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Best Pickleball Paddles In 2023: Newest Paddle Releases And Reviews

Only a few really caught our attention

pro player Ben Johns hitting a pickleball in a game

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Are you looking to upgrade your equipment or try something new? You’re in luck because the latest list of new pickleball paddles to hit the market in the past year is now available. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced player, the following list features some of the best pickleball paddles in 2023.

This marks the seventh year that the list has been published, and it is frequently updated with new paddles released by major pickleball paddle brands. Manufacturers are continuously improving the materials used for both the internal paddle core and hitting surface, resulting in paddles that are lighter, more durable, and offer better performance than ever before.

While this is excellent news for pickleball enthusiasts, the sheer number of options on the market can make it challenging to choose the right paddle. With so many factors to consider, such as personal preference, weight, grip size, playing style, budget, and skill level, it’s important to do your research before making a purchase. Luckily, the list provides players with a shorter list of paddles to consider and a helpful guide to ensure you choose the best paddle for your needs. If you’re new to pickleball or haven’t bought a paddle in a while, check out our detailed pickleball paddle buyers guide before purchasing your next paddle.

maverix pickleball paddle
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Maverix Havik 16

Paddle Weight8.1-8.3 oz
Paddle Face MaterialToray T-700S Raw Carbon Fiber
Paddle Core MaterialTetra-Core Polypropylene
Paddle ShapeHybrid – Thermoformed
Paddle Length16.5”
Paddle Width7.5”
Grip Size4.25”
Handle Length5.31”

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  • Great blend of power and control 
  • Advantageous for counters and firefights
  • Elongated allowing for optimal reach
  • Thermoformed unibody design


  • May require a bit of getting used to if coming from a more control oriented paddle 
  • Thermoformed paddles typically have more pop on impact which can be difficult for beginner players

Maverix is newer company based out of Southern California. While they only released their Maverix Havik – 16 Power this year, the company itself has been in the works for quite some time. I was able to speak with the owner of the company who stated that countless hours of research have gone into this paddle and after a little over a month of use, it is clear that this company is the real deal! The Maverix Power is a thermoformed paddle with Polyflex™ foam injected into the edge wall. Not as poppy as some of the thermoformed paddles I’ve tested in the past but still enough pop to feel comfortable in a firefight while still maintaining your control when a soft game is required. 

I would recommend the Maverix Havik – 16 Power to the intermediate to advanced level player ready to transition to a more powerful paddle with minimal sacrifice in control. The Maverix Power is an incredibly well balanced paddle with high spin potential. One of the most well rounded paddles I’ve used to date. This paddle is well suited for both doubles and singles.

Read our in-depth Maverix Havik review.

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Selkirk Project 006

Paddle Weight8.3-8.7oz
Paddle Face MaterialCarbon Fiber
Paddle Core Material16mm Polypropylene
Paddle Shapenew Tour shape
Paddle Length16”
Paddle Width 7.5”
Grip Thickness4.25”
Handle Length5.75”

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  • Aerodynamic for rapid play
  • Elongated handle for tennis converts
  • Superior spin-generation
  • Versatile for various play styles
  • Balance of control and power
  • Durable materials


  • High price tag

The Selkirk Labs Project 006 paddle is a premium, high-performance piece of equipment aimed at seasoned pickleball players. It is designed with an aerodynamic shape and an elongated handle that caters to rapid play and tennis converts respectively, constructed from durable carbon fiber and polypropylene. This paddle, weighing between 8.3-8.7 oz, stands out for its superior spin-generation capabilities, making it a boon for those who wish to inject more spin into their gameplay. Despite not being the most powerful model, its versatility allows it to adapt to various playing styles and situations, from aggressive shots and defensive plays to precise third shot drops. Even though it comes with a price tag of $333, this paddle delivers value for the cost by providing a competitive edge in gameplay.

Read our in-depth Project 006 review.

the Joola Perseus
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Joola Perseus 14mm

Paddle Weight7.8 oz
Paddle Face MaterialCharged Carbon Surface Technology
Paddle Core MaterialHoneycomb Polypropylene Core
Paddle ShapeElongated
Paddle Length16 1/2″
Paddle Width7 1/2”
Grip Size4.125”
Handle Length5 1/2”

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  • Well-suited for advanced players
  • Elongated design for reaching difficult shots
  • Enhanced handle durability and improved swing weight from previous models
  • Good maneuverability and power (in the 14mm)
  • Durability in even high temperatures (I live in Florida)


  • Not suitable for beginners who rely on a large sweet spot
  • Inconsistent surface texture and average spin performance
  • Reduced soft game performance because of smaller sweet spot
  • Requires precise and focused shots, may need adjustment period
  • Price could offer better features for the cost

The Perseus paddle has received some criticism from the community, and I’m glad to see that people are holding paddle companies accountable. It’s quite disheartening that someone would charge $250 for a paddle used in a game called “pickleball”, not that pickleball isn’t a series game, but I think there are only extremely small advantages after the $200 mark. However, I must admit that when it comes to maneuverability and speed, the Perseus paddle is really fun to use. Personally, I found using the Perseus to be a breath of fresh air, although it may not deserve to be on the podium. I found it easy to change directions with the 14mm Perseus paddle and catch people off guard cause I can move a lot quicker with it. I particularly appreciate its ease in executing flick shots. This is especially convenient for someone like me who prefers not to bend down and swing but instead rely on a quick arm flick.

Read our in-depth Joola Perseus 14mm review.

slk paddle
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SLK Halo Power XL

Paddle Weight 7.5- 8.0 oz
Paddle Face MaterialT700 Raw Carbon Fiber
Paddle Core MaterialRev-Core Power Polymer Core
Paddle ShapeElongated
Paddle Length16 2/5”
Paddle Width7 2/5”
Grip Thickness4″
Handle Length5 3/4”

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  • Good combination of power and control
  • Great touch
  • Advantageous for counters and firefights
  • Long handle for two-handed backhands


  • Spin potential is good, not great
  • Slightly smaller sweet spot compared to the Halo Power Max

Selkirk’s SLK Halo line of paddles is their first Raw Carbon series and has been a hit in the pickleball industry. This paddle almost always sells out within in days of being restocked. We wanted to see what all the hype was about and why some of today’s top pros are using it. After a few months of demoing this paddle, it is obvious that Selkirk is on to something!

The Halo Power XL is one of four versions that Selkirk released. This line also includes the Halo Power Max, Control Max, and Control XL. The Power series is their 13mm version and the Control series is their 16mm. The XL is Selkirk’s elongated shape with a narrower face yet overall longer paddle while the Max is their wider face with a slightly bigger sweet spot.

This is an exceptionally well built and good looking paddle at a reasonable price point for today’s standards. The T700 Raw Carbon face allows the Halo Power XL to have optimal spin potential and control. Its 13mm design allows for the pop and power required at the higher level.

After about four months of use, this paddle has proven itself to be a force to be reckoned with. The quality is second to none and its durability stands up against even the hardest hitter. I have seen minimal signs of wear and almost no change in the Halo Power’s feel or spin. Overall this paddle is a great fit for the player desiring a bit more power without the sacrifice of control. I would recommend the Halo series of paddles for all skill levels and would definitely keep the Power XL in my bag.

Read our in-depth Halo Power XL review.

The Electrum Model E 16mm paddle shown on a table
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Electrum Model E

Paddle Weight8.0 – 8.5 oz
Paddle Face MaterialSuper-Gritty RAW Carbon Fiber
Paddle Core MaterialPolypropylene Honeycomb
Paddle ShapeElongated
Paddle Length16 1/2″
Paddle Width7 3/8″
Grip Thickness4 1/2″
Handle Length5 1/4″

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  • Good power from the baseline 
  • Ideal for a control focused player 
  • High spin capacity 


  • Lacks power from the Non Volley Zone 
  • Grip length is shorter, making two handed backhands more challenging 

The Electrum Model E, the paddle of choice for the #1 Mens Doubles Player in the world, Collin  Johns. A paddle built for the defensive player that emphasizes control over power. Electrum has only ever made three Pickleball paddle models, but as the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix  it.” This paddle is a beauty and consists of that Raw T700 Carbon Fiber that is built to last. 

With it’s simplistic look and sturdy feel, the paddle immediately gives you confidence in its quality. It shows that Electrum did not feel the need to attract their buyers with large colorful logos or fancy designs, they let the paddle speak for itself. With a fairly large sweet spot and being very forgiving on mishits, this paddle is suited for the player focused on consistency and  lessening unforced errors. Great for both beginners and advanced players.  

As a control focused paddle, you will not get the power and pop you may be used to, however, you will find this paddle to out perform most in the drop, dink, and reset department! Being a bit head heavy, the power at the baseline was great yet lacked at the non volley zone. After a few months of use, this paddle has proven to be extremely durable. Minimal signs of wear and no change in feel or spin. Overall this paddle is ideal for players who are focusing on their consistency both at the net and at the baseline. If you want power and pop to handle fast  firefights at the kitchen, I would recommend the Electrum Model E 13mm. Less thickness  equates to more power, however you may sacrifice a bit of control. Consistency is key in Pickleball and if you want to be a beast at the kitchen line, this one is probably up your alley.

Read our in-depth Electrum Model E review.

the volair paddle
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Volair Mach 1

Paddle Weight7.8 – 8.1 oz
Paddle Face MaterialRaw T700 Carbon Fiber
Paddle Core MaterialPolypropylene Honeycomb
Paddle ShapeElongated
Paddle Length16 1/2”
Paddle Width7 1/2”
Grip Thickness4 3/10″
Handle Length5 1/2″

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  • Excellent blend of balance/power/control
  • Great price point $160 for a pro level paddle
  • Great overall feel and grip


  • Edge guard is beginning to lift off the face after just one month

“ANDIAMO!” That’s the patented catchphrase of pickleball pro Julian Arnold, one of the co-founders of Volair. When you hear it, you know he’s just pulled off a jaw-dropping shot worthy of a highlight reel. Volair proudly declares its mission to create the crème de la crème of pickleball gear. But with so many paddles on the market, what sets this one apart?

As I continued to put this paddle through its paces, a nagging thought kept popping up: “Why does this feel so familiar?” Yet, I couldn’t deny that I enjoyed it right off the bat. It had a bit more pop and power than other 16mm raw carbon paddles I’ve tinkered with. And then it hit me—this felt uncannily similar to the Ben Johns Joola Hyperion. I couldn’t resist the urge to compare, so I grabbed my buddy’s Hyperion and examined them side by side. Hmm, the shape seemed identical, the grip was pretty darn similar, and the overall feel had barely any noticeable differences. Could this be a more affordable alternative to Joola’s renowned paddle?

After just a few games, it became crystal clear that the Volair Mach 1 was my kind of paddle. As a 4.5-5.0 player, it provided me with the perfect balance of control and touch without compromising too much on power. Whether it was singles or doubles, this versatile paddle had me covered—a true “one paddle does it all” gem. From beginners to seasoned pros, this paddle catered to players of all levels.

The Volair Mach 1 leans more towards the control side than being an outright power paddle. And let me tell you, for many of us out there, control reigns supreme, especially in doubles. I noticed this particularly on my serves, which turned out to be some of the best I’ve ever had. And let’s just say, my opponents struggled mightily to return them.

Speaking of durability, the T700 Carbon Fiber face on this paddle proved its mettle. I occasionally play at a local park where sand from the nearby playground can find its way onto the court and the ball. This mischief has left scratches and chipped paint on some of my other paddles. But with the Volair Mach 1, a simple wipe was all it took to restore its face to its pristine glory.

So, who would I recommend this paddle to? Well, if you crave a paddle that provides stellar control for your blocks, resets, and drops, while also delivering that extra spin for your drives, then this is the one for you. However, if you’re all about swinging with brute force and unleashing maximum power, you might lean more towards a paddle that’s explicitly focused on “power.” The choice is yours, my friend.

Read our in-depth Volair paddle review.

the joola vision pickleball paddle
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Joola Vision

Paddle Weight7.8 oz
Paddle Face MaterialCarbon Grip Surface
Paddle Core MaterialResponse Honeycomb Polymer
Paddle ShapeElongated
Paddle Length16 2/5”
Paddle Width7 3/10”
Grip ThicknessStandard – 4.25″
Handle LengthLong – 5 1/2″
Core Thickness16 mm

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  • Beginner/Advanced friendly
  • Accurate
  • High spin capacity
  • Comfortable grip
  • Enough power


  • Slight power compromise

A lot of paddles that I have come across use grips that are too thin and short for my larger-than-normal hands, causing part of my hand to slip off the grip. However, I was thrilled when I discovered the Vision paddle because the grip felt perfect to me. As I examined the paddle further, I quickly realized that its carbon paddle face was similar to the one on the Electrum Pro paddle I had reviewed a few weeks ago, which landed on our best paddles for spin page. Honestly, so could the Vision, but it was so good at everything else too that we had no choice but to place it on this list.

To me, what stands out the most is that the Vision has a longer than usual dwell time, meaning the ball sits on the paddle surface for a longer period of time when you swing, giving you more control and accuracy. This allows beginners to learn faster because you are more comfortable with your shots and placement is more predictable. However, this is also useful for advanced players because you can get away with fancy and high-powered shots.

There many reasons you see a lot of pro players using this paddle line. For the Vision, I think it is the culmination of the foam injected handle (which reduces vibration and increases feedback), the standard 16mm thickness with an expanded hitting area, and the carbon grip surface that makes this paddle a home-run. Ben Johns has a background in engineering and is consistently a top 5 pickleball player in the world, hence why Joola ( a well known brand in the world of Ping Pong) targeted a partnership with him. Because of the insider knowledge that Johns has and the resources and support that Joola can bring to the table as a mega brand, this team is able to create paddles that are not only functional and aesthetically pleasing, but paddles that stand-out in a market that is already becoming saturated. The Vision is now my daily driver and I can confidently recommend this paddle to any player type because it is so versatile.

Read our in-depth Joola Vision review.

the Selkirk power air pickleball paddle
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Selkirk Invikta Power Air

Paddle Weight7.8 – 8.2 oz
Paddle Face MaterialQuadFlex 4 Layer Hybrid Face
Paddle Core MaterialSuperCore Polymer Honeycomb Core
Paddle ShapeElongated
Paddle Length16 1/2”
Paddle Width7 3/8″
Grip SizeStandard – 4 1/4″
Handle Length5 1/4”

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  • Great Power
  • Ideal for the avid tennis player transitioning to pickleball
  • High spin capacity
  • Selkirk’s Lifetime Warranty


  • Smaller sweet-spot
  • High power & pop leads to less control
  • Thin core
  • Dinking and drops require more practice to avoid pop ups

If you don’t know Selkirk, you will soon enough! As one of the leading pickleball companies in the Nation, Selkirk really does seem to be becoming the face of this sport. With the support of top pros such as Tyson Mcguffin, “the most electrifying man in sports”, Selkirk seems to be rising to the top quickly. BUT is this just good advertising or is this company the real deal?

I have to admit, the paddles from this brand are stunning, and among them, the Invikta Power Air stands out as the most attractive one. Its design is sleek and modern, and the unusual hole at the bottom adds a touch of playfulness that’s hard to resist. However, it’s worth noting that this paddle is not ideal for beginners. It’s better suited for experienced players who come from other racket sports or are at a high level in pickleball (4.0+). Nevertheless, if you’re a 3.5 player and willing to put in the effort to master it, you can still use it effectively.

As a “power paddle” this thing is a beast for singles! I have played against very high level singles players who were using this paddle and the amount of pace and spin they were able to generate from the baseline was unlike anything I had seen in previous paddles. However, it’s not perfect – this paddle’s weakness lies in the soft game of doubles, especially at the kitchen. Resets can be challenging due to its poppy feel, and dinking takes some getting used to, but it’s certainly achievable with some reps and drilling. Surprisingly, counter attacks are a breeze with this paddle, as long as you keep your backswing in check.

While the paint may start to chip off pretty quickly, the paddle itself is built to last. After using it consistently for over a month, I didn’t notice any change in its spin or power – it held up like a champ. That being said, this paddle is perfect for players who are transitioning from other racket sports or those who enjoy singles and like to hit hard drives. I would keep this in my bag for singles play but, in my opinion, I would not use this in my doubles game. As someone who came from tennis, I know how to generate my own power and would prefer a much softer and less “poppy” feel.

Read our in-depth Selkirk Invikta Power Air review.

If you have any paddles in particular that you want us to review, please let us know in the comments below. We will be adding new reviews to the list in the coming weeks so stay tuned.

Also you can check out Pickleball Central for the latest releases. You can even find paddles that are going to be released in the near future.

3 thoughts on “Best Pickleball Paddles In 2023: Newest Paddle Releases And Reviews”

  1. Someone told me that the newest paddles have a padding to diminish noise. Which would be examples of this paddle. IS anything sacrificed here. (I am a senior female, intermediate.)
    Also, I was told there are new kinds of balls, especially for indoors. True? What are they?

    • Hi Susan,
      There are ““Green Zone Paddles” (Quiet) on the market (see that link for our article covering which paddles are less noisy. For pickleball balls there are indoor and outdoor. Some people use foam practice balls if they are in an area that prohibits noise but really those don’t bounce the same so not practical to play with all the time. The link above goes over the balls available but as of 2019 I have not see a ball specifically designed to be less noisy. I hope that helps.-Matt

  2. In time I think the natural evolution curve the sport is experiencing will bring about serious change in decibel levels. Both paddle and ball material will undergo modification to tone down the loudness. In as much as it’s nice to hear that pop it can also be a deterrent to some people.
    Generally speaking the noise generated is intrusive, even during a match. Referees can’t be heard clearly, announcements go unheard, and it all requires repeating over and over. If one thing additional stands out or becomes evident, it’s that it is intrusively and unnecessarily loud.
    If enough notice is taken, that will be addressed and change for the better will come about. Overall I feel that is a positive move.

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