Take Willowleaf’s advice and go used. The only use to most folks on this board find for these short “entry level” inexpensive boats after they have paddled even a season is to keep around to crawl shallow creeks or let the 8 yr old kids mess around in. If you go new you will tie up funds that you will more than likely regret when you realize what kind of boat you really want. And these entry level boats are a dime a dozen when you go to resell it. Each fall a ton of these get put up for sale by people who operate waterfront businesses or camps, and you can’t sell for higher than their sacrifice price. A decent used boat, you can recoup a much higher percentage of your investment if you want something more after paddling it a while.
A longer boat is actually easier to load, but you don’t have any experience to realize that yet. The help I give people loading up 16 ft boats after a paddle is usually optional, but for these 10 ft wide, slowpoke boats it is often necessary.
And on Willowleaf’s point about “entry level” kayaks, that is a term which does real disservice to potential buyers. That should mean that it is a kayak where you can learn to do the things available in more featured kayaks. But that is a lie. ALL you can do with these things is sit in it and paddle it on calm water, in swimming distance to shore (because the most basic ones can’t be managed in an on water capsize). Compare that to what you can do in the most basic touring kayak - brace, edge to turn, handle surprise waves with a skirt on, and if you are dedicated enough even learn to roll. None of the above are possible for a new paddler in the really basic boats.
I am not saying the Loons and Swifties of the world don’t have a place. They do with my sister who went into it with enough paddle time to know she was not interested in doing more than puddling around small ponds, or another relative who has some swimming fears and will never go further than a quiet cove very near shore. Or myself when I want to crawl up a creek where I am going to be dragging the boat over berms and around beaver dams, or the 10 footers I use when in Maine to visit friends camping on the island 500 feet away when the land bridge is under water. Rather than getting a 16 foot boat off and back onto my Talic stands.
But for anything that requires real capability from the boat, or me, including keeping up with others on an evening paddle, these kinds of boats would not work. I can cite one person who makes it happen with a 10 foot boat among up to 40 paddlers out on an evening paddle. Her reason is quite personal - anything she wants to use - bike, boat etc - has to fit inside of her van that she takes to events and camps out of. Most of us do not need to live out of a vehicle anytime they want to get away.
Same advice on the paddle - go used to get lighter weight if you can. My sister got so beat up by the heavy cheapo paddles she and her husband first got that she had stopped paddling, and it made all the diff it hurt. I got both of them better ones, Aquabond Stingrays for a bit over 100 bucks each and it made all the diff.