The 8 Best Bumper Pool Tables
This wiki has been updated 14 times since it was first published in March of 2019. If you've always wanted a billiards table in your home, but don't have the space for a full-size one, consider these bumper pool options, instead. Smaller than their more common counterparts, they have obstacles set up in the middle of the felt that have to be avoided. They are both fun and affordable, and many also come with attractive dining table tops and surfaces for playing cards on. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
August 27, 2020:
A bumper pool table can be a great alternative to a traditional one for a variety of reasons. They are smaller, which means they can fit into homes that might not have space for a standard pool table, and many do double duty as card or dining tables. Also, if you have kids, many tend to find bumper pool more fun than playing 8-ball, since the bumpers add an element of fun not found on a regular billiards table.
If you need something that will do triple duty as a bumper, card, and dining table, you'll want to look at the Coaster Home Furnishings Mitchell, Fairview Game Rooms Combination Chestnut, Coaster Home Furnishings Marietta, and Hathaway Kingston Oak BG2351T. Of these, the Fairview Game Rooms Combination Chestnut and Coaster Home Furnishings Marietta are probably the most elegant, the former of which has a decorative center post and legs, and the latter of which features a rich tobacco stain and a classic round shape. Though not the most affordable or the most attractive of the bunch, the Hathaway Kingston Oak BG2351T is the lightest in weight, so if you expect you may often need to move your bumper pool table off to a corner when not in use, it might be the best choice.
Technically, the Berner Billiards The Weston 3-in-1 could also do triple duty, however, it doesn't look much like a residential dining table and it would probably stand out to most as not being a normal piece of furniture, so it is best for dedicated game rooms.
Also suitable for dedicated gaming spaces are the Hathaway Renegade and Playcraft Hartford, both of which look similar to what you might find at your local billiards hall. They have reinforced, capped metal corners and durable bumpers and felt.
April 01, 2019:
Fully half of the options on this list are convertible models that can be used for card games or even dinner parties. While this increases their versatility, they may not be ideal if what you're really after is a top-notch game of pool. These selections are smaller than the dedicated models, so your games will be a little more cramped — but your living room might be a little less so.
The Fairview Game Rooms Combination overcame this obstacle by nailing every other part of the equation. It's beautiful, solid, and all of the smaller details are luxurious and elegant. It's perfect for poker nights, too.
Check how easy it is to level the legs before making a purchase. One of the reasons we liked the Hathaway Renegade so much was due to the presence of independent levelers on each leg. After all, nothing can make a billiards table more useless than having it be on an uneven surface.
Legacy Billiards Ella The Ella comes in four finishes, including nutmeg and port, and has a modern design with sloping legs that will definitely make it an attractive addition to any space. Its metal bumpers and premium cloth make for a very fast-paced game, which some may find more exciting than playing on other tables. legacybilliards.com
Great American Eagle Coin-Op Bumper Pool Table If you have a business and you want to add a durable, coin-operated bumper pool table to your space, this model from Great American Eagle fits the bill. It has a regulation size playing surface crafted with a single piece of slate, and the frame is made from cabinet-grade plywood. It also boasts dual steel slate supports and is available with a custom cloth color and an optional LED package. greatamericanrec.com