooler, those costs are out of the equation for the electric jet ski.

If you treat yourself to a jet ski, you’ll want to be out hitting those waves as often as the weather and your schedule will allow. Filling an 80-litre tank with fuel will set you back well over £100, compared to a few pounds for running an electric jet ski. These are some impressive savings that will mount up over time.


As we’ve just touched on, when it comes to upkeep, the electric jet ski is a more practical choice. There are fewer components, and they are easier to maintain than engine-powered jet skis. Regular tasks like oil changes and engine tuning are unnecessary with electric jet skis, while engine-powered ones require routine upkeep to maintain optimal performance.

It is worth noting, though, that with the new technology in the electric jet ski comes the potential issue that not everyone has caught up to it yet, meaning repairs might not be as readily available as they are for the petrol-powered machines.

Noise Level

We know that electric jet skis offer a greener option as they do not release harmful substances and consume less energy compared to their petrol-powered peers, but there is another type of pollution to consider - noise pollution.

Electric jet skis are the way to go for a tranquil ride on the water, as they generate significantly less noise than engine-powered models. This factor could be well worth considering if you plan to use it in quieter, more peaceful areas where engine revving is not ideal.


The electric jet ski is more energy-efficient than an engine-powered jet ski. With electric jet skis, you can enjoy a longer riding time without worrying about running out of fuel. Typically you’ll get between 1.5 and 2 hours out on the water, which is plenty for most. However, when it does run out, it's not as simple as just topping up as a charge will take a few hours, so that's a factor worth considering too.


Electric jet skis are easier to handle and manoeuvre than petrol-powered models. Their lighter weight is more responsive, making them a great option for beginners and those who want to enjoy a smooth and easy-to-handle ride.

So there you have it. Which is the best model for you will depend on your requirements and preferences. 

If pure horsepower is all you are worried about, then all those fringe benefits won’t matter a jot; you’ll want to stick with the petrol-powered machine. 

However, with environmental factors becoming ever-more prevalent and cost considerations for most,- the electric jet ski is a fantastic technological development; one that will let you enjoy your thrills with a clearer conscience and a bigger bank balance too. 

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