So you’ve decided its about time that you added a dart board to your games room, apartment or office? If you’re a beginner and looking for your first board then an electronic dart board may well be the best purchase for you.
Electronic dart boards are not only seen as a great way to improve performance but also take the fun factor of darts to a whole ‘nother level and are quickly catching up bristle boards in terms of popularity and quality.
The Best Electronic Dart Board we Reviewed [TL;DR]:
- Electronic: Cricket Pro 900 by Arachnid – With automatic score capabilities and 48 game features included, this talking board includes just about everything you could expect from an electronic dartboard. Perfect for beginners or advanced darts players. Just a head’s up that Arachnid is running an offer on this dart board until Monday, March 25th 2019.
Electronic dart boards can also referred to as soft tip dart boards because you play with soft tip darts on these boards.
Invented by the Arachnid Company, electronic dart boards are now produced by a range of brands, with their ease of use attracting more and more players to the game of darts.
There are two mainly reasons for the growing popularity of electronic dart boards: safety, and ease of use. Soft tip darts do not penetrate the surface of electronic dart boards as there are many tiny holes on the playing surface, which electronically show the points acquired by the scorer. This means that no sharp darts have to be used while playing and that the on going score is automatically calculated for you, perfect for those high scoring games where lots of maths is invovled!
Electronic boards also often offer enlarged scoring areas to improve people’s interest in the game which is great if you’re only just starting out or playing with younger children and looking to kept them entertained.
You can now find a number of models of electronic dart boards which are built specifically for home use. They specially designed boards are created to mimic the apperance of traditional bristle dart boards and come in the same size format. Suppose, your plan is to learn the game and play in a league, then you should buy a 15.5” electronic dart board which will only help your progress.
You can also search for electronic boards with extra thin segments which offer more holes in the target areas. In addition, some electronic dart boards also offer the dart averaging feature that stores details regarding how you are performing which is great for dart players looking to improve as this data can be a great help to improving your game.
As electronic dart boards also automatically calculate your score they are a great option for players who don’t want to have to worry about adding up scores after each round of darts or would rather just play for fun.
The 9 Best Electronic Dart Boards
- Cricket Pro 900
- Arachnid Bullshooter
- Cricket Pro 800
- Far Cat Electronx
- Bullshooter by Arachnid Illuminator 3.0
- WIN.MAX Electronic
- Viper 777
- Viper Neptune
- Viper 800
Imagine having Siri as a commentator for your next game of darts. Apple isn’t releasing a dart board but the Cricket Pro 900 by Arachnid might just be the closest thing to it.
The Cricket Pro 900 is a state of the art electronic dart board that features an advanced voice prompt system. The voice announces the score and it also heckles players by calling out comments for either bad throws or impressive scores, adds an extra layer of fun and entertainment to your games!
However, the Cricket Pro 900 doesn’t just talk, it also features improved playability and durability. The board has trademark NylonTough segments that don’t only ensure durability but that also ensures playability by maintaining its shape after months and even years of use.
Put simply, the Cricket Pro 900 by Arachnid is not your average boring dartboard, this electronic dart board has a games feature that has 48 different games to choose from with the single press of a button.
Gone are the days of darts being a boring old pub game, with the help of the Cricket Pro 900 darts is a game that can be played and enjoyed by both young and old.
Arachnid is now famous as the best electronic dart board manufacturing brand, mainly for producing the Bullshooter Crickettmaxx 1.0 above.
The bullshooter comes with a cabinet and a set of six darts, meaning you have everything you need to get going as soon as it arrives. The cabinet also means you can close the doors and hide the dart board away when you’re not playing with it.
We found this board to be extremely durable and thoroughly enjoyed trying to play all of the 34 dart games included. In fact, we tested the board flat out for days and literally didn’t complete them all so really is long lasting entertainment!
- Unlike other electronic dart boards, the Bullshooter Crickettmaxx 1.0 offers a door mounted X/O display.
- This dart board provides 183 level variations along with 34 different games, which you can play anytime you want.
- This dart board also has the solo play and heckler features.
- The cabinet is equipped with dart holders and an AC adapter.
- This electronic dartboard doesn’t offer extra lighting, only the score display lights up.
3. Arachnid Cricket Pro 800
Darts used to be a boring game played by a bunch of old men, but electronic dart boards have blown life into this age-old favorite. The Arachnid Cricket Pro 800 is a great electronic dart board that will be a welcome addition to any household.
The Arachnid Cricket Pro 800 with its NylonTough segments ensures a strong durable yet playable design. The board features micro thin segment dividers that drastically reduces bounce outs, this is another added feature that increases playability.
The Cricket Pro 800 has 39 games that can be played. These games have 179 variations guaranteeing hours and hours of fun without having to play the same game twice.
Gone are the days of writing the score down with chalk, this board also features a 4-player jumbo X/O LED score display.
In summary, the Arachnid Cricket Pro 800 is a high-quality electronic dart board that promises to deliver hours and hours of entertainment to any household.
4. Fat Cat Electronx
The name might be a bit misleading, but the Fat Cat Electronx is a high-quality electronic dart board that will turn any boring bar into a party. The Fat Cat Electronx features a sleek design with a built-in cabinet that can be mounted to a wall of your choosing. To make things easier, mounting hardware is included when you purchase a Fat Cat Electronx.
The Fat Cat Electronx features 38 built-in games with 167 variations to ensure hours and hours of fun and entertainment. This board also features concave segment holes and an ultra-thin spider to reduce bounce outs.
The control panel with its LCD front display is easy to read and players are able to easily keep up with the scoring.
The Fat Cat Electronx includes 6 darts, and it also comes with 6 spare tips. The built-in cabinet offers storage for 4 sets of darts in the doors. Overall this board offers a sleek design and great variation in terms of games which we’re sure will be a welcome addition to any household bar that needs an energy boost.
5.Bullshooter by Arachnid Illuminator 3.0
The Bullshooter by Arachnid Illuminator 3.0 might very well be the perfect option if you are in the market for a compact, affordable electronic dartboard.
The Bullshooter Illuminator 3.0 features an LCD display will LED illuminated number rings. The use of the LED lights gives the board a cool look that gathers attention.
The Illuminator 3.0 features 13 different light up games that can be enjoyed by friend and family. With one of these in your games room, hours and hours of entertainment is a guarantee.
This electronic board features a contemporary style cabinet for easy storage, the cabinet also features storage space for your darts.
Overall the Illuminator 3.0 might not be the Rolls Royce of electronic dart boards but it is a good value for money option that will add fun and entertainment to any games room.
6. WIN.MAX Electronic
The WIN.MAX Electronic is a high quality affordable electronic dartboard with a variety of cutting-edge functions.
The WIN.MAX Electronic features 21 exciting games with 65 different variations including cricket, killer, bowling and many more favorites. As well as allowing you to play your favorite games, this board also features a bright LCD display that keeps score for up to 8 players. The scoring system also features an automatic score announcer to ensure that players only have focused on playing and not on keeping score.
Ensuring great playability with a wide catch ring to protect the back wall against errand shots other features include an ultra-thin spider in order to reduce bounce outs.
As an added bonus this board comes with 6 soft tip darts, 40 replacement tips, and a game manual to ensure correct setup and use of your new dart board. Overall the WIN.MAX Electronic will be a welcome addition to any household and it sure to provide hours of fun and entertainment.
7. Viper 777
The Viper 777 is a high-quality electronic dartboard with an affordable price tag, featuring a regulation-sized 15.5-inch target section along with an extremely durable playing surface that is made out of thermal resin.
This board also has an ultra-thin spider to reduce bounce outs and to also allow for closer groupings as well as a bilingual voice option that can be configured in either English or Spanish..¡Vamos!
Along with voice prompts the Viper 777 also features a bright LCD display that delivers a clear view of the score and also comes built-in with 43 games with 320 different variations to ensure hours and hours of entertainment for both young and old.
This board includes 6 soft tip darts along with hardware in order to mount your new board to the wall.
The Viper 777 is a great option for consumers that are looking to add an electronic dartboard to their home or games area.
8. Viper Neptune
The Viper Neptune electronic dartboard features a classic look that resembles a normal old school dartboard. However, don’t be fooled by looks alone, this set has all the bells and whistles that one would expect from a cutting-edge electronic dart board.
Featuring a regulation-sized 15.5-inch target face that is made out of commercial grade nylon segments that ensure durability the Viper Neptune is also designed to enhance playability through ultra-thin spiders to reduce bounce outs and to promote closer groupings.
The Viper Neptune features loads of entertainment, it has 57 games with 307 options and it can accommodate up to 16 players. A bright LCD display ensures a clear view of the scoring.
This board also contains a built-in wood cabinet to give it that classic look, this cabinet has storage for two sets of darts and extra points.
If you prefer the look of a classic dartboard with all of the functionality of an electronic dartboard then look no further than the Viper Neptune.
9. Viper 800
The Viper 800 is a regulation size 15.5-inch electronic dartboard with segments made out of high-quality thermal resin that is very durable. Not only is this board durable however but it is also very playable with its ultra-thin spiders that reduce out bounce outs.
The Viper 800 comes standard with 6 soft tip darts and there is storage for 2 sets of darts on each side of the board and has enough entertainment to keep the whole family busy for hours, featuring 57 games with 307 options that can have 16 players that play simultaneously.
Another great piece of functionality is the bright LCD display that gives players a clear view of the score at all times.
Mounting hardware is included when you purchase a Viper 800, this makes it easy to mount your new toy in the perfect spot.
Overall, the Viper 800 is a high quality, durable, affordable state of the art electronic dart board that offers tons of entertainment for all ages.
Which Brand Manufactures the Best Electronic Dart Board?
When it comes to electronic dart boards there are now a number of leading brands pushing the industry forward.
Arachnid continues to lead the way, as they have done since the designing the first ever electronic dart board while Bristle specialists Winmau and Unicorn also now produce high-quality electronic boards as well.
Viper is also a leader in digital boards but for us, Arachnid still continues to lead the way, particularly with their latest release.
How Much do Electronic Dart Boards Cost?
In comparison to traditional bristle dart boards, electronic boards are slightly more expensive. There are a number of reasons for this, mainly the materials needed to manufacture the boards as well as the fact the technology they contain calculates the score for you, as well as offers a number of different game options.
Although there are cheaper options available, for a premium electronic dart board you can expect to pay between $200 – $300.
The Features that Make Electronic Dartboards so Good
The fact is, electronic dart boards have now outgrown traditional dart boards in popularity due to the number of features and benefits they offer.
LED vs LCD Scoring Displays
One of the biggest benefits of an electronic dart board (which we have highlighted a number of times in this guide) is the fact that digital boards automatically calculate the score for you. However, not only do they calculate the score for you but they also display, and in some cases announce the score to you as well.
One of the biggest differences in this display is the use of LED vs LCD. Nowadays many leading manufacturers only use LED displays, these are far more prominent in displaying the score and letting everyone else know who’s winning, or losing, depending what’s more important to you and your friends.
Source of Power
Obviously, electronic boards need to get their power from somewhere. Fortunately, many electronic dart boards now allow you to power them by either battery or AC power, depending on your preference and the ease of access your board as to a power outlet.
Another advantage of electronic dart boards over traditional options is the fact they that come preloaded with a host of darts games ready to play.
We have a whole post dedicated to the different games that you can play on a darts board so we won’t go into too much detail here but the options on electronic dart boards range from the standard 301 and 501 right through to Cricket and Round the Clock.
Are Soft Tip Dart Boards the Same as Electronic?
One of the most important things to remember when purchasing an electronic dart board is that although all electronic boards are ‘soft tip’, not all soft tip boards are electronic. Quite simply all this means is that electronic boards are made with the same soft tip material, however, they include the digital benefits that much of this guide focus on. Standard soft tip dart boards are designed for non-steel tip darts but might not calculate the score for you or include preloaded darts games.