Whether you’re playing a light-hearted game of croquet with friends or family, or going for a relentlessly competitive showdown, a reliable set is essential. A broken hammer or missing wicket just isn’t enough. The best croquet sets are made from durable hardwoods and make it easy to play your game whether you’re playing with four, six, or even eight people.
With lower quality croquet sets, as with anything that is slammed and slammed over a lawn, you will find some reviews reporting damage on first use. If you want a set that will withstand the test of time (and your fierce competition), invest in a durable set with all-hardwood mallets. The ones made by Amish have impeccable craftsmanship (although they often cost a premium).
Look for sturdy iron or steel wickets that won’t break when clocked by a ball traveling at Mach 4 (see cheaper plastic wickets that bend easily). Wooden croquet balls are traditional, but often hard to find. Most sets come with plastic or composite balls instead.
A stand keeps your hammers high so they stay clean and damage free between games, making it easy to set up your next game as you don’t have to assemble the hammers. However, if you’re looking for a set that you can toss in the car and take to the park, a less expensive set with detachable hammer heads may be right up your alley. It may not last rather equally long, but it wins points for portability and affordability.
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