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Joola Inside Table Tennis Table 15mm $300 at Amazon

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Amazon has the Joola Inside Table Tennis Table 15mm for $300

https://www.amazon.com/JOOLA-Insi...ola+inside

They also have the 18mm for $426

https://smile.amazon.com/JOOLA-In...68&sr=1-10

I've been looking for a table and following the recent threads here on other tables, and today this deal comes up. Research shows the Joola Inside is widely praised, in large part due to how easy it is to put together and maneuver, but also for its generally high quality and playability for the money.

To many the table thickness is a drawback, others may see value in a lighter table that still plays really well.

The Joola Signature at Sears is another great option, but this one may be better for some. I'll decide between the two today.

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OMG - There are so many types of Joola tables on Sears site - some even for $199. However, this one OP posted is listed on the Joola site whereas the $199 ones are not. What makes this better than the $199 ones (like this - http://www.sears.com/joola-arc-2p...ockType=G1)
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Thanks OP. Was upset this didn't go on sale on BF. Had been waiting on this for the family Christmas gift.
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I purchased the Sears Signature. It has a 1' table and ended up being $252 during their black Friday weekend sale. It has gone on sale at other times as well.
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For those who have previously researched in inches.
15mm is just over 1/2" (0.59"), towards the lower end of quality.
19mm is 3/4", which is better
25mm is 1" is high quality

edit changed 1/8 to 1/2
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For those who have previously researched in inches.
15mm is 1/8", towards the lower end of quality.
19mm is 3/4", which is better
25mm is 1" is high quality
1/8" would kill the deal.

15mm is actually .6 inches.
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I just decided to get this one over the Signature at Sears. It's light weight and ease of setup fit my needs better than the thicker top, and the reviews are overwhelmingly great.

That done, anyone have a recommendation on some good, reasonably-priced paddles? The table will be use mostly by my kids, 11 and 17, and their friends so I certainly don't need paddles that cost as much as the table.
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Hmm wonder what the text is supposed to be after this:

" Simply utilize the 2-piece design and unfold one half while leaving the other vertical for solo playback mode. Good morning,"

Nice looking tables. I've played some semi-competitive ping pong at a local rec center, these tables look about as good as the ones they use.
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Can this be used in a covered garage?
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Can this be used in a covered garage?
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Can this be used in a covered garage?
It would be ok for a while, but eventually humidity would cause it to warp and deteriorate.
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Can this be used in a covered garage?
Of course. If you have an indoor table, all it means is that you shouldn't expose it to the elements. Otherwise, moisture from rain and snow will warp the wood.
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Not a slick price
Samsclub had better than this one for 299
They might still have
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I have been following these threads too. I ended up getting the $199 Joola from Sears today as it came down to $180 with the 10% sporting goods coupon and earned $90 back in SYWR. Hope it fits in the minivan when we go to pick it up!!
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Can this be used in a covered garage?
It depends on where you live...

If you live in ND or FL, then the extreme cold, or extreme heat+humidity will quickly warp a thinner table. This might be in 2-3 years, or it might be in 5-7.

In my opinion/experience, the quality of the material, the design, and whether you abuse it makes more of a difference. If the 2 pieces of wood are supported at the edges, with no braces/frames supporting the middle, then it will stressed more and sag quicker. If you leave the table open all the time, and put heavy stuff on it, sit on it, then it will sag sooner.

Looking at this particular table, the support appears to be good (evenly distributed load), but based on other deals that came up recently (black friday at Sears and Dick's sporting Goods), this particular deal for a 15mm thick table for $300 is not so good...

For most recreational players, a little bit of bowing or warping isn't noticeable. To me, the biggest potential damage/defect is chipping/scratching/damage to the playing surface. I.e. if you leave a cold bottle of beer on the table over night, the paint will most likely bubble up and ruin the playing surface. When the ball hit that surface, it will bounce funny... which is no fun! :-)

The benefit of a thicker table is actually to get a consistent bounce. If you have a thin table, the bounce at the center is noticeably different than at the edge, where it is supported by the metal rails. Also, a thicker table will be more resistant to warpage. The problem with a thicker table is that you need to move 175-250Lbs from the store, and every time you need to relocate it (basement, garage, etc.)

Another recommendation: Look on craigslist for used tables. Much cheaper than buying new... For rackets and balls, if you have a Chinatown in your city, often, the bookstore/stationary store/trinket store/general store will have them for cheap. These store sells them for 100% more than what they cost in China, but unless you're flying to China, this is the best deal for decent table tennis equipment.
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