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Foosball is a fun game for all ages that can bring family and friends together in your home. Whether you’re hosting a party or simply passing a lazy weekend, a foosball table can be the center of attention and provide hours of fun. When it comes to choosing a foosball table, there are a lot of options – but none better than the foosball tables from Tornado, which are renowned for their quality and durability.
To help you find the best Tornado foosball table for your living room or expanding game room, we looked at a variety of factors that differentiate Tornado’s product lineup, like the construction and thickness of the playing field, which affects how durable your table will be. We also looked at the construction of the rods, which need to be sturdy enough to last for years of spinning and hard play.
We spent tens of hours researching Tornado’s foosball tables by poring through the company’s technical specifications and reading through user reviews. The result is our pick of the five best Tornado foosball tables for any level of foosball player and any budget. Our picks are briefly described in the table below, but keep reading for detailed reviews of each foosball table. Our buying guide covers everything you need to know about choosing the right Tornado foosball table for you. Finally, we sum up our three overall favorite Tornado foosball tables.
If you’re in the market for a competition-worthy foosball table, the T3000 is for you. The “T” in the name stands for tournament, and this table is essentially a three-goalie version of Tornado’s one-goalie table used by many foosball tournaments.
There are several features that make this table worthy of professionals. To start, the foosball men have sharpened edges and more surface area on their feet to enable precise ball control. They’re also counterbalanced so they automatically end up feet-down if you spin and then quickly move on to handling another rod.
The thin-wall split bearings ensure that the rods are highly sensitive to your hand motions, so you never miss a save or a shot because of slow responsiveness. Of course, Tornado built the rods with hollow steel to cut down on their mass while maintaining durability.
The table itself is made from brushed aluminum laminate, which is more scratch-resistant and professional-looking than wood. Importantly, the aluminum also won’t warp over time even if you live in a relatively humid environment. The cabinet is split so that you can remove the upper half, which is helpful for cleaning the playing surface or even replacing it if you ever need to do so.
Another feature that sets this table apart is weight – at 355 pounds, it’s 100 pounds heavier than most of the home-use tables in Tornado’s lineup. That extra weight can make it difficult to install, but it ensures that your foosball game won’t be interrupted by vibrations or shaking.
Overall, if you’re looking to improve your foosball skills or get ready for tournament play, this is the table to practice on.
The Tornado Elite is a high-level home table with a clean look and smooth, fast play. The table offers many of the benefits of the T3000, including counterbalanced foosball men and split bearings on a relatively thin 1½-inch cabinet wall. However, Tornado doesn’t put the same emphasis on the foosball men themselves – you won’t find the sharpened edges that contribute to better ball control on the tournament-quality tables.
The cabinet is made from wood with a laminate finish, which looks good in any home and is easy to clean. However, note that the cabinet isn’t split, so it can be rather tricky to clean the playing surface or to replace it if that ever becomes necessary. The dual ball returns are another touch added to this table that many frequent users will appreciate.
The table weighs 255 pounds, which is plenty of heft to minimize vibrations even during heated foosball matches when both players are working hard on the rods. It’s worth noting that the rods themselves are made from heavy-gauge steel, which does add some inertia when spinning them but also makes them much more durable for years of heavy use. The wooden handles on the rod are also a nice touch on this table. Plus, the three-piece rod bearings are designed to be relatively easy to clean.
Ultimately, the Elite table is closely related to the Tornado Classic table. Whether the dual ball return and heavy-duty steel rods are worth the jump in price largely comes down to how frequently you’re going to use the table.
If you’re looking for a home table that mimics the quality of competition tables but provides a more pleasing aesthetic for your living room, look no further than the Tornado Worthington. This foosball table is built from a cabinet with black and soft maple wood, which allows you to match it with nearly any interior décor. Besides, the 1½-inch-thick cabinet is extremely durable and gives the table a 285-pound weight to keep unwanted vibrations to an absolute minimum. Like other home tables, though, the cabinet is not split to allow for easy cleaning of the playing surface.
This table comes with all of the bells and whistles you could want, including dual ball return and comfortable wooden handles. The foosball men have a unique crosshatch design that helps with ball control and passing between players. Plus, they’re counterbalanced as on the tournament-quality T3000 so you don’t have to worry about leaving players with their feet up in the air.
The three-piece split bearings enable the rods to respond quickly to your motions, and they can easily be taken apart for cleaning and lubricating when needed. As for all Tornado tables, the steel rods are hollow to minimize inertia.
We must state that this table comes with a hefty price tag. While you can’t use the Wellington table for tournament play, it costs just as much as the T3000 table. So, you’ll need to decide whether you want a foosball table that’s better suited for your living room – the Worthington – or one that’s better for improving your skills to work up to tournament play – the T3000.
The Tornado Classic is the ideal in-between table for anyone in search of a high-quality home table, but who doesn’t want to spend $2,000 on a foosball table. The Classic is highly similar to the Tornado Elite, but is priced $250 cheaper in exchange for losing out on a few premium features. Most notably, the Classic table doesn’t have a dual ball return – the return slot is only on one side – and the rods are made from Tornado’s standard-gauge steel rather than from heavy-gauge steel.
Otherwise, the Classic table has a lot to offer. Like the Tornado Elite table, it weighs 255 pounds and does an excellent job of dampening vibrations during rough play. The cabinet is made from wood with a soft leather laminate finish to prevent scratching. Although it’s not a split cabinet so you’ll need to put some effort into keeping the playing surface clean.
The foosball men are counterbalanced for fast play, and the handles are finished with solid wood for a comfortable grip. The table does offer the same three-piece split bearings as the Tornado Elite table, which ensures fast play and easy lubrication whenever it is needed. Users report that play on the table surface is as speedy and crisp as for tournament-quality Tornado foosball tables.
Overall, the Tornado Classic represents a nice price point and attractive value for a home foosball table. It won’t get you into playing for tournaments, but the quickness of the table is perfect for matches with friends and family and provides an excellent jumping off point for improving your foosball skills.
This budget-friendly foosball table has a lot to offer for beginners and occasional home matches.
The table is made from composite wood, with a mahogany melamite finish to give it a stylish look that can match any room in your home. The cabinet is noticeably thinner than for Tornado’s higher-end tables, at just 1 inch. That means you’ll need to be a little more careful when playing hard on this table, as the cabinet can crack. It also shouldn’t come as a surprise that the cabinet isn’t split on a table at this price point, although the playing field is still ¾ inches thick.
The downside to the table being made of composite rather than wood is that it weighs just 205 pounds. That will allow a small amount of vibration to creep in as the intensity of your games increases, although for beginner and intermediate foosball players this won’t be a major issue.
Some other cost-saving measures can be found around the table. The handles are made of rubberized plastic rather than wood and the legs are finished with boot levelers rather than commercial-grade levelers. In addition, there are two ball returns on the ends of the table rather than on the sides. However, it’s important to keep in mind that these are all minor changes to the table that won’t have much of an impact on your play or your enjoyment.
Where Tornado didn’t compromise at all was in providing a fast table. The foosball men are counterbalanced, and users felt that the hollow steel rods were just as responsive on this table as on the more expensive Classic and Elite foosball tables even without the split three-piece bearings.
What we liked:
Counterbalanced foosball men
Hollow steel rods
What could be better:
Rubber handles rather than wood
Cabinet is only 1-inch thick
Boot levelers instead of commercial-grade levelers
Cabinet is not split
Things to Consider
Now that you’ve learned more about our five favorite Tornado foosball tables, how do you choose the right one for you? A foosball table can be the centerpiece of your home or game room for gatherings of family and friends. So, it’s important to get a foosball table that can last for years of play and offers room for growth as your table soccer skills improve. Our buying guide will explain why we think Tornado is the brand of choice for foosball tables and cover everything you need to know about choosing the perfect foosball table for your home.
Ask any long-time foosball player, and they’ll tell you that Tornado tables are unparalleled in their quality and durability. Tornado has experience making tournament-quality foosball tables, and they bring that same precision engineering to their home and budget-friendly tables. For example, all of the Tornado foosball tables we reviewed feature durable steel rods and ¾-inch-thick playing tables to ensure you never face the dilemma of a broken table. Also, Tornado is known for making tables that allow for very fast play because they don’t have a wooden laminate on the playing field to slow the ball down, as many European foosball tables do.
Better yet, the price you pay for a Tornado foosball table hides the craftsmanship that goes into these tables.
Compared to other high-end home and tournament-quality foosball tables, Tornado tables are much more budget-friendly. Plus, the wide range of Tornado tables means that the company has a foosball table to fit any budget.
Although hearing of a broken Tornado table is extraordinarily rare, it’s also good to know that the company stands behind their products. Tornado offers a one-year warranty on every foosball table the company makes and offers repair and part replacement services for the lifetime of their tables.
Simply put, if you want a top-quality foosball table for a price that won’t break the bank, there’s no brand better than Tornado.
Features to consider when choosing a foosball table
Tornado’s lineup of foosball tables includes a huge number of models for home and tournament use. So, it’s important to understand what you need in your foosball table in order to get the right model. Here, we’ll take a closer look at the features that you need to consider when choosing a Tornado foosball table.
Dimensions and weight
Full-sized foosball tables – the kind used for regulation and tournament foosball games – are 56 inches long by 30 inches wide by 36 inches tall. While you can get smaller foosball tables if you have limited space in your home, all of the Tornado foosball tables we reviewed are standard-size tables.
Keep in mind that just because the table itself is 30-inch wide, you’ll need to allot a lot more than 30 inches of space in your house. The rods extend for another foot or more beyond the table on each side, not to mention you’ll need room to stand and play without getting hit with the rods. It’s a good idea to budget at least six feet of space for the total width of your foosball table.
The exact weight of your foosball table will depend on what it’s made of, but don’t expect any high-quality foosball table to be light. All of the Tornado foosball tables we reviewed weigh more than 200 pounds, and the Editor’s Choice T3000 weighs over 300 pounds.
In general, a heavier table will be slightly more stable during rough play. Importantly, though, you may need to hire movers or recruit several friends to help you move your new foosball table into position in your home.
Sturdy and durable construction
A foosball table can be a lifetime investment if you opt for one with dependable, durable construction. That’s one of the major reasons we recommend Tornado tables – they are well-built and can stand up to years of foosball games without bending or buckling.
Tornado tables are typically wood foosball tables, although the T3000 is built from aluminum laminate. Either material is extremely strong, although the aluminum is better at resisting scratches.
What’s important to look at is how the legs are put together on the table. The legs should be extremely stable and bolted in multiple spots to ensure they never start wobbling. In addition, look for leg levelers – found on all the Tornado tables we reviewed – in case you find out that your floor isn’t perfectly level after moving your foosball table into place in your home.
Playing field thickness
The thickness of the playing field is an important marker of durability. Thin tables are liable to crack or break with heavy use, and it can almost be easier to replace the entire foosball table than to replace the playing field if something does break.
All of the Tornado foosball tables we reviewed feature ¾”-thick playing fields, which are burly enough to stand the test of time.
Playing rods and handles
The rods are perhaps the most important feature to look at when it comes to durability and build quality. On all of the Tornado tables we reviewed, you’ll find steel rods because steel ensures that the rods won’t bend or snap during years of heavy play. This is one area where you really shouldn’t compromise – always buy a table with steel rods.
The steel rods can be either solid or hollow steel. Hollow steel, which is used in all of the tables we reviewed, is generally preferable because the rods are lighter and spin faster. It only makes sense that Tornado sticks with hollow steel rods given the play speed their tables are known for. Tables with solid steel rods are usually cheaper, as the solid steel can be somewhat heavy and slow to spin.
It’s also worth looking closely at the handles. The handles can be made of either wood or rubberized plastic, with plastic handles generally found on cheaper tables like the budget-friendly Tornado Sport. While some players prefer wood handles, the difference in feel between handle types is minimal.
Foosball men and goalie configuration
Every foosball table has 10 field players per team, but the number of goalies varies between US-style and UK-style tables. Most US-made tables, including all of the Tornado foosball tables we reviewed, feature three goalies per side. UK-style tables, on the other hand, have only one goalie per side. Keep in mind that it’s possible to convert to one-man goalie setups on any of the Tornado tables.
Having three goalies tends to make for faster gameplay, as there are more foosball men to hit the ball. This is generally the preferred way to play for beginner and intermediate foosball players. Dropping to one goalie makes for games that require more skill and precision, which is generally better if you’re trying to improve your foosball skills.
Like many other foosball brands such as Warrior or Carrom, Tornado provides a one-year warranty on all of their foosball tables. In addition, the company offers service and replacement parts for all of their tables, although you will have to pay for these services after your warranty ends.
The Tornado tables that we reviewed are not designed for outdoor use and none of them come with a weatherproof cover. That said, the Tornado T3000 could be placed outside since it is made from brushed aluminum. If you do use this table outside, you’ll want to keep it relatively sheltered from the weather and to put a weatherproof cover over the table whenever it’s not in use.
Heavier foosball tables are somewhat sturdier than lighter tables, but the difference among Tornado tables is relatively minimal since they are all over 200 pounds. You’ll likely only notice the difference in stability if you are playing very fast or rough. That said, if you are looking for competition-level foosball games, opting for a heavier table will reduce vibrations that could throw the game.
Yes, all of Tornado’s three-goalie rods can be converted into one-goalie rods if you desire. It’s possible to find conversion kits online that help with this process, although it can also be done by hand. Besides removing two players from the existing rod, you’ll want sloped corner pieces so the ball does not frequently get stuck.
Tornado provides a one-year warranty for all of the company’s tables. In addition, you can buy service and replacement parts beyond your warranty period.
Wrapping It Up
Our three overall favorite foosball tables from Tornado are the T3000, the Elite, and the Worthington. The Elite and Worthington tables are both excellent choices for advanced home users who regularly play foosball with family and friends. The Worthington is more expensive, but boasts a table that’s fast and close to tournament quality as well as an aesthetically pleasing two-tone cabinet. The Elite is a slightly lighter wooden table, but it features hollow rods made from heavy-gauge steel for added durability – perfect for rowdy and contentious matches at home. We feel the T3000 is the overall best Tornado foosball table because it’s a relatively affordable tournament-quality table. It features sharpened foosball men, a professional-looking and durable aluminum construction, and an impressive 355-pound weight for stability. The T3000 can provide a fast and fun experience for intermediate and professional foosball players alike.