No matter what type of cue you have, you’ll want to protect it. That’s where using the best snooker cue cases when transporting your cue is so important.
A good snooker cue case will offer protection from scrapes and knocks when moving it around. However, it will also protect the case from sunlight (which can lead to drying and warping) when being stored at home.
So, let’s get straight into showcasing our picks for the best snooker cue cases for each of the three main types of cue (centre jointed, 3/4 jointed, and one-piece).
Our Top-Rated Snooker Cue Cases
There are two main types of snooker cue cases, soft or hard. While hard cases provide much better protection from bumps, they also come at an increased cost.
We’d always recommend purchasing a hard case if your budget allows as typically a hard case will also last longer, giving better protection and better value for money. However, a soft case is still better than no protection at all and comes at very affordable prices.
Best Hard Case For Centre Jointed Cues: Funky Chalk 2 Piece Foam Lined Hard Cue Case With Reinforced Corners
- Handle retracts to help protect it
- Solid construction provides good protection
- Includes a section to hold chalk
- Smaller cues may move around inside
- No room for a mini butt extension
This might be a fairly plain looking case, but it’s made for one thing – to keep your cue safe.
And it does that job very well, which is why it’s our top pick for the best snooker cue case for a centre jointed cue.
It has metal reinforced corners that don’t just add extra protection for your cue, they also protect the case too, ensuring it lasts longer. The case itself is very solid too and shouldn’t give you any concerns about its ability to protect your cue.
The handle, while only plastic, does have the benefit of retracting when not in use. This helps to prevent damage to the handle.
While the interior is only foam (rather than plusher feeling velvet), it does provide good cushioning for the cue and there is also a separate section to store two pieces of chalk.
The downsides are that smaller cues may slide up and down as there are no extra inserts to help hold them in place. There isn’t any room for extras such as a mini-butt either, so you’ll have to carry that separately if you own one.
Overall though, this is an excellent cue case that is unlikely to let you down despite its very affordable price.
- REINFORCED CORNERS - An attractive pool and snooker cue case with reinforced corners to provide the ultimate protection from knocks and bumps
- INTERNAL CHALK COMPARTMENT - Features a handy Internal chalk compartment for either chalk or accessories. The foam lined interior keeps the butt and shaft separate whilst holding them tight and secure.
- DESIGNED FOR CENTRE JOINT CUES - Pool cue case will hold 1 x 2 piece center jointed cue, suitable for both snooker and pool.
Best Soft Case For Centre Jointed Cues: Funky Chalk Luxury Fur Lined 2pc Soft Snooker Cue Case
- Internal divider keeps sections apart
- Room for a mini butt extension
- Includes a shoulder strap
- Doesn’t repel water
- Plastic buckles not the strongest
If you’re looking for the best soft snooker cue case for a centre jointed cue, this offering (also from the Funky Chalk brand) gives an excellent option.
It’s a very spacious cue bag, allowing for two sections of cue up to 79.5cm long. It also has an external pocket which is great for storing chalk and other small accessories or a mini butt extension.
Internally, there is a divider that allows you to place each cue section in a separate section. This is great as it stops the two cues from rubbing against each other and damaging each other.
There is also a shoulder strap for carrying the case which is great, though it’s connected to the case with plastic attachments that don’t feel the strongest.
Another negative worth pointing out is that the case is mostly a synthetic fabric that absorbs rather than repels water. This means that in a heavy shower, you may find water soaks through to the interior. However, this can easily be fixed with a quick spray of waterproof protector – the kind you might use on trainers and clothing.
Overall, this is a great soft case option for centre-jointed cues. It’s not necessarily much cheaper than a hard case but it does at least give the extra storage space that’s often lacking in hard cases.
- FOR ANY PLAYER: this beautifully made Ash shaft with a hardwood butt and attractive decal design.
- THE CUE: 57", 2 piece snooker cue with an ash shaft and hardwood butt. Shaft length 71cm (28") excluding the protruding male joint and tip. Butt length 74cm (29"). Leather Bumper. Available in 17oz, 18oz and 19oz.
- THE TIP: 9.5mm tip with brass ferrule.
Best Hard Case For 3/4 Jointed Cues: Funky Chalk Hard Case With Reinforced Corners
- Retractable handle is well protected
- Strong, reliable construction
- Separate section for chalk
- Some movement of the shaft pieces
- Some reports of item arriving damaged
Just like our pick for the best snooker cue case for centre jointed cues, we’ve gone for a case by a brand called Funky Chalk.
Essentially, this is the same case as our centre-jointed pick but made a bit longer to accommodate 3/4 jointed cues.
It has the same retractable handle that helps to protect it from damage. It has the same foam insets that provide good cushioning for your cue despite not looking anything special. It also has the same extra compartment to store a couple of pieces of chalk.
The reinforced corners are a good addition since it’s common for hard cases to deteriorate on the corners over time. The reinforcement is simple a thin metal plate on each corner, but it does the job well.
There is the same issue as the centre-jointed version in that your cue may move around in the compartments. However, you can at least fit an extension in the case too since one part of your cue shaft will be much smaller than the compartment.
All things considered, it’s a good cue case at an affordable price. It can be surprisingly difficult to find good 3/4 cue cases without spending a lot and so this Funky Chalk case is a rare exception.
- An attractive foam lined hard cue case with reinforced corners to provide the ultimate protection from knocks and bumps.
- External dimensions measure approx 121cm Long; Max shaft length is 116cm - case holds long shatf, butt and extension and is suitable for both snooker and pool. Internal plastic chalk holder that holds 2 chalks (can be removed to increased internal capacity by 3.5cm)
- Retractable carrying handle; Foam internal padding which holds the cue tight and secure
Best Soft Case For 3/4 Jointed Cues: Jonny 8 Ball Baize Master Padded 3pc Cue Case
- Padded to help provide extra protection
- Plenty of space for an extension
- Good size fits most 3/4 jointed cues
- Shoulder strap attachments are a bit flimsy
- Doesn’t repel water
This is a really well-thought-out cue bag that gets our vote as the best snooker cue case if you’re looking for a soft case for a 3/4 jointed cue.
It has a decent amount of padding to help protect your cue and there are inner sleeves to help keep your cue pieces apart, thereby avoiding them damaging each other.
It’s a spacious bag that has plenty of room for accessories and an extension. We also think it looks good too. You won’t be embarrassed using it.
It has both a carry handle and a shoulder strap, though we’d say the shoulder strap buckles are a bit flimsy that might put you off using it.
The outer material is also a fabric that feels like it might be OK for a few minutes in light drizzle, but it will soon start to absorb water in anything heavier. As we’ve said before though, that can easily be fixed with a can of waterproofing spray.
Overall then, this is a good pick if you’re looking for a soft case for a 3/4 jointed cue.
- This luxury long case holds a 3/4 joint cue
- External dimensions measure approx 51" (129.54cm) long x 5" (12.7cm) wide;Case will hold 1 x 3/4 cue, suitable for both snooker and pool
- Case has a soft construct; Adjustable carrying handle
Best Hard Case For One-Piece Cues: J8B One-Piece Snooker Cue Case
- Enough space for two cues
- Reinforced plastic ends
- Suede-style protective padding
- Some doubts over product quality
- Outer material can mark easily
If you’re looking for one of the best snooker cue cases for a one-piece cue, you could do a lot worse than this hard case from J8B.
While there are some question marks over the overall quality of the case, it still offers excellent value for money.
What we really like is there’s plenty of space. In fact, you can comfortably fit two one-piece cues in the bag!
If you don’t have two cues, you may well be able to use the extra space for an extension or mini-butt, provided the extension isn’t any thicker than a normal cue butt.
There’s also a separate compartment for chalk or other small accessories.
The interior feels quite plush as it’s in a suede-like material. Plus, the two cue sections are clearly divided, so your cues won’t damage each other.
Both ends of the case exterior have plastic caps on the end to help protect the case and prolong its life.
The downside is that there are some questions about the overall quality of the materials used and how long the case may last with heavy usage. However, on the whole it seems a good quality case for the price.
- This sturdy professional case fits 2, 1 piece cues with a max length of 149cm
- External dimensions measure approx 157cm (61.81inches) long x 7"cm (2.76inches) wide x 5cm (1.97inches) deep; Internal dimensions measure approx 149cm (58.66inches) long x 6"cm (2.36inches) wide x 4cm (1.57inches) deep
- Case will hold 2 x 1 piece cue, suitable for both snooker and pool; Case has a hard construction, which is made from a quality leatherette material to give a more stylish look; Flexible soft carrying handle
Best Soft Case For One-Piece Cues: Weichster Soft Deluxe Snooker Cue Case
- Ample space for most cues
- High quality materials
- Also available in 1/2 and 3/4 versions
- One end is quite a narrow fit
- Not real leather
Our final pick on our list of the best snooker cue cases is a soft case for one-piece cues that offers excellent value for money.
The case certainly looks more expensive than it is as it’s made of synthetic leather. Of course, real leather would be better, but you can’t really expect that at this price.
It’s fairly spacious, which means it will fit the majority of cues – though one end is quite narrow and can be a tight fit.
It has extra compartments for storing chalk and other accessories, and it has a shoulder strap to make transporting it easier.
There are also versions to fit both 1/2 and 3/4 jointed cues too.
Good one-piece snooker cue cases aren’t always easy to find but this one does the job and at a fair price too!
- Soft Bag, Material:PU LEATHER
- 3 type available:For 1/2 Cue, For 3/4 Cue, For 1piece Cue
- 3/4 bag:External length:123cm,Our suggestion: your max.Shaft length 122cm
You Might Also Need:
You’ve seen our picks for the best snooker cue cases, but what about the other vital accessories you might need? Here are some suggestions below…
Waterproofing Spray For Soft Cases
If you’re opting for a soft cue case, the chances are it won’t be fully waterproof. No problem, give it a quick spray with this waterproofing agent and it’ll repel any rain or other water to help keep your cue dry.
- Our unique, highly effective proofing spray creates an easy clean protective coating which prevents damage from everyday spills and stains. Each individual fibre of the material is treated utilising advanced nanotechnology.
- The invisible barrier effectively repels liquid, mud, dirt and prevents alcohol and water stains. Residue easily washes off with just water. Safe and suitable to use on all types of absorbent fabric including leather, suede, nubuck and sheepskin.
- Water and oil resistant - water based, eco-friendly, non-toxic, harmless, non-flammable and flourine free.
3 In 1 Cue Tip Shaper, Scuffer & Aerator
Sometimes you need to roughen up your cue tip or reshape it slightly before, during or after play. This gadget does the job perfectly and is small enough to slip into your chosen case and take it with you.
- eSynic Professional 3 in 1 Snooker Cue Tip Shaper*----:This eSynic Multifunctional 3-In-1Tool that Shapes, Scuffs and Pokes Cue Tip, help you to Have Better Ball Control.
- 100% Brand New & High Quality*----: This Snooker Cue Tips is Made of Stainless Steel,The Marked End to Give you Direction to Which End Performs which Action.
- Smart Designed A*----:This Snooker Shape Part can Shape Tip to the Dome Curvature you Want, Lightly Scrape the Tip by Using a Rotation Motion
Microfibre Cue Towel
Snooker cues are notorious for picking up dirt and grime from your hands, making the cue stick as you’re trying to push the cue through smoothly. If your hands are sweaty, this effect is even worse. Keep a cue towel in your case, so you can regularly wipe your cue down between shots.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Now we have completed our round-up of the best snooker cue cases available for each of the main types of cue, let’s finish by answering a few commonly asked questions…
What is the best type of snooker cue case?
The two main types of snooker cue cases are hard or soft. A hard cue case provides the greatest protection for your cue, however, it tends to be heavier, more expensive, and often lacks room for other accessories.
A soft case, on the other hand, tends to be cheaper, have extra pockets for accessories, and is lighter to carry. However, it won’t protect your cue from heavy impacts as well as a hard case.
Which one is best depends on your attitude to risk and your budget. If you can afford it, go for the greater protection offered by a hard case. Otherwise, the cheaper soft case is still much better than not having any case at all!
How much is a decent snooker cue case?
A decent snooker cue case can cost anything from £10 up to £50 or beyond.
Typically, to get a good hard snooker cue case, you’ll need to be spending £20 or more. For a soft cue case you might get one for as little as £10.
However, you do often get what you pay for and so, the more you pay, the better the quality of case you’re likely to get. Given the case is the main thing that protects your cue during transport, it pays to spend a bit more to get a good case than compromising quality for price.
Obviously, the more expensive your cue, the better the cue case you should be looking to buy. There’s no point spending lots on a really good cue only to then try and protect it with a cheap case.
Likewise, there’s little point in spending a lot on an expensive case if it’s only protecting a relatively cheap and easily replaceable cue.
Do expensive cue cases make a difference?
Spending more on an expensive cue case can sometimes be worth it. More expensive snooker cases tend to be better made and better able to stand up to the job of keeping your cue safe and well protected.
A cheap snooker cue case will often end up being ‘false economy’ and you’ll either need to replace it quickly or it simply won’t protect your cue when you need it most.
However, these are general rules. Sometimes you can spend a lot of money on a cue case that turns out to be rubbish, or you spend very little on a cue case that turns out to be a hidden gem.
We’d recommend spending money on the best snooker cue case your budget allows; however, you should never spend more on the case than you do your cue.
What type of snooker cue case do I need?
The type of snooker cue case you need depends on the type of cue you have. If you have a one-piece cue, you’ll need a long case designed to accommodate a one-piece cue.
If your cue has a joint, you’ll need to establish if the joint is in the middle and splits the cue into two halves, or if it is a 3/4 jointed cue and splits into one long piece and one short piece.
Once you’re sure you’re looking for the right type of case to match your cue type, you’ll then need to measure your cue (or the longest piece in the case of jointed cues) and check your chosen cue case is long enough internally to accommodate your cue.
Your final choice is whether to buy a hard or soft case. Hard cases offer more protection but usually lack extra storage space and are more expensive. Soft cases are cheaper and usually have extra pockets, but they don’t offer quite as much protection to your cue.
How long does a snooker cue case last?
A good snooker cue case should last many years, depending on how much use it gets and how careful you are with it.
If you’re transporting it to and from the snooker club on public transport where it regularly gets knocks and bumps, it obviously won’t last as long as if your cue case is mostly used to keep your cue protected while sitting in a cupboard at home.
The other factor that will determine how long your cue case lasts is how well-made your chosen case is. A cheap cue case made from inferior materials is inlikely to last as long as a more premium case that’s beeen built to last.