In this guide we’ll look at the best volleyball balls.
We’ve compared design, quality, size and cost
to give you our top recommendations.

What Is The Best Volleyball Ball?

  • Features
  • Official competition volleyball
  • High performance
  • Great for all levels of play and ages
  • Cost
Rating
9.8/10
  • Features
  • Official ball of the NCAA Championships
  • Flight Stable Technology
  • Comes with a cover
  • Cost
Rating
9.7/10
  • Features
  • Durable
  • Economical
  • Single construction
  • Cost
Rating
9.2/10
  • Features
  • Great design
  • Good grip
  • Spongebacked synthetic cover
  • Cost
Rating
8.8/10
  • Features
  • Classic volleyball
  • Synthetic leather cover
  • Soft, easy grip
  • Cost
Rating
8.3/10

More Detailed Volleyball Ball Reviews

Tachikara SV5WSC Sensi Tec High Performance Volleyball

This has been my go to ball for games and practice for as long as I can remember. It’s the ball that I used when I first started playing, and I grew an inexplicable attachment to it that still holds strong today.

It’s comfortable to hold on to. I also found, being a super inexperienced server, that when I smacked the ball with my forearm I barely got a red mark. So, that’s a plus.

I’m a lot better now, in case you were wondering.

Anyway, Sensi-Tec refers to the resin used to fuse the fibers together during the manufacturing process. It gives the ball a “truer” touch. The best way I can explain that, is to tell you that you will have a higher accuracy when serving, setting and spiking this ball.

When you touch it, it’s easy to tell where it’s headed. The bladder (inner) construction on this ball is a bit loose, which makes for better control.

You won’t believe how much of a difference it makes until you actually play with the Sensi Tec ball. It’s amazing!

Suitable for all levels of play, this is the best professional ball out there. It’s a wonderful color to boot!

Molten FLISTATEC Volleyball

This ball boasts the title of the official ball of the NCAA championships! Say whaaat! In all actuality it really is a great ball and the microfiber cover is easy to set and to throw up for an overhand serve.

In the same fashion as Sensi-Tec, Molten offers a handy little ball technology called FLISTATEC. You’ll get a ton of control and accuracy with this ball, as well as increased visibility during play.

I love to use this ball during practice and play, and the flight accuracy for overhand serves and hits is pretty incredible. You’ll feel a difference as soon as your first serve.

This ball is for indoor use only, so don’t you go purchasing it for an outdoor beach volleyball tournament. It’s nylon wound, comfortable and wins our best for indoor use award.

Definitely a keeper!

Tachikara Institutional Composite Leather Volleyball

Another great ball by Tachikara, and in traditional white! Easily the best traditional ball on our list, the Composite ball is made of, you guessed it, composite leather. Composite leather is put together with scraps of actual leather and polyurethane.

This makes it more economical. It’s also incredibly durable, so you can guarantee that this ball will last even with heavy and repeated use.

The Composite ball is constructed using single unit construction. It’s not sewn or fused together in panels which is the typical construction method for volleyballs. This adds to the durability as well!

The ball is soft, and won’t give you the accuracy that you’ll get from the two aforementioned balls, but it’s still a very good choice for professional and casual players.

Plus, if you just hate that traditional white, you can pick this ball up in a variety of team colors. Big win!

Wilson Graffiti Volleyball

I adore this ball. The best design available on the market right now, this ball by Wilson is bright, colorful and so much fun to play with.

When I play we use this ball for practice due to game regulations, and I always look forward to using it. I’ve had it for a couple of years, and the colors have not faded one bit.

This ball is perfection for beach volleyball and will fill all your needs for recreational use. It doesn’t hold moisture and it’s super soft.

The only downside to this bright and beautiful ball is that it’s more difficult to see than others. Sufficient lighting makes a big difference, but if the gym or recreation center is dark, this ball can be hard to see.

Wilson Softplay Outdoor Ball

Wilsooon! I’m sorry, but nobody was leaving this review without a Cast Away reference.

Despite the title, this ball can be used for indoor play as well. It’s bright, and well put together and exceeds all expectations of our budget option.

Synthetic covering and 18 panel machine sewn construction make this perfect little ball by Wilson incredibly durable. It can handle rough play with the best of them, and will be a good pick for teenagers and kids.

It’s really soft, and available in crazy fun colors. I prefer the orange over all of them, but you’re certain to find one that will suit you.

Don’t be deterred by the price. The size and weight of this ball is regulation – and it will make a perfect practice ball, great for a quick pick up game!

You’ll love it! I sure do!

Volleyball Ball Buyer’s Guide

It seems a bit on the nose to mention that to play volleyball, you’ll need a volleyball. Most of the gyms and rec centers that provide leagues and clubs have balls on site. However, you will be more than welcome to bring your own.

Using the right ball can completely change your game. When the ball is right, you’ll feel more comfort in you serves, sets and spikes.

There’s a big difference between professional volleyballs and the once you used in gym class. The material and durability differs, as well as the feel and the way it plays. There’s more technology that goes into it than you’d think!

In my opinion, you’ve got to purchase a ball for what you’ll consistently use it for. If you’re going to toss it around in the backyard or use it at the YMCA with a few friends every now and then, then you should purchase that classic Wilson we just discussed.

If you’re headed in a professional direction, and you need the ball for the job, you’ll want something like the Volleyball USA approved Molten ball. Shop for use, friends. It will never steer you wrong.

My guess is that most of you out there want something that will handle both recreational and professional play perfectly, and my answer for you is also my top pick: The Sensi Tec Ball.

Tachikara has hit it out of the park (or over the net) with this ball. It’s so easy to maneuver and the accuracy design is sheer genius.

You’ll know as soon as you make a connection with the ball where it’s going to end up, and once you get used to it, you’ll be able to use it to your advantage over and over again.

It’s durable, and will last you through many years of bumps, sets and serves. It’s by far the best ball on the list.

If you happen to be out shopping and you’re a bit lost on what to look for in a ball, I’d say the top three qualities to research would be durability, comfort and flight accuracy.

You want something durable for sure. A cheap ball will fall apart on you in no time, even with light use.

The ball you choose for you and your team should be comfortable. From sets to serves, you want a soft feel. Sore hands are no fun!

Flight accuracy is high tech when it comes to volleyballs. You’ll pay a bit more for it, but if you are playing in any sort of league…you’ll find you cannot live without it. It’s not a gimmick…it works!

My top pick by Tachikara will absolutely take you where you want to go when it comes to the perfect volleyball. It’s hard for me to imagine not playing a game or running a practice with it. It’s always in my volleyball bag.

In the long run, any ball you purchase will help you grow closer to your volleyball goals. The correct technique has a lot to do with hitting the ball effectively as well.

Through constant play, you’ll find yourself growing. It’s an incredible feeling, and your ball will turn into somewhat of a sidekick. Be sure to choose a good one!