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Here are our net reviews including ones that are portable, heavy duty, for the driveway, on wheels, and more.
I have played with and set up all kinds of pickleball nets, but I will say my favorite is the Swiftnet.
It’s the easiest to set up, weighs the least for carrying it around in the bag, and is extremely durable.
But, it is the most expensive pickleball net.
If you can spare no expense, then get the Swiftnet. We give more details below in our review if you would like to know more before purchasing.
We only review one other net, PickleNet, that is in the more reasonably priced category compared to Swiftnet.
Because if you’re serious about playing pickleball, there is no reason to get anything cheaper or not a USAPA (USA Pickleball Association) official size approved net.
Even if you’re not sure how serious a pickleball player you are right now, it’s best to invest in a decent net that is the right size vs a cheap undersized net.
Because when you get used to playing with your undersized net, you will get frustrated when you go to play with others on courts with official sized nets and wonder why you keep hitting the ball into the top of the net.
Best Value Portable Pickleball Net: PickleNet Review
The PickleNet is made by Oncourt Offcourt.
For the price and patented tube and strap designs, this is the best net you can get if you can’t afford the Swiftnet.
Also rebranded (but is the exact same net) and sold under these names:
- Rally Portable Pickleball Net (Pickleball Central)
- USAPA Portable Pickleball Net
Note: There are two versions of the PickleNet:
- Old classic version – Has round tubes
- New redesigned version – Has oval tubes
PickleNet Notable Features:
- Patented oval tube design is more durable and stronger and guaranteed to not twist like round frames
- Rectangular center strap design maintains a consistent net height of 34″
- Oval tubing provides automatic alignment of the center frame
- Center poles sit on a molded center support which makes assembly faster than other nets
- Elastic bottom net band helps maintain consistent net tension
Heavy: 32 lbs compared to SwiftNet at 15 lbs
How To Set Up A Picklenet
I’ve set up nets that are comparatively priced to the PickleNet, such as the Onix and others with round tubes, and feel that the PickleNet is easier and faster to set up and is more stable because of the oval tubes and molded center support.
View the Oncourt Offcourt PickleNet.
Best Pickleball Net: SwiftNet 2.1 Review
I’m spoiled because the majority of the time I use SwiftNets provided by our local pickleball club.
If people call food snobs foodies, then I’m a nettie.
It’s just so much easier and faster to set up a SwiftNet, hence the name.
Plus I feel they play more like a permanent net, with ball lets reacting nearly the same.
They even have improved it since the original with a 2.1 version –
SwiftNet 2.1 Improvements
- The base stands are now one piece aluminum which makes putting up the net quicker and easier.
- The post adapters only need to be installed once and remain in the base stand
- The bottom of the net height has been adjusted to sit higher off the ground to allow balls to rolls underneath
- Fast setup – 3 minutes! (Really – I timed it since that’s what the website says and at most it takes 5 minutes if you’re having a bad day 😉
- It’s light to carry – only 15 lbs compared to other nets that are up to 20 pounds heavier
- Carbon fiber components – extremely strong and durable. Carbon fiber is 5x stronger than steel (what other net brand poles are made of) and twice as stiff
How to Set Up A Swiftnet
- Expensive – Nearly costs double than the PickleNet and others, MSRP $369
- Friends will be jealous 😉
Our local pickleball club allows members to use the SwiftNets at our courts.
Every day these nets get put up and taken down multiple times by people who don’t necessarily know how to set them up which mean they get abused by pulling on the chords and locking them incorrectly or folding up the net improperly or locking the net chord when it is twisted which frays the chord.
Despite all this abuse, the nets have endured and lasted through the seasons without needing replacement.
I feel are the easiest to transport (because of being much lighter – 15 lbs vs 32 lbs (PickleNet), easier and faster to put up and take down and are more accurate (with the center velcro adjustable strap) for official net standard heights.
If you are serious about playing pickleball and want a long-lasting net that is fast and easy to setup and have the cash, spend it on the SwiftNet. Period.
Pickleball Net On Wheels – PickleNet Deluxe
The Picklenet we recommend above also comes in a deluxe version on wheels.
A net on wheels is good to have if you don’t want to break it down, but want to move it out of the way to use the space for other reasons – playing basketball, on a tennis court, driveway to the garage, an indoor court area used for multiple sports, etc..
It has a pair of 4″ locking wheels on each of the side bases.
How to Set Up A PickleNet Deluxe
Has the same basic design as the standard PickleNet, but is a heavier-duty version that is more stable, featuring 1.5″ x 3″ oval tubing.
Costs about $150 more for the deluxe version.
Cheaper Net Exception
If you want something for the kids or a pickleball net for the driveway or a small area that can’t accommodate a full size net, then try out this 10 foot wide net that is height adjustable to play badminton, vollyeball, tennis, soccer, etc..
Pickleball Net Buying Summary
Avoid getting a cheap pickleball net (generally under $100) that is made of weak components that aren’t durable, flimsy (especially bad if there is any wind) and not a USAPA official size net of 22 inches wide, 36 inches at the sides, and 34 inches at the middle.
We like either the Picklenet (more budget frienly) or the SwiftNet if can afford it.
Now order your pickleball net and then get back out there and play some pickleball!
What’s your favorite pickleball net?