The Killerspin JET500 ping pong paddle features 2.0mm Nitrx-4Z rubbers and a faster 5-ply wood blade. It is the fifth paddle in their 8-part JET series. Here is our full review of the racket.
Killerspin is a fairly new American table tennis brand that has really focused on the recreational ping pong market. They have even labeled their bats/rackets “paddles” to appeal to the basement US audience. Their paddles aren’t cheap but they are well-made, and the best ones are actually pretty decent too.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Killerspin JET500 ping pong paddle…
The paddle features two 2.0mm ITTF approved Killerspin Nitrx-4Z rubbers. This means you could legally use the racket in a sanctioned tournament or league. This is important if you have aspirations of playing competitive table tennis. It also has a 5-ply wood blade.
The following description comes direction from Killerspin…
The Killerspin JET500 table tennis racket is a model of balanced speed and control with a high-quality wood blade and ITTF-approved competition rubbers. The meticulously engineered blade is made of 5 layers of premium wood at a 6.7mm thickness (thickest in the Killerspin JET series), providing a soft feel with power for hard-hitting shots. Equipped with Killerspin’s celebrated high-tension Nitrx-4Z rubber, the JET500 table tennis paddle produces large amounts of spin for trick serves, topspin shots and backspin set-up shots. All together, the JET500 promotes a balance of spin, speed and control for the all-around ping pong player leaning toward an aggressive play style needed to conquer stiff competition.
This looks like a decent competition racket for improving table tennis players who want to invest in a higher quality paddle.
The Killerspin JET500 paddle is aimed at club-level competitive players. It actually has a lot of decent reviews on Amazon – so it must be a fairly good paddle.
The 2.0mm Killerspin Nitrx-4Z rubbers are a nice addition to this racket. They separate the JET500 from the cheaper Killerspin paddles and should add quite a bit of speed when compared to the 1.8mm rubbers. The blade is also thicker than the others.
This is an allround table tennis racket. It isn’t slow or fast – it is well balanced. Control will be fairly good, provided you have done some practice and learnt how to brush the ball correctly. You can expect a fair amount of spin from the rubbers and a noticeable increase in pace.
The JET500 is pretty expensive at $70, but then again all Killerspin products carry premium price tags. I think you can get better for the money, though.
To learn more about what to look for in a table tennis racket please read my popular article The Best Table Tennis Bat for Beginners, which is available on my Expert Table Tennis blog.
If you are thinking about buying a Killerspin JET500 table tennis paddle I would personally recommend going for the Palio Legend 2 instead. The Palio Legend 2 is $10 cheaper and I believe is the superior racket. The Palio Hadou rubbers used on the Legend 2 are of a much higher quality than the Killerspin ones. Palio Hadou rubbers are closer to professional rubbers such as DHS Hurricane 3.
The wooden Palio Legend 2 blade is also much better quality and more similar to the professional blades you can buy individually. If you were to compare the Killerspin JET500 to the Palio Legend 2 side-by-side you would immediately be able to notice the difference between the two rackets. The Palio Legend 2 simply feels a lot better to play with.
BUY THE RACKET
You can buy the Killerspin JET500 from Amazon.com.
- Amazon.com: The JET500 is $70 – which is a lot of money.
- Amazon.co.uk: The JET500 is £70.
- Megaspin.net: The JET500 is on special offer – $55 with a free case.
- Palio Expert 2: The best bat for beginners. Only £29.99 (Amazon.co.uk) or $39.99 (Amazon.com)
- Palio Master 2: The best allrounder. Only £34.99 (Amazon.co.uk) or $49.99 (Amazon.com)
- Palio Legend 2: The most powerful bat. Only £39.99 (Amazon.co.uk) or $59.99 (Amazon.com)
You might be interested in reading Ben’s popular article The Best Table Tennis Bat for Beginners, which is available on his Expert Table Tennis blog. And don’t forget to check out all of our other Table Tennis Racket Reviews as well.
Have you used the Killerspin JET500 racket yourself? What did you think of it? Please share your experiences and leave a review below in the comments.