The Best Cheap Ping Pong Table You Can Order Online [2021]

Ping pong tables are important, and don’t let anyone tell you anything to the contrary. Poorly made tables are just unsatisfying to play on. I’m sure we all have that one table at our local club that we avoid like the plague. Of course, spending buckets of money increases the likelihood you’ll get a good quality table, but not everyone has the disposable income.

This is why today we will be reviewing the best cheap ping pong tables, and discussing what helps make the best cheaper tables stand out from the rest in their price range. The table below lists the best cheap pong tables, with a more detailed analysis further down. 

Important Factors to Consider When Buying a Ping Pong Table

Table Thickness

Undoubtedly, one of the most important factors you should consider when purchasing a table is the thickness of the playing surface. When it’s all said and done, you can probably overlook flaws such as poor design and flimsy wheels, but a poor bounce is something you cannot forgive! 

It changes the whole dynamics of the game and if you are an advanced player you will be able to tell immediately. It will skew your timing and lead to frustration. So purchasing a table with adequate thickness is well worth the investment.

Table thicknesses typically range from around 12-25mm. And the more expensive the table, generally, the thicker the playing surface will be. As a loose guide, 19mm+ is ideal, and the best cheap ping pong tables will hit this minimum. But they can be difficult to find at such a limited price range.

Strong frame

The frame is what keeps your table together, if it doesn’t hold, it’s time for a replacement!

Ping pong tables take quite a lot of damage throughout their lives both during play and when erected/stored. It is not too uncommon for players to sit on tables, hit them with their bats, or even knock them over when they try to fold them incorrectly. Therefore they should be sturdy and resistant to warping.  

Thick stainless-steel frames are best. Fortunately, they are quite common. You will also find a variety of other materials such as wood, but a strong metal is what you should be looking for.

Safety

As with all heavy equipment, safety is an aspect you should always consider. Especially if children will be using it, but let’s not forget as adults we make mistakes too. The last thing you want is a heavy table falling on you.

The safest tables are sturdy and have strong wheels which are suitable for various terrain. Tables can fall both when they are stationary (erected to play on), and when they are being transported to the playing area.

Locking mechanisms and latches also help keep the table in a fixed position to prevent them from unexpectedly opening.

Fast & Simple Setup

While not as important as the rest of the features, having a table that is fast and easy to set up is a huge plus.

Only a select few tables will come completely pre-assembled, but many tables only require limited assembly — some taking no more than 15 minutes.

With limited assembly to undertake, it is also a much simpler, less stressful process. When faced with hours of assembly and poor instructions it is a bit of a hassle, to say the least.

The Top 5 Best Cheap Ping Pong Tables You Can Order Online

1. JOOLA Rally TL

 

JOOLA Rally TL erected

Pros:

  • 25mm thick surface
  • 95% pre-assembled
  • Net included
  • 1.5-inch steel aprons
  • Apron ball storage
  • Abacus scorer
  • Safety latch
  • Leg levelers
  • Nest storage
  • 1-year warranty

Cons:

  • None

It is no surprise that a JOOLA table makes this list. The JOOLA Rally TL is simply incredible value for money. For starters, it is one of the cheapest tables you will find that has a 25mm-thick playing surface. This provides incredible bounce and is essentially tournament-standard quality.

It is super sturdy, and uses 1.5-inch steel legs with in-built rubber leg levelers. The 1.5-inch tube aprons also provide great support for the table surface ensuring it keeps straight with an even bounce.

What makes this table unique is that the aprons feature ball storage on each of the table’s four corners. This is such a unique feature which I, for one, have never seen before.

In addition, the table has an abacus scorer on the sides which helps you keep track of the score. Both of these little extras are much appreciated and add some delightful flair to this solid, professional-grade table tennis table.

As you would expect, the JOOLA Rally TL table uses safety latches and locking casters to ensure the table remains immovable both when in storage and during play. Unlike many tables, it uses two safety latches per side for extra safety!

It is also the best looking table in our opinion. The chassis is a striking white which is pretty rare for table tennis tables. Put simply, it looks great and more tables should employ white in their color schemes.

The icing on the cake is that the table is 95% pre-assembled. This means you’ll be up and running in as little as 10 minutes. A superb table all around which really should cost hundreds of dollars more.

If you want a cheaper version of the Rally TL, JOOLA makes the same table in different thicknesses. We have a guide on the 15mm edition here. 

Although, certainly, we recommend the superior 25mm version over this which tops our list.

2. JOOLA Inside

 

JOOLA Inside Table Tennis Table erected

Pros:

  • 25mm thick surface
  • 95% pre-assembled
  • Net included
  • 2-inch steel aprons
  • Safety latch
  • Leg levelers
  • Nest storage
  • 1-year warranty

Cons:

  • One of the most expensive cheaper tables

Next up, we have another JOOLA table on our list: The Inside. Think of the JOOLA Inside as a lesser version of the Rally TL. It has a superb 25mm thick playing surface for a quality bounce, comes with a net included, and uses leg levelers and safety latches.

There are only a few notable differences besides the absence of the apron ball storage and abacus scorer. The first is that the steel aprons are 2 inches thick as opposed to 1.5. This means the playing surface is slightly more supported with the JOOLA Inside as opposed to the Rally TL.

The wheels are also 1 inch larger at 4 inches for the Inside. Making it easier to move around and less prone to falling over. The drawback is that the JOOLA Inside costs slightly more. So with everything the JOOLA Rally TL has going for it, it edges out the Inside by the finest of margins. But make no mistake, it is still one of the best cheap ping pong tables money can buy

3. JOOLA Tour 2500

 

JOOLA Tour Table Tennis Table erected

Pros:

  • 25mm thick playing surface
  • 95% pre-assembled
  • Net included
  • 2-inch steel aprons
  • Safety latch
  • Leg levelers
  • Nest storage
  • 1-year warranty

Cons:

  • One of the more expensive cheaper tables

Coming in at our third spot we have the JOOLA Tour 2500. Now I know what you are probably thinking: hang on a minute, what’s the difference between this and the JOOLA Inside? That’s a very valid question because there really isn’t that much difference between the two. The JOOLA Tour 2500 has all of the same features we listed for the JOOLA Inside.

Even all of the design structures of the tables mirror one another. We could only find two differences between the two.

The first one, albeit very minor, is the appearance of the table. The Tour 2500 uses a darker blue for the playing surface and grey instead of black for the frame. It also has some blue accents on the metalwork to go with. Ultimately, there’s not much to comment on here, the tables play the exact same.

The only other difference is the weight. The Tour 2500 is slightly lighter than the Inside at 270 pounds as opposed to 293 pounds. Usually, we would associate weight with build quality, but as they are essentially the same table, I don’t think any conclusions can be made from this.  

Currently, there is a ping pong table sale for the JOOLA Tour on Amazon. We have no way of knowing how long this will last so if you’re interested, you ought to purchase sooner rather than later.      

For a more detailed review of the JOOLA Tour 2500, check out our review.

4. Stiga Advantage Pro

 

Stiga Advantage Pro erected

Pros:

  • 19mm playing surface
  • 95% pre-assembled
  • Net included
  • Safety latch
  • Leg levelers
  • Nest storage

Cons:

  • 90 day limited warranty

The Stiga Advantage is essentially Stiga’s JOOLA Inside equivalent. So much so that we have made a guide comparing the two. The overall build is remarkably similar. Unfortunately, the playing surface is 19mm. This will provide solid bounce, but it is inferior to the JOOLA Inside in this respect.

The table comes 95% pre-assembled meaning there is minimal labor required to get it up and running. The frame uses a strong metal alloy that supports the playing surface and prevents it from becoming uneven. The square legs are also composed of steel and 1.5 inches thick. These will provide adequate support for the table and level when you are playing on uneven surfaces.

As with all the previous tables, the Advantage Pro uses a latch mechanism and lockable wheels for the utmost safety. And the two table halves can compact into a nesting position to maximize space availability.  

Besides the thinner table thickness, the only other area this table falls short of is in terms of the warranty. Some cheap pong tables do not have a great warranty period, but a 90-day limited warranty is pretty poor. Fortunately, the table is so well-built you are unlikely to have any issues if you do elect to purchase it. A super cheap pong table!

5. Butterfly Personal 19

 

Butterfly Personal 19 erected

Pros:

  • 19mm playing surface
  • Built-in ball and bat storage
  • Built-in net
  • Large 5-inch wheels
  • 3-year warranty

Cons:

  • No leg levelers
  • Requires substantial assembly
  • Does not nest for storage
  • Not ITTF-Approved

The Butterfly Personal 19 is another table with a 19mm-thick playing surface which will provide a decent bounce for such a cheap ping pong table. Unlike the other tables, this model is only available in green. So if you’re a hater of blue, listen up!

The table uses 1-1 ½ steel rails for adequate support, it is just a shame the rest of the frame is not thicker. The legs are just an inch in diameter and the horizontal supports appear even thinner. It doesn’t seem to be the sturdiest of tables. Although fortunately, the lower half of the table is made of steel which should provide decent strength even with it being as thin as it is.

The absence of leg levelers is a large negative as they are so often included as standard. If you are playing on uneven surfaces, best give this table a miss or get creative with raising the legs yourselves.

What we do like about this table are the 5-inch wheels. This makes maneuvering the table a lot safer. These wheels are bigger than the 3-4 inch average among most tables at this price point. The table also comes with a built-in net, and bat & ball storage. These are nice little extra features. However, as the table does not break into two parts it cannot nest for storage. This could prove problematic if you have limited storage space.

Despite some of the drawbacks we still think it’s one of the best cheap ping pong tables you can buy. The 3-year warranty is also rather appealing given that the tables higher on this list cannot match it.

Alex Horscroft
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Freelance writer. Table tennis enthusiast. Lover of all things online. When I’m not working on my loop game I’m probably binge-watching some fantasy show.

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