Let’s talk air hockey!
Air hockey traces its roots back to 1970, when it was invented by employees at the Brunswick company—that company is famous for their bowling equipment, boats and more.
There are three types of air hockey tables:
• Basic home models. These air hockey tables are great for beginners or kids—they are affordable and easy to assemble. They vary in size between four and six feet in length.
• Tabletop models. If space is tight, a tabletop model is a good solution. As you might guess, these are less expensive than home models with legs. We’ll recommend a tabletop model later in this article.
• Arcade-quality models. These weigh hundreds of pounds . . . and can cost thousands of dollars. Arcade-quality air hockey tables are beyond the scope of this article.
We asked our parent readers who have air hockey tables for their favorites. Then we got to work, researching different brands. We evaluated air hockey tables based on overall quality and affordability.
After looking at seven brands of basic home air hockey tables, we decided the best bet is the Triumph Fire n’ Ice LED light up table. As the name implies, this one is fun to play in the dark, thanks to a light-up puck and pushers. And it’s good overall table, said our readers, even without the lights.
What We Liked
• Great for kids. At 54″ long, this table is just right for kiddos and beginners.
• Fun for dark tournaments.
• Good airflow.
• Easy to assemble.
• Weight (39 lbs.) makes it stable, but not too heavy to move around.
• Corner lights flash when you score.
• Legs can be adjusted with levelers.
What Needs Work
• No on/off switch. You plug it in to start.
• Goals are too small, say some users.
• Too small for more advanced air hockey enthusiasts. If you want a full-size table, see later in this article for a recommendation.