Best Pool And Billiard Table 2017 – Buyer Guide

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Best Pool And Billiard Table 2017

Surely, these billiard table are not for everyone as some of them carry a hefty price-tag.

With that said, one thing can be said for sure, these pool and billiard table are good enough to make it to our list of the top best Pool And Billiard Table 2017.

Products NameImageWeightDimensionPrice
Hathaway Fairmont 6 ft. Portable Pool Hathaway Fairmont 6 ft. Portable Pool TableTable190 pounds80 x 51 x 10 inches
MD Sports 84 in. Arcade Billiard TableMD Sports 84 in. Arcade Billiard Table216 pounds88 x 52 x 7 inches
EastPoint Sports 87-Inch Outdoor BillEastPoint Sports 87-Inch Outdoor Billiard Table183 pounds87 x 49 x 31 inches
Mizerak Donovan II 8’ Billiard TableMizerak Donovan II 8’ Billiard Table300 pounds31 1/4 x 55 x 99 inches
Playcraft Sprint Blue Cloth Pool Playcraft Sprint Blue Cloth Pool TableTable246 pounds84 x 48 x 31 inches

Hathaway Fairmont 6 ft. Portable Pool Table – (Editor’s Choice)

This table is substantial and worth the money, probably more. It is heavy, but when I couldn’t find any help I muscled it up two flights of stairs to my apartment by myself, though consider it a two-man job. Yes, the cue sticks are cheap, so plan to replace them as I will be doing. The table should ship with 1-7/8″ balls which are more befitting a 6-foot table – the full-size balls clutter the surface too much after the break. And real felt would have been nice and helped the balls roll better. Having said all that, I think it’s a terrific value for the money and appears to be ready for several years’ worth of use. From my research, this table stands alone in between the little toy-like tables and the thousand-dollar ones, and I was glad to discover it less than a week ago (yes, I got mine in just a few days). The price has gone up forty bucks since then, so don’t wait too long if you think you would like this table, because chances are you will.

UPDATE: After having it for a couple of weeks, I am very happy with it and expect to like it more once my new cue sticks and smaller balls arrive – considering what a bargain the table was, I don’t mind spending the extra money. Leveling can be a trick particularly in areas where winter weather makes apartment buildings like mine shift as the ground freezes and thaws, so leveling will need to be a somewhat regular activity – I use a long carpenter’s level for best results. What I like most is that it gives me and my guests something else to do in the cold and dark winter months, and it has added a nice element to my bachelor pad. The price is now $67 higher than what I paid, so don’t sit on the fence unless you like paying more than you need to – just get it.

MD Sports 84 in. Arcade Billiard Table

This pool table is perfect. It is 7 foot, just like a standard bar table. It’s good quality , plays well and looks great. It’s a perfect alternative if you don’t want to invest in a slate table. My game has improved drastically just in the first two weeks of owning this. It comes with two sticks, but I use my own. It comes with a full set of billiard balls, standard size and weight. It also has an okay brush, but I bought a bigger one. Triangle and chalk is also included. It does not have the ball return, but the pockets have a sturdy canvas-type material that does not look like it will ever break, and each pocket can hold a lot of balls.

My husband and I set this up ourselves, but it is really difficult with just two people. It’s heavy, and I swear it took me a full week to recover (I’m not in good shape though). When it comes time to flip the table over after you assemble it, you really do need the four people that the instructions recommend. The most important thing about flipping it over is not letting the weight rest on the legs at all until it is completely flipped, otherwise it will damage the legs. I wasn’t able to do it, so we had to remove the legs again and prop my side up with a sawhorse to help flip it over. The bottom of the legs adjust to make the table level.

EastPoint Sports 87-Inch Outdoor Billiard Table

Received the table a few days ago. Set up was fairly straightforward, however, there were no instructions in the box and I had to download them from the manufacturers web site. The frame and table top are sturdy. The aluminum exterior of the legs is wrapped around some heavy plywood material that gives the table good stability. Assembly took about 45 minutes, the trickiest part is turning the table right side up without putting sideways pressure on the legs. It defiantly takes 2 good size strong adults to turn it over, more would be better. The playing surface is 1 piece so no assembly is required there.

Once it is turned over and leveled you are ready to play. leveling was easy but you need someone to lift the table while adjusting the levelers. This is where you need to manage your expectations a bit. The playing surface is Sunbrella, think outdoor cushions and umbrella material, it is like a canvas material, it in no way resembles a felt surface. The table plays reasonably well but the surface is a bit faster than felt so balls tend to roll out a bit more then you would expect and they don’t hold English as well, but that’s the trade you make for an outdoor table unless you want to invest 4 grand. Keep in mind though that the surface is not repairable or replaceable so take care not to tear it. The bumpers are excellent, good rebound. Also, this is a 7 foot table, the claims of playing surface size in the manufacturers comments are a bit misleading.

The cues, balls and triangle are about what you would expect. My set came with two 1 balls and no 9 ball so a call to customer service is in the works. In general if you are looking for a reasonably priced outdoor table for the family to play during the summer I think this was worth it. If you want a commercial table playing experience this is not the table for you. I am giving 4 stars for now until I see how it fairs in the Florida summer heat and humidity.

Mizerak Donovan II 8’ Billiard Table

First let me say, I love this table. It is amazing, however, I need to mention a couple of things regarding the assembly…

The slate is very heavy, which actually is a good thing, however, make sure you have a couple of people nearby to lift it safely. You also are going to need a strong screwdriver or crowbar and hammer to get the slate out of it’s packing crate. Careful when sliding the slate out so you don’t damage it. I had a few guys around and 2 people were able to carry the slate pieces. I would say each piece weighs between 150-200 pounds and there are 3 of them.

Basic frame assembly went well. All the bolts matched perfectly and it was very steady. There are some guide holes on the wood that did not line up with the end plates though. If you use the guide holes it sticks up over the top of the frame and since the slate goes on top of this, you can’t do it. Just make your own holes. Not difficult at all, but I just wanted to mention it.

Once assembled, the frame was very easy to level with a 36″ level.

The slate comes next. It actually lined up very well. I highly recommend drilling guide holes. This will make screwing down the slate much easier. The plates went together so evenly that I did not have to use any of the shims.

After the slate is attached, you then have to cover the seams and the 4 middle countersunk holes. The compound they give you is very difficult to work with. Mainly when it comes to sanding. It is more like a resin or epoxy then a joint compound. Be careful when applying it, because it dries very hard and is very difficult to sand. I even used an electric sander and it took a very long time to smooth it out. Other people have recommended using Water Putty. I didn’t do this, but you may find that much easier to work with.

I had an issue using water to clean the slate. it got very gritty, so I waited until it was dry and used a dry cloth instead. This seemed to work much better.

Once the slate was dry I used a pool ball to level the table. This worked extremely well. Not only did it make the table very level, it also helped me locate any high spots that still needed sanding. Just roll the ball slowly on the slate and make adjustments wherever needed.

The next thing you do is attach the felt. Since I have done this before, I knew it wasn’t as scary as it looked. I did have one huge issue though, the spray glue tip clogged on me several times. Be cautious of this. I was able to get it going again, but when you are trying to glue something down quickly, this gets very scary. All in all the felt attached very well.

After the slate is down you have to build the frame. This is done upside down. Be careful about scratching the top of the frame. I recommend putting a towel under all the chrome pieces as they are assembled to avoid scratching them.

Once the frame is built, you have to turn it over, fully assembled, and place it over the pool table. I recommend 4 guys to do this. The assembled frame is the size of the pool table itself and is a bit heavy.

The last thing I want to mention is attaching the frame. Since the felt is on the table it is covering the mounting holes. The instructions NEVER mention this and show the assembly as if no felt was attached. I called the support line and asked if I should make guide holes. They said they weren’t needed. I was going to just put it on without them, but when I got back to the cellar, my brother had already made them. I told him they said it wasn’t needed and hoped that it would work anyway. Truth is, I recommend making them. When you place the frame over the table, it doesn’t exactly line up. Without the holes, I never could have seen where the bolts go and I did have to adjust it. Since the holes were there I was able to stick a Phillips screwdriver in the hole and push it to the side. Once I did this, the holes lined up fine. I made sure all sides had screws started before I tightened it down.

In the end, this table is incredible! I love it! It is perfectly level and plays like any professional table! Everyone who has tried it has said the same thing. Once the assembly issues are dealt with, you end up with a very sharp looking, awesome table at an amazing price.

Sorry this review is so long, but I wanted to help others with the issues I had. Once again, I highly recommend this table, just keep in mind these assembly issues. If you have any issues or questions, feel free to respond to this review and I will get back to you if I can be of any help. Have a great day and enjoy this wonderful pool table!

Playcraft Sprint Blue Cloth Pool Table

While perhaps not “top of the line”, it is a very good table for the low price. If there were any one thing I could point out as being slightly annoying is that the “felt” has an odd discoloration where it looks like the material was very wrinkled for a long time before being stretched to fit the table. As a result, it still has the odd discolored lines that LOOK like creases even though the surface is perfectly smooth. It doesn’t affect actual play, but is a bit distracting when shooting toward that part of the table.

Assembly was very easy. I would recommend initially screwing the feet all the way in before attempting to level to make sure there is plenty of leeway to work with for adjustments. The room we have the table in is not level, but with proper adjustment, the playing surface is perfectly level. It will take 2-3 people to move, as the main part of the table (which is already assembled, all we added was the legs and feet) is VERY heavy.


About Billiard Table

A billiard table, billiards table, or pool table is a bounded table on which billiards-type games (cue sports) are played. In the modern era, all billiards tables (whether for carom billiards, pool or snooker) provide a flat surface usually made of quarried slate, that is covered with cloth (usually of a tightly-woven worsted wool called baize), and surrounded by vulcanized rubber cushions, with the whole elevated above the floor. 238 More specific terms are used for specific sports, such as snooker table and pool table, and different-sized billiard balls are used on these table types. An obsolete term is billiard board, used in the 16th and 17th centuries.

If you are considering purchasing a pool table then there a number of key elements that should be taken into account before making that all important final decision. Here you can find tips to consider when purchasing a pool table including budget, size, style, shipping and whether to purchase online or from a retail outlet.

Deciding you’re going to buy a billiards and pool tables is a big decision to make. You don’t want to get a table that’s going to be very low quality. If you do that you won’t enjoy your table as much as you could and you’re not going to get too much better practicing on it. Buying billiards and pool tables requires you spend a good amount of resources to make sure you get exactly what you need and to make sure you get good value for what you spend.

Above and beyond anything else you need to think about the size billiards and pool tables that you’re looking to get for your home. Don’t repeat the common mistake of buying billiards and pool tables and then bringing it home only to find that it doesn’t actually fit in the space you had planned for it. An official pool table is a hefty 9 feet and this is the ideal size because this is what official and serious players play on. So break out the measuring tape and make sure your potential billiards room is large enough to actually suit a properly sized table.

Types of Pool Tables

Types of pool tables available in the market are Custom Pool tables, Home or Commercial Pool tables, Coin operated Pool tables, and Reconditioned Pool tables. The commercial types are used mainly in bars, hotels, and clubs. Pool tables are also classified based on the type of material used and size. They are Slate Pool Tables, Non slate (Slatron) Pool Tables, All Outdoor Pool Tables, Murray Pool Tables, Mizerak Pool Tables, 7′ Pool Tables, 8′ Pool Tables and 9′ Pool Tables.

Pool tables are generally made from three types of material. They are mica laminate or vinyl melamine coating, veneer laminates and solid wood. Mica laminate or vinyl melamine coated pool tables are less expensive as they use unframed slate of 3/4″ thickness and leather of inferior quality. They are available only in few colors as they cannot be stained. The second type of pool table is veneer laminated where the lamination is made over wood made of particleboard, laminated layers of solid wood, or MDF board. This type of pool table has 3/4″ to 1″ thick slate, available with or without wood framing. They are available in different colors.

The third type of pool table is made from solid or hardwood. It is considered as the best built tables available in the market. They use all types of wood and are available in a wide range of styles. The common types of wood used for its manufacture are Oak, Cherry, Poplar, Maple, Ash, and Mahogany. They are available in wood type finishes and along with other commonly available paint finishes.

Outdoor type of pool table is weatherproof. Pool tables are available as multi-functional tables, which can also be used as a supper table or a poker table.

Of course the main determinant for many people when it comes to the table that they purchase is how much it costs. There isn’t a pool player out there who doesn’t want truly top of the line official billiards and pool tables that are constructed from the best possible materials and which are full 9 footers. Reality however rears its ugly head and makes it clear that most people need to think about what that kind of table is going to cost them. This makes cost the top factor many people consider when purchasing billiards and pool tables.

Now price is an important factor to take into consideration and you don’t want to do anything financially unwise in your pursuit of the best pool table that you can find on the open market but that doesn’t mean you should go at the market thinking about price above and beyond everything else. Instead you should do what this article outlines in the order it outlines. First you should figure out if a 9 footer is applicable to you at all or how you can make one work, then you need to figure out what level of quality you can work with, and finally you need to start to think about what you can afford to spend on your table or how you’re going to afford the table that you require.

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