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Last updated: April 26, 2021
As a backyard game fanatic, I must say that Kubb is one of my favorite games to play, for various reasons. This game requires skill and strategy, but it’s also simple enough for a lazy afternoon outside with friends and family.
Over the years I’ve tried and tested quite a few Kubb game sets, and while most of these sets are quite similar, there are definitely noticeable differences in quality.
Keen to give Kubb a try? Read on as I share with you five of the best Kubb game sets that you can get your hands on today.
|1||GoSports Kubb Viking Clash Game Set||Price|
|2||Maggift Backyard Kubb Game Set||Price|
|3||Yard Games Premium Size Kubb Set||Price|
|4||Kubb Empire Tournament Size Kubb Set||Price|
|5||GetMovin Sports Kubb Premium Rubberwood Set||Price|
Top 5 Kubb Game Sets
Let’s discuss these five Kubb game sets in a bit more detail.
If you’re not sure what Kubb is all about and you want to know more about the rules, check out my guide explaining how to play Kubb to get you up to speed.
1. GoSports Kubb Viking Clash Game Set
GoSports is a trusted brand when it comes to sports and games, and their Kubb Viking Clash set is another popular product in their offering. This set is available as a backyard sized set as well as a regulation sized set. The blocks and batons in the regulation sized set are a bit thicker.
The backyard version I’m recommending here includes 10 Kubb blocks, 1 king Kubb, 6 batons, and 4 stakes. That is pretty much the standard equipment needed for a game of Kubb, although some sets include 6 stakes. This set also includes a handy carrying case for easy transport as well as transportation. The blocks and batons are made with hand sanded knot-free hardwood for maximum durability.
The main reason I like this Kubb set so much is the attention to detail. The viking theme and the rounded edges on the king kubb work really well and sets this set apart from the rest, at an affordable price.
2. Maggift Backyard Kubb Game Set
This backyard Kubb game set offered by Maggift includes the same components as the set above, meaning 10 blocks, 1 king kubb, 6 batons (or dowels), 4 stakes (or pegs), a carrying bag and also an instruction guide.
The components are made with rubberwood, which is a medium density tropical hardwood, and can be used both outdoors as well as indoors. The king kubb has a brightly red-colored top which makes it stand out from the smaller blocks.
Overall, this is a good quality set that is perfectly suitable for backyard recreational game play for the whole family.
3. Yard Games Premium Size Kubb Set
Yard Games is another reputable seller of backyard sports and games, and their highly popular and top selling Kubb set is certainly not going to disappoint. It contains the usual ten blocks, one king kubb, six dowels, four (not six) corner stakes, a nylon carrying case and a rules guide.
The components are made with high quality and durable rubberwood, which is shock absorbent and is less likely to chip or splinter over time. The only real drawback of this Kubb set is that it looks a bit bland. There are no bright colors or themed graphics, just plain wood materials and colors.
4. Kubb Empire Tournament Size Kubb Set
This Kubb set is marketed as a tournament sized set, which means that the king kubb, the kubb blocks and the batons are slightly thicker than the components in recreational sets. They are made with high density hardwood for ideal playing conditions.
Because the components are a bit heavier, it comes with a sturdy custom-made backpack to make it easier to carry around. This set also includes a bottle opener (it’s part of the backyard fun, right?) and a handy cheat instructions card.
5. GetMovin Sports Kubb Premium Rubberwood Set
Similar to the Maggift set at number two, this GetMovin Sports Kubb set also has a brightly colored king kubb, with this one being blue. I think it adds value to make the king kubb stand out, so it gets my thumbs up.
This set also includes a laminated instruction sheet that can be used as a reference while playing, plus a handy tape measure to help with setting up the playing field. The durable zip-up tote bag is perfect for transportation and storage.
Kubb Set Buying Guide
Purchasing a brand new Kubb game set to use at home in the backyard doesn’t have to be complicated, but here are a few things to consider.
A typical Kubb set includes a king kubb, ten smaller kubb blocks, six batons and four or six stakes. The extra two stakes come in handy to mark the center line, but isn’t crucial to have.
The king kubb is typically 12 inches high and 3 inches wide. The smaller blocks are typically 6 inches high and 2.25 inches wide. The batons, or dowels, are typically 12 inches long and 1.5 inches wide. Allow for minor variations.
These are the measurements for recreational backyard Kubb sets. The components in official tournament, or regulation, Kubb sets are slightly wider/thicker but have the same height/length.
Kubb sets are typically made with wood. The king kubb, the blocks, the batons, the stakes, they are mostly all wooden. As you can imagine, there are different types of wood and some types are better and more resilient than others.
That said, there is really no need to go for the most premium type of wood. Let’s face it, you’re not buying a house. You’re going to buy a Kubb game set to play in the backyard, and the type of wood needs to cater for that and nothing more.
Rubberwood or other types of shock absorbent hardwood are great materials and do the job perfectly. It makes the components sturdy and robust enough to last for years, without chipping or splintering. Definitely avoid any plastic or rubber type materials, although you won’t see that sort of materials used much anyway.
For some this may not matter as much, but for me personally I do appreciate a Kubb set with a themed appearance. This is one of the reasons why I like the GoSports set so much, with the viking graphics on the king kubb and the blocks.
It’s also nice to have a king kubb that stands out from the smaller blocks, not just in size, but also in color. The Maggift and GetMovin sets include king kubbs with a brightly colored painted top, which looks really cool. Kids will appreciate such a funky design as well, so it’s definitely something to pay attention to.
You will find that most Kubb sets include a carrying bag, and that certainly is not a luxury item. It’s essential to have a bag because you do want to be able to carry the set around and be able to store it in the house safe and sound when not in use.
You could certainly use a bag of your own, but a carrying bag that is included in the set is typically custom made with all the different components fitting nicely.
A decent Kubb set suitable for recreational play in the backyard really shouldn’t have to cost much more than 50 dollars. You will find that most sets are priced similar, and if you find that a particular set is significantly more expensive, you need to wonder why.
If it’s using premium wood materials, or if it comes with premium accessories, then that would be fair enough. But otherwise, there is no need to pay a premium price.