The darts game is known for a very long time. And in that time, it was always improved by new materials and options, providing more safety and fun. Although bars and arcades are considered as natural surroundings of these fun games, these free standing dart boards enable you to have the same game experience in your own home, but without the crowd or the noise of a jam-packed bar. And when you get bored with the silence, you can call your friends over.
They are not intended just for fun. The good thing with these boards is that they are regulated-size, so you can practice for competitions and get the feel of the target in real conditions.
In this article, we are going to take a look at five of the best selling dart boards and compare their upsides and downsides. All of the free standing dart board sets we have described use plastic soft tips darts and are safe for home, but also they can be used as commercial dart boards.
Shelti Eye 2 Coin Operated Electronic Dart Board
This is a tournament-grade set. Nice looking plywood cabinet holds this tavern tested 30-60 target. Since the 1980s, the T60/30 target is providing more target area and less “spider” than any opponent. The target hinged design enables easy access to the matrix and segments from the front of the game.
Above the target, there is a highly visible score display, tilted at a perfect angle of 8 degrees. Phone-Style Keypad and LCD Menu Operation will make it easy to set up some of the many possible game configurations. The board computer is programmable to all kind of settings that can be personalized to suit the operator, the location or the player. Software upgrades and operator-specific pricing and feature settings are simply done through the portable SD or MMC Flash Memory devices.
Many settings can also be accessed through the phone-style numeric keypad. One of the things that an operator can program is a manual or automatic player change with time delay. The operator can program adjustment for minimum starting score and maximum awarded marks. Also includes standardized American Darters Association Neutralizer system.
The dartboard cabinet has a door and enough room for a coin or bill acceptor with capacity for 250 or 500 bills. The manufacturer offers 1-Year “Top to Bottom” Limited Warranty. It can be folded for easy transport, so the dimensions of height: Full 86″ – Folded 45″. Base: 24″ x 24¼” are not that intimidating if you need to move it. It is heavy, though, almost 200 lbs. Besides the dartboard cabinet, in the packaging, you will receive 6 Darts, 100 Tips, Stability Kit, a Throw Line, Warranty Registration and Instructions.
- It has excellent quality and it is built by a well-known manufacturer
- Many easy accessible game adjustments
- Coin Operated Dart Board
- The price is somewhat high for a leisure user
Arachnid Cricket Pro 650 Free Standing Electronic Dart board with 24 Games
This retro-designed plywood cabinet holds a regulation 15, 5 inches target. It Features 8-player cricket with 24 games and 132 options, amongst those are 5 Cricket games. It also has an 8-player score display and Micro-thin segment dividers that reduce bounce-outs while the Nylon Tough sections improve playability and robustness. Amongst many features, this dartboard has voice commands for players to throw, a solo play option, a player handicap function, and sleep mode.
The cabinet has plenty of storage space with three shelves plus further storage space below the lid for all of your darting equipment. The set Includes electronic dart board, cabinet with installation hardware, 6 soft-tip darts with extra tips, an AC adapter and instruction manual. The dimensions of an assembled set are 84 1/2 ” Height, 24″ Width, and 12 1/2″ Depth.
The customers say that the sturdiness of the cabinet is not quite what it should de, so additional securing to the wall would be recommended. But that may be caused by not following the instructions properly.
- It is not expensive
- It has many prebuilt game variations, and 8 player scoreboard.
- Additional securing to the wall may be needed if not assembled with care
Spider 360 Galaxy 3 Home Edition Dartboard – YRB
This is a commercial dart board. The interesting and futuristic design is not the only thing that this dartboard can offer. The impact-resistant cabinet features a 19-inch wide LCD flat screen monitor and a 15-inch regulation size target which is double-sided. The other side of the target provides a 13 inches target area. This model is different from the commercial-use version only by the fact that it doesn’t have online competition capabilities. Good visibility and game atmosphere are provided by several different coloredLED lights. Amongst many futures and game options are: multiple game options, Top Gun challenge, auto or manual player options, and single or double bull option, 25/50.
It counts score for up to four players. The package comes with 6 darts and 500 pieces of .25-inch soft plastic tips. Dart board cabinet dimensions are 18.5 x 27 x 83.5 H inches. It is not as heavy as some of its competitors, the weight is 130 pounds.
The only drawback of this model is the price, but the high price is understandable because this model is almost the same as the one you will find in bars. The customers describe it as “it looks and feels like it could last 100 years.”
- Excellent quality
- Durable Casing
- Commercial use set is adjusted for home use, it is designed to withstand and endure a considerable amount of maltreatment
- The price is high, but it is justified
Centerpoint Solid Wood Dartboard Cabinet – Solid Poplar with Dark Cherry Finish
This free standing electronic dart board could be a nice addition to your game room. A regulation-sized 15, 5 inches dartboard is mounted on a fine hardwood cabinet, made of North American yellow poplar hardwood, and stained with a dark ebony finish. The dartboard can keep score for up to eight players and has 29 games and over 90 variations. Along with voice and sound system, it should keep you amused for a long time.
This model doesn’t have a stability issue. It has free standing leg supports for the cabinet and a wall-mount option allows you to put this cabinet anywhere in your home. Two storage shelves and built-in dart holders keep your equipment precisely stored when you are not using them. The cabinet dimensions are 24-in W x 9.25-in D x 81-in H. The dartboard cabinet comes with a 180-day manufacturer warranty. If the package arrives damaged or incomplete, the manufacturer will send replacement parts or completely new unit to you without additional charges.
The customer complaints are mostly about the color pattern not matching the photos. Because the hardwood is hand stained, and not machine produced, the color scheme may vary a little bit.
- Very affordable
- Good hardwood cabinet
- 29 games and 90 variations
- The color pattern may vary because it is hand stained
Coin Operated Electronic Dart Machine by Taking Aim Dart
This free standing dart board is intended for commercial use, but it has a free play mode. You can play it at home, and still, have the benefit of rugged commercial design and production. It is designed to endure heavy maltreatment and hours of continues use. The large screen offers easy access to on-screen intelligent instruction, auto-scoring, “Player Feats” and game graphics, and make darts more fun and attractive.
The regulated-size dartboard is made of advanced nylon, which enables darts to go in without a problem, and at the same time makes the removal of broken tips easy. The sensitive but durable control buttons, make the machine appealing and functional. The dimensions of the cabinet are 86″ tall X 25″ wide X 23″ deep. The weight is 175 pounds, which is a middle range value for commercial use machines. It comes with a 6-month warranty on parts. Extended warranty is available for an extra cost.
- Commercial-use grade materials and production
- Can be coin operated dart board or free-played.
- The price is high, but only when compared to dedicated home-use systems
- It is in the low-end price range when compared to dedicated commercial-use sets