Cornhole board with an American flag decoration.

8 of the Best Cornhole Boards for Summer 2019

Looking for some new cornhole boards for the summer?

In this guide, we’ve reviewed 8 of the best cornhole boards on the market in 2019.

We’ve also outlined some key things to consider when buying, to help you find the best board for your specific needs.

Quick Comparison Table

In a rush? Check out our handy table to quickly compare our top picks.

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Cornhole Board Buyer’s Guide

Since there are so many cornhole sets out there at a range of different price points, it’s important to know what qualities you should look for in a cornhole board.

Board surface

In general, cornhole boards come pre-sanded or varnished to ensure your bean bags slide along the surface upon impact, as they are supposed to.

However, other cornhole boards, known as unfinished boards, are sold without a varnish, ready to be painted. You can use them as-is if you want, or you can paint them over and/or apply decals and then use wood sealant to make the surface smooth. Applying a sealant also ensures that the design you go for will last even if the board gets a bit wet.

Board size

The official cornhole regulation size is 2 feet by 4 feet with a hole that’s 6 inches in diameter.

Cornhole board size diagram.

However, smaller boards are fine if you’re not playing competitively. People often buy 3′ by 2′ boards known as tailgate size boards for easier storage and portability.

Board material

The American Cornhole Organization requires that cornhole boards be made of plywood that is 1/2″ thick. This ensures a consistent slide and rebound when the cornhole bag lands on the board.

However, some manufacturers use different materials such as bamboo and may use a surface slightly thicker than half an inch. This is fine if you’re a casual player, but if you’re a cornhole pro you’ll want a board with a proper 1/2″ plywood surface to hone your skills in the same conditions you would be facing at events.

What to buy

Normally, cornhole boards come as sets, sold with specialized cornhole bags. Even if you’ve already got bags, it’s nice to have a few spare in case you’ve got friends over or your dog decides to eat one. Also, most cornhole boards (including every product we’ve reviewed in this guide) are sold as sets of two.

Some other factors to consider when buying a board:

  • Price. More expensive boards will last longer, can withstand poor weather and will generally conform to official sizing and material guidelines.
  • Manufacturer warranties – it’s great to have a 1 or 2-year warranty for peace of mind when buying.
  • Whether the boards come finished or unfinished, meaning whether you’re supposed to paint them or whether they’re already decorated and varnished.

Cornhole board accessories

You might want to have a look at the various accessories on the market when grabbing a new cornhole board. You can get:

  • Decals, which stick onto part or all of your board.
  • LED lights for playing in the dark.
  • Carry cases, which make it easy to transport even regulation-size boards.

For cornhole die-hards, decorated cornhole boards are a must-have. Nothing beats a board that stands out!

Taking care of your cornhole board

When you get a brand new cornhole board, the first thing you’ll want to do is go and try it out! However, it’s worth considering some of the steps you can take to protect your investment in the long-term.

  • If you get an unfinished board, be sure to use polyurethane, varnish or a wood sealant to protect the surface from moisture. This helps to prevent the board warping or becoming moldy.
  • When you finish using the board, wipe off any dirt, sand or mud from the legs and surface to keep the wood from deteriorating.
  • Store the board somewhere safe (like in your basement or garage) away from the damp.
  • Be sure to touch up your board if it begins to lose its shine after a few years.

Best Cornhole Boards

Cornhole board with an American flag decoration.
Photo by Gfuerer licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Now onto the reviews! We’ve considered the pros and cons of each item to find the best cornhole boards on the market in terms of overall value.

1. GoSports Solid Wood Cornhole Set

This cornhole board is definitely our number one pick. Made of American Cornhole Organization (ACO) standard 1/2″ plywood for optimum slide, it comes in both regulation size (4 by 2 feet) and tailgate size (3 by 2 feet). The surface is varnished, meaning you can use it as-is, or apply your own decals/paint to customize the board.

GoSports even offer a craftsmanship guarantee – promising to refund or replace any item that arrives with defects for peace of mind when buying. Plus, the board comes with 8 regulation cornhole bags and an official rulebook.

Considering the very reasonable price and use of regulation materials, this cornhole board is an excellent choice for serious and casual players alike.

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Pros

  • Regulation 1/2″ plywood surface.
  • Great price.
  • Warranty against defects included.
  • Suitable for immediate play or customization.
  • Cons

  • None available – simply one of the best cornhole boards available.
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    2. Victory Tailgate Unfinished Cornhole Board

    Unfinished cornhole boards are perfect if you want something that’s easy to customize – you can apply paint or decals to add that personalized touch. This board can also be used as-is, although you might want to sand the surface or apply some varnish or sealant to make it smooth.

    Victory Tailgate’s board is great as it’s made to regulation size (4 feet by 2 feet) with a 1/2″ plywood surface – the ACO standard. The legs fold down for portability, and the set comes with 8 bags (plus a bag to carry your bags) so you can play right away. What’s more, because the surface is technically unfinished you can save money by doing it yourself – the price for this set is very reasonable.

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    Pros

  • Great price.
  • Regulation size & surface.
  • Allows for easy customization and decoration.
  • Cons

  • Unfinished – you’ll need to paint and seal it yourself.
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    3. Slick Woody’s Cornhole Co. Treated Oak Cornhole Board

    If you need an ultra-sturdy board suitable for outdoor play, this product is your best bet. Made of 5/8″ Baltic Birch plywood covered in laminated vinyl, the board uses UV inks to prevent fading in the sunlight. Although the surface is slightly thicker than the official guidelines describe, the birch makes the board incredibly sturdy while still offering the same performance as a normal 1/2″ plywood board.

    Like with our first pick, this cornhole board comes as a set with 8 bags and is built to regulation size. This, along with its durability in outdoor conditions, makes it a great option for families looking for a sturdy cornhole board to use in the backyard.

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    Pros

  • Incredibly durable even in outdoor conditions
  • Laminated vinyl playing surface makes for a consistent slide.
  • Very sturdy – doesn’t move easily.
  • Cons

  • Slightly expensive.
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    4. Viva Sol Cornhole Board

    Viva Sol’s cornhole board is another option that’s perfect for families, as the two boards come together to form a single carry case with a rope for portability. There’s even a pouch underneath each board to store the 8 included cornhole bags, making it a great option for camping or tailgating. The thick metal legs make the board incredibly sturdy when in use, ensuring that the bags stay in position in between throws.

    Although this board is made to regulation size, Viva Sol doesn’t use plywood, instead opting for a varnished walnut finish so that the board is ready for use immediately. Despite this, it offers almost identical performance to a board of regulation thickness, and the material makes it very durable even when exposed to rain and humidity.

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    Pros

  • Good durability – works well outdoors.
  • Very sturdy.
  • Excellent portability.
  • Cons

  • Not made of regulation material.
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    5. GoSports American Flag Tailgate Size Cornhole Board

    This cornhole board is designed for portability, making it perfect for camping or parties. Made to the tailgate size specifications (3 feet by 2 feet) and coming with a custom-designed carry bag, these cornhole boards can be easily moved or stored. The set comes with 8 cornhole bags and is very light, making it a perfect purchase if you’re looking to set up and get playing quickly.

    The composite medium density fibreboard (MDF) surface and durable aluminum frame means that the board doesn’t meet ACO regulations. However, it still offers great performance for camping, tailgates and fun get-togethers. Featuring a variety of designs (including an LED light version!) and a fantastic price, this cornhole board is a great option for the casual or intermediate player.

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    Pros

  • Great price.
  • Easily portable.
  • Sturdy & durable.
  • Cons

  • Not waterproof – MDF surface can bubble up if it gets wet.
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    6. American Cornhole Association Cornhole Board

    It’s taken a long while, but the ACA have finally released their own official board!

    Made in the USA as a regulation-size board, the surface has the perfect level of slide to it. ACA really know their stuff – after all, they’re in charge of setting the official specifications for American cornhole boards.

    Plus, this is an incredibly sturdy board. It’s quite heavy, meaning it won’t shift around mid-game, and is incredibly durable. The craftsmanship is stunning, in large part because this board is made in an all-American factory.

    This isn’t a cheap option – you pay a premium for the awesome quality. However, you do get a money-back guarantee. Ultimately, if you want something which looks awesome, plays great and will last a long time, you can’t go past the ACA American flag cornhole board.

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    Pros

  • Extremely well-made.
  • Plays perfectly – authentic experience.
  • Looks awesome – comes with a rustic American flag vinyl.
  • Money-back guarantee.
  • Cons

  • Slightly expensive.
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    7. YardParty Cornhole Set

    If you’re playing cornhole in the dark, you’ll need some light to see what you’re doing. You can always plant torches in the ground or use a camping lantern, but this can be difficult to set up.

    This cornhole set can help to solve this problem. YardParty has included a ring of LED lights which are powered by two AA batteries and can last for up to 24 hours. This makes it easy to see the hole at night, even when throwing from a long distance.

    The board itself is super sturdy. Its regulation-size, water-resistant polywood surface is secured in a strong aluminum frame to prevent cracking. You also get a 1-year manufacturer warranty for peace of mind when buying.

    What’s more, the price is quite reasonable, and the board comes ready to play with an included carry case. If you don’t need a board which meets ACO surface material regulations, this is a fantastic pick.

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    Pros

  • Good price.
  • Very sturdy – backed by a 1-year warranty.
  • Comes ready to play.
  • Regulation size – plays just like a plywood board.
  • Cons

  • Doesn’t quite meet ACO regulations (although the size is right).
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    8. Himal Collapsible Cornhole Board

    This isn’t exactly a board… but it works just like one.

    Himal’s product is probably the best option on the market in terms of portability. Since it’s not made of wood, it’s incredibly light – the whole set only weighs 4.41lbs. The original size (each board is 3’x2′ – tailgate size) is reduced into a neat 11x11x4 inch package once you’ve got them folded down.

    But how does this poly fabric surface actually perform? Obviously, it’s not quite as good as a wood board. However, these boards perform pretty well – the included bags are a bit lighter than the regulation weight to ensure they don’t slide off too easily.

    Considering how useful this set is (you could use it in your living room if you wanted), the price is excellent. For casual games, camping, beach visits and tailgating, there isn’t a more convenient board out there.

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    Pros

  • Super light – easy to carry and store.
  • Simple set up & fold down process.
  • Awesome value.
  • Not a problem if it gets wet.
  • Cons

  • Doesn’t perform exactly the same as a wood board, but it comes close.
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    Conclusion

    Finding the best cornhole board for your individual needs is actually much simpler than it seems. You just need to ask yourself “do I need a portable option, or do I want a regulation size board with the official 1/2″ plywood surface?”

    If you’re looking for portability, a lightweight tailgate cornhole board that comes with an included carry bag is a great option. Otherwise, buying a regulation board (like the GoSports Solid Wood Cornhole Board) is your best bet.

    Still not sure? Leave a comment and we’ll get back to you!

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