Who’s Steve Mizerak?
Steve Mizerak is the man who this excellent pool table company is named after. He was a dominant pool player from New Jersey in the 1970s and 1980s, who took home several world titles. He learned to play pool at the age of four in his father’s pool hall. He was nicknamed “The Miz” and became a pro pool player when he was only thirteen years old. Before he became famous for playing pool, however, he was a history teacher for thirteen years, because as he said: “pool didn’t pay very well in those days.”
Once he started to find more success in the world of billiards, Mizerak would go on to win four world championships. This success led him to be cast in several commercials for Miller Lite, where he completed several trick shots. Once his name was solidified as one of the greats in the world of pool, he produced several how-to books and videos to help players learn to better their playing skills. He also created a line of pool cues to sell, which eventually turned into a larger company that now manufactures everything you would need to play pool.
Features to consider while choosing a Mizerak pool table
As you can imagine, there are lots of different features that you need to take into consideration when you are looking for a new pool table, especially from such a high-quality company like Mizerak. In this section, we will go through each of these features in-depth, so that you can buy with confidence.
The first thing that you will want to take into account with any pool table is the overall construction since this will determine the longevity of the table. All of the Mizerak tables that we reviewed utilize laminate cabinets, which helps to make them both durable and lightweight. The biggest difference between the tables on our list is the side rails.
Both the Mizerak Donovan II and Mizerak Dakota utilize metal side rails. This material choice helps to make these tables much more durable than other options, simply because metal will hold up better than MDF or wood laminate. You also want to make sure that any table you buy comes with levelers so you can make sure that you are playing on a perfectly level surface.
The next thing that you will want to consider is the playbed. As the name implies, this is where you will be actually playing the game. The playbed can be made out of several different materials, but the most popular is slate. Slate is extremely smooth and easy to make level but is also incredibly heavy and easy to break during shipping. Your other option is a material called slatron, which is much lighter than slate and more durable.
The other item you need to worry about with the playbed is the felt that covers the slate. You want to make sure that the felt is tightly woven and glued down properly. Otherwise, it will tear while you are playing, which will result in “dead” spots on the table where balls will lose their momentum.
Automatic ball return
One of the best things about most Mizerak pool tables is that they utilize an automatic ball return system. While many older, and more expensive, pool tables have nets under each of their holes to catch the balls, tables like the Mizerak Dynasty have a built-in system that brings the balls to one location quickly.
This automatic return system will make it a lot easier for anyone that wants to play lots and lots of games quickly. Since you won’t need to go to each of the pockets to retrieve balls, you can simply stand in one spot and get yourself set up right away for a new game with minimal effort.
Something else that you will want to consider, especially if you are new to playing pool, are the types of accessories that will be included with the table you purchase. If you have never owned a pool table before, then it only makes sense to get a model that comes with everything you need, which should include cues, billiard balls, triangle, brush, and chalk.
Not only will this save you a bit of money, but it will also save you a ton of time, since you will get everything right when you finish putting the table together. You can also rest assured that you are getting high-quality products since they will come right from Mizerak itself. If you are looking to save a bit of time and effort in finding all of these necessities, then the Mizerak Donovan II is a great option.
Something else that you will want to take into account is the overall dimensions of each table. Before you even begin looking for a new pool table, you should first carefully measure and remeasure the space that you intend to put it. The last thing that you want to do is buy a new pool table only to find out you can’t put it where you intended.
No matter which pool table you select, you are going to need a lot of room to play effectively. That being said, if you need a smaller model, then the Mizerak Dynasty is a great option. On the other hand, if you have lots of room, then the Mizerak Dakota Slate might be right for you.
One of the biggest considerations that you need to make when you are buying a new pool table is just how much weight you can handle. All pool tables are extremely heavy, thanks in part to the slate used in the playbed. Of course, you can save yourself several hundred pounds if you go for a more expensive slatron top.
If you are thinking about putting your new table on an upper floor, you might want to go for a lighter table since you will have to move it up all of those stairs. If you are going to put your table on the first floor or in the basement, however, then the weight shouldn’t be quite as big of a factor.
Whenever you make a large purchase like this, it is always a good idea to look for a product that comes with a good warranty. That way, you will be covered should anything happen to the table through normal use.
As you might expect with a quality company like Mizerak, all of their products come with pretty good warranties. This is both a testament to the workmanship of the tables, as well as statements by the company that they stand behind their products. Even so, make sure you read through the warranty information as carefully as possible so that you understand exactly what is and what is not covered by the warranty.
One of the most important features that you will want to look for is the felt covering for the playing surface. These covers come in a variety of colors, so you can select one that fits your space. These covers can also come in different fabrics, with wool blends being the most durable and long-lasting, which might be something to keep in mind during your search.
As we mentioned before, it might also be a good idea to look for a table that comes with everything that you need to play, which would include balls, cues, triangles, and chalk. That way, you will be able to play right after you have the table setup.
How to take care of your Mizerak pool table
Obviously, a pool table is a large investment. As such, you need to take the time to properly maintain it so that it lasts for a good long time. To do this, you should follow these steps at least once a month if the table is used sparingly, or more often if the table is used all the time:
- Use a dry cloth to clean wooden surfaces.
- Use a damp cloth with soap to wipe down manmade surfaces.
- Use furniture wax on the railings.
- Always cover the table when it is not in use.
- Brush or gently vacuum the cloth.
- Use a hot, damp cloth to remove excess chalk.
- Keep your table out of direct sunlight. Acquire special pool table lights.
- Never lean or sit on a pool table.