Your Complete Foosball Table Buying Guide

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Buying a foosball table should be a fun process, since you’re basically shopping for one giant toy that’s going to bring you hours and hours of fun. But if you don’t pay attention, you can end up buying a table that won’t meet all of your needs or that you might not even be able to use. By reading through this foosball table buying guide you can make sure you don’t end up buying the wrong table.

Overall Plans for Use

I would say that the number one thing you should think about when you’re on the hunt for a new foosball table is how you plan on using it. This is going to set the tone for pretty much everything else you need to take into account, since different situations are going to involve prioritizing different features. For example, if you plan on using the table to play with younger kids, you might want to get a smaller table or look for one with a color and design that appeals to your kids.

On the other hand, if you’re a business owner and want a foosball table for your customers to use, then you really want to find one that is strong and can withstand some serious use, since it’s likely going to get a lot of play and you’ll want it to last as long as possible. Really put some time into thinking about who is going to use the table and how often, so you can find a table that’s going to line up with your exact needs.

Size and Dimensions

The dimension of the table relates to how much space you have to play. Some of the larger tables that are 40 inches in length or longer are able to accommodate up to four players. This is something to think about if you need to make sure that more people can play at one time – like if you have a bunch of grandkids that tend to get antsy when they have to wait to take turns. Also, think about the height of the table, since some can be too high for younger kids or too short for adults. This one definitely comes down to the specifics of your family, or whoever is going to be using the table most.

Construction and Materials

As with most things, the type of materials that are used in the construction of a foosball table are going to impact several aspects of it. First up, the materials play a big role in how sturdy the table is going to be. Wood and metal are always going to be stronger than plastic, but they can also increase the price of the table quite a bit. The middle ground is usually a composite material, like pressboard, which can be strong enough for regular use, depending on the overall thickness and specifics of the wood used.

Sometimes, foosball tables that use low-quality materials can also experience some playability problems. You might not be able to turn the rods smoothly, or the surface could have bumps and lumps that would cause the ball to fly up when it rolls over them. It’s definitely hard to test this out before you buy, so make sure you think about what type of materials are in place before you consider a table with a price that seems too good to be true – there’s a good chance that low price means a low-quality table.

Location of the Table

Before you even start looking at the foosball tables out there, you need to know exactly where you’re going to place one in your house or business. Go ahead and stand in the room and look at the space, so you know what you’re going to be working with; then take some measurements. Trust me, you don’t want to end up buying what looks like the perfect foosball table only to find out that it’s too big to fit in your room. Measure the length and width of the space and compare it to the dimensions of the table to get a basic idea of how much space you have.

Remember, the size of the tabletop doesn’t account for the extra space that comes from the rods, so you’re going to need to add on some additional space to account for this. I hadn’t even thought of this at first, until I was standing in a spot and visualizing how the table would fit. It hit me that the room needed to be big enough for the table and for two people to stand on each side comfortably operating the rods. Check the description of every table you look at to see if they include the dimensions of just the table top or the table and the rods, so you can really make sure there’s enough space for it in your place.

Safety Features

This one might not be as important to you depending on how you plan on using the table, but it’s definitely not something to ignore. If you’re going to have kids using the table you’re definitely going to want to make sure it’s safe for them to use. The biggest safety risks come from the rods on the ends without the handles, which can cause fingers to get caught if there’s no protection. You’re also going to want a table that has a good ball recovery system, so nobody has to actually reach into the table to grab it out of the goal.

Safety is also important if you’re going to be using the foosball table in a work setting, since employees getting hurt could create a lot of issues for your company. The same goes for any other situation where it’s not exclusively for home use, since other people getting hurt could lead to legal complications. I’m not a lawyer or anything like that, so I can’t advise you on all of the specifics with this, but I can tell you that a little attention to safety can go a long way.

Look and Feel

Finally, you’re definitely going to want to get a foosball table that you enjoy looking at. Whatever your personal style is, see if you can find a table that matches. Sleek designs and fun graphics can get you excited about playing and make the whole experience more fun. Some tables also include painted players, which makes the game feel more real, while others have a traditional red and blue peg style that makes it feel like the good old days. I can’t tell you what style is best, because it’s a personal choice. Just remember to have some fun while you’re searching.

Closing Thoughts

I bet you never thought that there was so much to think about in buying a foosball table! I sure didn’t, at least not when I started out. As you look at all the different models out there, just make sure that you read through all the details so you understand everything that it offers. Sometimes you can find a nifty feature that you absolutely love or a total deal breaker hidden in a bullet point list, so check it all out and know exactly what you’re getting before you commit to a purchase.