Ping pong tables have become hugely popular in recent years with many players looking to practice their skills at home, and casual players looking for a fun game to play in their spare time. But how much do table tennis tables actually cost, and is it a worthwhile investment for you?
In this article, I’ll compare how much different ping pong tables cost and what you get for your money, so you can decide if it’s the right purchase for you.
The Quick Answer
Ping pong tables cost roughly $1000 on average but can range from $200 up to $5000. Good quality indoor ping pong tables usually start at around $500, whilst professional-level tables cost upwards of $1500. Outdoor tables usually cost slightly more, with good quality tables starting at around $750.
|Type||USA Average Price Range||UK Average Price Range|
|Ping Pong Conversion Tops||$100-$700||£75-£350|
This article is split into two main parts:
- Features that affect the cost
- Examples of different table types with prices
What Affects the Price?
There are several factors that affect how expensive a ping pong table is including:
- Top Thickness
- Overall quality
- Additional features and accessories
- Type of ping pong table
- Delivery cost
- Installation/ setup cost
The thickness of the ping pong table top is one of the most important factors to consider as it affects how well the ball bounces. The key thing to remember, is that a thicker top results in a better overall playing experience, which is why professional tables all have the thickest tops available.
The top thickness is different for indoor and outdoor tables:
- Indoor tables: the thickness ranges from 12mm to 25mm (1/2″ to 1″). Professional tables tops are 1″ (25 mm) thick, but anything over around 18 mm is considered very good quality. A thickness of 16-18 mm is great for more casual players, whilst anything under 16 mm is on the low-end and is more susceptible to warping overtime.
- Outdoor tables: the thickness ranges from 3.5 to 9 mm (1/8″ to 3/8″). Anything 6 mm thick or more is good quality, and 8-9 mm thick tables are very expensive. Anything 3-5 mm is usually lower quality and the ball will not bounce as well.
|Top Thickness||USA Approx. Starting Price||UK Approx. Starting Price|
When talking about the table’s “top”, we’re just talking about the upper section, not the overall thickness of the table. Here’s a diagram to demonstrate.
Check out my article on table top thickness for the pros and cons of thick and thin tables to help you figure out which thickness is best for you.
The top thickness plays a role here, but you should also consider the frame, wheels and net. The net is easy to upgrade, but cheaper tables will come with lower quality nets.
The sturdiness of the frame will also affect the price. Thin and flimsy frames are much cheaper than higher quality thicker frames. The material will also affect the price, with plastic being used in place or metal and wood on cheaper tables.
Also consider the wheels if you are going to be moving the table frequently. Cheaper tables (under $750) will usually have 2″ wheels which aren’t as robust as the 4″ wheels found on more expensive tables.
The most expensive tables will be “ITTF approved” which means they meet the quality and regulation standards of the International Table Tennis Federation. ITTF approved tables are usually at least $1500-$2000 in the US and £1200 in the UK.
Additional Features and Accessories
Here are some extra features to look out for:
- Net adjustment (tension and height)
- Adjustable legs (useful if playing on uneven ground)
- Built-in storage for the balls and paddles
- Ball dispensers (seen on very premium models)
- Corner protection pads
- Locking wheels
- The quality and quantity of the paddles and balls that come included
Purchasing a table tennis table from a well-known and reputable brand will always command a higher price, even if it has similar features, compared to a non-specialist. However, it’s usually a good idea to buy from one of the more popular brands as the quality and warranty is typically better. Here are some of the most popular ping pong table brands:
Check out my in-depth article comparing Joola, Stiga and Butterfly tables for some of the best options on the market.
Type of Table
There are two main types of table: indoor and outdoor. They vary according to the table top thickness and material primarily. You can also get mini tables to fit in smaller areas or for younger players, or even purchase a ping pong table converter to place on top of an existing table.
In this next section, we’ll take a look at some examples of each table type, the features and the USA and UK prices. Keep in mind that prices are subject to change over time and these are averages taken from three stores at the time of writing.
- Indoor tables
- Outdoor tables
- Table top converters
- Mini tables
Indoor Ping Pong Tables
|Table||US Price||UK Price||Top Thickness||Extra Features|
|Stiga Legacy||$600||£300||1/8” (13 mm)||Corner protection pads|
|Butterfly Compact 16||$550||£300||5/8” (16 mm)||Adjustable feet|
|Butterfly Spirit 19||$800||£450||3/4” (19 mm)||Adjustable feet, accessory holder|
|Butterfly Match 22||$1200||£700||7/8” (22 mm)||Adjustable feet, large wheels|
|Butterfly Club 25 Rollaway||$1400||£1100||1” (25 mm)||Large locking wheels, adjustable feet|
|Stiga Premium Compact||$1800||£1500||1” (25 mm)||ITTF approved, easy folding, adjustable feet|
|Killerspin Revolution SVR||$3800||£3800||1” (25 mm)||Built-in storage, easy folding, adjustable feet|
Outdoor Ping Pong Tables
|Table||US Price||UK Price||Top Thickness||Extra Features|
|Cornilleau Tectonic||$540||£300||5/32” (4 mm)||N/A|
|Cornilleau 300X||$1000||£450||3/16” (5 mm)||Corner pads, storage|
|Butterfly Garden 7000||$1200||£670||1/4” (7 mm)||Locking wheels, 8-wheel undercarriage|
|Cornilleau 500X Performance||$1550||£600||1/4” (6 mm)||Storage, corner pads|
|Cornilleau 700X Performance||$2400||£900||5/16” (8 mm)||Corner pads, storage|
|Cornilleau Park||$4850||£1750||3/8” (9 mm)||Corner pads, premium top|
Ping Pong Conversion Table Tops
|Table||US Price||UK Price||Top Thickness|
|Joola Tetra||$130||£90||1/2” (12 mm)|
|Stiga Premium Conversion Table||$300||£150||1/2” (12 mm)|
|Cornilleau Indoor Conversion Top||$450||£230||3/4” (18 mm)|
|Butterfly Table Tennis Conversion Top||$550||£300||3/4” (18 mm)|
|Cornilleau In and Out Conversion Top||$650||£320||3/16” (5 mm)|
|Table||US Price||UK Price||Top Thickness||Dimensions|
|Butterfly Family||$175||£130||1/2” (12 mm)||4.5” x 3’ x 2’|
|Joola Midsize Table||$175||£140||5/8” (16 mm)||6’ x 3’ x 2.5’|
|Butterfly Junior||$350||£220||1/2” (12 mm)||7’ x 4’ x 2.6’|
Check out my article on the cost of table tennis rackets to learn about the factors that affect the price and how much you should expect to spend to get a good quality paddle.