The Best Air Hockey Tables You Can Buy in 2022

Who doesn’t love air hockey? A staple of arcades that brought joy to our childhoods, air hockey is an exhilarating game enjoyed by all. But why leave that enjoyment at the arcades? Air hockey tables make excellent additions to game rooms. I even had one in my bedroom growing up, and as a kid, I absolutely love it!

They are also more affordable than you think. So what is stopping you? In this guide, we will break down the best air hockey tables — and let you know what makes an air hockey table great so that you can take full advantage of your bucks.

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Choosing the Best Air Hockey Table

Scoring

There are two different scoring types among hockey tables: manual and automatic.

Cheaper tables usually use manual scoring. These are called abacus scorers. After scoring a goal, you slide a numbered bead across. Although common in inexpensive machines, some higher-end tables use them. A particular benefit is that scoring sensors are one of the most commonly reported issues with automatic scoring. You bypass this issue with manual scoring.

However, the best air hockey tables will tend to use automatic scoring. With this, goals are automatically detected and digitally displayed. This is more reminiscent of the arcade hockey machines we love. It means you don’t have to repeatedly stop the action to manually count scores.

Size

You’ve got a few different choices in regards to sizing. If the table is for children, around 3-4 feet length works. For adults, 6-7 feet length is great — this is the length of most tables you will find. Although you can go larger than this if you like. Regulation air hockey table dimensions are about 84 inches long and about 84 inches wide. Full-size tables are best if you have the space as they provide the funniest playing experience. 

Space restrictions are likely to dictate what you can buy though. You will need at least 2 additional feet longways to ensure each player has enough room to maneuver. However, you can place the table flush against the wall unlike for a table tennis table or pool table, which is quite useful. Hockey tables are certainly more space-efficient than many other large gaming apparatus.  

Fans

To have great air-hockey gameplay, adequate airflow is vital. Poor-quality air hockey tables have little or no uplift and you really feel the puck drag along the table as you hit it. It feels cheap, because it is. Any quality air hockey table will use a fan. Now the power of this fan largely depends on how much you are willing to spend. Ideally, 110V or more is what you should be looking for.

Rails

The rails are the sections that enclose the playing field on which the puck rebounds off of. They produce the tell-tale ‘ping’ sound we know and love. However, this pleasing sound is usually reserved for the commercial tables, as their rails are made from metal. Home air hockey tables instead tend to use plastic, although some higher-end models do offer metal.  

Power Source

As mentioned earlier, you may want to select an air hockey table with an electric scoreboard. These are either powered by batteries or via AC. AC is the superior method as batteries wear out pretty quickly.  

Multi-game and Conversion Tops

Multi-game tables and conversion tops help you make the most out of your available space. These units provide multiple games in one for more hours of fun. Common such tables feature games like pool, table tennis, air hockey, and foosball. We have included 3 of these as part of our air hockey table reviews.

The 6 Best Air Hockey Tables Reviews for 2022

1. MD Sports Air Powered Hockey Table — Best Overall

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Specifications:

  • Size: 7ft
  • Weight: 92lbs
  • Materials: wood, plastic
  • Air-powered?: yes

Pros:

  • Vibrant LED scoring
  • 120v UL certified motor
  • Thick sturdy legs with levelers
  • Scratch-resistant UV coating
  • LED rails
  • Sound effects
  • Super customer service

Cons:

  • Some issues with scoring sensors

This 92-pound 7-foot air hockey table looks like it came straight out of an arcade. With its white and black color scheme, LED rails, and sound effects, it’s stylish and lots of fun.

It uses a powerful 120V UL certified motor which is the best of the tables on our list. This provides a truly authentic air hockey experience. The vibrant LED display is also a nice addition – many other models used a dull LED display.

The only issue with this model is that some customers voiced issues with the scoring sensors. A relatively minor drawback given its superior features. This alone shouldn’t put you off if you like the MD air hockey table as MD Sports have reliable customer service. They guarantee 100% satisfaction which you won’t get with any of the other tables, explaining why we have it at number 1.  

2. Atomic LED Light Up Arcade Air Powered Hockey Table

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Specifications:

  • Size: 7.5ft
  • Weight: 220lbs
  • Materials: engineered wood
  • Air-powered?: yes

Pros:

  • LED rails, pushers, & pucks
  • 120V motor
  • Fun music
  • Bright LED scoring
  • High-speed surface
  • Sturdy
  • Leg levelers

Cons:

  • Issues with scoring sensors

Available in two different styles, the Atomic Air Hockey Table looks great. We love the look of the Indiglo blue LED version. Not only do the rails, pushers, and pucks light up for this version, but so do the legs! That’s a pretty rare feature.

The table also uses fun music and a powerful 120V motor for adequate airflow. Coupled with the smooth poly-coated playfield, the pucks will ping around the table to your heart’s content.

Coming in at a total of 227 pounds, the table is a good weight for home use. Certainly sturdy enough that it won’t get knocked around during games.

The only real issue to report is some scoring sensor inaccuracies. These are few and far between among purchasers. As the most common fault among air hockey tables, it is not much of a turn-off. In our opinion, Atomic has created one of the best air hockey tables.  

3. American Legend Kirkwood 84″ Air Powered Hockey Table

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Specifications:

  • Size: 7ft
  • Weight: 167lbs
  • Materials: wood
  • Air-powered?: yes

Pros:

  • 110v blower
  • In-game sound effects
  • Digital counter
  • Simple control panel
  • Modern design

Cons:

  • Runs on batteries
  • No leg levelers

While the design of all of the air hockey tables on this list replicates that of authentic arcade-style tables, the Kirkwood takes a different route, instead, going for a look that is more fitting in the home. With its rustic wood finish, it is far more contemporary looking and seems more suited for a lounge than a games room. This is great for buyers who don’t have a games room (I wish I had one!) and want a modern air hockey table that doesn’t ruin the aesthetic of their chosen room. Therefore, this could perhaps be the best home air hockey table for some buyers.

Moving past appearances, the Kirkwood shares many features that the other tables on this list possess. It has a 110v blower, uses a digital counter, and blasts out in-game sound effects to get your heart beating. However, it does have a few issues. The smallest being the fact it has no leg levelers. This means you need to place it on an even surface, given it’s going indoors, this isn’t much of an issue. The biggest drawback to this model is that it runs on batteries. You can’t plug it in. This means you’ll likely have it die on you unexpectedly, and if you don’t have spare batteries lying around, you won’t be able to play until you purchase another set.

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4. Triumph Lumen-X Lazer 6’ Interactive Air Hockey Table — Budget Buy

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Specifications:

  • Size: 6ft
  • Weight: 75lbs
  • Materials: engineered wood
  • Air-powered?: yes

Pros:

  • Interactive LEDs & music
  • Digital counter
  • Dual motor blowers
  • Leg levelers

Cons:

  • Poor scoring sensors
  • Puck is too light
  • LED in puck is unreliable
  • Table is light

At a length of 6 feet, this air hockey table by Triumph is suitable for most adults. The interactive LEDs and lights provide an immersive action-packed experience just like at the arcades! It even uses dual-motor blowers to ensure you have ample airflow so that the puck can glide around the playing area.

The legs are solid and easily adjustable to ensure the playing surface is level.

The issues lie in the puck and sensors. Sometimes the sensor has difficulty determining whether a goal has been scored. The puck is also a little light which means it can fly off of the table during power shots. And the LED within seems to be rather hit and miss (no pun intended). Not working after light use for some, and working intermittently for others. It is likely that it is not well adapted to the vigorous force it receives inside the puck.  

It’s also worth mentioning this table is the lightest of all we have reviewed at just 75 pounds. Whilst this makes it easier to maneuver, it does mean that it is more likely to budge during intense matches.

5. MD Sports Titan 7.5ft Air Powered Hockey Table — Highest Quality

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Specifications:

  • Size: 7.5ft
  • Weight: 175lbs
  • Materials: metal
  • Air-powered?: yes

Pros:

  • Great aesthetic
  • 1120v UL certified motor
  • Strong build
  • LED rails
  • Electric overhead scorer
  • Thick sturdy legs with levelers
  • Super customer service

Cons:

  • Expensive

As the largest air hockey table on this list, it’s the toughest to fit in your home, but a great buy if you want a true air hockey experience. The Titan uses a premium 120v UL certified motor which guarantees longevity and a nice even airflow. This is further aided by the UV-coated scratch-resistant play surface which allows the puck to glide effortlessly along its surface.

In fact, the whole build quality of the table is very strong which is hardly surprising given its weight. Where many tables use cheaper wooden legs, the Titan’s legs are made from metal which is far stronger. This gives it a distinct advantage over MD Sports’ most basic table; the first air hockey table on our list, which is just 92lbs and uses MDF legs. 

 We also like the electric overhead scorer with sound effects for full gaming immersion. It really does provide an experience just like you get at the arcades! It is certainly a top-rated air hockey table, it’s just a shame it costs more than most of the other tables.

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The 3 Best Air Hockey Multi-Game Tables for 2022

1. NHL 80” Power Play 2-in-1 Air Hockey Table with Table Tennis Top

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Specifications:

  • Size: 7ft
  • Weight: 166lbs
  • Materials: plastic, alloy steel
  • Air-powered?: yes

Pros:

  • 2 in 1
  • Air powered
  • Great aesthetic
  • LED scoring
  • Leg levelers

Cons:

  • Battery-powered scoring
  • Poor quality table tennis bats, ball & net
  • Thin tabletop

This 6 ½ foot white and black air hockey table is a stunner to look at. Weighing in at 157 pounds, it features LED scorers and in-built leg levelers.

Our main concern with this model is that the scoring is battery-powered. This is a bit of a nuisance as you have to have backup batteries or else you could find yourself out of power and unable to play 

Included with this model is a table tennis conversion top. We wouldn’t be Ping Pong Ruler if we didn’t include a review for a  2-in-1 air hockey table with a table tennis table! As far as conversion tops go, it’s pretty poor quality. It’s only 8mm thick where we usually recommend 15mm, so the bounce isn’t great. It doesn’t help that the included net, bats, and balls are quite poor as well.

For anyone serious about table tennis, see our guide for table tennis conversion tops.

For anyone else who wants a bit of table tennis fun on top of air hockey, it’s a great buy.  

2. Simba USA 2-in-1 Air Hockey and Billiard Table

 

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Specifications:

  • Size: 7ft
  • Weight: 328lbs
  • Materials: engineered wood
  • Air-powered?: yes

Pros:

  • Modern style
  • 2 in 1
  • 110V motor
  • 2 years warranty
  • Solid build quality

Cons:

  • Wooden rails
  • Limited reviews
  • Heavy
  • Expensive

This 2-in-1 air hockey table by Simba USA puts a modern spin on the air hockey table. Composed of dark brown wood it is truly a piece of furniture that can fit in with a modern home outside of the games room. This is even more apparent if you switch over to the billiard table when not in use. The billiard table also provides a nice change of pace if you’ve had enough of air hockey for the day.

The Simba Air Hockey Table uses a 110V motor which provides plenty of airflow, and it comes with a 2-year warranty. The absence of a digital scorer would usually be a large drawback, but given that Simba USA was shooting for a fashionable look, the abacus scorer makes sense. A digital scorer would have stuck out and ruined the overall image.

It’s a shame they used wood for the rails. It is certainly not the best material as it will become quite worn over time. Yet having so much of the machine built from wood does make the table very solid, it weighs 328 pounds!  

3. Fat Cat Original 3-in-1, 6-Foot Flip Game Table (Air Hockey, Billiards, and Table Tennis)

 

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Specifications:

  • Size: 6ft
  • Weight: 141lbs
  • Materials: wood
  • Air-powered?: yes

Pros:

  • 3-in-1 table
  • 110v motor
  • Upright locking for easy storage
  • Leg levelers

Cons:

  • Manual scorer
  • Reported damage in transit
  • Small goals
  • Looks cheap

The biggest sell with the Fat Cat Air Hockey Table is that it is a 3-in-1. You get access to table tennis and billiards on top of air hockey. The tri-fold technology means it is really easy to switch between the tables as they simply snap into place. They can also lock in an upright position which improves storage.

Unfortunately, the table doesn’t look anywhere near as appealing as the rest. It just looks a little cheap. The quality of all three games is also a little average. The balls are very small on the billiards table, the bounce isn’t great for table tennis, and the quality of the hockey table surface is not quite there.

Ultimately, this table is more of a child-targeted product as it’s not the best air hockey table in the world. Children care less about the style and top-level gameplay. They are more concerned with playing as many games as possible. Therefore, the Fat Cat 3-in-1 table is a good pick if your target audience are children with the occasional adult.    

FAQs

How Do I Choose an Air Hockey Table?

Our top tip for choosing an air hockey table is to purchase a model which uses a motor. There are many tables available without motors which have no air power so we recommend avoiding these. We also advise purchasing the largest table you can feasibly fit in your home. This gives you the best playing experience.

What Size Air Hockey Table Should I Buy?

If you have space that measures approximately 12ft by 8ft we recommend purchasing an 8ft table. Alternatively, if your space is a little smaller, say 11ft by 7ft, a 7ft air hockey table is a better choice. Just remember to give yourself at least 2ft on either so that you are not cramped when playing. Unlike other table sports, you don’t need a lot of space at the sides of the table.

Is a 6ft Air Hockey Table Big Enough?

A 6ft table is certainly big enough to have a great time playing air hockey. 6ft is an adequate size for virtually all children, and it is large enough for most adults to have a fun time too. Even 5ft tables such as this model by ESPN are large enough for a lot of players. Of course, these are primarily for children.

What is the Average Price of an Air Hockey Table?

Typically, 6ft-8ft air hockey tables cost around $700-$800. However, the cheapest models cost less than $100, whereas the most expensive tables can set you back almost $10,000. But we should note, these top-end models are primarily for commercial use rather than home use.

How Long Do Air Hockey Tables Last?

Air hockey tables typically last around 5-8 years. To get the most out of your table you should treat it with care and perform regular maintenance. We highly recommend cleaning the filter of the air blower, to keep the airflow strong. You should also ensure none of the holes in the table are blocked. Use either a toothpick or fine drill bit to clear any built-up debris.

Do Air Hockey Tables Need to Be Plugged in?

Most electric air hockey tables need plugging in, but some run on batteries. There are even models that don’t use air power at all, so they do not need plugging in. These are sold as air hockey tables but are better defined as push hockey tables.

Do Air Hockey Tables Come Apart?

Although it is not advisable to disassemble your air hockey table, you can take most models apart for easier transportation. We recommend having the instructions handy for reassembly. 

What’s Inside an Air Hockey Table?

Housed within an air hockey table are various components needed for operation. These include the air blower, speakers, sensors, and chambers for airflow.

What is the Most Common Air Hockey Table Surface?

The most common air hockey table surface material is laminated plastic or stainless steel. It is often scratch-proof to ensure longevity.

Closing Thoughts

Now that we’ve covered all of the best air hockey tables you can purchase online it’s time to recommend some of the very best. Our favorite table of the bunch was the MD Sports air-powered hockey table. The reason we chose this model above the rest was due to a few different factors. Firstly, was the premium 120v UL certified motor and scratch-resistant UV-coated playing surface. Both of these features are very high quality, and the motor especially is the best on this list. We also like that it’s fairly lightweight, which makes it easy to move around your home should you need to. 

We also feel the Triumph Lumen-X Lazer 6’ Interactive Air Hockey Table is a great buy if you are trying to get more for your money. It’s less than half the cost of the MD Sports table but is still a joy to play on. The main issues with this model are that it is a touch too light in our opinion at 75lbs and that the pucks are too light. So for intense games, you may end up budging the table or having the puck go airborne. If this table is still out of your budget perhaps check out our guide on the best cheap air hockey tables. We should note, however, that many of the tables we cover are tabletop models!

Want more gaming goodness? Check out our best multi-game tables!

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.