Hot take: of all the games at the local arcade, air hockey is the best. Skee ball is a little boring, many video arcade games can be found in an app, and pinball, while fun, can be pretty frustrating. Air hockey, though, is pretty much always fun. It’s no wonder, then, that the air hockey tables seem to always be taken.
If you want to enjoy a game of air hockey once in a while without having to duke it out with any mean 12-year-olds at the arcade, consider getting a tabletop air hockey set. While they’re not quite as thrilling as the arcade variety, it’s still a fun thing to do with friends, family, or as a party game. Just make sure you’re prepared for errant pucks.
Many tables for home use are shorter than traditional sets, so the table won’t consume your entire living room. They’re often made with kids in mind, but they’re great options for competitive adults, too. Read on for three of our favorite tabletop air hockey sets on Amazon.
1. Playcraft Sport 40-Inch Table Top Air Hockey
This small, 40” table is ideal for children, and it comes with smaller pucks and strikers than the standard affair. However, adults can still enjoy it. The set includes 2 pucks and 2 strikers, and the table has 4 legs for putting on the floor or on a coffee table.
Pros: Good air flow, ideal for smaller spaces or for children.
Cons: Legs don’t have rubber feet, so if the unit is on a table it can potentially scratch the wood.
2. Rally and Roar Tabletop Air Hockey Table
This option is also a 40” table, so it’s compact and ideal for setting on top of a table. The unit includes two strikers and two pucks. There’s are two different ways of keeping score: a digital scorekeeper and a sliding scorekeeper are included.
Pros: Includes a sliding scorekeeper and an LED scorekeeper. Legs are padded to prevent damage and scratches to whatever the table is placed on.
Cons: Air flow could be stronger.
3. JOOLA Sport Squad Table Top Air Hockey Table
This 40-inch table has 2 pucks and 2 strikers. It has no legs, meaning it should be placed directly on a table or elevated surface. The bottom of the table has rubber pads to prevent damage to any surfaces. Included on each end of the table are sliding scorers to keep track of gameplay.
Pros: Lightest-weight option on this list, thin design makes it easy to store. The table has rubber padding on the bottom to prevent scratches.
Cons: No on/off switch, pucks and strikers are not that well made.