The 10 Best Indoor Volleyballs

Updated February 21, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

10 Best Indoor Volleyballs
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Although some of these volleyballs could be used on a beach, they are not designed for use in the sand. These models are specifically made for indoor use, either for casual games at school or camp or during professional-level competitions. We've also included training options weighted to allow you to practice for longer or to build up your strength and stamina. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best indoor volleyball on Amazon.

10. Vetra Soft Touch

The Vetra Soft Touch is cheap in price, but it's a great ball for use in casual pickup games where people are playing for fun, not glory. It is suitable for indoor and outdoor use, even if you're on sand, and is made to meet official size and weight standards.
  • comfortable soft covering
  • seams will rip eventually
  • valve is prone to leaking air
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

9. Voit V5

Built to withstand the rigors of daily practices, the nylon-wound Voit V5 has a molded rubber cover, so its seams won't split on impact after a few hard spikes. Its butyl bladder is designed to minimize air leakage for consistency from game to game.
  • great value for the price
  • meets regulation standards
  • a bit hard on the wrists
Brand Voit
Weight 8.8 ounces
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

8. Under Armour 595

The Under Armour 595 is NFHS-approved for indoor competition-level play in high schools. Its V-style seams and three-ply cloth layup cover will keep it in top shape even after hours of heavy use, so it's a great choice for practice, too.
  • proprietary touchskin technology
  • reliable butyl bladder
  • not regulation weight
Brand Under Armour
Model VB 211
Weight 14.4 ounces
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

7. Tachikara TB-18

Also known as "The Setter," the Tachikara TB-18 isn't designed for use during a tournament, but rather to get you ready to play your best when game time arrives. It weighs 75% more than a standard model, so practicing with it improves your strength and accuracy.
  • single unit construction method
  • red stripe aids in rotation tracking
  • not suitable for serves or spiking
Brand Tachikara
Model TB-18
Weight 16 ounces
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

6. Baden Perfection

The Baden Perfection features a lush leather cover, giving it a professional-quality feel. As a result, it's fairly hard-hitting and not for the faint of wrist, but a few forearm bruises may be an acceptable price to pay for a top-of-the-line model.
  • pre-inflated and ready to use
  • softens a bit over time
  • considerably expensive
Brand Baden
Model VX5EC-211
Weight 5.6 ounces
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

5. Wilson i-Cor Power Touch

The Wilson i-Cor Power Touch has a latex lining that makes it highly responsive. A lighting fast option, it's best suited to hard spikes and strong serves from serious competition-level players, though it's a sturdy choice for team practice as well.
  • solid v-tec seams
  • tear-resistant microfiber cover
  • too hard for some players
Brand Wilson
Model WTH7720 RWB
Weight 12.8 ounces
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

4. Molten Recreational

The Molten Recreational is perfect for use in schools or camps where kids need a decent model that's not too hard to knock around and practice with. It has a forgiving, soft polyurethane cover and its machine stitching stands up just fine to casual use.
  • maintains inflation well
  • has a good bounce to it
  • available in many colorful designs
Brand Molten
Model MS500-Camp
Weight 11.2 ounces
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

3. Spalding TF5000

From one of the most respected names in athletic balls comes the Spalding TF5000, wrapped in a handsome royal purple and white full grain leather cover. Approved for use in high school leagues, it's slightly softer and easier on the arms than some of its competition.
  • surface is easy to clean
  • holds air pressure well
  • durable and scuff-resistant
Brand Spalding
Model pending
Weight 11 ounces
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. Mikasa VQ2000 Micro Cell

With the Mikasa VQ2000 Micro Cell, you pay a bit more up front than you would for most models, but you get a ball that will last for years and hold its spherical shape thanks to its Accu-Balance true shape-retention center.
  • durable composite cover
  • used in multiple olympic tournaments
  • available in many color combinations
Brand Mikasa Sports
Model pending
Weight 9.6 ounces
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. Tachikara SV5WSC Sensi Tec

The Tachikara SV5WSC Sensi Tec is a high performance, competition-grade ball with a microfiber composite leather cover that uses resin-fused fibers to improve its touch control. It boasts a patented loose bladder construction for excellent responsiveness.
  • lasts for years of regular use
  • the choice of many pro leagues
  • options to match most team colors
Brand Tachikara
Model pending
Weight 9.6 ounces
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

A Brief History Of Volleyball

Volleyball is a great game. If it weren't for volleyball, we wouldn't have one of the most exciting competitive sports to watch, one of the most engaging events the Olympics has ever seen, or the best scene from the movie Top Gun. It's no surprise that the game would be so fun, though — it was designed to take the best parts of multiple sports and mush them all together like an athletic turducken.

Invented in 1895 by YMCA director William Morgan, volleyball was made to be a mishmash of tennis, basketball, handball, and baseball. The sport was intended to be an indoor pastime that would rival basketball, but with less stress placed on the body, so that it would be suitable for older competitors. The first game was designed to have nine innings of three serves apiece, and you could hit the ball as many times as necessary before sending it to the opponents' side.

The sports equipment manufacturer Spalding created a ball for the game in the late 19th century, and the sport quickly became a worldwide phenomenon. The set and spike were invented in the Philippines in 1916, and the three-hit rule followed not long after. Even the American Expeditionary Forces got in on the action, distributing around 19,000 volleyballs to allied nations around the globe, helping spur the sport's growth.

Volleyball was displayed as a demonstration sport at the 1924 Olympics in Paris, and it was successful enough that several governing boards were established to try to get the game fully included. It made its debut as a medal sport in 1964, with the Soviet Union and Japan taking gold in the men's and women's events, respectively.

Japan and eastern European countries would dominate the Olympics for the first few decades, with American teams largely a non-factor until the 1980s. However, around that time, stars like Karch Kiraly and Paula Weishoff helped the U.S. begin to enjoy some success, although they would soon face stiff competition from countries like Brazil and China.

Today, volleyball is one of the most popular games on the planet, with over 800 million people playing every week, including 46 million Americans. It's a great sport for players of all ages, even if it does occasionally require me to explain to the ER doctor how I managed to get myself hopelessly trapped in a net.

How To Choose The Right Volleyball

Buying a volleyball seems like it should be simple: just ask yourself, "Is it a volleyball?" and, if yes, buy it. However, not all balls are created equal, and the one you buy could have a surprising impact on your game.

First off, there's a difference between a ball designed for indoor play and one made for the beach. Indoor balls are made of leather, and are usually heavier than their beach counterparts. This allows them to be moved faster, since power and speed are prized in the sport. Beach volleyballs tend to float, which is helpful when there are only two players to a side, but can really affect an indoor game.

Not all balls have the same amount of touch, either. Touch is basically the ball's responsiveness to being hit. If you like to play a power game with lots of spiking, you'll want a harder ball with more touch. If, however, you're newer to the game and your reaction time needs some help, a softer ball with a lighter touch could make the game more fun for everyone involved.

It's important to note the materials that the ball is made of, as well. The exterior should be made of a high-quality leather with smooth seams, which ensures that it will bounce predictably. The better the leather, the longer it will last, so if you're playing every week it's worth springing for a better model.

Some balls have specially-designed cores (or bladders) that help them hold their shape and make them more responsive. While not essential, these options can come in quite handy over the long haul for the frequent player.

Many balls will also boast endorsements from various governing bodies, such as FIVB. This doesn't guarantee that the ball will be top-of-the-line, but it does usually lessen the possibility that you'll end up with a lemon.

Taking Care Of Your Ball

While buying a volleyball isn't the biggest expenditure you're likely to make in your life, that doesn't mean that it's fine if it falls apart after a few weeks. Luckily, if you follow these tips, your ulna and radius will break long before your ball ever does.

When inflating your ball, be sure to moisten the needle before inserting it. Doing so prevents damage to the valve and helps the ball maintain the proper air pressure. Some balls come with their own pumps, but if not, a regular bicycle pump should do the trick. Only inflate the ball to the manufacturer's specifications, as any other pressure could shorten its lifespan.

After every game, be sure to take the time to wipe your ball down with a cloth. If there's dirt or grime on there, you can moisten the cloth or even use a soft detergent on it, but just be sure to completely remove all of the soap and dry it thoroughly before putting it away.

Sunlight is the ball's enemy. Don't keep it outdoors, or in direct light, as this can cause warping. Store it in a dry, well-ventilated place, as humidity is your ball's other enemy (who knew a simple volleyball could have so many villains in its life?).

Beyond that, the best way to keep your volleyball healthy is to simply use it. Hitting the ball releases its natural oils, much like breaking in a new pair of leather shoes. There's no need for leather treatments or creams, either — this is a low-maintenance game.

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Last updated on February 21, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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