Best Ping Pong Tables 2018 : Reviews and Buying Guide

Choosing a best ping pong table is not at all an easy task. Though ping pong tables may be broadly categorized in to indoor and outdoor variants, the purpose should be of primary concern when selecting the model. By purpose we mean the place where the table would be put up, the people who would be playing, the level of play that we expect and the durability that we are looking for. So a ping pong table for personal use should be different from the one suited for a corporate environment or from the one more suited for students in a school. While the more expensive and professional variants should be considered for clubs where players are practicing for tournaments.

So we are looking forward to provide you with a list of some of the best ping pong tables available in the market keeping in mind the place where it would be installed.

Best Ping Pong Tables Review

The Stiga Advantage is one of the most popular ping pong tables available in the market. This is a competition level ping pong table aimed for family and recreational purposes. It’s popularity is due to the quality of the table available at the throw away price.

The budget friendly table measures 106”(L)X 60”(W)X30”(H) and features a 10minute Quick Play design. This means that it comes as a pre-assembled unit for 95% of the table and calls for a quick and easy set up. So you can just set it up in less than 10 minutes and start playing.

The Stiga Advantage has an independent chassis design which features two completely separate halves that can be stored easily in an upright position without occupying much storage space. There is a safety latch on the underside of the table that allows you to lock the halves in the upright position during storage. You can also nest one half down and place it against the upright other half for self practice. The halves are mounted on lockable rugged and sturdy casters so that you can move them easily wherever you want and the locks in the casters allow you to hold them in position. The rubber leg levelers in the supporting steel legs aid in setting up the table in a straight vertical position even if the floors are uneven. Once the chassis are clamped together it feels like a single piece. The clamp style net can then be attached to the centre of the table and it’s tension adjusted. Stiga has not compromised on the net and the clamp style professional net will definitely please you to say the least. It features a 72” tournament quality cotton blend net with a tough steel spring clamp post that can be easily attached and removed from the table.

The full size table comprises of a 5/8” or 16mm thick high density MDF table top that is supported by a 1.2” welded steel tube style apron. The MDF top is finished with multiple roller coat paint process on both sides and is UV curved and PVC edge-banded for a smooth finish while the apron is finished with black matte powder coated and a silk-screened white Stiga Logo. The 16mm top is on the thinner side and lacks the bounce of a thick table. Hence this table is not suited for a club or for professional use. This best ping pong table is also not suitable for outdoor playing and for serious competitive level players but is an ideal choice for family use and is one of the best tables available in this price range.

PROS:
  • Easy to assemble
  • Minimum storage space
  • Budget friendly
  • Self Practice position
  • High quality net and clamp

CONS:
  • Not suited for outdoor or professional use
  • Playing surface not thick enough

Another budget friendly ping pong table in our list that is meant for family and recreational use, the Joola inside 18mm is one of the most popular Joola Ping pong tables in the market. This is one of the best selling Joola ping pong tables that is suited for indoor use, be it in your home or in your office. The Joola Inside is a standard competition size table that measures 106”(L)X 60”(W)X30”(H).

Like the Stiga Advantage it comes as a 95% preassembled unit out of the box. You need to just attach the legs with 8 easy to fasten bolts and set it up to start playing. The Joola Inside features two separate halves on lockable castor wheels. The sleek compact frame with separate nesting halves can be easily stored in a small space in an upright position and also allows for self-practicing playback mode wherein one of the halves in an upright position is used as a surface to bounce back the ball to the single player for practice.

The Joola Inside 18mm has a professional grade 18mm thick wood composite surface for a more consistent ball bounce. This series also has an option of a 15mm play surface but the 18mm one provides a better bounce and durability. The play back surface of each half is supported by a 1.5” resin apron and stands on four 1.5” steel legs. Two of these legs are fitted with rubber levelers to balance an uneven floor while the other two have four lockable 3” castor wheels that aid in easy movement. Additionally there are two safety latches in the underside of the table that holds the surface securely in upright or vertical positions.

The Joola Inside 18mm also features a professional grade clamp and post removable cotton net with adjustable tension spring.

The Joola Inside is a highly durable ping pong table that provides a decently thick table top for recreational use. While the thickness may be more when compared to the 15mm model or the Stiga Advantage, it is not suited for advanced level players who are looking forward to serious practice but at the same time this may be perfectly suited for family members who want to burn out a few calories while having some fun in a game of ping pong.

PROS:
  • Easy to assemble
  • Minimum storage space
  • Budget friendly
  • Self Practice position
  • High quality net and clamp
  • Decent bounce and grippy play surface

CONS:
  • Not suited for outdoor or professional use
  • Playing surface not thick enough

The ones mentioned above are suited for indoor playing only, but will not suffice if you want to set it up in your yard. The Stiga XTR outside is built to resolve this issue and has been constructed or designed to suit all weather conditions. It comes in a 95% pre-assembled unit and will hardly take any time to set up and start playing. You can easily set it up in your garage or patio. The full size ping pong table comes in two distinct halves with lockable castor wheels. The table can be set in an upright position and fastened using the safety latch for compact and easy storage. This will occupy minimum space of 60”(W)X23”(D)X 64”(H). It can be also set in a playback mode wherein it will occupy a space of 60”(W)x66”(D)x64”(H) or in a play position of 106”(L)X 60”(W)X30”(H).

The all weather table top comprises of an aluminum composite that can resist rusting, damage from direct sunlight and warping. This 6mm aluminum composite table top is supported by a steel apron and has a silkscreen striping that is printed directly on the table top for a perfectly smooth and shiny finish. The 6mm top is not thick enough to produce an even consistent bounce and is considered to be one of the major disadvantages of the Stiga XTR outside. But considering the fact that it is suited for outdoor recreation use, it shouldn’t pose a major problem. Thw white lines over the blue base fade with use.

Each half of the table is supported by 1.25” square steel legs with levelers to balance an uneven surface. The cross brace design adds stability to the structure. The legs also feature a self opening mechanism that automatically deploys when you want to open or fold the individual halves. Additionally two more legs with 3” castor wheels aid in the effortless mobility of the individual halves. The castor wheels have a locking system that eliminates any risk of movement once set in a position.

The Stiga XTR outside has a 72inch all weather net system. The net is made of premium grade outdoor material for enhanced durability while the post features a threaded clamp attachment for easy removal. The net is adjustable and has a commendable tension setting.

Overall, it is an ideal choice for what it is expected off, a fun recreational pingpong table for outdoor use and it will not disappoint you in this aspect.

PROS:
  • Easy to assemble
  • Minimum storage space
  • Budget friendly
  • Self Practice position
  • High quality net and clamp
  • All weather proof

CONS:
  • The surface is 6mm thick and does not provide consistent bounce
  • The white lines fade on prolonged use

Another outdoor ping pong table in our list that is capable of resisting any weather conditions, the Joola Nova DX Outdoor/Indoor is a great investment for family recreational purposes. It is budget friendly and would not pinch your pocket much. The table measures 9’ x 5’ and weighs around 121lbs.

The Joola Nova Dx Indoor/Outdoor comes 95% pre-assembled. Only the legs have to be attached to the two distinct chassis halves. Each half is attached to two legs with four lockable 3”castor wheels and two legs with adjustable rubber levelers so that the table can be leveled even in an uneven ground. The halves can be easily folded and stored in an upright position with safety latches to eliminate any risk of accidents or can be set in a playback mode or can be set up for an ideal playing position. The locking castors, the locking halves and the anti-tilting latches aid in maintaining the position or the mode in which you have set it up and also maximum safety during storage or transport.

The main play surface or the table top is made up of a 6mm aluminum plastic composite which is finished with a multi layer paint system that resists rust and warping and gives you an extremely durable top that will last for years. The 6mm thick table top will not be able to provide you with a proper and consistent bounce but that may not be much of a concern when you are investing in an outdoor table which is mainly for recreational purposes. The top is further reinforced by a 30mm powder coated metal undercarriage which does not let it warp even under extreme conditions. Above all it has a silkscreened striping table-top finish. The 2” sturdy square steel legs and castor wheels add stability and durability to the ping pong table. Though it’s always recommended to use a cover when the table is not in use and if it exposed to the outside weather 24/7.

The all weather net with clamps and adjustable strings perfectly complement the Joola Nova DX, though they may need adjustments to retain the tension every now and then and can be annoying at times.

PROS:
  • 95% preassembled
  • Two foldable halves with lockable castor wheels for easy storage
  • Budget friendly
  • Upright, playback and play modes
  • High quality weather proof net and clamp
  • Aluminum plastic composite table top with 30mm under carriage

CONS:
  • The 6mm thick tabletop does not provide consistent bounce
  • The net has to be adjusted regularly
  • For recreational purposes only

The Butterfly Nippon 22 rollaway is a pin pong table mainly aimed for institutional use. It is designed to take the abuse and will retain its bounce year after year.

The roll and fold ping pong table can be easily set up and can be folded in an upright position for storage. It can also be set in the playback position. The folded table can be easily transported with the help of the four 5” lockable rubber wheels. The lock holds the unit in position and prevents any movement when engaged. The legs that support the table on the other end are made of wood and are 2” in thickness. They lack the presence of levelers and can pose a problem in an uneven floor but that can be dealt with easily.

There is a release lock that allows you to fold or unfold the table or to secure it to their current position or mode.

The main play surface of the table is 22mm in thickness and will provide a decent bounce with a consistency that will last for years to come. The table top is protected by a PVC band and is supported by 2”x3/4” steel rails.

The net and post is of the National League and is highly durable.

Overall the Butterfly Nippon 22 Rollaway bears the five year Butterfly warranty so we can well understand why it should be an ideal choice for institutions.

PROS:
  • Assembled for institutional use
  • Single piece foldable at the centre
  • 5” caster wheels and wooden legs
  • Upright, playback and play modes
  • National league net and post
  • 22mm high density particle board with steel rails
  • 5 year warranty

CONS:
  • Not for competition use
  • No levelers in wooden legs
  • Not budget friendly

The fully approved Cornilleau 500 Indoor ping pong table is approved by FFTT for leisure use and actually bridges the gap between tables that are meant completely for recreational purposes and those which are used for training and competition purposes. This table is suited for the experienced player who wants to play a serious game during leisure time and can be an ideal choice for corporate offices or gaming zones.

The Cornilleau 500 indoor has a stylish and sleek design which is typical of it’s French manufacturer and has a compact folding mechanism which enables you to fold it in an upright position for storage or open it to set it up in the play or the playback position with ease. The compact folding technology not only occupies minimum space but also eliminates any risk of toppling when it is stored in the upright position. The entire folding or unfolding can be done with a single hand and would not require any assistance. There is an additional handy bat and ball holders in the middle part of the table body which can support up to two bats and eight balls on each side for compact storage. The entire setting up of the ping pong table, be it in the upright position or the play or playback modes, is assisted by a patented DSI locking system. This unique 16 point locking system ensures that the table stays in position and is one of the best and most secured lock systems in the market, that automatically locks the table.

The main play surface or the table top is a 22mm thick high density chipboard. The 22mm thickness provides a decent bounce and is consistent enough for an experienced player. The laminated resin table top can withstand extreme weather conditions though meant for indoor use only. The corner protection pads adds to the safety features of this table.The table top is supported by a 50mm powder coated and corrosion/ scratch resistant steel. In addition it has 120mm x 60 mm arched legs with levelers to adjust the level in uneven floors and the center part is complemented with double 150mm banded wheels for transportation. The wheels are equipped with lock which when engaged will not allow you to move the table. The table is designed keeping in mind to suit the wheelchair players.

The professional quality ABS posts and polyethylene net automatically collapses when the table is folded. It has a height and tension adjustment mechanism.

The Cornilleau Indoor 500 has an additional ball dispenser to add to its list of features and comes with a three year Cornilleau warranty.

PROS:
  • Fully assembled one piece unit that folds at the centre along with the post and net
  • Compact folding mechanism with DSI locking system
  • 22mm thick particle board with corner protection pads
  • Upright, playback and play modes
  • High quality weather proof net and clamp
  • 50mm under carriage
  • 150mm double banded lockable castor wheels
  • Supports wheel chair players

CONS:
  • Not for competition use
  • Not a budget friendly variant but if you tally the features that it has in store then this is not at all expensive.

Till now we have been discussing about tables that are mainly used for recreational purposes, but the Butterfly Centrefold 25 is more aimed at serious players. The Butterfly Centrefold 25 is approved by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and has been the official table of the 2014-17 Butterfly North America Tour. This tournament ready ping pong table ships fully assembled and has a simple fold and roll design. The one piece ping pong table folds from the center and can be stored in an upright position with safety latches to hold it securely in position.

The main play surface of the Butterfly Centerfold 25 features a regulation 25mm table top surface. The 25mm top will provide you with the perfect bounce and consistency. This 1” thick table top is made of compressed particle board which has been treated so that it can be scratch proof. The scratch proof top is protected by a PVC band which also bears the edge branding. The table top is supported by a 2”x3/4” heavy gauge steel rails which bring in stability and durability to the structure.

The legs of the table are located 400mm inward which is in accordance with the ITTC rules to facilitate wheelchair competitors. The outer legs are equipped with levelers while the inner legs have 5” tough rubber wheels with locks for easy transportation. The rubber wheels enable scratch free and noiseless movements while the locks help to secure them in position once the table has been set up.

The Butterfly Centerfold 25 comes with a tournament quality Europa Net set. The posts are held in position by screw in clamps while the tension of the net can be adjusted with the help of the ring chain. You will be more than happy to find this highly professional net to be included in this package.

The German made highly professional and competition level ping pong table comes with a 5 year warranty and is meant for serious players at home or in a club.

PROS:
  • Fully assembled competition level table
  • Easy roll and fold design
  • Upright storage with safety latch
  • 25mm table top with heavy gauge steel undercarriage and PVC side branding
  • Legs are located 400mm inwards
  • 5” rubber wheels for easy transportation
  • Highly professional Europa Net system
  • ITTF approved and 5 years warranty

CONS:
  • Expensive
  • No play back mode

The Cornilleau ITTF 740 Indoor is the latest edition of the Cornilleau Competition 740 with minor aesthetic changes. This is a competition level ping pong table aimed for serious players and is approved by ITTF. The fully assembled ping pong table is available in three distinct colors viz. Blue, green and grey.

This robust ping pong table has a 25mm thick playing surface. It is made up of a high density chipboard with a Skiltop finish. While the 25mm thick playing surface produces the perfect and consistent bounce the Skiltop finish is responsible for a better grip and allows for generation of speed and spin.

The table top is supported by a 2-3/4” galvanised steel frame which is corrosion and scratch resistant. It has a steel and thermoplastic polymer undercarriage with sturdy lacquered steel legs. The 12cmx4cm foot has adjustable levelers to aid in setting up the table in uneven floors. It also features four 5” rubber coated caster wheels for easy and hassle free transportation.

Like the Conrilleau 500 Indoor, this too has a compact folding mechanism with the patented DSI locking system that aids in easy installation or storage as well as safety. It can be set up in the upright storage position or in the play or playback mode.

The high quality professional retractable cotton net and post system folds along with the table.

The Cornillaeu ITTF 740 Indoor comes with a three year Cornilleau warranty.

PROS:
  • Fully assembled one piece unit that folds at the centre along with the post and net
  • Compact folding mechanism with DSI locking system
  • 25mm thick particle board
  • Upright, playback and play modes
  • High quality weather proof net and clamp
  • 70mm galvanised steel frame
  • 5” rubber coated caster wheels
  • 3 years warranty

CONS:
  • Expensive

Best Ping Pong table Buying Guide

Before we delve into the factors that should be considered for buying a ping pong table, we need to figure out the purpose of the purchase (recreational purposes, leisure or serious training), the place we want to install it in (indoors/ outdoors), the amount of abuse the table might face, the type of players who might be using it and the budget in hand. Once these are decided upon, we can look into the factors that actually differentiate one ping pong table from the other.

Manufacturer:

This makes a lot of a difference. Choosing a table manufactured by a reputed brand with years of experience and research behind the product can actually matter. The most reputed and trusted brands are Butterfly, Cornilleau, Stiga, Andro, Joola, Donic and Sponeta.

The table top:

The table thickness is of utmost importance when it comes to bounce and consistency. Anything less than 19mm is considered to be purely for recreational purposes. They will never produce an even bounce and cannot be used by experienced or serious players. At 22mm the table produces a decent bounce but the 25mm variants are the best in business and the ones that don the hat in the tournaments and competitions.

Frame:

Needless to say that the strength of the frame that supports the playing surface is of much importance. The frame brings about durability to the ping pong table. Though fixed unfoldable tables have better frame strength but they lack the ability to be stored in a compact place even when not in use, For foldable variants you should look for stainless steel frames along with their thickness and choose one that can withstand the abuse at the place you are going to install it.

Not only the frame, the legs too add stability to the table. Ones with levelers help you to adjust the position of the table even in uneven floors.

Wheels:

The wheels mainly help in transportation and storage. The standard wheel size for a full size table is 125mm. These wheels come with a locking mechanism so that the table doesn’t move once its set up in a place. The wheels may not be required if you do not need to move the table.

Nets:

The next in line of preference is the net and the post. Most competition level nets are made of cotton. The nets are attached to posts that are clamped to the tables either by a simple clamping mechanism or a spring hold. The net and post is also equipped with a tension adjustment feature that allows you to adjust the height and the tension of the net. The ideal nets are as close to the playing surface as possible at the base and has a height of 6 inches above the table.

Other beneficial features:

Other beneficial features may include the ability to fold and store the table, the ability to set it up in play back mode, the time and skill needed to assemble it, the safety latches that hold the table in position, if the tables are suited for wheelchair players etc.

CONCLUSION:

We have provided you with the buying guide and a list of some of the best ping pong tables in accordance with the purpose of use and the place where you propose to set it up. With this article at your disposal you should not face any problems choosing the ping pong table that is perfect for you.

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