Top 5 Best Pool Tables | 2017 Reviews
Picture a shabby early-to-mid 20th century storefront with a thick haze of smoke hanging beneath harsh lighting, and a group of shady-looking characters and ne’er do wells unproductively whiling away their days and nights. Now visualize an impeccably-decorated mansion with servants bustling to and fro, serving refreshments to well-dressed and well-coifed ladies and gentlemen enjoying their leisure time and each others’ company, while gathered in a large room designed for entertainment.
There’s only one furnishing which would fit perfectly into each of those “low-end” and “upper crust” settings – and that’s a pool table.
Pool (and its older cousin, billiards) has been played in the Western world for hundreds of years. Pool’s popularity has declined a bit over time, particularly among those who enjoy a friendly wager or two and have taken up tournament or online poker. But there’s still no piece of indoor sports equipment that’s more desirable than a pool table, whether it’s as the centerpiece of a home game room, a man cave, or the “rumpus room” in that impeccably-decorated mansion we mentioned a moment ago.
High-quality pool tables aren’t cheap. In fact, they’re quite expensive, although you can certainly pick up functional models or portable tables for a few hundred dollars which will be just fine for the kids to use in the basement. Those aren’t the ones we’ll focus on in these reviews, however. We’ll be looking at the top 5 best pool tables, which by definition means full-size tables with slate beds, rather than inexpensive beds which are cheap to manufacture and easy to move but prone to unsatisfactory play and long-term degradation.
That doesn’t mean you have to fork over anything close to a year’s salary for the models in our rankings. Each manufacturer that’s represented has an enormous range of pool tables in many price ranges; we’ll try to focus on ones that exemplify the best qualities of each brand, while still providing an affordable selection you can choose from.
You may want to read our Best Pool Table Buying Guide here.
Rack ‘em up.
Quick Comparison Table
Olhausen Huntington Pool Table
Brunswick Bridgeport Pool Table
Connelly Billiards Catalina Pool Table
Imperial Pool Table – The Westwood
Mizerak Donovan II 8-Foot Billiard Table
7, 8, 8½, 9 feet
Hand-crafted solid wood
Solid wood, two finishes
Solid wood, two finishes
Solid wood, three finishes