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Best Aluminum Baseball Bat For The Money  
Everything You Need to Know to Get a Great Aluminum Baseball Bat at a Great Price
Top Five for the Money (Based on our Frugal5 Formula)
How do we pick these products? We spend many hours doing unbiased research to only give you the highest rated products at the best price. We first come up with a list of features, which you can see below, that we feel the majority of people will need. We then look for the highest quality products with these features and only show you the top five with the best value. Our mission is to provide you with the best five options based only on the facts. Don't see the product you were thinking about getting? Click here to calculate it's frugal score.
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Easton BK6 Hammer BBCOR Adult Bat (-3)Easton BX81 Reflex (-3)Rawlings Plasma AlloyEaston BB14S400 S400 (-3)Easton BK63 Typhoon (-3)
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Features Needed
7406, Cu31, Or Other Similarly Priced Alloys
- 7406
- 7050 (similarly priced)
- 5150 (similarly priced)
- 7046
- 7406
BBCOR Certified
- Yes
- Yes
- Yes
- Yes
- Yes
Features Not Needed
Special Barrel
- Brace Barrel Technology
- Precision Optimized Performance (pOp) Technology
- Brace Barrel Technology
Special Grip
- Pro-Tack Grip
- Premium synthetic leather grip
- Pro-Tack Grip
Special Handle
What You Need To Know In 5 Minutes

Aluminum baseball bats have five common features: the grip, handle, barrel, end cap, and knob. The grip is what a hitter holds and can be made of leather, synthetic leather, and rubber. Each material has its own feel and should be tested to see which material a prospective buyer prefers. The handle is the lower part of the bat that the grip is wrapped around. The knob is located at the bottom of the bat beneath the grip and is used to prevent the bat from sliding out of the hands of a hitter. The barrel is the most important part of aluminum bats because it influences the weight, length, and power of a bat. Lighter, more narrow barrels are preferred by smaller batters while larger, heavier barrels are preferred by power hitting batters. The end cap is what is used to "plug" the bat at the end of the barrel.

While these parts are uniquely designed for the many different bat types, they do not have as much of an impact on the price of an aluminum bat as the type of aluminum alloy used to make the bat. There are multiple types of aluminum alloys that determine whether a bat is cheap ($20-$50) or top of the line expensive ($300-$400). The more expensive alloys tend to be significantly more durable and increase the "pop" of a bat when hitting a pitch, however these bats have much higher prices.

  • 7406: The standard aluminum alloy that has been used to make baseball and softball bats for years, used in more cheaper bats.
  • Cu31 / 7050: More durable than 7406 due to the inclusion of zirconium, magnesium, and copper.
  • C405 / 7055: Contains considerably more zirconium than Cu31, making it more durable. 
  • C555: Includes traces of scandium, which makes it the most durable of all these bat alloys and also the most expensive.
  • These alloy types are the industry standard, however there are many big-name brands that have developed their own alloys, such as Louisville Slugger's Scandium XS and ST+20 or Rawlings 5150.
It is important to take bat size and weight into account when purchasing a bat. One method used to determine bat size is bat "drop", which is a negative number obtained by subtracting the weight of a bat from its length. A 33-inch baseball bat with a weight of 27 ounces has a drop of -6. Little league bats are allowed drops of up to -12, making these bats the lightest, while high school baseball rules require hitters to use bats no lighter than -3 for safety reasons. Higher drops allow for faster bat speed while lower drops provide more power.

The most important part of buying a bat is determining what size and weight is right for you. Buying an aluminum bat is not all about having the biggest barrel or flashiest colors. There is no "perfect" bat that fits every hitter because every hitter is different in terms of size and strength. Determining which size bat is right for you is the most important step of buying a new aluminum bat.

Furthermore, any bat you choose to buy must meet the required safety standards of the hitter's league. Specifically, a high school baseball player looking for a new bat must buy one that is BBCOR certified, which stands for Bat-Ball Coefficient of Restitution, which is a safety test performed on bats to make sure they perform similarly to wooden bats and to gauge how well a bat will perform throughout its lifetime. Purchasing a bat that is BBCOR certified is required to use the bat in leagues that require the certification, thus making it crucial when buying a new bat.

For the average customer it is not necessary to buy a bat made of C405, C555, or other comparably priced specialty alloys as these alloys tend to make bats cost well over $100 and should only be purchased by serious baseball players who are in travel leagues, etc. Bats made of 7406 and Cu31 tend to be below $100 and will function just as well as the other alloys. However, the significantly higher prices of bats made out of more expensive alloys outweighs the added production.

Furthermore, many bat companies develop their own unique upgrades for different parts of bats, such as specialized grips, barrels, and handles that they claim will enhance bat performance. While these features may improve a hitter's performance on the field they should not be valued highly when selecting a bat as there are many high-end bats that are equally effective for far less money.

It is important to know any regulations placed on aluminum bats when making a purchase because each level of baseball (little league to high school, etc.) has different requirements for bat size and weight. Little league bats are generally allowed to be very light (up to -12 drop) while high school and travel-league hitters are required to have bats no lighter than -3 drop.

When buying a new bat it is useful to know if the bat comes with a manufacturer's warranty of some kind, preferably for at least one year. These warranties can be extremely useful in case something happens to the bat, such as snapping in half or if the bat is used often and becomes noticeably less effective. Not all companies include warranties but those that do will generally replace the bat for no cost within the warranty period.

The top three brands of baseball bats are Easton, Louisville Slugger, and Demarini. These companies have established a reputation for making some of the highest quality and most durable bats on the market, many of which are highly affordable. Rip-It is another company that is known for quality bats, however they rarely sell bats for under $100 and tend to be hard to find in retail stores, thus landing them on the avoid list. Reebok and Nike are big-name sporting companies, however they do not specialize in making bats such as Louisville Slugger or Easton and should be avoided.

The price of a new aluminum bat is largely reflected on what type of aluminum alloy it is made out of, with 7406 being the least expensive and C555 being the most expensive. Bats that come with special barrels or grips while still maintaining a low cost are worth looking into. Whether or not a bat comes with some form of warranty should also be considered in case of damage or general wear and tear. Therefore, the best bat for your money would be the Easton Reflex, as it is affordable ($40-$60 for most sizes), has a 1-year warranty, and includes a specialized grip while remaining cost-friendly.

Features You Need
7406, Cu31, Or Other Similarly Priced Alloys, BBCOR Certified
Features You Don't Need
Special Barrel, Special Grip, Special Handle
What You Should Pay
Between $39.95 - $66.14
Top Of The Line Price
Over $400.00