Three Things to Consider When Buying a Ping Pong Table

Tips on finding your next indoor, outdoor, apartment-sized, pro quality, or multifunctional table tennis setup.

Find your next ping pong table
Table tennis, or ping pong, is a great game to play with friends and family anytime of the year, indoors or out.STIGA

When table tennis originated in Victorian England, people played it on a parlor table, using books to bounce a golf ball back and forth to each other. Today, ping-pong is more than a parlor game. It’s an Olympic sport, a family pastime, a party game, and simply a fun way to spend half an hour or a weekend. That’s why so many people buy a ping-pong table for home use. If you’re one of them, here’s a short guide to help you choose the best one for you.

STIGA Advantage Lite Recreational Indoor Table Tennis Table
The two halves of this unit can be completely separated and used as freestanding multi-use tables.STIGA

You may want to play ping-pong on a deck, a porch, a patio, or right in your backyard. If that’s the case, invest in a table that is built to withstand moisture and sunlight, which could harm indoor tables. These cost more than indoor tables, but they’re rugged and you’ll never have to worry about warping or peeling.

Stiga XTR Series Table Tennis Table
Has a durable aluminum composite top.STIGA

You may want to play ping-pong on a deck, a porch, a patio, or right in your backyard. If that’s the case, invest in a table that is built to withstand moisture and sunlight, which could harm indoor tables. These cost more than indoor tables, but they’re rugged and you’ll never have to worry about warping or peeling (or the guest who’s having a REALLY good time and spills a beer all over it).

STIGA Advantage Pro Tournament-Quality Indoor Table Tennis Table
Features welded steel aprons that support the top, preventing warpage.STIGA

If you’re serious about table tennis, not just any table will do. You’ll want a thick, reinforced table for stability and consistent bounce. You also want a quality tabletop finish that won’t wear over time or develop thin spots. These cost a bit more than everyday tables but will stand up to hard use for a long time.

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