There are quite a few companies that produce pickleball paddles and they each have an interesting story to tell. Some started as the hobby of an individual, small group, or a family and have grown into something much bigger. While others have been in the manufacturing game for a while and expanded their offering into pickleball. Here is a shortlist of the top pickleball paddle brands and their story. The list is not exhaustive but should give you a good idea of your options as you get started or if you already play and want to upgrade your paddles.
These pickleball paddle companies are listed in alphabetical order and we love them all equally.
Steve Wong, Armour’s founder, is a six-time national champion, hall of fame nominee, and former USAPA vice president. He and his team know a thing or two about pickleball. With a goal to enrich lives through the sport, they’ve developed quite the following and have created some of the most sought after paddles. Join the team Armour family and see what the hype is all about!
Tagline: “Protect your pickleball paddles.”
You can’t talk about pickleball paddle brands and not include Engage. Based in the United States, this company is proudly innovating and designing its paddles internally down in Florida. Their vision is to create the best pickleball paddles in the world and their mission is to grow the sport. How do they do that, you ask? By giving back. Five percent of their company revenue goes into growing the sport through the youth by hosting tournaments, donating paddles, and more. Now that’s something we can get behind.
Tagline: “The paddle the top players choose.”
In 1974, a nuclear engineer had a bad experience with his tennis racket breaking. That experience led Dr. Harry Ferrari to develop cutting edge technology that would be the foundation of GAMMA and their durable equipment. While their roots are in tennis, GAMMA pickleball paddles offer superior design and a clear-cut edge over the competition.
Tagline: “Never Stop Playing.”
Gearbox Sports was established in 2007 by Rafael Filippin, a professional racquetball player. Since then, they’ve proudly expanded their business line to include pickleball paddles. Many consider Gearbox to be synonymous with quality and durability. That’s a two-pronged strategy we can get behind. If you want to improve your game with an advanced collection of pickleball paddles, you can’t go wrong with Gearbox.
Tagline: “The future is limitless.”
One family’s passion for pickleball turned into the desire to create their own paddle. The Lui and Montes family, based out of Seattle, caught the pickleball bug and have been living out their dream with Oneshot. Did we mention that their paddles are hard to beat and come with some of the cleanest designs in the industry?
Tagline: “One Shot, All It Takes."
With a team of professional pickleballers that help innovate and refine their equipment, ONIX excels in the paddle department. As a leading manufacturer, they know that the secret sauce is in engineering and will never stop revolutionizing the sport. ONIX truly does create paddles for players, by players.
Tagline: “ONIX Pickleball is PROVEN.”
Headquartered in Michigan, Paddletek started as a small family business in 2010 and has grown into one of the biggest and baddest paddle manufacturers in the business. Their love of the game and vision for improving paddle technology is admirable and we’re proud to carry their paddles. Even through the growth over the years, their mission remains the same: to help you reach the next level of play.
Tagline: “The winning paddle.”
Based out of California, Prokennek has one of the best track records in the industry. They’ve been around for over five decades and aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Pickleball paddles and problem-solving are their specialties. They solve problems players are dealing with through their innovative engineering approach and breadth of technical knowledge.
Tagline: “The gold standard of pickleball paddles.”
Built on midwestern work ethic, PROLITE is a family-owned business based in Port Washington and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They opened up shop in 1984 and began production on the first composite pickleball paddle that same year. Why should you shop PROLITE? Here’s why.
“Our goals are crystal clear; produce paddles geared for a variety of player types, made from the best, most durable materials available, supported by stellar customer service, and backed with a solid warranty and distinct identity.”
Tagline: “A world-renowned supplier of high-quality pickleball paddles.”
Are you obsessed with pickleball? If you answered yes, Selkirk is the brand for you. With a mission to fuel the pickleball obsession found inside every player, they’ve helped players look and feel like a professional since their inception. A family owned and operated company, Selkirk strives to provide nothing but the best with uncompromising quality.
Tagline: “We are pickleball.”
TOPP pickleball is a woman-owned and operated family business. We’re proud to carry their paddles. One of our favorite things about this brand? What TOPP stands for:
They wake up every day and help push the sport of pickleball forward. Whether that’s through their top-notch paddles, exceptional customer service, or community involvement. TOPP pickleball paddles, without a doubt, will help take your game to the next level.
Tagline: “The premier pickleball manufacturer.”
Vulcan Sporting Goods
Newer to the game, Vulcan Sporting Goods started operations in 2015 and has been connecting style with innovation ever since. They constantly push performance and help athletes to express their style and personality through their one-of-a-kind pickleball paddles. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, Vulcan has got a paddle for you.
Tagline: “Innovation meets style.”
As we mentioned, each of these brands is equally loved here at JustPaddles. This comprehensive list is also ongoing and always evolving, just like the sport of pickleball. What’s your favorite pickleball brand? Do you prefer to swing one type of brand’s paddles over the other?
If you have any specific paddle questions, don’t hesitate to contact our paddle experts at any time via phone at 866-382-3465, via email at email@example.com, or via chat on our website. Don’t forget, we’re here for you from Click To Court!