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Things To Consider When Buying An Air Hockey Table
Purchasing an air hockey table isa big purchase that requires careful thought. Not only will it take up space in your home, but you need it to be resilient through hours of gameplay without going over your budget. The right piece can also fit into your game room’s design seamlessly, without necessarily calling attention to itself and making everything feel cluttered. Here are some other factors to consider before you choose the right air powered hockey table for your space.
Choose the right size for your space and needs.
Though you might not have considered it, size is actually very important! You don’t want to buy a table only to find it’s too big or small for the space, making everything else feel off-balance. Home air hockey games are available in a wide range of sizes, from tabletop versions to larger models that can reach 90 inches in length. For reference, regulation size tables are often 84 inches long and 48 inches (or 4 feet) wide.
This variety in size reflects the different styles and intensities of play. Some tables are constructed to endure harder and more intense games, while others, such as tables for kids, are specially sized to accommodate their players. Keep in mind that as the players in your household grow in skill or age, they might outgrow the more basic models. This means you have to account for potentially upgrading your ice hockey table to something much larger and sturdier.
The best way to ensure your new purchase will fit is to measure and re-measure your space before you decide on a model. You want something that fits and provides enough space for comfortable gameplay.
Don’t forget about those features.
No two table hockey units are the same. Premium air hockey tables often boast features such as automatic, or electronic, scoring or changeable surfaces that transform into other games, like ping-pong. There are also models that feature sound effects and reactive LED lights, which activate whenever a player scores or hits the edges with the puck. Some might even offer integrated light to allow for play in dark or dim spaces for that true arcade feel.
Decide on a scoring system.
Speaking of features, scoring systems are an important part of gameplay. These can vary from table to table. Electronic scoring systems make playing at home almost like playing at an arcade, especially if the model has any additional features like sound effects. This type of system uses an infrared sensor in the goal to sense when the hockey puck drops into the goal slot. Some players find this type more appealing than mechanical puck sensors.
Other types feature manual scoring. Normally, this takes the form of a slider, which players can use to keep track of their score on their own. Either type is good, but you should consider the needs of the players. Adults might not mind manually keeping track of their goals, but children would likely prefer something that does it for them.
Consider how to power the game table.
All air hockey tables have a motor that requires an external power source. In other words, you need to plug it in – this can be a problem if you don’t consider this beforehand. Make sure you have an outlet conveniently placed near where you want to place your table, otherwise you run the risk of tripping over cords, needing an extension, and other hazards and inconveniences.
Part of this should also consider how the scoring system is powered. Not all systems use electricity. Some might require batteries separate from the electric power for the motor, so check product specifications. Buying a unit that is powered by electricity is the best option, since it will save you the money you’d have to spend on batteries.
Check the air flow.
Another important part of air powered table hockey is the airflow. The best products offer strong and consistent airflow across the entire playing surface, which allows the pucks to glide evenly. This keeps the game fair for both sides. Good-quality models will feature a 110-volt fan motor to ensure best gameplay. As a bonus, some models offer fans that run quietly, allowing you to play your game without having to yell over the motor.
Always check the materials.
Keep in mind the materials, too. Thin, laminated aluminum side rails are far less durable than solid aluminum or thick nylon rink walls. These superior rails also offer lively rebound and durability you won’t find in cheaper models. When comparing tables, remember that the brands we carry are built to last and designed to deliver fun for years to come.
Table support is also important. Steel legs or wood laminate legs are the best and most durable of the types offered. Not only will they keep your table upright, but they’ll keep the cabinet stable enough even during the fiercest of table hockey games. Leg levelers are another great feature which can keep the playing surface even and the gameplay fair.
Set a budget.
Smaller tabletop or portable models can sometimes be found for under $100, while larger versions are much more expensive. Keep in mind, though, that you pay for what you get. Cheaper models, while they might cost less initially, rarely can withstand intense gameplay and aren’t made to last very long. The much more expensive models are better for those who want years of gameplay and expect intense games.
This also includes budgeting for accessories. Pucks are usually included, but the price also affects the quality of these additional items. Some handheld pushers are designed to be more ergonomic, with durable pucks to withstand hours of play. Cheaper models offer cheaper materials and less durability, often with a one-size-fits-all approach.
Why Should You Choose West State?
At West State Billiards and Gamerooms, we believe in offering the highest quality products and game room furniture on the market. Our team prides itself on helping customers discover the right product for the entertainment space of their dreams. We can answer any questions you have and know exactly what goes into choosing the right size and style.
Our team works hard to make sure you’re satisfied with your purchase, from the time you buy in-store or online, to when we deliver it to your house. We can even install your new product for you, so you can begin playing right away!
Since 1946, West State Billiards has been providing the LA, Orange, Ventura, and San Diego Counties with premium game room furniture and accessories for the best prices. We are committed to providing our customers with the highest in customer service in all Southern California. Shop our website, contact us by phone, or come visit one of our three huge showrooms to find the best air hockey table for your home!
Air Hockey FAQs:
What is the standard size for an air hockey table?
Air hockey tables are available in a range of sizes, from more portable tabletop versions to larger models spanning up to 90 inches in length. If you’re looking for a regulation-sized table, these are usually 84 inches long and about 48 inches wide. Air hockey tables are built to accommodate different styles and play styles. Some families choose to buy smaller, less expensive models for their children only to upgrade later to a sturdier and larger table.
What makes a good air hockey table?
Rink walls, or the side rails of a table, often receive the most abuse during gameplay. For a long-lasting table, stay away from tables with thin, laminated aluminum side rails. Look for solid aluminum or thick nylon rink walls for the best rebound and durability.
The sturdiest air hockey tables are well supported with steel or wood laminate legs. They should also have leg levelers. When it comes to the motor, it should be a high output UL approved motor that is capable of providing smooth, consistent airflow without being loud. Some tables might even have two motors. Check the features of the table before you buy.
How to make an air hockey table slide better?
Over time, your table can get dirty or scuffed, causing puck action to slow down and making it difficult to play air hockey. To keep your table running properly, you need to determine what the playing surface is made of. Usually, the playing surface is made of polished or lacquered plastic, which is cheap and lightweight.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking any cleaning product can be used to keep the surface polished. Manufacturers recommend doing some research into cleaning products for specific table surfaces. This will prevent doing extra damage to the delicate playing surface. Also consider cleaning your table at least once a month for the optimum playing experience.