Updated: Oct 14, 2016
Bumper Pool Table Reviews:Bumper pool may not be as popular as it once was in the 1970's and 80's, but it still is a great game for families to play. Bumper pool tables are traditionally smaller than your typical billiards table, so they are easier to fit into smaller rooms. Plus, the game of bumper pool is much more fun for kids to play than pool. With added bumpers located on the table and the ability to hit lots of angle shots, it will improve your game quickly. The tables only have 2 pockets - both located on either end in the direct middle of both rails. You will find twelve bumpers on most tables, although we did find some that feature 14 or 16 bumpers. What I like about bumper pool is that the cue ball is eliminated. I have found that kids and amateur adult players will have an easier time connecting the cue stick to the ball without having to hit the cue ball first. It allows for better aim and faster play. The bumpers make it fun and more like a game than billiards traditional game of 8 ball. We are now seeing these tables show up in workplaces - in the game rooms with ping pong tables and air hockey or foosball. Bumper pool is a great way to relax.
Choosing a Bumper Pool Table - The vast majority of tables are the rectangular kind (say 57 x 42) but you will find the 3 in 1 game tables with octagon shaped bumper pool tables. We prefer the rectangular ones, but if you want a dedicated card table that doubles as a dining area too, then go with the combination table. The combo tables run about $1000 while the tables that are built just for bumper pool start at $600 and go upwards of $1500. Top brand names include Harvil, Atomic, Valley Dynamo, Playcraft, Hathaway and Imperial. Harvil and Playcraft make the lower end tables that get less than average reviews online. Yes, they should hold up for a few seasons, but their overall quality is not nearly as good as Valley Dynamo or Great American. That's one reason why we often recommend the mid-range tables that sell for $800 but offer better long term durability and performance. With kids, these tables can take a beating. The rails and bumpers can easily get abused and the green cloth surface needs to be top rate or else it will fail. Slate tables are better than non-slate tables and look for 3/4 inch slate whenever possible. Where to buy? - With the Internet, you can certainly price shop online and read owner comments and feedback before buying anything. We found Amazon and Walmart featured the most reviews, but even then they list only about a dozen. In our online research, it appears that most tables come with a sturdy set of bumper pool balls but the cue sticks are often lacking in quality. You can always purchase a few new sticks if you want. RECOMMENDED We suggest that you browse the best selling bumper pool tables here.