Soft tip dartboards are both decently varied and ubiquitously useful. The most frequently shared trait is that they are electronic dartboards, this provides instant scoring from the dartboard itself as well as showcasing your score on its LCDs. Now for actual types of soft tip dartboards, we have the following, keep in mind they can overlap:
- Electronic- provide the aforementioned benefits but requires electricity to work. Usually not suited for steel tip darts but rather specialized for soft tip ones.
- E-bristle- stands for electronic bristle. Due to its design, it can accommodate both steel and soft tip darts.
- Online- can be tied to previous design types, this type allows you to play with people over the internet and tracks most of the stats through corresponding apps
- Cabinet- can overlap with previous models. The dartboard is located inside of a cabinet whose doors are usually used for dart storage and display positioning.
- Rubber- less present and usually use for areas where you can’t risk any damage as they come with safety tips that have no sharp tips.
Soft Tip Darts – Features
Soft tip darts are simple and lightweight, allowing for easy throws and enjoyable play. Key features for them are:
- Low chance of damaging walls and furniture
- Quick and cheap tip replacement
- Don’t require much power to throw
Main manufacturers of soft tip darts’ best manufacturers include:
Soft tip darts themselves have multiple different categories that impact dart’s use. Weight is one of those and is pretty straightforward. It impacts how hard you have to throw the dart and the balancing of the dart itself. In terms of weight soft tip darts provide:
- 16 gram
- 17 gram
- 18 gram
- 19 gram
- 20 gram
It is important to note that some models allow for weight adjustment, switching between the aforementioned options with the same set. Usually, you want to pick a weight depending on how good you are at the game, light ones are great to start learning the game with and building up to higher weight ones.
They can also be separated by the style of their tip:
- Rubber tip darts are made for simple and purely enjoyable games with no sharp tip that could cause injuries or damage. They are perfect for both kids just learning the game or popping them inside of an office.
- Regular soft tip darts have plastic tips made to enter a variety of dartboards with no issue and be compatible with most target surfaces
Soft Tip Darts Materials
The last big divide can be done in terms of metals the darts are composed of. This alters their durability and composure. Metals that are most frequently used include:
- Tungsten is used for its high weight to volume ratio, the more tungsten used the slimmer the dart
- Aluminum darts are somewhat standard for middle levels of experience.
- Brass darts are great for beginners due to their weight
- Nickel silver is used due to its solid and durable nature
Now that you know more about darts themselves let’s look into some dartboards.
Viper by GLD Products 777 Electronic Dartboard Sport Size
Viper’s first entry on the list comes in form of this plastic dartboard with a simple display and setup. Regulation-sized 15.5” electronic dartboard target area is incredibly durable, while its segment holes are precision engineered to provide proper shot locking. The tough, thick segments provide ample durability. The item contains 43 games to play among which you will find 01, cricket, and their more unique variants. Apart from more popular games, you can find some less present ones as well as 320 scoring options, a hefty amount of modification for every game of darts. Bring your friends and try some of them out with the 8 player limit and automatic scoring which makes playing the game flow a lot faster than usual. It has both English and Spanish language options as well, a less necessary but useful feature. Accessories include throw line measuring tape, throw line, and six starter soft tip darts.
- Regulation-sized board
- 43 games and 320 scoring options
- Bilingual option
- Intelligent design
- Can be slightly harder to pull out darts
Fat Cat Mercury Electronx Dartboard
Segments on this Fat Cat electronic dartboard are of top quality and will lock in your shots properly. The electronic dartboard itself is very compact at 13.5”. Ultra-thin spider on this board as well as its extended catch ring will provide easy scoring to any player. Fat Cat Electronx dartboard provides 34 games that you can play with up to 8 people. The games themselves have over 180 scoring options to pick from on their options menu. The sleek cabinet doors with built-in storage for darts not only look good but provide a way to store and organize your setup. Accessories on this dartboard are plentiful. From six soft tip darts to an AC adapter, the package includes everything necessary to start up the game. Mounting hardware is part of the package as well making setup a breeze.
- Compact design
- 34 games and 180 scoring options
- Sleek cabinet design and storage options
- Darts stick harder can be solved with stubby tips
Fat Cat Electronic Dartboard
Another cabinet by Fat Cat, this one maintaining great design aspects of the former one while providing its unique traits to the mix. So top-quality segments are still here as well as the compact style of the board. Its cabinet is of sleek design and has the usual six dart storage. The dartboard has two additional displays to showcase current scores and settings. Fitting well into a lot of interiors and provides a nice addition to your home’s style. Doors themselves contain an additional display that acts as a large cricket scoreboard. As for games you can expect 28 different ones that accommodate 8 players. The Electronx accessories are also present here with six starter soft tip darts, mounting hardware, six spare tips and an AC adapter.
- Has 28 different games and 150 scoring options
- Enhanced scoring
- Top-quality segments
- Work best with low weights
Arachnid Cricket Pro 300 Soft-Tip Electronic Dartboard
Electronic dartboard by Arachnid made for sports and enjoyment. The target’s yellow, red and black colors showcase great visual design and have ample visibility to them. It is also equipped with micro-thin segment dividers that are used to dramatically reduce bounce-outs during your games. For following the game and keeping track of the score we have a LED display with plenty of space on it, providing high clarity to your games and scoreboard. Along with that computer, the voice feature calls out recorded names to announce the turn of the current player, avoiding any possible confusion. Dartboard contains 36 games with 170 options with 7 cricket variants, allowing for a decent game choice. As for players 8 is the limit of people who can play at once, so both your family and friends can join in on the fun.
- Great visibility
- Large LED
- 36 games and 170 options
- Slight lag in scoring
Bullshooter Cricket Maxx 1.0 Electronic Dartboard Cabinet
Bullshooter’s entry has a 13.5” target area on its e-bristle target and allows for both steel and soft tip dart play. The cabinet has a large door-mounted cricket display made in a pub-style format. You have 34 games to pick from on this item, a decent number of picks. There are also 183 level variations, keeping games fresh and new even after dozen hours of play. The dartboard includes solo play and a heckler feature. The solo play allows you to practice your game or just fill in those boring days while the heckler feature adds a more competitive spirit to the game. Alternatively, you can use the heckler feature as a fun way to enhance friendly games with some trash talk. The Bullshooter Maxx Cabinet includes built-in dart holders and two sets of soft tip darts.
- Compact target area
- Steel and soft tips dart compatible
- Heckler feature
- Solo play feature
- The mounting hanger needs to be adjusted, slightly more setup work
Viper Orion Electronic Dartboard
The regulation-sized 15.5” target face allows for a perfect dart throwing experience for newbies who get used out of the bigger dartboard and more experienced players who can practice for more professional tiers of the game by using this dartboard. Two extra-large displays showcase up to four-player scores at the same time and can be discerned from the distance. The simple interface of this dartboard streamlines your dart experience and displays the average point per dart for the player. Whopping 43 games and over 300 options come with the dartboard itself. You and your friends will have plenty of options to go through with this 8 player dartboard. As a side note, it also possesses bilingual voice options with English and Spanish options. Additional accessories include six starter soft tip darts, spare tips, mounting hardware and an AC adapter.
- Has six dart holders
- Simple interface for configuring games
- 43 games and 300 options
- Higher weight darts can rough it up
Viper by GLD products Neptune Electronics
Intelligent design present on Neptune’s dartboard is firmly presented through its target tested tough segments with ultra-thin spiders to boot. Apart from the durability provided by it we also get a reduced number of bounce-outs. Not to mention the board’s spider allowing for tighter shot groupings and a larger surface area which increases the ratio of landed shots. The display doesn’t lag behind when it comes to proper design. The large 4 person LCD on the dartboard allows you to see 4 players’ scores simultaneously, they will either be presented with numeric values or cricket symbols. Due to its size the screen remains visible even from the throw line. You can use the options button to configure difficulty settings and game variations. You can also adjust for fumbled throws in case the dart’s tip makes it bounce out or the player misses the target.
- 4 person LCD scoreboard
- Adjust for misses and bounce-outs
- Intelligent design
- Darts that come with the board have weak tips, can be easily replaced
Viper Solar Blast Electronic Dartboard
The Solar Blast is rather large of a dartboard that’s made to withstand years’ worth of play. The trademark target tested tough nylon segments from Viper employ great endurance for the dartboard. This extra-large dartboard has 4 sets of dart holders, holding 12 in total, which allows for easy storage and display of your accessories. Interface for configuring games has 11 silver buttons to help you easily adjust it to your wished parameters. These include the ability to note bounce-outs, play against the computer and many others. Pick from 43 games and 187 options available with this dartboard. Whopping 16 player limit makes this a great option for anybody who frequently plays with a large group of people.
- Holders for up to 12 darts
- 11 buttons for configuration
- 43 games and 187 options
- Up to 16 players
- Rarely glitches out for a few seconds
Viper Vtooth 1000 Online Electronic Dartboard
Vtooth 1000 has a very simple design. It is a dartboard without a cabinet and a minor area below its target for display. Vtooth has concave segment holes that lock in your shots for a better scoring experience. There are built-in dart holders on both sides that hold 6 darts total, 3 on each side. The defining trait of this dartboard however is its online compatibility. The dartboard supports free Viper Darts Linkup app with 16 games available. The multiplayer feature supports up to 4 players and the scoreboard app can utilize a quick play feature to get you into the game quickly. Bluetooth support is included with Vtooth 1000, so make sure to utilize that for your Bluetooth devices. Accessories of this package include mounting hardware for quick setup, 6 soft tip starter darts and a one-year warranty.
- Online play
- Bluetooth compatible
- Quick setup
- Great design
- App has some glitches, quickly solved by turning the app on and off
Bullshooter Cricket Maxx 5.0 Series Electronic Dartboard
The e-bristle board on this Bullshooter item will play steel and soft darts, both of which you can try out because sets of both types are included with the package. The full wood cabinet and built-in dart holders are ideal for game rooms, giving a nice addition to your interior. The door-mounted LED has a huge cricket display for quick reference during games. There are 37 games and 210 level variations to go for on Bullshooter CricketMaxx. Apart from that, it has solo play and heckler features which are always nice to see. Accessories include the aforementioned steel and soft tip darts, 6 of each, extra tips for them and an AC adapter.
- Works with steel and soft tips
- 37 games and 210 level variations
- Great cabinet design
- Corners of the board have issues catching darts
Viper Ion Electronic Dartboard
The light-up dartboard by Viper, Ion dartboard provides motion integrated games and a cyber-player mode. It includes 48 games with 315 variants for tons of ways to play. The board includes 17 exclusive light-based games with optional moving target games. It is very durable and can withstand your toughest throws. The multiplayer mode allows for up to 8 player multiplayer or you can play against a cyber-player. This is basically playing against CPU which is great for practicing your throws when alone. The components included are 6 starter darts and mounting hardware.
- Solo play feature
- 48 games and 315 variants
- 17 exclusive light-based games
- Light-up dartboard
- Darts included aren’t too good