Looking for the best baseball bats for the 2024 season? BatSmash.com has you covered.
You may be a parent shopping for a Little League player or a High School player looking for a summer-league wood bat. Our reviews make it easy to find the top baseball bats each season from BBCOR .50 certified to USSSA (big barrel) baseball bats.
We review 2020-2024’s best composite and aluminum bats from top brands such as Easton, DeMarini, a Louisville Slugger. Bat models from youth, high school, and collegiate leagues are always covered.
- Marucci CAT 8 BBCOR Review
- DeMarini Voodoo BBCOR Review
- Victus Vandal BBCOR Bat Review
- Easton Maxum 360 BBCOR Review
- DeMarini The Goods BBCOR Review [2022-2020]
Without further ado, let’s get into our top baseball bat picks!
How We Found 2022’s Best Baseball Bats
When searching for “best baseball bats 2022”, it is important to first clarify which type of bat you are looking for. Bat models and sizes vary by age group.
According to Google Trends, wood bats are the most searched for baseball bats of 2022 so far [June 2022].
When looking for the best baseball bat, it is important to understand the age group and/or league rules. Common bat types include:
We will help you find the right model for your (or child’s) swing type and within your budget. Our yearly bat awards are a fantastic, simple-to-understand bat research guide.
BatSmash’s 2022 Baseball Bat Awards
Batsmash.com’s bat awards 2022 rates the top models by category.
We found the top-rated newly released models for youth and high school baseball. Top awards are given to bats with the highest amount of these factors: Affordability, value, quality, durability, bat “pop”, sweet spot size, and sound.
An overall award is the #1 pick by Smash. It is often the hottest bat on the market, for good reason. They may have many positive reviews, an affordable price point, and attractive features.
A category award rates a baseball bat within a particular category. For example, the best balanced BBCOR bat can help high school players narrow in on a balanced bat, while those that prefer a heavier bat-head through the zone can head to the best end-loaded BBCOR bat section.
Use this quick guide to jump to any of our full ‘best bats of 2022’ reviews, including youth baseball bats, high school baseball bats, and more. We hope you enjoy:
- Best Baseball Bat (2022 Overall)
- Best Youth Bat (2022 Overall)
- Best Wood Bat (2022 Overall)
- Best BBCOR Bat (2022 Overall)
- Best Balanced BBCOR Bat 2022
- Best End-Loaded BBCOR Bat 2022
Note: Our complete award ceremony has not quite processed yet. It’s on it’s the way – bookmark this page for your future 2023 bat buying search.
Coming soon: Best Baseball Bats 2023 awards as top baseball bat brands release their new models.
Continue reading for helpful bat-buying tips.
Baseball Bat FAQs
Buying a baseball bat and have these questions? You’re not alone. Here are answers to common bat questions.
Unless the player’s league is specifically a “wood bat league”, buy a metal bat! More durability, power, and a larger sweet spot.
As to most things, there are pros and cons when comparing composite and aluminum bats. Composites need to be broken in, but the ‘pop’, or exit velocity off the bat, can be higher than its aluminum counterpart. Players also love the sound of composite bats. Aluminum bats can have solid performance and boast durability, but are not as powerful and do not feel as good when you square up a baseball.
A BBCOR bat is the certified high school and college-level baseball bat standard, replacing BSER. A USSSA baseball bat is for youth baseball. So, it depends on who you’re buying a baseball bat for!
It depends on who you ask, of course! Some batters live and die by Easton, two-piece composite bats. Others enjoy simple, balanced aluminum bats from Louisville Slugger. If you are new to owning a baseball bat, focus on qualities over the brand.
Choosing the Right Bat for You
Choosing a baseball bat to buy is challenging. Particularly in the age of COVID-19, physical distancing, and limited sports store visits – reading words like “two-piece” and “composite” and “lizard-skin grip” mean nothing!
How can you find the best bat without feeling it in your hands? (Hint: Batsmash.com has the answer:)
First, we do the grunt work. We test each bat. We scour through hundreds of online reviews and develop an aggregate rating. Then, we help you discover your unique hitting style and preferences – or your “hitter profile”. This helps you find the best bat for you, every season.
Our bat reviews aren’t just reviews – they are educational. Our top baseball bat reviews categorize top selections, such as:
- Best end-loaded baseball bats – for awesome power
- Best balanced baseball bats – for fast swing speed
- Best bats for contact hitters
- best bats for power hitters
- best value
- best overall
- and many others!
BatSmash.com is dedicated to providing the most vivid, detailed best baseball bat reviews for 2021, 2022, and for future generations of youth baseball players.
Our Baseball Bat Reviews
BatSmash product analysts review the best baseball bats, every season. Our baseball and softball bat analysts dig deep into the most important characteristics of a baseball bat:
- Composite vs. Aluminum materials
- Barrel Size
- Swing Weight
- End-Loaded vs. Balanced
- Unique Bat Features
- Power Scores
- Contact Scores
- Durability Scores
- New Technologies
We want to save you time, money, and find the highest-quality bat every baseball season. Our goal is accomplished when you find the bat that fits your unique swing, budget, and batter profile!
Hottest Bat Brands of 2022
Our reviews of top baseball bat brands, such as:
- Louisville Slugger
- Victus (new!)
Uncover the highest-rated and most popular 2022 baseball bat models. BatSmash even weeds out fake or shady online reviews. This aligns with our goal to legitimately find the best baseball bats on the market.
A Unique Baseball Bat Rating System – the SmashScore
Batsmash.com dives deep into what matters. Is it balanced, or an end-loaded bat? Does it have a big sweet spot? Is it durable? How is the grip? Can I hit HOME RUNS?
Ultimately, the the best baseball bat can help a rising youth player reach their dream of seeing their name in lights during the MLB draft.
Discover the best bats from this year, reviewed and rated by SmashScore (a BatSmash.com exclusive bat rating system) including:
*BBCOR (the best high school baseball bats)
*USSSA (the best 14U and below baseball bats)
*USA (the best Little League baseball bats)
*ASA (the Slow-pitch softball bats)
and much, much more.
reviews coming soon!