There are a lot of games and fun activities that can be enjoyed by one person or by several. One of the stable games is darts. They can be seen in almost all bars and pubs and for a good reason. It is a fun game, almost timeless of which you can never get bored. It is simple and it can even be considered a social activity. A lot of people play darts with friends when going out for a drink. Others may have a dart board at home and get friends over to enjoy a few drinks and games. There is actually no reason not to own a set of dart boards.
If we are to go into detail, there are several different types of dart boards. We have the classic ones with no gimmicks and features and more modern ones that also have a digital score board. The ones that have a digital score board are obviously much more expensive and they are made out of a different material. For someone that does not play darts all that often, even the cheapest set should suffice.
The ones that really like the game should be prepared to spend much more on a high quality dart board. Some of the more extravagant models are the ones that have a wooden enclosure with opening doors. There are the best boards that money can buy.
Best Dart Boards in 2017
For our list, we selected a wide range of boards from all price ranges but without making any compromises or going for boards that are not actually worth spending money on even if they are very cheap. With no further ado here is our list of the top 10 best dart boards in 2017.
Table of Contents
- 10. Hathaway Centerpoint Solid Wood Dartboard and Cabinet Set
- 9. DMI Bristle Dartboard in
- 8. Viper League Pro Sisal/Bristle Steel Tip Dartboard
- 7. Toysmith Magnetic Dart Board
- 6. NFL Dart Cabinet Set w/ Steel Tip Bristle Dartboard and Darts
- 5. Arachnid Cricket Pro 800 Electronic Dartboard
- 4. TG Champion Tournament Bristle Dartboard
- 3. TG Dart Game Set With 6 Darts and Board Dart Board
- 2. Viper Shot King Sisal/Bristle Steel Tip Dartboard with Staple-Free Bullseye and 6 Darts
- 1. Winmau Blade 4 Bristle Dartboard
10. Hathaway Centerpoint Solid Wood Dartboard and Cabinet Set
Hathaway makes several different dartboards but their Centerpoint solid wood model is one of their most popular. It is not that expensive when thinking about the fact that the dart board is made out of wood. It has a dark cherry finish and rounded target frame to prevent bounce outs. The dartboard also has two dry erase scoreboards on the sides and stainless steel hinges. Inside the kit, two sets of steel tipped darts have been included. The dartboard is fairly lightweight but very sturdy.
- Made out of hardwood
- Two scoreboards on the sides
- Looks different in pictures
The dartboard is advertised as having a dark cherry finish. The product picture states the same but the reality is that the actual product has a different color. It is a rather bright red that does not look all that natural. It tends to be closer to an orange red than a dark cherry color.
9. DMI Bristle Dartboard in
DMI Bristle Dartboad is a great option for the ones that are looking for something more fancy without having to pay premium. It has a plastic cabinet that looks as if it is made out of wood and it features a self-healing board that should last for many years. The model has a chalkboard that can be used as a scoreboard and another electronic scorer on the other side. It includes 6 darts and it comes fully functional straight out of the box.
- Moderate price tag
- Electronic scorer and chalkboard
- Self-healing sisal material
- Product description is misleading
DMI does not clearly state that the dartboard is made out of plastic. In fact it is made quite well and it is difficult to guess that it is not real wood. This is indeed specified by the manufacturers but very vaguely and they emphasize on their dark oak finish.
8. Viper League Pro Sisal/Bristle Steel Tip Dartboard
The Viper League Pro dartboard is one of the cheap picks that made it into our list. It is a decently built dartboard that includes one set of darts, mounting hardware and a small chalkboard to serve as a scoreboard. The dartboard itself is made out of thin fibers that are compressed together which gives it a self-healing ability. It is a durable dartboard despite being cheap. It uses thin galvanized wires that enables the darts to slide down the spider and fall into the target area.
- Very inexpensive
- Made from self-healing bristle fibers
- Very durable
- Only comes with one set of 3 darts
Most dartboards come with enough darts for two people to play. That usually means 2 sets of 3 darts. The Viper League Pro dartboard only comes with one set of 3 darts. Additional darts need to be purchased separately and they do not need to be made by the same manufacturer.
7. Toysmith Magnetic Dart Board
The Toysmith magnetic dart board is the best pick for the ones that are concerned about safety when it comes to playing with sharp darts. It is a magnetic board that is recommended mostly for children of ages 6 and up. The board is very inexpensive and comes with 6 magnetic darts. It can be mounted onto a wall and because it is magnetic, it will never get damaged by the darts. Also the darts do not have a pointy end which means they will not damage walls or floors. The board measures 11 inches in diameter and it is fairly thin.
- Very cheap
- Magnetic board
- Comes with 6 darts
- Weak magnetic system
In order for a magnetic dartboard to work, the magnets used need to be fairly strong. If the magnets are weak, the darts will just fall of and will not be able to stick to the point of impact. The magnets used for the Toysmith dartboard are not weak but they are not strong either. Sometimes, the dart can fall down. The secret is not to put a lot of force when throwing the dart.
6. NFL Dart Cabinet Set w/ Steel Tip Bristle Dartboard and Darts
The NFL Dart cabinet set is not the most affordable model in our list but it is one of the premium ones. It is made using genuine wood. The entire cabinet is coated and is made out of solid pine wood. The dartboard itself is made out of a special self-healing material. Inside the kit, the manufacturers included two dart sets with steel tips. Each door of the cabinet has a chalkboard scorer. It includes chalk and an eraser. The model is a bit heavy but it is very durable and has a premium look and construction.
- Premium design and build quality
- Two chalkboards on the side doors
Made from solid pine wood
- A bit expensive for what it offers
For a classic dartboard, the model does not offer all that much for the money. It has a premium construction but for the same price it is possible to find a model with a digital scoreboard. Also, the dartboard itself can be improved by using one of those compressed fiber materials which regenerate better.
5. Arachnid Cricket Pro 800 Electronic Dartboard
Arachnid Cricket Pro 800 is a great dartboard that comes with some interesting features. It is a rather expensive device but it has a lot to offer. The dartboard is completely electronic. It has 38 built-in games with 179 different variations. It also supports up to 8 players and it can keep track of the score for all of them. The dartboard area is made out of very small segment dividers that improve durability and prevent the darts from bouncing off. Last but not least the dartboard has an option 3 level heckler for better interactive play.
- Full electronic dartboard
- 39 games and 179 variations
- Supports up to 8 players
The Arachnid dartboard is indeed a professional grade model. This also makes it quite expensive and not everyone is willing to spend this much on a dartboard. It is still a great model for the ones that can afford it. For everyone else, there are plenty of models in our list that have a less hefty price tag.
4. TG Champion Tournament Bristle Dartboard
TG Champion Tournament Bristle dartboard is a great option for the ones that are serious about the game but have a limited budget. It is a long lasting board made from a special material. It includes wall mounting hardware and it is very easy to install. The board is as simple as it gets which is why it is so popular. It has the same staple-free bull’s eye like high quality boards and uses a standard wire spider.
- Very cheap
- Durable construction
- Includes wall mounting hardware
- Does not include darts
The only thing that most people will complain about is the fact that the dartboard does not include any darts. They will need to be purchased separately. Fortunately, any type of darts will work with the board as it was designed to be durable and long lasting.
3. TG Dart Game Set With 6 Darts and Board Dart Board
TG Dart Game set is a good pick for beginners. It is the kind of dartboard that would appeal mostly to the ones that never owned one before. It has a simple design with a wire spider web, mouting brackets and a decent construction. It is a full size 18 inch dartboard that comes with 2 sets of 3 darts. It was mostly made for beginner. For the price it is difficult to find something better.
- 6 high quality brass darts
- Mounting brackets, wire spider web
- Dart tips are not very durable
The dart tips are fine if they hit the dartboard. However they are not durable or hard enough. If they fall directly on a hard floor, they will become blunt. The dartboard should be placed in such a way that the darts do not fall directly onto a hard floor in order to avoid breaking them too soon.
2. Viper Shot King Sisal/Bristle Steel Tip Dartboard with Staple-Free Bullseye and 6 Darts
Viper Shot King Sisal offers great value for the money. It is one of the best selling dartboards due to its quality and low price tag. Having a decent construction, the dartboard will prove to be long lasting. The kit includes 2 sets of 3 darts with steel tips and all the required mounting hardware. The dartboard itself is a regular 18 inch board and a thickness of 1.5 inches. Last but not least, the dartboard has galvanized wire spider that allows the darts to properly slide off the target area.
- Long lasting sisal bristle fiber construction
- Comes with 2 sets of 3 steel tip darts
- Self-healing feature is not that great
The fact that is made out of compressed sisal bridle fibers is a plus. It is longer lasting that most dart boards but it is not as good as advertised. The self-healing works for most part but it is not great. The fibers will move away a bit when punctured by a dart. Over time the dartboard will be subject to wear and tear.
1. Winmau Blade 4 Bristle Dartboard
The Winmau Blade 4 dartboard offers the best quality for the price. It is an affordable bristle fiber board with self-healing. It works great and it will prove to be long lasting. The board is quite thin and has a wire spider. The wires have a triangular shape which means that darts will not fall off when hitting the wire directly. Last but not least the model will reduce bounce outs and offers maximum longevity.
- Long lasting self-healing board with bristle fibers
- Steel wiring
- Nothing worth mentioning
There is very little to complain about the Winmau dartboard. If there is one thing that could have made the kit better is to have dart sets included. As it is, the dartboard does not include darts while most other models have 2 sets of 3.
Which Dartboard Is Better?
It is difficult say which dartboard is the best from our list. Not everyone is willing to spend hundreds of dollars on a dartboard but the cheaper ones are also worth considering. There are a few things worth checking before putting the money down to get a dartboard. Needless to say, expectations should be low for cheaper models.
- Included darts: While most dartboard sets include darts, there are models that do not. They can still be purchased separately if needed. At some point, the ones that come with a set will break and new ones will need to be purchased
- With or without a cabinet: The cabinet is a nice thing to have for a dartboard but it also makes it more expensive. It is not something necessary but usually, cabinets have chalkboards that can be used as scoreboards
- Durability: Durability is very important. This can be a major variable depending on from what the dartboard is made. More expensive models are usually longer lasting.