If you haven’t checked it out already, take a look at our ultimate guide to dart boards when you have a moment to learn more about the best dartboards you can buy.
Generally speaking, we highly recommend bristle dart boards made of compressed sisal fibers. From quality to longevity, this type of dart board is hard to beat – there is a reason the pros use this type of board. There are also a few electronic dart boards out there that we like. Here are our best dart boards reviewed:
Winmau Blade 5 Dual Core Bristle Dartboard
The Winmau Blade 5 Dual Core Bristle Dartboard is one of the best dartboards you can find with tons of great features. While it is a little bit pricey relative to other boards out there, the extra cost is well worth it in our eyes.
- Dual Core Technology: The board scoring area is comprised of two cores. The outer core is made of lower compression material which reduces surface resistance to allow for increased penetration by dart tips. The inner core is made of higher compression material. This obviously increases resistance and gives the board an element of durability. Most boards are either low or high compression so it’s nice to get the best of both worlds.
- Scoring Area: The scoring area on the Winmau Blade 5 Dual Core is huge. Winmau is always looking for ways to improve their boards and this year they have actually found a way to make the inner wiring system 14% thinner than previous generation models. That might not sound like a lot but it can make a huge difference when you throw a dart that hits against the inner wire.
- Wiring: The razor wire on the dartboard is pointed at a 60 degree angle. Most dart board wires are pointed at 90 degrees or above. Having the sharper angle on the wiring is huge because it will better deflect darts into the scoring areas instead of ricocheting onto the floor.
Viper Hudson Sisal/Bristle Steel Tip Dartboard & Cabinet Bundle
Viper Hudson makes a really nice dart board. A huge bonus to this board is that it comes with darts and a cabinet together in a bundle. The cabinet features scoring areas on the inside panels so you are ready to play darts from the moment you pull the board out of the box.
- Comprehensive Bundle: The Viper Hudson dartboard comes with a beautiful pine cabinet with a mahogany finish. The cabinet is a really nice feature because it’s easy to install on a wall and will protect your board when it’s not in use. Steel tip darts, a dry erase board, and an out chart are also included with the bundle.
- Laser Throw Line Included: Instead of having to put down cluttery tape for your throw line, Viper Hudson has included a focused laser system which illuminates a throwing line for you. The laser is bright enough that it can be used during day time.
- Staple Free: Extremely thin razors to maximize the scoring area. The dart board is also constructed without staples and with self healing sisal fibers. All of these features lead to a very durable dart board.
Unicorn Eclipse HD2 High Definition Professional Bristle Dartboard
Unicorn designed the Eclipse HD2 with best engineering practices from previous models they have developed. What has resulted is an extremely clean and high performance dartboard with tons of features.
- Playing Surface Area: The Eclipse HD2 features a 14% increased playing area when compared to previous generations. In particular, the bulls eye area has increased quite a bit for maximum scoring. The wiring along the 25″ ring has also lead to a 2% increased effect on scoring area.
- Replacable Numbers: If you plan on keeping your board for a long time, the numbers could receive substantial wear and tear. Thankfully, the Eclipse HD2 has injection molded replaceable numbers which can be interchanged as time goes on.
Arachnid Cricket Pro 800 Electronic Dartboard
The Arachnid Cricket Pro 800 Electronic Dartboard is a tournament quality electronic dartboard. The board is set up for over 170 game variations automatically and is a great addition to your game room.
- Electronic Scoring: The Cricket Pro 800 has a game menu of 39 games with 179 variations. The board also features a jumbo LED display for scoring which is very easy to see from the throwing line.
- Target Area: Micro thin segment dividers in the scoring area allow for minimal bounce outs. The board material is a sturdy nylon that will last for years. The target area is also equipped with highly accurate and responsive sensors.
- Heckler Feature: The Cricket Pro 800 has a humorous interactive feature that will heckle you and your buddies for poor throws. It’s not all bad though, the board will also applaud those who make good throws. This setting can be changed from mild to unforgiving or can be completely turned off.