The 10 Best Foosball Tables
This wiki has been updated 22 times since it was first published in September of 2015. Perfect for keeping the fun going on a rainy day, these foosball tables will have you and the gang battling for supremacy for hours at a time. Ideal for frat houses, games rooms, and to keep young ones amused (though not quiet), we've included models priced for casual, family use through to some high-end units that can handle daily competitive or tournament play. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best foosball table on Amazon.
Garland G500 Weatherproof You'll find few foosball tables that are weatherproof for outdoor use, and fewer still that are also good quality. This model fits the bill on both of those departments, and it comes from a brand recognized by the International Table Soccer Federation. garlando-shop.com
Bonzini B90 Home This premium model features the traditional red rails, natural beech color cabinet, and black legs iconic of foosball tables since their inception. It features a well-placed ball return that makes for easy retrieval, and the realistic-looking players add to the experience. It's also available in an ITSF tournament model. bonziniusa.com
Rene Pierre Leader Coming from a company known for manufacturing elegant tables for more than 60 years, the Leader is no exception. It features telescopic rods that make for safer gameplay, a long-lasting linoleum field, and sturdy metallic players. Plus, auto-greasing rings ensure smooth rod action. rene-pierre.fr/en/
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Anyone who has ever played an intense foosball match knows that one of the most annoying, and potentially dangerous, things is getting hit in the groin or stomach with a rod. Yet for some reason, it is often difficult to find models with telescopic rods, and those that are available generally cost close to $1,000 or more, which is why we know readers will appreciate the Playcraft Milan. Despite costing roughly half that price, it plays like a dream and comes with a number of convenient features. If you want a true tournament-quality model that features telescoping rods though, you'll have to spring for the Tornado Tournament 3000 from our list, or the Rene Pierre Leader or Bonzini B90 Home that received a special honor mention. While the Warrior Professional doesn't have telescoping rods, it does feature a guard system that will prevent anybody from getting hurt, plus it is recognized by both table soccer federations. Both the Carrom Signature and Tornado Sport TTXSP are also tournament-level models that will satisfy even the most die-hard enthusiasts. We realize not everybody is as serious about their game as Tony Spredeman, which is why we included some models ideal for the casual player. Both the Atomic Pro Force and American Legend Charger FT200 can be had for just a couple of hundred dollars and, while not the best quality, do allow for reasonably fast-action play.
Full Sized Versus Table Top Models
These are usually made from cheaper materials, like plastic, so it won't be quite as devastating if children scrape it up.
A full-sized table is best for the advanced foosball player, or one hoping to improve their skills so they can play more competitively.
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.
Serious players should look for rods that are steel, but hollow.
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.
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