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The Best Outdoor Ping Pong Tables in 2022

Table tennis is a fun sport to play whether you’re a beginner or a pro. Yet purchasing a table for your home presents a key issue: table tennis tables are pretty big pieces of kit. Few people have the space to accommodate one. That’s why purchasing an outdoor table tennis table is a great option for most people.

Outdoor ping pong tables can be kept in your backyard, or garage, or even wheel it out onto your driveway when you want to play. That’s what I had to do. I had no room to play indoors, so I purchased an outdoor table so that I could prepare for tournaments. Luckily I had the space to keep it in my backyard so I didn’t have to move it around much!

Now, outdoor tables don’t play quite the same as their indoor counterparts. The best outdoor ping pong tables have steel and weather-resistant resin covering the table, so your table will last for years. But it often means the bounce isn’t as high as the best indoor tables. If you purchase a quality model, then you can still play great games.

Today we will be taking a dive into the world of outdoor ping pong tables to show you what features you should seek, and more importantly, the best outdoor ping pong tables you can buy.

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Read more: Not sure what to look for in an outdoor ping pong table? Check our full buyer’s guide below the reviews.

 

 

The Best Outdoor Ping Pong Table Reviews

From the popular Butterfly and Kettler to the impressive STIGA line and Cornilleau series, there is an abundance of choices for those looking for an outdoor table tennis table. We list 10 of the best outdoor ping pong tables here along with the pros and cons.

1. JOOLA NOVA Outdoor

 

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Features:

  • Dimensions: 9 feet x 5 feet
  • Tabletop: 6mm aluminum-plastic composite surface
  • Foldable: Yes
  • Wheels: 8×6″ double wheels
  • Warranty: 1 year

The first table on the list is the JOOLA NOVA. This table tennis table is a comparatively affordable choice for those who want an outdoor ping pong table that can handle being outdoors all year round. The playing surface is 6mm which is just above average and you can start playing with it almost immediately, it only takes 15 minutes to set up.

The standout feature besides its unbeatable price is its large 6″ double wheels. This makes moving it across uneven terrain a very easy process. Most of the other models with wheels this size cost more than twice that of the Nova. This is why the JOOLA Nova takes the crown of the best outdoor ping pong table of 2022 for us.

Pros:

  • Great value for money
  • 15 minutes to assemble
  • 6″ locking double casters
  • Adjustable leveling feet and locking casters on wheels

Cons:

  • Aluminum is not quite as good as a wooden composite surface

Our Rating: ★★★★★

2. JOOLA Outdoor Aluminum

 

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Features:

  • Dimensions: 9 feet x 5 feet
  • Tabletop: 6mm aluminum-plastic composite surface
  • Foldable: Yes
  • Wheels: 8×3″ wheels
  • Warranty: 1 year

Next on our list is the JOOLA Outdoor Aluminum. In many ways, it is very similar to the JOOLA Nova. It has a 6mm aluminum-plastic composite top, folds up for compact storage, has adjustable leveling feet, and has anti-tilting devices. All of these features make it a solid choice for an outdoor table. Yet given the fact that its wheels are half the size and single rather than doubles, there isn’t any merit in choosing this ping pong outdoor table over the Nova.

Pros:

  • Great value for money
  • 15 minutes to assemble
  • Adjustable leveling feet and locking casters on wheels 

Cons:

  • Aluminum-plastic is not quite as good as a wooden composite surface

Our Rating: ★★★★☆

3. Butterfly Playback Rollaway Outdoor

 

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Features:

  • Dimensions: 9 feet x 5 feet
  • Tabletop: 6mm Synthetic laminate top
  • Foldable: Yes
  • Wheels: 4×5″ double wheels
  • Warranty: 3 years on frame, 10 years on the tabletop

The Butterfly Playback Outdoor is a solid waterproof ping pong table from a top brand. The table features a 6mm synthetic laminate top (SLT), above a sturdy frame, and does well under strong weather conditions. It is also Butterfly’s most popular outdoor table.

We admire the large 5″ double wheels on this model but are disappointed to see no leg levelers. This is a pretty important feature to be absent for an outdoor table. However, the built-in bat and ball holders are a nice touch.

The strongest selling point of this table is its 3-year warranty on its frame and 10 years on its top. This is among the best coverage you can get.

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Net remains attached in storage position
  • Long warranty period
  • Bat and ball storage

Cons:

  • Long assembly time
  • Lacks individual leg levelers

Our Rating: ★★★★☆

4. Butterfly Compact Outdoor

 

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Features:

  • Dimensions: 9 feet x 5 feet
  • Tabletop: 4mm melamine top
  • Foldable: Yes
  • Wheels: Unknown size — 4 in total
  • Warranty: 3 years

The Butterfly Compact Outdoor table is the ultimate space-saving option. By ditching the solo playback mode feature, the Compact Outdoor folds to just 4’8” high x 5’ wide x 5” deep. That makes it the most compact table on this list by some margin. To sweeten the deal, it also doesn’t require any assembly!

The Compact Outdoor comes with 3 years warranty which is very respectable, however, it does lack leg levelers like the Playback Rollaway Outdoor which could be a deal-breaker if you plan on playing table tennis on uneven surfaces. The playing surface is also pretty thin relative to other outdoor tables at just 4mm. Certainly a table for casual players.

For more information, you can read our dedicated Butterfly Compact Outdoor table review.

Pros:

  • No assembly
  • Most compact model on this list
  • 3-year warranty

Cons:

  • 4mm thick playing surface
  • Lacks individual leg levelers
  • Not good on rough or uneven surfaces

Our Rating: ★★★☆☆

5. Stiga XTR

 

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Features:

  • Dimensions: 9 feet x 5 feet
  • Tabletop: 6mm aluminum composite top
  • Foldable: Yes
  • Wheels: 8×3″
  • Warranty: 60 days

The Stiga XTR is a popular choice for an outdoor table tennis table because it’s very cheap. It is also almost identical to the JOOLA Outdoor Aluminum. The Stiga XTR features leg levelers, solo playback mode, and sets up in just 10 minutes. Its top is almost the same too. It is made from aluminum composite whereas the JOOLA Outdoor Aluminum is made from an aluminum-plastic composite material. Both measure 6mm in depth.

If you want to learn more about the other tables Stiga has to offer check out our guide.

Pros:

  • Great value for money
  • 10 minutes to assemble
  • Offers playback mode
  • Adjustable leg levelers

 

 

Cons:

  • Play surface is very reflective

Our Rating: ★★★★☆

6. Cornilleau 300X

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Features:

  • Dimensions: 9 feet x 5 feet
  • Tabletop: 5mm outdoor laminate
  • Foldable: Yes
  • Wheels: 4×8″ double wheels
  • Warranty: 10 years

The Cornilleau 300x is one of the brand’s entry-level outdoor table tennis tables. It’s got quite a sleek design with robust build quality. It comes with adjustable leg levelers, supports solo playback mode, and unlike some of the other models on this list, features bat and ball storage. Another quality of the 300X we really like is its double wheels which measure 8″ in diameter. These are the largest wheels that you can get on an outdoor table.

But undoubtedly, the top feature of the 300X is its 10-year warranty period. No other brand will beat this which makes it easier to justify the elevated cost over the cheaper models on this list.

A drawback to 300X is its play surface which is 5mm thick — we would expect thicker for the price. It also takes quite a while to set up, an hour at minimum by our estimates.

Pros:

  • High build quality
  • Adjustable leg levelers
  • Ball and bat storage
  • Abacus point scorers
  • Very large wheels

Cons:

  • 5mm thickness offers less than ideal bounce
  • Over an hour assembly time

Our Rating: ★★★★☆

7. Cornilleau 400X

 

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Features:

  • Dimensions: 9 feet x 5 feet
  • Tabletop: 5mm outdoor laminate
  • Foldable: Yes
  • Wheels: 4×8″ double wheels
  • Warranty: 10 years

The Cornilleau 400x is similar to the 300x in almost all regards – except that it has stronger legs. If you’re looking for something that’s slightly more sturdy from this line, then choose the Cornilleau 400x. While we rate the improved strength of the frame, we would have liked to see an increase in the playing surface thickness.

Pros:

  • High build quality
  • Adjustable leg levelers
  • Ball and bat storage
  • Abacus point scorers
  • Very large wheels

Cons:

  • 5mm thickness offers less than ideal bounce
  • Over an hour assembly time

Our Rating: ★★★★☆

8. Kettler Cabo Outdoor

 

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Features:

  • Dimensions: 9 feet x 5 feet
  • Tabletop: KETT-TEC5 5mm proprietary composite (melamine)
  • Foldable: Yes
  • Wheels: 4×5.5″ double wheels
  • Warranty: 10-year playing surface warranty and 3-year frame warranty

The Kettler Cabo is an outdoor ping pong table that shares a lot of features with the other tables on this list. It’s easily foldable, is well built, and features leg levelers.

Unlike many other tables, you can store your bats and balls on either side of the wheelbase. But more importantly, the Cabo Outdoor features premium tech such as a one-handed locking mechanism and patented Smooth-Trax technology. This makes the table safe, and easier to erect and store. The warranty period is also very good, with 10 years on the playing surface and 3 years on the frame. This only loses out to Cornilleau’s tables which have 10 years on the whole table, not just the top.

The main downside to the Cabo Outdoor is its 5mm melamine top. It doesn’t provide the best bounce, but it is very durable. Like the 300X and 400X, it also takes a while to assemble. Expect the process to last between 1 and 2 hours.

Pros:

  • Build quality is good
  • Premium features
  • Great warranty period
  • Adjustable leg levelers
  • Net remains attached even when folded
  • Long warranty period

Cons:

  • Average table top thickness
  • Over an hour assembly time
  • Better alternatives at this price point

Our Rating: ★★★★☆

9. Kettler Axos

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Features:

  • Dimensions: 9 feet x 5 feet
  • Tabletop: 22mm PRO-TEC 4 top
  • Foldable: Yes
  • Wheels: 4×7″ double wheels
  • Warranty: 10-year playing surface warranty and 3-year frame warranty

The Kettler Axos is a high-quality outdoor table tennis table that boasts a 22mm thickness. This is the kind of thickness you want for a good bounce. The core of the table is a resin-treated board. This is then encased in aluminum for protection against the elements.

The Axos Outdoor features a storage compartment for bats and balls, adjustable leg levelers, and folds up for solo playback mode. It also excels in the transport department as it uses 4×7″ double wheels which is almost the best you can get. Pair this with the long warranty period and great playing surface and you’ve got yourself one of the best outdoor table tennis tables for under four figures.

Oh, and you also get some weatherproof bats and balls which is a nice little bonus.

Pros:

  • Premium features
  • Includes bats and balls
  • Storage compartment for bats and balls
  • Thick playing surface 
  • Great warranty period
  • Includes two KETTLER® HALO® weatherproof bats and six ITTF balls
  • Adjustable leg levelers

Cons:

  • Long assembly time

Our Rating: ★★★★☆

10. Kettler Outdoor 4

 

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Features:

  • Dimensions: 9 feet x 5 feet
  • Tabletop: 22mm Alu-Tech top
  • Foldable: yes
  • Wheels: 4×5.5″ double wheels
  • Warranty: 10-year playing surface warranty and 3-year frame warranty

The Kettler Outdoor 4 is another great outdoor table choice by Kettler that sits between the Axos and Cabo Outdoor in price. It comes with many of the same features as those two tables such as Smooth Trax and a one-handed locking mechanism. Like the other two models, it features bat and ball storage, except the Outdoor 4 uses elastic material to keep your equipment in place. The Outdoor 4 is definitely an option you should consider at this price point.

Pros:

  • Premium features
  • Thick playing surface
  • Great warranty period
  • Adjustable leg levelers
  • Storage compartment for bats and balls

Cons:

  • Long assembly time

Our Rating: ★★★★☆

So Which Outdoor Table Tennis Table is the Best?

The table that stood out the most to us is the JOOLA Nova Outdoor. The reason it is the best outdoor ping pong table in our eyes is because of its value. It is less than half of the cost of the more expensive models on this list yet holds its own in every area. We rate its 6mm playing surface as it is quite respectable for an outdoor table.

However, what really secured the top spot for the Nova Outdoor is its 6″ double casters. These are almost the top wheels you can find for any table tennis table, and they will prove incredibly useful for anyone who needs to wheel their table across tough ground, be it cobble, mud, or grass.

What to Consider When Buying an Outdoor Ping Pong Table

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Surface Material

Unlike indoor tables, all-weather ping pong tables can be made from a variety of different materials. Wood encased in aluminum is a fairly common pairing. Wood provides good bounce quality whereas the aluminum casing protects it against the elements. However, some people have found that these kinds of ping pong tables for outdoors are not very durable as aluminum can dent fairly easily.

Similarly, melamine tables often involve a wooden core with a melamine coating which provides protection. Melamine is very durable, and as such, it makes a great choice for an outdoor tabletop. The issue with melamine is it’s quite expensive. You’ll also find melamine tables tend to be very thin. Therefore they are better choices for casual players as opposed to those who are set on competing.

The Thickness of Table Top

Table tennis table thickness is directly tied bounce quality. The thicker the table, the better the bounce. For indoor tables, we recommend an 18mm thick playing surface as this is the minimum thickness that satisfies us. However, outdoor tables are far thinner than indoor tables, consequently, the bounce quality is much lower. However, this doesn’t mean you should settle for a really thin tabletop.

We recommend going no lower than 5mm, as bounce quality will be pretty damn poor below that. If bounce quality is really important to you, I highly recommend purchasing an indoor table if you can. You can learn more about our top indoor ping pong tables here.

You could also make your own ping pong table, but that takes a lot of effort and skill. Some players do take the DIY ping pong table path, but it’s a lot more convenient to simply buy a ping pong table. One thing is certain: if you want the best outdoor ping pong table you can get, you need to buy one rather than make it.

Large Wheels

For indoor tables, wheel size isn’t a particularly influencing factor as most floors tend to be level. However, for the outdoors, wheel size matters a great deal. You are more likely to have to traverse uneven terrain and wheel your table longer distances. As such, wheel size should play a part in your decision-making process. Most wheels tend to measure around 3-4″ in diameter, however, some models have wheels that are as large as 8″. You should also consider how many wheels the table has. The more the better. I tend to find that the most maneuverable models use double wheels.

Long Warranty Period

Even though outdoor ping pong tables are purpose-built for the outdoors, you can expect them to last for shorter periods than indoor tables. This is why a long warranty period is a big plus. Warranty periods vary greatly from brand to brand. You can expect warranty lengths to last anywhere from around a month to a decade.

Quick Setup

The final trait you should look out for is assembly time. While I feel this is the least important aspect of purchasing a ping pong table, you should certainly still take it into consideration. Some tables can be quite challenging to build and may require assistance, although most you should be able to handle by yourself. Lots of tables arrive 95% pre-assembled these days which means you can be playing in as little as 15 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Difference Between Indoor and Outdoor Table Tennis Tables?

Indoor and outdoor tables may look the same but they are quite different. The tabletop of indoor tables is made from wood, however, outdoor tables instead use a range of materials such as aluminum, wood, melamine, and resin. These materials provide adequate protection against extreme heat, cold, and most importantly, rainfall. Similarly, outdoor tables also have a rust-resistant undercarriage whereas indoor tables do not.

What is the Best Material for an Outdoor Ping Pong Table?

Melamine is always a good choice, as it is wood treated with resin but it tends to be quite thin. I think it’s more important to pay attention to the thickness of the playing surface. For outdoor tables, you don’t really want to go below 5mm.

Does a Ping Pong Ball Bounce Differently on an Outdoor Table Versus an Indoor Table?

Yes, beginners will likely not notice it, but advanced players certainly do. In my experience, the ball bounces lower on outdoor tables and the table kills spin somewhat, making it easier to flick the ball. This difference is due to a thinner play surface and a composite make-up rather than just wood.

Can You Use Indoor Table Tennis Tables Outdoors?

You can certainly wheel your indoor table to use outdoors but you must not leave it out when play has concluded. Indoor tables are not built to withstand extended exposure to the outdoors, and as such, they warp after a limited time. Rainfall is your biggest enemy here, if it’s raining, do not take your table outdoors. I would probably also avoid playing outdoors in extremely sunny weather too. The extreme heat may degrade the paintwork and the glare will likely make the table very hard to play on (no anti-glare surface).

Can a Ping Pong Table Stay Outside?

If it’s an outdoor table tennis table then it can certainly stay outside. However, if it’s an indoor ping pong table you need to take it indoors to protect it from the elements.

How Do You Keep a Ping Pong Table Outside?

You can leave outdoor tables outside all year round. I recommend folding yours up when it is not in use and placing a cover over it. This adds a layer of protection and means you will never have to wipe away rain and debris when you want to play. As an extra tip, you may have to tie your cover down or place bricks on it. The drawstring didn’t suffice for me and mine almost blew away! (It’s quite windy here in the UK).

Can Outdoor Ping Pong Tables Get Wet?

Yes, they can as outdoor table tennis tables are coated with waterproofing material. Though it is not advisable for you to leave even the most well-built outdoor ping pong table exposed all year round as this will speed up their degradation. Buy a table tennis cover — they are well worth it.

Can You Weatherproof a Ping Pong Table?

You could weatherproof an indoor ping pong table by applying a layer of coating. But it may just be easier to purchase a ping pong table that is weatherproof.

Are Outdoor Table Tennis Tables Good?

Some outdoor table tennis tables offer comparable performance to that of an indoor table, but most of the time they do not perform as well as indoor tables. This is because wood provides the optimal bounce and outdoor tables are forced to use materials besides or in addition to wood to prevent warpage.

How Much Does an Outdoor Ping Pong Table Cost?

Outdoor ping pong tables can range from roughly $500 – $1,500. There are some models that fall under and over, but most fit within this range.

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