When designing a game room, the priority is often setting up a pool table and your entertainment console. But one game that shouldn’t be overlooked is foosball. The great thing about foosball is that it’s fun pretty much no matter your skill level. Take a game of pool, for example. If one person is practically a pro and the other isn’t sure what the 8 ball is, it’s not going to be very fun for either player. But foosball has that perfect mix of randomness, skill, and simplicity that makes for a good time when playing against mismatched abilities. Foosball can also be played with various numbers of players. Plus, the rules are so simple that if you’ve somehow never played it, you can learn how in about 15 seconds. In other words, it’s the perfect party game.
Another great thing about foosball is that it’s low maintenance in the way that a pool table isn’t. Pool tables require some amount of care, as cues and chalk can damage the expensive felt. Foosball tables, on the other hand, are meant to be roughed around with (not too much, of course). But if you want a foosball table that can stand up to that level of abuse, you might have to spend a little more for something made out of quality materials. For example, solid wood and composite are high quality but cost more, and particle board is inexpensive but lower quality. Even among high-quality tables, there’s a good deal of variation in types of tables. “American” tables, for example, have three players on the goalie rod, whereas “European” tables have one player. This will come down to a matter of preference, but we’ve included both kinds on the list below.
One thing you’ll want to consider if you’re a casual player is the amount of space you have. There are foosball tables that are tables in a traditional sense, meaning that they have legs, but others are tabletop games and are intended to be placed on top of another table. If you have a game room or a large living room, then a full-size table might be a good bet. For some, tabletop games will be better suited to their space. We’ve rounded up a few different kinds of tables, including European and American, and tabletop and full-size below.
1. KICK Triumph 55″ in Black Foosball Table
If you’re willing to spend the money on it, this set is a great option. The players are counter balanced, meaning they return to an upright position when not in play. The players are also interchangeable. You can swap between the counter-balanced solid-color pieces or the players in uniform. To add to the customizable nature is the fact that you can swap between one goalie or three goalie setups.
Pros: This foosball table is a good option for how customizable it is. You can swap the players for the included uniformed players, and you can switch between a three-goalie setup and a one-goalie setup.
Cons: Assembly can be somewhat challenging, and the instructions are lacking.
2. Rally and Roar Foosball Tabletop Games and Accessories
A solid tabletop option is this pick from Rally and Roar. It features a colorful orange and blue motif, and a 40″ x 20″ playing field. The players come pre-attached to the rods, making for easier assembly. The American style setup features three players on the goalie rod. The foam-padded base is designed to prevent damage to whatever surface you’re playing on.
Pros: Large playing field but a compact overall size. Relatively easy assembly, and lightweight enough to move around.
Cons: Legs are not the most sturdy, and they can cause the table to slide.
3. Best Choice Products 48in Competition Sized Wooden Soccer Foosball Table
For something with a throwback feel, this option from Best Choice Products has a classic, natural-wood finish. It’s set up in the European-style orientation, meaning that there’s a single goalie. There are fold-out cup holders on either side of the table, and the table is made to competition-size standards.
Pros: This table has a classic wood-paneled look. There are fold-out cup holders on either side of the table, and it’s made from a durable composite-wood material. The rod handles have comfortable and ergonomic grips.
Cons: A common assembly error is to install the players backward when assembling, so it’s a good idea to be mindful of that.
4. Rally and Roar Foosball Table Game
This standard-size offering from Rally and Roar has a minimalist look with solid black legs and dark wood panels. There are several smart features like ramped edges on the outer parts of the playing field, which prevents the ball from getting stuck in corners, as well as leg levelers to ensure even play. Simple black abacus-style sliding scorers and an internal ball return slot make for a professional-looking table.
Pros: Sleek and stylish looking table with brown wood paneling and detailed painted players and realistic soccer balls. Levelers on the table legs prevent imbalance, and ramped edges on the table prevents dead zones.
Cons: Somewhat tricky assembly.
5. Hathaway Playoff 4’ Foosball Table
Another standing version of the foosball table is this option from Hathaway. It has a colorful design, including interior paneling featuring images of a cheering crowd. The legs have built-in levelers, so you can adjust the table to make sure it’s even on whatever surface you’re playing on. This table is set up so that there are three goalies per team.
Pros: Adjustable legs ensure that you will have an even playing field. Screen-printed images of a stadium and a realistic-looking grass field for more exciting play. 40″ x 22″ playing field dimensions are small enough for kids but big enough for adults.
Cons: Instructions are not that intuitive.
6. Atomic Pro Force 56″ Foosball Table
This foosball table is a full-size option. It’s 56″ long, making it equivalent to regulation size tables. It has an internal ball return and a hole for dropping the ball into the field. The American-style setup means that there are three goalies per side. The table has a sophisticated, retro look. The sides have light wood paneling, the scoring sliders have a shiny metal look, and the players and field are done in a minimalist black and white colorway.
Pros: Stylish, retro look with light wood paneling makes it a good fit for any game room. There are also adjustable leg levelers to ensure even playing.
Cons: There are some “dead spots” on the table where the players can’t reach the ball.
7. Sport Squad FX40 40 inch Table Top Foosball Table
Tabletop versions of foosball are great because they save space and are (typically) far less expensive than the full-size versions. This one by Sport Squad is 40″ x 20,” making it a compact option compared with the others on this list. However, it’s still large enough to be played by adults. The miniature legs of the table have a foam bottom, protecting your coffee or kitchen table from damage. Assembly is designed to be quick and easy, and the players come attached to the rods.
Pros: Affordable and relatively easy to assemble. Its more compact size makes it a good option for kids, but it’s still large enough for adults to play.
Cons: Mini legs are not that sturdy. There is no hole on the side to drop the ball into the playing field, which is a common feature on most foosball tables.