Best Table Tennis Table Reviews UK 2016 – 2017
Looking for a new table tennis table? There are several excellent options available on the market today, and they range from the low-end (~£319.99) to the much, much higher end (upwards of £1500). In order to make choosing just a little bit easier for you, we’ve compiled a short list of the best table tennis tables in 2016 - 2017 for you to take a look at.
When choosing a table, you’ll want to look at the thickness of the playing surface, the durability and strength of the frame, safety features, how it folds up, and of course, its value and price. You’ll also want to look at whether it is an indoor or outdoor table.
Indoor tables (the most common) tend to have a better bounce and smoother playing surface when compared to outdoor tables, because of the materials used in constructing outdoor tables. Outdoor table tops are often made from durable materials, such as aluminium and composites, UV resistant ant finishes, and are waterproof. This makes them resistant to the weather, and to cracking or damage. However, this build does not usually maintain the same quality of playing surface or bounce. The really nice and high-quality outdoor tables are, however, extremely durable, and have been known to last decades when properly taken care of. If you’re going to be storing your table in a garage or basement with changes in humidity and temperature, it may be recommended that you purchase an outdoor table.
When looking at table thickness, you’ll see tables that range anywhere from 12mm to, on some, up to 40mm thick on the higher end. The thicker the table, the more consistent and smooth the bounce of the ball will be. While competition or club level players will want to look for tables at least 25mm thick, you can find many nice, smooth tables with thicknesses in the 19-20mm range. The Cornilleau Sport 100S, for example, has a thickness of 40mm, while the Kettler Axos 1 has one of 25mm.
You’ll also want to see how much space you have available for your table at home. If it’s not a lot, you may want to look into getting a compact or 3/4 size table, provided you only need it for recreation and not competition. You will want to look for a table that fits easily in the space you have, as well as leaves plenty of room for running back and forth and playing.
With these factors in mind, we’ve compiled a short buying guide of the best table tennis tables in the uk, to help you choose the right one for your needs.
Our Top 5 Table
Kettler Axos 1
Cornilleau Sport 100S
Our Best Table Tennis Table Reviews UK of 2016 - 2017
The model table we are going to look at is the Donnay Indoor Full Size table. It retails for a low price and has 5/5 Stars on Amazon, out of 60 customer reviews. It is designed to give the largest, best possible playing surface in a compact, storable form. It is a full size table, measuring in at 274x152.5cm and 76cm tall. It also has a 12mm thick playing surface. The edges are reinforced with 20mm thick steel edging, as well as the undercarriage, ensuring a strong sturdy table with excellent bounce.
The Donnay comes assembled out of the box, and set up takes about 5 minutes. Simply unbox the table, clamp the net up, and you’re done. It is supported by Donnay’s second generation leg system, with 8 folding legs, each holding up a corner. Each leg has a red, steel lockout brace, with a built-in safety release. The table feet are also threaded for adjustable height, so it can be set up on floors that are not 100% level.
Overall, players love the Donnay Indoor table. It provides an excellent playing surface and smooth, consistent bounce that players love, especially for its price. Build quality is superb, and the construction is solid and durable. It is very easily set up and stored away. It has been noted to warp if left outside somewhere with humidity – so be sure to keep it in the house. It is a great starter table for the home at a great value.
- Ease of set up
- Do not store outside
Kettler Axos 1 Outdoor
The Kettler Axos 1 is one of the best outdoor table tennis tables, and is meant to stand up to a variety of different playing conditions. Made in Germany, it has a weatherproof aluminium and composite top, built from Kettler’s ALU-TEC technology, with a non-glare coating for the sun. It is 25mm thick, which provides a stable, sturdy playing surface with consistent depth and bounce. The legs are 2 inch thick, powder coated and galvanized steel, which provide high-quality and durable support and are resistant to corrosion. 4.5 inch dual-wheeled casters give easy, hassle-free storage and mobility. It also has a dual-lock system to keep the table from folding up unexpectedly.
In addition to having an aluminium top and non-glare coating, it also has a 2.25 inch resin apron coating on top, which prevents warping, and is engineered to prevent damage from the sun. The Axos can be folded up in half, to be used for playing and practicing solo. This design is well-executed, and there is no gap or crack at the folding point, like on so many other tables. This means the Axos provides a much smoother playing surface.
Retailing at this price, the Axos is a more expensive, solid pick, but still in the low to mid-range for a table tennis table – especially an outdoor one. Users like its high-quality and substantial construction, and say that it is very smooth and plays very well. It has 4.5/5 stars on Amazon with 39 reviews.
- Outdoor table, weather resistant
- Non-glare coating
- Easy storage, mobility
- More expensive
Butterfly Easifold Indoor
The Butterfly Easifold is an indoor table tennis table that retails for a reasonable price. It is full-size, and designed to be quick-rolling table than can be easily put away and stored, for home use. The Easifold is designed with two separate halves that fold up separately and easily, with 4 wheels on each half. This makes it very easy to move over the place, and store away without taking up too much space. The playing surface is 19mm thick, which is not competition level, but is thick enough to provide a smooth and consistent playing surface, and is built from 11 layers of resin-treated plywood. It is smooth and consistent; however, it is not waterproof or weatherproof in any way, and is not meant to be used outside at all. It has a robust and attractive steel frame, which has individual height adjusters on each leg. This allows it to be used on slightly uneven playing surfaces and ensures a flat, solid playing area. It also has a double locking mechanism that keeps it from locking accidentally.
Since each half can fold up individually, one can set it up in a sort of playback mode, and play solo games or practices by themselves. It is very easy to set up and use, and comes preassembled. It has 5/5 stars on Amazon and is loved by reviewers, who say that it is a solid, sturdy and high-quality table with a smooth and consistent playing surface. Remember that it is only meant to be used indoors. Butterfly sells an outdoor version of the Easifold, however, that sells for a higher price.
- Good price
- Folds and stores super easy
- Thick, 19mm surface
The Butterfly Junior table is another high-quality table by Butterfly. It is the only junior-sized table we are reviewing today. It is 3/4 sized, and has 12mm playing surface. It is thus not suitable for competition or club level play, but makes a great table to keep around the house, for playing with friends, or for smaller kids. It is designed with storage and ease of use in mind; the Butterfly folds up quite easily, and the two halves come apart separately. These halves can be wheeled around and stored separately, if needed, and the steel legs are strong and sturdy. The Butterfly comes with a net that attaches to the table on one end, and clips on with a large clip on the other.
It has 4.5/5 Stars on Amazon with over 85 reviews, and is generally well-liked by reviewers, who appreciate its compact size, easy storage, and sturdy construction. It should take less than 5 minutes to set up. Overall, it is one of the best table tennis tables for learning the basics of the sport, or one just meant for some fun around the house. It sells for low price point, but is not the cheapest on our best table tennis table reviews list (the Donnay indoor is less expensive), but is still an excellent price for what if offers: a basic, quality, easy to use choice.
- Small, compact size
- Easy set up and storage
- Thin, 12mm playing surface
Cornilleau Sport 100S Crossover Outdoor
The last one on our uk table tennis table reviews list is the Cornilleau Sport 100s. Cornilleau is known for its quality table tennis products and this table is no exception. It is meant for either indoor or outdoor use, and features a 4mm thick resin laminate that protects the table from the elements and seals out humidity. It will resist rain, water or snow. The steel frame itself is 40mm thick, making it a burly build that ensures a smooth, solid playing surface. It features 25mm thick galvanized steel legs, with separately adjustable feet, and large 200mm diameter wheels. The net is made with fixed ABS plastic posts. It also features Cornilleau’s Push and Lock system, which makes folding and setting up a safe and study breeze.
The surface is coated with soft MAT anti-glare coating, which reflects 3 times fewer rays than a standard top coating. Like many other tables, the two halves can be folded up separately, which not only makes it much easier to store, but also allows you to play and practice by yourself, using the other side as a rebounder.
The Sport 100S comes in at a little more price wise compared with the rest and has 4.5 stars on Amazon. Players love it for its durability and ease of use. It does present a different bounce than wooden, indoor table, but that is a well-known and common element of outdoor tables. It is one the more expensive tennis tables on our list, but is also one of the most high-quality. It is suitable for both leisurely play with family and friends, as well as for an entry-level player who wants to practice for club level games.
- Premium, sturdy build
- Thick, 40mm playing surface
- Meant for indoor/outdoor use
- 4mm thick anti-glare, resin coating
- Somewhat expensive
Final Word on The Best UK Table Tennis Table Reviews 2016 - 2017
Choosing the best table tennis table for you, will come down to what you need it to do and what kind of use you’re looking to get out of it. It will especially depend of it you are looking for an indoor or outdoor table. If outdoor, then we recommend the Cornilleau Sport 100S as our best outdoor table tennis table choice. It a solid, hefty and well-built table that will stand up to the elements, and its 40mm thick frame allows for a solid, serious playing surface. The only drawback is that it does not have the same bounce or playing surface of proper wooden indoor surfaces.
Thus, if you need a table than can be played indoors, then the Donnay Indoor table is a great starter table. It is well-built, with 20mm thick steel edging, is easy to setup and to store away, and has a smooth playing surface. Users love it – especially for its price, which is very reasonable and making it one of least expensive tables out today. However, it provides an unbeatable quality and value at that price.
All of these table are excellent quality and value for their price, and it really is just up to you to pick the best model for your needs and price range. Happy shopping!