Bingo is one game that remains popular with all ages. Simple, fun and a great way to enhance a social occasion, it’s played in pubs, clubs and other venues across the UK, and often with impressive prizes! Of course, everyone knows the standard bingo caller jokes, and that’s all part of the fun, but the basis of the game remains in random numbers being called and marked off on a sheet.
Now, if you want to play bingo in the home or in your club or pub, there are a number of ways to do it, and it can be a lot more fun if you use one of the modern electronic bingo machines. How do they work? They simply generate the random numbers for you, leaving the bingo caller to have all the fun and the players to get into the game!
Inexpensive, a lot of fun and great for parties, an electronic bingo caller machine also makes a great gift, but with so many available, how do you choose the right one? That’s what we’re here for! We have taken a look at some of the best and most popular models that you can buy, so let’s see what we found out!
The Top Electronic Bingo Machine UK
1: Disco Bingo Electronic Bingo Machine
The first model we looked at was this one from ‘Disco Bingo’, not a name brand but then many of the machines in this category are not. As with most electronic products of this kind, you’ll probably find they appear with different brand names, as they are manufactured in one factory and supplied by different sellers. This is a neat little machine with a decent-sized number display – 50mm across – which will be good for a small room, but may not be enough for a larger one.
The unit comes with musical accompaniment and a set of flashing LED’s for added entertainment, displays the number in bright red LED, and can be set to run 1-75 and 1-90 number selections. It is powered by 4 x AA batteries – these need to be supplied – and would be great for home parties. It doesn’t call out the number, but that’s the job of the caller, and while many people like it, a good number of customers complain that it’s flimsy plastic, which is not what they expected for a price not far from £50.
- Great for parties
- Two number sets
- Doesn’t call number
- Flimsy plastic
- Not cheap
2: Lucky Bingo Electronic Bingo Machine
While the above example is clearly intended for use in the home – or perhaps in a smaller room in a pub or club – this model is designed for more serious and even professional use, but it comes at a price. More robust and well-built than the previous, it features a nice large display – 122mm across which should be clear in medium sized rooms – and it can be set for 1-75 to 1-90 number selections, so is perfect for all games.
Metal in construction and with simple two-button operation, there is no fuss and no gimmicks with this model, it simply gives you the random numbers. What you do get is a set of 600 bingo flyers – and the ability to order more should you wish – which is a nice touch. Built more for club use, this machine runs from a mains power supply and is highly praised by a large number of users, but at the price we think there are better options if you just want a machine for giving a party a bit more entertainment.
- Sturdy metal build
- Large display screen
- Mains power supply
- Designed for pub and club use
- Both number sets
- Quite expensive
3: Dejibingo Z
Part of the fun n investigating products such as these lies in discovering brand names that make little sense! That’s not to detract from this neat little bingo machine, which is cheap, cheerful and one for the party, hen party or even a coffee morning – Bingo for all ages, remember! Make no mistake, however, that this is a very basic machine – all it does is display the numbers and show a few pretty lights – that is made from plastic, but it is less than £30 so you might want to take your chances.
What concerned us with this one was, while the machine itself is what you may expect for the price, quite a number of buyers are dissatisfied with it, saying it is unreliable, breaks down easily, and doesn’t display all the numbers properly. Now, we know how seriously some people take their bingo so would certainly not recommend this one for a big money game, but for the occasional laugh at home it may be OK, although there are better.
- Cheap and cheerful
- Cheaply made
- Not for pro use
- Customer complaints about quality and reliability
4: T&A Family Bingo Machine
We may be looking for bingo electronic machine models, but this one – while not electric – is a lot of fun. Having said that, it’s along way from top quality – buyers have complained about it being fragile, plastic and easy to break, and the balls being too small – but it is cheap (we’ve seen it at not a lot more than a tenner) and by all accounts, it is a lot of fun. So what is it, and why is it included here?
Well, the traditional method of getting random bingo numbers is to pull balls out of a spinning cage, and that’s what this is – a mini, old-style cage and balls, which you spin and draw your numbers! It has a handle so you can turn the cage quickly – warnings from some users say treat it carefully as it breaks easily – and 90 balls, each with their requisite numbers. You also get a set of 24 bingo cards. If you’re looking for a cheap buy for occasional use at parties in the home, we think you can’t go wrong with this.
- Not electric
- Cage and balls style in miniature
- 90 numbers
- 24 x bingo cards
- Flimsy plastic may break easily
5: Wingo Bingo Electronic Selector
Some of the machines featured on this list are suitable only for occasional party use, while others are clearly widely used in clubs and other venues where serious games of bingo are played. This is one of the latter, and it’s a very capable machine that comes highly recommended – in fact, has 100% customer satisfaction – for such a purpose. Large – it has a display for the players that should be easy to see in a large room – and with a reverse display that allows the caller to see the number before it is displayed as well as recall all numbers, it’s a well-made machine that is perfect for professional use.
That’s why it comes at a price. This is, after all, a professional standard machine so you should expect to pay more for it, but if you’re looking for a home model, it’s a good bit more than £100 and is perhaps not for you. It also comes with a memory feature so will retain the numbers called in the event of a power failure – a great feature if you don’t want fights breaking out in your bingo hall! For the serious user, this is the one so far.
- Professional standard
- Large display
- Both player and caller displays
- Display delay function
- Not cheap
6: Bingo House Super Select
This is another model designed for serious use – especially in larger clubs and other venues where a clear view of the numbers is required – and is from a maker that takes great pride in its metal-bodied devices. The idea is that such sturdy manufacture will take the knocks it may come to when being used regularly in a busy club, where competition is rife and there can be some serious money at stake.
This one has a large bright red display of 7”, so is easily big enough for large spaces, and is made in a handy triangle case with a carry handle. The caller can see the numbers before choosing to display them if required, and it has a memory feature too. It can be programmed to play 1-75, 1-80 and 1-90 numbers games, is powered by a mains connection, and comes with 600 bingo tickets as a bonus. The only downside is it will cost you north of £150, but for regular pub or club use that could be wise investment.
- Professional standard
- Professional price
- 600 tickets supplied
- Very large display
- All number combinations
- Metal construction
7: Global Gizmos Traditional Bingo Game Set
We’ve already featured a set similar to this, and here’s another one! This is a traditional-style cage and balls game – put the balls in the metal cage, spin it with the handle, and then pick one out and call. It’s compact, cheap – and quite cheaply made – but also a lot of fun. Not intended for serious use, there’s no reason this shouldn’t provide some extra fun at parties, and you can get one for not much more than £10.
It’s designed for the 1-75 numbers game – some customers have complained about this but clearly didn’t read the description as it’s mentioned there – and is supplied with cards and counters, too, so it’s really a ready to go, easy to play and cheap and cheerful party game. Don’t expect the greatest quality – it’s largely cheap plastic so will likely break-in time – but for a bit of fun in a party environment, what have you got to lose?
- Traditional cage model
- No batteries required
- Comes with cards, balls and counters
- Good party fun
- Cheap plastic
- Cheap price
8: Star Bingo Electronic
If you have ever played bingo in a serious setting – usually in a club or bingo hall – you will be well aware that it is taken very seriously indeed. Newcomers can be quite overawed by the sheer concentration that goes into a game, and there is often some serious prize money on offer, which explains the attitude. It’s in these sort of situations – and venues – that this machine, the Star Bingo, would be used, as it’s aimed at professional use, has all the features, is robustly made and is priced accordingly.
You wouldn’t choose this model for a house party, hen night or home use as – at more than £200 – it is simply not a cheap alternative, but it is a very versatile and usable pro bingo machine. with a verification system, built-in memory for power loss, and a simple to use system that can select a range of possible gameplay, there’s nothing about this that we don’t like for professional use, so if you’re running bingo nights in your local club, you might want to tell them this is the machine you want.
- Professional standard machine
- All the features
- Designed for club use
- Mains power
- Sturdy build
- Not cheap
9: Rosey Rosie Bingo Machine
This one is another that is clearly designed for use in professional games – it comes from ClubKing, who offer a wide range of such items for club and pub use – and one that would not be out of place used for games in retirement homes, where bingo is a very popular pastime. Featuring large numbers and a full grid so the caller always knows which numbers have been called, this one is mains-powered and also comes with memory back-up in case of a power failure.
You also get a selection of bingo tickets and pens with this model, which is a nice touch and always welcome, and it’s sturdily made from metal so will withstand the knocks it may get from regular use. Machines such as this often get used several times a week, so good build quality is welcome. It comes with all the number combinations, and also claims to be the most popular model of its type, and in this company, it is not a bad price for a professional machine.
- Professional standard
- Best-selling model
- Designed for club use
- Large display
- Comes with pens and slips
- Not cheap
10: ClubKing Sapphire
We did say earlier that these devices are typical of the type in which you will see the same item under different brand names. This is one, as we believe it is identical to the ‘Wingo Bingo’ model we’ve already featured, which is no bad thing if you want a quality, professional bingo calling machine. Large – it has a display for the players that should be easy to see in a large room – and with a reverse display that allows the caller to see the number before it is displayed as well as recall all numbers, it’s a well-made machine that is perfect for professional use.
This is, after all, a professional standard machine so you should expect to pay more for it, but if you’re looking for a home model, it’s not far below £200 and is perhaps not for you. It also comes with a memory feature so will retain the numbers called in the event of a power failure – a great feature if you want to ensure that all games get completed to the player’s satisfaction.
- Professional machine
- Clear and large display
- Twin display for caller
- Sturdy build quality
- Not cheap
That’s our selection of the top 10 electronic (and other) bingo machines you can buy right now, but which is for you? This is going to be a difficult one to single out, so before we see if we can help, let’s recap some of the points you need to think about when buying a bingo machine.
Important Features to Consider
The problem with the above list is that there are two distinct classes of bingo machine involved: those that are a bit of fun, for parties at home, and those that are for professional, serious bingo games in clubs, bingo halls and other venues where serious money can be involved. The choice is – quite simply – between those two options, as every one has all the features needed for the use for which it is designed. We won’t publish a list of features as we usually do as, needless to say, a bingo machine – professional or otherwise – is simply a random number caller, but what we will stress is that if you are buying for regular, serious use, make sure the one you choose has a memory function in case of power failure – or you may face serious unrest in your bingo hall!
So, let’s see if we can suggest one from each category that might be the one for you!
If you are looking for a fun, home-use bingo machine, perhaps for parties or occasions when you have friends around, we recommend one of two: either the Dejibingo Z, which you should find for less than £30 and which is a perfectly usable home electronic bingo machine, or the Global Gizmos Traditional Bingo Game Set, a traditional style of manual use cage and ball set, which is great fun, very cheap, and perfect for those party frolics!
For those in the market for professional, serious-use bingo machines, there are several on the list that do the job, but we think there’s a reason why the Rosey Rosie Bingo Machine is among the market leading models. It is nicely designed, robust enough to stand being used regularly and moved around, and is sensibly priced among its counterparts, while providing all the functions needed for serious games of bingo.
That’s our selections complete, we hope we’ve helped you find the right bingo machine for your needs!