Best Table Tennis Paddles
Table tennis is a truly fantastic game, but one needs the proper weapon to succeed and dominating a home table. Will any old paddle work? Sure, if you fancy yourself as some sort of scrub. We here believe that one always needs the right tools to perform the job properly, table tennis not being an exception to that rule. Does this mean you have to spend a bundle to get the proper paddle? Definitely not, unless you want to of course. Today we thought we would discuss some of the best table tennis paddles out there and where to find them.
Each paddle we’ll be discussing today offers something a little different. There’s one for the quality player that feels they need something higher end to match their skill set. There’s also a lower-end model here that is perfect for those just looking to have a little fun or use their table primarily for beer pong. We’ve got you covered beer pong friends, as we would never promote the use of a ping pong table solely for ping pong (just be sure you clean up if people actually want to play a game or two). We also have a bundle set that takes all the thinking out of it, which makes a whole lot of sense.
With all of that in mind, here are what we have determined to be the best table tennis paddles on the market right now. There’s something here for everyone, no matter what skill level or level of interest.
Best Table Tennis Paddles
The first set we got a chance to get our hands on is this accessory bundle from Kettler Table Tennis. The set comes equipped with four paddles, eight balls, and a carrying case to keep everything together (anyone who has ever played table tennis knows that the balls tend to go missing quite frequently). While these may not be the most premium quality of paddles, they more than manage to get the job done and keep everyone playing interested. These are perfect for families or those looking to cover their bases (balls and paddles) in one fell swoop.
For those looking to have a few leisurely games when the mood should strike, this set from Kettler perfectly fills that void. Families will enjoy the convenience and the carrying case to keep everything together, while younger folks will enjoy the fact that this bundle has everything necessary to play for a very reasonable price.
Either way, this set from Kettler is perfect for the mildly interested and those looking to have some fun while playing a few games of table tennis. It may even behoove those purchasing to pick up a second bundle as these pieces to have a tendency to go missing; for this price it should almost be a requirement.
The next paddle we chose to look at is this tasty little number from Stiga, long a vaunted name in professional circles. Where this paddle differs from the other two we reviewed is the performance and the price. This paddle is constructed with much care and thought and this is realized in the performance of the paddle. One will be able to achieve higher spin rates and greater feel due to the construction and the weight of the paddle. Not only that but this paddle is tournament approved, so if a tournament is on the horizon this is a paddle we highly recommend.
The flip side of this is that this paddle comes with a much higher price point than the other two. This is a paddle we recommend for the player that tends to take the game more seriously and has an idea of what goes in to a quality paddle.
While most may see this as a higher price point than they’re willing to pay, those that are in the know will appreciate the construction and balance of this particular paddle. For those looking to take their game to the next level or are looking to compete at a higher level, this is a paddle that must be considered. When compared with other top paddles out there, this one more than holds its own.
The last paddle we chose to review is this little beauty from Franklin Sports, a company that seems to have covered every corner of the recreational market. Unlike the top end model from Stiga, this paddle is much more concerned with keeping the amateur player happy in terms of its performance and its price point. While this doesn’t have the same quality build specs as the Stiga model, it will perform admirably for those looking to have some fun. These paddles come in a low price and are quite affordable for those looking to grab a bunch of paddles at once. As we mentioned, these things tend to go missing quite frequently, so having a few extra on hand is never a bad idea.
Coming in under $5, this paddle is truly a steal. As we’ve mentioned before, when Franklin products are purchased one tends to have an idea of their level of quality and performance. This is a company we keep coming back to for those exact reasons and something we will continue to do. Franklin does it all when it comes to recreational sports, and this paddle certainly will perform to the standards set out by them. For the amateur looking to load up on a few extra paddle for the house, this is definitely the way to go. Inexpensive, fun, and willing to perform at high levels. What more could anyone ask for?