The 10 Best Ping Pong Tables

Updated April 23, 2018 by Chase Brush

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We spent 42 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top picks for this wiki. From the professional to the recreational, ping pong -- or table tennis -- tables can vary wildly in price and quality. But these models have been hand-picked to include the best options for every skill and interest level. If you want to get your family out from in front of their smartphones, one of these may just encourage them to exercise while having fun at the same time. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best ping pong table on Amazon.

10. Harvil I

The Harvil I features an aluminum top that is supported by a durable, powder-coated steel frame, making it an extremely strong and long-lasting unit. For an extra bonus, it comes with four table tennis rackets and eight balls.
  • includes slip cover and carrying bag
  • wheels lock for a permanent setup
  • not great for competition-level play
Brand Harvil
Model 63533
Weight 150 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

9. Hathaway Victory

The Hathaway Victory boasts a large, 1-inch-thick playing surface with 20 layers of coating for superior bouncing properties and protection against warping. Its 9- by 5-foot dimensions match ITFF specifications, so you can rest easy knowing you're playing like the pros.
  • easy 6-step assembly
  • integrated leg levers
  • can be difficult to move
Brand Hathaway
Model BG2322
Weight 330.7 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

8. Viper Arlington Indoor

The Viper Arlington Indoor comes in a sleek black and red color pattern, and incorporates a wheel-locking system that is safe and easy to use. Both of those features make this a great option for a family with kids, or a business with energetic employees.
  • large legs provide good balance
  • available with assembly
  • may bubble with excess humidity
Brand Viper by GLD Products
Model 70-0105
Weight 170.9 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

7. Stiga InstaPlay

The Stiga InstaPlay is sturdy, looks great, and doesn't require assembly, so a family or a fraternity can start playing ball immediately out of the box. The company sponsors both the Chinese and Swedish national teams, so you know it's top-quality.
  • 3-inch ball bearing wheels
  • strong corner protectors
  • indoor use only
Model T8288
Weight 263 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

6. Kettler Grand Slam

Designed in Germany, the Kettler Grand Slam incorporates a high-quality sealed aluminum top with an underside that controls for weather-related expansion and contraction, making this the perfect choice for outdoor use. If that's not enough, it also comes with a cover.
  • patented safety-fold design
  • comes with racket and ball kit
  • can be difficult to assemble
Brand Kettler
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

5. Butterfly Personal Rollaway

The relatively lightweight Butterfly Personal Rollaway can be folded quickly and easily, making take down and storage a hassle-free process. The top is made from high quality wood and has the beloved looks of a classic model.
  • 3-year warranty included
  • oversized 5-inch ball bearings
  • poor instruction manual
Brand Martin Kilpatrick
Weight 158 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

4. Joola Rally TL 300

With its charcoal-painted surface and convenient corner ball holders, the Joola Rally TL 300 is a great option for recreational use, but its size and bounce properties also make it suitable for competition-level practice. Its feet are adjustable, and it folds for storage.
  • stabilized by anti-tilting device
  • magnetic abacus scoreboard
  • good value for price
Model 11131
Weight 192 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

3. Killerspin Revolution

With a design that looks like it was built for Olympic-level competition, the Killerspin Revolution is for serious players looking for one of the best options out there. Of course, it's also one of the most expensive models we looked at.
  • arched base for superior stability
  • glare and mark-resistant top coating
  • backed by thirty-day warranty
Brand Killerspin
Model 301-13
Weight 418.9 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. Stiga Advantage

Made by one of the most recognized brands in the business, the Stiga Advantage was built for heavy professional use and is the ultimate indoor, tournament-style table. It will look as amazing in your entertainment room as it does in a public gymnasium.
  • designed in the usa
  • silk screen striping
  • extremely sturdy legs
Model T8580W
Weight 189 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. Joola Inside

The best-selling Joola Inside is a no-frills option that can be assembled in just 20 minutes. Both halves of the table are constructed with four wheels, making it easy to move this sturdy unit anywhere, even if you have to transport it singlehandedly.
  • wood composite surface
  • each half can be used independently
  • very competitive price
Model 11200
Weight 194 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

Getting Into Ping Pong Basics

Think of ping pong is as if it was a miniaturized game of tennis. Now you know how the game's original designation, table tennis, came about. With the exception of a missing margin, a ping pong table's surface is set up exactly like a tennis court's.

The goal in ping pong is to strike the ball with a paddle, causing it to bounce one time along your side of the net, before crossing over, and then bouncing once more within your opponent's side. This, again, is slightly different from the sport of tennis, where one of the goals is to avoid having the ball bounce at all before it passes over into your opponent's side of the court.

In both ping pong and tennis, opposing players continue to volley until somebody either knocks the ball out of bounds, or fails to return a shot over the net.

In terms of dynamics, a ping pong ball achieves most of its speed - and direction - as a result of the reinforced rubber (and sponge) that comprises a paddle's webbing. But each ping pong shot can be additionally affected by a table's surface, which can vary in quality and composition the same way grass courts can differ from clay courts (or any other substance) in the game of tennis.

Ping Pong Table Considerations

If you're interested in buying an indoor table, you'll want to make sure that you have enough room for the unit to fit. If you're interested in buying an outdoor one, you'll want to make sure that that table is not only weather-resistant, but also collapsible, so you can store it during the cold-weather months. If you're interested in buying a table for both indoor and outdoor use, you'll want to make sure that that table folds up (so you can fit it through sleek entryways), and that it has wheels (so you can roll it out the door).

If you plan on placing the table across an uneven surface, you'll also want to make sure that it has leg adjusters. And if you're looking to really one your professional ping pong skills, you'll want to confirm that the table's been built to regulation size (i.e., a 9x5 foot surface, standing 2.5 feet off the ground).

As a precaution, be sure to read a lot of customer reviews. Expert reviews are helpful, but it's the customers who have invested a lot of time with each of these products. Customers are more inclined to be honest. And they're also more inclined to tell you which manufacturers to avoid.

A Brief History of the Ping Pong Table

The concept of table tennis began as an aristocratic parlor game, usually played after dinner parties in Victorian England. Back in those days, and throughout much of the late 1800s, a row of books was sometimes substituted for the net, and a separate pair of books was considered adequate for rackets.

In the early 1900s, a British manufacturer trademarked the term ping pong, and from that point forward, the game took on a much more standardized approach.

There were rules, along with regulation tables and rackets, all overseen by the International Table Tennis Federation that was established in Europe in 1926. The first international tournament happened within that same year, in Berlin. In turn, the game became a major hit in America during the 1920s, and it became an even bigger hit in China during the 1930s. To this day, China holds the most Olympic tournament wins over all other countries.

Table tennis was introduced as an Olympic sport in 1988. By 2008, the Olympics opened the doors to more players by offering five different event categories for the sport.

Of course, the most famous ping pong player doesn't exist in real life, but he deserves a mention nonetheless. Here's looking at you, Forrest Gump.

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Last updated on April 23, 2018 by Chase Brush

Chase is a freelance journalist with experience working in the areas of politics and public policy. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, he is also a hopeless itinerant continually awaiting his next Great Escape.

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