At Watson's, we make sure you can find the best foosball tables for your home and your budget. With plenty of unique games and accessories, we'll help you find the perfect foosball table that puts the finishing touches on your basement or rec room. Browse our selection of Tornado and Brunswick foosball tables today, and find the right one at the guaranteed lowest price in the USA.
Foosball Table Buying Guide
One of the most classic games for any entertaining game space is the foosball table. The fast-paced game of table soccer is beloved by many for bringing people together, shouting and screaming over loud cracks from the sound of foosball strikes. The simple yet competitive game is perfect for individuals of any age, with little maintenance and upkeep needed.
The foosball table is one of the best games to add to your entertainment setup -- but with so many options available at Watson's, you may be asking yourself: "Where do I start?"
Types of Foosball Tables
Novice foosball enthusiasts need to know first that the coveted playing table comes in several size options -- a standalone unit, multi-game table, and tabletop sizes.
Standalone 56-inch Foosball Tables
The standalone foosball table is the best overall option for daily players that need a dedicated foosball game. Our abundant selection of foosball tables is strictly standalone, as they are the prime way to play the classic game. These tables are suitable for even the most serious players as they are specifically designed to withstand and abuse the balls in every game.
Additionally, standalone tables are typically built with sturdy materials and use the classic one-inch foosball that is universally used in many popular tables. The soccer men are also standard-sized and made from good build quality. The quality playing surface is made with care to ensure that games remain fast and fun.
The smallest and least expensive version of a foosball table is the tabletop. Serious players will yield plenty of wear and damage to the table after long-term use. The tabletop foosball option is usually a safe, inexpensive way to get started, though the miniature option isn’t for everyone.
These foosball tables typically come with removable parts converted into other forms of game tables. They also tend to cost more since the focus isn't entirely on foosball. For those who strictly want foosball tables, this option might not be the best for you. They're only meant for light foosball play but will do just fine for the infrequent player.
Consider Who's Using the Foosball Table
Since foosball is a game that all can love, it is important to consider who will be playing your foosball table. Are your children going to be playing? Or is it mostly going to be played by adults? Every group comes with different levels of "roughness" that need to be considered and analyzed.
Some people prefer to pick a more cost-effective table for those with children to see if they like it or just in case they do some damage. Others pick up a quality table from the start so that it can handle more damage in the future.
Many high-quality tables are made with adjustable leg levelers to let the table height change as your child grows. Other tables even have ergonomic handles for increased safety precautions. It may also be best to find a foosball table with a ball return mechanism, so kids and adults both don't lose them.
If anyone other than children is going to be playing your foosball table, look for intermediate tables made with stability for quality play. Mid-level tables and up are also better for adults who may exert more force onto the table.
Consider the Cost
Of course one of the key factors in deciding the best foosball table is the price and how it fits into your budget. The quality of a foosball table directly correlates to how much you pay for it. Mid-level tables are some of the best options for those just getting into foosball. These tables provide you the quality needed to develop ball control that the entry-level foosball tables cannot provide. With excellent construction comes quality gameplay, so your table will withstand years of wear and tear.
If you want the ultimate foosball experience, look for a pro-level table. The professional-grade foosball tables are perfect to play, made from the best materials, and are constructed with premier care. Many professional foosball tables are weighted down, so there is zero disruption to any match. Professional-grade tables are built to last and come with replaceable parts to fix anything that may have been broken or damaged.
The entry-level foosball tables are usually constructed from particle boards. The materials included in particleboards consist of wood shavings, sawdust, and chips mixed with resin and then placed into shape. Particleboards are not the most sturdy material and are made with thinner sidewalls.
Pressed wood is also used to construct foosball tables. The quality of pressed wood often varies. It is similar to a particle board but is usually constructed with a veneer and then bonded together using heat and pressure.
Composite materials are also used to construct foosball tables. They are moisture-resistant, so this foosball construction is perfect for humid basements. Composite materials consist of wood and thermoplastics such as PVC. Their materials are less likely to warp over time, providing durability for years to come. As a rule of thumb, make sure these materials are made of walls that are at least one inch thick.
Solid foosball tables are some of the best types of tables to be made. The only drawback to solid wood tables is that the ball can be slowed down, as the playfield is relatively soft. Since solid wood tables are vulnerable to humidity, it is best to keep them in a climate-controlled space.
A piece of foosball equipment that is overlooked but should never be compromised is the playing rods on your foosball table. The most popular type of foosball table rods is chrome plated hollow rods since their lightweight build makes them easy to speed up your gameplay.
Many high-quality foosball tables come with hollow rods. However, some mid-level foosball tables and many tournament-level tables come with solid steel rods.
Some experienced players believe solid steel rods provide a higher level of control, and they have higher durability so they may last longer. However, many players prefer the reduced weight of the hollow rods because it keeps the gameplay moving fast.
The frictionless surface of the playfield determines how fast the gameplay becomes. Solid wood and particleboard surfaces are some of the slowest surfaces because their playfields are soft. Tables with laminates are faster, and some tables are constructed of tempered glass to provide the fastest foosball experience. Consider the playing surface carefully, as those with experience will want a faster playfield surface.
Foosball Tables At Watson's
Challenge your family and friends to a fun game of foosball with tables from Watson's. A great foosball table is made for two to four players, making it a perfect addition to any game room. Their durability and high-quality construction mean that you'll be able to enjoy your foosball table for years to come safely.
At Watson's, we make sure you have every furniture option you need for your home. We provide an excellent selection of foosball tables on our site, including those for beginner and expert players. Please contact a Watson's expert for additional information on purchasing a foosball table for your entertainment room.
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