Best Ping Pong Table

If you’ve got the room and a partner to play with, why wouldn’t you want your own ping pong table? That’s obviously a silly question to ask, and one without enough merit that it should be responded to. Why is the sky blue? Why are wasps the devil’s incarnates? These questions do not necessarily require answers, they are just the way things are. Now, a better question to ask would be ‘what is the best ping pong table’? This is a great question because it’s open to debate.

It should come as no surprise that there are a large range of ping pong tables to choose from, anywhere from lower quality budget friendly tables to higher quality, pricier ones. Ones that have more convenient storage features to more professional, permanent tables. What makes them different from each other? Let’s find out what would make the best ping pong table for you today.

How to Choose the Best Ping Pong Table

Size

First of all, you’ll need to determine if you have enough room for a ping pong table. Not only will the table need to fit, but there needs to be ample playing room around the table as well. A standard table measures in at 9 feet by 5 feet standing 2.5 feet tall. Although there are options for smaller tables that don’t meet official ITTF requirements, our opinion is that you should only resort to these if space is an issue or it’s for entertainment/family fun purposes. If you need a good idea of how much space you’ll need to fully enjoy a game of ping pong, read this article. Or, you could also opt for an outdoor ping pong table if you have a backyard.

Best Ping Pong Table - Size
Standard size ping pong table

Table Thickness

The thickness of the table is a very important factor to consider. However, as you might have guessed, thicker tables are more expensive. The thickness of the table will have a direct impact on the bounce and playing experience, so don’t skimp on the thickness if you want a quality table.

Most table thicknesses for wood composite tables range anywhere from 12mm to 25mm, with 25mm tables being the priciest. Try to avoid 12mm tables at all costs, while 16mm tables offer okay bounce for the price. Many consider 19mm the minimum thickness you should be playing with. Next we have 22mm, which have an excellent bounce and there are affordable options out there. Lastly there are 25mm tables, which will be the best ping pong table you can play on. However, don’t expect to get one for cheap. On the other hand, outdoor tables have a thinner table thickness due to an aluminum/plastic playing surface, although they provide a similar feel.

Playback

Playback Ping Pong Table

If you’re lacking a partner to play with on some days, you might want to look into a table with playback features. What this basically means is if the table can be folded in such a way that you can play off the vertical side of one half of the table. It would essentially function as a backboard. Although playback has its own pros and cons, it’s a nice feature to have if you’re eager to play with nobody to wield that second paddle.

Foldable?

Foldable Ping Pong Table - How to Choose the Best Ping Pong Table

If you can’t have a permanent table and will need to store it, a foldable ping pong table is probably for you. In the case where you’ll be taking a table apart frequently, a table that is easy to set up is crucial. Look for fold-up models and for even more convenience, look for tables with wheels. These make moving a table a cinch, and brakes on many models keep a table from moving while in storage. And if you will be storing your table when not in use, make sure the table folds up to a convenient size. You’ll want to measure out your storage space to make sure a folded up table will fit.  If you truly want a portable ping pong table, consider getting a conversion top.

Value

Although it can be argued that value is the same thing as quality, we disagree. We believe that when buying a ping pong table, you should be getting the best value for your money. That means purchasing a table that will fit your needs nicely. There’s no point spending lots of money on the best ping pong table available if you’ll just be using it for entertainment. Neither does it make sense to purchase a low quality table if you’ll be playing with it every day to improve. Therefore, the best ping pong table for you will fit your lifestyle needs.

Indoor vs Outdoor

As you can imagine, there are both indoor and outdoor tables. Indoor tables are a great option if you have the space available, and many are also portable and can fold easily. For this reason, indoor tables are often set up in garages, basements, or recreational rooms. Furthermore, indoor tables offer the best quality around and are what you’ll play on in clubs and tournaments. On the other hand, you have outdoor ping pong tables. These are tables that can stay outside and won’t weather from the elements, whereas the playing surface of indoor tables would normally warp or crack. Outdoor tables are great if you have lots of sunny weather and don’t have the space for an indoor table. However, outdoor tables have a special anti-corrosion playing surface that might have a different bounce than what you would normally experience with an indoor table.

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Best Ping Pong Table Comparison Chart

Best Ping Pong Tables Under $450

Model
JOOLA Inside Table


Butterfly Personal Rollaway Table

Stiga Vapor Table
Size108" x 60" x 30"108" x 60" x 30"108" x 60" x 30"
Storage Size21" x 62" x 64"27" x 60" x 74" 28" x 60" x 62"
Table Thickness16mm wood composite19mm wood composite6mm aluminum plastic composite
Playback?YesYesYes
Foldable?YesYesYes
Indoor/Outdoor?IndoorIndoorOutdoor
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Rating4.7 Stars4.7 / 54.2 Stars4.2 / 54.6 Stars4.6 / 5

Best Ping Pong Tables Under $750

Model
JOOLA Rally TL 300 Table
STIGA InstaPlay Table
JOOLA Nova Table
Size108" x 60" x 30"108" x 60" x 30"108" x 60" x 30"
Storage Size22" x 60" x 63"28" x 60" x 64" 22" x 62" x 67"
Table Thickness15mm medium-density fibreboard19mm wood composite6mm aluminum plastic composite
Playback?YesYesYes
Foldable?YesYesYes
Indoor/Outdoor?IndoorIndoorOutdoor
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Rating4.7 Stars4.7 / 54.5 Stars4.5 / 54.7 Stars4.7 / 5

Best Ping Pong Tables Over $750

Model
Butterfly Centerfold 25 Rollaway Table
Kettler Top Star XL Table
Cornilleau 500M Crossover
Size108" x 60" x 30"108" x 60" x 30"108" x 60" x 30"
Storage Size19" x 60" x 63"26.25" x 64.75" x 72"30" x 62" x 64"
Table Thickness25mm wood composite22mm weatherproof aluminum composite7mm dense laminate surface with glare reduction
Playback?YesYesYes
Foldable?YesYesYes
Indoor/Outdoor?IndoorOutdoorIndoor/Outdoor
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Rating5.0 Stars5.0 / 54.7 Stars4.7 / 55.0 Stars5.0 / 5

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