Kettler Master Pro Outdoor Ping Pong Table:
THIS TABLE HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED BY THE MANUFACTURER (SEE THE Kettler Outdoor 10 for the most similar model Kettler makes)
The Kettler Master Pro outdoor table is a beautifully designed weatherproof ping pong table that is definitely a step up from the Kettler Topstar XL or Match 5.0 options. The Master Pro Kettler features the weatherproof sealed aluminum composite top and all four edges of the table get support from the square aluminum tubing. The table weighs about 150 pounds and is very sturdy (see the photo of the legs below). The bounce on the table is another top rate feature for us. Many cheaper outdoor ping pong tables use pure aluminum tops that give you a ‘pingy’ bounce sound, but not on this Kettler. The table has an industrial feel and look to it with heavy duty components compared to the less expensive models offered by Kettler. We will go into each feature of the table down below along with photos and videos. The most similar table from Kettler is the Kettler Outdoor 10.
Frame/Design – We have found in our ownership of the table that the 2 inch square steel legs are strong enough to support the table and keep it stable in all conditions. The synthetic powder coating and galvanized treatment keep the legs in perfect shape so that scratches and corrosion don’t affect them. One feature that many tables in this price range offer is levelers on the legs and the Kettler Master Pro is no different. The leg levelers let you easily adjust up or down depending on what you need for the surface you are playing on. For instance, when we take the table to our patio, we always need to adjust one side up just a bit since the pavement is slightly sloped. For protection, the outer edges get support from a 2 1/4″ impact resistant resin apron. The apron helps the top resist warping with its cradle design. The corner protectors on the table also keep it from chipping or cracking. The proprietary ALU-TEC Climate-Control underside is the same feature you find on almost all Kettler outdoor tables. It allows for expansion and contraction of the table (due to weather) so that no warping occurs. Not all outdoor ping pong tables offer this feature, but Kettler is notorious for their design and their tabletops last a long time because of it. We see more warping in the Stiga models. The weatherproof net gets attached to the resin net posts and it stays in position whether in playback mode or storage. You can see in our photos that the net is both adjustable for height and tension.
Assembly – You are looking at roughly 2 hours to assemble the Kettler Master Pro. Not bad considering some of the other Kettler models take even longer. Yes, we wish you could assemble it in under an hour like the Killerspin or JOOLA tables, but you will be happy with the results once it’s completed. Over the years we have had to tighten a few screws and replace the net, but otherwise it has held up well and is sturdy as ever.
Playability – The weatherproof sealed aluminum composite tournament top does provide consistent bounce and feel. Kettler markets their tables as having a ‘Certified true tournament bounce’ and we found the water based paint and topcoat they use truly are fade, UV and scratch resistant. The tournament lines give you a smooth playing surface that holds up well in the sun or rain. In our photos below you can see the table we play on gets plenty of rain, but once it dries off, the surface plays like new again. We do suggest a cover to keep the table from getting dirty. We would rate the playability right up there with the Kettler Champ 5.0 and the Cornilleau Sport 250S. All three tables are roughly $1000 and equally worth the purchase.
Storage/Moving – The 5 1/2″ dual caster wheels let you move the table around with ease. We have found that the wheels have held up much better compared to those on the Match 5.0 or even the Topstar XL. The wheels feature a brake on them, so you can lock them into place once you have the table where you want it. When not in use, we highly recommend folding the table up and covering it. The cover will keep dust and dirt off the playing surface and it’s very compact when stored properly. Raising or lowering one side of the table is very similar to that of the Topstar XL table. Simply push in the red tab numbered 1 and go to the other side of the table to push in button #2. Then raise the table into position. You can watch the video to the right which shows the raising and lowering features of the Kettler Master Pro. On the newer Kettler Outdoor 10 table, the mechanism for opening and closing the table is even easier than the Master Pro. The Outdoor 10 is like the Cornilleau 500M which only takes one hand to easily raise or lower the table into position. We assume that all future Kettler tables in this price range will have that same feature for ease of storage.
Safety Features – Kettler has always designed their tables with a safety first attitude. The Safety Fold and Dual Lock Safety features keep the outdoor ping pong table from opening or closing accidentally. You can put the table into playback mode safely and play by yourself if you want. Kids can even manage putting the table into playback or storage mode without risking injury. The safety features on the Kettler Master Pro are first rate and keep you safe while playing.
Positives – After years of using this table in a wet climate, we can attest to the durability and longevity of the Kettler Master Pro and for $1000 it’s worth the investment. You will definitely notice the heavy duty design and frame on this model as compared to the Match 5.0 or even the Kettler Cologne. The tabletop is completely weatherproof and we’ve never had an issue with moisture on ours. The table is easy to maneuver with quality wheels and storage is a breeze.
Negatives – We have noticed that the tabletop surface does fade a bit in the sun after many years of being left out. Does it affect the play? No. Just looks a little warn and faded. The net, like on many other tables, doesn’t last as long as you might think. Even though it is considered weather resistant, the net doesn’t hold up well in the sun. Wet weather is not an issue for the net material, but it does eventually rot out due to the sun exposure. Not a big deal, as replacement nets are relatively inexpensive. For $1000, we also feel like the table should be slightly easier to assemble. Often the higher priced outdoor ping pong tables (Cornilleau brand) require less time to get them together.