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Table Tennis Tables

You can’t play table tennis without a table tennis table. That kind of goes without saying. But when it comes to actually choosing a table tennis table, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all of the options. The aim of this page is simple: to help you figure out how to invest your budget wisely!

Four questions to answer…

Before You Buy a Table Tennis Table

Having a table tennis table in your home can be a brilliant way to increase the quantity of your practice. However, it can also become quickly forgotten about and stuffed away in a corner somewhere. Here are four things you should consider before hitting the buy button!

A full-sized table tennis table is 9ft x 5ft (or 274cm x 152.5cm). If you are thinking of buying a table to use inside your house, it is probably worth marking that out on the floor and seeing if it seems realistic to be able to play around it (you’ll need at least a meter on all sides even if you are just playing for fun).

  • Recreational players probably need at least 5m x 3.5m.
  • Players looking to do actual training need a minimum of 7m x 4.5m.
  • Local tournaments will usually give you a playing court which is 9m x 5m.
  • At national level tournaments, the court will be 12m x 6m.
  • For international competitions, the ITTF stipulates a minimum court size of 14m x 7m.

Do you have enough space? If the answer is no, you have a few options…

  1. Don’t buy a table tennis table (it’s simply not the right choice for everybody)
  2. Buy a table tennis robot (they only require about 30cm of space on their end)
  3. Buy an outdoor table (a great option for purely recreational play)

And that brings us on to our second question.

Your answer to this question will be largely determined by where you plan on storing your table tennis table. Indoor tables need to be stored inside. Outdoor tables can be kept outside.

You’ll need an outdoor table if you are going to keep the table in your garage or shed. That’s because indoor tables can warp, even when kept in a dry garage. Indoor tables are made of MDF which means they need to be kept properly inside. Like in your actual house, inside. You don’t want them getting exposed to extreme hot or cold temperatures. You need to keep them out of direct sunlight. And you absolutely must stop them from getting wet, damp, or even just being in a moist environment.

The bottom line… Indoor tables are for indoors.

If you’re just playing for fun, then you can play with whoever happens to be around – your siblings, your parents, your children. If you’re looking for some serious practice then you’ll need to think about who you are going to play with. There are plenty of options;

  • Does anyone in your house play competitive table tennis? If so, you’re sorted.
  • Do you have friends that live locally that play? Training with them at your home will save on practice fees.
  • Can you afford a coach? Lots of table tennis coaches will come to your home.
  • Could you buy a robot? If you don’t have anyone to play with you could always invest in a table tennis robot.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for serious training you need to make sure that you’ve got enough space for an indoor table and that you have somebody to play with. Once you’ve got that sorted you need to decide how much money you’ve got to spend.

The cheapest full-size table tennis table on Amazon.co.uk (and the current bestseller) is £140. The most expensive table is £3,599. That’s a pretty big difference! You don’t need to spend thousands on a table tennis table, but if you want a competition standard table you should expect to pay at least £500/$700.

Cheap table tennis tables
Lots of people think that “a table tennis table is a table tennis table” and decide to buy the cheapest one they can find. The only problem is… these tables are horrible. The cheapest tables are usually only 12mm thick and even a recreational player can tell that the ball doesn’t bounce correctly. Some cheap table tennis tables don’t even advertise the thickness of their playing surface!

In our opinion, these are…

The Best Indoor Table Tennis Tables

Table tennis robots range massively in price from over $2,000, for a top-of-the-range machine, all the way down to under $100, for something very basic.

Let’s have a look at some of the best table tennis robots currently available. In particular, we’ll focus on the most popular brands such as; Butterfly Amicus, Power Pong, Newgy Robo-Pong, and iPong.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

#1: Power Pong Omega

Attila Malek created the first Power Pong table tennis robot in 2012, in partnership with a factory in his home country of Hungary. Since then, the robots have been improved and upgraded.

Today, there are three models available; Alpha, Delta, and the flagship Omega model (which replaces the popular Power Pong 5000).

These Hungarian “three-wheel” robots have really taken table tennis robots to the next level. They allow you to adjust the speed, placement, type of spin and even the amount of spin on each individual ball in the rallies you create!

The Power Pong Omega comes with a free tablet and is controlled via a Bluetooth connection to the Power Pong app (iOS or Android). That makes it super easy to customise and control your robot training.

This is a fantastic table tennis robot with so many advanced features. It gives you the greatest amount of variability in your practice.

  • Operate via the Power Pong “drag-and-drop” app
  • Build complex drills (including serves)
  • Just like playing against another player
power pong omega table tennis robot
newgy robo-pong 2055 table tennis robot

Rating: 4 out of 5.

#2: Newgy Robo-Pong 2055

Newgy Robo-Pong table tennis robots are very well-known and popular, especially in the United States. They were first released in 1988 and are the original table tennis robot!

The Newgy Robo-Pong 2055 is the best-selling Newgy robot and replaces the previous 2050 model. It’s a “smart robot” using digital technology and a ‘PC mode’ to enable you to connect the robot to your computer, create drills, and store them in the system.

You can adjust the ball speed and frequency via the digital control box but adjusting the spin requires a manual twisting of the robot head. This means that the Robo-Pong 2055 can only produce one type of spin at a time and cannot create complex training drills.

Newgy have a more expensive Bluetooth model (the Robo-Pong 3050XL) but it has lots of really bad customer reviews. If you’re looking for a table tennis robot that you can control via your smartphone, you should definitely get the Power Pong Omega instead!

  • Up to 170 balls per minute
  • Only one type of spin per drill
  • Great value at under $1,000

Rating: 3 out of 5.

#3: iPong Trainer Motion

The iPong Trainer Motion (released in 2018) replaces the popular iPong V300 table tennis robot.

iPong (owned by JOOLA) specialise in making great value table tennis robots that sit on top of the table. These kinds of robots need to be refilled manually once you have used up all of the balls.

All of the iPong robots are considerably cheaper than anything else you’ll find on the market. They’re ideally suited to infrequent home use, but they could also be used at a club or school.

You can’t really compare the iPong Trainer Motion to the Power Pong Omega or Robo-Pong 2055, but it does have a few cool features, such as; oscillation, memory, and a wireless remote.

If you’re looking for a basic table tennis robot, and don’t have much money to spend, then we can recommend giving the iPong Trainer Motion a try. It’s surely the best robot available for under $200!

  • 30 to 70 balls per minute
  • Topspin, backspin and no spin balls
  • A bargain at under $200!
joola-ipong-trainer-motion table tennis robot
Check out the…

Power Pong Omega

The Power Pong Omega is a really special table tennis robot. It’s head and shoulders above the competition in its performance, functionality, and ease of use. Check out the video below by US professionals Samson Dubina and Sarah Jalli to find out more…

In our opinion, these are…

The Best Outdoor Table Tennis Tables

Table tennis robots range massively in price from over $2,000, for a top-of-the-range machine, all the way down to under $100, for something very basic.

Let’s have a look at some of the best table tennis robots currently available. In particular, we’ll focus on the most popular brands such as; Butterfly Amicus, Power Pong, Newgy Robo-Pong, and iPong.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

#1: Power Pong Omega

Attila Malek created the first Power Pong table tennis robot in 2012, in partnership with a factory in his home country of Hungary. Since then, the robots have been improved and upgraded.

Today, there are three models available; Alpha, Delta, and the flagship Omega model (which replaces the popular Power Pong 5000).

These Hungarian “three-wheel” robots have really taken table tennis robots to the next level. They allow you to adjust the speed, placement, type of spin and even the amount of spin on each individual ball in the rallies you create!

The Power Pong Omega comes with a free tablet and is controlled via a Bluetooth connection to the Power Pong app (iOS or Android). That makes it super easy to customise and control your robot training.

This is a fantastic table tennis robot with so many advanced features. It gives you the greatest amount of variability in your practice.

  • Operate via the Power Pong “drag-and-drop” app
  • Build complex drills (including serves)
  • Just like playing against another player
power pong omega table tennis robot
newgy robo-pong 2055 table tennis robot

Rating: 4 out of 5.

#2: Newgy Robo-Pong 2055

Newgy Robo-Pong table tennis robots are very well-known and popular, especially in the United States. They were first released in 1988 and are the original table tennis robot!

The Newgy Robo-Pong 2055 is the best-selling Newgy robot and replaces the previous 2050 model. It’s a “smart robot” using digital technology and a ‘PC mode’ to enable you to connect the robot to your computer, create drills, and store them in the system.

You can adjust the ball speed and frequency via the digital control box but adjusting the spin requires a manual twisting of the robot head. This means that the Robo-Pong 2055 can only produce one type of spin at a time and cannot create complex training drills.

Newgy have a more expensive Bluetooth model (the Robo-Pong 3050XL) but it has lots of really bad customer reviews. If you’re looking for a table tennis robot that you can control via your smartphone, you should definitely get the Power Pong Omega instead!

  • Up to 170 balls per minute
  • Only one type of spin per drill
  • Great value at under $1,000

Rating: 3 out of 5.

#3: iPong Trainer Motion

The iPong Trainer Motion (released in 2018) replaces the popular iPong V300 table tennis robot.

iPong (owned by JOOLA) specialise in making great value table tennis robots that sit on top of the table. These kinds of robots need to be refilled manually once you have used up all of the balls.

All of the iPong robots are considerably cheaper than anything else you’ll find on the market. They’re ideally suited to infrequent home use, but they could also be used at a club or school.

You can’t really compare the iPong Trainer Motion to the Power Pong Omega or Robo-Pong 2055, but it does have a few cool features, such as; oscillation, memory, and a wireless remote.

If you’re looking for a basic table tennis robot, and don’t have much money to spend, then we can recommend giving the iPong Trainer Motion a try. It’s surely the best robot available for under $200!

  • 30 to 70 balls per minute
  • Topspin, backspin and no spin balls
  • A bargain at under $200!
joola-ipong-trainer-motion table tennis robot
Check out the…

Power Pong Omega

The Power Pong Omega is a really special table tennis robot. It’s head and shoulders above the competition in its performance, functionality, and ease of use. Check out the video below by US professionals Samson Dubina and Sarah Jalli to find out more…

Read all of our in-depth…

Table Tennis Table Reviews

The Butterfly Amicus table tennis robots are available as Start, Expert and Prime versions. Amicus robots are designed for a realistic gaming and training experience with high technology and extensive functionality.

  • Butterfly Amicus Start Review
  • Butterfly Amicus Expert Review
  • Butterfly Amicus Prime Review

No partner? No problem. JOOLA’s iPong table tennis robots allow you to practice your swing and achieve a higher level of play.

  • iPong Original Review
  • iPong Topspin Review
  • iPong V300 Review
  • iPong Trainer Motion

Newgy have been making table tennis robots (also known as table tennis ball machines/launchers/throwers) since 1988! They are a US company but their factory is located in China.

We’ve also created a Newgy Robo-Pong comparison guide to help you decide which Newgy table tennis robot is right for you.

Power Pong’s three-wheel table tennis robots are truly outstanding and provide you with a fully realistic training experience. They are made in Hungary at a factory that makes robots for another very well-known table tennis brand.

  • Power Pong Alpha Review
  • Power Pong Delta Review
  • Power Pong Omega Review

Y&T is probably the most popular Chinese brand of table tennis robots and they have a lot of different models. Y&T robots can be found rebranded as “Practice Partner”, “Paddle Palace”, and even “Tibhar”.

  • Y&T B3 Review (aka Practice Partner 15)
  • Y&T V-981 Review (aka Practice Partner 20)
  • Y&T V-988 Review (aka Practice Partner 50)
  • Y&T V-989-E Review (aka Practice Partner 60)
  • Y&T V-989-G Review (aka Practice Partner 80)
  • Y&T S-27 Review (aka Practice Partner 100)

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Power Pong Table Tennis Robot

When it comes to table tennis robots… you really can’t beat Power Pong!

Their high-spec, app-controlled Power Pong Omega robot really is the best table tennis robot money can buy – and it undercuts the Butterfly Amicus Prime by $100!

If you’re not interested in all of the Bluetooth/app functionality, the Power Pong Delta is the robot for you. It’s identical in performance to the Omega but is operated via the traditional control panel. And then, finally, the Power Pong Alpha is a great option for those on a slightly tighter budget.