Badminton is unique in that it’s simultaneously associated with leisurely backyard play and intense rallies between Olympic-caliber athletes. Even if you’re not quite an Olympian, badminton is appealing because it can be played almost anywhere. The rules are fairly straightforward, too.
Where similar sports like tennis and racquetball require a court, badminton can be played in the park, on the beach, or on your own lawn. Part of the portability is owed to the fact that rackets and shuttlecocks are very lightweight. But the real benefit is that there are many nets on the market that are designed to be portable.
If you already have the rackets and shuttlecock but still don’t have a net, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite portable nets. They include options that are height adjustable and feature fold-out legs, so you don’t have to worry about needing to hammer in spikes.
1. Boulder Portable Badminton Net Set
If you’re not sure that a badminton net will fit in the space you have, Boulder offers 3 different net widths: 10, 14, and 17 feet. The height is widely adjustable as well, and the net can be set up in a few minutes without the use of stakes or tools. The net can also be set low to the ground for playing tennis.
Pros: 3 widths and a wide variety of height options, including tennis. Easy to set-up.
Cons: Metal poles can rust.
2. Baden Champions Badminton Set
If you’re looking for a regulation size game that you can still take with you on the go, this set includes everything you need to play badminton. There are three shuttlecocks, four rackets, and the net. There are even boundary lines. The set comes in a carrying bag, so it’s easy to take on the go. The net is mounted with stakes, which makes it sturdy but less portable.
Pros: Includes racquets, shuttlecocks, and boundary lines. Folds up fairly quickly, and has a carrying bag for portability.
Cons: Held up by stakes, which makes it more sturdy but means there are some places it can’t be set up.
3. GOPLUS Portable Badminton Net
Like the Boulder set, this affordable net features standing legs, so spikes are not necessary. The height is adjustable, so the net can be used to play tennis, badminton, or pickleball. Setup and takedown are very quick and easy, and a carrying bag is included for storage and taking on the go.
Pros: Easy setup, affordable, stands without spikes.
Cons: Short, the maximum height is only 5 feet.