Killerspin JET 800 Ping Pong Paddle Review: Added Speed

Killerspin is renowned for manufacturing expensive, beautiful, and high-quality table tennis products. The Killerspin JET 800 is not an exception to this rule. It is expensive, it is great in quality, and it is a thing of beauty!

The JET 800 is the latest in the line of the JET series by Killerspin. As explained by the company, JET 800 was created for aggressive players, that like to use power and pace in their gameplay.

Paddle Specifications

Overview

  • Our Rating: 4.0/5
  • Grip Type: Shakehand
  • Price: $$$
  • Weight: 6.7 oz / 190 grams

Play Rating

  • Speed: 9.1/10
  • Spin: 8.8/10
  • Control: 7.5/10
  • Durability: 6.5/10

Materials

  • Plies: 7 plies (5 wood, 2 carbon)
  • Sponge: 2 mm
  • Rubbers: Nitrx-4Z Rubber
Killerspin JET 800 Ping Pong Paddle Review - Black Rubber

What to Expect

The expectations of the buyer are high when they are spending their money on some of the best table tennis rackets. Same is the case Killerspin JET 800. It does not disappoint! For that price, you get a host of fantastic features, and we take a look at some of these.

Nitrzx-4Z Rubber 

The Nitrzx-4Z rubber is a fantastic addition. It is an ITTF approved rubber that allows great amounts of spin, in addition to the generation of pace. The ball tends to ping off the rubber surface at a very high speed.

The rubber is firm and has a 2mm sponge backing it, to ensure that every shot played pushes the opponents on the backfoot. This premium rubber and sponge are some of the best features of this beautiful paddle.

Incredible Blade

The blade of the Killerspin JET 800 has a rating of 9.5 speed, according to Killerspin. It has seven plies, five of which are made of high-quality wood. Within those five, there are two other plies of carbon.

These plies allow for greater power generation that can help you pace the game, aggressively. You have to factor in the heavy handle, and despite factoring in, you realize the paddle is quite light. This is primarily because of the beautifully constructed blade.

Made for Pros

Killerspin JET 800 is made primarily for top-level players. Professionals prefer using it and it has been the go-to paddle for many big names in the sport. These standards are upheld thanks to careful and fantastic manufacturing making these products high-end.

Red Rubber Breakdown via UnPlugNPlay

Pros

Aesthetics on Point

In the simplest of words, Killerspin JET 800 is a very good-looking paddle. It has a nice little wooden side tape that adds to the aesthetic and it looks brilliant in your hand. You do not only get an all-round perfect paddle but it also is stylish enough.

All in One Blade

The blade of the Killerspin ping pong paddle is incredible, to be honest. It has seven plies, and to accompany those plies, it also is very lightweight. These things are so important if you are looking to play an aggressive game, as they allow you to generate a lot of power and speed.

The blade is also pretty large. This allows you a better chance to return all kinds of shots and give your opponent a real headache! Size always adds to the advantage, as you can even play a couple of defensive shots, thanks to this feature.

Top Speed

The biggest positive of buying a JET 800 is the speed you can generate with it. Speed is a crucial element, but being able to generate that much speed, despite having a lightweight blade is a big advantage. JET 800 will fast become your partner in aggressive gameplay.

Nitrix-4Z Rubbers 

The rubbers are made of special quality. Nitrix-4Z rubbers are a favorite of players because they help massively with the spin, as well as the generation of pace and power. The sponges underneath the rubber add to this.

Demonstrating Flared Handle on Killerspin JET 800

Cons

Lacking in Control

Of course, when you buy a powerful paddle, you are sacrificing control. Most professionals have rated the control to be quite less. This can be a deciding factor and a major reason why most people do not opt for the JET 800.

Very Expensive

JET 800 appeals to the high-end consumers of table tennis goods. All of their products are priced higher than the normal prices of their competitors, Butterfly, STIGA, etc. There are lots of reasons for still splashing out money and buying the Killerspin table tennis bat, but the price is a limitation for lots of people.

Another problem regarding the cost is, in terms of the warranty. Killerspin offers a 30-day warranty, only. This is a relatively lesser time, to ensure that your paddle does not have any defects.

Shorter Handle

The handle of the JET 800 is relatively shorter. This is a shortcoming of the paddle and a reason why some people with larger hands, do not find it comfortable enough. Some people have also reported that the handle can come off.

Quite Heavy

At 190 grams, Killerspin JET 800 is heavier than most of its competitors. This can be a good thing, but most people find the extra weight harder to cope with. It requires multiple adjustments, and when mixed with the shortness of the handle, people tend not to buy the JET 800, when there are better options available.

Our Rating: 4.0/5

We like the JET 800, but there are multiple issues with it, too. However, it still managed to rate well, and that is majorly down to its aesthetics. It remains a beautiful paddle, without a doubt!

Another major issue is regarding the cost, and we feel it prices out so many people. The handle could have been so much better.

On the other hand, the blade is exceptional! This difference in the quality of the two components of the paddle is the reason why the Killerspin JET 800 did not rate over 9, in our ranking.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I play using the penhold grip with the Killerspin JET 800?

The Killerspin JET 800 is made for the shakehand style grip, but you should be fine with the penhold grip, too. This is because the handle is slightly shorter in size.

Is there any difference between the black and red rubber?

Apart from the color, of course, there is no difference. Both are the same kinds of rubbers and offer the same kind of response to a shot.

Can the cover of the JET 800 be used as a case? 

The cover will not offer a lot of protection against dust and it is not advised to be used as a case. We suggest buying a case, separately.

Conclusion

Conclusively, the JET 800 is a gorgeous paddle that is worth the hype. We like the extra generation of speed, which is possible thanks to its two-carbon plies. There are a few issues, as well, due to which, it does not rate as high as its rivals.

For instance, we did not like the fact that there is very little warranty time, along with the fact that it is so expensive. In addition to the cost, there are a few shortcomings in its handle, and that is a major reason why people do not prefer splashing the cash on it. The blade, though, is simply fabulous; it is made to achieve extra speed and power, and it makes up for the limitations of the handle.

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Matt

Matt is founder of Pong Place and has been a table tennis addict from an early age. He had regular ping pong matches with his dad in their basement and learned how to counteract his defensive maneuvers over the years. Though he still plays, his main passion is educating others about the joys of ping pong, learning about new products and making the sport more accessible to people like you.