10 Best Ball Hoppers, Baskets, Tubes, and Mowers
There are quite a few options when it comes to collecting or picking up tennis balls, so I’ve pulled together my ten favorites.
As far as options go, my favorite is your standard hopper, which in my experience, is the most versatile for the price, so I’ve listed those first.
Of course, everyone’s needs vary, so hopefully, you find something that works for your specific needs.
Wilson Ball Hopper – 75 balls
My favorite ball hopper on the market is the Wilson 75 tennis ball pick up hopper – it’s no-frills, yet it checks all the right boxes.
It’s carrying capacity is more than sufficient, it doubles as a hopper to collect balls, and it just works. When standing, there are slots to lock the legs if you choose, but honestly, I never feel the need to use them. It also has a sturdy lid that prevents accidental spills.
There’s a light protective coating that will help shield the metal, but don’t expect too much from it. Courts are abrasive, so anytime the basket handles or bottom rub against it or the handles hit the side, it will wear. Some minor rust may develop over time, but that’s pretty much the case with every ball hopper I’ve ever used.
For the cost, I usually replace mine every 3-5 years.
Tourna Ballport Delux with Wheels – 80 balls
Next up, the Ballport Delux from Tourna is another long-standing option that’s worth checking out.
Two features that make it popular are the hopper’s plastic construction, which helps reduce weight while also helping eliminate any rust for that part of the basket, and it also has wheels for transportation.
The bars at the bottom for collecting balls move and flex slightly to make pressing down on balls easier. Furthermore, it has a locking mechanism for the handles when it’s standing upright for feeding balls or practicing your serve.
Two sliding bars close at the top for transportation and keeping the balls in place. It’s not as secure as some other baskets, and they can sometimes be a bit finicky, but it does the trick.
Although the plastic is excellent to help keep weight down, it’s not the most durable. I’ve seen a player hit a forehand right through the side of one of these, which is a rare occurrence, but worth noting. Like other baskets, you’ll find some rust develops overtime on the handles as they come in contact with the court surface, but that’s pretty standard.
The Tourna ball hopper comes in black, red, and blue, and in two additional models:
Gamma Ball Hopper Hi-Rise Gold – 75 balls
Another excellent ball hopper is the Gamma Hi-Rise Gold, which holds 75 balls like the Wilson ball hopper.
To help protect against rust and prolong the basket’s life, it has a polyester coating for added durability. Furthermore, you’ll also find the basket offers floating rods at the bottom, which move slightly to the side when pressing down to collect balls and make it easier.
Like other ball hoppers, it will develop rust over time due to the court’s abrasive surface and the arms or legs coming in contact with the side of the hopper, but it’s what I’d consider normal wear and tear.
This specific model only comes in one size, but Gamma offers a variety of other ball hoppers, including:
- Ball Hopper 90
- Ball Hopper Whopper 140
- Ball Hopper Hi-Rise 75
- Ball Hopper Hi-Rise 75 with wheels
- Ball Hopper Risette 50
MasterPro Ball Hopper – 72 balls
An alternative to the Gamma Ball Hopper Hi-Rise Gold is the Master Pro Hopper, which holds roughly the same amount of balls.
It offers virtually identical features as the Hi-Rise Gold but has a few small differences. First, there’s only one bar at the bottom, which moves to make picking up balls easier, referred to as EZ-Glide Bars. Second, they provide a short chain to help secure the legs when the hopper is standing, which is unnecessary but useful.
Again, expect some rust over the life of the basket. They take a beating, so it’s unreasonable to expect otherwise.
The MasterPro Ball Hopper comes in two additional sizes:
- MasterPro 100
- MasterPro 50
Kollectaball K-Hopper – 60 balls
If you’re looking for a faster way to pick up tennis balls, then the Kollectaball Hooper might be more your speed.
It’s an entirely different concept from your typical ball hopper, but every bit as effective at the task. Instead of pressing, you roll a cage of 60 flexible wires over the balls, which open to allow balls in, not out.
When rolling a Kollectaball Hopper, you can adjust the handle’s height if you prefer, and when turned upside down, they double as legs. Once again, you can change the legs for the desired feeding height.
Two arms swivel toward the wires and spread them apart to empty or keep it open for grabbing balls when feeding. Luckily, you can replace the individual wires with new ones if necessary.
It’s a great concept, but the biggest downside is the cost. In most cases, this hopper is roughly double the price of most standard hoppers. If you’re not interested in using it for feeding and only for pickup, there are three other models to check out:
- Kollectaball Max
- Kollectaball Strike
- Kollectaball K-Mini
Tourna Tenn-Tube – 20 Balls
For anyone looking for a simpler device for picking up tennis balls, the Tourna Tennis Tube is an excellent option.
All you have to do is press it over the top of a ball, and it will stay locked inside. When you’re ready to empty it, turn it upside down.
The tube holds up to 20 balls, has a rubber band on the top end that you can pull on or off for keeping the balls secure during transportation, and it also has handy hooks at the top for attaching it off the ground against a fence or on the edge of a ball cart.
It comes in transparent plastic and three different colors, which include red, blue, and yellow. Tourna also offers a smaller kids tennis tube that’s shorter in height, picks up stage 1, 2, and 3 balls, and holds up to 15 regular sized balls.
Gamma Ball Tube – 18 Balls
An alternative to the Tourna Tennis Tube is the Gamma Ball Tube, which has virtually identical features.
The only difference is that the Gamma Ball Tube holds a maximum of 18 balls, and it comes with a strap for carrying if that’s of interest to you.
It also comes in clear plastic or red.
Tomohoppper Mower – 90 balls
Ball mowers are the most efficient way to pick up large quantities of tennis balls. If you’re an instructor or have a court at home, it may be worth considering one to reduce pickup time for more efficient lessons or time on the court – especially private lessons.
The Tomohopper offers a unique design that works great for picking up balls, but it also works as a basket. After you’ve collected balls, you can raise the hopper so that it’s a sufficient height for feeding.
Perhaps one of the best features about the Tomohopper is how compact it collapses for travel to stick in a trunk.
The machine has a somewhat limited capacity for its size at only 90 balls, so you’ll need to consider that. Furthermore, it only works with standard yellow tennis balls. If you’re looking to use one for larger kids’ tennis balls, then the Tennis Multimower is ideal.
OnCourt OffCourt Multimower – 300
With a higher overall capacity of 300 balls and the mower’s ability to pick up a variety of different size tennis balls, the Tennis Multimower is worth checking out and one of the best on the market.
Like the Tomohopper, it incredibly efficient for picking up tennis balls, and it has two baskets – one for collecting balls and another for feeding.
It’s not as compact for transportation, but it does easily collapse by removing the vertical handles, so if your car has enough space, it can work well on the go too.
Pop-It – 1 Ball
Finally, the Pop-It ball pickup accessory is a useful tennis accessory for picking up individual balls while playing. It’s not intended for efficiently picking up many tennis balls. Instead, its design is perfect for picking up a single ball while you’re playing rather than having to bend over.
It stays on the racquet at all times, so you may need to get used to that, particularly if you’re an adult. However, if you struggle with back pain or have difficulty bending over, it might be a solution worth considering.
For kids, it’s a fun way to help the instructor or a parent pick up balls.
The Pop-It comes in two colors, black for adults and green for kids. Some players struggle to keep the accessory in place on their racquet, so you may need to build up your racquet’s handle with an extra overgrip to get it to fit correctly.