A buyer's guide to Table Tennis tables
Buying a table tennis table is a relatively simple action, but as with all purchases, there are some aspects that must be taken into account:
1) Type of use: indoor or outdoor
Table tennis tables, according to their use, may be divided into two categories: indoor and outdoor.
Generally, tables are made out of wood to guarantee optimum performance during the game, which means they are not waterproof and slight rainfall or an excess of humidity in the atmosphere could lead to irreversible damage. If you intend to use or keep the table outdoors, it is better to go for one which is designed specifically for this use, because outdoor ping pong tables, although slightly more expensive, do not usually suffer problems for rust or deformation and keep much better in adverse conditions.
Note: In both these categories there are table tennis tables which are approved by the ITTF, i.e., that comply with the demands and requisites set by the International Table Tennis Federation.
2) Storing the table
Some models of table are folding, while others are not. The fact that a table tennis table may be folded mainly affects the ease of transport and storage. Generally, there are usually fewer models that do not fold given how simple it is, but depending on the table and the system in question, moving the table may be more awkward. If you intend to leave the table set up permanently, this aspect may not be crucial, but if, on the other hand, you plan to move it continually, you would be better off choosing a simple folding table to make transport easier.