Best Soft Tip Dart Boards for 2022 (Reviews & Buyer’s Guide)

The game of darts is constantly evolving. People are finding new and improved solutions to common problems when playing with regular steel tip darts. New players know the troubles that these sharp points can cause, including chipped walls, punctured floorboards, and even minor injuries!

Soft tip darts are the number one solution to these issues. Not only are they extremely safe to use and unlikely to damage anything, but they are also much cheaper to replace and upgrade than usual steel tip darts.

Soft tip dartboards are manufactured extremely differently from their steel tip counterparts. It’s important to know the differences you might experience when purchasing a soft tip dartboard and how to pick out the best pick for you and your practice sessions.

In this article, we’ll be showing you the best soft tip dart boards to choose from as well as what to look for when choosing a dart board. Soon you’ll have yourself an excellent soft tip dartboard to take your soft tip darts game to the next level!

The Best Soft Tip Dart Boards

Some of the boards in the reviews below have electronic components. We’ll only be reviewing the quality of the soft tip dartboards themselves and not the electronic features.

1. Franklin Sports Soft Tip Board

  • Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Diameter: 18 inches
  • Material: Hard Plastic

When it comes to a balance between cost and quality the Franklin Sports soft tip dartboard is the best of the bunch. Not only does it replicate a regulation size dartboard well but it also comes in at a very agreeable price.

The dimensions of the Franklin Sports board match those of a regular dartboard, albeit slightly smaller in diameter. The beds correspond with the size of European soft tip dart beds and have plenty of imprinted pockets to catch those triple and double darts. The bullseye also features both an inner and outer section, making it suitable for competitive practice.

The perforations themselves are deep enough and solid enough to receive darts well. Bounce outs are few and far between thanks to the solid construction of the beds and darts stick solidly but not too deep that it’s impossible to pull them out!

The catch ring on this Franklin board is fantastic, with one perforated ring for catching loose darts and an additional ring of solid plastic to hold the scoring numbers.

The board has an in-built mount in the back of the plastic frame which is made specifically for mounting onto walls via a nail or screw. It holds well and reduces swaying thanks to the mount’s design.

This Franklin board doesn’t have any incredible features, but what it has is done extremely well. You’ll struggle to find this quality at this price point anywhere on the market. Our biggest tip however would be to purchase slightly better soft tip darts than those that come with the board; the ones that come included are quite poor and bounce out regularly.

Being the best soft tip dart board on this list, the Franklin Sports board is a must-have for home practice!

What I liked

  • Very affordable budget dart board
  • Perforated holes hold darts well
  • Regulation bed dimension
  • Easy mounting
  • Frame storage for darts
  • Simple design
  • Inner and outer bullseye design

What could be improved

  • Small size
  • Darts included are low quality

 

 

2. Biange Soft Tip Dart Board

  • Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Diameter: 18 inches
  • Material: Hard Plastic

The second pick on our list of the best soft tip dart boards is a board that replicates the bed sizes and dimensions of competitive Asian and North American soft tip boards.

The Biange board features hard plastic scoring beds up to 20% larger than those found on regular steel tip boards. This style of bed is becoming ever more popular in soft tip tournaments around the world and could be a great format of the game to get involved in shortly.

The plastic spider seen around the beds provides great segregation between the different scores and means loose darts will always find a home in the perforated beds rather than bounce out. The perforated holes across the board are well made and help darts stick very well.

One of the best features of the Biange soft tip dartboard is the perforated catch ring which is around an inch wide and will catch missed darts without breaking them.

An inner and outer bullseye (also 20% larger than regulation bullseyes) is a feature that’s not found on all dart boards. It’s a great addition and makes this dart board a great pick for people who are serious about their soft tip game

On the back of the plastic housing are two mounts, one on the top and one on the bottom. The board is easily mounted by hanging each mount onto a screw or nail. You could choose to only hang the top mount, but the board might swing from side to side slightly when darts land!

What I liked

  • Simple mounting
  • International bed sizes
  • Solid perforations
  • Razer plastic spider
  • Perforated catch ring
  • Solid build
  • Regulation size board

What could be improved

  • Slightly expensive
  • Bulky frame

 

3. Fat Cat 727

  • Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Diameter: 19 inches
  • Material: Hard Plastic

Although it’s yet another electronic board on our list, the Fat Cat 727 stands very well as a soft tip dartboard in its own right.

Marketed as a miniature soft tip practice board, the 13-inch target face features directly proportionate bed sizes including triples, doubles, and double bullseyes! This makes it great for target training for those players who need a portable board to carry around with them for practice.

The size and weight of the Fat Cat 727 make it the perfect choice for traveling businessmen and women who like to practice on the go. Although it’s not regulation size in diameter, the bed sizes are perfect for accuracy training.

As catch rings go, the ring on the Fat Cat soft tip dartboard is well designed with a slightly different pattern to most. The diamond perforation makes it stand out separately from the board’s scoring beds while still catching darts well and reducing bounce-outs.

The only slight issue we have with this Fat Cat soft tip dartboard is the spherical pieces of plastic behind each scoring number. They’re a little large and take up a large proportion of the catch ring surface area. If you hit these with a soft tip dart, your tip is almost certain to snap.

All in all, the Fat Cat 727 is a fantastic mobile choice for amateur to intermediate players looking to practice on the go.

What I liked

  • Portable
  • Easily mountable
  • Diamond catch ring
  • Accurate bed dimensions
  • Compact

What could be improved

  • Small, non-regulation size
  • Strange plastic spheres behind scoring numbers

 

 

4. Franklin Sports Electronic Dart Board

  • Weight: 2 pounds
  • Diameter: 15 inches
  • Material: Hard Plastic

Despite its diameter being smaller, the Franklin Sports electronic dart board has a larger target area than its counterpart at number one on this list. The scoring area directly replicates that of a standard European dart board with traditional dimension beds and inner and outer bullseyes making it a great soft tip alternative to bristle boards.

The razer-thin plastic spider that separates each segment is quite deep and helps guide every dart into a perforation rather than bounce out and break. The segments themselves feature hundreds of tiny holes, each designed perfectly to hold darts in the board without making them hard to remove.

Soft tipped darts will have no problem landing in the scoring beds of this board but the catch ring is extremely small. Miss the scoring beds and you are likely to miss the board altogether as the catch ring is only a few centimeters wide. Saying that its catch ring size adds to its portability and makes it easier to carry around for practice.

Similar to the non-electronic Franklin Sports soft tip board, this version also features darts storage on the side of the plastic frame. In-built rear mounting sockets allow for the board to be easily mounted on a nail or screw.

What I liked

  • Very affordable
  • Regulation size
  • Inner and outer bullseyes
  • Darts storage
  • Razer thin spider
  • Easily mountable

What could be improved

  • Tiny catch ring
  • Small scoring number displays
  • Only one mounting socket

 

 

5. Theefun Safety Dart Board

  • Weight: 1.54 pounds
  • Diameter: 16 inches
  • Material: Soft Rubber Darts & Plastic Bristle Board

Even soft tip darts can cause damage at times. In the hands of children, they could potentially be dangerous to other people due to their pointy plastic soft tips. To make darts even safer for younger generations, the rounded rubber-tipped dart was invented. These darts feature extremely soft, flexible tips at their point and scoring area material to be caught.

The scoring areas and beds of the Theefun Safety dart board are made of hundreds of plastic bristles which are only very slightly flexible. The soft-tipped rubber darts then indent themselves between the bristles and get caught in between them.

The quality of the plastic bristles on the Theefun board is very high, with the darts penetrating well and holding quite securely in the board. The darts do not stick as well as usual soft tip darts on a standard soft tip board but that is the trade-off you make for safer rubber darts.

The board does not feature a catch ring to catch missed darts but that is sort of irrelevant since the tips of the darts are made of soft rubber and will not snap when they hit a hard surface. All this could mean is there will be more darts on the floor, so be sure to lay down a mat to catch them!

At the very center of the top of the catch ring, there is a reinforced nail hole for secure mounting. Be careful not to damage it when mounting as this is the only one.

The board comes with six soft tip darts but we would recommend ordering more of these speciality tips when you can.

It might not be the best soft tip dart board on the market but the Theefun Safety board is a good choice for younger players.

What I liked

  • Safety orientated
  • Well built
  • Nail hole built-in
  • Ergonomic
  • Soft head darts included
  • Good for very young players
  • Cost-effective

What could be improved

  • Not a professional board
  • Low dart retention
  • Very basic
  • Fragile

 

 

6. Arachnid Illuminator 3.0 Dart Board

  • Weight: 5.4 pounds
  • Diameter: 16.5 inches
  • Material: Hard Plastic

Forget that this is an electronic dart board for a moment. The Arachnid Illuminator 3.0 just so happens to double up as a great soft tip dart board too, even without its electronic components!

To start with, Illuminator 3.0 features a very unique design with a standout blue, white, and grey color scheme and original fonts with a playful feel. It’s extremely nice to look at and would look great in a bar, lounge, or game room.

The dart board is built into a thick, durable plastic frame with in-built cabinet doors. There is an in-built hanging bracket on the back of the cabinet making it incredibly easy to hang on nails or screws.

The perforations in the scoring beds are deep and consistent helping darts stick in the board well. Bounce outs are extremely rare unless you hit the micro-thin segment dividers directly.

An extended catch ring surrounds the target area and has deep perforations that help catch darts flying from the board and make sure they don’t break or drop on the floor.

The inner and outer bullseyes are segmentless but have an excellent dipped design to help darts glide into one or the other.

What I liked

  • Fantastic design
  • Unique color scheme
  • Consistent perforation depth
  • Cabinet included
  • Easily mountable
  • Wide catch ring

What could be improved

  • Non-traditional
  • Only one nail socket

 

 

7. INNOCHEER Safety Darts Dart Board

  • Weight: 2 pounds
  • Diameter: 16 inches
  • Material: Soft Rubber Darts & Plastic Bristle Dart Board

On the surface, the Innocheer Safety Darts board might look identical to our 5th pick on this list, the Theefun Safety board. Well, it is. Except for one distinct feature; the Innocheer has one large bullseye.

On this dart board, you’ll find only one target area for the bullseye. This makes the overall target area for a fifty-point score much larger but is less realistic than having an inner and outer bed. Of both of the rubber tip boards on this list, this is probably the better kids dart board set. Dart players of all levels will enjoy it but most will want more of a realistic challenge.

Soft rubber round tips are collected in scoring areas made of plastic bristles and stick in quite well. As with the Theefun board, it’s less receptive of the special darts when compared to standard soft tip darts but makes up for that with ultimate safety.

If you’re searching for a board that you can put up for your children and leave them to it without any worries then this style of dart board is for you.

What I liked

  • Extremely safe
  • Large bullseye
  • Child friendly
  • Lightweight
  • Portable

What could be improved

  • Non-regulation
  • No inner or outer bullseye
  • More expensive than its competition

 

 

Soft Tip Dart Board Buyer’s Guide

A soft tip dartboard is essential for soft tip darts players who want to practice from home. They come in varying sizes, materials, and designs and it can be complicated to choose the correct board.

Before making your choice, consider the many factors below in our buyer’s guide and how they might affect your practice.

Build Material

Your soft tip dartboard should be made from a durable and safe material. Most dart boards are made from either hard plastic or rubber.

Hard Plastic

Hard plastic dartboards are made predominantly for soft tip darts with plastic tips. These boards are usually geared towards adults and regular players who want to practice for competitive play. The soft tip darts stick into the plastic beds by embedding themselves in pre-drilled holes all over the board.

Rubber Darts & Plastic Bristle Board

Rubber dartboards are mostly made for children’s boards and used with special rounded rubber-tipped darts. These boards and darts are not incredibly accurate or at all similar to regular darts and should only be used for casual use. A good example of this style of the board would be the Innocheer safety darts board. The target area is made of plastic bristles but can be penetrated by rubber-tipped darts.

Size

The size of regulation soft tip dart boards is entirely dependent on the region where they are being played. In Europe, soft tip dartboards tend to be a direct replica of steel tip boards whereas, in the US and Asia, soft tip boards are smaller in diameter with larger beds. Both styles are generally good for practice but consider your location and which style of dart board you play on regularly before making your purchase.

Dart boards smaller than 16 inches in diameter are compact and extremely portable but relatively useless for effective practice. These smaller dart boards are geared towards children and casual fun but can also be a great introductory purchase for new players who are considering getting into the game of darts.

Design

Because soft tip boards are designed largely for casual practice, many of them come with varying designs and color schemes. In itself, this isn’t an issue however if you’re looking to practice efficiently on a soft tip dart board you’ll want the scoring beds to have alternating colors. This means, for example, that the 20 bed will be the same color as the 18 and 13 beds, and the 1 bed will be the same as the 4 and 6 beds, etc.

This helps players decipher exactly where their dart has landed and assists with scoring. The same can be said with triple and double beds which should always be a different color to the single beds. A classic example of a standard color scheme would be the scheme found on the Robustrong dart board.

Bed Proportions

As mentioned in the size section of the buyer’s guide, bed proportions can vary massively on soft tip dartboards. If you play darts in Asia and the USA, the triple, double, and bullseye beds are around 20% larger than those on European soft tip dartboards. Be sure to check that the bed sizes match those that you are used to in your region or location.

Bullseye Design

Many soft tip dartboards do not feature an inner or outer bullseye, only one single large bed. This can be good for confidence since it’s much easier to hit a bullseye, but it’s not fantastic for practice on the inner bullseye. If you’re wanting to play competitive darts, you’ll want to make sure you purchase a board with both an inner and outer bullseye.

Mounting Hardware

No doubt you’ll be wanting to mount your soft tip dart board on a flat surface. You’ll need to check to see what mounting hardware is built into or comes with your new board.

Check the back of the board to see if there is an inlet to help you hang it on a wall. If there is no such inlet, check the top of the board for a hook or gap in the plastic frame which you could also hang on a nail.

Soft tip dartboards don’t tend to come with brackets or external hardware since you can’t screw them into a plastic frame.

Catch Ring

The catch ring on a soft tip dart board is the area around the edge of the scoring beds where the physical numbers usually sit. If you miss your doubles on the outside, this is where your darts will land.

Some catch rings are solid plastic meaning that any darts that land there will rebound or even snap. Others have tiny pockets built-in similar to the scoring beds so that your darts will stick into the board even if you miss. These catch ring designs are preferable to reduce bounce-outs and also avoid breaking your darts.

Included Dart Count

Most board sets come with one or two sets of darts. Don’t let these included darts affect your judgment of the board itself. The darts will be low quality and will need replacing relatively quickly with a decent set!

In Conclusion

Soft tip dartboards are a fantastic addition to the darting universe. They provide players with a safe and cost-effective means of home practice. They can even be great first soft tip dart boards for amateurs or children. The most important factors to consider are where you want to take your darts game in the future. Pick the correct board according to your ambitions and you’ll end up with a soft tip dart board that will serve you well for practice session after practice session!

Best Dart Board Cabinet for 2022 (Reviews & Buyer’s Guide)

The dart board cabinet was designed with stray darts in mind. It protects a board’s backdrop and in turn, protects your darts. Not only will loose darts damage your walls but they can also break, meaning you’ll end up needing a new expensive set! On top of protection, they also double up as scorekeepers and darts storage spaces, with most containing a scoreboard of some sort and a mount to hang your darts in.

Steel tip darts can be destructive by their very nature, especially when in the hands of young or amateur players. The pointed, sharp tips are great at tearing apart any surface they land on and can create chips, holes, and cracks in walls and plaster.

A quality dart board cabinet is a staple in any good player’s setup. We’ve found the ten best dart board cabinets and listed them down below, to help you pick the right cabinet for your darts!

10 Best Dart board Cabinets for 2022

Many of the cabinets below come in combination purchases with dartboards included. Although it is certainly nice to receive multiple items in a purchase, the reviews will be based solely on the quality of the cabinets and not the boards.

1. EastPoint Sports Belmont

  • Weight: 23.04 pounds
  • Diameter: 21 inches
  • Material: Hardwood

This particular dartboard cabinet set is the perfect mix of affordability, durability, and quality. The EastPoint Belmont cabinet comes in a combination pack with a bristle dartboard, but it’s the cabinet that really steals the show and can be considered the best dartboard cabinet set on the market.

The design of the board itself is simple yet effective. When closed, the board is a standard square shape with no protruding edges, 21 inches in width and when open it increases its width to become a straight-sided rectangle. The standard shape of the board helps it fit on most flat surfaces and can be squeezed in between wall decorations or other mounts.

The interior of the cabinet is equally efficient. The red-coated wooden backdrop provides ample protection for loose darts and bounce outs while the doors are sturdy, stable, and give plenty of space for the in-built chalk scoreboard. With well constructed and sturdy metal hinges, the doors hold well and do not sway with gusts of wind.

Chalk scoreboards can sometimes be advertised as such but struggle to hold the chalk, making scoring tough to read. The two scoreboards on each of the cabinet doors receive chalk very well and feature space for both 01 and cricket scoring. At the bottom of each, there are also in-built dart holders which are capable of holding 3 darts each.

No frills, no unnecessary accessories, and extremely ergonomic, the Eastpoint Sports Belmont provides an affordable solution to the problem of damaged walls and broken darts. Its price point alone is what makes it the best dartboard cabinet set on our list with no discernible loss of quality or durability when compared to other, more expensive cabinets. This is the perfect cabinet for home, club or pub use and is suitable as both a bristle and electronic dartboard cabinet.

What I liked

  • Very ergonomic
  • Very affordable
  • Sturdy hinges
  • Weighted doors
  • Great aesthetic
  • No unnecessary flair

What could be improved

  • Simple design
  • Basic scoreboards (chalk only)
  • Slightly small, no larger catch radius

 

 

2. DMI Sports Deluxe

  • Weight: 25.35 pounds
  • Diameter: 22 inches
  • Material: Hardwood

Unlike the Eastpoint board, DMI have taken into account the need for a stylish cabinet. Its place on a wall of a rustic pub would not be questioned and could even be considered as something other than a dartboard. The large, rounded door tops and homely rosewood finish give it a certain classy feel and help it stand out from other cabinet sets.

The two scoreboards come in a muted green color and help increase the contrast between the sore mark and scoreboard, meaning they’re easy to read. The door-mounted cricket chalkboard can also be used for 01 games and has plenty of space for marks and scores.

An MDF finish to the back of the cabinet ensures that bounce outs do not rebound aggressively or break on impact, but it could certainly look a little more attractive. Luckily enough, the rest of the board is finished very well and looks professional.

The build quality is excellent, with chip-proof hardwood being used for the main construction and durable brass for the sturdy door hinges. The doors hang solidly and stay in place well. Mounting hardware comes with the set and makes putting up the board simple and quick.

All in all the DMI Sports Deluxe board cabinet set is a great handsome cabinet option for venues where looks matter but does come in at a slightly higher price point than other boards on this list.

What I liked

  • Professional look
  • Clean finish
  • Stylish
  • Durable build
  • Strong hinges

What could be improved

  • Expensive
  • Tall door height
  • Basic scoreboards (chalk only)
  • No finish on the MDF backing

 

 

3. Viper Vault Deluxe

  • Weight: 27 pounds
  • Diameter: 22 inches
  • Material: Hardwood

Off the back of the success of the shot king bristle dartboard, Viper decided to venture into the world of dartboard cabinets. They have a large array of different boards varying greatly from each other, but the Vault Deluxe beats all of them to the number three spot on our list.

With a sturdy build and dark wooden finish, this Viper cabinet has fantastic durability. The hardwood shell is chip-proof and certainly looks fantastic on any flat surface. The backdrop is made of MDF and finished with a matte black covering, making it fit right in and not stand out too much.

The hinges are heavy and sturdy, meaning the doors don’t swing without any human input and are secured well. They even have in-built magnets at the top and bottom to keep the doors firmly closed when the board isn’t in use.

The integrated wood doors feature a rounded top for aesthetics and a dry erase scoreboard on both sides. The right-hand door even features an Illumiscore board and comes with a specially constructed pen. Combining the pen and Illumiscore board makes the written score light up and glow in darker environments. This is a unique feature you won’t find on many competitors’ cabinets.

The set comes with lots of helpful accessories included including markers, an eraser, darts, and of course the Shot King bristle dart board.

This is an excellent board but is reflected in the price point, at almost three times the price of our number one pick. If you have the budget, it’s well worth the purchase!

What I liked

  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Wood-style finish
  • Illumiscore backlighting
  • Many accessories
  • Magnetic doors

What could be improved

  • Very expensive
  • Gimmicky scoreboard

 

 

4. Viper Hideaway

  • Weight: 12.8 pounds
  • Diameter: 21 inches
  • Material: Hardwood

First things first, let’s get things straight. You definitely do not buy the Viper hideaway cabinet set for the dartboard! What holds all the value in this combo is a well-built and extremely useful darts budget darts cabinet that not only protects well but looks sharp too.

This no-frills board is perfect at getting the job done. Its wood construction protects walls very well and the matte-covered MDF behind the board does a great job at absorbing loose darts.

In the interior of the cabinet, you’ll find two wedges stuck to the inside of the frame. These act as a mount that you can perch your board in and will hold it there without the need for a bracket. They work well but do sometimes allow the board to pop out on it’s z-axis. Make sure you push the board in slightly each time you play or it will sway into the dartboard cabinet when you throw a dart.

The two doors feature chalk scoreboards on their interior side for 01, cricket, and set play games. Due to the price of the board, these scoreboards are printed directly onto the cabinet frame and not onto mounted scoreboards which is a bit of a shame. The doors also feature magnetic strips to keep the cabinet closed when not in use.

The biggest downside to the Viper Hideaway cabinet is its looks. It’s black, matte black and very dark grey. There is nothing aesthetically pleasing about this board! That however doesn’t matter if it’s just a helpful tool to keep your walls safe. Its lower price point helps it find a solid fourth on our list of the top ten dartboard cabinets.

What I liked

  • Cheap
  • Magnetic doors
  • Great protection
  • In-built mounting system
  • Multiple game mode scoreboards

What could be improved

  • Dull looking
  • In-built mount restricts replacement board size
  • Scoreboards are directly on wooden doors

 

 

5. Hathaway Drifter

  • Weight: 33.51 pounds
  • Diameter: 25 inch
  • Material: Pinewood

If class and good looks are what you’re after in a dartboard cabinet set then the Hathaway Drifter cabinet set is the one for you.

When closed, the vintage cabinet looks fantastic having been crafted from solid, reclaimed pine wood. A distressed, Timberwood finish completes the look and ensures it wouldn’t look out of place in a members club or vintage lounge. The knobs on the doors are made of high-quality iron hardware and the doors themselves even brag iron cross beams!

In terms of quality, this dartboard cabinet does everything it needs to. The doors each have chalk scoreboards attached to them with designs capable of scoring 01 and cricket modes and the cabinet has plenty of shelf storage space underneath where the board hangs.

The door hinges are stiff and hang well without swaying around when darts hit.

The size of the cabinet is large, much larger than most dartboard cabinets on this list. Make sure to double-check you have enough space for this 25-inch wide monster cabinet!

What brings the board down is its price point. It’s regularly found at four times the value of our number one pick and frankly, cannot warrant that price given that it doesn’t have that many more outstanding features. Still, a cracking board that looks pristine.

What I liked

  • Stunning design
  • Iron trimmings
  • Sturdy build
  • Stiff hinges
  • Magnetic doors
  • Large storage space

What could be improved

  • Expensive
  • Very heavy
  • Very large

 

 

6. Viper Metropolitan

  • Weight: 24.2 pounds
  • Diameter: 21 inches
  • Material: Pinewood

Looking for a classic and vintage-looking board with plenty of storage? The Viper Metropolitan ticks all of those boxes and more.

It’s important to note first that although the Viper Metropolitan dartboard cabinet measures 21 inches wide, it also measures a massive 27 inches tall, all thanks to its additional storage area under the board. Make sure you have plenty of vertical space to mount this board in!

The reason for the crazy height would be the board’s most unique feature. Underneath the main cabinet area, Viper has a built-in additional storage area. The 15 pocket dart caddy has pockets of all sizes made to fit darts, flights, stems, and all of your other darting accessories. It’s extremely useful and stays well out of the way of the playing area.

The hinges on this board are made of bronze and hold very well without any swaying, despite the oversized doors.

Speaking of doors, the right door features an easy wipe dry erase scoreboard and the left a very useful out-shot cheat sheet. The board comes with a dry erase marker which works well together with the scoreboard and is easily wiped completely clean.

One unique feature of the Viper Metropolitan is a tiny little pen magnet for the dry erase marker. This might seem trivial but it stops the pen from rolling out of the cabinet from time to time when your darts land on the board!

A black felt lining on the back board completes the board well and adds a touch of class to the finish. All of these attractive features come at a price, making the Metropolitan a middle-of-the-range dart board cabinet. Just make sure to measure your wall space before purchasing this monster of a dartboard cabinet!

What I liked

  • Felt lining
  • Large storage capacity
  • Dry erase scoreboard and marker
  • Pre-installed board mounting bracket
  • Vintage design

What could be improved

  • Slightly expensive
  • Very large

 

 

7. Hathaway Centerpoint

  • Weight: 28.6 pounds
  • Diameter: 25.5 inches
  • Material: Hardwood

Boards and cabinets in public settings like pubs or bars usually look a little worn aged. Save the years of use and sun damage and buy a lightly used-looking cabinet straight out of the box!

The look of the Hathaway Centerpoint is certainly interesting. The dark cherry wood has a nice color palette and the polish finish is rough and coarse in places … but it’s quite comforting! It feels used yet extremely homely and definitely comes across as a ‘local pub’ style of dartboard cabinet set. It won’t win any awards as the best dart board cabinet but it’s a solid addition to the list.

In terms of build quality, the Centerpoint is put together well. The cabinet doors open easily and evenly thanks to high-quality, stainless steel hinges but don’t swing or sway once open. Green fabric on an MDF backing provides a vintage backdrop and the doors themselves have a rounded top design.

The dry wipe only scoreboards on the doors’ interior sides are very simple but are capable of doing the job for both 01 and cricket games.

The board features hooks attached to the top of the frame for easy mounting to any wall. In theory, this means that no mounting brackets are needed, however, brackets tend to be more stable than these hooks on nails.

What I liked

  • Vintage look
  • Plenty of interior space
  • Hook attachments for mounting
  • Dry-wipe scoreboards
  • Hardwood finish

What could be improved

  • Looks aged
  • Very simple scoreboard design
  • No stand specifically for darts

 

 

8. Viper Hudson

  • Weight: 24.69 pounds
  • Diameter: 23.25 inches
  • Material: Wood

Take the Viper Metropolitan, remove the lower storage area and you get the Viper Hudson dartboard cabinet. It really is as simple as that! Most of the build and features are identical except for the shortening of the doors due to the lack of additional storage space and pockets. The Hudson board is therefore far more suitable for venues where wall space is an issue.

There are a few more design differences between the two boards other than the lower section. The doors feature a rounded top on the Hudson, giving it a classic cabinet feel and the doors themselves are much shorter in length.

The boards both brag an out-shot cheat sheet on the interior of the left door and an easy wipe scoreboard on the right but the Hudson scoreboard features much larger numerals at the cost of two fewer scoring columns. It’s perfect for games of two players but any more and scoring might be an issue.

The Hudson also features an in-built board mount, making hanging a dart board inside the cabinet relatively easy. It’s a great option for those who are impressed by the Metropolitan but want to save on wall space.

What I liked

  • Felt Lining
  • Standard Size
  • Dry erase scoreboard and marker
  • Out-shot cheat sheet
  • In-built mounting hardware

What could be improved

  • Lack of storage space
  • Single column scoring only
  • Expensive for this style of cabinet

 

 

9. TG Cabinet

  • Weight: 14.9 pounds
  • Diameter: 20 inches
  • Material: Particle Board (MDF)

We like to provide solutions to players of all abilities, levels, and budgets and the TG Cabinet is a great example of a cheap dartboard cabinet done very well. What are the main features you require from a cabinet? That it closes, protects its wall, and helps you score. The TG dartboard cabinet does all of these and then some.

The MDF construction feels light and flimsy and sure, it will chip when hit directly by steel tips or dropped, but it protects other surfaces very well. It absorbs the tips of darts so as not to damage them and on top of that is lightweight and portable. The one big downside of MDF is its durability. This dartboard cabinet won’t last years but will provide decent quality protection for less than regular players.

The scoreboards installed on the interiors of the doors are chalkboards. They have scoring areas for both 01 and cricket games, however, the cricket scoring digits are extremely small. It could be slightly tough to read from a distance but easier when collecting your darts. This does however allow for a lot of free space at the bottom of the scoreboards.

A small ring hangs from the top of the inside of the cabinet frame to connect a board to, however realistically you’ll want to install your own mounting hardware to the backdrop of the cabinet to ensure a stable board.

The dartboard cabinet features magnetic seals on the doors and cabinet frame to make sure the doors stay closed when not being used. This is good to see as it’s a feature that sometimes doesn’t even make it onto higher-end boards!

The cabinet itself is small and makes fitting in an official tournament-size bristle dart board very tight. It’s possible, but it will be a squeeze and won’t leave much storage space around the edges of the board. It’s probably most suited to being an electronic dartboard cabinet and can be considered the best electronic dartboard cabinet on this list.

What I liked

  • Cost-effective
  • Decent protection
  • Lightweight
  • Portable
  • Amateur friendly

What could be improved

  • Low-quality build materials
  • Not durable
  • Very small
  • Poor attention to detail

 

 

10. Franklin Sports

  • Weight: 21.8 pounds
  • Diameter: 22 inches
  • Material: Hardwood

Another semi-budget pick to round out the list, the Franklin Sports dartboard cabinet is very similar to the TG Dartboard Cabinet in many ways.

Instead of MDF construction it utilities low-quality hardwood for its frame and doors. This puts it ahead in durability and is more likely to last you a few years of practice.

The chalk scoreboards are extremely bright green in color but receive chalk well. They do have quite large digits and smaller marking columns but are absolutely usable.

A dark green felt backdrop adds a slight vintage feel to the board despite its boxy appearance. On top of that, the doors have a tendency to be slightly skewed, making them a little annoying to look at when closed!

The dartboard cabinet itself has two hooks attached to the top, similar to Hathaway Centerpoint so that the user can easily hang the cabinet from any wall attachments such as nails.

Just like the TG Cabinet, the Franklin Sports is an extremely tight fit for official tournament size dart boards, leaving next to no storage space around the board itself.

It does the job. It doesn’t look great whilst doing it, but it does the job!

What I liked

  • Frame hooks for mounting
  • Affordable
  • Lightweight
  • Compact

What could be improved

  • Very small
  • Poor construction quality
  • Strange scoreboard design
  • No magnetic doors

 

 

Dart board Cabinet Buyer’s Guide

A dartboard cabinet is essentially a house for your dart board. They serve the purpose of protecting your walls from sharp steel-tipped darts which have the potential to chip and ruin any surface. Some are also highly decorative and can look great in a bar, pub or man cave.

Before purchasing a dartboard cabinet set there are a few factors you should consider ensuring you end up choosing the correcting one

Build Material

Your dartboard cabinet should be made from the most durable and sustainable material. This way it will last much longer and provide maximum protection for your walls. Cabinet manufacturers sometimes use cheaper materials that might potentially damage your darts, so it’s important to check before your purchase. Popular materials used in dartboard cabinets include:

Hardwood

The most durable option, a solid wood cabinet provides fantastic protection for walls and has the best resistance against chipping and splitting from steel tip darts. Boards made of wood construction tend to be the most expensive but also the best dart board cabinets on the market.

MDF

MDF is an engineered wood made of wood fibers from a combination of hard and soft woods. It is more malleable than hardwood and much lighter but splits and chips far more easily. When steel tip darts penetrate MDF they go in quite far and do not bounce out, hence why it’s regularly used for cabinet backdrops.

Plastic

Plastic cabinets should be avoided for steel tip darts and bristle dart boards. This is because steel tip darts will deflect aggressively from a plastic darts cabinet and potentially break. Plastic cabinets should only be used for electronic dart boards. The best electronic dartboard cabinet would be made of hardwood but plastic is a great budget option.

Size

Dart board cabinets come in many different sizes. What is most important is to make sure that your cabinet will fit a regulation size dart board. A regulation size board measures slightly over 18 inches in diameter, so the absolute minimum width and height you want your board to be would be 19inches, to afford for small gaps on each side of the board. Smaller cabinets (below 20inches in width) are more suited to being an electronic dartboard cabinet.

Design

Wooden cabinets mostly look very similar with a large square-shaped cabinet to hold a dartboard and two doors attached to the sides that open and close on metal hinges. The main variation comes in the design of the doors, some of which are simple rectangular shapes and others have ornamental decoration on top such as a rounded or carved design. This obviously makes very little difference to gameplay but should be considered in terms of available space.

Aesthetics should also be taken into consideration if you are purchasing the cabinet set for a game room or public space.

Storage

The best dart board cabinets provide ample storage space for your darts and other accessories. Some, like the Viper Metropolitan, have additional storage space below the board with pockets for stems, flights, and chalk. Others rely on the space around the board for storage. The larger the cabinet, generally the more space there will be inside the frame for keeping all your darting bits and bobs.

Weight

Weight needs to be considered when buying a dartboard, especially if you are thinking of hanging it on a fragile mount or wall. The better boards tend to be made of materials that weigh a lot and so you should check to make sure that your wall is capable of holding 12kg or over. Also, keep in mind that the weights mentioned above are for the dart board cabinets only and do not include the weight of additional boards. A plastic electronic dartboard cabinet will weigh far less than its hardwood bristle counterpart.

Scoreboards

Scoreboards are usually located on the interior of each of the doors of a dartboard cabinet set. They come in two main forms; chalk and dry wipe. Chalk scoreboards are more vintage and look more aesthetically pleasing, however dry wipe scoreboards are far more efficient. They’re quicker to write on, wipe, and clean. Both types require regular purchases of chalk and markers. A good dartboard cabinet would have two scoreboards on both doors but some feature an informational poster instead.

Mounting Hardware

Some dartboard cabinet sets come with in-built mounting hardware both on the back of the cabinet and on the inside. You will need two mounts; one for the back of the cabinet to attach it to a wall and one on the inside to mount a board. Be sure to check what comes included in the dartboard cabinet set before taking it home, you might need to make a trip to the local DIY store!

Included Boards

For the purpose of this article, we have only been reviewing the best dartboard cabinets, but many of the sets come with boards included. To check whether or not the cabinet set dartboards are worth keeping, check out our guide on the top ten best bristle dart boards of 2022.

In Conclusion

Whether you own a bristle or electronic dartboard, it’s imperative to make sure you’re protecting your walls from bounce outs and irreparable damage. A cabinet set can make sure your walls are chip and mark-free as well as provide brilliant dart storage and scoring capabilities. Using our buyer’s guide and list you’ll soon find the perfect cabinet set match for you!

10 Best Bristle Dartboards to Buy in 2022 (Reviews & Buyer’s Guide)

Bristle dart boards are the board of choice for most competitive players. If you turn on a darts stream or a PDC event on your TV you will always see the top pros playing on incredibly well-built bristle boards.

Over the years many different styles of dart boards have come and gone, with some still providing alternative competition to this day for soft tip darts players, but nothing has come close to the consistency and quality of steel tip bristle boards. Their durable construction and groundbreaking technology sets them miles ahead of the other types of board.

With so many bristle dartboards on the market to choose from, it’s tough to know which one you should take home and which ones you should avoid.

We’re going to break down the top 10 best bristle dartboards on the market right now, why they sit atop the rest and we’ll also let you know exactly what you should be looking for in our buyer’s guide at the end of the article!

10 Best Bristle Dart boards to Buy in 2022

1. Winmau Blade 5 Dual Core

Quick Specs:

  • Weight: 10.7 Pounds
  • Material: Plastic
  • Dimensions: 17.75 x 17.75 x 1.5 inches

The best-selling steel tip dartboard on the market, the Winmau Blade 5 bristle board is still the player’s choice to this day. It is without a doubt the best bristle dartboard in the market when considering build quality, availability and price.

The Winmau boards of late come with their patented Blade technology which combines razor-thin wiring with deeply bedded construction to produce a solidly wired board with shallow beds. This helps to increase the scoring area size and with that the players’ scoring average.

Unlike the Eclipse Pro, the Winmau Blade 5 bristle board’s bullseye inner ring is well bedded and fits well within the outer bullseye, utilizing carbon diffusion technology to strengthen the steel. It’s visually more pleasing but also allows for more bed space and therefore less bounce-outs.

On the back of the board, there is a triple-wheel secure system. Mounting the board including this system helps a player keep the board perfectly horizontal and reduces impact sound.

With all factors concerned, the Winmau Blade 5 bristle board comes out on top every time as the best bristle dartboard on the market.

What I Liked

  • Razor-thin wiring
  • Double Core Sisal
  • Solid construction
  • Sleek design
  • Cost-effective

What I didn’t Like

  • Not triple-core like its successor

 

 

2. Unicorn Eclipse Pro

Quick Specs:

  • Weight: 11.2 Pounds
  • Material: Blend
  • Dimensions: 18.11 x 18.11 x 1.97 inches

The current choice of many PDC events, the Unicorn Eclipse Pro bristle dartboard is the main competitor to the number one pick on this list. The segmentation and razor wire width are as thin as possible in the current generation of darts and the fiber-wiring connection is clean and consistent.

With the combination of well-manufactured wiring and densely packed sisal, the Eclipse Pro helps players minimize bounce-outs and of all the dartboards lower on this list seems to have the best dart retention percentage.

This high-quality dartboard is officially endorsed by the PDC and used in many of their TV events. Professionals tend to enjoy the board and the way it plays, although in a competition setting it can wear quite quickly due to the sheer amount of darts being thrown and its lack of multiple cores.

All in all the Eclipse Pro is a solid dartboard at a fantastic price point that shouldn’t be slept on when in the market for a regulation-size board.

What I Liked

  • Razor wiring
  • PDC endorsed
  • Solid construction

What I didn’t Like

  • Only single-core sisal
  • Mounting hardware not included

 

 

3. Winmau Blade 6 Triple Core Shield

Quick Specs:

  • Weight: 11 Pounds
  • Material: Triple core sisal
  • Dimensions: N/A

On paper, there is no competition for the Winmau Blade 6. Its features are the epitome of modern-day darting technology yet there is one huge drawback to this impeccable board.

The Blade 6 boasts a triple-core technology unseen on other bristle dartboards. The sisal fiber is organized into three individual layers under the scoring beds which provides a soft nest for darts to penetrate into. Once in, they are gripped by the individual layers and therefore unlikely to fall out. This has never before been seen on a dartboard and brings a new dimension to what high-quality sisal fibers can do.

Of all the professional boards in circulation, the Winmau Blade 6 looks the most impressive. It has a new off-black number ring that no longer stands out on the edge of the board and the paint job on the playing surface is consistent and accurate.

The 60-degree angle blade and carbon diffusion technology allow for a 25% thinner bullseye ring than most average boards allowing you more room for error in your centerboard shots.

This official tournament size board is without a doubt one of the best bristle boards, however … and it’s a BIG, however, the Winmau Blade 6 is not yet available to all consumers worldwide. Once it is, it will no doubt be a number one pick for all players worldwide as the number one professional dartboard.

What I Liked

  • Razor wiring
  • A fresh number ring design
  • Extremely thin bullseye wiring
  • Modern look
  • Triple core sisal

What I didn’t Like

  • Not yet available worldwide

 

 

4. Nodor Supawire 2

Quick Specs:

  • Weight: 11.4 Pounds
  • Material: Sisal
  • Dimensions: 17.75 x 17.75 x 1.5 inches

Yet another staple wire bristle dartboard on this list but one that comes with its own merits.

The Supawire 2 bristle dartboard is built similarly to the Shot King but differs in one major aspect; it has much thinner and tighter grouped staples within the outer bullseye. This adds to the total target area, potentially increasing your dart retention within the center of the board.

It also takes the crown over the Shot King when comparing the style of wiring used. The Supawire comes built with a razor Supawire system instead of the Shot Kings round wiring. As always this helps guide the dart into the board instead of resulting in bounce-outs. With razor wiring also comes shallow bed depths giving the entire board a much neater and consistent look.

As the highest rate stapled bristle dartboard on this list, the Nodor Supawire is a great choice for a budget-conscious, intermediate player.

What I Liked

  • Razor wiring
  • Tightly grouped bullseye staples

What I didn’t Like

  • Stapled wiring
  • Smaller bed sizes due to staples

 

 

5. Viper Shot King

Quick Specs:

  • Weight: 9.1 Pounds
  • Material: Sisal
  • Dimensions: 18 x 18 x 1.5 inches

You may find it strange seeing a staple wiring board this high up on a list of ‘must have’ dartboards, but manufacturing quality and solidity are vital factors to consider when picking up a board to practice on for months and months and the Viper Shot King bristle dartboard is exactly that.

Everything about this board screams duty to care. The staples that exist are extremely well placed and set. They are deep enough into the sisal fiber to both reduce any bounce-outs in your game yet still hold down the wireframe so it doesn’t shimmy across your board.

For a round wiring board, the bed depths are completely acceptable and suitable to practice in order to improve your game.

One of the other top features of the Viper Shot King board is the sisal fibers themselves. They seem weaved in a fashion completely different to the Viper Slash and are proving to be extremely effective at self-healing, giving the board an exceptionally long lifespan. Some reviews are even suggesting durability of up to three years!

Don’t miss the boat on this board because it’s not staple-free. It might not be the best bristle option but it’s a quality board with huge practice potential.

What I Liked

  • Solid construction
  • Extremely long life-span
  • Durable sisal fiber

What I didn’t Like

  • Stapled wiring
  • Smaller bed sizes due to staples
  • Mounting hardware not included

 

 

6. One80 Gladiator 2

Quick Specs:

  • Weight: 11 Pounds
  • Material: Sisal
  • Dimensions: 18 inches

Despite its outlandish and in-your-face packaging (which features a gladiator surrounded by thunder), the Gladiator 2 bristle board is a very straightforward board. Expect no thrills or gimmicky add-ons but instead a very well-made, reliable bristle dartboard.

What stands out on the Gladiator 2 is its pristine sisal fiber and the way it molds seamlessly with the razor wiring. The tiny fibers seem to be connected at every point of the metal framing and give the look of an extremely high-quality bristle dartboard. Additionally, each and every inch of the sisal fibers is painted with care and it makes the board look fantastic when mounted.

One strange issue with this board is the impact sound. For some reason or other, the sound of a dart landing board seems amplified in comparison to other boards. Although this is only an issue if you plan to practice darts in silence, it can sometimes be a little distracting.

There have also been reports of the single-layer sisal peeling over short periods of time. If you do choose the Gladiator 2 and in order to prevent bounce-outs, be sure to rotate regularly and take care of the scoring beds by peeling away any loose fibers.

What I Liked

  • Well constructed
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Good dart retention
  • Affordable

What I didn’t Like

  • Sound issues
  • Mildly expensive for a simple board
  • Reports of fiber wear over time

 

 

7. DMI Sports Bandit

Quick Specs:

  • Weight: 10.6 Pounds
  • Material: Metal, Plastic
  • Dimensions: 18.3 x 7.2 x 1.8 inches

The DMI Sports Bandit dartboard is the best-looking dartboard on this list, hands down. Its sleek and minimalist design means it would like perfect on any surface and fit in well in both club and tournament setups.

DMI has adopted a new approach to wiring with razor-bladed, staple-free micro wiring giving you on average 16% more scoring area than mid-range stapled boards. The sisal-wiring connection is impeccable and it would appear to be just one flat piece of fabric across the board.

So why exactly is the DMI bristle dartboard not further up on this list? Due to the tautness of the sisal fiber, it heals incredibly slowly. You are required to rotate the board almost every playing session in order to allow the board to heal which can be a big pain when you just want to step up and practice some darts.

Most consumers have stated that the quality of the board features on the DMI has decreased in recent years due to outsourcing of manufacturing, however, the Bandit still performs well as a mid-level board for regular use.

What I Liked

  • Great to look at
  • Extremely shallow bed depths
  • Staple free wiring

What I didn’t Like

  • Aesthetically ugly
  • Fiber and wire separation huge
  • Sisal fiber quality poor

 

 

8. Viper Slash

Quick Specs:

  • Weight: 11 Pounds
  • Material: Sisal
  • Dimensions: 17.75 x 1.25 x 17.75 inches

The Viper Slash come into the market as Viper’s leading board in quality in technology. It brags razor wiring, staple-free bullseyes, and single-core sisal fiber, all features that should excel it to the front of this list.

All of the above features mean that playing on the Slash can produce great results in dart deflection tests and reduce bounce-outs. Unfortunately, there are a few durability issues with the Slash that means it can join the ranks of the Eclipse Pro or Winmau Blade 5.

Unlike those boards which have densely packed sisal, the Slash seems to be inconsistent in fiber distribution across the board. This particular board arrives looking … strange. Parts of the scoring area look thicker than others and small chunks of fiber may appear to be missing. It plays well and doesn’t have noticeable bounce-out issues but definitely will not stand the test of time. If it’s sitting in a competitive venue being played on regularly, don’t expect the Slash to last more than a month of serious playtime.

On top of the fiber quality, the wiring looks as though it has been forced into the board in order to reduce the bed size. As it’s been forced in, it has created slight fiber-wiring separation all across the board.

It’s strange how Viper’s Slash hasn’t quite beaten its stapled alternative on this list, but manufacturing is everything in this game and the Slash doesn’t quite live up to the hype. It’s an extremely capable board but we just wish they had taken a bit more time and care when designing the playing surface.

What I Liked

  • Razor wiring
  • Extremely shallow bed depths
  • Staple free wiring system

What I didn’t Like

  • Aesthetically ugly
  • Fiber and wire separation huge
  • Sisal fiber quality poor

 

 

9. Viper Aim 360

Quick Specs:

  • Weight: 11 Pounds
  • Material: Sisal
  • Dimensions: 18 x 18 x 1.8 inches

Of all of the boards on this list, the Viper Aim 360 is the most suitable for beginner dart players. Despite its higher price tag, it comes with a select few features specifically targeted towards newer players.

Each multiple scoring bed (trebles and doubles) on the 360 features diamond markers. These markers provide a focus point for new players to aim for instead of the entire bed. It can help to track progress throughout practice and is a great visual aid for a bristle dartboard.

As well as the diamond markers, the 360 comes with movable target pins. These pins can be placed anywhere in the board to create new, precise targets for players looking to improve their accuracy. You can place and remove them as and when you like and the board will heal as usual thanks to its single-core sisal fibre.

Just like the Whimlets dartboards, the Viper Aim 360 boasts an ultra-thin and sharp razor wire angle but uses the same technology meaning deeper scoring beds. On top of this, the sisal fiber and wiring separation are a little on the large side, meaning darts landing right next to the wire have a tendency to bounce out.

Despite this, the Viper Aim 360 is a fantastic starter board for those looking to venture into board ownership for the very first time.

What I Liked

  • Ultra-thin wiring
  • Practice rings
  • Diamond markers
  • Staple free wiring system

What I didn’t Like

  • Very deep beds
  • Expensive for a beginner board
  • Fiber and wire separation can be large

 

 

10. Whimlets Pro Board

Quick Specs:

  • Weight: 9.52 Pounds
  • Material: Sisal
  • Dimensions: 17.72 x 17.72 x 1.97 inches

The Whimlets Pro Board, despite being a fairly unknown brand, is a solid addition to this list at number 10. As a single-core board, its durability can be brought into question but it does come with a rotating number ring in order to increase board life.

The staple-free bullseye and wiring is a huge selling point on the Whimlets, being a feature that you usually only see on the larger brands’ boards. The technology they’ve incorporated into their wiring is impressive but it has one big drawback; bed depth. Due to the amount of wiring left protruding from the board, the beds are set quite deep in comparison to the wiring. This can actually increase bounce-outs despite the wiring being extra thin.

The sisal fiber holds up well for a single core construction but won’t last particularly long in a competitive setting with regular dart players. Additionally, at this price point, you could pick up a slightly better board from a well-known competitor. A great board for practice at home with decent board features, but maybe not for the longer term!

What I Liked

  • Ultra-thin wiring
  • Staple free wiring system
  • Movable Number Ring

What I didn’t Like

  • Very deep beds
  • Expensive for a mid-level board
  • Durability issues over long periods

 

 

Bristle Dart board Buyer’s Guide

What makes a great professional dartboard? Bristle dartboards come in all different shapes and sizes. It’s important to know what to look out for when deciding which dart board to buy.

Not only is board construction and durability a factor to consider but so is the impact that it will have on your game. Unfortunately, there are plenty of cheap and poorly made boards on the market which will almost definitely negatively impact your game and scoring power. This could lead to less fun at the oche and could be a leading reason for leaving the game of darts.

A great bristle dartboard means higher scores and a happier darts player. This can only affect your game positively and can help you in taking the next steps towards improving your average!

Board Type

Although only one dart board might spring to mind when you think of darts, it isn’t uncommon to find a few different physical styles of boards. Hardly any of them are used in professional competition, so it’s vitally important to select the correct configuration for your practice to make sure you’re playing on the board that suits your future darting ambitions.

Below are a few of the standard and weird and wonderful boards seen around the world.

Old London Board

The Old London board is the classic board many think of when they consider darts; twenty numbered segments each with double and triple segments with an inner and outer bullseye in the center of the board.

It has become the industry standard board and is used in all major steel tips competitions sanctioned by the PDC and BDO (such as the Blade 5 Bristle Dartboard or Unicorn Eclipse Pro).

If you’re looking to get better at darts and challenge others you will certainly need an Old London board at home to practice on. In fact, you will probably have a hard time finding any of the other boards on this list in mainstream darts stores. The Old London is the go-to bristle dartboard.

London Fives Board

One of the downsides of a bristle dartboard is that it does not calculate scores as electronic dartboards do. With the sheer amount of numbers and multiplication opportunities on the board, counting up scores can be tricky even for trained mathematicians!

The fives board is separated into twelve segments each representing a multiple of five. It does feature triples and doubles but they are much larger than a usual Old London board.

The fives board would be a great introductory board and good for the odd practice session but doesn’t really properly represent the game of darts. It could be a good transitional board for electronic board players.

Yorkshire Board

Take an Old London board, remove the triple beds and outer bullseye and you have a Yorkshire board. These boards require huge accuracy when it comes to hitting the bull, meaning it can be good for precise bull practice but quite frankly not much else. Some players like to mix up their dart games to keep their darting brain sharp and so for that, it could be useful.

The modern game relies on power scoring in the treble beds and so without that bed, the Yorkshire board is kind of irrelevant in the 21st-century darts market.

Size Regulations

Most bristle dartboards you’ll find for purchase will have exactly the same build dimensions. There are a few boards however that come in smaller than regulation size. Make sure your board fits the PDC specifications by checking the dimensions below!

Regulation Specifications

In the most recent statements by both the PDC (Professional Darts Corporation) and BDO (British Darts Organization), regulation size bristle dartboards should be 17.75 inches in diameter and weigh around 5kg. Most boards on the market round the diameter size up to 18 inches which is also fine as they usually maintain the correct segment and bed sizes.

Manchester Board Specifications

Manchester boards are the only semi-popular boards in the darting world with a slightly smaller size. If you’re looking to play darts on a Manchester board it should only be 9.8 inches in diameter.

Bed Sizes

Bed sizes are generally the same across all steel tip boards. The one thing that could change the target area of your beds are the wiring staples. With the staples removed, the beds should as such:

  • Inner Bull: 0.20 inches squared
  • Outer Bull: 1.05 inches squared
  • Total Bull: 1.25 inches squared
  • Trip Segment: 0.40 inches squared
  • Double Segment: 0.65 inches squared

It’s important to note that soft tip and electronic boards have completely different bed dimensions.

Wiring Construction

The wiring of a bristle dartboard could be the difference between a 60 and 80 three dart average. Poor wiring construction is usually the culprit for dart bounce-outs and no-scores. It’s vital to use boards with a specific construction of wireframe in order to avoid these issues.

Stapled Wiring

Stapled wiring is a method of constructing dart board wiring whereby the wires are held down by individual u-shaped staples dotted throughout the board. Imagine a peg holding down the ropes of a tent; without the pegs, the tent would fly away. It’s the same with staples on a dartboard.

Although effective at holding down wire frames, staples tend to take a lot of bed space on the dartboard. In the case of stapled bullseyes, they can even reduce the bullseye size by up to 30%, massively impacting your bullseye dart retention and scoring.

Staple wiring is the cost-effective method of wiring stabilization on bristle boards and will be found on most budget dart boards. If finances allow, try to stay clear of stapled wiring and instead go for the next option.

Staple Free Wiring

Staple-free construction consists of wiring that is embedded into the sisal fiber. Instead of being held down by metal pegs or staples, the wiring is built inserted into the fiber.

Having staple-free wiring means there is much less metal surface area on the board and therefore less chances for bounce outs and lost darts. It also means the bed depths are much shallower which helps with the same issues.

A staple-free bullseye can alter the target area so dramatically that professional darts players will refuse to play on stapled boards.

Wiring Shape

The metal wiring on a dartboard is what separates the scoring segments and helps players identify where their dart has landed. The shape of the wiring can help prevent bounce outs and increase scoring averages or vice versa.

Round Wire

This cylindrical wiring style is the easiest and most cost-effective way of producing spider wiring for a dart board. It is often found on less than desirable boards and can result in many bounce outs and lost darts due to its large surface area.

Blade (Razor) Wire

Blade wire technology (as seen on the Blade 5 bristle dartboard) is wiring that is thinned out to a sharp edge and at a steep angle. The web surface area is greatly reduced and if your dart hits the blade wiring it will simply deflect into one side or the other and not bounce back towards the player.

Diamond Wire

Diamond wiring is pretty much a cross between the two types above. It features sharpened edges like the blade wiring but sits on top of the fiber-like round wiring and requires staples in order to be held down. It’s a technology that is a little outdated but is still found on a few boards.

Sisal Fiber Core Value

All of the best bristle dartboards are made out of sisal fiber. This particular material on the playing surface has a property that increases the life of a dartboard exponentially; self-healing. When a dart is removed from a bristle dart board, the fiber instantly begins to close up and heal and over time will no longer be visible.

Dartboards come with distinct sisal core values. Put simply this indicates how many independent layers of sisal fiber there are beneath the playing surface. In theory, the more layers there are the less likely your dart is to fall out of the board and the quicker it will heal. There are currently only three core values on the market; single, dual, and treble.

Fibre and Wiring Separation

When looking at Blade or Razor wired boards it’s important to check the separation between the sisal fiber and wiring. Some companies tend to force the blades into the fiber and wiggle them as they push them down. This can then create a small gap between wiring and fiber where a dart can’t be received. Any boards with particular large separation should be avoided.

Number Ring

The number ring on a bristle dartboard should be suitably distanced from the scoring area and also rotatable. Rotating number rings allow players to change the values of each segment in order to give the board time to heal. For example, if you’re practicing 20s and see that the segment is getting a little bit roughed up, you can rotate the number ring round so that the number 20 is above a different black segment of the board. This massively increases a board’s life span and durability.

Be sure to check the above guide before picking up a new bristle dartboard for your practice needs. A great dartboard can be the difference between enjoyable darts and a boring practice slog! Best of luck with your new board and we’ll see you at the oche!

10 Best Dartboards for 2022 (Reviews & Buyer’s Guide)

Choosing the best dart board for your practice and competitive needs can be vital to improving your darts game. There are hundreds of different boards on the market providing vastly different quality levels and selecting the right one for you could be the difference between a bounce out and a massive 180!

Navigating the maze of dart boards in online stores can be confusing, so we’ve broken down the main features you should be looking for in a new board and have made a few selections of the best dartboards from each category that might well fit your darting needs.

Types Of Dartboards

Over the years darts has evolved from a simple bar game into an international sport with prize funds in the millions of pounds. As the game has evolved, so has the equipment that’s being used by darts players around the world.

Dart boards can be seen in different shapes, sizes, and materials. Not every practice venue is suited to having steel tip darts stuck in their wall and not every player has the budget for the top-of-the-range pro boards! Similarly, children aren’t advised to use heavy, sharp darts when starting out and so new board constructions had to be devised. Amongst them you can find:

Bristle Dart boards

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The ‘pies de resistance’ of dart boards, the bristle dart board is the professional dart players board of choice and the one you’ll see when watching darts on TV. The board itself is made of sisal fiber, a coarse material that grips darts once they are thrown in but also has a ‘wolverine’ like healing ability whereby it closes the puncture holes left by darts over a period of time.

Players most regularly use steel tip darts with a bristle dartboard but soft tips can also be used if thrown hard enough.

It’s considered the best dart board on the market for serious players.

Soft Tip Dart boards

soft tip dart board

Soft tip dart boards have been surging onto the darting scene in recent years. They arose originally as an alternative to steel tip boards due to the fact that they are cheaper to produce, sell, and can be used with cheaper darts, too. All in all, it was a much more accessible way into the game for beginners or amateurs.

Over time, it was adopted as the main form of darts in the continent of Asia and continues to dominate the competitive scene there as well as the Americas.

Soft tip boards are made of plastic and contain thousands of small puncture holes for the similarly plastic darts to penetrate. The darts used for them have soft plastic tips and are usually easily held when thrown into one of these holes.

These days, they are regularly purchased as a ‘child-friendly’ alternative to bristle dart boards which require sharp and potentially dangerous darts.

Electronic Dart boards

electronic dartboard

At some point in time, players felt the standard soft tip dart board could be developed even further into a board that autonomously registers thrown darts and also has automatic scoring. Enter the electronic dart board.

These boards look very similar to soft tip boards in appearance but have pressure-sensitive receptors behind the scoring board to pick up on where each dart has landed and what it has scored. These systems vary in complexity from simple 501 countdown systems to full-on darting machines that have a variety of different game modes and allow you to compete with other players anywhere in the world.

Magnetic Dart boards

magnetic dartboard

For players who want to take their game seriously and practice regularly, it’s unlikely they’ll ever see or play on a magnetic dart board. These boards are targeted towards the casual dart player or even as a gift for children on birthdays or holidays.

They usually come in two forms; a plastic round-shaped board with a magnetic metallic layer under the surface or a piece of fabric that can be hung on doors or walls which also has a magnetic layer inside. The darts used are extremely front-heavy and very unreliable, making them good boards for a game room or office but not for competitive darts.

Other Boards

Other styles of dart board do exist but are rarely seen or even used as dart boards.

Wooden dart boards look stylish and up-market in pubs or bars but really can’t be used more than a few times for real games. They lack the ability to self-heal and so once a dart is thrown into the board, that puncture wound is there forever. A few games in and suddenly you’ve got holes all over your board where you can no longer score. Wooden dart boards should be avoided if you actually want to play darts!

Similar to wooden boards, coiled paper dart boards are another temporary darting solution. They look similar to usual boards except for the material for the scoring beds is no more self-healing than the paper you write on. If you’re playing darts regularly, paper boards won’t do the trick.

Our Top 10 Dart Board Picks for 2022

1. Winmau Blade 5 Dual Core

Quick Specs:

  • Type: Bristle
  • Material: Plastic
  • Usability: 14+ years
  • Weight: 10.7 Pounds
  • Dimensions: 17.75 x 17.75 x 1.5 inches

The Winmau Blade 5 Dual Core was the peak of bristle dartboard technology for most of the 2010s and still sits at the top to this day. It takes everything good about the Unicorn Eclipse Pro and improves on them exponentially.

The wiring on the Blade 5 is what lends to its name. This Blade wiring had a sharp diamond edge the entire board round and increases triple bed size by 6mm squared and double bed size by 9mm squared, a huge spacial improvement in the scoring area which can have a dramatic impact on your scoring averages. Bounce-outs from darts hitting the wiring are now mostly nonexistent. The surface area of the bladed wiring is so thin that on impact a dart usually deflects into a bed on one of the sides of the wire instead of bouncing out. This is without a doubt the new industry standard for wiring on competitive dart boards.

The dual-core sisal fiber features two layers of fiber which increase dart retention and grip upon impact. The lower total compression reduces surface resistance for increased point penetration meaning fewer bounce-outs on this highly impressive bristle dart board. Its patented technology cannot be directly emulated by other board manufacturers, making the Winmau Blade 5 stand out on a pedestal in comparison to other boards.

Although not as technical as the Blade 6, its younger brother is not yet available internationally and so the Blade 5 continues to be top dog!

What I liked

  • Blade wiring technology
  • Dual core sisal fibre
  • Great dart retention
  • Long life span
  • Highest quality board available to all players

What could be improved

  • Bullseye wiring is not as thin as the Blade 6

 

 

2. Arachnid Cricket Pro 900

Quick Specs:

  • Type: Electronic
  • Material: Nylon
  • Usability: N/A
  • Weight: 11.73 Pounds
  • Dimensions: 30 x 22.5 x 3.25 inches

If budget is not an issue and you are searching for the top dog in electronic boards, you need to look no further. The Arachnid Cricket Pro 900 is without a doubt the best autonomous board on the market, with bragging features and durability that make other manufacturers extremely envious.

Arachnid has developed its own durable plastic for its scoring beds called NylonTough. It results in beds that last for years and encase the tips of darts softly but firmly. Somehow each dart sticks into the board like glue but upon removal comes out like butter! The segment dividers are micro-thin meaning reduced bounce-outs and increased bed size.

The Pro 900 brags 48 different games optimized for up to eight players at a time. The input interface is clear and concise, with a menu of commands visible on the board itself and responsive rubber input buttons.

The LED lighting on the scoreboard is bright and contrasts well with the black background, making it easily visible from a distance.

The CPU feature enables players to play an ever-evolving AI which learns as you play and adapts its skill level to continue to push the player in their practice.

One unique feature of the Pro 900 is the heckler system. The voice feedback software in the board can be programmed to insult you when you hit bad darts or support you for big scores. It’s not a necessary feature but it’s definitely one you would not find on other dartboards!

Everything the Archnid does, it does well. It’s not over the top but does everything reliably and has fantastic durability both in its construction and electronics making it the best electronic dart board on offer.

What I liked

  • Huge library of game modes
  • Supports 8 players
  • Durable build
  • Mains power
  • Adaptive AI
  • Voice feedback
  • Bright LED scoreboard

What could be improved

  • A little bland to look at
  • Expensive

 

 

3. WIN.MAX Electronic

Quick Specs:

  • Type: Electronic
  • Material: Durable Plastic
  • Usability: N/A
  • Weight: 3.4 Pounds
  • Dimensions: 20 x 17 x 1 inches

Simple, reliable, and durable, the Win.Max is a no-thrills maximum results based electronic board. Its ergonomic design means it can fit on the smallest of wall spaces and yet has the build quality of a much larger board.

The Win.Max boasts over 20 game modes capable of supporting 4 players at a time and a LED scoring screen with great contrast and great ease of use.

One of the biggest grips with electronic boards can be responsiveness. Nothing’s worse than throwing a triple 20 that doesn’t register on the board! Fortunately, the Win.Max has some of the best durability and reliability reviews of all electronic boards on the market. Despite its lightweight feel, it seems no cost has been spared on the pressure sensor quality behind every single bed.

What the Win.Max lacks is ground-breaking tech, which it makes up for in simplicity done extremely well. It’s not the best electronic dart board but it certainly isn’t far off!

What I liked

  • Simple design and UI
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Excellent responsiveness

What could be improved

  • Only 6 inputs
  • Only 20 game modes, but classics

 

 

4. Unicorn Eclipse Pro

Quick Specs:

  • Type: Bristle
  • Material: Durable Plastic
  • Usability: N/A
  • Weight: 3.4 Pounds
  • Dimensions: 20 x 17 x 1 inches

The first completely staple-free dartboard on this list, the Eclipse Pro is a traditional dartboard that combines affordability, quality, and durability to result in the best budget bristle board on the market.

The board features a regulation layout with standard-sized beds encased in thin rounded wiring which claims to be thirty percent thinner than most round wires on the market. Their wiring technology has also enabled them to produce a staple-free bullseye, an absolute must for players looking to advance from intermediate onwards in their darting game. This feature maximizes your averages and minimizes wasted darts.

The board itself is PDC endorsed, meaning that every single feature meets the regulations and requirements of competition steel tip darts. It’s a great dartboard at this price point. Anything more complex with better-edged wiring suddenly becomes a lot more expensive.

What I liked

  • PDC Endorsed
  • Thin rounded wiring
  • Affordable
  • Completely staple-free

What could be improved

  • Rounded wiring
  • Single-core

 

 

5. Winmau Blade 6 Triple Core Shield

Announced in late 2021 and only now becoming available to the casual dart player, there simply is no competition for the Blade 6. It is without a shadow of a doubt the best bristle dartboard on the market and in fact the best dart board from all categories.

The stand-out feature of the Blade 6 is the triple-core sisal layers. These additional layers allow for reduced trapped fibers in the material, meaning it will heal quicker and more efficiently than before. On top of that, it continues to receive darts well and hold them firmly in place while you finish your throw. The sisal also sits closer to the wiring than ever before meaning there are less gaps between metal and fabric.

The bullseye wiring has been optimized massively with both inner and outer bullseye ring wiring being reduced by 20%. For a scoring area, only an inch or so wide which is a huge improvement and will dramatically increase averages and make you rethink your out-shots, putting more preference on bullseye over certain doubles.

Small aesthetic features also set the Blade 6 apart including laser-cut number ring which is now in a less startling grey color and precision coloring on the overlays and scoring areas.

The best championship quality dartboard just got better. The Blade 6 takes the Blade 5 and runs into the distance with it with new technology, a new look, and a new build.

One HUGE drawback with the Blade 6 is that it is not yet available to the wider international market. Keep your eyes on this space, the Blade 6 will soon be making huge waves in the darting world.

What I liked

  • Thinnest possible wiring
  • Blade wiring
  • Excellent bullseye scoring area
  • Triple core sisal fabric
  • Clear and concise coloring
  • Aesthetically pleasing

What could be improved

  • Not available yet to casual players.
  • Expensive

 

 

6. Gran Board Dash

Quick Specs:

  • Type: Electronic
  • Material: Plastic
  • Usability: 16+ Months
  • Weight: 5.34 Pounds
  • Dimensions: 22.05 x 20.47 x 1.97 inches

If you were to walk into a room and see the Gran Board Dash on the wall, you’d immediately assume it was just a basic soft tip practice board. This statement couldn’t be any further from the truth and in fact, the Dash is bordering on revolutionary.

What sets the Gran Board Dash apart from the others on this list is its Bluetooth scoring compatibility. No longer do you need to set up your game using an input interface of rubber buttons or plastic switches, you simply connect the board to a handheld device via Bluetooth, download the Gran Board application and run your game from the palm of your hand.

From inside the application, you can set up a multitude of different game types but most impressively you can connect to other Gran Board players anywhere in the world and go toe to toe in a darting matchup. No matter where you are with this board, you have someone to pit your skills against including competitive tournament play.

The board runs on two AA batteries and has a battery life of four to six months. It will even send you a warning on your handheld device well before it is time to change your board’s batteries.

The Dash has a great soft tip build with high-quality plastic which holds your darts well. As a board alone, it is well built, but with the addition of the wireless scoring software, you’re now looking at a ground-breaking piece of darting hardware.

What I liked

  • Bluetooth scoring system
  • Handheld board management
  • Ergonomic and portable
  • Long battery life
  • Online play

What could be improved

  • Must be connected to Bluetooth, no alternative inputs

 

 

7. Viper ION Electronic

Quick Specs:

  • Type: Electronic
  • Material: Plastic
  • Usability: 14+ Years
  • Weight: 4 Pounds
  • Dimensions: 22 x 19.5 x 1.2 inches

In the age of emerging soft tip dart machines in competitive environments, the Viper ION provides a more portable and ergonomic alternative to standing machines.

The USP (unique selling point) of the ION is its LED-illuminated segments behind every scoring bed. When hit, the bed lights up and registers your score. This might seem like a gimmick but anyone who plays competitive soft darts knows that tournament machines also light up and make sound effects, so it is in fact a feature that might normalize these new and strange details.

In terms of build, the ION is extremely precise and durable in terms of segmentation and even has an integrated inner bullseye without an outer frame. The spacious catch ring keeps your tips intact and reduces bounce-out potential.

Now for the features that really make the ION stand out; its game modes. Most electronic dartboards come with a pre-installed amount of game modes but the ION takes this one step further. Not only does it have 48 game modes that can support 8 concurrent players, but it also utilizes its lighting feature to run new and completely unique light-based games. For example, the board will light up a segment and the light will move around clockwise. You need to hit every lit segment to finish the game. This is obviously something that’s not possible on standard electronic and bristle boards and takes the ION from impressive to one of a kind!

What I liked

  • Impressive scoring bed lighting
  • Unique game modes
  • Durable build
  • Battery and mains power

What could be improved

  • Appears gimmicky to serious players
  • Small LED scoring screen

 

 

8. Nodor Supawire 2

Quick Specs:

  • Type: Bristle
  • Material: Sisal
  • Usability: Up to 10 Years
  • Weight: 11.4 Pounds
  • Dimensions: 17.75 x 17.75 x 1.5 inches

Nodor are a relative minnow in the dartboard market but have managed to produce one of the best budget steel tip boards around. Most bristle boards in this price range have swelling wire staples and crusty paint layers, but the Supawire stands out alongside the Viper Shot King as an anomaly.

Although the wiring is stapled, the actual staple loops on the Supawire 2 are extremely small thanks to the thickness of the metal used. The Supawire 2 lends its name to the technology that allowed Nodor to produce super thin wiring which is 50% thinner than other budget dartboards with round wiring. Not only does this create more bed space but it also reduces bounce-outs.

On top of this, the thinner wiring allows for a much flatter outer to inner bullseye frame. If compared to the Shot King where the inner bullseye seems to be lost in a deep well, the Supawire’s bullseye areas are on an even plain, making them much easier to hit.

Due to the cost of the board, the sisal fiber is only a single core fiber meaning that it would only last a few months of strenuous gameplay, but at this price, it performs well above average as a quality board.

What I liked

  • Very small staples
  • Thin wiring technology
  • Increased scoring area

What could be improved

  • Average life span
  • Rounded wiring

 

 

9. CyeeLife 15.5 Inch Board

Quick Specs:

  • Type: Soft Tip
  • Material: Plastic
  • Usability: N/A
  • Weight: 3.3 Pounds
  • Dimensions: 19.5 x 15.5 x 1.14 inches

A stand-out choice on this list for sure, the CyeeLife soft tip board is the only board on this list that is neither an electronic dartboard nor bristle. On the face of it, its simplicity makes it look like a poor choice of board but if you are looking for a sleek, well put together practice board for your soft tip darts then the CyeeLife is the board you’re looking for.

Its simple construction from lightweight plastic is what makes this board purchasable. Not only is it light, extremely portable, and durable but the quality of plastic in the scoring beds is also impressive. It holds a dart well and while it may not provide scoring features it does have championship size triple, double, and bullseye beds and a diamond plastic wiring which reduces dart bounce.

A lot of simple plastic practice boards you will find will have an outer ring of hard plastic which can be destructive to your soft tips. Fortunately, the CyeeLife has a number ring that has a similar concave style to the scoring beds, allowing your darts to penetrate the board even when you miss your targets. Less broken soft-tipped darts lead to a longer board and wallet durability!

The CyeeLife is a durable board that is extremely capable of catering to your soft tip darts practice! Coming in at around $40, it does not break the bank and at this price point is well worth a purchase.

What I liked

  • Lightweight & portable
  • Durable plastic
  • Concave number ring

What could be improved

  • Very basic design

 

 

10. Viper Shot King

Quick Specs:

  • Type: Bristle
  • Material: Grade 3 Sisal
  • Usability: 14+ Years
  • Weight: 9.1 Pounds
  • Dimensions: 18 x 18 x 1.5 inches

If you’re looking for a reliable budget board for your practicing needs, then this Shot King bristle board could be the option for you. The Viper Shot King often gets a rough wrap due to its low price point, but its features and construction quality ensures that its users come away with a great darting experience.

This is a championship size board with all beds and scoring areas at the regulation size. The paint job is clear and concise and generally runs in line with the board’s wiring.

Speaking of wiring, this is where the board saves a little on expenses in construction. The metallic wiring seen on the Viper Shot King is well routed and consistent. It’s barely malleable and can resist even the hardest of throws. The only gripe with the wiring would be that it is rounded and not edged, which may cause a bounce-out here and there, but for amateurs and even intermediates this should not get in the way too often or put you off from purchasing the board at this particular price point.

Each bed has two staples to hold down the wireframe except for the bullseye which has multiple. On the whole, they are unobtrusive and again at this price are actually very well incorporated into the board.

The rotating number ring allows you to switch up your beds from time to time, giving the single-core sisal fiber time to repair itself and get back to its best.

Although definitely not a competitor with some of the other higher-end boards on this list, the Viper Shot King comes in at number 10 as a reliable, durable bristle dart board that shouldn’t be overlooked by players on a budget.

What I liked

  • Affordable
  • Sturdy metal wiring
  • Minimalistic stapling
  • Rotating number ring

What could be improved

  • Rounded wiring
  • Single-core sisal
  • Bullseye stapling

 

 

The Buyers Guide To Dart Boards

As with any purchase you make in life, you’re going to want to make sure there are a few things that are definitely in line when choosing a particular dartboard. Whether that’s a bristle board, an electronic board, or a simple soft tip board, there are certain features and build details that can help you avoid those dreaded bounce-outs! Here’s our buyer’s guide to each type of competitive dartboard:

Bristle Dart boards

Bristle boards are usually considered the most popular and professional boards to play darts on. As such, there are quite a lot of features to keep your eyes out for when considering which one to buy for your practice.

Size

The standard for a bristle dartboard is that it usually conforms with competitive size regulations. This means that in theory, every bristle dartboard you play on will have the exact same proportions, meaning your game shouldn’t be affected by the board you’re playing on!

The official PDC (Professional Darts Corporation) and BDO (British Darts Organization) size regulations are:

  • Double and treble ring inside measurement: 8mm.
  • Bull inside diameter: 12.7mm.
  • Outer bull inside diameter: 31.8mm.
  • Centre bull to the inside edge of treble wire: 107mm.
  • Centre bull to outside edge double wire: 170mm.
  • Outside edge of the double wire to outside edge of double wire: 340mm.
  • Overall dart board diameter: 451mm.

Style

Over the years many different styles of bristle dartboard have been designed but only one has stuck it out in competition darts; the Old London. The Old London is the dartboard you’ll see in most tournaments and bars, characterized by twenty number segments, double and treble rings, and an inner and outer bullseye.

To many, the Old London style of the board is the only one they’re aware of, but others do exist! The London Fives board for example only has twelve wider number segments containing multiples of five and the Manchester board is designed without a triples segment. These can be fun to play on from time to time, but be sure to pick up an Old London-style board for regular practice.

Material

When purchasing bristle dart boards it’s important to make sure that it’s made of sisal fiber. Throwing a dart into any normal material would create a permanent puncture hole meaning the board would have a very short lifespan, however, sisal fiber has a self-healing property that means it will close these small holes over time, making it look as though no dart ever landed in that spot. Not only does it mean you can use the board for much longer, but you also save a lot of money in the long run.

Wiring

Not all bristle boards have the same wiring to help you avoid bounce-outs. There are three main wiring styles that you should check before purchasing your bristle dartboard:

  • Blade Wiring
  • Diamond Wiring
  • Round Wire Wiring

Blade wiring is the preferred method of wiring for most dart players. It is embedded into the sisal material meaning there are no pins holding wiring down and it has a sharp edge to it. This essentially means fewer bounce outs and higher scores! This is the only wiring style that features a staple-free bullseye, making it much easier to hit.

Diamond wiring is a sort of hybrid of the two other methods of wiring. The wiring is held down by additional metal pins but also has a blunted blade shape. These are more cost-effective and are often found in social clubs, bars, and pubs.

Round wire wiring is exactly as it says on the tin. The wiring itself is rounded with a much larger surface area than bladed edges. This leads to a much smaller scoring area for triples and doubles and an extremely clustered bullseye. Your dart retention on these boards will be noticeably less. If you want to reduce bounce outs, pip for one of the other wiring styles.

Attachments

Even a high-quality bristle dartboard might not come with any mounting hardware. Imagine taking your board home to find out you have no way of hanging it where you would like! It’s important to make sure there is some sort of wall bracket included in your purchase, usually in the form of a metal bracket and two screws that attach to the back of the board.

Removable Number Ring

A removable number ring might not seem immediately important when purchasing a bristle dart board, however, if you want your board to last beyond ten practice sessions then it is actually vital. A removable ring means that you can rotate the board and allow certain segments to repair themselves over time. If you practice by peppering triple 20 over and over again, eventually that segment is going to wear down. With a removable ring you can simply rotate the board to another black segment and hey presto you have a completely fresh triple bed!

Soft Tip Dart boards

Although not as popular or expensive as bristle boards, soft tip boards still vary in construction methods and size. Here are just a few of the things to keep your eye out for when buying a new soft tip board.

Size

Due to the fact that soft tip boards are not typically used in competition settings, they do come in a huge variety of sizes. Recently, the official regulation size for soft tip boards has been set at 15.5 inches in diameter. Try to make sure your soft tip board falls within this measurement if you’re using it for competitive practice.

Material

The main construction material of the board should be hard plastic. Ensure the concave holes are the correct size and depth in order to hold your dart on the board. As this can be hard to measure, the best way to test this is to throw a few darts into the board at varying speeds and analyze how well they hold.

Attachments

As soft tip boards are a lot lighter than classic bristle dart boards, they can be mounted on just about anything without strenuous construction. They can be hung on a string or even attached to suction cups, but as with any other board, it is easier to use a wall bracket. With soft tip boards, this might even be built into the back of the board.

Electronic Dart boards

Across the globe, electronic dart boards are taking the competitive darts scene by storm thanks to their ease of use and reliable scoring system. Each machine can come with a myriad of different games, challenges, and features. Here are the main points to consider when buying an electronic dartboard.

Material

As for board material, an electronic dart board has the same construction as soft tip boards only with the addition of electronic receptors behind the scoring zones to register dart location. Follow the material tips for the soft tip boards and seek out a board with hard plastic beds and concave holes that fit your soft tip darts.

Games

Electronic dart boards often come with a variety of pre-installed traditional darts games including:

  • 901, 701, 501, 301, 101
  • Cricket
  • Around The World
  • Killer

Before purchase, check to make sure that the board supports the game mode you require for your practice. If you are getting serious about your darts, you will want there to be at least the 01 game modes installed. If the board is for a bar or club, think about purchasing an electronic dartboard with a few additional games installed.

Player Count

Some electronic boards support games for multiple players. Most, if not all, support scoring for two players but for many the player count stops there. Triple check how many concurrent players your board can score for before making your dartboard purchase!

Input Buttons

This is one feature of an electronic board that a lot of first-time buyers don’t check. The input buttons on your board can ultimately affect your game by being fiddly, too small, and unresponsive which will slow down your rhythm and ruin your practice. Make sure to check each button individually before purchasing. Ideally, the inputs will be solid plastic buttons that click when pushed, however, sometimes cheaper boards have rubber inputs that can get easily stuck underneath their plastic case.

Power Source

Most boards will be powered by mains electricity and will require a socket near in order to work. Some cheaper boards nowadays also run off of battery power, which is not recommended in case you lose your score halfway through a match.

Bed Sizes

Triple, double, and bullseye bed sizes vary on the soft tip and electronic dart boards. Generally, they are slightly larger than bristle board beds making them easier to score on. If you’re looking to stick to soft tip darts forever then an electronic dartboard could be the right choice, but if you want to evolve into steel tips, be prepared for a much smaller scoring area!

Magnetic Dart boards

In all honesty, there is not much to suggest in terms of magnetic dart boards. They can be fun for a while however when compared to others in terms of efficient practice they provide basically zero value. Only consider magnetic darts and a magnetic dart board as a toy or gift for a non-dart player. They really cannot be considered a quality board.

5 Best Magnetic Dart boards for 2022 (Reviews & Buyer’s Guide)

The game of darts brings together people of all ages and locations. It originated in the UK in the 1800s but has since spread across the entire globe. As adults throw dart upon dart in practice at home, it’s only natural for their children to want to join them. Unfortunately, the regulation grade steel tips have extremely sharp points and can not only damage walls and floors but people too.

In order to make the game accessible to children and non-players, the magnetic dart board was born. These dart boards themselves are lightweight and portable while the darts are blunt and harmless, the perfect combination for excited children.

Today we’ll be covering the 5 best magnetic dartboards on the market and explaining what makes them rank above or below the competition. Read on for everything you need to know about purchasing the perfect magnetic dart board.

Top 5 Magnetic Dart Boards

1. BATURU Magnetic Dart Board

  • Weight: 1.67 pounds
  • Diameter: 15 inches
  • Material: Rubber coated fabric

Magnetic dart boards are constructed to be flexible, portable and harmless. They should have the ability to be placed on pretty much any flat surface while maintaining their shape and usability. The BATURU board is a fantastic example of safety combined with entertainment to create one of the best magnetic dartboards on the market.

The BATURU magnetic dart board playing surface is held up on one horizontal bar. The board material itself can wrap up and around the bar above to create a scroll-like shape. This means the board can fit inside most backpacks, making it incredibly portable. Once unraveled, it reassumes its shape perfectly and lays out flat like before.

The scoring area is made of rubber-coated fabric with lightweight metal plating beneath providing a magnetic surface. The metal has good magnetization strength to help your darts to stick whilst still being flexible enough to roll up tightly. The stitching around the outside of the scoring pad not only looks great but seems to be finished with a lot of care, meaning there are no frays that appear or other fabric issues.

The string attachment connects to a horizontal bar. You can use this string to hang the board on many different surfaces; doors, a tree branch, nails on walls. Anything that protrudes from a surface you can hang this board on!

The reverse side of the BATURU board features scoring rings of different values inside a shark’s mouth. It’s a nice twist on the game and provides younger players with a fresh new game mode to keep them interested for longer.

The board comes with 4 sets of 3 darts which feature sturdy flights and stick to the board well. The extra darts come in handy when others go missing. The only issue with the darts is the plastic used tends to bend fairly easily. The user should be careful not to drop or twist the darts too many times or they might lose their shape. When the dart hits the scoring area, the impact sound is soft and unobtrusive thanks to the soft but common materials used.

It’s not a substitute for a real dart board but the BATURU pack is a great starter set for new, younger players to get acquainted with the game of darts.

What I liked

  • Easily portable
  • Great magnetization
  • No sharp objects
  • Great for fun occasions
  • Fun reverse design

What could be improved

  • Technically inaccurate bed sizes
  • Darts bend easily
  • Dartboard tends to slide up and down on the rope

 

 

2. CUKU Magnetic Board

  • Weight: 2.09 pounds
  • Diameter: 13 inches
  • Material: Paper covered sheet metal on a plastic base

The CUKU Magnetic Dart Board is about as close to a regulation imitation that you will find in magnetic form. Its solid plastic structure gives off a classic feel and best replicates the look of a real dartboard.

The one bonus that solid plastic boards like the CUKU have over boards like the BATURU is that they can be mounted permanently and rigidly with multiple nails or attachments. The CUKU board comes with a keyhole slot built-in at the top of the frame which makes it simple to slot onto a pre-existing nail in a wall and doesn’t require an additional bracketing system. Saying that it also means that it is easily removed, so can be moved around at ease.

The core of the dart board is made of plastic with a paper-coated metal plating stuck on top. The quality of the adhesive seems to be strong and holds up over extended periods of play.

The design of the scoring area itself is the most accurate in terms of looks and bed sizes that you’ll find on this list. If you’re searching for a magnetic dart board specifically designed to prepare a young player for steel tip darts in the future, this is the one for you.

The double-sided design comes with an archery-style game on the reverse of the board, meaning more playtime and fun modes for younger players.

The one big issue some users have is with the number of darts provided. The CUKU comes with 3 sets of 4 darts … something rarely seen in magnetic dart board sets. Darts usually come in sets of 3 so this is quite unusual. The only reason we can think of would be to have a spare for each set which makes a little sense, although we wish they had just provided four 4 sets of 3 instead.

The darts themselves are very similar to that of the BATURU dartboard. They have good magnetization helping the darts to stick but are prone to being bent and ruined. This is a common feature of plastic magnetic darts.

What I liked

  • Solid dartboard build
  • Three dart sets included
  • Simple wall mount
  • Alternate archery scoring game
  • Reversible

What could be improved

  • A strange number of darts
  • Very noisy dart impact

 

 

3. ESJAY 18 Inch Board

  • Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • Diameter: 18 inches
  • Material: Paper covered sheet metal on a plastic base

Take the CUKU dartboard and edit the scoring area design slightly and you’ll find yourself with the ESJAY 18 Inch. This hard plastic board makes for great family fun or time killing for one person.

The magnetic dart board itself features a paper-lined metal sheet stuck onto a plastic base. The sheet sticks well and is still in place after multiple uses. The plastic is around an inch thick and provides stability when hung on a flat surface.

The keyhole slot is in the same position as the CUKU, but the ESJAY magnetic dartboard also comes with a hook and nail. This is great if you don’t already have a place to hang it in mind and means you won’t find yourself needing to go down to the DIY store.

This dartboard is double-sided, featuring a mathematics-style game on the back. All of the numbers are multiples of ten and numbers you might actually hit in a real dart game, which is great for arithmetic practice! Magnetic dart boards usually feature entertaining reverse features and the ESJAY is no exception.

Alongside the magnetic dart board you’ll receive 2 sets of 6 darts, which can then be divided into 4 sets of 3 depending on how many players want to play. This makes it great for social environments such as man caves or office break rooms.

The scoring area has a very plain design compared to the CUKU and darts can slip from the surface at times although generally, the magnetization seems pretty reliable. As with all plastic magnetic dart boards, the impact sound of a dart is very loud.

What I liked

  • Solid darts construction
  • Metal wall mount included
  • Reversible
  • Mathematics game
  • Large dart beds

What could be improved

  • Noisy dart impact
  • Only 2 colors of dart
  • Slippery surface

 

 

4. Giggle N Go Magnetic Dart Game

  • Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Diameter: 15 inches
  • Material: Rubber coated fabric

This magnetic dart board wins the award for the most fun game and colorful board on our list. Playing darts should be an enjoyable pastime for all people young and old and the Giggle N Go certainly brings enjoyment for the younger crowd.

The Giggle N Go is built in the same ‘roll and go’ style as the Baturu board. It uses a horizontal bar with a long sheet of rubber-coated fabric to create the scoring area. This rubber-coated fabric is lined on the inside with lightweight metal plating which magnetizes the dart but also rolls up similar to the fabric. It can be placed in a bag or carried in one hand, making it brilliantly portable.

The entire build has zero sharp edges or pointed darts, making it a perfect starter dart board for young children who can’t yet use steel tips.

Most magnetic dart boards have a similar design and shape to a real dartboard. The Giggle N Go follows this trend, whereas the reverse side has a large monster painted on it. There are scoring zones inside the monster’s mouth with different values for the thrower to aim for, perfect for excitable kids. When each dart hits, prepare for tonnes of laughter!

The wall mount utilizes a string sling which can be placed over anything it will fit on, usually a nail or hook but it could be taken for outdoor use and placed on a tree branch too.

The Giggle N Go dartboard only comes with 2 sets of 3 darts, although the company do advertise that additional darts are available.

The darts themselves have slightly more weight at the front of their build than others on this list and that makes them slightly less reliable at sticking to the magnetic surface.

What I liked

  • Fun dart board design
  • Reversible
  • Great dart magnetism
  • Huge bullseye

What could be improved

  • Board tends to move up and down
  • Very front weighted darts

 

 

5. DoinKit Darts

  • Weight: 1.98 pounds
  • Diameter: 15.75 inches
  • Material: Paper covered sheet metal on a cardboard base

Sometimes the plastic darts included with magnetic dartboards can still find their way to be sharp or potentially dangerous if swallowed. Enter the DoinKit Darts board. It has an extremely simple design but what it lacks in complexity it makes up for with one-of-a-kind magnetic darts. It’s certainly not one of the best magnetic dartboards but it brings some very unique features.

The dartboard itself has a plastic frame encasing a paper-covered sheet metal on a cardboard base. It is not thick and could potentially bend if dropped or manipulated, but if taken care of will do a great job. The darts stems and flights are constructed from plastic mesh, meaning they’re malleable and will retake their shape if squashed or bent. The tips are encased in a rubber housing yet still manage to stick firmly to the dartboard.

The DoinKit darts board takes a slightly different approach to mounting in that it has two mounts built into the back of the frame. These mounts hold well but can be hard to initially locate and hook onto wall attachments. These in-built rear mounts are only seen on a few magnetic dart boards.

This is the only selection on our list that is not reversible. The DoinKit darts board features one realistic board design with all of the scoring beds of a regulation board, making it a great starter board for players who think they might be interested in taking further steps in darts.

This magnetic dartboard arrives with only 2 sets of 3 darts, although the design of the darts makes them much harder to break than other magnetic darts and so you might not need more than the amount that is included.

What I liked

  • Extremely safe materials
  • Colorful fun design
  • Unique dart style
  • Super strong magnets that stick well

What could be improved

  • Overpriced
  • Cheap feeling material

 

 

Magnetic Dart boards Buyer’s Guide

When purchasing a magnetic dartboard there are a few things you will want to look out for to make sure you pick up the perfect dart board and not a cheap knockoff. Using our buyer’s guide below, we’ll make sure you end up with the best magnetic dart board possible!

Dartboard

Style

There are two main styles of a magnetic dart board. The first would be a plastic replica mold covered in a paper-lined metallic sheet. The sheet is stuck to the plastic frame with adhesive glue and acts as the magnetized scoring are. The frame is attached to a wall via a small slot at the top of or behind the dartboard. The materials uses are common materials yet sturdy.

The second style is a pendant-style magnetic dart board. The dartboard itself is made of rubber-coated fabric and hangs from a horizontal plastic bar. The fabric can be wrapped around the bar and carried around.

Dartboard Size

Due to the fact that magnetic dart boards are built predominately for children, they come in all different shapes and sizes from 10 inches all the way up to the standard 18. If you’re looking to buy for a player who might move into real darts in the future, aim for a larger dartboard size around 17 to 18 inches.

Sidedness

Most magnetic dart boards feature a reversible design. On one side is usually a replica dart board and the other a dart game such as an archery board or maths-based target game. Both sides of the board should have similar build quality in order for this to be of any value. Double-sided boards are usually created with children in mind.

Darts

Material

Magnetic darts tend to come in a few different styles but usually appear with hard plastic stems and flights with a flat magnetic metal tip. Make sure to check that the darts you buy are a little malleable and won’t break if dropped a few times. You might even find that some magnetic darts are made of meshed plastic which is a much more durable design.

Amount

A magnetic dart board set should come with a minimum of six darts broken into two sets of three. Any less than this and two players will not be able to play at once. If you want to play with the whole family, you’ll need a minimum of twelve darts, especially after a few go missing! Extra darts are a must with every magnetic board.

Magnetization Strength

Be sure the surface area of both the scoring area and dart head is large enough to stick to the board well. On a magnetic dart board you can expect darts to slip down slightly upon impact so the scoring beds should be slightly larger than typical boards.

Wall Mount Attachment

Type

In a pendant dartboard, the board is attached to the wall via a string sling attached at the top of the board. This sling can be placed over any protruding object including nails, hooks, branches or even doorknobs.

The solid plastic-based boards usually have a small keyhole built into them that can be placed over a nail or hook. They are placed at the top of the board or built into the back and do not normally include an additional bracketing system.

Target Audience

Adults

There are a few boards on the market such as the CUKU and Esjay that replicate regulation boards in the way they are designed and presented. Look for a larger-sized magnetic dart board without the reversible fun features. A magnetic dart board is a perfect choice to challenge someone in your office to a quick game of darts.

Children

Introducing darts to children can be tricky, but magnetic dartboards make this a lot easier. Be sure to pick out the colorful and family fun double-sided boards with multiple game types to keep children as interested as possible in their board. Use a measuring tape to mark out a safe distance to throw from as even though magnetic dartboards are incredibly safe, darts can still bounce off and hit throwers if they are thrown from close quarters.

In Conclusion

If you’re looking to pick up a magnetic dart board in the near future, be prepared to spend a bit of time searching for the perfect item. Magnetic dart boards vary in quality and size and some may not be suitable for older more adult audiences. With our top 5 picks and buyers guide above, you should be able to find a magnetic dart board that suits your needs and sticks with it for years to come!

Best Electronic Dart Boards for 2022 (Reviews & Buyer’s Guide)

Darts is a constantly evolving game that adapts with the times and adjusts to modern trends. It began almost two centuries ago on wooden and cork-based boards and has now mutated into one of the biggest sports in the world.

As the sport grows, so does the technology being used to play the game. Traditional bristle boards lead the way in terms of steel tip darts but electronic dart boards now contain hundreds of additional features that not only add to the playing experience but make it much easier for players to take part.

Whether you struggle to do the complicated maths of large trebles or want to play in real-time with other players across the globe, electronic dartboards are beginning to take a dominant hold on the dartboard market.

We’ll be listing out the best electronic dartboards to buy in 2022 and explaining exactly what makes them stand out in such a saturated market. Check our buyers guide below the top ten list for even more tips on what makes a great dartboard.

Top 10 Electronic Dart Boards in 2022

Below you’ll find our pick of the top ten electronic dartboards available for purchase in 2022. Each board has been evaluated and ranked in accordance with the categories in our buyer’s guide. The boards are also ranked with average pricing and total value considered.

1. Arachnid Cricket Pro 900 Electronic

  • Weight: 11.73
  • Diameter: 15.5 inches
  • Match Modes: 48

Our top pick for the best electronic dartboard is the Arachnid Cricket Pro 900. When considering all the factors that make an electronic dartboard great including durability, mode variation, and playability it easily comes out on top as the number one pick.

The build quality of the Arachnid Cricket Pro 900 is second to none. The micro-thin segment dividers are consistent across the entire board and ensure that bounce-outs are extremely rare. The bed plastics themselves have a small amount of flexibility to softly cushion darts as they hit the board and receive soft tips very well.

Electronically the 900 provides a large catalog of 48 match modes to choose from including all of the standard modes associated with darts and can support up to 8 concurrent players. You may find yourself rarely playing any modes outside of 01 or cricket, but it’s nice to know that the variety is there.

One feature that the 900 can brag about over other boards on this list is the voice feature. This will tell you the score for each player and invite you to throw when it’s your turn. It’s a great addition to keep games with frames on track and scored accurately. The board also has a heckler mode which will berate you if you miss your doubles!

The LCD scoreboard on the front of the board is compact but easily read and shows two contrasting colors to make sure it’s viewable from a distance.

The input switches are clear and concise and give a very satisfying click sound when pushed, just to confirm you’ve pressed it correctly.

The most impressive feature of the 900 is its durability. Each and every aspect of the board is built with care and precision, meaning it has a shelf life of well over 2 years which certainly helps when the board is priced highly.

What I liked

  • State of the art design
  • Microthin wiring
  • Large game library
  • Excellent voice feedback
  • 8 player support
  • Heckler mode
  • Durable build
  • Large catch ring
  • Long shelf life

What could be improved

  • AC power only
  • Expensive

 

 

2. Win.Max Electronic

  • Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Diameter: 13.5 inches
  • Match Modes: 21

Cost-effective and electronic dartboards are not two things that usually go well together. Normally it would mean unreactive sensors, poor scoring, and increased bounce outs but the Win.Max somehow manages to avoid all of these pitfalls.

The design of the Win.Max is sturdy and robust and has the regulation-size beds of a steel tip board. This is odd for soft tip boards which usually have larger multiple and bullseye bed but it makes this board the perfect choice for steel tip players who want to practice at home without the steel tip dangers.

The LCD scoreboard is small and simple but performs well. The board is receptive to darts and very rarely makes scoring mistakes. The score itself is well contrasted and can be read easily at a distance.

The bladed wiring on the board reduces bounce outs drastically and keeps your darts in the beds where you’re aiming.

The game library is full of classic game modes such as 01, Shanghai, and Cricket games alongside a host of lesser-known modes and variations.

The wide catch ring makes it an excellent choice for amateur and intermediate players who sometimes miss the target and don’t want to ruing their soft tip darts.

It might not be as technologically advanced as other boards on this list but the Win.Max comes in at number two with a reliable and consistent board that holds its own in the company of the best electronic dartboards.

What I liked

  • Durable plastic
  • Regulation size steel tip beds
  • Easy usability
  • Large game library
  • Wide catch ring
  • AC power and battery power
  • Simple inputs
  • Very responsive
  • Cheap electronic dartboard

What could be improved

  • Simple
  • Not regulation soft tip dartboard bed sizes

 

 

3. Gran Board Dash

  • Weight: 5.34 pounds
  • Diameter: 15.5 inches
  • Match Modes: 30+

It wasn’t too long ago that if you wanted to play darts with someone, you would have to grab a friend and give them a set of darts. The Gran Board dash makes this whole process easier by removing the additional human … kind of!

The Dash is the front runner in a new wave of boards that utilize online play. No matter where you are playing from you can connect with other Dash players around the world and go head to head. With more and more people practicing from home, this is a fantastic way of keeping your game up and playing against competitive opponents.

You’ll notice that this board doesn’t have any form of user interface. That’s because the game modes and scoring are managed through a mobile application. Simply connect your mobile or tablet to the board via Bluetooth, download the app and you have access to a wealth of scoring statistics, game modes, and online play. It’s a revolutionary approach to the modern dart game which could end up taking the industry by storm in coming years.

The application hosts hundreds of different game modes due to the fact that each one is editable and has multiple variations. It supports up to 8 local players and 16 online.

The board material is solid and the sensors are extremely accurate. Darts tend to stick in the board well and score every time they’re thrown. It truly is a unique board.

The downsides would be that without a device with Bluetooth or if your device is out of battery, you cannot score your darts. It’s physically impossible to play on this board and score without the use of a mobile device. Make sure to bring a charger if you’re running low on battery!

The Dashboard is intuitive, unique, and incredibly original and very much deserves its spot amongst the top electronic dartboards.

What I liked

  • Online play
  • High tech design
  • Impressive mobile application
  • Huge game library
  • Competitive practice modes
  • Compact design
  • Solid build
  • Reduced bounce-outs wiring

What could be improved

  • No internal scoreboard
  • Must use a Bluetooth device
  • Battery-powered only

 

 

4. Viper ION Electronic

  • Weight: 4 pounds
  • Diameter: 15.5 inches
  • Match Modes: 48

Darts players are always looking for new and exciting ways to practice. Enter the Viper ION Electronic, the only dartboard that physically shows you where you need to hit!

The ION has LED illuminated segments which light up and show you where you need to be aiming. The plastic in the scoring beds is slightly transparent meaning you can easily see the LEDs once they are lit up. The board makes the most of this feature and contains game modes that revolve around these incredible lights.

This electronic dartboard comes with a massive library of 48 game modes supporting up to 8 concurrent players, meaning your practice sessions should never get boring ever again!

The automatic scoring on the board is very receptive and very rarely misses a landing dart. There are also board settings in place to make sure you can undo or register any missed darts.

The only downside to the ION is the fact that everything in the lower part of the board frame seems forced into such a compact design. The LCD scoreboard is quite small and the list of games even smaller. This however is due to the battery compartment which takes up a large amount of space on the front of the board. Great for portability, but we would have preferred a larger scoreboard or more physical inputs.

What I liked

  • A unique bed lighting system
  • Lighting based games
  • Large game library
  • Receptive sensors
  • Distinctive look
  • Durable build
  • Mains and battery power

What could be improved

  • Small LCD display
  • Can be off-putting in the dark

 

5. Target Nexus Online

  • Weight: 13.76 pounds
  • Diameter: 15.5 inches
  • Match Modes: 10

Every board has its main selling point and the Target Nexus Online holds the cards as being one of the only electronic dart boards with a successful online service. Whenever you step up to practice on the Nexus, you will always have someone to play against.

This ground-breaking development features a built-in interactive touch screen for a fantastically simple experience. All of your game and score management is done at the touch of a screen without the need for physical switches on the face of the board. This makes the entire board extremely easy to use and less cluttered.

The in-built application only features 10 specific games but executes them consistently well when playing online.

The board even has a microphone and camera built-in and players can toggle them on or off depending on whether they want to talk to their opponent on the other side of the world. This also ensures the games are fair and you can see that your opponent is playing as usual.

On top of its multiplayer features, the Nexus doubles up as a reliable single player practice board. The plastic build is solid and durable and receives darts well; it’s designed very cleverly to reduce bounce outs and has a bladed, thin spider.

The board runs on mains power and doesn’t support battery power.

What I liked

  • WiFi connectivity
  • Touch screen input
  • Online play
  • Well built
  • In-built camera and microphone
  • Simple design

What could be improved

  • Expensive
  • No battery power
  • No direct ethernet connection

 

 

6. Viper 800

  • Weight: 6 pounds
  • Diameter: 15.5 inches
  • Match Modes: 57

If you’re willing to overlook traditional bed paint designs, the Viper 800 might just be the best-looking board on our list. The red, black, and grey combinations make it look consistent yet stylish and would look great in a games room or bar.

The board itself is impressively made with razor-edged plastic wiring throughout the board meaning consistent darts and fewer broken soft tips. The one questionable aspect of the design would be the catch ring, which utilizes a confusing diamond pattern similar to that seen on the Alunyan board at number 10 on this list.

Electronically this board stands out in the display department. The large frontal LCD scoreboard display can be confusing at first. There are many rows and columns consisting of different numbers and values. Once you play a few different games and modes (of which there are a whopping 57), you will quickly understand how the scoreboard utilizes its complex design. Having such a busy LCD screen means that everything is in one place and cannot be missed.

If you find yourself without an opponent, you can always make use of the adaptive AI opponent on the board. It will change its skill level to match your developing game and always give you a hard-fought match.

The entire interface is extremely helpful. There’s a large list of dart games on the left-hand side of the board and on the right, you’ll find multiple silicone buttons to input your modes and players. Overall, it’s well designed and efficient in terms of spatial management.

The Viper 800 is powered by an AC adapter from your mains power socket and doesn’t support battery power.

What I liked

  • Placeholder text
  • Adaptive AI
  • Audio feedback
  • Helpful interface design
  • Complex scoreboard
  • Edged wiring
  • Huge game library

What could be improved

  • Slight usability learning curve
  • Complex scoreboard
  • Mains power only

 

 

7. Arachnid Cricket Pro 450

  • Weight: 6 pounds
  • Diameter: 15.5 inches
  • Match Modes: 31

The younger brother of the Arachnid Cricket Pro 900, the 450 takes the must-have simple features of the 900 and streamlines it into a more affordable, entry point style model.

31 match modes are more than enough to keep you entertained, especially seeing as it supports up to 8 players at any given time. All the main modes are in the playlist including 01, cricket, and Shanghai, and are easy to track given the five dedicated LCD scoreboards. There’s a dedicated cricket scoreboard for scoring marks and a larger LCD for single-player games.

The board itself is well made with classic soft tip darts beds and receptive plastic incisions for your darts to land in. The spider wiring is generally thin except for the outer double wiring which for some reason is much thicker than the rest.

The board’s additional features include audio heckling when you hit good or bad scores and a dedicated reset button for when things just get too confusing to fix!

The Cricket Pro 450 doesn’t have nearly as many features as the 900 but comes in at a lower price point and proves to be a worthy contender a little lower down our list.

What I liked

  • Classic Arachnid style
  • Eight player support
  • Dedicate cricket scoreboard
  • Multiple LCD displays
  • Compact design
  • Full reset button
  • Heckler audio option

What could be improved

  • Thick double wiring
  • Power button too close to other buttons
  • AC mains power only, no batteries

 

 

8. Biange Electronic Board

  • Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Diameter: 15.5 inches
  • Match Modes: 27

The Biange 15.5 inch electronic dart board is a fantastic combination of simplicity and uniqueness. With the combination of both battery power and mains power, it can be whatever you need it to be; a permanent wall fixture or a portable board to take elsewhere.

The beds have classic soft tip dimensions including slightly larger treble, double, and bullseye segments surrounded by ultra-thin plastic spider wiring. The plastic indentations receive darts well and rarely cause bounce outs.

The score display system is very clear and precise, with hard plastic input button buttons next to the LCD displays to pick and choose your game type.

The board supports up to sixteen players but works most effectively during four-player games where each player can have their own individual scoreboard.

The speaker for the board’s sound effects is poor in quality and quite quiet if used in loud environments. Additionally, the blue and whiteboard design isn’t for everybody but doesn’t make a huge practical difference.

What I liked

  • Very portable
  • Regulation size board
  • 16 player support
  • Micro thin segment dividers
  • 4 LCD displays
  • Simple control panel

What could be improved

  • Strange color design
  • Poor loudspeaker quality

 

 

9. Arachnid Lightweight Electronic Dart Board

  • Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Diameter: 13.5 inches
  • Match Modes: 21

If you’re looking for a simple electronic board to move around freely and hang in different places, the Arachnid Lightweight is the board for you.

Let’s start with the weight and build quality. Despite its 1kg weight, the Arachnid feels surprisingly sturdy and well made. The plastic is rigid and holds well and the bed material is similarly impressive. This board saves weight in the fact that it has an extremely thin catch ring. This is great for portability but bad for amateur players who tend to miss the board from time to time.

The bladed plastic spider on this board is great at guiding darts into their beds instead of flying back out. Another thing to be said about the beds is that they are much thinner than standard soft tip beds. They represent steel tip beds more than soft tip beds in their width and height, making them great target practice for regular steel tip dart players.

The electronics are well programmed and visible through a clear LCD scoring display. It supports up to eight players and has durable (if very small) silicone rubber input switches.

This board is another one that measures 13.5 inches. These boards can be great for precise practice but if you’re looking to replicate a full-size regulation steel tip board, think twice before choosing a 13.5-inch board over a 15.5-inch traditional board.

What I liked

  • Extremely portable
  • Durable input switches
  • Bladed plastic spider
  • Lightweight
  • Affordable

What could be improved

  • Very thin catch ring
  • Not regulation size
  • Battery operated only

 

 

10. Alunyan Electronic Dart Board

  • Weight: 5.07 pounds
  • Diameter: 13.5 inches
  • Match Modes: 27

Coming in at number ten is the Alunyan Electronic Dart Board. Although not the best electronic dart board on the market, it certainly provides a wealth of modes and a solid build which will prove a decent choice for those wanting to stay clear of the mainstream boards.

The plastic itself is solid and well made with a decent amount of flexibility in the individual beds’ plates. This helps to keep bounce-outs to a minimum and protects your soft tip darts from damage.

The board comes with darts holders built into the side of the frame which is a very unique feature rarely seen on other boards. You can store your darts here without them being in the way of regular practice.

This electronic dartboard supports up to a whopping sixteen players! It utilizes the four LCD display points on the front of the board to alternate between individual scores and makes it extremely clear who is up next to throw with flashing lights. Of all the boards on our top ten list, this is without a doubt the most effective at supporting large groups of players.

Where the Alunyan drags a bit is in its catch ring and price point. The catch ring has been designed in some strange diamond style meaning it doesn’t catch any darts at all, merely stopping them in place and letting them drop to the floor. A very weird choice indeed from the designers! Then there is the price point; at $130 or above it is priced similar to higher-end electronic dart boards. It’s not fair off this in value but there are definitely similar boards to this at much lower price points on the electronic dartboard market.

This is a 13.5 inch board, making it good for precision practice but it shouldn’t be used to replicate a regulation size dart board.

What I liked

  • Well built
  • Unique darts holder
  • Sixteen player support
  • Spare tips included
  • Bright LCD display

What could be improved

  • Poorly designed catch ring
  • Overpriced
  • Not regulation size

 

 

Electronic Dart board Buyer’s Guide

Board Material

Most electronic dart boards are made from hard molded plastic. The beds themselves feature hundreds of small indentations which are made to receive the tips of soft-tipped darts. By definition, the best electronic dart boards will always be made of the same materials.

One thing to check on the actual scoring zone plastic is that it has some ‘give’. If the plastic on the beds has no flexibility, it will result in lots of bounce outs. You can do this by putting light pressure on one of the beds with your index finger and seeing if it depresses slightly. It should move down by about a millimeter or two at least.

Bed Segmentation

Bed segmentation refers to the plastic ultra-thin spider that separates the scoring beds on the board. Its shape determines the effect it has on a dart when it hits it head-on and can reduce bounce outs or cause more.

The best electronic dart board will always have wiring that is pointed or ‘bladed’. It has a thin, sharp edge in order to guide the darts into one side of the wire instead of bouncing out. Another popular choice is ultra-thin rounded wiring. This type of wiring is cylindrical but thin enough to reduce its surface area.

Board Size

Unlike bristle boards, electronic dart boards do come in varying sizes. The most popular to purchase is the 15.5-inch diameter board. This is because it is the same size as regulation bristle dartboards and is great for those who want to be consistent in both formats. Regulation-sized electronic dartboards on the competitive circuit are also 15.5 inches wide.

Another common option is to punt for a 13.5-inch electronic board. These boards are a little smaller than usual but are great for smaller areas and situations where you want to improve your one dart accuracy. If you’re looking to practice your regulation-sized board 01 game skills, stay clear of 13.5-inch boards. If you’re a more casual player, they might be to your liking!

Input Mechanisms

Input mechanisms vary from board to board and can affect the durability and usability of the board in many ways.

The most common input mechanism found on an electronic is hard plastic button switches. These are the most durable due to the material they’re made from and tend to react well to different input pressures. They don’t wear too much over time and make a satisfying click when pushed.

Silicone rubber switches are the second option. They are cheaper to make than hard plastic switches and sometimes get stuck underneath their plastic frame but provide a good alternative to game mode switching.

Finally, you have the touch screen input mechanism. This is reserved for boards that have a wireless scoring application in-built for tablets or mobile devices. With these devices, you can swipe and tap your way through all of the board’s functionalities and settings.

Power Source

It’s important to consider the power source of your electronic board and cross-check that with where and what you want the board for.

Some electronic boards run off mains power and require a cabled connection to a power socket, usually located in a wall. Be sure to check the length of the cable and whether or not it will reach a socket in the position where you want it.

Other electronic dartboards run off of battery power with larger boards running off of 9V and C battery sizes while smaller boards will function off of AAA or AA batteries. Boards that are powered by batteries are far more portable but require battery changes frequently if used in a popular setting. Bear in mind how costly this could be over time and be prepared to stock up on AA batteries.

Game Library

Electronic dartboards come with a variety of pre-installed modes to keep players entertained but also practice specific skills within the game of darts. In theory the more modes a board is capable of running, the better.

There are a few specific modes you should keep an eye out for when purchasing an electronic dartboard:

01 Games

The 01 games are the classic dart game and the best overall practice for any dart player. Players start at a number ending in 01 (101, 301, 501, 701) and score down to zero. Their last dart must be a double in order for the game to end, although this is also interchangeable in most decent electronic boards.

Cricket

Cricket games require accuracy and consistency in the larger scoring beds of a dart board. The player must hit the numbers 15 to 20 three times each and the same for the bullseyes in order to win the game. It is a game for two players or more and is found on most electronic dart boards.

Others

In addition to the two main modes you should expect to find on a new electronic dart board, there may also be a huge library of additional modes and variations on the classics.

Many electronic dartboards have the game Count Up, a variation of 01 games where the players score up instead of down. There could also be Around The World, a game where players have to score from 1 to 20 in consecutive order to win the game. Generally, electronic dart boards are at their best when they offer a large library of new and unique games as well as the tried and testing classics.

Player Count

Electronic darts machines enable players to play along with many others. Whether there are just two of you want to play one-on-one or a group of eight of you, electronic dart boards can usually accommodate you all.

The industry standard for electronic boards is a minimum of two-player capability. These boards will have individual inputs and an LCD display scoreboard for each player. In some cases, this will extend up to four players with their own individual inputs.

On an electronic board with a wireless scoring system or tablet application, it’s not uncommon to find games for eight players or more! This is due to the fact that the board doesn’t need individual physical inputs and scoreboards for each player and instead can have everything inputted through a mobile device or tablet.

Online Capabilities

One of the most successful features of modern-day electronic dartboards is to be able to play in real-time against players from all over the world. Some high-end boards give you the option to set up online profiles and go head to head with another player using the same board and software.

Boards that support this feature are usually accompanied by a mobile or tablet application. This software then connects to the internet via your device’s internet connection and manages the scoring and matchmaking from inside the app.

Always check the application that is needed for these processes and make sure it is compatible with your devices.

Sound Effects

Some electronic dartboards these days come equipped with sound effects. These range from small blips when a dart hits the board to full-on heckling from AI voices. It’s important to consider if you want these additional effects, especially if the board is going to be erected in a social setting.

The sound effects are usually unobtrusive and only compliment the games you’re playing, but on some boards, you can turn on musical motifs, crowd booing, and other loud sounds. Make sure you know if these can be turned off or the board has a volume control unit before you buy the board to avoid any noisy surprises!