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Best pickleball net in 2024 - 6 picks to play anywhere

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Brandon Mackie

Updated on: May 17, 2024

Brandon Mackie with the SwiftNet 2.1 portable pickleball net

Over 75% of the courts on Pickleheads don't have a permanent pickleball net, so having your own is often necessary to play. Whether you're looking for a portable net for personal use or a professional net for your pickleball facility, you've come to the right place.

I've ranked the best pickleball nets in 2024 to get you started. Some are portable for quick assembly at a court, while others are portable with wheels for tournament organizers or mixed-use facilities. I've also picked a semi-permanent net for anyone building a dedicated pickleball facility.

Read on to see why the SwiftNet 2.1, Douglas Premier, and ZENY are the best pickleball nets you can buy this year.

Best pickleball nets at a glance

Best overall

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1. SwiftNet 2.1 Portable Net

The SwiftNet 2.1 is the best overall pickleball net because it's the lightest, fastest to assemble, and performs like a permanent net even though it's portable.
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Best pro net

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2. Douglas Premier PPS-22SQ

The Douglas Premier PPS-22SQ is the closest thing you'll find to a permanent pickleball net, with the added advantage of portability thanks to its wheels.
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Best cheap

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3. ZENY Portable Pickleball Net Set System

The ZENY Portable Pickleball Net is the best full-size net for under $100. It's only 18 lbs and super easy to set up.

Best on wheels

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Our Rating:

4. OnCourt OffCourt PickleNet Deluxe

Ideal for mixed use, open plays, and home use, the solidly built PickleNet Deluxe wheels around easily. It packs away into a neat bag that also has wheels.
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Best outdoor

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5. Dominator Rolling Portable Pickleball Net

The Dominator is a great budget alternative to the Douglas semi-permanent net. This is a strong, thick-framed, rust-proof portable net that can be left outside.
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Best set

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Our Rating:

6. TYRSEN Pickleball Net Set

The TYRSEN Pickleball Net Set gives you everything you need to start a pickleball game anywhere, in one handy set. It costs just $130, making it great for beginners.

The best pickleball nets in 2024

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Best overall

1. SwiftNet 2.1 Portable Net

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Innovative design, super-lightweight, and the fastest setup I've found.
8/10

Durability

9/10

Ease of use

10/10

Portability

Buy if:

  • You want the best portable net:

    if you want a net you can take home, I'd recommend the SwiftNet 2.1. It weighs just 17 lbs, and is really easy to carry.

  • You want a quick setup:

    I assembled this net with my partner in 1 minute and 47 seconds. No other net comes close to that setup time.

  • You want a portable net that plays like a permanent net:

    with a taut top cord and no center post, this plays like a permanent net.

Pass if:

  • You want a budget portable net:

    the ZENY is my favorite cheap portable net.

  • You want a net with wheels:

    the OnCourt OffCourt PickleNet Deluxe is my top choice for nets on wheels.

  • You need a true professional net:

    try the Douglas Premier PPS-22SQ for a heavy-duty net that can stay on the court long-term.

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Weight

17 lbs

Wheels

No

Carry Bag

Yes, with long straps

Dimensions

22' wide, 36" at posts, and 34" high

Indoor Or Outdoor

Both

Frame

Aluminum

My favorite overall net, the SwiftNet 2.1, takes the top spot again because it's the lightest portable net (just 17 lbs), assembles in under 2 minutes, and has advanced features that make it play like a permanent net.
If you're shopping for a portable net to set up at your local courts, I can't recommend this one enough.
The newly redesigned SwiftNet 2.1 is also my favorite portable pickleball net. Portable nets are the most popular among players because most courts don't have permanent nets, meaning you'll have to bring your own.
Watch me unbox the SwiftNet 2.1:

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Who it suits
This is for anyone who wants a user-friendly light net that plays close to a permanent net. Since it's so easy to set up, any pickleball player (even a beginner) can use it. It's so advanced in its design that advanced pickleball players and coaches can also rely on it.
It's also my top choice for indoor nets because you can leave it up on an indoor court. Like with most portable nets, I don't recommend leaving this net outside as it can rust and get damaged by weather.
There are only three reasons I can see people wanting something else: you're on a tighter budget (check out the ZENY), you need a net with wheels (see the PickleNet Deluxe), or you need a semi-permanent (not easily portable) net like the Douglas.
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Features
The SwiftNet's features are the best I've seen in a net design yet. There's no clunky center post and the feet are tucked away. Plus, the top cord is made from high-tensile, non-stretch material instead of velcro straps. For a lightweight portable net, it's surprisingly similar to a permanent net.
This net uses a clever system of lightweight uprights attached to splayed carbon fiber feet with the net strung between them. A long boom is then assembled like a tent pole and attached to both uprights.
You simply pull the cords until the boom reaches the ground. I find this makes it easy to get consistent tension, unlike with a standard velcro system which differs each time you set it up.
Watch how quickly I assemble this net on the court:

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Design and feel
The SwiftNet is made in the home of pickleball (Washington State) from recycled aeronautical components sourced from the non-profit Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC).
I love the neat design. They've removed the clunkier bits from other nets to make a streamlined, modern portable net.
Using this net indoors, without any wind to deal with, it feels like a permanent net. I'd be confident keeping it up on an indoor court. That said, when playing outdoors, it's taut and a lot stronger than I expected given its light weight. I find it holds up well in the wind.
Performance
I'm surprised with how good the performance is given it's a lightweight portable net. The top cord is like the cable on a permanent net. It doesn't sag and stays taut when the ball hits it. I hate when portable nets have a floppy top cord.
The clever boom design means there's no center support to get in the way of your shots. The flexibility of the boom and feet means players can fall onto them without breaking them—they just spring back into shape.
Here I am practicing with the SwiftNet 2.1:

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The net is designed to have fewer protruding parts, so you don't have to worry about obstacles getting in the way.
While the net is easy to set up, I did find the instruction booklet confusing to read my first time assembling it. It had too much text and not enough imagery. Save yourself the hassle and watch this 4-minute video before unboxing it. You'll thank me later:

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Value for money
At $370, the SwiftNet 2.1 Portable Net system isn't cheap, but it's the best portable net you can buy. I'm scoring this on its light weight and fast setup time.
It's made in the USA and you can tell the materials are far more premium than those in cheaper nets like the ZENY. This is one net you can buy and not worry about having to replace.
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My verdict
The SwiftNet 2.1 takes my top spot right now as there's simply no other like it. It's lightweight, super easy to use, durable, and can maintain tension even with extended play. I assembled it with my partner in a record 1 minute and 47 seconds. It has a premium price but it's easily the best portable pickleball net you can buy.

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2. Douglas Premier PPS-22SQ

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A heavyweight premium net system that's the gold standard for dedicated pickleball courts.
10/10

Durability

7/10

Ease of use

6/10

Portability

Buy if:

  • You want a net that can stay in place over a whole season:

    this net system is built to withstand the outdoor elements.

  • You operate a dedicated pickleball facility:

    the Douglas Premier offers a professional-grade net for the highest levels of play, and can still be wheeled away for storage.

  • You want the closest thing to a permanent net:

    this is the best you can get without having to drill and install a permanent net.

Pass if:

  • You're on a budget:

    at $2,400, this is the most expensive net on my list by far, so try the ZENY for a budget option.

  • You need to carry your net around:

    weighing 215 lbs, this isn't one you can sling over your shoulder like the portable SwiftNet 2.1.

  • You plan to put up and take down the net regularly:

    this isn't a portable net like all the others on this list, so assembly and disassembly take a while.

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Weight

215 lbs

Wheels

Yes—heavy-duty, non-scuff swivel casters

Carry Bag

No

Dimensions

22' wide, 36" at posts, and 34" in the middle

Indoor Or Outdoor

Both

Frame

Heavy-duty, 11-gauge steel

The Douglas is the gold standard for semi-permanent nets. It's designed for facilities that are dedicated to pickleball, and almost all the courts near me in Phoenix use it. After thousands of hours at my local courts, I've never seen a Douglas net sag or fray.
It offers the best of both worlds. You get the heavyweight build of a permanent net, while still being able to wheel it away quickly.
Who it suits
If you need a net for a dedicated facility, I'd recommend the Douglas. None of the others on this list will work because they're all portable, so they sacrifice a little on playability.
Since the Douglas has wheels, it's perfect for those who want the playability of a permanent net without the cost and hassle of drilling holes and pouring concrete.
If you have a budget over $2,000, it's also the best choice for the ultimate home pickleball court.
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Features
The Douglas is a heavyweight piece of equipment, with a built-in gear system to keep the net taut. This keeps the tension at 400-500 lbs—close to the tension of an installed permanent net.
The built-in, heavy-duty wheels mean you can easily move the unit around, and they fold away neatly when playing.
Design and feel
This net system is seriously premium quality. Given the 215 lb weight, portability isn't its strongest suit. However, it can still be taken down and reassembled if needed, and stored away when not in use.
The steel is thick, heavy, and finished with a baked-on powder coating. The net is made from thick, braided polyester with a 285 lb break strength for maximum durability. This is a top-caliber bit of equipment that's built to last.
Performance
Once assembled, the heavy-duty wheel casters are great for moving the net system around. I find it easy enough to roll the entire system around with just one other person.
Once you have the net in place, the wheel axle flips up so that the wheels are completely out of the way. This allows the posts to sit firmly on the ground. These 3" posts have flat stabilizer legs that give rigid stability without damaging the surface underneath.
This net won't shrink, sag, tear, or develop rot. All components are weather-treated and approved for use all year round—even in the toughest of conditions.
I've never seen a Douglas net sag or wear down from extended use, and that's after thousands of hours playing with them at my local courts.
Value for money
At $2,399, the Douglas is an investment, but this net is built to last a lifetime. It's obviously not for casual personal use, so it's priced for facilities, which will get a return on their investment.
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My verdict
The Douglas Premier PPS-22SQ is the best semi-permanent net for facility owners and managers. You can leave it in place year round and it will hold up for years. Once you need to move it, the wheels unlock, so you can get it out of the way with ease. I've played thousands of hours with Douglas nets and never seen them sag or defect in a way that affected my play on it.

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3. ZENY Portable Pickleball Net Set System

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The lightweight ZENY is the best net you can buy under $100.
6/10

Durability

7/10

Ease of use

8/10

Portability

Buy if:

  • You need a portable net on a budget:

    the ZENY gives you a full-sized net for a great price, ideal for beginners.

  • You're a pickleball organizer or buying for a club:

    you can keep a few of these nets handy for when they're needed.

  • You plan to carry the net around:

    at only 18 lbs, this net won't break your back setting up.

Pass if:

  • You're looking for a professional net:

    this net is for temporary use and shouldn't be left out in the elements, unlike the Douglas Premier on this list.

  • You play in windy conditions:

    while you can weigh the ZENY down, it might still blow over in high winds.

  • You have a larger budget:

    the SwiftNet 2.1 gives you a big upgrade in net tension and setup time if you can afford to spend more.

Weight

18 lbs

Wheels

No

Carry Bag

Yes

Dimensions

22' wide, 36" at posts, and 34" in the middle

Indoor Or Outdoor

Both

Frame

Steel alloy

If you want a quality portable net at a bargain price, this is my pick for you. The ZENY is the best net if you want to get out on the courts without spending a fortune.
It's really similar in design and features to another favorite portable pickleball net of mine, the PickleNet Classic. However, it's more than $100 cheaper.
Watch me assemble the ZENY portable net:

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Who it's for
Not everyone wants to pay for a premium pickleball net. Luckily, the ZENY is a quality budget choice.
This net is best for casual players who want to set up games easily but don't have permanent nets at their local courts. I'm also recommending it to pickleball clubs and organizers, for those times when an extra court is needed on the fly.
It's also an excellent choice if you want to practice pickleball at home in your backyard or driveway. Beginners especially will appreciate the low entry price and easy setup.
Features
The ZENY system features a regulation-size net with a metal frame. The steel is reinforced for strength and powder-coated to slow down rust build-up. The supports for the uprights also feature extra bars to make it even stronger.
The net itself is made from a durable, all-weather material (polyester tetoron fiber). It stays taut and secure with adjustable straps on the posts, while a fiberglass rod sits in the middle to stop the net from sagging.
Brandon Mackie assembling the ZENY portable pickleball net
Brandon Mackie assembling the ZENY portable pickleball net
Design and feel
For the price, the ZENY looks and feels surprisingly good. While the steel tubing is not up to the standard of the SwiftNet 2.1 (my favorite overall), it's 25 mm thick and reinforced at the weak points.
The carry bag is a little flimsy, but the whole assembly weighs only 18 lbs so it's easy to carry around.
Performance
The ZENY is relatively easy to set up and take down, although the push-lock system is slightly frustrating after using better-designed (and more expensive) setups. That said, most nets in the $80 range are cheaply produced and a pain to assemble, so I'm still impressed with the ZENY.
I set this net up in 8 minutes by myself. You could probably shave a couple of minutes off that with the help of a partner. It won't match the under 3-minute mark of the SwiftNet 2.1, but for me, this is an acceptable timeframe to set up and get playing.
Once it's assembled, the ZENY is solid and reliable. The adjustable straps keep the top of the net tight, which is a big difference from its rivals.
Just note that the ZENY can blow over in windy conditions. However, this can be avoided by adding a little weight (usually sandbags) to each leg.
Value for money
At just under $80, the ZENY is a bargain. You'll find plenty of similar nets on Amazon that are double the price.
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My verdict
There's little to find fault with here. Sure, it's not built with quite the same quality of materials as more expensive offerings like the SwiftNet 2.1. However, it's far from being cheaply built, despite the price tag. Overall, it's excellent value for money, especially for beginners and facility managers.

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Best on wheels

4. OnCourt OffCourt PickleNet Deluxe

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A durable full-sized wheeled net from a trusted name.
8/10

Durability

9/10

Ease of use

7/10

Portability

Buy if:

  • You need a net that can move once assembled:

    this can be easily pushed against the wall to free up space.

  • You want a heavy-duty net:

    the PickleNet Deluxe has a thick metal frame for extra strength.

  • Portability is important to you:

    with a wheeled carry bag, this is a breeze to move around.

Pass if:

  • You're looking for a lightweight option:

    this weighs 42 lbs once packed away, so check out the SwiftNet 2.1 (18 lb) instead.

  • You need a professional net:

    the Douglas Premier is my top choice if you want a net that stays in place all year round.

  • You're on a budget:

    this is a premium net with a price tag to match, so you might prefer the ZENY.

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Weight

42 lbs

Wheels

Yes

Carry Bag

Yes

Dimensions

22' wide, 36" at posts, and 34" high

Indoor Or Outdoor

Both

Frame

Hybrid steel and aluminum oval tubing

The PickleNet Deluxe is the four-wheeled version of USA Pickleball's official net, the PickleNet Classic, which you'll find on my list of the best portable nets. It's the best net on wheels because it's well-built by a trusted name, and offers maximum portability.
Not only can you wheel it around the court, but it's easily packed away in a bag that also wheels around. The wheeled carrying case is a big bonus.
Who it suits
If you need a net that can move once assembled, the wheeled PickleNet Deluxe is my top pick for you. If you manage a mixed-use facility or organize pickleball open plays, you'll appreciate this net's wheeled setup and quality. It's built to withstand plenty of court time and can be easily moved.
Brandon Mackie with the OnCourt OffCourt PickleNet Deluxe
Brandon Mackie with the OnCourt OffCourt PickleNet Deluxe pickleball net
It's also good for home use. Max Ade, my fellow co-founder at Pickleheads, uses the Deluxe for his driveway court. We play on it when I'm in town and it plays pretty closely to a permanent net, with the added benefit that it can move when the space is needed for cars.
If you prefer a net that you can easily take down and put up, I'd check out the SwiftNet 2.1 instead.
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Features
The PickleNet Deluxe is made from 1.5" x 3" metal tubing, so it's more heavy-duty than most other nets I've tried. It's strong, sturdy, and resistant to wind and tough court conditions.
While I wouldn't leave this net outdoors like I would the Dominator or Douglas, I'm confident it will hold up better in the wind than the SwiftNet 2.1 thanks to features like the heavy-duty metal that keep it sturdier.
Watch me and Max Ade practice with the PickleNet Deluxe:

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The 4" wheels make it super easy to transport this net to and from the courts. Then, when you're ready for a game, they lock into place with brakes so you don't have to worry about the net going anywhere.
The velcro straps on the top also allow you to tighten the net to stop it from sagging. However, this is not as strong and consistent as the SwiftNet's high-tensile top cord.
Design and feel
Overall, this is a sturdier version of my top pick, the SwiftNet 2.1. While the PickleNet Deluxe uses heavier metal in the tubing, it offsets some of the weight by using more aluminum in the build.
At 42 lbs, it's a lot heavier than the 17 lb SwiftNet, but this extra density makes it more solid when assembled. Plus, the tubing is oval-shaped to add strength. It also reduces the risk of bending and twisting when you're transporting it.
I really like the duffel bag it comes with because it's divided into compartments. Once everything is packed away, this keeps all the components from shifting around and helps avoid damage. The bag also comes with wheels, so it's easy to move around despite the extra weight.
Performance
The PickleNet Deluxe offers the best combination of playability and portability on wheels I've ever seen.
Once assembled, it's a full regulation-size net. Plus, the velcro tensioning system means you can keep it at the correct height. Balls can also roll under the net which means less time collecting strays.
The wheeled bag takes the stress out of moving the net to and from the courts.
Value for money
At $460, this portable net system isn't the cheapest, but that's because it's built with top-quality materials and has a built-in wheel system. If you're someone who organizes open plays, runs a mixed-use facility, or is serious about practicing at home, this is a great investment.
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My verdict
The PickleNet Deluxe from OnCourt OffCourt is my top pick on wheels. It plays close to a permanent net, easily rolls around on any flat surface, and comes with a wheeled bag that makes it super easy to transport and set up where you need it.

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Best outdoor

5. Dominator Rolling Portable Pickleball Net

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A wind-resistant, rust-proof net that's portable but can be left outdoors long-term.
9/10

Durability

7/10

Ease of use

8/10

Portability

Buy if:

  • You want a portable net that can stay outside:

    while most portable nets are designed to be taken up and down, the Dominator can be kept outdoors long-term.

  • You play in windy conditions:

    weighing twice as much as the SwiftNet, this holds up much better in windy conditions.

  • You want a cheaper alternative to the Douglas:

    if you don't need a semi-permanent net like the Douglas, this is a great option for $2,000 less.

Pass if:

  • You won't need to leave your net outdoors:

    if you'll be taking your net down after each use, the SwiftNet is still my top choice for playing outdoors.

  • You have a larger budget:

    if you can spend more for the very best (especially if you run a dedicated pickleball facility), the Douglas is even closer to permanent net.

  • You want a full set:

    the TYRSEN set includes a net, paddles, balls, and more.

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Weight

35 lbs

Wheels

Yes

Carry Bag

Yes, with wheels

Dimensions

22' wide, 36" at posts, and 34" high

Indoor Or Outdoor

Both, but built for outdoor use

Frame

6061 T6 aluminum

If you want to leave your net outside long-term but don't have the budget for the $2400 Douglas Premier, this is my recommendation to you.
While most of the nets on this list are portable and designed to be set up and taken down often, the Dominator can be left out in all conditions. It's rust-proof, super-durable, and has a thicker frame.
It costs more than the SwiftNet 2.1, but you won't have to take it down every time you're finished playing.
Who it suits
The Dominator is an ideal home net that can be left outside in the elements, so it's a great choice if you don't want to pack up each time. It's also more wind-resistant than the SwiftNet.
It suits mixed-use facilities too, thanks to the wheels that allow you to push it against a wall when not in use.
Unlike the Douglas, it can be easily disassembled and transported in a pickleball bag with wheels. At 35 lbs, it's lighter than the PickleNet Deluxe (42 lbs), though I find the PickleNet has some better features like a stronger top cord.
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Features
If you're worried about wind resistance on a lighter net like the SwiftNet 2.1, you might prefer the Dominator as it weighs roughly twice as much. It has an entirely aluminum, rust-proof frame that is thick and durable.
While the velcro straps are good quality, I don't like this system as much as the high-tensile cord system of the SwiftNet which is more consistent in its tautness.
The wheels are sturdy once locked, so the net remains pretty solid in play. They don't fold up like the Douglas, so don't expect the Dominator to be as rock steady. Another issue I found is that the wheels stick out a bit more than the PickleNet Deluxe.
What's great, though, is that you can wheel it out of the way quickly. Like the PickleNet Deluxe, the carrier bag has wheels for easy transportation.
Design and feel
The 6061 T6 aluminum used in the frame is what you'll find in the auto and aircraft industries, so you know it's good quality. You can feel its strength and I'm confident it will hold up over time. That's why this is such a good outdoor net—it's built to withstand the elements.
I also like how the net is raised, allowing pickleballs to roll right under it. This makes ball collection much easier.
Performance
This is a solid net. While not as light or easy to assemble as the SwiftNet, it's sturdier and holds up really well in the rain and wind.
The wheels are handy, but I do have one slight issue. They protrude more than the PickleNet Deluxe, which can be a little annoying when you're playing near the net.
However, the fact the net can be left outdoors more than makes up for this fault. I know people who've left it out in the baking Phoenix sun for months without any significant wear and tear.
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My verdict
At $389, this is a top investment for anyone who wants a long-term home solution. You can set it up one time in your driveway and never have to take it down again.

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Best set

6. TYRSEN Pickleball Net Set

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Get the whole package with two nets, a carry bag, four paddles, and six balls.
6/10

Durability

7/10

Ease of use

7/10

Portability

Buy if:

  • You want to get started with pickleball in your backyard or driveway:

    this has all you need to set up a game on the go: two nets, a carry bag, 4 paddles, and 6 balls.

  • You want a smaller net too:

    along with the regulation-size 22' net, you get an 11' net that's great for kids or practicing solo drills.

  • You want to introduce a group to pickleball:

    this takes the stress out of getting started—get a doubles game going in no time.

Pass if:

  • You plan to play higher-level pickleball:

    this is a beginner set, so anyone more advanced will find the net and paddles lacking.

  • You don't need the extras:

    if you just want a budget net, you'll prefer the ZENY on this list.

  • You'd prefer a net with wheels:

    the PickleNet Deluxe is my favorite net with wheels attached for added portability.

Weight

19.2 lb

Wheels

No

Carry Bag

Yes

Dimensions

22' wide net and 11' foot wide net; both 36" high at posts

Indoor Or Outdoor

Both

Frame

Metal

Extras

Four fiberglass paddles, six balls, carry bag

The TYRSEN pickleball net set offers everything you need to get a doubles game started, without having to purchase a bunch of other gear. It replaces the previous pick, the VENUX set, because it offers a near identical performance for 30% cheaper.
As well as two nets (11' and 22'), you get a carry bag, four fiberglass beginner pickleball paddles, and six pickleball balls.
Who it's for
As the only set on my list, the TYRSEN set is my recommendation to families looking to get everything in a single purchase. It's also great for beginner pickleheads looking to set up a quick game. It's ideal for kids and anyone who teaches casual pickleball to new players.
If you're not a beginner, you'll be better off with a more advanced net like the SwiftNet 2.1.e
Features
This net set includes two portable nets. Not only do you get a 22' regulation-size net, but a half-sized net as well (11'). The smaller one is great for kids, for practicing alone, or for a game of pickleball singles.
Aside from the two net sizes, what makes this stand out is the fiberglass paddles. Many budget sets come with wooden paddles, which I really dislike. Trust me—fiberglass gives you a 10x better playing experience.
These 7.8 oz paddles even have edge guards and honeycomb cores. You'll have a better time learning how to play pickleball with these paddles.
You also get a handy carry bag for the nets and six pickleballs—everything you need to get started.
Design and feel
The TYRSEN net is very comparable to the ZENY, my top budget net, in setup and quality. In this set, though, you get two nets and all the extras for just $50 more.
Performance
There is one frame that fits both nets, and you can switch it over in about 5 minutes. You shouldn't expect these nets to stand up to strong winds or last for years, but they're a lot more solid than others in this price range.
Assembly is easy and quick, taking around 5 minutes to get you going. The frame is basic but straightforward to assemble. I like that you can use it for both nets as it means less hardware. However, some people might get bored of swapping it over each time.
Like with the ZENY, putting sandbags on the feet should help increase stability. The net can be folded away into its carry bag and taken anywhere with you. The carry bag is lower quality, like the ZENY, but I didn't expect it to be premium as this is a budget set.
Value for money
For under $130, this set allows four people to play a full-sized pickleball game on the fly, or practice singles or kids games. That's really good value in today's market. If you're getting a net for kids or family use, I think you'll be really happy with this one.
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My verdict
This starter kit is top value for money and offers beginners and young players a chance to kick off their pickleball journeys without spending a fortune on gear. The quality even rivals my top budget pick, the ZENY. I really like that the paddles are made of fiberglass and not wood like most sets.

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How to choose the best net for pickleball

Max Ade standing with the OnCourt OffCourt PickleNet Deluxe pickleball net
Max Ade, co-founder of Pickleheads, standing with the OnCourt OffCourt PickleNet Deluxe pickleball net

Regulation-size pickleball nets

If you want to set up real pickleball games, make sure you're buying a net with the proper measurements.

The net should be 22' wide, overlapping the 20' court on either side so that the posts are not on the court. The net is meant to be 36" high at the sideline and 34" at the center of the court.

Learn more about pickleball net height

Durability

Think about what conditions the net will be used in. Will you use it mainly indoors or outdoors? Make sure the net that you're buying will be able to withstand what you put it through.

Remember: spending more upfront for a quality net is better than having to replace a cheap net system that'll fall apart after a few uses.

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I've personally tested over 80 paddles. Take the quiz to see which ones fit your game best.

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Portability and weight

Consider whether you'll need to transport your net often. How quickly will you need to set it up? Are wheels a must for you?

Portability and weight can factor into which pickleball net will work best for you. Make sure you're not buying a net that's too heavy or one that'll be impossible to put together quickly.

Watch how quickly I disassemble the SwiftNet 2.1, my favorite overall net:

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Quality of materials

You get what you pay for. You'll find many cheaper pickleball nets than the ones on this list. However, in my experience, those are usually made from poor-quality materials that won't hold up after frequent use.

Ensure your pickleball net system will last as long as you need it. So, it's worth investing in the best pickleball equipment for your budget. If yours is sub-par quality, you'll only end up buying a replacement net.

Price

An expensive pickleball net is not always the best. You'll find plenty of nets priced as "deluxe", and yet don't deliver nearly enough in performance.

Also, consider how often you'll be using the net before paying $100s for a premium, regulation-size system. If it's going to sit in the garage for most of the year, you might prefer a more affordable option.

Lastly, use coupons when you can! Dozens of stores offer coupon codes for pickleball equipment. Look for them before you checkout.

Why do you need a portable pickleball net?

They're great for getting in plenty of practice time

Pickleball's popularity has skyrocketed in recent years. What was once a purely amateur pastime has suddenly gone pro, with Major League Pickleball teams now competing on TV.

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Younger and more athletic players have now joined the scene. Competition can be fierce, even at local clubs and court facilities.

The best way to boost your skills is with practice—especially with regular pickleball drills to target weaker areas. What's more, having a portable pickleball net at your disposal means you can still get practice in—even if you can't get to a dedicated court.

Brandon Mackie performing a dink during a pickleball singles game

You can even play on a tennis court if there aren't any pickleball courts available. They're often empty and can be easily adapted for pickleball.

If you don't have a partner, you can always try a pickleball machine to boost your training sessions. All that practice will pay off the next time you face up to a rival on the permanent courts.

You can play at home

Another benefit of a portable pickleball net is that you can play at home in your backyard or driveway. Setting up your own pickleball court is a great way to share your love of the sport with your friends and family.

While many wouldn't be convinced to go on a trip to play at a public court, who could resist the chance to play in the comfort of your home?

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Bottom line

That's my rundown of the best pickleball nets in 2024. The SwiftNet 2.1 is the best in my opinion—it offers a sturdily built, easy-to-assemble, and affordable pop-up net.

Here are my top six picks:

  1. SwiftNet 2.1 - Best overall
  2. Douglas Premier PPS-22SQ - Best pro net
  3. ZENY Portable Pickleball Net Set System - Best cheap
  4. OnCourt OffCourt PickleNet Deluxe - Best on wheels
  5. Dominator Rolling Portable Pickleball Net - Best outdoor
  6. TYRSEN Pickleball Net Set - Best set

Just remember: the number one net for me may be very different for you, so be sure to compare the analysis above before making a purchase.

Recent updates

May 2024

In this new update, I've made a couple of new changes to the picks. I've named the Dominator Premier my favorite outdoor net. I've played with this net for 1000s of hours at my local Phoenix courts, and it continues to impress me. I also added a brand new product, the TYRSEN, replacing the VENUX as my favorite set.

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Brandon Mackie
Brandon is an avid writer and co-founder of Pickleheads™. Once a competitive tennis player, Brandon can now be found these days honing his dinks on pickleball courts near Phoenix, Arizona.
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