Whenever I think of foosball tables, I reminisce about episodes of Friends in Joey and Chandler's apartment. “Good game” would be given by Chandler upon the end of a played against his roommate. The actors make playing the game seem so easy and I have wanted a foosball table since their first game. However, have you ever tried to play a game of foosball?
I was in a friend's rec room one time, and he had a good foosball table. My one friend and I pretended to be Joey and Chandler playing foosball. Having never played before, I had no idea how difficult it was. Seeing the tiny ball, moving the players died to the side and having them kick forward and also acting as a goalie.
There are multiple factors in purchasing a table, including:
Budget: If you aren't going to be playing that much, you shouldn't be spending close to $ 1,000 or more. Personally, I wouldn't spend more than a few hundred. Casual players like myself can get away with a cheaper quality table, and that was one of the determining factors for me. As a casual foosballer at parties, a $ 100- $ 500 table could suffice.
Who's It For ?: When I bought my foosball table, I purchased it for my college friends and I. Knowing the people I was going to be playing with, I didn't want to buy something too expensive. If you're also a college kid, I wouldn't recommend shelling out $ 1,000 unless you're going to be forming a competitive and professional team. Always make sure to buy for the people who will be using it most and keep in mind if they're rough, or gentle.
Table Material: My friends and I are a bit rougher, which is why I went for the durable plastic. I was afraid that a wooden table would be too easily scratched and something made of particle board would easily break. There are products on this list that have a particle board as their primary material.
Players: The total of men on the foosball table should be 11. While there may only be a few rods, we've been able to have a 2 versus 2 game of foosball. It's not always about 1v1 playing.
Size: There are many different sizes available for foosball tables, as not everyone is the same height. If you're like me, a standard foosball table will be the only one that's perfect in height for you. A standard, full foosball tables are about 2 ½ feet in width with a length of 5 feet. For a regulation table, measurements are around 30 “in width x 56” in length x 36 “in height. Keep this in mind during your search.
Goalies: For goalie configuration, there are two options. The first being a single man goalie system and a 3-man goalie system. Anytime I would play, I would notice that the ball would bounce and hit the two outside men, but won't be anywhere near the goal. I then realized that these two men serve as players to keep the ball in motion rather than goalsies.
Before I made the big choice, I asked myself these questions:
1. How small is my space?
Since I did not have a lot of room to spare, a large table wasn't in my sights. This is why I purchased a table top version.
2. Do I need a 1-man goalie setup or 3?
Depending on your casual versus serious needs, you may prefer one over the other. Always make sure to check the options for goalie configuration. I chose a three goalie configuration so it would be more fun to keep the ball in play, rather than overly competitive and not fun.
Quality features that I looked for in my search was the size of the foosball table, the overall design of this table, the assembly, and of course the reviews. Thanks to verified reviews, I was able to determine which foosball table is best for my lifestyle. Photos were also a great deciding factor for me to find if I enjoyed the aesthetics of the foosball table. Individual reviews of each foosball table also helped me determine the quality of playing.
Often, customers are in the market for a new foosball table because theirs have either broken or haven't held up with the times. While I was purchasing a foosball table for the first time, I understood the frustration of being overwhelmed by the choices. In reviewing the highest quality foosball tables on the modern market, I hope to help you make a decision that will last you years to come.
Upon searching for the different types of foosball tables, I came across the two types of grades for foosball tables. These grades are known as home models and professional models, although some of the “home models” are built to professional grade standards. Tables like this are available at a consumer level but are a bit pricier, something I was super interested in, but was willing to try out.
Higher quality, professional tables will come with more features like the levelers and score units that I mentioned previously. Precision is a key factor in playing foosball successfully. Any flooring that isn't flat will have a harsh impact on tables without levelers. If you're someone who doesn't take losing easily much like myself, you want the playing field to be as fair as possible.
Since I live in an apartment near my college campus, it's an older home. Since it is older, I most definitely needed to search for a table with some sort of leveling mechanism. Levelers play a huge role in the success of an at-home table. By paying the extra to get more, I was able to ensure that everyone would get a fair shot at winning.
A primary difference between all tables beside the measurements is the amount of men they have on the field. As I mentioned, there's a tossup between a single-goalie system and a 3-man goalie system. This is what made the difference between “sold” and “no, thank you” for myself.
For those who won't be using the foosball table much, but want to have one for family parties or college parties like we've mentioned, I suggest that you purchase one that's more compact and less about the professional grade. If you're buying it for the younger kids at your family parties, a compact foosball table will suffice.
If your parties are anything like mine and mainly consist of fun and adventurous adults who love foosball, I suggest purchasing a bigger table. In this situation, the table could be placed in the basement, garage or backyard so it's not in your way, but easily accessible.
Choosing the Best for Your Lifestyle
For those with a lower budget that does not have a height preference, the best foosball table for you may be the compact, Sport Squad FX40. For a limited time, it's on the cheaper end. This is in comparison with the highest I've mentioned and allows you versatility in height.
If you're looking to play on a professional grade table and you don't have much of a budget, the best foosball table for your needs is the Tornado Sport Foosball table. This table may be on the higher end of the price spectrum, but the rich mahogany will last you for years to come and allows you to choose the height.
Hope you enjoyed reading and learning more about foosball tables and are ready to purchase one.