The 10 Best Foosball Tables
10. American Legend Charger FT200
- lightweight hollow chrome rods
- crossbar support for added strength
- table has some dead spots
|Rating||4.1 / 5.0|
9. Hathaway Primo BG1035
- beautiful faux woodgrain finish
- durable abs players
- scoring discs are difficult to slide
|Rating||3.6 / 5.0|
8. EastPoint Sports Preston
- neutral color tones on exterior
- soccer ball patterns on the balls
- assembly is laborious
|Rating||3.7 / 5.0|
7. Warrior Professional
- scoring slides mounted on each side
- recognized by the itsf and ustsf
- balls have tacky surfaces
|Brand||Warrior Table Soccer|
|Rating||3.9 / 5.0|
6. Atomic Gladiator
- triple goalie configuration
- dual drink holders on both ends
- heavy-duty reinforced corners
|Rating||4.9 / 5.0|
5. Tornado Sport TTXSP
- stands up well to heavy use
- offers a high level of ball control
- players aren't weighted
|Rating||4.0 / 5.0|
4. Kick Ambassador
- includes four balls
- ball return on both sides
- thick and durable playing surface
|Rating||4.2 / 5.0|
3. Carrom Signature
- corner ramps are included
- fast-spinning rods
- heavy miterfold black vinyl legs
|Rating||4.9 / 5.0|
2. Atomic Pro Force
- angled sides keep the ball moving
- unique robot style players
- built-in abacus style scoring system
|Rating||4.9 / 5.0|
1. Tornado Tournament 3000
- manufactured in the usa
- smooth high quality bearings
- oversized leveling feet
|Rating||4.9 / 5.0|
Full Sized Versus Table Top Models
A foosball table can be a center of socializing and healthy competition in a home, bar, or even office. In fact, studies have found that offering recreational activities in the workplace increases productivity, so consider adding a foosball to your office recreation room. But before selecting one, think about the space it will occupy, and who will be using it. A full-sized table is best for the advanced foosball player, or one hoping to improve their skills so they can play more competitively.
The standard model is 30 inches wide and 56 inches long. This does not include the rods, which will stick out several inches in either direction, and the players themselves, who need room to stand. If buying a full-sized table, make sure you have at least a seven by eight-foot space for it.
Full-sized tables are usually made from solid wood, which makes them very sturdy and capable of withstanding vigorous playing. All of the components are connected sturdily as well. This helps the table feel quite stable. If you plan on keeping your foosball table for years to come, a full-sized model is a great investment. If, however, your table is for a beginner player, or for a children's room, you may consider a tabletop model. These are usually made from cheaper materials, like plastic, so it won't be quite as devastating if children scrape it up.
Competitive activities have been proven to be great for the development of children, so a foosball table is a smart addition to a recreation room. Tabletop models are ideal for kids because they are light and portable, so one can store them away to make room for other games. These varieties can also be placed on lower tables, making them easier for kids to reach.
Additional Features To Look For
People who plan on putting their table through a lot of use need a quality playing surface. If you are buying a model that weighs less than 70 pounds, you should make sure the playing surface is at least half an inch thick. Anything thinner will wear down quickly with regular use. Full-sized, heavier tables should have a playing surface that is at least an inch thick. Wood is the best material for a table, but if it's not top quality, it can warp, which will affect the player's experience.
Oak is the strongest variety, but no matter what variety you choose, you should monitor moisture through a leak sensor in your game room. Any water damage to your table will spread fast. Advanced players should look for a slick playing surface that will keep the ball moving rapidly, while beginners may want a table that offers a little more friction, at least until they built up their reflexes.
Octagonal rods provide the best grip, which is crucial for applying the greatest force to a ball. Serious players should look for rods that are steel, but hollow. These are not only easier to move, but they can reduce the chances of spraining one's wrist or experiencing other wrist injuries often misdiagnosed as sprains. It's also very important that you are comfortable with the height of your table, or look for one with an adjustable height. If the table is too low, this can hurt one's posture and cause back pain. If you don't have much space, but want the perks of a fully equipped recreation room, consider a multi-game model.
A Brief History Of Foosball
The history of foosball is much-debated. Many believe that a Frenchman named Lucien Rosengart created the game, in order to keep his grandchildren busy during the winter months when it was too cold for them to play outside. This theory has some credibility, since Rosengart was something of an engineer, having received patents for bicycle parts, a seat belt and a few other sporty items. Rosengart did create a game called "Babyfoot," which is still the commonly used French name for foosball, and presumably one of the first versions of the game.
Historians cannot ignore, however, the fact that Rosenthal claims to have made the game in the 1930s, while there were rumors of it already appearing in parlor rooms all over Europe as early as the late 1880s. Then there is another famous suspected inventor of the game. A victim of a bombing raid during the Spanish Civil War, Alexandre de Finesterre was allegedly bored in the hospital when he created a game called fútbolin. Finesterre's followers state that he patented his game in 1937, but that the documents were lost.
The first undisputed patent to be given out for a game that involved moving small men on rods to kick balls was given to Harold Searles Thornton in 1927. Thornton's game did not, however, sell many units. His patent expired, and he did not renew it. To this day, there is not one universally accepted set of rules or name for foosball.