What could be better than having your very own pool table? Instead of throwing away quarters at the local bar or pub, you can now improve your game and have fun with loved ones in the comfort of your own home. While there are a number of pool tables out there, the one we kept coming back to was the Fusion Pool Table and Dining Table (View on Amazon.com).
With its sleek design and contemporary lines, this is the type of table that will turn heads and amaze your guests. The top lifts off to reveal an elegant pool table, but when you add a few benches, you can enjoy meals on this table too.
Our Favorite Pool Tables On The Market
|1||Fusion Pool Table and Dining Table||9.9||Buy on Amazon|
|2||Shelti Dual Coin Operated Pool Table in Cherry||9.8||Buy on Amazon|
|3||Shelti Dual Coin Operated Pool Table in Charcoal||9.8||Buy on Amazon|
|4||Dynamo Sedona Coin Op 7' Pool Table with DBA||9.5||Buy on Amazon|
|5||8' Great American Monarch Home Billiards Pool Table||9.3||Buy on Amazon|
|6||Minnesota Fats Fullerton Billiard Table||8.8||Buy on Amazon|
|7||Valley Pool Table 88in - Black Cat||8.6||Buy on Amazon|
|8||Playcraft Extera Outdoor Billiard Table with Playing Equipment||8.4||Buy on Amazon|
|9||Empire USA Signature Series The Empire Pool Table with 1-Inch Slate Top||8.3||Buy on Amazon|
|10||Empire USA Signature Series The Northman Pool Table with 1-Inch Slate Top||8.2||Buy on Amazon|
|11||EImperial Chestnut Pool Table 8ft - The Westwood||8||Buy on Amazon|
|12||Empire USA Signature Series The Clawson Pool Table with 1-Inch Slate Top||7.8||Buy on Amazon|
|13||Imperial Eliminator 8-Feet 3/4-Inch Slate Pool Table with Drop Pocket||7.5||Buy on Amazon|
|14||Imperial International 7 ft. Non-Slate Outdoor Billiard Table with Accessories||7.4||Buy on Amazon|
|15||Valley Tiger Pool Table with Ball Return||7||Buy on Amazon|
How to Choose the Right One
Every pool table is a little different, which is why you need to look over our list of the things to look for in a pool table to make sure you bring home the best one.
Commercial Design vs. Home Design
A commercial pool table will usually have a locking system that locks the balls and a panel on the front that requires you put in some money to play. Home designs lack those features and are better for those who just want to play. Furniture models are usually a little smaller too.
If you want to save as much space as possible, look for a combo model. Some models function as both a kitchen or dining room table and a pool table. Other models come with built-in features that let you play other games like table hockey and poker.
Dimensions are especially important for those who have limited space. Commercial models are usually around nine-feet long and give you a larger playing area. Models designed for home use can range between seven-feet and eight-feet long, though some tables are even smaller.
While you may find some inexpensive models that come with felt laid directly on top of wood or medal, you generally want a table that has slate underneath the surface. This creates a smoother and more level surface that makes balls roll and move faster. The top tables come with at least one piece of slate under the felt.
Most pool tables come with a layer of felt on top in a rich and brilliant shade of green. If you want something a little different for your home, you can look for tables with felt in shades of blue, red and even purple. Some manufacturers also make tables with professional and college sports team logos in the center of the felt.
Repairing the felt on a pool table can be expensive, which is why you should look for tables that have a durable layer of felt on top. The thicker the felt is, the longer it will last. You should also look at any materials mixed with the felt to ensure the thicker felts won’t interfere with where your ball goes.
The top rails are the rails that wrap around the top of the table and keep your balls from jumping over the side. Some tables come with rails made from two pieces that will last longer than other rails will. While laminated rails are less expensive, these rails usually do not offer the support that you need.
Looking at the overall design of the table’s legs will give you a good idea of how much those legs will actually support the table. Thinner and more ornate legs might look great but usually do not do a very good job of supporting both the table and the weight of anyone leaning or sitting on it. For homes with a lot of action, shorter and more squat legs are usually better.
Top Options On the Market
Fusion Pool Table and Dining Table
As much as you love the idea of having a pool table, you probably wonder if you really have enough space. Fusion designed this pool table and dining table for those with limited space. While it comes with everything you need to play a game of pool, the lid actually snaps right back into place for using this as a dining room or kitchen table.
Its patented design includes a small void that sits between the felt and the lid. That void is just large enough for storing your cues, balls and even rack. Once you put the lid back on though, no one will ever guess that this is a pool table.
Nylon pockets on each corner sit flush with the table and won’t poke out when it’s in dining mode. The nylon pockets expand slightly to keep your balls from flying off the table and then move right back into place after you remove those balls.
With clean lines and a cool design, this pool table and dining table is suitable for any type of home. You can customize the way it looks with chairs and benches of your choosing too.
Shelti Dual Coin Operated Pool Table in Cherry
For a table that feels just like those you play on in your favorite bar or restaurant, you can’t go wrong with this dual coin operated pool table from Shelti. Slots on the side can accept coins, dollars and paper money and even credit card or debit cards. While designed for commercial use, this model will also work well in your home and will let you save some money as you play.
These pool table comes with the bright green felt that is a classic feature of a pool table on the front and shorter and squat legs in each corner. Those squat legs add some stability to the table and ensures that it won’t tip over as you make trick shots. Each corner catches the balls that you hit and sends those balls to the internal return system.
That system ensures that no one gets a free game without your permission. You can use the included keys to bypass the money feature to play whenever you want, and you can use those keys to unlock the balls or empty out the money too. Shelti offers this model in a rich cherry finish that will brighten up your game room and make the table the new focal point of the room.
Shelti Dual Coin Operated Pool Table in Charcoal
This dual coin operated pool table from Shelti is similar to the last model but comes in a charcoal finish. That deeper and darker finish picks up and highlights the green felt on top. It also comes with squat legs in a dark color that work with the charcoal finish to create a cooler and more modern looking table.
One of the best features of this pool table is that it lets you set your own pricing. You can actually go in and change how much it costs to play a single game. This is great for playing fun games with friends or for ensuring that everyone contributes a little when you play, and the bill acceptor slot on the front can take paper bills and produce change for players.
Another great feature is the locking ball system that keeps the balls locked up until a player adds some money. You can use the include key to release those balls and to empty out the cash or change the amount it costs to play. When you knock a ball into one of the pockets, the ball drops into the return system and then locks those balls until you add some money and play again.
Dynamo Sedona Coin Op 7' Pool Table with DBA
With this Dynamo pool table, you can turn your home into a diner or your favorite pub. As a commercial model, it comes with a panel on the front that accepts dollar bills and other forms of paper money. Buttons next to this panel let players select a new game and tell the table when to dispense the balls.
Thanks to a coin slot on the front, you can relive all those games you played in a pool hall or bowling alley in the past. This simple slot accepts change like quarters and dimes. You even have the option of deciding how much you want to charge for a single game.
New rails designed by Dynamo add an interesting level of play to this table. Those rails are strong enough to support anyone leaning over the side without breaking and keep your balls from flying off too. The rails push those balls back towards the center of the table for longer games.
Also included are fasteners that keep the rubber pockets attached to the table. Even if you send a ball flying into the corner pocket, those fasteners will keep the pockets from snapping or breaking.
8' Great American Monarch Home Billiards Pool Table
Recreate the excitement of playing in a pool hall without worrying about carrying around extra cash with this Great American Monarch pool table, which also functions as a billiards table. It comes with the classic green felt that so many players love as well as a softer wood finish and bold black legs. The angled design of those legs add more support to the table.
A single piece of slate added beneath the felt adds to the stability of the table too. This slate piece ensures that the table stays flat and lets your balls move smoothly across the surface. A piece of clear plastic material added to the front lets you see all the balls that you hit inside the table and allows you to keep track of those balls too.
As this is a home model, it doesn’t lock your balls inside. Each time you hit a ball, it drops from the corner to the side and runs down an internal rail to reach the storage area. The next time you want to play, simply tuck your hand inside to pull out those balls, add the balls to your rack and use the cue ball to send those balls flying across the table.
Minnesota Fats Fullerton Billiard Table
Create a bold statement in your home with this Minnesota Falls Fullerton table. Minnesota Fats ranks among the top pool players in history, and this table comes with everything he loved about playing. It even has red felt on top, which sets it apart from other models and works nicely with the fake leather covers over the pockets.
Also setting this model apart is its overall design. Made from a type of deep and dark wood, it will catch the eye of anyone who enters your rec room or game room. Uniquely designed pockets hang over each corner and along the sides of the table to catch your balls, making it easy to see where all your balls are the next time that you play.
This set comes with some great accessories that make it easy for you to play too. You’ll get two pool cues that you can use for hitting the included balls, which come in both solids and stripes to help you play against an opponent. You also get your own rack for setting up the balls, chalk for keeping score as you play and a brush that you can easily use for wiping away crumbs or removing other debris from the top.
Valley Pool Table 88in - Black Cat
Measuring nearly eight-feet long, the Black Cat from Valley is a great table for those who like the look of professional tables but can’t spare the space in their own homes. This model also has a unique combination of colors that will add a little fun to your game room. The darker color of felt, which is almost burgundy in color, pairs nicely with the black finish of the table and the silver accents along the top and sides.
Unlike some of the home models that require you grab the balls from the pockets each time you play, the Black Cat has its own ball return system. Rails placed near the pockets allow the balls to drop from each pocket to one of the rails, which will then push the ball into the return system. All those balls keep dropping and rolling until reaching the ball storage area, which you can access on the front of the table.
Valley added some great features to this pool table like a type of Teflon cloth that is resistant to stains. You can play with your klutziest of friends without worrying that they might stain the felt. Players will also like the durable slanted legs used in each corner, which come with levelers that you can easily use to adjust the height of the table based on who plays.
Playcraft Extera Outdoor Billiard Table with Playing Equipment
While most of the tables on our list are suitable for use inside, what happens if you want to play outside? With this Playcraft mode, you can now enjoy all the fun of billiards while outside. Though it comes in pieces, the manufacturer gives you easy to follow instructions that help you get the table assembled and ready in a few hours or less.
Made from aluminum, this table is light enough that you can actually pick it up and move it to a new spot on your lawn or patio. That aluminum is extremely durable though and can stand up to most environmental dangers. Even if you keep it stored outside during the rainy season or the winter, it should still be ready to go the next time that you want to play.
The Polytech cloth used on the top mimics the look and feel of traditional felt but is a little more durable. This material is actually resistant to UV rays and won’t fade, which means it will retain its bright blue color for years to come.
To ensure that you love this table, Playcraft includes some accessories like pool cues, balls and a rack. You’ll also like the included black cover, which you can drape over the top to protect the fabric and surface of the table.
Empire USA Signature Series The Empire Pool Table with 1-Inch Slate Top
Empire USA created its Signature Series line of pool tables for those who love the classics. One look at this table will leave you imagining yourself drinking whiskey and smoking a cigar while you wait for your next turn. Though it has a traditional look, it costs a fraction of what similar tables cost.
Made almost entirely from hardwood, The Empire has curved legs that almost look like an animal’s paw at the bottom and a frame made from solid wood maple that can stand up to decades of regular play. Each pocket features decorations made from twisted pieces of fabric and real leather that add to the elegant look of the table.
Also included are three separate pieces of slate that work with the table. You can move and rearrange those pieces based on the way you play and to get more control over all your shots. Thanks to the included top rails, you won’t worry about your balls hitting the ground when you put more pressure behind your shots.
The Empire comes with everything you need for assembly and installation, though it can take some time to get it up and running. You may need to hire some extra help to assemble this model.
Empire USA Signature Series The Northman Pool Table with 1-Inch Slate Top
Just as The Empire appeals to those who love the classics, so too will The Northman, which also comes from Empire USA and is part of the company’s Signature Series. This is the type of table that makes you imagine playing long games with your friends as you drink whiskey and talk about politics. Made from hardwood, it will last a lot longer than other models too.
Many players will love the combination of darker and softer colors that this table features. A soft pink felt lining added to the top works with the more masculine dark wood finish and helps tone down that finish to keep it from overwhelming your home. That softer color also appears on the top rails, which sit at an angle to the surface and gently push back any balls that strike the sides.
Thanks to the included three pieces of slate, the table has a durable and dependable top that won’t warp. You’ll also appreciate the leather covers added to each pocket, which keeps the balls securely in place. Though you will need to reach into each pocket and manually remove the balls before your next game, the leather on those pockets gives this table a rich and elegant look.
EImperial Chestnut Pool Table 8ft - The Westwood
If you’re on the fence between a more traditional pool table or one with a more modern design, you’ll like The Westwood from Imperial, which combines the best of both worlds. Though it comes with some accents that make it look like an antique, it also has some features that bring it into the modern era like a top that you can use different types of felts and covers with to customize its look. It also comes with a thick slate layer that adds to its stability, though you will need to add your own cloth to the top of that slate.
One feature that many like about this model is its deeper pockets. With other tables, the pockets are so small and shallow that your balls can actually land inside, bounce back out and hit the floor. These deeper pockets ensure that as soon as your ball lands inside, it stays inside.
Fans of traditional designs will also love that The Westwood comes with slightly rounded legs that can support the weight of anything placed inside and the rich chestnut finish of the table. It also comes with K66 cushion rubber that adds the perfect amount of bounce. The next time you break, you’ll see those balls bouncing and rolling across the table faster than you imagined.
Empire USA Signature Series The Clawson Pool Table with 1-Inch Slate Top
Empire USA makes our list one last time with The Clawson, which is also part of its Signature Series. If you want a table that lets you experiment with different felt types, this is your best bet. The Clawson comes with three pieces of slate that measure one-inch thick and add the slick surface that you want, but Empire USA gives you the option of adding your own felt or cloth.
Robust legs that look like the feet of a lion or another majestic creature sit at each corner. Though the legs have a slightly curved design, each one offers more than enough support and will keep the table from leaning to one side. Empire USA used a rich cherry finish on almost all elements, including the legs, sides and rails.
Those rails are slightly shorter than the rails found on other tables but have a design that angles the rails in towards the table. When the ball strikes the rail, it gently forces the ball back to the middle of the table to help you set up your next shot. You’ll also like that the manufacturer made each pocket from real leather to withstand even the fiercest of shots that you knock into one of those pockets.
Imperial Eliminator 8-Feet 3/4-Inch Slate Pool Table with Drop Pocket
While the Imperial Eliminator may not look like your standard pool table, this is a great option for those on a budget. Priced well below some of the other models on our list, it comes with features that make it perfect for your rec room like adjustable leg levers. Use those levers to easily adjust the legs and to change the height of the table for playing with kids or adults.
The Eliminator comes with drop pockets that work with its internal ball system to reduce the time that you spend fumbling to pull those balls out of each pocket. The pockets have holes that let the balls drop to a rail that moves each ball to a storage area on the front of the table. You can reach in and grab all the balls at one time.
Instead of wood rails, Imperial added metal rails to this model that add a little extra spring or bounce to help you get more out of each shot. Imperial also lets you add your own color or type of felt to the top.
Imperial International 7 ft. Non-Slate Outdoor Billiard Table with Accessories
Designed for outdoor use, this Imperial International outdoor table ranks lower on our list than the other outdoor table we ranked because its not quite as dependable. Though the manufacturer selected a type of marine aluminum, the metal has a tendency to warp and bend. You may find that the legs aren’t quite as straight as you would like as soon as you take it out of the box.
Those who want to play pool outside though may really like this model. Imperial International used a type of sun-resistant fabric to the top that won’t fade when exposed to the sun and its rays. This also lets you start playing right away without tracking down felt first.
Measuring seven-feet long, this model is also great for amateurs and kids. Though it isn’t regulation length, it’s suitable for most players. The table even comes with thin rails that surround the top to give you the playback that you want.
The manufacturer also gives you some new accessories when you buy this set like two cue sticks and a set of pool balls. With the included cover, you can cover up this table to protect it against rain and other weather conditions too.
Valley Tiger Pool Table with Ball Return
Valley has a good reputation for the commercial pool tables that it makes, but this model, which is better suited for home use, isn’t quite as dependable as its commercial models. It does, however, come in several different sizes, which lets you pick the perfect size based on the amount of space available in your home.
Though you might think this is a wood table, it actually has a heavy-duty metal frame that can withstand almost any pressure from people sitting or lounging on the top. A type of wood laminate added to that metal makes it look more like real hardwood. That laminate even has a realistic wood grain pattern like the wood grain you would see on cherry wood.
Also included is a Teflon fabric that that covers the Brazilian slate beneath. This bright green felt has a classic look but is more resistant to stains that traditional pool table fabrics are.
To make playing even easier, Valley added a ball return system that has its own ball drops or chutes in each pocket. This design reduces the risk that balls might stick inside the pockets and lets you easily reach those balls from the open window on the front.
Our Favorite: Fusion Pool Table and Dining Table
The Fusion Pool Table and Dining Table (View on Amazon.com) is a model designed for those who love the idea of having a pool table but can’t really give up the extra space that one of those tables needs. Each of the pockets features a unique type of nylon that expands and contracts as needed. That nylon will expand to fit the balls that you send to the pockets and then contract back to their original size and shape.
Fusion added a simple lift system that makes it easy to remove the top to play a game of pool and then snap the lid back on the top of the table. That lid creates a flat space that is perfect for family dinner or game night. This impressive pool table can even seat up to 10 people when used as a dining table, and you can pick your own benches or chairs to use with it.