best tennis stringing machines

The 6 Best Tennis Stringing Machines with buying guide

So you’re looking to string your tennis racket and find out the best tennis stringing machine for your needs. 

A great investment!

This decision can save you a lot of money and time by not spending to have someone string your racket and having to wait some days to have it returned to you. You can even make some by stringing your friend’s rackets.

There are many types of stringing machines – which one to buy depends on how many rackets you plan to string per month, your budget, and your need for stringing speed, among other factors.

Below you’ll find our expert’s evaluation of the best tennis stringing machines in the market and a buying guide to guide you on what you should be looking for in a machine to string your rackets.

The Best Stringing Machines

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Gamma 8900 ELS

The best of the test

4.9/5

The Gamma 8900 ELS tennis stringing machine is our experts’ top choice for stringing machines currently available on the market.

Gamma’s most advanced model features everything one could want in a stringing machine.

High-precision constant pull system, 6-point mounting system, foot pedal, and programmable memory settings are some of the standouts of this machine.

Its purchase represents a hefty investment, so we only recommend it for serious stringers like shop or club owners or those who string tennis rackets as a business.

What sets it apart from its competitors? 

Apart from its price, the Gamma 8900 ELS is the near-perfect tennis stringing machine.

It has all the tools a professional stringer could need: An extremely high-precision constant pull tensioning system, all the comfort that comes from fixed clamps that swivel, a pedal for a more hands-free stringing process, a 360º rotating turntable and even an LCD control panel with 9 programmable memory settings.

We haven’t found any negative points to complain about this machine – except for its price. Its purchase represents a several thousand dollars investment, so we only recommend it for serious stringers.

If you are willing to invest, you’ll get a near-perfect tennis stringing machine that will last for many, many years.

Specs / Key Performance Indicators:

  • Electronics constant pull tensioning system
  • 6 points mounting system
  • Digital LCD control panel
  • Fixed swivel clamps
  • 9 programmable memory settings
  • 360º rotating turntable
  • Standalone floor stand setting with adjustable height

Pros

  • Six-point mounting system
  • 360º rotating turntable
  • High-precision constant pull tensioning system
  • Programmable memory settings
  • Highly durable

Cons

  • Expensive

Gamma X-ELS

Best value for the money

4.9/5

This is Gamma’s model that would be suitable for most stringers, professional or not.

Gamma X-ELS stringing machine is a powerful, portable model with every feature a serious stringer could ask for.

It has an electronic constant pull tensioning mechanism, 6 point mounting system, and a 360º turntable – everything you need for an optimal stringing experience.

Its price tag is fair enough to be used for both amateur and professional strings – making it one of the most famous tennis stringing machines in the market.

What sets it apart from its competitors? 

The Gamma X-ELS stringing machine is the model that would be most suitable for most players and professional stringers due to its advanced features, high-tension precision, and on-point price tag.

It comes with fixed clamps that swivel, 6 point mounting system, and a 360º rotating turntable, and it is lightweight enough to be portable.

Simply put, the Gamma X-ELS is one of the best tennis racket stringing machines on the market.

Check our Gamma X ELS review here.

Specs / Key Performance Indicators:

  • Electronics constant pull tensioning system
  • 6 points mounting system
  • Fixed clamps that swivel
  • 9 programmable memory settings
  • 360º rotating turntable
  • Tabletop, portable setup

Pros

  • All the features a serious stringer could ask
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Extreme precision constant pull tensioning system

Cons

  • None

Klippermate USA

Best Budget

4.7/5

The Klippermate ranks third in our ranking of the best tennis stringing machines. 

Not because of its advanced features (because it has none), but because of its price tag of just a few hundred dollars.

Its convenience of use, paired with its incredible price tag, made the Klippermate one of the most sold tennis stringing machines ever.

What sets it apart from its competitors? 

It is the perfect device for those who want to start to string their own rackets, as it is very competent for its price tag and more durable than expected. It is also very lightweight and portable, making it easy to move around and string your rackets wherever suits you best.  

Since investing in this machine breaks even after just a few restrings, we recommend it to every amateur tennis player interested in the art of racket stringing.

Check the full Klippermate review here.

Specs / Key Performance Indicators:

  • Drop weight tensioning system
  • 2-point mounting system
  • Floating clamps
  • Tabletop setup

Pros

  • Very cheap
  • Durable
  • Good construction for its price tag
  • Very portable

Cons

  • Clamps do not always work consistently
  • Serious stringers will outgrow this machine
  • It takes considerable time to string a racket

Gamma Progression ST II

4.6/5

The Gamma Progression ST II stringing machine is a potent tool that might suit the typical tennis player better due to its competitive price tag.

It has a crank tensioning mechanism, 6 point mounting system, and swivel fixed clamps.

While its tensioning method is not as precise as constant pull, electronical systems, it is more than enough for the average tennis player. In all truth, you won’t feel the difference unless you’re a professional or semi-professional tennis player.

Its 360º rotating turntable with locking brakes is very welcome and provides a comfortable stringing experience.

A serious model for any stringer that does not require a high-end electronic constant pull tensioning system.

What sets it apart from its competitors? 

The Gamma Progression ST II is the best option in the market for those who want a professional stringing machine to string their tennis rackets but do not require the millimetric precision that a constant pull electronic tensioning mechanism offers.

It is a highly comfortable tabletop portable setup with 6 points mounting system and fixed clamps that swivel for overall comfort and stringing performance.

It is one of the best value stringing machines in the market for its features – we recommend its purchase for all players that want a serious, competent stringing machine without breaking the bank.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Crank tensioning system
  • 6-point mounting system
  • Fixed clamps that swivel
  • Tabletop setup

Pros

  • Priced fairly
  • Advanced features 

Cons

  • None

Gamma X-Stringer X-2

4.5/5

Gamma’s entry-level model is a highly reliable tennis stringing machine from the world’s leading brand in tennis racquet stringing machines.

It is also incredibly cheap – only a few hundred dollars – making it the perfect model for any player who wants to start stringing their own rackets.

It features a drop-weight tensioning mechanism, 2 point mount system, and 2 composite floating clamps.

A standout feature of the Gamma X Stringer X 2 is that it includes a 360º rotatable turntable – adding to your stringing comfort in a price range that typically does not have this feature.

What sets it apart from its competitors? 

Gamma’s entry-level model has some features that typically are not found in stringing machines of this price tag. 

It comes with a 360º rotatable turntable, a drop-weight mechanism, 2 mounting points in contact with your racket’s frame, and 2 clamps.

Its low price is this machine’s prominent attraction feature and fierce competition for the best seller Klippermate.

Check our complete Gamma X Stringer X2 Review.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Drop-weight tensioning system
  • 2-point mounting system
  • Floating clamps
  • Tabletop setup

Pros

  • Stable and reliable
  • Cheap
  • Portable and lightweight
  • Durable

Cons

  • Not the best clamps

Wilson Baiardo

4.3/5

The Wilson Baiardo is, in our expert’s opinion, the best tennis stringing machine on the market.

So, why is it so far down in this article on the best stringing machines?

Because of its prohibitive price.

You can get a “semi-comparable” model (performance-wise) for some thousands less -that’s the only reason it isn’t #1 on this list.

To give you an idea of the level of sophistication of the Wilson Baiardo, it automatically matches its height to the user.

Wilson spent 4 years developing the Baiardo machine and collaborated extensively with ergonomy specialists – to make it the most comfortable and highest-performance stringing machine in the market. 

And they achieved what they promised.

What sets it apart from its competitors? 

The extraordinary level of comfort and exquisite performance makes Wilson Baiardo the best stringing machine in the market.

However, its price is highly prohibitive for most users.

If price isn’t a concern and you want the best, we recommend the Wilson Baiardo. You will not be disappointed. 

Check the complete Wilson Baiardo review here. If you like Wilson as a brand, it might also be worthy to check our guide on the best Wilson tennis rackets.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Electronic constant pull tensioning system
  • 6 points mounting system
  • Digital LCD control panel
  • Fixed swivel clamps
  • 360º rotating turntable
  • Standalone floor stand setting with automatic height adjustment

Pros

  • Amazing precision and reliability
  • Best ergonomics and stringing comfort in the market

Cons

  • Expensive

Factors to consider when choosing a tennis stringing machine - Buying Guide

Expected Usage

The more you plan to use your tennis racket stringing machine, the more value it has. 

If you string multiple rackets per month, it might compensate you to acquire your stringing machine. On the flip side, if you are an amateur player who plays 2 or 3 times per week, it might not be worth financially wise.

The cost of stringing a tennis racket varies between stores and clubs, but labor costs are typically 10$ to 25$.

Ultimately, it is a question of checking how frequently you plan to use your stringing machine and evaluating how many usages you break even.

As a rule of thumb, a tennis racket played by the typical amateur player must be replaced every 50 matches. This number varies wildly, depending on how hard you hit the ball and what kind of strings you have.

Professional tennis players even switch rackets mid-match because they start losing tension and not performing optimally!

Desired String Tension Accuracy

Another aspect to consider when choosing a machine to string your tennis racket is how accurate you want your tension to be. 

There are 3 types of stringing mechanisms – drop weight (the most basic mechanism), crank, and electronic (the most advanced mechanism) – explained thoroughly below in this article. 

As you progress through them, stringing tension accuracy and the machine’s price increase.

If you are a beginner or intermediate player, you probably won’t feel much difference, and a drop-weight or a crank mechanism is probably the way to go. 

If you are an advanced tennis player, a high-end crank or an electronic stringing machine might be more suitable for your needs.

You might also benefit from our article on how to choose tennis strings – it explains the different types of setups and their expected durabilities, including how much time each material can hold tension.

Stringing Process Speed

You should also consider how much time you wish to spend stringing each racket. While this is not a worry if you are a beginner player who only needs to string his racket sporadically, it will if you plan to string multiple rackets weekly.

As it happens with tension accuracy, higher-end tennis racket stringing machines also speed up the stringing process sharply. 

Stringing a tennis racket using a drop-weight machine will take anywhere between 25 and 45 minutes, depending on your practice and skill. On the other hand, an electronic device will reduce this timeframe to between 10 and 15 minutes (while also being less prone to errors and “sloppy” stringing).

So, if stringing speed is a concern, we advise you to invest in an electronic stringing machine. Otherwise, a crank or drop-weight mechanism will do the trick.

Budget

Ultimately, it all boils down to how much you are willing to invest in tension accuracy, stringing speed, and overall accuracy.

A low-end, drop-weight tennis stringing machine’s price starts at 200$/300$. Check out our article on the best budget stringing machine.

Considering that the labor for stringing a tennis racket costs up to 25$, it could be a desirable financial investment, even for the typical amateur player!

Conversely, a premium electronic tennis stringing machine starts selling for around 1000$ and can go up as much as several thousand dollars, depending on its features. This investment, especially when discussing the higher-end of electronic stringing machines, is typically only worth it for tennis clubs or professional stringers.

What to look for in a Stringing Machine - Buying Guide

Stringing Mechanism

Drop-Weight

Drop weight is the most straightforward tennis stringing machine mechanism. It works with a tensioned weight pulling the string (the heavier the weight, the higher the tension). 

It is the most old-school stringing method, using simple physics (torque = force * distance) to achieve the desired tension.

It is the cheapest type of stringing machine available, the one that requires less maintenance and takes the longest to string a tennis racket. Also, it is typically more prone to “sloppy” stringing if the stringer is not very skilled.

Crank

A crank-stringing mechanism uses, as the name implies, a crank to achieve the desired tension – at which point the mechanism locks the string to attach it to the tennis racket.

It is the intermediate-level stringing mechanism.

The stringing speed in this kind of machine is considerably faster than in drop-weight ones.

Electronic

Electronic tennis racket stringing machines are computerized devices with an electric motor that controls the tension applied to the strings. This is the kind of machine usually found in tennis shops and clubs.

In this category of stringing mechanisms, there are two partitions:

  • Constant pull – the string is constantly being pulled at the desired tension, ensuring that the tension is always incredibly accurate. This is the most advanced and precise type of tennis stringing machine there is.
  • Lockout – The motor pulls the string until it reaches the desired tension and locks it into place. They are also exact, but the tension is not monitored after locking – resulting in micro losses. 

Electronic stringing machines can come with various features, such as single-action clamp bases, string measurers, the possibility to adjust the machine’s height, and electronic brakes. The most modern ones even come with touch screens.

Like tennis ball machines, the more features machines possess, the higher the price.

Standalone or Tabletop

Standalone stringing machines are equipped with stands to string your tennis racket comfortably. Some even allow for adjustable height for comfort.

Tabletop devices are more portable. You can place them on any table or floor to string your rackets.

The decision will depend on whether you need to transport your machine often. 

If so, a tabletop machine is a must. 

If not, we recommend a standalone stringing machine for your comfort.

Mounting System

The mounting system refers to the number of machine points in contact with the racket’s frame when stringing. They can come in 2, 4, 5, or 6 points.

2 and 4 points mounting systems only hold the tension by the throat and head of the racket. 

5 and 6 points stabilize your stringing process and prevent frame distortion (especially on oversized racket heads).

Fixed or Floating Clamps

At last, floating clamps are not attached to the machine and only use one string to hold tension. They are the less reliable method, but also the cheapest.

On the other hand, fixed clamps are commonly attached to glide bars and must be repositioned from mains to crosses. 

Higher-end machines come equipped with fixed clamps that swivel, offering the greatest range of motion, speed, and comfort there is.

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