Aluminium was the most common material the badminton racquets were made from before carbon fiber became popular. High end racquets are composed of carbon fiber while cheaper racquets are regularly made of steel. Wooden racquets are no longer made due to the high cost and heavy weight.
Badminton racquets come in a wide range of designs, though the rules require a racquet of a limited shape and size. The difference in racquet designs help with different playing characteristics. Racquets with isometric head shapes have become much more common compared to the traditional oval head shapes, which are still available.
Prices for badminton racquets range anywhere from $25 to over $250. Popular badminton racquet brands are Yonex, RSL, Kawasaki, Grays, and Slazenger. For more information on badminton racquets, head down to your local sports store and check out the range on offer.