How to Choose the Best Dartboard

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Darts is a great social game that is played at bars and social clubs across the world. If you own a bar, hanging a dartboard can enhance your business by drawing in more patrons. Maybe you’re looking for a dartboard for your home, instead. Having your own dartboard at home lets you practice all you want to become the best player you can be. They’re also a great way to entertain guests if you throw parties at your home. If you’re in the market for a dartboard, you’ll want to buy the best one available. Knowing how to choose the best dartboard will help make your purchasing decision easier.

What to Look for in a Dartboard

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All dartboards are not created equally. There are certain factors that you want to look for to ensure that the dartboard works properly. Certain features can cause faulty bounce outs (when the dart bounces off the board) while subpar materials can cause boards to fall off the wall or crack easily upon impact. When shopping for a dartboard look for the following:

  • Density and depth: these are important qualities that will ensure the dart sticks to the board deep enough that it won’t bounce out.
  • Wiring: on a dartboard, the wiring separates the central part of the board from the outer section of it. Proper wiring will prevent bounce outs but if the wiring is too thick or sticks out too much you might notice that it’s harder to hit your targets since the wiring gets in the way.
  • Brackets: consider how to hang your dartboard properly. Some come with hanging brackets that make installing it easier while others will need a frame or mount that you’ll have to purchase separately.
  • Warranties: you may be able to find dartboards that come with warranties if anything goes wrong. A dartboard that comes with a warranty is usually a high-quality one, too, since it’s more likely to deliver on what it says.
  • Price: dartboards are available in a wide range of prices. If you’re on a budget try to find the cheapest price without sacrificing too much in terms of quality. High-quality boards aren’t cheap, though, so be prepared to spend some money if you want the best board possible.

By making sure you check for these features when buying a dartboard you can better ensure that you’re buying a quality product that will last you for years to come.


Different Types of Dartboards

Electronic Dartboard Machine on white.Just like there are different types of cars, there are different types of dartboards. Each one offers different features and is preferred for different reasons. Here are the most popular types of dartboards.

  1. Bristle Dartboards

This is the most common dartboard that has been around since the 1930s. They’re made of compressed sisal fibers that are glued on to a backing. The edges are held with metal banding. The whole point of this board is that the holes close when the dart is removed from it. This helps the board last a longer time than others. Always look for a bristle board made with sisal fibers as cheaper boards use cheaper materials that don’t last as long.

  1. Electronic Dartboards

These are becoming more popular especially in bars. They use soft-tip darts and the board’s playing surface has countless tiny holes for the darts to fit into. When a dart goes into the hole, the score is recorded automatically. There are usually multiple settings for different games or variations of games. Electronic boards tend to have slightly larger targets than standard dartboards. This makes these boards popular with beginners. If you’re interested in this type of board look for one with thinner wiring which allows for more holes which leads to more chances to score points.

  1. Coiled Paper Dartboards

These types of boards are better for purely recreational use. It’s also great if you have kids who want to play. Coiled paper boards are cheaper than other boards, but they don’t last as long. With this type of dartboard, the dart sticks between the layers of the coiled paper. When you take the dart out the paper is supposed to heal itself so there are no holes or burrs in the board, but this usually isn’t the case. To help a coiled paper board last longer, twist the darts when removing them instead of simply pulling them.

  1. Wooden Dartboards

These are the more traditional dartboards. They’re usually made of poplar or elm. Sadly, wooden boards fell out of popularity because they can dry out and crack rendering them useless. Most users would soak their boards to keep them intact. There are a few companies that still make wooden dartboards but they’re not as common as they used to be. The ones that are available are usually made of pieces of wood so that it can be rotated or flipped as each area gets worn.

  1. Cork Dartboards

Running cheaper than bristle boards, cork dartboards can still be found despite a drop in popularity. The cork wears out easily so they don’t last as long. If you’re looking to use your dartboard frequently, cork boards aren’t the best choice.

  1. Magnetic Dartboards

This type of dartboard is more of a toy than anything else. If you’re serious about darts and improving your game, this isn’t the board for you. Magnetic dartboards use darts with a magnetic tip fashioned to stick to the surface. If you have children who want a dartboard or just want to have one at home as more of a fun decoration that you’ll occasionally use, this board will suit your needs.

When shopping for your new dartboard, think about what kind you want before you even begin looking. Bristle dartboards are the best choice according to popular opinion, but if you’re looking for something cheaper that you won’t use frequently, there are other options. Look at the features of the different boards and see which one best matches your needs and find that specific one within your budget.


Dartboards are a great addition to a bar or home. You can use it for practice, entertain guests, or get it for a fun game for your children. With so many different boards available, you’ll be able to find one that suits your needs and your budget. Remember to keep specific features in mind to get the highest quality board possible.

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Hey there, I'm Lisa, founder and editor in chief here at Recreation Space. We found fitness through recreational activities. And we want to share it with you. We believe in empowering people with knowledge to make smarter, healthier choices in their lives.

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