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The best pickleball set of 2022: Paddles, balls, nets and more

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A couple gets ready for some singles pickleball play.
Some pickleball sets come with everything you need, including the net. (Handsome couple and private court sold separately.) (Photo: Zeny)

Ready to see what all the pickleball fuss is about? Good call: This massively popular game is (relatively) easy to learn, ludicrously fun to play and a pretty good workout to boot. Plus, the gear you need is surprisingly affordable!

Quick Overview

For those unfamiliar with it, pickleball combines elements of tennis and ping-pong, with some volleyball-style scoring thrown in for good measure. (That's why it's only "relatively" easy to learn; after months of playing, the scoring system can still turn my brain to mush.)

To get started, all you need is a paddle. Of course, because the game is best played with four people (aka "doubles"), you might want to go ahead and grab a complete set: Either two or four paddles, a few balls, a carrying case and maybe even a practice net.

Below I've rounded up some great options, most of them top-rated by hundreds, if not thousands, of Amazon shoppers.

Amazin' Aces

Pickleball Paddles Set (Wood)

Amazin' Aces
$40 $50 at Amazon

Designed with beginners in mind, the Amazin' Aces set includes four wood paddles, four balls and a mesh carrying case for the latter. Note that while the user ratings are overwhelmingly positive, some of them apply to other sets.

VINSGUIR

Pickleball Paddles Set, Graphite, USAPA-Approved

Vinsguir
$63 $80 at Amazon

Two of the most colorful, eye-catching paddles I've seen, these are made of lightweight graphite instead of wood. Plus, they're USAPA-approved, so you're ready for the tournament circuit. The set also includes four balls and a case.

Franklin Sports

Half Court Pickleball Net with 2 Paddles, 2 Balls

Franklin Sports
$60 $70 at Amazon

Practice your dinks just about anywhere with this set, which includes not only a pair of paddles and balls, but also a collapsible half-court (i.e. half-width) net.

Vvinca

Pickleball Paddles Set with 2 V-Air Paddles, 2 V-Pro Paddles

Vvinca
$86 at Amazon

This isn't the traditional four-pack: Vvinca's set includes two V-Pro and two V-Air paddles, which are slightly different sizes and weights -- intended for different players and play styles. Plus, you get both indoor and outdoor balls along with two ball-picker-upper gizmos!

SGSPORT

Portable Pickleball Net Set with 4 Paddles, 4 Outdoor Balls and Carry Bag

Sgsport
$130 at Amazon

You supply the court; this set has literally everything else you need: paddles, balls and a full-size net.

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