The 6 Best Ping Pong Conversion Tops

If you’re looking for a tabletop to convert your pool or billiards table into a table tennis table then we’ve put together some reviews of our favorite ones for you to take a look at.

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Ping Pong Top Reviews

The JOOLA Regulation Size Conversion Top

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Specifications:

  • Dimensions – 9 x 5 foot
  • Assembly time – 5 minutes
  • Surface thickness – 5/8″ (15mm) thick MDF table surface
  • Weight – 115 lbs (52kg)
  • Price – $$$ (Check the latest price on Amazon)
  • Our rating – 9.5/10

Our Review

Up first is this one from JOOLA. It has got a 5/8″ thick table surface that’s made from MDF (just like real table tennis tables) and is the full regulation size (9 x 5 foot) of a full-size table. It looks remarkably like the JOOLA Inside table tennis table and we think it might be the same tabletop but without the undercarriage. The tabletop comes in two pieces which makes it really easy to move around and can be set up in under 5 minutes. The table surface is also protected by 1.5″ steel apron so it feels more like an actual full-size table tennis table.

It’s designed to be put on top of a pool table and will fit most tables up to 8 feet. To prevent it from damaging your billiards table it comes with 10 foam pads to stop scratches and scrapes. It also comes with a net and posts set so you can play straight away.

There is another model of this conversion top which has a full foam backing but it doesn’t have the table apron. It’s a bit cheaper though so if you’re on a budget it could be another good option.

Overall we think this is one of the best toppers on the market and will feel most like the real thing. It’s got over 200 five star reviews on Amazon and gets our top spot. The one downside is that the net and posts are not the best quality, we would probably consider replacing that with a premium one.

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The JOOLA Tetra Ping Pong Top

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Specifications:

  • Dimensions – 9 x 5 ft
  • Assembly time – 3 minutes (comes 99% preassembled)
  • Surface thickness – 12mm (1/2″) thick table surface
  • Weight – 85 lbs (around 39kg)
  • Price – $ (Check the latest price on Amazon)
  • Our rating – 8.9/10

Our Review

Next up is the JOOLA Tetra ping pong table top. It’s a 9 x 5-foot regulation size topper that can fit on top of a pool, air hockey or even a dining room table as long as they are a minimum of 7 x 3-foot. It’s very easy to set up and you can be ready to go in under three minutes! It is actually made up of two separate halves and each half folds to make it really compact and easy to store when not in use. The table surface is only 12mm thick which is a little thinner than we’d like to see. It should be fine for very casual games but the bounce will not be the best and if you’re a more serious player we wouldn’t recommend this one. On the underside of the tabletop, you can place the included protective pads that provide protection for the table you’re placing it on to prevent it from causing any damage.

To sum up the Tetra it’s a reasonable, very lowcost (it’s currently the cheapest topper that we looked at) option for those looking for an entry-level conversion top to get playing ping pong quickly. Because of the price, it’s not the best quality and it’s a shame that the surface is only 12mm which is a little too thin. For recreational players, it should be ok but if you’re taking your game more seriously we wouldn’t recommend it. Some customers have reported that it arrives damaged but on the whole, it gets good reviews.

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Martin Kilpatrick Conversion Topper

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Specifications:

  • Dimensions – 9 x 5 feet
  • Assembly time – Less than 5 minutes
  • Surface thickness – 3/4″ (19mm) thick table surface
  • Weight – 90lbs (40kg)
  • Price – $$ (Check the latest price on Amazon)
  • Our rating – 9.2/10

Our Review

Up next is the Martin Kilpatrick Conversion Topper which has a 19mm (3/4″) thick table surface which gives a good bounce. We always recommend getting at least an 18mm thick surface as any less and the bounce isn’t quite good enough for a consistent game. Like the others it also comes in two separate parts so is easy to set up and uses a dovetail connecting system to keep the two halves together and stable. The table surface is protected by a 1.5″ steel table apron as well, a feature we always like to see on any table plus the underside comes with protective foam pads to prevent it from scratching whichever table you put it on top of.

In conclusion, this top will play really nicely. The 3/4″ thick surface gives a true and consistent bounce and it will feel most like a more expensive table. On the downside, we think that the protective pads weren’t quite good enough and so we’d recommend purchasing some additional ones as they aren’t substantial at all.

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Eastpoint Sports Table Tennis Conversion Top

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Specifications:

  • Dimensions – 9 x 5 feet
  • Assembly time – Less than 5 minutes
  • Surface thickness – 12mm (1/2″) thick table surface
  • Weight – 85.5lbs (39kg)
  • Price – $ (Check the latest price on Amazon)
  • Our rating – 8.4/10

Our Review

This table tennis conversion top from Eastpoint Sports is a regulation size ( 9 x 5 ft) tabletop with a 12mm thick (1/2″) surface that splits into two pieces to make setting it up a bit easier. Each half is foldable so is very compact for storage when not in use. It comes with some foam pads to prevent it from scratching the table you put it on although we think you’ll want to get some extra foam protectors as they don’t provide loads of protection. There were a few other things that we noticed such as the two sides not quite aligning which was a bit frustrating and also the table would sag slightly in the middle. This was fixed easily by popping something underneath to give it a little extra support but wasn’t ideal.

To sum it up we liked it and considering it’s very affordable could be a good option. For casual players looking for an entry-level option, it’s very good value but it’s got two thinner surface to get our full blessing. We like to see at least 18mm but if it’s going to be used by kids for a bit of fun it’s more than fine.

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Butterfly Pool Table Conversion Top

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Specifications:

  • Dimensions – 9 x 5 feet
  • Assembly time – Under 2 minutes (Just clip them together)
  • Surface thickness – 19mm (3/4″) thick table surface
  • Price – $$$ Check the latest price on Amazon)
  • Our rating – 9.5/10

Our Review

One of our favorite tables is this pool table conversion top from Butterfly. If you’ve ever tried one of their ping pong tables you’ll fall in love with the quality and they’re generally considered one of the top manufacturers of tables. This table top has a great 19mm thick (3/4″) surface that gives a really nice consistent bounce over the whole playing surface. It’s protected by a metal table apron too to give it adequate support and prevent any knocks from damaging the surface, plus each corner is protected by magenta corner protectors. It’s also available in two colors: blue and green depending on your preference.

To make the table easier to assemble it splits into two halves so it’s not too heavy although you’ll probably need two people as it’s still pretty big. Just clip the two halves together and attach the net and posts which are included and you’ll be playing in minutes. To protect your pool table, the underside of the table top is completely covered with a foam backing so it won’t scratch or damage the surface you put it on.

We’re big fans of Butterfly tables and this conversion top won’t disappoint. It’s on the higher end cost-wise but you get a lot more value in the thicker table surface and the foam backing. It also comes with a 3-year warranty incase of any defects.

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Rally & Roar Conversion Top

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Specifications:

  • Dimensions – 9 x 5 feet
  • Assembly time – Under 5 minutes
  • Surface thickness – 5/8″ thick table surface
  • Weight – 103lbs
  • Price – $$ (Check the latest price on Amazon)
  • Our rating – 9.0/10

Our Review

Lastly, we have this table topper from Rally & Roar. Now we’d never heard of this brand until looking at this conversion table but it was getting some very positive reviews on Amazon so we thought we’d take a look. First glance it has all the features you want. It splits into two pieces and clips together easily, has a 5/8″ thick surface (we wouldn’t go below this as the bounce will be bad, ideally you want at least 3/4″) and it has a 3mm thick foam backing to prevent any damage to the table you’re putting it on top of.

Weighing in at just over 100lbs it’s a pretty heavy top but it feels very solid and durable which is a good thing. You’ll definitely need two people when setting it up though. It comes with a net and posts which aren’t the greatest nets we’ve seen. We’d definitely recommend replacing these with a more premium net as we don’t think it will last long. But on the whole, it’s not bad and considering the price we think it’s good value for money.

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Conclusion

To conclude though we’d recommend checking out the JOOLA Regulation size Top as we think this has some of the best features compared to the others. It is a little more pricy than some of the others but JOOLA are generally one of the most reliable in terms of quality and it has a reasonable 5/8″ thick surface we don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

If you’re really on a budget we’d probably suggest either the JOOLA Tetra (which is the cheapest one) or the Martin Kilpatrick Top which is a little more but has a nice 19mm thick surface.

But if we were buying a conversion top today we’d probably choose the Butterfly PT Top as we love their tables and the 19mm thick surface gives a much better bounce.

So we hope that helps to narrow down some of the best ping pong conversion tops available. We’ll continue to monitor any new ones that come out and add to this post if we see any that look promising.

Let us know which one you go for!

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