Updated: May 29, 2015
Dart Mat Reviews:Darts is a great game but there are times when it can become a little dangerous and hazardous to your floors. If you play with an electronic dartboard, then the soft tip darts are not a problem when they ricochet off the board. The big problem comes from those playing with real dartboards that require steel tip darts. When those darts bounce off the board, then damage can occur to your floors. We've seen countless dents in hardwood floors due to inadvertent darts flying back from the board and landing on the floors. There are even some players who miss the dartboard completely and the dart falls to the ground - often with the steel tip doing some serious damage. The good news is, there are solutions to protecting your flooring around the dartboard. A good dart mat, often padded or made with vinyl, is the safest route to go. Where can you find one? How much do dart board mats cost? We answer all those questions and give you a brief buying guide down below.
Choosing a Dart Mat - One point worth mentioning before we get into specific brands - your darts can be damaged when they hit the ground/floor - so a mat protects both floors and darts. With that being said, the Dart World Let's Play Darts Dart Mat is great for home use or even tournament play. It's a 3mm thick rubber mat with a durable non-slip micro grip. The mat is plenty heavy and will stay where you put it on hardwood floors, but carpet owners beware. We read countless reviews online for different types of dart mats and the one common complaint is that they move around when placed on carpets. A few owners put carpet skid tape on the edges to solve the problem. The measurements on the mat are designed so the dart thrower knows where to stand - marks are at 7' 6", 7' 9 1/4", and 8 feet. The mats are shipped all rolled up, so you'll need to unroll it and let it take its flat shape. Some consumers mention a 'strong' smell of plastic or rubber when they open up the boxes to these dart mats. Both brands we researched (Viper and Dart World) had the same complaints. Make sure you give the mat some time to air out before placing it in your game room. Price - Without much competition you won't find any real bargains when it comes to cost. Expect to spend $60 to $75. Where to buy? We found 3 mats on Amazon.com and Ozonebilliards.com also listed a few. You can browse the best selling dart mats here.