Table Hockey Reviews - Ratings for Air and Bubble (Dome & Rod) Hockey Tables
How We Review a Hockey Table
Being able to properly review and rate a hockey table takes more than just a keen eye for detail. You must understand how to play the game on both the offensive and defensive sides of the table, have knowledge about the quality of the parts used in the manufacturing process and factor the value for the price you are paying. We have taken all of these things into consideration when providing manufacturer ratings. Just beware that just because we may provide a manufacturer with a 5 star rating, that doesn't mean that all of their models are 5 stars. Another thing to consider is our rating system typically scores tables built for children at 1 or 2 stars. This is because we are comparing them against the best tournament quality tables in the industry rather than your typical consumer rating.
Make sure you review the actual table you are shopping for to make sure it has the features and parts you are looking for. If you are interested in air hockey only, don't shop for a multi-game hockey table as one of the other games will likely cause sacrifices in overall game design. Our hope is this will help you avoid having to upgrade parts or an entire table later on. The best tip we can give to anyone new to the game is you should spend more money on a table up front so you aren’t disappointed with what you get and it will be built to last. You will end up suffering with a table that has low performance and there is a major difference between the capabilities from one table to another.
Always Review a Used Table in Person
Sure, we recommend that you do your research online to understand the features and parts the table is equipped with. However, used tables should be inspected in person before you commit to a price. Think about it like purchasing a car, you wouldn't take the current owner's word for it without taking it for a test drive or having a mechanic take a second look at it. The same rules apply to air and bubble hockey tables because they are built to be played on and will take some abuse over the years. Below are a few questions you should ask the owner before you purchase a used table.
Don't just take the owner's word for it! Make sure you actually test drive the table by playing a game or two on it before you start talking price. It may even help you negotiate the price you want if you inspect and then play a game. Watch for warning signs of lower quality tables listed below.
Table Manufacturer Ratings:Dynamo
Gold Standard Games
ICE (Super Chexx)
Olhausen Billiards Atomic
Holland Bar Stool