Cyclop vs Aramith

December 07, 2017 0 Comments

The international pool scene has for many years had a healthy obsession with Aramith balls – the excellent balls from Saluc in Belgium (owned by the Simonis cloth company).

However in recent years a Taiwanese company has shaken things up by releasing another high grade Phonelic resin ball set - Cyclop.

Both balls are made from Phonelic resin, a super hard material that is widely recognised as the optimum material for making billiards balls (but technically very difficult to manufacture). To date only Aramith and Cyclop have been able to produce balls using Phonelic resin.

Both sets of balls are tried and tested, excellent quality balls. However, after 20 years of research into the perfect pool ball Cyclop balls have produced a ball that has 3 key advantages over Aramith:

  1. Cyclop balls are more resistant to dirt than Aramith. One of the major downsides of the Aramith formula is that the balls get dirty very quickly and require constant cleaning to keep them in optimum playing condition. The Cyclop balls have been formulated to resist grease and chalk clinging to the ball surface and are much easier to clean as and when required.
  2. They are significantly cheaper. Cyclop balls are made with American technology (they were developed in part alongside Diamond Tables in America), Taiwanese management and Chinese labour. This brings their price point down well below the Aramith balls made in Belgium.
  3. They are brighter. Cyclop balls are visibly brighter than the Aramith balls and feature newer colourings that are better matched to blue cloth and easier on the eye.

So who should consider buying a set of Cyclop?

- Table owners with pool tables that currently use balls that are not Aramith – upgrading to Cyclop will make a significant difference to the quality of your table and extend the lifetime of your cloth.

- Table owners that are tired of relentlessly having to clean their Aramith Balls to keep them playing properly.

- Table owners that want something different – the Cyclop Zeus balls are great looking, fun balls to have as an option on your table. They’re especially good for 9 ball and 10 ball pool.

Please note we are not saying the Aramith balls are in any way bad as they are decent balls - we are simply pointing out the added benefits of using Cyclop balls.

The new Cyclop Hyperion in particular has really changed the market - nothing that Aramith make play anywhere near as well as the Hyperion.

Photo credit Alison Chang