2014 Warrior Classic Foosball Table
Warrior has long been an innovator in the world of foosball which is why their tables are the ideal choice for the game; it's no wonder they're recognized by the United States and International Table Soccer Federations. This table is suitable for beginners and advanced players alike because it's durable enough to take hours upon hours of abuse and has been designed for complete ball control and accuracy. It also helps that the table is incredibly easy to assemble; using custom bearings that make quick work of installing and removing the table rods.
Each rod has been crafted using the company's "step" design where each bearing provides smooth glide during gameplay. The rods also come equipped with special guards to prevent injuries when they move in and out the opposite sides of the table. Each rod has Warrior's exclusive handle which is designed with an ergonomic profile for better comfort and is made of highly durable synthetic rubber that won't split, bend or crack even under constant use. The table rods are 14 mm solid chrome, and this thin diameter puts you in ultimate control, increasing the torque of your shot and giving you more speed with the foosball men.
The foosball men have been designed with wide cleats that use horizontal and vertical lining to add even more control on Warrior's special yellow urethane ball which uses a distinctive grip for better handling. Each table comes with two of these foosballs, in addition to a maintenance kit that includes extra men, a bearing wrench, silicon lubricant, and a pin punch. The table comes with a one-year limited warranty but Warrior offers a three year extended warranty for just an extra $39.99. Designed by Warrior Table Soccer President and thirty year Foosball veteran Brendan Flaherty, it's no surprise this table is one of the best sellers in the country.
Bonzini B90 Foosball Table
The features on the B90 are nothing short of amazing. Start with the telescoping rods made of chrome plated ground steel, they don't extend out of the opposite side of the cabinet like most tables. This not only saves space, but it's also a clever safety measure for young children who could get injured by a protruding rod sliding out during gameplay. The handles are interchangeable depending upon the type of grip you prefer and the foosball men are not your typical plastic human shapes, but instead come as hand-painted metal figurines which can be customized upon request.
Bonzini has a very distinctive pentagonal shape to their cabinet which is made of solid Beechwood and comes in two different colors. It's the most unique table on this list, but looks aren't everything. The playability on the B90 is terrific. The metal figurines have a curved foot which gives you firm command of the ball and passing with these guys is a breeze. These feet have been designed to play with Bonzini's select raw cork ball, which helps give it more grip than urethane would. On the whole the B90 is a little bit gimmicky and it may be more table than you need, but there's a reason it has also won so many major awards because it’s just so much fun to play with.
The G-500 has been built to withstand pretty much anything and despite its solid construction, it’s an easy table to assemble. It comes relatively pre-assembled and all you really need to do is slap on the legs, rods, and bearings. Once you've got it all put together, you'll realize just how great this product really is. The rods slide quickly and consistently, telescoping much like those on the Bonzini, to prevent unnecessary injuries from protrusions, while the players have been permanently molded to the rods and are guaranteed not to break.
The legs have been outfitted with levelers to make it suitable for any room in the house or out on the patio, wherever you choose to place this table, your gameplay won't be affected by the terrain. But the real attraction here is the weatherproofing. The table has been built to withstand the elements with a Marine plywood cabinet, waterproof glue, and tropical anti-rust treatment on all of the hardware. The surface has been coated with a waterproof plastic laminate and the table comes with a heavy-duty vinyl cover for easy storage.
For a price tag under $1000, the Carrom certainly packs this table with plenty of value. It’s constructed with a one inch thick wood cabinet that won't warp or develop signs of wear and tear over the long run. The 3/8 inch thick playing surface combined with this tables sturdy cabinet makes for a solid and sturdy option. This foosball table also features hollow steel rods which glide smoothly thanks to premium bearings for consistent game play. The table is built to be solid and stationary, using commercial grade legs for sturdiness to keep it from getting bounced around or shifted during the game. Each one also has its own leveler to keep the table straight on any uneven ground surface.
Each of the foosball men are counterbalanced and have been designed with tighter corners for better ball contact to improve passing and shot accuracy. That counterbalance feature allows the foosball players to rest at horizontal positions, so shooting at the goal is easier if you fire the ball quicker than your opponent can twist a rod to defend. Wooden score counters are positioned at either end of the table and there are ball returns at either end for easy retrieval after each goal.
The Playoff is priced under $150, admittedly low for most high quality foosball tables. That's not to suggest this isn't a terrific table, otherwise it never would have made the list. In fact, it's built quite well, featuring a 1/4-inch thick MDF cabinet and ABS molded players which makes them stronger than typical plastic players. The steel rods have hollow and tubular but still provide enough strength to withstand the type of action that comes with a heated foosball game.
Since the table isn't made of the strongest materials, it's been equipped with L-shaped legs to add stability to keep that thinner playing surface level and sturdy throughout the game. Feet levelers have been added to make it suitable for uneven flooring and it's equipped with end ball returns for easy retrieval after a goal is scored. But make no mistake, at 48 inches it's a smaller table than most others you might find and so it's probably better geared towards use by younger players. The size also makes it easier to fit in smaller areas, so it's perfect for dorms and bedrooms.