Compound crossbows are the most popular type of crossbow as compared to the simpler, but still popular recurve crossbow. If you don’t know whether to pick a recurve or compound crossbow, or want to know what the differences are, we look at the differences here on our home page.
Unfortunately there are a huge variety of compound crossbows on the market, at hugely varying quality and prices. So which one is best for your needs (or wallet)?
We have reviewed the ABSOLUTE best compound crossbows at a number of different prices and have come up with a top compound crossbow list to show you all the key information for each crossbow in an easy to use table.
The factors/characteristics we use to rate each crossbow include:
- Price – As the price of the crossbows change regularly we have put them into price bands:
- $ = Under $200
- $$ = $200 – $500
- $$$ = $500 – $1,000
- $$$$ = Over $1,000
- Velocity (feet per second)
- Draw Weight (pounds)
- Crossbow Weight (pounds)
- Average Rating – Average rating from Amazon buyers. A high rating normally indicates buyer satisfaction
Want to see more key characteristics? Then check out our dedicated reviews for each crossbow!
Top Compound Crossbows Reviewed
After numerous hours of research and analysis we have compiled this chart of the very best compound crossbows. Each of these crossbows are excellent, but as always, you get what you pay for. The more expensive crossbows are generally better. However, we have included a number of budget crossbows in our chart to cater for every price point!
#1. Barnett BCX Buck Commander Extreme CRT
Want the best of the best? Well, the Barnett Buck Commander is the best compound crossbow around. Although it is one of the pricier crossbows, this is definitely a case of you get what you’ve paid for.
Enormous velocity of 365 feet per second and 118 pounds of kinetic energy makes this one of the strongest compound crossbows. Whatever you are shooting will stay down!
Probably overkill for pure target shooting enthusiasts, this beast is the perfect crossbow for the serious or experienced hunter…
#2. Carbon Express Intercept Supercoil
There really is not much to choose between the Intercept Supercoil or the Buck Commander above. It is slightly slower at 360 feet per second but has more punch, with 122 pounds of kinetic energy.
The main reason this crossbow rates 2nd is that it is a less well established name than Barnett, who has become synonymous with crossbows.