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As a simple yet fast-paced game, air hockey is something that you’ve probably played on an arcade before but would like to experience at home. Therefore, I’ve written down some suggestions for air hockey tables that can work in a home environment.
Whether you have your game room or man cave, or whether you just want an enjoyable home activity to do with family, friends, colleagues, and the like, air hockey can be a great physical activity to keep boredom away while indoors.
Before diving in, if you are in a hurry, here’s my top recommendation. The ESPN Sports 7-1/2-Foot Air Hockey Game Table is an overall great air hockey table with useful touch screen controls and a powerful fan.
I chose the ESPN Sports 7-1/2-Foot Air Hockey Game Table simply because it has premium touch screen controls, which makes navigating through the game settings and controlling the scoring system a breeze for beginners. The set comes with 4 standard pucks and paddles so you can have competition with more folks at home. Both sides of the table also have areas to put your air hockey accessories.
As a standard-sized air hockey table, it also has six-inch leg levelers at the bottom so you can play with ease on uneven floor surfaces. Also, airflow is optimized by the 120V UL-certified motor to keep puck action going. The high-gloss scratch-resistant surface also helps the puck to slide better, resulting in more efficient rallies.
Kids and adults alike will also enjoy the sound effects, simulating an arcade setup. Thanks to the easy set up, the only parts you need to put together are the legs, the internal fan, some wiring, and the supporters. When the puck gets to each corner, the reinforced top rails with acrylic finish reduces friction so that it is less likely to fly off the playing field.
Things I Like About This Product: The touch screen controls reduce the likelihood of broken buttons, unlike traditional arcade machines.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying This Product: Some parts of the table are a bit sharp, so you may decide to have adult supervision when kids are playing (or place soft guards to keep them safe).
The mobile app-powered Atomic 7-1/2-Foot Contour Air Powered Hockey Table uses a scoring system that connects to ScoreLinx (via Bluetooth) so you can have a more customized option for player names, scoring display, sound effects, graphics, and much more. Since it is app-based, you can also take pictures with the other players and you can set them for your scoring display.
What I like about this air hockey table is that it uses the power of your phone to customize not only the scores and all that, but also the sound effects! Yes, you can create your audio recordings that automatically play for heckling your opponent or for cheering them on!
As for the physical aspect, it is a standard 7-1/2-foot contoured air hockey table and has a quiet motor so it won’t make jarring noises during any game. It is also backed by a 90-day warranty from the manufacturer.
Things I Like About This Product: The app-based interface presents a wide array of customization features, from sound effects, player names, to custom scoreboards.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying This Product: The air hockey table is a bit bulky and more difficult to move from one place to another. However, if you’re looking for stability, you might like the added weight.
Due to its smaller size, even the most space-conscious homes can house the ESPN Sports 5-Foot Air Hockey Game Table. With two pucks and pushers, this product is perfect for those who just need a basic air hockey table in the comfort of their living space.
Equipped with an LED side panel scorekeeper that displays easily readable digits, this air hockey table also has four-inch leg levelers to adapt to uneven ground. The aprons and top rails are also constructed at just the right height to help prevent the puck from accidentally flying out of the playing field.
If you’re looking for a simple air hockey table for kids, you’d probably like this one since it’s not overwhelmingly big for children. Its UL-certified motor also distributes air evenly without causing too much noise, much like with the other ESPN air hockey tables mentioned here.
Things I Like About This Product: The simple and compact design allows it to fit into smaller spaces and also makes it less complicated to set up compared to its bigger counterparts.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying This Product: It doesn’t have all the fancy features such as touch controls so you’d have to set the scoring system using the regular push-button mechanism.
The contemporary design of the Brunswick 7-Foot Air Hockey Table – Windchill could fit most modern and minimalist-designed game rooms and man caves. As with most setups for air hockey, you only need to put the legs and the puck catchers on each end.
Although the scoring is abacus-style, this can be okay for those who prefer manual scoring. With a weight of 149 pounds, this heaviness prevents it from wobbling during play.
The table includes four pucks and two mallets for play. A pedestal base keeps it from wobbling. The legs also have a pedestal base on each to help with stability. This table is backed by a 90-day warranty for your peace of mind.
Things I Like About This Product: For stability, the weight and the pedestal base of the legs can keep it from wobbling during rough play.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying This Product: A minor caveat is that heavier pucks may not move as smoothly by the fan so you’d have to stick to the smaller ones provided by the manufacturer (or similar-sized ones).
If you prefer a smaller table and don’t have the luxury of space, the ESPN Sports 6-Foot Air Hockey Game Table might be a choice for you. However, compared to the 7.5-foot counterpart I mentioned above, this one comes with a table tennis top conversion so you can have two games in one table.
The other features, such as electronic scoring, are present although this one doesn’t have the premium touch screen controls. Scoring is done through LED bars on the side (in red and blue) and it comes with three pucks, two pushers, and table tennis accessories such as balls, paddles, posts, and the net.
For a steady game, the four-inch leg levelers allow you to keep the table in a straight position on any surface. As with most air hockey tables, all you need to attach are supporters, the fan, and the legs. There are three game modes to enjoy and you can also turn off the sound if you don’t want to disturb the neighbors (or the sleeping baby).
Things I Like About This Product: You can convert it into a table tennis platform so it is a 2-in-1 game table, which can save you space in your game room.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying This Product: It doesn’t have touch-screen controls so the mechanical buttons could be more prone to wear and tear.
For matches with more than two players, the NHL Air Powered Hockey Table is a great choice with its four sets of pucks and pushers. The forward goal design is reminiscent of the NHL action – something that’s not seen in common air hockey table layouts.
Bearing a high gloss surface, the table measures 7 x 4 feet with a height of 32 inches. As with most air hockey tables, the leg levelers help keep the surface even. However, what I like about this table is that it has beverage holders in each corner and you can also use the audio jack to connect your phone and add custom sounds.
What’s more, you can see the score clearly with large digits on the score panel, along with the time remaining and the built-in speaker for arcade sounds. It also has light-up actions when someone hits the opponent’s goal for added excitement.
Things I Like About This Product: Aside from the beverage holders, you can use the audio jack to connect your phone for customized in-game music using the speaker.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying This Product: There’s no way to electronically keep and record scores due to having a simple circuit design.
Yet another table designed with a real hockey theme, the Triumph Fire ‘n Ice LED Light-Up 54-Inch Air Hockey Table is coupled with two LED hockey pushers and a single LED puck. Unlike other air hockey tables, the game pieces of this setup all light up, which can be a unique feature that can bring about the spirit of home arcade gaming. Like our previous pick, even the goal lights up when someone scores.
The scores are also fairly easy to see with the simple platform on the side railings. Although it’s not foldable, you can still disassemble the legs and place the platform on top of a table or flat surface. This would be useful for homes with lower ceiling heights. The LED lights on the puck, however, do need to be replaced using a CR2016 3V lithium battery.
With a weight of 45 pounds, it can be easy to set up if you’re alone or if you want to move it from one room to another without much effort. Even if you do lose the game pieces, you can just replace the puck and the pushers. It accepts pucks that are 2 1/2 inches in diameter and pushers that measure at least 3 1/4 inches.
Things I Like About This Product: The LED-lit pushers and puck help add excitement to any game.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying This Product: It doesn’t have a power switch so you’d have to manually unplug it from its cord.
Yet another 2-in-1 game setup in my list is the PUCK Atlas 7-Foot Air Hockey Table with Table Tennis, which is convenient for those who also enjoy table tennis. With four strikers for air hockey, four pucks, and two paddles for table tennis, this convertible game table measures 84 x 48 x 32 inches and is equipped with leg levelers and a scratch-resistant playing surface.
If you prefer an abacus-style system, the scoring style of this air hockey table will catch your eye. However, this table also sports an electronic system – the touch controls help you to use the basic functions of the table, such as starting and stopping the game and controlling the blower.
What I like about this indoor gaming setup is that it comes with a fitted cover that you can use to keep the table clean when it’s not in use. Dust and cobwebs settling in the table holes can eventually become a real problem!
Things I Like About This Product: It is a convertible air hockey and table tennis platform in just one go. The provided cover also helps to keep dust away during storage.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying This Product: The scoring system is not electronic, although it’s not a con if you prefer abacus-style scoring!
If you prefer electronic scoring then the Atomic Blazer 7-Foot Air Hockey Table may be the pick for you! The scoring platform is on the rail (you can fold it back) so it doesn’t seem to get in the way when you store the table. It also has leg levelers and overhang rails to keep the puck on the table, it’s powered by a 120V blower that prevents dead spots.
Thanks to its design, you can also place a table tennis conversion platform over it (sold separately). There are four strikers and pucks included for multiplayer matches. With a height of 32 inches and a 48-inch width, this 7-foot long air hockey table only requires four AA batteries for the scorekeeper. Since it uses a larger-sized puck, it is less likely to bounce off due to its weight.
I reviewed this table in more detail here.
Things I Like About This Product: Aside from being easy to assemble, this air hockey table can be converted into a table tennis platform. The puck is also sized right to avoid easily flying off the table.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying This Product: Putting the batteries into the air hockey table’s scorekeeper may be a little bit tricky.
With a set of legs that may remind you of a wooden coffee table, the Hall of Games Edgewood 84-Inch Air Powered Hockey Table has a width of 44 inches and a height of 32 inches so it can fit in most game rooms and man caves. Because the wooden legs are reinforced by metal bars, it has added durability and stability.
Powered by a 120V AC fan motor to ensure no dead spots, its LED scoring platform also produces classic arcade sounds. The UV coating helps keep the playing field smooth for constant games while the aluminum top rails help prevent the puck from flying away.
Don’t let looks fool you – underneath each wooden leg is a hidden leg leveler for convenience. With four pucks and pushers included, it is nearly ready to play with minimal assembly required. Also, since it has curved metal corners on the side, which protects children from sharp edges.
Things I Like About This Product: The leg levelers are hidden underneath each leg so it doesn’t look awkward with the wood finish.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying This Product: The weight can be a problem when setting it up, but this might not be a drawback if you’re aiming for stability.
Easy conversion tables are always welcome in smaller game rooms and the Fat Cat Original 3-in-1 7-Foot Pockey Game Table is one of them. You get an air hockey, table tennis, and a pool game setup all in one convenient table. What I like is that you can just easily flip it over to change to the game that you want (and you can lock it in place!).
But let’s look into the air hockey set – it already comes with pushers and a puck. The fan for the air hockey table is quiet so it won’t become annoying. As with most of the picks here, it also has leveling mechanisms on its feet to help you play on any surface or room. Despite the 3-in-1 setup, the air hockey table doesn’t feel small (unlike most multiple game setups) since it is still 7-feet-long.
Things I Like About This Product: You can easily switch over to different games other than air hockey with the flipping mechanism.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying This Product: While there are slots for pool accessories, it doesn’t come with puck holders for the air hockey setup.
If you like game tables with a blue design, the Triumph Blue-Line 7-Foot Air-Powered Hockey Table will catch your attention. With a height of 32 inches and a width of 42 inches, it has five-inch leg levelers, while the full leg panels also help keep the table from wobbling. It uses a 110V motor for its fan and its electronic scorer lays flat on the rails so it’s unobtrusive.
You can easily operate the air hockey table using the push-button controls on the side, such as controlling the amount of time left, resetting the game, and turning the sound on or off. You get two red pushers and pucks to get started. The pucks measure 2 1/2 inches so if ever you want to add more pucks or buy a replacement for a lost one, you’ll know what size to buy.
Things I Like About This Product: The LED scoreboard isn’t protruding (it stays flat on the rails) so it’s less likely to be hit by a spectator (or a player, for that matter).
Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying This Product: The included puck might not be that heavy enough to stay on the ground since it’s small.
The MD Sports 90-Inch Air Powered Hockey Table bears a unique control panel, which arches over the playing field giving a sleek aesthetic. This way, you can easily see your score (and your opponent’s) using the lighted score bars overhead. It accepts standard 2 1/2-inch pucks.
It comes with six-inch leg levelers while the metal encasing for each leg helps with stability. With a UV-coated playfield and a 120V UL-certified motor for the blower, the legs can also be removed for those with limited space constraints. While the table is a little on the heavy side,it wouldn’t be much of a problem if you want to keep it in a certain spot in the room for a long time.
Things I Like About This Product: I like the overhead score a lot because it gives you an easy view of both players’ scores.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying This Product: It might come with factory wood smells that might not be pleasant, but it can dissipate once you’re in a properly-ventilated room.
Do you want a wood finish for your air hockey table? You might like the PUCK Ares 8-Foot Air Hockey Table, the side and the bottom base of the legs are made with textured MDF wood, which makes it easy to assemble and move from one room to another. With a 50-inch width and a 32-inch height, this air hockey table might remind you of an outdoor picnic table with its leg design.
I like that the pushers have a molded grip so you can rest easy during matches. This would be helpful for those who tend to have sweaty hands and yet still want to keep playing for hours. The basic functions use touch control buttons but the scoring system is abacus-style.
Aside from the pushes and pucks, you also get a carrying bag so you can disassemble it quickly and take to your friend’s house or the office gaming room. It’s specific size can also fit a table tennis platform over it.
Things I Like About This Product: The MDF wood not only adds style, but also has less weight for easy portability – ideal for those who’d like to play air hockey with their friends on different houses.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying This Product: Since it is not solid wood but MDF, you have to set it up in a stable place or play with it carefully to avoid it getting easily damaged.
The PUCK Apollo 7-Foot Air Hockey Table, with a 31-inch height and a 48-inch width, looks simple and classy alternative to the eight-foot table that I mentioned above. Since it comes with four pushers and pucks, it allows many players to compete at once. The time and score screens can be seen on each player’s side on the rails.
As with our previous pick it also has abacus-style scoring, yet the main control buttons are flat and touch-operated. It also comes with a carrying bag in case you want to travel with it. Additionally, it has leg levelers and comes with a nylon waterproof table cover to keep it stored and protected from the elements when not in use.
Things I Like About This Product: It comes with a carrying bag and a table cover to keep it protected in case it needs to go somewhere.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying This Product: The abacus-style scoring might make the game more difficult to tally.
The Methodology: What I Considered When Picking the Air Hockey Tables Featured Above
How did I choose the air hockey mentioned above? Here are some criteria that I based my decision upon.
When looking for an air hockey table, you must consider the design. Are the holes big enough to fit standard pucks or do you need smaller sized pucks for it? Do the corners have safe edges that are kid-friendly? Is the air hockey table leg parts stable? Are there leg levelers to help your game table stay balanced for a fair game?
You could also look at your game room or man cave to see which kind of motif or color fits best. For instance, I chose a couple of air hockey tables here that incorporate a wood finish for those who like a more rustic feel.
Most air hockey tables in the market have two to four sets of pucks and pushers, allowing you to start playing immediately. If your air hockey table also has other conversion modes, it may include the playing pieces for the other games.
When choosing an air hockey table that’s going to be used by adults, do consider one that has pucks that are a bit heavier than usual. In this way, they are less likely to fly off the playing field.
The majority of the air hockey tables I mentioned here are electronically-scoring ones, but you can also go for abacus-style ones if you like. However, electronic scoring seems to be more convenient in terms of scorekeeping.
Air hockey tables must be assembled for you to use them. I considered only tables that have a simple design for easy setup.
Leg levelers and leg supports can help keep an air hockey stable during play. If you aren’t planning to move the air hockey from room to room then do consider a heavier table to keep it from wobbling.
A good fan or blower motor should be one that blows constantly without dead spots when you plug it in.
For effortless touch screen controls, you will like the ESPN Sports 7-1/2-Foot Air Hockey Game Table, which also uses digital scoring. Unique ways to tally your scores are presented by the Atomic 7-1/2-Foot Contour Air Powered Hockey Table which uses a mobile app and the MD Sports 90-Inch Air Powered Hockey Table which has overhead scoring for easy viewing.
If your indoor area is not that spacious, you will like the ESPN Sports 5-Foot Air Hockey Game Table. Also, the PUCK Atlas 7-Foot Air Hockey Table with Table Tennis and the Fat Cat Original 3-in-1 7-Foot Pockey Game Table can help save space by converting into multiple different games.
Finally, the NHL Air Powered Hockey Table has drink holders that reduce the need for an additional table.