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Finding new ways to have fun at home is always important. As we continue to spend more time self-isolating as part of the mandated coronavirus quarantine, now is the perfect time to build upon your game room collection or get into home sports for the first time with the addition of a foosball table.
Foosball (a.k.a table soccer) arrived in the United States in 1962 after enjoying great popularity in Europe. By the 1970s, it became one of the nation’s favorite arcade games, with nearly 1,000 tables being sold each month. However, with the 1980s came games like Pac Man, and soon enough foosball’s popularity was seemingly usurped.
While the novelty of foosball may have worn off, its lasting appeal as a classic bar game has not. In the past few decades, foosball has risen beyond its status as a casual competition game. In 2002, the International Table Soccer Federation was established, elevating the stakes of the game.
While most of us probably won’t go on to play in the foosball World Championships, there are still ways to get in on the action. The best foosball tables let you bring the family or a few friends together for an at-home tournament – though there’s no promising things won’t get just as competitive.
1. Best Choice Products Competition-Sized Foosball Table
This no-fuss table is perfect for kids and teens – though adults are sure to have fun with it, too. Weighing only 42 pounds, it’s easy to move this table into your space so you can get playing right away (after completing the pain-free assembly, that is).
The table’s wood exterior and chrome-finished steel rods give it a classic look while contributing to the model’s durability. We also love this table for its player-friendly design: each side comes with a cup holder on each end.
PROS: Easy to assemble and move, kid-friendly.
CONS: Arcade-style design may not match rooms with a sleek look.
2. Kick Legend Foosball Table
Who says durability can’t also be elegant? With this table, you don’t have to make any compromises. Not only does this model have a thick playing field, sturdy leg levelers and a weight of 143 pounds (no shaking or rattling here), its warm chestnut coloring also gives the table a polished design fit for your most sophisticated game rooms.
Plus, its 55-inch length provides ample space for playing with teams. Serious foosball aficionados will appreciate the level of player-control this table warrants, plus the ability to customize the table for a one-goalie vs. three-goalie design.
PROS: Durability, team-friendly, polished design.
CONS: Assembly requires two people.
3. Rally and Roar Foosball Table
This professional-size table is perfect for tournament play. Its length accommodates teams comfortably, and the subtitles of its design will be appreciated by the barroom-pros among us.
The playing field’s ramped edges ensure continued motion in your game, and the table’s oversized leg levelers guarantee an even playing surface. Solid wood handgrips offer a smooth, comfortable playing experience. Plus, the table’s dark wood design will bring a classy touch to your game room, rather than being a visual distraction in your home.
PROS: Length allows comfortable team-play.
CONS: May not be best for rooms with limited space.
4. Pro Force Foosball Table
Robot-style players, chrome-steel rods and bamboo laminate siding give this table a slick, modern look. While its siding is sleek in design, its legs are much heftier and give the 60-pound table added durability.
The table’s leg levelers help to give active players a smooth experience. At 56-inches in length, this table has space for the whole family to gather around for a tournament. Comfortable grips and smooth turning rods make this a no-brainer for your next game night.
PROS: Simple design doesn’t compromise on sturdiness.
CONS: Assembly can be challenging.