Foosball: Basics

BUYER'S GUIDE | August 16, 2015

Buying a Foosball Table

We started specialising in foosball tables and so, it’s safe to say that this is our of our favourite subjects. With foosball tables pricing from as low as $300 to as much as $5000, we’ll tackle this subject and show you what to look out for while searching for your perfect foosball table.

 

Kid sized or Adult sized?

Let’s begin with this question. Is this table for a child (< 10 years old) or for an adult?

This is the most important question to begin with as all tables in the market can be segregated into either one of these sizes. Kid sized tables are smaller, shorter and lighter, and are therefore not meant to be used for adults. The table below will help you find out which category a particular foosball table falls into.

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Our recommendation? It’s really simple. If it’s meant for adult usage, get an adult table. Kid sized tables are light weight and are not meant to take the impact of adults – Kid sized tables may be less costly, but it won’t matter if you have to replace it in a month or two.

What’s your usage level?

Another question to ask yourself. Knowing your usage level and being realistic/ honest about it can help you pick a foosball table that is just right for you. The objective really is to settle on a table that will suit you for years and years, and not one that you might outgrow in 3 months.

Here’s a few examples of common usage levels to think about.

• Space Constraint Homes

• Family Usage

• Training Usage

• Daily Office Usage

• Outdoor Usage

Depending on your type of usage, different models in the market is well suited for different kind of usage. Somewhere with space constraint homes for example, should be looking at a foldable table, while someone with a keen interest in getting good at foosball should look at a ITSF training table.

A very simple way to choosing the right table for your usage is to look at the weight of the table. A lightweight table being used by four adults would eventually see too much stress on the legs and give way. Here’s a simple chart to get you started;

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Our recommendation? Once you know what sort of usage you’re looking at, the weight chart will give you a good idea of what to look for. Following the chart we provided above will help you settle on a table that will give the right amount of stability, durability and long-term usage.

Choose between the brands

After you’ve sorted the two questions above, you would have a better idea of what kind of table you’re looking at, and it’s time to look at a few brands in the market.

Just like when shopping for a camera, you would look at the big brands like Canon, Nikon & Sony, it is no different when looking for a foosball table. Our advise is this – Stick to the well reviewed brands for foosball tables, they may be slightly pricier, but will play much better while lasting longer.

If you actually spend time on the run of the mill tables, and then with tables from the big brands, you will realise it’s a comparison between toys and proper tables. We will now run through 3 professional brands available in Singapore that are used in the ITSF World Championships.

Garlando – Italy

Garlando tables are made in Alessandria, Italy and are home to the largest manufacturer in the world for foosball tables. European styled with 1-man goalie and side ramps, Garlando tables provide a game play that is best described as fast paced with great control. The key quality in Garlando tables would be the moplen unbreakable figurines, which guarantees that figurines are 100% unbreakable. Garlando also has the largest range and inventory of parts, with tables for practically every kind of usage.

Bonzini – France

Widely known by enthusiasts as the world number 1 brand for football tables, Bonzini tables are characterised by their incredible built for lifetime durability. Tables are amongst the most exquisite out there, with tables fully handcrafted in Paris. Bonzini gameplay is well characterised for providing the best control among any other brands due to use of linoleum in the playing field.

Tornado – U.S.A

Another brand that is very well liked by enthusiasts, Tornado produces quality foosball tables and are best known for their American styled game-play. The table is played with 3-men goalies, which eliminates the requirements of ramps, and are liked by some players. Tornado figurines are known to have wider feet, which allows it to catch passes better than other tables. Tornado tables are characterised by great control with a slower gameplay.

 

Our recommendation? Do your research, and look at the good professional brands. After all, brands that are used in tournaments are specially approved and it tells a lot. Then try one out in person. You will only get a real feel of how solid the table is when you actually play on it.

 

Final Word

Now that we’ve come to the conclusion of this quick guide, if you’re following closely, you can be assured that you are on track to the right foosball table. If you however would like to speak to a specialists in foosball, do feel free to give our expert team a call!

 

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