Table Tennis: How To Know Your Tables

While Table Tennis tables come primarily in one size—don’t bother with the mini ones—there are a fair bit of differences when it comes to the details; 16/18/22mm boards, MDF vs Resin, etc. Our expert team is here today to write a quick guide on what to look out for when buying a table tennis table.


The thickness of the tabletop & why it matters

The first thing to look out for is the tabletop thickness. This is the key factor that determines the bounce quality of the ball. The thickness of table tops can start at 10mm for a basic table, and goes to 22mm for a tournament table. As a general rule of thumb, the thicker the tabletop, the better the bounce which will lead to faster and more satisfying gameplay.

Outdoor tables, however, operate on a different platform. Instead of MDF, Resin is used to provide waterproofing and thickness typically comes in between 3.5mm – 7.0mm. Once again, the thicker the tabletop, the better.

Our recommendation? 22mm is designed for professional/ training users and is recommended for schools or people looking for the best experience. 19mm, however, is what we consider to be a really good thickness for the majority of users.


Frame & Chassis

If you’re a table tennis player, then you would know that the table does get a certain amount of wear and tear from the constant knocking and brushing during games. This is where the frame & chassis comes into play.

Look at the thickness and design of the frame. Users with higher usage should be looking at a more solid frame, which is typically comprising of thicker square section steel with additional reinforcements around the tabletop. Despite that, casual users will find round section tables to be mostly sufficient.

Our recommendation? Don’t make your decision purely from the type of support frame. Take a good look at how the frame is designed, especially if it’s flimsy or made with very thin steel. These are all factors we look at when appraising a table tennis table.


Compare the features

By now you would have covered two of the most important factors in gauging the quality of a table tennis table, and if a particular table is well built or worth the money you’re paying for it. The last thing to do, however, is to compare the finer features between the tables.

Some important features that good tables should have include:

• Ball & bat storage
• Playback facility
• Ease of foldability
• Ball dispenser
• Adjustable net – Height & tension
• UV coated tabletop

Our recommendations? These are some very important features to look out for in your table, and so make sure that you compare tables on the basis of these features as well. Adjustable net, as well as playback facilities, are two of the most important ones that we will recommend.


Final Word

If you have reached this part of the guide, then congratulations as you’re now on your way to being a discerning buyer of a good table tennis table. We hope this guide will prove to be useful for you and do let us know if you need advice or opinions on a particular table! We also recommend looking at the rest of our guides if you’re interested in learning more about the best game tables for you!


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