Pickleball is a sport gaining popularity that blends tennis, badminton, and ping pong. The game appeals to people of all ages and skill levels. All you need are pickleball rackets, a net, and the pickleball, a perforated plastic ball similar to a whiffle ball. If you’re a novice who isn’t sure which pickleball racket makes the best investment, or a veteran player looking upgrade your gear, our guide of the 10 best pickleball rackets on the market will get you in the game. We’ve done the research and you can rest easy knowing any racket you choose is a winner.

PICKLEBALL RACKET FAQS

1. WHY BUY A PICKLEBALL RACKET?

2. WHAT IS THE TOP CONSIDERATION WHEN BUYING PICKLEBALL RACKETS?

3. WHAT ARE PICKLEBALL RACKETS MADE OF?

4. WHERE CAN YOU BUY IT?

5. PRICE RANGE

HOW WE REVIEWED

We reviewed the following products based on features, pros & cons, price, where to buy, and warranty. We reviewed considered hundreds of paddles but ultimately found the best value in these 10. That means that you can be confident you are getting the most durable, a great warranty and a good price no matter which racket on the list you choose.

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OVERALL PRICE RANGE OF THIS PRODUCT

The overall price range for these products is from about $50 to $125. We did not review all wood paddles, which start at about $15. They simply don't give you the performance you need. A good starting cost is about $50, but you get a product that will enhance your skills as you learn the game. At the same time, the $150 rackets won't improve your game any more than a mid-level paddle. They might feature proprietary skins with six layers and a following on the pro circuit but cost significantly more.

WHAT WE REVIEWED

  • Engage Encore Pro
  • Pro-Lite SuperNova Pro
  • Onix Composite Z5
  • Pro-Lite Titan Pro
  • Pro-Lite Rebel PowerSpin
  • Onix Graphite Z5
  • Pickleball Inc. Venom Composite
  • ARD HF100
  • Pro-Lite CRUSH PowerSpin
  • Onix Graphite Zen V2

Engage Encore Pro Pickleball Paddle
  • Weight: 7.8 - 8.3 oz
  • Size: 15 1/2" long x 8 1/8" wide
  • Grip: 4 1/4"

FEATURES

The Engage Encore Pro, a USA-based leader in pickleball rackets, is a mid-weight racket with a medium grip. It weighs between 7.8 and  8.3 ounces and has a 4 ¼ inch grip. This is a solid choice for beginners and veterans because it provides great spin. It’s got a specialized polypropylene/ polymer honeycomb core and a fiberglass skin. Its design maximizes paddle-ball contact enhancing spin. It also meets noise reduction requirements. The Engage Encore Pro comes in black, red, purple, or green.

PROS

  • Good for all skill levels
  • Comfortable grip
  • Effective ball placement
  • Enhances control and power

CONS

  • Heavier than other brands
  • Soft shots more difficult

WHERE TO BUY

WARRANTY

EngagePickleball requires buyers to register their equipment to be eligible for the warranty which is nontransferable and valid only to the original purchaser.

FEATURES

The SuperNova from Pro-Lite is the company’s second generation of the “Black Diamond” series. The SuperNova is among the more expensive pickleball rackets on our list, but it's loaded with technology. It has a 100 percent carbon fiber face that provides exceptional spin and finesse for a non-textured paddle. The paddle can softly hold the ball momentarily providing a grab that is superior.

The racket weighs 7.7-8.2 ounces, on the heavier side, but it is balanced. Pro Player Simone Jardim designed the racket. It has won three U.S. Open gold medals. If you are a tennis player transitioning to pickleball, the SuperNova is definitely one to consider.

PROS

  • Longer handle for two-handed backhand
  • Large sweet spot
  • Can be used in noise restricted communities
  • USAPA approved

CONS

  • High price
  • Less durability reported by some users

WHERE TO BUY

WARRANTY

All ProLite paddles have a limited lifetime warranty and a 5-year "no dead spot" warranty. The warranty is non-transferrable. 

Onix Composite Z5 Pickleball Paddle Features Nomex, Paper Honeycomb...
  • Features a fiberglass face and lightweight nomex core
  • Available in your choice of color
  • Medium weight face for added power and touch

FEATURES

The Onix Composite Z5 has a fiberglass face and paddle weight of 8.4-8.7 ounces. Players looking for more pop at the baseline and have decent ball control enjoy this racket. This is a heavyweight racket that measures 15.5 inches long and 8.3 inches wide and has a classic style featuring a  Nomex honeycomb widebody paddle with a graphite face. You'll likely see this paddle everywhere since it appeals to beginners. It has a large sweet spot, which makes missing the ball a lot harder to do. The Onix Composite Z5 has a 4¼ inch grip size.

PROS

  • Great for all levels
  • Maximum power and pop
  • Nomex, Paper Honeycomb Core
  • Widebody, large sweet spot

CONS

  • Heavier paddle
  • Few frills

WHERE TO BUY

WARRANTY

Onix Pickleball rackets have a limited manufacturer warranty that covers manufacturer defects for a certain time period. It does not cover wear and tear, rackets that are altered or damaged by abuse.  The warranty is non-transferable and does not apply to demo or displayed paddles.

FEATURES

The Titan Pro is along the same lines as the SuperNova, among the best-designed paddles from Pro-Lite made with high-grade materials.  The Titan has a carbon fiber face and graphite paddle. The extra-smooth face enhances reaction times and produces an ultra-quiet play.  When a paddle is smooth, one can sacrifice ball control, but that's not the case here. The Titan Pro's carbon fiber face absorbs the ball - so you can put "English" on the ball. It boasts an extra-large sweet spot and low profile edge guard.

PROS

  • Large paddle face and balanced sweet spot
  • Modern design
  • Extra-low profile edge guard

CONS

  • Higher price
  • Less power

WHERE TO BUY

WARRANTY

All ProLite paddles have a limited lifetime warranty and a 5-year "no dead spot" warranty. The warranty is non-transferable.

Prolite Rebel PowerSpin Pickleball Paddle
  • Textured PowerSpin paddle surface
  • Extra-long 16 paddle face for enhanced spin control
  • Lightweight ranging from 7.5 - 8.1 ounces

FEATURES

The Rebel PowerSpin by Pro-Lite Sports is designed for pickleball rebel. Six-time national champion Wes Gabrielson approves this paddle. Bold graphics will keep you looking great and its comfort grip will add to your play. The racket has a 16-inch reach, great balance and weighs 7.7-8.3 ounces. The Rebel, a composite paddle, has a polymer core and textured fiberglass surface. The texture catches the ball and gives it a powerful spin.

A Quad Core Polymer core means great touch and hearing that that “quiet pop” sound. If you want power, another racket may be for you, but if you want control and spin, this paddle could be for you.  

PROS

  • Large paddle surface
  • Quad core polymer core for spin and control
  • Bold style

CONS

  • Not for power hitters
  • Price

WHERE TO BUY

WARRANTY

All ProLite paddles have a limited lifetime warranty and a 5-year "no dead spot" warranty. The warranty is non-transferable.

ONIX Graphite Z5 Graphite Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle with Cushion...
  • Constructed with a graphite face and nomex core
  • Available in your choice of color
  • Oversized paddle for larger sweet spot

FEATURES

The Onix Graphite Z5's outstanding touch and ball control make it the company's most popular racket. The graphite face and Nomex core give a good feel of the ball and weigh 7.5-8.2 ounces. It has a widebody shape that appeals to beginner through advanced level players and its solid construction offers a durable choice. The handle length, 5 inches, results in a comfortable grip and most players like the weight. The racket is available in several colors including yellow, pink, blue, orange, red, purple, green, and white!

PROS

  • A balance of speed and power
  • Good for beginners
  • Many colors to choose from

CONS

  • Few frills

WHERE TO BUY

WARRANTY

Onix Pickleball rackets have a limited manufacturer warranty that covers manufacturer defects for a certain time period. It does not cover wear and tear, rackets that are altered or damaged by abuse.  The warranty is non-transferable and does not apply to demo or displayed paddles.

Pickle-Ball, Inc. Venom Composite Pickleball Paddle, Orange
  • Designed to generate power and increase control
  • The core, PFG2 core, is made from a unique core technology made specifically for pickle ball by pickle ball Inc
  • The slender handle on the Venom paddle is 5 inch -1/2 long and has a medium circumference measurement

FEATURES

The Venom2 composite paddle has a proprietary PFG2 (Nomex) Core to produce power and control, yet keep the noise down. The racket's long handle and smooth radius is a nod to the company's wood paddles produced since the late 1960s. It weighs in at 7.6-8 ounces and gives players a traditional head heavy feel for more control.

Pickleball Inc. claims the paddle is 14 decibels quieter than other paddles. Its long handle generates more power. The Venom weighs in heavier than a graphite paddle and appeals to players with a tennis background. The handle reminds many players of their tennis court days. Choose from four colors:  blue, red, green and orange

PROS

  • USAPA/IFP approved
  • Powerful and durable fiberglass face
  • Teardrop shape for quick reaction time
  • Nomex honeycomb core

CONS

WHERE TO BUY

WARRANTY

Backed by a 6-month warranty covering material and manufacturing defects. See warranty details. 

Advanced Recreation Design ARD HF100 Fiberglass Pickleball Paddle...
  • ARD Innovative Throat Design Helps Dampen the Vibration on Shots Providing BetterStability
  • ARD Grip Shape and Butt Cap Provides Fewer Miss Hits and Better Ball Control
  • Fiberglass Face is Lighter and Quieter

FEATURES

This is ARD’s flagship composite fiberglass paddle for beginners to intermediate players.  ARD spent nearly three years designing and testing the proprietary “throat” design. This additional design element that connects the paddle to the handle, gives players more stability and vibration control.

Inside is a state-of-the-art honeycomb polypropylene core for touch at the net. Newer players benefit from better ball grip and accuracy than ARD’s graphite option, the GF200.  Power-wise, it gives plenty of oomph from its 8.2-8.4 ounce weight. It's also friendly on the budget.

PROS

  • Price
  • Good for beginners
  • Good ball grip

CONS

  • Basic, no frills
  • New paddle design from a new company
  • Short warranty

WHERE TO BUY

WARRANTY

Advanced Recreation Design guarantees products against manufacturer defects for a period of 90 days. The warranty refund does not include shipping costs and return shipping costs.  

Prolite Crush Powerpsin with SPINtac Pickleball Paddle (Surf)
  • Durable SPINtac hitting surface for enhanced spin control
  • QuadCore polymer honeycomb cell technology
  • Exclusive ProLite MicroEdge guard

FEATURES

The CRUSH PowerSpin is the newest in Pro-Lite's PowerSpin line of composite pickleball rackets. It's lighter than the Rebel PowerSpin and features Pro-Lite's Magnum paddle shape. The technology includes QuadCore, SPINtac, and MicroEdge produces more accurate finesse play at the net. The grip size on the CRUSH smaller, so players with smaller hands will have a great grip and a widebody paddle face. The CRUSH PowerSpin has a QuadCoreTM Power Polymer honeycomb cell technology, weighing 7.4-7.8 ounces.

PROS

  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Can use in noise restricted communities with quiet zones
  • Attractive graphic design
  • Large face for more control/power

CONS

  • Not for large hands
  • Price

WHERE TO BUY

WARRANTY

All ProLite pickleball rackets have a limited lifetime warranty and a 5-year "no dead spot" warranty. The warranty is non-transferable. 

2017 Onix Graphite Zen Pickleball Paddle v2 Purple
  • Offers great control and pop behind the ball
  • Oversized shape creates a concentrated sweet spot
  • Aluminum Core and Graphite Face

FEATURES

The Onix Graphite Zen V2 is the lightest of the pickleball rackets we reviewed, weighing in at 6.6 to 6.9 ounces. This lightness is almost guaranteed to extend your periods of play. This super light paddle offers a killer combination of power, control, and touch due to its aluminum core. With an oversized face, the paddle is forgiving. A great bonus for beginners. Onix has also incorporated a tennis-like grip into this design that fits players with larger hands.

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • Attractive graphic design
  • Large face for more control

CONS

  • It may be too light for some players

WHERE TO BUY

WARRANTY

Onix Pickleball rackets have a limited manufacturer warranty that covers manufacturer defects for a certain time period. It does not cover wear and tear, rackets that are altered or damaged by abuse.  The warranty is non-transferable and does not apply to demo or displayed paddles.

COMPARISON TABLE

THE VERDICT

These Top 10 pickleball rackets are all solid choices for any level player. That being said, there are two pickleball rackets that stand out. The Pro-Lite SuperNova Pro is the choice for competitive pickleball players. It's got bells and whistles on its bells and whistles. It's been rated by customers as performing exceptionally well. And it has plenty of power, yet can deaden high-power blasts.

For the beginners, our pick is the Onix Composite Z5. It's a good starter paddle that will enhance a beginner's game and last for years into their pickleball journey. The price won't break the bank, even for the occasional players who want to show the regulars they know quality equipment. When your main goal is hitting the ball, the Onix Composite Z5's pop at the baseline and extra large sweet spot are sure to be game savers.

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