The 10 Best Ping Pong Nets
This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in April of 2020. While some people need table tennis nets that meet strict requirements for approved use in tournaments, others will simply want to buy an inexpensive option that holds fast on the dining room table for a family competition. We've compiled a list that highlights the best choices from three distinct types of ping pong net sets: retractable, clip-on, and the more traditional clamp style. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
September 16, 2020:
As well as negotiating the plethora of choices for what table and paddle to buy, there are so many factors to consider when purchasing a net that it could easily leave you feeling a little flummoxed if you're new to the sport. The items in this list fall roughly into three types: retractable, clip-on, and clamp, so here are some things to consider about each variety.
The JP WinLook Anywhere and the Joola Adjustable are retractable sets that are typically lightweight, compact, portable, and easy to attach onto makeshift playing surfaces like dining tables or picnic benches. While these sets may let you play in a variety of places and be a great choice for kids, if you like to play seriously, you might quickly become aggrieved at the lack of stability and how the grips can lose tension and angle inward into the playing area after a while.
A lot of people choose clip-on sets like the Comesee CS-101, the Stiga T1565, and the Joola Snapper because they often meet all the regulation dimensions, grip firmly onto the surface of your table, and aren't quite as expensive as the clamp-on variety. While this is true, the main reason for purchasing this type of net should be for its quick and easy setup. If you have to fold your table away after each use and so remove the net each time, or you need to take your net with you to practice or play, the simple mechanism of squeezing the clips to grip the table means you won't be wasting time on fiddly setups.
If you have a regulation-sized table, you probably want a regulation-sized net. Lots of people who take part in competitions and practice at home regularly will want to recreate the feel of a setup that meets all the International Table Tennis Federation size regulations. If you're hitting the ball hard, you will want to screw the clamps as tight as possible and pull the net taut to avoid any balls dropping over a sagging, and therefore illegal, net. We recommend either the Butterfly T31, the Stiga Premium VM, or the Joola WM to meet these requirements.