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Last updated: December 18, 2020
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Are you looking to enjoy a game of ping pong with friends or family but simply do not have enough space indoors? If so, then the best outdoor ping pong table is the perfect solution. While many of these models do not offer the same level of bounce as what you’d get from an indoor table, they are still sufficient to help you enjoy playing as much as you’d like. As there are so many models on the market, it can be somewhat difficult to find a model that will suit your needs. If that is the case with you, do not fret. In this article, we will review some of the best models that are currently on the market.
When making up this list, we considered several important features. Some of the most important things that we considered include dimensions, weight, surface, and warranty. All of these will be further explained in the buying guide section. Let’s now consider our top models.
Our number one pick comes from one of the best manufacturers of ping pong equipment on the market. Stiga not only makes great outdoor tables, but indoor tables and paddles among others. All of the products from the maker deliver durable, excellent performance across all levels, and as our number choice, the Stiga XTR Series comes with similar great characteristics. With this model, you can enjoy an excellent time with family and friends without having to pay plenty of money. The reasonable price is one of the best things about this table. Although it does not offer you the best design or the best bounce, the Stiga XTR Series manages to combine all the important things you need to give a table of excellent overall value.
The durability of the Stiga XTR Series is the best thing about it. Due to the build, it can withstand different types of weather. The surface that you will play on is made from aluminum composite. This composite is waterproof and moisture-resistant. Thus, you can use it regardless of the weather. In terms of bounce, you will enjoy relatively good bounce since the 6 mm thickness offers you enough to have a wonderful game.
Away from the playing surface, let’s see the other parts of this table. First, the undercarriage and the frame boast of similar sturdy construction. Unlike the top playing surface, these parts are made from steel. The result is that you get a table that can last for a long time. The 1.25” square legs and welded braces ensure that you get excellent durability and stability. You thus have a base that will stand strain, weather, and other things that ordinarily might damage a table. Additionally, this model has 3” wheels that make it easy to wheel outside. You can move it around the yard with minimal fuss. The wheels can also be locked so that you will have a stable playing surface.
Despite the relatively big playing surface, it is interesting that this is very easy to store. It comes in two equal halves that can be divided and kept out of the way. The halves come with a safety hatch mechanism which is essential to have, especially if you have kids. With this design, you can even play with yourself.
Installation is straightforward as when because the Stiga XTR Series comes pre-assembled. Therefore, you can play as quickly as possible. This is one of the fastest setup times on this roundup.
What we liked: We love this model because of the portability. It offers impressive playability as well. If you are looking for a table to play on every day, the durability of the Stiga XTR Series makes it an excellent option.
What could be better: This is a ‘play’ version at best. It doesn’t offer enough bounce to be a model for serious practice.
Dimensions: 108 x 60 x 30 inches – assembled/ 62 x 22 x 67 inches – folded
Weight: 166 lbs
Surface: 0.59 inches
Warranty: 1-year limited
Extra features: 40mm x 40mm rust-resistant, powder-coated steel undercarriage, hassle-free screw-on weatherproof net set with adjustable posts included, heavy-duty 6in (double the standard size) caster wheels, automatic anti-tilting device and locks, adjustable height levelers
Up next on our round up is the JOOLA NOVA Table Tennis Table. Now, there are certainly some better options on the market that this, including some on this lineup. However, these are far more expensive and do not manage to combine functionality, playability, durability and cost as the JOOLA NOVA table has done. If you are on the lookout for a ping pong table to use outdoors with the family and friends, then this low cost option offers excellent value.
We love this model for several reasons. First, although it is a value pick, it comes with impressive features that make it a good choice whether you are a beginner or a pro player. Some of the features also make it one of the most versatile options that can be used in a variety of condition. Due to the construction and materials, it offers excellent durability.
While it comes in at a lower cost than you might have thought , it comes with an aluminum and plastic composite build on the surface. This is weather resistant and can be used in different types of weather. The playing surface is also one of the best things about this model. The top of the table is of the composite we mentioned earlier. Therefore, you can play relatively comfortably. However, you should note that its surface certainly isn’t as good as that on more expensive options. Nevertheless, this still gives you some of the best bounce in this price category. Therefore, you will find it an ideal value buy.
Durability is one of the reasons that we love our number one choice on this roundup. The JOOLA NOVA table also manages to offer great durability. The playing surface is resistant to moisture and adverse weather. The other parts also offer similar durability. The undercarriage here is made of durable steel. That offers plenty of durability. It is also powder coated, which means that it can be used in wet conditions without rusting. You can improve the durability by getting a cover for the wet month.
The design makes it a comfortable and versatile option. The JOOLA NOVA table has four levelers that can be adjusted so that you get a completely horizontal playing surface. Moving it around in the yard or garden is easy. This is because it comes fitted with 3” wheels that are durable and improve portability. Additionally, just as with our top pick, the JOOLA NOVA comes in separate parts. Therefore, it is easy to dismantle and keep away when not in use. Since there are adjusters, you can adjust the JOOLA NOVA table to lie in a position that allows for single player.
All of these features and design come in a ping pong table that is one of the most affordable on the market and that offers you excellent value for the price.
What we liked: Well, the JOOLA NOVA table comes with a durable, waterproof construction that ensures that you get years of use. The playing surface isn’t as good as that on more expensive models, but with the price in mind, it is clear that this is a good value purchase.
What could be better: The playing surface is the main issue many have with it. For simple, non-serious play, it isn’t a bother. However, this thin surface is not suitable for more advanced players.
If you are really on a tight budget and you want ping pong table to use outdoors without paying plenty of money, then our budget option, the ZENY Table Tennis Table is such a good choice. It might come cheaper than your average option, but its features definitely make it an interesting and worthy contestant on this round up.
This unit comes from a brand that is relatively new. Therefore, there isn’t a lot of products from the manufacturer for us to form a strong opinion on the durability and quality of products from the manufacturer. However, if the ZENY Table Tennis Table is anything to go by, then this brand is one to look out for.
As with the best ping pong tables on the market, this unit comes with four sturdy legs that will offer plenty of stability. The frame is also a good feature. For example, it is made of steel. This means that it can withstand leaning on it and bumps that usually happen as the game gets hotter. This frame boasts of triangle rods and foot pads that add to its overall stability. Although we observed that it does not come with ant leg levelers, the presence of anti-slip foot pads is a welcome addition.
This model has a good playing surface. During the testing of the ZENY Table Tennis Table, it was observed that the surface offers decent bounce. It is also billed to last for a long time, or at least look great for a long time, because the surface is scratch resistant.
It is a new model of ping pong table, but for the price and features, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better budget option available. The size of the ZENY Table Tennis Table is about 2/3 of the the regulation size, which is cool.
The design indicates that not only is this built for stability but also for portability. It is a foldable option that you will find easy to put away when you aren’t using it. You can also divide it into two halves and adjust these to your playing style. Assembling the ZENY Table Tennis Table is an easy task. The nets and all the needed hardware come in the package and are easy to install.
What we liked: The ZENY Table Tennis Table is a relatively durable, versatile ping pong table that will give you excellent fun. It comes with good portability, a nice playing surface, and at a low price.
What could be better: While the ZENY Table Tennis Table comes with anti-slip foot pads, it would have been better if it also came with leg levelers for more versatility.
The fourth choice on our roundup is the GoSports Table Tennis Game Set. It comes as the best set out of all the units that we have considered so far. If you are on the go and want a table that is relatively easy to pack up and take with you, then you will certainly enjoy this model. Apart from being the best set, the GoSports Table Tennis Game Set is also one of the best travel ping pong tables available right now.
As we have said, this is a highly portable model. From our testing and the research done, this model offers some of the best portability. It comes as a completely foldable unit. To further assist you with the portability, it even comes with a built-in handle. Therefore, you will find it pretty easy to handle. Looking for fun at a friends’ house or you want to throw a picnic? Then this portable option can add more fun to your time. Apart from the smaller physical dimensions, this is also one of the lightest units that we have tested. When fully set up, it weighs just 17 kg. You will be hard pressed to find a unit that is this lightweight and easy to carry around.
The dimensions of the GoSports Table Tennis Game Set are unsurprisingly smaller than those found on other options. For example, it is not as wide as our top choice. It is a full height model that feels comfortable to use. The playing surface feels decent and offers a good time. When folded, the GoSports Table Tennis Game Set is only 36 by 36 by 3 inches, which makes it very easy to move about.
All of the features above are cool, but perhaps the best thing about this unit is that it comes with plenty of useful accessories. When you buy the GoSports Table Tennis Game Set, you also get a pair of paddles and four balls. This is even more impressive when you consider that this model is one of the cheapest on the market. It is an excellent folding ping pong table that you can comfortably use indoors and outdoors.
It does come with some drawbacks. For example, the aluminum build of the surface means that your balls will bounce irregularly and not at all as you might expect from a ping pong table meant for serious playing.
What we liked: The sheer portability of this model makes it a great buy. It is also relatively durable and offers a nice surface that you can play on. Overall, it is a fun unit that is easy to store and carry.
What could be better: This is a fun equipment, and as such, it isn’t designed for serious playing. If you are looking to learn how to play, this is not the option for you.
The Cornilleau – 400M is a premium unit that comes with almost every single feature that you might want from a ping pong table. If you want a premium option, with money not being a problem, then you should certainly consider getting this model. Part of the appeal of the Cornilleau – 400M is the impressive durability among other useful features.
Due to the materials of construction, this relatively expensive model can survive through the harshest of weather conditions. While it comes with a very solid build, it still gives you some of the best bounce that you can find on such tables. The playing surface of the Cornilleau – 400M is one excellent part of it. It has a 7mm thickness with lamination. Because of this, you can play it in bright weather without any reflections affecting your gameplay. This anti-glare surface is something found in few ping pong table. This build also ensures that you can use it in the rain, during windy conditions, and other types of weather. As long as you have a cover, this can be permanently placed in your yard without any damage to it. From the frame to the net, all the materials are made from durable parts that will stop any damage like rust, mold, or rot from affecting the table. The frame of the Cornilleau – 400M comes made from galvanized steel, which improves stability and overall durability. The legs of the frame can be adjusted. Therefore, users of different heights will have an easy time playing. Due to these legs, the Cornilleau – 400M is the best option for wheelchair users that want to play ping pong.
Next, despite the large size, it is relatively portable. This is mainly due to the 8” wheel at the base. Therefore, you can move it around different terrains without any issues. Storage is another great feature. It comes as a table of two halves. Therefore, you can quickly fold it when not in use and put it away. We noticed that the first time the Cornilleau – 400M is set up, you might have a hard time with installation. However, once installed, it is very good to play on.
What we liked: Overall, this table is an awesome option that will serve well, whether as an indoor or an outdoor ping pong table. It offers decent bounce that will make it a great choice for recreational playing.
What could be better: Although the surface is good, it could still be better. The thickness of the surface is not sufficient for serious or high level playing.
If portability is your main concern, then you will feel right using the DRM Table Tennis Table. At first glance when fully assembled, it is clear that this isn’t as durable or feature – rich as more expensive models on the market. However, the DRM Table Tennis Table makes up for this in other ways. The major appeal of the DRM Table Tennis Table is the size and overall portability. When assembled, it has dimensions of 71.6 x 34 x 30” and 35.8 x 34“ when folded. This makes for a small unit that is easy to keep in store or carry around. Furthermore, it weighs just 45 pounds, which is definitely the lightest on this roundup. It even comes with a carry handle!
It comes with several useful accessories as well, ranging from a pair of ball to paddles, and a net. Durability is limited on this model. The legs of the DRM Table Tennis Table are made of a plastic material, which means that it isn’t as durable as some of the other options on this roundup. Although the plastic build makes it lighter, it does no favors for its durability.
What we liked: We mainly like the portability. Because of the small size when folded, it is easy to store and carry around. It also comes as the lightest option on this roundup.
What could be better: The durability is quite poor. The plastic build means that you cannot installed it outside in the yard permanently.
The last but not the least on this roundup is the Butterfly Playback Rollaway Table Tennis Table. It is an outdoor tennis table that gives you plenty of features that make it one of the most versatile models on the market. Its’ benefits range from sturdy construction to a good playing surface and an excellent warranty. The design makes it a comfortable and versatile option. The Butterfly Playback table has four levelers that can be adjusted so that you get a completely horizontal playing surface
From our use, the top feature of this model, other than the warranty is the versatility. It comes with a nice design that makes it a breeze to roll out and even easier to fold up and store. It doesn’t take up plenty of space when it is stored up. It also offers you excellent portability. This makes it easy to bring out when you have friends or family willing to play. Another good feature is the playing surface. The surface of this model is made from resin; therefore it is lightweight and gives a good bounce.
Moving it around in the yard or garden is easy. This is because it comes fitted with 3” wheels that are durable and improve portability. Additionally, just as with our top pick, the Butterfly Playback Rollaway Table comes in separate parts. Therefore, it is easy to dismantle and keep away when not in use. Since there are adjusters, you can adjust the Butterfly Playback Rollaway Outdoor Table Tennis Table to lie in a position that allows for single player.
What we liked: We liked that this model comes with a moderate bounce and comes with a good playing surface. The low profile also means that it does not take up a lot of space outside.
What could be better: Well, the major gripe with this model is that it isn’t very durable. Additionally, it isn’t as stable as you might expect.
Things to Сonsider
In the section above, we reviewed seven of the best tables you can find on the market right now. These units that we have considered offer most of the things that you would ever want from a ping pong table for the outdoors. In this section, we will be looking at some of the important information that you have to know before making a buying choice. This also involves some features that your model ought to have.
How’s is this table different from indoor tables?
Before you make a purchase, it is vital that you understand what differentiates the outdoor table from the indoor model.
For most of their characteristics, both options are relatively similar. They both have the same sizes and dimension of parts like nets.
However, that is where the similarities end. Ping pong, or table tennis is a game played indoors, and indoor tables are designed with that in view. Playing ping pong outdoors affects your gameplay. For example, winds can affect the direction of the ball. Therefore, outdoor ping pong isn’t a competitive sport.
Another notable difference is in the playing surfaces. Most outdoor units are built for durability, not playability. That is why they come with surfaces made of metal and have coating on them to make them water and weather resistant. While that will make the table last longer, it affects the bounce of the ball. All the coating and the material will absorb energy from the ball and affect the bounce. Therefore, you cannot play a professional game.
If you are playing just for fun, this should not be a serious issue. Therefore, you can still have a great time even with the strange playing surface. Now, let’s consider some of the most important features to look out for when making a purchase.
Features to consider
When choosing an outdoor ping pong table, you should never forget to control the features described beneath.
Since you aren’t playing professionally but for fun, the durability of the table is arguably the most important factor that you should consider. Before you buy, look at the way the unit is designed, including the playing surface.
Regular tables, particularly those that are made for indoor use have a wooden surface. However, since you will be using this outside, where it will be exposed to the elements, you certainly need a table with a more durable playing surface.
A wooden option will suffer from warping. Therefore, look for tables that have the surface made of aluminium and is coated or laminated to improve durability. This will make it durable and weatherproof. The Cornilleau – 400M is an example of a durable option.
If you aren’t thinking of installing the ping pong table outside permanently, then you must look for a unit that is easy to move around.
Outdoor tables are often heavier than indoor models because of the sturdier materials of construction.
Therefore, you should be looking for the most convenient models to use. One of the best features to look out for are wheels. With wheels, you will find it easy to move the table around. The Cornilleau – 400M, for example comes with large wheels that make it easy to move across different terrains. The wheel will make it easy to keep it out of the way.
Apart from the wheels, you should also consider how easy it is to fold and store. One of our favorite models is the DRM Table Tennis Table. It comes with a design that makes it easy to carry around. It is a lightweight unit as well. The quick fold design results in the ability to collapse the table and store it quickly.
This portability also affects the foldability. The outdoor table is made to withstand harsh outdoor weather, which means that the materials are tougher and heavier. Some of the best models make it easy to handle by being foldable. For example, the Stiga XTR Series comes with such a design.
As you will be playing outdoors, sometimes in bright sunlight, you will need a model that has anti-glare surface. Therefore, neither player will have the sun’s reflection in their eyes. The Cornilleau – 400M is an example of an outdoor table with this very useful feature. With this coating, you can enjoy playing in different lighting conditions.
Leg levelers are very important if you want to get the best from your playing. These let you to adjust the height of the table and each leg.
If you are playing on an uneven surface, you will certainly find this to be a useful feature.
The JOOLA NOVA Tennis Table comes with this pretty handy feature.
The playing surface is one of the things that differentiate an outdoor table from an indoor table. The outdoor models are often made from thinner but more durable materials like aluminum or resin-treated wood. The goal is to keep it protected from the elements. If you want an outdoor table that is close to the real thing, then you must consider the playing surface.
Well, if you are playing just for recreation, then you can use an outdoor table for indoor playing. However, if you are playing to get better at ping pong, the playing surface of an outdoor table might be too thin for you. Outdoor tables are also usually bigger than indoor tables which can cause a problem if you don’t have enough space indoors.
Yes! Some models can be used as indoor / outdoor ping pong tables.
Our top pick is the Stiga XTR Series. It comes with the ability to withstand different weather conditions. Apart from the impressive durability, the steel apron gives it a good bounce across the table. The value buy is JOOLA NOVA Table Tennis Table. This unit comes with an excellent paying surface made of an aluminum and plastic combination. It offers comfortable bounce and comes at a reasonable price. If you are on a budget, the ZENY Table Tennis Table is for you. This unit has a scratch-resistant surface and can be split into two equal halves. It offers excellent stability as well and can be used outdoors for a relatively long time. Choose from these or any of the other models reviewed above and rest assured that you have selected one of the best outdoor ping pong table options.