The 5 Best Portable Ping Pong Tables

Full-size table tennis tables are great, but they have limitations. For starters, consider the space they take up. Few of us have enough space to accommodate such a large piece of furniture. Then there’s the lack of portability. Full-size tables are very heavy, so beyond wheeling it a short distance, your table will stay wherever you assemble it.

This is where the portable ping pong table shines. They take up considerably less room and are far easier to maneuver. With these tables, you can even take them with you to picnics or other events to play outside of your home.

Even if you are an advanced player, I wouldn’t let the smaller size of a portable ping pong table deter you from buying one. Sure, you won’t be able to play anywhere close to your regular style but you can still have fun playing on a portable ping pong table.

If you are still after a full-size table, take a look at our top 13 ping pong tables on the market today.

The 5 Best Portable Ping Pong Tables You Can Order Online (Based On Portability)

1. GoSports Mid-Size Table Tennis Table

Pros:

  • Blue or red
  • Weatherproof
  • Bat and balls included
  • No assembly required
  • Clamshell design with carry handle
  • Among the cheapest tables on this list
  • Lightweight at 36lbs
  • Leg levelers

Cons:

  • Awkward bounce at the table’s edges
  • Some buyers reported issues with the hinge

This mid-size table by GoSports is one of our favorites for portability. It also ranks 2nd on our mid-size ping pong table list.

Measuring 72” x 36” when erected, and 36” x 36” x 3” when folded for storage, this table is fairly compact. The clamshell design and carry handle also means you can easily move it to wherever you need. Weighing just 36 pounds, it is one of the lightest tables on this list.

We also love that it has been built for the outdoors so that you can leave it outside if you need to. However, given its portability, there really is no need. Having the choice of color between blue and red is another nice feature. I for one have never owned a red table before!

It arrives fully pre-assembled so you can get playing straight away. You even have bats and balls if you don’t own any yet. Besides the limited number of reviews about issues with the table’s hinge, there is little to complain about. Currently the cheapest of the bunch, it is the best portable ping pong set in our opinion.

2. Stiga Space Saver

Pros:

  • Blue or woodgrain
  • 16mm-thick playing surface
  • Strong build quality
  • No assembly required
  • Leg levelers

Cons:

  • Flimsy net

Check out our full review of the Stiga Space Saver.

The Stiga Space Saver is a top portable table if you’re after a great bounce. At 16mm thick, it is superior to nearly all other small tables in terms of bounce quality. Instead, its bounce rivals basic full-size tables.

When erected, it measures 70” x 40.5” x 30”. This then shrinks down to 35.5” x 40.5” x 3.6” when folded. Unlike the GoSports Mid-size, it does not use a clamshell design and instead has two halves. This design-build makes more sense for the Space Saver, as it weighs 73 pounds—  too heavy for just one person. Transporting each half of the table at around 37 pounds is far more manageable.

The main issue with Space Saver is the rather flimsy net. However, you could replace it with another net if you wish.

3. Butterfly Family Table

Pros:

  • Blue or green
  • 12mm-thick playing surface
  • No assembly required
  • 3-year warranty
  • Lightweight at 44lbs
  • Playing surface can be set flat or tilted
  • Round edges for safety

Cons:

  • Thin frame
  • No leg levelers

Formerly known as the Butterfly Fun, the Family Table, as the name implies, is ideal for family use. With this model, we see a few features that are rarely seen on other tables. The first is its rounded edges. This makes the table safer to use as there is nothing pointy that could injure a player. Another feature is the adaptable tilt. The surface of most tables lie perpendicular to the ground, but the Butterfly Family offers the choice of a slight incline on either end. This slows down the game slightly and makes it easier to play — perfect for kids and the elderly. The Butterfly Family Table measures at 54” x 36” x 24” when erected and 27” x 36” x 3”.

Each table comes with a 3-year warranty, which is a great bonus considering this warranty length is comparable to what you get for full-size tables. Just be aware that the Family Table does not appear particularly strong. The frame is very thin to aid portability. At 44 pounds, two people can easily carry it. The table folds in the middle but does not seem to have a locking mechanism to keep it together when folded.    

4. Killerspin Impact Mini Deep Chocolate

Pros:

  • 12mm-thick playing surface
  • No assembly required
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • Lightweight at 42lbs
  • Leg levelers
  • Minimalist design

Cons:

  • Unclear if the table folds together

Like many of the name-brand table manufacturers, the Impact Mini by Killerspin has a 12mm playing surface, a suitable thickness for such a small table. The playing dimensions are 49.2” x 29.5” making it rather small, which can be positive or negative depending on your requirements.

Coming in at 42 pounds, the Impact Mini is well-weighted for a portable table. It appears to fold in the center based on its design as it has no central support. However, the listing does not specify whether the table folds, which is an overlooked omission given how important a feature it is for portability.  

The Impact Mini comes with a 1-year warranty, not bad for a mini table. Like most of its competitors, it arrives fully pre-assembled.

5. Kettler Axos Outdoor 1

Pros:

  • 7-inch wheels
  • 4mm, high-pressure laminate playing surface
  • Scratch- and fade-resistant
  • Anti-glare and anti-skid
  • Single-handed locking mechanism
  • Playback feature
  • Leg levelers
  • Storage for bat and balls
  • Includes 2 weatherproof bats and 6 balls
  • 10-year table top warranty/3-year undercarriage warranty

Cons:

  • Permanent net

Given that all of the other tables on this last have been mid-sized or smaller, it only felt right to provide a portable full-size ping pong table. The best portable table tennis set that’s full size we could find is the Kettler Axos Outdoor 1.

Of course, this table is nowhere near as easily transportable as the rest on this list due to its weight and size. Yet it has plenty of features that make it stand above the other full-size portable ping pong tables we analyzed. It uses a centerfold design for stability, which makes it easier to maneuver as it’s more stable than many other tables that separate into two halves.  

It also weighs 140 pounds. This is a good weight for a portable full-size table — not so light that it may fall over during transport, but also not heavy enough that moving it is taxing. Undoubtedly the top feature of the Axos Outdoor 1 that helped secure its place on this list is its wheels. At seven inches, these wheels are huge. They also lock in place when needed for safety purposes.

As such, you will have no trouble moving this table across difficult terrain. You can also get playing straight away as the Axos Outdoor 1 is a portable table tennis set. Weatherproof bats and balls are included.

Things to Consider When Buying the Best Portable Ping Pong Tables

When shopping for portable ping pong tables, you should consider the following elements before making a purchase.

Weight of the Portable Ping Pong Table

Undoubtedly, the weight is the main characteristic of your table that will affect its portability. Full-size tables are very heavy, which makes them difficult to move.

Portable ping pong tables are built with weight in mind so they tend to be quite light. Often one person is strong enough to carry the table, assuming they’re traveling a short distance. If you’re planning to take your table with you for a day out, chances are you’ll need a car.

Size of the Portable Ping Pong Table

The second most influential factor affecting portability is size. The tables we consider the most portable tend to be smaller — often mid-size or less, around 72” x 36” 30.” Full-size tables are often too impractical to transport beyond where they can be wheeled.

Again, if you intend to take your table out with you, a car or other vehicle is probably your best bet. But, remember to check the table’s folded dimensions to ensure it fits in your car.

Thickness of the Portable Ping Pong Table

As with all ping pong tables, thickness is always something you want to consider. Simply put, a thicker table means a better bounce.

However, thickness matters far less for smaller tables than for full-size models. The style of gameplay is very different, and you don’t need the ball to bounce as high since you won’t be playing the same kind of shots. Having a thicker playing surface also drives up the weight and the price.

Many listings for portable ping pong tables may not include the thickness of the table, which can make it difficult to determine the bounce quality. For smaller portable ping pong tables, around 12mm seems to be the top end for thickness.

Look for Leg Levelers

Your portable ping pong table will likely get a lot of use outdoors, probably in a variety of locations. This is why leg levelers are so useful for portable ping pong. You can adjust the length of the table legs as you see fit, which enables you to situate the table on any type of ground.

You only have to play once on a wonky surface to realize how downright frustrating it is. If you plan to use your table outside a lot, we strongly recommend buying one with leg levelers.

Clamshell Storage

To make portable table tennis tables simpler to store and transport, many models will utilize clamshell storage. The sides of the table connect with a hinge that is lockable at the opposing end.

Clamshell storage is an advantage over two-piece tables in many cases. Due to their limited weight, having the two halves connected means you can transport the table by hand in one journey as opposed to two.

Most clamshell tables also come with a carry handle. This makes it far easier to maneuver as, without it, the table’s awkward size makes it challenging to carry.

What is the Price Range for Portable Ping Pong Tables?

Portable ping pong tables are much cheaper than ordinary tables, as they tend to be a lot smaller and lack premium features.

Most portable ping pong tables fall within the $150-$300 range.  

Alex Horscroft

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.