Updated: May 29, 2015
Skee Ball Table Reviews:Most of us have played the classic arcade game of skee ball. You bowl the small balls up the ramp and into numbered slots which give you points. At amusement parks the game is often associated with winning tickets or stuffed animals. Even with video games dominating the home entertainment space, kids still love to play skee ball. We looked into the latest skee ball tables for home use and tried to find the brands and tables that hold up the best. Much like owning a pool table or ping pong table, the big risk is spending a lot of money only to have the table sit there and get zero use after a year or so. Another concern for potential owners is the space required to own something like a skee ball table. The good news is that there aren't many manufacturers of home skee ball tables, so your research shouldn't take that long. The bigger issue is that there are very limited online reviews with decent feedback. This means you'll have to make your decision without a lot of guidance. We have included a brief buying guide down below along with the most current models and any comments we could find on them.
Choosing a Skee Ball Table - The first factor we want to discuss is 'size'. The vast majority of home skee ball tables are 8 to 8 1/2 feet long. You'll want a dedicated space for the table and make sure to leave a bit of room for the person who is actually throwing/rolling the ball up the ramp. Each table we found does offer some kind of screen or cage that covers the playing area. This is meant to protect the ball from flying off the scoring zone and ricocheting away from the table. They are not perfect and several owner comments mention this online. Sometimes they even get in the way in a bad way and stop the ball from getting up the ramp into the scoring slots. A few owners ended up taking off the cage on the Berner Billiards Deluxe Bulls-eye Ball 8.5 Foot Table. Another concern for most adults is assembly. How long will it take? Does it require two people? You know the drill. From our research we found that 1 hour is the average time to assemble one of these skee ball tables. Some are very sturdy which is great, while others require some caution when working around the electronic scoring section. If you happen to damage that area, it could lead to the machine not working right. The most common complaint amongst those that posted reviews online is that the scoring mechanism on these machines doesn't work properly. Several consumers asked the seller or manufacturer for replacement parts and never received them. Be warned that the electronic scoring feature is probably the one area that will cause the biggest problems. Let's talk price on these home skee ball machines. The Hot Shot skee ball table is about $500 and the Playcraft Bulls-Eye table is closer to $900. The Deluxe Bulls-Eye tables from Berner Billiards are $800. The more professional looking arcade replicas machines like the Skee-Ball Centennial Alley Game or the Skee-Ball Alley are $5000 to $6000. Unless you are running an arcade where you can make money on these skee ball tables, the commercial machines are a bad buy. Where to buy? We found Walmart, Amazon, and Sears are the stores that carry the Hot Shot table and the Playcraft Bulls-Eye table. There are smaller speciailized stores both retail and online that will carry these and other brands, but watch our for customer service issues that arise. The larger the seller, the better chance you have of actually getting a response if you have problems. You can browse the best selling skee ball tables here.