Table tennis is a game meant to inspire fun in young and old, beginner and pro. To match the wide spectrum of owners and players, there are more than a few different models of table tennis tables to choose from.
One of the first things to look out for is the size of the table. International and Olympic sanctioned measurements usually require a table that is 9’ in length, but most owners prefer shorter tables. Longer tables will increase the challenge of gameplay, and prepare you for tournaments, but they also take up more space and can carry a higher price tag. Shorter tables on the other hand are great options for those preferring recreational table tennis games and those looking for a more affordable cost. Some table tennis accessories, especially table covers, only cater to certain lengths, which is another important consideration.
Table tennis tables can also be catered to those wanting to play outdoors and those sticking to indoor play. Outdoor ping pong tables usually come with a structure composed of powdered steel and a slated top to ensure long-term protection against rust and warping. Indoor models usually have metal or steel frames, but can differ in top make-up, with wood being the internationally sanctioned option. Some players may notice a difference in the spin and bounce of their table tennis balls depending on the type of material on the top, and therefore prefer a material that complements their playing style.
Because table tennis tables are often long and wide, some come with convertible tops, reducing the amount of area taken up when they’re not in use. These convertible ping pong tables usually come with a transportation system that makes moving and placing them as easy as possible.
Ping pong tables are often paired alongside other game table classics like foosball, air hockey, or shuffleboards. If you prefer to be more economic with your space and budget, there are also multi-game ping pong tables to roll several games into one.