It depends on what what you mean by “best”. Overall, I’d say a high contrast dice pattern — dark die color with light lettering, for example — is best since everyone around the table can easily see the result.
By this measure, the worst dice are low contrast or “noisy”. Low-contrast dice have dice color and lettering that are too close to be easily discernible across the table. Noisy dice — ones with complex patterns and stylized or low-contrast lettering — are the worst. This often leads to dice that the player must pick up to read and — depending on the table — that can lead to accusations of cheating when someone “just happens” to keep rolling high numbers.
If by “best” we mean favorite dice, then my answer’s changed quite a lot over the years. In the early days I loved crystal dice, then moved to on to the softer-edged frosted dice. These days my favorite dice are elemental dice, which are fusion of two different colors. I picked up my first two sets of these at GenCon 2014 specifically to play Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition and they are my go-to dice as a player.
I now have three sets:
- Red & Orange
- Green & Grey
- Blue and Grey
All three were made by Chessex.
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My elemental dice, which are my go-to dice for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition. Credit: Ken Newquist.