Best Ping Pong Table Reviews in 2017 – Final Buyer’s Guide

Buying a ping pong table can seem a little daunting at first. Very much a luxury purchase, it’s the type of buy that perhaps you’re only going to make once or twice in your life, so it’s an area you’re unlikely to dip into too often. However, it’s important that whatever you buy is the right table for you. It seems tempting to rush your purchase, but choosing the best ping pong table for you is actually a process that, like any big purchase, requires a bit of research. Indoor or outdoor, heavy or light, cheap or expensive, adjustable, sturdy, and durable—these are all factors personal to you and your circumstances.

best ping pong table

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If you are interested in playing like a pro, you should be looking for thicker tops for the better bounce, but if you intend to use it as a family on a Sunday afternoon, you may have other primary concerns. A 15mm+ top is a good measurement to think about when you’re purchasing in order to get great play.

These tables are mid-range, meaning they cost a few hundred dollars and can cater for most people. Higher price, of course, means a better table, but the likelihood is you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on this. On the other hand, a lower price means a worse table that may not last very long, and it’ll be more child-sized. These ping pong tables are a shortlist of the top ten mid-range ping pong tables available for online purchase right now

Table NameDimensionsWeight 
STIGA Advantage 63 x 56 x 5 in190 pounds Check Price
JOOLA Inside 60 x 108 x 30 in Check Price
JOOLA NOVA DX Indoor/Outdoor60 x 108 x 30 in166 pounds Check Price
JOOLA Rally TL 300 60 x 108 x 30 in155 pounds Check Price
Viper Arlington Indoor65 x 57 x 8 in195 pounds Check Price
Harvil Insider147.67 Pounds Check Price
JOOLA Outdoor108 x 60 x 30 in166 pounds Check Price
JOOLA Tour 1800 Indoor108 x 60 x 30 in185 pounds Check Price
STIGA Synergy 60 x 108 x 30 in145 pounds Check Price
STIGA InstaPlay57 x 62 x 6.75 in230 pounds Check Price

JOOLA Inside Table Tennis Table with Net Set 

JOOLA Inside Table Tennis Table with Net Set

JOOLA is a company that’s been making sports equipment for over fifty years, and they preach that they’re most well-known for their line of ping pong tables. This is an accolade that they probably deserve, as they are the suppliers of ping pong tables to several major US table tennis championships, and have also supplied tables for several recent Olympics. Although the JOOLA Inside may not have been designed for the Olympics, the brand is experienced, known, and trusted by professionals, so it’s a pretty safe bet when it comes to quality.

Assembly, Movability, and Storage

Assembling is one of the easiest we’ve ever experienced for a ping pong table, despite the instructions lacking some clarity. Through solo efforts, it took a total of twenty-five minutes to have it ready to play on. It comes almost pre-assembled, with the only efforts being to set up the net and to attach the wheels with screws. The end legs are adjustable, meaning if you’re planning on placing the table on an uneven surface then you can easily make the table level and sturdy.

The wheels make this table very easy to move around, and unlike some other ping pong tables we’ve used, when moving it doesn’t feel as though it’s going to topple at any moment. When the tables in use, the wheels can be locked to keep it in place. However, it is quite heavy and moving needs an extra pair of hands.

The table when assembled is in two halves, meaning when not being played with it is very easy to store as it takes up very little space, and you can nest the halves comfortably inside each other for even more space-saving. However, because the table is in two halves when in play it is only held together by the net. As you’re setting the table up, it can seem as though it might come apart at any moment, but once you’ve locked the wheels, it holds together fine.

Quality, Maintenance, and Ease of Use

The JOOLA Inside is clearly well-made and feels very much built to last, with “solid” being its keyword. The playing surface is very smooth and very easy to clean, and also has a nice bounce. Unlike some other models, the central net doesn’t have a gap under it, meaning it’s at the perfect height for play. The table thickness is the backend of acceptable at 15mm.

When buying this table, you probably shouldn’t expect everything—the table doesn’t come with the equipment needed to play, so if you need them, you should look for your paddles and balls in addition to buying this table

Pros


  • Easy and quick to assemble
  • Easy to move
  • Small storage space required
  • Great quality
  • Perfect net height
  • Adjustable legs
  • Well-known company
  • 15mm thick top

Cons


  • Does not come with paddles or balls
  • Heavy
  • Instructions lacking clarity

Final word

The JOOLA Inside is one of the best ping pong tables we’ve used. There are cheaper options available, but in this case, the price for a product from this well-known company is worth those extra few dollars. However, you’ll need to buy paddles and balls, and it can be heavy for a single person to move around, but otherwise this is a hot contender when you’re considering your final purchase.

STIGA Advantage Table Tennis Table

STIGA is a company that began their existence over seventy years ago with the manufacture of ping pong tables. Since then, STIGA has evolved to supply other products, and STIGA Table Tennis is now its own company, providing tables for the Swedish national table tennis team. This brand is experienced, known and trusted by professionals, so once again is a safe bet for quality.

STIGA Advantage Table Tennis Table

Assembly, Movability, and Storage

Assembling was very, very easy, and the instructions were nice and clear. It comes almost fully pre-assembled, only needing you to attach the wheels, leg assembly, and fix on the net. It took us fifteen minutes to assemble the table in total, but it did need two people and some extra tools to tighten all the nuts and bolts. The legs are adjustable too, meaning you can set up the table on any kind of uneven surface and still make it flat and sturdy enough to play on.

The table rolls on wheels and is highly movable, but it is also pretty heavy, so you might need two people when moving it around. The table is in two halves, and when each half is folded up, they’re thin and manageable.

For storing, the two pieces can neatly nestle inside each other to conserve space, and a safety latch ensures that the table isn’t about to pop open unexpectedly and smash down onto whatever’s next to it.

Quality, Maintenance, and Ease of Use

The table is very well-made and feels very solid and robust when being used. The wheels in particular, unlike some other tables we’ve experienced, feel pretty sturdy and able to support the weight of the table. The surface has a great bounce, and the table as a whole is sure to last for quite a while. The top is 15mm thick.

It’s very easy to clean, however, after a few months of folding, storing, getting out and unfolding, the table seems to be struggling to cope with the constant movement, and its screws are periodically loosening. All that requires is the occasional tightening of the screws now and then, but be aware if you’re planning on using the table in this way then this is something you’ll need to keep your eye on, which isn’t too ideal.

The table also doesn’t come with paddles or balls, so you’ll have to purchase these separately.

Pros


  • Easy and quick to assemble
  • Great quality
  • Easy to move
  • Small storage space required
  • Perfect net height
  • Adjustable legs
  • Well-known company
  • 15mm thick top

Cons


  • Heavy
  • Needs extra tools to assemble
  • Repeated use can damage it
  • Does not come with paddles or balls

Final word

The STIGA Advantage is another great contender when considering your purchase. This model is one of the cheapest on this list, but that doesn’t mean it’s the worst table, with all these positives. On the downside, the loosening of the screws can be a bit annoying, and it’s a little heavy, but otherwise this is a table which you’ll be able to use for quite a while to come.

JOOLA NOVA DX Indoor/Outdoor Table Tennis Table 

Joola Nova Tour DX Outdoor Table Tennis Table

We’ve returned to the world of JOOLA, who have provided tables for the Olympics, and this time they’re offering a table that can be put outdoors as well as indoors.

Assembly, Movability, and Storage

The JOOLA NOVA DX comes mostly pre-assembled, with the only efforts being to put on the wheels and net. It’s very easy to assemble with very clear instructions—it took us two people and fifteen minutes to get it ready to play on.

Due to the wheels, the table is very movable, but it is also pretty heavy, and two people are better than one. Like the previous tables, it comes in two halves, making it very easy to both move and store away when not in use.

Quality, Maintenance, and Ease of Use

The table itself is sturdy and feels well-made, but the same can’t be said for the net clamps. The net clamps are of poor quality and seem as though they may break at any moment, in addition to the net itself being a bit flimsy and cheap feeling. You could take the net off after playing, which to be honest, isn’t really what you’d expect for an outdoor table. In this case, you could just buy a new, better-quality net. Otherwise, the top of the table is of good quality and has a great bounce, even though the top is very, very thin, but this is something to accept if you’re considering an outdoor table.

The two halves notion, which worked so well on the JOOLA Inside, doesn’t work so well here. It’s scarily easy for the two halves to come apart. Also, despite the legs being adjustable, they’re not really that helpful. If you’re playing on an uneven surface, then one team’s likely to have a height advantage of varying depth.

Finally, the table doesn’t come with paddles or balls, so you’ll have to buy these separately.

Pros


  • Easy and quick to assemble
  • Mostly good quality
  • Easy to move
  • Small storage space required
  • Adjustable legs
  • Well-known company
  • Good instructions

Cons


  • Low-quality net
  • Heavy
  • Slightly unsecure
  • Does not come with paddles or balls
  • Under 15mm thickness

Final word

All in all, the JOOLA NOVA DX is a good, solid table that, barring the net, seems like it’s going to last for a while. Some occasional pushing together may be needed after any volatile action, such as diving dramatically to reach a shot. Depth could also be an issue if playing on an uneven surface, but with a little willpower and time, you can make it even. As with any outside table purchase, a cover is always a near-necessity to keep it in good condition, so if you’re able, make sure to get one.

JOOLA Rally TL 300 Table Tennis Table

Sticking with the company that brought you tables for the Olympics, JOOLA offers yet another alternative for you to consider for indoor play.

JOOLA Rally TL 300 Table Tennis Table

Assembly, Movability, and Storage

Another easy table to assemble, the JOOLA Rally TL 300 only needs you to attach the wheels, and also the patented ball holders on the corners. For us, it took fifteen minutes to have it ready to go. The guidelines were clear, and the entire thing was simple to do.

Once more, this table comes in two pieces, which is secured by the net, but, on this model, it doesn’t really work as well as some other options on this list. However, the wheels are lockable for that little extra support to keep the table together. Be aware that you may find yourself occasionally pushing it back together.

The two halves are light and portable, only needing one person to move the table around. Storage doesn’t take up that much space, either.

Quality, Maintenance, and Ease of Use

The whole table is solid and durable, and there’s no wobble on it at all. The legs are exceptionally strong—this is very much a built-to-last piece. The top, 15mm, is nice and smooth with a good bounce, and the net is seriously great quality and high-end, and stays tight. The adjustable legs help with uneven surfaces, too. It’s easy to clean and maintain.

The unique part of this table is what it comes with; there are four corner ball holders, which are very convenient and a small stroke of genius, and magnetic scoring boards. Unfortunately, the magnetic scoring boards feel more like a last minute thought. The quality of these are low, and they’re generally unreliable. After the initial excitement, you’ll probably find yourself switching back to good old pen and paper, or a tally on your phone.

Again, there are no paddles or balls with this model, so you’ll have to buy them separately.

Pros


  • Easy and quick to assemble
  •  good quality
  • Easy to move
  • Small storage space required
  • Adjustable legs
  • Well-known company
  • Good instructions
  • Corner ball holders
  • High-quality net
  • 15mm thick top

Cons


  • Securing the two pieces isn’t great
  • Poor-quality magnetic scoring boards
  • Does not come with paddles or balls

Final word

The JOOLA Rally TL 300 probably isn’t the best ping pong table you can buy, but it’s a solid construction, and the corner ball holders are a major plus, as they’re so useful and convenient when in play. It’s also a construction lighter than other tables we’ve seen, in fact, so light that even a child could move it into storage.

Viper Arlington Indoor Table Tennis Table

Viper Arlington Indoor Table Tennis Table

Turning to one of the two products on this list not made by JOOLA or STIGA, in comparison to the credibility and history of those companies, Viper is a brand that’s relatively new to the scene. Viper is owned by GLD products, who claim to have been making family gaming products for thirty years. Their “about us” page on their website hasn’t been updated since 2014. The credibility of the brand isn’t what’s important on this list, but wow, GLD, make some effort.

Assembly, Movability, and Storage

This table is very easy to assemble. The instructions are detailed and clear, and it took us a total of thirty minutes to get everything ready to go.

Like most of the tables on this list, it comes in two halves, making it very easy for any person to move around, and a good choice if you have limited storage space.

Quality, Maintenance, and Ease of Use

The 15mm surface is at the bare-minimum end of having a good game, is of good quality and has a great bounce in it. The legs are also very sturdy, however, despite seemingly being of good quality, we do have some concerns about how long the table might last. Also, the net is quite cheap and flimsy, so you’ll probably find yourself buying another before long.

The surface is very, very easy to mark, so you might find yourself cleaning it fairly often in comparison to other tables.

The adjustable feet make sure that you can play on uneven surfaces, and the two halves seem fairly solidly together, thanks to the weight of each half, the net clamps and stoppers on the wheels, so we don’t have any fear of the table coming apart. Again, there are no paddles or balls with this table, so you’ll have to find them elsewhere.

Pros


  • Easy and quick to assemble
  •  good quality
  • Easy to move
  • Small storage space required
  • Adjustable legs
  • Good instructions
  • 15mm thick top

Cons


  • Quality may devolve over time
  • Low-quality net
  • Easy to mark the surface
  • Does not come with paddles or balls

Final word

Despite being made by an unknown brand, the Viper Arlington stands up, sort of, next to the bigger players. The table itself is all right. However, the price tag seems a little out of line for the quality of table you’ll be getting. This isn’t the best ping pong table available for that price—there are better options available to you.

Harvil Insider Table Tennis Table 

The other table on this list not made by JOOLA or STIGA. The Harvil Insider Tennis Table is, excitingly, the only table on this list that actually comes with paddles and balls …! Harvil is owned by Dazadi, who are a company practically in their infancy compared to everything else on this list as the company is only fifteen years old. Like GLD Products, Dazadi sells family recreational items, and they do it in the most millennial way possible—their website’s really worth a quote: ‘We believe in the power of awesome.’ They seem cool enough, but how does such a young, modern company compete with the granddads of STIGA and JOOLA?

Harvil Insider Table Tennis Table

Assembly, Movability, and Storage

This table took us thirty minutes to assemble in total—it’s easy to do, but during set up it’s quite heavy and needs a couple of hands, or at least, one very muscular person with a love of following instructions.

It’s in two pieces, so movability is excellent, as one person can move it, and storage is not an issue either.

Quality, Maintenance, and Ease of Use

The top is an adequate 15mm. It’s smooth and provides fine play and good bounce. The whole table is of excellent quality and feels very well-made. It seems robust, sturdy and capable, in fact, it feels like this table, with care, could last for years to come. The wheels are lockable too, so the fact it’s in two halves isn’t much of an issue as they stay together very well. The net’s not bad, but also not particularly spectacular either. There are absolutely no issues with cleaning it.

The only major detriment with this table is its lack of adjustable legs. This table is very much designed for an even playing surface, but on the plus side, if you have that, the table is perfectly level.

As stated above, excitingly, this table does actually come with paddles and balls! Four paddles and eight balls as well as an accessory bag to put them in, and, as a bonus, even a protective cover comes with it too.

Pros


  • Easy and quick to set up
  • Easy to move
  • Good quality
  • Small storage space required
  • 15mm thick top
  • Comes with paddles, balls and a cover

Cons


  • No adjustable legs

Final word

We were taken aback by just how excellent this table is. For nearly half the price of a JOOLA Tour 1800 table, this seems like a rare find, because despite the low price, we’re finding ourselves comparing it to the most expensive and highest-quality tables on this list. The top may be thinner than a Tour 1800, and you might find yourself buying a new net, but if that’s not important to you and you’re planning on playing on a level surface, this table deserves serious consideration. From delivery to play in thirty minutes without needing to buy anything additional, if you’re looking for the best ping pong table for the lowest price, the Harvil Insider is certainly a highly valid option.

And, did I mention the included paddles and balls?

JOOLA Outdoor Table Tennis Table 

JOOLA Outdoor Table Tennis Table

Didn’t take us very long to get back to JOOLA, did it? The ones with the Olympic credibility that is. This is another alternative for your outdoor table, for the same price, and the same company as the NOVA DX. So what’s the difference?

Assembly, Movability, and Storage

The assembly is the quickest and easiest we’ve ever had, besides the STIGA Instaplay (number ten on this list). Simply add the wheels, and you’re good to go. In total it took us five minutes to get the table set up and ready to play on.

With big, 3-inch wheels that can easily run over grass terrain, moving it around is easy, and it’s also light enough for one person to do it. Again, this table comes in two halves that nest inside each other, making it very easy to not only move but also store away, as it needs only a little space.

Quality, Maintenance, and Ease of Use

This model has a thinner surface than the NOVA, but asides from that, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of difference between the two. The thinner surface does make us a little less optimistic about its longevity and quality of play, but the bounce is fine, and the whole table definitely feels like a good, solid construction. And to be noted, as with the NOVA DX, outdoor tables are usually less thick. The net is high-quality and holds the two pieces of the table together very well. However, without central support, the middle of the table does sag slightly, but not enough to significantly change the ball’s direction.

The surface is easy to clean. Being an outdoor table, it’s rust-resistant and can stay out in all weather. It also has adjustable legs so you can even out your play surface without much problem.

As is the norm here, the table doesn’t come with paddles or balls, so make sure you get them somewhere else.

Pros


  • Easy and quick to assemble
  • Easy to move
  • Good quality
  • Small storage space required
  • High-quality net
  • Good instructions
  • Well-known company
  • Adjustable legs

Cons


  • Sags in the center
  • Thin top
  • Does not come with paddles or balls
  • Under 15mm thickness

Final word

This table is hands-down the best ping pong table for assembly on this list, excluding the STIGA Instaplay (number ten on this list). The difference between this and the NOVA DX seems only to be the depth of the surface. This does make this model lighter, but less pleasant to play on. Ultimately, whether weight or a great play is more important to you, this table is a good consideration for your outdoor purchase. Again, always heavily consider buying a cover for when it’s not in use.

JOOLA Tour 1800 Indoor Table Tennis Table 

JOOLA Tour 1800 Indoor Table Tennis Table

Yet another product from JOOLA, this table is the most expensive on the list. But is it worth that much?

Assembly, Movability, and Storage

Assembly was fairly easy; it took twenty minutes for us to get it up and to run. However, you will need a wrench, as the assembly needs you to tighten nuts and bolts, so be ready to get your tool bag.

It’s worth noting that this table is very easy to fold up, unlike some other models. In addition to that, it’s easy to roll, so movability isn’t an issue at all. Again, the two halves construction of the table means moving is easy, and it doesn’t need much storage space.

Quality, Maintenance, and Ease of Use

This table is very high-quality in pretty much every aspect. The surface is smooth and flat with a fantastic bounce. The net is also high-quality and simply clips in, while also being very tight at the same time. The whole table is very, very sturdy and robust, and very well-made. It’s also very easy to clean. The thickness is excellent, at 18mm.

The table also has adjustable legs for balancing on uneven surfaces. Unfortunately, the table doesn’t come with paddles or balls, but I think we’re getting used to that now.

Pros


  • Easy and quick to assemble
  • Easy to move
  • Good quality
  • Small storage space required
  • High-quality net
  • Good instructions
  • Well-known company
  • Adjustable legs
  • 18mm thick top

Cons


  • Extra tools needed to assemble
  • Does not come with paddles or balls

Final word

Maybe the JOOLA Tour 1800 Indoor Table Tennis Table is worth the money, as there’s not much in the way of bad things that I can say about it. It’s a table tennis table, pure and simple, that does exactly what it’s made for and does it well. You can’t really go wrong with this table, but it’s up to you to judge whether it’s worth those extra dollars or not.

STIGA Synergy Table Tennis Table 

STIGA Synergy Table Tennis Table

Finally, we come back to STIGA, the suppliers for the Swedish national table tennis team, with probably the coolest-named table on this list. It’s designed for indoor play.

Assembly, Movability, and Storage

Assembly takes much longer than any other table on this list—reality isn’t quite what STIGA would have you believe from their description of thirty minutes. We managed it with two people in one and a half hours, so you’ve got to be ready to put aside some time to construct this table in comparison to the other tables on this list.

The only table on the list to not come in two halves, the STIGA Synergy stays together and folds up, so takes up a bit more storage space than others listed here.

Quality, Maintenance, and Ease of Use

With the top 15mm thick, this table is the lower end of acceptable. It is very sturdy and strong and feels robust. When in place, the playing surface is perfectly level, so your shots aren’t about to fly wildly off.

Due to the fact it’s not in two pieces, there are no adjustable legs, so this table isn’t suited to an uneven play surface.

Pros


  • Easy and quick to assemble
  • Easy to move
  • Good quality
  • Good instructions
  • Well-known company
  • Perfectly level if not on an uneven surface
  • 15mm thick top

Cons


  • Long assembly time in comparison to others on this list
  • Bigger storage space required than others on this list
  • ​No adjustable legs
  • Does not come with paddles or balls

Final word

The STIGA Synergy is a table probably most suited to those who aren’t too worried about the time of assembly and are planning on putting it on an even play surface, as it’s going to be perfectly level every time. You’ll have to factor in that this table takes up a bit more storage space that a lot of others on this list, but the difference isn’t too drastic. This table is pretty much a shining example of how choosing the right table according to your circumstances is critical. If these are your circumstances, I’d heavily consider this table for pure ease of use.

STIGA InstaPlay Table Tennis Table

STIGA InstaPlay Table Tennis Table

Assembly, Movability, and Storage

To finish, we go from the longest assembly time with the previous table, to the shortest assembly time here. InstaPlay means exactly what it says—there’s no assembly required as it’s 100% pre-assembled. Simply removing the packaging and place the two halves together. Total assembly time for us was a total of two minutes.

The table itself is easy to fold and easy to move with its wheels. However, it’s also staggeringly heavy so needs a bit of a team effort, even when it’s in two halves. However, the two halves are very strongly linked together with the net being screwed to brackets, to the degree that when linked, you can push the table around confidently without it falling apart.

Because of the two halves, it’s got a good storage space, as the two halves can nest inside each other.

Quality, Maintenance, and Ease of Use

The 19mm thick surface is the best quality on this list and provides a great bounce and enhanced play. However, the quality of the table is lacking somewhat—the legs seem quite weak and ready to collapse at any kind of excessive weight, and after a few months of being up, the center of the table started to sag without support. The net is also nothing to write home about—it looks, feels and is cheap, and, important for budding professionals, it’s not regulation length, either.

Despite this, it’s easy to clean and otherwise is good for a game, with that extra bounce from the thick surface noticeable and enjoyable. It also doesn’t have adjustable legs, so it’d be fairly useless on an uneven surface. It doesn’t come with paddles or balls, so you’ll have to buy those in addition to this table.

Pros


  • Easy and quick to assemble
  • Easy to move
  • Well-known company
  • Small storage space required
  • 19mm thick top
  • Two halves well-linked together

Cons


  • No adjustable legs
  • Weak legs
  • Quality devolves over time
  • Low-quality and non-regulation net
  • Does not come with paddles or balls
  • Very heavy

Final word

For its absolute speed of assembly, the InstaPlay is by far the best on this list to get up and ready to play almost as soon as the delivery man’s waved goodbye. The thickness of the top gives great play, but the quality is otherwise seriously lacking, and time will tell whether this table can withstand more than a year of active use.

Wrapping it up

Choosing the best ping pong table for you includes so many factors about you and your life. Where you’re placing the table, how much you have in your budget, whether you’re amateur or semi-professional etc. Each table is individually built for specific consumer needs, so make sure you’re buying for your own reasons, and you’re not just trying to find the products with the best ratings. What works for others may not work for you, so this list hopes to have helped you to decide not only about what you might find most important, but also where your hard-earned cash could be best spent.

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