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Top 5 Best Cheap Badminton Rackets of 2020

A good badminton racket with the proper string tension can bring huge improvements to your game. You can discover new shots and limits that you never knew existed.

But what if you cannot afford an expensive racket like the Yonex Duora 10 which the best players like Lee Chong Wei use? Or maybe you just play in the local club as a hobby and are not ready to spend 250$ on a racket right now. Or maybe you simply don’t want to burn a hole in your pocket.

Then here are some of the best cheap badminton rackets that you can get in the market. If you want to check out the top high end rackets, you can read about them here.

Top Five Cheap Badminton Rackets in 2020

Here is the list of Top 5 Cheap Badminton Rackets of 2020:

IMAGENAMERATINGWhere To Buy
Best of the cheapest Best of the cheapest
Yonex Duora 77
9.5
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Amazing for the price Amazing for the price
Yonex Voltric 5
9.3
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The most durable The most durable
Li Ning Super Force
9.1
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The best for high tension The best for high tension
Yonex Voltric 7 DG
8.8
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Small brand, Big Value Small brand, Big Value
Apacs Ziggler 565
8.5
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Yonex Duora 77

Detailed review

The Duora 77 is one of the newer product line from Yonex. It also now comes in an absolutely stunning Frosty Blue colour Lee Chong Wei Edition, which looks a lot like the Duora 10 LCW model.

It has the dual design of the Duora series – which means that one side of the racket head is thicker than the other side. The thicker side (box shape) is for the forehand side to deliver powerful smashes. The thinner aerodynamic side gives you faster backhands.

Who should use this racket

This is an evenly balanced racket so it is suitable for both singles and doubles play. Many good players like Taufik Hidayat, Lee Chong Wei, Viktor Axelsen and almost all doubles players use evenly balanced rackets.

Verdict

The Duora 77 is one of the rackets which performs well in all departments of the game – fast exchanges, clears, net shot – you say them all. This is why this racket is on the top of the list.

An evenly balanced racket does not necessarily mean that you will not have a powerful smash. Instead it helps you with your good technique.

9.5Expert Score
Best of the cheapest

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Yonex Voltric 5

Detailed review

The Voltric series from Yonex has done quite well in the market. These rackets deliver solid heavy smashes thanks to their TRI-Voltage technology. Who doesn’t like a good smash? And this is why they are so popular.

The Voltric 5 has been there in the Yonex Catalogue for quite some time now and that is reason enough of why it is such a good racket.

Powerful smashes are delivered from the head heavy nature of the racket. This means that you feel more weight towards the top of the racket (opposite to the handle side) when you are holding it.

Who should use this racket

This racket is best suited for singles players. It is not suggested for a doubles player, but if you still want to use it you will have to hold the racket a little bit up the handle so as to gain more speed.

A head heavy racket is however not suggested for a learner. Badminton shots are executed with good racket speed and free flowing action of the hand, and not by brute force. There is racket carriage also. Sometimes a head heavy racket might hinder the development of these skills.

Verdict

This doesn’t mean to say Voltric 5 is a bad racket. It is absolutely one of the best out there for the price and you will love it.
9.3Expert Score
Amazing for the price

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Li Ning Super Force

Detailed review

Do you play doubles and always clash your racket with your partner? Then maybe you should get a Li Ning racket instead of a Yonex. They are known to be more durable.

Yonex rackets crack easily upon physical impact. I have three Li Ning rackets and one of them is marked with scar marks on every corner. It also got a crack two years ago while clashing, but it has not broken yet even upon regular use.

The G Force series are designed for overall performance. They have more flex (more flexible) as compared to the Yonex Rackets.

Who should use this racket

If you don’t have a strong/good wrist action and if you are hitting your shots with more arm action, such a racket will be more suitable for you. You will get more power from it as it increases shuttle hold time.

Verdict

If you are looking for a cheap and extremely durable badminton racket, the Li-Ning G Force is perfect for you.
9.1Expert Score
The most durable

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Yonex Voltric 7 DG

Detailed review

This is a unique racket from Yonex. This racket can handle a maximum tension of 35 lbs. To put matters into perspective, the much more costlier top of the line Yonex Duora 10 has only a maximum tension specification of 26 lbs.

And this is just what is given on paper, I am quite sure it can go up to 40 lbs easily (given the fact that I easily string my Duora 10 upto 32 lbs).

The racket frame is thicker in size to support high tensions. The racket shaft is also a little bit on the stiffer side. It packs a good punch on smashes as well.

Who should use this racket

If you are someone who wants to try out super high racket string tensions like Viktor Axelsen or Kenichi Tago, this is the racket for you. It will not empty your pocket and it will not put your racket at risk of breakage.

Verdict

Great racket for a great price, if you want to experiment with very high tensions you should get this racket.
8.8Expert Score
The best for high tension

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Apacs Ziggler 565

Detailed review

What if you don’t want to buy any of the big brands? What if you want to buy something that offers twice as much for the same amount? Well there are options for that too.

Apacs is one of the brands that I personally like very much. There are Apacs rackets which comes with 38 lbs specification out of the bag. There are many good rackets in their line. I can vouch for the Apacs Ziggler series. This one is sponsored and used by the former World No and Two times Olympic 4th place holder Lee Hyun Il.

Who should use this racket

If you want a small brand the offers much more than the other rackets in his price range.

Verdict

The Ziggler offers great value for it’s price, but you won’t get the “luxury” of Yonex.
8.5Expert Score
Small brand, Big Value

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