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When buying a pool table there are some questions you need to ask yourself.
Who will be playing on the table?
How long do I expect to own the table?
How often will it be used
What is the skill level of those that will be using it?
What is my price range?
Once you’ve answered those important questions, you’re ready to enter the process of finding the perfect pool table.
The Points You Should Consider – Quality, Size, Style, Price, Customer Service
The very first thing you should look for is good quality three-piece slate. Although one-inch slate is more desirable, 3/4 inch slate is less expensive and would be fine for a table that will see only occasional play from novice players. Stay away from one-piece slate! Coin-operated tables and some other commercial grade tables are the only exception to this rule of thumb. One-piece slate is definitely not a good option for residential grade tables. If you ever have a one-piece slate table moved the price charged by a billiard service company will be 2-3 times what it costs to move a 3-piece slate table. It is highly recommended that you purchase a table with framed slate (a wood backing attached directly to each piece of slate.
Avoid tables that rely on MDF or “particleboard” construction. Solid wood is preferred, although many quality tables use quality, furniture grade plywood or laminate hardwood. Look for quality hardware. Don’t be afraid to get under a pool table to gauge the quality.
Non-slate tables like those found at discount chains, department stores or warehouse clubs should be viewed as disposable tables. Because of their low quality and inconsistent play they are really only appropriate for young children, and tend to last no more than a year or two of regular play. In most cases they cannot be re-felted or have the cushions replaced.
Size is a very important issue when choosing a pool table. Make sure that you’re home can accommodate the pool table you’re considering. Many homes do not have the space for a nine-foot or even an eight-foot table. Check before you buy.
There are a multitude of styles to choose from. Make sure to pick something you’ll be happy with in ten or twenty years.
Pool tables are a large purchase. If you are buying from a large billiard retailer, go into the process much in the same way that you would if you were buying a car. Chances are you’ll have the pool table that you purchase long after you’ve traded in the car you’re driving now. Retailers would love for you to assume that “the price is the price”, but there is always room to haggle. If they seem unwilling or reluctant to negotiate the price of the table, then ask for free accessories. If they’re already giving you free accessories, then ask for an upgrade. And make sure that installation is included.