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With nearly five million players in the U.S. alone, you too may be tempted to give the sport a try, in which case you’ll only need a paddle to get started. And while there isn’t one paddle that’s perfect for every player, the best pickleball paddles will help you enjoy (and improve upon) every match.

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Paddletek Tempest Wave II Pickleball Paddle

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$129.99 Paddletek Shop
90 Overall Score
The Paddletek Tempest Wave II includes the Tempest PolyCore which features graphite in the core to dampen vibrations while keeping the paddle lightweight. This paddle excels when playing at the net. Those who pride themselves on strategic play and control will enjoy this paddle. If you’re looking for a power paddle, this model is not for you. The Tempest Wave II provides a big upgrade from many beginner paddles. For the price, this paddle is a good deal for an intermediate player looking to hone in on accuracy and ball control.

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Weight: 7.4-7.8 ozLength: 15 ⅞”Thickness: 12.7mmHandle Length: 5.25 ”Grip Size: 4.25”Face Material: GraphiteCore: High Grade Carbon Fiber Polymer Composite HoneycombGrit: TexturedGrip: Perforated -High tack performance grip

Pros

Available in 5 colorsTextured grit surfaceUSAPA approvedLightweight with low vibrationLimited lifetime guarantee

Cons

Average spin for more advanced playersNot optimal for power

JOOLA Vision Pickleball Paddle

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$169.95 Joola Shop
93 Overall Score
The Joola Vision is a fantastic paddle for advanced players offering features such as a soft grip, elongated handle, powerful spin, and a curved edge for less drag. It is very lightweight and preferred among players that want a paddle with good response.

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Material: Carbon FiberDimensions: 16.54"L x 10.24"WGrip Size: 5"Thickness: 14mmGrit: Yes

Pros

Agressive Power and Spin

Cons

Expensive

Engage Pickleball Pursuit MX 6.0 Graphite

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$164.99 Engage Shop
89 Overall Score

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Dimensions: 16.5"L x 7.5"WMaterial: GraphiteWeight: 7.6-8.4ozGrip Circumference : 4 3/8” Grit: Yes

Pros

Available in Lightweight or Mid weightControl Pro ‘Black’ Technology

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ONIX Evoke Premier Pro Raw Carbon Pickleball Paddle

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$199.99 Onix Shop
93 Overall Score
The Onix Evoke Premier Pro is Onix's top of the line paddle. One great feature if this paddle is are the options to choose anywhere from a 10mm thickness up to 16mm. Its difficult to find a paddle as thin as 10mm. The thinner paddles will have more power as the thicker paddles have more control.

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Thickness: 10mm-16mmFace: Carbon FiberDimensions : 16"L x 8"WGrip Circumference: 3-7/8"Handle Length: 5"

Pros

USAPA ApprovedAtomic 13 Edge Technology

Cons

Pricey

Diadem Warrior Pickleball Paddle

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$229.95 Diadem Shop
96 Overall Score
Dominate the court with max spin, control and overall performance with Diadem’s most advanced paddle. The Warrior V2 offers a 3X L-core consisting of 2 layers of polypropylene honeycomb surrounded by 1 layer of Aramid honeycomb. The liquid carbon fiber edgeless design provides excellent strength. Each paddle incudes replaceable Paddle Armor to protect the edge. The etched surface creates a powerful spin. This paddle is one of the thickest paddle on the market at 19mm thick. Warrior V2 is ideal for the player who prefers a heavier paddle with a firm feel. However, it is lighter than the original version and has slightly less head heavy. If you prefer more of a plush feel, this will not be ideal for you. There may be a slight learning curve to adjust to the paddle’s pop. The paddle delivers more spin than the original version, but not as much as other top spin paddles on the market. The edgeless design may cause more vibration up the arm when hitting on the edge. Using the provided Paddle Armor tape will help prevent chipping. Because the grit is not painted on like the previous version, it tends to be much more durable. The Warrior V2 is a great overall paddle, but is on the pricier side. Performs well with resets, blocks and drives. It plays well in the kitchen.

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Weight: 8.25 ozHandle Length: 5.3"Grip: Taper TechCore: Polypropylene honeycomb & Aramid honeycomb Face Material: Etched (liquid) carbon fiber-T700

Pros

Known for stability, power and spinUSAPA approvedLarge sweet spot6 month limited warrantyGood pop

Cons

Cover is purchased separatelyCost

Vatic Pro V7 Carbon Fiber

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$139.99 Vatic Pro Shop
The Vatic Pro 7 offers a thermoformed one piece heat compressed T700 raw carbon fiber paddle with edge foam injection. This unibody technology provides plenty of spin, pop and power. The surface provides a long-lasting grit due to the heat-press technology. The handle consists of two polyurethane inserts that absorb vibration. It has an elongated shape with a swing weight of 119. If you prefer a standard shape, give the Vatic Pro Flash 14mm paddle a try. If you’re used to playing with a Gen. 1 carbon paddle, you’ll notice a lot more pop. Due to the foam injection, this paddle provides balanced control. Again, keep in mind, you will need to learn control if you’re coming from a Gen 1 paddle. This paddle offers a terrific blend of power, spin and control for the price point.

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Face Material: T700 carbon fiber/heat compressedCore : Polymer honeycomb cellsGrit: YesWeight: 8.1-8.5ozEdge Guard: Anti abrasion TPUHandle Length: 5.3"

Pros

USAPA approvedOne piece constructionReduced vibration technologyThermoforming seal with foamNeoprene cover includedGreat Power, pop, and spin

Cons

May have a learning curve due to its power3 month warranty

Six Zero Double Black Diamond Control Pickleball Paddle

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$180.00 Six Zero Shop
92 Overall Score
Six Zero is an Australian company that developed the innovative Black Diamond Series using a multi-stage cold and hot mold technology. The new unibody thermoformed technology is a hot innovation for 2023. The slightly flared shape optimizes the sweet spot. The paddle’s surface uses a newly developed premium Japanese Toray nano-engineered 700K carbon textured surface that provides a permanent textured surface, producing an amazing spin. Foam injection followed by a light-weight carbon seam fuses the top and bottom faces of the paddle resulting in a tighter feel and an increased sweet spot that radiates around the paddle perimeter. You have the option of purchasing a 14mm or 16mm core. There are subtle differences between the two; The 14mm DBD will add more pop and power, while the 16mm DBD will have more control. The 14mm DBD will also provide faster hand speed through the air. Six Zero engineers have designed a 3D carbon forged handle to reduce vibration and increase responsiveness. The main difference between the Black Diamond Power and the Double Black Diamond Control Paddles is the face material. The Black Diamond Power uses a Toray Raw Fibreglass face, that provides incredible power and pop. It also is more forgiving in the throat area. This paddle may take some adjustment if you are coming from a traditional soft paddle.

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Weight: 8.1ozHandle Length: 5.5”Face Material: Japanese Raw Toray T700 Carbon FiberCore: Polypropylene HoneycombGrip: Perforated leatherGrit: Yes

Pros

Cover included6 month warrantyUSAPA approvedPower, great spin and control

Cons

Constantly sold outShips from AustraliaMay have a slight learning curve