Are you a fan of table football? Since you’re reading this article, we’d be willing to bet that you are. Well, that’s great because so are we. What’s not to love? It’s a sport meant to be played outdoors in the convenience of our own homes.
Sadly, a high-quality conventional football table is eye-wateringly expensive and takes up a huge amount of space. This makes it a really impractical investment.
Fortunately, we can always use a folding foosball table. Folding foosball tables are a godsend and we cannot stress how amazing this innovation is.
But you must be wondering; what are folding foosball tables and what’s so fascinating about them?
Fun Facts about Folding Foosball Tables
As the name suggests; folding foosball tables are foosball tables with legs and wheels that can be folded up when not in use. Doesn’t need a rocket scientist to understand that. But is there anything else that may interest you?
Let’s take a short look at a couple of fun facts about foosball tables to satisfy that itch of yours.
Although foosball has been around since the 19th Century, this iteration of the table is much more recent: the first plastic table with foldable legs was invented in 1970.
● German innovation
We know about the when but what about the who? It was the Germans who can be credited with the invention of this sport. In fact, foosball comes from “Fussball” which is German for soccer or football or whatever you want to call it.
● Staggering speeds
An average player can shoot at speeds up to 30 km/h, which is still impressive by all means. However, this stat when compared to the 56 km/h speed hit by professionals is almost laughable.
It’s safe to say one of the coolest lines in cinema history is Captain America’s iconic “I can do this all day” in Endgame. Well, 4 Austrians saw his call and raised him to 61 hours and 17 minutes. You read that right; they played for almost 4 days straight. Talk about commitment.
Speaking of commitment, another odd record set by Europeans is the unbelievable 121.4 m long table. This can house 424 players.
The Advantages Of Folding Foosball Tables
Now that we know a little about the beautiful game’s little brother. Let’s finally get to why a foldable table is almost always your best bet.
This is a little bit of a shock for us too. Anyone would have easily assumed the real thing would be cheaper because you don’t have the fold-ability.
Anyone who assumed this have egg on their face because the price difference is night and day but not in the order we thought it would be. This is mainly due to the fact that the conventional tables are much larger which brings us to our second point.
● Saves space
This is a no-brainer. Due to their small stature, they barely take up any space as opposed to the traditional giant tables that easily occupy an entire room.
They can also be folded up and put in the corner of a room when it isn’t in use. This perk makes it a great option for people who don’t have the space to put the equivalent of a second dining table in their house.
Another benefit of its minimalistic size is the fact that you can shift it between rooms very easily. A folding foosball table almost always has wheels so you can just glide it across your house with little to no struggle.
● Lots of Fun
Lastly, this isn’t exactly an advantage over a normal foosball table but just a huge upside in general. Foosball is one of the world’s most popular indoor sports and swept every nation before video games.
This is an exciting and healthy activity that gives you a little bit of physical exercise and also helps to freshen up your mind a bit. It also gives you the opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends.
Top 5 Best Folding Tables
These are the best products on the market right now and you’d be hard pressed to find any tables near their quality let alone better tables.
1. KICK Majesty 55”
We “kick” off things with a bang. (Sorry about the horrible pun.) This is one of the best brands in the market and they make a killer foosball table as proven by this product.
A. Really long
It really lives up to its name with a majestic table that is considerably longer than all the other tables on this list at 55 inches. This is great as it houses 4 players comfortably.
B. Good height
Speaking of comfort, the height is absolutely perfect at 35 inches. This means that the height meets the needs of all players, tall or short. This optimization is a big win in our books.
C. High-quality materials
Kick is a reliable company so the material is finished well and will ensure you quality service for years. It is not just durable but also feels greats. The 8 handles are non-slip and super cozy.
The wheels add another layer of convenience as it is super easy to shift around the house.
- The longest table on this list
- The perfect height
- Great durability
- Wheels included
- Comfortable handles.
- Occupies a lot of space compared to the rest of the tables.
2. HLC 48”
HLC may not be a household name like KICK but this table is still a very good option as it ticks all the boxes for a world-class folding foosball table.
This table is a great example of nailing the perfect size that walks the line between a table with enough space for all players and one that doesn’t fill up a room. It’s pretty evident- 48 inches is a good formula as the rest of the tables follow it.
B. Decent height
The 32-inch height is a sweet spot too as it is easy to reach for people of most heights. Not all people, unfortunately. You really do miss the extra 3 inches provided by the previous table.
C. Great materials
This foosball table is also made of high-quality materials, which will guarantee that your table does not break down in the middle of an intense match. Side by side, the handles are also of superior quality and will not let you down.
- Occupies little space.
- Made of comfortable materials.
- Accessible height.
- Reliable durability.
- No adjustable height.
- Missing wheels.
3. Hathaway Gladiator 48”
No, it’s not owned by the Oscar-winning actress, Anne Hathaway. We know, what a bummer. In fact, the brand is pretty unknown in the foosball table scene. But so is HLC and they make a pretty good table so why expect any less from Hathaway?
A. Convenient Size
Much like in HLC’s case, the 48 inches is perfect. It is…what’s the opposite of a double-edged sword? A normal sword? That point is it is both small enough to occupy little space and large enough to let players play comfortably.
B. A Little Short
The height is a little on the shorter side at 33.25 inches which is quite hard to reach for taller players so this is a bit of a downside for this product. This isn’t a deal killer but a feature you will yet again miss sorely.
C. Amazing materials
One aspect you won’t be disappointed with however is its great quality. The material that this table is made of is superb. In fact, it is a cut above the rest, thus making this product the most durable table on this list.
- Space saver.
- Amazing durability.
- Comfortable handles.
- Slightly short.
- No wheels.
4. Playcraft 48”
Playcraft is another great reliable brand in this industry. This table yet again serves as a testament to how great the company is. Few other companies can boast such a good and sturdy table and can you blame them?
Let’s not waste time talking about the length as it is the same as the previous 2; let’s instead focus on its looks and boy is this a look. The black design looks super and makes it also act as a stylish piece of furniture.
B. The Shortest
It is quite short, however. In fact, it is the shortest on this list at 31 inches. The lack of height makes this very inconvenient. Tall players cannot play on this without crouching, which is a bit disappointing. On the flipped side, this table is a great deal for players who are not that tall.
On the upside, the quality here is a win too. The durability is downright impressive and makes us rate this product rather highly despite its shortcomings.
- Smallest overall.
- Sleek and classy.
- Fantastic durability.
- Decent feel.
- Very short.
- Lacks wheels.
5. KICK Monarch 48”
We end where we start with KICK. This is basically a smaller version of the majesty model. What do we mean?
Well, let’s start with the only notable difference which is its size. This is not just much smaller due to its 48-inch length but it is also a great deal shorter at 32 inches. In other words, it is a great space saver but really bad for tall players. We guess you have to lose some to win some after all.
Similar to its larger counterpart, this foosball table also has features that are pretty much the same. For instance, the durability of this product is just as top-notch as the other. Side by side, it is also super comfortable to use and even comes with added wheels which will assist you when moving the table around.
- Wheels come in handy
- Great comfort
- Too short for tall users.
What is the ideal folding foosball material for you?
Even though they are cheaper than traditional foosball tables, a folding foosball table does rack up quite a tab. So, you really should make sure you pick the best one possible. To do that, here’s a list of factors you should be on the lookout for.
We would guess that the biggest reason why you wish to purchase a folding foosball table is so that you can save up on that extra space at your house. To further help you in achieving that, it would be your best bet to get a table which is also shorter in length so that even when it is not folded, it won’t take up as much space. The answer to how small your table should be depends on you and your preferences.
This is pretty high on our list of priorities when choosing the perfect folding foosball table. You want to get a table that is durable and reliable so naturally, you want the table to be made of the best material in the market. Whether it be the rods, the handle or the table itself, you should only get the finest materials for your table in order for it to be used for years and years.
Another factor that could fall under size but this has less to do with saving space and more to do with you being able to reach the table. We highly recommend that you pick out a table that is easy for you to operate as comfort is an important part of the experience.
Safety Tips & Maintenance
Many don’t know, but foosball can get competitive even if it’s just a casual game or a tournament. And due to the nature of it, some might not think of it as a physically taxing game much less a game that may induce any injury.
And yes, you won’t get injured with it or anything maybe if you’re an adult. Maybe just hurt your hands a little bit while the game gets intense, but for kids, when not careful foosball may cause some serious injuries. So, here are a few safety tips to follow.
- You must eliminate the habit of spinning the rods when playing.
- You must, in turn, make it a habit to warn all the players before you pick up the ball within the table using your hands. Getting inadvertently hit by a foosball man while doing so may cause serious finger/hand injury.
- Do not, unless really needed, lift or move the table especially by yourself. These standard foosball tables are quite heavy and you might hurt your back, arms, hands, and even feet if it lands on them.
- Protect your hands by avoiding slamming the rods right into the walls of your foosball table.
- Lastly, make sure to buy only top-quality and especially kid-friendly foosball tables.
Foosball tables do not require a lot of maintenance but just like any other household things, you will have to create a habit of cleaning them regularly. Here are a few tips:
- Clean the balls using any scouring pad you’ve soaked in dish soap. Just don’t rub them too much as that would cause them to become too slick.
- Use a soft non-abrasive cloth to clean the inside as well as the foosball table surface with rubbing alcohol or soapy water.
- Use the least amount of water as possible when cleaning the table as any liquid or moisture might damage its surface.
- Don’t use glass cleaners or anything corrosive as it might damage the surface or at the very least make it too slippery.
- From time to time, apply some lubrication to the rods preferable silicone oil. Just make sure that it won’t drip on the surface.
- Also, make sure that the foosball men are screwed securely. And don’t use furniture polish or even window cleaner to clean the handles as these formulas will make it hard for anyone to grip them.
- Dust the foosball table before playing to prevent any buildup.
Frequently Asked Questions
These are questions every foosball enthusiast has when purchasing a folding foosball table. Read on to find the solution to any question you might have.
How do I determine the right size for my football table?
Well, this mainly depends on where you want to set up the table. Measure the space you have assigned for the table and buy it according to those dimensions.
Can I take the table outdoors?
If you are willing to carry the table and have room to spare in your car, you can even take them outdoors as the set-up is as easy as stealing candy from a baby. (Not that we endorse such behavior.)
What is the best brand when it comes to foosball tables?
This is a difficult question as it’s down to personal preference. If you are asking for ours then we’d go with KICK.
All in all, choosing a good foosball table is no easy task. But we promise it’s an investment you won’t regret as it livens up any household it enters. It is an awesome game that is sure to entertain you. If not, it’s still an attractive piece of furniture.
In other words, it takes a lot of thinking and research. These hours can grow quite hectic so we hope this article helped you make that decision in the quickest and easiest way possible.