Want to buy a Joola table tennis table but aren’t sure which to choose? Or are you trying to decide whether Joola is the right brand for your requirements? In this article, we review five of the best Joola tables for indoor, outdoor and tabletop use.
There’s no doubt that Joola are one of the best brands for table tennis tables. The company’s tables are built to a high standard, have great bounce and provide excellent value for money. They also build a wide range of models, from mini tables for children up to tournament-standard playing surfaces.
The only downside is that it can be difficult to know which to choose. To help you make the right choice for your requirements, I’ve put together a list of my five favorite Joola tables below.
Which Are the 5 Best Joola Table Tennis Tables?
Listed below are my 5 top recommendations for a Joola ping pong table. Each of these models provides excellent value, but the right option for you depends on your experience level, requirements and budget. Make sure you read each review carefully to choose the best option. If you want to see the top models from all brands, check out our best ping pong table page.
Our Favorite Joola Indoor Model…
1. Joola Tour 2500
If you’re looking for tournament-standard bounce without spending a fortune, the Joola Tour 2500 is probably the best option on the market. It’s an outstanding table with a 25mm playing surface and highly consistent bounce – yet is available for considerably less than similar models.
When it comes to bounce consistency and height, the key factor is surface thickness. The minimum I recommend for an indoor table is 15mm, but for serious practice you need 19mm or above. For mimicking tournament play, a 25mm table is usually required.
That’s why the Tour 2500’s 25mm playing surface is such an important feature. It provides superior bounce to models with thinner surfaces, so it’s great for serious games or tournament practice. It’s also the main reason the Tour 2500 is USATT approved.
Aside from the playing surface, the 2500 is a folding table that’s split into two halves. This makes it easier to store or use in playback mode. The legs and undercarriage are heavy-duty and built to last, while the surface itself is highly durable. A bonus is the competition-ready net set, which is much higher quality than the nets usually included with tables.
One of the reasons the Tour 2500 is cheaper than other 25mm models is because it’s not built with competition-grade matte, like more expensive alternatives such as the Joola Atlanta. It can still provide tournament-quality bounce though – and for a much lower price.
Beware: The thick surface means it’s a relatively heavy table. This is a small price to pay for such an excellent playing surface though.
Note: If the 2500 is too expensive, Joola also produce the similar Tour 1500 and Tour 1800 models with 15mm and 18mm playing surfaces respectively. While these models can’t match the pro bounce of the 2500, they are excellent tables for entry-level play – plus they are lighter and easy to move around the house.
Summary: The Joola Tour 2500 is an outstanding ping pong table if you want tournament-standard bounce on a budget. It’s durable, easy to store and provides a fast game – what more could you want?
- Thickness: 25mm
- Table Type: Indoor Only
- Price Range: $$$$
- Excellent value considering the tournament bounce
- Split into two halves for easy storage
- Relatively heavy
Our Favorite Joola Outdoor Model…
2. Joola Outdoor
If you’re looking for an inexpensive outdoor table that can still provide a decent playing surface, the Joola Outdoor is a great choice. It’s currently #2 on our list of outdoor ping pong tables – and it’s a lot of fun to play on.
As you would expect, the Outdoor is built to withstand outside weather conditions. The undercarriage is powder-coated, so it can survive harsh winter months, while each leg has a leveler for uneven ground. It also has an aluminum / plastic composite playing surface which is highly durable.
Speaking of the playing surface, the 6mm thickness means it can’t match the bounce quality of indoor tables. This is the case for almost all outdoor models though (the Kettler Outdoor 10 being a notable exception).
With that said, the Joola still provides decent bounce. If you want a table that’s enjoyable to play on, while being durable enough to be used outside, it’s an excellent option.
Additionally, it’s relatively easy to put together, so you shouldn’t need to spend hours fiddling with screws or trying to decipher the instruction manual. Once built, the heavy-duty caster wheels make it easy to move the two separate halves around the garden. I recommend buying a high-quality cover to protect it from rain and wind when stored though.
Note: For a round-up of outdoor tables from all brands, visit this page.
Summary: When it comes to weatherproof tables for recreational games, the Joola Outdoor is hard to beat. The 6mm playing surface provides surprisingly consistent bounce, so it’s fun to play on. It’s also durable and provides great value.
- Thickness: 6mm
- Table Type: Outdoor
- Price Range: $$
- Highly durable and built to last
- Decent bounce considering the price
- 6mm playing surface can’t match indoor tables for bounce quality
Our Favorite Joola Conversion Top…
3. Joola Conversion Top with Foam Bottom
Conversion tops can be a useful alternative if you’re tight on space or money. Most can’t match the bounce of a “proper” table, but they are cheaper, lighter and good enough for beginners or even keen amateurs.
One of the best tabletop converters is the Joola Conversion Top, due to its surprisingly consistent bounce and table-saving padding. It’s designed for a billiard table, but can be used on a variety of tables up to 8′ long (such as pool, foosball and even dining tables).
As you would expect from a Joola table, this model is built to a high standard. It has a 15mm MDF playing surface, which is thicker than many conversion tops and provides decent bounce for the price. The surface is split into two halves, which makes it easy to store, while the MDF should prevent it warping.
One of my favorite features of the Joola is the padding. Unlike many conversion tops, which have small areas of padding on each corner, the underside of this model is entirely covered in protective foam. This is great for ensuring the table underneath doesn’t get scratched during a game.
The main drawback is the weight. It’s relatively heavy, mainly due to its thick playing surface, so it’s not the most mobile. The upside is that this heavy and thick design provides a fast paced game.
Summary: The Joola Conversion Top has a solid 15mm playing surface and surprisingly decent bounce. It’s not suitable for serious games (like most tabletop converters), but for practicing or recreational play it provides great value for money.
- Thickness: 15mm
- Table Type: Indoor Only
- Price Range: $$
- Fast surface and decent bounce
- Split into two halves to save space
- One of the heavier conversion tops
Other Notable Mentions
4. Joola Nova DX
A step up from the Joola Outdoor is the Nova DX. It’s an all-weather table that’s USATT approved, plus it comes with a tournament-standard net and a highly durable undercarriage.
Like the Outdoor, the Nova DX has a 6mm playing surface made from a combination of aluminum and plastic. This resists warping, so it should last a long time, while providing a relatively fast game and decent bounce.
It also has a weatherproof undercarriage made from rust-resistant metal. As with most Joola tables, it’s split into two parts for easy storage and sits on 3″ wheels.
A bonus is that the Nova DX comes 95% pre-assembled. Joola estimates assembly should take around 15 minutes, which might be optimistic, but it shouldn’t take long. I recommend getting a friend to help with assembly though, as it’s difficult on your own.
Despite being an excellent table, I don’t see much reason to buy the Nova DX over the standard Outdoor. Both are great for playing ping pong outdoors, but the Nova DX doesn’t provide enough extra to justify the significantly higher price. With that said, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with either model.
Summary: The Nova DX is a great table for outdoor ping pong. The folding two-part design, easy assembly and heavy-duty wheels make it a convenient model to use, while the 6mm playing surface provides decent bounce. If you’re on a tight budget, go for the standard Outdoor though.
- Thickness: 6mm
- Table Type: Outdoor
- Price Range: $$$
- Great bounce for an outdoor table
- Easy to put together and highly durable
- More expensive than the standard Joola Outdoor
5. Joola Inside 15
If you just want a table tennis table for family games or playing with friends, you don’t need to spend thousands on a high-end table. With that said, you also shouldn’t buy the cheapest 12mm tables, as they have horrible bounce and won’t last long.
A good compromise is the Joola Inside 15. It’s a relatively cheap table, yet has a 15mm playing surface and a durable design. It’s also made from folding halves, so it’s easy to store or move around the home.
The playing surface is made from MDF, which provides decent bounce that’s relatively consistent. It can’t match the Tour 1800 or 2500, but for family games it’s certainly good enough. If you want a table for serious practice, however, go for a table with at least 18-19mm playing surface.
Like most Joola tables, it comes mostly assembled, so you just need to attach the legs with bolts and setup the net. The undercarriage is made from 1.5″ steel legs, which is thinner than more expensive models but sturdy enough for home use. There are also leg levelers for uneven surfaces.
Summary: The Joola Inside 15 can’t match the company’s best models – but it’s not designed to. Instead, it’s built to provide a decent playing surface for a great price. If you’re looking for a table for recreational play, it’s an excellent choice.
- Thickness: 15mm
- Table Type: Indoor Only
- Price Range: $$
- Decent bounce from the 15mm MDF surface
- Great value for money
- Not thick enough for serious practice
What About the Joola Midsize?
The Joola Midsize is a compact table that’s designed for people that don’t have enough space for a full size model. It’s relatively cheap, as you would expect, and has dimensions of 6’x3′ instead of 9’x6′ for a regulation table.
To be completely honest, I’m not a fan of mini or small tables. They get players into bad habits, even if the surface provides reliable bounce. I usually recommend looking for an outdoor table instead – although this isn’t always possible if you live in an apartment. Tabletop converters can also be a good alternative if storage is the problem.
With that said, if you have no other option then a compact table can still be fun to play on – and the Joola Midsize is one of the best on the market. It’s 100% pre-assembled, regulation height and comes with a Joola net. It’s also inexpensive compared to full size models, although you’ll need to buy a racket/paddles and balls as they aren’t included.
What About “X” Model?
The five reviews on this page are all excellent models, and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with any of them. They aren’t the only high-quality tables produced by Joola though. Here’s a quick overview of some of the others that didn’t quite make this list:
- Joola Victory. The Victory is a two-piece rollaway table that’s designed for family games. It’s regulation size and great for fun games, but I don’t recommend it for serious practice.
- Joola Rally TL 300. The Rally TL is a 15mm table with some useful extras, such as ball holders and an abacus scorer. It’s more expensive than entry-level models, but has decent bounce for recreational players.
- Joola Signature. The Signature is a folding table with an excellent 25mm playing surface. It’s a fast paced table that provides great value – although it’s not always easy to find.
- Joola 3000 SC. If you’re looking for a professional table tennis table, the 3000 SC could be a good choice. It has an Olympic-standard 22mm playing surface, 50mm metal frame and adjustable levelers, along with an excellent net. It’s expensive though, which is why I recommend the Tour 2500.
- Joola World Cup DX30 Championship Series. With an astonishing 32mm table top, the DX30 is probably the thickest model on the market. This provides excellent bounce consistency, although I don’t think it’s much better than the Tour 2500.
- Joola Triumph 15. The Triumph 15 is similar to the Inside 15, as it has a 15mm MDF surface that’s great for recreational players.
Where Can I get Spares, Replacement Parts or Instruction Manuals?
The first place to look for replacement or spare parts is on Google. There are a number of smaller stores that sell Joola spares, but make sure you get the exact part for your model of table. You can also try larger stores such as Amazon or Sears. If that fails, try contacting Joola directly.
If you’ve lost the instructions for your table, you can find them here.
Where is the Best Place to Buy a Joola?
Most major retailers sell Joola tables, as they are amongst the most popular on the market. Online stores such as Amazon, Sears, Walmart and many others stock a range of Joola models. You can also find them at MegaSpin and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Most retailers offer regular sale prices, so make sure you check regularly.
Joola produce some fantastic ping pong tables for a range of budgets and skill levels. Regardless of your requirements, there’s almost certainly an excellent Joola model available.
To summarize this article, here are my top picks from this brand:
- The best Joola ping pong table is the excellent Tour 2500. The 25mm playing surface provides tournament-standard bounce for a very reasonable price. I highly recommend it.
- For playing outside, the Joola Outdoor is a great option. It provides good value and decent bounce, plus it’s cheaper than the Nova.
I hope this article has helped you find the right Joola table tennis table for your requirements. If you have any questions, please use the comments form below. Thanks for reading!