I had no idea how much fun one could have tossing bags of corn at a hole in a wooden board.

In fact, up until three weeks ago, I didn’t even know cornhole was a thing. When I told a friend of mine that I was about to test a bunch of cornhole boards for Above House, she flipped.

Apparently, not a year goes by that her entire family meets up for a reunion that mostly involves a never-ending cornhole competition. She explained the game and the rules to me, and I was… underwhelmed.

“Seriously? That’s it?”

“It’s way more fun than it sounds.”

Which, I’m certain, has to be the standard interaction that happens after cornhole is described to a skeptical noob whose job it is to review leisure equipment.

For the uninitiated, cornhole is an American game for either two or four players. The goal is to throw a square, one pound bag of corn (or similar material) into a hole that’s been cut into a 2 ft x 4 ft section of wood.

The board is angled upwards so that bags that hit the surface are less likely to fly off the end. Landing a bag on the board scores a point, getting the bag in the hole gets you three.

The first person or team to reach 21 points wins the game.

There. You know cornhole.

But don’t let my oversimplified explanation fool you. Cornhole is a serious amount of fun, and can get incredibly competitive. It’s even a professional sport, with ESPN even covering major tournaments!

However, for the casual player, the simplicity of the gameplay makes it a surprisingly meditative pastime. If ever there was a game that proves the old adage “time flies when you’re having fun”, it’s cornhole. Very little time passes between throws and it feels like the game never really stutters – your next turn is always just mere seconds away.

One of the main reasons that cornhole’s simplicity doesn’t hurt its competitiveness is the way scoring works.

Similar to bocce ball or petanque, only one team can score in a “frame”, or “inning”. This adds an extra element of pressure each time a bag is tossed. Even if you land two on the board, you’re going to score a zero if your opponent lands one in the hole.

It’s not uncommon for a player to go several frames without getting on the scoreboard. A bad round means you score nothing. When two equally skilled players take each other on, this makes comebacks more likely and keeps the game exciting.

Sadly, this also means that a game between two unmatched players could be VERY demoralizing for the weaker player. However, as we found out, when this player scores the first time, the emotional reward is totally worth it!

An approach to solving this problem (and it really was a problem for some of my crew) was to handicap better players. There are many creative ways of doing this and if you’re playing a casual, backyard game, I highly recommend this approach.

Despite me describing it as a very uncomplicated game, cornhole does have some room for strategy. While we didn’t do this often at the start, as our skill increased, we occasionally started blocking the hole, or even sometimes attempting to knock an opponent’s bag off the board. Bouncing the bags over a blocker bag was even a pro-move we succeeded at occasionally. Let me tell you, pulling this off makes you feel like a total friggin’ boss.

Having said this, cornhole is a game that rewards consistency. Getting the bag onto the board or into the hole as often as possible is what you’re after. Getting fancy with strategic shots can sometimes pay off, but seldom were these shots more valuable than simply aiming for the hole.

Ultimately, this simplistic focus on consistency is what made the game fun. Not overthinking things and simply tossing the bag with the most accuracy as possible is what made us absolutely love the weekend we spent testing the ten best cornhole boards of 2020.

The Ten Best Cornhole Boards of 2020

For a game as straightforward as cornhole, I was pleasantly surprised with the range of products Amazon has to offer. They have no moving parts and consist of the bare minimum number of components, but the build quality and manufacturing materials can make a big impact on the game.

A number of other factors also influence the type of cornhole board you should invest in. In our buyer’s guide at the end of the article, we’ll go into greater detail on this topic.

Worth mentioning at this point is that all but one of the products on this list consist of TWO cornhole boards. The game is played by placing the two boards 27 feet apart from each other and alternating the target board after each frame.

So, even though these products are referred to as “boards”, they are actually a set of two boards. These sets also ship with bags of varying composition and quality.

Here’s our pick of the ten best cornhole boards for 2020:

  1. GoSports Cornhole PRO Regulation Size Bean Bag Toss Game Set – BEST PORTABLE CORNHOLE BOARD
  2. GoSports Solid Wood Premium Cornhole Set – BEST VALUE FOR MONEY CORNHOLE BOARD
  3. BackYardGamesUSA American Flag Series – BEST OVERALL CORNHOLE BOARD
  4. GoSports Classic Cornhole Set – MOST POPULAR CORNHOLE BOARD
  5. Rustic State Flag 4 by 2 feet Regulation Size Cornhole Boards Set – RUNNER UP FOR BEST OVERALL CORNHOLE BOARD
  6. Backyard Champs Corn Hole Outdoor Game – LIGHTEST CORNHOLE BOARD SET
  7. Himal Collapsible Portable 5 Holes Cornhole Game – BEST CORNHOLE BOARD FOR VERY YOUNG KIDS
  8. Triumph Premium 2×3 Cornhole Set – BEST CORNHOLE BOARD FOR CASUAL, FIRST-TIME PLAYERS
  9. Himal Collapsible Portable Corn Hole Boards With 8 Cornhole Bean Bags – BEST CORNHOLE BOARD FOR SUPER CASUAL PLAY
  10. Himal Collapsible Portable Cornhole Game Boards 10 Cornhole Bean Bags – BEST CORNHOLE BOARD FOR INDOOR PLAY

 

1. GoSports Cornhole PRO Regulation Size Bean Bag Toss Game Set – BEST PORTABLE CORNHOLE BOARD

Board size: Regulation 2 ft x 4 ft
Board weight: 11.8 lbs (5.4 kg)
Board construction: Medium Density Fiberboard
Frame design: Foldable aluminum
Number of bags: 8
Bag details: All-weather. Plastic-filled. 5.5” x 5.5”. 10.5 oz. (298 grams).

If you’re on the move frequently and need a cornhole board that suits your lifestyle, look no further than the GoSports Cornhole PRO. While aluminum isn’t the typical material that a cornhole board is constructed from and purists may frown on this choice, it sure is lightweight and enables a durable, foldable design. This cornhole board is ideal for people who intend to play at a tailgating event or want to take their favorite game on holiday with them. Even the set’s carrying bag has been designed for convenience and durability.

And if this wasn’t enough reason to click through to Amazon and buy this amazing Cornhole board right now, you can also opt to buy the “US Flag” version, which features the iconic “stars and stripes” design. Even the bags are blue and red! You’ll practically hear Hendrix’s iconic Star Spangled Banner solo play from the heavens as you bounce your cornhole bag off the flag and into the hole scoring three points just like Jimi would have. YEAH!

There are other editions of the GoSports Cornhole PRO that feature less patriotic designs, so if you’re not American or you’re not quite feeling the nationalism vibe right now, you have other options. Among these additional designs are two that feature LED lights, making play in darker conditions possible.

PROS

Extremely portable and lightweight for players on the move.
Variety of visual styles, including an awesome patriotic design.
All-weather bags mean you can play in humid conditions.

CONS

Bags are a little lighter than other products on our list of the best cornhole boards of 2020.

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2. GoSports Solid Wood Premium Cornhole Set – BEST VALUE FOR MONEY CORNHOLE BOARD

Board size: Regulation 2 ft x 4 ft (3 ft x 2 ft option also available)
Board weight: 38 lbs (17.2 kg)
Board construction: Varnished, 0.5 inch-thick plywood.
Frame design: Foldable pinewood
Number of bags: 8
Bag details: All-weather. Plastic-filled. 6” x 6”. 1 lb (454 grams).

When you see a cornhole board set that’s been lovingly constructed entirely from wood, is portable and lightweight, and ships with high-quality all-weather bags and a sturdy carrying bag, you may expect it to cost a fortune.

I’m happy to report that this is not even remotely the case with the GoSports Solid Wood Premium Cornhole Set. It’s not only one of the most affordable items on our list of the best cornhole boards, it’s also the one that’s garnered the second-most 5-star reviews on Amazon. It’s also the runner-up in monthly sale quantities! Quite a combination of feats!

There are several reasons for the GoSports Solid Wood Premium Cornhole Set’s popularity. It’s an all-wood board that’s been varnished for excellent grip, meaning it offers an excellent playing surface. The varnished surface also means that it’s ready for some visual customization. So if you’re a DIY freak with a bit of creative flair, you’ll be able to personalize your new cornhole boards to your heart’s content. The bags are a perfect combination of size and weight in addition to being weather-proof and highly durable.

All of these features combined with its excellent price makes this our pick for the best value for money cornhole board set. It’s an excellent product that comes at an excellent price. If you’re on a budget, don’t hesitate to click through to Amazon and buy it now.

PROS

Incredibly affordable price for Cornhole lovers on a budget.
Simple, minimalist all-wood design that’s easily customizable.
Lightweight and easy to move around, despite all-wood construction.

CONS

Carrying bag is not as durable as some of the other items reviewed in our list of the best cornhole boards of 2020.

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3. BackYardGamesUSA American Flag Series – BEST OVERALL CORNHOLE BOARD

Board size: Regulation 4 ft x 2 ft
Board weight: Approx 25 lbs (11.3 kg)
Board construction: 5/8″ Premium Birch Plywood
Frame design: Collapsible Plywood
Number of bags: 8
Bag details: 6” x 6” Corn filled. 1 lb. Double-stitched duck cloth.

What we’ve got right here is the real friggin’ deal. BackYardGamesUSA have set out to create one of the best cornhole boards on the market and, boy, have they delivered with this beauty. It’s on the expensive side, but, as I’ve never been afraid to say here at Above House, you get what you pay for and sometimes it’s worth shelling out an extra couple bucks.

The first thing we noticed about the BackYardGamesUSA American Flag Series cornhole board is how satisfyingly heavy it is. Each board weighs approximately 25lbs and is made from premium birch plywood. It’s durable. It’s heavy. It’s sturdy. It feels like you’re ready to take on the world cornhole champ when you lay these babies down for a game.

The bags are corn-filled for authenticity, which may mean that they’re less weather resistant than some of the other bags featured in our list of the best cornhole boards, but they fly like cornhole bags were meant to fly. There’s a certain satisfaction you get knowing you’re playing with a set that’s built like the players of yore built them.

We found the cup holders an adorable, and extremely handy, feature. Don’t feel like risking spillage as you toss the bag, simply place your beverage in the perfectly sized hole that’s been cut into the board’s frame. A wonderful and thoughtful addition to a world-class product. Easily our pick for the best overall cornhole board.

And don’t just take our word for it. A staggering 92% of Amazon customers have given this cornhole board a 5-star rating. Making this the best-reviewed cornhole board by some distance.

Don’t hesitate. If you’ve got the cash, this is the cornhole board you deserve.

PROS

Made from top quality birch plywood for beautifully consistent slide and bounce.
Heavy and durable. This cornhole set will last you a long time.
Cup holders are a great addition.

CONS

Unfortunately, the set doesn’t ship with a carrying bag.

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4. GoSports Classic Cornhole Sets – MOST POPULAR CORNHOLE BOARD

Board size: Regulation 2 ft x 4 ft (3 ft x 2 ft options also available)
Board weight: Generally lightweight (approximately 12 lbs), but varies between the nine different board options.
Board construction: Medium Density Fiberboard
Frame design: Foldable wooden legs
Number of bags: 8
Bag details: All-weather. Plastic-filled. 14 oz (399 grams).

Cheap doesn’t always mean best value for money and while this product is certainly one of the best cornhole boards when it comes to affordability, it’s not quite up to the standard of the aforementioned GoSports Solid Wood Premium Cornhole Set.

What it lacks in construction quality, however, it makes up for in price (click through to the Amazon product page to see its current price) and remarkable selection of designs and sizes.

If your priority is finding cornhole boards that match your budget but also your size and visual design needs, look no further than this excellent choice of cornhole board. You’re able to choose from nine different designs, the most attractive of which features a “distressed” barn-wood finish complete with faux-metal borders. These nine options are also spread across two different sizes: a regulation 4 ft x 2 ft surface and a more portable, lightweight “tailgate” option which measures a comfortable 3 ft x 2 ft.

Despite the low price, we didn’t find that the difference in play quality was that obvious. Very experienced players may not love the way that the bags slide or bounce over the surface, but this is an almost negligible problem if you’re just looking for a cornhole board that offers some casual backyard or tailgating fun.

What we really loved about this cornhole set was the lovely variety in visual design. If you’re a player who wants to add a bit of aesthetic pizzazz to your backyard, this is definitely the best cornhole board for you.

Also, worth adding is the fact that this is the top-selling cornhole set on our list of the best cornhole boards of 2020. This, combined with the fact that it’s also a product with a fantastic average star rating of 4.6 on Amazon makes it our pick for the most popular cornhole board set.

PROS

Excellent variety of visual designs and sizes.
Lightweight and very portable.
All-weather bags for play in humid conditions.

CONS

The cornhole boards are sensitive to weather conditions. Don’t let them get wet or warping will happen.

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5. Slick Woody’s Rustic State Flag 4 by 2 feet Regulation Size Cornhole Boards Set – RUNNER UP FOR BEST CORNHOLE BOARD

Board size: 4 ft x 2 ft
Board weight: 30lbs (13.6 kg)
Board construction: Baltic Birch
Frame design: Poplar hardwood foldable legs
Number of bags: 8
Bag details: 6” x 6”, 16 oz, corn filled, duck cloth.

It was a close call between Slick Woody’s State Flag cornhole boards and BackYardGamesUSA American Flag Series for our title of the best overall cornhole board. The two products are remarkably similar in price and construction quality. Ultimately it was Slick Woody’s extra couple of pounds and the lack of cup-holders that JUST tilted the scales in favor of the eventual winner.

What we will say about Slick Woody’s fantastic product is that it is without a doubt the best-looking board on our list. The company offers a very wide range of graphic designs to adorn their boards. With this particular model the customer chooses their state flag of choice, the design of which is UV-inked onto the board, ensuring that no amount of exposure to the sun will damage the gorgeous design.

Honestly, not only does this board play like a dream (bags slide and bounce with amazing consistency) it looks fantastic. Its construction is top-notch and it’s obvious that the board will last you much longer than your average cornhole product.

For me and my fellow testers, there was no noticeable difference in play-quality between this awesome board and the BackYardGamesUSA American Flag Series. And with a negligible difference in price, many customers may even prefer Slick Woody’s cornhole board. If you’re in two minds about which one of these two great products to choose from, it may just come down to looks. And if you’re that way inclined, Slick Woody’s may be the better option for you.

PROS

Fantastic construction quality.
Beautiful, diverse design options.
Strong and very durable.

CONS

Doesn’t ship with a carrying case.

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6. Backyard Champs Corn Hole Outdoor Game – LIGHTEST CORNHOLE BOARD SET

Board size: Regulation 2 ft x 4 ft
Board weight: 10lbs (4.5 kg)
Board construction: Medium Density Fiberboard
Frame design: Foldable aluminum frame
Number of bags: 8
Bag details: All-weather. Plastic-filled. 6” x 6” 1 lb oz (454 grams).

When it comes to producing an excellent product that weighs next-to-nothing, Backyard Champs have pulled off an absolute miracle. The boards in this cornhole set weigh an astonishing 10lbs each – a feature that would ordinarily affect the gameplay somewhat and result in some inconsistent bounce. However, we found that our game wasn’t compromised by this in the least. Sure, more experienced players are likely to expect a little more in terms of gameplay quality, but unless you’re aiming for cornhole stardom, you’re not going to notice anything negative.

The set’s weight makes it ideal for kids to set up and pack away for storage – something that’s essential, given the board’s sensitivity to weather conditions. The boards’ modern, black visual design are also a breath of fresh air if the “old-timey” look of the all-wood sets doesn’t suit your personal aesthetic.

We loved how easy it was to set up this incredibly lightweight cornhole set and if this is a priority for you, we guarantee satisfaction.

PROS

Extremely lightweight for easy setup and storage.
Attractive, minimalist black design.
Bags can be conveniently stored inside the boards when not in use.

CONS

Weather sensitive boards means that dry, indoor storage is essential.

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7. Himal Collapsible Portable 5 Holes Cornhole Game – BEST CORNHOLE BOARD FOR VERY YOUNG KIDS

Board size: 3 ft x 2 ft
Board weight: 2.2lbs (1 kg)
Board construction: 300D Poly Fabric
Frame design: High-elastic flat wire
Number of bags: 10
Bag details: 3.5” x 3.5” 300D Poly Fabric

If you have kids that you want to introduce to the wonderful world of cornhole without scaring them off with its relatively steep learning-curve, this is the best cornhole board you could invest in. Featuring five holes, a cute monkey-themed design, and small, lightweight bags, your little ones are in for hours of fun as they learn the fundamentals of this awesome game.

Another aspect making this Himal product one of the best cornhole boards for kids is the fact that it offers two different games: a variation of traditional cornhole, and a fun interpretation of tic-tac-toe on the flip-side of the board.

Unlike the other items on our list of the best cornhole boards of 2020, this set ships with only a single board. Both the board and the bags are constructed from an extremely durable poly fabric that allows a great combination of grip and slide for the budding cornhole enthusiast.

While the Himal Collapsible Cornhole Game is ideal for kids, it’s important to note that the younger ones may have some difficulty with collapsing the set into its storage mode. So be prepared to get involved once the game is over.

PROS

Excellent cornhole product for young children.
Offers two games in one durable, portable package.
Cute visual design is sure to delight the youngsters.

CONS

Definitely not a product for adults or kids who want to take cornhole seriously.

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8. Triumph Premium 2×3 Cornhole Set – BEST CORNHOLE BOARD FOR CASUAL, FIRST-TIME PLAYERS

Board size: 3 ft x 2 ft
Board weight: 18lbs (8.2 kg)
Board construction: Melamine with hardened thermoset resin
Number of bags: 8
Bag details: 6” x 6” 12.5 oz (354 grams)

While most serious cornhole players prefer tossing bags of the standard 1lb weight, some may prefer using bags that are a little on the lighter side. Even after several hours of play, our testers seldom felt that the standard weight was an issue, but we can imagine that elderly or younger players may prefer bags that put a little less strain on the wrist.

The Triumph Premium Cornhole set is also a product that’s super portable, albeit at the cost of conforming to size regulations. At 3 ft x 2 ft, it’s ideal for carrying around and the unique board-attachment-mechanism which allows the two surfaces to be locked together further accentuates this benefit.

The boards’ resin coating also makes it highly durable and resistant to scratches that would ordinarily affect its playing surface. This is a cornhole board that’s been built to last. The manufacturers advertise it to be “sturdy and compact”, something I can certainly agree with after using it for a weekend.

All of these factors, along with its affordability, make the Triumph a terrific purchase for first-time cornhole players who just want to test the waters before investing in a slightly higher-end product.

PROS

Lightweight bags put less strain on players with weaker wrists.
Attractive, minimalist wood design.
Very affordable price.

CONS

Non-regulation board size makes it unsuitable for players who wish to take cornhole a little more seriously.

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9. Himal Collapsible Portable Corn Hole Boards With 8 Cornhole Bean Bags – BEST CORNHOLE BOARD FOR SUPER CASUAL PLAY

Board size: 3 ft x 2 ft
Board weight: 4.4lbs (2 kg)
Board construction: 300D Poly Fabric
Frame design: High-elastic flat wire
Number of bags: 8
Bag details: 3.5” x 3.5” 300D Poly Fabric

If you’re looking to spend a very reasonable amount of cash on a set that’s going to offer you the very basics of cornhole, look no further than the Himal Collapsible Portable Corn Hole Boards With 8 Cornhole Bean Bags.

It’s highly affordable, extremely compact and portable, folds out in seconds, and very durable. Himal have cornered the market on cornhole equipment made from non-traditional materials that are meant to be played in unconventional conditions, and this is another product that proves their dominance here.

Manufacturing the boards from a combination of sturdy, flexible wire and a durable, slick poly fabric means that the boards are fully foldable and can be deployed extremely easily. Obviously materials that the surface and bags are made from means that players can’t expect the type of slide and bounce that they may expect from a traditional product. However, with our expectations managed, my fellow testers and I hardly found this had no impact on the enjoyment of our game.

What was also clear to us was that the polyfabric used in the production of the boards and bags were exceptionally durable and also very suited to the slide and bounce dynamics necessary for the game. Don’t let the unconventional materials fool you into thinking that you’ll be playing a severely compromised version of cornhole. This still mostly feels like an authentic cornhole experience.

There were, however, a couple of people in my crew who grew up playing on traditional wooden cornhole boards who felt that they were “taking a step down” with this product. This is something worth bearing in mind. If you or any of your opponents are seasoned cornhole players, you’re not going to get the enjoyment out of this set that you would out of a higher-end product made from traditional materials.

The entire set also folds up into a handy travel-sized package measuring a mere 11” x 11” x 4”.

PROS

Highly affordable cornhole board set.
Incredibly portable and lightweight.
Set comes with eight stakes that help secure the extremely lightweight boards into the ground.

CONS

Definitely not a product for serious cornhole players looking for an authentic gameplay experience.

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10. Himal Collapsible Portable Cornhole Game Boards 10 Cornhole Bean Bags – BEST CORNHOLE BOARD FOR INDOOR PLAY

Board size: 2 ft x 1 ft
Board weight: 2.2lbs (1 kg)
Board construction: 300D Poly Fabric
Frame design: High-elastic flat wire
Number of bags: 10
Bag details: 3.5” x 3.5” 300D Poly Fabric

Himal’s commitment to innovating the cornhole experience is again on display with this awesome product that brings one of America’s favorite outdoor pastimes into the rec-room or dorm hallway.

This particular cornhole set is essentially the baby brother of the abovementioned winner of the best cornhole board for super casual play – unsurprisingly also produced by Himal. It’s made from the same materials, folds into a highly portable, convenient little carry-package and offers a gameplay experience that still somehow doesn’t veer too far away from authentic cornhole.

With a deployed size of a mere 2 ft by 1 ft, it’s obvious that this isn’t a product that even remotely aims to compete with the “serious” cornhole boards on this list. However, what it does excel at is offering an indoor game that resembles cornhole closely enough to satisfy enthusiasts who can’t play outside for whatever reason.

So, if you’re planning a trip to the arctic circle, or frequently find yourself housebound for whatever reason, seriously consider investing a very reasonable amount of cash in this excellent alternative to outdoor cornhole.

PROS

Excellent alternative for players who find themselves frequently housebound.
Extremely affordable and portable.
A great starting cornhole set for kids.

CONS

At 2 ft x 1 ft in size, this set offers a hyper casual version of cornhole. Serious players are better off selecting another option from our list of the best cornhole boards of 2020.

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Best cornhole boards of 2020 buyer’s guide

As with most leisure equipment, the choice of cornhole boards to buy is mostly going to come down to how seriously you take the game, where and when you intend to play it, and how much money you have to spend.

The level you play at will mostly determine the quality of the cornhole set you’re looking for. “Set quality” involves a number of aspects that affect the serious player’s enjoyment of cornhole. Let’s take a look at what sets a good great cornhole set apart from a mediocre one.

Ensure Your Cornhole Set Meets ACA Regulations

A good cornhole set conforms to all the ACA (American Cornhole Association) regulations. If you enjoy competition, tend to take your leisure time seriously, or want to train your kids for cornhole superstardom, this is the lowest benchmark you should aim for when buying a cornhole set.

The Boards

An ACA approved cornhole board is made of wood, measures 4 ft x 2 ft and is at least 1/2-inch thick. Its hole is 6 inches in diameter and is placed nine inches from the top end of the board and 12 inches from the two sides. The front of the board (the end facing the player) should be 4 inches off the ground and the back back-end should be 12 inches off the playing surface.

The ACA also stipulates that the sides of the board’s frame must be closed and that the only way to access or see the area beneath the board is through the hole. The only reason for this rule is to limit disagreements about how a bag ended up beneath the board. Has it gone through the hole, or somehow gone through one of the open sides? If you’re not too concerned with having this debate at home, feel free to disregard this rule – it won’t affect your play at all.

The board surface must be sanded, finished, and painted to offer a very smooth texture. Blemishes in the wood are not permitted. The goal is to offer a playing surface that offers a very consistent slide for the bags so that they’re able to comfortably glide into the hole when pitched on the board. The surface should also, however, offer enough grip so that the bags don’t slide with too much speed over the hole. We found that all the wooden boards we tested on our list conformed to this stipulation.

The Bags

Regulations regarding bag construction are surprisingly complex, so I’ll provide a slightly simplified explanation. Essentially the bags must be 6 x 6 inches, filled with feedcorn or plastic pellets, and weight anywhere between 14 and 16 ounces. Duck canvas is the bag material of choice for the ACA.

The Importance Of Slide, Grip and Bounce

As I mentioned in the article intro, cornhole isn’t a game that overflows with strategic options. Yeah, there are some “advanced” throws or tactical moves a player can use in certain scenarios, but most of the time, you’ll simply be aiming to land the bag in front of the hole and have it slide into it.

This slide is one of the most important aspects of cornhole. The set’s composition and construction should enable a smooth, comfortable slide into the hole. Too little grip and the bag will slide over the hole. Too much grip and it will simply come to a dead stop where it pitches.

Certain situations also call for the bag to be “bounced” into the hole, for instance if an opponent’s bag is blocking the route to the hole. By adjusting the trajectory of their throw, the player can bounce their bag over the opponent’s to get it in the hole. This is an advanced move that can only be done on a cornhole board that offers that perfect combination of grip and bounce. All of the medium to top end cornhole boards that we tested in our article was capable of offering this level of bounce.

If you expect that you and your friends will want to use some of these more advanced cornhole techniques, opt for one of the larger, wooden boards on our list.

Buy the Right Cornhole Set For Your Playing Environment

Some cornhole enthusiasts live in humid climates that will need a cornhole set that is ideal for enduring all-weather conditions. Obviously, it’s not a game that’s meant to be played in the pouring rain, but at the same time, there may not be a way to avoid moisture on the ground.

If you expect that you’ll frequently be playing in wet conditions, opt for a cornhole set that offers all-weather bags. Corn-filled bags are not ideal for these conditions, but there are plenty of options on our list that feature plastic-filled bags.

The board itself should ideally never be exposed to moisture to avoid warping. If this can’t be avoided, a cornhole board that features a metal frame is the ideal option for you.

One of the products we feature above is also ideal for indoor play. While this is by no means a set that offers an authentic cornhole experience, it’s at least something to keep you occupied while you wait for outdoor conditions to improve.

The size of the board itself is also an important consideration, especially when it comes to storage and the space you intend to play on. Most of the cornhole sets we feature in our list are either regulation sized (4 ft x 2 ft) or 3 ft x 2 ft. While we didn’t find that the smaller size affected the game too much, we certainly preferred playing with the larger boards since it made scoring easier and offered a more authentic playing experience.

If it’s within your budget, and you have the space available, I highly recommend opting for one of the regulation-sized cornhole boards. It’s simply a lot more fun to play on and offers you the chance to take the game just that little bit more seriously.