Joola Tour 2500 Ping Pong Table Review

Joola Tour 2500
Joola Tour 2500

Introduction

Joola is a common name that comes up during many ping pong tournament conversations. This unique brand of ping pong table is referred to, by many, as one of the best quality tables in the sport. Events such as the US Open and the US Nationals are sponsored by Joola. The Joola brand has quite a number of table tennis tables. Of these, one model in particular is of interest in this review. The Joola Tour 2500 is a one of a kind ping pong table suitable for armature players.

Table construction

The Joola Tour 2500 is characterized by its 1” thick table top. This unique size is intended to ensure the durability of this table. It should be noted that this table is designed for extensive training sessions regardless of whether one is an amateur or a professional.  The 1” breadth facilitates durability of the table for a longer period.

Playing experience

If you are looking for that extra oomph when playing, then the Tour 2500 is the table for you. The table top is carefully painted with a polyurethane compound. This extensive process is intended to produce an efficient and effective playing surface. This gives the tennis ball a good bounce once it comes in contact with the table. The Joola Tour 2500 will give you one of the best playing experiences ever.

Convenience features

There are a number of features embedded within this ping pong table that add a touch of convenience to the player. Some of these features include:

    • Powder coated metal frames for added support and stability.
    • Automatic folding legs for easy movement and storage.

Assembly process

The Tour 2500 is one of the easiest ping pong tables to assemble. This is because it comes with a few features already pre-assembled. The caster ‘T’ bracketed legs are the only features that are not yet assembled on the Joola Tour 2500. The ‘T’ bracketed legs come in two halves which are both attached to the table for easy support, transport and safety.

Potential downsides

Due to the general design of the Joola Tour 2500, the table is likely to have one major disadvantage. The table may seem to be relatively heavy to some of its users. This could be due to the 1” table and the metal frames. The materials used to construct this table, in addition to the overall dimensions, add to the overall weight of the table as a result moving the table can a bit of a challenge.

Conclusion

All factors put into consideration, the Joola Tour 2500 is the perfect ping pong table for any upcoming table tennis player. Whether you are playing the sport as a hobby or as a profession, the Joola Tour 2500 will give you an experience like no other. Being the official supplier of ping pong tables for major tournaments, you can not possibly go wrong with them. With its unrivaled reputation for the production of quality table tennis tables, the Tour 2500 is the best choice for anyone with a passion for ping pong as a sport.

Joola Triumph 15 Table Tennis Table Review

Joola Triumph 15
Joola Triumph 15

Overview

The Joola Triumph 15 is a recreational-only table ideal for those who would love to play table tennis at home. Like most quality products selling on Amazon out there, this recreational tennis table has garnered impressive votes as buyers review it with each purchase they make. In regards to this, there is certainly more to talk about this ping pong table.

If you’re in the market looking for an entry-level table, you’d be interested in reading this review to see how well this table fits your purpose.

Features

The dimensions of this table are 108in L by 60in W by 30in H. This is considered enough space for playing table tennis at home. Furthermore, storage dimension is 62in H by 74in W by 30in D / Weight: 172 pounds. Again, these dimensions are ideal for those who want portability with their tennis tables.

In addition to this, the table comes with 4 automatic folding legs that users can adjust to improve stability. They look great, plus they offer solid support when bouncing the ball back and forth. And of course the trolley system which comes with 4 locking wheels will facilitate mobility from one part of the recreational room to the other.

The two piece table folds back conveniently for easy storage, so you don’t have to worry about space.It would also be fair to mention the fact that the Joola triumph 15 is designed with double Anti-tilting device to improve safety while operating it. On the other hand, the adjustable feet levels the table to correct height.

Construction

When you invest in this tennis table, rest assured that the 15mm charcoal-painted MDF Surface will stand the test of time. What’s more, the table is designed with a nice anti-glare finish to boost aesthetic appearance while ensuring proper ball adherence.

And of course the fact that the table comes with a weather-resistant net system is something to marvel about. Basically, the build quality of this tennis table is top-notch. Users generally feel the sturdiness of the table whenever playing on it.

Playing Experience

It offers a good bounce quality, though professional/seasoned players will find that this table is not upbeat with their skills. Therefore, if you’re a beginner and you still don’t know much about the game of table tennis, you will enjoy the playing experience. But on the other hand, if you’re an expert player, you will need a little bit more than what the table offers.

Convenience Features

The best thing about this amazing table is that you will set it up in 20 minutes on average. Again, the manufacturer has strategically placed corner ball holders and magnetic scoring device (detachable) which provide a lot of convenience amid the game. What’s more, consumers find the anti-tilting device convenient since it provides safety when handling the table.

Assembly

Every part is already pre-assembled for you. This explains why you will take 20 minutes on average to set it up. It’s quick and easy. And the fact that it’s below 180 pounds in weight means you can move it anywhere you want. This is quite impressive.

Potential downsides

They say the table has a thin top, and this sacrifices on the bounce rate. This also explains why the table is only suitable for the beginner tennis player.

Conclusion

What you read about the Joola Triumph 15 ping pong table is a comprehensive review  a by real user. No doubt, this table will give you value for money, and especially if you have it in mind that it’s a beginner tennis table and not tournament quality.

Killerspin Jet 800 Review

Killerspin Jet 800
Killerspin Jet 800

Overview

The Killerspin Jet 800 is Killerspin’s most high-end pre-assembled paddle. It comes complete with lots of really great features in addition to using top-quality materials. The paddles has Killerspin’s famous Nitrx-4z rubber that is capable of generating highly controlled heavy spin but yet does not leave you open to being super vulnerable to returning spin. The paddle also offers a blade with 2 carbon layers in addition to 5 wood layers for a total of 7 layers to make the blade give an extremely fast bounce and remain very lightweight.

Specifications

  • ITTF approved, 2.0mm high tension Nitrx-4Z rubber
  • Ratings out of 10: Speed 9.5, Spin 9.0, Control 8.0
  • Comes with a 30-day warranty
  • 7-ply wood blade + 2 carbon layers for increased power and competition-level performance
  • Lightest, most powerful JET-Series rackets with stylish wooden side tape

The Blade

The highlight of the Killerspin Jet 800 paddle is the quality of the blade. The paddle’s 2 layers of carbon composite material that are integrated into the 7 layer wood layers provide that extra pop off the paddle that aggressive players will love. It’s important to note that this could be a potential downside for beginner or intermediate players that are not comfortable with the high rate of speed that the ball has coming off this paddle. It can definitely take some getting used to, but more skilled players will definitely enjoy the increased speed and power of this blade. Not only does the carbon technology add to the offensive power of this paddle, it also allows for easier returning of aggressive shots. The carbon has more flex for defensive blocking shots and therefore can absorb slams and other hard-hitting shots easier than other rackets. It seems counter-intuitive but in-practice you will actually notice that, for a skilled player, this paddle can actually perform better defensively and offensively.

Overall Look and Feel

The Killerspin Jet 800 is lightweight but still has a nice aggressive feel to it. The paddle weighs only 1.8 ounces which is very lightweight for a high-end aggressive paddle. However, it doesn’t feel cheaply made or weak in your hand, it has a nice high-quality feel to it. The handle is slightly flared and is very comfortable to hold. This is also due to the fact that the paddle is nearly perfectly balanced. While other aggressive rackets tend to be weighted towards the handle and have a lot more heft to them, the Jet 800 has a nice even balance and due to the carbon infused blade it feels very lightweight. You can tell that this is a precision made racket because it feels that the density of the paddle and racket head were dialed in to be precisely the same weight and give you that nice balance.

Conclusion

The Killerspin Jet 800 is a high-quality racket that offers a ton of speed and spin for players that want a top-of-the-line pre-assembled racket. The paddle is ITTF approved and so you can play with it in tournament play. It’s extremely lightweight for a paddle of this quality and offers a really good balance between the head and handle that you will definitely notice. Once you pick up the Jet 800 you will most certainly never want to put it back down. It’s that good.

Stiga STS 420 Table Tennis Table Review

Stiga STS 420 Table Tennis Table
Stiga STS 420 Table Tennis Table

Overview

If you enjoy table tennis or like to play light sports on the weekends, then it will be worth your time and money to order the Stiga STS 420 Table Tennis Table. Before I decided to buy this product, I had long been searching for a table tennis table, and the Stiga STS 420 ended up being the perfect fit. It was an expensive piece of equipment at $899.00, but the table ended up being well worth the money it took to purchase it.

Table Construction

Overall, the table has a high quality of construction in comparison to other table tennis tables. It is a rather heavy piece of equipment with a smooth table top and sturdy legs. The net is seventy-two inches long and clips onto the table top nicely. The wheels are also of a high standard and move around easily, and lock in place to keep the table steady during play.

Playing Experience

Playing table tennis on the Stiga STS 420 is great fun and a casual way to pass the time. Once the table is all set up, it is easy to play with friends or family. It even folds up part of the way for a single player to practice on their own. If you enjoy the game to begin with, you will surely get plenty of use out of this table. However, even if you have never before played table tennis or are just starting out, the Stiga STS 420 will offer a pleasant introduction to the game.

Convenience Features

One of the best features of the Stiga STS 420 is its storage on both ends of the table for table tennis balls. While playing or not, it is convenient to have a place for the balls to stay. The table itself also folds up for storage in case it has to be put away for any reason. The table even has self-deploying legs for opening and closing the table.

Assembly Process

The assembly process is extremely easy as long as you have two other people to help you put the table together. The table is too heavy for one person to set it up alone. Aside from that, after unpacking the table, it took no more than a half hour to get it set up and it was ready to play! Most of the parts were pre-assembled, so there was no time wasted trying to figure out how everything fits together.

Potential Downsides

As I mentioned earlier, the table is extremely heavy, so it takes a couple of physically strong individuals to set it up. In addition, it became clear after a few playing sessions that the table top was easily scratched. However, that wasn’t necessarily unexpected, and it was only a minor issue. Overall, the advantages highly outweigh the flaws!

Conclusion

Based on my positive experience with the Stiga STS 420, I can say that whether you love playing table tennis or you are just learning, this table will be a great fit for your home. It has a few tiny flaws, but they have yet to take away from the joy of the game. I highly recommend this table for those interested in buying one.

STIGA STS 185 Table Tennis Table

STIGA STS 185
STIGA STS 185

Overview

For more than 70 years, STIGA has manufactured world renowned table tennis/ ping pong tables. Using top quality equipment, the newest manufacturing technologies and blades, and maintaining the highest quality of standards, they are favored by numerous world class coaches and players. The STIGA STS 185 ping pong table continues this trend. The following reviews looks at all the STS 185 has to offer.

Table Construction

Constructed from only the best products, the STS 185 includes a ¾” thick wooden table top that has been UV filled and sanded before being covered with several coats of specialty paint, as well as a clear top coat to keep it nice and smooth. In addition, it features 2” heavy gauge steel legs with plastic leg caps to protect your floors, a 2” power coated steel apron, and 3” mag ball bearing wheels that allow the table to roll smoothly over most surfaces. The 2 locking wheels allow for stability and safety when the table is in use. With a weight of 210 pounds, as well as 60 pounds for the palette, it is a heavy, high quality table that has dimensions of W: 60” D: 108” H: 30” when in play position. The STS 185 is designed for indoor use only!

Playing Experience

According to numerous owners, this ping pong table not looks great, but it also “plays perfectly.” The net is extreme tight, yet easy to adjust. In addition, it is easy to raise either side if someone wants to play solo.

Convenience Features

onsidered a definite game changer, the ball storage eliminates the need for players to chase the ball after a point has been scored. Additional convenience features include:

  • Self opening legs automatically deploy when the table is opened or closed. When in the folded position, clips underneath the table hold the legs in place for added safety.
  • Features QuickPlay Chassis, which is designed to make assembly quick and easy.
  • Has 3D molded plastic corner protectors, which prevent snags and scratches.
  • Designed to open and close without having to remove the 72” pivoting net.
  • Easy to store away with storage dimensions of 60″ W x 30″ D x 62″ H

Potential Downsides

Overall, there are minimal downsides associated with purchasing the STIGA STS 185 ping pong table. However, With a list price of $650, some people may find it pretty expensive, especially when you consider that it does not include any balls or paddles.

Despite being designed for easy assemble in under 30 minutes, most owners struggled to get it put together in under 2 or 3 hours. However, it is worth noting that most of this is due to confusing the bolts, which all look every similar. To make it easier, pay attention to the hardware list where they are numbered. In addition, anticipate needing at least 2 people, if not 3, to fully assemble this ping pong table.

Conclusion

If you are searching for a STIGA ping pong table that looks great and will last for years to come, the STIGA STS 185 may be exactly what you are looking for. There is no denying that STIGA’s products are superior quality and the STS 185, in particular, is regarded as one of the best ping pong tables available for indoor play. Whether you plan to use this table for actual indoor competitions or simply want to battle it out with friends and family to declare who is the ping pong champ, you are sure to enjoy this table for a long time.

Kettler Top Star XL Table Tennis Table Review

Kettler Top Star XL
Kettler Top Star XL

Overview

The Kettler Top Star XL is a premium quality outdoor table with a 7/8 inch sealed aluminum composite top that is completely weatherproof. This table uses patented technology by Kettler called “ALU-TEC” that basically allows the table to withstand all kinds of weather conditions and have them not affect the playing experience. This is a difficult problem to overcome due to that fact that moisture, humidity and changes in temperature can make the materials that table tops are made of expand, contract, crack, swell and even bubble up and cause imperfections in the playing surface. This table is special in that it has a top made up of an aluminum composite that is completely sealed and watertight so that the inner, rigid, resin plywood will not ever be directly exposed to the elements.

One confusing thing about the Top Star XL is that it’s called the “XL”. This has confused many potential buyers. The table is the regulation size of 9 feet long by 5 feet wide. It is not extra-large sized. Kettler made the name a bit confusing, but they use the XL to denote that this Top Star is their premium outdoor table second only to their super high-end tournament qualified tables. The Top Star XL is really the best outdoor table that Kettler makes that’s intended for home use and it shines as a weatherproof, high quality, long-lasting table.

Construction and Durability

The Kettler Top Star XL has a 7/8-inch sealed aluminum composite top, a 1.5-inch aluminum apron, 2.5-inch elliptical tubing for extra stability, large 5.5-inch dual wheels with rubber treads (perfect for the outdoors), a permanent net system and a patented safety mechanism to prevent unintended opening or closing of the table.

The net system is a really nice feature because it allows you only set the net up once and never again. You do not need to mess with the net in order to fold the table up for storage is its suspended independently between the two table halves. This makes storage much easier and keeps the net more stable during aggressive play.

The 1.5-inch aluminum apron and 2.5-inch elliptical tubing in the frame give the table extra stability and keep it stationary during play. The table offers really good playability and due to the high-quality steel and aluminum construction, the table has a solid feel to it.

Assembly

One of the major issues with the Kettler Top Star XL is the initial assembly process. Many customers have complained that assembling this table is difficult and very time consuming. The table ships in a cardboard box with pretty much everything un-assembled. They could have done a better job in pre-assembling the pieces, but due to heavy and dense materials used, pre-assembly could lead to more frequent issues with pieces breaking during shipment. It’s definitely something to keep in mind though, the Kettler Top Star XL is difficult to assemble and it may take you anywhere between 3 and 6 hours to complete.

Conclusion

The Kettler Top Star XL is a high-end outdoor table tennis table that is built to withstand the elements. It offers a high-level of playability for an outdoor table and will give you many years of use before breaking down. It’s built with quality components that not only are weatherproof but will stand up to temperature changes as well.

Butterfly TR21 Review

Butterfly TR21 Table Tennis Table
Butterfly TR21 Table Tennis Table

Overview

The Butterfly TR21 Personal Rollaway table is a highly rated budget table from Butterfly, a brand mostly known for their stellar paddles and other ping pong equipment. Many have accussed Butterfly of taking advantage of their brand name and “cashing in” on delivering cheaper tables to those who trust their brand. I wholeheartedly disagree, the Butterfly TR21 is a solid entry-level table that rivals the best tables from JOOLA and STIGA.  Backed by a three year limited warranty against any malfunctioning part or problem with the factory assembly, this table offers a great playing experience at a low cost.

Specifications

  • It Folds up to 74 inches high, 27 inches wide
  • Inexpensive, fold-and-roll table tennis table
  • Has a 3/4-inch wood table top and 1-1/2-inch steel rim, with 1-inch supporting legs
  • Easy fold-and-roll system with 5-inch ball bearing casters
  • Backed by a three-year warranty

Durability and Construction

While this table may not be quite as sturdy as some more expensive tables like the (STIGA Instaplay), it still comes with a pretty good frame with a 1 and 1/2 inch steel rim and nice minimalist look that is impressive and doesn’t look cheap or gimmicky. For a table that costs more than 100 dollars less that similar competing tables in this class, it delivers a pretty decent playing experience. The Butterfly TR21 offers a larger than average 3/4 inch top, a pretty solid frame, a nice looking steel rim that goes around the table and relatively small 1 inch supporting legs.

Assembly

Probably the worst complaint with this table above all others is the horrendous assembly process. It seems that Butterfly still has a lot of work to do in delivering instructions, parts and the manufacturing necessary to deliver an easy-to-assemble product that anyone, even your Grandma, is capable of doing. The TR21 definitely is not easy to assemble and even for someone that is pretty used to assembling things, it’s a difficult process. First of all, the instructions are sorely lacking as they do not break the process up into individual pictures for each stage of the process. Basically they throw all the steps on the same page, draw a bunch of arrows and expect their customers to figure it out. It’s odd that Butterfly is able to deliver such a good end product but with such terrible instructions. This is definitely something they need to work on.

Conclusion

Overall, the Butterfly TR21 delivers a pretty good product at a very competitive price. The brand definitely offers higher end tables that have better frames, legs and tops, but at this price Butterfly is able to deliver a decent product. The assembly process is notoriously bad, but the good thing is, you should only really have to do that once. Once it’s fully put together, the Butterfly TR21 is a great looking entry level table with a solid playing surface. It is indoor only and is sturdy enough to stand up to families with small children or teenagers (up to a point). If you’re looking for a more heavy duty table without spending too much more, the STIGA InstaPlay is another great option.