If you are in the market for a recreational table that offers great play and is easily stored you might have come across the Joola Tour 1800 Table Tennis Table sold on Amazon.com for $605.65. It’s also sold on Megaspin.net for $499.00 OR you could get it with the iPong robot bundle for $679.00.
In this post, we will be reviewing the Joola Tour 1800 Table Tennis Table, weighing up the pros and cons of buying one and making a few other suggestions. It is our hope that after reading this, you will find it much easier to decide whether this table is right for you.
Before we get into the review, we recommend you check out Ben’s popular article, The Best Table Tennis Tables, for a comprehensive look at everything you should consider before buying a table tennis table.
You might also like to visit our Table Tennis Table Review page for our other reviews.
Joola Tour 1800 Table
In this review, we will be looking at the following factors…
- Customer Satisfaction
- The Final Word
The Joola Tour 1800 Table Tennis Table features an 18mm MDF playing surface, dual safety locking devices with two separate halves and four wheels per half for easy mobility. It has a playback feature (meaning you can put half of the table up to hit against – if you want to). And it can also be stored away very compact.
18mm Table Top
The only weakness we saw on the Joola Tour 1800 Table Tennis Table would be the 18mm playing surface. Being 18mm it offers a true-er bounce than most table and is close to competition grade play, but you would need it to be a bit thicker for a more authentic experience.
Ben talk’s a lot more about the importance of table thickness in his comprehensive article The Best Table Tennis Tables but, in short, competition tables are 25mm thick and you really need a table to be 19mm thick in order to get a “decent” bounce.
If you are just looking for a table to use for a bit of fun, recreational table tennis, and maybe a bit of training here and there, then getting the Joola Tour 1800 Table Tennis Table would be a good choice. However, if you are used to playing on “proper” tables, or planning on learning how to play table tennis at a club or perhaps playing competitively, then a 18mm table might not meet your standards.
The Joola Tour 1800 Table Tennis Table is very similar to the Joola Tour 2500 in materials and features. The biggest difference being that it’s an 18mm (vs 25mm) thick playing surface and that the frame and undercarriage are made of a 40mm (vs 50mm) squared metal.
While it is somewhat lighter than the Joola Tour 2500 Indoor Table Tennis Table, the Joola Tour 1800 Table Tennis Table weighs in at a pretty hefty 226 pounds. It’s heavy enough to provide a good, stable playing surface without being so heavy that it’s exceedingly difficult to fold and move. The sturdy 1.5-inch frame and undercarriage are built with heavy-duty welded steel and will give the table a much longer lifespan than other competing table tennis tables.
As we all know, the net makes the table. Having a professional grade table with a rubbish net will never make anyone happy and affect play greatly. Thankfully, this table comes with a Joola Professional Net System.
The posts are held in place by screw-on clamps that are made to prevent scratching the table. The net has a ring chain to adjust the tension. You want it just tight enough so it stands nicely upright. You can also use the net to level out the two halves of the table, which we found worked great.
The Joola Tour 1800 Table Tennis Table uses some of the best materials and has some of the best craftsmanship of any table in its price range. It would be a great choice for any recreational player.
Sold on Amazon.com for $605.65 it would attract anyone who plays a great deal of table tennis. But it is sold cheaper on Megaspin.net for $499.00. If you are looking at training on this table Megaspin.net also has an iPong Robot Bundle for $679.00.
3. Customer Satisfaction
The reviews on both Amazon.com and Megaspin.net have nothing but praise for this table. Here are a few things they had to say…
“I am a 43 year old father of three boys 10 and under. I enjoy an undefeated table tennis record with the boys and this table will enable me to continue my dominance for at least another half decade.”
“Great table! The setup was the main reason I purchased this table and the setup was just as the instructions indicated. The table plays excellent and we are extremely happy with it.”
“This table is fantastic. Beautiful surface and color and good bounce. Two people needed to move the table to the basement, but not a difficult task. Assembly is a breeze.”
Is this table right for you?
If you are in the market for a more serious recreational table…
Get the Joola Tour 1800 Table Tennis Table! It offers great value for money while providing consistent play. You will have a hard time finding a better 18mm playing surface.
If you are looking for a table that is truly “competition-ready”…
You’ll need to invest in a table with at least a 22mm playing surface – and that is going to be a fair bit more expensive.
Our favourite 22mm table, at a reasonable price, is the Butterfly Match 22 Rollaway. For roughly $850 you can buy a high-performance table from the leading brand in table tennis. That’s a little less than twice the Joola Tour 1800 Table Tennis Table, though.
5. Final Word
The Joola Tour 1800 Table Tennis Table is a great all around table that will give any recreational player years of fun. It is priced nicely and can endure playing on it for years to come.
Buy the Joola Tour 1800 on Amazon.com for $605.65
- But we highly recommend getting it on Megaspin.net for $499.00
- Or getting it with the iPong Robot Bundle also on Megaspin.net for $679.00
Not sure if this table is the right one for you? No problem! You can check out all of our other table tennis table reviews here.