Providing you have the room, buying a Table Tennis table for your home needn’t be a stressful or overly expensive procedure. Here we’ll list several features you need to look out for and run you through some the best Table Tennis tables you can buy in 2018.
Best Table Tennis Tables 2018: Buying guide
Size: A full size table tennis table is 9ft x 5ft x 2.5ft (LxWxH). It can be made from any material as long as the ball bounces to roughly 23cm when dropped from 30cm. The bounce must be uninformed all over the table.
Indoor or Outdoor: If you’re only going to use your table indoors then you’ll be able to save some money. Indoor tables can be lighter and less durable as they’re not competing with the weather, meaning they cost less to make.
Outdoor tables tend to cost a little more. If you want to use your table outside, you should buy one that’s made from weatherproof materials. Even then, most tables aren’t supposed to be left out in the rain (unless specified in the specs) so you’re going to store it outside you will need to buy a cover too.
Assembly and Storage: The best table tennis tables are ones that need minimal work to assemble. As a general rule, look for a ping pong table with good folding/storage features. If it has these, then it will likely be delivered folded meaning it will already be assembled.
Material: As long as the playing surface is made from the same material and the bounce is uniformed – 23cm when dropped from 30cm – there’s no correct material for a table. If you’re buying one for your home, when suggesting something durable, inexpensive and lightweight like MDF. If you’re going to be using it outside, then you’re going to need a material that’s more weatherproof (see above).
Practise/Squash mode: This means you can fold one end up vertically so you can practice on your own. Think Forrest Gump
The 5 BEST Table Tennis Tables 2018
1. Donnay Indoor Outdoor Table Tennis Table
This full-size table is perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. It’s primarily made from MDF so you’ll need to use the included cover if you’re planning on keeping it outside or in the garage. The table folds at the net, which is clip on, and comes with built-in wheels so moving and storing the table is easy.
Features: 12mm Top; Adjustable Feet; Clip-on net and post; 95% Ready assembled; 2 x Bats; 3 x Balls; 1 x Net and Post set; 1 x Storage Cover; Full Size Table Tennis Table 9ft x 5ft; Storage Dimensions: 161 x 158 x 54cm
2. Killerpin MyT4 BluPocket Table Tennis Table – Premium Pocket Design
From “box-to-play” in 15 minutes or less. Ease of use is a consistent theme here. From its 2x 8-ball quick access ball holder on the side of the table to its 2 x paddle pocket in the frame to its clip-on net, to its easy folding system. This is a really well-designed ping pong table suitable for home or professional use. Yes, it’s significantly more expensive than the Donnay, but you’re buying for built quality, extra features and the brand here.
Features: 2 x ball pocket; 2 x racket pocket in the table frame; Full size table 164 x 148.1 x 14.9cm (LxWxH); Weight 92Kg
3. Donnay Indoor Ping Pong Tennis Table
As well a being the best-priced full-size table tennis table, it’s also the best you’ll find for space-saving storage. That’s because the design is so minimal. Out of the box, it’s fully assembled, you just have to unfold, clip in place and erect the net. The legs are adjustable too, enabling you to individually set each of the feet to create a perfectly flat playing surface. Remove the net and refold when you’re done and you can easily store it in the box again. It comes with two Dunlop table tennis paddles and six club-standard playing balls.
Features: 20mm Undercarriage; Easy folding for storage; Clamp on net and post; Adjustable feet; Fully built; 2 x Paddles; And 6 x balls; Full-size table: 274 x 152.5 x 76cm (LxWxH); Folded size: Two halves of 137 x 152.5 x 4cm (LxWxH)
4. HLC 9FT Professional Table Tennis Table With Waterproof Cover
There’s not a lot of difference between this an the Donnay Outdoor table. This table trumps it with its fully waterproof cover, but is more basic in terms of design – isn’t quite as easy to move. It doesn’t come with paddles and balls either, but serious players will already have these or soon need to upgrades the ones bundled with the Donnay table. The table comes in three parts also, meaning that assembly time will take a lot more time than its rivals.
Features: Waterproof Cover; Quick and safe folding system; Full-table size: 275.6 x 153 x 75.6 cm (LxWxHcm)
5. Viavito Flipit 6ft Table Tennis Top
This 6ft table is designed to be sat on top of an existing flat surface (dining or kitchen table etc). It’s 3ft smaller than a full-size table so it’s aimed at a more casual or junior market. The set comes with good accessories meaning you can unpack it and start playing within minutes. What’s unique about the Viavito Flipit is that it’s reversible and on the other side is a wood-grain finish, meaning you can use it a traditional table too.
Features: 2 Bats; 3 Balls; Net and Posts; Dimensions: L 183cm x W 91.5cm x H 1.27cm ; Warranty: 6 Months