Air Hockey

Fans of all ages dream of driving the play, making that game-winning goal, and hearing the crowd go wild. When you add an air powered hockey table to your basement or rec room, you’re guaranteed to make the ultimate bank shot. 

In addition to having an affordable price point, our tables are easy to maintain and strong enough to withstand power plays from the toughest opponents. 

Find all the game room essentials and the best air hockey tables from top brands right here at Watson’s -- all at the guaranteed lowest price in the USA. Because you know we have all the fun.

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Air Hockey Game Table Buying Guide

One of the most popular choices in games & rec rooms across the country is the classic air hockey table. The incredibly fast-paced game and multiplayer fun make arcade air hockey tables an excellent addition to nearly any entertainment room. 

Looking for the best air hockey table? Searching for a sports air powered hockey table? With thousands of different tables available on the market, the list can be overwhelming. 

Fortunately, the experts at Watson's are here to help you narrow your selection down with tips and tricks that make the buying process much more straightforward. Read on to discover this expert guide to purchasing the best tabletop air hockey game for your budget and your home. 

What Size Do You Need?

Air hockey tables can be large, some being as big as a full-length pool or table tennis setup. Make sure you have plenty of space in your game room. Bumping into walls or other people can take away from the game. 

Consider both how you plan to get the air hockey game table into your entertainment space and where it will be placed once it's in there. Always measure the critical points of entry or any tight spaces along the way, including doorways and the height and width of any staircases. 

Your next step will be figuring out how much space you have in the general area of the game room. Air hockey tables can range in size from just a few feet in length to nearly 7.5 feet long and 4 feet wide. At Watson's, we recommend our customers leave a minimum of 3 feet of extra space on both playing ends of the table for simple access and plenty of free play space. Having extra space allows for even the tallest air hockey enthusiasts to have plenty of room to move around the table and make their best shot. 

Small vs. Full-size Air Hockey Tables

When browsing for air hockey tables, you’ll see some are made to use small pucks while other tables allow for large pucks. There is a reason, of course, for the difference in these tables. 

The air hockey tables that utilize smaller pucks are made in foreign countries and are produced and purchased for a lower price. They're usually marketed for children and those who need a smaller, smooth playing surface. 

Since these tables come at a more affordable price, they are not often recommended for adults who want regulation games or a more sports-like environment. Smaller air hockey tables likely lead to the blower engine being much less powerful and uneven airflow. Additionally, small pucks tend to fly off the table during a game more often. 

Large puck tables are great for those who want to create a more traditional arcade experience in their game room. They’re constructed of a higher quality material. Air hockey tables that use larger pucks also tend to have powerful blower motors that allow the puck to travel with much smoother airflow across the table's surface. The pucks used for these types of tables are also sanctioned by the United States Air Hockey Association (USAA). The pucks used in large air hockey tables are also used for tournaments and are designed for professional and commercial use. 

So, if you are a sports enthusiast, plan to use your air hockey table often, and/or want to compete at a tournament, opt for a large puck air hockey table. 

What Skill Levels are Your Players At?

The next step in buying an air hockey table is to evaluate the skill level that the most frequent air hockey players are at. Consider who you think will be playing the air hockey table the most. Will it mostly be for your adult family and friends who play air hockey tournaments late in the evening? Or will you need a table for kids who will likely put more strain and abuse on the table? Who will assemble the air hockey table? For some owners, assembly considerations can be just as important as air hockey table features. 

Depending on who is using the table, you'll likely want to pick up a more extensive, sturdier constructed table that takes much abuse before showing any different signs of wear and tear. The frequency at which the table is being used may also affect how long your table lasts. Again, if you expect much heavy abuse, you might want to pick a more robust and built-tough table. 

Included Air Hockey Table Features

Many people on the hunt for an air hockey table overlook how critical the quality of the side walls is on the playing field. The sidewalls are what the puck will bounce off of during a regular round of air hockey. The more solid the side walls are, the better rebound and deflection you will get from them. The best, high-quality sidewalls will make the gameplay faster and effortless on both ends of the table. Be sure to test the quality of the rails next time you play at a friend's air hockey table to find what type of side walls will make the best game plan. 

Air Hockey Table Construction

Make sure to take a look at the construction and material of each different table option. Are the tables made from solid wood, or are they constructed of particle board instead of wood? Do the leg levelers look sturdy or weak? Are the joints put together well, and is there any laminate placed on the playing field to protect that surface? 

Like many other game tables available at Watson's, the quality of the table construction is essential. Many of the less expensive tables tend to cut corners when it comes to the production quality to keep the price low. When you spend a little bit more on a nice table, the construction and individual components will be sturdy and long-lasting. That way, your air hockey table will have no trouble lasting years of heavy use. 

Inspecting a New Air Hockey Tables vs. Used 

Is it better for you to shop for a new or used air hockey table? Although the preference is entirely up to you, our selection of brand-new air hockey tables will make the setup and gameplay process the best possible. Our new air hockey tables also come with a warranty. 

The following tips can be helpful if you’re shopping for a new air hockey table (likely stored in a warehouse) or a used air hockey table (from someone’s basement): 

First, inspect every individual air hole to ensure zero signs of dirt and debris. It can be challenging to clean out air holes clogged with debris. Ensure the table was stored safely in a warehouse to ensure zero signs of any other damage from water, humidity, and other forms of moisture. Any signs of moisture in the system may mean that there is some severe damage to the components on the inside. Overhead electronic scoring units and blower motors may be faulty and damaged, but you'd never know from looking outside the system. 

Check to see if the blower motor and table airflow are what you need. If the air blower motor is weak, it may be pretty expensive to put in a better motor for increased airflow. The same can be applied to weak playfields as well. New air hockey tables should always be inspected but likely have the advantage of having pieces that are not affected. Plus, new air hockey tables from Watson's often come with a warranty when purchased, so you have some peace of mind knowing that your new air hockey table is covered. 

Finally, it is important to inspect any additional features like LED lights or sound effects that make your purchase worth the gaming experience. Are they all functioning properly? Top air hockey tables come with all the bells and whistles needed for excellent gameplay. 

What Kind of Air Hockey Pucks Do I Need?

There are a few different air hockey pucks available and the right one will vary by table. The compact size pucks are used for tables roughly six and seven feet in length, while the large pucks are used for tables that are approximately 8 feet in length. 

Additionally, pucks can come in many styles and shapes. For instance, some pucks are made to glow in the dark, and others come in standard air hockey table mallet colors like white and black. Some pucks are designed to be less noisy when children play at sleepovers or during late-night gaming sessions. 

Some pucks are made in different shapes like triangles and octagons. These change how the game is played entirely, making it much more difficult to predict where the puck will rebound from the side walls. Adding special air hockey pucks is a simple way to add a new twist on the game or to add another layer of difficulty.

Scoring Systems: Manual vs. Electric Scorer

Another consideration to make is if you wish to keep track of the score using a digital system or on your own. Many air hockey tables available at Watson’s utilizes a digital scoreboard that automatically tracks the scores each round. This way, you can place all of your focus back on the game, not the score. Digital scoring systems also stop the game once a player wins the match. 

Many systems are built with manual scoring systems, so you can keep track of your score without a digital interface. This isn’t as convenient, but offers more control, because accidental scores are not accounted for in the game. Everybody has different preferences for their scoring system, so choosing the one that best suits your needs is a personal preference. 

Paddle, Pushers, and Mallets

Finally, there’s one more part of a game of air hockey: the air hockey mallet used to hit the puck. These mallets are also known as pushers and paddles. Mallets vary from small sizes that are 4 inches in diameter to larger sizes, depending on the size of the puck and the table. 

Large tables require larger mallets — sometimes even larger than standard-sized air hockey tables. Many mallets for air hockey tables come with felt pads on the bottom. However, this is not the case for every mallet. This is also a personal preference. The upside is that the felt pads help protect your playing surface. The downside is that many players feel as though the felt pads create unnecessary friction that causes them to slow their hits down during a heated match. If you choose to purchase mallets with felt pads, be sure to replace them frequently. It is common for debris and dirt to collect on the bottom of felt mallets over the years, which can scratch or otherwise damage the playing surface that felt pads are made to protect. 

Shop Air Hockey Tables at Watson's

Our selection of air hockey tables is perfect for nearly any entertainment room -- and all at the guaranteed lowest price in the USA. 

Still need help finding the best air hockey table for your budget, your game style and your home? Contact a Watson's expert or customer service representative who will be happy to help you with the air hockey table buying process. 

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