The 6 Best Card Shufflers

Updated November 29, 2017 by Sheila O'Neill

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We spent 44 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Add a touch of Las Vegas to your next game night at home with one of these card shufflers from our comprehensive selection. They're perfect for Blackjack, Canasta, Poker, and more. Those with arthritic hands will appreciate how easy these devices are to use, and they'll create an element of flair and professionalism that will enhance your game and impress your friends. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best card shuffler on Amazon.

6. Brybelly Automatic Two Deck

The Brybelly Automatic Two Deck works with all standard card types. This makes an excellent gift for the card enthusiast, whether they run a regular poker night, or just like to play Uno now and then. And there's no reason for the recipient to know how little it costs.
  • very fast shuffling
  • drains batteries quickly
  • not particularly durable
Brand Brybelly
Model GSHU-001
Weight 15.2 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

5. Bicycle Automatic

If you only need to use one or two decks at a time, the Bicycle Automatic is a good choice. Cheaper than the higher-capacity alternatives, this device will get your deck shuffled with the press of a lever. It works with bridge or poker sized cards.
  • comes in 1-and 2-unit packs
  • easy to use design
  • cards sometimes get stuck
Brand Bicycle
Model pending
Weight 1.9 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

4. Laser Sports Casino Deluxe

The Laser Sports Casino Deluxe will accept four decks at once for a complete shuffle at the touch of a button. It's a great choice for the dealer who is overseeing a game of Blackjack or anybody looking for a model that has a simple design.
  • withstands constant use
  • batteries last a long time
  • relatively noisy operation
Brand Laser Sports
Model pending
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

3. ProShuffle Automatic

The ProShuffle Automatic will make an impression among your guests with a high quality aesthetic and its ability to shuffle up to six decks. Although the shuffling is fully automatic, this does need to be manually turned on and off.
  • uses weights to help feed cards
  • does not require batteries
  • one year warranty
Brand ProShuffle
Model GSFL-01
Weight 6.2 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

2. Brybelly Automatic Six Deck

This Brybelly Automatic Six Deck is mobile, easy to use, and will create the feeling of being right in the middle of the casino at your own home card table. It's perfect for games of Canasta or any game that requires the use of many cards.
  • exciting to watch in action
  • works best with new playing cards
  • operates very quickly
Brand Brybelly
Model GSHU-003
Weight 1.7 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

1. Las Vegas Manual

The Las Vegas Manual by CHH operates in near silence, unlike its automatic competition. And you'll never need to worry about replacing batteries or making sure you stay close to an outlet. It shuffles just as well, if not better, than models that require electricity.
  • fun for kids to use
  • can handle thicker cards
  • lasts longer than electric options
Brand CHH
Model 2628
Weight 6.4 ounces
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

Unhand That Deck

It's a humid night in northern New Jersey, 1995, and a group of older women sits around a dining room table, some smoking long, slim cigarettes, others nibbling on chocolates and sipping wine. The talk is mostly gossip, occasionally turning to the stakes at hand and the quality of the playing cards each woman holds. They speak in Italian and play games from the old country: Malafemina, No-Peek, Deuces Wild. They bet pennies. All of them cheat, one way or another. At the corner of the table sits the one safeguard they keep against any tampering with their deck, a device that can ensure a bit of fairness in an unfair world: a card shuffler.

True, the older hands of the women in this dark, Rockwellian scene have become more fragile with age. Their tendons couldn't withstand the agony of a repetitive strain injury, and their skin, thinner than it was in their their youth, might not bounce back as readily from a paper cut. But protecting a prospective dealer's hands isn't the only reason to invest in a good card shuffler. These devices can also offer a greater degree of randomness free of human error or lascivious intent than a person could.

If you've ever tried to shuffle cards by hand, especially using the riffle and bridge method, you know how difficult it can be to get the process right. Often, you'll find yourself unwittingly over-bending the cards in one direction or another, reducing their lifespan. You might also accidentally dog-ear a card or two, creasing one of its corners enough that anybody paying attention will immediately be able to identify that card in an opponent's hand or at the top of a draw pile, giving them an unfair advantage. The gentle touch of a card shuffler avoids all this.

Perhaps one of the most compelling reasons to invest in a card shuffler, however, is that they're fun. They add a degree of professionalism to an organized, higher-stakes game, and a degree of intrigue among innocent games at home. Those women in New Jersey so many years ago? That was my grandmother and her friends, all Italian immigrants. I would sneak downstairs to watch them play after my mother had fallen asleep, and I would immediately gravitate toward the card shuffler. The ladies always let me load and run the machine, but they never let me deal; they knew I was a good luck charm for my grandma, and, for the same reason behind their decision to use a shuffler, they wanted an even playing field.

How Card Shufflers Work

A traditional shuffle performed by hand, often called the riffle and bridge, or simply the bridge shuffle, places about half of a given deck in either of the dealer's hands. He or she bends the cards back and lets them fall one at a time, one on top of the other, gliding their thumbs along the edges like they were animating a children's flip book. Then, the dealer reverses the bend in the cards and lets them fall into place with one another. The result is a deck of cards that's been cut and half, and the cards of which have been fed on top of one another in layers. If this process doesn't sound quite random to you, that's because it isn't.

To achieve randomness, or near randomness, a dealer will have to continually cut and reshuffle the cards by this method at least four times. Often, he or she will also include some more basic shuffle, like cutting by small increments in the hand, to decrease the predictability of the draw and to prevent groupings that appeared in the previous game from reemerging.

The card shufflers on our list perform the same basic shuffle as the riffle method. You split your deck or decks into two relatively equal halves and place each half in a tray on either side of the shuffler. These trays are angled slightly toward the center of the shuffler, where the cards will eventually gather. Then, you either press a button to engage a small motor, or you turn a small crank by hand, either of which operation will rotate a gear system under the opposing trays. These gears work inversely so that when one is in the up position, the other is in the down position, which ensures an alternating shuffle.

As the gears move through their up positions, they push the bottom card in each tray slightly toward the center of the shuffler where a rubberized gear on either side turns constantly, grabbing anything that comes near it and moving it down into the final deck.

A Brief History Of The Card Shuffler

Toward the end of the 19th century, inventors and entrepreneurs throughout England and the United Stated proposed several different shuffling apparatuses, some of which were miserable failures, while others went on to become the basis for the machines we use today.

One of the first such devices, invented in 1878 by Henry Ash, was simply a box with a kind of comb halfway toward its bottom. Dealers could load the box with a deck of cards and shake it fervently, but only about half of the cards would make their way through the dividing teeth of the comb.

The first hand-cranked mechanisms arrived in 1892, and they looked similar to the manual models still available, but these relied on the friction between cards to create a sense of randomness. With no means for the machine to grab a card and funnel it toward the final centrally deposited deck, they could only use gravity to achieve their shuffle.

The growth of the casino industry throughout the 20th century led to more advancements in card shufflers, and the devices you're liable to see on the floor of a modern casino far outperform the shufflers we've rated for you here today. Unless you have a friend who's particularly adept at counting cards and shuffle tracking, however, a simpler mechanical shuffler is all you're going to need.

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Last updated on November 29, 2017 by Sheila O'Neill

Sheila is a writer, cosplayer, and juggler who lives in Southern California. She loves sitting down with a hot cup of tea and coming up with new ideas. In her spare time, Sheila enjoys drawing, listening to podcasts, and describing herself in the third person.

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