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Whether you are a pro tennis player or just getting started, the right equipment is crucial for your success. To bring your best game to the table, you've first got to find the best indoor table tennis table for you!

Also known as ping pong tables, table tennis tables come in a variety of sizes and features. Read on to learn the different types of tables and how to spot the best one.

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Which Indoor Table Tennis Table is Best?

There is an array of tables available for ping pong or table tennis. If you're specifically buying the table for children, you can also find a mini-size or junior-size table. But generally speaking, there are 3 most popular types of table tennis tables:

Foldable Indoor Table Tennis Table
Starinless Steel Indoor Outdoor Table Tennis Table
Wooden Table Tennis Table with Paddles and Balls
Foldable Adjustable Indoor Table Tennis Table
Regulation Size Foldable Indoor Table Tennis Table
Weatherproof Indoor Outdoor Table Tennis Table
Indoor Conversion Top with Full Foam Backing
Foldable Indoor Conversion Tennis Table Top
Indoor Conversion Tennis Table Top
Indoor Conversion Top 19mm Thick
Foldable Conversion Tennis Table Top
Green Foldable Indoor Conversion Top
Regulation Size Foldable Indoor Table Tennis Table
Regulation Size Foldable Table Tennis Table 25mm
Mini Foldable Indoor Outdoor Table Tennis Table
Solid Foldable Table Tennis Table
Durable Aluminum Outdoor Table Tennis Table
Adjustable Foldable Indoor Table Tennis Table

What is the Difference Between Indoor and Outdoor Table Tennis Tables?

Table tennis is usually considered an indoor sport, but it can also be played outside – as long as you have the right table. The only difference between an indoor table and an outdoor one is the materials they are constructed from.

Indoor table tennis tables are specifically designed to be used indoors and they are often made of solid wood, particle board, plywood, or even plastic. These materials can become damaged or warped when continuously exposed to the sun, rain, and wind.

Outdoor table tennis tables are made from a mixture of wood and metal and then finished with a protective coating to withstand the weather elements. These tables have a weatherproof surface or top that's constructed out of aluminum and concrete, which makes them highly durable and resilient.

This is why most models of outdoor tables are more expensive than indoor tables.

So, keep these factors in mind when buying the table tennis table. Don't buy an indoor model if you are planning to put it in your yard or another open space.

What Type of Undercarriage Do You Want?

An important part of any kind of table tennis table – unless it's a conversion top – is its undercarriage. The undercarriage of a gaming table consists of the supporting frame that lies beneath the table. The majority have wheels, but in some cases, it may also be permanently fixed.

Below are the two most common types of undercarriages:

Table Tennis Table with Paddles and Balls
Black Indoor Table Tennis Table
Compact Foldable Indoor Table Tennis Table
Black Silver Indoor Table Tennis Table
Functional Foldable Indoor Table Tennis Table
Black Regulation Size Indoor Outdoor Table Tennis Table

How to Find a Good-Quality Table Tennis Table?

The easiest way to determine whether a table is worth anything is to see the thickness of its surface or top.

The thickness of the tops of table tennis tables ranges from 12mm to 25mm. As the thickness goes up, the bounce also goes up. In other words, tops with thinner surfaces have less bounce.

This means the thicker the surface, the better the quality (and higher the price).

If you play the game occasionally, you can get away with a thinner surface table like 12mm-thick. These tables are a bit flimsy in construction and the ball doesn't bounce very well.

Even medium thickness surfaces of 16mm – 19mm are far better than a 12mm or 14mm thick table. These tables offer consistent bounce and they will last many years, if maintained properly.

However, if you're planning to compete in a match or are very serious about sharpening your table tennis skills, you must invest in a tennis table with thicker surface like something between 22mm – 25mm thick. Understandably, these tables are also the most expensive.

Elegant Indoor Outdoor Table Tennis Table
Foldable Indoor Conference Conversion Top 19mm Thick
Solid Indoor Tennis Table Conversion Top
Sport Folding Ping Pong Conference Table
Indoor Wooden Table Tennis Table
Stylish Indoor Table Tennis Table

What Type of Net Do You Want in Your Ping Pong Table?

Before you buy the table, read the product description carefully as it may not include the net and post. Some tables require a separate purchase of the net (and post), while some come equipped with them.

You can attach the net to your brand-new tennis table in three ways:

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