Backgammon is a type of game that uses strategy like chess, but with different accessories to help you move, like dice. Two players play this game and you must move your checkers around the 24 triangular points by using said die. When you have successfully taken all of your pieces off the playing board, you have won. In this article, we’ll show you which backgammon sets are worth the purchase. If you’re looking to break out into the semi-professional world of backgammon (does that exist?) Or maybe you have a grandpa that loves the game. Either way, we think you’ll enjoy this list of the best backgammon sets.
Overview of The Best Backgammon Sets
|19-Inch Premium Backgammon Set||19 x 12 5/8 x 2 3/4 inches|
|#1 Top Backgammon Set||3 size* Small - Medium - Large|
|Recreational Board Game Vinyl Backgammon Set||10.0 in. x 14.75 in. x 1.875 inches|
|Luxury Classic Backgammon Set||20 x 12 x 3 inches|
|Viscount Leather Backgammon Set||19 x 13 x 3 inches|
|Alexandros Deluxe Walnut & Oak Backgammon Set||22 x 14.5 x 4 inches|
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Best Backgammon Set Reviews
Manufactured by Silverman & Co., the 19-inch traditional dark brown backgammon set is luxurious and old school in design. A classic style accompanied by beautiful craftsmanship, those who have companions who enjoy the beauty of a board will love this backgammon set. Features of this set include:
- Leatherette exterior, smooth surface
- When closed, measurements are: 19″ x 12-5/8″ x 2-3/4″
- Rugged handle, great and strong frame
- Easy storage and travel capabilities for tournaments
The gorgeous leatherette exterior is sleek and has a solid construction, equipped with a strong frame. Placed in an easy to move case, you don’t have to worry about lugging something heavy to your tournaments. A rugged handle perfect for those who often use said handle, you also won’t have to worry about it breaking any time soon. The latches are particularly strong, eliminating the possibility of your pieces falling out and the item breaking. Gorgeous craftsmanship is just one of the many advantages of using this backgammon set. Looking from the outside, you can tell that the pieces inside and the board itself will be stunning – and it is!
One of my favorite aspects of this backgammon set is the exterior. It’s like a briefcase, and is less tacky than other backgammon cases/sets on the market today. Elegant with a dash of masculinity, this portable set will turn heads at tournaments.
#1 Top Backgammon Set, Classic Board Game Case
Created by Get the Games Out, the #1 Top Backgammon set boasts many features. The old-school appearance on the outside is reminiscent of that one briefcase Fred Flintstone was gifted by Barney in the John Goodman movie, but has more attractive features on the inside. There are many features this top backgammon set has, including the following:
- Three sizes available
- Leatherette carrying case, brass tinted buckles
- Playing chips, playing dice, dice shakers, strategy guide, doubling cube included
With all accessories including, you really can’t go wrong with this set. With a leatherette carrying case and brass tinted buckles (sorry, not real brass from our conclusions), along with other accessories, there’s no reason you shouldn’t take the plunge to purchase this set. It does have extra chips and dice (one of each color) in case your pieces are lost. Beautifully constructed pieces, you can get many uses out of this and it’s a game that’ll last a lifetime in both playing trends and aesthetics. Coming in three sizes (unlike many on the market), you can purchase this in small, medium, or large. If you’re curious about the specific measurements, we’ve listed them below:
- Small – 11″ (open: 15 x 11 x 1, closed 11 x 7.5 x 1.75)
- Medium – 14″ (open: 19 x 14.75 x 1, closed 15 x 9.5 x 2)
- Large – 18″ (open: 22.5 x 18 x 1, closed 18 x 11 x 2)
Beyond the aforementioned, my favorite feature of this set has to be the strategy guide that comes equipped. For those who are new to the game or thinking about getting into it, you can learn tricks that the pros use to help defeat your opponent.
14.75″ Recreational Board Game Vinyl Backgammon Set
With a similar appearance to the one we’ve talked about before, this one has specific sizing that the other doesn’t. Manufactured by CHH, this vinyl backgammon set has few features, including the following:
- Brown and white pieces, two sets of matching dice, two cups, and one doubling cube
- Dimensions include 10 x 14.75 x 1.87
While the quality may not be tournament worthy as it’s vinyl, vinyl is actually a lot tougher than many people let on to be. When taken care of properly, this material can last for ages. Above all this set is perfect for younger ones who want to learn the game but aren’t “old enough” for a more professional set, as they may not know how to take care of leatherette. The price reflects the more casual quality and it’s a great set for recreational use, as mentioned in the title of the product.
With all of the pieces you need to get started, you can buy, get home, and play to your liking! The pieces are plastic, so they can take quite a beating, and they are very smooth for the perfect roll.
Overall, I love the design of this set, as its traditional and it’s not overly large. I don’t feel like I need to take care of this too much as it’s a recreational set that can deal with the throwing around of everyday life. The inclusion of plastic accessories for playing (as well as the price) seal the deal.
Luxury Classic Medium Size Backgammon Board
Manufactured by Studio Anne Carlton, this gorgeous – stunning, actually, wooden backgammon board is for those who admired aesthetics over gameplay. While you may bring this to a tournament, this one is great to just look at. However, the beauty is more than appearance-deep, as the roots of the materials have origins from all around the world. Features of this set include the following:
- Crafted using ancient techniques
- Wood veneers like lime, ash, oak, and walnut
- Mother of Pearl hand polished
- Canvas back with origins from the Byzantium Empire and ancient Rome
Crafted with beauty and history in mind, this game goes far beyond playing and is for those who admire craftsmanship over playing constantly. For those who want to religiously play and rough up their board, you may not want to use this pretty set – although it is quite durable! A gorgeous and somewhat matte finish on the outside has a classical, luxurious design that greets you with a unique composition on the inside. While still holding traditional design roots of backgammon, the quality of the design is out of this world. My favorite part of this backgammon set goes beyond the inner design and lies with the canvas tote that has origins of the Byzantium Empire. This is a staple piece for any connoisseur of board games.
Viscount Leather Backgammon Set
Crafted by Cambor, this unique and bright backgammon set has everything you need to get started. With inspiration from the 70’s for this board (as with many, but more with this set), you can have a unique yet bold board game in your home with a classic twist. Features of this backgammon set include:
- Interior Patched leather exterior, brass latches
- Backgammon checkers, leather dice cups
- 4 dice, 1 doubling die
- High-suede playing surface
While this backgammon set features all of the necessary accessories to begin playing, the real star of the show is the bold, orange design. With four die and one doubling die, you won’t have to worry about not being prepared. Within this set, there’s also a beautifully constructed high-suede playing surface so the best roll possible. When closed, this case measures 18 x 12 (inches & w x l). My favorite part of this set isn’t the design (although it’s a close runner up), but also the price. While it’s not a high-end tournament set, it’s a nice recreational board that can provide playing for a long time. The light orange suede may be reminiscent of Kraft Mac and Cheese, but who doesn’t love the cheesiest?! Although it’s a lovely set, you may need an acquired taste before loving the color scheme of this set.
Alexandros Deluxe Walnut & Oak Backgammon Set
A gorgeous and neutral toned backgammon set, the Alexandros is manufactured by Bello Games New York, INC. With a traditional design, this set steps away from the leatherette or bold and orange exterior to provide you with a luxurious, light brownish-gray walnut. Created in Greece, there are multiple types of superior woods used. Features of this set include the following:
- Olive, oak, and walnut composition
- Beautiful and functional – exotic olive wood, hand buffed
- Accessories included, size: 18.5 x 11.65 x 3 (closed), 18.5 x 23.5 x 1.5 (open)
The craftsmanship of this set is primarily why people buy it, as it’s luxurious, and the origins are from Greece. However, the actual quality of the board is why I love it most. Sure, the style of it is modern, yet classic, but the overall playing quality is superior to many others on the market. The sizing is perfect for both young and seasoned, as well as a beautiful wood composition. While there are no handles for portability, it’s thin enough so you can carry it like a book with ease. If you have the budget, this is the best backgammon set you can buy on the market.