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Best Backgammon Board Sets At Every Price Point – Updated 2019

Every time you enjoy a game of backgammon, you’re playing with history. It was a favorite pastime in Mesopotamia almost 5,000 years ago. Today, you have something that would amaze those ancient folks. You can choose from a variety of backgammon sets designed to keep the game portable and preserve its classic style.

New to backgammon? Check out some of our basics and tips to winning at backgammon. Roll your luck and sharpen your skills on some of the best backgammon board sets that we have found.

Best Backgammon Board Sets for the Money in 2019

Here is a quick overall view of the best backgammon board at each price point. Premium sets tend to be $100 – $200. Intermediate sets are $50 – $100 and beginner sets are under $50. On the opposite end of the spectrum there are extreme luxury sets that can cost thousands of dollars!

Name
Best PREMIUM Set
19-inch Premium Backgammon Set - Large Size - Desert Brown Board
Best INTERMEDIATE Set
Yellow Mountain Imports Backgammon Game Set (17 inches) - Wood Inlay Board and Accessories - Two Sets of 15 Acrylic Playing Pieces - Two Wooden Dice Cups Included
Best BEGINNER Set
14.75" Recreational Board Game Vinyl Backgammon Set - Brown & White
Best LUXURY Set
Bello Games Collezioni - Giovanni Luxury Wooden Backgammon Set from Italy 26"
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19-inch Premium Backgammon Set - Large Size - Desert Brown Board
Yellow Mountain Imports Backgammon Game Set (17 inches) - Wood Inlay Board and Accessories - Two Sets of 15 Acrylic Playing Pieces - Two Wooden Dice Cups Included
14.75" Recreational Board Game Vinyl Backgammon Set - Brown & White
Bello Games Collezioni - Giovanni Luxury Wooden Backgammon Set from Italy 26"
Price
$139.95
$74.98
$23.94
$1,399.99
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Best PREMIUM Set
Name
19-inch Premium Backgammon Set - Large Size - Desert Brown Board
Image
19-inch Premium Backgammon Set - Large Size - Desert Brown Board
Price
$139.95
Best INTERMEDIATE Set
Name
Yellow Mountain Imports Backgammon Game Set (17 inches) - Wood Inlay Board and Accessories - Two Sets of 15 Acrylic Playing Pieces - Two Wooden Dice Cups Included
Image
Yellow Mountain Imports Backgammon Game Set (17 inches) - Wood Inlay Board and Accessories - Two Sets of 15 Acrylic Playing Pieces - Two Wooden Dice Cups Included
Price
$74.98
Best BEGINNER Set
Name
14.75" Recreational Board Game Vinyl Backgammon Set - Brown & White
Image
14.75" Recreational Board Game Vinyl Backgammon Set - Brown & White
Price
$23.94
Best LUXURY Set
Name
Bello Games Collezioni - Giovanni Luxury Wooden Backgammon Set from Italy 26"
Image
Bello Games Collezioni - Giovanni Luxury Wooden Backgammon Set from Italy 26"
Price
$1,399.99
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Backgammon Sets Reviews

Here are some quick reviews of the best backgammon boards that you can buy. Prices are generally based upon the size of the board (which ranges from about 15″ to 30″) and the type of material used (which can be anything from plastic to luxurious Italian leather). We were sure to include boards of all different price points and materials so that you can pick out the best backgammon board for your needs. The reviews are in the following order: Premium Sets, Intermediate Sets, Beginner Sets, Luxury Sets, and then Unique Backgammon Sets.

1. 19″ Premium Backgammon Set – Silverman and Co.

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19-inch Premium Backgammon Set - Large Size - Desert Brown Board
  • 19" premium backgammon set with ultra smooth, padded playing surface (no stitched on points!)
  • Elegant style, quality craftmanship, premium leatherette exterior in desert brown
  • Measures 19" x 12 5/8" x 2 3/4" when closed
  • Sturdy rugged handle, solid latches, strong frame - Includes high-quality playing pieces

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A sturdy case covered in leatherette opens to reveal a padded felt playing surface. Silverman and Company blend quality and value inside and outside this backgammon set. Checkers glide across the board, felt-lined dice cups reduce noise, and a large 1-inch doubling cube keeps the competition rolling.

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Sturdy handles give you a firm grip on the game while solid latches secure everything inside. The American-made backgammon set is ideal for friendly backyard competition and serious tournament play.

• Dimensions, closed – 19 x 12.6 x 2.75 inches
• Weight – 6.86 pounds

2. Gramercy Park Deluxe Wooden Walnut Backgammon Set 19 3/4″

Gramercy Park Deluxe Wooden Walnut Backgammon Set 19 3/4"
  • This exotic backgammon set is beautifully designed and crafted, the 19 3/4" cabinet is carefully constructed from walnut, maple & burl. The top and bottom of the cabinet features a striking decorative patterning of various precious hardwoods.
  • On opening the cabinet the innovative magnetic fastening system is evident, this creates very clean lines to this cabinet that is not spoiled by unsightly hardware. The playing surface and points are made from veneers of ebony & maple, surrounded by walnut. The dice cups and backgammon pieces are also wooden.
  • This is a beautiful backgammon to leave on display closed just as you would leave out a fine piece of crystal.
  • Size: 19 3/4" X 11 /3/4"(closed) 19 3/4" X 23 1/2" (open).

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When it’s beautiful enough to give as a gift, you know you have a special backgammon game ready for play. Bello Games’ Gramercy Park Deluxe model includes all the touches you expect in a luxury backgammon set. The walnut outer case features an elegant geometric design of maple and burl.

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Precious hardwoods line the interior too as maple and ebony veneer points surrounded by walnut. Checkers and dice cups are also made of fine wood.

This backgammon set is perfect for both play and display.

• Dimensions, closed – 19.75 x 11.75 x 2.6 inches
• Weight – 6 pounds

3. Yellow Mountain Imports Backgammon Game Set – 17″

Yellow Mountain Imports Backgammon Game Set (17 inches) - Wood Inlay Board and Accessories - Two Sets of 15 Acrylic Playing Pieces - Two Wooden Dice Cups Included
  • Stunning Inside And Out: The level of detail on the Backgammon wood inlay (on both the playing surface and exterior surface) speaks to its superior craftsmanship.
  • Large Set That's Still Travel-Friendly: A premium Backgammon board wood set, it also conveniently folds in half with all accessories inside, for a set you'll love taking with you, with dimensions when closed measuring 17.3 x 9.8 x 2 in (44 x 25 x 5 cm).
  • Added Security For Your Set:T: Don't risk losing your Backgammon pieces and dice thanks to hidden inset magnets to keep your wood Backgammon set firmly closed.
  • Beautiful Acrylic Playing Pieces: Two sets of 15 pieces (also known as checkers) make for a classic look; dimensions of each playing piece are 1.2 x 0.3 in (3 x 0.7 cm). Also included are 4 dice, a doubling cube, and 2 wooden dice cups.

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This backgammon set shows off detailed craftsmanship. The case exterior is beautifully patterned with wood inlays and finished with a soft satin shine. That same care in material and construction graces the playing board.

Where to Buy:

Hidden inset magnets keep the case secure for trips back to the closet shelf or travel across the country. It’s light enough to slip into a carry-on and large enough to let you really enjoy game play.

This set from Yellow Mountain Imports also includes instructions for beginners.

• Dimensions, closed – 17.3 x 9.8 x 2 inches
• Weight – 2.59 pounds

4. Middleton Games Tournament Backgammon Set – 21″

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Middleton Games Tournament Backgammon Set - 21 in. - Classic Brown
  • Classic full-sized (21 inch) backgammon set
  • Elegant style, quality craftmanship, simulated leather (Brown color)
  • Measures 21" x 13" x 2 1/4" when closed (or 21" x 26" x 1 1/8" when open)
  • Sturdy, rugged handle, solid brass latches, and strong frame - Includes high-quality playing pieces

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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 Middleton Games Tournament Backgammon Set – 21″.

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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). 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.

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.

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.

5. Middleton Games Map Backgammon Set – 18″

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Middleton Games Map Backgammon Set, 18-Inch
  • Elegant and classy old world map design. Ultra plush faux-suede playing surface.
  • Measures 18 1/4" x 10 1/2" x 2 1/2" when closed; Measures 18 1/4" x 21" x 1 1/4" when open.
  • Comes with extra thick 1 1/4" x 3/8" checkers, 1" doubling cube, 5/8" dice and matching dice cups.
  • Folding attache style. Easy to carry, easy to store.

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Think outside the traditional backgammon case with a cover design featuring an Old World map. Faux suede inside and out wraps this unique backgammon game with a lovely antique feel. Stitched points contrast against a soft camel-colored playing field, and felt-lined cups ensure a quiet game.

Where to Buy:

The checkers in this set from Middleton Games are extra thick. Enjoy winning with pieces measuring 1.25 inches in diameter with a height of .375 inches. The folding attache case sports a luggage handle and secure latches.

• Dimensions, closed – 18.25 x 10.5 x 2.5 inches
• Weight – 5.09 pounds

6. Orion Craft 15″ Oak Wood Backgammon Set

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Orion Craft 15" Oak Wood Backgammon Set - Attache Case, Board Game
  • 15" Oak wood veneer backgammon set
  • Includes quality playing pieces - grooved wood checkers, 2 beechwood dice cups with felt liner for quiet rolls
  • Lovely nickel plated handle and brushed nickel latches
  • Measures 15" x 9.5" x 2" when closed; measures 15" x 19" x 1" when open

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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.

Where to Buy:

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.

Our editors think that 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.

7. 14.75″ Recreational Board Game Vinyl Backgammon Set

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14.75" Recreational Board Game Vinyl Backgammon Set - Brown & White
  • 14.75" brown and white vinyl backgammon game
  • Color matching sewn in points velor interior
  • Included sets of brown and white playing pieces, two sets color matching dice, two dice cups and one doubling cube.
  • Dimensional Detail: (W x L x H) = 10.0" x 14.75" x 1.875"

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Take your game anywhere with an ultra-light backgammon set perfect for outside play. This model from CHH gets its sharp good looks from a faux leather cover featuring contrasting center stripes. Inside detailing includes points stitched on a smooth velour playing board.

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The brown and white vinyl exterior cleans up with a quick wipe. An easy-grip handle and faux brass latches keep the game ready to grab and go.

• Dimensions, closed – 10 x 14.75 x 1.875 inches
• Weight – 1 pound

Best Luxury Backgammon Board Set

Bello Games Collezioni - Giovanni Luxury Wooden Backgammon Set from Italy 26"
  • Luxury Italian made backgammon set. This is hand-made of the most precious and superior woods and others have no comparison, the woods used are Elm, Briar, Mahogany & Burl. In recent years, faux woods have appeared in the marketplace. None of these fake reproductions, however, often sold as real they cannot begin to replace the beauty or the feel of the natural woods themselves.
  • Design, function, quality and beauty are the features that make this luxury backgammon set very unique. This set truly exemplifies luxury at its very best, this is definitely a set to impress, this is a fine piece of furniture to leave on display. This is an unforgettable gift that will be appreciated from one generation to the next.
  • Hand Made by Italian Artisans
  • 24K Gold Plated Lock & Key.

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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.

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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.

Mosaic Mother of pearl Inlaid Backgammon 16" board Set Wooden Backgammon Game
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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.

United Nations of New York Backgammon Set 18"
  • Large 18" Backgammon Set.
  • Size: 18" x 12" (closed) 18" x 24" (open).
  • Uria stone backgammon checkers & dice.
  • Each set complete with the Bello Games New York logo inside the dice compartment.

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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.

As a friendly competition that’s lasted 5,000 years, backgammon continues to be a winner around the world. Whether you play for fun or tournament fame, you’re in always in good company with a good game of backgammon.

About the author

Sam Frazier

As a child of the 80's, my fondest gaming memories are playing Pitfall, Frogger, Kaboom! and Chopper Command on our old Atari 8600. These days I've been rocking the Nintendo Classic and learning some new card and board games with the family.

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