If you’re looking for a table tennis table which has a mid-range price tag and plenty of appealing and practical features, then the STIGA Advantage is a great option. Since its release it’s gathered over
2000 3000 five star reviews on Amazon and is one of our most recommend ping pong tables.
- Dimensions – 9 ft x 5 ft (Regulation size)
- Assembly time – 10 minutes (Comes 95% preassembled)
- Surface thickness – 5/8″ (16mm)
- Weight – 195 lbs
- Price – $$ (Check the latest price on Amazon)
- Our rating – 9.8/10
Overview of the STIGA Advantage
Table surface thickness of 5/8″
If you’ve read our table tennis table buying guide you’ll have learned that the most important thing to look for in a ping pong table is the thickness of the table’s surface. If you haven’t read it though, the thicker the surface is the better and faster the bounce will be.
STIGA Advantage VS Advantage Pro
This table comes in three different models: The Advantage Lite, The Advantage and The Advantage Pro. Each one in a slighter thicker table thickness plus larger wheels and frame for support.
The STIGA Advantage has a 5/8″ (16mm) thickness which is on the lower end. To give you an idea, the tournament standard thickness is 1″ so this table is quite a bit thinner. But, unless you’re a professional player or taking your table tennis very seriously 5/8″ is usually plenty for casual playing at home with kids or the family.
If you did want to get a table with a thicker surface, the STIGA Advantage Pro has a 3/4″ (19mm) surface which provides a much better bounce and is our most recommended table tennis table for the average person. It’s a bit more expensive however but if you can afford it we recommend you opt for the Pro.
There is also the Advantage Lite which has a very thin table thickness of only 1/2″. We wouldn’t recommend you go for this one as it’s not much cheaper than the regular model and the bounce on 1/2″ tables is not good.
Strong durable frame
Having a good ping pong table surface is pointless if the undercarriage that supports it is weak and not well made. Thankfully that’s not the case with this table which has 1.2 inch (30mm) sturdy legs made from steel. They are coated with a premium black matte powder finish which looks great.
The Pro version comes with slightly thicker legs to support the extra weight from the table surface being thicker. It has 1.5 inch (38mm) legs that are even more sturdy.
On the end of each leg are handy height adjusters to be able to lower or raise depending on the levelness of where you’re setting up the table. There’s nothing worse than a ping pong table that isn’t completely flat
Unbelievably quick set up and assembly
Some table tennis tables can take over two hours to set up. They arrive completely dismantled and require you to put every single nut and bolt together. It can be very difficult as ping pong tables are notoriously heavy too requiring two or more people most of the time.
But this table from STIGA is the complete opposite. It comes 95% preassembled and from getting it out of the box to hitting the first ball it takes an unbelievable 10 minutes. All you need to do is attach eight bolts to the legs and you’re good to go. Incredibly easy and we wouldn’t recommend you purchase the expert assembly that Amazon offer. It really isn’t necessary.
Great portability and easy to store
When deciding which table to buy, an important feature is that it’s easy to store and put away when it’s not in use. It conveniently splits into two halves making it very easy to fold away. When you unfold the table from its storage the legs very conveniently automatically deploy which is a great feature for both ease of use and safety.
When folded up the two table halves can be nested together to be very compact. In fact, its storage dimensions measure only 60 inches x 28 inches. It’s equipped with eight 3″ caster wheels making it very portable as you can roll each half to wherever you want it. Then once it’s in position the wheels lock for safety and to ensure it stays put. The Pro comes with 4″ caster wheels as it’s a bit heavier than the standard model.
Another great feature of tables that split into two halves is being able to put it into playback position. This is where you fold one half up and use it as a rebound wall so that you can practice on your own.
72″ Clamp-style net
We like that it comes with a 72″ clamp style net and post set that is really simple to put on and take it off. Most of the time we recommend replacing the net and post that comes with cheaper tables but STIGA have thankfully included a very decent set that should more than suffice.
About the STIGA brand
STIGA Table Tennis is a brand that was founded in Sweeden over 75 years ago and continues to dominate in the world of high quality and affordable ping pong products. Having tried a lot of different brands of ping pong tables over the years, STIGA are definitely one of our favorites and if you look at our buying guides you’ll see that their products feature some of the top spots.
What are the pros
- Quick assembly – Very fast and easy to put together (10 minutes)
- Portable – Eight 3″ inch wheels that lock in place (The Pro has 4″ wheels)
- Folds away – Easy to fold away for storage when not in use
- Playback mode – Practice on your own by folding up only one half as a rebound wall
- Net and posts included – Comes with a good net and post set
- Affordable – Very good value for money
- Great reviews – It has over
23003000 five star reviews on Amazon
What are the cons
- OK table top surface – Not the thickest table surface thickness, fine for casual players (although the Pro has 3/4″ which is much better)
- Quite heavy – At 195 lbs it’s a bit heavier than some of its competitors
To sum up the STIGA Advantage we absolutely love it. Considering its price tag and features we think it’s fantastic value and it’s one of our favorite tennis tables that we recommend very highly. We’re not the only ones that think so as it’s got over 3000 five-star reviews on Amazon. So if you’re looking for an affordable, good quality table tennis table for fun and the family we don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Likewise, if you’re looking for an affordable beginners recreational use paddle, we highly recommend the STIGA Apex.