What better than the best outdoor table tennis tables to improve your skills and add a fun activity to your backyard setup.
Table tennis is an incredible beneficial sport that allows you to socialise with friends, family or coworkers, improve your coordination skills and even build up your fitness.
An outdoor table tennis table is even better as it allows more space around the table to move around, leaving room for harder shots and faster hits to get your opponent running around.
So no matter your budget, your available space or whether you plan to use it as a recreational or competitive activity, there are plenty of options out there, and we've gathered the top 5.
1 T&R Sports Foldable Table
Able to withstand all weather conditions the T&R foldable outdoor table tennis table is a great addition to your family’s entertainment and play collection, a training or warmup table or for solo play and practice sessions.
The 6mm tabletop is made from an eye-pleasing blue sturdy and weatherproof Melamine resin (a reinforced aluminium composite) which stands up to all weather conditions including high temperatures and humidity.
This material prevents warping and provides a consistent and rich ball bounce. The bounce is 220 – 250mm. The table itself is made with a heavy-duty black steel frame with 30mm legs which stand solidly on the floor or ground with no slippage or movement during play.
The wheels on the base enable easy transportation of the table, but a safety locking mechanism ensures that the wheels are held securely during play.
It features a half fold back function for solo play, ie one half of the table folds up to act as a backboard against which to bounce the ball in solo training or for fun.
This fold-up feature also assists with storage. The table comes with a net which is also weather-resistant. The table measures 274*152*76cm (unfolded) and 152*50*155cm (folded). The height can be adjusted up to 80mm.
2. CORNILLEAU Pro 510 Outdoor
Designed, developed and manufactured in France the ‘designer’ Pro 510 outdoor table tennis table from CORNILLEAU is the pick of the luxury resorts with its modern and deluxe stylistic looks. This is a table which looks great and plays equally well.
Its durability comes from the 100% weatherproof 7mm laminate playing surface which also provides a brilliant solid bounce. The surface is also anti-glare.
The table is meant to be fixed to the ground surface for the ultimate stability and comes with adjustable screw fittings which accommodate anti-tamper bolts.
No risk of loss if you are installing the table in a public space such as a school, resort, apartment building or office complex.
The legs and base are galvanised steel for strength and durability, again designed for permanent outdoor use. Softened guarded corners are safe for children.
The net is made of a steel for weather-resistance but there is an optional mesh net if that is your preference.
Convenient storage for balls and bats, as well as ball dispensers, make life easier when in the throw of the game – no more chasing flighty balls around.
The table does require initial construction from its flatpack with easy to understand instructions and appropriate tools included.
This is best undertaken by two adults as some of the components are heavy and require lifting into place. This only takes about an hour and a half.
3. Terrasphere Outdoor Deluxe 700
With a folding design which is great for storage as well as single and practice play, the Deluxe 700 outdoor table tennis table from Terrasphere is a well-priced option to enhance your family’s entertainment area, indoors or out.
The ability to play half-court alone for fun or practice, or as a double, is a very attractive feature.
The box frame (30*20mm) and legs (30*30mm) are a sturdy and weather-resistant metallic construction which provide a stable base against knocks and bumps during play.
The 6mm MDF aluminium composite surface is durable and an ideal thickness to provide a good responsive bounce for a great game.
The feet are all individually adjustable to create an even and level playing surface on an uneven ground surface. Strong 75mm wheels allow for easy transportation around the backyard or other areas.
Construction of the table is very easy with good, easy to follow instructions.
Please note that the net is not included with purchase. The table is a two-piece set, the halves do not join up but the securing of the net and the locking wheels ensure that the halves do not move around once positioned securely.
4. CORNILLEAU 500M Crossover Outdoor
CORNILLEAU is a French company which is a world-renowned designer and manufacturer of some of the best outdoor table tennis tables. Their 500M Crossover model is no exception. This table has all the features you could want: good looks, durability, excellent bounce, ergonomics and attention to the finer details.
This table is designed for either indoor or outdoor use. The table’s playing surface (available in blue or grey) is made from 7mm weatherproof MATTOP (melamine with resin laminate finish) which is a top performance surface with a fantastic rebound. It’s designed for intensive use and will last many seasons.
The legs and frame are made from. Its corners have guards to protect players and children from injury when running around. The table has large and sturdy all-terrain 200mm twin wheels for easy movement, and lockability to prevent movement once in place. They are positioned underneath the top with plenty of clearance on all sides.
For half-court play as well as easy storage the table is foldable with a patented DSI locking system to avoid accidents once it’s been folded.
Special features include bat holders, ball dispensers and ball storage.
A retractable and height-adjustable net is included with purchase. The legs are also height adjustable. A protective cover is also provided to keep the top clean.
5. Terrasphere Indoor 350
This is an indoor table that can be wheeled outside.
Two-piece foldable design to allow for half-court play alone or as a fun doubles game. It’s a great way for kids to learn how to play and to practice alone.
Using durable 12mm Bluetex the surface is strong and hardy, ready for long term use and provides an excellent playing surface with a good responsive bounce.
The full-size top is suspended on strong metallic braces (20*10mm) and legs (22mm diameter). The entire structure can withstand some pretty rugged play from kids and adults alike.
The two separate pieces are joined together for play by the net being secured in place.
Its feet and wheels are all height adjustable to ensure you can achieve a level playing surface on uneven floors. Storage is simple with the two-piece design and wheels for easy movement.
Initial assembly is very straightforward and easy with just a few screws for setup. Please note that the table does not come with a net or bats – these have to be purchased separately. This table is great value for money and ideal for family use or as an indoor office recreation area amenity.
How To Choose Best Table Tennis Table?
If you're unsure on how to buy the best table for your needs there's a few things to consider.
Firstly you should decide who you're buying for. Is this going to be used at home, at the office or permanently fixated outside. If you're buying for commercial use, you might need something more robust, especially if it's going to get a lot of use.
If you're buying for home, most tables are foldable and this is often the number one choice, unless you're lucky enough to own a large home.
To get more life out of your table, folding it away and storing indoors will ensure it lasts longer. While tables are designed for outdoor use, they will need regular cleaning and maintenance if they are simply left outside, unless you buy a commercial grade table.
What size is a full size table tennis table?
A standard sized table tennis table is 2.74m long and 1.525m wide. Nearly all brands offer standard sized tables, however some tables can be smaller or larger.
For example you can pick up a portable table tennis that is often much smaller. Likewise, you can buy larger tables for training purposes.
How much room do I need for a table tennis table?
Given the size of the standard table, you'll need much more space than that, unless you want to be up against the wall trying to play..
For competition use, you need to have 14m x 7m (LxB) for a good amount of space. This is rather extreme as professionals can play much further back from the table than amateurs.
Our advice for beginners is to work on a minimum of 6.5m x 3.5m of space. This gives you approx a metre at each side of the table.
If you're unsure on your space requirements, grab a tape measure and mark out where the table will go. It can be disappointing to assemble your table, only to have to return it as it didn't fit!
What colour surface should you buy?
Nearly all tables are blue, the industry standard for table tennis. However, you can buy any colour that suits you personally. I'm a huge fan of making your table unique, so you'll find some brands offer purple, black, green and even pink tables, to suit various desires.
You can always use different coloured balls if white balls don't appear clearly on your chosen table. It's common to find eCommerce stores selling orange, yellow and white ping pong balls.
How much is a good table tennis table?
You can spend as little or as much as you'd like when buying a table. You can get cheap deals as low as $300 for a full sized, foldable table. I've also seen competition grade and permanently fixed to the ground tables selling for $10,000+.
It's entirely up to your budget and what you're looking for. If it's for office or commercial use, you might want something robust, that could cost you upwards of $750+.
If you want to fix something to the ground in your backyard, you could spend $2,000+ on a permanent table tennis table.
If you simply want something for the kids to play during the holidays, a portable table could be bought and assembled for under $400.
Where To Buy Table Tennis Tables?
You can purchase table tennis tables from various different online and physical retailers here in Australia. Some eCommerce stores, only sell table tennis tables proving it's big business.
One of the most popular websites for imported brands is AussieTableTennis.com which offers various French imports. A lot of their products are on pre-order due to importing them.
Cheap table tennis tables can be purchased from Rebel Sport or Catch.com.au. We've included a couple on our buyers guide from Rebel Sport. You'll need to buy these tables online though.
You can also purchase table tennis tables from K-Sports, All Table Sports Australia, TR Sports, Tennis Warehouse, Table Tennis World, Intersport and Sportsmart.
While it's possible to purchase tables from Decathalon, Kmart, BigW and Target, these are poorly made and will end up breaking within a short time frame.
You generally get what you pay for, especially with outdoor tables that need to handle the elements such as wind, rain and excessive sunlight.
If you want to purchase a second hand table tennis table you can always checkout eBay or Gumtree, the two most popular platforms.
Now you know the best outdoor table tennis tables Australia has to offer, you can purchase one and have endless fun with your family or work colleagues.
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