After several hours of searching every bat imaginable, and even more writing and reviewing them, we present recommendations on the best baseball bat under $50. Our attempt is to update this page often. You will find our best bats page to be without price restrictions. The categories we cover on this page can be found on our best BBCOR bats, best big barrels bats, best youth baseball bats and best baseball bats page.
Best Baseball Bat Under $50
This list of best baseball bats under $50 is not meant to include crazy blow out deals or eBay auctions that are running lower than market value. Those deals are difficult to keep up on and are so unique that writing them publicly would be helpful for no one. For those types of deals we suggest you look at our best bat deals pages. Sadly, many of those bats are rarely under $50.
The following list of best $50 bats include those that are usually found for this price. More often than not these bats are found at big box stores. Few online vendors carry these types of bats because the margins are not big enough to include shipping.
Best $50 BBCOR Bat
As of this writing, the best BBCOR bat we found consistently priced under $50 was the Omaha from Louisville Slugger. Do not confuse this with the 2017 517 Omaha that we review elsewhere. This Omaha is a basic alloy bat with a good sized barrel and a remarkable price point. User reviews give it great ratings on durability (as should be expected) and performance when hit in the sweet spot.
Best $50 Big Barrel
If we were looking in the big barrel space for a new bat with a $50 budget, we would buy the 2014 Easton S200 on Amazon. The grip has a top shelf feel and will help compensate for the hand ringing most one piece aluminum bats generate. This particular model is a 2 5/8 Drop 8 with a big barrel. For $50, it isn’t a terrible option.
With that said, like we did in the BBCOR section, if you were able to give yourself a bit more time, eBay will give you the best bang for your buck. Our search would start like this. At the time of publishing, a 2014 Slugger Attack was being sold for $49. That was a $200 bat just 24 months ago. Well worth your $50 if that is your budget. Of course, we would suggest you also take a look at our best big barrel bats section.
Best $50 Youth Barrel Bat
At $50 in some sizes on this link, the S500 from Easton is a smart buy. Our one caution is hand ring on the very small sizes. The S500 is a drop 13, and at its very short lengths. The shortest size is a 27 inch and 14 ounce bat. Few things are more discouraging than pain every time you hit the ball. Remedy that by getting a larger and longer bat whose sheer girth will be able to punish the ball more than your hands.
We have a full review on the S500 from Easton that you might like to read before pulling the trigger. We also suggest you take a look at our best 2 1/4 bat lists and our best youth baseball bats section.
Best $50 Wood Bat
This may be the easiest decision on the list. A composite wood bat from Easton for under $50 might be the perfect winter work out BP bat. It is the MAKO Comp Youth Wood. The composite wood does not break easily. It is a heavier swing in the drop 5 range and has a small barrel and sweet spot for real technique driven hitting. Perfect for indoor work outs.
If you need a full wood bat, without any composite, then our search is much more difficult. Few serious wood bats come at less than $50. eBay is not always a great either as used wood bats are not durable.. But again, if you are patient, you can sometimes find a good deal with a search like this.
Finding Cheap Bats Strategy Recommendations
Finding a $50 bat in any category is a very difficult challenge. Throw in the reality that bats in this price range are very similar across brands. That is, we would guess they were literally the same bat made in the same factory before being branded differently. As such, differentiation across bats with that MSRP is a difficult task.
Despite such difficulties, there are some real bargain prices on unique bats that could possibly have the edge for any number of reasons. Most of the best bat deals under $50 come on closeout bats or eBay auctions that never got enough traffic. You can find some of these on our best bat deals page.