Best Baseball Practice Nets – Testing & Reviews

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#1 – Bownet Big Mouth

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hitting, throwing, pitching7×7, 8×8$$ Best baseball net reviews, bownet big mouth net review

 #1 – Review of the Bownet Big Mouth

All-purpose, travel baseball practice net.  Hitting.  Throwing.  Pitching. The 7×7 Big Mouth by Bownet is currently our #1 rated all-purpose, travel practice net.   A close 2nd would be the Sklz Quickster (see below), but the Bownet has it beat for ease of assembling and disassembling.

Price

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Bow net Strike Zone Addon

Pros

  • Team or individual Use.  Ideal for travel teams or at-home practice.  You probably won’t see this net used at baseball schools unless they need a portable net.
  • Stability.  During our test, I did NOT utilize the ground steaks that come with the net, and still it didn’t budge when I hit into it off a batting tee.  If it can handle the higher force of a baseball off a bat no problem, then it’s a given that it can handle throwing into it.  It also dealt with some pretty strong wind with no problem, i.e. no falling over.
  • Travel-sized.  When you break down the Bownet big mouth, it fits into a fairly slim travel bag (4′ long) with a shoulder strap – easy to carry (15 lbs) and easy to fit in a car.
  • Safety.  The large size helps reduce the chance of missing the net.  And the “Big Mouth” pocket is meant to reduce bounce-back.  I found the sock net didn’t always catch the baseball, but in our experience it did reduce bounce-back so I didn’t get hit by baseballs bouncing back after being smashed into the net.
  • Versatile.  Unlike my other favorite net, the 9 hole Pitchers Pocket (see review and video below), the Bownet Big Mouth can be used for both hitting and throwing practice.  Soft toss, hitting off a batting tee, throwing practice for infielders/outfielders/catchers, pitchers…  Pretty much any baseball or softball practice can be done with this baseball practice net.
Best baseball practice nets - Bow net baseball accessories Zone counter

Bownet Zone Counter

  • Easy to assemble.  Of all the true travel nets (I’m not counting the Pitcher’s Pocket), the Bownet Big Mouth was the easiest and fastest to setup (90 seconds) and take down (60 seconds).   The next fastest was the Sklz Quickster, which clocked in at a 2 minute setup time.  So not a huge difference, but the Bow net baseball was simpler/less confusing and just easier, with fewer parts to break and cause trouble.
  • Accessories.  You can buy 2 accessories separately (1) Strike zone target ($16.95) and (2) the Zone counter ($39.99).   Both accessories fit the 7×7 and also the 8×8 size nets, and are height-adjustable.  Feedback for the Zone counter has been mixed.   Some people liked it, and others said it was cheaply made and broke quickly.   It’s certainly no match for my other favorite net, the Pitcher’s Pocket (see review below) for immediate feedback on throwing accuracy.

Cons

  • I can’t think of too many cons for this net.  Maybe if you are a stickler for balls collecting in the sock net, then you might get frustrated.  Otherwise, it seems like the best option out there in this category of all-purpose, travel nets.
  • No bounce back feature (If you are looking for this, check out the SKLZ combo below).  If you are looking for a net that does bounce the ball back to you, this is not it.

Options.  There is also a more heavy-duty, 8×8 version of this net called the The Diamond PRO SERIES Bownet Big Mouth Sock Net for $199.99.  It weighs about 5 more lbs, and has pro grade heavy-duty netting, a thicker frame, and a more rugged carry bag.

#2 – Pitcher’s Pocket

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throwing, pitching, catchers9, 12 or 16 holes$$$ Review of the Pitcher's Pocket baseball throwing net

 #2 – Review of the Pitcher’s Pocket 9 Hole Net

NOT just for pitchers.

Best baseball throwing net reviews - Better baseball pitcher's pocket 9 hole

Adjustable height for chest level or strike zone target

The Pitcher’s Pocket 9 hole by Better Baseball was the first baseball practice net I tested, and I really like it.

Pros

  • Team or individual Use.  The Pitcher’s Pocket is the throwing net of choice for some very elite baseball schools I have worked with.  It is also ideal for individuals practicing at home.  So, it’s durable enough to hold up to team use, but it’s not sized or priced out of range for individual use.
  • Sturdy.  Portable.  It was easy to move around, and at the same time very stable and durable.   That combination is hard to come by.  Best baseball throwing nets reviewed, portable and sturdy, easy storageMost portable nets are very flimsy, and most seriously sturdy baseball nets won’t fit in your car.  The net fit in the back seat of my car, which is a sedan, but not the trunk.  I’m sure it would fit in an average SUV no problem.  So, by portable, I don’t mean “travel sized.”  It’s not going to fit in your backpack or anything like that.  But since the height drops and the legs spin flat with the net, it’s much easier to store or transport from place to place.  It’s also light enough for one person to easily move it around.
  • (see the video below if you want to see how it in action)
  • Unique throwing target.  The 9 pockets (12 or 16 pockets also available) are helpful for evaluating throwing accuracy.  The feedback is immediate and concrete.  The ball is where it is.  No debating or disagreeing – except maybe for the occasional ball that hits a bungee cord instead and pops out. The net raises up to the height of a normal person, or lowers to simulate a strike zone.  This means it can work for pitching drills, as well as catching, infield and outfield drills.For coaches thinking outside the box, the net could be use for competitive games during team practice.  (If you have thought of a good game to utilize the pockets in this baseball throwing net, please let us know!  We’ll send you a book of drills or a T-shirt or something.)
  • Easy to assemble.  And by that, I mean really easy.  It comes fully assembled except you have to insert the legs.
  • Options.  This throwing net comes in quite a few different colors.  It’s also available in 9, 12, or 16 holes.  The 9 hole is 3′ 6″ Tall x 2′ 8″ Wide and the 16 hole is 4’5″ Tall by 4′ Wide.

Cons

  • I wasn’t a fan of the thumbscrews that are used to raise and lower the net, just because they can slip if not tightened enough.   But they do get the job done, so it’s not really a big deal.  Just make sure they’re tightened enough.  The good part is it only takes a little turn to loosen the screws and the net will raise or lower easily, or the legs can be turned to lay flat with the net for storage.

Options.  This throwing net comes in quite a few different colors.  It’s also available in 9, 12, or 16 holes.  The 9 hole is 3′ 6″ Tall x 2′ 8″ Wide and the 16 hole is 4’5″ Tall by 4′ Wide.

(Check out the video above to see the net in action)

Pricing

The table below helps you compare pricing at a glance. We shopped around to see which of our affiliates offers the best price on the net (after cost of shipping). The clear winner was Hitting World.

Pricing Comparison
Hitting WorldAmazonBetter Baseball
9 holes  (click here to get it) $235.00 $249.95 $234.95
shipping$45.00 $59.95 $94.36
total cost  $280.00 $309.90 $329.31
12 holes (click here to get it)$250.00 $300.00 $279.95
shipping $45.00 $59.95 $95.00
total cost $295.00 $359.95 $374.95
16 holes (click here to get it) n/a $325.00 $324.95
shipping $59.95 $95.26
total cost $384.95 $420.21

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#3 – SKLZ Quickster

PBI RatedUsed forSize optionsPrice
hitting, throwing, pitching5×5, 7×7$$ SKLZ Quickster Net Review

 #3 – Review of the SKLZ Quickster

All-purpose, travel baseball practice net.  Hitting.  Throwing.  Pitching. This was a good net at a really good price.  The setup wasn’t quite as smooth and to took a tad bit longer to set up than the Bownet (about 30 seconds longer), but durability and stability were similar.

This is the classic travel net from SKLZ, and has been around for some time with generally very good feedback (the same can’t be said of other SKLZ nets, like the Quickster Rep net, which we do NOT recommend at this time).

Price:

Pro

  • Team or individual Use.  Ideal for travel teams or at-home practice.  You probably won’t see this net used at commercial baseball facilities unless they need a portable net.
  • Accessories.  One thing this net has over the Bownet (besides price) is that it COMES WITH the removable target/strike zone accessory.
  • Stability.  Similar results to the Bownet for stability.  This practice net comes with anchors that you can drive into the ground, but I didn’t use them and still, the net was perfectly ok.  It didn’t budge when I hit into it off a batting tee.  If it can handle the higher force of a baseball off a bat no problem, then it’s a given that it can handle throwing into it.  It also dealt with some pretty strong wind with no problem, i.e. no falling over.
  • Travel-sized.  When you break down the SKLZ Quickster, it fits into a fairly slim travel bag with a shoulder strap – easy to carry (15 lbs) and easy to fit in a car.
  • Safety.  The large size of the 7×7 helps reduce the chance of missing the net, and bounce-back wasn’t a problem.
  • Versatile.  Can be used for both hitting and pitching/throwing practice.  Soft toss, hitting off a batting tee, throwing practice for infielders/outfielders/catchers, pitchers…  Pretty much any baseball or softball practice can be done with this baseball practice net.
  • Easy to assemble.  Of all the true travel nets (I’m not counting the Pitcher’s Pocket, which was the easiest to set-up or break down for storage, but also isn’t really a travel net), the SKLZ Quickster was beat only by the Bownet Big Mouth.  It took about a minute longer to set up the Quickster (2 minutes total), but you may be ok with that if you don’t want to spend the extra $30 on the Bownet.
  • Durability – Some people say this net lasts forever, and there are other reports of it breaking within the first couple uses (if so, make use of the manufacturer’s 90 day warantee).  We suspect the Bownet is slightly more durable, but that this net will give you a year or two of very heavy use before it to wear and tear (can’t guarantee that of couse).

Cons

  • Not as easy and fast to set up as the Bownet, but I’d call it a close 2nd place.
  • No bounce back feature (If you are looking for this, check out the SKLZ combo below).  If you are looking for a net that does bounce the ball back to you, this is not it.

SKLZ Quickster product review – Summary.  As I said earlier, the SKLZ Quickster practice net is not quite as easy and fast to set up as the Bownet, but it’s equally good in most other categories, and has it beat for price and accessories included.  It’s a great travel net that can be used at home or on the road for hitting, pitching, and throwing practice.

We found a good price here:

SKLZ QUICKSTER 7×7 Portable Multi Sport Net – $116.99
Retail Price: $131.98
You Save: $14.99
from: BaseballRampage.com (always free return shipping)

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#4 – SKLZ Combo

PBI RatedUsed forSize optionsPrice
hitting, throwing, pitching +7×7, 8×8$$ QUICKSTER 7X7 BASEBALL COMBO SYSTEM Net review

 #4 – SKLZ Quickster Baseball Combo

All-purpose, travel baseball practice net.  Hitting.  Throwing.  Pitching.  Includes bounce-back net. So this baseball practice system actually comes with two nets, one is the regular and the other is a bounce-back.  It also includes the strike zone target accessory.

Price

Pro

  • Team or individual Use.  Ideal for travel teams or at-home practice.  You probably won’t see this net used at baseball schools unless they need a portable net.
  • Stability.  During our test, I did NOT utilize the ground steaks that come with the net, and still it didn’t budge when I hit into it off a batting tee.  If it can handle the higher force of a baseball off a bat no problem, then it’s a given that it can handle throwing into it.  It also dealt with some pretty strong wind with no problem, i.e. no falling over.
  • Travel-sized.  When you break down the Bownet big mouth, it fits into a fairly slim travel bag (4′ long) with a shoulder strap – easy to carry (15 lbs) and easy to fit in a car.
  • Safety.  The large size helps reduce the chance of missing the net.  And the “Big Mouth” pocket is meant to reduce bounce-back.  I found the sock net didn’t always catch the baseball, but in our experience it did reduce bounce-back so I didn’t get hit by baseballs bouncing back after being smashed into the net.
  • Versatile.  Unlike my other favorite net, the 9 hole Pitchers Pocket (see review and video above), the Bownet Big Mouth can be used for both hitting and throwing practice.  Soft toss, hitting off a batting tee, throwing practice for infielders/outfielders/catchers, pitchers…  Pretty much any baseball or softball practice can be done with this baseball practice net.
  • Bounce-back net included.  Please note, the bounce back feature is NOT for fielding ground balls.  It’s only meant to return the baseball to the thrower.  If you only had a few baseballs and didn’t want to have to walk to the net and collect them after every 5 throws, then I can see how this feature would be appealing.  However, if you are working with a bucket of baseballs, it’s probably more of a hassle and not worth the extra $ or the extra time it will cost to set up this net over the other nets we like better.
  • Accessories.  You can buy 2 accessories separately (1) the Zone counter ($39.99) and the (2) Strike zone

Cons

  • Assembly – This net definitely lost points for assembly.  It uses a guide wire to show how the pieces go together, but the wire more-often-than-not just gets in the way and keeps the pieces from clicking into place properly.  Over all, it was more frustrating to assemble than the regular SKLZ Quickster, Bownet, or Pitcher’s Pocket.
  • Price – I personally did not think the bounce-back feature was worth the extra $30 or more difficult assembly.  As I explained above, it be worth it if you only had a few baseballs and didn’t want to stop to collect them after every few throws.

By far, the best price we found on this net was from Amazon ($119, compared to MSRP $149) here: Buy from Amazon, with free shipping

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