We have written over 35 best bat articles on this site. Categorized by things like size, league, sport and age, our reviews attempt to put the best bat in your hands. We test every bat we review and pride ourselves on fair analysis as an independent group of parents and players who want nothing more than to spend our money wisely. Consider these our notes.
Best Baseball Bats
We have dedicated the last 5 years of our lives swinging, evaluating and testing every baseball bat on the planet. In some sense, this article on the Best Basebll Bats is the culmination of that work.
Although still a work in progress, we have hit with 15 different 2018 Performance USABats among several different hitters. These are our results for exit speeds, barrel sizes and overall value in the Youth Baseball Space.
Best BBCOR Bats
There is very little difference between top end performance BBCOR bats. But, after measuring exit speeds, barrel sizes as well as hitting with every 2018 BBCOR bat we determine the best of the best.
How We Rate Bats
We take pride in giving real reviews by real players and parents. This is not some regurgitation of amazon rankings. Our rankings come after several sessions hitting, measuring and using the bat. This might include cage and tee work but often includes game work too. We also do some barrel size measuring as well as exit speed testing. That information all combines to deliver real results by real players and parents.
Best Youth Baseball Bats
We've kept track of the best performing bats in the youth space since 2014. Here, we list all the great Little League baseball bats we have tested. The list is independent of year and intends to cover all youth baseball leagues.
Best Big Barrel USSSA Bats
The race for the hottest big barrel bat is a fun one to measure. We take every performance USSSA big barrel on the market in the lab, in the cage and to th ball field to get real feedback. Here are our most recent results for the best USSSA Big barrel bats.
Best Wood Bats
Wood bats are difficult to differentiate between. After all, trees are trees and there isn't much manufacturers can do about that. But, there ar enough differences to determine the companies that will make the best wood bats.
Best Wiffle Ball Bats
What bat review site would be complete without a best Wiffle Ball bat review? So, naturally, we spent way to much time writing, practicing, and demonstrating the top rated Wiffle Ball bats.
Best Fastpitch Bat
The perfect fastpitch bat is a dose of hard work, a touch of science and a whole lot of hard work. We have swung them all and give our best Fastpitch Bat advice here.
Best Slow Pitch Bats
Big time slow pitch bat people often only care about the distance of the long ball. We take that into consideration here as well as the fact that many folks might like to play slow pitch and also not be a Yeti.
Are We Right?
Our recommendations intend to be hitter dependent. That is, although we do claim what bats are best, we are careful to point out that the right bat is still much more an art than a science. In fact, if we had all the perfect bat performance data we still think our best bats lists would yet to be perfect. The best bat is found in the box. That said, we think our recommendations offer, at a minimum, a very legitimate option in the space you are looking.
Best USSSA Slow Pitch Bats
Aside from possibly BBCOR, no other bat category is as competitive then the USSSA Slowpitch Softball space. A ton of good bats and we take a look at all of them.
Best ASA Slowpitch Bats
A great ASA bat is a thing of beauty and we've had a chance to him all of them. Here lies our favorite ASA slowpitch bats and we are confident you will find at least one to your liking.
Best Fungo Bats
The Best Fungo bats are the market, at least to date, have been a relatively easy find. Sadly, they are not nearly as inexpensive as we hope---but part of that is because they are amazing.
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How We Choose the Best Bats
As the leading independent voice on bat industry news and reviews, we pride ourselves on delivering real content from actual hitters and parents. In the last 12 months, we have spent no less than 2,000 hours hitting, playing, reviewing, reading and writing about bats of all types. Add to that a never ending stream of conversations on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook discussing the articles we decide to publish. We are not simply spinning product detail bullet points and calling it a review. Hoping, then, that Google ranks us well for “unique” content. Instead, the pages on this site chronicle real hitters, real parents, real coaches and real advice. It is, we believe, one of the major reasons this site is as popular as it is.
From that never ending stream of unique information it is only natural that lists of best bats begin to form. Certain brands and models have more social buzz. And, as the season goes on, the buzz begins to wax or wane. But keeping our independent finger on the pulse of the market does not mean we come without bias. In fact, we admit often our advice can be wrong. Everyone has their biases even, like us, if you don’t work for a given manufacturer or vendor.
By trade we are baseball and fastpitch players, not bloggers and search engine optimizers. We are parents of kids who play at the top level of their age group and of girls who struggle to hit the ball at all. We are fans of the game at every level of the sport. When it stops raining there is rarely a night of the week we are not at the fields. Our yards look long and weedy. And terrible. That’s because we are not home. And, you find yourself reading this far into this post, then you would know exactly what we mean.