Bristle Dartboard Guide

Bristle dartboards can be tailor-made to suit your house, a sports club or the recreational room of your office.

If you’re looking to choose the best dartboard, then pull up a chair and buckle down for the next few minutes because this is the article that you’ve been looking for. In this article, we’ll give you three tips to help you select the best one quickly and easily.

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First we’ll talk about the types of dartboard users. Next, we’ll talk about the different types of dartboard features. And lastly, we’ll talk about the cost to maintain your dartboard. After reading this article, you’ll be able to confidently pick the best dart board to meet your needs.

Let’s talk about the different type of dartboard users (Occasional User vs. Regular User).

Are you a recreational (occasional dart player) or regular dart player (plays more than one game a week at home or at the bar/pub)?

For most occasional dart players an inexpensive, novice dart board will suffice (Under $50 dollars U.S.). Because an occasional player is someone who only plays a few times a year (family get together, holidays, etc.) a robust dartboard is not required.

However, a regular player that plays just once a week throws on average 2,000 to 3,000 darts a year (average 57 throws a week)! That’s a lot of darts for a recreational dartboard. If you find yourself in this category you should consider a more robust dartboard that will handle this number of dart throws.

Next, let’s talk about bristle dartboard features (Standard Dartboard vs. Cadillac/Mercedes Dartboard).

Every dart board, whether they are bristle (for steel tip darts) or electronic (for soft tip darts) comes standard with the same scoring configuration (numbers 1 through 20) and at least one set of darts.

A standard bristle dartboard comes equipped with every feature required to play a standard game of darts. However, you can turn a no frills standard dartboard into a Cadillac/Mercedes dartboard! Both Cadillac and Mercedes are enhanced with such features as run flat tires that allow you to drive 50 miles with a flat, 60K warranties, etc.

Modern bristle dartboards offer similar innovations that allow you to upgrade to a more advanced board with such features as self-healing sisal boards (run flat technology for bristle boards), replacement parts, 365 day warranties, as well as advanced features and electronics not found on cheaper boards.

It is recommended that you select a bristle or electronic dartboard that offers replaceable high quality components. This board does not have to be that expensive but, having these components will extend the life of your dartboard.

Finally, let’s talk about the cost to maintain your horsehair dartboard.

If you purchase an inexpensive bristle or electronic dartboard, then the cost to maintain your board is “0” because these boards offer no replacement parts. If your board is broken, you will have to purchase a brand new board. The advantages of purchasing a more advanced board is that it offers components that allow you to protect or rebuild your dart board for a fraction of the cost of purchasing a new board.

The disadvantage is that the initial purchase price is higher than the less advanced boards.

So, there you have it, the required elements to choose the best dartboard. First, you have to decide what type of dartboard user you are. Second, decide what dartboard features you need. Finally, determine what cost you are comfortable with to maintain your dartboard. If you consider these three elements before purchasing you will find a dartboard that provides years of enjoyment!

A final note on dartboard comparisons.Bristle dartboard pricing is pretty standard across the Internet. So, when comparing vendors look for a site that offers FREE darts and free downloads of product manuals before you buy!


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