Updated: December 2017

Dart Reviews:

The game of darts is pretty simple, line up and throw your dart at a board and score some points. What many of us fail to realize is that the dart itself can either enhance our games or make us play fairly bad. There are lots of variables that go into a good dart and our review will cover all those aspects and provide you with a few 'winners' and shed some light on the 'losers' too. Many experts tell you not to worry about the style of darts you are throwing in the first year since most likely you will change anyways. It is a good idea to keep track of the feel and weight that you prefer. There are some subtleties that make a huge difference when playing darts and it's important that you understood how to determine which set of darts is best for you. The good news is that most darts are priced between $20 and $50, unless you are a skilled player you don't need ones like the Tungsten Devastators Bottelsen HammerHead Steel Tips for $120.

Choosing a Throwing Dart - The first question is - what type of dartboard are you throwing at? The electronic scoring boards will require you to use the soft tip darts that are really inexpensive - $22 for a set of 12. Not a lot to choose from in the soft dart category which keeps it simple. The real complications arise when you delve into the steel tip darts that the professionals use. You will find brass darts, those made with silver/nickel, wooden ones, and the highest quality tungsten darts. If you have ever watched guys throwing in a dart competition or league, odds are they used tungsten darts - the most popular of the bunch. Most dart throwers will agree that the brass or nickel darts are just fine, especiall for the price. The high density tungsten darts are superior since they can keep a solid weight even with a slim barrel and the dart resists wear really well. If you are looking to keep those bounce outs to a minimum, then tungsten is where it's at. Dart Weights - For beginners you may not notice the slight difference between dart weight, but as you get more experienced you can easily feel that 5 to 10 gram difference. Darts range from 12 to almost 50 grams, but 30 grams is typically the heaviest you'll see in competition. Try out the varying weights for your throwing style and pick the weight that works best. The other variable on weight is - where is the weight located on the dart? Is it towards the front or back of the dart. How about the grip portion of the dart? You want a good grip but one that allows you to release the dart towards the board in a smooth manner. Knurling is the word used to describe the 'ridges' found on the barrel grip. Some darts have heavy knurling while others are quite smooth. Accuracy is key in darts, so find a grip that makes you feel comfortable. The 'flights', or tail portion of the darts, can really help with how straight the dart will fly. Some have dimpled surfaces that should stabilize the flight and others are smooth. Again, your throwing style will dictate which one is best for you. Sizes for flights are standard and slim. Lastly, we come to the shaft of the dart. They are made of plastic, aluminum, composite, spinning, and carbon fiber. In terms of price, the plastic (or nylon) shafts are the cheapest and tend to break more often than the other types. The aluminum shafts are not bad, they can bend a bit instead of breaking like plastic. We find them to be durable, although you will find them vibrating loose at times. Carbon-fiber are our favorites for qualities that the others just can't replicate. Carbo fiber dart shafts are the most durable, while being very lightweight. You get accuracy on your throws and high quality precision. The spinning shafts are a specialized shaft style meant for when one dart comes near another that is already on the board. They let the flight turn out of the way meaning you get less deflections. Ok, that is a lot of information to take in if you are a beginner. You can browse the best selling darts here.

Best Soft Tip Darts:

RECOMMENDED - The #1 selling set on several websites is the Set of Twelve 2ba 16gm Soft Tip Darts which costs less than $25. You get 100 black 2ba replacement dart tips and a dart wrench as part of the package. The 12 darts, three of each color, allow you to play lots of fun games on your dart board and have multiple players involved. The darts weigh 16 grams each. They work great in almost all the electronic dartboards on the market. A few negative reviews popped up from more experienced players calling the darts 'temporary' and 'you get a lot of bounce outs'. The vast majority of consumer feedback is positive for this set of darts. They are meant for beginners who are just having fun with a new dartboard. You can always upgrade to the better sets (see below) if you become really good.

Steel Tip Darts:

RECOMMENDED - For the intermediate to advanced dart thrower, we looked at reviews on reputable websites like Dartbase.com, Crowsdarts.com, and Nicedarts.com. We combined those results with what we found for the more expensive darts listed on Amazon. We tried to stay in the $50 to $100 range, since that is what dart experts agreed upon as a solid price range for a set of darts. The top brand names are Viper, Bottelsen, GLD, Harrows, Winmau, and Piranha Razor. Almost all the barrels on these higher end darts are made with 85-90% tungsten. A few like the GLD Viper Sinister are made with 95% tungsten. Another excellent buy is the Piranha Razor Grip 90% Tungsten Dart in the 24 gram weight. Owners call them 'balanced' and 'razor sharp in accuracy'. The Viper Blitz Steel Tip Darts- 22 gram at $70 are available in 22, 24, 26, or 28 grams. The barrels are 95% tungsten and the short 2BA spinster shafts allow for increased accuracy. Several consumer reviews mentioned that the Piranha 90% Tungsten just weren't as solid as the Viper Blitz. You can spend a lot on darts, but until you can actual notice the difference while playing, stick with mid-range darts and perfect your game.