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 three 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: Three widths and a wide variety of height options, including tennis. Easy to set up.
Cons: Metal poles can rust.
2. 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.
3. Zume Games Portable Badminton Set
This cleverly designed option has a carrying pouch that doubles as a stand. Simply open it up, attach the poles and net, and get playing. All of the components can then be packed back into the bag. Four rackets and two shuttlecocks are included in the set.
Pros: Economical option. Can be set up on hard and soft surfaces. Compact size.
Cons: Some options are more durable.
4. SONGMICS Badminton Net Set
If you’re looking for a basic, economical badminton net that’s easy to set up, this is a decent option to get. It can be set up at different heights, and a convenient carrying pouch is included for easy transport. Since you don’t need spikes, you can place this net just about anywhere, thanks to the freestanding feet.
Pros: Economical option. Can be set up almost anywhere. Includes carrying bag.
Cons: Rackets and other accessories not included.