What to look at when choosing a professional foosball table
There are quite a few things to consider when purchasing a professional foosball table. Among them are the cabinet, playfield, and counterbalanced players, which we detail below. Other things to check are the legs of the table and how sturdy they are. A professional foosball table should ensure that all of its parts are the highest quality. The price is another factor that you should keep in mind. But ultimately the choice comes down to each of the buyer’s personal preferences.
The cabinet of the foosball table is the heart of the foosball table, and it needs to be durable. The most common materials that the cabinet is made from is wood, MDF, or plastic.
The wood tends to be on the more expensive end but is the most stable and most durable since it is able to withstand heavy play. If you are looking for the best wooden professional foosball table, check the Tornado Elite.
The MDF is much cheaper than the wood options. Although it is less durable, the cabinet made from MDF is going to weigh less.
Finally, you can find models made from plastic, which should be the cheapest but also the most unreliable options as they are unable to handle consistent use. Although there are some heavy-duty plastic options, which do last much longer, these models can be as expensive as the wood options.
There is a variety of materials that can be used to make a foosball table playfield. The most common among them are wood, plastic or tempered glass.
Laminated playfields will provide excellent durability and will give you perfect control. They are also great for slower and less intense matches. A foosball table with a playfield made out of tempered glass or extremely high-quality plastic is best suited for a faster-paced game and can better absorb the shock of intense playing.
There are many different sizes of foosball tables, as the sport has been picked up as a hobby for many people, and such a huge variety is needed to accommodate the different spaces the tables are stored in.
Most standard-sized foosball tables are around 2 ½ feet wide and nearly 5 feet long, whereas the professional tables, which are also used in tournaments and are also referred to as tournament-sized, are 56 inches long x 30 inches wide x 36 inches high.
If someone is not looking to play on the competitive, tournament-sized foosball table, a different size will be just fine.
The weight of a foosball table varies greatly between each brand and model. The wide range in weight is largely due to what materials each foosball is constructed from. Foosball tables made from wood are heavier than any of the foosball tables made from plastics or any other material. Some professional foosball tables, just like the Tornado Tournament 3000, weigh a whopping 360 pounds. This provides excellent stability and balance, even if your play style is very active. However, it can be quite difficult to install alone. Still, on our list, we have a wide range of weights for every preference. The weight of our foosball tables ranges anywhere from around 130 pounds to 360 pounds.
There is one main difference that appears between the different foosball table models, and that is the number of goalies present on the board. Some boards have 3 goalies on each side, whereas some foosball tables have only 1. The foosball tables with only one goalie have sloped shoulders or corner ramps to assist the game. In addition to the corner ramps, the one goalie foosball tables also have some dead spots on the board, making the game significantly more difficult.
If you are a beginner to foosball, the three goalie foosball table would be the ideal choice for you.
Moreover, you can go for a versatile table, which can be converted depending on what match you want to play. For example, check the KICK Legend 55″ Foosball Table if you want to play both styles.
One thing that some foosball players may not notice is whether or not their table has counterbalanced players. Counterweighted foosball players have the same weight for both their top and bottom halves. This means that each player is far better balanced, and when you let go of a bar, the men will remain in a horizontal position. Usually, counterbalanced players are made from ABS plastic, just as we see with the Shelti Pro Foos II. Some counterbalanced player pieces offer the flexibility to remove their counterbalance. This decision is ultimately up to each player, but it is worth noting that if the removable counterbalance piece malfunctions, it could potentially affect the performance of the pieces in a game situation.
Rods are crucial to the foosball table as they are used to control the players. The best foosball rods are made from steel, and they can be either hollow or solid. Sometimes, you can even find telescopic rods, like with the Garlando G-500, which some players may find more convenient.
Each rod also includes a handle so you can effectively grab the rod and moved the players. The handles are typically made from wood, plastic, or rubber with the rubber handles being the best option as they are the most slip-resistant.
No matter the material the handle is made from, it is important that the handle is not completely smooth as it can make the players’ hands slip during use.
What else can be important?
There are many other important features that you can find while purchasing a foosball table. Some tables include leg levers so you can ensure a fair game with a completely level table. Warranty is also important as you want to purchase a table that will be extremely durable, have high quality, and last for years to come. The ball return chute is also important to consider for your convenience. It is smart to check if there are any free accessories in the package, including playing balls as well as rod lubricants to maintain the foosball table.
The prices of foosball tables can drastically differ. As a general rule, professional foosball tables tend to be on the more expensive end of things. A good example of this is the Tornado Tournament 3000 Foosball Table, which is priced around $2,400. However, it is hard to complain since you get a premium model with a variety of excellent features.
Another professional foosball table that is slightly cheaper is the Tornado Elite, which is listed to be around $1,890.
If you are looking to spend a little less money on your foosball table, there are many options that are better suited for you and your wallet. The Warrior Table Soccer Professional Foosball Table is priced at half the prices as the other models we mentioned earlier, hitting the market at around $690. The lower price does not mean that it is less effective in any way as this professional model still contains many of the features and accessories that other pricier foosball tables also include.