STIGA STS 285 Review

The STIGA STS 285 comes to you preassembled and ready to play. You can literally open the box, pull it out, unfold in the driveway and be mid-rally within minutes. And with no need to remove the net when folding, it’s easy to open and easy to stow away until you are ready to play next time.

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Specifications

  • No Assembly Required with InstaPlay Technology
  • 3/4″ Thick Table Top with Silk-Screened Striping
  • 2″ Legs and 3″ Mag Wheels with Locks
  • 2″ Powder-Coated Steel Apron with Patented Half-Length Ball Storage
  • 72″ Pivoting Net and Post Set Included- Open and Close Without Removing Net
  • For Indoor Use Only

Overview of the STIGA STS 285

With its ¾ inch thick tournament top, the STIGA STS 285 gives a solid performance in an amateur setting, perfect for home or neighborhood tournaments. The table has regulation markings in silk-screened lines so you enjoy a smooth playing surface, without dealing with lines that adhere to the table like a sticker. These lines will never come off as they are under the clear top coat that finishes the playing surface.

The table features a two-inch powder coated steel apron for bounce consistency across the whole table. It has two-inch steel legs for stability with caps on the ends so that your floor is protected from damage.

The two sets of ball bearing wheels support the frame and yet move effortlessly over most surfaces and lock into place to keep the table steady during play. The 72-inch pivoting net stays on when the table is folded so set-up is always a breeze.

Each side of the table has one set of capped legs and one set of wheeled legs which allow the two table halves to stand independently of the other. This table is rated for indoor use only. If you are planning on using and storing this table inside, this is perfect..

Table dimensions

In the two player game position this table measures 60 inches wide, 108 inches deep, and 30 inches high. In the single user position, the measurements are 60 inches wide, 68 inches deep and 62 inches high. In the storage position, the measurements are 60 inches wide, 30 inches deep and 62 inches high.

Pros

  • Features Ping Pong ball storage built in and holds balls even when folded
  • Easy lock wheels for stability
  • Can be folded with one side up for self-play
  • ¾ inch top is very durable

Cons

  • Customers reported sagging in the middle on some tables
  • Net hardware made of plastic
  • Sides are large, unfolding and locking difficult
  • Needs better support

Alternative Tables

Reviews didn’t rate the STIGA STS 285 very highly getting less than 3 stars out of 5. But, there a whole host of other table tennis tables that have hundreds if not thousands of 5-star reviews at a similar or even cheaper price. To see which ones we recommend head over here.

Conclusion

So, to conclude, if you’re thinking about purchasing a brand new STIGA STS 285 we probably wouldn’t recommend it. The fact that so many customers have reported the surface to warp and become bent means that it hasn’t been designed as well as other tables, even ones made by STIGA. If you’re looking at a second hand table, we’d recommend inspecting it before you buy to see if it has begun to lose its shape.

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