The Best Mid-Size Ping Pong Tables

If you’re a lover of table tennis, you have probably considered buying a table for your house. But ping pong tables are large pieces of kit. Many of us have nowhere near enough room to erect one, let alone safely use it.

But what if we could shrink down the size of a table so that it fits into our homes? Such a smaller ping pong table exists and they are called mid-size ping pong tables. They are convenient alternatives to their full-size counterparts. Just move a bit of furniture around and bingo! You’ve got enough space for a table tennis table.

Of course, you could go smaller with a mini table tennis table but we prefer mid-size table tennis. This way the gameplay is at least somewhat similar to that of a full-size which is ultimately what we are shooting for.

The Main Differences Between Mid-Size and Full-Size Tables

To begin with, let’s start with the obvious: the size. Full-length tables measure 152.5cm x 274cm x 76cm as outlined by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). That’s about 60” x 108” x 30’’ for all you imperial users.

For a more detailed analysis, check out our full table tennis table buying guide.

Mid-size table tennis tables, on the other hand, do not have a fixed set of dimensions. They will vary from brand to brand. However, a good estimation is around two-thirds the size of full-size tables. The height will always be the same.  

The next obvious difference between the two is the price. Mid-size tables use fewer materials so they are cheaper to make. As such, you should be saving at least a few hundred dollars by choosing a mid-size table.

They are also often built lighter. The frame is significantly thinner, as is the thickness of the table which will affect the ball’s bounce. But with this comes improvements in portability.  

Some tables are so light that they can even be easily transported by car, perhaps for a picnic or some other social event — a move that would be impossible with a full-size table.

Another benefit of purchasing a mid-size table tennis table is that they are commonly pre-assembled upon delivery. This means you can play instantly without having to worry about building the table or missing parts.

What is it Like to Play on a Mid-Size Table?

Unlike a three-fourths-size junior or youth ping pong table that plays rather closely to full-size tables, mid-size table tennis tables play very differently.

This is mostly due to the reduced length of the table. Good accuracy can help you get around the width, but the diminished length simply prevents you from playing the shots you would usually play.

If you’re used to playing attacking shots, you’ll have to tone down the speed you play at or else the ball will fly over the end of the table. Playing loops for instance will be exceedingly difficult. I’d recommend leaving those for full-size tables.

Instead, consider playing on a mid-size ping pong table as a different table tennis experience where you can get creative. You can create all kinds of fun games, work on your short play, and develop your flick shots.

The 5 Best Outdoor Mid-Size Ping Pong Tables You Can Order Online

#1. Stiga Space Saver

 

Stiga Space Saver Table Tennis Table

Pros:

  • Leg levelers
  • Fully pre-assembled
  • ⅝” thick playing surface
  • Sturdy 1.25” legs

Cons:

  • Flimsy net

The Stiga Space Saver is one of the best mid-size ping pong tables you can purchase today. The playing surface measures 70” x 40.5 x 30” which are pretty standard dimensions for a mid-sized table tennis table.

The main aspect of this table we love is its thickness. Generally speaking, the thicker the table, the better the bounce. And with smaller tables, manufacturers tend to make the playing surface thinner to save money. But not with the Stiga Space Saver.

The playing surface measures ⅝ inch thick which is around 16cm, the same as the full-size Stiga Advantage. 16cm will by no means provide the best bounce, but it should compare very respectfully with the Stiga Advantage which is a very popular table tennis table.  

The thick 1.25-inch legs and frame are another great addition. Many mid-size tables are not built with strength in mind so their legs are much thinner in comparison with full-size tables. There is no doubt that the Stiga Space Saver is a tough table that will stand up to punishment.

The legs are also able to level as one would expect and the table arrives fully pre-assembled so that you can get playing straight away.

The only issues we can see are that there is no playback position (which you won’t get with mid-size tables) and the included net is rather flimsy.

For more information on this table, check out our full review of the Stiga Space Saver.

#2. GoSports Mid-Size Table Tennis Table

GoSports Mid Size Table Tennis Table

Pros:

  • Available in blue and red
  • Suitable for indoors & outdoors
  • Net, bats, and balls included
  • Fully pre-assembled
  • Sides fold together
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • Unpredictable bounce on the edges
  • Folding mechanism can be problematic

The GoSports Mid-Size Table is a best seller on Amazon and it’s easy to see why. Available in both blue and red this table is suitable for indoor and outdoor use — the only such table on this list. This is thanks to its aluminum build which also makes the table exceedingly lightweight, at just 36lbs!

The drawback to this is that it is not as strong as it appears. It will not stand the test of time as well as some of the other tables on this list. The folding mechanism is a particularly weak spot. Some customers complained of the hinge breaking after just a few uses which is a shame. We should note that this was only reported on a few occasions: the table currently has 4.6 stars on Amazon across nearly 3,000 reviewers.

The table folds and locks together much like a suitcase. This makes the GoSports Mid-size table the most portable model on our list despite being sizeable at 72” x 36” x 30”. A super choice for anyone that likes to go outside and play.

#3. JOOLA Midsize Compact Sport

JOOLA Midsize compact table tennis table

Pros:

  • Fully pre-assembled
  • Slick design
  • Lightweight
  • Net included

Cons:

  • Not very Sturdy
  • No leg levelers

The JOOLA Midsize Compact Sport is one of the most aesthetic mid-size table tennis tables on this list. Sporting an all-black color scheme with two white stripes down the center, it is one of the coolest looking tables we have seen, let alone in the mid-size range.

Measuring 72” x 36” x 30” this table is very lightweight coming in at 62 lbs. Each side folds independently making moving and storing the table very simple. The table comes with a net included and whilst it is not the sturdiest, it does the job for a table of this size.

The JOOLA Midsize Compact Sport arrives fully pre-assembled which is another plus. The main issue with it is its stability. It does not have leg levelers. The legs instead connect in a U shape. This unfortunately means the table is not as stable and shakes a little when in use.

You can learn more about this table in our full review of the JOOLA Midsize Compact Sport.

#4. Franklin Sports Mid-Size Table Tennis Table

Franklin Sports midsize table tennis table

Pros:

  • Thick legs and frame
  • Leg levelers
  • Easy to erect
  • Net included

Cons:

  • Some assembly required
  • Does not come in two halves

Despite classification as mid-size, this model by Franklin Sports is a much smaller ping pong table. Its dimensions measure 53” x 29.5” x 30”. Where many mid-size table tennis tables are ⅔ the size of full-size tables, this table is just ½. Thus making this model a great choice for anyone needing a ping pong table for particularly small spaces. Just be aware that games on this table will be much slower as you do not have the length to execute more powerful strokes on small ping pong tables.

We like the thickness of the legs. They provide adequate strength and they also level to ensure you are always playing on a flat tabletop. The table does, however, have to be partly assembled. According to the manufacturer, this can take up to 30 minutes. This is more than many full-size tables so for a mid-size, it is certainly above average.

Once assembled, it is rather easy to erect. The legs simply fold out and lock into place. Just be aware that this table comes as one solid piece. It does not break into two halves as most of the other mid-size tables do. This can make storage a little more challenging.

However, if you are table tennis crazy like us you can actually use this table as a desk as pictured by the Amazon listing. It’s a great size for this use case and adds some flair to your house!

#5. Stiga Midi Table Black Edition

 

Stiga Midi Table Black Edition

Pros:

  • Beautiful design
  • Well-built
  • Leg levelers
  • Net included

Cons:

  • 12mm playing surface
  • Expensive

The Stiga Midi Table is certainly the most expensive small ping pong table on this list. What stands out from this table is its design. Much like the JOOLA Mid-size Compact Sport, the Midi has an all-black color scheme with a few white accents. It really does look stunning and as such can fit in with home decor.

Measuring 72” x 40” x 30”, the Stiga Midi Table is narrowly the largest mid-size ping pong table on our list. This means you will have more space which will make it easier to play faster shots.

The Stiga Midi is well-built, folds easily, and offers height adjustment through the leg levelers. The main drawback besides the price is the 12mm playing surface. For a mid-size table, this thickness is not out of the ordinary but given its price tag, we would have hoped for thicker.

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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