The 7 Best Frisbees to Buy in 2018

Find your ideal disc, whether you're at the beach or playing golf

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When you think of frisbees, you probably think of days at the beach, tossing a plastic disc between you and your friend, or sending it into the air so your dog can catch it. But frisbees have come a long way and are no longer just simple, plastic discs. Light-up models, oversized frisbees, and ones constructed of puncture-proof material all exist on the market.

Frisbees can be used for a quick game of throw and catch, but they're also great for playing disc golf or getting the pent up energy out of your dog.

Whether you need a heavy-duty model that stands up to Fido's teeth or a boldly colored, easy-to-catch frisbee to share with your kids, there's an option out there waiting for you.

Here, we round up our favorite frisbees for enjoying the classic game no matter who you play with.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Discraft Ultra Star

This classic design is initially what draws people to the frisbee, but its “contoured grip and aerodynamic engineering” are what make this one of the most popular discs in the world (not to mention, it doesn’t break the bank). It has even been the official disc of the USA Ultimate Championship Series since 1991. The Ultra Star is made in the USA and comes in a variety of colors including glow-in-the-dark, which one reviewer notes are great for playing frisbee at night. Many users also stated that this frisbee holds up pretty well with their dogs' bites. Others say the frisbee has the perfect weight and stability for an even, accurate throw.

Best Set: Nite Ize Flashlight LED Disc Golf Set

Nite Ize Flashlight LED Disc Golf Set
Courtesy of L.L. Bean

This disc golf set from Nite Ize includes everything you need to play this increasingly popular game: a driver, mid-range, and putter. All three discs have LED color-changing lights in the center so you can continue to play long into the evening hours or in varied weather conditions. Battery life in the LEDs max out at 20 hours and then the lithium batteries must be replaced. This frisbee set was designed by professional disc golf players, so you know the quality is up to par. Plus, a special grippy material provides superior power and stability with each throw and catch you make.

Best Heavyweight: Innova Big Kahuna

The Big Kahuna frisbee by Innova weighs 200 grams to withstand strong winds and throws, meaning it's perfect for a windy beach day or practicing for a disc golf tournament. Not only is it thick and sturdy, but this frisbee also allows for some serious airtime thanks to its wide 23.5 centimeter diameter.

One reviewer said to proceed with caution when using the Big Kahuna, since it's heavier weight and durability can really hurt if you accidentally miss and get hit in the body or head with it. Another noted that it can be rough at first on your hands until you get used to the thick grip of the disc.

The frisbee comes in a wide variety of colors, from basic black to bright blue, green, red, and yellow. Each is stamped with an intricate Big Kahuna pattern on the top of the frisbee for a final touch.

Best for Dogs: Hyperflite Jawz Ultra-Tough

This puncture-resistant frisbee is able to take on the bite of your favorite four-legged friend. In fact, it’s the official disc of the World Canine Disc Championship Series. Not only is the frisbee durable, but it can soar at great distances as well, giving your pup all of the ​exercise he could want. While the material is meant to withstand those rugged canines, it lands somewhere between a firm, plastic disc and a squishy, rubbery one, so your pooch's teeth are still protected. The Hyperflite is available in a single or double pack.​

Best for All Ages: Aerobie Pro Ring

This flying ring from Aerobie Pro is 13 inches wide and features a hollow center and doughnut shape, making it easy to catch and throw even for young children. You can also use this disc to play a more untraditional version of frisbee where you catch the disc through your arm or on your foot thanks to the large center hole.

The flexible, rubberized plastic is soft on the hands and makes for easy aerodynamic throws. A fun fact: this ring was actually used to set a Guinness Book of World Record for the farthest throw at 1,333 feet.

One reviewer said her German Shepherd dog also loves this disc and has yet to destroy it like he has other frisbees. Another noted that this version of the frisbee is safe for youngsters looking to play outside and her son and his friends, ages 8 through 11, have endless hours of fun with the Aerobie Pro Ring.

Best Light-Up: Night Ize Flashflight LED

Whether you use it for fun or for sport, the Night Ize Flashflight allows frisbee enthusiasts to make the most of their time outside with its illuminated design. You can choose from red, blue, green, or color-changing LED light options. The lights extend from the frisbee's center all the way to its rim so the entire disc is illuminated in light.

If you’re playing near a body of water, you’ll be happy to know this disc actually floats! Reviewers agree that this disc is a great choice: it’s sturdy, easy to handle and travels a straight path when thrown. Its diameter is 10-5/8,” which is standard. Some users find swapping out the batteries to be a bit of a pain, but the overall quality of the frisbee trumps this complaint.

Best Oversize: Toysmith Beamo Flying Hoop

If you’re in need of some fun and laughter, this 30-inch frisbee will do the trick. The Toysmith’s Beamo Flying Hoop features a soft foam ring and spandex sleeve. These features make it easy for anyone to handle this doughnut-like frisbee. Surprisingly, this can be thrown at a distance of 100 feet and move with quite a bit of stability despite the open center.

Watch kids chase it down and stare proudly at their lengthy toss. This toy is certainly suitable for both the young and the young-at-heart, and is a great introduction to the game of frisbee. The hoop also comes in a smaller 16-inch size if that’s more suitable for your needs.

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