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Best Badminton Rackets for 2022

Check out our expert selections for the best value and performance rackets for the coming year.

Yonex Astrox 99 Pro

Ashaway Viper XT 1600

Victor Auraspeed 30H D

Babolat Satelite Gravity 74

Yonex Nanoflare 700

Are you struggling to choose the best badminton racket? Our team of badminton experts have picked our Top 10 badminton rackets of 2022 to help you to find the most suitable badminton racket for your level and style of play.

Whether you're new to badminton or an experienced player, we can make it easy for you to find the perfect racket for your game!

1. Yonex Astrox 99 Pro

Designed in collaboration with Kento Momota

The latest release in Yonex's Astrox range, the 99 Pro boasts increadible power thanks to the new POWER-ASSIST BUMPER which adds extra weight to the top of the frame. Wider grommets at side of the frame allows the string to move more on shuttle impact for enhanced accuracy. 

“This racket is the perfect choice for any player looking for explosive power from a premium racket!”

Reasons to buy: You're looking for a top of the range, high power racket.
Reasons not to buy: You're a beginner or more budget-conscious.

PDH Offer
£165.75 £195.00

2. Babolat Satelite Gravity 74

Lightweight design for quick play!

  • Weight: 74g
  • Balance: Head Light
  • Flex: Medium

This racket is the perfect choice for any players looking for a quick and manoeuvrable racket. At only 74grams this racket is super lightweight, with a slim-shaft design to help you cut through the air quicker. 

“If looking for a lightweight racket, this racket is my go-to choice”

Reasons to buy: You like to play a fast and explosive game. 
Reasons not to buy: You prefer to play a rear court game with more power.

PDH Offer
£59.99 £80.00

3. Ashaway Viper XT 1600

Ideal racket for all-round playability!

  • Weight: 86g
  • Balance: Even
  • Flex: Stiff

Are you looking for a racket for all round play? The Viper XT 1600 is the perfect choice with an even balance and stiff shaft this racket offers a great combination of power and control. This racket also comes pre strung in Ashaway's Zymax 69 Fire which maintains tension whilst still offering excellent feel. 

“This racket is the perfect choice for the all round players! And at a such a great price this racket is one of our bestsellers!”

Reasons to buy: You're looking for an all round racket at a great price.
Reasons not to buy: You'd prefer a racket specifically designed for power or quick play.

PDH Offer
£69.99 £120.00

4. Victor Auraspeed 30H D

New for 2022 and breaking straight into our top 10!

  • Weight: 89g
  • Balance: Even
  • Flex: Medium

The Victor Auraspeed 30H D offers a great all round feel, with a heavier weight to still be able to hit power on your smashes. The medium flex shaft helps to give extra forgiveness on timing overhead, making this a great choice for improving intermediate players. 

“If looking for power and control, this racket is an ideal choice, with a medium flex for easier use!”

Reasons to buy: You're an improving intermediate or advanced player seeking one of the best and latest rackets on the market which will offer you both power and control.
Reasons not to buy: You're a beginner looking for your first racket.

PDH Offer
£76.99 £110.00

5.Karakal BN 60 FF

Lightest racket available on the market!

  • Weight: 60g
  • Balance: Head Heavy
  • Flex: Flexible

The world's lightest badminton racket. If looking for ultimate manoeuvrability and quick play this is the racket for you. Karakal's latest technology offers better playability and improved frame durability. 

“I'm always amazed to hit with this racket. The amount of power it is able to generate from such a lightweight frame is awesome!”

Reasons to buy: You're looking for a super light racket for quick, attacking play. 
Reasons not to buy: You're looking for a heavier weight racket for increased power.

PDH Offer
£111.99 £140.00

6. Yonex Nanoflare 700
Super manoeuvrable!

  • Weight: 83g
  • Balance: Head Light
  • Flex: Medium

Yonex's latest release in the Nanoflare range. The Nanoflare 700 offers great levels of control for the advanced player. The Aero Frame design cuts through the air quicker for greater shot stability. The medium flex shaft allows you to still be able to fit powerful overhead shots. 

“I love the design of this racket and the head light balance makes for quick defensive play.”

Reasons to buy: You're looking for a quick and manoeuvrable, high performance racket which looks amazing!
Reasons not to buy: You're looking for a more budget-friendly racket. Check out the Yonex Nanoflare 270 Speed instead.

PDH Offer
£143.99 £180.00

7. Ashaway Vex Striker 300

Perfect choice for getting started!

  • Weight: 82g
  • Balance: Head Heavy
  • Flex: Stiff

If you're just starting to get into badminton, the Vex Striker 300 is the perfect choice. It is easy to use with a head heavy balance to help generate power overhead. This racket also comes pre strung in Ashaway's Zymax 69 Fire which maintains tension whilst still offering excellent feel (this would normally cost over £20 to add as a restring upgrade!)

“This racket is fun to use and simply brilliant value for money!”

Reasons to buy: You're getting into badminton and looking for a great value racket.
Reasons not to buy: You prefer a heavier racket yet which is just as easy to use. Check out the Ashaway Vex Striker 100

PDH Offer
£39.99 £50.00

8. Yonex Astrox 88D Pro

Used by many of the best players on the World Tour

If you like to dominate the rear of the court, the Yonex Astrox 88D Pro is the perfect choice. Available in two different weights, the 3U offers all-out power whilst the 4U combines power and manoeuvrability.  

“If you have previously used the popular Yonex Voltric Z-Force II and are looking for an upgrade, this racket would be the perfect choice!”

Reasons to buy: You're looking for a Tour level racket with the latest technology.
Reasons not to buy: You need a racket which is easy to use with a more flexible shaft. Try the Yonex Astrox 88D Game instead!

PDH Offer
£147.99 £185.00

9. Babolat I-Pulse Blast

A perfect choice for getting started!

  • Weight: 85g
  • Balance: Head heavy
  • Flex: Flexible

This racket is a great choice for getting into badminton. It has a head heavy balance to help generate power over head whilst still having a flexible shaft to help you perfect your technique. 

“If you're a beginner player looking for a high power racket, this racket would be a great choice!”

Reasons to buy:  You're looking for an easy to use racket which help generate more power 
Reasons not to buy: You'd prefer a lighter weight racket to help with manoeuvrability. Check out the Babolat I-Pulse Lite

PDH Offer
£48.75 £65.00

10. Yonex Nanoflare 170 Light

Improve your control!

  • Weight: 77g
  • Balance: Head Light
  • Flex: Flexible

The Yonex Nanoflare 170 Light is a great choice for the intermediate/club player looking for an easy to manoeuvre racket without losing power. The light frame weight makes this racket quick to move around the court and the flexible shaft helps you to generate fantastic power overhead. 

“An intermediate club player favourite that offers great control without breaking the bank!”

Reasons to buy: You want a mid priced racket with a head light balance.
Reasons not to buy: You're prefer a heavy frame weight but still with a head light balance. Check out the Yonex Nanoflare 270 Speed.

PDH Offer
£63.99 £80.00

Prices may vary from the time of publication.
Sophie is our pdhsports.com badminton expert and is happy to offer advice with any badminton questions. She is a Level 2 badminton coach, plays for Derbyshire County First team and is a Yonex-sponsored coach using the Yonex Astrox 88S. 

22 February 2022

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