The Best Dart Boards For Home Use

Best Dart Boards For Home Use

Here we are darting fans.  Find the best dartboards for home use with our reviews and comparison charts.  We provide all the info you need to make a great choice.

Note:  These are all manual boards here, no electrics.  You’re a grown up.  You don’t need electric beeps and whistles.  Oh yes, and you can do simple addition and subtraction in your head.

Winmau Blade 5 Bristle Dartboard

Winmau makes the finest dartboards on the planet.  The Winmau Blade 5 has the exclusive endorsement of the British Darts  Organization (BDO).  The width of the wiring system has been reduced by 14% over previous Winmau models to increase the scoring area (9 square mm per treble and 6 square mm per double).  This thinner wire also allows for a 30-degree reduction in wire angle leading to fewer bounce-outs and improved dart deflection.  A triple wheel lock system provides perfect radial alignment and leveling.

With the reduction in wire size Winmau claims this board has the highest scoring potential in history.  Beyond bold claims, nobody can deny Winmau’s quality.  If you need a top of the line board this is it.

TG Champion Tournament Bristle Dartboard

Bristle boards are constructed from sisal, a fibrous material traditionally used in rope making.  These are gathered in 4″ round cylinders and sliced to match the thickness of the board (imagine mini-hamburger patties).  These blocks are then compressed into a round mold to make the board.  It takes about 40 blocks to make 1 board.  The board is then sanded and painted.  Finally, the razor wire and number ring are applied.

The TG Champion board is 18″ in diameter and 1.5″ thick.  It features standard spire wire, just like you would see in pubs.  The center bull’s eye is staple-free.  Wall mounting hardware is included.

Overall this is a nice board at a good price.  It doesn’t have bladed wire like the more expensive boards but will do the job if you are a casual player and need a board for your house.

Accudart Starlite Dartboard

The Accudart Starlite board is a very inexpensive, basic board.  It is NOT sisal construction, but rather rolled-paper.  Paper boards are not self-healing and not as durable as sisal bristle boards.  They may also tend to warp in basements or other humid environments.

The Starlite features the standard dartboard on the front and a baseball dart game on the back.  The standard side is partitioned by round wire.

The Starlite also includes 6 brass darts (3 yellow, 3 red).  Make no mistake, this board is geared towards families with kids that are just of an age to be able to use steel-tipped darts (with supervision).  As a result, these included darts are no-frills and may actually take enjoyment out of the game a bit.  Consider upgrading to even the cheapest set of darts available.

That’s about all that can be said about the Starlite.  If you want a board to put up so you can play a game of darts with your kids and not spend a ton of cash… this will do the trick

Loveiscool Double-sided Dart Board

The Loveiscool board is a good quality double-sided board.  The front features a regulation-sized traditional pattern with thinner sector wire stapled in place.  Opposite the standard board is a beginner themed, concentric black & white circle pattern.  Constructed of a dense sisal-like material, buyers are pleasantly surprised by the quality.

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The board includes 6 good quality brass darts (10 gram).  These are multi-part darts with separate points, shafts and flytes.  British and American flag patterns adorn the flytes.  Some of the scoring areas have a “cracked glass” graphic imprint that staunch traditionalists may not appreciate.

For the quality and considering you get a decent set of darts, the Loveiscool board is definitely worth considering if you are a casual player looking for a board.

GameRoomGo Dartboard

GameRoomGo is a Michigan based company that specializes in dartboards and table tennis paddles.  This is their high-end bristle dartboard.  It is made of self-healing sisal.  At 1.5″ thick and 8 lbs.  this is a quality board.  It sports a classic look with round sector wire stapled to the face.  The number ring can be rotated to even out wear.  Mounting hardware and 6 darts are included.  The darts are of good quality with separate tips, shafts and flytes.  The flytes are of the British and American flag variety.

 Winmau 5 Bristle DartboardTG Champion Tournament Bristle DartboardAccudart Starlite DartboardLoveiscool Double-sided DartboardGameRoomGo Dartboard
 Winmau 5 Bristle DartboardTG Champion Tournament Bristle DartboardAccudart Starlite DartboardLoveiscool Double-sided DartboardGameRoomGo Dartboard
Amazon Rating
Lowest Price$63.00Amazon See it$23.49Amazon See it$16.99Amazon See it$19.99Amazon See it$39.99Amazon See it
Weight10.7 pounds10.6 pounds0.09 pounds3 pounds9.7 pounds
Product Dimensions17.75 x 17.75 x 1.5 inches1.75 x 18 x 18 inches19 x 19 x 2 inches17.5 x 17.5 x 1.2 inches18.2 x 18.2 x 2 inches
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 GameRoomGo 2 in 1 DartboardFranklin Sports 18in Bristle DartboardViper Vault Sisal/Bristle Steel Tip Dartboard & Cabinet BundleTrademark Gameroom Darts and Dartboard Sets
 GameRoomGo 2 in 1 DartboardFranklin Sports 18in Bristle DartboardViper Vault Sisal/Bristle Steel Tip Dartboard & Cabinet BundleTrademark Gameroom Darts and Dartboard Sets
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Lowest Price$19.97Amazon See it$24.09Amazon See it$117.99Amazon See it$44.95Amazon See it
BrandsGameRoomGoFranklin SportsViperTG
Weight3.05 pounds12 pounds20 pounds2.2 pounds
Product Dimensions17.5 x 17.1 x 0.8 inches18 x 18 x 2 inches25.12 x 23.82 x 4.49 inches3.25 x 20 x 25 inches
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GameRoomGo 2 in 1 Game Dartboard

This is the low-end GameRoomGo model.  Rather than bristle board, the 2 in 1 has a cork base.  While it does have sector wires, it lacks a number ring.  Numbers are painted on the surface.  The back features the baseball game pattern.  Darts are included with this board but are the lighter plastic, 2 piece darts in yellow and red.

The 2 in 1 is comparable to the Accudart model listed above.  Either is a decent choice if you need a board and don’t want to lay out a ton of cash.  Take our advice and spend a few buck on a decent set of darts though.

Franklin Sports 18in Bristle Dartboard

Franklin Sports makes another quality dartboard.  This is constructed from sisal and has good self-healing qualities.  It comes with a variety of mounting hardware.  One drawback is that the number ring is printed.  You will not be able to rotate the board to even out wear.  Over time more darts tend to be thrown at the treble 20 area.

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The sector wiring is round.  This serves the purpose of defining scoring areas.  More expensive boards have shaped wire that directs darts toward scoring areas.  This results in few bounce outs.

One drawback is that the number ring is printed.  You will not be able to rotate the board to even out wear.  Over time more darts tend to be thrown at the treble-20 area.  This causes wear.  Some boards have the numbering system laid out on a wire ring that can be moved and rotated.  It’s a nice feature that extends the life of the board.  Alas, the Franklin board does not have it.

Overall though, the Franklin board is a solid choice at a medium price point.


Viper Vault Sisal/Bristle Steel Tip Dartboard & Cabinet Bundle

Viper is one of the leading names in the darting world.  This set features one of their top-of-the-line Shot King bristle boards in a black cabinet.  The board has all the features of a quality board… sisal construction, staple free bullseye and a rotating number ring.  The cabinet features white on a black dry erase scoring pads mounted inside the doors.

The Viper Vault set also include battery operated lights that mount above the cabinet.  The 3 LED lights look sharp and do a good job of illuminating the board in dimly lit environments.

A laser throw/toe line marker mounts below the cabinet.  It is battery operated and displays a throw line that is visible even in daylight.

Finally, the set also includes 6 brass, multi-part darts.  The darts are of good quality and complete a set that gives you everything you need to add darting to your rec room.

If you are looking to add darts to your rec room the Viper Vault set is an outstanding value.  A top quality board in a decorative cabinet and cool accessories like a laser toe line will definitely impress your guests.

Trademark Gameroom Darts and Dartboard Sets

This is the Trademark Gameroom Cabinet set.  It is not as “high-end” as the Viper set above.  The board is rolled paper, not sisal bristle board.  The cabinet wood is less durable fiberboard with a walnut finish.  The magnetically closed doors have chalkboard scoring pads mounted on the inside.

The set includes 6 multi-part darts (10-gram).  Again with the American and British flag flyte pattern.

We at haven’t got our hands on this set yet, but online reviews are kind of split.  Some are perfectly content with the quality of the board.  Others are disappointed, saying the board wears quickly.  This would be expected as the board is rolled paper vs. a higher quality sisal construction.  If you consider yourself anything more than a casual dart player you may want to check out other options.

Photo Credits:
Bulls-eye flickr photo by Janna Wandler shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license
Darts flickr photo by athrasher shared into the public domain using Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0)
Darts flickr photo by Ted Van Pelt shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license


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