The best ping pong tables can be found at ping pong and table tennis tournaments throughout the world. The problem is they are not very practical for most of us. These tournament-grade ping pong tables meet all specifications and accreditations, but they’re heavy-duty which means they’re super-heavy and they don’t fold up and can’t be unobtrusively put away. More importantly, they are not exactly affordable and can set you back more than a couple of grands.
What we want here is the best ping pong table that everybody can afford, which is to say for less than a grand. In fact, the manufacturing of ping pong equipment is so advanced these days that you can get near tournament-grade ping pong tables for closer to $500. Any one of the following ping pong tables is sure to wow your friends and relatives. For the intent and purposes of this write-up, they are the best ping pong tables.
The tabletop must be thick so that the ball will bounce consistently and excitingly every time. This will also ensure long-term reliability for poorly made thin tabletops are almost certain to warp over time. The frame must be so solid that you wouldn’t bat an eye if an over-excited youngster jumped on top of the table.
Lastly, there is the question of indoor versus outdoor ping pong tables. It’s really not a question since all ping pong tournaments are played indoors. Outdoor ping pong tables are more expensive because the tops are made of metal composite material to withstand the elements and the balls can bounce a bit funky on them. For this reason, our best ping pong tables are indoor tables. (There’s another game called “tennis” for those who prefer to play outdoors, you know?)
Rally TL 300
JOOLA is the official ping pong table of USA Table Tennis. It doesn’t matter how highly rated team USA is in the world ranking or ratings of ping pong, Americans use only the best equipment. Believe it!
The best JOOLA ping pong table in our book is the Rally TL300. JOOLA is a German company (the J is pronounced like a Y) but the Rally series is designed in the USA. The TL300 features 15mm or 0.59” thick tabletop fitted with JOOLA patented ball holders in each corner (this is a much more elegant solution than tennis players stuffing balls in their pant pockets). The playing surface is MDF painted with scratch- and stain-resistant charcoal polyurethane paint.
The undercarriage is a network of 30mm x 30mm powder-coated steel tubes. The tubes are of thick enough gage to offer excellent stability but not so much as to make the table unwieldy. Assembly is required with straightforward instructions. The JOOLA Rally TL300 weighs 155 pounds assembled, which is quite manageable, and can be folded and rolled away for storage. The removable net assembly is of good quality and there is one abacus scorekeeper on each side, which is kind of cool but we didn’t try them – it’s more fun to call out the scores.
Killerspin is a relative newcomer to the top flight of ping pong equipment makers (in comparison to other top brands such as JOOLA and STIGA), but nobody has done more than Killerspin in raising the profile of ping pong in America. Killerspin organizes a variety of exciting nationally televised tournaments and it has the best collection of endorsements by the world’s top players.
Some of the very best recreational ping pong tables can be found in the Killerspin MyT series. Every one of them is regulation-sized and our best ping pong table happens to be the entry-level Killerspin MyT, the newly redesigned MyT4 Pocket.
“Pocket” signifies the presence of two pockets on each end, the one of the left can hold up to 8 balls and the one on the right is big enough for multiple paddles. Yes, the configuration is optimized for right-handers but it shouldn’t be a problem for lefties to adapt. The MyT4 even comes in two finishes: blue and black, also known as MyT4 BluPocket and BlackPocket.
The tabletop is 15mm MDF and the steel posts are thick and durable. This table is easy to assemble. We set one up in 12 minutes flat. The included Killerspin net assembly is a high-quality one featuring stylish red posts and thick net.
The Swedish brand STIGA is the world’s most recognizable name in ping pong. Naturally, STIGA is the official sponsor of the Swedish national team. Team Sweden used to dominate the European ping pong scene until the recent emergence of Germany. (If Germany were the ping of Europe, Sweden would be the pong. It’s a bit like yin and yang.)
The STIGA Advantage is a perennial best-seller among serious game-room ping pong tables. In fact, the company calls it competition-ready, yet this table’s STIGA QuickPlay design makes it a breeze to set up in less than 10 minutes (it ships 95% assembled).
The tabletop is 5/8” MDF. It’s beautifully multi-coated with silk-screened stripes over the paint. The undercarriage is very sturdy with 1.5” x 1.5” steel tubes and beefy bracings. The included STIGA removable net assembly is a tournament-grade unit found in their higher-end tables.
The STIGA Advantage chassis is designed to separate readily into two halves. It makes this relatively heavy 190lb table very easy to move around. Like the Killerspin table above, the STIGA Advantage has a ball pocket and a paddle pocket on each end.
All 3 of our best ping pong tables fold up to compact sizes for easy storage. Keep one side folded up and you can play singles with yourself! This is way more real than playing video games – we guarantee it. Here come the awards.
The winner of the best-looking ping pong table goes to the Killerspin MyT4. Like all Miss USA contestants, the Killerspin MyT4 is as talented as it is easy on the eye.
The winner of the most patriotic ping pong table goes to the JOOLA Rally TL300. This table is designed in America and JOOLA is the official sponsor of Team USA.
Our official title of the best ping pong table goes to the STIGA Advantage. Fully 98% of Amazon reviews are 4 and 5 stars. This is by far the top in class. We’re confident that you will enjoy this table as much as we did.