Table Tennis Table Buyer's Guide (2020)

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Table Tennis Table Buyer’s Guide Table of Contents

  1. Introduction 
  2. How and where do I plan to use my table tennis table?
  3. Who is going to use the table tennis table?
  4. What price ranges meet my budget?
  5. How to make a purchase online?
  6. Are there any table tennis tables the eTableTennis.com team recommends?
  7. I’ve found the table tennis table I want, but how can I determine if it will fit in my desired location?
  8. Does my table tennis table come with a warranty?
  9. Although my table tennis table comes with a standard warranty, is it possible to get an extended warranty as well?
  10. How long will it take for my table tennis to be delivered?
  11. How will my table tennis table be delivered?
  12. Now that my table tennis table has arrived, how do I assemble it?
  13. How should I go about placing my table tennis table into storage?
  14. What should I do to keep my table tennis table clean and in good condition?

 Table Buyer's Guide

 

 

  1. Introduction 

The team here at eTableTennis.com prides itself on helping consumers get the most out of their experience on our site.  As table tennis enthusiasts, we created the best-in-class table tennis buyer’s guide to help aid you with your purchasing decision.  In addition to providing our visitors with a wide selection of Ping Pong Tables, our knowledgeable team has compiled this Table Tennis Table Buyer's Guide specifically for the online consumer who is in the market for a quality table tennis table.   

If you have made it this far, you are at the beginning stages of making a purchase for your home, office, or recreation center.  Our team of table tennis experts have compiled a list of common questions that consumers should keep in mind when purchasing a table tennis table online.  As always, if you do not see the answer in our (FAQ), or you have a specific question, you are welcome to contact an eTableTennis.com team member via live-chat, or by phone at (800) 216-5940.  

 

  1. How and where do I plan to use my table tennis table?

 Table Tennis Table

One of the most important questions to keep in mind is “How and where do I plan to use the table tennis table?”  While there are many different brands, styles, and designs of ping pong tables, you should consider where this table will primarily be used.  For example, if you are planning to purchase a table tennis table for your home, which room will you place it in? Is the ping pong table for the game room or family den, or do you want to use this ping pong table outdoors?  If this table tennis table is for the office, do you want a table that is stationary, or do you want a table that has wheels and can be rolled into your company's conference room on casual Friday’s?  If you are making a purchase for the recreation center, will you require a competition style ping pong table with leg levelers to adjust for an optimum playing surface, or does a more basic table that rolls in and out and is easily stored seemingly more suitable?  

 

  1. Who is going to use the table tennis table?  

Another important question you must ask yourself before making a purchase is “Who is going to use the ping pong table?”  Is this purchase for your home and will be used primarily for enjoyment with family and friends,  or is it for the advanced player who demands a tournament-level table tennis table that will prepare them for high-level table tennis competitor on a local, national, or global level?   We have divided our table tennis tables into two primary categories: a) beginner & recreational tables, and b) advanced/tournament-level tables.

Home & Recreational Ping Pong Tables

These table tennis tables are designed for individuals who are just starting to play table tennis and those who simply play table tennis for fun every now and then. Although these ping pong tables are durable, these ping pong table tend to be lighter and less durable than ping pong tables designed and constructed for intermediate and advanced table tennis players. These table tennis tables are especially great for children and young adults.

Tournament-Grade Ping Pong Tables

These table tennis tables are designed for advanced table tennis players, for usage in ping pong tournaments, and other settings where the table tennis table will be used frequently. These ping pong tables are generally the most durable table tennis tables you will find anywhere, are much heavier,  and often come with a table top made especially for extended usage. These table tennis tables are generally of the highest quality available and are often used at International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) sponsored events, which is the international body governing all table tennis associations.

Once you have established whether you prefer a table tennis table for beginners and recreational play, or a table tennis table for advanced and tournament-level play, you need to decide whether you will be using your table tennis table indoors or outdoors:

Indoor Ping Pong Tables

These ping pong tables are designed for indoor usage, typically for inside the home, office, or recreation center. Usually, the table tennis table’s surface top is made of material that isn’t weather-resistant, which means the table tennis table could have a much shorter lifespan if used for outdoor play or left outdoors for an extended period of time.

 

Indoor Tables

 

Outdoor Ping Pong Tables

These ping pong tables are designed for outdoor or indoor usage and typically have a more durable table top that is made to ward off the possible harsh effects of rain, snow, and hot temperatures. These table tennis tables typically will feature technology that prevents expansion and contraction under variable weather conditions.

 

Outdoor Tables

 

Lastly, once you’ve decided on whether you prefer an indoor table tennis table or an outdoor table tennis table, it’s time to think about whether your prefer a rollaway table tennis table or a stationary table tennis table.

 

Rollaway

These table tennis tables are designed for increased mobility and versatility. Rollaway ping pong tables can be moved around from place to place with tremendous ease since they come equipped with wheels and can be folded and placed in storage without a problem. These ping pong tables are ideal for those who prefer to enjoy both indoor and outdoor play, or play in different rooms in a house, office, or recreational center.

 

Rollaway Tables

 

 

Stationary

There ping pong tables are generally meant for play in one designated location. Since these tables are stationary, they are most ideal for those of you who have already decided that your ping pong table will remain in one designated location, such as a game room, basement, or family room.

Stationary Tables



  1. What price ranges meet my budget?

Another important question to consider is “What is my budget?” When searching eTableTennis.com, we have several different options to help you browse table tennis tables by price.  On the left hand side of our site, we have a feature that allows you to sort by price.  We have broken down the ping pong tables we carry by price and have them categorized as follows: < $500, $500-$1000, $1000-$2000, $2000+.  As you can see, we have various types of table tennis tables to meet your needs.

 

  1. How to make a purchase online?  

eTableTennis Checkout

Here at eTableTennis.com, we recognize that purchasing a table tennis table online is a unique experience and we want to make it as easy as possible while keeping you informed throughout the entire purchasing process.  

Simply find us on the web at eTableTennis.com and utilize our user-friendly website to find the table tennis table of your liking. Once you’ve done that, select the number of table tennis tables you would like and simply use the “Add to Cart” button to move forward with the purchasing experience.  

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  1. Are there any table tennis tables the eTableTennis.com team recommends?

Absolutely! Since we have a very knowledgeable team here at eTableTennis.com, we are happy to pass on the knowledge we have acquired to help our customers find exactly what they are looking for.  As far as table tennis table recommendations go, it really depends on what you are looking for. However, here are some of our recommendations based upon ping pong table type:  

        

  1. I’ve found the table tennis table I want, but how can I determine if it will fit in my desired location?

Tape measure

Prior to purchasing a table tennis table, it is best to analyze the location where you would like to have your ping pong table and then measure the height, width, and length of what can possibly fit well in that location. We recommend that you use a measuring stick or measuring tape to measure accurately.   

 

When measuring, one crucial aspect is making sure there is enough room for player movement on all sides of the table tennis table, especially at the table ends.  As shown in the graphic above, when purchasing a shuffleboard table, there should always be at least 5' of space at each end and at least 3' of space on each side to ensure that players have enough room to manuever comfortably while playing. 

 

  1. Does my table tennis table come with a warranty?

Generally, all table tennis tables come with a standard manufacturer warranty that essentially serves as an insurance policy that covers your table tennis table for a certain period of time. While virtually all ping pong tables come with a standard warranty, the warranty often varies from table to table in terms of warranty length and which parts of the table tennis table the warranty specifically covers. For example, a warranty may cover a ping pong table's wheels for 2 years, but the surface top for 5 years. Therefore, please refer to each table tennis table product page which includes the warranty information on each table tennis table we carry.  

 

  1. Although my table tennis table comes with a standard warranty, is it possible to get an extended warranty as well?

An extended warranty is basically an extension of the standard warranty that automatically comes with the table tennis table.  As mentioned previously, while all table tennis tables come with a standard warranty, obtaining an extended warranty is possible when indicated on the table’s product page. 

 

  1. How long will it take for my ping pong table to be delivered?

On all of our product pages, we offer an estimate of anticipated day of arrival.  While we do our very best to ensure the accuracy of this estimate, sometimes issues beyond our control occur.  However, upon placing your order, eTableTennis.com will email you order tracking information, which will allow you to track your order as the delivery process unfolds.  

 

  1. How will my table tennis table be delivered?

Freight Shipping

Generally, your table tennis table will be delivered in 1 of 5 ways:

Unload Myself: Also known as curbside delivery, this method of delivery is considered an industry standard and is our most economical delivery option. It involves the freight truck pulling up to the front curb of the delivery location and having the purchaser or authorized individual retrieve the purchased item from the upper back portion of the freight truck, unassisted by the delivery person.  Once the purchaser or authorized individual has full possession of the item, they are then free to take the item to their desired location. This delivery option is absolutely FREE. 

Although free standard curbside delivery is offered by eTableTennis.com on larger items totaling $49 or more, the following delivery options are also available for an additional fee:

Curbside Delivery with Lift Gate: Curbside delivery with Lift Gate is virtually identical to the curbside delivery described above, but involves the help of a machine that gently helps lift the table tennis table from the back of the freight truck so that the purchaser of the table tennis table or authorized individual can retrieve the ping pong table and take it to the desired location.   Essentially, the lift gate eliminates the need for the purchaser or authorized individual to remove the purchased item from the inside area of the freight truck. Please note that, sometimes, the freight truck delivery person may help the purchaser or authorized individual remove the purchased item from inside the truck at no extra charge.

To the Door Delivery: This type of delivery consists of the freight truck delivery person carefully unloading your purchased item from the freight truck and bringing it to your garage or front door of your home, office, or other preferred location.

Inside Delivery to Room of Choice:  Inside Delivery is similar to garage or front door delivery except the freight truck delivery person will unload the purchased item and bring inside your home, office, or other preferred location and into the room of your choosing.

Inside Delivery with Full Assembly: Unlike the other delivery options, white glove delivery generally involves the delivery person bringing the table tennis table to the desired location, assembling the table tennis table and getting the table tennis table ready for immediate use, and removing any debris associated with the delivery.  

You will be able to select which type of delivery you prefer during the checkout process.

 

  1. Now that my table tennis table has arrived, how do I assemble it?

Generally speaking, table tennis tables vary a bit when it comes to their assembly. On all of our product pages, we offer an estimated assembly time given to us by the manufacturer, and each ping pong table comes with a user manual that explains how to assemble the table tennis table.  However, there are a few commonalities when it comes to assembling your table tennis table:

  1. Once you’ve selected the desired location for your table tennis table in your home, office, or recreation center, remove the contents of the table tennis table from its packaging and gently place them on a flat surface.
  2. Next, go through the instruction manual and make sure that each component is laid out on the flat surface and that no items are missing.
  3. Once you’ve determined that all table tennis parts are present, read through the owner's manual and simply follow the instructions.

In some cases, you may want to have someone to assemble the ping pong table for you. If that is necessary, please select the "White Glove Delivery" option during the checkout process and we will make sure your ping pong table will be completely assembled and ready for immediate usage. If you do not see an option for "White Glove Delivery" during the checkout process, please contact our customer service team via live-chat or by phone. 

 

  1. How should I go about placing my table tennis table into storage?

Once you have decided you would like to place your ping pong table into storage, a few things should be done to safely store your table:

  1. Find a quality location to store your table tennis table. Such a location should be away from excessive heat, moisture, and preferably away from direct sunlight.
  2. Clean off the table tennis table and remove any dust and/or moisture from the table tennis table with a soft, dry microfiber cloth.
  3. Since the majority of table tennis tables are foldable, carefully fold the ping pong table according to the instructions in your owner’s manual.
  4. Move the ping pong table to the desired location.
  5. If desired, we also offer table tennis table covers for sale.  These covers can greatly help extend the life of your table tennis table. 

 

  1. Is there anything I can do to keep my table tennis table clean and in good condition?

When it comes to maintaining the surface of your table tennis table, you have a few different options:

  1. Regularly wipe down the table tennis table’s surface with a soft, dry microfiber cloth after each use. This will remove minor dust particles and moisture from the table.
  2. Although this depends on how often the table tennis table gets used, take a clean cloth and apply a gentle, non-toxic cleaner that is mixed with water to provide your ping pong table with a slightly more thorough cleaning.  Use the least amount of cleaning solution possible since you want to give the table a thorough cleaning without tarnishing the finish on the table tennis table’s surface. This should not be done more than once per month.
  3. As necessary, remove the table tennis table's net and wash the net by hand using moderately warm water and a small amount of detergent. Let the table tennis net soak for at least 30 minutes before letting the net air dry. Once dry, re-apply the net to the table tennis table.
  4. Apply a lubricant to metal areas of the table tennis table that fold or bend periodically as part of regular maintenance.   

By doing the above, your table tennis table should remain in very good condition for many years to come!

Now that the eTableTennis.com team has provided you with a thorough overview of how to find the right ping pong table for your home, office, game room, or school, please view our great selection of quality Ping Pong Tables and let the hours of table tennis fun begin!