Last updated on September 27th, 2023 at 02:02 am
What are the best badminton racquet brands? Well lets take a look at the brands you may be interested in should you wish to play this fabulous sport.
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What are the best badminton racquet brands?
Let’s take a closer look at each of the eleven badminton brands listed above. Some of these you will know and some you might not depending on the part of the world you live in.
One of if not the biggest name in badminton. If you follow the professional side of the sport you can’t have failed to notice the prominence Yonex has within it. Yonex badminton rackets are some of the very best and are used by many of the top players.
Professional players sponsored by Yonex, and therefore use their rackets include, Viktor Axelsen (Denmark), Akane Yamaguchi (Japan), An Se Young (Korea), Lakshya Sen (India), Carolina Marin (Spain), Michelle Li (Canada) and Delphine Delrue (France) to name just a few.
Currently Yonex have several different racket brands to choose from:
- Muscle Power
- Nanoflare 1000
Yonex also produce a range of clothing, footwear, bags, shuttlecocks, strings, grips and other accessories. If it’s to do with badminton they make it, including stringing machines.
The Japanese company was founded in 1946 but it was only in 1957 they began to manufacture badminton rackets. Yonex has and still is at the forefront of driving the sport forward with the use of the latest technology and materials.
Yonex are also one of the sport’s biggest sponsors. In fact they sponsor many tournaments. Due to the popularity of the Yonex there are plenty of counterfeit Yonex badminton rackets floating around so buyer beware.
The other big name when it comes to badminton equipment has to be Victor. The Taiwanese company was founded in 1968 and their products are now available in more than 60 countries spanning some five continents.
Victor has really come to the forefront of the sport not only producing excellent equipment, especially on the badminton racquet side but they also sponsor many of the tournaments.
Their racquet line-up includes the following ranges:
New racket additions in 2023 include, the DriveX 10 Metallic B, Thruster 15II H and Auraspeed 33H C.
Victor has a full badminton line-up of products that includes shoes, bags, apparel, accessories and other equipment.
Well know players sponsored by Victor include, Tai Tzu Ying, Wang Tzu Wei, Kenta Nishimoto, Apriyani Rahayu and Cheryl Seinen.
Ashaway is an American company founded all the way back in 1824. They started off manufacturing fishing line. However in 1949 they began making racket strings. Skip forward to 2009, and the company introduced the ZyWeave core technology. This was believed to be the thinnest badminton string ever produced.
Their current racquet ranges include:
- Phantom Helix
- Phantom X Speed II
- Phantom X Fire II
- Vex Striker
The Phantom Helix which is rated as a medium stiff flex, with a well balanced head. The weight comes in at 85g. Moving on to the Phantom X Speed II sees another 85g racket but this one comes with a much stiffer flex. It’s also favoured by many of the sponsored Ashaway professional players. Lastly is the Phantom X Fire II which is the heaviest at 89g and also has the stiffest frame.
Ashaway’s product line-up typically retails between £115 / €133 – £150 / €174. They do have some cheaper offerings with their Vex Striker range which offers great vaule at around £55 / €65 price point.
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The Wilson Sporting Goods Company aka Wilson is a manufacturer of various sports equipment including badminton. They are based in Chicago, Illinois, USA. However they have been owned by the Finnish group Amer Sports since 1989.
Their badminton racquet line-up currently includes the following models:
- Fierce CX9000 CV
- Fierce CX6000 EX Zone
- Recon PX9000 TWS
- Recon PX5000 TWS
These high end rackets range between £100 – £180. Wilson also offer badminton sets at the entry level.
You have probably heard of and are aware of the badminton racquet brands we just covered but let’s take a look at some of the others.
The Chinese brand was founded in 1989 by Li Ning, a former Olympic gymnast. It provides various sporting goods including clothing, footwear and of course badminton racquets .
Li Ning has fast become a big name in badminton. Their product range offers something for the more casual player as well as having some of the best professional grade badminton racquets . Currently their product line-up includes the following brands:
- Turbo Charging
FZ Forza is a Danish company that provide an excellent range of racquets along with nice clothing and footwear range. Their badminton range is made up of six main brands which easy to understand.
- Aero Power
- HT Power
- Precision X
- HT Precision
- Nano Light
- Pure Light
FX Forza also produce shuttlecocks so they really do have all of your badminton needs covered.
This one’s another of the brands that offer plenty of options for the beginner or casual player, included badmiton sets. They also have a professional range of rackets. That means Carlton do a great job in offering something in every price range from £10 – £160.
- Kinesis Vortex
- Thunder Shox
- Vapour Trail
The Aeroblade, Elite, Solar, Spark and Tornado ranges are aimed at those new to the sport. Meanwhile at the high end come the, Kinesis Vortex and Vapour Trail brands.
Other than rackets, Carlton also offer a range of shuttlecocks and footwear.
Founded in 1938 by Jack Oliver in Adelaide, Australia, the Oliver Racket Company began as a tennis and squash racket producer. Oliver Badminton has now established itself as a worldwide brand with Europe and the UK, proving to be a key market for its badminton rackets and supplies.
Oliver seperate their badminton racket offerings into to categories, Professional and Club. Their professional rackets, typically start at around the £100 price point, and includes the following ranges:
- Micro Tech
Meanwhile their club range offers great value with pricing starting around the £40 mark going all the way up to up the £100 price point. Club brands/models include:
Oliver also has a great range of badminton footwear, bags and clothing.
This German / British brand may not be the best known of all the racket makers. It was actually formed from a merger between two companies. Former British badminton player Derek Talbot formed his company following his retirement from the sport. However the company was taken over during the nineties by Schildkröt Sportarticles.
Meanwhile The Torro Company started off life in Hamburg in Germany during the eighties. However by 1992 the Talbot and Torro companies merged becoming the Talbot-Torro brand we see today.
The company have three main product lines;
The Isoforce and Arrowspeed are considered to be the more serious or pro ranges. These typically retail in the region of £30 – £70.
Meanwhile the Sportline range is firmly aimed at the casual player and this is reflected in the price. Prices can range from £8 – £30 with the high price often containing two or four rackets.
Babolat are another of the suppliers that have a pretty complete product line-up. The sell everything you could need such as racquets, shuttlecocks, strings, grips, bags and shoes. As with many sports equipment makers there also produce a full tennis range too.
Their badminton racket ranges include the following:
- Satelite Gravity
- Satelite Origin
- X-Feel Origin
The I-Pulse range is aimed at the beginner level of player, whilst the Satelite Gravity offers a great experience for intermediate and advanced players.
Babolat market the X-Feel Origin and Satelite Origin at the experienced singles player. Meanwhile Babolat X-Feel range combines both precision and power. This range is aimed at, as the name suggests, experienced players who want a racquet with plenty of feel.
Their cheapest offerings are around the £30 price point, going all the way up to £180.
Once only available in asia Apacs badminton equipment can now be purchased in the United Kingdom and Europe.
They have a full racquet line-up including pricing from under £20 to over £100. Foray and Ziggler are two of their current range. As well as racquets their also sell clothing and footwear along with bags, shuttlecocks and various accessories.
These are the most popular badminton racquet brands. There are of course a few other smaller companies that also make various pieces of badminton equipment.
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One of the lesser known brands certainly in Europe would be the Malaysian company Felet. They manufacture everything from rackets, shuttlecocks, clothing, footwear and bags to string machines.
The Felet racket range includes:
- The Vital
Final Thoughts – Best Badminton Brands
These are our favourite or best badminton brands currently producing rackets. Most of them also produce other badminton supplies such as footwear, bags, clothing and shuttlecocks.
You may have heard of many of these brands with most easily obtainable in the UK and worldwide. A few of them are only available in certain regions of the world which is a shame.
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