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The 7 Best Shuffleboard Tables: Reviews, Buying Guide and How To Play
Last updated 4th July, 2021

Shuffleboard is somewhat of an odd ball in the world of mancave games. Not quite as iconic as pool nor as well-known as table tennis, but boy is it fun (and it’s seeing somewhat of a resurgance of late). Being a slightly more obscure offering, Shuffleboard presents itself as the ideal addition for a games room, garage or mancave given that they wow players and are sure to get you and your friends hooked.

Whether you’re a shuffleboard pro, or this is the first time you’re hearing about them, we’re going to give you a run down of our top picks of shuffleboard tables that you could add to your games room today. Through our carefully selected picks and buyers guide, you’ll leave this article knowing all you need to know about shuffleboard tables before getting your hands on one.

What is Shuffleboard?

Akin to curling, shuffleboard is a game played by pushing handled discs across a smooth, marked surface towards a goal zone in order to score points.

Why Buy a Shuffleboard Table?

The Fun of a Bar at Home

Shuffleboard tables are most frequently found at bars and pubs—places brimming with a casual, easy-going attitude. So why not bring all those good vibes into your home? After all, it can make for a far cheaper place to have some drinks!

Accessible Game for All

With simple, self-explanatory rules and no experience required to play, Shuffleboard is a sport which is easy to learn but hard to master—the perfect sport for endless evenings of excitement with friends and family.

Easy To Cover and Repurpose

With a variety of tops/covers available, shuffleboard tables are easy to cover and repurpose into something else. Their elongated shape makes for a great buffet table, workspace or more.

Top 7 Shuffleboard Tables

1. Champion Gentry Shuffleboard Table

Best Overall Shuffleboard Table

Offering three options of smaller shuffleboards, full storage-ready disassembly and a variety of table finishes, the Champion Gentry Shuffleboard Table offers up all the key features that a space-conscious home needs.

With its “lifetime polymer playfield coating”, the board promises to last game after game, something which is backed up by the boards 20-year warranty! And that’s not even mentioning its generous accessory pack.

Pound for pound, this is our favourite shuffleboard on the market today.

  • Available Sizes: 9ft, 12ft, 14ft
  • Table Material: 13 Options Available
  • Playing Surface Material: Polymer Coating
  • Playing Surface Thickness: 0.25-inch
  • Accessories and Extras: eight pucks, 24 packs of Speed Powder, a special Board Wipe, a Maintenance Kit and 12 cans of Silicon Spray.
  • Price: ££
  • Retailer: Liberty Games

2. Signature Marlowe Shuffleboard Table

Best Cheap Shuffleboard Table

Coming in as the most affordable option on this list, this Marlowe Shuffleboard comes in a variety of sizes (each with a different price tag). That said, if you are pushing up into the larger sizes the price quickly racks up.

Thanks to a sturdy build quality, the option of a hard-top (for storage or transformation into a functional tabletop) and a lifetime warranty on the play surface this table offers up an excellent playing experience without breaking the bank.

  • Available Sizes: 9ft, 12 ft, 14 ft, 16 ft, 18 ft, 20 ft, 22 ft
  • Table Material: Dark Natural Oak
  • Playing Surface Material: Polymer Coating
  • Playing Surface Thickness: Unlisted
  • Accessories and Extras: Two sets of four pucks, A table wipe, Shuffleboard wax
  • Price: £
  • Retailer: Home Leisure Direct

3. Signature Byron Shuffleboard Table

This sleek shuffleboard features a swish black satin finish, a built-in scoreboard and a top-quality 3-inch play surface covered in a high-quality clear polymer finish.

The board's smooth, modern look features clean lines and a fantastic shine which is sure to fit any modern interior.

Coming in at 12 or 14 feet, this mid-sized table is great for shuffleboard enthusiasts.

  • Available Sizes: 12ft, 14ft
  • Table Material: Aspen Wood, Black Satin Finish
  • Playing Surface Material: Polymer Coating
  • Playing Surface Thickness: 3-inch
  • Accessories and Extras:
  • Price: ££
  • Retailer: Home Leisure Direct

4. Hudson Grand Deluxe Shuffleboard Table

With a whole host of upgrades and extras on offer, the Hudson Grand Deluxe Shuffleboard clearly lives up to its name. Offering customisable finishes for each part of the table, a lighting unit, an overhead, electronic scoreboard and a playfield to die for, this table is for those infatuated with the sport.

Given that the table’s surface adheres to tournament-standards this table has a lot to offer for both newcomers and seasoned players.

Also coming with a handful of accessories, this board ticks all the boxes for those willing to dish out a good amount of money on a top-quality, indoor shuffleboard.

  • Available Sizes: 9ft, 12 ft, 14 ft, 16 ft, 18 ft, 20 ft, 22 ft
  • Table Material: 9 Options Available
  • Playing Surface Material: Tournament-Standard Polymer Coating
  • Playing Surface Thickness: 3-inch
  • Accessories and Extras: One Set of Weights, Two Cans of Speed Wax, One Can of Silicone Spray, One Deluxe Board Wipe. Further Optional Extras.
  • Price: £££
  • Retailer: Home Leisure Direct

5. Brunswick Andover Vintage Shuffleboard Table

Sporting an iconic, vintage look, the Brunswick Andover Vintage Shuffleboard emanates an air of class which modern-style boards lack.

With the options of two sizes, two on-table lights and an electronic overhead scoreboard, this table stands out from the crowd thanks to its sleek gold-on-wood design. This table also features one of the best playfields for its price in consumer shuffleboard.

  • Available Sizes: 12ft, 14ft
  • Table Material: North American Maple Wood, Various Finishes
  • Playing Surface Material: Polymer Resin
  • Playing Surface Thickness: Unlisted
  • Accessories and Extras: four black pucks, four red pucks, a stainless abacus scorer, a table brush, and shuffleboard wax. Optional scorer and light sets are available.
  • Price: ££
  • Retailer: Home Leisure Direct

6. Championship Line Shuffleboard Table

Best Luxury Shuffleboard Table

Offering up true tournament shuffleboard, this table is as premium as they come. Thanks to its wide array of finishes, sizes and optional scoreboard, it is also ready to fit into almost any games room.

The Champion brand, who host the Championship line, have established themselves as world-leaders in creating shuffleboards over the last 30 years, meaning with this table you are most certainly in good hands.

Testament to its quality, you also receive a full 20-year warranty on the wood, playfield and polymer.

  • Available Sizes: 12 ft, 14 ft, 16 ft, 18 ft, 20 ft, 22 ft
  • Table Material: Oak or Maple
  • Playing Surface Material: Polymer Coating
  • Playing Surface Thickness: Unlisted
  • Accessories and Extras: eight pucks, 24 packs of Speed Powder, a special Board Wipe, a Maintenance Kit and 12 cans of Silicon Spray.
  • Price: £££
  • Retailer: Liberty Games

7. Hudson Cirrus Outdoor Shuffleboard Table

Best Outdoor Shuffleboard Table

If you’re looking to enjoy shuffleboard out in the elements, this table is the one for you. The Hudson Cirrus Weatherproof Shuffleboard is, as its name suggests, fully weatherproof, promising to brave all weather to ensure you can play under the sun.

“Shuffleboard outside?” I hear you ask. This table is indeed the very first of its kind, allowing you to be a pioneer of outdoor shuffleboard.

But there’s more to this board than its weatherproofing. Its sleek, attractive wood is finished with fibreglass giving the table an almost unrivalled premium feel. Furthermore, as the board comes in a wide range of sizes, it’s able to fit any interior or exterior.

  • Available Sizes: 9ft, 12 ft, 14 ft, 16 ft, 18 ft, 20 ft, 22 ft
  • Table Material: Kiln-dried hard-rock maple with fibreglass finish.
  • Playing Surface Material: Rock Maple
  • Playing Surface Thickness: 3-inch
  • Accessories and Extras: One Set of Weights, Two Cans of Speed Wax, One Can of Silicone Spray, One Deluxe Board Wipe
  • Price: ££££
  • Retailer: Home Leisure Direct

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Buying Guide

While our top picks give you a great idea about the best shuffleboard tables on the market today, it’s important for you to truly understand why a particular table will suit you. With that in mind this buying guide is going to help you to answer the key questions when it comes to purchasing a shuffleboard table.

What Size Shuffleboard Table?

Tables typically range from 8ft to 22ft, where 22ft is tournament and regulation size. Although this length gives you an idea of how large a space you will need for any given table, it’s vital to remember that you will need adequate play space on either end and around the table in order to make the most of the table.

That said, each table size can suit different purposes. This is how we separate them:

  • Small (8-10ft) are perfect for indoor, home usage. These strike a good balance between play space and a compact form factor.
  • Medium (12-14ft) are suitable for large home spaces or dedicated games rooms. These are the sizes you will most commonly find in pubs or public games rooms.
  • Large (up to 22ft) this is regulation size, making it the ideal pick for those looking to go pro. These tables have a length of 22ft and a width/height of 81cm.

If you are playing with children, you may want to look out for “adjusters” which allow you to tweak the height of the table to accommodate smaller players.

Which Material and Finish?

Shuffleboard tables can be made from a variety of materials, but you should always aim to get a hardwood table made from a wood such as maple, although there are several other great options too.

Thickness of the play space is also very important, with 3-inches of thickness being the ideal standard.

Finishes are typically sprayed on lacquer or shellac, but other materials such as epoxy resin and fibreglass are becoming more common to help tables last longer.

When it comes to materials, aesthetic is important. You want to ensure that the material and finish you are choosing will suit the aesthetic of the space you hope to put the table. So, ensure you have a good spot in mind!

What Accessories Do I Need?

Most tables come with gameplay essentials such as pucks, table wax, silicone spray and table wipes. Many boards also come with much more advanced accessories which can level up the playing experience: these include electronic scoreboards, lighting and height adjusters to change the height of the table.

FAQs

How do you clean a shuffleboard table?

Avoid harsh chemicals. Use multipurpose cleaners sprayed into a soft cloth or damp rag to rub the table free of dirt and excess grains.

What is shuffleboard wax?

Also known as sand, dust, powder, cheese, and more, shuffleboard wax is sprinkled on top of the play area to decrease friction between the puck and table making for ideal playing conditions.

What is a standard size shuffleboard table?

Tables range from 9 to 22 feet in length, with tournament tables being 22 feet.

How to Play Shuffleboard: Rules and Scoring

As a sport many people haven’t played, there’s a chance that many people have no idea how to even play shuffleboard. Fortunately, the rules are easy to grasp, making it a great game to pick up and play.

Basic Shuffleboard

Players alternately take turns sliding, by hand, their pucks (often called weights) to try and reach the highest scoring areas found at the end of the board.

Players can knock their own or their opponent’s pucks in the process in order to push them into or out of more favourable scoring zones.

Games are most often played to 15 or 21 points.

Shuffleboard Tournament Rules

Tournaments are played in the same way, with some rule changes.

All tournament games are played to 15 points.

Boards must be smoothed in the morning prior to the start of the match, and dry spots can only be waxed by official or mutual agreement.

Players can be penalised for taking more than 30 seconds on their turn.

Other rules pertain to general sportsmanship and adherence to foul rules, such as double-release fouls and the short foul line rule.

Scoring

Once both teams have released all four of their pucks, players examine the board.

The most distant puck from the release zone at the end of the round denotes which team is the winner of the round. To determine each team’s score you then count all pucks which lie ahead of the opposing team’s furthest puck. Each of these pucks are then awarded the score that relates to the number of the scoring zone they are in.

Conclusion

Shuffleboard is an exciting sport that’s growing in popularity with the potential to bring endless hours of fun, challenge and competition to any games room — whether it be for casual or more advanced play.

Our favourite shuffleboard available today has to be the Champion Gentry Shuffleboard Table thanks to its wealth of size and finish options, top quality construction, generous warranty and excellent quality of play.

Whether that’s the right table for you or not, equipped with our carefully selected top picks and buying guide, you are ready to find the right shuffleboard for your play space and individual needs.

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Tom
Co-founder at Mancaves HQ

A true man cave enthusiast. When he isn't trawling through Instagram looking for new ideas, you can find him navigating through the streets of London.