You won’t find a shortage of foosball table brands. If you need proof, visit Amazon.com where 50 of them are listed. Sorting through all of those brands can be overwhelming for those shopping for a table.
A list of the top foosball table brands is pretty subjective. How exactly does one create such a list? What’s the criteria? The common denominator among top brands in any industry is quality. Here are some brands that I believe deliver in this area.
You won’t find many who will dispute that Tornado has the best line of tables. They’re used at professional tournaments all around the world. Tornado originated in 1970, so they have stood the test of time.
If you read enough customer reviews, you will notice a trend. That is, if you really want a high quality foosball table, get a Tornado. I recall reading a customer review that was dissatisfied with the table they bought. They went on to say that they should have just bought a Tornado. You simply can’t go wrong buying one.
They have four tables to choose from, all priced between $1000-$2000. You could argue that each one is the best table out there at their respective price.
The best of the best is their T-3000 model, which has just about everything you ask for. What I really like about their tables is the 3/4″ playfield. I have seen few other brands match this thickness. I have seen some as thin as 3/16″ – such a surface is bound to warp and break down sooner rather than later.
They haven’t been around as long as Tornado, but might be one of their biggest competitors long-term. Shelti is a brand under the company Gold Standard Games, which has been in the business of producing arcade games for over 65 years.
A man named Mark Robbins bought Shelti back in 2010. He is well-known for his work in the Dynamo Company that produces the Tornado tables. You can tell that Robbins values quality based on what he has produced so far.
Shelti’s top-of-the-line table is the Pro Foos III. It’s coin-operated, so it’s not meant for home use, but it weighs a robust 375 pounds. Their professional series tables are as nice as any you will find on the market outside of Tornado. They’re attractive, made with high quality, and have features that experienced players value.
Garlando is an Italian company that has been around for more than 60 years manufacturing ping-pong tables, pool tables, air hockey tables, and of course foosball tables. Some of their foosball tables are very unique in design, but others are more traditional, giving the customer a wide range of choices.
The G-500 in particular has an indoor and outdoor version that is built to handle the elements.
You can see the European flavor in their tables, but they do make ones that are geared towards an American style of play. Garlando has received awards for safety, and that is evident with their telescopic rods that prevent players from being poked. They don’t have the heaviest tables, but the quality is top-notch.
They have coin-operated tables for commercial use, but have a vast line of residential tables. The G-5000 is their highest priced non-coin operated table. It features a highly durable 1-1/2″ thick plywood cabinet and 2/3″ diameter steel telescopic safety bars.