Cornilleau 250S Crossover
The Cornilleau 250S is the best quality outdoor ping pong table on the market for less than $1000. The Cornilleau 250S Outdoor table features a 10 year warranty on the entire table – that is unmatched in the industry. Cornilleau stands behind their quality manufacturing and materials. The 250S is priced right in the middle of all the outdoor ping pong tables we have used over the years and although it’s not our most popular table, we think it’s superior to the Kettler Champ 5.0 and Killerspin MyT7 Breeze which are comparable in price.
Frame/Design – At nearly 130 pounds, it’s lighter than the Cornilleau 400M and 500M but still sturdy enough to handle outdoor playing conditions. The net system is built to last in the elements as well. The weather-resistent polyester net system offers both height and tension adjustments and it will fold up when in storage position. The folded net allows for a more compact storage against walls or in tight spaces (the 500M does this too). If you need to adjust the legs to get an even playing surface, you can do that with this table. The 250S outdoor has adjustable leg pads that are easy to maneuver so playing on grass, patios, decks, and even dirt surfaces is simple. You get a 5mm resin laminate tabletop surface, superior in our eyes to the aluminum composite tabletops you find on the Kettler Champ 5.0 or the Killerspin MyT7 Breeze. The 1 ½ inch steel frame has been galvanized so it stands up to all weather conditions and won’t rust or corrode. The steel legs are encapsulated in resin providing superior longevity and durability compared to the competition.
Assembly – Takes about 90 minutes if you are organized and read the directions. We highly recommend watching the video we have provided on our website which shows a step by step installation of the Cornilleau 250S Outdoor table. You’ll be able to follow along with your tablet while assembling the ping pong table. Yes, Killerspin and JOOLA tables take only 20 minutes to put together, but we like the quality construction and materials you find on the Cornilleau better. We say the extra time involved for assembly is worth it in the long run.
Storage/Moving – Need to move the table? The 6 inch double-wheel casters make moving the 250S Cornilleau easy. They even have a brake so once you have the table where you want it, set the brake and play some pong. Playback mode is great if you need the extra practice and no one is around to play with you. We do recommend buying a cover for the table – not necessarily needed since the table is weatherproof – but it does help keep it clean. Storage is more compact on the 250S versus the Killerspin or Kettler models.
Playability – The 5mm resin laminate top is designed to provide consistent ball bounces and be completely weatherproof for years. The dense, hard playing surface is as close to an indoor surface as you’ll find. The only other models that are superior are the Cornilleau 400M and the Cornilleau 500M. Instead of the MATTOP finish found on higher end models, you get the Soft Mat finish on the tabletop – still very effective for ball bounce and holding up in rain, sun, snow or whatever the weather throws your way. Overall we like the 250S as it performs solidly – ball bounce is consistent and reliable, limited glare from tabletop in the sun, and easy to store when not in use. In this price range, the Cornilleau 250S is superior to the Kettler Champ 5.0 and the Killerspin MyT Outdoor tables.
Safety Features – The folding system is safe and easy – designed so that kids can do it without injuring themselves. There is a central release handle (see the red handle on the underside of the table in the photos) that lets you open and close the table with one hand. The other outdoor ping pong tables don’t offer this feature and that is one reason owners love Cornilleau so much. The DSI system has 16 locking points between the full playing position and storage mode. Best safety rating for ping pong tables! No real corner padding to speak of on the Cornilleau 250S. We wish they had a little more like you see on the 500M.
Advantages – If you are in the market for an outdoor ping pong table under $1000, then definitely go with the Cornilleau 250S. The outdoor table features a beautiful 5mm resin laminate top, excellent ball bounce, sturdy frame and wheels, and compact storage. Add in all the safety features on Cornilleau ping pong tables and their superior manufacturing and you are buying a high end product. Compared to the Kettler Champ 5.0 and Killerspin models, Cornilleau beats them out in almost all areas. See the latest pricing on the Cornilleau 250S here
Disadvantages – Not much we can mention here since the Cornilleau 250S performs near perfect for us and owners across the world. When you look for defects or faults in the Cornilleau brand, rarely does anything come up. They have literally thought of everything on the table. If we had to get picky, we would like to see more corner protection on the table. Also, a thicker playing top would be nice and a slightly sturdier frame. All those features come on their 400M and 500M models which are more expensive. Overall it’s a great table with few complaints from us.