The 8 Best Pool Tables Of All Time

Buyers’ Guide –

Most pool enthusiasts dream about owning their own pool table. But with so many options available all over the market, it sure can get confusing. With so many pointers to keep in mind, all these facts can get jumbled pin your head and you might end up with a table which doesn’t suit all your needs. Personally, spending a bunch of bucks on an item which is barely satisfactory is one of my biggest nightmares. Not only will a pool table not suitable for you will be a waste of money, but will also be a waste of space, an attribute which is very important in this day and age.

An experience I had while buying my pool table was just getting flooded with all these recommendations from different sources. Family, friends, friends of friends, all of them had something to say about what table they like the best and which one I should buy. This was not helpful at all because not only are their opinions extremely biased, but it isn’t necessary that their needs might coincide with mine. When I had to personally face this dilemma of finding the right table for me, I decided to create a comprehensive guide of all the readers interested in getting the pool table of their dreams. All that research has led to this article, which has been brought to you after an extensive research of the best of the best pool tables the industry has to offer.

Before you go ahead with buying a table, keep a few things in mind, such as –

  • The build of the pool table
  • The playing surface of the pool table
  • The legs of the pool table
  • The pockets of the pool table
  • Rubber bumpers of the pool table

While most of the good quality pool tables have excellent features, it is important to go back to the basics and see that everything is as it should be.

Before we go into the details of the important components of a pool table, let us take a short journey into the past and try to understand the evolution of the game of pool.

A game with its initial roots being traced back to the 15th century, the pool was a game for all, as it is now as well. Played by kings and paupers alike, it is evident that this game was extremely popular with the masses. This game went through rapid transformations in England in the 1800s, mostly due to the industrial revolution. Using chalk on the cue stick became a popular practice as it seemed to improve the performance of the players. The English introduced this game to the Americans, who instantly developed a strong liking for the pool. By 1850, the pool table had somewhat evolved into the table it is right now.

Now that we know a little something about the background of the game, let’s jump into the key components of a great pool table –

The secret of any great game table lies in the build of the table and what materials are used for it. The framework is what essentially keeps the table together. Initially, a variety of hardwood was used to construct pool tables, but slowly and steadily, the use of Medium Density Fibreboard or MDF has become very popular since both the materials have similar qualities. An ideal pool table must have a central beam along with two cross beams which hold the table securely in place.

  • The playing surface of the pool table

The playing surface or the slate refers to the part of the table where the balls are placed and struck. The slate should ideally be made up of one material with a thickness it ½ to 1 inch. The stale can be made of steel or even wood. The slate covered with a colorful cloth so that the balls can glide over easily. The cloth can be a wool blend of  even a felt, but the quality of this cloth should  be checked thoroughly before the purchase

  • The legs of the pool table

The legs are best made out of solid hardwood, and should ideally have leg levelers which give players more control over their comfort and an uneven playing surface.

  • The pockets of the pool table

The best kind of pockets is those which don’t stretch out and stay intact. Rubber linings of the ball pockets are the ideal deal, but not all tables come equipped with this feature.

  • Rubber bumpers of the pool table

These rubber strips run along the edge of the pool table and ensure a great playing experience for when a ball bounces off the edge of the table. It ensures great bounce and a quality playing experience.

 

Keeping these criteria in mind, let’s dive into our 8 best pool tables of all time –

  •   Hathaway Park Avenue 7’ Pool Table

You know that a pool table is a perfect accessory needed for that extra touch of class, eh? Especially one which can be used for multiple purposes!

Since this table is smaller than regular tables, it was the first choice for me since my home is not well equipped to house a full-size pool table. What’s crazier is that this 7 foot long beauty can even be turned into a ping pong table, and a dining table, in just a matter of minutes With the classic all black laminate look, this pool table also comes along with two upholstered benches which serve as a great seating arrangement for when the table has been converted to a dining table. This table comes along with all the necessary accessories required for a pool as well as ping pong. Being slightly smaller than the regular pool table, this table serves as the perfect one for children, but do keep in mind that along with pleasing all the kids around, the Hathaway Park Avenue 7’ Pool Table has been incredibly successful in pleasing all the adults as well.

BARRINGTON Billiard Table

Key Features –

  • Easy to assemble

The table, although quite heavy, can be assembled easily when the instructions are followed carefully.

  • Multipurpose

The table can switch between a pool table, a ping-pong table and a dining table in just a few minutes and each of the tables serves their function very well.

  • Strong and sturdy design

Made up of a high-grade wood and covered by black laminate, this material makes the table durable. The table also has half an inch thick round sights and “true roll” bumpers which are tournament tested.

  • The table has a classic sophisticated look

The sleek and sophisticated all-black look makes the table a must have in your home

  • The table offers integrated storage design

The two upholstered benches which come along with the table have internal storage with hydraulic lifters for easy accessibility.

  • Inbuilt leg levelers

Each of the legs of the table has leg levelers which let the players adjust the height of the table, as well as take care of the uneven flooring.

  • Superior table top

The table top has round sights, true roll bumpers and has a nylon wool blended cloth, along with chrome plated corner caps to protect it against hard shots.

  • All the necessary accessories are included

The table comes along with two 57” pool cues, 2.25” pool balls, a rack, cue chalk, a net, posts, two ping pong paddles and two ping pong balls.

Table specifications –

  • Table dimensions – 84 x 47 x 32 inches
  • Table weight – 319 pounds
  • Playing surface thickness – 3/4th of an inch
  • Playing surface material – Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF)
  • Cost – $1314.18

 

Pros
  • Easy to put together
  • Strong and sturdy
  • Aesthetically superior
  • Comes with two upholstered benches
  • The table offers storage
  • The legs of the table have leg levelers
  • The table corners have chrome caps to protect it
  • The table can be used for multiple purposes
  • The table features a high-quality playing field
  • The table comes along with all the necessary accessories for the pool as well as ping pong.
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Cons
  • At 319 pounds, the table is a little too heavy to carry and move around.

A table with clean and simple features, which performs well and is extremely reliable, as a pool table, a ping-pong table or even a dining table, the Hathaway Park Avenue 7’ Pool Table is the perfect choice for children and adults alike!

T&S Tabletop Billiards and Pool Table Game

  •  Hathaway Renegade 54-In Slate Bumper Pool Table

Yet again, Hathaway has knocked my socks off with its Renegade 54 inch Slate Bumper Pool Table. The killer functionalities with the great looks, this table will have you hooked!

My first thoughts when I first played on this table were, “Man, I wish I had this table while I was growing up! I would have been playing on this thing all day every day and would have had better skills by now!” But as they say, better late than never! This table is smaller than your regular pool table, which makes it the ideal choice for children and small spaces. Be it your living room, your private room, recreational room or even your office, the Renegade 54 Inch Slate Bumper Pool Table will fit right in, adding a hint of class wherever you choose to put it. With features such as super simple assembly to the table’s internal ball return system, this table is irresistible, and rightfully so!

Key Features –

  • Easy to assemble

The table can be assembled easily when the instructions are followed carefully. All you need is  a few minutes and some basic tools.

  • Strong and sturdy design

Made up of a high-grade poly-sealed wood and a black finish makes it the perfect table for some intense pool matches.

  • Inbuilt leg levelers

Each of the legs of the table has leg levelers which let the players adjust the height of the table, as well as take care of the uneven flooring.

  • Quality table top

The slate playing field has a top-notch quality wool-felt blended cloth, which makes it very pleasurable to play on. The table also features chrome-plated rubber bumper posts and K-66 rubber cushions.

  • All the necessary accessories are included

The table comes along with 2 48 inch long in-cues, 10 bumper pool balls, a table brush, and chalk.

  • The table has an internal ball return system

This system makes the retrieval of balls once they fall into the holes extremely easy.

  • Beautiful chrome trims

The table has dazzling chrome trims which add to the beauty of the table and makes it even more enticing.

 

Table specifications –

  • Dimensions – 54-in L x 39-in W x 31.5-in H
  • Playing Surface: 45.5-in L x 30-in W
  • Material – Poly sealed hardwood
  • Warranty – 180 days
  • Weight – 248 pounds
  • Cost – $599

 

Pros
  • The table is easy to assemble
  • The legs of the table has individual leg levelers
  • It has a strong and sturdy design
  • The playing surface of the table is made up of a wool and felt blended cloth for greater durability
  • The table comes along with 2 48 inch long in-cues, 10 bumper pool balls, a table brush and chalk.
  • The table has a 180 day warranty
  • The table has an internal ball return system
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Cons
  • The table is way too heavy to be moved around once assembled
  • Not all adults might enjoy the size of the table.

Be it young children or grown adults, everyone can find something they have been looking for in this lovely pool table.

 

  •  Hathaway Maverick 7-foot Pool and Table Tennis Multi-Game

Listen up everyone, people who have a hard time choosing between pool and ping pong! Your prayers have been answered!

 

With the Hathaway Maverick 7 foot Pool and Table Tennis table, you no longer have to deal with the dilemma of choosing between purchasing a pool table or a ping pong table. Why not just get both the options in one awesome table? Sounds too good to be true right? When you buy this table you will also get all the necessary accessories for a pool as well as ping pong! How cool is that? Not only is this table serving two purposes, but this table also delivers fantastically, and does not compromise with quality one bit. The table tops for the pool as well as ping pong as made up of top-notch quality, making it difficult for the players to go back to any other table. Go from pool to ping pong in just two easy and quick steps!

Hathaway Maverick 7-foot Pool and Table Tennis Multi-Game

 

Key features –

  • Easy to put together

The table can be assembled from scratch in just 6 simple steps

  • Multipurpose

You can now choose between pool and ping pong and switch between the two in just a matter of minutes

  • Has great quality table tops

The pool table has a high grade blended wool/polyester felt cloth, and the ping pong table has a great bounceback quality

  • The table has independent leg levelers

With these levelers, it becomes easier for players to play even on an uneven surface

  • The pool table has superior quality rubber cushions

The K-66 gum rubber cushions on the edges of the pool table make the balls bounce back very effectively when they hit the edges.

  • Durable table design

Made up of poly sealed wood, this table is built to last.

  • The table comes with all the necessary accessories

The Maverick comes loaded with accessories, including two 57” pool cues, sixteen 2.5” billiard balls, a triangle, chalk, and brush. It also comes with two table tennis balls and paddles, a net and post.

Table specifications –

  • Overall dimensions – 31” H x 46” W x 84” D
  • Suggested Minimum Room Size – 17′ W x 14′ D
  • Overall Product Weight – 252 pounds
  • Cost – $493.26

 

Pros
  • The table is easy to put together
  • You can switch easily from pool to ping pong in just 2 simple steps
  • The table legs have levelers
  • The pool table has rubber cushions
  • The table tops are made up of superior quality
  • The table comes along with all the necessary accessories for pool as well as ping pong
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Cons
  • The table has no internal ball return system

Double the purpose, double the fun! The Hathaway Maverick 7 foot Pool and Ping-Pong table is your new best friend.

Hathaway Maverick 7-foot Pool and Table Tennis Multi-Game

  •  Beachcomber Indoor Pool Table 84 Inches

For those who are unconventional and like to be outside the box, this table is just the perfect one for you! A little offbeat but extremely trendy, Harvil takes pool tables to a whole new dimension.

The Beachcomber Indoor Pool Table by Harvil is 84 inches long and has a strikingly unique appearance. Unlike most pool tables which flaunt the basic all-black look, this one takes you by surprise with its light brown appearance. The body of the table features a dense fiber board with the table top having a Tetolon cloth casing so that the ball can roll over smoothly with minimum friction. Certain chrome accents show that a lot of attention to details have been given to the table. Harvil, the USA based company always ups its game when it comes to game tables, that is no doubt.

Hathaway Maverick 7-foot Pool and Table Tennis Multi-Game

Key Features

  • Strong and sturdy design

Made up of a high-density fibreboard, this table has a strong frame and legs.

  • Quick assembly time

If one follows the instructions carefully, the table can go from box to play in just a matter of a few minutes.

  • Made up of high-density fibreboard

This means that it is very steady and can’t easily be damaged.

  • The table top has a Tetolon cloth covering

This cloth ensures that the balls glide over the table top as smoothly as ever.

  • Leg levelers

With these levelers, it becomes easier for players to play even on an uneven surface

  • 6 drop pockets

The balls can be easily collected after a game from these pockets

  • Attention to detail

There are chrome silver rail corners, strong legs, leg panels, and leg levelers plus rubber bumpers for remarkable ball bounce and return.

  • Comes with all the necessary accessories

Comes along with 2 cue sticks, 16 billiard balls (including the cue ball), 2 chalks, a black triangle and a brush to keep your playfield clean

Table specifications –

  • Dimensions: 84 L x 48 W x 31 H Inches
  • Weight: 231.5 Pounds
  • Cost: $849.99
Pros
  • Easy to assemble
  • The table is made of high grade materials
  • The table has 6 drop pockets
  • Has leg levelers
  • Comes along with 2 cue sticks, 16 billiard balls (including the cue ball), 2 chalks, a black triangle and a brush to keep your playfield clean
  • The table has rubber bumpers
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Cons
  • No ball return system

While this table has a really chill and relaxed vibe about it, you must note that it has the quality of fitting into any type of space. Be it home or in the office, the Beachcomber Pool Table can fit in anywhere.

Hathaway Maverick 7-foot Pool and Table Tennis Multi-Game

Hathaway Hustler 7’-8’ Pool Table

This stunning black and blue number are designed to please everyone, children and adults alike!

The Hathaway Hustler is a 7 to 8-foot long table which combines class and comfort seamlessly. When I first played on this table, one thing that stood out to me was its striking bright blue tube top, which is covered in a lovely blue felt along with very responsive K-66 gum rubber cushions along the edges of the table so that the pool balls can bounce off them easily. Another feature which I found very useful was the 180-day manufacturer warranty, which lets the customer assess the table well and in case they are unhappy, can have all their money back, or get a new table at no additional cost. With the automatic ball return system, now gathering all the balls after the game is easier than ever!

Hathaway Hustler 7’-8’ Pool Table

Key features –

  • Easy to assemble

The table can be set up easily with some basic tools in just a few minutes

  • Great build for higher stability

The Hustler is designed to delight. It’s matte black cabinet, laminated top rails and beautiful blue felt add sophisticated elegance to any home or office.

  • High-quality table top

Made up of a CARB certified 3/4th of an inch thick Medium Density Fibreboard and covered with a blue felt, the table is an absolute pleasure to play on.

  • Automatic ball return

Easy, seamless ball return system makes racking a snap.

  • Leg levelers

This feature makes it easy for players to adjust the table according to their requirement. The 6 inch wide levelers are very effective in doing their job.

  • Comes with all the necessary accessories

The pool table comes complete with a rack, two cues, balls, and chalk.

  • The playing surface has rubber cushions

The edges of the table are lined with K-66 Gum Rubber cushions which ensure great bouncing of the balls when they hit the edge of the table.

Table Specifications –

  • Playing Surface: (7’ table) 78-in L x 39-in W
  • Table dimensions: (7’ table) 87-in L x 48-in W x 32-in H.
  • Playing Surface: (8’ table) 88-in L x 44-in W
  • Table dimensions: (8’ table) 96-in L x 54-in W x 32-in H
  • Weight: 280 pounds
  • Cost : $789.04 – $1567.02

 

Pros
  • Very easy to assemble
  • Very strong and durable
  • Has independent leg levelers
  • The table has an automatic ball return system
  • The table is covered in a durable laminate
  • The table top is constructed with a ¾ inch CARB certified MDF with a high-quality blue felt
  • The table has to chrome finished corner connectors
  • The table comes complete with a rack, two cues, balls, and chalk.
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Cons
  • Slightly on the expensive side

The Hathaway Hustler is the classic pool table which is definitely an investment, but a great one at that.

Hathaway Hustler 7’-8’ Pool Table

  • Fusion Pool Table And Dining Table

This Belgian beauty stole my heart in a jiffy, and you’ll see why. Read on!

Ahh, one of my most favorite features ever is being able to use the table for multiple purposes. This pool table easily converts to a dining table which is capable of seating 10 people without any issues. The Fusion Pool Table  And Dining Table, which is made in Belgium, has a sleek and stylish design, which can fit easily in the dining room of your home. The table, which comes along with benches for seating, can accommodate all the benches under the table when people are in the mood of playing some pool. Being easy to switch between the table tops, this table is ideal for those people who love versatility and practicality.

Fusion Pool Table And Dining Table

Key features –

  • Sleek and stylish design

The table’s European design is particularly attractive to players, along with the lacquered aluminum or stainless steel base to match the Fusion table’s colors.

  • Easy to convert from pool to dining table and vice versa

The table can go from pool table to a dining table in just a matter of a few minutes!

  • Always ready to play

The accessories  can be stored between the pool and dining table, which make it easy to gather everything and start a game

  • Unique ball-slides

Using hi-tech nylon stretch cloth with memory, the patent-pending pockets stretch out when they collect balls, and revert to their 1/8” / 3 mm thickness after the game.

  • Easy lift system

The optional spring assisted Easy-Lift system allows to raise the Fusion table with minimal effort adding 3” / 75 mm from standard 29.5” / 75 cm dining height to optimal playing height.

  • Zero Maintenance

The table requires minimum to none maintenance

  • Auto lock and auto level feature

The system requires no maintenance and has a patent pending auto-lock auto-level feature assuring perfect leveling, and maximum stability & steadiness to the Fusion table in its upper position

  • Comes along with bench seating

The table comes along with benches which can be used to seat upto 10 people. When the benches are not in use, they fit comfortably under the table.

  • Fit for home or professional use

Be is for use for your home or your office, this table can fit in anywhere

Table specifications –

  • Comes equipped with great pocket design and unique ball slides
  • Weight – 840 pounds
  • Cost – $8,375

 

Pros
  • The table can be used recreationally as well as professionally
  • The table can be switched easily from the pool table to the dining table in a matter of minutes
  • It has a superior pocket design
  • The table comes equipped with an “easy lift” feature which lets to adjust the height of the table
  • The table can store all the necessary accessories
  • Comes designed with special ball slides to avoid stretching of the pockets of the table
  • Comes with seating benches
  • Has lacquered aluminum or stainless steel base to match the Fusion table’s colors.
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Cons
  • The table is an expensive affair for those who are just looking for a basic pool table

A table which is about as classy as a table can get, the Fusion Pool table And Dining Table is the pure luxury in the shape and form of a pool table.

Hathaway Hustler 7’-8’ Pool Table

7.  Valley-Dynamo Dynamo Sedona Coin Op 7′ Pool Table with DBA

If you are looking for a table which enhances your pool experience infinitely, then the Valley-Dynamo Dynamo Sedona Coin-Op 7 foot Pool Table is just the right pick for you.

When I first received this package, my first thought was how organized it was, even in the box. Most pool tables, when arriving in packages, make a huge racket, on account of how the balls rattle on and on. But this table helped me skip that unpleasant part altogether. Made with top-notch quality materials which are long lasting and extremely reliable, the table is made for heavy-duty usage and professional play as well.

Valley-Dynamo Dynamo Sedona Coin Op 7' Pool Table with DBA

Key features –

  • Strong and sturdy

Hardwood rails screwed into table for stronger construction and easy replacement

  • Reliable strong legs with leg levelers

The  table has reinforced ABS molded legs and easy-adjustment leg levelers

  • The table has an in built magnetic cue ball separator

Magnetic cue ball separator has no moving parts; designed to separate both magnetic and

oversized balls

  • Rubber pocket liners for longer durability

Push lock pocket fasteners secure the rubber pocket liners in place

  • “Death to the death spot” feature

The new “Death to the Dead Spot” rails are used for improved play action

  • High quality cabinet construction

High-quality cabinet construction; wear parts covered with metal or plastic for longer life

  • Superior quality table top

Heavy gauge, galvanized steel slate support. The steel plate has been imported to supply you with the best quality table tops

Table specifications –

  • Length: 93
  • Width: 53
  • Height: 31
  • Weight (lbs.): 710
  • Shipping Dimensions: 98″ L x 32″ W x 68″ H
  • Cost: $4799
Pros
  • The table is strong with hardwood rails srewed in, for added strength
  • The legs of the table are ABS molded
  • The legs of the table have leg levelers
  • The “Death to the dead spot” rails add to the improved play quality
  • High-quality construction of the steel cabinet
  • Rubber pocket liners
  • Imported slate quality
  • Magnetic cue ball separator
  • Comes along with a set of balls and 4 cues
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Cons
  • None that I can think of!

For a professional table, I think this pool table combines all the features of a great table under a super affordable price.

Valley-Dynamo Dynamo Sedona Coin Op 7' Pool Table with DBA

8. Great American 8 foot Monarch Home Billiards Pool Table

This 8-foot long pool table can become the prized possession of any homeowner in just a matter of minutes! Completely irresistible, this table will have you head over heels in love.

I personally love tables which are easy to assemble and don’t take up too much of my energy. This table fulfills that criteria well, promising a trouble free assembly. With a hinge and lock system under the table for leg storage, this table has been well thought out, to say the least. The double rollers on ball release provide a smoother action, much smoother than the other tables on the market. Apart from being made of high-quality sate, the table is also available in colors, which gives customers a choice to pick a table which they like the best. The chrome trims, which can also be requested to change to gold trims, add a level of sophistication beyond comparison.Great American 8 foot Monarch Home Billiards Pool Table

Key Features –

  • Strong and sturdy built

The body of the table is made up of high-grade plywood

  • Easy to assemble

The table promises a trouble free and simple assembly

  • Comfortable leg storage

The hinged and locked hatch under the table facilitates for easy and comfortable leg storage and cleanout

  • Dual steel slate table top

This feature provides a reliable, flat and leveled surface to play on

  • Premium Lexan ball viewer

The table comes with a premium Lexan ball viewer with retaining screws and frame

  • Double rollers on ball release

This assures the smooth action and less wearing down of the table top

  • Dome shake-proof washers on rail bolts, corners, and slate

This supports tighter and faster gameplay

  • Magnetic cue balls with cue ball lock up

Each table operates with magnetic 2 1/4″ or 2 3/8″ cue ball with 15″ cue ball lock up

Table specifications –

  • Length: 91
  • Width: 52.5
  • Height: 33
  • Weight (lbs.): 710
  • Shipping Dimensions: 102″ L x 44″ W x 60″ H
  • Cost: $3,322
Pros
  • Strong and sturdy built
  • Easy to assemble
  • Comfortable leg storage
  • Dual steel slate table top
  • Premium Lexan ball viewer
  • Double rollers on ball release
  • Dome shake-proof washers on rail bolts, corners, and slate
  • Magnetic cue balls with cue ball lock up
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Cons
  • Absolutely none!

With a table that offers you so much, what can one possibly complain about?

Great American 8 foot Monarch Home Billiards Pool Table

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