Wanna score volleys like Kevin De Bruyne?
In this buyer’s guide, we’ll review 7 of the best soccer rebounders on the market in 2019.
Best Soccer Rebounders
SoccerWave’s net is one of the few double-sided rebounders on the market. As a result, you can practice controlling the ball and volley shots, while also having the option to turn it around to work on your ground passes and first touch.
But the best thing about this rebounder is how well it’s able to replicate real game situations. The ramp is designed to vary each return a little bit, meaning you always have to be ready to move to where the ball pops up. This is excellent for training your reflexes and allows you to get better at those sharp sprints necessary to beat your opponent to the ball.
What’s more, SoccerWave’s product is also pretty practical. It comes in two separate pieces, making transport that little bit easier. Although it’s a sizable rebounder, the frame is fairly light (the whole thing weighs 27 lbs) but it’s also quite rust-resistant. As a result, this is a very durable net, and is sure to last for a 2-3 years or more. However, it can be a little difficult to assemble at first.
Considering what you get, the SoccerWave Jr is very reasonably priced. The company is also fairly responsive to customer inquiries – from what we’ve seen, their after-sales support is excellent.
This rebounder is quite similar to SoccerWave’s product. It comes with two sides: one for high balls, and one for practicing your ground passes.
Unlike SoccerWave, SKLZ has gone for a double net configuration rather than including a ramp. This means that the bigger side can receive any pass, whether it’s rolling on the ground or not. Plus, since there’s no ramp, the Quickster is incredibly light, weighing in at only 13.2lbs.
From the images, you might get the impression that this rebounder is a little flimsy. The net doesn’t look incredibly tight, and the frame is super lightweight, so it wouldn’t be unreasonable to question how this rebounder performs when hit with hard shots.
However, it actually does pretty well. Its four included ground stakes keep the net well-secured, allowing you to practice without worrying about the rebounder moving. The only issue though is that you’ll need to pass with a decent amount of power to get the ball to return at a good pace.
Another benefit of this net is how quick it is to put up and take down. Unlike the SoccerWave Jr, you can have it ready in around ten minutes or so once you’ve got the hang of the setup process. Plus, the Quickster isn’t too expensive – the cost is fairly reasonable considering how portable it is.
If you need something super simple that’s also fairly cheap, take a look at the QuickPlay PRO.
This rebounder is basically just a net: you don’t get a ramp on the other side or two surfaces for different rebounds.
Although the PRO is fairly simple, you still get a heap of freedom to choose how you’d like to practice. The net is adjustable to nearly any angle (including angles larger than 90°). This means you can train your chest control and volleys, but also have the option to work on trapping low, bouncing balls. With the two larger options (more on this below), you can even practice both of these skills at the same time.
The PRO comes in three different sizes: 3′ by 3′, 5′ by 5′ and 7′ by 7′. The bigger nets aren’t incredibly portable. However, since this rebounder uses rubber pads on the feet rather than stakes for grip, you can use it on almost any surface – it would work on your driveway or the patio in your yard.
Considering that this rebounder comes with a two-year parts warranty, we can’t fault its price. The company is able to offer this guarantee because the steel frame is incredibly sturdy, so you’re unlikely to have to take advantage of it – the net is designed to last for a very long time.
This is more than just a rebounder: it’s a goal net as well. It comes with proper goalposts, allowing you to shoot like you would in-game. The net at the back of the goal works to rebound your shots back at you, meaning you don’t have to go and fetch the ball every time.
For keepers, you can kick the ball into the goalmouth from close range to practice your low dives and fingertip saves. If you want to improve your first touch or chest control, simply turn the net around. The back of the goal is sloped, so the ball will come back to you at a decent height if you kick it against the reverse side.
Because the Goalrilla Striker measures 5′ by 7′, it’s not exactly very portable, and can be quite difficult to put together. It’s also pretty expensive, because the company has opted to use thick steel posts to keep the goal stable.
However, if you’re looking for something for the backyard, the functionality of the Striker is unmatched. There simply aren’t any other rebounders out there that have steel goalposts and a 3D box-style net. It’s also one of the sturdiest rebounders out there at the moment – this goal is sure to last you 5-10 years or more.
Franklin’s rebounder is very similar to the SoccerWave Jr we reviewed at the beginning of this piece. Both nets come with a ramp side and a vertical rebounder for practicing ground passes. So what’s the different between the two products?
The MLS is much cheaper than the SoccerWave – less than half the price of the more expensive option. It’s not quite as sturdy, and is very difficult to put together. However, the net has a good bounce to it as it installs very tight, and the ramp pops the ball nice and high.
You’ll need to use this rebounder on grass though, as it fastens to the ground using stakes. Since it’s fairly light, it’ll move back if not secured properly. Despite having the ability to fold down, the MLS is quite large, so you might have a bit of trouble getting it in your car.
Ultimately, this rebounder is a great option if you’re on a tight budget. However, if you’re looking for a net + ramp rebounder, we think the SoccerWave Jr is worth the extra cost. Although it’s a bit more expensive, it’ll last you longer, has the ability to send the ball in random directions, and is easier to put together.
This is another larger (measuring 6′ by 12′) rebounder that can also serve as a goal, helping you to practice your shooting or goalkeeping. Because it’s not a box-style goal, it’s much cheaper and a lot easier to move around than the Goalrilla rebounder we looked at earlier. However, it still comes with galvanized steel posts and a UV-treated net, making it super sturdy and also very durable.
To make sure this net can withstand tough shots from close range, Trigon has opted to include two 3′ legs as well as four ground stakes. As a result, it’ll withstand strong winds as well as hard shots without falling over. You could even use it on artificial grass/concrete/paved surfaces, although the stability won’t be quite as good.
Since you get a fairly large, super sturdy net for such a reasonable price, why wouldn’t you buy Trigon’ rebounder?
The only issue with it is it won’t pop balls up really high in the air, since the net is affixed at a 90° angle. Unlike with a ramp-style rebounder, you probably won’t be able to practice bicycle kicks with this net. It’s more suited to chest control, volleys, half volleys and close-range saves for goalkeepers.
You should consider what you want to do with your net. If you’re looking for something to take shots at that’ll rebound balls back to you, this is a fantastic pick. However, if you want a rebounder that’ll throw balls in the air for you to shoot at another goal, take a look at the SoccerWave Jr.
If you’re looking for a big net but want something that’s fully adjustable, this could be the rebounder for you.
The Tekk rebounder is quite similar to the Trigon Sports net, but it’s a bit smaller, at 5′ by 8′. It’s also a lot more expensive than the product we just reviewed.
For the extra money, you get:
- An angle-adjustable impact zone, allowing you to rebound the ball as high or as low as you want it.
- 6mm heavy-duty bungee straps.
- 12 ground spikes plus rubber pads – this means that the net never moves an inch when used on grass.
- One-piece, foldable design.
At 35 pounds, this is also a fairly light net considering how big it is. It’s perfectly portable, as long as you’ve got a car that’s big enough to fit it folded down.
The main thing you’re paying for with this rebounder though is the customization it offers. Having the ability to tilt the net to almost any angle and have it rebound balls consistently will prove incredibly helpful in making you a better player.
Although it doesn’t have a specific feature to make its bounces unpredictable, this rebounder doesn’t become boring quickly. As long as you’re kicking the ball at the net, you’ll experience enough random deviation to keep you on your toes and hone your off-the-mark speed.
Soccer Rebounder Buyer’s Guide
Not sure what to get?
In this section, we’ll outline some key things to consider when buying a soccer rebounder.
What is a soccer rebounder?
A soccer rebounder is a device that’ll bounce soccer balls you kick at it back to you.
They’re normally designed to be portable, and come in a heap of different shapes and sizes (more on this below).
Why use a soccer rebounder?
Most soccer skills are pretty easy to practice. To get better at shooting, grab a few balls and take shots from the edge of the box. If you want to improve at passing, grab a buddy and practice knocking the ball back and forth between you.
However, there’s another super-important aspect of the sport that’s a lot harder to train: high balls. It can be very difficult to practice your first touch, chest control, trapping, and volleys, especially when playing by yourself.
This is where rebounders come in. By simply kicking your ball at the net, you can pop it back at you at a decent height, allowing you to do whatever you want with it. After enough practice, you’ll be scoring volleys like Hernán Crespo in no time at all.
Rebounders are also useful for shooting practice. If you get a flat one, the ball will bounce right back to you instead of staying in the net (like it would with a regular goal).
Different types of soccer rebounders
No matter whether you’re looking for something for the backyard, or a portable option to take to the pitch, there’s a soccer rebounder out there to suit your specific needs.
Essentially, you’ve got three different styles to choose from:
- Smaller net rebounders are probably the most common option. They’re easy to move but also relatively cheap.
- However, there are also much larger net rebounders available – some nearly as big as proper soccer goals. Although they’re generally heavier and harder to set up, it’s much easier to hit the target! For beginners in particular, this is very important.
- Ramps are a different type of rebounder. Instead of hitting the net on the full, you’re supposed to play a ground pass into a ramp. These rebounders allow you to get more height on the ball, which is awesome for practicing chest control and headers. Some of these devices also come with a net to practice ground passes.
What should I look for in a soccer rebounder?
Consider the following when selecting a rebounder:
- Size: obviously you’ll want a fairly large net so that it’s easy to hit it every time. However, consider how big it is when folded down – will you be able to fit it in your car?
- Weight: picking a fairly light rebounder is essential if you’re going to be walking long distances to the pitch. Don’t go for something that’s too light though, otherwise it might blow over in the wind or get knocked down by a hard shot.
- Durability: a good rebounder will withstand thousands of hits before showing signs of wear. It’s OK to pick something on the more expensive side if you don’t want the net developing holes or fraying over time.
- Net vs ramp: consider what would suit you best. Nets are obviously lighter, but ramps can be more durable. Ramps generally require you to play a ground pass while nets are more versatile: they can rebound passes at any height (unless you kick it over the net!).
- Unpredictable rebounds: some nets will rebound the ball in random directions rather than giving a predictable bounce. This is great for training your reflexes and ball control, as it more closely matches what you’ll experience in a real game of soccer.
- Assembly: a few rebounders on the market achieve a nice hard rebound using very tight nets made of bungee cords. This can make it quite difficult to assemble the net: make sure you’re getting something that you can put together fairly easily.
- Goal rebounders: some rebounders double as soccer goals. If you’ve got the space to take shots in your yard, a large rebounder that will return your shots right back to you is an awesome thing to have.
Hopefully you found what you were looking for!
If you’re still not sure which soccer rebounder to get, leave a comment below and we’ll get right back to you.
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Tom is an accomplished writer, with years of experience producing buyer’s guides and tutorials for athletes online.
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