Table tennis or Ping-Pong as it is popularly known is a completive sport and family past time. Many homes have ping pong tables, either indoors or outdoors. However, even if your indoor ping pong table has wheels, it does not mean it is ready to face the outside weather conditions. A ping pong table can also make your holidays and weekends more bright and fun.
The main difference between indoor and outdoor ping pong tables are the materials used for outdoor environment durability. So, I decided it was time to correct some common mistakes, and help you decide which is the best outdoor ping pong table to buy.
Bottom line: I am a professional player; I have been playing for over 20 years and trained a lot of youth too.
This is a review guide to buying the best outdoor pin pong table in 2020.
One of the most important assets in an outdoor ping pong table is its materials, in fact, materials go before design, since a great design might prove to be quite efficient, but materials that are all-weather proof will prove to be formidable.
This is why the Stigar STR features in my review. This amazing model is made of all weatherproof aluminum and galvanized steel, and a 6mm aluminum/composite top with exterior grade powder coating to assure you years of weather-resistant fun. The materials used to fabricate this top work together in perfect cohesion, so you don’t get temperature warping or surface wear and tear.
This table comes nearly fully assembled, all you need to do is open it, assemble the 72” net and start playing. This unit comes with adjustable height to suit any family member that wants to play and is easy to fold and store when not in use. The XTR folds into two vertical halves, so it takes up very little storage space. It is supported by 3” ball bearing supported wheels that provide it with excellent maneuverability when opening from storage or closing and placing in storage.
The XTR able Specifications include a 6mm top with a 1.5” apron, legs that are 1.25” thick and 3” ball bearing supported wheels. The units folded dimensions are 23” L x 60” W x 64” H, its fully open dimensions are 108” L x 60” W x 30” H, and its playback (half opened) dimensions are 66” L x 60” W x 64” H
Bottom line: OK, you have all the professional and corporate build up sales pitch, now let’s get down to details. I opened the package and started to build this table. You add the legs and net, and I didn’t use a stopper and wasn’t out to beat anyone, so I did it in a comfortable 30 minutes. Sure, it can be done in 15 minutes, but why?
The table studies and when set in place doesn’t move around like some of the cheaper models. The playing surface is cool, and it reacts to all balls as well.
It was easy to fold and re-open, and it didn’t take up a lot of storage space. The materials used are standard, and you will find that in most tables. This is a good value for money version, and if you want something cool and blue in your yard, get this one now.
If it’s a competition grade outdoor tabletop you are seeking with a straightforward no-frills play and enjoyable the experience; then the Joomla Nova DX is the table to get. This a 9’ x 5’ regulation size ping pong table that is made of 6mm thick aluminum plastic composite surface sitting on a 30mm x 30mm powder-coated, rust-resistant undercarriage.
This unit comes nearly fully assembled, you just need to add the eight legs and net, and you can start to play. The assembly time for an average household was gauged at 15 minutes. You can play with it fully open, or half open for playback and solo training.
The Joola Nova DX comes with ball bearing supported 3” wheels and adjustable legs to set the height for every player. The product can be folded neatly for storage. The fully open dimensions are 108” x 60” x 30” and it weighs 144Lbs.
Bottom Line: I am going to be brutally honest with you, this is one damned good table. I mean it. this one delivers the goods. It is easy to assemble; it took me a steady 25 minutes to build, I wasn’t in a rush, had a coke while I was building, and didn’t break out into a sweat. After I constructed it, I twiddle with the net a bit, as I invariably do every time I go to play.
The surface is clean and smooth, it delivers a perfect ball bounce, and my five-year-old loves to use it for spilling drinks on. Even with that, it is easy to clean and is truly durable.
I am a great believer in Joola and love their work. You will find too.
Harvil is a known and well-recognized brand name for sturdy outdoor ping pong tables. Their exceptional model is made of an all weatherproof aluminum tabletop sitting over a powder-coated steel frame that combines maneuverability for storage and study reliability when locked into playing mode.
The Harvil outdoor table is 108” L x 60” W x 30” H, when opened and only 61.5” L x 23.6” W x 63.5” H when closed for storage. The surface is 0.24” thick, and the unit weighs 147.67Lbs.
What is exceptional about this model is easy to lock and unlock wheelbase, and add to this the fact that this is a family run business where quality and customer service is the main backbone of their culture. You end up getting a really good personalized deal.
This table comes ready for immediate use, just attach the wheels and the net, and 15 minutes later you are ready to play. The wheels are bearing cased, so they provide a solid and easily maneuvered table when placing in, and removing from storage.
Bottom Line: Harvil is a recognized sports equipment manufacturer and is affordable too. Their outdoor table tennis tables are no exception to their rule of quality. This baby came to me quite fast, and when I unpacked it, it took me no more than 25 minutes to assemble.
I wasn’t rushing, and you will notice that I don’t rush when assembling, that’s because I am not in a rush to sweat, I can sweat when I start playing against my brother, who used to play professionally. Yes, I’m a sucker for punishment.
Harvil’s table is a heavy 147lbs that gave me a solid game; the surface is everything you would expect from an outdoor table, pliant yet solid. I have to say; I was pleasantly surprised by the Harvil standards even in ping pong and recommend this to anyone that has a conservative budget type.
If there is a well-known brand name in the sport, its Kettler, and they also lead in table tennis. Their Axos 1 ping pong table is exceptionally well designed using the famous Kettler accuracy and high-quality engineering.
Kettler integrates them patented all weather proof ALU-TEC design, which is a special non-glare aluminum top that is totally weatherproof. This top will survive extreme weather changes and can last for decades.
The table dimensions when open are 108” L x 60” W x 30” H, and it weighs a light 130Lbs.
The table top is 0.87” thick and features Kettler’s patented dual safety-fold locking mechanism that will assure you of no false opening or closing. When folded, these tables dimensions go down to an incredible 19.29” L x 60” W x 67” H, saving you a lot of storage space.
Another special Kettler feature is its 4.5” large wheelbase that is the dual wheel and sits on ball bearings for extra smooth maneuverability. This kit comes with two Kettler paddles and an all-weather cover.
Did you know that Kettler is run by a foundation after the previous owner Dr. Karin Kettler died in a car accident in 2020 at the age of 57? Unfortunately, this is the case now with Kettler, and the company is continuing to develop new technologies under a foundation. The company has an American branch, and this German company is known for its high quality, superior engineering, and proprietary materials.
Kettler is not a cheap product; as such, it is aimed at a budget group that is willing to pay for top quality. These were the tables used in the 1996 Olympic and are used in professional tournaments around the world.
Bottom Line: If you can afford it, buy it. To own a Kettler is to own a Merc or a BMW, and believe me, just telling your friends that you have a Kettler is enough to find them camping outside your doorstep waiting for a game and a drink…never forget the drink. (Tip; add something clandestine like Vodka, it helps you win the game in a happy way).
Killerspin is a strong market competitor in ping pong table design and doesn’t fall short with their outdoor MyT-O design, that comes with bespoke aluminum-plastic surface and aluminum support, sitting on solid study steel legs.
This table is assembled within 15 minutes and has 3” caster-based wheels that provide excellent storage maneuverability.
Another feature is that its really nicely designed, color and shape wise when fully opened this table is 107.8” x 60” x 29.9” and weighs a solid 150Lbs.
Bottom Line: If its style you want, then the style you will get with this table. Robert Blackwell Jr is a Chicago businessman that decided to enter the table tennis scene in 2001 and specialized in top-line tables. Since then his brand, Killerspin has developed and produced tables for different budget ranges, and you can find a high range of quality tables all designed with professional forethought.
This is the table you will find in the Vatican, in African Warlord Palaces, and in Redneck Backyards, that’s how formidable is this products diversity. This is one of those great American brands that cheekily go where no ping pong table has gone before.
If it’s true engineering, with a solid, sturdy and reliable design, then you don’t want anything but a Kettler. This German company provides the most accurate and perfectly engineered sports tables around. The Kettler Champ 5.0 is their heavy-duty table for frequent (daily) use.
Kettler integrates their patented all-weather proof ALU-TEC design, which is a special non-glare aluminum top that is totally weatherproof. This top will survive extreme weather changes and can last for decades.
The table dimensions when open are 108” L x 60” W x 30” H, and it weighs a solid 200Lbs.
The table top comes with a 2.25” resin apron that is designed to prevent warping and features Kettler’s patented dual safety-fold locking mechanism that will assure you of no false opening or closing. When folded, these tables dimensions go down to 72” L x 60” W x 67” H, saving you a lot of storage space.
Another special Kettler feature is its 6” large wheelbase that is the dual wheel and sits on ball bearings for extra smooth maneuverability. The legs are made of a reliable 2” powered coated galvanized steel. This kit comes with two Kettler paddles and an all-weather cover.
This kit comes with 2 Kettler Halo 5.0 table tennis rackets, 3 x 3-star balls, and the Kettler premium outdoor cover.
Bottom Line: Yes, Kettler, Yes, quality, Yes, precision. Yes, this is that German Merc table tennis that you wanted in your backyard. Well, this is their solid-state version, and when I say solid state I mean the incredible hulk version.
No, it’s not made of vibranium, or even Portland reinforced concert, its just a 200lbs ping pong (King Kong?) table getting ready to shred your patio with its divine presence. If you can afford it, get it, I mean it.
This is another Kettler; you can never get enough Kettler, that’s how good they are. This version is their ultra-lightweight table, weighing in at only 121LBS. The dimensions are the same on all Kettler outdoor models, so this one is also 108” L x 60” W x 30” H.
When folded this one truly takes up no space at all, it folds up into an incredible 26.25” L x 64.75” W x 72” H
Since it’s a Kettler, it comes with a set of tennis paddles, a set of 3 ping pong balls and their great outdoor Kettler cover.
Bottom Line: “This is another fine Kettler you got me into Stanley.” For all you millennials, check out Laurel and Hardy on YouTube, and no, they are not a rap group. This is a great lightweight Kettler table that once you start playing with you won’t want to stop. Its so professional and light it makes me want to buy two.
There are many famous names in table tennis, and one of the big names is French-based Cornilleau that fabricate tables with style. Unlike most designs, this one comes with ergonomically flowing structural legs that also provide a typically French fashion statement.
The Cornilleau 250S Crossover Indoor/Outdoor table is one of the few that can be used both indoors and outdoors. Its frame is a solid galvanized steel structure holding onto a 5mm resin laminate top that has on the surface their patented SOFT MAT® finish that provides both anti-glare as well as an all weatherproof surface with the right amount of bounce.
The wheels are large, I mean really large, they are a solid 8” with notched treads to provide maneuverability indoors on carpets and outdoors on concrete. When folded, this tables dimensional are a very tight 63″x30″x62,” and the whole unit weighs in at 141Lbs.
Bottom Line: All that is missing is that bottle of Courvoisier or some great Chateaux Laffite. Playing ping pong in style like a Frog. Sorry, can’t help it, sure the French brought us fashion, food, cheese, wine and a love of large statues (Liberty), but they are still Frogs. And while you chew on a bowl of Gordon Ramsay’s French Frog Legs, you can play a game of incredibly fashionable table tennis on a Cornilleau table.
Jeez, just the sound of that, a Cornilleau…Oooh, la la. I have a Cornilleau.
Actually, joking aside this is one damned strong bugger of a table and is great to play with. It looks good too and that’s why I have to say, hands down, this is one of the best of the best, and should be found in every ping pong lovers home with a taste for flair and design.
Did you know that HRH Meghan Merkel played on one of these Cornilleau tables? Well, she did once, and that’s all we know.
The Stiga Vapor is a breath of fresh air, hence the name. This is an exciting table tennis model that comes with a very solid 1.5” steel apron that holds a 6mm proprietary composite aluminum plastic surface with a will not fade clear silk screen printed lines. This table never warps, and its light 140Lbs weight is a testament to the clever use of materials that provide a sturdy yet maneuverable table.
When open this model is 107.87” L x 60” W x 29.92” H inches, and its playback dimension is 28” L x 60” W x 62” H inches.
Bottom Line: There are ping pong tables, and there is Stiga. Stiga is a Swedish phenomenon, just like Saab, they strive for that precision from perfection through simplicity. Their products are found in virtually every professional arena around the world. They are solid, simple and perfect. Yes, I used the P word. It goes well with Stiga.
I have to say if you can afford it, and it isn’t that expensive, get one. Sure, you can argue Kettler, Stiga, Stiga, Kettler, but at the end of the day, both are great products. This one is just a simpler and quieter version. So if you are into playing without posing, get this one today.
This is the final unit we tested, and it’s a really great table worth every cent its sold for. The Butterfly (aptly named for its appearance when the table is packed for storage) is an all-American table made with a special Synthetic Laminate Top (SLT) that is considered to be more durable than aluminum.
The table top thickness is ¼” laminate. The rail rim is made of 1.5” steel, and the legs are a solid 1” square rod sitting on 5” double wheels. The overall weight of the table is only 140Lbs. The dimensions of this table when setting for storage are 74”x71”x25”.
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Bottom Line: Founded by the late Hikosuke Tamasu, Butterfly is the Japanese brand name of Tamasu table tennis fabricators with sites in Japan and Germany and a very strong presence in the US as well as many other countries. Hikosuke Tamasu was a player himself before he set up the company, and that is why the Butterfly tables are considered to be the best of the best.
Just as we know Japanese cars compete with every other car manufacturer for perfection, so too does Butterfly compete with the leading brands for market domination.
This is their outdoor playback model, and believe you me, if its perfection you want at an affordable price you don’t need to look any further than this.
Choosing the Best Ping Pong Table
When you want to play ping pong, there are certain factors that you desire for that perfect game. These factors must appear in any table, whether indoors or outdoors. However, when playing outdoors, weather and environmental conditions impact on the performance of the table, and this is why you need to concentration materials and design to reach a perfect solution.
Let’s take a quick look at the differences between indoor and outdoor materials and then concentrate on what to seek in an outdoor ping pong table.
Indoor vs. Outdoor Tables
The first and foremost difference between indoor and outdoor ping pong is that competitive table tennis is played indoors only. The reason being wind as a major disturbance of the light ping pong ball. However, people love to play sports outdoors and don’t want to be stuffed into a room when the wet hater is beautiful, such as on a balmy summer day or a crisp spring afternoon.
No matter where you play the game, the dimensions of an open table have to be professional, so there is a limit to table size that defines professional table tennis. According to the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) 2.74 m (9.0 ft) long, 1.525 m (5.0 ft) wide, and 76 cm (2.5 ft).
Outdoor tables are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions; these include direct sunshine and early morning moisture (dew). Since games are not played in the rain (obviously) these tables are stored away during winter.
However, their locations where temperature changes are drastic within a 24-hour period, specifically in desert locations, where the temperature can climb up to 45o C in the day and as low as 15o at night. With this 30o difference, you need materials and structural designs that can withstand buckling, as well as paints that withstand fading.
Did you know that the best material used is Aluminum? In fact, when you read up on ping pong tables from expert sites, you will find that all of them agree that the thicker the table top, the better, and for indoors only wood is considered.
For outdoors, there are a variety of aluminum plastic and laminates that all work well, but for ultimate weather resistance, aluminum is the best. It also heats up the least since Aluminum structurally spreads the heat so that it is always at the same temperature, this means that you won’t get hotter or colder parts in the surface, only one evenly heated unit. This means that aluminum is the least likely to buckle.
Unlike the indoors, the outdoors is bigger (unless you’re a Doctor Who fan). As the outdoors is bigger you will not find “small” outdoor tables since that would defeat the object of the game. Instead, you get full sized, professional tables. (Some indoor ones can be smaller for space saving)
Outdoor table tennis tables are designed for maneuverability, which means that they consider the storage area to be elsewhere from where you play. As such, all tables are designed to fold up for storage during the winter.
Most homes don’t have a separate storage space, either the garage is one option if it is large enough. In most cases these tables are folded up, covered and left outside. That is what they have to be extremely water resistant, so that they don’t corrode, even from the inside of the leg tubing.
As mentioned, table tennis tables are all designed to collapse, they look like butterflies when they collapse, and when covered with an appropriate storage cover will not get damaged by the weather even when stored outside.
Take into account that many players like to play a solo game, so fieldable tables need to provide that playback option.
When I measured collapsibility, I was looking for ease of movement, fast but safe folding. The last thing I want is to trap a finger. I also checked to see how solid the table was from false collapsing mechanisms. I can state that all the tables in this review withstood the test of safety and speed.
As with any product that you buy you need to factor in how often it will be used during a season and how frequently in terms of daily use. If the product will be sued every day for an hour or more than obviously, you need to invest in a study, brand name table.
If, however, you intend to use the table infrequently, for a few hours a week at most, then buying the best table on the market is overkill. That’s like buying a Lamborghini for a learner driver. It’s always best to invest wisely, even in table tennis.
Tips: Balls, no not those. Ping pong balls are always a problem to collect after a game, especially when you have kids that love to see how far the can chuck them, or stuff them in a toilet seat. Make sure you have some kind of surround netting or fencing so that when you play, the balls don’t end up like golf balls, all over the place.
Also, after collecting them store them in one area, a simple box is good enough. I also suggest buying different colored balls, since some people find it hard to see the white ones when paying in bright sun light. The orange ones are great to have around.