Atomic Gladiator Foosball Table Review
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.
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.
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.
- Good for recreational gameplay
- Sturdy, quality build
- Comfortable ball retrieval
- Fun set of extra features
- Excellent player design
- Not an official tournament table
- Foosball Men not counterbalanced
- Limited Warranty
- 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
- Side Ball Return: Internal Ball Return System
- Features: Integrated Cup Holders, 4 Foosballs, and Abacus Scoring