Where to Buy Ping Pong Tables?
Ping pong is a fun and relaxing way to break up the monotony of life. But where should I buy a ping pong table? Here’s what to look for in a quality ping pong table and why Watson’s has the model you need for indoor or outdoor play.
What to Look for in a Ping Pong Table
Arguably no feature carries more importance than the playing surface. Most ping pong tables range between half an inch and one inch in thickness. Make sure your model is at least three-quarters of an inch thick. Thinner material has an increased risk of warping, resulting in unpredictable bounces.
Many manufacturers use particle boards for the surface. Look for tops with a medium density, which minimizes warping and offers consistent bounces. If you drop a ping pong ball from one foot onto a medium density particle board, the ball should bounce nine inches. Some companies use wood and aluminum playing surfaces, which are great for indoor use, but prone to distortion outdoors.
Frame and Under-Carriage
The frame provides critical support to the playing surface. Inferior tables use aluminum or galvanized tubing that may compromise the tabletop’s stability over time. If you want a better table, opt for heavy-duty steel tubing or a dense center that supports the playing surface. Counting the number of cross beams can give you an idea of how trustworthy the table is.
Fold and Storage
Ping pong tables are space eaters, so make sure you have a foldable model. The table should retract into the center frame before you wheel it into storage. Large or textured wheels provide more support during gameplay and make it easier to move afterward. Some wheels have locking mechanisms, allowing the table to stay in place while in storage.
While it’s more enjoyable to play ping-pong with another person, there isn’t always someone available. A playback feature lets you fold up one end of the table and play against yourself. Some models have a wide gap between the table and wall, which creates a less realistic playing experience. The best tables fold up with minimal space between the horizontal and vertical playing surfaces.
The Bottom Line
Are you looking for a ping pong table? Watson’s has you covered. We offer the Smash 3.0 and Smash 5.0 with accessory sets, each featuring rollaway functionality and durable playing surfaces. Become the talk of the neighborhood and order your ping pong table online today.