by Mike Jones
Whether you are a serious aficionado of the sport or you're just looking for a fun backyard game to play with family, croquet is a wonderful pastime that can be played and enjoyed by one and all. If you are currently in the market for a croquet set, the following article may just be able to help you find the best croquet set for your needs.
We have reviewed several of the most popular and best croquet sets available, and highlighted some of the pros and cons associated with each product. We have also included a Croquet Set Buying Guide which explains all the factors and characteristics to look for when purchasing one of these fun sets.
The above table shows the best-selling croquet sets. In the reviews below, you may or may not see the sets listed above. You will see a wider variety of croquet sets because the best sellers are typically only beginner or family sets. The reviews below are broken down into two separate categories - beginner/family and premium Amish sets. If you see a set above that you like and don't see the review below, click the above link to be taken to Amazon to see the product description and reviews.
The GoSports Premium Croquet Set is our vote for best croquet set that the entire family will enjoy. The six-player set comes with six color-coded wooden mallets; 5 matching balls in green, blue, purple, orange, red and yellow; two center stakes; 9 wickets and a handy carrying bag made of tough canvas for easy portability and storage. There is even a handy rule book that explains the game and its rules of play.
Measuring 35 inches long, the mallets in the GoSports Premium Croquet Set are the perfect size for both adults and children. The traditional wooden mallets offer a standard hitting surface and the heads can be disassembled from the shaft for easy storing. Best of all, buyers of this set receive a 100 percent money back guarantee if they are not completely satisfied.
With attention to detail and finish, the Amish-Crafted 8-Player Game Set is designed for the serious croquet gamer. With sizing options and adorned in vibrant colors, this game set is fun and convenient.
This croquet game set comes with eight hardwood maple mallets all of which are very durable. The option of either opting for 4 28-inch mallets, paired 4 32-inch mallets, or 8-32 inch mallets, is entirely up to the purchaser. The mallets and stakes are lathe-turned, and there is a polished brass ring on each mallet head to prevent cracking. The wickets are 5/32" in diameter, metal and vinyl-coated. There are nine in total. There are eight plastic balls, which are 3-5/16" in diameter, and the set comes with a wooden holder for storage.
Ranking in at number one for croquet sets on Amazon, the Juegoal Six Player Croquet Set is perfect for your family gaming needs. The bright primary and secondary colors on the set are easy on the eyes, and every member of your family will enjoy the fact that it is appropriate for children and adults.
The six mallets, weighing four pounds heavier and standing about two inches taller than other similar competitor brands, are hardwood and sturdy. The handles are about 28 inches and there are two eighteen inch stakes, all hardwood. There is good threading on the handles and heads, making them durable. There are six 2.8" weather resistant, molded balls, as well as nine steel wickets coated with vinyl. The set also includes a player's manual for beginners and a drawstring bag for transportation. The Juegoal Six Player Croquet Set is the best set in terms of affordability and quality.
Conveniently crafted with wood to wood construction, eliminating the need for metal or screwing, the ROPODA Six Player Croquet Set is ideal for any croquet player. With colors of yellow, blue, red, green, orange, and purple, this particular croquet set is suitable for all ages.
Ranked at number three for croquet sets on Amazon, this set features six 26" hardwood handles, six 8" color mallets, 6 2.8" weather resistant balls, 9 steel wickets with vinyl coating, 2 hardwood end posts, and a bag for storage. The mallets are made of solid hardwood with a 2.8 inch finish, making them sturdy. They have protective covers for safety and durability, and the resin makes them crack and damage resistant. With a players manual included, this set can accommodate 2 to 6 players.
With a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon, the Best Choice Products Six Player Croquet Sport Game Set is reliable and efficient. This simple croquet set comes with everything you need to optimize your croquet game.
This croquet game set features six 32" high quality hardwood mallets that have rubber caps for safety. There are six colored polymer balls, nine 6×8.5" vinyl wickets, and two 21" hardwood stakes, all crafted with durability in mind. This product also comes with a zippered bag for carrying. The total weight comes to about 24 pounds. The Best Choice Products Six Player Croquet Sport Game Set is simple, but will still fulfill the needs of any level croquet player.
Croquet is a wonderful game. However, before you go out and buy the very first croquet set you see, you may want to take a minute to read this helpful buying guide. Here we have highlighted and explained some of the things to look for when shopping for a croquet set-tips that will help you pick out the perfect set for your family.
Naturally, one of the most crucial steps to finding the perfect croquet set is to determine the ages of the players who will be primarily using the set. There are many sets geared specifically for children, with smaller balls and mallets. There are even some budget-friendly sets made for very small children, in which the balls and mallets are made of plastic or hard foam. This helps to mitigate injuries and ensures the balls and mallets are of a manageable size.
The majority of people buy croquet sets for the whole family. In cases like these, a quality lawn croquet set is usually your best bet. Lawn croquet sets typically feature lightweight wooden mallets, hoops and balls, guaranteeing that every member of the family can enjoy the croquet set equally.
A lawn croquet set is also a good choice for beginners, regardless of age. A lawn croquet set is a good way to practice your aim and precision before moving up to one of the more deluxe sets, which feature weighted balls that are more difficult to maneuver.
Those that are more experienced in the game of croquet may be ready to graduate to some of the more professional croquet sets. These sets generally have mallets that weigh 1.3 kg and the various croquet balls weigh in at 16 ounces (1 pound). Moreover, the mallets in these sets are of the very highest quality and finely structured. This type of advanced set will ensure the highest degree of accuracy when rolling the ball, and just one or two games usually make players of this game hooked for life.
A mallet is the club used to hit and roll the ball in croquet-a stick that features a rounded head/hitting surface on both sides of the club. There are many theories as to why mallets were originally designed with a head on each side of the club. Some say it is was designed that way to give the club balance, while others say it was to allow left-handed and right-handed players to use the same clubs. Either way, depending on the exact type and purpose of the croquet set, you can generally expect the number of mallets in a given set to vary-usually between 4 and eight. Also, the head of the mallet is essentially screwed onto the bottom of the stick, and during the game you may have problems with the head becoming unscrewed-but reattaching it is easy. Mallet heads are screwed on-rather than glued or nailed-to allow for more compact storage of the set.
Mallets in a croquet set range from about 3 feet to 3 1/2 feet in length. At this height, most children can use the mallet as they stand tall, while taller adults will probably need to bend over to certain degrees when playing the game.
Mallets in different croquet sets can vary in weight, but professional mallets usually weigh in at about 2 pounds, or 1.3kg. Professional mallets in croquet sets are almost always made of some type of wood, such as hickory, ash, or tawa wood. Recreational sets can be made of wood or a variety of other materials, including aluminum, fiberglass and carbon fiber. These other materials are usually lighter than wood, but ironically, most experts suggest that very young players and beginners use the heavier wooden mallets because it will help them get more power and ball-rollout out from their hits.
In addition to the length, weight and material used to make the croquet mallet, there are a couple of other considerations of which you should be aware prior to shopping. These include:
The most important thing to look for when buying a croquet set is the color of the balls. Typically, croquet balls come in a variety of colors, such as orange, yellow, black, red, blue and even purple. The colors are important because they match the color of the clubs. For instance, if player one selects the red mallet, he or she will also play with the red ball throughout the game. This helps to avoid confusion during the game and disputes over whose ball is whose.
As we mentioned briefly above, the regulation weight of the croquet ball is 16 ounces. In tournament play, everybody must play a regulation ball, to ensure nobody gets an unfair advantage. However, when playing with family you can mix and match balls of different weights, even allowing the younger children to play with a plastic ball if need be.
The stakes in a croquet set are the actual target you will be aiming for as you play. These normally have the colors of the balls on them, which indicates that you are to aim at and hit them with the ball. Over time, these stakes can take quite a beating, so be sure to look for a croquet set whose stakes are very sturdy and durable.
Wickets are tunnel like pieces on a croquet set that will be set up all over the yard in which you are playing the game. Out of all the pieces in your croquet set, you will have more wickets than any other components. The goal of croquet is to pass your ball through these wickets in a prescribed direction, and the one who completes this goal first wins the game. Like the stakes, be sure to look for wickets that can take a beating over time. These pieces will most likely be hit by balls and mallets several times throughout the game, so if you don't want deformed wickets that are difficult to pass through, make sure you think "durable" when checking out these components.
Lastly, croquet sets can be very basic in nature, including a minimal amount of mallets, balls, stakes and wickets; or very elaborate and comprehensive, with all of the above-mentioned components plus items like colorful corner pegs and boundary string to vividly mark off the playing field; and wicket clips that make it easier to see the wickets from a distance.
About Mike Jones
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."