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Guide to buying an Air Hockey Table
by Mark Robbins
So you're looking at how to buy an Air Hockey Table for your home... this Air Hockey guide is designed to help you find the Hockey Table that best suits your needs, within your chosen price range. The opinions expressed here are based on my 40+ years of playing competitive air hockey, and over 30 years of involvement in the manufacturing and design of high quality air hockey tables.
First... this guide will focus primarily on new tables. If you're looking for a used air hockey table, and have the room, I would suggest searching for a full-size (8 ft.) coin or home table that is sanctioned for play by the USAA (U.S. Air Hockey Association). The USAA standards are stringent and over the past 35 years they have only sanctioned the highest-quality tables that meet the demands of the world's best players. A list of USAA-sanctioned tables can be found in the USAA rules section on either goldstandardairhockey.com or airhockeyworld.com. Sanctioned tables would be from Brunswick (coin model); some Dynamo models (coin and home); and most Gold Standard Games models (coin and home). Sometimes you can find a good quality used air hockey table for sale at a reasonable price.
NEW AIR HOCKEY TABLES
Brand-new tables for home use can be divided into two basic types: small-puck models (using lighter-weight pucks of 2 1/2” diameter or less), and large-puck models (using full-size pucks of 3 1/4” diameter or thereabouts). The small-puck tables will tend to be lower-priced and mostly made in China. The large-puck tables will be higher-priced and usually made in the U.S.
When buying a new air hockey table, you generally get what you pay for. The smaller-puck models have weaker air flow, thus they must use a smaller, lighter-weight puck. The downside is that the puck will tend to fly off the table a whole lot more than the tables that use the large-size puck. The advantage of the small-puck tables is, of course, affordability. Most of these air hockey tables will sell for under $1, 000 and some table-top varieties, even under $100. The small-puck tables are usually adequate for children up to 8 or maybe 10 years old. With players 10 years of age or older, the puck will start to fly because of more force behind the shots.
The large-puck air hockey tables are more heavy-duty and are designed for play by adults as well as children. Many of the large-puck tables are commercial-grade, meaning they are identical to the coin-op models with the exception of a free play button replacing the coin mech. Some of these tables are USAA-sanctioned which means that they are eligible for use in State, National, and World Championships. The commercial-grade tables will be heavier and much more...