Best Pool Cues For The Money

So you are looking for best pool cues for the money. We are aware that there are different cues available in different ranges. Therefore, you will find best pool cues in under 200, under 100, under 150 on this list.

Depending on your budget you can choose, what suits your budget and style of game the most. Attached is an interesting graph about cues. On the X-axis is the money while on the Y-axis is the skill.

You will notice that with low-end cheap sticks, you will not gain much skill or improve your game. With an intermediate pool stick, under the budget range of 150 to 200 you can get great skill and spend less money.

If you buy a pool over 2000 dollars and then compare it with a 3000 dollar cue, then the difference is very minute. The difference in skill level among such cues can be negligible.

performance of best pool cues for the money under various budget ranges

NamePriceTipWrapWarrantyWeight
Viper Desperado 58"Click hereHardLeatherLifetime Limited18-21 oz
Champion Spider Cue Stick Click HereMediumSnake Skin or HybridUnclear18-21 oz
Lucasi Custom Super Birds-Eye Click HereMediumWraplessLifetime Limited18-21 oz
Players Technology Series HXT15 Click HereSuper SoftIrish LinenLifetime Limited18-20.5 oz
Cuetec R360 Edge Series Click HereMediumIrish LinenNo WarrantyAdjustable
Cuetec Prestige Series 58" Click HereMediumIrish LinenNo WarrantyAdjustable
Players Classically Pool Cue (C-960) Click HereHardIrish LinenLifetime Limited18-21 oz
Viper Commercial 1-Piece Click HereHardWraplessNo Warranty15-20 oz
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REVIEWS OF BEST POOL CUES FOR THE MONEY

Below are the extensive reviews of best pool cues under different budgets of under $300, $200 and $100.

Viper Desperado 58″

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Viper 58 inch desperado is one of the best pool cue under 200 dollar budget. It comes in a variety of weights. There are a number of reasons why I selected this cue.
It is available in a range of weights from 18 ounces to 21 ounces. I would recommend that you buy 19-ounce cue version of it. Another cool aspect is that this is a 2 piece cue. Which means that it has higher portability. You can easily join the two parts via screw joint. What I like is the stainless steel joint build. It is highly durable and it is very unlikely that you will have the trouble of cracks on the shaft.

The shaft is made up of Canadian hardwood maple. It is no surprise, at its current price it should have come up with Maple. The wrap is of leather, which will give very strong grip and control. What’s more encouraging is that they have done 7 coats of varnish on the wood. This means that the ability to absorb the moisture of the stick becomes almost negligible. Therefore, you will not face the problem of warpage.

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What I don’t like about this cue is its tip. It is made of Le Pro Leather. First, it is the hard tip, I personally recommend medium tip, which will give both control and speed. Because Le Pro has hardness index of 88.2, it means that you will get a lot of speed with this speed but will find cue ball control very difficult. Secondly, it is the 13mm tip. The wider the tip lesser is the spin. So you are hit with the loss of cue ball control twice.

But there is a bright side of the Le Pro Leather tip. It is highly durable and will last without much maintenance. The lifetime limited warranty is also an assurance that Viper has a lot of trust on this stick.

Cue Control
45%
Speed
85%
Maintenance
15%
Overall
70%

 

Champion Spider Billiards Maple Pool Cue Stick

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Under the budget of 150 dollars, this cue has a lot to offer. Starting with the tip, it is available both in 11.75mm and 12mm. What’s more great about the tip is that it is Tiger Everest which has a hardness rating of 75.7. It is a perfect blend of the medium cue tip. You will not only get the speed with this cue but also the cue ball control will be a lot easier.

Unlike Viper Desperado, this cue takes the strong lead in terms of the cue ball control. However, both are equal in terms of joint. This cue also comes with the stainless steel joint. This automatically means that it is a 2 piece cue and by providing the joint in stainless steel, it will last longer.

Another cool aspect is that the shaft is Rock Maple and is strengthened by the Nelsonite and Epoxy finish. This is a necessity today for all cue sticks. The tendency to minimize moisture absorbing by Maple is repressed by coating.

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What I don’t like about this cue, is its wrap variants. Especially, the snakeskin leather wraps although sound very exotic but in reality, it makes the grip quite difficult. Also, the tip is 13 mm for those variants. I strongly recommend that you stay clear of those variants and strictly order Model SP-G White, hybrid Leather Wrap.
Lastly, it comes with a hard case. This ensures that you cue stays safe after you are done winning with it. Another cool thing is that you will get Gloves with the purchase of the cue. It is really a steal deal if you want to go for it. But beware of the fact that the warranty for this product is quite ambiguous. I am not saying that it is not available, there is no clear answer given by the manufacturer.

Cue Control
90%
Speed
70%
Maintenance
55%
Overall
85%

 

Lucasi Custom Super Birds-Eye

lucasi custom cue stick review under 200 dollar budget

If you can afford to go slightly over the budget of 200 for a pool cue then you will find this a true winner. A friend that can help you improve your game quickly. It is a 12.75mm tip with same Tiger Everest stick. You will get great control and speed with the shot.

It comes with wide variety of weights. I personally recommend selecting the weight within the range of 19 and 20 ounces. This is the middle spot and will give you both speed and control. Unlike Cuetec, the lifetime limited warranty offered by Lucasi is an assurance that this stick is here to stay for decades.

best pool cue under 200 dollar budget

It comes with uni-loc which is a quick release and attaches method of joining the two parts of this cue. Lucasi has chosen the right maple wood with a coating to ensure warping defects in the long run.

What I don’t like about this stick is that it is wrapless. Somehow, that is not cool! Loads of wrap materials are out there, Lucasi should have chosen one, but for minimalistic design lovers and for those who find grip easier without wrap this stick is a great opportunity.

Cue Control
90%
Speed
70%
Maintenance
55%
Overall
75%

 

Players Technology Series HXT15

players hxt15 cue stick review under 150 dollar budget

Players are the renowned brand for producing great beginner to intermediate cues. This cue is made up of Hard Maple Wood from North America and comes with the budget of 150 dollars. As a norm these days, its wood has a coating of Nelsonite and Epoxy to suppress the moisture absorbing ability of the wood.

The joint is made up of stainless steel, which is another necessity for a cue stick. Joints made up of other material don’t last as long as the stainless steel. The wrap is Irish Linen. This is a matter of personal preference. I like leather more over nylon, but you may find it nylon grip more firm than that of leather.

The product comes with limited lifetime warranty. You can select various weights it is available in. Once again my personal recommendation is to go for the 19-ounce stick. But because the softer tip is used in this cue, I would like to improvise my suggestion and recommend to go for 19.5 or 20-ounce stick. The reason is the heavier the stick is, the more momentum it possesses that it can pass onto the cue ball. This way you can not only have the cue ball control but can also gain the missing speed.

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What I don’t like about this cue is the tip. It is made up of Kamui Black Soft. This is softer tip with hardness index of 72.3. Yes! It will give great control for the spin but what about long power shot? This cue will not perform great when you are stuck in a tricky situation where you have to take those long rebound shots. The tip is of 12.75mm which further help in cue control. Players also claim that tip will have strong durability, but that is against the general rule that softer tips require more maintenance and they require quicker replacement.

Cue Control
95%
Speed
40%
Maintenance
80%
Overall
60%

 

Cuetec R360 Edge Series

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There is so much good about this series. Except for one thing which is my personal preference and has nothing to do with the how good this stick can perform, I can safely say that it lays right in the middle of the sweet spot of best pool cues under 200.

Firstly, it is Tiger Everest tip, which is a medium hardness tip with an index of 75.7. Right in the sweet middle spot. Another cool thing is the tip radius which is 12.75mm. This means you have a lesser area of contact with the cue. Combine it with the medium tip and you have the perfect blend of cue ball spin and control.

North American maple wood with the coating of moisture suppressor makes this a great stick. You can adjust the weight of the stick to suit your personal preference. What makes this stick great is the further endorsement from Shane Van Boening. The ferrule used has ABS tech used. It means that the vibrations will be suppressed which makes this cue a low deflecting cue.

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It is a 2 stick cue, the joint is made up of stainless steel. You can take the bumper off and then either subtract or add in the weights which are sold separately. Cuetec does not offer any warranty for their cues but what goes against this odd policy is that the very few cases have been reported for returned cues. Cuetec is a good name and they have to build a brand authority.

I would have loved this cue if it had the leather wrap. It comes with nylon wrap. Nylon is not a bad material but the leather feels more professional to me. It is up to your personal preference, you might find nylon more user-friendly than the leather.

Cue Control
90%
Speed
70%
Maintenance
55%
Overall
69%

Cuetec Prestige Series 58″ 2-Piece Canadian Maple Billiard/Pool Cue

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If you feel confident and believe that now is the time to step up your game. It is time to learn how to control the cue ball. This cue stick is capable of giving you more control over the cue ball because of the Tiger Everest Tip. Because of the tip very soft, Cuetec has tried to balance that with a 13mm tip instead of 12.75mm.

Another cool thing is the Veltex Grip used instead of the leather or nylon linen wrap. It will help in taking away the moisture easily. Another cool thing is the ability to customise the weight of the cue stick. You can play with the bolts and adjust the weight according to your requirements. You can add or subtract the weight in the base of this stick.

cuetec prestige under 100 review

Available in different colors, I personally like the blue and black look a lot. The hard maple wood looks great with this color combination. Cuetec has used the S.S.T taper technology on this cue which ensures the smooth strokeplay.

Within the budget of the 100 dollars for a pool cue, it is a great choice to have especially if you crave for more cue ball control.

Cue Control
85%
Speed
77%
Maintenance
45%
Overall
70%

Players Classically Styled Crimson Maple Pool Cue (C-960)

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Under the budget of 100 dollars, this pool cue has a lot to offer. It is made of 100 percent North American maple wood which is coated with Nelsonite before bring dried seven times. This is a standard practice to ensure that the cue lasts longer.

What I like is that Players have flushed in the Ferrule very nicely, it has the capability to suppress the deflection. Another cool thing is the variety of size this stick is available in. I recommend to go for the 19-oz stick it will balance out the harsh strong nature of the tip used in the cue. Although, Players claim that it will help in ball control but I have doubts on that. A medium or softer tip is meant to give control and a 13mm tip is of no help either.

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It is a two piece cue which is joined together via stainless steel joint. The lower half grip is wrapped with Irish Linen. It will give good grip if you are comfortable with linen. The warranty is lifetime limited is an assurance that players have a lot of confidence in their product.

Overall, it is a good pool for the money. If you are planning to buy a long lasting break cue then this can be a great choice. But if you are on the limited budget and also on beginner skill level then this cue can be a great friend.

Cue Control
50%
Speed
95%
Maintenance
10%
Overall
63%

Viper Commercial 1-Piece Hardwood Billiard/Pool House Cue

viper 1 cue stick review under 50 dollar budget

If you can manage the budget of under 50 dollars for a pool cue then this cue can be the best choice for you. Because the price tag is low, therefore, do not expect this cue to do the magic it is not intended for. I would recommend this to beginners who are just about to start off their pool game.

It is made up of hardwood and not maple. This indicates that you need to do extra care with this stick to stretch its life.They have done nine coatings of varnish over the wood to extend its life but still, you need to do extra care at your end as well.

Very hard, Le Pro tip is used which has the hardness index of 88.2. This makes the cue, great for hitting long straight shots where cue control is not the main issue. In addition, it can be a perfect choice for you to choose this cue as the break cue for your game.

It is available at various length and if you pick up the longer version it can fit perfectly as your breaking cue. As longer the cue, more is the weight, more will be forward momentum passed on to the cue ball, can give you perfect break if practiced properly. The only problem is that it does not offer the low deflection quality which can make breaking difficult.

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Lack of warranty will raise some eyebrows on this cue but with the price tag given it is understandable why the Viper has done that so. Another problem is the wrap. It has too toned grain pattern wrap, which means that you can have trouble gripping this stick especially if you are a sweaty player.

Under the budget range of 50 dollars for a pool cue, this pool cue features are quite justified. If you look at the graph I provided at the top of this article. You can understand why you should not expect very high performance from this cue. If you can afford then wait a little more, increase your budget and try to aim for the sweet spot as in the graph.

Cue Control
40%
Speed
95%
Maintenance
15%
Overall
55%

Buyer’s Guide

Before buying best pool cues for the money, it is necessary that you educate yourself about the various factors which play a pivotal role in categorizing an ordinary and special cue within a budget range. Below points may apply differently to best pool cues under 200 or 150 or under 100 dollar budget.

TIP MATERIAL

This is one of the most important parts of the cue and there is no definite answer to what are the best pool cue tips. They come in different degrees of texture. They go from super soft to super hard tips.
You need a softer tip for more control of the cue ball. Because soft tips have higher friction and have more time for impact with the cue ball, this allows more spin to be transferred into the cue ball.

Harder tips, have a low point of contact time and are meant for transferring maximum power onto the ball. This also indicates lower cue ball control.
Ideally, you need something in between, called the medium material. This will give you not only the control but also speed the ball.

TIP DIAMETER

One of the most common question is what is the best pool cue tip size. They come in a variety of sizes. They are usually of 12.75mm, 13mm or lower. It has a major impact on the “Englishes” you can play. Because 13mm tip is bigger it means that it will be difficult for you to impart spin on to the cue ball. This is because bigger area makes it difficult to hit lesser area of the cue ball that impart more spin onto the ball. These are usually the low end or starting cues.
If you can find a 12.75mm cue then you should go for that in the same budget. The point we are assuming here is that in between comparison with 2 cues, both are equal it is just the difference between the cue tip. In such situation go for the smaller diameter, it will raise the bar for your game and you will get used to it in no time.

TAPERING

If you see the diameter of the cue from tip end to the butt end, you will see that the diameter is very small and it increase as you move towards the butt end. On good cues, the increase in diameter is very slow or even no increase till the joint.
Means they usually maintain the diameter as much as they can. These are the high-end cues. If you can find this feature then it would help you out. But do note that you should check the balance of the cue before buying.

JOINT TYPES

There are quite a lot of ways manufacturers join the 2 piece cues together. The best type of joint is called the uni-loc joint. It is the most durable and easiest to use. Back when joints where new there were many complains because the shaft would break or warp at the point of joint.
In the last decade, manufacturers have done tremendous improvement in the field of joints and now it is quite rare to have joints problems reported.

JOINT COLLER

The point where the joint is, you will observe that there is a collar around that point. There are a number of materials this part can be made up of. For example, it can be made up of simplex or stainless steel.

Stainless steel is the premium quality of the joint collar. If you can find one cue in your price range which has stainless steel collar then you should certainly grab it. In comparison, with the simplex ones, they last much longer.

WRAP

On the lower part of the cue, just above the butt sleeve it the wrap. This is where you hold the cue. This place should help in gripping the cue easily.

The wrap is mostly what you feel comfortable with, it is not related to what is must to have. There are many materials wrap come in most commonly nylon linen, leather or even snakeskin. If you sweat a lot then you should stay away from the leather, but leather gives grip which nylon won’t.

Also the fancier the grip is, it will add to the cost of the cue. So it is better to know what is your personal preference for selecting a cue randomly. You may want to go to your local club and get a feel for different kind of wraps. Once you understand your preference, it is then ideal to order the wrap online.

SHAFT

This is the most important part of the shaft. You should buy a shaft which has low deflection. That means when you are taking those critical spin shots there should be a minimum deflection of the cue.

Shafts are made from wide variety of the wood. You should look for at least a hard maple wood. Another important aspect is that the shaft should be cured. This means that it should not absorb moisture or the cellular structure of the wood should have settled down nicely. Hard rock Maple is the best wood for pool cues.

Some manufacturers cover the wood with certain chemicals. This helps in making the wood resistance to moisture in the air. A good quality shaft will last a lifetime, therefore, it is necessary that you check the track record of the brand you are planning to buy the cue from.

WEIGHT

Most cues are in between the weigh of 17 ounces to 21 ounces. The heavier the cue is easier it is to hit a straight powerful shot. Lighter the cue is, easier it is to control the cue ball.

Ideally, you want to have a mix of both cues that is either 19 ounces or 19.5-ounce cue. This will help you get both control and speed on the cue ball. It might be difficult for you to adjust from a heavier or lighter due to this weight, but sooner or later you will get used to this cue and will end up having the skill of both speed and control.

Most cues have a weight attached to them. You can remove or add weight to forward or rear part. This is a customisation part and helps in doing transition to find what suits your style the most.

BALANCE

Cue has two parts, the shaft and the butt. Usually, the weight is placed in the butt or lower part of the cue. For taller people, this assembly suits better. However, if you are short, you will find it more comfortable to have a cue which has more weight on the shaft.
It is a personal preference thing and height does play a role in deciding what cues suits you the best.

STRAIGHT AS AN ARROW

There should be no bend or warp on the cue. Cues are mostly made up of wood. Wood has the tendency to absorb moisture. The moisture expands the cue and it contracts after losing moisture. This movement imperfection imparts bends in the cue length.

When you buy a cue, hold it like a rifle and examine it from end to end. There should be no warping. Another way to check in the imperfect cue is to roll it on the table. If you observe any wobbling on the cue its red flag.

STYLE

Cues are designed in many forms. It gives identity to the cue itself. The more exotic material used in the cue, more expensive it is going to be. It has very less to do with the performance of the cue but it can give the player a boost by knowing the fact that he is holding the attractive cue.

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