How to Choose the Best Racket or Paddle

If you're looking for the best ping pong paddle, there isn’t a simple answer. Table tennis paddles (or rackets) are designed for many different playing styles across many different price ranges.

The “best” ping pong paddle is different from person to person, therefore we are going to share our opinion for the best table tennis paddle across four different price ranges.

Stiga Evolution Stiga Pro Carbon Killerspin Jet 800 DHS Hurricane 2
Stiga Evolution Stiga Pro Carbon killerspin jet 800 DHS hurricane 2 Paddle
Speed: 96 Speed: 99 Speed: 95 Speed: 99
Spin: 94 Spin: 100 Spin: 90 Spin: 95
Control: 90 Control: 80 Control: 80 Control: 95
Rubber: Premium rubber, 2mm Rubber: S5 rubber, 2mm Rubber: Nitrx-4Z, 2mm Rubber: Red Hurricane 3, Black G555
# Ply: 6 # Ply: 7 # Ply: 7 # Ply: 5
ITTF Approved: Yes ITTF Approved: Yes ITTF Approved: Yes ITTF Approved: Yes
Weight: 6 oz. Weight: 9.6 oz. Weight: 9.6 oz. Weight: n/a
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Best Paddle Under $50

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We feel that the Stiga Pro Carbon is the best paddle under $50 dollars. Not only is it one of the top selling paddles in the same price range, It’s ITTF approved for tournament play and was given an excellent performance rating - Speed: 99 Spin: 100 Control: 80.

It’s made with 7-plys for extra power or speed and it comes with the S5 rubber and a 2mm sponge. The Stiga Pro Carbon, while low in control, should be a fun paddle to play with no matter your playing level.

However if you are looking to work on your Table Tennis abilities and consider yourself a novice, I would recommend a different paddle with a higher control rating, as this is the most important attribute as you learn to play Table Tennis.

You can see a full review of the Stiga Pro Carbon Here

Features & Specifications

  • Performance-Level Table Tennis Racket
  • ITTF Approved Rubber for Tournament Play
  • Features Carbon Technology for Power and Speed
  • Performance Ratings- Speed: 99 Spin: 100 Control: 80
  • 7-Ply Extra Light Blade, S5 Rubber, and 2mm Sponge

Best Paddle Under $75

stiga evolution
stiga Evolution Review

While there may not be a significant difference in ability between the paddles under $75 and the paddles under $50, we felt that the Stiga Evolution should be mentioned as it’s a great Ping Pong paddle for any player, both experienced and new.

Both the Stiga Pro Carbon and the Stiga Evolution are perfect paddles for any player interested in getting a good Table Tennis paddle under $100. Yes, a professional Ping Pong paddle will easily exceed $100.

The Stiga Evolution was given a performance rating of - speed: 96, spin: 94, control: 90. So although the Stiga Evolution loses a little bit of power and spin, the control on this paddle is far better. I would recommend this paddle if you are looking to control your shots with better placement. Like the Stiga Pro Carbon, this paddle is ITTF approved so you can use it in official tournaments.

You can see a full review of the Stiga Evolution Here

Features & Specifications

  • Performance-Level Table Tennis Racket
  • ITTF Approved Rubber for Tournament Play
  • Features Shock Dispersion Technology (SDT)
  • Performance Ratings- Speed: 96 Spin: 94 Control: 90
  • Premium Rubber, 2mm Sponge, and 6-Ply Light Blade

Best Paddle Under $100

killerspin jet 800
jet 800 paddle Review

A Ping Pong paddle under $100 should be awesome, that much is obvious. You want the rubber to be sticky, you want the paddle to be comfortable but not too heavy, and you want the ball to fly off the paddle in a controlled but explosive manner; that is the Killerspin Jet 800.

This paddle is great for tournaments; this paddle is great for destroying your friends and winning that elusive garage tournament.It’s ITTF approved, comes with the most popular Nitrx 4Z rubber and features a 7-ply wood blade with 2 carbon layers for increased power and control. Graded out of 10, this racket was given Speed: 9.5, Spin: 9.0, and Control: 8.0.

Now you may wonder, how can a racket under $50 have better ratings than a racket close to $100? The answer is because the manufactures determine the paddle’s ratings, and because each new paddle has to be greater than the last, eventually the ratings get somewhat thrown out of scale. The Killerspin Jet 800 deserves a rating of speed: 95, spin: 95, control: 90. I encourage you to try this racket out for yourself, there’s a reason we included it in the list despite its poor grading.

You can see a full review of the Killerspin Jet 800 Here

Features & Specifications

  • 7-ply wood blade + 2 carbon layers for increased power and competition-level performance
  • Lightest, most powerful JET-Series rackets with stylish wooden side tape
  • ITTF approved, 2.0mm high tension Nitrx-4Z rubber
  • Ratings out of 10: Speed 9.5, Spin 9.0, Control 8.0
  • Comes with a 30-day warranty

Best Paddle Over $100

dhs hurricane
Dhs hurricane paddle Review

If you plan to spend over $100 on a Ping Pong paddle, then you must be serious. For over $100, you expect a racket that a professional would use, a racket that others notice and a brand that requires respect. If you’re this serious, we recommend purchasing a blade, and then the individual rubbers that you wish to attach. This is what professionals do, however this is because they often switch rubbers depending on the opponent and time. There are still paddles available that feature the same components preassembled.

The DHS Hurricane II Shakehand style racket is just that. Featuring Hurricane 3 (pimples in) rubber on one side and Black G555 (pimples in) rubber on the other along with the 5-ply professional hurricane-II blade make this a lethal combination. Of course it’s ITTF approved for official tournament, this paddle is the best Ping Pong paddle you could hope for.

Not only that, but it comes with a nice carrying case and two balls professional level Ping Pong balls. This is definitely a professional Table Tennis racket and anyone considering purchasing this should be serious in their desire. Overall, it’s a great choice that many others have made and recommend. This is why we chose the DHS Hurricane 2 as the best paddle over $100.

Features & Specifications

  • DHS HURRICANE-II Table Tennis Shakehand Racquet
  • Rubber: Red Pimples In / Black Pimples In
  • Fitted Play: All-Round; Comes in one racket with cover and two balls in gift box
  • Fitted for tournaments and championship

Conclusion

There are many different rackets available for purchase in many different price ranges. Although the best Ping Pong paddle may not be clear right away, through playing you will develop a style that accommodates a certain type of paddle. So in your quest for the best Ping Pong paddle, remember that the answer depends on the player, and it’s not the equipment that makes the player.