Best Ping Pong Table Reviews (2018): Top Brands For Indoor & Outdoor Play
You can’t have a complete gameroom without a ping pong table! Ping pong is fun for everyone and an absolute classic indoor game.
However, playing on a sub-par table can suck the joy out of the game instantly. Uneven tables and flimsy nets make the learning curve steeper than it needs to be for beginners, and they make it impossible for experts to master tricky techniques.
As passionate paddlers ourselves, we’ve devoted considerable time and effort to finding the best ping pong tables on the market. We’ve put in hours of playtime and looked at dozens of different models to find the ones with the smoothest surfaces, strongest frames, and best durability.
You’ll find comprehensive reviews of all our favorite tables below. There’s something here for every budget and skill level, so read on to find your new gameroom champ!
|Picture||Product Name||Product Dimensions||Cost|
|STIGA Advantage Indoor Table Tennis Table||63 x 56 x 5 inches||$|
|Cornilleau 250S||61.8 x 5.5 x 59.1 inches||$$|
|Cornilleau 500M||72 x 61 x 29.5 inches||$$$|
|JOOLA Midsize Compact Table Tennis Table||39.3 x 39.2 x 4 inches||$|
Best Ping Pong Table Reviews (2018)
The STIGA Advantage is currently the most popular ping pong table on the market! Of course, that’s not why we recommend it. Still, its sheer popularity goes to show how great the Advantage is–especially for the price! We recommend it to anyone who wants to get a great full-size table for under $500.
One of the best things about the STIGA is how easy it is to get it set up. It comes pretty close to assembled. Very little assembly is required of you, which is perfect for casual players who just want to get up and playing!
It’s mounted on lockable casters, which makes it easy to move around. They’re pretty rugged, too. Most budget models either don’t have casters or have rickety ones which break right off the bat.
Just like the high-end models, the STIGA splits in two, so you can easily handle putting it away and setting it up again. The halves nest together for space-efficient storage, and they go into a nice, neat package.
You can also have one half down and then use the other half in a raised position to practice against yourself! That’s something you can do with all the premium models, but it’s not a given at this price.
While there aren’t a ton of frills on the STIGA, it has all the basics covered. A safety latch keeps the table from unfolding unexpectedly, and there are rubber leg levelers on the base to help you get it situated. The clamp-style net is simple and serviceable with adjustable tension.
It’s full-size and quite well-made for the money. This is a ⅝” playing surface, mounted to a full-size table top. It has a steel apron all around to prevent warping and a rugged steel frame.
Of course, the winningest feature of the STIGA is the price. It costs half as much as a Cornilleau and should accessible to practically any buyer. We think this is the least you can pay for a quality full-size ping pong table.
So, how does it play? As well as any beginner needs it to, and impressively well for more experienced folks. The surface isn’t comparable to a high-end model like the Cornilleau’s below, but it has excellent bounce for the price and STIGA crank out the levelest tables at this price by a long shot.
There’s one noticeably weak point on the design: the cheap folding struts. They’re very thin metal compared to the rest of the frame, and we can see why a couple reviewers online have said theirs bent. We think you’ll be fine as long as you’re gentle. Problems aren’t common.
Quality control isn’t perfect with any budget-priced table. That’s certainly true here. We’ve seen reports from buyers who received units with cracks, bubbles, missing components, misaligned holes, and so on. However, STIGA’s quality control is still miles better than other manufacturers in the same price range.
You can’t use it outdoors or in seasonal rooms.
This one doesn’t have the best longevity or warranty coverage, compared to the more expensive Cornilleau’s. Screws can pull out of the surface over time, and the surface definitely gets beaten up faster than premium models. It’s good for the casual player or someone on a budget. Serious, competitive, and daily players should consider spending more.
The only thing holding the halves together is the net clamps, so lunges aren’t a great idea with this one.
Our midrange recommendation, the Cornilleau 250S is a hybrid table that works indoors and outdoors. We recommend it heartily for both! It’s very, very well-made, and as nice as most folks need. This is a good upgrade choice for casual players who want to be able to take their game outside. It’s also perfect for experienced players who want something high-end without spending another more than $1K.
In a lot of ways, the Cornilleau is an upgraded version of the STIGA. They both split into halves for storage or practice modes. They both have leg levelers and 1.5” steel frames. As with the STIGA, the Cornilleau is regulation size.
The Cornilleau sets itself apart in both design and execution, though. It has much better fit and finish than the STIGA, especially on the surface. The frame feels sturdier, the folding mechanism is much stronger, and quality control is impeccable. You really do get what you pay for.
We think the 250S is a good balance between value and quality. It’s French-made and weatherproof with some extra conveniences–without costing nearly as much as the 500M.
The biggest difference you’ll notice between this and the STIGA when you go to play is the 5mm resin laminate surface. It’s absolutely stellar for a midrange model, and only the pricier Cornilleau’s can beat it. There are more expensive models from other brands that don’t have this kind of bounce and spin potential.
Cornilleau’s glare-reduction coating is a small touch that makes a big difference under bright lighting, whether you’re playing under fluorescents or in the sun.
While this one’s certainly a bigger investment than the STIGA, it’s also a better investment. The Cornilleau is covered by a 10-year warranty on everything but the wheels and netting.
You can use it anywhere! The 250S has a weatherproof surface and net material that’ll hold up to pretty much anything. You don’t even need a cover, though there’s one sold on the side as an optional extra. We love being able to play outside in the summer, and this is super easy to wheel out to the driveway or porch.
As you’d expect from a high-end manufacturer, there are lots of conveniences built into the Cornilleau. You can fold the net away to save space, and it has both tension and height adjustment. There’s racket and ball storage in the frame.
It’s mounted on some very big wheels, at close to 8” diameter. They might look a bit large, but the upside is they handle well on carpeting and lawns. They’ve also got tread for the driveway or garage so that you can move the game outside for parties and sunny summer days.
While assembly is required, it’s easy and intuitive. You don’t have to worry about missing components or misaligned holes on a premium model like this! We think just about anybody should be able to handle putting this together.
There aren’t too many downsides to the 250S. The differences between this and the 500M won’t be super obvious to most players. However, if you’re very experienced and passionate, you’ll appreciate the 500M’s improved surface and the extra conveniences it offers. Most folks can comfortably stick with the 250S.
As far as we’re concerned this is the best table on the market, indoor or outdoor! It’s fully qualified for tournament play and as premium as you could ask for. The surface is phenomenal and we don’t think pros would even find something to complain about with the 500M. It’s simply a joy to play on.
For this kind of money, you want an absolutely stellar surface. Thankfully, that’s just what you get on the 500M. It has a thicker resin surface than the 250S and while casual players may not notice enough of a difference to justify the investment, passionate players will be thrilled with this thing.
It’s a dream to play, with perfect bounce and contact. You can do any kinds of fancy tricks you like on this one and know it’ll respond exactly to your technique. It has an impeccable finish, complete with glare resistance.
They don’t make tables more rugged than this Cornilleau. It has a significantly thicker steel frame than the STIGA or the 250S. Everything’s rock-solid and the folding mechanism moves very smoothly. When you spend this much money on a table, you want it to last for years and years. We don’t see any reason why you wouldn’t get well over a decade of use out of this.
The 500M has lots of premium conveniences that daily players will appreciate. There’s ball and racket storage at each end, plus ball dispensers and a carrying handle. Everything from the wheel locks to the folding mechanism feels well thought-out and well-executed.
You’re really paying for the stellar surface with this model, but we absolutely love the way the net retracts into the table. It’s a really clever design and it’s so nice to not have to fold up your net when you put your table away!
It carries over most of the features we love on the 250S:
- Regulation-size surface
- Simple folding mechanism
- 10-year warranty
- French construction
- 8” wheels
- Full weatherproofing
There’s no downside to buying the 500M, aside from the steep price tag. Don’t buy this if you won’t get your money’s worth out of it and be able to appreciate the level of quality on the playing surface. This one’s for diehards only, or for anyone to whom price isn’t a barrier.
Which of these ping pong tables should you buy for your gameroom?
The STIGA is an obvious choice for a first ping pong table, and for those who are looking to save money. It’s half the price of the Cornilleau 250S and plays extremely well for its price class. Just be prepared for the possibility of quality control issues and know that if you get more passionate about your game, you’ll probably want to upgrade.
The Cornilleau 250S is an excellent choice for the average buyer. It’s much higher-quality than the STIGA, without as exorbitant a price tag as the 500M. Unless you’re super passionate and play every day, this is probably as nice a table as you need to buy.
The Cornilleau 500M is our ultimate recommendation to the most passionate ping pong players. It has the best surface on the market and lots of conveniences and design touches to justify its high cost. While most players don’t need something of this caliber, we absolutely love it and recommend the Cornilleau to anyone who can afford it and appreciate it.
We know that even our budget pick is fairly expensive, so don’t panic if it’s beyond your budget! We’ve got one other recommendation for you to consider. It’s by far the most affordable play surface we recommend, and it’s also an excellent choice for folks who are short on space in their gameroom.
The JOOLA stores as small as a square yard, and it splits in two. You can easily fit it in tight living spaces. Its compact design also makes it a kid-friendly choice! It’s affordable, efficient, and plays quite nicely (though not on par with a nicer full-size model). Get this if you’re tight for cash, need to save space, or are teaching a little one to play!
Find out more about any of the models featured above by clicking on the links in our reviews. That’s the easiest way to check current prices, see all the important specs, and take a closer look at the features.
To see more outdoor recommendations, head over to our guide to the best outdoor ping pong tables! We’ve got you covered with all-weather picks for all budgets!
Or, visit our homepage to find links to all our buying guides. We’ll help you set up a gameroom to impress all your visitors!