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We have reviewed our top 15 choices below and also done in-depth reviews by brands, but if you are in a rush:
After looking at quite a few of these tables, we picked the Empire USA Signature Series The Clawson Pool Table with 1-Inch Slate Top as our favorite. With a thick slate on top and hardwood legs on the base, this table is great for simple games among friends and hard-core tournaments.
|1||Empire USA Signature Series The Clawson Pool Table with 1-Inch Slate Top||9.9||Buy on Amazon|
|2||Minnesota Fats Fullerton Billiard Table||9.8||Buy on Amazon|
|3||Mizerak Donovan II 8’ Billiard Table||9.6||Buy on Amazon|
|4||Fat Cat Reno II 7.5-Foot Billiard/Pool Game Table||9.2||Buy on Amazon|
|5||Fat Cat Pockey 7ft Black 3-in-1 Air Hockey, Billiards and Table Tennis Table||9.1||Buy on Amazon|
|6||Fat Cat Frisco II 7.5-Foot Billiard/Pool Game Table||8.8||Buy on Amazon|
|7||Hathaway Hustler Pool Table||8.6||Buy on Amazon|
|8||Barrington 90 in. Claw Leg Billiard Table||8.3||Buy on Amazon|
|9||Mizerak Dynasty Space Saver 6.5’ Billiard Table||8.2||Buy on Amazon|
|10||Hathaway Maverick Table Tennis and Pool Table||8||Buy on Amazon|
|11||MD Sports 84 in. Arcade Billiard Table||7.9||Buy on Amazon|
|12||Triumph Sports Phoenix 84" Billiard Table with Table Tennis Top||7.5||Buy on Amazon|
|13||Hathaway Fairmont 6 ft. Portable Pool Table||7.4||Buy on Amazon|
|14||HLC 55" Folding Space Saver Pool Billiard Table||7.2||Buy on Amazon|
|15||Playcraft Sport Bank Shot 40-Inch Pool Table||7.1||Buy on Amazon|
How to Choose the Ultimate Billiards Table
Type of Play
The absolute first thing to consider is the type of game you want to play. A billiards table is essentially a pool table. It comes with pocks on each corner and pockets along the center of the table for playing games with eight to 10 balls. Snooker is a slightly different games that requires you play with 21 balls that are all worth a different amount of points. As snooker tables still have six pockets, you may find that the best snooker table also lets you play a standard game of pool.
A good table will come with a surface made from slate, but this slate can measure between 3/4-inch up to 1-1/4-inch thick. Some tables come with one large piece of slate that fits under the felt, but others come with multiple pieces to make repairing broken slate easier. You’ll also find tables that come with a wood surface and no slate.
When professionals play tournaments, they play on tables that measure nine-feet long. If you want a table that will easily fit in your basement, garage, man cave or rec room, you may prefer one in the seven-foot to eight-foot range. Some companies make billiards tables as short as six-feet long for smaller homes.
To give your family more games to play and to save on space, consider one of the newer combination tables. Also called combo tables, these tables measure as little as three-feet long and come with accessories for turning the table into a card table, hockey table or soccer table. Some also come with accessories for adding a basketball hoop and net to the top.
Expert generally recommend billiards tables with hardwood rails on top. These rails surround the surface of the table and ensure that the balls stay on top. Though some may come with aluminum or plastic rails, you’ll want to make sure that the manufacturer anchors the rails to the slate or surface.
Pockets made from leather are the best type of pocket. The leather is heavy enough to ensure that the balls sink inside and won’t bounce back. Pockets made from nylon or even cloth are too lightweight and may cause the balls to sink inside and pop back out on the table.
While some companies make billiards tables that cost $10,000 or more, you can find a great pool table for half that price or even less. Many companies make tables that will work well in your home for $5,000 or less. You can pick up a solid combination table for less than $500.
Check the warranty provided by the table manufacturer before you buy. If you buy from an independent seller, you never know when that seller might shut down and stop accepting warranty claims. We recommend buying from a company with a good reputation and a long history of doing business with customers.
You may want to see if the manufacturer includes any accessories too. Having billiards balls and sticks with your table lets you play as soon as you set up the table.
Top Rated Billiards Tables on the Market
1. Empire USA Signature Series The Clawson Pool Table with 1-Inch Slate Top
We ranked the Empire USA Signature Series The Clawson Pool Table with 1-Inch Slate Top at the top of our list of billiards tables because it features a classic look that will fit in any game room. Between the bright green felt on top, the curved paw legs and dark wood stain, this is the type of table you play on while sipping a drink on the rocks or smoking from a pipe. Those large legs also do an amazing job of adding stability to the table and preventing wobbles.
The Clawson uses heavy-duty leather pockets, making it one of the only we found with real leather pockets, and that leather keeps the balls from bouncing back out. Bumpers and rails added to the top of the table give you just the right amount of spin or bounce when doing trick shots. Empire USA makes assembling this table so easy that you can do it yourself.
2. Minnesota Fats Fullerton Billiard Table
When you think of legendary pool players, Minnesota Fats probably ranks near the top of your list, and this Fullerton Billiard Table pays homage to that great player. It has the type of classic and elegant look that will work in your home for years to come and will make others want to play a game. Its design includes panels of wood veneer in a deep cherry finish and a red felt top that picks up on the red in that finish.
Its four legs are thicker at the top and taper down to a narrower point to give you added stability while matching the traditional look of the table, and it comes built-in levelers on each leg. The only reason it missed our top spot is because it uses a synthetic leather on the pockets that cannot compete with real leather.
3. Mizerak Donovan II 8’ Billiard Table
With bold colors and a unique design, this Donovan II Billiard Table from Mizerak will become the focal point of any room. Instead of sticking with traditional green, this table comes with a red fabric on the top that can hold up well during longer games, sleek metal accents on the corner pockets and a black finish on the table itself, which creates a table that would look right at home in any casino. Metal levelers on the base let you adjust up to all four legs to compensate for uneven areas.
Thicker rails coated in rubber along the top put more bounce on balls when you break and make it easier to perform trick shots. The drop pockets let you sink balls without worrying about the balls coming out and stores those balls until it’s time for a new game. Mizerak gives you balls, sticks, chalk and a rack too.
4. Fat Cat Reno II 7.5-Foot Billiard/Pool Game Table
With the Reno II Billiard/Pool Game Table in your game room, all your friends will look forward to your next party because Fat Cat designed this table with features like beveled legs and rubber bumpers. Those bumpers function like rails to keep balls from leaving the table, but the bumpers also provide just the right amount of bounce to help you land trickier shots. The table features maple veneers on the exterior and legs as well as a rich cherry finish that highlights the red fabric on top.
Though you might think the legs on this table are solid, each one actually has levelers hidden inside that make it easier to adjust the height of the table as needed, and the pockets store your balls between plays. Fat Cat gives you lots of accessories like a brush for cleaning the rails and chalk for use with the two included pool sticks.
5. Fat Cat Pockey 7ft Black 3-in-1 Air Hockey, Billiards and Table Tennis Table
If you love all the games that come with combo tables but want one that is a little more solid, we recommend this Pocket 3-in-1 Air Hockey, Billiards and Table Tennis Table from Fat Cat. Fat Cat designed this table to meet all the standards of its full billiards tables to ensure that you get years of play out of it. The Pocket is available with either a traditional green felt on top or a more unique blue felt on the surface.
Designed to save on space, this table comes with a unique top that features six pockets across the top for playing billiards, but that table flips over to become an air hockey table. You can also cover the surface with a separate top for attaching a net to play a quick game of table tennis. The Pockey even comes with built-in storage on the bottom and side for storing pucks, balls and other accessories.
6. Fat Cat Frisco II 7.5-Foot Billiard/Pool Game Table
Not everyone looking for a billiards table wants one that will stand out and take center stage in a room, which is why some will like this Fat Cat Frisco II 7.5-Foot Billiard/Pool Game Table, which features neutral colors to make the table match any room or decorating style. Those neutral colors include both a lighter and darker finish on the base cabinet and a rich chocolate brown felt on the top. The darker brown fringe surrounding each pocket matches back to that finish too.
White inlays in the shape of diamonds along the edges helps break up the brown shades, and those edges work with the rubber bumpers to keep all the balls in play on the table. Fat Cat added French-drop pockets that stick out slightly from the table to secure any ball you sink and to keep those balls from scratching, denting or otherwise damaging the wood.
7. Hathaway Hustler Pool Table
Another option from Hathaway is this Hustler Pool Table with a unique design that will make you feel like Paul Newman during friendly games. We think this is one of the most unusual billiards tables currently available because it comes with a black cabinet/base and a bright blue felt that works with the arched base to give the table an almost futuristic design. Thanks to its integrated ball retrieval system, you can now easily grab all the balls sank by players without digging into each individual pocket.
At seven-foot long, the Hustler takes up a little less space but will still make you feel like the ultimate pool shark. Cushions made from gum rubber give balls more bounce and spin when you break, and laminate top rails can withstand the pressure of fast shots. The included 57-inch pool sticks are the perfect size for this table, and Hathaway also gives you a table brush, rack, balls and chalk.
8. Barrington 90 in. Claw Leg Billiard Table
Few billiards tables have a look as elegant and classy as this Barrington Claw Leg Billiar
Table from Barrington Billiards does. Those oversize feet, which look like animal paws with sharp claws, keep the table at the perfect height for tournament or everyday play and ensure that people leaning over or sitting on the table won’t knock it over. The dark finish of the wood used on the sides and legs complements the bright green felt on top too.
Each of the six cloth pockets has an outer covering that mimics the look of leather, and this pockets do an amazing job of keeping the balls in place until you need to rack again. This table also comes will all necessary accessories for playing, including striped and solid balls, a plastic rack, cue ball and two cue sticks for taking shots.
9. Mizerak Dynasty Space Saver 6.5’ Billiard Table
Mizerak lets you play dozens of games without wasting a lot of space in your home with its Dynasty Space Saver Billiard Table. Measuring 6.5-feet long, this table gives plenty of room for setting up your next shot without getting the way of another player and without taking up as much space as standard tables do. A type of green nylon added to the top mimics the look of felt, and the table comes with leg levelers that help you compensate for uneven flooring.
Rails around the edges use rubber instead of wood or metal to give each ball a little more bounce, and the integrated ball return system makes it easy to find all those balls to set up the table for your next game. Though it uses MDF on top instead of slate, it does come with cues, balls, cue chalk and a triangle for racking those balls.
10. Hathaway Maverick Table Tennis and Pool Table
Hathaway makes another appearance on our list of billiards tables with its Maverick, which functions as both a pool table and a table tennis table. It comes with a lightweight green top that lets you set the table up for a ping pong match. You’ll also get a net that easily attaches to the top, two ping pong paddles and a few extra balls.
Though made from MDF, which isn’t as durable as hardwood or slate, this table features a thick edge that serves as a railing to keep breaks and standard shots from shooting balls off the top and red felt that won’t break as easily as normal fabric can. Chrome caps on each corner keep the balls from striking and damaging the MDF, and silver laminate on the edges matches back to the chrome. You’ll also like the arched design along the bottom and the built-in leg levelers.
11. MD Sports 84 in. Arcade Billiard Table
Our list of the top billiards tables includes those at all price points like this MD Sports Arcade Billiard Table, which will fit with most budgets. Despite costing less than some of the other models, this table has a fun design that can transform your game room into a real arcade. That design includes a black finish with chrome accents and leg levelers on each leg that match those accents as well as a deep red cover on top.
Weighing under 200 pounds, this table is one you can easily move when redecorating your rec room, and it features MDF pieces that are resistant to scratches. The drop pockets along the edges and corners are large enough to accommodate up to three balls and make it easy to remove those balls before your next game. Its steel frame adds some extra stability and makes this table last longer than those made from only MDF will.
12. Triumph Sports Phoenix 84" Billiard Table with Table Tennis Top
This Phoenix Billiard Table with Table Tennis Top will appeal to anyone setting up a game room or man cave as well as those who have children at home. At seven-foot long, it’s large enough that people can cluster around to watch a game in progress without getting in the way. Though it isn’t a traditional combination table, it does come with a table tennis top that you can lay right on top for playing ping pong as well as paddles, balls and a net.
Billiards players will like that the table features six pockets around the edges, a bright green felt top and a ball retrieval system that sends each ball hit into a pocket into a center storage area on one side. Sturdy legs come with base levelers for fast adjustments, and you get cue sticks, balls, a rack and chalk too.
13. Hathaway Fairmont 6 ft. Portable Pool Table
While this Hathaway Fairmont 6 ft. Portable Pool Table isn’t great for those who take billiards seriously, it is a good option for those who need more room. As this is a completely portable table, you can actually break it down into smaller pieces for convenient storage in your closet or under your bed before a party or a family dinner. That portable design also makes this a good choice for those who want to take it on vacation or a friend’s house.
Despite its portable design, it does come with some nice features like metal pieces around each pocket that help the ball sink and stay inside those pockets and a bright blue felt on top that offers a fun twist on the traditional green felt color. Hathaway also added melamine rails to the top of the table and levelers on the bottom of each leg for easy adjustments.
14. HLC 55" Folding Space Saver Pool Billiard Table
Take your love of pool and billiards with you to a hotel room, family reunion, school and anywhere else you go with this HLC 55” Folding Space Saver Billiard Table. Though we love that the lightweight design is perfect for those on the go, we couldn’t rank it any higher because this table is pretty flimsy when compared to standard billiards tables. While it might not be great for playing with friends at home, it’s great for those times when you want to get in a quick game.
This table works in the same way as a folding card table does and includes two sets of folding legs that actually fold flat for storing the table, but those legs have brackets that keep the legs from folding as you play. The table also features six pockets made from synthetic leather, a blue cloth top and a thin rail around the edges.
15. Playcraft Sport Bank Shot 40-Inch Pool Table
Though we included this Playcraft Sport Bank Shot 40-Inch Pool Table on our list, we put it at the very bottom because it doesn’t offer as many features as other tables and because it’s best for kids. At just 40-inches long, this table is much too small for most adult players, but that small size is great for kids just learning how to play. As it costs so much less than comparable tables, you won’t mind if your kids scratch the cloth or damage the finish either.
Made from MDF, it comes with a cabinet made from a type of laminate in a cherry finish that mimics the look of real wood. The small pockets can hold the balls during games and between games, though you may find that the pockets aren’t big enough to hold more than one ball at a time. Playcraft offers this table in a blue and red option too.
Top Choice: Empire USA Signature Series The Clawson Pool Table with 1-Inch Slate Top
The best table we found for billiards is the Empire USA Signature Series The Clawson Pool Table with 1-Inch Slate Top, which combines everything you love about a pool table with all the top features of a billiards table. It comes with large legs on each corner that look like lion’s paws and use a wood construction to ensure that your table never wobbles when making an important shot. You’ll get a one-inch slate for use on the surface that comes in three pieces for easy installation.
Measuring eight-foot long, this table will make your home feel like a real pool hall, and you can customize its look with felt of a different color. This table also ranked number one on our list because it comes with pockets made from heavy-duty leather. Those pockets ensure that once you sink a shot, that ball stays sunk and won’t come back out.