Best Baseball Nets – Tested & rated by pros

This page is an ongoing effort to test and review the best baseball nets for throwing and hitting practice. Click to expand the full review for each net.

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#1 – Best Hitting Net

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All-purpose, travel baseball practice net.  Hitting.  Throwing.  Pitching.

 #1 – Best hitting net for Baseball & Softball

For just abou any baseball or softball family, it really helps to have a good all-purpose, travel practice net for hitting or throwing into.   Today it’s become so that there are many similar hitting nets out there.  The 3 we trust to be good and not junk are the portable pop-up nets from:

  1. Tanner Tees 7×7 Pop-up Net (with carry case)
  2. Rukket 7×7 Pop Up Net (with or without heavy balls)
  3. Bownet Original Big Mouth net – 7×7

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 weighted baseball off a bat no problem, then it’s a given that it can handle throwing into it.
  • 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.
  • 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.  Unlike the Bownet, where you have to buy the strike zone separately, the Rukket net just comes with it.  Also the weighted baseballs are AWESOME (see next).
  • Weighted baseballs.  The weighted baseballs are an optional bundle that you can choose.  Personally, I like the weighted balls. They make for a great tee drill, where you have to figure out how to be really powerful in your lower half in order to keep proper form and hit the weighted ball with some force. It’s great for learning how to use your legs properly, as well as developing strength.

Cons

  • I can’t think of too many cons for this net.  The balls even stayed in the net and didn’t bounce out.
  • No bounce back feature (If you are looking for this, check out below).  If you are looking for a net that does bounce the ball back to you, this is not it.

Options.  You can choose the net with or without the weighted baseballs

#2 – Best Bounceback / pitchback / rebounder Net

All-purpose, travel baseball practice net.  Throwing and fielding
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 #2 – Best bounceback /pitchback net for baseball or softball

The bounceback net is one of absolute favorite ways to practice throwing and fielding a baseball at home.  You can get in many reps, and do many types of drills.  It’s the best friend of energetic kids (and busy parents).

The Winner in this category of “best rebounder for baseball” has evolved over the years.

Originally, I had declared the rebounder from Rukket as my favorite one.  But now, things have changed.

First let me say….

I’ve tried a LOT of different rebounders over the years…

❌ Some were good, but HUGE!  As I said, the FORMER winner was the Rukket rebounder.  And I still like it.  But it fit in this category.  It was SO BIG that it felt like it was always in the way.  And it wasn’t portable at all.  So finally I got fed up with it and gave it to a neighbor.

❌ Another really common problem is that the “all sport” rebounders have net holes too large, so the baseball didn’t bounce accurately.  They’re great for soccer, but not baseball.

❌ The most common of all problems is just poor quality materials. These rebounders would quickly got holes in the net, or worst of all, they just wouldn’t bounce well.

For all these reasons, I was thrilled when I finally found the perfectly sized, high quality 3×3 Pro Rebounder

how to do fielding drills without a partner

In fact, I was so thrilled, that we started selling it directly AND I created a whole series of follow-along fielding drills (videos) to go with it!
⚠️ The drills by themselves sell for $99 in the Academy at PBI, but you can actually get them for free when you buy the rebounder here 👉  Rebounder with Follow-Along fielding drill videos  Here’s a video with more info on these fielding drills that you can do at home:

#3 – Best Throwing Net

Review of the Pitcher's Pocket baseball throwing net

Throwing net for Pitchers. Infielders. Catchers

 #3 – Best Throwing Net – WINNER: Review of the Pitcher’s Pocket 9 Hole Net

NOT just for pitchers.

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

Adjustable height for chest level or strike zone target

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

Comparing the Pitcher’s Pocket to the Big Mouth is like comparing apples and oranges.  The Pitcher’s Pocket really isn’t a “travel sized” net(though it will fit in most cars).  It has features the Bownet doesn’t – like immediate feedback regarding throwing accuracy.  But it also isn’t as versatile as the Big Mouth, since you won’t use this practice net for hitting.

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.
  • Easy to assemble.  And by that, I mean really easy.  It comes fully assembled except you have to insert the legs.
  • Sturdy.  Stable enough to take high-velocity throwing.  Durable enough for commercial use.
  • Easy to store /Portable.
    1. Home –  This net is really perfect for at-home throwing practice.  It’s light enough for one person to easily move it around, and it’s easy to store since the height drops and the legs spin to lay flat with the net.
    2. Field – Easy for one person to move around, and useful for a variety of positions.  Catcher’s throwing to 2nd base.  Pitcher’s strike zone.  Or raise it up for infielders to work on accuracy throwing to first base.
    3. 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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

  • Minor annoyance – 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.
  • Not really a travel net – If you’re looking for a baseball practice net that will break down into a very small travel size, this isn’t it.  It will fit into most cars, but if your car is small, it’s going to take up you whole back seat.

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)

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Doug Bernier, founder of Pro Baseball Insider.com, debuted in the Major Leagues in 2008 with the Colorado Rockies, and has played professional baseball for 5 organizations (CO Rockies, NY Yankees, PIT Pirates, MN Twins, & TX Rangers) over the past 16 years. He has Major League time at every infield position, and has played every position on the field professionally except for catcher. (You should click to watch this great defensive play by Bernier) Where is he now? After 16 years of playing professionally, Doug retired and took a position as a Major League scout with the Colorado Rockies for 2 years. Currently Doug is the Data and Game Planning Coordinator with the Colorado Rockies

11 Comments

  1. Avatar für Tom Brian

    I have a GoSports hitting net. It features extra-strong netting so that it will maintain its brilliance even if you leave it in the sun all day. Additionally, the net structure is constructed from impact-resistant fiberglass and has rubberized edges.

  2. Avatar für Kane Holland

    Pitcher’s Pocket 9 Hole Net
    I bought it and practiced at home, it’s very easy to assemble, and it’s also light enough for 1 person to lift. I really like it

  3. Avatar für Ronal Owens

    no.1 setup is very easy. They bend very easily and then when you try to bend them back, they break. My son started practicing hitting and throwing at home and this hitting net has helped a lot

  4. Avatar für David Marvin
    David Marvin on

    The review for the Rukket sock net has a bunch of comments that appear to be misplaced. They describe things about the Bownet and not the Rukket. For example, under the Rukket review… 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.

  5. Avatar für Brett

    Doug,

    When i was looking at the Bownet 7×7 i came across this net: Rukket The Original Sock It! Baseball & Softball 7 x 7 Practice Net with bow frame. It looks to be the same net but at half the cost. Not sure if you came across this one in your research.

  6. Avatar für Bill G

    I personally despise any of the “pop-up” style nets/screens. There is a learning curve to folding them back to their storage format, and the steel apparatus inside can be damaged if not done correctly. If my kids can’t fold them up unassisted, then they aren’t worth the hassle. They seem to sacrifice surface area as well because every thing has to be rounded. We have one at home that rarely ever gets folded up because it’s such a wrestling match to do it. We just take the support poles out and hang it on the wall.

    Our entire organization uses Bownets, as they can quickly and easily be put up and taken down by the players, parts can be replaced as needed, and there’s just less stress with them. We have a Bownet at home as well, and my 10 & 12 year old can easily put it up and put it away by themselves. That’s a big deal to me as a father and a coach, because they can get themselves set and get reps, and it is one less thing for me to do, lol.

    We had the Jugs soft toss big blue pop up thing last season, and there is no way we’d let the kids try to wrestle that thing back into its bag. It was a hassle even if you knew how to do it, and we just didn’t feel like fooling with it many times. Sorry Jugs, I think you guys are great, but that thing is kind of nuts. (Your new tee is awesome though!)

  7. Avatar für Mark V.

    Sarah and Doug,

    I have used the big mouth Bownet for years and have found it to be reliable and sturdy. It is also very easy to set up and take down so much that my 11 year old can do it quickly.
    I also have an L screen Bownet that is very useful. In my experience Bownet is a product that people can spend $$ on and feel good about it. They last a long time.

  8. Avatar für Scott Bilben
    Scott Bilben on

    Doug, I’ve found the Jugs S0300 travel screen to be far more durable and useful than many on the list. I can set it up alone in about a minute. It’s 6’6″x6’6″ with a full frame, that does not dip down like the bow style nets. I find that to be a little better for catching bad soft toss hits. The netting itself is high quality and it has a full size catch opening. Ive used it for tee work, soft toss, pitching, as a pitching screen, and as a backstop. The only weakness it has IMO are the lightweight tent pegs, which I swapped out.

    • Avatar für Sarah Bernier

      Scott,

      That is very helpful, thanks for passing that along. We’ll have to add that to the list. Maybe Doug can try it out and make a video this off season. Sounds like the durability is pretty good? Is it quick to take down?

      Thanks again!

      • Avatar für Scott

        I’ve had it for one season and have not rips or tears in the netting or to the fabric. The Shock pole and the base are well built and should last for many years. The Carry Bag that it comes in is decent too. It takes down as quickly as it goes up and should take no more than a minute or two for one person to do. Very simple.

        • Avatar für Frank

          I have had the Jugs Travel Screen for two years, love it !! You can get it on sale at Epic Sports for $102, I paid $149, great investment.

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