Finding the best quality badminton racket is not an easy task as you might have been thinking! It’s quite overwhelming to decide on one option when you have several models from multiple brands to choose from.

Moreover, all the brands are claiming to be the best brand, so it’s a tough task to select the best bet for you.To clear the air and help you to get rid of all the marketing gimmicks, I’ve decided to make a comprehensive badminton racket reviews guide. 

So allow me to do the legwork and please read through this article to get a clear picture of some rackets for beginners, intermediate, and advanced players. 

Things that I considered before choosing a particular model are,

  • It’s cost-effectiveness.
  • Whether the racket is a perfect option for a beginner or an intermediate or an advanced player. 
  • The racket’s weight, stiffness, head balance, grip, string tension, etc.
  • Whether the racket offers the latest technologies or not. 
  • Who suits best with that racket – aggressive or defensive players, and many more.

So, without any further ado, let’s begin!

Comparison Table For Best 18 Badminton Rackets!

06 For Beginners:-

Title
1.Senston N80 Graphite
2.Senston Professional Woven
3.Senston X310
4.Yonex Nanoray 20
5.Franklin Sports Elite
6.Yonex B-350
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Rating
Weight
75g when unstrung
85g when unstrung
85-89g
3U (ave.88g)
84 +/- 2g
100 gm
Balance
Head-heavy; 295+-3MM
288mm +or- 3mm from bottom of shaft
295+-3MM
Head-light
294 +/- 2mm
-
Shaft flexibility
-
-
-
Hi-flex
-
-
Head shape
Isometric
Isometric
Isometric
Isometric
Isometric
Oval
String tension
24 lbs -26 lbs
25 lbs - 26 lbs
22 lbs - 24 lbs
19 lbs - 24 lbs
-
-
Grip size
G4
G4
G4
G4
-
-
Title
1.Senston N80 Graphite
Image
Rating
Weight
75g when unstrung
Balance
Head-heavy; 295+-3MM
Shaft flexibility
-
Head shape
Isometric
String tension
24 lbs -26 lbs
Grip size
G4
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Title
2.Senston Professional Woven
Image
Rating
Weight
85g when unstrung
Balance
288mm +or- 3mm from bottom of shaft
Shaft flexibility
-
Head shape
Isometric
String tension
25 lbs - 26 lbs
Grip size
G4
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3.Senston X310
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Rating
Weight
85-89g
Balance
295+-3MM
Shaft flexibility
-
Head shape
Isometric
String tension
22 lbs - 24 lbs
Grip size
G4
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4.Yonex Nanoray 20
Image
Rating
Weight
3U (ave.88g)
Balance
Head-light
Shaft flexibility
Hi-flex
Head shape
Isometric
String tension
19 lbs - 24 lbs
Grip size
G4
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5.Franklin Sports Elite
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Rating
Weight
84 +/- 2g
Balance
294 +/- 2mm
Shaft flexibility
-
Head shape
Isometric
String tension
-
Grip size
-
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6.Yonex B-350
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Rating
Weight
100 gm
Balance
-
Shaft flexibility
-
Head shape
Oval
String tension
-
Grip size
-
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12 For Intermediate and Advanced Players:-

Title
1.Yonex Duora 10
2.Yonex DUORA Z-Strike
3.Yonex Voltric 80 E Tune
4.Yonex Voltric Z Force II
5.Yonex Nanoray 70 DX
6.Yonex Nanoray Z Speed
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Rating
Weight
3U (Ave.88g), 2U (Ave.93g)
3U (Ave.88g), 2U (Ave.93g)
3U (Ave.88g)
4U (Ave.83g), 3U (Ave.88g)
4U (Ave.83g)
3U (Ave.88g), 2U (Ave.93g)
Balance
Evenly balanced
Evenly balanced
Head-heavy
Head-heavy
Head-light
Even balanced
Shaft flexibility
Stiff
Extra Stiff
Stiff
Extra Stiff
Extra Stiff
Extra Stiff
Head shape
Isometric
Isometric
Isometric
Isometric
Isometric
Isometric
String tension
3U 16-26 lbs, 2U 20-27 lbs
3U 20-28lbs, 2U 21-29lbs
20 lbs - 27 lbs
4U 20-27 lbs, 3U 20-28 lbs
24 lbs -30 lbs
3U 20-27 lbs, 2U 20-28 lbs
Grip size
G4/G5
G4/G5
G4/G5
G4/G5
G5
G4/G5
Title
1.Yonex Duora 10
Image
Rating
Weight
3U (Ave.88g), 2U (Ave.93g)
Balance
Evenly balanced
Shaft flexibility
Stiff
Head shape
Isometric
String tension
3U 16-26 lbs, 2U 20-27 lbs
Grip size
G4/G5
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2.Yonex DUORA Z-Strike
Image
Rating
Weight
3U (Ave.88g), 2U (Ave.93g)
Balance
Evenly balanced
Shaft flexibility
Extra Stiff
Head shape
Isometric
String tension
3U 20-28lbs, 2U 21-29lbs
Grip size
G4/G5
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Title
3.Yonex Voltric 80 E Tune
Image
Rating
Weight
3U (Ave.88g)
Balance
Head-heavy
Shaft flexibility
Stiff
Head shape
Isometric
String tension
20 lbs - 27 lbs
Grip size
G4/G5
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4.Yonex Voltric Z Force II
Image
Rating
Weight
4U (Ave.83g), 3U (Ave.88g)
Balance
Head-heavy
Shaft flexibility
Extra Stiff
Head shape
Isometric
String tension
4U 20-27 lbs, 3U 20-28 lbs
Grip size
G4/G5
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5.Yonex Nanoray 70 DX
Image
Rating
Weight
4U (Ave.83g)
Balance
Head-light
Shaft flexibility
Extra Stiff
Head shape
Isometric
String tension
24 lbs -30 lbs
Grip size
G5
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Title
6.Yonex Nanoray Z Speed
Image
Rating
Weight
3U (Ave.88g), 2U (Ave.93g)
Balance
Even balanced
Shaft flexibility
Extra Stiff
Head shape
Isometric
String tension
3U 20-27 lbs, 2U 20-28 lbs
Grip size
G4/G5
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Title
7.Yonex Arcsaber 10
8.Yonex Arcsaber 11
9.Yonex Astrox 77
10.Yonex Nanoray 900
11.Karakal CBX 7
12.Karakal BN-60FF
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Rating
Weight
85-89gm(3U), 90-95gm(2U)
3U (Ave.88g), 2U (Ave.93g)
4U (Ave.83g), 3U (Ave.88g)
-
-
78 grams strung
Balance
Even balanced
Even balanced
Even balance
-
-
Head-light
Shaft flexibility
Stiff
Stiff
Medium flex
-
-
Medium stiff
Head shape
Isometric
Isometric
Isometric
-
-
Isometric
String tension
19 lbs - 24 lbs
3U 19-24 lbs, 2U 20-25 lbs
4U 20-28 lbs, 3U 21-29 lbs
-
-
max 28 lbs
Grip size
G5
G4/G5
G4/G5
-
-
G3
Title
7.Yonex Arcsaber 10
Image
Rating
Weight
85-89gm(3U), 90-95gm(2U)
Balance
Even balanced
Shaft flexibility
Stiff
Head shape
Isometric
String tension
19 lbs - 24 lbs
Grip size
G5
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8.Yonex Arcsaber 11
Image
Rating
Weight
3U (Ave.88g), 2U (Ave.93g)
Balance
Even balanced
Shaft flexibility
Stiff
Head shape
Isometric
String tension
3U 19-24 lbs, 2U 20-25 lbs
Grip size
G4/G5
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9.Yonex Astrox 77
Image
Rating
Weight
4U (Ave.83g), 3U (Ave.88g)
Balance
Even balance
Shaft flexibility
Medium flex
Head shape
Isometric
String tension
4U 20-28 lbs, 3U 21-29 lbs
Grip size
G4/G5
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10.Yonex Nanoray 900
Image
Rating
Weight
-
Balance
-
Shaft flexibility
-
Head shape
-
String tension
-
Grip size
-
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Title
11.Karakal CBX 7
Image
Rating
Weight
-
Balance
-
Shaft flexibility
-
Head shape
-
String tension
-
Grip size
-
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Title
12.Karakal BN-60FF
Image
Rating
Weight
78 grams strung
Balance
Head-light
Shaft flexibility
Medium stiff
Head shape
Isometric
String tension
max 28 lbs
Grip size
G3
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At First, Let Me Review Top 06 for Beginners!

1.Senston N80 Graphite

PROS
  • It’s super lightweight (75g when unstrung). That’s what a beginner should look for.
  • It offers excellent shock absorption due to the wooden handle.
  • Comfortable to grip and maneuver. 
  • This is a head-heavy racket. So you will get some extra power support from this racket, which is vital for a beginner.
  • This racket is responsive, hence provide significant support to the beginners. 
  • It’s made of full carbon fiber. Carbon fiber is the material I always recommend for a newcomer. 
  • The one-piece design construction and built-in T-joint play a role in increasing the stability of this racket.
  • The Isometric head shape offers a larger sweet spot.
  • Easy to swing.
  • It is reasonably priced.
CONS
  • Had the string tension a bit lower, it would have been a bonus for a beginner. 
  • The grip quality could have been better.

When everyone is praising all the Yonex products, I thought I would put this Senston N80 on top of the list.

Indeed, I found enough reasons that set itself apart from the crowd.

In general, what attracted me most is its ability to satisfy a beginner with its multiple beginner-friendly features. 

On top of that, when you buy a racket for a beginner, you should go for quality but a less expensive ones. Senston N80 has that quality, and it is cost-effective too.

So, in my opinion, this is the perfect racket for beginners.

I’ve already mentioned the core values in the Pros section. Let me cover some points in a bit of detail. 

As I said, this is an isometric head-shaped racket, which offers a larger sweet spot than an oval-shaped racket. Consequently, you will get extra power for almost every shot you make. 

Moreover, a larger sweet spot means the string bed is more forgiving.  

It’s quite easy to maneuver and swing because of the pyramid frame rim design. With air mechanics, it minimizes the swing resistance.

The grip comes separately. Therefore, you have to put it on yourself, and it’s an easy task. 

Consider adding extra grip if you are not ok with a single grip. As this racket is head-heavy, so in case you want to have more weight at the grip, then add one or two extra grips. 

Nonetheless, it comes with carrying case/cover. So, it’s a plus.

Verdict

This is a quite handy choice for anyone who is about to learn this fantastic game of badminton. 

It’s lightweight, responsive, stable, offers a larger sweet spot, easy to carry, maneuver, and swing. Altogether, it’s worth the money.

2.Senston Professional Woven

PROS
  • This one is another lightweight racket (4U when unstrung) from Senston. 4U is some weight that suits every beginner.
  • It’s made of high-quality micro carbon fiber, which I believe is the perfect choice for a novice.
  • Like other models from Senston, this one also offers one-piece design to enhance stability.
  • The built-in T-joint improves the stability and helps to control the racket for the high precision shot. 
  • A cost-effective option.
  • A perfect racket for both singles and doubles.
  • It offers tight string tension, which is suitable for hard-hitting. 
  • You have multiple colors to choose from (orange and red).
  • Easy to maneuver and swing.
  • Wooden handle helps to increase shock absorption.
  • The isometric head shape offers a larger sweet spot.
CONS
  • While this is not a heavy racket, at the same time, it’s not the lightest one. The previous one that I reviewed here is lighter than this.
  • It could have been a tad more flexible.
 

This specific badminton racket from Senston is built using the latest Woven technology, which also gives it a quality look.

While the string tension is 25-26 lbs, it can hold up to 30 pounds. So, yes, you have the customization options. Nonetheless, I believe you shouldn’t bother if you are at a very early stage of learning this game. 

The one-piece design and T-joint help to minimize the deformation of the racket for constant playing hence enhance the durability as well.

Again, you can add as many grips as you want to make it more handy for you. But I don’t think as a beginner you should over complicate things. Go for extra grip only if you need one. 

Like the previous Senston racket, this one also comes with a cover. 

Verdict

I was a bit skeptical about including any brand other than Yonex on my list. But these Senston rackets have proven me right. 

All in all, this is a quality racket that you can get spending very little money compared to other good options on the market.

3.Senston X310

PROS
  • It offers a suitable weight for a beginner (3U when unstrung). 3U and 4U is considered to be the perfect weight for a beginner racket.
  • The isometric head shape offers a larger sweet spot and tends to be more forgiving.
  • This one is also built from 100% carbon fiber material. Meaning this is a perfect choice for a beginner.
  • Senston X310 follows one-piece construction, too, which enhances stability and makes it lasts longer. 
  • The same built-in T-joint is also present here. Along with the one-piece design, it’s also responsible for increasing stability and high-precision control.  
  • It offers the perfect string tension for all types of players.
  • It introduces string protected technology. (more on this later)
  • Super inexpensive compared to other Senston rackets on my list.
  • It comes with both a cover and a grip. So it saves even more money.
  • Easy to swing and offers a good response.
  • Available in multiple colors (blue, green, pink, yellow).
CONS
  • Nothing that I could write as a downside but the weight. Had it been a tad lighter, it would have been even better for a beginner. However, I can’t say this is a heavy one either.

Have I mentioned earlier the reason behind choosing a carbon fiber material racket?

It’s because this material makes the racket strong and reduces the deformation of the frame.  

The one-piece construction and built-in T-joint also help to reduce the deformation of the racket caused by continuous playing. 

As a starter, you will want to play for long without facing any shoulder pain. You can expect that from this racket as it’s quite lightweight.

I was saying about the string protected technology in the pros section. It’s nothing but a design with a small bulging point on the frame that protects the string. Eventually, you will get a better life from this model.

Verdict

This is the most inexpensive racket among the other models from Senston on my list. 

Being said that, it’s not cheaply built. It offers everything you require from a beginner badminton racket. 

If you want to go for a budget racket without compromising the necessary quality, this is the best bet for you.

4.Yonex Nanoray 20

PROS
  • It offers a fantastic response to the shuttle.
  • A head-light racket, so it’s an ideal one for doubles (not bad for singles either). A beginner will enjoy a head-light racket, too, as it provides reasonable control.
  • A flexible racket, which is another ideal feature for a beginner. More on this later. 
  • Yonex Nanoray 20 is a strong but lightweight(3U) racket. 3U and 4U is considered to be the perfect weight for a beginner racket. 
  • Easy to handle and maneuver. 
  • It helps you to cut through the air in no time.
  • Another isometric head-shaped racket. It will provide you a larger sweet spot.
  • Built-in T-joint and one-piece construction makes this racket a stable one and helps to improve the precision of the shots.
CONS
  • Had it made of carbon fiber material, it would have been more suitable for a beginner.

Is this racket flexible or stiff? – It’s flexible. As I said, this is another critical feature that helps a beginner. 

How?

A flexible racket offers more power than its stiff counterpart. That means it can add extra power with the energy you give during your shot. Therefore, it helps a beginner to play powerful shots.

This racket is crafted with some of the latest technologies. 

A control support cap is one of them. It boosts your ability for high speed playing by offering a better grip. It creates an 80% wider flat surface than any standard racket that eventually helps you to generate fast swing.

Nanomesh + carbon nanotube is another estate of the art technology embedded in this racket. It helps to increase the strength, impact strength within the racket, and impulse power. 

The Aero-box Variframe is another technology I must not forget to mention. 

It helps in minimizing the air resistance and increase the airflow across the curved surface. Consequently, you will get more speed and power to your shots.  

Verdict

I believe this is the most underrated racket on my list. 

The price could have been better. But, I’m NOT considering it as a big no-no. 

Because it excels in quality and you are going to buy from a famous brand here.

Altogether, Yonex Nanoray 20 is a solid badminton racket for beginners. An advanced player should not buy this, though. 

5.Franklin Sports Elite

PROS
  • It’s lightweight. About 84 +-2 grams. That means it falls under 4U, which is a quite suitable weight for any beginner.
  • It offers a performance grip for more comfort. It gives you a beautiful blend of comfort and performance boost together.
  • I found the tight-string technology genuinely works to make an accurate and precise return hit.
  • The full carbon frame truly makes the racket sturdy and robust while transferring as much energy as possible.
  • Easy to swing and maneuver.
  • The isometric head shape provides a larger sweet spot and offers more forgiveness against miss shots.
  • It’s a well balanced and responsive racket. 
  • Worth the money.
CONS
  • A tad more lightweight racket would have been a better solution for a novice. Being said that, this doesn’t fall under a heavy option at all.

Franklin Sports is another famous brand in the sports industry. They know how things work and what it takes to make the right racket.

Therefore, you can rely on their brand without any doubt whatsoever.

This Franklin Sports Elite Performance badminton racket is not any exception. 

It is crafted with several modern-day technologies. I’ve mentioned those already in the pros section. 

As per the weight, shape, and balance are concerned, this racket is one of the most excellent options at a mid-range price.

Verdict

This racket offers an unbeaten price, I must say. I think this is another best bang for your bucks if you want to spend less and get more. 

Overall, I believe this one is a splendid racket for a beginner in terms of weight, maneuverability, power, control, and of course, price.

6.Yonex B-350

PROS
  • Yonex B-350 offers an excellent grip. 
  • Not hard to maneuver and swing.
  • It’s a durable and robust racket.
  • Super inexpensive.
  • Worth the price. 
  • It comes pre-strung.
  • Applicable for all ages.
CONS
  • Its head is oval-shaped. But an isometric shape offers a larger sweet spot than an oval shape. 
  • Not too lightweight for a beginner.

This one is a very basic racket and a stiff one. So, it will give reasonable control for your shots. 

Therefore, if getting control from the racket is one of your primary concerns, then go for this one.

As this racket from Yonex offers the conventional oval shape head, so expect a smaller sweet spot than what you get from an isometric shaped head.

However, I don’t consider this a major drawback by any means.

Verdict

Well, this is not the best of the best racket I must say. Too often, it’s what you get is what you pay for. For this model, it’s true, to be honest.

However, if you don’t want to spend too much but looking for a somewhat quality option, then you can go for this one.

Above, I’ve listed some good rackets for beginners. Better choose any one of them instead of this if you have become skeptical after reading my opinion.

Now, Let Me Review Top 12 for Intermediate and Advanced Players!

1.Yonex Duora 10

PROS
  • It’s easy to maneuver, so a perfect one for performing speed shots. 
  • You can play defensive shots too with ease using this racket.
  • It’s an evenly balanced racket. So, you will get a nice mixture of power and control from this.
  • The weight of this racket is perfect for intermediate players or advanced players.
  • The maximum string tension recommended for this option is 26 lbs, which is a perfect one for intermediate and advanced players.
  • It has an isometric head shape that offers a larger sweet spot.  
  • You will be able to handle this one dominantly with both forehand and backhand.
  • It offers excellent power too.
  • It’s a stiff racket, so it surely provides excellent control.
  • This one offers a comfortable grip.
  • It comes with a high-quality bag.
  • Regarding the price, I must say it’s unbeatable.
CONS
  • Though the company says, this is a 3U category racket, but in reality, it’s a 2U category when strung.
  • Some people complained about the orange and green color combination. It’s not an issue for me, though.

When it’s about choosing the high-end badminton racket, Yonex is a brand that comes to mind before anything else. I’m sure you will agree with me.

This Yonex Duora 10 was released in 2015, but still, I can’t resist myself to keep it on top of my intermediate-advanced racket list.

This is one such racket that was accepted by most of the top badminton players, and they switched to this racket after rigorous testing.

No wonder this one is equipped with some sophisticated technologies that set itself apart from the crowd. 

It offers a hybrid design that allows a player to play equally well with both forehands and backhands. That is something that all the modern days’ players expect. 

Its dynamic dual design helps it to provide both power and speed at the same time.

The dual optimum system is offering a box frame on one side that makes it a heavy-hitting racket. That eventually will help you to perform powerful smashes.

On the other side of the dual optimum system head, it has an aero frame that helps to cut through the air quickly. That helps for backhand and defensive shots too.

The shaft is slim and made from high modulus graphite and nanometric that ensures the strength of this model.

I must admire the aesthetic beauty of this model. It has two colors (orange and green) on a black base that make it stands out without any doubt. 

As I said, practically, this one is a 2U racket, but it shouldn’t be an issue for an intermediate to advanced players.

Verdict

Overall, this one is a perfect all-rounder racket that has something to offer for all kinds of shots you want to play as a modern-day player.

It won’t break your bank either.

2.Yonex DUORA Z-Strike

PROS
  • It’s also an evenly balanced racket that gives the right combination of power and control.
  • This racket doesn’t feel heavy to maneuver and playing shots.
  • It offers a big and comfortable grip.
  • This one is a quite stiff racket that offers more control than power. I believe that’s something any intermediate or advanced player looks for.
  • This model has a compact and isometric-shaped head that offers a larger sweet spot.
  • If you miss hitting the center, it won’t twist too much as it offers constant torque. 
  • It feels good to hit with this racket. Meaning you will like the impacts between the shuttle and the racket. The solid feel core in the racket frame removes the excessive vibration during the shuttle impact.
  • This model comes with the same high-quality bag as the Duora 10.
  • It’s worth the price.
CONS
  • It has a black and white color combination. Though the color doesn’t have anything to do with the performance, if you like the glossy color combination, then this is not a good option for you.
  • A tad slower through the air, I reckon.

Yonex Duora Z-Strike is another extraordinary production from Yonex, many professional players have accepted that. Players like Vitor Axelsen, Lin Dan, Carolina Marin used this racket and found it a perfect fit for them.

It implements all the modern technologies that Duora 10 implements. I mentioned those above while I reviewed the Duora 10.

This one is a 3U category racket, which is an ideal weight range for all sorts of players. 

As this is a G4 style grip, so you should expect a slightly bigger grip. I love big grip because it gives me reasonable control over the racket. 

However, if you want a G5 style grip, you can always remove the onboard grip and replace it with a new G5 grip. 

The recommended string tension of this racket is between 20 lbs to 28 lbs. That is something that makes this one a versatile weapon for intermediate players. 

Aesthetically it’s a good one, I believe. It has a combination of black and white color that makes it simple yet professional. 

While this is an evenly balanced racket, at the same time, I should mention, I found it a tad head heavy one. Overall, it doesn’t make any significant impact on the mixture of power and control, though.

Verdict

I must say, this one is an excellent addition to the Yonex Duora family, with very little increase in price. 

As a whole, you won’t regret buying this racket for an intermediate or an advanced player. 

It offers all it takes to perform remarkably with both backhand and forehand.

3.Yonex Voltric 80 E Tune


PROS
  • This racket comes with a soft and easy to carry bag that protects it quite well.
  • This one is another isometric head-shaped model to provide a larger sweet spot.
  • It’s a head-heavy racket. So it gives you extra support to play the back of the court shots properly.
  • It’s ample stable and makes it easy to hit smashes. 
  • This model is a perfect weapon for drop shots.
  • The tri-voltage system and precise weight placement genuinely enhance the power and maneuverability of this model.
CONS
  • It mostly is the best fit for singles, not doubles.
  • I don’t like the color combination of this model. It’s a pretty dark complexion, but I love bright colors. Nonetheless, this highly depends on someone’s personal preference.  
  • The balance and feel could have been better, and it doesn’t move very well through the air.

Yonex Voltric 80 E Tune is another Japan made racket for the intermediate to advanced level of players.

The heavy head feature gives you power, and the stiff shaft provides extra control. Altogether, it offers a delicate balance of power and control. 

It’s a 3U category racket. So, no issue with the weight. It offers a G5 style grip, which is a substantially big grip for anyone who loves the bigger grip. I like a bigger grip.

The recommended string tension for this model is 20 lbs to 27 lbs. So, again, it is a perfect range for an intermediate or an advanced player. If you are an intermediate player, you would probably want to go for around 23 lbs string tension. 

While this is an excellent aggressive racket, at the same time, this is not an ideal option for defensive shots. Mainly, when you are playing double or trying to defend a bit off-balance, it will be less forgiving.

Verdict

I must admire the enormous power it provides during smashing. You don’t have to jump to give extra strength for smash shots. It offers an increased drive speed too. 

As I said, I don’t like its color. But I don’t mind using a quality racket even if it doesn’t look good visually.  

If you are a super aggressive player, then this one is the best bet for you. 

However, if you want to go for something that gives you a balance between defense and offense, then the previous models from the Yonex Duora family are the perfect fit for you.

4.Yonex Voltric Z Force II

PROS
  • It’s a head-heavy racket, which means it will provide you ample power for playing aggressive shots. A head-heavy racket also helps to play the perfect back of the court shots.
  • This one is a very stiff racket, which means you will also get reasonable control from this option.
  • It’s handy for both single and doubles games.
  • This is a perfect model for playing big smashes and powerplay.
  • The isometric head shape offers a larger sweet spot. That means it’s more forgiving for the miss-hits.
  • It’s pretty easy to maneuver. 
  • It’s reasonably priced.
CONS
  • This racket has a bit of a compact frame compared to other standard size frames. That’s why it might not suit everyone.
  • This is more like an advanced racket. Intermediate players might not feel good with this one, I believe.

Out of many other famous rackets from Yonex, this Voltric Z Force II is one of the widely accepted badminton rackets around the world. Not only in the USA or UK, but it is also a popular one in other continents like Asia, Australia, and Africa. 

As this is a head-heavy option and at the same time, it’s a stiff racket, therefore, you are going to get the right combination of power and control together. 

This version of the Voltric Z Force improved the Tri voltage system that ensures more power than before and fast handling. 

The Tungsten infused grommet increases the impact of power. The tips of the grommet are inside the frame that eventually minimizes the air resistance.

This is probably the thinnest shaft Yonex has ever produced, which increases the restoration by at least 25%. It is one of the reasons for increased power too.

You have both 4U (G4 grip style) and 3U (G4 grip style) version of this racket. So, go for the weight you like most.

It lacks the solid feel a bit from the stringbed, though.

Verdict

If you got proper technique and strong arms, then this racket is the best bet for you. 

As I said, as an intermediate player, you might not like this racket too much. But if you are an advanced player then don’t look for any other options.

However, no matter what level of player you are, once you get used to this racket, you will fall in love with this model for sure. 

5.Yonex Nanoray 70 DX

PROS
  • The Nanoray 70 DX is a 4U, G4 grip style racket. That means it’s pretty lightweight and comfortable to grip who loves the big hold. 
  • It’s a head-light racket. Therefore you will get reasonable control from this racket.
  • This one is a very stiff racket, that enhances the control too.
  • Easy to maneuver because of the Aero frame technology.
  • The isometric head shape offers a larger sweet spot.
  • It offers an enhanced repulsion.
  • This racket allows a better cut out of the slice.
  • Yonex Nanoray 70 DX is an inexpensive weapon compared to its competitors.
CONS
  • It’s suitable for defensive players. Aggressive players might not like the smashing support from this option.

As this one is a head-light racket, so you can expect excellent support for a doubles game. 

How?

A head-light racket is suitable for defensive shots, and defense is something that needs to be done correctly in a doubles game.

Let’s see the technologies that this version of Nanoray offers.

The combination of Nanomesh and Carbon Nanotube tries to make up the less power offered by any head-light racket like this one. 

Nanomesh and Carbon Nanotube technologies that have been implemented at shaft and frame improves the power and movement.

The Aero-frame technology makes the head of the racket more aerodynamic. Eventually, you will get better swing speed.

The built-in T-joint lets you control the weapon better during the movement. 

It has an isometric form that offers an equal spacing between the ropes. Consequently, you will get a consistent beat even if you miss to hit the center. 

The string tension range is from 24-30 lbs, which is a perfect range for intermediate to advanced players.

Verdict

All in all, this one is an excellent racket for an intermediate player, and it doesn’t cost too much money. 

If you are an advanced player, you will probably want to avoid this option as I’ve listed some better options for you on my list. 

The clear, drop shots are good with this model. Smash is ok. Still, I believe this one is a perfect choice for a defensive player.

6.Yonex Nanoray Z Speed

PROS
  • It’s a 3U G4 style racket. So, it’s not that heavy for the likings of intermediate and advanced players.
  • The smaller head shape provides better aerodynamics.
  • The isometric head and horizontal A concept offer enlarged sweet spot.
  • It’s an evenly balanced racket to slightly head-heavy and offers significant head acceleration.
  • This Nanoray Z speed offers effortless clears and good power for smashing.  
  • It’s comfortable for your hand.
  • Excellent for the back of the court shots.
  • I must admire the aesthetic beauty of this racket. .
CONS
  • You may encounter occasional miss-hits due to the small head frame.
  • The price could have been better. It’s not too high, though.
 

Yonex released this Nanoray Z speed in 2013. Since then, it has been gaining attention from the attacking players with its power and speed. 

A good number of elite players of badminton played with this racket and satisfied with the performance of this model.

The latest version of this model that came in 2017 is a lime green based with black detailing racket. 

Of course, I like this visual. To me, it looks more sporty. But it entirely depends on your personal preference. I heard some people don’t like it and think this color combination makes it look even cheaper. 

This very Nanoray Z speed racket is very responsive in flat exchange and super handy racket for returning smashes.

Regarding control, Nanoray Z speed provides excellent control. You should be able to play net and drop shots accurately.

This racket gives a solid feel and pretty comfortable to hand with minimal vibration.

Normal clears, pressure clears, and punch clears; you can do all these with ease using this model.

Drive shots and returning smashes are fun playing with this weapon too.

Verdict

As a whole, this one is an excellent powerful racket that provides a lot of fun to the smashers. 

It’s fast. Therefore, you won’t need too much time to take momentum. 

The price is ok but could have been better. If quality and performance are something you don’t want to sacrifice at all, then the price shouldn’t hurt you.

Overall, this one is a perfect option for both aggressive and defensive shots.

7.Yonex Arcsaber 10

PROS
  • Yonex Arcsaber 10 is an ideal racket for both defensive and attacking players.
  • The head is isometric-shaped; hence you are getting a larger sweet spot, which is more forgiving against your miss-hit. 
  • It’s a pretty stiff racket. So, a perfect one for an intermediate or an advanced player as it provides better control.
  • This one is an evenly balanced racket. That means you will get both power and control using this weapon.
  • It features a comfortable grip.
  • You will be able to maneuver this Arcsaber 10 quite effortlessly.
  • A right racket for drop shot, clear.
  • It’s a good one for playing both front and rear court.
  • This one is an excellent option for both single and doubles games.
  
CONS
  • It’s a little bit on the higher side regarding price.

Yonex Arcsaber 10 is available in a variety of weights and grip sizes. You will have both 3U and 2U versions for this model. On the other hand, you have the liberty to buy either G4 or G5 style grip.

This very racket that I’m reviewing here is the 3U and G5 grip one. As it has a G5 style grip, so you will love it if you are keen on a bigger grip.

This model is not 100 out of 100 for smashing. However, swinging this model is not a difficult task because of its stiff and thin shaft. 

Regarding accuracy, I must say, it’s pretty accurate. Eventually, it gives you a good feeling during service shots.

While dominating the netplay requires a lot of practice and experience, at the same time, a perfect badminton racket can play a vital role to play that shot accurately. Your racket must offer reasonable control to achieve that, and this model does exactly that.

Due to the combination of high modulus graphite and cup-stack carbon nanotube, you are getting ample repulsion power and flexibility.

That means if you are an experienced player, then net-play with this model is as easy as pie for you.

Verdict

Though this model won’t break your bank, still I believe the price could have been better than this.

In terms of quality and performance, no issue at all. I like the color combination too. 

This one is slightly lean towards the defensive players. That being said, it’s an excellent weapon for aggressive players too.

As long as you are an intermediate or an advanced player, you are good to go. It’s not a good option for a beginner.

8.Yonex Arcsaber 11

PROS
  • It’s an even balanced racket, which means it’s a perfect model for singles, and it’s an ideal option for the doubles as well.
  • This model offers good power during the clear.
  • No wonder the head is isometric-shaped that offers a larger sweet spot.
  • You will feel almost no vibration during the shuttlecock contact.
  • It’s a stiff racket; therefore, it features reasonable control.
  • This model lets you play different shots precisely.
  • Due to the built-in T-joint, you are getting better stability.
  • As this one is an even balanced weapon, so, you will get the right combination of power and control.
  • The price is quite reasonable.
CONS
  • The color combination is meh. I know it’s a matter of personal preference, though. So many other users liked this color combination.

Yonex Arcsaber 11 was released in 2013. Several professional players, including Taufik Hidayat and Tommy Sugiarto, are still using this racket because of its true nature to be a professional-grade model.

The string tension advice is 19-24 lbs for 3U ones and 20-25 lbs for 2U ones. I believe the range is perfect for intermediate players but not so ideal for advanced players. An advanced player will enjoy anything higher than 26 lbs.

While the accuracy of this version is remarkable, the ability to provide proper support for the smash shot is not up to the mark as the previous Arcsaber 10 model.

Yonex implements some of its latest technologies to make this model. ‘Sonic metal’ is one of them which is implemented in the head. It creates solid sound and feels when you hit the shuttlecock. It also ensures a fast response.

Beside Sonic metal, the frame is made of High Modulus Graphite and Neo CS Carbon Nanotube. The shaft is made of High Modulus Graphite and Ultra PEF.

The Neo CS Carbon Nanotube increases the strength, flexural modulus, the distance of break, and shock-absorbing ability. 

It has the new grommet pattern that gives you better string retention, and overall reasonable control.

The solid feel core eliminates vibration at shuttlecock impact. 

You can swing the racket quite efficiently due to the combination of the box frame and aero frame.

The control support cap is there to let you grip the racket comfortably.    

Verdict

Yonex Arcsaber 11 is an all-rounder racket that is priced reasonably compared to its competitors. 

If you tend to play more doubles than singles, then this model might prove to be a cracker of a racket for you.

9.Yonex Astrox 77

PROS
  • You have two color combinations to choose from, and both the color combinations look good to me.
  • It has a stiff frame, so you are getting adequate control from this model.
  • Yonex Astrox 77 is a relatively quick weapon.
  • It’s swift around the net area.
  • It performs well in both defense and offense.
  • This model comes with a high-quality cover.
  • Yonex Astrox 77 is easy on your forearm and wrist.
  • It gives a solid feel to the advanced and intermediate players.
  • It’s an ideal option for long rallies.
  • This model is moderately priced.
CONS
  • This racket doesn’t provide too much power assistance as per my expectations. 
  • It lacks in feel a bit compared to other high-end rackets.

Yonex Astrox 77 is the perfect weapon for the steep attack, and it was released by Yonex in 2017.

It’s a 4U G4 style racket. 4U is pretty lightweight, and G4 is a substantially big grip for your comfort. Of course, you still need to add extra grip if you are keen on G5 grip. You can buy the 3U version too. But I’m reviewing the 4U here.

It allows the string tension from 20 lbs up to 28 lbs for 4U, which is suitable for both intermediate and advanced players. 

A new type of graphite material, ‘Namd,’ was used to make this model. Namd distributes the weight throughout the grip end, joint, and all the way to the frame top. Eventually, you are going to get reasonable control. 

The Solid Feel Core technology is also installed in this racket that cuts out the excess vibration, which is quite necessary to get a comfortable feel. It reduces the chance of wrist injury too.

This racquet is best when it’s about playing around the nets. It’s good for drop shots, smashes too.

Verdict

Despite a couple of hiccups, I still believe Yonex Astrox 77 is a solid all-rounder racket for an intermediate or an advanced player. The price is ok too. You won’t regret buying this model.

It’s suitable for doubles as it provides excellent swing support. On the other hand, it’s ideal for singles too as it’s a lightweight option, which so many players look for their singles games.

10.Yonex Nanoray 900

PROS
  • This one is a perfect racket for both defense and offense.
  • It’s relatively light.
  • Again the isometric head shape is there to provide you larger sweet spot. That means this racket forgives your miss-hit in most of the cases. 
  • It’s a headlight racket. Therefore, you are going to get a reasonable control from this racket, which any intermediate and advanced player crave for.
  • This racket is perfect for doubles because of the headlight attributes. 
  • It’s stiff. This makes it even easier to control.
  • You can control the racket with a significant amount of accuracy. 
  • It offers an excellent frame response.
  • It’s an ideal racket for playing on the net. 
  • This one is genuinely ideal for flat games. 
  • If you are an aggressive player, then you are going to like this racket as it’s designed explicitly for the fast drive and dominate your opponent. 
  • It comes with quality headcover.
CONS
  • This model is not the right choice for a beginner at all.
  • You will get very little power support from this. However, if you have proper technique and you can generate your own power using your wrist and forearm, then this is not an issue by any means.
  • Playing drop shots is a tad difficult because of the low balance point. .

Nanoray 900 is another quality production from Yonex that has been accepted by several good players, including Indonesian Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan.

The Nanoray 900 is a 3U, G4 style racket. That means it’s light and offers a big grip. The grip is nicely cushioned for the sake of comfortable holding. 

This is considered to be a king of drive racket that has an excellent color combination for my likings. The look is very classy and elegant, and it features a matt finish.

The shaft is made from high modulus graphite and X-fullerene. In short, these materials increase stability and repulsion power.

The frame implements Nanometric technology. 

The head design is something that I must mention here. Yonex made the upper and lower part of the racket thick and stiff; at the same time, the middle inner part is flexible. This makes the head to hit the shuttle downwards at a steeper angle. 

Verdict

As a whole, this version of Nanoray 900 is a perfect racket for both singles and doubles games. Both aggressive and defensive players will find this racket a handy weapon to dominate the opponent.

The price is reasonable too. 

11.Karakal CBX 7

PROS
  • It’s light and fast.
  • This is an ideal racket for all types of players, including beginners.
  • It’s sturdy and durable. 
  • I must admire the look of this racket.
  • The shaft is made from graphite, which makes it stable. 
  • It implements a muscle wave system.
  • This racket features graphite composite head too.
  • The isometric head design features a larger sweet spot, which is quite forgiving against your miss-hit.
  • It’s relatively inexpensive.
CONS
  • The two-piece design makes it less stable than the other options on my list.
  • The frame weight (90 grams ) is not too heavy but could have been lighter. .

This racket from Karakal is a tested weapon that suits for beginner, intermediate, and advanced players. 

Verdict

You won’t regret buying this racket. However, this is not the best of the best on my list. Go for this only if you want something other than Yonex. Otherwise, I’ve listed so many good Yonex rackets here that excel in quality.

12.Karakal BN-60FF

PROS
  • This is the lightest racket on my list. In fact, it’s one of the lightest rackets on the planet.
  • It’s an isometric head-shaped racket too, that offers a larger sweet spot.
  • It’s an evenly balanced racket. So, you will get a beautiful blend of power and control.
  • For the back of the court shots, this racket is one of the perfect weapons.
  • The shaft is flex. So you will get some extra power from this model.
  • It implements the Muscle Tec system to the strings. This system increases the size of the sweet spot even further. 
  • An internal vibration dampener is integrated into the frame that eliminates the excess vibration during the shuttle impact.
  • This racket implements Fast Fibre Carbon gel technology. This allows the frame to move and return to shape 10% quicker. As a result, you will get more power in less effort.  
  • It comes with a full racket cover.
CONS
  • I don’t like the color combination of this model. However, I fully understand that this varies from person to person. .

BN-60FF is one of the lightest rackets manufactured by Karakal. It’s quite a good option for intermediate and advanced players.

It comes with a 22×22 string pattern. This model has a balance point of 310mm. 

Verdict

The price is not high, either. So, if you are looking for an ideal racket for all types of shots, and you are an intermediate and advanced player, this one is a good bet for you.

How to Choose a Badminton Racket?

So, let’s get our butts off and learn about the factors that are directly related to choosing a badminton racket.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not going to make things over complicated. You got to consider very few points before buying a racket. 

Here they are:

  • Weight.
  • Balance.
  • Shaft flexibility.
  • Head shape.
  • String tension.
  • Grip size.
  • Material.

That’s it.

Hold on. Things not over yet. Let me explain those points a bit. 

Weight

Well, this is pretty straight forward. The badminton racket weight is denoted by “U” with a number before it. Like 1U, 2U, 3U, 4U. Here the smallest number is representing the heaviest racket. Meaning 1U is the heaviest one and 4U is the lightest.

The weight of a badminton racket typically ranges from 80g to 100g.

Here is the breakdown.

1U: 95g -100g

2U: 90g – 94g

3U: 85g – 89g

4U: 80g – 84g

If you are just about to start your badminton career go for the light one. 4U or 3U is the perfect one for you. Most of the rackets vary from 3U to 4U. 1U and 2U are used for the training purpose where you got to build your forearm and wrist muscles.

Balance

Racket balance is divided into three types. 

  • Head heavy.
  • Head light.
  • Even balanced.

What the heck are all these?

Let’s learn one by one.

Head Heavy:- Yes, some rackets have their head heavy. Meaning the weight of the racket is located mostly towards the head of the racket.

Head heavy tends to provide more power than other types. This is an advantage. But keep in mind, you have to deliver your strength to perform well with this type of racket.

This type of racket can turn into a good weapon for shots from the back of the court.

One of the biggest downsides of a head heavy racket is, it will block you from a quick response. That’s why double players tend to avoid head heavy racket. Particularly if he/she is a beginner.

 Head Light:- Just opposite scenario of the last point.

Yes, this time the weight is not located at the head but towards the grip.

Head light rackets generate less power than a head heavy racket.

But you have better control with a head light racket and responding quickly against your opponent’s shot is easier this time.

When you are going to play doubles, use head light racket as this will help you to defense well and respond quickly.

So, if you are looking for easy maneuverability, swing, and control go for a head light racket.

Even Balanced:- Should I give you the assignment? Or I must describe what does even balanced racket mean?

Ok, no assignment for today. Seat back, relax, and keep reading. I’m going to solve the puzzle for you.

The even balanced rackets are staying in the middle of the head-heavy and head light rackets.  

Meaning this time the weight is equally distributed towards the head and the grip.

As a result, you will get a nice blend of power and control.

So, if you are in confusion, go with even balanced racket. Smash the shuttle and also defend it perfectly. Be the all-rounder.

Don’t expect extreme power or ultra control from even balanced racket though.

Shaft Flexibility

The flexibility of the racket is divided into three types as well like the balance of the racket.

Flexible, medium flex, Stiff.

Flexible:- More flexibility means more power but less control.  

Returning is slower in this case as the shuttle remains on the string bed for a longer period.

Stiff:- More stiff means less power but more control. 

If you are an intermediate or advanced player you will want this type of stiff racket. 

Because, you have enough power in your hand, and now you need more control from the racket to deliver different fancy shots, flights, etc. 

Medium Flex:- Medium flex means a nice balance between power and control.

So if you are a beginner, which one should you go for? Either the flexible one or the medium flex one.

Why?

Well, while you are about to start your badminton career, you must not be concerned about fancy flights and other skills. You got to stick to the basics.

So, naturally, you will want the shuttle to travel more without exerting too much energy. Meaning you need power support from your racket. Flexible or medium flexible rackets does exactly that.

Head Shape

Let’s discuss this part in as much simplest way as possible.

At present, you will find two types of head shape on the market for a racket. Either isometric or traditional oval shape.

What’s the difference?

The sweet spot is the only feature that is different between these two head shapes.

If you are not sure what the sweet spot is, it is the area of string bed that gives you the maximum power.

The isometric shape offers a larger sweet spot than the traditional oval-shaped ones.

Most of today’s racket come with isometric shape, so you don’t have to be extra concern about this part.

String Tension

If you are a hard hitter or aggressive player you suppose to go for the tighter string tension.

Why so?

Because tight tension ensures the shuttle to remain with the string contact for a shorter period. Eventually, this will give you more control.

Advanced players like to get higher tension, more than 25 lbs is best for them.

What does the lower tension string do then?

It makes the shuttle bounce back from the string bed like a spring bed, resulting in more power.

This gives you less control. Beginners will like to get lower string tension (around 18-20 lbs). Intermediate players will prefer around 21-23 lbs of string tension.

Grip Size

If you are confused about which grip size to go for, smaller grip or bigger grip?

Go for smaller grip, as you always have the option to add extra grip to make it bigger and more comfortable for you.

Ideally, grip size ranges from G2 to G6 where G2 is the biggest grip and G6 is smallest.

Material

Not to mention, always buy a racket that is made out of graphite if you are an advanced or intermediate player. 

A beginner can go for aluminum or steel but I don’t recommend that. Go for either carbon fiber or graphite composite racket. See Badminton Shoes Reviews….

Final Words

Are you still with me? Wow! Congratulations.

So, by now, you are quite known to some of the top quality rackets out there for my likings. I’ve left no stone unturned to find out all the upsides and hiccups of those badminton rackets. 

You can choose either one of those if it fits your requirements. None of the rackets will break your bank too. 

I like the Yonex Duora 10 most; that’s why I kept that on the top of the list. If you are a complete beginner, then Senston N80 will get my vote.

Now it’s your turn.

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