Welcome to our big pool table test 2021. Here we present all the pool tables we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.
We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best pool table for you.
You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a billiard table.
- 1 Weekly newsletter with the best personal finance tips
- 2 Summary
- 3 The Best Billiard Table: Our Picks
- 4 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a billiard table
- 5 Decision: What types of billiard tables are there and which is the right one for you?
- 5.1 What is a pool table and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
- 5.2 What is a snooker billiard table and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
- 5.3 What is a carom billiard table and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
- 5.4 What is a small billiard table and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
- 6 Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate billiard tables
- 7 Facts worth knowing about billiard tables
- There are three different types of billiard tables: pool billiard tables, snooker billiard tables and carambolage or carom billiard tables. Pool and mini pool tables are the most common and usually have the same construction.
- To determine the space required for a billiard table, you need to calculate the table dimensions and add 150 cm on each side. 150 cm is roughly the length of a standard cue.
- When buying a billiard table, make sure that it is stable, that the table top is straight and that the table cloth is undamaged. Make sure that the load-bearing capacity of your floor is sufficient for the table.
The Best Billiard Table: Our Picks
Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a billiard table
How and where will I use the billiard table?
For example, if you want to set up your table outside in the garden or on a terrace, you should of course buy a pool table that is also made to stand outside. Such outdoor billiard tables are of course built with completely different materials.
Did you know that a game similar to billiards was already played in ancient Egypt?
In tombs, objects were found that had characteristics similar to billiards. For this reason, we can assume that a very old type of billiards was played in ancient Egypt.
Do you want to have your billiard table here, then there and then take it to a party? Then a small table that can be folded up if necessary is probably more suitable for you. Or maybe even a table billiard table that you can simply tuck under your arm.
We have prepared a list of questions that you can answer to help you make your choice:
- Do I want to place the pool table indoors or outdoors?
- Do I want to be able to transport the billiard table or should it stay firmly in one place?
- Do I want the best possible playing experience or just fun?
- Who plays billiards in my household, adults or children?
- What is my budget?
- How stable is the floor on which the billiard table will stand?
- How big is the room or area where I will place the table?
- Do I want to use the pool table commercially or privately?
- Do I want to play for fun, as a hobby or as a (budding) professional?
What should I look for in a billiard table?
If the billiard table is not straight and secure, it can quickly lead to frustration and annoyance when playing billiards. It is therefore best to check the condition of the legs and the entire base before buying.
The quality and thickness of the slate is also an important point. Are there any unevennesses, for example small hollows in which the balls remain? Then it is better to look at another table or have it replaced later.
If the rubber bands are wavy, porous and brittle, the balls will not be guided properly and a safe pocketing is no longer guaranteed. Subsequent replacement can quickly cost money, so you should pay attention to this when buying. If the rubber is straight and slightly flexible, everything is fine.
The rubber should be as uniformly coloured as possible and should not have any holes or dents. Places that look very thin and worn out should be inspected carefully. It is hardly possible to repair the cloth, reupholstering is expensive.
If you want to use your billiard table commercially, you should make sure that the table has a coin slot or appropriate technology to start the game. The balls should be returned to the inside of the table via a return system. There they are protected from theft or unintentional misuse.
How much space do I need for a billiard table?
We have summarised the dimensions and space requirements of the tables in a clear table here:
|Billiard table size||Playing field area||Space requirement|
|5ft||167 x 90 cm||497 x 420 cm|
|6ft||180 x 90 cm||510 x 420 cm|
|7ft||200 x 100 cm||530 x 430 cm|
|8ft||224 x 112 cm||554 x 442 cm|
|9ft||254 x 127 cm||584 x 457 cm|
|10ft||294 x 147 cm||624 x 477 cm|
|12ft||357 x 179 cm||687 x 509 cm|
What does a billiard table weigh?
Here is a summary of the approximate weights of the tables:
|Billiard table size||Weight|
|5ft||From approx. 37 kg|
|6ft||From approx. 78 kg|
|7ft||From approx. 250 kg|
|8ft||From approx. 300 kg|
|9ft||From approx. 350 kg|
|12ft||From approx. 1,100 kg|
What other accessories do I need?
Apart from that, the following items might be useful:
- Auxiliary cues
- Billiard triangle
- Cue quiver/ cue case
- Billiard chalk
The auxiliary c ues are useful to provide support during difficult shots, as an extension of your arm or to push over other balls.
You need the billiard triangle to bring the balls into position.
The cue bag is designed to carry your cue.
Dusting the cue tip with billiard chalk improves the grip to the balls. This allows you to play spin (not just hitting the ball straight, but making it spin) because the cues don't just slide off the ball.
To use the chalk correctly, stroke it horizontally over the tip of the cue. At the same time, turn the cue slightly and pull the chalk down over the edge of the cue lance.
A brush is important to gently remove dirt from the pool table.
What does a billiard table cost?
Cheap mini billiard tables or table billiard tables have a price that starts at about 25 Euros. For this small price, you can hardly go wrong if you are looking for a little fun in between. A social evening with friends, relatives or neighbours is also greatly enriched by such a table.
Carambolage billiard tables are currently priced at around 1,500 euros and can reach into the higher four-digit range. For enthusiasts, this will probably not be a hurdle. These tables also look good and can be a beautiful decorative element at the same time.
The price of snooker billiard tables starts at 2,000 euros and can reach into the high, five-figure range. Most tables are between 2,500 and 4,500 euros. For ambitious players, enthusiasts and budding professionals, this is definitely a worthwhile investment.
The prices for pool billiard tables range from 300 to about 3,500 euros. So there are optimal possibilities to get a lot with little money. Most types of games can be played on these tables and the fun of the game will definitely not be neglected. Optimally suited for everyone who values quality but does not want to pay a fortune.
Did you know that billiards was once banned?
In the 15th century, the game was banned in France by the king and the church. Billiards was declared a dangerous and morally corrupt entertainment.
Can I also rent a billiard table?
Whether you want to rent a table for a few hours, several days or for an event, you will find many different providers with a variety of options and prices.
Whether it's an indoor or outdoor pool table, as long as you provide a flat surface and sufficient access to the area where the table will be placed, nothing will get in the way of renting it. The price for a billiard table starts at around 250 euros, depending on your ideas and the offer.
Decision: What types of billiard tables are there and which is the right one for you?
Basically, you can distinguish between four different types of billiard tables:
- Pool tables
- Snooker tables
- Carambolage Billiard Tables
- Mini Billiard Tables
Each type of billiard table differs slightly in size, weight and features.
Depending on what kind of billiards you prefer to play and how much space you have available, a table is better or worse suited for you. In the following section we would like to help you find the right pool table for you.
For this purpose, we will present you with a clear overview of the types of tables mentioned above. In addition, we will give you further helpful tips on the subject of billiards in our guide.
At the end, there will also be something worth knowing. We will also explain some of the rules of the game, which of course should not be missing.
What is a pool table and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
These pool tables are probably the most common, whether in bars, sports facilities or holiday parks. Compared to a snooker table, they take up much less space and the rules of the game are known to almost everyone. There are also cover plates for many pool tables.
With these plates, you can also easily turn your new pool table into a dining table. You can also buy table tennis tables to lay on, so you can make a lot out of one table. So it's great for home use.
There are different sizes of pool tables:
|Pool table size||Playing area||Weight|
|9 ft||Approx. 254 x 127 cm||Minimum 350 kg|
|8 ft||Approx. 224 x 112 cm||Minimum 300 kg|
|7 ft||Approx. 200 x 100 cm||Minimum 250 kg|
8 ft and 9 ft are standardised sizes. The weight of a billiard table always depends on the construction and the materials used. Pool billiard tables must be between 75 and 85 cm high.
The frame must be about 10 cm wide and marked by edge markings. The markings must be placed at a distance of 1/8 of the playing field length from each other.
The playing field under the tablecloth usually consists of one or more polished slates, which must be at least 2.5 cm thick. The advantage of the slates is that they are very robust.
Some tables have MDF boards. These are also ideal for hobby and occasional players. They are robust and usually cheaper than the slate boards. However, they are less suitable for ambitious professionals. They do not offer a sufficient playing feel, at professional level, and the cloth cannot be changed.
On professional billiard tables, the slate boards can be heated. They are therefore equipped with an internal heating system, but this heating is also available in many other standard tables.
They have 6 pockets on the playing field. One per corner and on the long sides of the table, in the middle, are the last two.
Some of these tables are already equipped with a ball return system. This automatically returns the sunk balls to the inside of the table or returns them to one of the head sides. This system is particularly practical, as you can remove the balls comfortably during the return run after finishing the game. This way you don't have to collect them individually from the holes.
Another practical feature are the holders on the table on which you can store the cues and auxiliary cues.
There are also cover plates for some pool tables, with which you can convert your pool table into a dining table or into a playing field for table tennis, for example.
What is a snooker billiard table and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
Compared to the pool tables, this variant is much less represented in public, if we disregard the TV programme. Its enormous size and weight can make it a challenge to set up.
So if you don't have a room specifically designed for it, or if you are an absolute enthusiast, we recommend you go for one of the smaller versions available. Otherwise, the level of exclusivity of a snooker billiard table always speaks for a purchase.
|Billiard table size||Playing field area|
|12 ft||Ca. 357 x 179 cm|
|10 ft||Ca. 294 x 147 cm|
|9 ft||Ca. 254 x 127 cm|
|8 ft||Ca. 234 x 117 cm|
The snooker tables are the giants among the billiard tables, the standard size is 12 ft.
The weight of a snooker table can be up to 1500 kg. But you have to keep in mind that the weight can vary greatly depending on the size, construction and materials used. 8 ft billiard tables can be far below this extreme with a weight of around 550 kg. Lighter 12 ft billiard tables are also represented with about 1100 kg.
Snooker billiard tables must be between 85.1 and 87.6 cm high.
Edge markings on the board are not common in snooker and are not a requirement.
As with pool billiard tables, the playing surface consists of several slates, which are up to 5 cm thicker in comparison.
A heated playing surface is also common for these billiard tables in the professional sector and at tournaments. As already mentioned, such a heating system can also be found in many standard tables.
Snooker billiard tables, like pool tables, have 6 pockets in the same layout, i.e. one in each corner and one in the middle of each side rail.
On snooker tables, the balls do not remain in the pockets or are collected by a system. Instead, they land in the pockets and from there enter an open outlet at the top. This is attached to the underside of the table. So you can easily grab the balls at any time. Admittedly not as practical as the return, but better than having to search for the balls.
It is also helpful to make sure that the billiard table has cue holders in which you can store the auxiliary cues and cues.
Cover plates are not manufactured for snooker billiard tables.
What is a carom billiard table and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
Carambolage billiard tables are the only ones that do not have holes, as this type of game does not require balls to be pocketed. It is a precision sport. Similar to snooker tables, it is probably only something for real lovers of this type of game. Otherwise, the dimensions of the table are similar to those of pool tables. It should therefore be easy to set up accordingly.
They are offered in the following approved formats:
|Billiards variant||Playing field area|
|Match billiards||Approx. 284 x 142 cm|
|Half match billiards||Approx. 230 x 115 cm|
|Small billiards||Approx. 210 x 105 cm|
|Skittles billiards||Approx. 180 x 190 cm|
The weight of the tables is not subject to any other standard. For a skittles billiard table you have to reckon with a weight of about 250 kg. The "small billiard" table weighs about 330 kg.
The table must be between 75 and 80 cm high.
The frame must be about 12.5 cm wide and marked with edge markings. The markings must also be placed at a distance of 1/8 of the playing field length from each other.
The playing field of these tables also consists of a covered slate plate at least 4.5 cm thick. On better tables, the slate plate can also be warmed via an integrated heater.
Since there are no balls to sink on these tables, they do not come with pockets or ball return systems.
As with snooker pool tables, cover plates are not manufactured for carambolage pool tables.
What is a small billiard table and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
Smaller billiard tables or children's billiard tables. If you don't have much space, don't have a big budget or don't want to dedicate a whole room to the pleasure of billiards, you will find your favourites here. They are space-saving and inexpensive.
However, you should be aware that the playing experience will not be the same as with the big ones. Most small pool tables are designed for playing pool.
You can find the following sizes:
|Billiard table size||Playing field area|
|6 ft||Approx. 180 x 90 cm|
|5 ft||Approx. 167 x 90 cm|
|Ca. 3 ft||Ca. 84 x 44 cm|
|Ca. 2 ft||Ca. 52 x 31 cm|
Just as different as the dimensions are the weights. There are table and mini billiard tables as light weights with 1.5 kg and the larger versions with about 8 kg.
The 5ft variants are also subject to great variations. There are billiard tables with only 37 kg and up to a weight of about 76 kg a lot is possible.
For the 6ft tables, the starting weight is around 78 kg and some other tables manage just under 200 kg. As with all other tables, the material used and the construction play an extremely important role. Cheap and thin materials naturally weigh less than more robust, durable ones.
As mentioned at the beginning, you should be aware when buying a table or mini billiard table that everything is proportionally smaller. The cues, for example, are much shorter than the regular cues (for example, a 66 cm cue instead of a 148 cm cue). The balls are also different sizes depending on the table size and manufacturer. Of course, this has the advantage that you only need a little space, but the fun of playing can suffer greatly.
If the table pool tables are too small for you, you should rather look at the 5ft or 6ft versions. Overall, these tables will be more playable.
These tables are also extremely varied in terms of construction and equipment, with something to suit almost every taste. Foldable or fixed, with or without retraction, the possibilities are many.
If the tables do not have a built-in return system, the pockets are built in such a way that the balls are sunk into the pockets and remain there.
You should pay special attention to the overall quality of the materials. While large tables usually use slate table tops, small tables may use cheap and soft materials. Nobody enjoys cavities on the playing field in which the balls remain.
There is no cover plate for these small billiard tables.
Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate billiard tables
In this section, we will go into more detail about the individual components or features of a billiard table. With the help of this information, it should be easier for you to choose a good billiard table.
You will find more information on the following topics:
- The size of the table
- The weight of the table
- The height of the table
- The table top
- The table cloth
- The rubber bands
- The materials
- Other equipment
The size of the table
"Bigger does not equal better", and the reverse is also true: "Smaller does not equal better". The most important thing about the size of the table is that it fits your requirements and circumstances.
Of course, different sizes have different advantages and disadvantages. In most cases, a larger billiard table will be much more stable and able to withstand more than a smaller billiard table. On the other hand, it is easier to place.
Larger tables also have the advantage that the feel of the game can be much better than the smaller ones. For example, if you play on an 8ft billiard table with the regular cues and balls, you will have a different, probably more pleasant, feel than on a 3ft mini billiard table.
If you only want to take your pool table to parties in the future to play a few rounds, a mini pool table is of course more suitable. It is definitely more mobile. Also, with the usually low prices, it is not so dramatic if a minor defect occurs. With a large table, this is much more annoying.
The weight of the billiard table
The weight of the billiard table is not only important with regard to the load-bearing capacity of your surface, but also allows conclusions to be drawn about the quality and durability. As a rule, a heavy table can withstand more and is more stable than a light table. Likewise, high-quality materials weigh more than inexpensive ones.
A piece of slate is heavier than a piece of wood; logical, isn't it? It is the same with many other materials. A billiard table with a slate top, which is made of fine woods and metals, weighs much more than a table made entirely of cheaper woods and plastic. The probability that a heavy billiard table is more robust and durable is therefore correspondingly higher.
However, if you choose a lighter pool table, you also have advantages. A light billiard table is easier to transport than a heavy one. The stability can also be good, depending on the construction.
The height of the table
The height of the table is of course also an important feature. Many tables offer the possibility of varying the height of the table by means of adjustable feet or legs. In general, you should make sure that you buy a table at the right height for you or that you can adjust it. Mini pool tables are usually placed on dining tables to ensure the correct height.
Most pool tables are between 75 and 88 cm high. Here we have prepared a list of the regular heights of a billiard table:
|Billiard table type||Table height|
|Pool billiard table||Between 75.0 and 85.0 cm|
|Snooker billiard table||Between 85.1 and 87.6 cm|
|Carambolage billiard table||Between 75.0 and 80.0 cm|
The heights of mini and children's billiard tables vary greatly. Starting at 10cm, there are many variations up to the regular table heights of 88cm.
The table top
The table top. One of the most important parts of a billiard table. There are two main categories of billiard table tops: The MDF boards (medium density fibreboard) and the slate boards.
The MDF boards are lighter and cheaper, but they also have disadvantages. Slate tops are much heavier and more expensive, but they can't be beaten when it comes to the feel of the game.
Billiard tables with an MDF top are usually delivered pre-assembled, so that only the legs need to be screwed on before you can get started straight away.
However, ambitious hobby players and professionals will not be one hundred percent happy with these tables. This is because, in contrast to the slate boards, the MDF boards are rarely completely straight. The balls also do not run as well as on slate. Beginners will not notice this difference. In addition, it is not possible to change the tablecloth on a table with an MDF top due to its design.
Slate tops have clear advantages here. The running characteristics for the balls are more precise and the billiard table can be covered with a new cloth. The disadvantages include the higher costs and the higher weight. Furthermore, amateurs can hardly assemble these tables on their own.
The cloth of the table
The billiard cloth also has a strong influence on the balls. The highest quality cloths have a wool content of 70 to 90%. The remaining 10 to 30% is made of nylon. Generally, the more weight the cloth has, the higher quality it is. In addition, the cloths may be treated with an "anti-stain coating".
Depending on the composition of the fabrics in the billiard cloth, they have different running properties. For example, if a cloth has a particularly high proportion of nylon or polyester, the fabric is much smoother and the balls run all the faster. On the other hand, such tables are more susceptible to heat. For example, if someone should drop embers from a cigarette or something similar onto the cloth, a burn hole will quickly appear. On the other hand, they are less sensitive to impacts from slipped cues.
If the cloth has a high wool content, it has a better grip and therefore offers more control for the game. Wool is also very difficult to ignite, so if embers from a cigarette fall on the cloth, only a small stain should remain. Overall, however, it is less robust when it comes to misdirected impacts from cues.
Another important point for the cloths is the weight. Generally, the heavier the cloth, the better the quality. This is because fabrics with a higher weight are woven tighter and stronger.
There are two types of yarns used for a pool table cloth:
- Carded yarn
- Worsted yarn
In the case of the carded yarn, the wool is carded before it is woven. This makes it softer, more voluminous and has many fibres that do not lie parallel and stick out. This enables a particularly quiet and soft game.
The worsted yarn, as the name suggests, is combed before weaving. This forms a particularly large number of parallel fibres. The cloth becomes particularly fine and even. It thus becomes a firm, smooth and fast fabric. This can give the play an enormous dynamic.
Some sellers claim that an anti-stain coating impairs the good rolling behaviour. Due to the technical possibilities, however, this is no longer the case nowadays.
The rubber strips used
Rubber strips are made of natural rubber to which different additives can be added to obtain different properties. They should not be too soft, porous or brittle.
To find out if the rubber is good, you can use the following test:
Play or throw the ball as hard as you can against the rubber. If the ball runs at least 4 lanes on the long side or 5 lanes over the short side before it comes to a stop, it is good rubber.
Here is a list of recommended rubber manufacturers:
The materials used
There are no limits to the materials used. Depending on your budget, everything is possible. There are billiard tables that are built from cheap wooden boards, but there are also billiard tables that are hand-carved and covered with gold leaf. Anything in between is possible.
In general, you should make sure that the materials used are weatherproof and robust. This way, your billiard table can last for many years and give you a lot of fun. Otherwise, it all depends on your taste and your wallet.
A billiard table can have the following additional features:
- A ball return system
- A table top heater
- Shelves for cues
The ball return system is available on many pool billiard tables. It is particularly practical to have all the balls in one place after the game and not have to search for them for a long time.
This system is not available for snooker or carom billiard tables. On carom tables, balls are not potted and on snooker tables they are collected in open outlets.
Table top heating is available for each of the three billiard table types. It ensures that the feel of the game always remains consistent and that the materials do not deform due to temperature fluctuations.
The cue holders on the billiard table, for cues and auxiliary cues, are very practical. You can store your cues in them without having to drill additional brackets into the wall. They are also always within reach.
Facts worth knowing about billiard tables
When was billiards invented?
From the 13th century onwards, there are first references to ball sports that are connected to billiards, for example golf or cricket. In order to be able to play even in bad weather, the playing fields were then moved indoors.
Soon they were played on a table that was enclosed by battens so that the balls could not get out of the court. At that time, the game was still played with the thick side of the bat and all kinds of chicanes, such as goals or cones, were also set up on the pitch.
Today there are up to 35 different types of billiards.
What are the rules of the game for the different types of billiards?
In pool bill iards, 15 balls are potted in the pockets of the table with the help of the white ball. The white ball is the only ball that may be hit directly. The game is played alternately, unless one of the players has pocketed a ball according to the rules. Then it is the player's turn again.
The player who sinks the last ball correctly wins. There are many different sub-types, such as "8-ball" or "14/1 endless".
In snooker billiards, 15 red balls and 6 balls of a different colour must be pocketed with the help of the white ball. The balls must be pocketed alternately, first a red ball, then a ball of a different colour. This continues until all the balls have been pocketed.
The coloured balls always return to the table after being pocketed, the red balls do not. A player who comes to the billiard table for a new attempt must first hit a red ball. The player with the higher score wins.
In Carambolage Billiards, also called Karambol Billiards, only 3 balls are used. Each player plays with the same ball all the time and must try to play it so that it touches the other two balls. If the player manages to do this, he or she may make another shot.
Each success counts as one point, and the player who reaches the agreed number of points wins. There are also some sub-types here, such as "free game", "one-band" or "three-band".
Which cue is the best for me?
That depends on what kind of billiards you want to play with your cue. In general, you can get a good cue for as little as 50 euros. Good cues start at about 100 Euros. Standard cues are about 147 cm long and weigh between 450 and 600 grams.
There is no "right" or "wrong" way to determine the weight. In this case, it depends on your preferences. It is best to try out one or the other in a shop.
A cue consists either of a single piece or of two or three pieces. For normal playing cues, however, there should not be more than two parts. Otherwise the cue can become too unstable.
For occasional players who do not transport their cue, a one-piece cue is sufficient. The three-piece cues are mostly special break or jump cues, which are used either for the game break or for a trick shot.
The standard size for cues is about 147 cm. The majority of players can usually play well with these. However, for those who do not have much space available, smaller sizes are also offered. Most table and mini billiard tables already come with correspondingly small cues.
For beginners, as for everyone else, it is important to make sure that the cue is not warped. The best way to find out is to place the cue on the billiard table and let it roll over it.
If the cue is warped, it is not straight. It is also recommended that the pomerance, the leather tip, is softer. This makes it easier to play at the beginning because the billiard balls are easier to control.
For advanced players and professionals, harder woods and materials are more suitable, as they allow more precise shots. Otherwise, the choice of cue, or even the composition, depends very much on your own playing style. If you want it to be more precise, then a hard cue lance will help.
Do you prefer a little more spin? Then a softer one. In any case, two-piece cues are easier to transport. This is very important for tournament play, because you can pack a two-piece cue better and take it with you.
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