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Best Foosball Table 2018
Surely, these foosball tables are not for everyone as some of them carry a hefty price-tag.
With that said, one thing can be said for sure, these foosball tables are good enough to make it to our list of the top best Foosball Table 2018.
Carrom 530.00 Signature Foosball Table (Moroccan)
I did quite a bit of research before choosing this table. We are not foosball pro’s, so we did not want to spend $1,000+ on a top brand table, but also did not want a cheap piece of particle board that would fall apart.
While this table is not solid wood, the quality is very good and I have no worries about this table not lasting. It is also very heavy and has a well thought out design.
– Price – great value at Amazon
– Free Delivery
– Packaging – this was well packaged – so unlikley to get broken during delivery
– Carrom Customer service – I had one defective part and they replaced very quickly
– Two sets of men
– Option for single / triple goal
– Table looks great
– Instructions need some work
– The playing field needs to be secured very tightly and you might not figure this out until you have flipped the table over, so make sure you really tighten the playing field to the frame.
– The counter balanced men mostly work – this could be improved. It seems like the screws are not the right size for the whole in the men.
– Leveling – while you can level each leg, the playing service floats a bit giving you some spots where the ball rolls
– Delivery – while free, the service used is not very professional. They only deliver into your front door, so I paid them an extra $40 to carry it into my basement.
Tornado Classic Foosball Table
Love the table. Don’t be scared off by the higher than other table price. Tornados are the best tables on the market. Once you play with this table, you will agree. I wanted to get the family a real quality table for Christmas that would last for years. Our previous table was a Harvard (don’t laugh). I did a lot of research online. This table was rated highly on just about every site I visited. I knew nothing of the brand and it wasn’t my first choice. But after extensive research on build quality and pricing I decided on this table.
The great thing about them was that they had it in stock and at a price that was lower that anything around. As a matter of fact is was a great price. Once the shipment came (a week late) it was a chore moving it about. It’s a beast, plus 250# easy. You will need a dolly to move it around, or a couple of strong friends. It comes in 1 big box. Once unpacked everything is straight forward. Read the directions, especially when it comes to installing the rods. The goalie rods are the shorter of the 3-man rods. also make sure you have all the men facing the right way or you will add additional time to the install. I would guess the assembly took about an 1 to 1.5 hours. Don’t let your friends leave until you have installed the legs. The table is heavy and you will need help getting it upright. Once that’s done you can finish the rest of the installation yourself.
I have to say, this table exceeded my expectations. The build quality, fit and finish, was top notch. It made our last table (Harvard) look like it was made out of a cardboard box. The look and feel is first rate. Rod movement, striker construction and table design made me feel like I was playing in a tournament. The play on this table is unbelievably fast, when compared to our old table. Play is fast and crisp. There is nothing to take away from the action of the game, or the hours of fun you will have. I have never played on a table the fast. I would highly recommend this table to family or friends. If I could give I would give it 6 stars.
Tornado Sport Foosball Table
I used to play foosball back in the 70’s on Tornado tables. I am now 52 and thought what a way to enjoy activities with the family now that the kids are older. There is a trick to assembling this table that will save you much time and frustration. The hardest part to the assembly is inserting the roll pins into the plastic players. The trick to doing it easily is to use the roll pin punch to line the plastic player up with the hole before you hammer the roll pin in. Insert the roll pin punch into the reverse side hole all the way through the hole in the bar. Next tap the roll pin into the other side, then hammer the roll pin through the plastic player. You will need to remove the roll pin punch once the roll pin is half way through. If you are too slow to remove the punch it will get stuck. If the punch gets stuck, you can just use the punch to hammer the pin all the way out and start over. Aligning the plastic players with the holes in the bar is impossible any other way, but the instructions do not mention using the punch to align the holes.
This table is exactly like the ones I used to play on. the vendor gave me a heads up on the ETA, and had me check out everything before I excepted from the currier. Everything was perfect and installation was a breeze. Advise, when putting the men on the bars they give you a block to help old the man in place while hammering a pin through the man and bar. Get another 2X4 block and put the legs on that block, then take the block they give you and force under the head. This will assure the hole in the man and the bar stay aligned while you hammer the pin. Fantastic table and for the price an unbelievable deal.
Playcraft Sport Foosball Table
Alright, guys. I was a little nervous to order this table after reading some of the reviews, but I pulled the trigger when it came up as a lightening deal. I figured it was worth a shot. I will start by saying that I am not handy in any way, shape or form. I am, however, persistent. Yes, this beast took a long time to assemble–probably around 3 hours. I would wager that at least 1/3 of that time was spent trying to figure out the assembly instructions, and then undoing something I had misunderstood, but subsequently figured out and re-did correctly. So…for all of you parents waiting until your children are nestled snug in their beds on Christmas Eve to attempt assembly, this review will be my Christmas gift to you.
First. When you unbox everything and sort the hardware, do not panic when parts J and F appear to be missing, as mine were. I was thisclose to running to the hardware store, when I decided I had better look over the instructions one last time to make sure I wasn’t missing anything else. Well, lo and behold, J and F were already attached to bar Z2. Whew, first disaster averted. Next, when installing Z2, make sure you don’t forget to put a Z1 support underneath each rod.
Next, when adding each side (DD), first tighten all screws only loosely. People having trouble with holes not lining up are most likely tightening their screws too soon. There needs to be a little bit of wiggle room in order to get all holes lining up correctly. Once you’ve got all screws secured in holes, THEN go back and tighten them while making sure that the floor (W) stays in its groove. If it seems like it is preventing the side pieces from attaching flush, then it is out of its track somewhere. Figure out where, and push it back into place. This is where it helps to have two people, but I did it by myself.
When adding the legs. Don’t be a dummy like me and freak out that the holes are totally misaligned. The legs do not install flush with the bottom of the floor. Lift them up for that “aha moment.” The two holes in the legs with the sliver thingies around them (yes, that is a technical name) should line up with the long side of the table, and the hardware (I&G) should be screwed from outside the table. The single hole with no silver thingy around it should line up with the short side of the table, and the hardware (H&G) should be screwed from inside the table. Again, just get the screws in the holes for now. You want there to be a good amount of play in the frame so that you can easily align the holes in the side support pieces.
Speaking of side support pieces. Install both X pieces before installing the A pieces. I can’t remember why it didn’t work to do it the other way around, but I do know that I had to undo and then redo the support pieces because I did them in the wrong order. Again, I can’t stress this enough–do not fully tighten the support pieces until everything is in place.
So once you’ve gotten your legs and support pieces attached, only then should you go back and tighten everything. My carpenter father-in-law taught me to tighten one corner first, then do the opposite one, and so on. I’m not sure how much that matters here, since the table does have adjustable feet. But it can’t hurt to do things properly.
Regarding the rods. When attaching the handles, slide them onto the end that has a hole very close to the end. Give the handle a few good downward bangs on a carpeted floor to make sure it’s on there nice and tight. Friction is the only thing holding it on, so you’ll want to make sure you’ve gotten it on as snugly as possible. Make sure to slide the rod through one hole before adding your men. Seems like a no-brainer, but the instructions do not specify. I did not make this error (surprisingly), but another reviewer did, so I thought it worth mentioning.
When reading the assembly instructions for the men, pay attention to which direction they’re facing. It is subtle, but you can very vaguely notice a front/back to them if you look closely. The screw goes in through the belly, and the nut goes in the back.
Final thoughts on assembly. Anyone requiring additional tools to accomplish this assembly either got a dud or is doing it wrong. Also, anyone complaining about the rods “bending too easily” is either putting too much weight on them or is picking up the table by the handles. I can’t imagine that they will bend with regular normal use. They are not even remotely bendy when holding them in my hands. When assembled correctly, this is a very solid little table. It does not wobble, teeter, tip or bend. Yes, it is made of particle board, and no, I was not expecting anything more for the price.
My biggest complaint is that the holes in the black plastic end caps (BA/BB) do not go all the way through the plastic. Thankfully, this does not affect the function/assembly of the piece. I plan to contact the manufacturer to have replacement end caps sent out. In the meantime, I know that my little guy will enjoy his new toy!
Hathaway Playoff Soccer Table
I look at a lot of foosball tables and in the end I decided on this one for a few reasons: although I love foosball I’ve never had a full-size table before and so I wasn’t quite ready to spend 500/1k or more – that will be on the next one; this Hathaway is a great ‘starter’ table. I was also a bit concerned about the size of full-size tables, this Hathaway is a tad smaller than full-size and a nice compromise for us. And finally my son is 6 and we often have kids ages 4-8 in the house – I couldn’t see getting a ‘nice’ table just yet until they get a bit older.
Here’s what I like about the Hathaway:
1) the quality is what I expected for the price. It’s obviously not top of the line, but it’s a good value for the money (<$150). Actually a great value
2) the players offer surprisingly good control for this price point. Granted I might not know any better not having played on a 1k+ table but I’m pleasantly surprised
3) setup and being able to play in under an hour was nice
4) it’s the right size for my 6 year old crew. a taller table would have been a problem
5) even though it’s not full size, I wouldn’t call this a kids table. It works fine for my buddies and I.
6) given the price point I don’t have to worry about it getting messed up.
7) 4 handles on each side allows for 2 players on each side if you so desire but still manageable when just my son and I want to play
Here’s what I don’t like:
1) I’d prefer a one goalie setup vs 3 but oh well
2) the instructions were just ok. it takes some brain power to figure out how to put this together but all in all I did it myself in under an hour. the biggest tip is making sure you put the right player line in correctly and facing the right way. Also note that the logo panels’ holes didn’t line up with the feet but I using an electric screwdriver to force the screws into the feet worked fine.
3) the steel rods are thin and I’m pretty sure they will get bent over time which will obviously be a problem
4) the goalie ball returns are a bit small for adult hands to reach inside.
BOTTOM LINE: for the price you just can’t beat this table.
Warrior Professional Foosball Table
I’ve played table football (foosball) for years on a mixture of Garlando, Tornado and mixed tables in bars/pubs. Thought I’d finally chip in and buy my own table. After much research I plumped for the Warrior Table. Touted as a tournament-grade table at not-tournment-grade prices it seemed to offer the best bang for the buck between quality and price. The fact it is ITSF and USTSF endorsed was definitely a factor in purchasing this product. I love the Tornado but really can’t justify upwards of $2k on a table that we play the kids on recreationally. I thought I’d break this review down into a few areas:
ASSEMBLY – Warrior really need to ditch the whole “just 15 minutes to assemble” thing. It takes at least half an hour just to get everything unpacked, unwrapped and out of the 3 large boxes that are delivered! The printed instructions are very bad. They reference some parts, screws etc that there are no pictures of so you end up guessing. The assembly video on YouTube largely gets you through and installation was pretty straightforward. From opening the box to the completed table was around 2 hours.
WEIGHT – really not sure what some of the other reviewers on here are talking about with complaints that this table is too light?? This thing is HEAVY (over 100lbs) and absolutely needs two adults to lift it. Once it is in position it will stay there regardless of type of play.
CONSTRUCTION – very solid, sturdy and well built table. Definitely a nice, quality feel. All the bolts screw into metal housings which adds to the quality feel.
ROD GUARDS – very impressed with these. Stops players getting stabbed and with a 3 year old running around with the rods at head height this is a great safety feature. I believe this is the only table on the market that has these guards.
BALL RETURN SYSTEM – Warrior look to have updated this (the video has the old version) to add fixtures at both ends that the tubes cap onto. It still feels a very cheap/tacky solution on such an otherwise solid and well made table but the revised system does actually work pretty well (during an entire evening of play – we only had balls stuck in the tubes twice).
PLAYER RODS – are very heavy. I was very worried initially that they would be cumbersome, heavy and slow when playing as some USA foosball tables I’ve played on have been – but far from it. Once mounted in the table, with a dab of silicon (included), the rods move really easily – they are surprisingly light and very flickable which are two qualities essential to a good game of table footie.
BALLS – my main complaint here, but since it’s an accessory and not actually part of the table I won’t knock a star off 🙂 The included balls are very sticky and quite heavy. The upside of this are balls that give really great grip and control. The downside is they are dreadfully slow. Almost painfully slow. They run out of momentum so fast – even the upturned table sloped corners don’t have much effect. If you prefer a faster game with less interruptions to get the ball going again (!), swap these balls for smoother ones instead.
PLAYERS – very sturdy, thick plastic. Counterbalanced (so if you leave the players “up” they don’t swing back down which is essential for singles matches). Really well designed – lots of control all round. Two extra players (one of each color) are included.
PLAYING SURFACE – very nice playing surface. Probably the best I’ve encountered. Slight textured finish giving just right amount of grip and play. V high quality.
All in all this is an excellent table for the price. It is well built and the all-round attention to detail is impressive. I will be enjoying this table for many, many years to come.
KICK Foosball Table Splendor
This is my first foosball table purchase, and I was a bit reluctant to order on-line. Bottom line, I am very happy with the purchase, and the customer support I have received from the company has been phenomenal!!! It is refreshing to experience such exceptional customer service in this day and age. The table comes with a lifetime warranty, so that gave me some reassurance in purchasing as well.
As for the table, it came in a heavy duty box with no damage to any of the parts. It was very heavy, so you will need two people to handle. Plan on dedicating at least several hours for assembly (there are a LOT of pieces), and highly recommend a drill with small bits to pre-drill holes and a Phillips head bit. Also the instructions leave a lot to be desired, which I passed-on to the company; they acknowledged and are working on a video. The construction is heavy duty, with a lot of MDF and wood veneer. Seems built to last and hope to get many years of enjoyment from the table.
Kettler Weatherproof Indoor/Outdoor Foosball/Soccer Game Table
Great foosball table, shipping was fast and assembly wasn’t an issue, it took me no more than two hours to put it together by myself, I only needed help to flip the table around after installing the legs. People have mentioned that the scoring blocks are not numbered which is true, and even though it’s not a problem, having numbers on the blocks would be better. There is room for cup holders on the sides of the scoring blocks, too bad the table didn’t buld them in. My only complain is the handles, they’re too skinny for a $1000+ table. So far all of my friends have complained about the handles, I’ll be installing handle wraps in an attempt to improve grip. I’m a car guy so these handles feel to me like a Toyota Corolla steering wheel; I believe this table is marketed as a high end foosball table so the experience should be as of a BMW M5 steering wheel.
The table was delivered in a good condition. It took me about 2 hours to put it together. Assembly was generally smooth except the shrouds. The instructions suggest to place them last, but then the goalkeeper rod gets in the way of the screwdriver. There is no reason for not screwing it before placing the rods. The holes on the shrouds do not align with the table, so the screws went in with some angle. Finally, the cover is a joke. It doesn’t fit tightly. I set it up on a slightly windy day and 10 minutes after I left it outside the cover was blown away. There is one small piece of Velcro holding two sides of the cover together. There are also some laces but they only hold themselves in place instead of tightening the cover around the table. So, I will need to do something about it myself.
Other than these minor issues, the table looks robust. It is a good table to play on. I would recommend it if you are prepared to take care of the cover somehow.
Hathaway Hurricane 54″ Foosball Table
Great starter table! Was a pain in the butt to assemble though – particularly since you are expected to put a grown man’s hand into some very tight areas near the goal in order to put about 16 screws in. If you have a very long screw attachment for your screwdriver – use it. If you don’t have one – get one you’ll want it. Otherwise, expect a very long assemble time. Not to mention that there were no pre-drilled starter holes where you need to do this, only making it more complicated to get the screws to start.
I hesitated getting this because I couldn’t find any reviews, so I hope this helps someone. This is a very sturdy, solid piece, and worth the money. I got it for my sons birthday and he and his friends had a great time for hours. This is an adult sized table, the same I played on when I was a bar hopper back in the day.
One caveat: putting it together was not simple. Did you ever buy something from Ikea that you had to assemble? Ikea furniture is notorious for the complaints regarding assembly. I mention this because I have absolutely no trouble with Ikea items, or with putting things together in general — I’ve had people ask me to put things together for them. But this was a challenge! If you have trouble assembling furniture, you may want to think twice about this, or get a partner to help you. I started putting it together at 8:30am and finished by 11am (I was under a time crunch and took no breaks). You have to read the directions really carefully, and check the pictured item several times. Screws and nuts and bolts are labeled with numbers that correspond with the directions, so that is helpful, but the illustrated directions aren’t completely clear.
If you are up for a construction challenge and want a nicely priced, sturdy adult sized foosball table, this is a good option. I got it on cyber Monday and it was about $145, but I would have (and planned to) paid $200 for it. It’s definitely worth that price.
Hathaway Primo Soccer Table
I was in the market for a mid-level, fairly inexpensive foosball table for my home and stumbled upon this one, right here on Amazon. For the price I could not really find anything else that I liked that was comparable so I decided to give this one a try.
Several reviews that I read around the web indicated that assembly time is very long. I am very handy and have put together way more complex things. This was by no means hard, but it was certainly time consuming. It took me 3.5 hours from start to finish. I was able to do it by myself but it would have been a lot easier with 2 people.
I used mostly a phillip head screwdriver and the included allen key throughout the entire assembly process. I have to say, I was extremely impressed with the organization of the parts. Each group of screws, nuts, washers, etc. was individually (as a group) bagged and labeled, completely taking the guess work out.
When assembling the rods w/ the `men’ on them, just make sure to put all members of the same team facing the right direction. The nut goes in the back of the person, the screw is almost flush on the front. That’s how you will have to remember which way they face. After staring at the diagram for a few minutes you will figure out the patterns and layout. Just make sure to take your time and not rush through the install and you should be fine.
After complete assembly of the table and placing it where it is going to stay, it is important to level the table properly. What I did was put a level in the middle of the table facing both ways, then adjusted each leg accordingly. After that I put the level on each side of the table and did final adjustments there, then once more checked the field level. Now the table seems to be completely level and operating the way it should.
The table is made in China and is mostly compressed wood (as expected). I am happy but not impressed or disappointed with the quality, it’s exactly what I was expecting. Not all panels were completely straight or 100% perfectly aligned so make sure you do not tighten screws all the way until the entire set of screws for what you are doing is in. In other words by not tightening the screws all the way down, you leave yourself some `wiggle room’. This was helpful when screwing the actual playing field board into the panels.
There was some noticeable chips and dings on the side panels of the table which I was not happy about, but luckily I have dark brown / red touch up marker and was able to mostly hide the visible damage. In my opinion the damage was minimal and almost expected when shipping this huge and heavy package. The box was far more damaged than the actual table.
The men on the poles seem to be good quality and I’m guessing should last. So far my friends and I have played a decent amount of games and do not notice anything wrong with the table. Granted I have only had the table for a few days but it does seem as though it will hold up.
The table is certainly worth the money. I would recommend it for anyone who is looking for a mid-level foosball table that won’t break the bank. It has good weight to the table and everything is working the way it should. The reason why I am giving it 4/5 stars is because of the slight damage throughout the table. I will update this review as time goes on.
About Foosball Table
Table football, commonly called fuzboll or foosball (as in the German Fußball “football”) and sometimes table soccer, is a table-top game that is loosely based on association football.
Although patents for similar games may exist from as far back as the 1890s, the game of table football as we know it today was first invented by Harold Searles Thornton in 1922 and patented in 1923 (UK patent no. 205,991 application dated 14 October 1922 and accepted 1 November 1923).
The concept was conceived after Harold had been to a Tottenham Hotspur F.C. football match (he was an avid supporter). He wanted to provide a game that replicated football that could be played at home. The inspiration came from a box of matches: by laying the matches across the box he had formed the basis of his game.
His uncle (United States resident Louis P. Thornton, who once lived in Portland, Oregon) visited Harold and took the inspiration back to the USA where it was patented in 1927 (United States Patent Office No. 1,615,491). However, he didn’t see a lot of success with the game and let his patent expire. It wasn’t until decades later that the game took off in the USA.
Meanwhile in Europe, the first leagues started springing up in the 1950s, and the European Table Soccer Union was formed in 1976. American soldier Lawrence Patterson re-introduced the game in the USA after playing in while stationed in Germany in the 1960s. He brought the first Bavarian-made table to the USA in 1962. Upon doing so, he trademarked the term “foosball” in both the USA and Canada, and gave his table the name “Foosball Match.” In 1970, Hayes and Furr created the first America-made foosball table, and shortly thereafter the game became a national phenomenon that lasted until video games became popular in the 1980s.
In 2002, the International Table Soccer Federation (ITSF) was established in France with the mission of promoting the sport of Table Soccer as an organizing sports body, regulating international competitions, and establishing the game with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and General Association of International Sport Federation (GAISF). The U.S. joined ITSF in 2003.
How To Choose Foosball Table?
I suppose one can’t go wrong with something simple. A classic wooden foosball table has an awesome retro vibe to it. It doesn’t stand out too much, but remains a cool addition to any game room. Not everyone wants simple, though. foosball tables are an investment, so some people might look for something a little more modern or flashy. This style of table reminds me of playing foosball as a kid, so I recommend for households with children.
Metallic foosball tables fit modern styles and are a little more resilient. They also look spectacular when lit up with LEDs or even small Christmas lights. The flashier look makes them the center of attention, which some people desire in a game room. As a bonus, cleaning and maintaining is easier as well. Unless you play outside in the rain, you don’t have to worry about it rusting. This makes it perfect for people who plan on keeping their table for a long time.
On the opposite side of the spectrum are some really cool ornate mahogany tables. These tables look super classy and are the perfect addition to a study. Imagine shelves full of leather bound books, antiques from distant cultures, and a hand carved mahogany table. It’s the sort of look that says, “When I’m not on safari or reading Homer’s The Odyssey, I’m playing foosball.” They would sell them with monocles, but I’m pretty sure anyone buying a table of this caliber already owns three.
It seems like they make a foosball table that fits every sense of style. So remember, when buying a foosball table it’s important to think about where it’s going and what sort of future it will have.
How To Pick The Best Foosball Table?
Before going out and buying top rated foosball table, take a look at these considerations:
1) One of the first things that you need to look into is the brand. This is because you would want to get a quality brand and not just any type. Most often, those products with known brands offer more quality and durability knowing that they cannot compromise on putting a bad image of the name that they have established for a long time.
2) Another thing that you need to consider is the price. Do not be deceived in getting cheap foosball table because you might not get the worth of your money that you are paying for. A great and high quality foosball table would not cost less than $150. But of course, there may be cases that there are big discounts and offers. If you are planning to buy online, make sure that the price of the product that you are getting is not too good to be true.
3) Reading product reviews is a great way to educate yourself on which of foosball table is a great buy. You can compare as many products as you can so that you can get the best. You can also read testimonials at least you have an idea about the drawbacks of particular products. Most importantly, go into different forums where you can ask questions from different users who can help you in your decision-making.
4) If you have a chance to visit a physical store, try to get hold of the different products by trying them on. You can ask the salesperson on which one is the most preferred by many foosball players.
5) Lastly, always remember to get something that has a longer product and service warranty; this way, if there are factory defects that will only show after a few months of using it, you can simply return it for replacement or repair without spending a dime.