Best pool cues Review

If you want to be a professional pool player, then you need to play with the best pool cue. The best pool cue is going to be weighted perfectly to give you a balanced shot every time. This is going to translate into more control over the cue ball, giving you more spin, power, and speed. The best cues are going to feel like an extension of your arm, giving you the accuracy you need to find position on the next ball until, before you know it, you are on the black.

Of course, not all of us are going to be professional players, nor do we want to be, but we do want to play as well as we can. The best pool cues have never been more affordable, meaning that we all have access to the best pool cues irrelevant of whether we are going to compete in big tournaments or not.

We have taken a long hard look at the pool cues which are out there and selected some of our favorites. You do not need to spend a fortune to get a pool cue which is going to improve your game. It does not matter if you are a beginner or have been playing for years, there is a pool cue on our list for everyone. Let’s take a look, starting with our number one choice. 

1

Lucasi Custom Birds-Eye Maple Sneaky Pete Pool Cue with Upgraded Shaft, 19-Ounce

Why we like it:

We love the quality of this cue. It is easy to play with for novices and professionals alike, and all types of players will find that their game is enhanced with this cue.


Summary:

When it comes time to choose your cue, we highly recommend that you invest in this one. Not only is it a high-quality cue but you can also choose your cue from a variety of weights. You can customize the cue with the perfect weight for you. When you do, you get a cue which performs and looks beautiful. The maple cue has an antique stain with a mother of pearl inlay. The wood to wood Uni-Loc quick release joint allows you to take the cue apart easily and have a seamless look when the cue is assembled.

The tapered design was created by Thorsten Hohmann, a two-time world champion. The maple is solid, giving great weight and feel when you are playing your shot, and the Everest tip plays like you have been playing with it for years, right from the very first shot. Each shot you take will come with a kick, and the cue will stay on a true path to give you the shot you envision in your mind. The cue has also been treated so that it will not warp or bend when exposed to moisture.

This is a great cue for taking your game to a whole new level. Professional players will love how this cue looks and feels while novices will find the cue easy to handle. It will be a great addition to any pool table.

Key Features

Smooth and seamless joints

Lifetime warranty

Carbon technology

12.75mm shaft

Various weights

29 inches

Pros

Low-core shaft for a light and controlled shot

Tapered design

True shaft for a true shot

Beautiful cue

Good grip

Cons

Expensive

2

Lucasi Custom Mystic Black and Curly Maple Pool Cue with Cocobola and Snakewood Banded Rings, 19.5-Ounce

Why we like it:

We like that this is an accessible cue for all levels of players. Professionals will find that their game is enhanced while beginners will find they play the best games of their lives after lifting this cue for the first time.


Summary:

Lucasi make great pool cues. This is another beautiful cue from their pool cue line. The natural maple wood is banded with Cocobola and Snakewood rings for a sleek-looking handle. The Mystic Black design looks great, and it plays great too. The Uni-Loc quick-release joint and butt cap will allow you to assemble and disassemble the pool cue with ease, giving you a seamless joint when the pool cue is assembled. Again, the tapered design is courtesy of two-time world champion Thorsten Hohmann.

The old-school maple construction combined with the Everest tip gives you a play which is smooth and controlled. You will find that you have a lot of power at your disposal while being able to control the cue ball effortlessly. The cue is great for adding spin and control to your shot, leaving the cue ball exactly where it needs to be.

The modern technology packed into this cue makes it great for professional players and beginners. No matter how long you have been playing for, this cue will enhance your game and improve your results in tournaments and single matches. 

Key Features

Maple wood

Quick release joint

Solid core

Stylish and beautiful

4-piece

Pros

Beautiful and impressive

Cue is smooth for a smooth shot

Easy to assemble and disassemble

Gives great ball control

Powerful

Easy to use

Cons

Expensive

3

Players Technology Series HXT15 Two-Piece Pool Cue Style: 19 oz.

Why we like it:

We like that this is an accessible cue for all players. There is a choice of weights so players can find the exact cue for their style. Beginners will love it, especially the grip and improved performance which that brings.


Summary:

This cue looks amazing. We love the natural look of the maple wood, finished with Nelsonite, epoxy, and pig skin. The Nelsonite helps to protect the cue from changes in the atmospheric pressure while the epoxy will prevent the cue from warping when it is exposed to moisture. The ten layers of pig skin on the handle make this an easy cue to wield with a superior grip. A grip like this gives you more control over your power, accuracy, and spin.

The low-deflection Ferrule reduces the deflection through strokes giving you more accuracy and better control over your exact spin. This also leads to more power and controlled power. The stainless steel joint and slimline butt cap keep the cue together and maintain the inner strength of it — a great all-round cue for all players. 

Key Features

Two piece

Choice of weights

Maple wood

Epoxy finish

Pig-skin grip

Pros

The excellent grip gives superior handling

Nelsonite treatment protects against moisture

Stainless steel joints are strong

Reduced deflection of shots

Powerful

Cons

No case included

4

Players C-960 Classic Crimson Birds-Eye Maple with Triple Silver Rings Cue, 21-Ounce

Why we like it:

This is a great cue for beginner and intermediate players. From the very first shot, you will feel more in control of the game.


Summary:

This is a great cue for beginner and intermediate players. The cue looks professionals and gives you a professional performance. With a choice of cue weight, you can find the exact weight suited to your game.


The cue is solid and well made, the stainless steel collar keeps the cue in shape and adds power and stability to each shot. The hard oak leather tip holds its shape longer than other tips giving you more consistent play, the longer you play with the cue.


The double-pressed Irish linen wrap gives you a classic, slip-free grip which will also bring you consistency. Having a slip-free grip means that you are going to be able to apply the correct amount of pressure to the cue ball and at the correct place, giving you more power and spin.

Key Features

Choice of weights

Irish linen wrap

Stainless steel joint collar

13mm tip

Oak leather tip

Pros

Great grip for more control

Choice of weight for customized play

Consistent

Cue holds shape for longevity

Lots of power

Cons

No case included

5

Players D-JS White with Jester on Pool Balls and Dripping Card Suits Cue, 19-Ounce

Why we like it:

We recommend this cue to anyone who likes the design. It is definitely a cue for someone who wants a unique cue to go with their unique personality but more than that, it is also a cue which will give you superior performance.


Summary:

A great cue for anyone who wants something a little different when it comes to the design. With a colorful jester on the shaft of the cue and dripping card suits, you have a cue design like no other. Couple this with the black embossed design on the base and you have a wonderfully unique cue which will impress all of your friends.

The rubberized grip on the base is one of the best features of this cue. You can generate lots of torque with the enhanced grip, bringing more power and control to your shots. The wood is solid, so you know that the follow-through is going to be solid too. The 13mm tip finishes off the cue to give you uniform and consistent play through any shot. 

Key Features

Solid black grip

Jester design

Stainless steel joint collar

Various weights

13mm tip

Pros

Unique and fun design

Consistent play

Comfortable grip

Improved torque

Speed and control

Cons

No additional color choices

6

CUESOUL SOOCOO Series Maple Pool Cue Stick Set 58 inch 19 oz 12.75mm Tip with Joint/Shaft Protector and Cue Towel Yellow

Why we like it:

We love the look of these cues. There are four individual designs, each with its own artwork and color scheme. You are sure to find the perfect cue from the choices.


Summary:

There are so many great design choices here that you are sure to find one which you love. You also have your choice when it comes to selecting the size of the tip, which is crafted from the finest soft leather, great for controlling the cue ball.


The unique rocket-pin connector for the two parts of the cue means that you get a seamless and strong fit. We like the connection covers which some with the cue. Slip them on when the cue is in two parts, and the connectors will never become inadvertently clogged or broken.

This is a great all-around cue for beginners or intermediate players. The cue is affordable and will give you a great balance between control and power. 

Key Features

Multiple colors

Multiple designs

Multiple sizes

19 oz

Maple wood

Stainless steel collar

Pros

Strong and durable

Canadian maple for a strong core

Great grip for control

Lots of choices

Includes covers and cloth

Cons

Large tip

7

Aska Set of 5 L2 Billiard Pool Cues, 58' Hard Rock Canadian Maple, 13mm Hard Le Pro Tip, Mixed Weights, Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Red. Perfect Quality. Improve Your Game Room

Why we like it:

If you have a group of people, then this is a perfect choice. We like this set for a tournament or league where everyone can have their own distinct cue.


Summary:

When you buy this set of pool cues, you get five distinct cues, each with their own color and weight. The cues are all the same length, so you have options here. You can use each one individually to find the perfect cue for you, or you can use this set for a group of friends or family members. The set is also great as backups to your main cue.

We like the black nylon wraps near the base. The nylon gives you non-slip grip which will enhance your play, giving you greater control over your power and spin. 

Key Features

Set of 5

58”

Five colors

Nylon wrap

Mixed weights

Pros

Perfect for groups of players

Can give multiple backup cues

Five distinct colors

Weight options to find your perfect game

13mm tip for great control

Canadian maple for durability

Cons

Not professional quality

8

TaiBA 2-Piece Pool Stick + Hard Case, 13mm Tip, 58', Hardwood Canadian Maple Professional Billiard Pool Cue Stick 19-22 Oz (Selectable)-Blue, Black, Red, Gray, Green, Brown

Why we like it:

We like that you get a carry case with this cue. We also like the options you get with multiple styles and colors to choose from.


Summary:

We love that this cue comes with a protective case. The cue comes apart into two pieces for easy transport and then fits into the neat protective case for added protection when you are traveling to and from games. The solid Canadian maple is strong and long-lasting and has been covered in seven layers of varnish. This protects the wood from warping and bowing should it come into contact with moisture.

The leather wrap on the base gives a comfortable grip which will help you apply the correct amount of power and spin to the cue ball. You will not need to clean a pool cue often, but we found this one extremely easy to clean — an easy cue to maintain for beginner and intermediate players. 

Key Features

Variety of colors

Multiple sizes

Case included

Canadian maple

9 layers of varnish

Pros

Comfortable and easy to use

2-piece for easy transit

Varnish protects from warping

Case protects cue in transit

Rubber bumper protects the base

Cons

Not for professionals

9

Iszy Billiards BND-01-48-19 Short 48' 2Piece Hardwood Maple Pool Cue Billiard Stick 19 Oz, Brown

Why we like it:

We like that what you see is what you get. The design is classic, the price is reasonable, and you are able to play the game well with a tip and grip designed for precision.


Summary:

This is a perfect starter cue and one which will not cost you a lot of money. This is not a cue for professionals, but it will still serve to enhance your game. If you are starting out, you do not want anything too fancy as you are learning the game. This cue is simple and gets the job done.

We especially like the Irish linen wrap near the base which will give you a lot of control and accuracy. Having the correct grip allows you to control the power precisely and add spin to the cue ball, leaving the ball perfectly positioned for your next shot — a great cue at a great price. 

Key Features

2-piece

Maple wood

Choice of three colors

Two weight options

48”

Pros

Strong and tough

Great all-around cue

Irish linen wrap for great grip

Balanced and controlled

Classic design

Affordable

Cons

Not for professionals

10

Aska Set of 5 Wrapless L3 Billiard Pool Cues, 58' Hard Rock Canadian Maple, 13mm Hard Le Pro Tip, Mixed Weights, Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Red. Perfect Quality. Improve Your Game Room

Why we like it:

We like that you get five quality cues at an affordable price. The cues have a classic look and are colorful.


Summary:

This is another perfect cue if you are starting a tournament or league. You could order one or two of these sets and give everyone their own cue. If you have your own pool table in your home, then this is perfect to pick up to have for your friends and family. We like that there are five different colors and five different weights. The various weights allow you to practice with each to find the perfect pool cue for your game.

All of the cues are the same length so that you can find consistency if you are trying out multiple weights. They also have the same feel. When you change the weight, you are not changing anything else about this cue. Perfect for groups or tournaments. They can also be used on small pool tables.

Key Features

5 cues

5 colors

Mixed weights

13mm tip

58”

Pros

Choice of weights for different play

Great as backup cues

Perfect for groups or tournaments

Solid and durable

Maple wood is tough and solid

Cons

Could be better quality

About the Author Steven

I've always loved to bowl, I've always loved to play (and watch) darts, I love picking up a ping pong paddle - I could go on. That's why I've created this site. I'm no professional but a good ol' down to earth guy, that wants to help others pick out the best products (it makes the games so much more fun) and get better at the same time (so you can beat your friends).

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