Buyer’s Guide to Ping Pong Tables

So what is so hard about picking out a ping pong table? As a kid, I could play ping pong on any flat surface with a makeshift net, but then again, I doubt our rules were regulation. Now that I am older and slightly heavier wiser, I can see that there is more to buying a ping pong table than meets the eye. In this guide, you can learn all about how to find the perfect table for you.

Location, Location, Location

This might sound like a no-brainer, but have you thought about where you are going to put your ping pong table? You should first decide whether it will be an outdoor table or an indoor table. While some indoor ping pong tables may seem rugged and tough, there is probably a good reason it was meant for indoors. It is very likely that some parts of it are simply not meant to get wet or have high levels of sun exposure, which can degrade  certain materials. On the other hand, outdoor tables are more expensive due to their durability, so placing one indoors its whole life is somewhat of a waste. The second importance of location is size. You want to give players plenty of room to move and strike without knocking over a priceless family heirloom, or falling into the pool.

The Players

Seriously consider who the intended user for this ping pong table is. Small children can use smaller, more affordable tables, unless you are training them for the world championships. Casual players usually fair well on tables that are 3/4 of an inch, although thicker tops usually perform better. Competitive players will definitely want a 1 inch thick top. At high levels of play, the response from the table is very noticeable, and trying to “save” on an inferior table can be an embarrassing and costly mistake. Try to decide before shopping what your budget is, which leads me to…

Planning a Budget

Taking the previous factors into account will inform your budget. Looking for an indoor table for kids? You can find some really affordable deals. Looking for a table for professional level training? It may be worth it to save up for a professional ping pong table that will give you the feedback and control you will feel in competition. Do not be afraid to get the table you need.


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