I’m looking to buy a new table tennis table. I’m trying to decide between Brand X, Model 1, and Brand Y, Model 2. Which ping-pong table do you recommend?
Answer: Oh boy, this is always a tough question to answer. Even after over 35 years of playing table tennis, I’ve only played on a small fraction of all the different brands and models of ping-pong tables that are available.
I’ve played a lot on the Stiga Expert, Elite Roller, and Stiga Basic Roller tables (which I have reviewed in detail), and on the old Joola 2000-S model in the past, along with a couple of Butterfly models here and there. I’ve even tried one of the latest Dawei tables recently (it was OK). I’ll continue to review more tables as I come across them in my table tennis travels.
Greg’s Note – January 2020: In more recent years, I’ve spent some time on Stag and DHS tables and found them to be just fine. The San-Ei and XuShaoFa tables were good too. In my own club I’m using Donic Waldner 25 brand tables, and they are very nice tables which I would highly recommend.
But in the meantime, what’s the answer to the question of which table is best? Well, until the leading table tennis table manufacturers starting sending me ping-pong tables to test, my advice is to ask the question in some of the table tennis forums around on the Internet. With the number of table tennis players who visit, there is a pretty good chance that someone will have some experience with any model that you are interested in, and will be willing to give you the benefit of their personal experience. They are a pretty friendly bunch, so don’t be shy!
I’ve also written a guide with plenty of general advice on what to look for when choosing a table tennis table. I’d suggest having a close read of this guide so that you know what you should be looking for in any table that you are interested in.