I often get asked by players what I think is the best ping pong table? The answer is (drum roll) it depends. If you’re looking to buy a ping pong table or just curious as to what the current ‘best ping pong table’ is in the market then read on. Let’s break this down since one of the most important table tennis equipment you will ever buy besides your paddle is a ping pong table.
I’ve been playing ping pong for about 30 years now and have seen ping pong table quality evolve from a regular functional table to almost a piece of sculpted art. However, the basic core of what you should look for in order to find what the best ping pong table is for YOU, remain the same.
Whether you’re looking for a recreational family ping pong table or serious professional grade table tennis tournament level table, you will need to consider a few things before making a purchase. Most people think that all ping pong tables are the same – they are not! By knowing what to look for, you will save yourself money and get the right ping table for your needs.
First you need to determine who or what type of player(s) will be using the table. This is very important because if you’re a beginner and just want to use the table in your basement, garage, or outdoors, then you don’t need to buy a professional ping pong table made for tournaments. A recreational ping pong table should be enough for you to play and have fun with.
Another thing to consider when buying the best ping pong table is your playing space. If you are planning on putting your ping pong table in a small area, you might want to consider a folding table or a mini portable ping pong table. These tables are non-standard so if you’re looking into playing on a regular table tennis table, then always purchase a standard sized ping pong table.
If you are a serious ping pong player and would like tournament level equipment similar to ping pong clubs, then you would want a higher quality table. Competition tables usually offer a thicker surface (greater than ¾”) so it has a consistent bounce across the ping pong table surface. If you want to have competitions or ping pong events, you should get one that is approved by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) or USA Table Tennis (USATT).
There are also two types of ping pong tables base that you should consider – the rollaway and the stationary. Stationary ping pong tables are much more stable than rollaway tables because they don’t have wheels like the latter. If however you don’t have a permanent place to set up your stationary ping pong table, then a rollaway is your best option.
If you want to play ping pong outdoors, then consider getting an outdoor ping pong table instead. You can read a detailed article regarding outdoor ping pong tables by clicking here.
Another important thing to consider when picking the best ping pong table for you is the surface color. Make sure it blends well with the surface color you will be playing on. The shine of the table is also important so that you avoid light reflections that can be very distracting during a match.
Always look at the Frame Chassis and Legs of the table you’re about to buy. You want your ping pong to be stable so you should always consider the thickness of the table frame, legs and the various connecting pieces of the table’s overall structure.
Lastly, the best ping pong table might also be something the kids would want to use so you also also consider an adjustable ping pong table. By being able to adjust the table height, your kids can also enjoy this fun sport.