My Top Picks – High Quality Backgammon Boards For Everyone
While walking through some of the cute little back alleys and passageways while visiting seaside towns along the Aegean this summer, I saw many tables full of locals playing backgammon. Before my trip, I’d never really seen anyone play the game, though I know I’ve seen a few of the wooden backgammon boards in local hobby shops and stores. But after my experience this summer, I became a bit of a backgammon fan and decided to get my own board for those rainy days when I can’t get outside and do anything active. Like any game like this, there are several different styles of game boards that you can choose from. So, I want to share some of my favorites with you.
Best Wooden Backgammon Game Board Set
You can’t go wrong with a classic wooden style game set, especially since this style is usually the cheapest backgammon board for the money. When I was doing my shopping, this is what I came across the most often. Of those, my favorite has got to be the 15″ Backgammon Oak Board Game Set by Orion Craft.
Though I have begun to prefer a larger size board, this one is is great option for players who prefer a wooden game board or just a good beginners wooden backgammon board set.
It has a great price, which makes it a good value backgammon set for the money.
You get a lot of great features with this board that a lot of the other wood models don’t offer you. First off, it is made of oak and actually has a nice, quality feel to it. It doesn’t feel flimsy or cheap but like something that you would be proud to sit out on your coffee table.
It also has a handle on the outside of the case, which is hard to find in the wooden models. For me, this is important because I want to be able to take the game with me when I visit some friends and family. Another cool thing is that it has a nice, minimalist design on the case exterior.
It comes with the natural all wood dice cups and lovely grooved checkers. Like the board, all the pieces are high quality with a nice finish.
Overall, this is a good set for the money since it has a cheap price and a quality build. The smaller size makes it good for travel and for people who live in a small apartment or don’t have a lot of space to play games.
Best Leather Backgammon Boards Set
If you prefer the look of leather on your game board exterior, then one with a leatherette cover might appeal to you. The problem that I’ve found with this design is that a lot of them have a really cheap feel and look. After testing out a few models, I’ve found one that has a very classy and sophisticated feel to it – the 21-inch Tournament Backgammon Set by Silverman & Co.
Not only is this my favorite leather backgammon set, but it is also the cheapest quality tournament backgammon board set that I’ve been able to find (so far).
This one has a nice, sleek exterior, some brass latches and a very sturdy handle. That makes it easy to carry when you want to take it out to a friend or family member’s house.
The playing surface has felt and it looks really nice. It comes with the dice cups and checkers. And the dice cups are covered in matching leather, which is a really nice touch.
Bottom line: If you are looking for a larger size board or one that is really nice but under $150, then this is the best leather backgammon board set for the money for you.
Best Luxury Backgammon Board Set
For the serious backgammon player, a good luxury backgammon game board is the way to go. This type of game set typically has a higher price because it is of better quality and higher class materials than the cheaper sets. And the very best top of the line sets come from Italy. Of those, the Bello Games Collezioni Professional Luxury Backgammon Set has got to be my favorite.
My only complaint with this one is the price tag. Even after comparing the prices that a few of the different online stores offer, it is still too costly for me.
The hinges on this are really neat because they move so that you can get the board completely flat for game play. I’ve never seen this with any other boards, so it is a very unique feature.
Unlike most of the other leather boards that are covered in leatherette, this one has a playing board that is covered in 100% genuine leather. The two dice cups are also covered in genuine leather. So, you’re getting more for your more with this one.
Maybe even more impressive is that solid brass latches are covered in real 24K gold. And it has mother of pearl type chips. This is truly the finest in luxury backgammon board sets.
Unique and Cool Backgammon Game Board Sets
For the players who just want to go with the coolest backgammon boards, there are a few great choices out there. Of course, everyone has different tastes and preferences, so my favorites might not appeal to you at all and you may need to do a bit more shopping on your own. I have narrowed down the really cool ones that I like to just the two below.
I think the coolest board I’ve seen so far has got to be the Mosaic Mother of Pearl Inlaid Backgammon 16″ Wooden Backgammon Game Board pictured below.
This is a handmade wooden board, which means that each one produced is completely unique. And, the price is not bad either.
It comes with a pair of dice and the playing chips, but there are no dice cups included with this one.
The other set that I really like has a travel theme, which is something else that I love. It is the United Nations of New York Backgammon Set by Bello Games. This 18-inch board is your typical leatherette backgammon set except that it has an old-style map design on the exterior and on the dice cups as shown in the photo below.
To me, this is probably the coolest leather backgammon set that I’ve seen so far. I really like that the design is also on the dice cups.
As mentioned, you get two dice cups with this set, as well as the four dice, one doubler and 30 uria stone backgammon checkers. And for those new to the game, an instruction booklet is also in the set.
Remember as you read through my top backgammon game board set reviews that these few are just my personal favorites and may not be the best choice for you. I do hope that these gave you some ideas on what you’re looking for in a board though.