Comparing the Best Foosball Tables For Your Money 2018

best foosball table

Whether you’re looking for the best foosball table for your home, workplace, pub, or bar:

You’ve come to the right place.

While there are many options to choose from (including a human foosball table, believe it or not), not all tables are going to suit all needs and budgets – which is why we created this guide. In it, we plan to cover all the best foosball table brands, types, and budgets to help you make an informed decision.

Let’s start with our top picks:

  NameDimensionsWeightRating 
Top Pick
Hathaway Primo60″x40″x12″130lbs4.8/5Check Price
Best Quality
Tornado Elite56″x30″x36″225lbs4.5/5Check Price
Best Value
Warrior Professional56″x32″x36″195lbs4.8/5Check Price
Budget
Hathaway Playoff40″x23″x32″49kbs4.7/5Check Price
Professional
Tornado Sport
56″x30″x36″335lbs5/5Check Price
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inding a quality foosball table that not only suits your needs but also sits within your budget range may seem daunting, even if you know where and how to look. There are many options and factors to consider before making the final decision. In this guide we’ve composed customer reviews, player reviews, online and in person interviews, and days of research into a comprehensive guide that you won’t find a better version of online.

This guide compares and reviews 19 of our top picks divided into 4 price-ranges for easy browsing. You can jump between price ranges using the menu below. Finally, there’s a useful buyer’s guide at the bottom of the page that helps explain what to look for when buying a foosball table.

This buyer’s guide is suited to everyone from beginners interested in learning which tables to buy or what side ball returns are, to serious competitors out to climb the power ranking.

best foosball tables ($300 $500)

Best Foosball Tables ($300-$500)

This is the most popular price range, and it’s where you’re going to find the biggest bang for your buck.

All the tables I’ll be covering in this budget range are great for pretty much anyone except those training for official tournament play. They’re all feature-rich and made from sturdy materials with the plus of being affordable.

If I were considering a table for my home, I’d probably start looking through the tables covered in this category. They’re fun, suitable for kids (most of them are height adjustable), and add to the decor of a gaming room. As personal favorites go, the Hathaway Primo soccer table is my top pick.

Foosball Table Comparison Chart

hathaway primo
Hathaway Primo
  • 4.8/5 Rating
  • 60″x40″x12″
  • 130 pounds
  • 1 goalies
hathaway primo

Recommendation

This table is hands down the ultimate choice in this category. It has a with look and feel that says nothing else but quality. It’s one of the tables that offer clear value for money, even when looking at all price ranges.

TECH SPECS

Dimensions
60″x40″x12″
Weight
130 pounds
Goalies
1
Rods & Handles
Solid Steel Chrome Plated Rods with Solid Wood Handles
Counter-Balanced Men
Yes
Foosball Men
ABS Robo-Style Players
Side Ball Return
Yes
Features
Two manual sliding scorers, 4 Cup holder’s, and 2 Balls

Hathaway Primo

Who Should Buy

The Hathaway Primo Soccer Table is a good fit for everyone from hardcore competitors to beginners. One of the nice simple features is that you can easily adjust the height for kids or those tall adults, granting versatile play.

Overall, it plays well, and the look fits well in any living room or gaming area.

Review

The Hathaway Primo Soccer Table has the feel of a high-end professional table without being nearly as expensive. The first thing you notice is the significant level of ball control. The foosball men do their job well.

They have counterbalanced Robo-style players with a grip on their tapered toes. Having this feature in such a low-priced table is a real plus. The counterbalanced feature keeps them out of your way when not in use, letting the game flow correctly and stay fun & hassle free. Also, the foosball men look cool with a shiny brown or chrome-silver color. Everyone loves chrome.

The next important gameplay factor, the playing field, is crafted with excellent detail and attention. It is smooth and leveled, made out of a quality laminate material. You can expect minimum jostling even when the game gets rough.

In the case of uneven floors, you needn’t worry as the table comes with leg levelers that present leveling options and adjustable stability. The strong thick legs reinforced with cross beams provide considerable stability.

Another game enhancing feature is the solid rods fitted with wooden handles. Solid rods might be a bit slow, but these will rotate fast and smoothly due to the EZ spin bearings. Good bearings make a fast game.

The wooden handle on each rod is an excellent addition. It facilitates a firm grip which translates to a much better control of the players.

The side ball return on this table is probably my favorite feature. It allows easy ball retrieval and keeps the momentum of the game going. It’s great to avoid halting the game every few minutes to get the ball. Also, it’s nice that the table has an elegant and somewhat unusual design than other foosball tables.

The neutral color scheme of the wood allows it to assimilate well into any home decor.

The only issue you may have with this table is assembly can take time, but it’s not super difficult if you’re handy. Youtube has tutorials for help, and if you’re still having a lot of trouble, it may be worth considering the assembly service on Amazon. There seems to be a lot of good feedback from people who use it.

With a 180 day warranty, this table will settle right into your group or family’s play style.

There isn’t a vast distance between the quality of the Hathaway Primo Soccer Table and more expensive tables, so unless you’re looking for a table to do professional practice, this is a fantastic option for a large variety of players.

Pros
  • Good for all experience levels
  • Smooth, fast gameplay
  • Sturdy, quality build
  • Ball retrieval
  • Variety of professional features
Cons
  • Not an official tournament table
  • Assembly time
hathaway primo
hathaway primo side view
hathaway primo above view
hathaway primo rods handle
atomic gladiator
Atomic Gladiator
  • 4.7/5 Rating
  • 56″x31″x34″
  • 226 pounds
  • 3 goalies
atomic gladiator

Recommendation

The second position in our ranking hulks over the rest of this category. You will rarely find a table as sturdy and stable as most of the others in the higher price ranges, but this Gladiator proves otherwise. It’s a very solid table that can handle long, vigorous games and has one of the coolest playfields you can find. It comes with a great set of added features as well.

TECH SPECS

Dimensions
56″x31″x34″
Weight
226 pounds
Goalies
3
Rods & Handles
Solid Chrome Steel Rods with Solid Wood Handles
Counter-Balanced Men
No
Foosball Men
Adjustable height & Levelers on the legs
Ball Return
Internal Ball Return System
Features
Integrated Cup Holders, 4 Foosballs, and Abacus Scoring

Atomic Gladiator

Who Should Buy

From intermediate players to beginners, to young adults, to anyone that seeks endless hours of proper gaming at a very competitive price, really. The Gladiator is a great option.

Review

If you are looking for a table that looks fun, plays well, and can take a rough game any day, then look no further. The field and players look like you shrunk an actual soccer field and threw it on four legs. As for durability, the table is built using thick MDF wood, and it’s heavy. It will not only last, but you will hardly experience any movement during rough games.

When it comes to gameplay, it’s close to par with the Hathaway Primo. You have a smooth and fair play which is possible because of the stability and well-leveled playing field, with some minor dead zones.

As for the table rods, they are fast enough for good gameplay. Solid steel construction, which is a common feature in mid-level tables, give them a great feel and spin.

They aren’t as fast as hollow rods, but the nylon bushings allow them to move smoothly to sustain a fast-paced gameplay, while the wooden handles add more control in the game.

Ball retrieval is quick and easy due to the side ball returns. And if you are a player of the same caliber as me, that is, you like to enjoy a few drinks while playing; I bet you will also like the integrated cup holders.

Due to the non-counterbalanced men, its gameplay fails to reach the tournament level and this where the Hathaway Primo wins. But the Primo can’t match the design and looks of its foosball men. They have this glossy, neat look with realistic faces and funny uniforms that just psych up the game.

The assembly directions are clear. If you are alone, it may take 2 to 3 hours to put it together but, with help, it should take less than 2 hours. I wish they could extend the warranty because 90 days is quite short, but should give you ample time to break the table in.

Otherwise, this Gladiator is a quality, sturdy game table that will hold up to any abuse. If you are looking for tons of fun without breaking your budget, this Gladiator Foosball Table is a great deal.

Pros
  • Good for recreational gameplay
  • Sturdy, quality build
  • Comfortable ball retrieval
  • Fun set of extra features
  • Excellent player design
Cons
  • Not an official tournament table
  • Foosball Men not counterbalanced
  • Limited Warranty
atomic gladiator
atomic gladiator above
atomic gladiator corner
atomic gladiator handle
eastpoint sports liverpool
EastPoint Sports Liverpool
  • 4.5/5 Rating
  • 54″x29″x34″
  • 76 pounds
  • 3 goalies
eastpoint sports liverpool

Recommendation

There is nothing more fulfilling than a table that not only plays well but also spices up the game room decor. The EastPoint Liverpool is a perfect example of such a table.

Sporting an elegant and cool mahogany wood finish, decorated with silvery metal accents.. The foosball men have sleek chess players look and match very well with the black-colored playing field and the abacus scorers at each end to help you keep track of all the money you saved with this table.

TECH SPECS

Dimensions
54″x29″x34″
Weight
76 pounds
Goalies
3
Rods & Handles
Steel Rods with Plastic Handles
Counter-Balanced Men
No
Foosball Men
Plastic, Robo-Style Players
Ball Return
End Ball Returns
Features
Bead Style Scoring, 2 Foosballs, and Lustre Long Finish

EastPoint Sports Liverpool

Who Should Buy

This table is suited for adults, beginners, and teenagers. It’s also a good option for anyone looking for a reasonably-priced, quality table that will complement any room

Review

While it’s aesthetically very pleasing, Eastpoint did a great job to ensure that the quality of gameplay is also pleasant:

The table has a level field made from MDF material, and although there were some complaints that it’s a bit uneven, the included shim pack addresses this issue. Moreover, the table has a sturdy structure, and thick legs that will help to keep the field leveled and stable.

The gameplay gets even better with the robotic style players who add great control in the game with their crosshatched feet design. However, the foosball men are not counterbalanced like those of the Hathaway Primo. Still, though, to have good control and tapered toes in this range is a plus.

One key factor that makes the difference between this EastPoint Liverpool table and the other four in this category is the rod design.
The hollow rods made of steel are not only light for easy maneuverability, but the bushings allow them to spin and slide freely so that you can generate powerful shots with maximum torque power.

Probably, the only other table that comes close to this is the Atomic Pro Force which also features hollow rods but lacks the rod bushings or spin bearings.

Finally, aside from the fact that the Foosball men are not counterbalanced the only other issue you can expect to give you a bit of trouble is assembly. Putting this table together will take awhile, roughly 4 to 5 hours, but it’s worth it.

Overall, once it’s properly assembled, this 60-Inch Eastpoint Liverpool Foosball Table will provide years of fun and as well enhance your game room decor. It comes with a limited warranty of 90 days. Nevertheless, this is a table you won’t regret buying.

Pros
  • Suitable for recreational gameplay
  • Sturdy, quality build
  • Faster rod spins
  • Looks classic and elegant
  • Excellent ball control
Cons
  • Not an official tournament table
  • Foosball Men not counterbalanced
  • Limited Warranty
  • A bit hard to assemble
eastpoint sports liverpool
eastpoint sports 60 inch handel
eastpoint sports 60 inch inside table
eastpoint sports 60 inch liver corner view
atomic pro force
Atomic Pro Force
  • 4.5/5 Rating
  • 56″x29″x34″
  • 144 pounds
  • 3 goalies
atomic pro force

Recommendation

Impressive functionality, sturdy structure, and an affordable price put the Pro Force table on any map. There is no denying that it’s a quality table for the price category I decided to put it in.

Its golden oak wood finish gives off a traditional look, with sleek black legs mirroring a more modern element.

TECH SPECS

Dimensions
56″x29″x34″
Weight
144 pounds
Goalies
3
Rods & Handles
Hollow chrome steel rods with octagonal rubber handles
Counter-Balanced Men
No
Foosball Men
with robot style players
Ball Return
Internal Ball Return and Ball Entry
Features
a manual scoring system and 4 Balls

Atomic Pro Force

Who Should Buy

This table is designed for regular casual play, so it’s a perfect choice for beginners, teenagers, children and general family fun.

Review

The playing field (Also known as Pitch) is made of an MDF surface which is thick and fairly flat for smooth play.

While the rods are hollow and lack spin bearings, their lightness and speed enable fast paced games.
The octagonal rubber handles is another plus. They’re soft, yet reassuring grip means comfortable gameplay.

This tables’ best features are the angled buffers on the sides of the playing field. They prevent the ball from sticking to the sides allowing the flow of the game to remain fast and smooth.
Combining this with the leveled playing field, dead spots cease to affect the quality of play. Each leg has a 3.5” adjustable leg leveler for easy leveling.

The weight, at 144 pounds, is not sufficient for constant aggressive gaming but it’s decent for regular use from both adults and teens.

When it comes to assembly, the Pro Force won’t give you much stress. The foosball players come already pre-installed on the rods.

Although the players have a robo-style look they are neither counterbalanced nor have a grooved foot design. On the plus side, they are made from a durable plastic material; their lives extended considerably.

Overall, I would say this is a good table that young adults and entry-level players will have lots of fun. If you have a tight budget, but you want a nice table for family fun, then this Pro Force table is also a recommended buy.

Pros
  • Suitable for casual play
  • Sturdy, quality build
  • Faster rod spins
  • Leveled playfield
  • Smooth gameplay
Cons
  • Not an official tournament table
  • Foosball Men not counterbalanced
  • Limited Warranty
  • End ball return
atomic pro force
atomic pro force above
atomic pro force front
atomic pro force corner
atomic euro star
Atomic Eurostar
  • 4.5/5 Rating
  • 58″x28″x34″
  • 151 pounds
  • 3 goalies
atomic euro star

Recommendation

Closing our $300 – $500 price range is yet another table from Atomic manufacturers.

The EuroStar is well crafted for beginners, young adults, and most players alike. It’s quite stable with a ton of positive features including; hollow rods and side ball return systems and a quality level field with few dead zones to boot.

TECH SPECS

Dimensions
58″x28″x34″
Weight
151 pounds
Goalies
3
Rods & Handles
Hollow chrome steel Rods with Soft – Touch Rubber, octagonal handles
Counter-Balanced Men
No
Foosball Men
with robot style players
Ball Return
Internal Ball Return, Ball Entry, and Side Return
Features
Integrated Cup Holder and Abacus Scoring

Atomic Eurostar

Who Should Buy

For serious players, it’s not the best option on the table, but the fact that it’s a full-size table with a sturdy weight means it’s a nice choice for intermediate play and rough sessions shouldn’t give you any trouble. Games at the office always tend to get a little competitive.

Review

This Eurostar table is sturdy and thick enough to last for quite a long time, as long as not subjected to too much abuse. Furthermore, it has a thicker playing field than the other tables. Adding a thick surface allows more resistance to warping, and this is another factor that adds to its durability.

Like the other Atomic tables in this range, the Eurostar will boost your level of control during gameplay due to the crosshatched feet design of the robot-style players.

While the thick playing field is fully leveled, the 1.5” leg levelers are a nice addition in case of any uneven surface problems, like warping and leveling. But, what’s even more appealing to me is the side ball returns. I’ll keep on insisting that this is the most convenient way of retrieving the ball and maintaining the flow of the game.

However, I have an issue with the tapered leg design which I believe may not provide enough stability for all that casual play.

When it comes to assembly, this too will not give you much trouble, and like I said before, Youtube is a fantastic help tool.

All in all, this Atomic Eurostar is a decent, quality table. It’s certainly a good option for anyone looking for a durable recreational play table that isn’t going to stretch their budget too far.

Pros
  • Perfect for recreational play
  • Sturdy, quality build
  • Faster rod spins
  • Smooth gameplay
  • Easy ball retrieval
Cons
  • Not an official tournament table
  • Foosball Men not counterbalanced
  • Limited Warranty
atomic euro star
atomic euro star side
atomic euro star front
atomic euro star corner
cheap foosball tables under $200

Cheap Foosball Tables Under $200

Tables for under $200 might seem insane. I know you can’t be thinking that there is anything worthy in such an affordable category.

Here, you are looking at entry-level foosball tables with nice features and sturdy construction that can withstand regular rough games from kids and young adults. It’s not so scary once you take a look.

I have picked five tables that offer the best value for the price and personally, my eye is on the Hathaway Playoff and Sports Squad FX48 soccer tables.

Ultimately, you guys already know I’m a big Hathaway fan – I can’t hide it. That’s why they’re my #1 pick for this category.

Foosball Table Comparison Chart

hathaway playoff
Hathaway Playoff
  • 4.7/5 Rating
  • 40″x23″x32″
  • 49 pounds
  • 3 goalies
hathaway playoff

Recommendation

From its lightweight structure to chrome-plated steel rods with rubber handles to colorful and lively soccer theme graphics, this Hathaway Playoff is undoubtedly the perfect version of a kids’ tournament style table. It’s obviously not a high-end table, but its overall quality is striking considering it’s inexpensive price and general fun factor.

TECH SPECS

Dimensions
40″x23″x32″
Weight
49 pounds
Goalies
3
Rods & Handles
Hollow Chrome-plated Steel Rods with Rubber Handles
Counter-Balanced Men
No
Foosball Men
Plastic, Old Style Players
Ball Return
End ball return
Features
Slide Scoring and 13 Foosball balls

Hathaway Playoff

Who Should Buy

I would seriously recommend to anyone looking for a nice casual table or relaxing practice table. This table offers substantial value for money.

Review

I wouldn’t call this a kids table. Its size is ideal for teenage-to-adult play.

Even though it’s lightweight, the quality of the materials used and the panel style legs make it sturdy during play.

The cabinet and the playing field are made of CARB-certified MDF, so it’s sturdy and durable.

The players are tiny people, and surprisingly, they offer good ball control for a table in this price range. They won’t break or crack easily since they’re made of ABS and molded on the rods.

What’s even more interesting is the fact that there isn’t any noticeable dead spots or tilt. Balls glide easily through the field which is nicely balanced and smooth, and the playing field looks appealing with a pretty realistic depiction of grass.

Gameplay is certainly fast-paced as the table rods are hollow and light.
Even the players are not the dull pieces you find on most tables.
There are no ball bearings, so they may not move as smoothly, but that’s not a big deal for children or beginners.

The best part is that assembly is straight forward; it won’t take more than 2 hours. The soccer theme decoration is attractive and gives the table an esthetically pleasing, sporty look.

The only minor issue noted by most customers is the rubber handles sliding off during rough play. Other than that, everything else is square.

It comes with a 90-day warranty.

This table is well made, especially considering this price point, and it undoubtedly offers great value for the money. So, if you want the best table to introduce your kids to the world of action-packed foosball gaming, you can grab this Hathaway Playoff Soccer Table.

Pros
  • Good for Kids Play and Home Fun
  • Sturdy, quality build
  • Faster rod spins
  • Smooth gameplay
  • Easy Assembly
Cons
  • Not an official tournament table
  • Foosball Men not counterbalanced
  • Limited Warranty
hathaway playoff
hathaway playoff men
hathaway playoff top
hathaway playoff handle
playcraft sport
Playcraft Sport
  • 4.6/5 Rating
  • 48″x24″x31″
  • 68 pounds
  • 1 goalies
playcraft sport

Recommendation

Not a full-size table, not a medium-size table, but a nice combination of the two. The Playcraft Sport Foosball Table is another real testament to the fact that you can find quality tables under $200.

It’s sturdy and feature-rich, built with a mission to offer both kids and young adults great foosball gaming experiences.

TECH SPECS

Dimensions
48″x24″x31″
Weight
68 pounds
Goalies
1
Rods & Handles
Chrome-Plated Steel Rods with Rutted Plastic Handles
Counter-Balanced Men
No
Foosball Men
Plastic, Old Style Players
Ball Return
End Ball Return System
Features
Smooth bearings, Manual Slide Scorers, and 3 Foosballs

Playcraft Sport

Who Should Buy

The Playcraft Sport is another quality table I would recommend to any parent searching for the perfect gift for their kids.

Review

Playability is the strength of this table. It is very stable with unified leg panels, and the soccer field is spacious and even, you can expect smooth and action-packed games on it.

To enhance the gaming experience even further, this Playcraft Playoff model comes with slide bearings. On top of the strong, yet lightweight steel rods, these slide bearings will boost the game speed as they allow the rods to rotate fast and smoothly.

The table comes with easy grip rubber handles that allow you to control the players comfortably.

In my view, the leg levelers are the best thing about this table. That’s an accessory that I hardly expect in this price range. They guarantee fair play even on a not so well-leveled floor. It also means you can adjust the height of the table to accommodate almost any player. You can make it lower when your children are playing with it and readjust it to suit you and your partner when playing.

One major setback is that the instructions are mostly hieroglyphics. If it’s your first foosball table, you will probably struggle a little to put it together, but if you are patient, it shouldn’t take more than 3 hours. There should be a small voice in the back of your head whispering, “use Youtube dude…”.

Like the Hathaway Playoff Soccer, the rubber handles are somehow loose. They may come off during play. Nevertheless, this is an adequate table with enough weight to take on the roughest of kids’ games. It includes a 90-day warranty in case of any manufacturing defects.

If you’re thinking of spending less than $200 on a table for your children or casual family play, this Playcraft Playoff table is a great option to consider. Its overall quality is excellent, it looks exciting, and it has all the essential parts you would want in a foosball table.

Pros
  • Good for Kids Play and Home Fun
  • Sturdy, quality build
  • Faster rod spins
  • Easy Leveling
Cons
  • Poor Assembly Instructions
  • Foosball Men not counterbalanced
  • Limited Warranty
playcraft sport
playcraft sports rods
playcraft sports numbers
playcraft corner side view
sport squad fx 48 foosball
Sport Squad FX 48
  • 4.4/5 Rating
  • 48″x26″x32″
  • 32 pounds
  • 3 goalies
sport squad fx 48 foosball

Recommendation

Clinching the third spot is the FX48 Foosball Table from Sport Squad. A quality entry-level table designed to offer some level of competitive gaming at a highly competitive price. It features robo-style players, which is a big plus.

TECH SPECS

Dimensions
48″x26″x32″
Weight
32 pounds
Goalies
3
Rods & Handles
Solid Chrome-plated Steel Rods with Rubber Handles
Counter-Balanced Men
No
Foosball Men
Durable Plastic, Robo-style Players
Warranty
1 year
Ball Return
End Ball Returns
Features
Manual Slide Scorers and 2 Foosballs

Sport Squad FX 48

Who Should Buy

Although it’s a bit lighter compared to both the Hathaway Sport and the Playcraft Playoff, this is one table that kids will absolutely have a blast with.

Review

The design of the players is remarkable, especially when taking into account the relatively low price. The men are plastic robo-style players molded on chrome plated steel rods. Robo-style players are usually found on high-end and mid-range foosball tables. Apart from Tornado style players, they are the only other player types that actually enhance ball control.

With these kinds of players on this Sport Squad FX48 Foosball Table, you can expect quality and interestingly fun gameplay.

The quality doesn’t just stop at the players. The chrome plated steel rods are strong and move fast. They have grooved rubber handles that fit comfortably in hand allowing better control over your shots and passes.

The sturdy MDF cabinet and playing field held in place with strong legs is another feature to love about this table. Stability won’t be much of a concern for kids. It will endure hours of rough gameplay from them, but certainly not from adults.

The built-in leg levelers are also a key feature in this table and an important one considering the price range. The table is a bit lightweight, so in case the playing field becomes uneven, you can rely on these leg levelers to level the surface again.

While setting it up is relatively straightforward, inserting the playfield is a little bit tricky. Another point of concern and perhaps the most critical is that the players are not that durable.

The table comes with a 90-day warranty, so if they break early, you can replace them.

All in all, this foosball table is packed with great features if you consider its price. In my view, this 48-Inch Sport Squad FX48 Foosball model is a table I would buy for a young, enthusiastic foosball player wishing one day to become a pro. It’s good to start to nurture shooting and passing skills early. Trash talk, not so much..

Pros
  • Good for Kids Play and Home Fun
  • Sturdy, quality build
  • Faster rod spins
  • Good Ball Control
  • Easy Leveling
Cons
  • Slightly hard to Assemble
  • Foosball Men not counterbalanced
  • Limited Warranty
sport squad fx 48 foosball
sport squad fx 48 foosball abo
sport squad fx 48 foosball fro
sport squad fx 48 foosball ins
eastpoint sports newcastle
EastPoint Sports Newcastle
  • 4.1/5 Rating
  • 54″x29″x34″
  • 76 pounds
  • 3 goalies
eastpoint sports newcastle

Recommendation

Following the 48-inch FX48 is the 54-inch EastPoint Sports Newcastle model, a table also crafted to a remarkable quality for this price range. Like the FX48, this Newcastle model comes with great features and a weight almost twice that of the FX48. Weight is something to consider.

TECH SPECS

Dimensions
54″x29″x34″
Weight
76 pounds
Goalies
3
Rods & Handles
Steel Rods with Plastic Handles
Counter-Balanced Men
No
Foosball Men
Plastic, Robo-Style Players
Ball Return
End Ball Returns
Features
Bead Style Scoring, 2 Foosballs, and Lustre Long Finish

EastPoint Sports Newcastle

Who Should Buy

With its classic wooden finish, this is a table that would look great in a game room and give kids and the whole family lots of foosball gaming fun.

Review

Having a large playing field always makes the game fun and more realistic, and this 54-inch Newcastle table is pretty big, with only a few inches behind a standard full-sized table.

As far as stability is concerned, this is one of the heaviest tables in this range with a sturdy cabinet. It’s robust and can handle the most aggressive young player. For adults, it will hold up as long as the game stays reasonable. Otherwise, it will move during play.

The Robo-style players with a grip on their legs are a big plus and just like in Sport Squad FX48, these players significantly enhance the ability to control the game. They are not counterbalanced, though.

Unlike the other four tables in this range, the Newcastle model guarantees fast-paced gameplay, and this is because of the high-performance rod bushings. This is an interesting and unusual feature in most entry-level tables. They allow the steel rods to spin smoothly and consistently, hence boosting the game speed.

This table, like the Playcraft comes with leg levelers, a great unexpected feature at this price range. You need a well-leveled playing field to ensure fair play. These levelers are oversized compared to what you will find in other tables, and as such, you are not only able to create an even playing field, but they will also give the table more stability.

The biggest issue with this table is that the rods aren’t really as solid as they look. Playing regular rough games with them can lead to warping. Another issue that will probably get you frustrated is assembly. Putting it together needs patience, but for someone handy, this won’t be a problem. The table has a 90-day warranty like the rest in this category.

Overall, the features of this 54-Inch EastPoint Sports Newcastle model make it a great casual play table for the whole family.

Aside from the FX48 which has a lower price, this EastPoint Sports Newcastle is another table I would recommend to anyone looking for a little bit of competitive gaming in this range.

Pros
  • Good for Kids Play and Home Fun
  • Sturdy, quality build
  • Faster rod spins
  • Good Ball Control
  • Easy Leveling
Cons
  • Slightly hard to Assemble
  • Foosball Men not counterbalanced
  • Limited Warranty
  • Rods are not that durable
eastpoint sports newcastle
eastpoint sports newcastle handles
eastpoint sports newcastle corner view
eastpoint sports newcastle inside table
playcraft sport
Playcraft Sport w/ Folding Leg
  • 3.8/5 Rating
  • 48″x24″x31″
  • 68 pounds
  • 1 goalies
playcraft sport

Recommendation

From its look to its design, this Playcraft Sport model is similar to the 48” Playcraft Sport, the only notable differences being the leg design and the weight. The materials and care used to craft this table put it on the map, adding a great option to value and target price range.

TECH SPECS

Dimensions
48″x24″x31″
Weight
68 pounds
Goalies
1
Rods & Handles
Strong Steel Rods with Plastic Handles
Counter-Balanced Men
No
Foosball Men
Plastic, Old Style Players
Ball Return
End Ball Returns
Features
Folding Legs, Ball Serve Cups, Manual Slide Scorers and 3 Foosballs

Playcraft Sport w/ Folding Leg

Who Should Buy

Generally, for the price, this is a table that is capable of providing an exciting gaming experience for young children, but for adults it might be somewhat short.

Review

With its compact overall design and the MDF construction, this table is quite sturdy, promising stable and fluid gameplay. You can expect smooth, fast-paced play thanks to the slide bearings which enhance the game speed by allowing smooth and fast rod rotations.

The rubber handles which provide firm grip is another feature that will boost your gaming experience as they allow you to shoot and pass with some level of precision.

Like I said before, a noticeable feature with this table is the leg design. The legs are not only capable of folding for storage and movement convenience, but they also have the panel design which adds to the stability of the table.

The leg levelers are the other great feature in this table when it comes to stability and leveling the playing field.

The fantastic soccer and crowd graphics make it look fun and exciting and this is something that kids are sure to love.

Like the Eastpoint Newcastle, you will have a pretty rough time assembling this one.

The warranty is limited to 90 days.

Although anyone can play with it despite its height, I think this is a table best suited for younger and older children. So, if you are in search of an affordable table for your kids, this Playcraft Sport Foosball Table with Folding Leg is certainly a good purchase.

Pros
  • Good for Kids Play
  • Sturdy, quality build
  • Faster rod spins
  • Very Portable
  • Easy Leveling
Cons
  • Assembly is a challenge Foosball Men not counterbalanced
  • Limited Warranty
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best foosball tables ($500 $1000)

Best Foosball Tables ($500-$1000)

If you are a regular foosball player and you want to take your game to the next level, or you just want a quality table that will enhance your gaming experience, this is the price range you should be considering.

Here you are looking at serious foosball tables built with high precision to offer optimum performance during gameplay. Their quality of craft and materials withstand years of competitive play, also making any room they’re in brighter and a lot more fun.

You should expect to see mid-level and higher-end tables from some of the top brands like; Warrior Table Soccer, Kettler, and Carrom on this list.

I’ve picked six tables that stand out from the rest based on durability, usability, stability, performance, and overall quality. I think the Warrior Professional table takes the cake for me on this one. It’s simply the best table within this price range in terms of quality, performance, and pricing.

Foosball Table Comparison Chart

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Warrior Professional
  • 4.8/5 Rating
  • 56″x32″x36″
  • 195 pounds
  • 1 goalies
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Recommendation

When I think of the Warrior Pro, I think of a tournament-grade table at a not so tournament-level price. It has excellent features that you only get to see in professional-level tables like the Tornado, Dynamo, and Garlando. Yet, unlike these tables, which are priced over for over $1000, the Warrior Pro is quite affordable. It’s quality, performance, and durability is worth every single cent.

TECH SPECS

Dimensions
56″x32″x36″
Weight
195 pounds
Goalies
1
Rods & Handles
Solid Chrome Steel Rods with Soft Rubber Handles
Counter-Balanced Men
Yes
Foosball Men
ABS Plastic
Ball Return
Side Ball Return System
Features
10 beaded abacus style scoring, Unique Rod Guard System, 2 Warrior Foosballs, 1 Silicone Lubricant and 1 Pin Punch

Warrior Professional

Who Should Buy

The Warrior Professional is an ITSF and USTSF certified table, so, it’s an ideal choice for experienced players as well as intermediate players looking to hone their foosball skills. It’s also an excellent choice for anyone looking for the best recreational play table under $1000.

Review

Gameplay on this Warrior Professional table is far more advanced than on any other table in this range. The Warrior men have excellent control over the ball allowing accurate shots and passes. Personally speaking, their quality is only comparable to that of Tornado style soldiers.

They are counterbalanced and have slightly wider feet with well-crosshatched pointed toes. They are also very sturdily made from a thick, durable plastic. If you are a regular foosball player, you will love the high degree of control and fluidity these Warrior men bring to the game.

The well-built laminate playing field is another top feature that facilitates excellent play. It’s thick with a slightly textured finish that provides just the right amount of grip for a more controlled game. This is probably the best field you will encounter in this range.

While solid rods are somehow heavy and slow, the ones featured on the Warrior Professional are surprisingly light and very flickable due to their smaller outer diameter.

Moving forward, this table is meant for experienced and intermediate players, but it also features a unique rod guard system that makes it suitable for all players, like young learners.

This safety measure is an outstanding feature that offers maximum protection to the players and anyone standing or passing around the table.

Side ball return system that makes ball retrieval easy is another great feature on this table. Furthermore, the table is heavy with thick legs, so stability is not an issue.

Finally, assembling the Warrior Professional is somehow cumbersome despite the manufacturer claiming it takes “just 15 minutes” to assemble. The good thing, though, is they put an assembly video on YouTube to get you through the whole process. So, it should be pretty straightforward. I feel like we covered this somewhere.

It comes with a decent 1-year warranty.

Other than that, the Warrior Pro is a perfect combination of class, long-term durability, excellent game control and advanced playability, all at a highly competitive price.

Should you get a hold of this table and install it in your game room, you’re guaranteed long-term, tournament-grade gaming experiences far into the foreseeable future.

For our full Warrior review, please continue here: Warrior Professional Foosball Table Review

Pros
  • Fun for everyone
  • Very Sturdy, quality build
  • Faster rod spins
  • Smooth, safe gameplay
  • Counterbalanced men
Cons
  • Assembly is a challenge
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kick royalton
KICK Royalton
  • 4.7/5 Rating
  • 55″x30″x36″
  • 103 pounds
  • 1 or 3
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Recommendation

A lifetime warranty, sturdy construction, outstanding features and an aesthetically eye-catching design give the KICK 55 Inch Royalton Foosball Table another edge over competitive-level gaming. This is one of the most versatile tables you will find on the market.

TECH SPECS

Dimensions
55″x30″x36″
Weight
103 pounds
Goalies
1 or 3
Rods & Handles
Solid Steel Rods with Plastic Handles and Rod Safety Caps
Counter-Balanced Men
Yes
Foosball Men
13 Black and 12 Yellow Robotic Style Foosball Men
Ball Return
Front Ball Return on Each Side of the Table
Features
Premium Bearings, 2 Chrome Cup Holders, 4 Official KICK Foosballs and Slide Scoring On Each End

KICK Royalton

Who Should Buy

This table is the right fit for intermediate players and just about anyone who wants a mid-range table that offers years of quality gameplay.

Review

To begin with, like the Warrior Pro, this table is built for serious foosball players who desire enhanced control and playability. It allows unobstructed gameplay with precise control over the ball.

This is due to nicely counter-balanced men who have grooved feet design with almost pointed toes. Keep in mind this is a must-have feature for any foosball table to qualify as a competitive-level table.

Performing faster shots is much easier on this table, as the rods are solid, but the table has premium bearings inserted into the holes to facilitate smoother and faster rod turns.

Now my favorite feature and one that you will rarely find in most tables is the unique 1 or 3 goalie options. This feature allows you to customize the table according to your preferred choice.

If you are a serious foosball player, then alternating from a fast-paced 3-men goalie game to a highly-skilled 1-man goalie system presents the perfect opportunity to diversify your foosball skills. The side ball return is another useful feature as it helps to maintain the momentum of the game.

The only major problem noticed with this table is reported poor packaging during shipment from some customers. The KICK manufacturers have tried to remedy this issue as of late, so I don’t expect any more shipping issues for any buyers, but always be prepared.

Assembly is straightforward because it comes with a very easy-to-follow manual.

All in all, given its price, value, and quality of play, this is an ideal table for recreational as well as competitive gaming. So, whether you are a beginner, intermediate player or a pro player, and you have a spacious room, then this KICK 55-inch Royalton is a table that will give you endless action.

Pros
  • Great Gameplay
  • Sturdy, quality build
  • Goalie configuration options
  • Counterbalanced men
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Easy assembly
Cons
  • Shipment issues
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KICK Ambassador
  • 4.6/5 Rating
  • 55″x30″x36″
  • 143 pounds
  • 3 goalies
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Recommendation

Moving on down to the third position, we have the 55-inch Ambassador Foosball Table, another quality table from KICK’s line of foosball tables that is worth spending a little extra dollars on. In terms of quality, design and size, it is almost similar to the Royalton model, but this table doesn’t come with the leg levelers. Dang.

TECH SPECS

Dimensions
55″x30″x36″
Weight
143 pounds
Goalies
3
Rods & Handles
Solid Steel Rods with Solid Plastic Handles and Rod Safety Caps
Counter-Balanced Men
Yes
Foosball Men
Durable Plastic, Robotic Men
Ball Return
Front Ball Return on Each end
Features
Premium Bearings, 4 Official KICK Foosballs and Slide Scoring

KICK Ambassador

Who Should Buy

A sturdy and durable table, suitable for players of all ages.

Review

From top to bottom, this KICK Ambassador is a durable table that will take any abuse thrown its way. It’s heavy and has thick coal black legs to ensure maximum stability during gameplay. It has slightly wider feet which give it further stability over its competitors.

Despite not having leg levelers, the carefully crafted playfield is both smooth and precisely balanced to ensure fair play and minimal dead spots.

Ball control is equal to that of the Royalton, as it also features counterbalanced robo-style players with grooved feet design and pointed toes. The fact that they are also counterbalanced means a more open field to deliver shots and passes.

Like the Royalton, the Ambassador also gives you a 1-goalie design or 3-goalie design options so that you can choose the one that is most suitable to your playing style.

The ball returns are located at the ends of the table as well as the slide scoring markers for each player. Again, I would prefer side ball return system, but if you have no problem with the front ball return, then this will work for you.

As much as KICK have tried to give this table the best features possible, they have failed to include leg levelers which might seem like a small issue, but considering that it’s competing with the likes of the Warrior Pro, it’s not. If your surface is not fairly flat, then expect to have a poorly leveled playing field.

Nevertheless, this table is a great option you can find within the $500 – $1000 price range. It looks great, has great features and is solid and durable. It also comes with a lifetime warranty. So, if your budget is around this price range, then this is one table you will be proud to include in your game room.

Pros
  • Suitable for all players
  • Sturdy, quality build
  • Counterbalanced players
  • Goalie configuration options
  • Lifetime Warranty
Cons
  • Lacking leg levelers
  • Inconvenient ball retrieval
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carrom signature foosball
Carrom Signature
  • 4.5/5 Rating
  • 55″x29″x36″
  • 162 pounds
  • 1 or 2
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Recommendation

Carrom Signature 55 in. Foosball Table is neither a professional foosball table nor a premium table, but it meets the criteria of a great table. In fact, while the Warrior Pro offers the best overall playing experience in this category, this Signature table offers the fastest gameplay.

TECH SPECS

Dimensions
55″x29″x36″
Weight
162 pounds
Goalies
1 or 2
Rods & Handles
Hollow Chrome Steel Rods with Solid Wood Handles
Counter-Balanced Men
Yes
Foosball Men
Plastic, Robotic Style Men, and Hand Painted Men
Ball Return
Front Ball Return System
Features
4 Cup Holders, Premium Bearings, and Wood-beaded Scoring System

Carrom Signature

Who Should Buy

Although Carom’s main focus is on building family fun tables, the high-quality features and solid construction of this Signature model make it a perfect fit for all players, including foosball pros.

Review

As far as durability is concerned, this Carrom Signature table has also passed the test. This is evident from the one-inch-thick MDF cabinet and the thick playfield that’s wear and tear resistant. This tells you that this table will survive many years of abuse.

What propels this Signature table to the third spot in this category is the way it’s designed to provide nothing short of quality and fast gameplay.

First, it’s heavy, and the thick legs are supported with 2-inch crossbars, granting excellent stability and a flat playing field. Secondly, you are going to have a smooth playing surface courtesy of the quality laminate finishing.

Thirdly, the rods are hollow and come with premium bearings, and that means fast and smooth spin action. They are also fitted with wooden handles that provide a firm grip in order to control the players with a lot of ease.

The best part about this table is that it comes with two set of players.
If it’s optimum playability and control you want, there are a set of counterbalanced robo-style players with slightly wider, crosshatched tapered toes. They are almost comparable to those you find in tournament level tables.

On the other hand, if you fancy the 3-men goalie configuration, then there’s a set of hand-painted men, but these are not counterbalanced.

Looking at all these features, you get to realize that despite being regarded as a casual table, the Signature is capable of giving a professional-level gaming experience.

Assembly is easy! Surprised you didn’t I?

However, I would like to point out that the weight might not be sufficient enough for pro players, but for intermediate players looking for frequent recreational play, it’s more than enough.

It comes with a 3-years warranty which is a big plus.

With four varieties of beautiful cabinet finishes (Burr Oak, Emerald, Moroccan or Black Marble) and a precise combination of quality and performance, this Carrom 55-inch Signature Foosball Table is an ideal choice for anyone looking for a great casual play table with a bit of professional touch to it.

Pros
  • Solid construction
  • Faster gameplay
  • 4 cabinet finish options
  • Two sets of players
  • Durable
Cons
  • Not heavy enough for regular aggressive play
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kettler weatherproof
Kettler Weatherproof
  • 4.5/5 Rating
  • 58″x46″x35″
  • 132 pounds
  • 1 goalies
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Recommendation

If you are looking for a reasonably-priced all-weather table that will withstand Mother Nature’s wrath and give you endless hours of outdoor foosball gaming, then the Kettler Weatherproof Indoor/Outdoor Table is a perfect option.

TECH SPECS

Dimensions
58″x46″x35″
Weight
132 pounds
Goalies
1
Rods & Handles
Telescopic Chrome Steel Rods with Ergonomic Handles
Counter-Balanced Men
Yes
Foosball Men
Plastic Traditional Players
Ball Return
Ball Pockets behind each Goal
Features
Integrated ball drop, 5 Balls, Weatherproof Cover, Blue and Grey Resin Score Counters, and Side and Corner Rails

Kettler Weatherproof

Who Should Buy

The Kettler Weatherproof is a good fit for everyone, including kids.

Review

This table will withstand long exposure to outdoor conditions. It has a tough weatherproof body and the cabinet is constructed using weatherproof resin and quality laminates. Its surface is thick and strong while its ends are covered with sloping pieces of plastic to drain off the water.

Gameplay is also well taken care of as it’s packed with several advanced features.

The glass playfield is its top feature and one that you only find on high-end tables. It offers the best gameplay for its class.

It’s fast, and unlike MDF playfields which tend to become uneven over time due to warping, this one will remain leveled virtually forever.

When it comes to the playing rods, they handle quick spin actions with zero resistance. They are connected to the table by nylon bushings that allow them to turn smoothly. They are also telescopic, thereby guaranteeing safe gameplay.

The players are molded onto the rods which mean they are virtually unbreakable. They may not have grooved pattern on the feet, but they make clear shots and passes because of counterbalancing.

You can expect zero dead spots, not just because of the glass playfield but because of the rails on the sides and corners of the cabinet keeping the ball in play at all times.

Regarding stability, the table weighs 132 pounds which is a good weight, but as a competitive player, I believe it’s a bit low for aggressive overtimes.

Since it’s an outdoor/indoor table, the light weight makes it easy to move around and assembly is not much of a hassle.

The best part is that it comes with a 3-year warranty giving you ample time to replace any damaged part.

It has a somewhat simple look, but that doesn’t matter much because the parts and materials used to make it are of outstanding quality and durability.

Overall, if you wish to enjoy quality foosball gaming both indoors and outdoors but dont really like the sound of spending more than a $1000, then you should go for this Kettler Weatherproof.

Pros
  • Smooth gameplay
  • F Sturdy, quality build
  • Zero dead spots Two sets of players
  • Counterbalanced men
Cons
  • Weight not really enough for competitive play.
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american heritage carlyle
American Heritage Carlyle
  • 4.5/5 Rating
  • 58″x31″x34″
  • 226 pounds
  • 3 goalies
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Recommendation

Closing this category is the American Heritage Carlyle Series from American Heritage Billiards. This is one of the most classy-looking tables in this range.

Its structure is stable, and everything from the classic parquet playing surface to the full thick cabinet tells the precise attention given to quality and craft.

TECH SPECS

Dimensions
58″x31″x34″
Weight
226 pounds
Goalies
3
Rods & Handles
Solid Chrome-Plated Steel Rods with Solid Wood Handles
Counter-Balanced Men
Yes
Foosball Men
Plastic Old Style Players
Ball Return
Side Ball Return System
Features
Integrated Cup Holders, 4 Foosballs, and Abacus Scoring

American Heritage Carlyle

Who Should Buy

This is an ideal table for intermediate players and experienced players looking to enjoy some competitive games. It’s also a good fit for beginners looking to learn the game.

Review

There is no question about the stability and durability of this table. From the cabinet to the legs, its thick wood with a beautiful maple wood espresso finish ensures it remains functional and beautiful for a long time.

At 226 pounds, this table is another solid block. It will handle the roughest foosball games possible.

The classic parquet play field is a commendable feature that reflects the rigorous standards of quality employed in engineering this table. It provides a smooth and very durable playing surface.

It’s also very flat, so no dead spots to interrupt the flow of the game.

The players look well-built with their glass-covered top, and although they have round feet, they are counterbalanced so that they won’t get in the way of your passes or shots.

The foosball men allow those accurate shots with ease. The steel rods spin freely, and the wooden handles let you maintain a firm grip while keeping a high level of comfort and control.

This table features the side ball returns which make ball retrieval quick and easy and is key to maintaining the game momentum. Otherwise, would really be a pain to need to stop every second.

The main point of concern with this table is finding replacements in case any part breaks. They are simply hard to find.

Also, putting it together is not easy. It requires two people to assemble it since some parts are heavy. It’s even heavier once assembled, so a helping hand is a must.

Overall, this American Heritage Foosball Table is an elegant and durable table that offers sturdiness and great playability making it a suitable option for recreational players, whether rough or smooth. For anyone who appreciates quality and class, this is a table you can invest in.

Pros
  • Elegant design and look
  • Very solid
  • Smooth gameplay
  • Counterbalanced men
  • Easy ball retrieval!!
Cons
  • Assembly is a challenge
  • Hard to find replacement parts
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professional foosball tables ($1000+)

Professional Foosball Tables ($1000+)

This is the category for those paying serious attention to the quality of features, build materials, design and overall performance of their foosball tables.

It’s the price range that is dominated by true, top of the line gaming tables, crafted by brands that are known for producing high-quality professional grade soccer tables.

Our best picks within this class include models from two 5 star brands: Tornado and Garlando, which are synonymous with tournament style foosball.

They are not the only giants in the ring, as we have the likes of Dynamo, Shelti, and Rene Pierre as well. As far as value for money is concerned, they are simply the best offered.

So, after playing on most of these tables and evaluating and comparing their features, materials and overall quality with their pricing, the Tornado Sport model emerged as the ultimate choice.

Foosball Table Comparison Chart

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Tornado Sport
  • 5/5 Rating
  • 56″x30″x36″
  • 355 pounds
  • 1 goalies
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Recommendation

The Tornado Sport Foosball Table is not just a high-end table; it’s one of the best recreational play tables currently on the market. In fact, in all categories, this is the table that strikes the perfect balance between price and value.

The Tornado is built to a tournament-level quality, yet it’s quite affordable for a household. This is one of the main reasons why it takes the first position in this category

TECH SPECS

Dimensions
56″x30″x36″
Weight
355 pounds
Goalies
1
Rods & Handles
Commercial quality brushed steel rods with Wooden Handles
Counter-Balanced Men
Yes
Foosball Men
Plastic, Tornado Style Players
Ball Return
Side Ball Return System
Features
Abacus Style Scoring and Split Bearings

Tornado Sport

Who Should Buy

The Tornado Sport is a perfect table for all types of players whether experienced, intermediate, or a beginner. It has not received ITSF certification, but personally, I think it offers professional-caliber features that make it ideal for any serious foosballer looking to enhance their playing techniques.

Review

Above all else, the Sport Foosball Table is designed for optimum ball control. It features the Tornado player models, and currently, these are the players with the best feet design. They have highly grooved feet with sharper corners and tapered toes. These feet allow for precise ball control.

The Tornado balls are another aspect of this table that greatly enhances control in the game. Their textured surface lets you easily grip and pin the ball on the field so that you can accurately pass or shoot.

Apart from exceptional control, gameplay on this table is equally excellent.
The melamine playing field is smooth and fitted with inner bearings to eliminate any potential dead spots and facilitate smooth gameplay. The steel rods are hollow and strong. Fast would be an understatement.

The table is stability and solid, no matter how aggressive the game gets. The legs are thick and hold the table firmly to the ground. On top of this, its overall weight is 205 pounds, and that’s a heavy weight that tells you this table won’t budge.

The table legs have boots that allow you to adjust the table angle and so to maintain a well-leveled playing field. It’s just a matter of adding shims inside them, giving you an even playing surface.

The whole table is coated with mahogany melamine finish which enhances its durability but also gives it a classy look.

To be fair, it seems to me the only thing that denies it the ITSF approval is the fact that the players aren’t counterbalanced.

With the above in mind, everything else is built to a professional standard. Assembly is not that hard apart from securing the men on the rods. However, in the case of defects, Tornado offers a 1-year warranty.

Ultimately, this is an excellent table for the price. It combines looks, quality, and performance to give a superb gaming experience. So, if you are thinking about spending $1000+ on a foosball table, I can’t recommend this Tornado Sport model enough.

Pros
  • Optimum control
  • Very Sturdy, quality build
  • Faster rod spins
  • Counterbalanced men
  • Easy Leveling
Cons
  • Assembling players on rods is a challenge
  • Foosball men not counterbalanced
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Garlando G-500
  • 4.9/5 Rating
  • 56″x30″x36″
  • 165 pounds
  • 1 goalies
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Recommendation

When you consider all-weather foosball tables on the market, very few brands can compete with Garlando, because unlike most brands Garlando’s specialty is producing indoor/outdoor tables. And the G-500 stamps this authority.

Its constructed using special water-resistant materials to help it withstand outside conditions without sacrificing the great looking design. This also eliminates any threat to the quality of play or overall performance of the table.

TECH SPECS

Dimensions
56″x30″x36″
Weight
165 pounds
Goalies
1
Rods & Handles
Telescopic Chrome-Plated Steel Rods with Rutted Plastic Handles
Counter-Balanced Men
No
Foosball Men
Plastic, Old Style Players
Ball Return
End Ball Returns System
Features
Nylon-encased Ball-bearing Bushings, Weatherproof Table Cover, Abacus Scoring and 10 Orange Footballs

Garlando G-500

Who Should Buy

The G-500 features telescopic rods which mean it’s suitable for all players wishing to take the action-packed foosball game outside or anywhere they please. People of all ages can enjoy this table.

Review

This table is designed to create a water-tight seal. The cabinet and the playfield are made out of thick marine quality plywood bound together with plastic laminate using special waterproof glue. The whole surface of the table is treated with tropical anti-rust treatment as well.

Gameplay is not affected despite this rugged weatherproof design.

The playing field is spacious, leveled and free from any roughness or bumps allowing smoother gameplay.

Garlando has used a special ink to mark the field so that the lines don’t fade in the presence of the sun or get damaged by dampness. The weatherproof vinyl cover that comes with the table provides protection when the table isn’t in use as well.

Gameplay is also fast-paced and safe on this table. The rods are hollow and go through nylon encased ball-bearing bushings, which mean they will spin fast and smoothly. Since they are also telescopic rods, they won’t protrude on the other side so that no one will get poked during play. Ouch.

There are no obvious dead spots, and the table itself is pretty heavy, with the legs being four-inches thick, giving it plenty of grounding to the floor.

Lastly, it’s going to take a lot of rough games to break the players of this G-500 table or even loosen them, since they are permanently secured to the rods. Their feet design isn’t the best, but they still offer some level of control.

The only real problem I’ve noticed is all the players not being counterbalanced. The goalie and the defensive players are counterbalanced while the midfielders and forwards are not. This is a bit inconvenient, but it’s better than having all the men not counterbalanced I suppose.

The best part is that assembly is very easy. It doesn’t all have to be hard!

The table comes partially assembled.

Another one of the reasons I would recommend this table is the 3-year warranty.
If you seriously want to invest in an all-weather table, go for this Garlando G-500 Weatherproof model.

This is a table you can put in your backyard and enjoy foosball games just as much as you would indoors.

Pros
  • Water-tight seal
  • Smooth, fast gameplay
  • Solid structure
  • No dead spots
  • Assembly is easy
Cons
  • Not all Foosball men are counterbalanced
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garlando open air
Garlando Open Air
  • 4.6/5 Rating
  • 56″x43″x35″
  • 132 pounds
  • 1 goalies
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Recommendation

Like the G-500, this Open Air model takes advantage of Garlando’s high-quality, weatherproof materials, thus promising a long life in both indoor and outdoor conditions.

It doesn’t include the weatherproof vinyl cover for extra protection, but it features folding legs which make it easy to move in and out of the house. It’s also noticeably lighter than the G-500.

TECH SPECS

Dimensions
56″x43″x35″
Weight
132 pounds
Goalies
1
Rods & Handles
Telescopic Steel Rods with Plastic Handles
Counter-Balanced Men
No
Foosball Men
Unbreakable Moplen Players
Ball Return
End Ball Returns
Features
10 White Standard Balls, Abacus Scoring, and Weatherproof Table Cover

Garlando Open Air

Who Should Buy

The Open Air Table is a good fit for just about any foosball player. Although, due to its slight lightweight, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone that plays very competitively.

Review

Same as the G-500, this Open Air Table is built to endure outdoor conditions. The cabinet is made from compound plastic materials and reinforced with fiberglass to keep water absolutely gonzo.

The field is made out of plastic laminate, which allows for smooth play. There aren’t any noticeable dead zones.

The field is smooth and flat so the ball rolls continuously and the markings on the field surface won’t fade or get scathed since the G-500 uses a special ink to mark the field.

The steel roller bearings are another decent addition that greatly improves game speed. Playing on this Open Air Table is also safe as the rods are telescopic, granting both adults and children lots of fun.

Again, like the G-500, the players on this Open Air table won’t break anytime soon. They are made of a durable plastic material and molded to the rods. Although they have the old style feet design, ball control is good.

The folding leg design is a rare feature on foosball tables.

In my view, this is a feature best suited for outdoor tables, so hats off to Garlando for including them in this Open Air model.

The folding legs make the table very portable allowing you to bring your foosball game almost anywhere. Furthermore, the leg panel fretwork somehow reduces the weight of the table, making it seem light for easy movement, but thankfully not comprising its stability at all.

There are two issues with this table; The men are not counterbalanced, which is unfortunate since this is a high-caliber table and it doesn’t come with leg levelers.

As for assembly, it’s easy because almost everything comes assembled. The table weighs 132 pounds which is enough weight to keep it stable during somewhat rough play. It also includes a 3-year warranty against any defect, which is awesome.

Generally, when you look at this table and all its features, the quality of materials used to build it and its pricing, there is no doubt that it’s one of the best all-weather tables on the market. If you aren’t sure about the G-500, then you might want to consider this Open Air model instead. Your billfold will thank you.

Pros
  • Highly Portable
  • Faster gameplay
  • Weatherproof design
  • Easy assembly
  • Looks elegant
Cons
  • No leg levelers
  • Foosball men not counterbalanced
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tornado elite
Tornado Elite
  • 4.5/5 Rating
  • 56″x30″x36″
  • 225 pounds
  • 3 goalies
tornado elite

Recommendation

The Tornado Elite is one of the best professional level foosball tables around. The fact is, the specs and build quality are at par with tournament level requirements. The Tornado Elite game play lets professional players highlight their skills. Overall, a very enjoyable tournament level table and worth looking into.

TECH SPECS

Dimensions
56″x30″x36″
Weight
225 pounds
Goalies
3
Rods & Handles
Solid Chrome Steel Rods with Natural solid wood handles
Counter-Balanced Men
Yes
Foosball Men
Plastic, Tornado Style Players
Ball Return
Side Ball Return System
Features
Tornado’s patented split bearing and Abacus Scoring

Tornado Elite

Who Should Buy

The Tornado Elite Foosball Table is a perfect choice for advanced players as well as intermediate players alike. It’s an ideal option for anyone who loves foosball and is willing to invest a good amount of money on a top quality table.

Review

This table guarantees great stability during play, even when it’s the roughest of all games. It has an impressive 225 pounds weight and a very thick MDF cabinet. Such thickness combined with a hefty weight set a solid foundation that all competitive players love.

Unlike the Tornado Sport, this Elite model comes with counterbalanced Tornado players, so you’re looking at optimum ball control and open gameplay throughout.

While it has a smooth and leveled laminate playing field and strong hollow steel rods, like all other high-end tables, the Tornado’s patented split bearings allow super smooth, faster rod spins. These specs raise the pace of the game, making it highly competitive.

The rods are also telescopic, so gameplay on this table is safe and fun. Their natural wood handles grant a firm grip and better control over rod movements all-together.

When gameplay is at full intensity, front ball returns are a real pain since you have to go around the table to get the balls. The side ball return just can’t have enough said about it.

There are zero dead spots on this table thanks to the thinner, inner bearing design, which prevents the ball from passing between the men and the wall.

I haven’t noticed any serious problem with this Elite model, but the only real point of concern is assembly, especially securing the men on the rods. Apart from this, I don’t think you will have any other issue.

Overall the Tornado Elite, just like any other top Tornado model, offers the best quality and value for money for its class. If the Tornado Sport didn’t win you over, this Elite model might do just that. It has an elegant Victorian cherry finish that would perfectly blend with home or office game room decor.

Pros
  • Very stable
  • Faster, safe gameplay
  • Counterbalanced men
  • Zero dead spots
  • Smooth ball retrieval
  • Aesthetically pleasing
Cons
  • Assembling men on the rods is a challenge
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How To Choose The Best Foosball Table

The Definitive Buyer’s Guide

foosball table buyers guide

What type of Foosball Table is right for you?

The right type of table will depend on what you are planning to use it for. So, think about your level of play or of those going to use it since there are different models for different usage.

  1. Home/family Use
    If it’s a table for family fun, then you might want to look at entry-level tables. The ones that are primarily for kids are light weight and have a short height. Most of them are in the $200-300 price range.
    For something that the whole family would enjoy, you will have to move up to the $300-500 range. There are strong enough tables in this range that will accommodate both adults and kids. A good example is the Carrom 530 Signature Foosball Table.
  2. Adult use/Commercial/College/Office Use
    If it’s going in the bar room or the office room for the big guys, then you need a durable, low-maintenance table that can handle heavy use. You should channel your focus to mid-level tables in the area of $500 to $1000+ price range. This is where you can find serious recreational play tables meant for adult use, intermediate players and even advanced players.
  3. Outdoor Use
    Outdoor tables are the way to go if your plan is to take the game outside. They have a water-tight seal design which allows them to withstand the winter conditions.
    You can get a good model below $1000, but the high-end ones are in the $1000+ range. The difference comes in the type of materials used although they all provide an enjoyable outdoor gaming.
    I suggest you check out models from either Garlando or Kettler. They are the two brands in the market that share a good reputation for producing the best outdoor tables.
  4. Tournament/Professional Tables
    If your interest is to play competitively or in tournaments, then you should be looking at professional level tables. There’s no better way to get good at foosball than polishing your skills on an ITSF certified training table.
    Garlando, Bonzini and Tornado produce some of the tables used in ITSF championships. So, if you want to climb that professional ladder, these are the brands you want to consider first. Some of their models are in the $1000+ range with some going as high as $2000+.

How to Find Out Whether the Foosball Table Will Fit in The Room?

The most important thing to consider is the space needed which will vary depending on the size of the table and the type of the rods. For standard size tables, the minimum recommended area is approximately 8 feet by 7 feet.

However, for any other foosball table, using the dimension of the table and the length of the rods, you can determine the space needed.

Let’s say the table has a length of 56” and a width of 30” while the rods are 46” long. The area needed then is the length of the table plus the length of the rods and the width of the table plus twice the length of the rods.
Let’s say the table has a length of 56” and a width of 30” while the rods are 46” long. The area needed then is the length of the t
That gives you a 102” by 122” playing area which is approx 9 feet by 10 feet area. Therefore, you have roughly 4 feet at each end and around 7 feet on each side of the table. That’s enough space for players to play comfortably and move freely around the table.
What does this mean? Whatever the room size, you know you only need a 10 feet by 10 feet playing area for your table to fit properly. It’s as simple as that.

What Are The Features and Specs of The Foosball Table to Consider?

Build Quality of the Cabinet
The cabinet binds together all the other parts of the foosball table thereby it has to be tough if it’s to survive any amount of play.
A good quality cabinet will have thick side walls built from quality materials. To be on the safe side, the walls should be at least 1-inch thick, preferably 1-1/2 inches thick.
Anything that is lower than 1-inch thick might wear and tear within a year and that means going back to the market for a new table.
Medium-density fiberboard (MDF) is a common building material for the cabinet including the legs. It does not warp with time or affected by humidity yet it’s reasonably priced.
The story is different with particle board. They are cheaper but not strong enough hence they warp easily after a couple of games. There are good quality tables with cabinets built from solid wood, but these ones don’t come cheap, you will have to spend not less than $1000 to get one.
Playing Field
The playing field should be thick and also made from a warp-free material such as MDF. A thickness of at least 3/4 inch is ideal. Again, I would caution you against tables with particle board playing field. They absorb moisture easily and become soft, so after a couple of games they lose shape.
As for the playing surface itself, it should be slightly rough in texture to enhance ball control. The ones you should keep away from are those that have slick or shiny finishing. They are slippery and as such, it will be hard to keep the ball pinned or even control it.
Foosball Men
Foosball men shape and design can vary a lot but the most important thing is the foot. It’s the part that controls the ball thereby should provide good grip. So, look out for men with feet that have rough surface.
The feet should also narrow down towards the end such that it looks pointed. The sharp edge is essential as it increases the precision of your shots or passes.
You simply cannot do well with players that have round, slick foot design because their flat surface hinders ball control. These ones should be avoided.
In most cases, not all tables will have counterbalanced men but if at all you want to enjoy a smooth challenging game play, then this is a must-have feature. What’s the benefit?
Counterbalanced men remain in horizontal position once released hence will create a more open field for clear shots and passes. You don’t want non-counterbalanced foosmen because they will constantly block your shots and passes making the game less interesting.
Playing Rods
The rods of a table are only good if they are made of steel with a diameter of 15.9 mm (5/8 inch) and are coated with chrome to prevent rusting.
You will come across tables with either solid or hollow rods. Between the two, solids rods are the strongest but heavy which tends to make the game slow.
Hollow rods are a typical feature in all quality tables because they are lighter and thus, they turn smoothly and quickly making the game faster. These are the preferred choice if you want fast-paced game play.
Other rods, such as telescopic rods, can be expensive but provide safer game play. They are designed not to protrude on the opposite side of the table protecting bystanders, players and children close or passing near the table from getting poked.
Ball Return and Leg Levelers
Always go with side ball return. It’s a minor feature but is critical for an enjoyable game. This will allow easy retrieval so you can stay focused on the game.
While most people may overlook leg levelers, don’t make the same mistake. They facilitate fair play on any surface, especially if you are planning to take the game outside.
Foosball Balls
Now, as far as foosball balls are concerned, I would recommend balls that are easy to grip or to pin down against the field. Corky or textured balls such as the ones that come with Tornado, Dynamo and Shelti tables are a good example. Nevertheless, if you are looking to spend more than $500, then you should expect good quality tacky balls.
Otherwise, what you will find most are either plastic balls or balls that have a slick, shinny finish. These are hard to pin and always make annoying thud sound. The best part though is that foosball balls are one of the cheapest parts to upgrade, so you can always get a new set of quality balls.

How much is a foosball Table?

Here’s the thing, you can find a great foosball table for your personal use for around $500. If you are looking for a commercial one for the office or for tournament play, you would probably need to spend more in the line of $1000.
There are also some decent affordable tables in the $200 – $500 price range. They are neither top of the line nor necessarily junk but you can for sure play some decent foosball on them.

Is it a well built table?

You can tell a well made table from its construction. First thing to check is the weight.
A good table should be heavy, that means the weight should fall between 130 to 200+ pounds. If it’s heavy then it’s less likely to shift during play, especially when the game becomes aggressive.

The cabinet needs to be sturdy. The best way to asses this is to look at how it is joined together. The braces, bolts and nuts around all joins and corners should be thick and tight. You can then try to rock the table to see if it creaks.
And finally, look at the walls of the cabinet. They should be thick to add to the overall solid build of the table and provide good support for the rods.

Who manufactured the table?

When comparing foosball tables it’s good that you also consider the reputation of the brands. You don’t want a situation where you purchase a flimsy table from an unknown brand.
Here is an overview of a few top brands in the market.

  1. Tornado
    Tornado has been producing high quality American style tables for over 4 decades. The brand is best known for creating tournament style tables which are the official tables of foosball sport. Some of its top models include the T3000, Elite, Classic, Sport and Reagan. These tables are characterized by optimum control thanks to Tornado’s figurines.
  2. Garlando – Italy
    Garlando, an Italian foosball manufacturing company, is another top brand in the world with over six decades of experience in the industry. It produces European style tables with 1-man goalie setup.
    I can best describe game play on Garlando’s tables as fast-paced with good ball control. In fact, they are considered the best manufacturers of outdoor tables.
  3. Bonzini – France
    Bonzini can be described best as the world number 1 brand for exquisite tables. Almost all its tables are fully handcrafted for lifetime durability. This brand offers the best control compared to any other brand and this is because it uses linoleum as the material for the playing field.
  4. Warrior
    The Warrior is a recognizable brand that produces quality tables that are comparable to those of Tornado and Dynamo. The company is based in Irvine, California and the owner, Brendan Flahery is a professional foosball player. If you are looking for the best American style table, this is a brand you can trust.
  5. Atomic
    Although it does not boast of a long history on the scene of foosball sport, Atomic is a brand that has been making arcade tables and sporting goods for many years. They have some quality mid-level tables designed for home usage and for teens.
  6. Carrom
    Carrom is an American game manufacturer and has been in the market for more than ten decades which means they have a wealth of experience. The brand is well known for producing family fun foosball tables that are not only of great quality but also very affordable. Some of its top models include the Signature, Nascar, and Harley Davidson.
  7. KICK
    Kick is one of the American foosball table companies that manufacture cost-effective tables that feature the traditional or old-school style play. It’s a brand that has been around for quite a long time. The best part about this brand is their great commitment to customer satisfaction as they offer a lifetime manufacturer warranty to all their foosball tables.

What is the difference between European and American Foosball tables?

The goalie configuration is the biggest difference between these two types of tables. Most European foosball tables have the single-man goalie system while in the USA the three-man goalie is the most popular.
3 goalie vs. 1 goalie foosball, what’s the big deal? Well, the three-man goalie setup is designed for high-paced game play and the one-goalie is for more control and precision. If you are an experienced player or you want to build your skills, then the one-goalie system is more suitable.

What about Guarantees and Warrantees?

It is important you consider both the length of the warranty and also the manufacture’s conditions. Sometimes the warranty may not cover the entire product, so it’s worthwhile to find out the parts that are covered and the ones which are not.
In addition to this, you need to know who to conduct in case of repairs or replacement of damaged parts. It can be the retailer or the manufacturer.
Personally, I would recommend you go for tables that offer more than one-year warranty as they give you an ample time to confirm the quality of the table.

What about accessories?

Foosball wraps and the scoring units are the essential accessories you should check. Wraps give you a firmer grip on the handles which translates to better control over the players.
I find abacus system easy for keeping track of scores during play, so my suggestion is you look for a table with these scoring units. However, I would caution you to consider only the ones made of wood because plastic units tend to break often.
If you regularly enjoy drinks during play mounting the drinks on outside of the cabinet will keep your play surface clean as opposed to putting them on the ends where they can easily spill. So, cup holders might come in handy.

Moving and Setting up the table

New tables often come with the parts separate for easy packaging, so assembly will be from scratch. The table should include detailed instructions to guide you on fitting every single part.
Setting up the table could take several hours thereby you will have to be patient and follow the instructions in order to ensure every part fits tightly and lined up correctly.
During the assembly, the playing field needs to remain flat and in case there is hammering in roll pins to secure the men to the rods, you want to make sure the rods do not bend or the field is not too much stressed to crack or even break.
If you are going for a heavy table, you should do the assembly in the exact room you will use it. This will save you the trouble of moving it when done.
Foosball Table in Office Setting

In an office setting, I don’t see any boss buying the idea of replacing a table now and then, so go for nothing else but a low-maintenance, solid table that will withstand maximum abuse for a long time. The best option is a tournament play table.
One thing you also want to avoid is a noisy table that will distract other employees during play. Since the balls are the main cause of the noise I suggest you consider tables with textured balls. They make soft thud sound. You can even buy a new set if your table of choice does not have them.

The Bottom Line

The best way to finding the table that will suit your particular needs is having an insight on what makes a great foosball table. Once you take these factors in to consideration, I’m confident you will be in a much better position to make an informed decision.

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  1. Steve Leith says:

    Does anybody still carry the tournament soccer tables? Also any place to play in Reno?