Whether compound or recurve, a crossbow is one of the best archery tools for hunting and target practice. They are ridiculously fun to use, too! To help you find the very best crossbow for the money, we researched and reviewed a variety of the new and bestselling crossbows. The result is the real-world buying guide below. Before we get to the reviews, here’s what to look for when shopping to find a really good crossbow. Let’s do this!
Velocity: How quickly does that arrow fly? A combination of draw weight and power stroke result in the feet-per-second arrow speed.
Draw Weight: Crossbows have a higher draw weight than most compound bows because the power stroke is so much shorter.
System: Crossbows come in a few different types, but most of the ones on our list are compounds, with a few recurves too.
Colors: Having color options lets you choose between solid or camo designs depending on your preferences.
Scope: Does it include a scope? A scope is a necessary piece of equipment for sighting targets from a distance.
Warranty: A good crossbow warranty is usually around five years, but some high-quality crossbows have lifetime warranties!
Ready to check out some awesome crossbow brands and models? Our top pick and budget pick are the overall winners for the best crossbow and best budget crossbow. If you’re short on time, check them out. But there are eight very good runner-ups as well. Sounds good? Let’s get hunting!