Top 5 Best FoosBall Tables | 2017 Reviews
Anyone who’s spent time hanging out at the local pub, a college fraternity or a friend’s “man cave” has undoubtedly come across the ubiquitous feature of all hang-outs: a heavy-duty FoosBall table. Cheaper versions are also commonplace in kids’ playrooms or family basements (particularly those without the space for a full-sized model); they won’t stand up for the long haul, but they’re still a lot of fun.
You may be surprised to learn that FoosBall (officially, Table Football) has been around for nearly 100 years, perhaps even longer if you count anecdotal evidence and not just the patents that were granted for the game in Britain in 1923 and the United States in 1927. And it’s not just a casual game for some players; world championships have been held in one form or another since the 1970s, with today‘s major events being the World Championships and the World Cup. Some members of the International Table Soccer Federation are even pushing to eventually have FoosBall included in the Olympic Games. Those facts may be interesting, but they’re also important to those searching for their own FoosBall table because the somewhat-haphazard development of the game over the years has led to different “standards” which play a role in the table you decide to buy.
First, there are two predominant styles of table football, American and European. European tables have just one goalie on the back rod and the player is unable to rotate 360°, while American-style FoosBall utilizes three goalies which can completely spin around (although spinning the rods full-circle is prohibited in most tournaments). To compensate for the fact that “European goalies” can’t reach the back corners of the table, there are sloped corners and side panels on European tables. The manufacturer of a table may also be important to those prepping for tournaments, as there are events specific to each of five different brands: Tornado, Bonzini, Garlando, Roberto Sport and Leonhart.
We’re going to assume, though, that you’re thinking of buying a FoosBall table for entertainment rather than tourney prep – so we’ll be looking at the key issues of construction quality (which can vary widely) and price in these reviews. We’ll also be focusing primarily on higher-end full-sized models, but we’ll throw in a space-saving budget model as well as one suitable for outdoor use which are also worth considering.
Off we go.
Quick Comparison Table
Tornado Sport FoosBall Table
Garlando G-500 Indoor FoosBall Table
Carrom Signature 55 Inch FoosBall Table
Kettler Cavalier 58 Inch Outdoor FoosBall Table
Hathaway Playoff Soccer Table, 4 Feet
Resin and composite with glass playfield