Kettler Outdoor Table Tennis

This German-made ping pong table is waterproof, which is a nice touch since it’s an outdoor table. The literature says it can withstand intense play, though not sure how intense they mean. And it’s light, at just 130 pounds, which doesn’t lend itself to durability. However, it’s made by robots! So it has that going […]

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Kettler Outdoor Table Tennis

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This German-made ping pong table is waterproof, which is a nice touch since it’s an outdoor table. The literature says it can withstand intense play, though not sure how intense they mean. And it’s light, at just 130 pounds, which doesn’t lend itself to durability.

However, it’s made by robots! So it has that going for it. The top itself is actually six layers – an ALU-TEC climate-controlled underside, a resin-treated board, an aluminum sheet, a second layer of coating, a first layer of coating, and a UV finish.

The legs are said to be 2-inches thick but they definitely are not. They’re also not sturdy. Galvanized steel? Perhaps. UV and corrosions resistant? Maybe. But the bottom line, this thing looks and feels like it would collapse in a light drizzle.

At least it doesn’t come with levelers. Yes, you read that correctly. If your outside surface isn’t fantastically flat, and how kooky would that be for the great outdoors, then you’ll have to wedge a bit of paper under one or more of those really NOT sturdy legs.

It does fold-up nicely … kind of like a taco, but that’s only if you can put it together in the first place. Instructions are nightmarish, and no part of the process is intuitive. Which is probably why they charge for assembly. Perhaps bringing along a robot or two for help.

The wheels ... oh my! They’re enormous, rickety, and there’s only four of them. Two are fixed and two swivel. Can’t even imagine the purpose of that. At that price, you should get all-wheel drive.

In the literature, there’s a photo of this table at the South Pole, where we assume the ground is exceptionally level. However, it does come with the “perfect anti-dazzle surface,” which we think means anti-glare. However, we all agree that it certainly doesn’t dazzle.

There is a playback feature, so yay for that. It’s got more patented parts than anything else we’ve ever tested. And it’s blue!

The warranty is two years for commercial use, and one year for home use. Both head-scratchers, as there is no way this table will ever last that long in either environment.

Specifications at a glance

  • Dimensions: 108”L x 60”W x 30”H / Weight: 130 pounds

  • Folded dimensions: 19.29” x 60” x 67”
  • 4.5-inch dual-wheeled casters
  • Warranty: 2-Year Residential/1-Year Commercial Warranty
  • Board Thickness: 0.87 inches
  • 2-inch powder coated, galvanized steel legs?

Features at a glance

  • Stores nicely and easily
  • Has a playback option
  • Dual lever safety fold
  • Weather proof, even at the South Pole
  • Table top powder-coated paint is UV and impact resistant
  • Comes with two paddles, six balls
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