Stiga InstaPlay Table:
Stiga makes the most mid-range recreational indoor ping pong tables and their Stiga InstaPlay is perhaps the most popular. The main reason this table is top rated is because there is ZERO assembly required. Who wouldn’t love that. In the past, ping pong tables required hours to assemble, but manufacturers have listened to their customers and made changes. Killerspin, JOOLA, Butterfly, and Stiga have all developed indoor ping pong tables with pre-assembled chassis that make putting them together quite simple. The Stiga InstaPlay comes with a black playing surface that is ¾ inch thick with silk screen striping. The 2 inch steel apron supports the tabletop and it also features corner protectors. The table is for indoor use only. If you want an outdoor ping pong table, we have an entire selection of those on our website too. We will compare the InstaPlay to their main competition like the Killerspin MyT4 Pocket Series, Butterfly Easifold Rollaway, and the JOOLA Inside 15.
Frame – On these mid-range recreational tables, the frames are all very similar. The Stiga features 2” square steel legs and 3” ball bearing wheels with locks. We do like the corner protection for safety. Small kids tend to be right at the height of the table where the corners are and without the padded protection, kids can get hurt on the sharp corners. The frame is sturdy and stable enough to hold up the tabletop and overall weight of 225 pounds. I would say the frames on the JOOLA Inside and Killerspin MyT4 or MyT5 Pocket series are superior in terms of sturdiness and durability.
Playability – The ¾ inch thick tabletop is nice, but the one big missing piece are leg levelers. After seeing dozens of tables come through our warehouse, we know that many of the less expensive models tend to have less than level surfaces. In reading many reviews online for this particular model from Stiga, customers have complained about warped or bent tabletops. Normally a little adjustments on the leg levelers might counterbalance these effects, but you can’t do that with this one. The Stiga InstaPlay would be much better if it had height adjusters on the 4 outside legs. The Killerspin MyT4 Pocket does and so does the JOOLA model. If you plan on putting this table on a floor (think basement or garage) that might be not level, you’ll need that feature. Ball bounce is consistently ok.
Assembly – There is NO assembly required. Yes, you read that right. Stiga has taken all the hassle out of putting together the table. Parents will love this news. Think about the night before Christmas and you have procrastinated on doing this project. Now you just have to remove the table from the boxes and pull out the legs and stand it up. Attach the net between the two halves and you are done. The assembled weight is nearly 225 pounds, so this Stiga ping pong table is solid. Killerspin tables take 20 minutes, still pretty fast given the industry standard. JOOLA is about the same.
Advantages – No assembly is pretty nice. The price is about right for a family. The frame stability and sturdiness is decent for a table in this price range. We like the overall bounce of the ball. It’s easy to maneuver into storage with the caster wheels.
Disadvantages – Tabletop could be a little thicker, but for the price hard to beat. Without leg levelers, could be a deal breaker for those wanting to put it in rooms or places where the flooring is not level to begin with.