Features to consider when choosing a 4-player air hockey table
These are the features that will determine the best 4 player air hockey table that will improve your overall gameplay and make a lasting investment.
Shape of the table
4 player air hockey tables mostly come in rectangular or round shapes. Some reviewers believe that the circular design is more versatile as it leaves plenty of room for teammates to maneuver complex moves and protect their goals. This is debatable since we have rectangular models such as Atomic Contour Air Powered Hockey Tablet which are, although not designed for 4 players, spacious enough to allow for free movement of 4 players. It measures 90 x 50 x 31 inches.
We factored in both shapes when reviewing air hockey tables to help you find the one that fits your style.
There are different sizes of models in the market. Our smallest and largest 4 player air hockey tables are made by Escalade Sports which goes to prove the versatility of this brand. The compact and lightweight Atomic Full Strength has dimensions of 47.5 x 47.5 x 31 inches while Atomic Contour Air Powered Hockey Table measures 90 x 50 x 31 inches.
Experts recommend allowing for 2 or 3 feet around the table so players can defend their goal or take shots without restrictions.
This process could be either manual or automated although there are versatile products that support both options. PUCK Triton 5-Foot Air Hockey Table utilizes manual abacus slide scoring system on both ends of the table. On the other hand, electronic models feature LED displays adjacent to the goals that track the scores and built-in lights and sounds that go off whenever a player scores. Electronic recording of scores is fast and convenient but you may need to configure the air hockey table to your smartphone.
The material used to construct your 4 player air hockey table will influence the accuracy and speed of your shots and the sturdiness, stability and resilience of your table. The most common material is the Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) featured in Orbit Eliminator 4-Player Air Hockey Game and PUCK Triton 5-Foot Air Hockey Table because it is long-lasting and will put up with several intense games. This material is paired up with a finish for an additional protective layer against moisture and tear and wear. For instance, the former has a glossy coating and the latter has wood grain laminate finish which lends it a luxurious look.
The design could be in form of features and functionalities. We have models like Atomic Contour Air Powered Hockey Table which connects to the ScoreLinx App. It lets you enter the names of the players, replace the pre-programmed pictures and sound effects with your own, and keep track of the scores on an electronic display. It also comes with a Bluetooth interface and a tablet holder.
4 player air hockey tables use blowers to distribute pressurized air upwards across the playing field above for smooth and gliding of pucks and precise shots. While majority of the products come with one blower, Atomic Full Strength 4-Player Air Powered Hockey Table boasts of two motors with high output for a better performance.
Pucks and pushers included
All the products we have reviewed come with 4 pucks and 4 pushers to accommodate up to 4 players. This is advantageous because you can customize the game for fewer players, if need be. This is made possible with inserts that are used to block goals of inactive players. You need to confirm that the blockers are included since they are not available with all the models.
Some pucks and pushers light up so you can play even in the dark.
The beauty of the 4 player air hockey tables we have featured is that they are heavy enough to remain stable during a game and withstand aggressive play yet light enough to move by 2 adults. We attribute this to the lightweight but sturdy material. The tables in this article have weight ranging from 96.8 to 200 pounds.
If the leg levelers are adjustable: Adjustable leg levelers let you customize the height of the table to suit players of different sizes or to secure the table and keep the playing field flat on uneven grounds. This is a common feature found in the best 4 player air hockey tables.
Additional sound and light effects: These features add more fun and excitement to the game by cheering or heckling players when they score or lose. Kids who love playing arcade style air hockey would be entertained by these realistic effects. Some models even allow you to replace the custom sounds with your favorite ones.
If it can be transformed for other games: Most 4 player air hockey tables are flexible to support individual play mode as well as 2 participants at a time. Players modify the table with barriers that block some goals. There are also various modes for team play, individual and elimination style games, among others. Atomic Full Strength 4-Player Air Powered Hockey Table includes 6 game mode options while MD Sports Air Hockey Table can even be transformed to an 8-player poker table.
Power source: While there are portable battery-powered models, all the products we reviewed are powered by electricity. These electronic models provide a more realistic air hockey experience because of the way the pucks adhere to the playing surface.
Warranty: Ours is quite a diverse list with air hockey tables that come with a limited warranty of 90 days, others that offer unlimited lifetime warranty on the table, parts and components, and other models that provide coverage for 1 to 3 years.