Choosing Your Table Tennis Table
It isn’t always easy to make a choice, given the variety of tables available. But it’s actually easier than you think. To guarantee you make the right choice, follow our short guide. Here, asking yourself the right questions is key.
1. What Kind of Player are You?
There is a table to suit every kind of use. Broadly speaking, there are three categories - i) recreational use, ii) table tennis in a competitive setting, and iii) n public places such as parks, camp sites etc. We’ve put together a few guidelines to help you choose a table for recreational use, which is by far the most common type. If that’s not what you’re looking for, please check out our competition tables here and our tables for group use here.
2. Do you plan to play indoors, outdoors, or both?
Our indoor and outdoor tables correspond to a different design philosophy. The big difference between them is the material used for the playing surface. Indoor tables have a chipboard table top while outdoor tables are made of ore laminate, also called HPL (High Pressure Laminate).
Indoor tables are not built to withstand impacts or poor weather conditions, so they must not be used outdoors, unless you go to great lengths to protect them. Outdoor tables are much more resilient and can be used either indoors or outdoors. They are recommended for indoor use too, especially if you think they might have to withstand a few knocks and bumps over the years.
Here's a quick video of how indoor and outdoor tables differ:
Indoor table tennis tables have a chipboard top:
Outdoor table tennis tables have a resin laminate top :